How to Make Money
Oops! Not so fast. Side note #2: After I wrote the Starting and Internet Business ebook mentioned above a lot of people wrote in and asked me for help with their own ebook.
The result - a new ebook I wrote called How to Write and Sell Your Own Ebook. Like the ebook above it's all real stuff you need to know to write and sell your ebook the easy, cheap way. It walks you through writing your ebook, setting up your website, etc. in a series of short exercises. When you finish the exercises you will have a completed ebook, website, and will be ready to take orders. If you want to write and sell your own ebooks, click here.
Okay, that's it for good. I swear. No more shameless plugs on this site.
You can also make money by referring people to another merchant's services. This is called affiliate marketing. The merchant selling a product wants people to come to his site. For every person that comes from your site to his that buys a product he will pay you a certain amount of money.
You can put up banners on your site or recommend the places in text. It's best to put advertising up that relates to the content of your website.
For example, let's say that you are crazy about English Castles and your website is about Castles in England and the history associated with each one. You know if someone visits your website they are interested in English Castles or they wouldn't be there so what would people that are interested in English Castles be interested in buying?
Well, they would probably be interested in a tour to England to visit the castles so you could sign up with a merchant's affiliate program that provides these tour packages. Your visitors might also be interested in reading books about English Castles or English history so you could recommend a few that they might find interesting from Amazon. You may also sign up with an affiliate program that sells posters of English Castles. The list is truly endless.
The best part is it doesn't matter what your website is about you can offer your visitors advertising that reflects your website content and your visitor's interest.
I usually just go to Google and type in the type of merchant I'm looking for. For example, let's say that I want to offer posters on my site. I would type in Poster Affiliates in the search box and then check out the merchants that come up in the search.
I've gotten a ton of mail from people who want to make money online but don't know what to sell. Most of the places that I've seen that tell you that you can make money through them don't work or are just plain scams; however there are some places out there that are decent. The trick of course is figuring out which places are decent and which just take your money.
If you aren't sure what to sell, here are some tips:
1. Go with something that interests you. Don't just pick something that you think will make you a bunch of money. If you aren't interested in what you are selling you won't do everything you need to do to make your business successful.
2. Be wary of companies that have ready made businesses for you with merchandise that they will ship for you. A lot of times the prices that you need to sell the products at are too high for you to sell the products much less make a good profit on or it's too hard to get customers.
3. If the business you are considering requires you to get your own merchant account or credit card processor that charges a monthly fee, don't do it,
4. If you have to pay an extra 'monthly fee' for your business website, don't do it.
Regardless of what business you decide to do, it will require time, effort and hard work to make successful. The people who succeed put the time and effort into really learning their business and how to market it and get visitors to it. The ones who don't, give up when things get hard so they fail. It really is as simple as that. The great news is that if you are willing to put the time and effort into it, it IS possible for you to do really well.
You don't have to be smarter, richer or anything else that you think of that might hold you back, you just have to be willing to work hard. You really do have everything you need to succeed.