Jon, I just found your website, and am so grateful I did! I’ve had a blog for over 3 years now, but am just taking it to the next level. I’m floored by how much there is to learn. I think your analogy of the puzzle is spot on. There are so many pieces to put together. I agree that to succeed, that it’s all about marketing. I’ve seen this time and time again, whether it be with books, shows, movies. Yes, the content and quality have to be there, but if there’s no quality and intelligent marketing behind it, it will flop. There are brilliant ideas, books never published or made bestsellers, all because they lacked the right marketing tools.
Have you ever noticed that we make most of our really stupid decisions at the end of the day? If you’ve ever done something you regretted after going to the bar, watched YouTube videos instead of reading or actually talking to people, or eaten a late night bowl of ice cream when you’re trying to lose weight... you know how much of a struggle it is to do the right thing after you’ve spent an entire day trying not to screw up.
As far as my personal sex life goes, it’s surprisingly vanilla. But I do get into mind-fucking. I enjoy seeing how far I can push guys. I’ll try getting them to hold my purse or tie my shoes for me. And I’m almost always honest about what I do for a living -- even my mom knows and she’s fine with it; my dad doesn’t want to know. Guys usually assume that I’m easy, or tell me that they’re not into being financially dominated. Then they ruin first dates by asking me questions all night and thinking I will put them into bondage or something.
“I always point people to the article ‘1,000 True Fans’ by Kevin Kelly. If you choose your thousand ideal customers or readers properly and find the single author blog that targets that audience, you never have to do any more marketing. You’re done. That is a lesson that very few product developers and marketers have learned, and it’s unfortunate.”
Getting businesses to advertise on your podcast, either at the beginning or end, or both, is a great way to create a revenue through podcasts. Most businesses won’t be keen to advertise on your podcast until you can prove a large number of listeners. Therefore, it is unlikely you will be able to start out from the get-go with sponsors. But once you accumulate regular listeners, or a high number of downloads from iTunes, you can start to sell advertising space on your podcasts.

But not all internet gurus are bad and some of them are honest. The difference between an internet guru and online business community, in terms of the price they ask for their product is substantial. The guru in most cases, will sell you $50 PDF guide. Membership fee however, to an online business community, in most cases will run somewhere or a little over $300/year. But it pays off in many ways!!


On a related note, during my research I came across this great post over at Budget Blonde called The Truth About Side Hustling, which I thought was fantastic. I especially loved point #4 – you’re the only one who can force yourself to get started. For a long time, I thought there just weren’t any side hustles I could succeed at, and this past month I’ve realized that is definitely not true. Even more, researching this list led me to a new one scheme that I’m cooking up right now – so hopefully I’ll have some updates on that in a few weeks too.


Now, can you make money online without building your personal brand? Sure. But, it'll sure be a lot harder. By building a personal brand, you're putting yourself out there. You're creating a place that you can call home on the internet. Whether that means you're starting a blog or a Facebook Page or an Instagram profile, you just have to get yourself out there.
"I also use MyGirlFund to help out my financial situation — I know that going to university will be expensive and MyGirlFund is going to enable me to actually go to uni and live a bit more comfortably whilst I'm there. ... I am totally myself on MyGirlFund, although possibly more flirty than I would be in real life, because the site and the compliments enable me to feel more confident about myself."
Another strategy to make money online is to become a social marketing manager. Being present on social media is key for any business that wants to attract new customers, promote their products and grow their following. However, constantly posting, liking and commenting on the numerous social media channels is extremely time consuming. More and more businesses are recruiting social media managers to run and organize all their social media. And to save money, social media employees are often employed as online freelancers.

I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money!
Multi-vendor marketplaces, like ThemeForest, can be very successful. Chose a niche and create a vendor website for it. Your marketplace could be anything, from a platform for local artists to sell their work on, to an online digital product store. Once set up, invite people in that industry to sell their products on your site. You take a percentage of their profits when items sell.
Install WordPress.  WordPress is king in the content management system arena.  Please don’t use Blogger.  If you have aspirations of taking your site to the big time, you will eventually want to switch to WordPress.  Liquidweb will often (if not always by request) help you with this part because it is super easy.  WordPress has one click installations now so you’re lucky.  Back in the day I was still fiddling with the FTP server in hopes that my files would transfer completely without a hitch.
E-mail list / Subscriber list / Opt-in list – This is your list of website viewers who have given you their e-mail address to be kept posted of A) any new posts to your website and B) receive any e-mail communications from you. For example: You can send out a weekly or monthly newsletter, send out any special or urgent news, or send out special offers for your products or your affiliate products.

To do that, you have to harbor a few fundamental guiding principles in your mind. Today, if you're at all serious about generating a full-time income (and more) from your online activities, then you need to focus on passive income as opposed to active income. Sure, the active income will help you survive. That's the scarcity mentality at play. But it's the passive income ideas that will help you thrive.
Creating your own food blog, will not only be fun, but done well it should also be profitable. Link your site to affiliate cooking products, sell your food photos, create and sell your own physical cookbook, or launch a cooking app. Equally, you could turn your cooking blog into a membership site. You would then share all your content, including recipes, how to videos, food photographs, and much more, with only your paid up members.
Now, here’s the answer: the fastest way to make money online and work from home is day trading. Period. You may day trade (buy and sell stocks the same day) or swing trade (buy the stock and hold for a few days or weeks before selling). Whatever your choice, if you know what you’re doing and pick the best stock to trade, online trading can literally make you a fortune overnight!
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.
However, if you're looking for realistic ways you can start earning money online now, then it really truly does boil down to seven paths you can take towards profit. Some will provide you with immediate results, helping you to address your basic monthly necessities such as rent, utilities and groceries, while others have the potential to transform your life by revolutionizing your finances in the long term.
If you’re a fitness buff and have the right combination of charisma and business sense, working as a part-time online personal trainer can be both physically and financially rewarding. Once you build up a reputation and client base for yourself, it could easily turn into a full-time endeavor for you. Check out this interview with several fitness blog owners who are making a living online, from MonetizePros. As well, I'd recommend checking out this resource if you want to take this business idea seriously and get started with a business plan for your personal fitness trainer business today.

What he says is echoed by the women with whom I speak: "[The strict rules] are in place to protect us and our identities and they are strict in making sure these rules are followed so I have never felt unsafe," SunsetStarLola says. "I think sites like this stop a lot of men actually going out and cheating, and I've met some men who are disabled and unable to have a sexual relationship — and I've met men whose wives are sick or whatever and they can't have a sexual relationship either, so this is their outlet. There is no harm in it if the guys remember to not let cyberspace take over reality too much."


I’m very happy for how things have turned out for you and again you’re serving me as an inspiration. I’m back and ready kick ass on a new stage of my life. I’ve been working for 8 years now as an independent software consultant. I own my company, I have no debt, I don’t buy things, I live like a spartan. But I’m ready to take things to a whole new level. Consulting makes me a lot of money but I’m tired. I’m still selling my time and it often requires my physical presence. I’m ready to break those chains too. I’m now working on adding content to my site and selling e-products. It’s an insane amount of work but I don’t care. I work, work, work, polish and ship. And I have a strategy to keep churning products for the rest of the year. I’m even cutting my rent by 80% so I have more money to invest in the making of these products. Once I get the a sizable portfolio I’ll work on the e-book on how I did it and by next year the money will be rolling in. Peace out.


Learning doesn’t stop in any form of education, research, and business. It keeps on going. What you need to do is, do not stop learning. Once you think you know everything, the thirst of learning something new decreases and you might lose a few chances to get to know something new. It could be online articles, books, research papers, and even web surfing.
“That blog has a number of income streams. I initially monetized it with AdSense and Amazon affiliate promotions, but after a couple of years added other income streams including using other ad networks, selling ads directly to advertisers, affiliate promotions of other people’s photography eBooks, courses, and software and then creating my own eBooks to sell.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.
Holly comes across as a lady with a fairly distinctive personality. "I'm actually such a geek — anything sci-fi-related and I'm hooked. I'm such a book fiend — I pick a good read up and never want to put it down," she says. "I also love to party; it's one extreme to another with me." Like pretty much every women I speak with, Holly doesn't particularly alter that personality for her customers: "I'm definitely myself on here: I find that's the best way. Sometimes I do hold back on what I talk about personally though."
Most people who want to make money on the side pick generic services that have lots of competition — general writing, fitness training, and computer repair for instance — then wonder why nobody notices them or buys from them. Meanwhile, other businesses are super-specific and deeply understand their clients and their problems. And they never have to worry about competition or lowering their prices.
Before we go any further, let’s talk about the difference between active income and passive income. This distinction will be paramount to your ability to produce serious capital on the web. So what is passive income? Passive income, if you don’t already know, is income that’s earned automatically. It doesn’t require much maintenance once that income stream has been created. However, it does require an enormous amount of effort at the outset to establish that stream of income.

Find your niche partners, collaborators, and champions: As you’re creating your course, look for notable people who are also creating content in the space. Look att how their businesses operate and incorporate that into your own plan. You can also reach out to any influencers and make them affiliates for your own course. This way, they’ll be incentivized to share your content with their own audiences (which can be a major way to generate your first sales—it helps if you're using one of the best CRMs for small business—and start building your own community!)

By building enormous amounts of value, Facebook and Google both became tremendously successful. They didn't focus on revenues at the outset. They focused on value. And every single blog and business must do the same. While this might run contrary to someone who's short on cash and hoping that internet marketing is going to bring them a windfall overnight, it doesn't quite work that way.
When I saw the title “5 Harsh Realities of Making a Living Online” in my Google Reader I was very happy. I agree with you, not enough people talk about the fact that it’s NOT EASY. It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy – and even then you are not guaranteed the results you want. It’s basically just as risky and time consuming as building a business in the “Real” world (i.e. not online.) For some reason, people think that being “online” makes it easier – but it doesn’t.
The truth is that when you first log in to MyGirlFund, it looks like you're on a porn site. You're presented with an array of women who are mostly scantily clad, and upon clicking on their profiles most of the descriptions tend to emphasise the various sexual photos and videos you can pay the women in order to see: stripping, using a dildo, performing oral sex on someone. Some of the women offer the option of cam chats, and others give rather more detail regarding their personal lives than you might expect — they mention that they have children, say, or are in education — but on the surface, the difference is subtle to say the least.
The combination of charisma, charm and intellect has helped catapult Sharpe to the top of the heap. In a recent conversation with him, I wanted to learn what it truly took to become an expert digital marketer. And one of the most important takeaways from that phone call was that if he could do it, anyone could do it. For someone who failed so devastatingly very early on in life, to rise from the ashes like a phoenix was no easy feat.

I am 17 in May and currently studying year 12. I don’t have a job though have tried a couple times. Given i have exams coming up i can’t manage a normal job but need some source of income – even if its small. I’m not all that technical so a lot of the things up there don’t work. I have strong english skills, love working with kids. I like sport, , languages animals and can cook. I have tried to get babysitting but haven’t had much luck so far.
There's a lot to learn when it comes to the internet marketing field in general, and the digital ether of the web is a crowded space filled with one know-it-all after another that wants to sell you the dream. However, what many people fail to do at the start, and something that Sharpe learned along the way, is to actually understand what's going on out there in the digital world and how businesses and e-commerce works in general, before diving in headfirst.
If you’re willing to take on some risk and have the heart of a true hustler, you can make extra money online doing commission-only sales for startups and other businesses. While you won’t be getting a regular salary, with the right sales strategies and skills as an inside sales rep, you can make decent money for each sale you bring in. And because you’ll most likely be working with startups, if you can negotiate a little equity you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series. 

To do that, you have to harbor a few fundamental guiding principles in your mind. Today, if you're at all serious about generating a full-time income (and more) from your online activities, then you need to focus on passive income as opposed to active income. Sure, the active income will help you survive. That's the scarcity mentality at play. But it's the passive income ideas that will help you thrive.
I do appreciate your hard knocks approach. Not convinced if there is any good in making everything as “easy!”. In regards to the comment above from Ryan about being positive: I think we all want it to be fun, cheery, easy, quick, etc. etc. But the reality is that the facts and knowledge, applied wisely, is much more useful than some cheery motivational speaker. Thanks for keeping it real, that is what is going to be what helps us achieve success in the end.
If you have your own eCommerce store, social media is the perfect platform to showcase your products. Demonstrate your products in use and tell your social following why they need to buy your merchandise. Most social media channels allow you to add ‘buy’ buttons your pages, allowing your followers to easily click through to your site and make a purchase.
With active income, you’re actively working to produce those wages. So if you work for someone else and you’re earning a per-hourly fee or you have clients and you’re working for yourself, you’re still engaged in active-income employment. However, if something were to happen to your ability to work, for example, you would be unable to produce an income. This could be anything from an injury to an illness or disease, and everything in between, when you can’t work, you can’t earn.
These are the people who have an actual product or service and are looking for an online sales force (the affiliates/publishers). They are higher in the hierarchy than a normal affiliate or a network, because they are receiving free marketing and sales promotion without paying anyone a salary. Affiliates are generally only 1 avenue of their marketing efforts, and likely spend great deals of money on other forms of online advertising.

Great article. When I decided to go into online marketing I went into it with open eyes. I had great expectations and dollar signs in my eyes. I was going to be a millionaire in two years. Then reality set in. But I love this business and I’ll keep plugging away. I may never get “rich” but I love what I’m doing and always learning something new and that to me is what rich is all about.
Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!
Now you may be asking, how can I really make money online?  Is it legitimate?  Is it possible?  Yes and yes.   You can make money online and there are tons of legitimate opportunities for you to do so.  We’ll cover a total of 15 ways to do so here but we will make this a 3 part series since I want to go into details with each way to make money online.
Writing copy for websites is another great freelancing option for those who have a way with words. Copywriting can involve writing the text for websites, press releases, promotional offline materials including leaflets and brochures, and any other professional text for businesses. Writing copy can be better paid than blog writing. However, clients can be more fussy, as they want the highest quality writing for the forefront of their website or advertising campaigns. Many freelance writers offer both copywriting and blog writing amongst their services. This can be a good way to juggle regular but lower paid clients (blogging) with the higher paid but ad-hoc project based copy work.
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