How To Make Money Online For Free

So, you want to make money online for free? And by “free” I mean you don’t really want to buy the latest money-making-shiny-object out there that is promising to make you money over night; you want to start a business on nothing!

Although there are some great resources out there you might want to consider someday, let’s focus on what is not going to cost you any money out of the gate.

Just follow these three steps…

Step One – Have Someplace for People To Go.

When you need a free website, turn to WordPress.com. The dot com WordPress is free. Although you will be somewhat limited to what you can do with it (revenue wise vs self-hosted) it will get you off the ground and we are suppose to be sticking to “free” methods in this article.

You can build a site and they host it. There are also plenty of free websites themes to choose from so you are bound to find something that fits your business model.

Pick a topic and try to make it very specific. A site about fishing, ok. But still too broad. A site about fly-fishing the Pacific Northwest Rivers. Even better.

You can’t write to everyone. So don’t make your topic too broad. You are just looking for a group of people (readers) that will be passionate enough to read your stuff.

Step Two – Content and Promote

  1. Write Unique Content – Stay away from those article spinners out there. Just write something that comes from the heart in your own voice. Don’t hold anything back when it comes to revealing your true personality to your readers – some will hate your for it…but the bulk will love it.
  2. Promote on Social Media – Get a Facebook Fan Page. Get a Twitter account. Whenever you provide something of value, link to your website. Don’t pitch anything. That comes later. Try and connect with others that are doing the same thing or have the same hobby (those will be future buyers or cross promoters).
  3. Get a Name – You have to collect names. It is about building a list of people that like and trust you. There are a couple decent ways to gain followers on the .com version but this is where you will start wanting the .org version. You may have some luck integrating mail systems like MailChimp (free) but it will require a little bit of coding. You want people to opt-in to your list (so they can get a bribe or some free updates later). This will be your best method when it comes to selling later.

Step Three – Make Some Money

NEVER try and sell stuff right out of the gate. The biggest mistake I see people make is that they have banners and affiliate links immediately…so much in fact I don’t even know what the site is about.

You don’t have permission to sell people yet. When people come to the site mentioned above, they leave. They get the game. You only provided a minimum amount of content to try and sell them something.

However…

Once you have opened up the dialogue (lots of posts, comments, conversations) you know have permission to sell using these methods….

  1. Affiliate links (usually good when you do some sort of review of the item).
  2. Banner advertisements (if you have enough traffic)
  3. eMail Marketing

The last one is my favorite.

This is how you can keep the big G happy and still make money. Think of it this way…

People sign up for content….they don’t sign up to buy things.

Give them content.  They will love you for it. They opt-in to your mailing list because they want to stay in touch. You then send them, every so often, solid content they can use (in your niche of course).

If you keep sending them solid content, after every 3-4 communications, you get to drop in a sale.

So, there you have it. The “FREE” make money on the Internet model.

Do I think it is the best model? To some extent. I do think you really need to host your own site, which opens up a lot of sales options (the .org version of WordPress).

In the end, as long as you follow these three steps to making money online free, you have a real shot doing well and building an online business.

Making Money Online Starts With Build a Better Blog

How can you make money online through a website or blog?

I get asked that a lot. Sometimes it is just easier to point someone to some reading material and see if they come back.

I don’t mean to be rude, it is just that some people are really hoping for an easy answer. You know, like “hit this button and cash will pour out of your @#$!”

That is just not real.

Don’t get me wrong. I am on a mission to separate the BS from the real stuff and pass on my findings. We all have to start somewhere and I have made my share of mistakes in the process. So, I try to give people a bit of homework first.

The fact of the matter is that I really have a short list of people I recommend. Frankly, there are just too many people out there that, at some point, start selling crap.

Sure, there is money to be made, but you have to do things right…no short cuts.

I think anyone intersted in making money online should read Darren Rowse’s book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

Why?

Because if you are not willing to do the work, you will save your time by not starting down an agrevating road of always buying the next shiny object or looking for a magic bullet.

Check out Darren’s book here…you will be glad you did!

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How Can You Tell If Online Business Ideas Are Good?

There is no shortage of make money online business ideas and products being pitched out there. Some are good, most are not. When it comes to making extra money or even a full-time income working from home, you need to tread lightly.

But how do I know what is “good?”

Well, I can divide internet hopefuls into four categories…

You are an Idiot. – This category includes any email from a “long-lost” relative who left you 10 million dollars, a “prince” that needs to get his money out of the country and away from some horrible government, and a  “sure thing” diamond mine that just needs $4,000 in start-up capital.

Really Grandma? This stuff is at the top of the scam level. Falling for this means you probably should not have a computer…or a television…or a toaster.

You are nice, but naive. – This category is anything in the “make money surfing the net in your sleep” category. Anything that leads you to believe there will just be a truckload of free stuff coming to your house if you just review the product. Where will you keep all those free plasma televisions?

Did you just move from Kansas Dorothy? No one is going to send you “free” stuff. You don’t make money surfing the net and filing out surveys. That is what monkeys in some distant land can do for free.

You are educated, but not enough – This category includes anything that shows how to make money “automatically” on the Internet. “Yep, just set this CD on top of your computer (you don’t even need to install the program!) and it will automatically build you 5,000 money-making websites. Oh, and I can prove it because here are some screen shots of me making $238,902.23 per day (forget the fact that I own Photoshop and can make it look like whatever I want).”

If you are in this category you watched to many cartoons followed by infomercials. You need to get out more. Some guy has turned the Internet into his own personal ATM and all he wants to do is share it with you? In the old days they would have sold you a bridge.

You are cautiously optimistic. – This is actually where the real money is. You know will have to learn some things and you will probably spend a few bucks to learn the right way. But you also understand that no real business can be built with just a few mouse clicks.

If you need money by this weekend, you probably never made it to this category and already lost your money to Prince Abahula or are still waiting for your “turn-key” websites to kick in. If you made it this far and didn’t fall for the other crap, than you are ready to move forward…

So, how can you tell good online business ideas from bad ones?

1. Check around. Not everything you read on the Internet is true (gasp), but collectively enough of the same comments over and over again will start to gain some traction. Try to find comments and feedback NOT on the site that is selling you something. Also, try and find comments that are not on a side labeled “review” as these sites are often just veiled affiliate sites.

They often say things like “Is ABC Widgets a SCAM?” – Guess what, when your done reading they send you directly to ABC Widgets or another product they like – but oftentimes, you didn’t really get a real “review” of the product.

2. What is your out? Make sure you always have a money back guarantee – and don’t be afraid to ask for your money back if the product was not as advertised*. A 30-60 day time frame to review a product is fairly standard. Anything less and I would consider learning from someone else.

*As a side note, do not be one of those people that keep ordering and refunding even though they know the product was good. That is just lame.

3. Keep it Real. If you keep the moneymaking realistic and also realize that some time will need to be put in to your new venture, you are probably on the right track to building a real online business.

Do You Really Want To Make Money Online?

Let me ask again…Do you really want to make money online?

I hate asking this question because the answer is always the same. However, there is a big difference between answers and actions.

Ask anyone if they want to make extra money and the answer will always be “yes.” (Surprise!)

Ask someone what they are willing to give up to make more money and you will usually get the same look that dogs give you when they cock their head sideways trying to figure something out.

People just don’t want to sacrifice time or money and you have to give up one (or both) to succeed in making money online.

Think you want to make extra money and “work from home?” Let me save you some time…

First off, if you are not willing to spend time learning something new, you will most likely never make more money. Probably sucks to hear it huh? So don’t bother answering, “yes” to the question that you want to make more money – you don’t if you are not willing to sacrifice.

Really. Save yourself the endless aggravation and stress of “wanting” it. Why have the stress if you are never really going to do something about it?

Even filling out a lottery ticket requires some time and, sadly, that is the extent of some peoples attempt to better themselves financially.

If you are not willing to read all you can about a new topic that may help you financially, then move on and just get use to saying, “no, I really don’t want to make any more money…ever.” It may sound odd at first, but I suspect you might get use to it.

Do you have to spend money to make money online?

Look, there are a lot of great products out there that can cut your money-making curve in half and save you a ton of time. And, although there is a lot of free information out there, you are probably going to have to spend a few bucks (but not break the bank or miss a car payment).

I think you can learn just about anything for less than $500.

On the other side of the coin, great programs are buried among millions of idiots that are peddling a bunch of rehashed crap. Your job? Separate the good from the bad. The old, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is not a bad place to start.

That is not to suggest that there are not some great ways to make money out there. But you are going to have to work – so don’t fall for any “make money in your sleep” stuff. There are no shortcuts.

If you are not willing to ever take action, just save yourself some time. If you are not willing to put up some money, some time, or both. Just move on and don’t stress out about making more money…you won’t.

Starting Your Own Home-Based Business? Learn Anything For less Than $500!

 

 

On the wake of multi-thousand dollar home based business product launches people wonder, “How much does it cost to learn how to make money online?” Does it really “take money to make money?”

After poking around the Internet, bookstore, and library, I figure you can learn just about any work from home online business for less than $500.

Really Fred? Anything?

Now, when I say “anything” let me respectfully reign in a couple readers and say that I am excluding Doctors and Astronauts. You won’t be doing open heart surgery on the space station at that price point but, just about any home based business can be learned for the same price as going to the movies (assuming popcorn now sells for $400).

The challenge is separating good materials from the bad. A little digging around the Internet can help (as well as some reviews on this site).

But first…

Before you buy anything, make sure you have looked at all the “free stuff” first. You probably won’t be able to learn all the ins and outs just reading free information (most people keep the good stuff in reserve for a product sale – which is more than fair). But you will get a nice head start – maybe even decide it isn’t for you before you get out that credit card and try to make money online.

For example [yes this is a bit self serving but serves as a great example]…

There is a niche called the Private Mortgage Industry (some people call it the “cash flow industry”). I have been involved in it for over 15 years (and still am to this day). It is an industry that enables everyday people to find and refer mortgage notes to investors (and get a nice fee in the process). Although some slimy people out there try to make it sound like you can get rich quick, it really is a business and needs to be treated as such.

I have two main sites for this niche.

NoteInvestor.com – has hundreds of articles about the cash flow note business in general. The site is for Investors, Brokers, and Holders of mortgage notes. All the articles on the site are free.

FindingCashFlowNotesTraining.com – Predominately a training site, but not without free content. There are four “preview” videos people get over a period of a couple days (once they have registered). Upon completion of the free mini-course, people can then go into a full online training program for less than $100.

If you glance at both those sites you will see that there is a lot of information you can get for free. If you had decided that you wanted to move forward, it would cost less than $100 for the training. We are still well below the $500 limit that I believe you can learn anything.

Taking the Next Step

Whatever type of home based business are looking for, be sure not to cut corners. Find a professional training (not just hype) by people that actually do the business. I prefer live or video trainings vs. a box full of materials. I also look for some way to interact with the trainers so I can ask questions.

You can learn to make extra money from home; you just don’t need to break the bank getting set up.

What the Heck are PLR Rights?

If you have been trying to create some sort of home based business, you have no doubt found numerous ways to make money online – or at least promises of making money online.

One such way, people will tell you, is to “simply” purchase some PLRs.

PLR stands for “Private Label Right.” Typically someone has written some sort of special report or book on a particular niche topic. Some of these report are very good, and some are, well, not so good.

These reports are sold to hundreds of people – so don’t think you are the only one sitting on that exact same content. Someone else had it long before you did.

So, is working with PLRs right for you?

There are three questions you should consider when deciding if PLRs are good for starting your own business online.

1) Do you care about the content?

A lot of these reports are really, really bad. I mean, if they were suppose to be written in English, some of the writers clearly did not have English as a first language (or second for that matter).

Listen up Dorothy; the other concern is that more often than not, the content itself is really bad. Information that can be found anywhere on the Internet for free. No real tips, no real opinion. Just re-hashed info that probably came from another PLR somewhere.

If you care about what you are delivering, you will probably shy away from most PLR content (and congrats for having some sort of conscience).

2) Do you have an audience?

Do you have traffic or a list that will respond to the PLR? Is it the exact same niche? Don’t sell your “dog training” list on the wonders of working the “forex” market.

Part of online marketing is making sure you are selling what people want. Some people think they can just grab a PLR and create this whole new market. Not likely, and certainly not overnight as some people would have you believe.

3) Can you write or RE-write?

Despite all the negatives about PLR there are some ways they can help get started with your online business ideas. Typically with PLR rights you can also RE-WRITE the article, post, or report.

This gives you the ability to put the report in your own voice and style – make it your own. Not only does this enable you to speak more personally with your readers, you also get the benefit of helping your site rank in the Internet Search Engine results (ie: not duplicate content).

Personally, I like the PLR for ideas but prefer to write articles and content myself. Sometimes it takes me longer to re-write than just take a PLR idea and write it in my own words.

It will take some time, but you can find a few (original content) PLR vendors out there.

There is no doubt you can make money online, and in some cases Private Label Rights just might help you cut a few corners. Just don’t make it the major portion of your business model – you will just burn your audience and have wasted your money.

Looking for how to create a solid, consistent income. Check out Building a Bullet Proof Sales Site (before I sell it as a PLR or something)

What is Kajabi? Will It Help Me Make Money Online?

As if “making money online” was not a hot enough subject in its own right, this week Internet marketers saw the first preview of Kajabi (software designed to help you sell just about anything online).

So is it real or just hype? First, let’s back up for just a minute.

Despite what just about everyone will tell you, making money online does require some work. You can’t just build a web page in 30 seconds and watch the cash come rolling in (sorry to break it to you). With that said, you can create great passive income with a few things in place.

1.     Pick a Niche – Don’t go after the “whole enchilada” as they say. If you are interested in the Weight Loss category, pick a segment of it. Something like, “How to eat a proper breakfast to help you lose weight.” A small niche helps you get through to more, targeted, people in the long run. Continue reading “What is Kajabi? Will It Help Me Make Money Online?”

Selling on the Internet? Create a Buzz First!

So you think you want to launch an Internet product? Well, putting aside all the get-rich-quick-black-hat stuff people keep talking about, if no one has heard of you, then no one will buy from you – it’s pretty simple.

If Apple never marketed any of their items the way they do now, no one would buy their computers, plain and simple.

The have a following. Better yet, an involved and passionate following. And it is something you can build for yourself and Fire Your Boss.

What to do BEFORE you launch a product… Continue reading “Selling on the Internet? Create a Buzz First!”

Starting an Internet Business? Have a Purpose and a Passion.

There is no shortage of internet businesses to choose from. Most are junk, some are good, and few can be an incredible success. Many people fall for the “junk” category as they are chasing “millions of dollars” and quick riches.

There is a check list of items you need to go over to be sure you are getting into the right area. At the top of the list is the fact that it needs to be  something you care deeply about. You need to be passionate about whatever you are trying to sell.

Too many people try and do an online business that they could care less about. At some point you will need to write articles, speak to people, or make comments on other sites. If you are “just in it for the money” this will come off and you will fail. No doubt.

So, what does it take to be successful online?

Well, if you had a million dollars right now, in your hands, what would you be doing for a living? You don’t have to worry about money, you don’t have to worry about success. So, what really interests you?

Your answer will point you in the right direction. It is probably a current hobby or something you have always wanted to do – just never had the time.

“But I can’t make money at [insert anything here.]” Continue reading “Starting an Internet Business? Have a Purpose and a Passion.”