A Simple, Proven Way to Make Money Online. It's What I Did 17 Years Ago.

by shawnlebrun 25 replies
I've been online for 17 years now.

2001 or so, I put up my first site. It was butt-ugly, but it sold my fitness programs.

Since I didn't know anything at the time, I had to keep things simple.

And you know what, simple was exactly what I needed.

Simple works and it STILL works for me today.

Look, if you're like most people I chat with, you think that making money online is hard.

It's actually not.

Making money online, comes from selling stuff.

And you sell stuff that adds value to other people.

It could be a product or service. But as long as it HELPS someone, and
they get value from it, they will pay you money for it.

They want what you're offering more than the money they have.

So, think of making money online in these terms:

** Sell stuff that helps people**

Seriously, that's all it is.

If you can create a product or service that takes people from where they are (which is NOT where they want to be)...

And you help them get where they WANT to be (solving a problem).... that's how you sell stuff.

Simplifying this is how you put it into action.

Action is how you actually make stuff and sell stuff.

There's a good chance, that what you know, right now, could help someone.

So why not put that solution down on a word document, create a PDF file,
and sell it.

For your "sales letter" just tell the person what it is, what it will help them
with, and why they need it. Sprinkle in "what makes you different" and
you should be able to sell it.

But it all goes back to keeping it simple.

Find a group of people with a common problem. Make a document that outlines a solution.

Offer that solution to this group of people... and you will make sales.

By finding people who are motivated to get something they want... and by giving them exactly what they want... you can sell more.

And yes, it takes work... but again, keep it simple. Just create a pdf file that has a solution to a problem. Try and really help people solve their problem.

By creating content and products that help people, you're bound to make sales and money.

And when you keep everything simple, you're more likely to take action.

It's this action that matters.

Creating content takes action. Creating products takes action. Writing sales copy takes action.

But action is just that... action. Doing the work. But who said it has to be difficult.

Find a group of people who have a problem they want solved.

That group of people is at Point A.

Create a word doc/PDF file that has a solution to their problem.

The product gets those people from Point A to Point B.

Write down, in a short sales letter, all the benefits and how it will
help them solve their problem. Give them unique reasons why.

Heck, even demonstrate the steps they'll take to get where they want.

As you continue to take action, doing this simple stuff, you will make
progress.

You can use that progress and momentum to create more products.

It's the creating and doing and action taking that puts it all into motion.

Most newbies think they have to buy 100 courses and study 1,000 pages
before they're "ready".

Nope, you're ready right now.

Just keep it simple. Take action and keep creating products
that help people. Tell them how it can help them.

Keep doing that, over and over, and you will make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Love your post. Agree with your post.

    And wait for someone to ask: how many words should the products you create have? (Or some other such question.)

    Seems most people would rather complicate things and stumble over details than keep things simple, than get to the money.

    Many will say things like: but I only know how to make $30/month online, completely forgetting that many of the people who make $0 would be willing to pay a bit to get to 30/month.

    Or they'll really ask about how many words they must use in a PDF product.

    Anyway, thanks for the post.

    PS I am jaded but not wrong!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizopboost
    Hello Shawnlebun,
    I agree 100% with you for the content creation part
    and also for the searching a group of people who have a problem they want solved, that is targeting...
    then What i suggest to do after that is to create a Funnel ...
    capture prospects and do the selling using the email marketing way..
    thanks again for the great post

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    • Profile picture of the author La Randle
      First post I read since being a new member. Made me smile on the inside. Felt like you were talking to me. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vid Yo
    You'd think keeping things SIMPLE and taking ACTION would be common sense for those wanting to make money online. But apparently it's not for some who are bombarded with course after PDF report, after case study, after course, after coaching offer, after WSO, after course.

    Ask me how I know...
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Thanks Shawn - solid sensible approach as always.

    I would just add that it's always a good idea to find out exactly what people in the niche are seeking rather than assuming you know what your audience wants - you could be very wrong. Do a little research online first to validate that you are actually giving value and offering a solution that will help your prospects.

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    • Profile picture of the author shawnlebrun
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      Thanks Shawn - solid sensible approach as always.

      I would just add that it's always a good idea to find out exactly what people in the niche are seeking rather than assuming you know what your audience wants - you could be very wrong. Do a little research online first to validate that you are actually giving value and offering a solution that will help your prospects.

      Steve
      Thanks Steve...

      And GREAT point, it's amazing how many people I've talked to over the years,
      who said "Yeah, I have this great product I really like, so I want to sell it."

      Kiss of death, in a lot of cases, unless it's something you know for sure
      is going to be in demand.

      You can almost never, ever go wrong by going to clickbank, seeing
      what the top selling products are in each category... and use that as
      your jumping off point.

      Find a new twist, a solution that works better, make a better mousetrap.

      In all honesty, in 17 years, I can't say I've seen a TON of brand new, never-before-seen
      products strike it rich.

      But I have seen many, many marketers make a lot of money by just taking what's already selling, and trying to make it better.

      You can go broke trying to come up with an original idea, and even if it IS original, who says others want it.

      There's a good book by Austin Kleon called "Steal Like an Artist" and his entire
      premise is... great artists simply steal ideas and then make them their own.

      I'm not saying steal someone's work... but I AM saying it often pays to piggy back off
      an already proven idea, and not just make something because YOU think it's cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Vid Yo View Post

    You'd think keeping things SIMPLE and taking ACTION would be common sense for those wanting to make money online. But apparently it's not for some who are bombarded with course after PDF report, after case study, after course, after coaching offer, after WSO, after course.

    Ask me how I know...
    How do you know? ( just kidding...)

    It is common sense, but it has to seem complicated and mysterious if all these people want to sell you their PDF reports, courses and coaching.

    Would you have paid $1997 to have Shawn spend 6-8 weeks explaining what was in his post?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vid Yo
      How do you know?
      Glad you asked, John! Buy my new WSO and it will tell you.
      Kidding too, sorry lol. I don't have a WSO.

      Carry on.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Shawn, as eloquent as ever and thank you for sharing another of your pearls of wisdom. It's sad that there are a lot less of the "oldies" in here than ever. But I am grateful that you haven't disappeared.
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  • Profile picture of the author blueonblue
    Even after you have someone on their list the email them the wrong way and ruin the relationship.

    I have seen people get people onto their email list and then spam the beejeebers out of them with sell sell sell.

    People don't want to be sold to. They want to be helped.

    Find a need a fill it.
    Find people who are having a problem with their children.
    Join blogs and groups on and off facebook.
    See what the biggest problems are.
    Research solutions.
    Reply with a solution to their problems.
    Rinse and repeat.
    Same niche or different niche, people's reactions are still the same.
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