Ok, I’ll come right out and say it first, so you don’t have to read this entire article before getting the answer you’re looking for—Is it possible to make money online in 2015? YES!
It’s still very possible to make a great income online, and I’d argue that it’s actually never been easier.
In this post I’ll be discussing a bit about what I consider to be the “Key Ingredient” for being successful online, and then sharing some of my most highly recommended online money making strategies. (If you are specifically interested in making money as an internet marketer also check out this post I wrote on the subject…)
First off, lets look at WHY some might question whether or not making money on the internet is possible…
I guess, if you’ve never made any money online, and you don’t know anybody else who has, then there may be some doubt in your mind about just how feasible of a feat this actually is.
And, there are some people out there who will actively discourage you. There are those who will tell you that the days of making big bucks from home, over the Internet, are a thing of the past. They’ll say that it’s no longer possible, or that it’s just too difficult these days because of all the competition, and that it’s no longer even worth your while.
Why do people say such things? Usually it’s because they have never made any money online themselves, and they don’t want to believe that they are missing out.
Or, perhaps they tried making money online, but they failed, so they falsely assume that it must be “impossible”.
I find people like that to be a depressing subject, so I prefer not to think about them.
Sucks to be them.
Listen, not only is making money online still very possible, but lots of people (including myself, of course) are doing it everyday and raking in thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars per month.
Trust me, if you have the right strategy and you’re willing work hard then I guarantee you can still (potentially) make a TON of money online.
How can you make this elusive online cheddar? Let’s delve…
The Key Ingredient For Making Lots Of Money Online
Usually, the first thing that somebody does when they get interested in making online dough is that they will do an Internet search looking for information on the most viable, current techniques and strategies.
If you do this, you’re bound to find thousands of webpages dedicated to telling you all about the “hottest new opportunity” you can use to make a quick buck. But based on my experience 99% of those so-called opportunities are a total waste of your time.
No, the key ingredient is NOT any particular program, training course, mentorship, magical software system or anything like that.
The key ingredient is FAITH. Not in a religious sense, but more in terms of determination and believe in yourself, because no matter what strategy you try, you are always going to struggle, in the beginning.
It might take a month to make your first buck, or it might take 6 months, and if you give up too soon then it is literally IMPOSSIBLE for you to ever be successful.
Personally, I only made about 3 grand in my first 6 months, then 25K the next year, and I broke 6 figures for the first time in my life the year after that.
What I’m trying to say here is that if you want to be successful with making dough online, then you need to be willing to work for months on end without seeing any return on the time and money that you have invested. And, the only way that you are going to be able to “keep going” is if you have faith in yourself, and the determination to stick with it until eventually you succeed.
Most people just don’t believe in themselves enough.
I know that this may seem like a simple or obvious concept, but 99% of people just don’t get it. They just aren’t mentally “wired” to be successful.
I’m not a self-help guru, so I’m not exactly sure how one can best “re-wire” themselves to have faith and determination. But one suggestion would be to work on developing within yourself what Napoleon Hill calls a “burning desire”… basically, you need to want to be successful really, really bad. It’s got to be a burning desire in your heart that drives you to take action towards your goals everyday.
If you’ve never heard of Napoleon Hill, his Think and Grow Rich book (it was published in 1937 so now it’s in the public domain and free to download!) is a classic that basically every millionaire entrepreneur has read multiple times, so read it now if you haven’t already, and pay close attention to this burning desire concept…
Okay – now lets get into the specifics of online income generation…
Note: In the following discussion of online money making strategies I have purposefully left out any mention of trading. Trading is a great way to make a lot of money, but there is also substantial risk involved. Furthermore, it is usually a good idea to have a fair bit of capital at your disposal if you want to be able to live off the money you make trading, so this not something I would recommend if money is tight. That said, if you are interested in trading options its something you might want to learn more about. Or, if you prefer foreign currency trading check out the new Forex Gemini Code…
3 Levels Of Online Money Making Sophistication…
Level One – Online Opportunities… The beginner level of making money on the Internet is to find legitimate opportunities that pay you for doing stuff like taking surveys, writing articles, and so forth. Honestly, my advice would be just to skip this step entirely, because most of the time these opportunities don’t pay enough money to make them worthwhile.
That said, “enough money” is subjective. What’s enough money for me might not be enough money for you, and vice-versa. And, these kinds of opportunities can be a good way to get your feet wet so that you can prove to yourself that making money online is something that you are actually capable of.
Level Two – Affiliate Marketing… A better place to get started, in my humble but accurate opinion is with affiliate marketing. Essentially, this is what’s known as a performance-based marketing where a business pays an affiliate for sending them website visitors who end up buying products or filling out forms on the business’ website.
These commissions typically range anywhere from a couple of bucks to a couple of hundred bucks per sale. As you can imagine, these affiliate commissions can add up to a lot of money. Think about it, if you are getting $100 for every sale you refer and you refer just 5 per day that’s $500 per day which is $182,500 annualized. Not too shabby. That’s a lot more that the average American makes for working in a J.O.B.
The trick with affiliate marketing is that you need to master traffic generation. After all, you need to have a source of traffic that you can send to these affiliate offers, or else you aren’t going to be able to earn any commissions! Now getting traffic might sound like it would be complicated… And I won’t lie, if this is something you want to get good at then your are definitely going to need to be willing to put in some effort, but when you think about how much money you can make, that should fuel your desire to learn the skills needed so you can start sending traffic to offers and start getting those sales coming in.
There are a lot of ways to do this, and I can’t cover them in any great detail in a blog post, but one of the best ways to do affiliate marketing is by building up a list of email subscribers who you can send affiliate offers to. If you have a substantial subscriber list, a single offer could generate tens of thousands of dollars. Now, who doesn’t like the sounds of that?
My advice would be to get a program that will walk you through everything that you need to do to be successful with this stuff. Trust me, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel here and there are some great programs out there to help. The top program I’d recommend for affiliate marketing is something called AffiloJetpack 2.0 from respected super affiliate Mark Ling. This guy really knows his stuff and the program will teach you all of the most effective and innovative techniques for quickly building your own list of subscribers and building a successful affiliate marketing business.
Level Three Product Vendor… Another way to make money online is to create your own offer to market to the public. Here’s where the real money is. If you have the potential to make thousands of dollars a week with affiliate marketing, with your very own product, you’ve got the opportunity to make millions. There are some challenges of course, but it’s certainly possible to make crazy amounts of money with your own product when you know what you’re doing. Also, if you’ve got a great subscriber list going, then this could obviously be very helpful in marketing your very own product. The key here is to pick a topic you have expertise in and create a product to market.
For example, let’s say you’re really into fitness and nutrition. You could create an e-book course on how to lose weight and get into shape. Remember, the most important thing is market research and niche identification. If you can offer something that is unique and innovative, you’re well on your way to making money online with your product.
Unfortunately, a lot of people get intimidated by the idea of creating their own product and putting themselves out there as an expert. Here’s the deal—it’s not that hard to become an expert on something. In fact you are probably already enough of an expert on several different things that you could easily create products in multiple niche markets. Again, it all comes back to having faith in yourself, and being willing to step outside your comfort zone in order to do what you need to do to be successful.
If you are looking for a program to help you get started as a product vendor I would once again recommend Inbox Blueprint. That course is great because it will show you how to build a list, promote affiliate offers, and then transition into being a vendor with your own offers.
And, knowing how to do email marketing is critically important if you go the product vendor route because it’s really the only way to get the maximum lifetime value out of all of your leads and customers.
Hopefully, after reading this blog post you now realize that making money online is indeed a very real way to “bring home the bacon”. If you truly believe in yourself, and have burning desire to make a lot of cash then I highly recommend internet marketing as a career path. Just realize that it takes time, and effort, and a well thought out game-plan. Good luck!