How to make money on the internet?
This is the question I get asked the most.
Even more than this one:
Is blogging a real profession?
So, I sat down and told myself…
Let’s stop focusing on the personal branding for a few days…
Get back to the basic stuff for now… and help people understand this way.
You might have been blogging for years, but we all know that we meet people at friends’ weddings who try to grab the next seat from us to ask our blogging success secrets…
(So, I decided to enjoy the weddings to the fullest by writing a comprehensive guide on money making on the internet)
If you have been reading my content for quite some time now, then you probably notice that I don’t jump on to the topic right away if there is some explanation needs to be given.
So, here we go.
Before telling you a bundle of ideas to start making money on the internet, it’s my utmost duty to share the ingredients of it or what actually makes things possible.
Have you noticed people make hundreds of thousands of dollars?
If you’re from Pakistan and India, you probably know about Abdul Wali, a Udemy instructor and an online money making expert, you might have heard about Muhammad Haris, the maker of the best-selling Avada WordPress Theme, and Hisham Sarwar, one of the top freelancers of guru.com.
Everything looks great. Isn’t it?
When you ask them about their journey, they’d tell you, it wasn’t easy at all.
In fact, if you ask any of the successful people out there, what you’ll find out is that he didn’t quit, instead, that person chose to keep going.
The Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America. He was one of the respected leaders as well as politicians.
Adam Grant reveals in his book Give and Take that Abraham Lincoln was a giver. He believes in giving so much that he actually favored his contender in an election that he was running for because he thought his contender could actually deliver better, so he opted to support him.
Folks, why am I discussing this?
Do you know why?
Because I want you to know that there are a few things that will be needed in order to succeed online and those things are:
a) Passion: First off, it must be identified. If you find it and feel that this is something you’ll never ever hate, then you must choose it to make it your career. Once there is a passion for something, the chances are, you’re going to succeed.
b) Consistency: Secondly, you have to be consistent in order to turn things around. Because following the passion would be the toughest thing at some point and there won’t be any alternative around. At that moment of life, if you regret then you might end up quitting and if you don’t regret then you will end up successful down the road.
c) Learning: Thirdly, the learning part is essential. No matter where you reach or how good you become at anything, if you’re not a learner, you will never improve. And this isn’t an option here. You have to be a learner.
Here comes the cream:
25 Ways to Make Money on the Internet
Do not ever limit yourself to the numbers. If I say 25 ways, find 100 more. I don’t like the limits, neither should you. Take a deep breath and start reading these ways to make money on the internet:
#1) – Start selling your graphic designing art
Let’s begin with the graphic designing. It might take a 3-month short course for you to get the basic know-how of graphic designing. You won’t beat the graphic design graduate, but if you got the passion for graphic designing, there is no way anyone can stop you from getting success. The internet is huge and everyone with a certain skill set has got some piece of cake there. It depends on the target audience whether it exists on the internet or not, if your target audience hasn’t arrived on the internet yet, then the progress will be slower than expected. However, you can find your way out of every hurdle. Try Behance and Dribbble platforms to get started. One of the major keys to success on the internet is being at the right place.
#2) – Become a freelance writer
One of the popular online careers is freelance writing. People across the globe come over and offer their content writing services. If you’re good at this, make sure you know your passion and you must be an up-to-date person with your field. It’s always good to have someone who is quite interested in the niche, for instance, if a content writer is passionate about online marketing, then hiring him/her for health content might not be very ideal, instead, if a content writer who happens to be a medical professional or students, then it could turn the table around. Writing isn’t just about research and rephrasing the material, you got to have some kind of knowledge and point-of-view on things you’re writing. Try out Fiverr, ProBlogger Job board, and BloggerJobs. It doesn’t mean this is the end of the world, you may not find the client today, try tomorrow, then again after a few days, and keep trying. In fact, don’t limit yourself to these platforms, there are plenty of such platforms. I don’t recommend hanging yourself to those freelance platforms, be a free bird and make the sky the limit. You can build your personal brand around your writing passion and start selling your brand.
#3) – Start writing a blog
The blog writing is itself a money making method in which you can choose how you can make money. There are various monetization models to adopt. It really depends on what kind of blog you have and what your purpose of your blogging is. A niche blog is normally monetized through affiliate marketing, whereas other blogs could be monetized through pay-per-click and CPM advertising. It doesn’t really matter what kind of ad you choose as long as it is in-line with your audience. Money making blogging is a term that is extremely popular on the internet which depicts the methodology of blogging to make money online. Now every blogger has its own strategy of making money. Some of them sell direct ads using the tools like OIO Publisher, ADS PRO, and WP Pro Advertising, meaning, by using these tools, you don’t have any third-party in between you and your customer (advertiser). In fact, you can try BuySellAds or PublicityClerks, as they’re proper networks for selling and buying adverts. These were a few of the names out there to start selling ads. We haven’t even considered PPC and CPM ad companies yet. It depends on your blog niche that what kind of audience you have and then it might help you choose the right ad network or affiliate advertising for that. Affiliate networks like ShareaSale and Clickbank are very popular these days.
#4) – Become an Online Tutor
It’s legit. There are a number of platforms that are actually helping students out in finding the right kind of tutors they are looking for. In other words, they are giving online tutors a chance to earn some good amount of money via part-time and full-time online tutoring. When it comes to money making on the internet, the opportunities are humongous. It’s up to us that how we begin to realize our real passion and give it the right direction. Some of us love being the instructors. Well, if that teaching passion starts paying your bills, then this passion is worth following. Check out Course Hero, StudentLance, and Udacity to actually become an online tutor.
#5) – Launch your Online Course
If you ever thought about launching your online course, then it’s the right moment to start doing it. One of the popular ways of making money on the internet is selling online courses. It’s totally based on your expertise and passion. It’s not an easy buck strategy, of course. It requires a lot of hustle. It certainly made it to the list because people do create online courses to make money on the internet, especially in business development, life coaching, entrepreneurship, and digital marketing. Try Udemy for starting your online course without worrying about the website hosting & launching headache. Teachable does the hosting and management stuff. Rainmaker is also a competitor in the arena. There is another player called ZippyCourses platform which is a WordPress tool for course selling.
#6) – Sell your consultancy
Nobody is going to come over and tell you to start selling your consultancy. It’s just you who needs to make a decision. You’re alone in this. You got to find that passion and desire to do it. If you’re good at something, go get it, hone it, and give it a shot. Selling your consultancy is all about your passion and the life you choose for yourself. You can’t be a life coach and expert if you haven’t decided to be one. Life coaching is all about using the past experience, failures, and success altogether and setting the examples for others. You may end up finding blogging your biggest passion and you could be selling your consultancies online and offline through different ways. It’s an opened world. Find it. Hone it. Sell it. Check out SoHelpFul and Clarity.fm for selling your consultancy over the phone. These are quite organized platforms for entrepreneurs and experts to sell their expertise online.
#7) – Create your Product
Creating a product is one of the hardest ways to make money on the internet but it is worth it. The coolest part is that it involves your passion and that’s enough to back you up. Creating a product is quite a gigantic approach which needs to be cut down according to our need and requirement. The product could be of any type. It could be an innovative PC software, a WordPress plugin, a SAAS product, or even an e-book. This begins with what you want to do. No matter it’s an iPhone app of recipes or a fitness management book. You can do a lot on the internet. Figuring out what to do is the real difficult part of actually getting it done. Once you’ve figured out, you may want to jump on to some online selling platforms to get started. Check out Selz, E-Junkie, PayLoadz, and Sellfy.
#8) – Conduct Paid Seminars
I’m not sure how much you know about webinars or how many of you are expert-level professionals here, but webinar is something you should definitely try at some point in your online career. Because webinars have become a vital marketing and engagement tool. It has an amazing conversion rate regardless of niche. It’s possible because it squeezes the funnel and the most loyal or interest audience comes forward to attend the webinar that you host for them. Now, there are certain things you might want to consider in order to succeed in webinar hosting such as choosing the right topic, using the best webinar tools, making it easy for the attendees to join in, and giving away the value in return. Webinars aren’t possible without the best webinar tools. Try WebinarNinja, MegaMeeting, or AnyMeeting.
#9) – Sell Blogs or Websites
Selling websites and blogs is part of the huge e-commerce industry that is growing at a very fast pace. Selling websites and blogs is one of the ways to make money on the internet. It doesn’t work like the other methods where you use the blog or website to represent your business or utilize it to make money. It actually requires you to sell your web property out to the customers that win the bid or paying you a good amount money. Flippa and Empire Flippers are quite the platforms that appear on the first page of Google if you search about selling a website.
#10) – Make Video Reviews
If you’re new into money making online arena, you might not know about this but this method of money making will definitely get some heat in the near future. The tech and beauty enthusiasts are the experts in this area. Tech geek like Austin Evans and makeup artist like Sydney Alexandra are the perfect examples of this. These folks make great videos in their niche and review the latest products in their respective areas and let the audience know about those products. They kind of review the products and help guide the viewers about the products. Such experts often get brand deals or free products from the brands to get reviewed. It’s all about following the passion and choosing the right direction. Once you’ve spend some time there, opportunities start to sprout for you.
#11) – Start an Online Store
Online stores are no joke. E-commerce has been one of the emerging industries on the global scale. If you want to make money on the internet, starting an online store could be a huge deal. In fact, it could be the most viable option to establish an online business. There are definitely some perks of being an owner of an online store such as you don’t need a huge office to manage, you don’t need a big staff to handle the operations, and thirdly you don’t have to invest a lot in the inventory to get started. Many online retail stores start at the slow pace and with the passage of time they grow into the bigger businesses. BigCommerce, Shopify, and Magento are some of the popular e-store builders to get started.
#12) – Sell Crafts & Handmade Products
Selling crafts has never been that easier. If you’re an expert in this, you should be happy that you can make money on the internet by doing what you love. If you haven’t thought about that yet, well then it’s the time to start thinking. If you’re good at this, meaning, you love to make crafts and handmade products such as jewelry, decoration pieces, cutlery, then you should think about establishing an online business. Check out Etsy, if you think it’s not possible. All you need is a little bit of self-belief in this. You can establish a Facebook page to get started. Name your brand on the Facebook page, build the items, take the pics, and upload them to the Facebook page. The next part is the promotion and marketing. Once you’re there, you would have to start learning about online marketing and social media engagement, which is totally fine, but at least you’d be working online at that point. This article by Rob Nightingale can take your crafts selling plan to the next level.
#13) – Sell Imported Goods
Do check the local law and regulation before doing any work on this. In fact, I’m just sharing the ideas to work on the internet, once you move forward to get started, it’s better to get the proper information about business registration and all that. This idea came into my mind because I’ve seen people do this here in Pakistan. They somehow order products either from Amazon or Aliexpress, then they create their seller accounts on local sites like Kaymu.pk and daraz.pk and they do sell the stuff online. You can surely find out your local online marketplaces to become a seller.
#14) – Make Cookies & Eatables
Everyone doesn’t like cooking and baking stuff but many of you might be into this. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you’re passionate about cooking or baking, you can set up your small business at home and start taking orders via Facebook or website. It all begins with your passion and will. You might be able to only take orders from the local customers, but it’s worth it. Check out the Facebook pages of Mini Treats and Ayesha’s Bake. These are custom cake makers in Lahore, Pakistan. If you want to make money on the internet, use your passion to build a business around it and internet will help you get started with this.
#15) – Start a YouTube Channel
A YouTube channel is probably more familiar to everyone but how to turn into a money making business, that would be the question for everyone. Well, this isn’t the rocket science, if you’re in one of those 60 countries where YouTube allows its partner program, you can easily start monetization in your YouTube account and start making money off of your video views. YouTube actually pays based on per thousands views and there are many other factors involved in this which finalize the earning that you actually earn and receive. That’s not the main issue, the issue is what kind of YouTube channel you would make. It could be either a vlogging channel, how-to, life hacks, makeup, fashion, or a specific niche channel. There could be hundreds of categories on YouTube. It’s you who decides what kind of a YouTube channel to be made. The passion works here too. You have to do YouTube thing based on your passion and skill set. You have probably seen many YouTube channels. I follow more than 100 YouTube channels, most of them are vloggers, some are funny skits creator, a few of them are entrepreneurs, and the rest of them are video makers who have specific interests and they create their videos around those interests. For instance, 3 Idiotz Pakistan make funny skits in Urdu. Taimoor aka Mooroo is another Pakistani video creator, and they have been doing videos for a long time. Now you often find their funny skits that involve product endorsements and promotions. This means they get paid for those promotions, which is great. When you work hard for years and finally it pays off, it’s certainly worth admiring. So, a YouTube channel could be a starting point of an online career. Start this thing if you’re really into videos and acting.
#16) – Start Vlogging on YouTube
One of the my favorite things is vlogging. It’s also known as video blogging. Besides blogging and freelance writing, if there is something I’m interested in is vlogging. I’m in so much love with vlogging that I started it last year and after getting 6 months experience in it, I launched vlogging.pk to help guide new starters who can learn more about vlogging and create a part-time living on the internet. This guide to start vlogging and becoming a vlogger will help you understand and learn vlogging. It takes so much time just like blogging to get traction and developing a brand. Once you create an audience and keep uploading the vlogs, you get noticed by the brands for different promotional and sponsorship deals. In short, it’s a great way to make money on the internet. All it requires from vloggers is persistence and passion.
#17) – Become an Instagrammer
Have you ever thought to make money off of your Instagram account? Do you know popular Instagrammers make money from their Instagram. Everything becomes so possible once you spend time and build a brand around anything you like. It becomes impossible not to win when you dedicatedly work hard and give your years in something. There are millions of examples of becoming successful on being consistent. Casey Neistat worked almost 7 to 8 years in the video making, then his career boosted on YouTube and he won YouTuber of the Year Award at the 8th Annual Shorty Awards. Similarly, there are bunch of Instagram stars out there that I don’t know much about but they do exist. I have literally seen people racing towards 3000 to 5000 Instagram followers and end up getting promotional deals with the brands. You might get hired by the brands if you have a passion for beauty, makeup, or fitness. The Instagram isn’t just about beauty and females thing, you name your passion and Instagram will say a big YES to you. This is a whole new world. Check this article of Independent.co.uk, also take a look at list of top 100 Instagram accounts in the world, and finally a friend of mine Sharjeel who is an Instagrammer and a fitness freak who loves Instagram because he collaborates with other Instagrammers and meets new people around the world on Instagram.
#18) – Offer Digital Marketing Service
If you’re in digital marketing arena, you can certainly start offering a digital marketing service. Most probably, if you’re into digital marketing, you’d already be doing some of kind social media promotion and online marketing, so I don’t need to explain you that how you can make money on the internet. But if you aren’t a digital marketing geek, then there is a chance that you could explore it more and come up with the digital marketing solution. For instance, you should present yourself, meaning, your manifestation as a brand will eventually engage the audience. All this begins with a website, then utilizing the digital marketing tools such as blog writing, online advertising, and social media promotion. Once you start doing it for yourself, you’ll earn some experience on how to optimizing a Facebook ads campaign or how to utilizing the Google Adwords for the best. This experience will help you write your articles and case studies, which would separately help you engage the prospective brands that are looking for hiring someone for their digital marketing. Meet Abu Bakar Sadeeq, for instance, he helps his customers in digital marketing and conversion optimization. He has been doing work in digital marketing field for quite some time now.
#19) – Start a Facebook Page
Starting a Facebook page does seem walking through a dark walkway because you aren’t sure where it would go ultimately. The key to success is persistence and engagement. You can achieve these two things if you don’t have something to say or you don’t care about others. Once you know what you have to share, you’d somehow try to do it. So, the bottom line is, you have to do something you like. At the end of the day, you’ll realize that if you want to make money on the internet, you got to choose something you’re passionate about, secondly you have to keep improving, and thirdly you must be helpful towards others. Comics by Arsalan is a fine example of making money on Facebook. He used his passion of cartoon making into Facebook and developed a community around his Facebook page. He uses the current happenings and events to elaborate or mimic through his cartoons. I have seen his sponsored mentions as well and I felt so good for him because he was winning at something and I was learning a lesson out of his victory. This point means you can start a Facebook page if you think you have a passion and you’re not into web launching or blog writing and you think Facebook is a go-to place for you on the internet. There are many individuals and brands that run popular pages in different countries. You can do the same. Just remember before making a start that don’t start it to make money online, but rather start it because you love it. For instance, if you’re a Bollywood movies fan, you can start a Facebook page that updates Bollywood fans about gossips, celebs, movies, and release dates. There is a always a space of genuine and reliable work on the internet. All you need is keep on learning the industry ethics and standards.
#20) – Become a Logo Designer
Are you a graphic design geek? Did you love Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop? If yes, you probably don’t know that graphic designing is one of the highest paid jobs online. The logo designer does seem a version of graphic designing. Nowadays, the graphic designers are quite well-paid professionals, despite the competition on the market. The freelance platforms have re-engineered the careers of graphic designers who used to struggle otherwise in the countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. If you think you’re into logo designing, you should diversify yourself from a regular graphic designer who is up for any kind of graphic designing job. Try 99designs, StockLogos, or BrandCrowd.
#21) – Become a Social Media Manager
The social media has grown in a way we never expected. This means the opportunities are multiplying as well. A few years back, people were not aware of a job vacancy of a content writer, similarly, a social media manager was an alien to them, I promise. Now, the social media is evolving and we have to cope with it accordingly. A social media manager is someone who does the job of promoting a brand on the social media, manages the stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn while others are busy in production, administration, and accounts. It isn’t that simple to sit on a computer and post on the social media on the behalf of the company. It begins with the idealization of the brand’s target audience and understanding the brand’s product, then finding the right platform for the brand, and later on start engaging with the prospective audience to bring them onboard. Brent Jones is a full-time social media consultant. He discussed his freelance consultancy service while questioning his guest and revealed that lots of people out there consider the freelancing to the freelance writing only. And then, he revealed that he does social media consultancy as a freelancer. Brent, actually made my point of making money on the internet stronger than before.
#22) – Sell E-book Covers
It’s all about the ideas, passion, and creativity. If you got this, you can do anything and make money off of it. The internet world is full of opportunities. Every need comes with an opportunity, if you’re a creator who can create a solution, you can win online. Now, e-books are all about the internet. E-books are not just about writing and selling on the Amazon. People sell e-books in their courses as well as on their blogs. Check Darren Rowse‘s strategy of selling e-books on his Photography and camera gear blog called Digital Photography School. If you’re interested in graphic designing, then you might take a few minutes to design an e-book cover. The point is, if you’re not, then how you can do it. Well, you got to find the right tools to start using them. Try Canva.
#23) – Become an Affiliate Marketer
This is a bit generic thing to say that become an affiliate marketer to make money on the internet. Well, the point is, what kind of affiliate marketer one should be? That’s the question. To answer that question, it’ll be appropriate to explain the philosophy of affiliate marketing. You don’t have to be a special affiliate marketer in order to apply affiliate marketing in your work, instead, you only need to know what it is and how it works. The affiliate marketing process means you refer the products to the customers, when they buy it, you earn commission from the seller. This concept isn’t that simple as it looks. There is a lot of psychology and trustworthiness involved in this process. It all begins with your personal experience when you buy a product and think that it is worth spreading and recommending, then you write a review on it and promote it on your website or blog. This is how it begins. The affiliate marketing could be your mainstream monetization strategy in your blogging.
#24) – Start Public Speaking
You might feel overwhelmed at this one. How can someone make money off of public speaking? Well, if you’re passionate about public speaking, then you don’t need my explanation on that. Because you would definitely know that nothing comes quickly and you have to live through it to find out what it takes to become a public speaker and if you’re truly passionate about public speaking, then you won’t listen to anyone who says to quit on your dream. You’ll just do it. Now public speaking has become way easier than it used to be. We have now YouTube, live streaming, webinars, social media, and above of all the internet to communicate and put our ideas and thoughts online. All you need is courage and ideas to change lives. If you have such traits, you’re good to go. Now, the technical part is, nobody exactly knows when you would make money purely off of your public speaking. You may have to build a brand as a public speaker in order to attract the audience and ultimately it would take time. Once you start attracting the audience, the chances are, you might land yourself some speaking gigs, but just like any other internet business, you don’t have to focus on your payment checks, all you have to see is SPEAKING. Always remember that money isn’t your target in the first place, you love speaking and you will keep doing that because you love it. Trust me, anything you’d do with that plan and dedication, not only will you earn money, but you will also earn love and respect. Follow TEDx Talks on YouTube to learn about public speaking.
#25) – Sell Your Service
This might be the most versatile option but it will conclude the topic of making money online for now. Selling your service actually means getting paid for the work you do for others. It could be anything which you do and you’re good at. It doesn’t matter what it is, because it depends on the individual’s expertise and ability. The idea is basically start marketing whatever you’ve got to offer. For instance, I started blogging and diversified my thing into another thing and ultimately added the freelance writing into my income streams, both are relevant and pretty much the same thing. The concept is that, not only does it require you to find your passion, but it also needs to look at the potential customers out there. Everything doesn’t come so fast, it takes time. If you’re offering something that people don’t know yet, it might take time for them to get to know it. All you should be doing is helping them know the process you’re in. If you just back off because no one is buying your service, you’ll never going to sell anything either because you don’t want to handle the pressure, disappointment, and failures or you don’t have those guts. Never afraid of rejection and failures. Face them with a smile because you would have two options and you would have to pick one of them, either choose ‘GIVE UP’ or pick ‘LEARNING’. The option you choose will define your future while selling your service. Of course, you should passionate enough to sell your service and you must know that people really need this thing that you’re trying to introduce to them. Sometimes, people market the service to the wrong audience and ultimately give up when they don’t see any response, so choose your service and target audience correctly.
I’ve shared a number of ways to make money on the internet.
There are always a plenty of options to pick.
You must know what you believe in…
Go whatever that suits you best.
Make it your passion.
One of the keys to identifying something as your passion is, of course, if you want to know whether it’s your passion or not, just start doing it without being noticed or helped. You’ll feel that you just want to do it and want to be better at it. Maybe, that would be your passion.
If that won’t happen, you’ll quit and move on.
Tell me one thing.
What option would you choose to make money on the internet?