There are many ways to make money online. You can try adsense, affiliate marketing, ecommerce, selling your own products, sell advertising space, etc.
Those are some of the methods that actually work – but then there are methods you should totally avoid. I’ve give you examples of these in a seconds.
The problem is that most people move from one thing to the next too fast.
You are not to blame since probably your email inbox contains dozens or hundreds of emails each promising you a system or method to make a ton of money online.
What you have to do is figure out whether a specific method works now as well as in the long term. And focus on just one method at a time. Spend at least 3-6 months on the method before trying something new. That way you give it a really good try before deciding to abandon it for something else.
You have to spend time, energy and money on one method, give it all you can to make it work before trying something else.
Most importantly you want to find a method that is going to work just as good in the long term.
So if there is a method you like, let us say for example Kindle Publishing (publishing and selling ebooks on Amazon), ask a bit around, perhaps in forums, to discover the longevity of the system.
How likely is this method going to work in the next two to three years?
Because if it does not it will be an issue, you will then have to find something new to make money.
Some methods to make money online are short term methods.
For example a method that uses youtube and affiliate programs may work well this year but if youtube decides to make some changes to their website the method may no longer work!
This is a very common problem that occurs with most money making formulas.
So you really have to know whether the method will stop working altogether within a year or two?
Most methods that depend on only one specific website or company to work (like the example of youtube) are more likely to become obsolete in a very short time.
In my opinion the most reliable way to make money online is to sell your own products and/or services, because you have complete control of everything. You won’t rely on ANYONE in particular.
For example if you’re advertising your products on Youtube, even if Youtube’s website where to shut down completely, you’d have a ton of other options for advertising.
That gives you control!
So pick something that will work just as well or better in the future!
In reality most of the methods to make money online become useless after some time, because the Internet is an always evolving place, change happens quickly.
Affiliate marketing and selling your own products and/or services are the most reliable forms of making money online.
Before you try any method learn also if anyone else tried it already and what results they got, if any! Don’t look at the testimonials on the website because if it’s a scam they can be fake! Instead search for forums, question and answer sites or groups like Facebook groups. Ask people on those sites.
There are some methods promising you will make a ton of money fast. For example: “Proven system to make $10,000 a month within the next 90 days!” or “Make $300 a day while you sleep following this system in just 30 days”
If you’re new to making money online it’s very hard to not try at least a couple of these systems. Personally I bought dozens of these methods, and they’re basically all the same. The work you’d have to do is usually repetitive and does not make sense. It’s not easy, it’s very boring and it’s spammy. Worst of all they just don’t work.
They make it sound easy but it’s the opposite.
For example one method required I make a couple Youtube videos a day and upload them to Youtube. Then I’d had to comment as much as 15 times a day on other videos and leave a link to my video. Each video promoted an affiliate product.
This method totally failed for me and everyone else who has tried it.
Another method consisted of building a ton of blogs each day, put affiliate links on them, and then these blogs should “magically” start getting traffic from Google. Then wait for people to buy the affiliate products.
I call these methods scams, because their promises are misleading.
They waste your time and money and worst of all give you the wrong impression that you can get rich quickly and easy on the Internet (“working 4 hours a week from the beach”).
The truth is that the Internet is not the place to be if you want to get rich quick. You can get rich and very rich but almost no one got there very quick, certainly not in 30 or 60 days and not following the advice of some scammer!
So here is what to do:
First of all when you find a method you like (not a scam but a method that is proven to work now and in the long term) unsubscribe from all the other emails you are getting.
You do not want to receive more emails trying to sell you something new.
They are a distraction.
And remember almost every method that sound too good to be true, with exaggerated claims of making a ton of money in a few months, is a SCAM!
Now focus on whatever method you chose.
Pick one money making method and stick with it until it works! That is how you really make money online. Stop trying one opportunity after another.
It may take a while before you find something that you truly want to do. Whatever you choose to do make sure you like it. If you at least don’t like what you do chances are very high you’ll give up!
More than 7 years ago Jack made his first few sales online as an affiliate marketer. His site ranked on Google for dozens of keywords, so later on, he built courses and software to teach his SEO "secrets". He also won a Flip Camera in an affiliate contest.
Now he reveals all the insights he's discovered throughout the years about Internet marketing, in his free guides and products!