Something that I’ve come to realize recently is that there are tons of ways to make money online. Ecommerce sites, micro niche sites, YouTube, and other forms of social media are just a few of the many ways to make money online.
So far the only ways I’ve actually made any money online has been through blogging (via affiliate marketing) and freelance writing so that is what I will discuss for now.
Books on Online Business
Here are some of my favorite books that will help you grow your online business:
Easy Money by James Holt is a concise, step-by-step guide on how to build a profitable niche site. If you’re wondering what the heck a niche site is, James explains thoroughly in his book.
Essentially it’s a model where you base a website around a specific subject matter, selling products relating to that specific subject. Although it takes some start-up costs and effort, once the website is up the traffic and (hopefully) money will start rolling in.
Check out the full review here.
Efficiency by Wall Street Playboys
Efficiency is, well, efficient. There is no fluff. Each page is packed with content and it is a lot to take in. Because I write reviews I tend to read to fast and miss out on good information so I will likely go back soon and read over it again.
This book has a lot of information dedicated entirely to online business, product creation and affiliate marketing. A must-read from some wealthy dudes!
Check out the full review here.
The Blog Artist’s Handbook by Victor Pride
Victor Pride is the proprietor of arguably the most influential men’s blog: Bold & Determined. His content and ebooks are uber-popular, and he shows you how to replicate his success.
The latter is important because many guys want to make their income from a content-based business, basically a blog. Everything from content creation, to maintaining a website to brainstorming is in here.
Just make sure you don’t copy his blog like so many others do!
How to Sell by Will Freeman
This book is a good overview of the sales industry and contains a lot of harsh truths about it.
However, a lot of the skills laid out will also teach you what’s needed to make it online. This is particuraly useful for guys looking to sell their own products (like Will does) or to engage in affiliate marketing.
Ca$hvertising by Drew Whitman
Copywriting is essential to having a profitable online business.
This book is one of the best books at laying out clear and concise information on how to ramp up your sales numbers.
I had always overlooked freelancing as a viable way to make money online. About a week ago, I reconsidered because I felt that there was only so much time in a day I could work on my websites.
So I decided to sign up to a few sites, although oDesk has been the only one to net me money as of this writing. Within the last 6 days, I’ve completed 2 projects, have 2 projects I’m working on, and have been offered another 2 projects which I may have to turn down because I’m too busy with my current ones.
The money I’m making is by no means significant. The projects are sometimes $5 at a time, coming out to around $10-15 an hour, although I’m not working 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
The idea behind freelancing, at least as I understand it, is that you start out doing a few low paying jobs and over time build up your skills, resume, and clients. You can then start doing higher paying work like copywriting or marketing and charge in the realm of $40-60 an hour.
If this is something that interests you, start today. Do a few projects here and there in your free time and over time freelancing can become a viable means of making money if you choose to pursue that route.
oDesk: So far oDesk has been the only site I’ve had success with. I like it because the jobs are plentiful and it’s user friendly with an easy layout.
ELance: I’ve found the competition to be much higher on Elance. Also, the jobs don’t look as appealing o relative to skills and interest, so I’ve shied away from it. However, there is still a lot of opportunity there.
Guru: This site seems to have the highest paying jobs, with clients who are running serious business, which means serious money for freelancers. However, the jobs there require higher skill levels and experience, and the barriers to entry for a newbie are high.
Fiverr: This site is straightforward: Create a gig, have clients come to you, do the work, make $4 (They take $1 per gig). Low paying yes, but I the work you do is easy, you can make some nice side cash.
I‘ve yet to have any success with Fiverr, despite having 3 different gigs up. I got one sale, but the guy sent me to a site that my computer security deemed Unsafe” so I kindly refunded his money. If you can however get clients to buy into your gig, it’s definitely an easy, automatic way of getting cash.
I recently read ‘Writing for Peanuts‘, by Matt Forney. It’s a helpful guide to making money on FIverr, and at only a $1.99 pays for itself twice if you get at least one gig out of it.
The internet has given millions of people a platform to share their thoughts and experiences with the world. While in many cases that’s not a good thing, it provides people like you and me who aren’t rich and famous to get our voices heard.
Blogs are a valuable tool when it comes to making money online. I call them tools because the blogs themselves don’t generate money, but rather, they provide a medium to promote books, products, consultations etc.
Below, you’ll find some sources that discuss how to make money from blogging.
Below is a list of informative websites, blogs, books and articles that I have found helpful in making money online. I tend to read people’s sites who reflect what I want my site to be, which means that I don’t read too many “blogs about blogging”. Rather, I prefer to read self-development and men’s lifestyle sites who write about making money online.
Again, this is not a static page, so if you have any resources you know of, or have a blog yourself, please share it with me and other readers by posting in the comments or contacting me directly.
Social Media Examiner
Although this site has a narrow focus on making money online, I’ve found a lot of useful articles on there, especially when it comes to social media and blog traffic.
Smart Passive Income
Pat’s website is one of the most successful and well recognized in the making money online niche. Again this is one of those sites where he makes “passive income” by writing about passive income; something that doesn’t directly interest me. However, a lot of his posts are golden.
Plus, according to his site he made close to 6 figures in one month! Below are two pages from his site that serve as a directory for his articles, so you can take a look and see if they’re of any interest to you.
Danger & Play
Mike has put out some incredible content this year regarding making money online. These posts cover a wide spectrum, but some of my favorite posts have been part of his ‘Gorilla Marketing‘ articles.
- How Much Money Can You Make On a Website You Don’t Care About
- 5 Life Lessons From Victor Pride
- Affiliate Marketing or Advertising
Matt has a ton of great content about making money online, in fact he’s written a couple of books on it. I reviewed Confessions of an Online Hustler recently. Here are a few other posts:
30 Days to X
Robert has put out a ton of great posts recently on this subject, both on affiliate marketing and blogging.
Bold & Determined
Reading Victor’s blog was some of the most influential works I read as a novice blogger. His ‘So You Want to be a Professional Blogger’ is phenomenal.
- The No Bullshit Guide to Making Money Online
- So You Want to be a Professional Blogger Part 1, Part 2, Part 3