Why Make Money Online?
Computers have been an inherent part of our lives
for many years now. Most people use them or have
access to them and they are widely used for many
The Internet is also something that has become, not
just a way of life for many people, but an
indispensable tool that, as each year passes by,
becomes more and more integrated with so many
aspects of our lives and, in many ways, something
that many of us depend on enormously.
In recent years we have also seen a huge increase in
the use of mobile devices. It seems that, to some
degree or other, almost everyone makes use of a
mobile device such as a mobile phone, tablet or
When you have something that is so widely used, so
heavily integrated in our lives and so accessible,
naturally the question of monetization is raised.
If you’re reading this then the phrase “How to make
money online” or something similar is one that you
yourself have likely typed into a search engine, or
have seen other people refer to.
The question of how to make money online is one
that intrigues a lot of people.
Well, because, with so many people using the
Internet in one form or other and with it being such
an open, accessible and, mostly, easy platform to
use, it makes it an incredibly even playing field, so to
Just a relatively short time ago, if you wanted to
have a real shot at building a solid, sustainable
business then you would either have to be sitting on
a unique idea that was marketable or you would
have to invest a lot of money to get a business up
and running, as well as put in a lot of time in
learning the necessary skills and putting everything
These days, almost anyone can set up an online business
or, at the very least, make money online in
Exposing the Myth
It’s important to note and really grasp the truth that
even these days with starting online business, you
will still have to put in time and you will still have to
learn the appropriate skills. But, compared with a
traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business, the
overheads can be almost non-existent and, in most
cases, you will have a head-start in that the
foundations of your business will be based on
something that you are already extremely familiar
with and likely using on a daily basis.
This is what makes the prospect of making money
online an extremely attractive one for many people.
However, along with this, comes a danger, one that
has been exploited by people for many years and is
still the case today:
With computers and the Internet being more
accessible than ever before and with them being so
heavily integrated in our lives, it’s easy to have the
impression that, just as with so many other things
online these days, making money is push-button
simple. And it’s this view that is exploited by many
so-called ‘gurus’ online.
Now, I’m going to tell you something here that many
won’t tell you and won’t want me to tell you.
Because it completely undermines their laziness and
Let me emphasize this in one, simple sentence:
Overnight, push-button riches without work do not
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and
there can be freak occasions when someone, for
want of a better way of putting it, gets lucky. But
generally, you cannot expect to get rich overnight
through doing nothing other than simply pushing a
Let that sink in for a moment.
I’ll say it again – overnight, push-button riches
without work do not exist!!
However, this doesn’t stop people wishing for it.
After all, we would all like that, right? And it’s that
desire that the more unscrupulous people online
know all too well. And they will stop at almost
nothing to line their pockets at your expense.
What I want for you is for you to appreciate and
achieve two things:
1) Being dishonest, making unreal promises and
exploiting people is not the way to run any kind of
business, online or otherwise. I do not want you to
fall into the trap of joining the ranks of those who do
2) The Internet has been saturated for many years
with this kind of dishonesty which, unfortunately,
has given the idea of making money online a bad
rap. In some ways, it’s become a phrase that’s
tainted with scepticism and even frowned upon.
I get that.
But, here’s the important truth:
Some people will go so far as to say that making
money online is not possible and that anyone
claiming it is a scammer and anyone who claims that
they are doing so is either doing it through
scamming others or is simply lying.
People who come out with such nonsense are
coming from a very bad place and might even feel
that they are doing some kind of public service by
saying such things. But they are wrong, plain and
Making money online legitimately is not only
possible, but it’s something that is being done by
many people on a daily basis. The Internet is simply
a vehicle that facilitates this, just like anything else.
Let me try to help you to put this into the correct
perspective. Think of these following well-known
I could go on and on listing further examples, but
hopefully you get the point. All the brands that I
listed above are online-based and most of them offer
exclusively online products and services.
Is anyone going to suggest that they are scammers,
are lying or are, in some way or another, unqualified to
make claims of having an online business that is
making money? Believe it or not, there are people
who make such silly claims, but it isn’t worth even
giving those people any attention.
The bottom line is that many business and
individuals are making money online legitimately,
consistently and doing so extremely well.
Two Powerful Words for Success!
Bearing in mind all that we considered previously,
there is a trap that so many people are still falling
into. Again, this is something that is known to the
unscrupulous and they are constantly exploiting
people to lure them into this trap.
What is the trap?
It’s the idea that you can get rich by buying into and
getting involved with some kind of ‘system’.
Now, let’s get something straight here. There’s
nothing wrong at all with having a system in your
business. A system that works can make the
difference between success and failure.
But the problem is when people look to some kind of
ambiguous ‘system’ to do all the work for them.
They expect to just buy into something and then,
somehow, the ‘system’ magically churns out money.
Please don’t be fooled!
These kind of ‘systems’ are usually pipe-dreams and
are even sometimes based on illegal practices.
Again, there is nothing wrong with buying into
something that employs a legitimate, working,
proven system in order to generate sales and make
money. But in order for this to work, there is another
important truth. This is something that is so obvious
for success that you might not have even considered
Think about it…
In order for a business to make money, it has to
1) Something for sale.
2) A market.
With those two things, the only thing remaining is to
I appreciate that this is simplifying things
tremendously and there are many other factors
involved but, at the base level, that’s all that’s
required to actually sell something and make a sale.
And once you grasp that, it can help you to have a
whole new outlook towards making money online.
So, what does this mean for you?
It means that you have to have a product(s) or
service(s) for sale and a market that wants to buy
what you have to offer.
Forget about wasting your time looking for pushbutton
systems. Anything that promises riches
without work should ring alarm bells loudly for you.
An online business is no different than any other
kind of business in this most basic manner. That you
need to have something for sale and sell it.
Yet, this obvious truth is one that gets obscured by
the mistaken view that just because something is on
the Internet, it can somehow make you rich
overnight on autopilot without you doing any work.
And let me just say that yes, money CAN be made
very quickly and you can start, run and build a
business online considerably faster and easier than
many, shall we say ‘traditional’, offline businesses.
But the truth of the matter is that those two words
must be at the foundation of everything you do.
What Can You Sell?
This could be the subject all on its own. But I will
attempt to give you a few options to consider.
eBay – If you can source a supply of things that
people need/want and sell them at a profit, then
eBay is a good place to start. This might require
more ‘hands on’ work, as you’ll probably have to
handle and ship goods. But selling on eBay involves
a very easy learning curve and might not need you
to do anything else other than source an in-demand
product, list it, sell it and ship it.
Amazon – Amazon is an extremely versatile
platform. As with eBay, you can source products and
then sell them directly using the platform. If you are
someone who has valuable, actionable and in demand
information, you are even able to publish
your own books and videos through Amazon.
Additionally, you are able to sell digital content, such
as mobile apps and e-books.
Fiverr – If you’re someone who has a skill or skills
that you can sell as a service, then Fiverr is a great
place to start making some money by selling those
Create your own digital downloadable products –
This is not going to be for everyone who
is just getting started, however it can be one of the
best ways to establish yourself, make a name for
yourself and be known as an authority in your
chosen niche. What would be needed to get started
First of all, you need to choose a profitable niche.
Preferably this would also need to be something in
which you have an interest, as well as some existing
experience. If you don’t have experience, all is not
lost and we’ll cover why that is in a few moments.
You could create e-books, videos, MP3s, courses,
membership sites, graphics – basically, whatever
there is a market for and you are able to supply, you
Now, what if you’re just getting started and,
although you might have an interest in your chosen
niche, you really don’t have any experience? Then
you could use something that is known as PLR, or
“Private Label Rights” content.
What this means is, you obtain the PLR license to
some particular content, which then gives you the
right (always check the license agreement for
specific details) to edit, rebrand and claim
authorship of the product as your own.
If you go down the PLR route then I would
recommend first going through the content to learn
from and apply, so that you then do indeed have the
experience in that chosen subject.
If you’re unable to do that from the PLR content that you have, then
that’s a likely a good indicator that the it isn’t of a
sufficiently high quality and you should probably
ditch it. You should always be able to learn from
good PLR content.
Affiliate products –
There are many good products online that you can be an affiliate for. You would
need to pick a good quality product from a trusted
vendor, get approval to promote the product and
then promote it. Ways of doing this would be to your
e-mail list (if you have one), on your social media
channels, via videos on places like YouTube, or your
To go down this route you would likely want your
own website, which would require you to purchase a
domain name and hosting. To have a mailing list
then you would need to have some kind of mailing
service (often referred to as an autoresponder),
which would then require you to follow up with the
leads on your mailing list.
Some good places to source products as an affiliate
are JVZoo, Warrior Plus and Clickbank.
Many of the services that you may already use might
have their own affiliate programs, so it’s worth
checking that out. Think of things like your domain
name registrar, your hosting company or your
autoresponder. These are services that are
evergreen, in other words people will always want
So if you can get your leads to purchase via
your affiliate links, you will get commissions. But it
requires you to be ‘commission aware’, so be careful
not to overlook any services that you might currently
be using, but not yet an affiliate for.
On your own website you could have your own
pages where you showcase your content, you could
have a blog and you could have your own lead/capture
pages where you would give away a
valuable free gift in exchange for the person’s e-mail
Once the person is on your mailing list you
can then give them further value and build your
relationship with them, as well as promotions for
products and services for which you are an affiliate.
“But, What if I Don’t Have Anything to Sell?
It’s here where many people get stuck.
Even if you’re good at building websites, you have no
problem with the technical things and can handle
the hands-on stuff without a problem, the act of
deciding on what you can sell, where to sell it and
how to sell it could be something that cripples you.
The “how” comes down to marketing, which is a
whole other subject and depends on what you’re
selling, the strategy you’re using, your
circumstances, your positioning and so on.
This is something that you can learn as you go. The main
thing is to get started.
What about the “where”?
Again, this will largely depend on the points mentioned regarding the
“how”. You might need your own website, you might
You might need to invest in some form of paid
advertising, you might not.
You might sell on a third party
website, you might not.
The “where” will, at least to some degree, depend on
the “what” and, as mentioned previously, your
circumstances. For example, if you’re selling your
own stuff then you will likely either need your own
website or a third-party marketplace of some kind.
Whereas, if you’re selling offers as an affiliate, then
you wouldn’t sell those on something like Fiverr, for
If you’re not yet in the position whereby you have
your own products or services to sell, then the
likelihood is that you will be looking at the affiliate
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get started with
making money on the Internet, as you don’t need
your own products, you only need to do minimal
technical stuff and it’s an extremely easy mode of
(you can find more information on this by going HERE )
The problem with affiliate marketing, though, is it
isn’t what it once was!
Although it still works and you can still make money doing it, if you want any kind
of consistent, sizeable income, unless you have the
resources to really ramp things up, as a newbie you
might struggle to gain traction.
Now, this isn’t meant to discourage you or put you
off, I simply believe that it’s best to be open and
honest about these things, as there’s too much
‘smoke and mirrors’ online and too many people
would rather skate around these important issues
and not tell you the truth outright.
There is another solution, though, that I think you
might find interesting and if you’re someone who is
looking to get started online, currently has no
experience or products of their own, but is prepared
to learn and to put in the required effort to make
stuff happen, then this is something that, I believe,
could prove to be hugely beneficial for you.
and mentor, Dean Holland. It’s called the “Affiliate
Marketers Playbook” and you can grab your free
copy by clicking here.
In this book, you will learn why the affiliate
marketing model no longer works as it used to and
what you can do about it.
As I mentioned, affiliate marketing still works and it’s
still a great way to get started online. But if you’re
looking for something that gives you a more solid,
consistent income then you will want to check out
I really hope that you have enjoyed the information
that I have presented to you here and that you have
found it useful.
The key to having any kind of success is to TAKE
The key action in making money online hinges on
those two, most important words I mentioned earlier.
Do you remember what they are?
So, in summary:
1) Choose a niche
2) Identify a hungry market (this and point 1 are
3) Establish what it is that you are going to sell
4) Decide on where you are going to sell it
5) Sell it!
There are many more components to a fully functioning
business machine that we simply don’t
have the time to go over sufficiently in this short
But if you would like to learn more about how to get
started online and would like to contact me for
further assistance, please feel free to contact me HERE.
In the meantime, don’t forget to secure your copy of
Dean’s free Affiliate Marketers Playbook, and I look
forward to hearing from you soon!
To your success!