As a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University, Ryan started a small internet business from his dorm room to help pay his tuition . . . and by the age of 20, he was earning a 6-figure income and other online ventures – all while continuing to study full time. Needless to say, Ryan’s “side business” allowed him to graduate debt free – with a nice chunk of change left over.

Most people need to take a step back and understand where money is even coming from on the web. Sharpe says that, when asked, most individuals don't actually even know how money is being made on a high level. How does Facebook generate its revenues? How about Google? How do high-trafficked blogs become so popular and how do they generate money from all of that traffic? Is there one way or many?


You spoke to me, Jon. I’ve had my blog for seven months, and I’ve been trying to make it a business for about five. I’ve spent countless hours of time and very little money to build up a very strong audience both on the site and Facebook. I was a “digital marketer” before, but there are so many things I’ve had to become an expert in that I wasn’t before. I feel like I’m a completely different marketer now than when I started. And it hasn’t been very long.
Great read, always looking for extra ways to make a buck. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site http://www.tonerconnect.net/ and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.
There are many ways to get people onto your list. Lead magnets are one such resource. For example, you can build ebooks, checklists and cheat sheets. But you can also do content upgrades, such as PDF versions of an article with added resources in them, four-part video training series, and more. Think about your audience and what you can offer them to better serve them, then treat them with some respect and you'll eventually reap the rewards.
I’ve read elsewhere the optimistic messages of making money online, and understand the points in your post here too. Setting realistic expectations is important. I think my problem is being paralysed by fear of both success and/or failure. I’m afraid to be successful because it means putting myself out there (chronically shy), and scared shitless of failure for obvious reasons (generally around life security). This keeps me paralysed from doing anything… and in the end, that’s the greatest failure of all I guess. Well, that’s my takeout from what’s written here – perhaps that wasn’t the message, but it’s what I heard 😉
Forums are a great source of Discussion. People visit them, participate and learn from each other. Most of the people when they do start searching on How to Get Paid Online, they are often recommended this way to earning additional income. There are several forums who pay you for participating in different forums. Additionally there are even companies out there who pay you while participating in forums, provided you add their URL in your signature profile.
No matter what size your business is, online marketing is kind of a big deal. In fact, the Content Marketing Institute has reported 93% of B2B marketers are currently using content marketing. While that’s welcome news for online marketers, it’s still a relatively new field that isn’t fully understood by all marketers. In fact, in 2013, only half of marketers were confident in their digital ability. And in 2014, only 35% of marketers were using and tracking their content marketing efforts.

I’ve read elsewhere the optimistic messages of making money online, and understand the points in your post here too. Setting realistic expectations is important. I think my problem is being paralysed by fear of both success and/or failure. I’m afraid to be successful because it means putting myself out there (chronically shy), and scared shitless of failure for obvious reasons (generally around life security). This keeps me paralysed from doing anything… and in the end, that’s the greatest failure of all I guess. Well, that’s my takeout from what’s written here – perhaps that wasn’t the message, but it’s what I heard 😉

The answer, at its basis, is largely what I convey in a great majority of my books about search engine optimization and online marketing. It all boils down to one simple concept: add tremendous amounts of value to the world. The more value you add, the more successful you become. Essentially, you have to do the most amount of work (initially at least) for the least return. Not the other way around. 

Excellent post, Jon. I agree with every word. In the 90s I ran a successful print ad agency out of my house. Made six figures a year for about a decade. Now I’m a regular working stiff who’s getting his toes wet online. No monetizing, but I’m building a framework for an online business that will hopefully take me into retirement! Thanks for the great advice. I’m passing this post on, believe me!

Okay. Okay. There is a lot to learn. However, everyone has to start somewhere. If you're just being introduced to internet marketing, and you've become bedazzled by the glitz and the glamor of the top online income earners, know that it's not going to be easy to replicate their success. Be sure that you set your expectations the proper way. As long as you stay persistent, you can achieve your goals of generating healthy amounts of money online without becoming the victim of a scam.
This is the thing that made online earning go viral. Nevertheless, blogging isn’t what it used to be. Ten years ago, people used blogs to share their experiences and personal reflections with their closest ones, much like an online diary. Things have dramatically changed, since blogging is now a competitive business. There are still people who blog for the sake of sharing, but most of them have evolved their blogs into money making machines and turned it into a full time job. So why can’t you?
Since freelancing isn’t associated with a handful freelancing sites, it means you can be a freelancer without creating your profiles on those freelancing platforms. The purpose of those sites are to manage a profile as a portfolio, and if you choose the other way around, you could do it your way. However if you are going to start freelancing as your carrier then 15 Common Freelancing Mistakes Which are a ‘NO’ go for any Freelancer should be a must read for you.
Using Fiverr is a great way to pick up work. Once you have signed up you can advertise your services. Fiver allows you to create your own gigs, whether you are offering web design, digital marketing, writing, or something else. You can choose how much you want to charge (it can be more than a fiver) and people will then contact you if they are interested in working with you. Fiverr will not only help you get experience if you are just starting off as a freelancer, it will also help you earn some extra cash.
Robo-advisors are diversified investment accounts that are automatically managed by a computer algorithm (as opposed to a human money manager). If you want to invest, but don’t have the money, or don’t want to invest with a money manager, robo-advisors are for you! Robo-advisors make investing easier—and cheaper—so they’re perfect for new investors.

Okay. I know. This isn’t an easy one to implement. Creating a successful smartphone app today, in a field littered with apps, is monumentally difficult. But it’s not just the app creation that’s hard itself, it’s the marketing of that app. With so many apps vying for peoples attention, and so much money to be made by the sheer volume of the industry, it’s no wonder why competition is tremendous.


Thanks for the comments. Ironically, this post showed up in my RSS about 10 minutes after I asked myself why I was not getting the conversions I expected. If nothing else, it was encouraging. I get several thousand hits to my blog each year. My problem is that I get hits from all over the nation and my industry (health insurance) requires a state license. I can only offer general advice to people in Califonia. In order for me to earn any money, my prospects have to live in one of the states in which I am licensed and have a competitive product. I have tried advertising on Facebook for hits in my state but have been underwhelmed. I need more state specific hits. Does Google advertising work or would you have another idea for building state specific readership.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.
When you're selling information, you aren't really in the business of selling information. You're in the business of transforming lives (doesn't matter what your niche is, the end result is to inspire your client to act on your advice, even if you give advice on landscaping) - and charging high prices is one way of making sure that a higher percentage of people will benefit from your advice and value it more.
Armand Morin is an Internet marketing industry expert who has built a multimillion-dollar international business. In 1996, he started with $1.83 in his pocket and no experience and has grown it into a multi-million dollar international business, which has done business in over 100 countries around the world. Over the past 20 years, he has built his Internet Marketing empire to the point that he is one of the most well known Internet Marketers in the world today teaching everyone from newbies to the experts. He teaches exact techniques and strategies he uses in his business every day. His thousands of students have also produced millions of dollars in online revenue. Armand Morin is one of the most referenced names in Internet marketing. A quick search on Yahoo, Google and MSN and you’ll see his name alone is on hundreds of thousands of websites. His name is mentioned in numerous books on Amazon.
When you visit a website and there’s a product being offered there, it’s more often than not an affiliate product being marketed to you.  How affiliate marketing works is Big Brand A approaches a website or the blogger/website owner may go through sites like CJ.com to sell a specific product.  That product is then offered on a website for sale with the compensation for doing so varying between brands.
If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
Planning a vacation filled with incredible memories that’ll make you smile a decade from now? You should stay at home instead. Or find a godawful plane ticket with 2 connecting flights so you’re exhausted when you arrive, then stay in a hotel in the boondocks and forget about the paragliding or fancy restaurant or night of partying you’ve been dreaming about since you were a teenager.
Whereas, freelancing is a bit different and thats why it is being said that ‘Freelancing is a serious business. Although, it requires communication skills and fluent English speaking but it may land you some incredible opportunities when you get a chance to communicate with foreign clients across the globe via social networks, freelancing sites or skype.
Although these methods are widely known and famous where all you need to do is just fill out the survey forms or email submits for different companies for quick bucks, but personally I never liked this way of earning money because this is not a stable and permanent income method, I feel like what advertiser’s get in return for paying you? bunch of crap data.. However there are few organisations who look for real data and they may pay you good.
This is the thing that made online earning go viral. Nevertheless, blogging isn’t what it used to be. Ten years ago, people used blogs to share their experiences and personal reflections with their closest ones, much like an online diary. Things have dramatically changed, since blogging is now a competitive business. There are still people who blog for the sake of sharing, but most of them have evolved their blogs into money making machines and turned it into a full time job. So why can’t you?
Creating space for banner ads on your website is another way to generate a revenue from adverts. However for this type of advertising you will need to contact businesses directly and ask them if they would like to advertise on your website. The upside is that you can charge a set amount, or even a recurring monthly fee, to business to promote their services on your site. Using a WordPress plugin like AdSanity is an effective way to manage this type of advertising.
The major key to making money on Fiverr is simple, but certainly not easy. You need to build a customer base with $5 entry gigs, and then upsell hard once you have a few positive ratings. You can put gigs up to $100 each on this site, and common upsells include higher quality versions of the same work, more time put into a design, rush orders, etc.
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