I will pose a question to you. Do you imagine yourself doing the same thing for the rest of your life? Or do you want to learn about an amazingly awesome way to learn and earn online.
Many people are not truly happy in what they are doing. Yes I do know a lot are, as I was before I retired. But I find retirement quite boring. I like exploring and trying out new ideas.
My new idea was to supplement my pension and hopefully even get off it. I don’t really like dancing around Government rules and regulations. Now how was I going to do this?
One day I was browsing the web looking for some really interesting stuff like plumbing fittings. While doing this, I read a few blog posts. This, as usual, led to other things and I noticed many individuals had set up websites to help others with information on various products. A great side positive of this is that these products are financially promotable on line.
Well, I thought to myself, why not give this a try. My next thought was how to do this. I had never looked at creating websites so I needed help.
As you and I know, there are so many scams out there. Finding a sincere and lawful group could take up a lot of time and money. Now I would love to save you some time and help you avoid scams.
As they say ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’. I was going to be careful and research those I looked at. The first very quickly became a noticeable scam.
Then very, very luckily I found a group I have grown to love –Wealthy Affiliate.
This group trains you very thoroughly, gives huge quantities of help and is an amazing price. With no add-ons: I might add(on)!
I now have two websites; one for fun and one for business.
You can do this too.
There are various ways to make money online and I will outline some below. I will start with the ones I wouldn’t do and end up at my favourite. This order in no way should determine your approach. We are all somewhat different.
Why are You Here?
This is an extremely important question. The reason or reasons you have that persuade you to take this important step, will determine how well you do and how hard you have to work.
I mentioned above on why I came about doing websites. Now it is your turn.
Why are you looking at this fascinating idea of joining us website building fanatics? There are so many reasons to build a website and work on-line. And yes there are some things you don’t need a website for. I will note some of these in the later part of this article.
Now, let’s look at your possible reasons and the advantages each offers.
1. Work in Your Own Home
In my belief one of the most important reasons is that anyone can do this from their home. This is a very magnetic reason to work online. So become your own boss but don’t go lightly on yourself. Being profitable on line is a steep learning curve and takes hard work and some time to really be fruitful.
Some advantages of working at home.
You can continue your current employment while learning or you can plunge in head first, concentrating only on website building. Your choice. Even small earnings can pay bills
Working at home means not having to buy or rent premises like most bricks and mortar businesses. That will save you a great deal of money.
Normal household costs can be shared over your business and against your tax requirements.
What you earn is yours alone; well except for taxes, internet connections, bills (house share) and so on. So not quite all yours but a greater percentage than you get of what you make your current employer.
The most attractive thing about working at home is that it opens a wealth of new possibilities for those who have some disability. And from experience of a friend of mine this is very important. Being paraplegic from a horse riding accident, and confined to a wheelchair, she had a hard time finding work. Yes this is generally illegal as being discriminatory, but that only depends on how employers can get around things. Unfortunately she died before internet marketing really got going.
It also applies to those of you who are getting on but still want to enjoy life to its fullest. And you need money for that.
2. The World is Your Oyster (You Could be Free – So Go for It!)
Or you can just pack up and travel for a while and work wherever you can connect to Wi-Fi. You can relax and create content, looking up and out whenever you want. Watch the local wildlife, here I watch wallabies, echidnas, bush tailed possums and the occasional wombat. (Not for too long though. Don’t want to waste time)
The sound of the tide washing on the rocks can not only be watched but also the sound is so soothing. (Don’t fall asleep!)
3. Online Business versus Bricks and Mortar business.
Online is cheaper
If you like the idea of a business that can be promoted online, it is a much lower cost than to do it as a physical business.
A very important advantage of the online business is that you will have a potentially huge cliental compared to a B & M business.
The internet offers a lot of free tools that you can use to create websites. (Beware of scams.)
4. Set Your Own Time Schedule
Are you an early bird? Well get going and catch the website creating worm! On the other hand are you a night owl? It doesn’t really matter. You can work when you want to. Just make sure you do work as your website won’t build itself.
Have you been doing shift work? Oh man, how I hated those hours. Fortunately I was much younger then and could handle it, but I really didn’t like it! Get working on your earning website. Work hard and get enough to scrap those awful hours.
A final great thing about time is you will have cut out commuting time. For me that would have been 1 ½ hours from where I live now in Tasmania.
When I worked in Sydney, New South Wales that would have been 3 to 4 hours. The funny thing is, taking in both ways, the Sydney distance was 6 times shorter!
Now I can sleep in but I find myself up and eager to work 2 hours before my old work start time.
I also have time for a long leisurely cuppa coffee or tea.
5. You might just be looking for entertainment
Surfing the net is fun. Adding the money proportion is extra and rewarding fun. What more can I say!
6. Business Robustness
You want to have a business you control and that will grow with your hard work. As you progress you train your brain to come up with really good ideas. Keeps your mind agile and alive.
You still want an interesting and enthusiastic life.
Now you have some reasons for wanting to create your own website. Decide on how you want to go about building one and what you want to achieve with it.
As you learn it is important to avoid scams. Lots of people are writing reviews on companies.
If you are looking at working with them make sure you check out these companies. Do read with some cynicism though.
It won’t take you long to figure out if something is heading for scam.
Once your site starts producing, you will feel fantastic. Achieve more and you could reach euphoria.
If you have other reasons for being here I would enjoy hearing them. You can put them in the comments section below this article.
What do You Want from Here?
If you are like most of us, earning an income is a pretty attractive idea.
So let’s look at a few ways on how to go about it.
1. My least favourite means is doing surveys. Not because they don’t earn much but because, being truthful and putting in my location and age, I am usually discounted from most surveys. So for me it is wasted effort and has never been financially rewarding. You don’t need a website for this.
2. You can scrounge around and find interesting items to sell, say via eBay. You also don’t need a website to do this. You just create a eBay account for yourself. I don’t this as generally, if I find interesting items, I keep them!
3. You don’t really have to buy inventory for something such as eBay. You can also consider drop shipping companies that allow you to sell their products. Be wary here. Don’t go through a retailer. They get a cut of the money so your bit is often quite a bit smaller. The best bet is to go with a wholesaler.
4. Freelance writing is also an option. To do this you just need to find those who want articles written, write good relevant content with great Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). SEO is the art of getting your information in front of potential targeted visitors.
There are various groups that manage this. Make sure the reward is worth the effort.
5. You can run advertisements for various organisations. Google Adsense comes to mind. I have never found this to be a big earner. Maybe because I don’t like not having full control of what is on my site.
One article I read (and it was a very interesting one) had an ad pop up. It was so unsuitable I contacted the Wealthy Affiliate member and showed her a screen shot of it. It would have only appeared in Australia but many people here would have seen it. And most likely been put off reading it.
You can also approach other companies to see if they want to run ads on your site. This might be an improvement as you can set your own guidelines,
You can also create a website to advertise and sell your own products.
6. Affiliate Marketing
When you chose affiliate marketing to establish your website and the right product or service to promote, you can really go places. Unless you are a remarkably talented person and are very lucky, you will have to do some pretty hard work learning how to do this.
Once your site is up and running many end up producing passive income. This type of site will work all day, all night, all week; in fact all year.
With a bit of updating and tweaking it could work for you for years. Way to go Affiliate Marketing.
The list will go on as long as people find new ways to earn online.
My Favourite Way to Earn Online; Affiliate Marketing.
I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate. One of the really great educators in this field. I really took a look at this group before I joined because they have a try before you buy policy. A test drive so to speak, consisting of the first 10 lessons in either (or both if you are really speedy) of two training courses.
Two choices are then possible. Continue as a free member or become a premium member. You can succeed as a free member however keep in mind a great many bits available to premium members are not available as a free member.
For premium there is one cost only. No costly add-ons. Wow, everything else had from a few to many add-ons or you were stuck in your learning. Wealthy Affiliates (WA) price has remained constant over the years. The great thing is it is locked in at what you join for.
The creators of WA also created a tremendous keyword search site, Jaaxy. This is now integrated into WA. I suppose it might be considered an add-on BUT you can use Jaaxy Lite and that is free. The two paid ones offer more however you get enough with Lite to work very well in finding the best keyword for you.
Back to me. By the time I finished my test run I had a working website. Going from knowing nought about website building to having one took 3 days! I was so enthralled that I actually upgraded prior to that.
This type of marketing general reviews products and services in such a manner as to help people find the product they have researched. Your job is to look at the various products and recommend the most appropriate ones.
All the tools you need are right here at WA. You can read my basic overview of these tools on my Wealthy Affiliate Tools: Stairway to Freedom post.
The Choice and Your Actions to Make and Create a Productive Website
Any of the above might produce an income of sorts for you. All of them will take hard work, some more than others to gain equal returns. I have tried several and been discouraged. One works for me and it can work for you too. You just need to take the first step.
Before you decide to join, review the reasons you want to learn about earning online. There is no use doing this unless you are fully, or at least reasonably, certain you want to try this. You must be prepared to work for it. So how important is it to you. For me, it was very important.
I recommend you read my Wealthy Affiliate Review and browse my other pages and posts. Be fully aware of what is offered and what you must do.
Then, if you are happy to proceed, you will find the link to join WA on the Review.
Don’t forget that the trial run is completely free!
Any comments or questions you have are welcome. If I can add to the information here, your experience in making money online I would really like to read about it.
I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully giving you a helping hand to fulfil your goals.