18 Ways to Make Money Online (The Truth About Making Money Fast)
Do you want to earn money online? Then I wrote this article for you!
Nowadays anyone can make money on the internet. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
You have almost no start-up costs, you can work on your online business whenever you want and you can earn money from anywhere in the world.
Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
But how does making money online actually work?
And what different ways are there to make money online?
In this article I am going to answer these questions in detail (it has become a very long article, so I would definitely recommend that you bookmark it so you can come back to it).
I’m going to give you an overview of 18 ways that work really well in 2021 to make money online! Read through them all and then decide which one appeals to you the most to get started.
Making money online is often associated with stories about making money quickly. Many websites would have you believe that the internet is ideal for making money very quickly.
How is that correct? What’s the point? What does it take to make money online?
In this article I am not going to mince words and I am going to tell you the honest truth about what it takes to make money on the internet .
You will discover how you can succeed in making money online.
Are you ready for it?
THE INTERNET HAS CREATED NEW POSSIBILITIES!
There is a revolution going on in the way people can make money.
Today we have the opportunity to do things that were never possible before.
Today it is possible to earn money online without too many start-up costs and in the foreseeable future.
It has never been cheaper and easier to turn your own blog, website or social media channel into a source of income.
Via the internet it has become much easier to reach many people and to link a revenue model to this.
Motivated people all over the world are starting to realize that it is quite possible to make money via the internet these days.
Every day more and more success stories emerge from people who earn money online with their own website, blog or social media channel.
You could be next. Your timing is perfect. The possibilities on the internet are up for grabs!
WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE
Below I am going to explain 18 ways that work very well in 2021 to earn money online.
But first a little bit about myself. I do not work full time on my online business. I have a job – which I enjoy doing – so I work on my online business after my hours. In addition, I have a family that I like to do fun things with, and many friends and hobbies that I also want to spend time with.
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But there are so many different ways to make money online. Below you will find a very extensive list.
1) START A BLOG
One of the most popular and well-known ways to make money on the internet is to start a blog.
There are blogs on all kinds of topics, such as travel, fashion, health, relationships, sports, cooking, technological gadgets, investing, investing, … and all of them can be a fantastic source of income.
It will take a while before you make money blogging. However, if you invest enough time and effort to build a quality blog, you can earn a nice income on the internet.
How can you make money with a blog?
There are many different ways you can make money with a blog. Below I have listed the most obvious ones, but this is by no means the complete list:
- Promote the products or services of others
- Sell advertising space
- Writing sponsored blog articles and reviews
- Selling your own products or services
Exciting right?! In this article, I’ll explain exactly how beginners can get started building a blog to make money on the internet: What are the options for making money blogging and how do you get started?
Anyone can start a blog. You don’t have to be a tech savvy and you don’t need start-up capital.
Every day there are newbies who set up their own blog without any prior knowledge. You can do this too if you want.
2) AFFILIATE MARKETING
Would you enjoy making money by recommending products to others?
Think about the times you bought something or used a service and couldn’t wait to tell your friends or family about it.
Now imagine being paid for this.
That’s what affiliate marketing comes down to. It is one of the most popular ways to make money on the internet, especially for bloggers.
Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s products in exchange for a commission.
Many popular products and services have affiliate programs. You must join an affiliate network in order to promote these products.
You will then be given special links to use when promoting on your blog or website.
Every time someone buys a product through your link, it is tracked by the affiliate network and you earn a commission.
There are thousands of products you could promote. For affiliate marketing to work, it is important that you promote products that match your niche and are relevant to your target audience.
In my blog article, The best tips for making a lot of money with affiliate marketing , I go over everything you need to know to start making money with affiliate marketing yourself.
AFFILIATE MARKETING REVOLUTION
I make money with affiliate marketing, but I haven’t been able to do this in a few days.
It has taken me time and effort to grow my affiliate marketing business just like any legitimate business.
It’s funny actually, most new businesses need at least 3 to 5 years to turn a profit, and yet many people expect to be able to make quick money immediately on the Internet.
As I said before, you may be lucky and manage to make money quickly on the internet, but most people will have to try different things before they become successful and make money.
When it comes to affiliate marketing specifically, I usually say that it takes about 6 to 12 months of effort to earn a nice extra income on the internet.
You need to ask yourself… Does your online business really offer a quality product or service that a reasonable person would pay for?
If the answer is negative, you will not make money quickly on the internet.
You have to build a real business that offers value to people before you can expect to make a lot of money.
Instead of asking “how can I make money fast on the internet?” better ask “how can I offer a valuable product or service that people will be willing to pay for?”.
The reference in the Netherlands and Belgium with regard to affiliate marketing is Jacko Meijaard of Internet Success Guide .
If you are also interested in making money with affiliate marketing, I highly recommend his Affiliate Marketing Revolution course .
In this video course he explains step-by-step how you can build an affiliate marketing business to earn money on the internet.
I only managed to make money on the internet after going through his course and implementing all the steps.
Be sure to read my experience with this product and how it brought me to where I am now.
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Be sure to watch the video below by Jacko Meijaard in which he gives his vision about earning money quickly on the internet.
The bottom line is that he also indicates that you will not just make money quickly tomorrow, but that you have to take action, keep learning, apply what you learn and persevere.
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3) START A DROPSHIPPING WEBSITE
Do you want to sell things online, but don’t know what to sell?
That’s okay. With dropshipping, you don’t even need your own product to make money online.
Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where you sell someone else’s products via your own webshop.
Dropshipping allows you to purchase a company’s products and resell them to customers, without ever having those products in your hands.
As the owner of a webshop, you offer certain products, but you do not have them in stock yourself. The customer places the order through your webshop, you pass the order on to the supplier and he sends the product directly to the customer.
As a dropshipper you are therefore an intermediary. You offer products in your webshop that you do not have in stock yourself.
So you don’t have to worry about the production or storage of the products at all.
All you have to do is sell the product to customers. The supplier will then ship the product directly to the customer.
Dropshipping is a very popular way to make money online because it has many advantages : you don’t have to keep stock, you don’t need staff, you can earn money from anywhere in the world, you can automate your business to a large extent, the start-up costs are low,…
Are you interested in making money online with dropshipping? Then read my article: What is dropshipping and how can you get started?
4) SELL YOUR PRODUCTS ONLINE VIA E-COMMERCE
Do you have your own product that you can sell? Forget dropshipping and start your own ecommerce store instead.
Selling products online is one of the most common ways to make money online.
With the right knowledge and tools , anyone can set up and run an e-commerce store.
To get started, you obviously need a product.
This can be a product that you produce yourself or a product that you purchase through a supplier.
If you don’t have a product yet, you should first research which product you can easily sell online.
Once you have a product, you need to set up your online store.
The best way to set up your online store is to use an ecommerce platform as it makes the process much easier.
Popular online ecommerce platforms to manage your online store are: WooCommerce , Shopify or Luondo .
Once your online store is set up, you need to focus on marketing to attract customers and sell products.
You can do this with social media, online advertising, offline advertising, SEO or any other creative way you can think of.
While it may initially take time to properly set up and promote your online store, it is a great way to earn money online.
5) SELL ON BOL.COM
Everyone in Belgium and the Netherlands knows Bol.com . What most people do not know is that the range in the web store only partly consists of their own products.
A large part of the range is now supplied by third parties. Bol.com is thus following its American brother Amazon.
Bol.com originally started as an online store to buy books. Today it is a large online store where many entrepreneurs sell their products.
Selling on Bol.com has a number of important advantages:
- You don’t have to set up your own online store. You actually use the Bol.com webshop to display and sell your products.
- Compared to your own webshop, you also have the great advantage that you do not have to search for your customers yourself. Masses of people buy things on Bol.com and trust the webshop blindly.
- A third major advantage is that Bol.com arranges the logistics. You can store the products in a Bol.com warehouse and they will arrange the delivery if someone buys your product.
But how exactly does it work? How can you earn money online by selling products on Bol.com?
In short, it means that you buy products in large quantities in China through an online store such as Alibaba.
You then have those products delivered and stored in a Bol.com warehouse. You do not need a warehouse yourself.
You place the products in the Bol.com webshop. Bol.com arranges the sale and charges a commission for it.
Chances are that you have already seen this way of earning money online in an online advertisement.
Winston Zwemmer is an internet entrepreneur who has earned a lot of money himself with this way of earning money online.
He has bundled this knowledge in an online course, the Bol Masterclass .
In this video course he explains the entire process in great detail:
- How do you know what products sell well on Bol.com
- How to buy them cheap in China to resell them at a profit
- How to have them come to a Bol.com warehouse
- How to put them in the Bol.com webshop
- And how you can scale up further.
Of course you want to avoid buying hundreds of products in China that you don’t get sold on the paving stones afterwards.
In the course, Winston explains how you can find out in advance whether a product will sell well.
Selling on Bol.com is an interesting way to earn money online. As a starter you can quickly start with this since you do not have to set up your own webshop and the marketing is largely done by Bol.com itself.
If you are interested in this way of earning money online, you should definitely check out Winston Zwemmer ‘s Bol Masterclass .
Want to get a taste of this course? Then sign up for his free webinar where he explains 5 simple steps to set up a profitable webshop.
6) ONLINE INVESTING
You can also decide to make money work for you instead of working for money yourself.
Online investing is about trading financial products on the financial markets. You can invest in all kinds of products: stocks, options, bonds, commodities, currencies, funds, indices, cryptocurrencies, …
Technological developments have made online investing more accessible than ever in recent years. More and more people start investing online to earn money from home.
In the past, you had to go through your local bank branch if you wanted to invest in the stock market.
Nowadays anyone can do it from home. All you need is a laptop, tablet or smartphone, an internet connection and a (free) trading account.
Investing is a way of making money online where you can make a lot of profit.
You can find many stories on the internet of traders who have made mega profits and can live off their investments. That is why it appeals to the imagination of many people.
Of course, there are also risks associated with online investing. It is not a guarantee that you will make a profit. You can also lose money.
It is therefore important that you know what you are getting into and that you first delve into online investing before investing too much money.
Kevin Timmers is a Dutch day trader who has a very interesting course: the Day Trading Masterclass .
The course includes 12 hours of video training and you can follow him live daily as he trades on the US stock exchange. Of course you learn a lot from this to be able to earn money online yourself.
In addition, there is a very large online community around the Day Trading Masterclass of all other investors who are engaged in making money online by investing.
There are weekly mentoring sessions to become successful. You don’t have to become a full-time trader either. You can also perfectly apply the strategies if you only have a few hours available next to your job.
Be sure to read my review of the Day Trading Masterclass if you want to know more about this.
7) MAKE MONEY WITH CRYPTOCURRENCY
You have probably already heard of Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency. At the end of 2017 it was really hype and everyone was talking about it.
At the peak of the hype in December 2017, one Bitcoin was worth almost 20,000 euros.
After that, the value of Bitcoin fell back a bit and then rises much further in 2020 and 2021. In April 2021, Bitcoin reached its current highest value of about 53,000 euros.
In 2016, Bitcoin was worth only a few hundred euros.
If you were there very early and have already invested in cryptocurrency before the hype, you will have made a lot of money with this.
I’ll leave it up to you to calculate the profit.
It is such stories and the potential of cryptocurrencies to change the future of money that makes a lot of people interested in making money with cryptocurrency.
Cryptocurrencies offer huge opportunities to make money online.
Of course, this also means that there are risks involved.
I advise you to invest part of your money in crypto coins. There are still a lot of people who say that cryptocurrencies are going to completely change the future of money.
It is important to learn before you invest in crypto coins.
I am delving into it myself through a very interesting course: the Crypto Masterclass by Derek Westra and Patrick Suiker .
Derek and Patrick each have 7 years of experience in trading crypto coins and teach you in a free training how you can get started with Bitcoin and other crypto coins.
After their free 1.5-hour training, you will understand exactly how Bitcoin and crypto work, why banks are so afraid of them, how to discover a good crypto currency and with which strategies you can earn money with it.
They teach you to buy your first crypto during the training for 1 euro!
8) CREATE AN ONLINE COURSE
If you are very good at something or know a lot about it, you can make money by creating an online course about it.
You don’t necessarily have to be an absolute expert. Everyone has knowledge or experience for which there is a target group on the internet who is willing to pay to learn something valuable about this.
The great thing about online courses is that you can keep selling them without much extra effort once you’ve created them.
You don’t have to set aside time to teach either. You simply record your course on video or you write it out in a PDF document.
If you create a relevant and useful course, you can continue to earn passive income from it for years to come.
You can offer your online course through your own blog or website, or you can use online platforms such as Udemy .
9) WRITE AN EBOOK
Have you also noticed that ebooks are being written about just about every subject these days.
From self-help to career development, fictional stories to recipes, you name it.
This is because it is very easy to create an ebook. Anyone can make one, including you.
Write an ebook about your passion or interest. You don’t need to have excellent writing skills yourself. You can hire someone to write the ebook for you.
You can earn a lot of money on the internet with a good ebook that is valuable, relevant and interesting for your target group.
After you create it, you can also continue to sell it through your blog and thus become a constant source of passive income.
If you don’t have a blog or website to sell your ebook yourself, you can do this very easily via bol.com .
10) BECOME A COACH OR MENTOR
If you have a lot of experience in something or have a specialized skill, you may want to consider becoming a coach or mentor to mentor others.
You teach others how to become successful in something you are already good at.
What kind of coach could you become?
Well, you can focus on all kinds of things, such as business management, nutrition tips, dating, investment advice, … there are coaches and mentors available on countless topics.
You can coach or mentor people offline through seminars, training sessions or mastermind groups or online through webinars or video tutorials.
11) START A PODCAST
Are you a smooth talker? Do you enjoy sharing your thoughts and exchanging opinions with others?
What would you think if you could make money on the internet by talking about topics that interest you?
If you’re passionate about a particular subject – it being anything: money, home decor, motherhood, gardening, technology, gadgets, economics, investing, fashion, relationships… (absolutely anything!) – you can start a podcast about it.
You don’t need any experience. You just have to get started.
How can you make money on the internet with podcasts?
You must succeed in making your podcast very popular and then you can earn money through advertising, sponsorship deals or you can charge a monthly subscription fee.
12) ONLINE MARKETING AGENCY
Online marketing offers many opportunities to make money online. As an online marketer you help companies to become more known and get more customers.
A good online marketing strategy has become increasingly important for companies in recent years.
If you are good at this and can realize a significant increase in turnover for a company, you can charge a substantial amount for this.
Online marketing is very broad. These include search engine optimization (SEO), search engine advertising (SEA), social media advertising, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, and so on.
If you’re hired by a small business, they usually expect you to use all of these strategies to test how you can generate more customers for them.
You can also choose to specialize in one subdomain and become a real expert in it.
When you inspire confidence as an expert and can deliver results, companies are happy to outsource this part of their marketing strategy to you and they will pay you well for it.
You can earn a stable income with this as companies continue to need online marketing activities to find more and more customers.
There are many good online courses to delve into this. To really become an expert, it’s even more important to try a lot to build experience.
If you are able to generate a positive return on investment for companies, you will be able to make a lot of money with online marketing.
If your online marketing campaigns bring in more money for a company than they cost, you will be well paid for it.
13) SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING AGENCY
Social media is ubiquitous and therefore offers opportunities to earn money online.
Companies can reach a lot of people via social media in a relatively cheap way.
If a social media campaign is successful, it is widely shared by people and the campaign can go viral.
So much information is posted on the internet every day these days that it is quite a challenge for companies to get their attention.
Companies are fighting among themselves for consumer attention. Due to this competition, many companies are looking for help from specialists who can do this for them.
So if you are good at bringing companies to the attention of potential customers on social media, you can start a social media marketing agency and earn money online.
Your job then consists of managing the social media channels of a company. You think about which updates and campaigns are posted and on which channels you place them (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, …).
You should therefore analyze and further optimize the reach of these updates in order to reach as many potential customers as possible.
You can also use advertisements to give your social media campaigns extra power.
Managing a company’s social media is a daunting task. That is why many companies like to outsource this to specialists and this creates an opportunity for you to earn money online.
14) BECOME AN INFLUENCER
You’ve probably heard stories of Instagrammers making money online by posting photos and videos of their lives on Instagram.
Maybe this sounds like fun to you and you would like to earn money with this yourself.
An influencer is someone who has a lot of active followers on a social media platform and thus has an influence on their life through the things he or she posts.
It can be very interesting for companies to approach an influencer to promote a product through his or her social media channel. As an influencer you earn money with such a collaboration and as a company you sell more products to your target group.
More and more companies are using influencer marketing to get their products to the attention of the right target group because it is more efficient than, for example, commercials on television or advertisements in newspapers.
This is because the followers of an influencer form a very clear target group and companies can estimate whether this is a target group that fits their products.
Companies can also better measure the effectiveness of their marketing actions together with influencers than through more traditional marketing channels.
It is important that you have enough followers and that they are active in order to earn money as an influencer. Your followers should trust you and like and share updates.
There are also more and more companies – such as Influencer Agency , for example – that bring companies into contact with the right influencers.
They look for a match between the target group of the company and the followers of an influencer to promote products as effectively as possible.
15) FREELANCE WRITER
Do you like to write lyrics? Then you can also earn money online as a freelance writer.
Companies that want to gain attention on the Internet must continue to post valuable content.
Many companies are looking for freelance writers who can deliver good texts, so that they appear high in Google and are shared on social media.
Everyone who runs a webshop or an affiliate website also needs new content to be found in Google and to bring in customers.
It is therefore necessary to delve into search engine optimization (SEO) so that the texts you write are optimized for Google.
Companies and website owners are willing to spend a relatively large amount of money on this as it saves them a lot of time and allows them to concentrate on further expanding their business.
Typically, as a freelance writer, you can charge 2 to 3 cents per word to 12 to 15 cents per word (depending on your experience).
You only need a laptop and internet connection, so it is very suitable for making money from home .
You can offer your services as a freelance writer on websites such as SiteDeals.nl or Fiverr.com .
There is a high demand for freelance writers, so you can earn a nice income from them.
Of course it depends on how much time you can spend on it and which customers you can work with.
16) GRAPHIC DESIGN
Do you have an aptitude for design? Do you enjoy working with colours, typography, fonts, logos and images?
Then it is also an opportunity to earn money online as a freelance graphic designer.
Graphic designers communicate messages in a creative visual way. They use all kinds of design elements such as images, colors and fonts.
You can earn money online as a graphic designer by creating logos, illustrations, business cards, letterheads, brochures, folders, websites, advertisements, graphics on social media, catalogues, ….
If you think about it for a while, you come across a lot of things in everyday life and on the internet that have been designed by a graphic designer.
So there is a big market for it and it is well suited for making money online.
But how do you find your first customers?
One option is to participate in design competitions on so-called design contest websites. These websites bring together supply and demand of designs.
Companies that need a design place an assignment for which you can make a design as a graphic designer.
At the end, the client chooses the winning design and the designer receives a pre-agreed price.
The advantage for the company is that it can choose from different designs. The advantage for designers is that there are always assignments to choose from, but the disadvantage is of course that you can never be sure that you will win and thus earn money.
Two major Dutch design contest websites are Crowdsite.nl and BrandSupply.nl . The largest international player is 99designs .
The prize money is usually a few hundred euros per game. On the large international website you can also find assignments with more prize money, up to several thousand euros, but then the competition is of course much greater.
Not a fan of those competitions and want to make sure you get paid for the time and effort you put into your designs?
Then it is better to find assignments as a freelancer on websites such as Sitedeals.nl or Fiverr.com .
17) TRANSLATE TEXTS ONLINE
Do you have a knack for languages and do you speak a number of different languages fluently?
If you are good at languages, you can earn money online from behind your laptop by translating texts.
This can be texts on websites, blog articles, magazines or even entire books.
High-quality translations are in high demand. A company can attract more customers and enter new markets if its website is available in multiple languages. A book will be sold more often if it has been translated and launched in a new market.
It is of course essential that you have a really good command of the language so that the translation comes across as professional (and not as a decoction of Google translate).
Usually you are paid per word. Translators earn about 10 cents per word on average (this may vary depending on the language).
That may not seem like much at first sight, but it quickly adds up.
For translating a blog article of 1000 words, you earn 100 euros. For translating a book (which often consists of about 60,000 words), you get about 6,000 euros.
To be able to earn money online with translation, you first have to find customers.
You earn the most stable income if you win large or recurring assignments. Then you don’t have to keep looking for new customers.
There are online platforms to bring translators and translation assignments into contact with each other: fairlingo is one of them, gengo another.
You can also find many translation jobs on freelance platforms such as Fiverr , Upwork and Sitedeals .
On these platforms you can search for translation assignments and put yourself in the spotlight.
18) SAVINGS PROGRAMS
A well-known way to earn money on the Internet is through savings programs.
Savings programs are marketing companies that set up online advertising campaigns for companies (the advertisers) and send out emails for them.
If you sign up for such a savings program you will be paid for the emails you read.
For example, you will be paid 0.01 cent per email that you open.
So you won’t really earn much with this (you don’t have to do much for it).
I advise you to register with different savings programs with different accounts so that you can still earn a nice sum of money.
Well-known savings programs in Belgium and the Netherlands are:
In these savings programs you can earn money not only by opening emails, but also by visiting websites, completing surveys, referring new members, lotteries and games.
For example, if you refer a friend to a savings program, you will receive 1.50 euros. In addition, you also get a small part of the money that your friend will earn.
If you focus on it, you can earn some money with it, but not very much.
You can register for free and still you can earn money. Isn’t that weird? Doesn’t this smell like a scam?
Certainly not! Making money online with savings programs is 100% reliable and certainly not a scam.
Companies pay the savings programs tons of money to send their advertising to as many people as possible.
The savings programs then pay part of this to their members to watch the advertising.
The more people who see the ad, the greater the chance that someone will buy their product.
THE TRUTH ABOUT MAKING MONEY FAST ONLINE
Most “gurus” and “experts” on the internet will do everything they can to try and convince you that it is possible to make tons of money on the internet in no time.
As soon as you believe it is possible, they are ready with their sales pitch.
They promise you their foolproof system that allows you to earn fast money on the internet without any effort just by following their super secret and proven formula.
They even show you pictures of their fast sports cars, big villas, checks they have received and testimonials from all kinds of people who claim that they have become rich in no time with no effort by purchasing the course or program that you now too. can purchase.
Don’t get caught.
It’s all lies.
Don’t get me wrong: it is possible to become very rich overnight, but that kind of success is like winning the lotto.
Of course you can win the lotto and earn money very quickly.
There are people who win lottery jackpots or leave casinos with a ton of extra cash in their pockets, but is that the kind of plan you want to rely on to make money?
The real truth is that it usually takes a while before you are really successful and you have to put in an effort.
It often seems that someone has become successful overnight, but in reality it has been years of hard work and many failures.
And yet everyone yells, “Wow! He got rich quick!”
Wouldn’t it be better to focus on building a real, legit, long-term online business instead of looking for the next “super secret method” or hype of the moment to make a quick buck?
All the better if you are lucky and you become successful super fast.
If not, at least you are building an online business that will gradually make you more and more money and eventually operate on autopilot so that you can earn money while you sleep or travel.
WHAT IS “FAST” TO YOU?
How fast is fast? If you need thousands of dollars next week, I can’t help you and you’ve landed on the wrong website.
Someone who tells you that their system will make you a lot of money next week is probably lying and trying to sell you something.
I’m not like that.
But think about this: where do you see yourself in one year? Would you be willing to work for a year and then earn a few hundred or a thousand euros extra per month next year ?
Would you make an effort this year to earn extra money on autopilot next year while you sleep or while you are on vacation?
Think about it… one year will be over in no time.
I think that’s pretty fast.
I am not asking you to give up your current job for this and plunge into a lot of uncertainty.
No, I mean that you make time for one year in addition to your working hours to work on your online business. You can earn money on the internet without having to quit your job .
Within a year you will be a year older. That’s for sure.
Will you still dream of earning extra money via the internet or will you have actually realized this?
Then it’s time to get going now.
EARN MONEY ON THE INTERNET IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY
If you only focus on making money fast, you have the wrong mindset.
If you really want to earn a nice income on the internet, you will have to make a sustained effort.
Don’t believe the people who try to tell you that all you have to do is press the start button and their “super secret” method will automatically make money.
You need to build a real online business. It will take time for that online business to grow and prosper.
There are many different ways in which you can make money on the internet and there is a lot of information about this on the internet.
You could spend all of your free time reading blog articles, participating in forum discussions, and going through online courses about making money on the Internet.
I can understand that sometimes you feel overwhelmed by all this information about making money on the internet and that you don’t know where to start.
I often felt that way too.
But I’ve persevered and experimented a lot to find out what works and what doesn’t, and what makes me feel best.
Ultimately, you can reduce any successful online business to 5 essential steps.
So it’s a matter of studying only the information you need for the next step and then applying it until you’re successful, before you start gathering information about next steps.
Below I will go over the 5 steps for you so that you know what it takes to successfully earn money on the internet:
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT NICHE
The first step is to choose a topic to focus on. In which market or niche do you want to make money?
You have to take two aspects into account here:
- What interests you? What do you know a lot about? What are you good at?
- Are others willing to pay for it? Is there money to be made in your market?
It is very important to think carefully about this so that you can enjoy your online business and earn money from it.
Of course you know best what you are interested in or good at. I can’t help you with that.
As a tip for the second question, I advise you to find out if there are already people or companies in the niche that you want to enter.
This is good. Then you can be sure that there are people willing to pay for products in that niche.
Then you have to see how you can position yourself in that niche with your unique characteristics and talents.
What is the unique advantage that you can offer in your niche so that people decide to spend money on your products?
Read here how you can be sure that there is money to be made in your niche .
STEP 2: BUILD AN ONLINE PLATFORM
After you have decided which niche you want to enter, the second step is to build an online platform.
A WordPress blog is very suitable for sharing your knowledge, your stories and your ideas.
It may deter you from building your own blog or website since you have no technical knowledge and know nothing about programming.
I can reassure you: building a website with WordPress is not difficult and it is very user-friendly to maintain your website.
Be sure to read my article about starting your own blog and creating your own WordPress website .
Before you know it you will have your own website online.
STEP 3: ATTRACT VISITORS
Did you manage to get your own website online? … Great! Now the fun part can begin!
Now you can start sharing your content to get visitors to your website. You can do this in a variety of ways.
Start by reading my overview of different ways to get visitors to your website .
Search engine optimization is the most sustainable way as you automatically get visitors from Google month after month and you can set up processes to earn money while you sleep or travel.
I advise you not to try too many different ways at the same time, but to focus on 1 or 2 ways that suit you best and then go all the way until you get good results.
It is essential that you succeed in getting visitors to your website: if you have built a beautiful website, but no one knows about it, you will not make any money.
STEP 4: BUILD A MAILING LIST
Ok, did you manage to get visitors to your website? … Fantastic!
The next step is to ensure that you can stay in touch with these visitors.
You do this by having those visitors subscribe to a mailing list .
Otherwise, they may never come back to your website.
It is extremely valuable to have a mailing list of people who are interested in what you have to say.
In most cases, you will need several touchpoints to build trust before people start buying from you.
It won’t happen that often that people will immediately buy something from you the first time they hear from you when they land on your website.
STEP 5: START MAKING MONEY
If you’ve made it this far, now the fun part can begin: making money on the internet.
There are many different ways to make money on the internet.
The 4 most common ways to make money on the internet are: selling services, selling products, affiliate marketing and advertising.
I compared these revenue models with regard to the following criteria:
1) Startup time: how long does it take before you earn a decent income?
2) Passive Income: Can you set up a system to make money on autopilot or does it require a lot of work to maintain your income?
3) Revenue per visitor: how much do you earn on average from each visitor that lands on your website?
4) Visitor numbers : how many visitors per month will you need to earn a decent income?
The figure below shows the result:
IS THE INTERNET THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MONEY FAST?
There are plenty of ways to make quick money without the need for a computer.
Advertise in your area that you want to walk dogs for a fixed price.
Rent a stall at the local flea market and sell your old stuff.
Arrange a part-time job through an interim agency and you will be earning extra money next week.
Many people actually have unrealistic expectations about making money on the internet . They think you can make money on the internet within a few days.
In fact, it is easier to make quick money in your area than on the internet.
BUT, if you are willing to put in the effort and persevere, making money on the internet is definitely the most fantastic way to earn extra money !
You can make money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even when you’re sleeping or while you’re on vacation.