One of the biggest difference which makes a successful internet marketer is the type of traffic that they are able to acquire. Sure, getting 100,000 social visitors from Facebook will perhaps make you one sale, but that is just out of pure luck. You can see it in almost everywhere where there are “new” online marketers following the advice of the “gurus” – “I have visitors but no sales!“.
Affiliate marketing can be tricky, and I have been focusing on affiliate programs for quite some time after I started my online adventures with Adsense, and I have to say, you need a somewhat different approach.
1. Focus on getting customers – not visitors!
It is very simple, but you can be way off if you haven’t been following the right advice. Many people are focusing on improving the number of visitors to their site, and once they hit some magic number like 1000 visits per day, and they still aren’t making many sales, they get frustrated with their affiliate program, and start switching them around. There are tons of high quality affiliate programs out there with products that will convert like crazy, and sales pages that are optimized to make even the most hesitant customer grab their wallet and take their Visa card out. If you are anywhere the Health-niche, I suggest you have a look at MoreNiche, they have been around for a long time, and I have been with them for over a year now. They are reliable, helpful and have products that have some real PR – so they are already known to many of the customers you send them (this will improve conversions).
The problem is usually the quality of traffic you are funneling to their sales page. This depends on the ways you get your traffic.
Probably the worst way to get traffic is to buy traffic. The visitors are usually people that are in no way interested in the product you are presenting them, and they are there just for some dumb reason – they might even be paid to quickly go through your site and then move on to the next one. If you want conversions, don’t buy traffic – you will only get frustrated as you get visitors, not customers.
Possibly the second worst traffic is most types of social traffic. So you are tweeting about your product, and you are Facebooking about it, to a bunch of random friends you have either bought or “made”. Some of them will visit the page you linked, but what are the chances that some of them are actually looking for the product you are marketing them – very tiny. Most likely they will visit your sales page, and then go away. Once again, they aren’t customers. If they “like” a page that you have created that is closely related to the niche where your product is, the chances of them making a purchase is larger, but then again, when you shared the link with them, they weren’t actually looking for anything at that moment, so they might not go for it.
No matter what anyone says, search engine traffic is still the best converting traffic in my eyes (I might not know what to do elsewhere though). If you choose your keywords wisely, the person who typed that keyword in the search box, already has their wallet with them, and their MasterCard is already out. They opened their computer for one reason today, and that is to buy the product you are selling them. They find your site, and buy the product. They are customers, not visitors. If you had an offline store, you wouldn’t want thousands of people visiting it daily, without buying anything now would you? All you would need is a hundred people each day who buy something – preferably something expensive! Catch my drift?
2. Tell the customer what you want them to do!
So you did the hard seo work, or you bought some Adwords traffic and are now getting targeted customers to your landing page, but it still doesn’t convert. What are you doing wrong?
The amount of conversions you will get, is dependant on the keyword, the product and the overall feeling that the customers have. Some products convert bad, some worse, and some like crazy. Generally if you can get 10% of the people visiting your site, to click to the sales page, and 10% of them to buy the product, you are doing very well – on average that would mean you need 100 visitors to make one sale.
3000 visitors a month for 30 sales a month, and depending on the commissions you get it could mean anywhere from $200 to $1500 in revenue – sounds good? The more traffic you have, the more you will benefit from really working on your landing page to improve the conversion rates, but you don’t just want people to click the link to the landing page, you want them to be in the right mood when they do so. The closer they are to giving their credit card details when they enter the product page, the more likely you are to make a sale.
If you are trying to trick the visitor in to clicking the link to their sales page, it is not going to convert. The visitor is most likely going to be offended and feel like they are being scammed if you trick them in to doing anything. With affiliate marketing, you have to be very honest with the customer from the start, and make it clear that this is the product you are talking about, and this is where you can buy it. No tricks, just plain old “tell the customer what to do” and you are going to see the difference.
First impression is very important! If your site looks like shit, it is very easy not to trust anything you say. “It’s a scam“. If you mispelled one word, you look like you are a foreigner, and what do foreigners do? They scam you. Close the window, or hit the back button of the browser.
People who are buying something, make fast decisions and go with their gut feeling. If they spend 10 seconds on your site, they are not going to buy, they just want to read. So you have to make it very clear for them. Make it clear from the first glance where they can buy the product, why they should buy this product, and how their life will be better with this product. After that tell them to buy it. I am talking about big letters, bold sentences and CTA graphics. Three sentences is all you need, and if they didn’t click to the sales page by then, they not very likely to buy anything unless you are one mean marketer.
If you are involved in affiliate marketing, and you aren’t converting as well as you would like to, try making some alterations to your strategy using the advice above. I am certain that if you don’t have these things in order, your conversion rates aren’t as good as they could be. These are all methods I have used to improve my conversion rates, and I can tell you that it makes one big difference to make 1/10 conversion over 1/50.
Do you have any other tips on improving your landing pages? Leave them in the comments – I hope we can get a nice discussion going about the subject.
I really have to disappoint some of you guys who are actually reading and following my blog. I haven’t been really active here, because quite frankly I had a really passive period for about a month, and I haven’t been working much at anything. After that I started working again at my websites and then I took a weekend semi-business trip with my brother to look at other things I could start earning from. I would be great to have the possilbity of making only passive income, and it is possible and I am doing it, but I am also interested in real stuff and really providing good products and services to good people and making money as a byproduct. It is also possible to make passive offline income, but you need money to make in happen, and unlike with online business that usually make you money without investments, offline business take a lot of money to get started.
It requires quite a lot of effort and money to get started, and planning is definitely important with it. Making the necessary calculations to be sure that you can manage a year or more without really making any money from your business is something that any starting offline business has to do. This means that you have to have a years rent, and running expenses like water, electricity and so on before you even start the damn thing. If you can manage for more than one or two years, it is likely that you are going to make it a good and profitable thing.
Depending on the type and size of business, initial investments usually range from $10 000 all to way to $1 000 000 – although small businesses aren’t usually started with the latter amount of money. If you start your own store you need to have it at a good location to get customers without investing too much money on advertising, if your store is located somewhere where it is hard to find, no-one will come by even if you spend a fortune on advertising. Good locations cost a lot of money, and if you want to have your own small store, you are going to spend about $2000 a month on rent alone at a decent spot. Multiply that by twelve and you have your first years rent. Feel free to overestimate your water bill, electricity, book keeping, advertising, to be sure that you make it. It is not going to be the best way to get money without doing shit, unless you have a revolutionnary business. If you are going to sell clothes in NYC, you are off for a rocky road, but if you are starting a dentists practise in Nashville you are most likely going to make a fortune without effort.
Making money online has the exact same problems that a real business has but if you haven’t been planning starting a real business you don’t even realize it. I started my online business about a year ago, and at first I was doing it by building websites on free blog hosts. These are like the shops at a crappy location and basically no-one will ever find them unless you do some serious advertising or kickass SEO – and some people won’t even come then. They see that you are hosted on blogspot, and they avoid it like the plague. So if you want to have your website looking like it’s the real thing you are most likely going to need to get your own domain for it. This is not necessary though since most internet marketers are actually looking to look a bit unreliable so that the customer will get the heck away from their “shop” – click out through an ad or just close the browser. If you are going to sell affiliate products you need to convince the visitor – customer – and for that you will most likely need something else than a garage sale. So for one online store you are going to need a hosting account and a domain name. The latter will cost you less than $10 per year, and the hosting will cost you just about at much as you are willing to pay for it. It is like investing in the foundation of your house – the more you are going to add floors to the building the better foundation you are going to need. Starting with a crappy shared hosting account will most likely get you started, but I can bet that once you have more than ten websites, you will find a reliable reseller hosting account like the one on the sidebar there, a lot more useful. Also since you aren’t working in someones basement they can’t kick you out if they don’t like the way you handle your business.
The difference with an online business is that you don’t have so much expenses especially if you know your game. Choosing the right domain name, doing some SEO will get you far, but with online stores the conversion rate is always going to be a lot worse than with offline ones. If you take time to go to a store in your town or nearby, you are most likely going to buy something anyways regardless of the price – unless you are a woman and you are going to shop for clothes. Online stores have a lot of visitors who don’t buy anything because they are just there to do a quick price comparison or see if you have the exact product that they are looking for. Offline stores sell a lot more per visitor but also have a lot more running expenses. Online affiliate product websites sell even less and the comission that you are going to get is marginal compared to the amount of money that the company paying you is going to make.
Making money without investments is possible if you do it online – well at least with minimal investments – but if you are going to start a real business then you are most likely going to have to take a loan and spend a lot of money to get started. This is by far the biggest reason for so many people trying to make money online, but also the fact that everyone seems to think that you can do what the fuck you want to make money online, or not do anyhing at all. If you are going to game the system – SEO – then you have to be quite certain that you aren’t making it too obvious. Building websites simply for the purpose of displaying Adsense – owned by Google btw – and gaming them on the top of Google – owned by Google btw – search results is like stealing a Police car.
Last week a famous MMO blog got deleted from blogger and deindexed from Google search results and the MMO crowd got wild with speculations. At the same time Ben reported losing a $100/day worth of thin adsense sites, and the soup was pretty much ready. Griz was the first to blog about this and I intended to write something about it then, but was pre-occupied with some “real” stuff. What do I think that happened? It was a coincidence that Ben and Alan had simultaneous problems. I think that Ben got a visual review for his account for hitting a specific daily earnings limit, and since he wasn’t doing anything against Adsense TOS, he didn’t lose his account, but G thought that his sites weren’t valuable enough to be kept in the index, because quite frankly they were most likely a perfect example on how to game them. I just read about a finnish nutrition blog that got flagged as spam last thursday and the owner got a “your blog is spam” email. He complained about it and got it back and the e-mail in his gmail account disappeared. Maybe they did some updates on their spam monitoring at Google, and that blog got flagged because it was updated frequently, and got a lot of natural links – forums and other “spammy stuff”. Who knows!
The point of this is that you can make money online without investing a lot of money, but don’t be a cheap bastard and try to get everything for free. Get a hosting account, and a few domain names, and you are still spending a lot less than you would if you were running a real offline business.
For you guys who are asking me in the comments how my snipers are doing.. There are no problems with them – at least not yet. I always inteded to spread them out when I got them up and running, and I am slowly adding more posts and making them more and more unique. Also I am removing adsense from some of them that don’t make too much from it, and trying out other stuff to see what converts. I have a lot going on right now as I am negitiating deals offline, and trying to get some online work in there as well.
I am one of those people who want to really make money online, and don’t really care what it takes – many people see that it is not enough to make money from home, but at the same time you should be able to make it easier then in a real work. I’ll have to break it to you right from the start: you are going to have to work more than you would at a regular job, but in the end the income is limitless – limited to the amount of work you are willing to put in.
I see people ever day who are asking questions like “how much work is it going to take” and “what do you need to do to achieve this” and also “I don’t want to work for nothing – I want you to tell me what keywords I should target, and what is the amount of competition I should go for with my sites.”
The only way to make money from home, is to work for it
See the thing is that not many people will do the work for you – only your mother and maybe your wife to some extent, but to be honest they are both going to quit trying to make money online before they see income. There are great tutorials that are going to tell you how to estimate the competition but in the end it is going to come to the point where you will have to do the work – can you stand the challenge?
I answer quite a lot of e-mails on a daily basis – well definitely not anything near to the amount that the real famous MMOers do but more than I would expect – and usually the questions are related to issues that I see as an obvious issue.
Making money from home with micro websites is something that is quite common, but in the end people are not going to work enough to make an income from it. One of the obvious issues that I get asked quite commonly is the way that I build my support sites, and to be really really honest with you, most of the people who are building websites at all are doing it initially wrong – not very wrong, but too wrong for them to be able to match the competition if they only build a few support sites with short posts and zero backlinks – these don’t count because the sites are quite unlike to ever get indexed.
First of all the keyword research is wrong – they are spending their time looking only at the PR of the competition when they should be paying attention to the amount of competiiton, the PR of the competition, the quality of the competition and the backlinks of the competition. PR simply does not mean anything when it comes to ranking on the search engines, and I might soon give your real life examples of this with one or two of my niche sites – this is not going to disturb me in making money from home because these keywords are going to be worthless, or you are simply not going to have the effort in you to target them.
A very common way to estimate competition when building websites that you want to search engine optimize to the top of the SERPS is to use the Google Keyword tools to find keywords that you are going to target. Usually people are using the exact search value that they are going to multiply with the CPC and then expect that they rank #1 for it. When you are #1 you can estimate that you are going to make an amount of money that is comparable to 40% of the searchers to click to your website, and then 5% of them to click the ads. So that is going to make us believe that the amount of money that can be made each month, from home with a #1 ranking micro website is 0.02*monthly search*CPC.
There is a keyword that is supposed to give you roughly 26 000 searches a month for the exact search and the competition is shitty websites which have a handful of backlinks with the correct anchors, and the CPC is almost $6,5. I found this keyword last spring when I built a website around it. When I ranked on page 1 I still waited for the traffic. To be honest all the three visitors that find my site each week, must be other internet marketers that are evaluating the competition, because at no point this site made me ANY money.
How do I evaluate the competition when building micro websites
When I am building those smalle micro websites I am really trying to find low competition keywords – preferrably no competition. How do I do it?
First of all the External Keyword Tool is not going to help you at all. It is going to give you estimates that are too high, too low, and the CPC is going to be way off. Do you want an example? Try doing a google search for this keyword. and take a look at the External Keyword Tool to estimate the money that you can make with it. With this example I should be making roughly $3400 a month with this single website – heck that is the same amount of money that Griz at some point stated to be making with MMOFB. Sounds too good to be true? Well it is.
The problem is that the External Keyword Tool is not going to only give you too high estimates, but at the same time it is going to give you too low estimates. What good does it really do for you? Not much. The day I realized this, I started using the Search Based tool to do my research when trying to make money from home.
What I soon noticed was that neither one of these tools gave me accurate estimates to any extent. I have websites that are pulling 1000 visitors per month from keywords that have 600 searches a month in the Search Based tool and 1000 searches a month in the External Tool. If you take a look at the example here, you won’t even find it in the search tool, even if it has 26 000 searches a month based on the plural and singular of the keyword in external tool.. This confused me and at this point I realized that I should not really trust on anything else but my gut.
The very first thing that you should do is to think about the keyword – is anyone going to use it in a search? REALLY? The money making example that is supposedly going to make you rich working from home, is a keyword that no-one is going to use. Our very primary instincts are the ones that you should trust – most of us start an MMO website in the beginning because “Make money from home” is a keyword that we think people use in the search engines. You are right about this one because you used it to find the websites that made y0u start your online venture in the first place. The problem with this is the competition – even if they don’t necessarily have the PR they have the backlinks, the authority, the domain age and the content to outrank you for a long time.
When I say long time, I mean forever. As you are building your website, so are they and you are never going to catch them. If you want to make money from home you are going to have to do it with micro websites at first. These sites don’t have competition, they also don’t have a lot of searches, but if you make a lot of them you can make a nice income from home.
How to make money from home with micro websites
I am currently at the point where I am building websites that are not going to make me rich on their own, but if I make a thousand of them I can quit my day job. A thousand? That sounds like a lot of work – maybe I should outsource it? The fact is that 99.9% of the articles – the content – that I build on my sites comes from my keyboard. That 0.1% I outsource because it is going to be based on keywords that are simply too difficult for me to produce high quality content from, and it would take me too long time to do the research. At some point I will have to write about it, but for now I am focusing on building a lot of websites, and this is not going to hold me from making money from home.
When I evaluate the competition I go through a list of things, but based on my current experiences these don’t always apply. Sometimes I rank #2 off the bat, and sometimes #12, but even so here goes.
- Check out the amount of competition for the keyword. If you want to make money from home you will need to know how many other people are trying to achieve the same goals with the same keywords that you are using. I use 50 000 of competing sites as a limit, but sometimes I do go for keywords that have more competition, or sometimes I won’t go for them even if they have 50 000 competitors, and that is based on the other princples.
- Look at the search amount of that micro niche. When I try to make money from home with a website, I want the keyword to have a decent amount of searches to avoid building sites that rank #1 but have no visitors. You must remember though that the tools give you inaccurate estimates, and you are going to build a lot of websites with next to none searches even if they look like they will make you rich.
- Take a look at the CPC of the keyword. This again is an estimate, and it is not going to give you a good idea about the CPC but heck you will have to have some basis to target a keyword for a website. I have websites based on keyword that show $1,00 CPC and they give me roughly $1.00 per click, and I have websites that have $5.00 CPC and give me $7.00, but also I have sites that give me $0.10 when the CPC is supposedly over $5.00. If you look at a long tail version of a keyword that shows to have a $0.05 CPC and the base keyword – the short tail – has $10.00, you are likely to score money everywhere in between these numbers.
- Look at the backlinks of your competition. If your competition has your keyword in the majority of their backlink anchors then you should not even bother – they are targeting it and if you want to make quick money from home with micro websites, you should not really target keywords with competition. If they have non-targeted backlinks then it is time to go for it. The best tool to make this investigation is Linkdiagnosis.
- Find an exact URL domain. I know people are using free blogs to make money online, but these guys have a lot of great websites behind them, and if you are starting at this game, then you are going to have to wait a few years to really do this. This is the harsh truth – today you will have to spend a little money to be able to make money from home. This is thanks to the spammers that created a lot of websites on the free hosts and raked in a lot of money a few years back. Today it is quality that ranks. If you can’t find the exact .com url, go for the .net and if that is not available, then the .org and if not then .biz. You can also use the local domains (.co.uk and so on). .info does not rank well without backlinks. If you can’t find the exact url then you should really think twice whether you should target the keyword at all this way. ** UPDATE ** Based on my recent experiments .biz is not that much different from .info when it comes to instant rankings – With backlinks this should all be taken care of though.
You are going to have to be able to build sites in bulk to actually learn this game – you won’t learn anything before you start producing these sites on a daily basis. Reading this post is going to give you a nice idea on what you should do, but in the end it is about learning to target keywords that produce money with your style of writing – some of use can write people to click ads on certain keywords, and some of us can’t. If you really want to make money from home with micro websites you will have to understand that they priority is in building the sites, not in finding out how to build them. If you have not built the one hundred, two hundred or thousand sites, you won’t make the money.The learning curve is something that each one of us need to go through!
Static HTML vs. WordPress
It is not too long ago when I read a comment on an MMO blog that was basically claiming that WordPress is superior to any other way of building a website and that it was something that G appreciated and ranked high in the result pages. I don’t think that this comment was thought through but anyways it made me think a little bit about the way the search engines look at websites and also at my goals and little bit my future also.
See my goal : build a sufficent amount of websites that is going to produce an low maintenance income working from home. This is going to involve a lot of micro websies and also a lot of bigger websites that at some point will make me enough money so that I can live where I want to live, travel as much as I want to and work when I want to work – or not if I don’t want to.
This goal is quite general but until a few weeks back I did not really understand how many websites it would require. People are saying that you will have to build a lot o websites but based on my experinces most people need to see numbers to understand the proprtions.
When I select a keyword I select it on a basis that I expect it to make the value of the domain registration for each year, every month. This means that I would make 11 times the amount of money invested on the site – I don’t count hosting. If the value of the domain is $10 I want the site to make at least that amount of money each month – sometimes I make more, sometimes less. For me a nice full time income would be $3000, and for $10/month that would mean 300 sites. The biggest problem with making money from home with micro websites is that a big number of those sites are not going to make you that money. So I would rather estimate that I need 500 sites to make $3000 each month.
When I build these sites I aim to post 3-4 high quality informative posts on the subject – these micro websites are not supposed to look like they are made for making money, but instead they are meant to provide the information, and at the same time I have chosen to display some ads there – “to cover the hosting” or some shit. That is going to be 1500-2000 good informative posts that have each at least 400 words (usually 400-600, sometimes even more). If you are thinking about outsourcing, you are most likely going to use all your savings – the only real way to make money with this is to write all this yourself. When you make that $3000/month then use that money to outsource for articles and you should be soon looking at even a greater income – as long as you keep working yourself at the same time.
I can build a website in a little more than an hour, an hour and a half, and I do make them static HTML websites. This is because when I am thinking about my future in internet marketing I think about WordPress and my past. I have updated my blogs quite a lot, because WordPress constantly finds some security breaches and needs to be updated to patch these holes. If I want to make decent money working from home, I am possibly looking at 1000 micro websites at some point, and a few hundred bigger sites – if these are all WordPress blogs that need an update every three months, and all in one SEO pack needs an update about three times a year, I am looking at about 1200 websites to update every three months. I don’t need to do the math to realize that this is something I don’t want to do. For this reason I am currently basing all my micro niche websites on static HTML to avoid this. I won’t need to update the sites, the plugins and I don’t have to worry about someone cracking my wordpress password and hacking my site when I am not looking – it happens quite frequently even if you don’t believe it.
“But Phil!!! Building HTML sites needs a few years of education on website design and you need to master CSS and PHP and other shit!” To be honest, I don’t know shit about HTML and I don’t know shit about CSS. What I do know is to use a HTML color code palettes, and I know how to use the Google to find out what I need to know. Basically what I know about HTML is the <a> tags , <H1> and <H2> tags, and the <p> tag…. To be honest, that is pretty much what you need to make money from home with micro websites.
The benefits of WordPress are the obvious. Doing a fantastico install is simple – it is not any faster than uploading your HTML to your hosting account using FileZilla, but it is simple. Adding more content is simple like it is with any CMS – it will build all the links on the old pages also – but when you are only building 4 posts who gives a shit? You can easily build nice looking websites with wordpress, but to be honest, nice looking websites never made anyone any money. Ugly websites, and a lot of them, have made a lot of internet marketers rich working from home.
WordPress works great on websites like this where I plan to add a lot of content during a long period of time. This is not one of the sites that I plan to make money out from, but instead this is website that I plan to write my methods down, and clear my plans to myself, and at the same time to people reading this blog – most of the people reading this are not going to have the motivation to try this out anyways so I am no feeling threatened by them as competition.
On page SEO is simple these days as the keyword density means less and less, and all you need to do is the get the H1 and H2 tags in the correct place – H1 on your webpage title that has to contain your keyword and H2 on the post title that has to contain your keyword. A major thing is to get the exact domain – this is going to make things a lot easier. After this it is going to be about your backlinks and nothing else. But if you are making money from home with micro niche websites that have no competition, the H tags and the domain name should be enough at first and you are not going to have to build a lot of backlinks in the future either.
To shorten things out for people who read this far the most important thing is to learn how to evaluate the competiton – this can only be learnt by building the sites and seeing how they rank, and analyzing the competition and the sites that you built. You need to get the exact domain name – if you can’t get it because it is parked by someone like SEDO, then you need to think if the keyword is worth to give a try with a different keyword, this is something that you will learn by doing. Only target buying keywords if you are a beginner. You can make money from home targeting informational keywords but you are going to need a lot of traffic and you are going to need a lot of marketing skills to be able to sell stuff to these people – don’t bother. You need to target products, services, and stuff that people use on a regular places. Find desperate people and build websites around solutions to their problems – sell them products as solutions. Choose the correct form of monetization – I don’t like to focus on a single form of monetization, because I constantly find potential keywords that simply don’t have ads for Adsense, or products at Amazon or eBay, so I only need to find a way to monetize and I can build the site. If I can’t find any way to monetize it, I will forget that keyword for a while.
Making money from home with micro websites is going to include a lot of work, but at the same time it can be one of the fastest ways to make money online. You can really see an income after the first two weeks you start to build the sites, and you can make a full time income in a few months. This though is going to require a lot of work, and if you want to build a hundred sites a month, then you will have to prepare to be writing and researching five to six hours a day, every day. I never said it was going to be an easy way to make money online, but to be honest, there are no such ways.
For the past year or so I have been seriously looking for ways to make money working from home, and I at first I really did not even consider using the internet to make it happen, but instead I was trying to figure out how I could run a home based business, and most of all I was trying to come up with a business idea. Everything from a mail order store was considered but in the end I did not see the potential in them in making money without the risk of investing a lot and losing it all. So I started to search for work at home opportunities and to be honest, there are not a lot of companies that are willing to hire people to work from their home – well at least I did not find them.
My criterias for a good way to make money working from home are the following:
- You will have to have liberty about your working hours. No-one is going to give you anything more than a deadline for a project to be finished. After that it is you who decides how and when it is fulfilled – this is basically the definition of freelancing.
- Choosing your timetable is one thing but also you should be able to do everything from your home. When a computer is involved it is usually typing or reading.
- It can involve a lot more work than the payment includes, but the best part is to be able not to get up in the morning, dress and leave the house to sit in a train for a half an hour.
So basically in my opinion I could be working a lot harder than I would at a regular work, make a similar amount of money, but I would be working when I want, how I want and on what I want. Freedon might be the word that I am looking for.
What ways to make money working from home are there?
Today my knowledge on the ways that I can use to earn an income from home has changed quite a lot. Today the best option in my opinion is to work for yourself – become an entrepreneur. Freelance writing is a great way to make an additional income, and there are people who are doing it full time, but in my opinon there is one great big problem – you can run out of articles to write. Now I know that this could happen in every possible business, and not only if you are trying to make money working as a freelance writer but for some reason it feels a little risky to give up your job to wake up every morning hoping that someone is going to order something to write. You are going to have to do promotion like in any other line of work, but you can be sure that there are days when you just don’t have anything to do, and you can’t really do anything about it.
Doing paid surveys and mystery shopping is something that people are doing to earn money from home, but in the end these are only ways to earn a little pocket change – not a means to a full time income working from home. Usually people have a few good days a month when they score a lot of surveys, but in the end they run out of things to do, and end up waiting for new surveys to answer to. You can make a decent amount per survey when you compare the money earned to the time spent, but if this happens once or twice a month it is not secure, neither is it enough.
Today on the time of the internet, most of the ways to make money working from home, involve affiliate marketing online, or running a succesful website. These are ways that are highly praised by the a-list bloggers but not in the reach of normal people who are hoping to make an income on online using websites and blogs. If you are one of the people who want to make money online, and have been doing it for a while, you must have realized by now that it is not easy to make happen, but following the right people can make it a lot easier, and at the same time following the wrong people can take you further away from your goals.
Dreaming of becoming a social leader on the internet has never been a hobby of mine – I am simply using the internet to make money from home, and to be honest, the best way to do this is not to socialize but instead work. It’s a nice idea to want to build a single website that is going to make you rich, but it is not going to happen in the real world. The money lies in building blogs, websites and other web properties in bulk and making a little money from each – when you combine this money you have a real residual income that you have created working from home. You are not getting paid to surf around other peoples blogs and making comments about their blog posts, but instead you are paid for the work you are wiling to put in to the process of making money.
To put things in to proportions and to give you real numbers on how much work it is going to involve I will compare it to a “regular day at the office”.
When you get up and go to work, you are still a bit off, and when you sit in your office chair you are still sleeping and most likely you will spend a half an hour jacking around and after that you start reading e-mails. Being unefficent is pretty much that most people do at offices, and hardly anyone is working eight hours a day – actually you have a lunch break, a few coffee breaks and also some time in between when you possibly go an smoke a cig and drink a few coffees. Based on my experiences, people who have spent more than five years that the same job, are working at most 50% of the time they spend there. They are making money working half of the amount that new people work. Is it fair? People who are new to an office are working their asses off, and at the same time they are paid half of what the people who have spent there ten years are earning, by working every other hour of the day.
When you try to make money at home and you have decided to do it by building websites, it is going to be about building websites, and lots of them. The best thing about it is that you are not making anyone else rich, and if you really want to earn money, the best way is to spend eight hours a day working – not thinking about working and not definitely drinking coffee and having lunch. Since it is your own business, it is your money that you are spending when you are not working, and if you have to build four websites a day, then it is taking pretty much all that eight hours to do so.
What I am doing right now to make money working from home?
Many people are aware of the technique of “keyword snipering” with websites, and that is exactly what I am doing at the moment. The key is to find a keyword that is low in competition and and has some search traffic and build a niche website around that keyword. This means building 3-4 posts of high quality content that is informative and rich, put it up on an ugly HTML based site with your choice for monetization. I am doing a mixture right now and I am using the advertisers that have the most appropriate ads for my sites.
My goal is to make a 100 sites a month, and I started approximately this time last week, and right now I am staring at 23 websites up and running. I am not at the pace that I set for a goal in the beginning, but I have had some issues when it comes to time, because this weekend my goddaughter was babtized and I spent a whole day celebrating that on sunday. The key is to build a lot of websites that each bring a little income, and when I combine this it is going to be a decent amount of money. If each of these sites make me .30 per day, I am already looking at $900/mo only from these sites – it might sound like not much when you think that it takes eight hours a day to make it happen, but if you realize the fact that this income is most likely going to stick the next month when I do the exact same thing. After two months I am looking at $1800/mo, and after three months it is $2700/mo. That is the exact beauty of internet marketing and actually making money working from home building websites.
This is all that I can get in to today, because I have to get back building those sites!
I used to be like most of the people who ever find these kinds of blogs and most part of me still is – sick with working a regular job and tired of living a frugal life, even if I am making a little money. Sometimes that just is not enough, and I wanted to be able to travel more and enjoy my life a little before I have anything that really ties me to one place for a long time. When that thing comes along I want to be freely able to choose the place where I can settle down and live the way that I want. Since the day I started looking for real ways to make money from home I have not been able to quit it – it has become a passion for me.
I am not your traditional stay at home mom who has all that spare time in her hands and has nothing more to do exept start to make money from home. First of all I am not a mom since I am a man and we don’t have kids :). For someone who is tied to spend all that time with the kids, it is impossible to leave the house in the morning to go to work to earn a living. Sometimes you can do with the money of your partner but the thing is that it is never enough, especially with kids. You want to be able to spend more time with your family and for that reason alone it is wise to try to earn something extra on the side, so you won’t have to work that much.
The very first thing that I did when I got fed up with the situation where my life was, was search the internet for some real ways to make money from home. I found a lot of websites telling me a lot of things, and to be honest I was still confused and had no idea what I should do to make it possible. I did realise that making money online was going to be something that I woud give a try – even though I had no idea about, and no idea what I should be doing.
Finding a lot of blogs talking about making money on the web is quite easy, but most of them don’t really teach you a single thing, and even more of them are going to sell you something that is useless, and you will end up spending your money and not learning a thing. I spent a few weeks in my beginning reading some of these blogs that talked about blogging for money, and I nearly bought in to them. Subscribing to their feeds and having constant e-mails from them that are eventually building up to the one thing – sell you their product – is something that I am not going to do ever again. Most of these products are focused around either converting something that you are already using to earn extra cash, to something that you can use on the internet to get that income that you want. I wanted to start from scratch and I had no profession and no education to start with. I could not even afford the $500 that it would have cost me to get access to their materials.
After continuing my search for a while I found that people were making real money from home with things like online surveys. These are paid surveys that companies offer to you based on your age, gender and social class, and they do this to get detailed information about your spending habits so that they can improve their services. You are not going to be identified in these surveys, and some of them pay even good money. You can earn a little extra with them, but you are most likely not going to make a full time income with – since I was after that I kept moving.
I’ll remind you that I was after legit ways to make money and not after some of those scams that are promising you to get rich quick by taking advantage of some glitch on the web – I don’t believe in them the first place, and since I want a residual income, it is not going to hold if it is based on an loophole.
Finding real ways to make money from home is actually not that eeasy since there are so many con artists playing this game – the want to sell you something that will barely make you any money, and they are basically making a living off selling these products – not doing what the ebooks that they sell are telling you to do. If they would write an ebook about how to write an ebook about writing an ebook about making money by writing an ebook about how to write an ebook about making money, they would most likely not make that much sales.
Most of the legitimate ways to make money from home are based on a a small number of things and this should be easy to understand. If you are building a traditional business you will have the very same things to consider before you start doing anything. There are no easy ways out.
You are going to need customers if you want to make money from home. If you want to be a freelance writer, then you are going to need someone you will write for; today there are a lot of internet marketers that are building a lot of websites at the same time, so they need someone else to do the writing for them. They are a great group of customers if you can provide good quality with low cost and fast return times. It means that if you are a good and a fast writer you will have a lot of jobs. All you need is a paypal account to get started. Find a “make money online forum” and look there if there are people looking for writers – then make it clear how much you will charge per word and how fast you can return the texts. It is also a good idea to ask them for specific instructions on how you are supposed to write the articles – most of them have strict quidelines about these kinds of things.
Writing for a living is definitely not something that I am hoping to do for the rest of my life, and I am also not a native english speaker, so at some point I would eventually face problems with this. Freelance writing is definitely one of the best real ways to make money from home, since you are going to have immediate money from it – you are normally paid in advance on your paypal account – and if you are good you won’t really have to promote yourself – the word spreads about good writers. You could easily be making $2,000-$4,000 after two three months, if you know what you are doing.
Like with real businesses, you will need to have a good idea about how you are going to make money. If you start a business without any idea of where you are going, you are most likely going to fail miserably. If you want to be a freelance writer, you will need to focus on that and make plans for a few months on how you are going to be successful.
If you don’t want to be a freelance writer then there are other ways you can make money online. Affiliate marketing works in many ways, and most people who are really making a living on the internet are the best marketers. Companies like eBay and Amazon allow you to sell their products through your different web properties, and they are going to give you a comission on all the sales that you make. For this you are going to need a blog, a hubpages or a squidoo account – these are few of the best places that you can practise this. What you are going to need is customers once again, and on the internet that spells traffic. If your blog or your hubs (articles on hubpages) don’t have visitors, you have no-one you could convice to buy the product. Like with real world businesses you are going to have to do promotion, and on the internet there are many ways you can do promotion, although two of them seem to produce best results.
When you wil start with internet marketing you are going to be eventually face the two groups of internet marketing – the social traffic chasers, and the organic traffic chasers.
Social traffic is supposed to be the newest thing there is to internet marketing, and it is mostly driven through large social websites like Facebook, Twitter and other similar. These are people who see an interesting website that is pasted there by someone else, and they go and check it out. They are not necessarily about to buy anything but instead they want to check it out – if they see something that they are interested in, and are on a buying mood they might convert in to sales. If not, then they will most likely hit the back button of their browser and not make you any money. These could be considered as window shoppers – they see something they like in the store and maybe go try it out but never buy anything.
Organic traffic is a term that is not understood by most, but it refers to the kind of traffic that finds your web properties naturally – because they are looking for it. The search engines are used by almost all people who use the internet. The largest one is Google, which is used by almost 80% of all people that search the internet, and it is going to be the biggest one in the future – Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com and others can’t do a thing about it. Since organic traffic is searching for the product, they are on a buying mood, and they might just buy what you are offering them, if you know how to present it correctly. Websites that attract a lot of organic traffic are the ones that convert well, and they don’t need so many visitors to produce sales. The top internet marketers are using search engine optimization to make their websites rank on the top of the search engine result pages for specific searches, and for this reason alone, they are able to make a lot of money sitting in their home.
Adsense is an advertisement program that is owned by Google. They display Text based ads that have a link pointing to the advertisers website and the publisher gets paid by the clicks. Websites that are driving targeted traffic, usually work very well with adsense, since the people who get in to these websites are looking to buy something – if there is nothing to buy they are going to click a link to get to a website that sells something. The publisher displays the ads on their website, or on their hub or infobarrel and gets paid a percentage of the amount that they arvertiser pays to Google for each visitor.
Usually earning money from home is going to take a lot of work, and there is no easy way out from it. Real ways to make money from home produce great results when executed correctly, but at the same time you are not risking anything else but your time. It is free to get started since all you need is a free web property. Unlike with normal businesses you are most likely going to have to make big initial investments to get started, and you are not going to have any guarantee about future income.