Are There Real Ways to Make Money Online? An Honest Opinion From an Internet Marketing Beginner
If you were one of the people during the economic downturn who lost their job or perhaps you just needed some extra money because of the ridiculous gas prices and inflation, you may have done what many others in your situation did: turned to the Internet and found yourself wondering – are there real ways to make money online? I know I did. In this article, I will share with you what I learned in my quest for the perfect on line money maker.
Let me start out by saying looking for ways to make money online is never ending. There’s eBay, starting your own website, designing a product yourself and then trying to market it online, and on and on and on. Seriously, there is a never ending list of literally hundreds of things you could do online to make money. At first I thought, a person can’t really make a living doing this stuff, I mean there’s really too much involved to get started, right? But after a lot of research I discovered there are people starting online businesses every day. Some of them successful, some of them not so much. So I realized the bigger questions is what could you do to SUCCESSFULLY make money online.
I decided to change the focus of my research to which online money making ideas were most popular. After all, if they were popular, then that would mean most people who tried them were having at least some success, right? I wasn’t particularly interested in eBay, or creating my own product. So, after looking into various programs, listening in on conversations in work from home and work online forums, and reading quite a bit about what was popular with the work from home population, I discovered three methods of making money online that the online community were having success with that kept popping up. Here they are with a brief description of each.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Online Surveys
Affiliate Marketing is simply a way to make money online by promoting other people’s products. The product owner gives you a percentage of the profit in exchange for doing this. You have no responsibility regarding the actual item (stocking, storing, shipping, etc.,) other than promoting it online. This can be a very low cost way for a person just starting out in online money making, especially if they use free marketing methods.
Online Surveys have always been a popular way to make money online. Yes, there are many companies out in the real world who want to pay real people for their honest opinion about their products. This is how companies try out new products, decide what is working and what isn’t and are able to make wise choices about what they should actually market to turn a profit. Why wouldn’t they pay for this information?
Blogging seems to be one of the more attractive ways to make money online these days. Almost everyone seems to have one, and because you can pretty much write a blog about almost anything, there are countless markets that would be attracted to various blogs. Ads can be placed on blogs and the “author” of the blog can be paid every time someone clicks on the ad, or the author can outright promote a product. Companies who wish to place ads on popular blogs are really just paying you for the traffic that comes through to visit your blog and sees (and hopefully clicks through) their ad.
Of course the trick to becoming successful at any of these popular ways to make money online is in the knowledge and skill required to accomplish the task, fortunately most of your instruction can be found online. A good search on Google on any of these topics, along with a little patience and a lot of consistent work towards your work at home goals should get you going in the right direction.
There are a lot of good programs that are worth the money to help you make your online money making dreams come true, just research them properly, and read a few reviews on the ones that interest you most. Yes, there is a lot of garbage out there, but there really is more good than bad. If you really work the programs that others are having successes with, you should do well. More often than not, the real reason someone doesn’t make it in the online business world is that they simply don’t want to put in the effort that is required and quit before they had a chance to really get started.