I don’t really make much money offline these days, but I have had a lot of people ask me how I am earning money online in the first place. Most people have the idea that there are a lot of scams online and there aren’t many real ways to make money online. This comes from commercials promising great wealth in short periods of time and a lot of scams out there. It’s true, you can spend $99 on a book that doesn’t actually teach you how to make money online. In a lot of cases, that book will tell you that you then need to go out and buy $167 dollars worth of software, a program that you will pay a low rate of $29 a month to belong to, and another e-Course (supposedly bigger and better than an ebook) that will cost you a one time fee of $628. However, in the end, there are some ways to actually make money online.
My Original Method.
I tried a lot of silly things that cost me a lot of time. I did what’s known as PPC for awhile. The PPC programs are set up so that you click on a link and are supposed to make money for that link. Then the screen ad is up for a certain amount of time and then you can exit. The idea is that you could make 1 cent or 1/2 a cent with each of these clicks and have it add up. It does add up slowly, but surely. However, from all the programs I joined I never got paid. So, it didn’t really matter and it took a lot of time.
I did some pay to post forums. I found these fun and loved the idea of making some money to do something I enjoyed. However, at two or three cents a post you have to do a lot of posting to get paid. Plus there were rules about how long your reply could be, whether or not it was adding value, and all that. So, by time you hunted down a thread of interest, replied nice and long, and were on your way your two cent post took you awhile. In the end, I dropped these as well.
I settled on writing for money. I joined what is called a revenue sharing site. They do all the website design and provide an easy way for you to publish articles. In turn you write and post on their sites. You get a portion of the earnings depending on how they share revenue. I did pretty good with this and in the fall of 2009 I earned as much as $900 a month. However, I wanted more and was tired of it taking so long and being so much work to make money. So, I started freelancing. This was a ton of work and I burned out after about 7 months. I dropped all my freelancing and didn’t start writing again until October of 2010. I went back to writing at another revenue sharing site. I was only making a few bucks a month having lost several sites. I worked hard, but didn’t get very far.
I joined TKA in January and started moving toward owning my own websites. This is something I have really put off because I didn’t want to deal with the website part of it. I still don’t like the website part of it. I didn’t really work hard to start with and that has made a slow go of it. I have been working hard since mid May and am starting to see results. I think it will be a few years before I get where I want to be and where my earnings and what I have to say really wow people. However, until then…this is how I am getting there.
- In all those years I wrote articles for revenue sharing sites one of the reasons that I didn’t make it big was that I never did keyword research. This process has to do with making sure that the words you are using in your article are ones that people are searching for online. While I worked hard to write good articles, people weren’t searching for them. The keyword this article targets is “earning money online” which isn’t really a “word”, but it is searched for a lot online. In fact, in the last 30 days there have been about 4,400 searches using those three words and just those three words. I hate doing the research to pick out words and topics, but it makes a huge difference because people actually find my writing.
- I write articles. I always try to write my best. I am sure there are people out there who read my writing and say, “She calls that good writing?” But I do my best.
- I post articles to backlink. This is another part I hate. I really just wish I could write about whatever I wanted to write about, put it out there in cyberspace and lots of people could find it. However, this doesn’t work so well. So, I write articles for other sites with backlinks to my site and away we go. I am not rich nor are my sites getting loads of traffic. However, I now have two sites with more than 1200 visitors each.
This is the basics. It is an easy concept, but there is nothing easy about earning money online. It’s a pain and anyone who tells you it isn’t work and it can be done quickly is making money by selling you something that won’t really help you out. I am earning money online and one day I hope it is enough to get excited about.
Well…I enjoyed writing this, but for now I need to head on over to another site of mine and write another article. I have a lot more writing to do so that I can see the results I am longing for. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Have a great day.