One of the questions I am asked most often is “How to Make Money Online” or some version like how to make money online from home. If you have been following my series of articles on How to Build Your Own Online Business, you will see that this article is Step Four of my simple formula for success with an online business.
Making money online is the FUN part of having your own online business. When you put all the pieces together, and you know how to make money online, you get to put money in the bank! Actually, money is automatically deposited into your account 24/7. One of the favorite times of my day is checking my various online accounts to see how many sales came in while I was in my cozy bed fast asleep.
If you are here for the first time, first of all, thanks for reading my blog! Here are the last four articles in this series:
So for this article, I’m going to assume that you know who you are going to market to (your target market), picked a great money-making niche and you have started to create your money making website. Once your website is indexed, you will begin seeing some visitors and getting some traffic to your website.
Let me be the first to congratulate you for all the hard work you’ve done so far. But, having a pretty website and adding content to your site is no fun if you don’t make money.
In a nutshell, here is the bird’s eye view of how to make money online. While there are several ways to make money online I’m going to start with Affiliate Marketing because that’s one of the easiest ways to start making money online with a website.
I’m going to walk you through my fully automated online money making system but first, let me introduce you to a friend of mine, Cindy. Knowing Cindy is what got me started with my first online business venture.
You see Cindy is an avid shopper. Not only does she watch the shopping channel looking for bargains, she scours the internet several days a week trying to learn as much as she can about the products she wants to buy for her family.
Cindy has two homes, three adult children and four grandchildren. She is active in her community and she buys things for her parents, in laws, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends on their birthdays, anniversaries and at Christmas.
When I lost my home and business and could not get a job, I thought of Cindy and the millions of mission shoppers just like her and the thought hit me that I could make money just by helping Cindy find the products she wants for the best value. I knew I could help her save money by avoiding the frustration of buying worthless products that failed to meet her high standards. All I had to do was recommend a few products.
In effect, I could become her personal shopper that she trusted to help her find what she needed. I could save her money and time. Most importantly, I could provide peace of mind and give her confidence in her buying decisions.
With that in mind, I launched my first mini-site. Now mind you, this site was not as grand as some of my more recent sites, but it was niched to help moms and grandmas locate and make smart buying decisions about educational toys and learning products for their kids.
Cindy is an ideal customer for an online business developer. She searches the internet from her Search Engine browser (Google, Yahoo and Bing). She also looks for deals from her Social Media Contacts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. She likes Pintrest and she owns a brick and mortar business so she networks on LinkedIn.
I recently acquainted Cindy with online Q & A Forums and locate them through DMoz or BoardTracker so she could search for the embroidery threads and appliques she uses for making her quilts and custom designed wrap around blankets.
So, how can you make money online with affiliate marketing from millions of mission shoppers like Cindy?
First, you need a simple 3-5 page website. Pick a niche that buyers like Cindy would come to when they want to read articles about the products or services you like and recommend.
What products is Cindy interested in buying? Here is a list of a few of the website niches that Cindy frequents for her online shopping needs. Keep in mind, THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST. With a little thought, you could easily come up with dozens of ideas for your niche website.
Not only is the list of niche specialties endless, the supply of products from well-known, big brand companies like Wallmart, Pier One, Amazon, Best Buy, Nordstroms, Barnes and Noble and a thousand other merchants is huge.
And there are dozens of digital product networks that offer informational products for people who are interested in self-development, business, investing, dating, health and fitness, landscaping, gardening, gaming…I could go on but I’m sure you get the picture.
The online marketing revolution is huge.
How Can You Capture Your Share of This Billion Dollar Market?
Choose a target market (BabyBoomers, Retirees, Home Shoppers, New Parents, Dissatisfied Employees, Exotic Vacation Travellers, Hobby Enthusiasts, Online Gamers, etc.), pick your niche, create your website, choose the products you want to promote and set up your affiliate marketing relationships and you are set to go.
All of that may sound a little complicated and truthfully it can be challenging for a novice. If you had to go out and piecemeal your way through you would most likely stop before you had all the pieces in place.
When I first started, I was lost. Without someone who had “been there and done that” to mentor me I had to learn each piece of the puzzle one step at a time.
It took me years before I found some really smart and really honest guys who knew the technical side of setting up a website store and could teach me everything I needed to know from A to Z about how to make money online from home.
I’m happy to share my find with you but I have to tell you something first. I’m not a sales person. Some people love selling. I don’t. In fact I hate selling. So, I had to find a fully-automated way to make sales without being a confrontational sales gal. Why?
If you don’t make sales, you don’t have a business. Plain and simple. If you want a real online business, you must have sales.
How Do You Make Sales Online Without Selling?
Online Marketing became my answer. Online Marketing fits my lifestyle perfectly because all I had to do was learn as much as I could about the customers I wanted to help.
People like Cindy just want to know they are getting a good deal for the money they spend on the products and services they want. Women like Audrey, Kim, Megan, Amy and others I have coached just wanted to know that they could make a decent living with an online business from home.
But, they all need products to promote and the easiest way to get products without having to buy them, stock them and ship them is to simply sign up to become an Affiliate Marketer.
As an affiliate, I try out products, research and review products and programs to help people get what they want. The fact is, people want to buy but they hate being sold. That fits me perfectly.
With affiliate marketing, I can make money online simply by recommending products and programs that I have used and have confidence in. I make sales online by helping people get what they want without feeling the pressure of having to sell to them.
I would love to show you how I make money online. If you want, you can request my eBook, “My Little Black Book of Online Marketing Secrets”. It’s quick to read and it’s FREE.
I will help you understand affiliate marketing networks and how you can leverage them to capture your share of the multi-billion dollar online revolution.
Affiliate Marketing is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making money online from home. Stay tuned for more ways to make money online with more articles to follow.
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