The Real Truth About Making Money Online

The Real Truth About Making Money Online

the real truth about making money onlineIn today’s article we’re going to cover the real truth about making money online.

In all honesty, just how many articles do you think are there about making money online?  Thousands?  Millions? Absolutely there are but there is a problem.

Too many of them are just sales pitches to convince you to sign up for some seminar, webinar, training session or some other way to become an online millionaire.  Now there are some which are legitimate so it’s not all bad news but some of them really do give making money online a bad name and it’s sad that it’s those same pitches that kill people’s hopes and dreams and they give up thinking everything is a scam.  We know that to be true because of the messages we get from hopeful and aspiring individuals who want to make money online but don’t know how or are worried their fingers will get burned.

The good news and the real truth about making money online is that it is possible but it’s just how you fathom your way through the smoke and mirrors  and what we call the “get rick quick” schemes to find the legitimate ways to make money online.  And we’ll be truthful here (hence the title of the article)  most of them require a lot of hard work and dedication before seeing any return on your time.

We have a saying “if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

The point is that what most people do is not treat making money online as a business but just a way to make some fast dollars and that’s part of the problem

If that’s really all you want to do then you can expect to get attracted by “get rich quick” schemes because after all that’s what you’re looking for.  No disrespect intended but you get what you are looking for in this world.  A search showing you how you can become a millionaire overnight or words to that effect is going to be one of those “too good to be true” kinds of schemes.

However,  if you really want to make money online, work from home or turn an idea into a business, you can absolutely do it and we did – just to prove it.

Did we fall for some of those “get rich quick” schemes.  Absolutely we did but we learnt from it and it helps us teach others how to avoid the pitfalls.

Personally, we are online entrepreneurs and our online affiliate marketing business in the education and training niche is a business and we treat it as a business but it’s not the only way to make money online.

Here are some other ways to make money online you might want to look at – we class them as “jobs” rather than having a business but they are nevertheless legitimate and may suit some people.   They are jobs that require you to put in the hours if you want to get paid and they also require real work (we mentioned that before).

There are website where you get paid to take surveys, test products  etc.  They are great for earning some extra cash.

Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks if you have a skill or talent and some people do make good money doing this but you are getting paid “time for money

IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following.  Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic.

Freelance writing is one of the most popular ways to earn money online. Many successful freelancers can earn an average of 50 cents to a dollar per word.  If you’re not interested in writing, we wouldn’t recommend traveling down this road just for the money.  Plus you’ve got to build a good resume, reputation and all that good stuff as well.

For example iWriter – iWriter pays up to $15 for each accepted post and Textbroker – Textbroker pays up to five cents per word.  There are others and you can find them searching on Google or Yahoo.  There’s no doubt that you can make money with freelance writing, but it’s a process. Once you start building your portfolio and your writing skills, you can start making some serious money. If you’re not an experienced writer, expect to put some time in before you really start to see results.  Like we said it requires WORK.

Then you can sell stuff and there’s lots of different ways you can do that from an e-commerce store like Shopify to running auction sites on eBay etc.  If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell them on Etsy.It’s completely free to open an Etsy storeWhatever you choose Do good business. Plain and simple. Whether you’re selling on a small site or opening an online store, your customer service matters.

Then there’s blogging.  It’s  a legitimate way to make money and it’s quite possibly the least straight-forward way on this list, but it’s very doable and it’s also quite possibly the most fun way from the list (outside affiliate marketing which we’ll come to in a moment). We love blogging and we know hundreds of bloggers who feel the same.  So let’s talk about making money blogging and what it really means.  Since we’re talking about the real truth about making money online let’s be clear here – blogging is something that requires patience, persistence and discipline. It may mean writing everyday for over a year before you really start to see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but from our dealings with other bloggers, it seems to be pretty common to spend one or even two years building your blog, your brand and your authority, before making any serious amount of money!  You will generally need a lot of website traffic to start earning from a blog and that takes a while.

Here are the primary ways to monetize your blog and start earning:-

Advertising – the old school way of earning money with a blog where you sell advertising spots on your site signing up with Google Adsense for example.  You won’t see a lot of money from ads until your blog website views are well into the thousands every day.

Affiliate Networks – promote other people’s products and services by putting a banner on your page.  You earn a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service.  These products should of course be congruent with your blog’s category and the more traffic you get to your site the more effective means of making money you will have.

Products and Services – if you have your own products and services you can use your blog as a promotion tool.  Like affiliate networks, you need the traffic to get the sales!  Selling your services via your blog is a method used by life coaches, financial planners, retirement planners etc.  Basically your blog is used to sell yourself.

Sponsored and paid posts – these are where you have someone write a post that you publish on your blog website and you are basically selling the spot for the article on your site.  Like the above it’s all about traffic statistics to your site that a potential article writer will need to consider.

If you’re truly interested in becoming a blogger, start by looking through the archives of ProBlogger, Copyblogger and Boost Blog Traffic  We’ve learnt hugely from them over the years.

Affiliate Marketing

The Real Truth About Making Money OnlineThis is our favourite and one of the real ways to make money online but just like everything else we have mentioned here, it takes time to learn and an investment (time and money) but the rewards can be very satisfying.  It’s what we do as our full time business now although we were accountants and management consultants professionally for most of our working lives.  Affiliate marketing gives us a good income and allows us the travel and lifestyle we wanted.  It’s really all a balance.

Affiliate marketing basically allows you to promote other people’s products and services and earn commissions from each sale.  We are now able to choose the products and services we want to promote but because we specialise in the education and training niche there are huge possibilities for us from marketing an eBook to marketing a mastermind in the ten’s of thousands of dollars.

Work From Home Companies

There are some companies that will hire you to work from the comfort of your own home. If you’re interested in working for someone else, while still making your own schedule and deciding where to work from, here are a few companies that will let you do just that

CrowdSourceDemand StudiosFast ChartLeap ForceLiveopsSpeakWrite

With all of them you are paid by the hour and you set your own schedule and work from home

Now you’ve got many different options to start making money (earning) online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!

That’s why we love the online business education and entrepreneurship niche in which we work as affiliate marketers because it allows us to show people how to make money online legitimately and because it works for us we know it can work for others too.

Remember a real business requires work and effort but the rewards are definitely worth it.

Do watch this video we posted on our blog recently – The Life Of An Entrepreneur – if you’re prepared to do the work then the real truth about  making money online is that you absolutely can!  Just choose what works for you and the lifestyle you are looking for from it.  It might be a job (no harm in that) or to become a fully fledged online entrepreneur.

If you want any specific trainings, we have a f.ree training portal where you can access anything from business mindset to setting up a Shopify store and everything in between.

Seth Godin once said “all marketers are liars”  It’s not quite true.  Just trust your common sense and like we said before if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!  If you want to make a million dollars online then learn how to do it properly and avoid the get rich quick “businesses”

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Who Are We

We’re former accountants of a certain age (60+) with 5 great kids and 3 grandchildren. We love skiing and traveling the world and have achieved a fabulous life helping others to start and build a successful business online and now speak on international stages following that passion.  Our worldwide educational business is centered on online marketing business education and wealth creation and a desire to help you create financial freedom online through entrepreneurship whatever your age or experience.

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The Real Truth About Traffic

The Real Truth About Traffic

The Real Truth About TrafficIn today’s post we want to share the real truth about traffic with you.

These are things that we’ve learned along the way over the past six years (sometimes the hard way).  We don’t hear a lot of people talking the real truth about traffic and it’s a shame really as a lot of people give up on their dream of making money online because they don’t understand traffic, how to get it or what it is even.

Being around newbie entrepreneurs much of the time we get asked constantly about traffic or answer questions about traffic that they didn’t know or understand.  We want to tell you the real truth about traffic as we see it and with your help spreading the message maybe we can keep the hopes and dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs alive.

What is Traffic

Traffic is people (often known as visitors to a website) who are interested or ‘may be interested’ at some point in what you are selling (your products, services, opportunity etc). There is a whole process around that which we will cover in another article but suffice to say traffic is people.

The Real Truth About Traffic # 1 – Not All Traffic Is Created Equal

What we mean is that there is high quality traffic and low quality traffic and you really need to know the difference.  When we began our journey online we just knew we needed traffic but we didn’t really understand there for a difference.  We want to shortcut that learning for you today.

High quality traffic comes from things like writing reports, articles, blogs, webinars, video marketing etc.  They are good because they are usually giving high value before asking for anything in return.  So for example you are reading this blog article without having to give anything in return to read it.  You may leave a comment (please) or share with others on social media (please) – reciprocating because you want to and you can and because we are not pitching you anything.  It’s just pure value.  You might know it as “pre-selling”.  It creates what we call an audience or “warm traffic” who because you have given value up front will later most probably buy from you because of the trust you have built up and the high quality free information you have provided.

To be honest, this is exactly how we have built our business and respect in the industry.

Let’s look at low quality traffic sources so you can easily see the difference.

Low quality traffic comes from things like safe lists, traffic exchanges, free postings and auto posting commenting.  Whilst this type of traffic can create click they are usually of a very low quality and will probably NEVER buy from you because they are people getting paid to do things with no intention of every buying from you.  We’re just giving you the benefit of our experience here because like all newbies we tried this stuff.  The real truth is that bad traffic methods hurt good people.  Sad but true!

So that’s the real truth about traffic number one spoken from experience.

The Real Truth About Traffic #2

As someone we respect hugely in the world of traffic once said “there are only two sources of traffic.  There is traffic that you buy and traffic that you earn”

Let’s look first at traffic that you buy.  That is the most powerful traffic and is available to anyone with a shall we say “modest” budget.  It includes such things as banner advertising, solo ads and pay-per-click (especially Facebook).  There are a host of other ways but we’re just looking at the best known and those that someone new just starting out would be looking at.  Even solo ads (which we get asked about the most often) come under “good traffic” and “bad traffic”   It pays to thoroughly research solo providers and always test small to begin.  If what they offer sounds too good to be true it usually is!  If they approach you (say on Facebook) to sell their traffic it’s a good warning sign to stay away. When you do buy then please test and measure your results ALWAYS.

Then there is traffic that you earn.  This comes from things like article marketing (very popular when we first started out), blogging, posting and taking part in forums, social media such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, viral marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO).  In all of these it’s about providing high quality and original content and establishing an audience who consume your content and the most likely to join your list and buy the products that you recommend.

The Real Truth About Traffic #3

When it comes to traffic you need less than you think.  It’s probably the polar opposite to what you have read or heard where everyone is saying you want masses of traffic.  The truth is that you need much less than you think and that’s because of what you do with the traffic you have not how much you have!

To explain we will have to cover something we call list building here and we’ll write more on that in another article.  Basically if you don’t build a list, you might for example just promote a site (send traffic to it).  Maybe you get 1,000 visitors and make say 10 sales.  You make money there and then.  After that it’s over.  What if instead you sent sent those visitors to a lead capture page (sometimes known as a squeeze page) and a good proportion of those people opted in to your list.  Well now you have a mailing list of real prospects that have raised their hands and said they want to hear from you.  This is what those successful online entrepreneurs do and how they are able to sell to their list over an over again.

Attracting quality traffic to what you have on offer if by far a away the best way to build your business.  These people will over time buy from you provided you build a good relationship with them and cover all the reasons the were attracted to join your list in the first place.

To explain better, we are in the business education and training for entrepreneurs niche so we produce content like this and on social media, videos, articles, e-books, webinars, free training etc to build an audience interested in what we do.  When they sign up to one of our lists we send them the information they asked for (held up their hand for) and continue to answer their questions, cover their objections and many will eventually buy from us.  Those that don’t we continue to communicate with sending our regular newsletters covering topics of interest and introducing them to offers they may be interested in.

The whole point of this article is to provide you our readers with the real truth about traffic and show you how with the right education you can achieve success in your business and build a list that will serve you if you serve it well.  Don’t fall for hype like clicking on websites saying you can make a $1,000.000 or “go from zero to $10K in 30 day”.  It isn’t going to work.  Do what every successful marketer does.  Build a list and use follow up email marketing.

We hope this has given you an insight and shown you the real truth about traffic

If you would like our free online business training series – click here

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Thank you for joining us on our blog today 🙂

Chris and Susan Signature

 

 

Who Are We

We’re former accountants of a certain age (60+) with 5 great kids and 3 grandchildren. We love skiing and traveling the world and have achieved a fabulous life helping others to start and build a successful business online and now speak on international stages following that passion.  Our worldwide educational business is centered on online marketing business education and wealth creation and a desire to help you create financial freedom online through entrepreneurship whatever your age or experience.

Authors : The Mindset Shift

C&S ArizonaSkype : chrisbeesley1   susanbeesley1

Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7802857551

Email : info@chrisandsusanbeesley.com

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