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Getting through the muck of making money online

Jobeli just joined persona paper and mentioned she wanted to find a way to make money online. My response to her was that there are so many ways and methods.

Usually content writer newbies believe that writing content is the only way to make money. However, writing content is one way, when combined with other methods and social promotion or advertising, that money can be made.

However, here's another way. Some people write on these sites to gain brand and name recognition for selling their products and services. Just for sake of an example: let's say you like children's clothes. You know about all the different designers of children clothing or a lot about how to purchase them for cheap. You could write articles, about your knowledge, on sites like this one.

As your articles about children's clothes show up in the search engines or spread through social media, people will want more from you and come by your blog or website.

From your website, they may start to comment and ask you for help with buying children's clothing. You might recommend some of your ebooks on the topic. You might become their personal buying coach, sell clothes, partnership with a garment salesperson on Etsy or a craft site. You make additional money and get readers through the partnership and by splitting commissions.

This is only 1/1000 of the many ideas and combinations of ways to use your content to make money. You could buy pass ebooks if you wanted and sell membership to a members only site. There is no limit and perfect way.

Just remember you need a "product", a "method of spreading the news about it " and a way to "monetize the idea." Each of these steps can be done in hundreds of ways or included multiple products and methods.

Many people think to linearly. They think if they just write articles and get paid by a content site, that's it. You could do, just, that; but remember that there is no guarantee the site could be around months or years later.

You've got to diversify your product, your method of delivery and way you make money. In one system, your content could be the "product" or, even, "the method of delivery for another product. " It all depends on your skills, interests and how you merge the two. There is no correct way and certainly not "one way" to market anything online. There is only the way that works for you.

So if you're new, spend some time reading about how entrepreneurs come up with a products and services. Watch how they spread the news about their product and services.

How is their idea unique? You can listen to stories on YouTube and visit learning sites like udemy dot com. People share their ideas and strategies. Some charge a fee but you'd be surprised how many have free offerings with value. You can enhance your understanding without paying a dime.

Please don't fall for every new and guaranteed strategy. No more shiny penny syndrome.

The people I know who have made a decent living online are those that deliver quality information and products and know what their customers want. They aren't distracted by every new strategy that internet marketers present. They stay focused on their idea until it's time for them to adjust.

Reserve spending your money until you understand how the internet, advertising and social media works. Listen to success and stories of failure. Ask questions, attend free seminars. At some point, test an idea and stay focused. Be willing to change now and then. Make sure you are knowledgeable of risks and make decisions accordingly.

Anyone else have words of wisdom for a newbie?

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melody23 wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:23 PM

My words of wisdom for a newbie are: don't give up. Many people start writing online and when they don't make a fortune quickly they give up, earning money through writing takes time, you need to build a reputation and establish a presence online before you will start making money.

Also never stop learning, learn about the subjects you choose to write about, learn about different sources of income, what sites are good and which ones are not worth it and learn how to promote your work.

Feisty56 wrote on August 2, 2014, 7:02 PM

I think you're done a good job here providing food for thought -- not just for newbies, but for anyone and everyone interested in making money online.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 9:17 PM

I think you've done a good job with this subject. Some people think they should start rolling in cash after posting couple of articles on a site, and then when they don't, they say it's a scam. I've found I never start getting payouts until I've got at least fifty pieces of content on a new site. I think it's better to build a presence and make friends on one site before moving to the next.

sandyresearch wrote on August 2, 2014, 10:48 PM

melody23 excellent point. I'm glad you added that because it's so important. Online pursuits teach you to persevere no matter what happens. I like the point about building a reputation too.

sandyresearch wrote on August 2, 2014, 10:49 PM

Thanks Feisty56 I gave what I've found thus far but sure there is more on this journey online. I'm getting closer to discovering where I fit online.

sandyresearch wrote on August 2, 2014, 10:52 PM

Yes. "Rolling in Cash" has never been my goal. I'd like the cash to find me between the intersect of doing what I love and giving people what they need. At this point I've heard over and over again that you can learn a lot by "doing something" online for a consistent amount of time before moving on.

Kasman wrote on August 25, 2014, 4:11 PM

Persevere! Earning money online can't be done overnight - as melody23 says. And be prepared for setbacks 'cos they will happen!