Making money online used to pretty much require you to have your own Web site, products to sell and some marketing savvy. But a new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know and who you know without you having to be a web designer or a marketing genius.
But it’s hard to tell hype from the real deal. I did a search on “make money online” and “making money online”, and much of the information out there is just promoting various infoproducts, mostly about Internet marketing. I see why people sometimes ask, “Is anyone making money online besides Internet marketing experts?”
So I put together a list of business opportunities with legitimate companies that:
Pay cash, not just points towards rewards or a chance to win money
Don’t require you to have your own Web domain or your own products
Don’t involve any hard-selling
Aren’t just promoting more Internet marketing
Give a good return on your time investment
In the interest of objectivity, none of the links below are affiliate links, and none of them have paid or provided any other consideration for their presence here. These are legitimate companies with business models that allow you to get paid for a wide range of activities.
Help friends find better jobs.
Sites like ReferEarns, Zyoin, Who Do You Know For Dough?, and WiseStepp connect employers with prospective employees, many of whom are already employed and not actively job-hunting, via networking – the people who know these qualified candidates. Rewards for referring a candidate who gets hired range from $50 on up to several thousand dollars – not chump change. If you know a lot of job-seekers (and who doesn’t these days?), this is a great way to break into the recruiting business with no overhead.
Connect suppliers with buyers.
Referral fees are a common practice in business, but they haven’t been used much in online networking sites because there was no way to track them. Sites like Salesconx, InnerSell and uRefer now provide that. Vendors set the referral fees they’re willing to pay (and for what), and when the transaction happens, you get paid. uRefer also allows merchants to set up referral programs for introductions and meetings, as well as transactions.
A growing number of sites will pay for your articles or blog posts. Associated Content and Helium will “pay for performance” based on page views for just about anything you want to write about. Articles on specific topics they’re looking for can earn direct payments up to about $200. The rates are probably low for established writers, but if you’re trying to break into the field and have time on your hands, they’re a great way to start. Also, a lot of companies are looking for part-time bloggers. They may pay per post or on a steady contract. Our Weblogs Guide posts blogging jobs weekly in the forum.
Start your own blog.
You don’t have to have your own Web site, or install blogging software, or even figure out how to set up the advertising. At Blogger you can set up a blog for free in less than five minutes without knowing a thing about web design, and Blogger even automates setting up Google AdSense so you can make money off your blog by displaying ads and getting paid when people click on the ads. To make even more money from it, set up an affiliate program (see below) for books, music, etc., and insert your affiliate links whenever you refer to those items. You’ll have to get a lot of traffic to become a six-figure blogger, but pick an interesting topic, write well, tell all your friends, and you’re off to a good start.
Related: Monetizing Your Blog
Create topical resource hubs.
Are you an expert on a particular niche topic? Can you put together an overview of the topic and assemble some of the best resources on the topic from around the web? Then you can create topical hubs and get paid through sites like Squidoo, HugPages and Google Knol. Payments are based on a combination of ad revenue and affiliate fees. You’ll get higher rates doing it on your own, but these sites have a built-in supply of traffic and tools to make content creation easier.
Advertise other people’s products.
If you already have a Web site or a blog, look for vendors that offer related but non-competing products and see if they have an affiliate program. Stick to familiar products and brands – they’re easier to sell. To promote those products:
Place simple text or graphical ads in appropriate places on your site
Include links to purchase products you review or recommend in a blog, discussion forum or mailing list you control
Create a dedicated sales page or Web site to promote a particular product
They all work – it just depends on how much time you have to spend on it and your level of expertise with Web design and marketing.
Related: How to Really Make Money on the Internet With an Amazon.com Affiliate Site
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to sell your photos for money. People are constantly in need of stock photography for websites, presentations, brochures and so on, and are willing to pay for the right image. People generally search for images on stock photography sites by keywords, not by photographer, so you have the same chance as anyone else of having your image picked. Just be careful that you don’t have images of trademarked brands, copyrighted art or people’s faces that are readily identifiable (unless you have a model release), but just about anything else is fair game, and I promise – you’d be amazed what people need pictures of, so don’t make any assumptions. If it’s a decent photo, upload it. Some sites to get you started include Fotolia, ShutterStock, Dreamstime and iStockphoto. The great thing about this is that it’s truly “set it and forget it”.
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The above list is by no means comprehensive, but it highlights some of the new and interesting ways to make money online without investing any money, without having a product of your own, and without having expert sales and marketing skills. Most of all, unlike taking surveys or getting paid to read e-mail, the potential return on your time investment is substantial.
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Your target market is the group of people you’re trying to sell your product to.
Of course, affiliate products count in this too. You have to convince your
visitors to click on your affiliate links so they go and buy!
You have to be very specific when you define your target market, in order to
make your copywriting most effective. You can’t just say “women, moms or pet
owners” or whatever else it could be, because that is still vague.
Which pet owners?
When defining your target market, there are many things to consider. We’ve
made a small list below, but it only touches the surface. For each target
market, there are so many different factors that can make up your specific
If it’s a woman, her marital status may come into play
If it’s a mom, you might want to have an idea about the age of her
children; if she works outside the home, etc.
If it’s a pet owner, what kind of pet she has, what breed, etc.
Wants, wishes and desires *
Problems she needs solved *
*These last two are particularly important because this is what really
motivates people to spend their money and buy products. Yes, they buy to
satisfy their immediate needs, but desire is what drives people to spend their
The following are important human motivators that have been identified by
psychologists. They will help you in understanding what motivates your
readers to take action:
Need for approval
You can use this information to really understand what motivates your target
market. The more you understand your target market, the easier it will be to
sell to them. You will understand their point-of-view, the problems they have
and how much they’d like a solution.
First things first – you need to set up your Fan Page. Here’s how to do it…
Step 1: Get a Facebook Account
If you don’t already have an account at www.facebook.com, then your first step is visit that link and register.
It’s free – and it just takes a few minutes.
Step 2: Click on “Create a Page”
Next, log into your Facebook account and visit your Facebook homepage. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and look for the link on the right-hand side that says “Create a Page.” (Go ahead and click on it.)
Step 3: Choose Your Page Type
Next, you’ll be faced with six different types of Fan Pages, including those for businesses, products or brands, causes and more. Select the one that fits best.
Step 4: Follow the Prompts
Now you need to follow the prompts by filling in the required information (such as the name of your business, product, cause or organization).
Choose the name of your Fan Page carefully. That’s because the name (with a link) is going to show up in your Fans’ feeds like this:
Example: “Joe Blow likes [name of Fan Page]”
As such, ideally you should choose a name that fits well with that sentence. If you’re creating a “cause” or something else where the name is a little more flexible, then be clever.
For example, consider these two different names:
“Joe Blow likes Jimmy D. Brown” vs. “Joe Blow likes Making Money With Jimmy D. Brown”
Do you see the difference?
The first one just uses my name. But if people aren’t familiar with my name, then they have no reason to click on the link. There’s nothing “viral” about this link showing up in a news feed.
The second example includes my name and a benefit (making money). And that means that this second title is more powerful, because it’s more compelling when it shows up in news feeds. In other words, Joe Blow’s friends are more likely to click on the link and check out the page.
Once you’ve selected your Page title and filled out the other information, read the terms of service, agree to them, and click “Get Started.”
Now you’ll be taken to the main administration area for your Page. Here you’ll be able to upload a photo, edit your setting and more.
Tip: Please note that your photo is very important. Every time you make a post to your Page – or to anyone else’s Wall or Page – your photo (avatar) will be shown alongside your post. Thus you need to choose something that fits in with the Page you’re creating.
If you’re setting up a Page that’s mainly about you, you may decide to simply use your photo. Otherwise, choose a photo that matches the page. For example, if your Page is about poodles, then it makes sense to upload a photo of a poodle.
Once you’ve uploaded the photo, then click on “edit info.” Here you’ll need to enter the “About” information.
Keep in mind that this “About” information is primarily for people who’ve clicked through to your Page, but they’re not really sure if they should “like” it or not. This is where you need to tell them what your Page is about and what benefits they’ll get by becoming a Fan.
Example: “Click the “like” button now and you’ll be automatically entered into this month’s contest, where you can win your choice of five [niche] prices valued at $100 each!”
When you’ve finished, click “save changes.”
Then start working your way through the navigation menu on the left side of your screen (e.g., “Manage Permissions,” “Your Settings,” etc). I’m not going to go through each of these links individually, as they’re self-explanatory. Basically, these different tabs allow you to control how your page will look and who can become a fan.
Tip: While you’re still building your Page, go to “Manage Permissions,” choose the option “Only admins can see this page” and then click “save changes.” That way, you can build your page without anyone else seeing it. When you’re ready to unveil your page, be sure to return to “Manage Permissions” and uncheck that option so that your Page is publicly visible.
To be a successful affiliate marketer . . . you need a website. Sure, you can have a Facebook Fanpage, a Blogger blog, or a Squidoo lens, but you NEED a website. The other things are great to support your site, but your actual website should be your main focus.
Why is that? Why can’t you just have the other resources?
Well, it’s down to long term stability. YOU own your website. You DON’T own your Facebook
Fanpage. Facebook can delete it any time they want. Squidoo? The same. Blogger . . . need I go on?
Ok, so your hosting provider can go bust (not very likely, but still . . .), but if you back your site up regularly, or keep a clone using one of the many cloning programs out there, you’re safe from losing everything you’ve created.
Also, a website is SO expandable. You can add page after page of content to attract more visitors, you can organise everything into categories, add videos, images, tables, email subscription forms to build your list and if you use WordPress, all this can be done with just a few clicks of your mouse.