As someone who spends some time or most part of your day surfing the web, you must have often wondered how to earn money on the internet.
I was also like that!
The internet became my second home as I am an introvert and socializing are not really a thing of me. The smartphone I could say was my closest companion after my parents and siblings.
This brings me to keep searching for ways in which my time on the internet could be a productive and lucrative one.
The good thing about the world wide web is anybody can create a space for his or herself without having computer-based qualifications or so.
You don’t even need to have a college degree to earn money on the internet.
What you need is your time, the ability to read and write, your computer or smartphone, but better with a computer, and an internet connection.
Have you got those? Yes!
Then let’s get started on how to earn money on the internet.
Oops, wait a minute…
You must know something here, I would not be presenting you with some get-rich-quick schemes that promise you overnight riches. They never do help.
Besides, they are scams that defraud you of your time, effort, and money.
I want to trust that your being here means your passion (or desperation) to earn money online is such that wishes to know the LEGITIMATE ways to go about it.
How To Earn Money On The Internet – “The Legitimate And Realistic Ways”
Blogging can be done by everyone of all ages. It is simply the art of writing about the things you are passionate about.
Why not let your voice be heard and your interest be known by blogging about them?
Blogging needs you to have your own website. I know what you’re thinking, “did you not say I do not need to have qualifications that are computer-based?”
Of course, friend, that is so true!
We are living in such times when everything no longer needs to be TOO complex.
In this time of evolving technology where even a “13 years old kid” can pilot a plane, what do you think of websites creation then?
It has also become so easy that an elementary kid can as well create a website within just a few minutes as far as, you have found the right person or platform that would guide you through each step—which honestly is not rocket science.
After you have gotten yourself a site on the web you can write about anything you want. But, ensure a website of yours focuses on one topic of interest.
Here’s what I mean by that.
Let say you love anything that has to do with cooking and creating new recipes, and you also have a great passion for swimming—in fact, you have always wanted to teach people about different swimming methods.
You can create a website for your cooking passion and another for swimming. Do not combine them together.
Write as much as you want from different cooking methods to recipes you have tried and have not yet tried, you are still researching on or so.
You can even go ahead to recommend the best kitchen utensils and appliances etc.
It’s okay if you can’t own everything as you don’t have to try or own something before you recommend it to others. There are many who have tried and owned them.
Good research is enough for you to decide what’s best and what is not.
Just as Google is considered the know it all for people, YouTube as also become both an entertaining and informative video platform where people can learn so many things, and even interact with people of like interest.
The idea of putting your passion into the world also work with YouTube as it works with blogging.
All thanks to the evolution of smartphones, you do not have to be a pro or even own a high-tech camera before recording videos of yourself and uploading them on YouTube for others to view.
If you are not a camera-shy person, YouTube is a great platform to earn money from.
There are some rules to follow like having a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months before you start monetizing your videos.
You know that favorite YouTuber of yours you whose newly uploaded videos you never want to miss—be it tutorials or chit chat.
And, whose suggestions, ideas, and recommendation are things you often try out because you believe in those recommendations.
Yes, that is it!
You are going to be doing the same thing as them, but you would focus on things you like, do, or are interested in.
Thereafter, you can earn money from your ideas and the things you recommend that people like and give a try.
During your initial stages, you should not be too absorbed into the money-making part of it. Instead, put your focus on creating lots of quality videos.
Before you know it, there will be many others that are interested in your videos and will subscribe to your channel.
The more people are interested in your content, the more they subscribe to your channel, and the result is the potential to earn more money.
Sounds like a good plan right!
Affiliate marketing is one of the many ways you can monetize both your website and your YouTube channel.
It is simply a process that requires you to link a product from your website posts to the manufacturer’s platform or sellers online shop.
An excellent example is a website we spoke about earlier that focuses on cooking, recipes, and kitchen appliances.
Whenever you blog about those interest of your—kitchen appliances in this case—you only need to do a bit of research to find which of the companies producing kitchen appliances have affiliate programs.
Or look for the availability of those products on big online stores like Amazon that has an affiliate program you can join.
Join them for free—YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PAY TO JOIN AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM—and add the links of their products pages to your contents.
There will be a certain percentage of commission you would earn from whatever products someone buys through your products links.
Keep in mind that whether someone clicks on those links or not, the price of the product would not be affected—meaning there is no added cost to them.
It is an awesome way to support the creators of the contents and websites.
Also, it is a situation where everyone benefits.
You’re helping them find the right products (adhere to always promote good products) and making their research process a lot easier and faster, while they, in turn, bring you revenue.
Remember we discussed the monetization of YouTube earlier, this is when it comes into effect.
After you have reached the threshold of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours within the past 12 months, by then you can add ads to your video content—a splendid lucrative way to earn money from the internet via YouTube.
Do not worry if your focus is on your website.
Ads work just as great on blogs as it does on videos. However, you must be smart about this.
Avoid stuffing your website with ads, too much of them can have a negative impact on your site in the long run.
Your most important focus of having a website should be to establish it as an online business to the fullest, and there’s a right way to do that.
Affiliate marketing with the use of your contents is a lot better than excessive ads.
Therefore, you must learn how to keep a balance between them.
It is one of the most important reasons why joining a learning platform that teaches all of this is one of the first things to do when starting an online business.
Do you know that the articles you see written on some websites, and some books are sometimes written by freelance writers (referred to ghostwriters by others)?
Now that you know, you can see that writing for others is another effective way to earn money on the internet.
If you are not good at writing, that is not going to stop you from sourcing freelance writing because it is something you can absolutely learn with continuous writing as a website owner.
The more you blog and write articles for your website, the better your writing becomes.
In fact, your website is an all in one platform for you. It is a place where you can practice, learn, and try new things, while at the same time working towards a successful online business.
Besides, the articles you published on your website would serve as your reference work (that is samples of your work) after joining the freelance job sites.
You can write your own non-fictional story and publish it on places like Amazon for people to read and buy.
Aside from writing stories, you can also write about the skills you have acquired so far that could help people establish their own skills and build their businesses as well.
Do not over think this method.
Writing an eBook those not necessary need to be complicated. And, you don’t even need some high-tech resources for it.
Have you got any of this word application Page, Microsoft Word, or Google Docs? They are enough for you!
Use any one of those, write out your ideas and stories, then export it as a PDF file. There you go, your eBook is ready to meet a hundred or thousands of audiences.
Creating and launching online courses are one of the most highly lucrative ways to earn money on the internet.
Oh yes! You don’t even need to stress about that.
As you become more comfortable and knowledgeable in your blog niche, there are many others who are still new to it and would love and appreciate your guidance.
You could consider creating a course on it to teach and educate them.
Success with online courses needs a good amount of effort and strategies such as, already having an audience (from your blog especially) and knowing what they most demand.
You would be able to figure out their demands, needs, and interest from how they interact on your website contents. Meaning from which post they often read.
Once that part of the work is well done, the return is a highly fruitful one.
A single course would continue to earn you a lot of money for months and years to come.
Furthermore, the good thing about it is, no one is sharing your income with you. IT IS 100% YOURS!
From the many make money online ways discussed above, I believe we all can agree that the #1 FOUNDATION to have a highly lucrative and successful multiple streams of income online comes down to having YOUR OWN WEBSITE.
Once that is done, and the art of blogging is now a part of you, so many other things will naturally come after.
Did I miss anything? Do let me know in the comment section below of the other realistic and legitimate ways to earn money online.
What other questions do you have about how to make money online?
Write down all your questions below as well, and it will be my pleasure to answer them.
Finally, let me congratulate you in advance for your upcoming success as you have just learned some path you could take to become financially independent.
Cheers to your awaiting success!!!…