This blog consists of a series of posts that more or less alternate between purposes. About half of my posts are tips and suggestions about how you can work online from home and make money online. They vary from actual “how to” tutorials to general overviews about the Internet marketing industry. The other half of my posts are reviews of products that are designed to help people make money online.
It’s worth noting that most of the traffic I get to this site is from people searching for reviews of moneymaking products. That’s fine; whenever I find a new product out there that looks promising, even I want to know what it’s about and I often seek out reviews. What’s interesting, however, is that most of the reviews that draw traffic to this site are for the “get rich quick” or “make money fast” kind of products, rather than the reviews for actual, working methods for making money online. In short, most people seem to want to make money online now.
Cost Per Action – Another Way to Make Money Online
In previous posts, I’ve talked about affiliate marketing extensively, as it’s a great way to make money online, and comes with fewer risks and problems that multilevel marketing, which can, depending on the program, be questionably legal. While affiliate marketing remains the most popular choice for those who want to work online from home, there is another lucrative moneymaking option available – cost per action. Cost Per Action, also known as Cost Per Acquisition or CPA, is popular with both advertisers and marketers, as it offers good benefits for both.
With affiliate marketing, you, as the affiliate, direct visitors to your Website to a product’s sales page. If they buy the product, be it a television set or an ebook, you receive a commission for referring the customer. Cost per action works similarly, but the commission may or may not be tied to an actual product sale. In fact, with cost per action, you can get paid for something as simple as having your Website visitor provide their email address!
If you want to work onlinefromhome, you’ll have to find something to do. That seems obvious, but having a plan is the first step if you want to make money online. Then you simply need to jump on it. There is no shortage of people who are willing to tell you how to work online from home, and just as many who want to sell you the “secret” to making money on the Internet. What you need to do, however, is learn to see through the scams that don’t work in order to find the actual methods that do.
Plenty of ideas do work. After all, there are now more than a billion Websites out there, and lots of them are sites that are run by people who work online from home. Some of them are making money, but they’re not getting involved in pyramid schemes, multilevel marketing businesses, or anything involving a “forced matrix”. You can forget about binary options and Forex trading, too, as those systems only make money for the people creating software for them. Average investors in those methods generally lose their investments quickly. There are, however, a number of ways to make money online that do work and in this post, I’ll outline a few of them so you can decide if one of them might be right for you.
Lots of people find the idea of trying to make money online to be somewhat intimidating. Sure, being able to work online from home certainly sounds appealing, but if you’re the sort of person who has always had a regular job, with regular hours, and a regular paycheck, it can be a bit intimidating to take a leap into the unknown in your attempt to make money online. There are lots of “tire kickers” – people who spend time on marketing forums and who buy lots of ebooks and courses about how to make money online but who never take action.
There are various reasons why people stop when it comes time to actually get started in trying to make money online and the reasons are fairly common and predictable ones. That’s not to say that they’re without merit; there is always a risk when you venture into self-employment, and it is risky to walk away from a regular paycheck in an effort to generate your own income without a safety net. The rewards are worthwhile, however, and you need to find a way to overcome these common fears if you’re going to succeed in your effort to work online from home.
We’ll take a look at some of the more common fears that people have about trying to make money online.
Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make money, provided that you have some realistic expectations and some basic understanding about how the market and the industry works. Far too many people decided that they want to work online from home and jump into affiliate marketing with both feet without realizing that the learning curve can be steep, that patience can be required and that you’re going to have to occasionally spend some money.
Don’t get me wrong; affiliate marketing has a lot going for it and I love working from home. But I’ve learned a lot about making money online over the years and I’ve had to learn some lessons the hard way. If I knew ten years ago what I know now, I’d be making more money, and I’d have a lot fewer projects that didn’t work on my resume. While there are no guarantees that you will succeed if you try affiliate marketing, you’ll certainly do better in affiliate marketing if you keep the things listed below in mind.
I’ve written before about the benefits of promoting affiliate marketing products, as opposed to selling products on your own through direct retail. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but there’s something nice about making money selling other people’s products. You don’t have to maintain inventory. You don’t have to ship. You don’t have to worry about customer service. You just persuade someone to buy, provide them with a link, and let them go on to the sales page to make their purchase. If they buy, you’ll get your commission.
You can make money online using either method, and I’ve done my fair share of both. In fact, I still have a single retail Website in addition to a number of sites devoted to affiliate marketing. As I said, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. For newbies or people who are on the fence about what they’re going to do, I strongly recommend going the affiliate marketing route, if only because there are fewer hassles and barriers to entry. There are, however, a number of things that you need to consider when choosing a product to promote.
When you’re starting out trying to work online from home, it’s pretty common to put the cart before the horse when it comes to prioritizing what it is you need to be doing. We all make mistakes; it’s part of the process. Still, if you can avoid the most common affiliate marketing mistakes, you’ll have a head start when it comes to becoming successful in your online business. Today, we’ll cover a few common affiliate marketing mistakes that happen to everybody and how you can avoid them.
Focusing on money – Everyone wants to make money online, and newbies have a tendency to focus on that aspect of affiliate marketing from their very first step. While making money online is the ultimate goal, starting by concentrating on the money should not be the first thing you do. Lots of affiliate programs try to emphasize the ease with which you can make money online using their tools or promoting their products, but remember – they’re trying to recruit affiliates!