More and more people are realising that blogging is one of the best ways to start your own online business. It requires minimal start up costs, you can build an impressive and loyal readership over time and once you know how to monetize your blog it can also bring in a decent income that will keep on coming even on the days when you don’t update your blog.
There are several ways to set up a blog online. You could use WordPress, Blogger, or another free site that hosts your blog for you; or alternatively you can set up your own blog under your own domain name.
If you want to make serious money from blogging, you must have complete control over your blog – and that’s something the free blogging accounts won’t give you. You’ll be bound by their terms and conditions and that usually includes not being able to actively promote anything. There are plenty of people who have established a blog only to have it removed without notice some weeks or months later.
It will cost you a few dollars to buy your domain name and set up a web server that will host your blog, but the benefits will far outweigh the cost involved. It can literally be as little as $20 a year we’re talking about here – and that buys you total freedom.
Once you’re ready to set your blog up you’ll need to choose a good theme and layout for it. You might find one that relates to your choice of subject (more on that in a moment) or else there might be one you just like the look of. But there are thousands of templates available for you to use – a simple search on Google will reveal the ones that will be best suited to your topic.
This entire website is a testament that there are hundreds of different ways to make money, both online and off.
But today we are going to have a look at the top 5 most popular ways to make money online.
- Make Money Building Niche Websites
- Make Money Writing Your Own Blog
- Make Money Advertising CPA Offers
- Make Money Selling E-Books
- Make Money Taking Surveys
Make Money Building Niche Websites
It’s not often that someone releases a product that makes the marketing world stand up and take note. Too often these days the products released by marketing gurus are just the same rehashed product the last “guru” released.
No one could say that about Ed Walters’ Virtual Property Tycoon.
Virtual Property Tycoon, or VPT for short, is a recently released product that sheds new light on the boom in online real estate.
For many years it has been obvious to even the wet behind the ears newbie that selling web sites, or virtual real estate, has been big business. The problem is it takes a lot of marketing know how, or cash, to get into this business.
Or should I say it did before Ed Walters blew the lid off his secret strategy for turning information he gets online, which he doesn’t pay a penny for, into pay days of thirty grand to sixty grand within a couple of months.
I want to preface this review by pointing out that I rarely, if ever, review a product that I do not personally use. With that said, the product I want to talk about here is something so different from anything I have ever encountered that I feel it would be irresponsible of me to ignore it. If you’re someone with very little online marketing know-how and experience, you shouldn’t ignore it either,
The product is called the IncomeElite Internet Marketing Training. I recently obtained free access to the company’s website so that I could evaluate their system for the purpose of this review, and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the first programs that I have seen that seems to be directed toward those marketers who have almost no experience with building websites or online marketing, and it goes to great lengths to teach beginners every one of the basic steps they need to be successful.
The Definite Income Plan is a solid guide to making money online by generating a passive income stream that you can repeat as often as you wish. I was given a free copy of the plan to review, and immediately I was impressed with the thoroughness of the system. It’s similar to one that I’ve used before in the past to generate a significant amount of income, so I already knew the methods would be effective.
The guide itself is laid out logically, with everything you need to do to prepare for a passive income stream laid out step-by-step. Even if you’ve never done any internet marketing or affiliate sales before, it’s very easy to put this system to work. The research techniques show you how to choose the right keywords, so you aren’t drowning in competition, and the methods used to generate the traffic are proven to work for just about any topic you can think of.
E-books are big business online – especially if they teach other people how to do things. How to earn more money, how to sell on e-Bay, how to write a bestseller… the possibilities are endless if you have the knowledge and the perseverance to actually write a book and then get out there and sell it.
What’s more, you can apply exactly the same principle to creating a course too. By splitting it up into sections you are creating more value – and you can charge more as a result.
If it’s done properly it can be a real money spinner.
You don’t need to be an expert on e-books to know they sell extremely well if you pick the right subject. “How to…” e-books and courses are particularly good at shifting lots of virtual copies, since they reveal the answers to things that people want to know.
How many times do you watch and listen to top bands and think you could do better? If you often do that maybe you should have a go at it yourself?
It’s an unlikely way to make some money but that’s no reason not to consider it if you have musical talents yourself. And in reality you don’t need to be able to sing or play a musical instrument yourself nowadays either – if you know how to do it you could still be able to sell your own rap beats and music to young artists with virtually no musical knowledge at all!
Fancy learning more? If you do, you’ve come to the right place.
If you have the right software and you do have something of an ear for music, then you can start selling your rap beats online in a very short time indeed.
The key to getting started is to do a search for some software and buy something that will enable you to create a selection of rap beats from scratch.
Even though there are hundreds of thousands of newsletters you can elect to receive via email thanks to the power of the internet, a lot of people still like to receive a paper copy that they can keep. At a time when everything is so easily disposed of, it’s arguable that a paper newsletter actually has a longer shelf life, since it’s much harder to throw away something tangible than it is to hit a button and delete it out of your inbox.
But how easy is it to set up your own snail mail newsletter service? Surprisingly, it might just be easier than you think…
So what makes a successful snail mail newsletter? They are easy enough to create these days thanks to desktop publishing, and if you hit on a popular subject and end up with hundreds of subscribers you can get the newsletter printed up properly.
If there is a subject that you love talking about, then you owe it to yourself to find an audience for it through podcasting.
Although this is still a fairly new medium as far as making money is concerned, it is clear already that there is money to be had, as some people have latched on to several ways that they can do just that with it.
The key is to find a subject that people are interested in and reach that audience in as many ways as you can by making your podcast available to them – and then it’s just a case of waiting for the money to start rolling in.
Okay, so you have a subject you love and you could talk about for hours. Does that make a podcast? No – you need to work on it to make sure you can create podcasts that everyone will want to listen to. You need to script each one at least roughly so that you know what to expect.
We’d all love to have a pool in our back yard, but when it comes to maintaining it and keeping it clean, that isn’t something we like to do ourselves. Can you see a business opportunity here?
If you develop your business properly and market it in the right way to the right people, you could very soon have more customers than you know what to do with. Pool cleaning is also something that most people can pick up, and if you like being in the outdoors then you will certainly love this opportunity since you will be able to get out and about and meet new people every day.
Swimming pools are fantastic, but no one likes cleaning them. That’s why pool cleaning businesses tend to do very well if they are run by someone who has a great care for their work and knows exactly what to do to keep a pool in tip top condition.