The easiest way to start making money online today

by WebPen
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I'll acknowledge the vets here have already heard this once or twice. But as you also know, many topics I see on this forum have been recycled dozens (or hundreds) of times because of how many new people are constantly getting involved in the WF.

Anyways, when I first started getting involved in internet marketing, I was torn in a million directions.

...and I still am today.

Just off the top of my head, here are a few ways to build an online business:
  • Flip websites
  • Flip domains
  • Build Adsense sites
  • Promote information products as an affiliate
  • Promote physical products as an affiliate
  • Publish books on Kindle
  • Create and sell your own eBook or video course
  • Provide services
  • Dropshipping on eBay
  • Build directory sites and rent out space

And those are besides ideas like creating software as a service (SAAS) sites, apps for smart phones, promoting CPA offers through PPC, etc.

But when you're first getting started, many people are just trying to get momentum somewhere.

Anywhere.

Because it can be discouraging if you "work on internet marketing" for months and months without making a dime.

For example, I got started when Facebook games were getting hot. I built a list of thousands of Cafeville and Farmville players.

I thought I was pretty slick and would make all this money by promoting eBooks about those games to them.

But after a few months, I only made a few sales.

Why? Because of the market. Sure, some affiliates made decent money in that market, but in general most of us didn't. People playing free Facebook games just weren't going to drop $29 on a freakin' eBook.

Discouraged, I tried something else. I figured I could try my hand at writing.

So I offered my services here on the Warrior Forum. At first my prices were really cheap, but after enough clients told me to raise my rates, I went from charging $1/100 words to $5/100 words.

I don't consider myself a great writer, but I can put together 500-1,000 words in an hour on most topics. So that means when I have a client paying me that much, I'm making between $25-$50 an hour.

Yes, it takes time to get started.

Yes, you end up writing about some boring topics sometimes.

Yes, you have to spend time marketing your services to clients. (Although eventually you may land an excellent one- I've had one client for 15 months now.)

Yes, it's not as scalable as other options like PPC or building a list to promote affiliate offers.

But it's cash flow, and you can invest that cash flow into more scalable opportunities. For example, if you make $25/day and you work 20 days a month, you now have $500 to test on PPC or Facebook ads.

Can you learn a few things after dropping $500 on advertising? Yes- definitely.

But to get there, you can't be trying something new every week. Determine a skill you have that people will pay for and start selling it.

The WF is a great place to start, but free accounts at sites like Upwork also let you contact dozens of potential clients a month for FREE.

I started with writing- as a native English speaker, I have an advantage in that regard. But I SUCK at graphic design, website design, video editing, etc. If those are skills you have, there are tons of people out there that will pay you for them.

Bottom Line
For warriors to recommend selling services is nothing new. Everyone knows you won't get rich writing articles for $25 an hour.

But it's a start, and it gives you the motivation and capital you need to scale up and invest in bigger long-term projects. Plus if you decide to start a service business and hire others to do all the work for you, at least you now have experience and know how long a project should take, what's a good price to quote the customer, etc.

Good luck, warriors!
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  • Profile picture of the author madstan
    Some people just want a place to start and to know that they are capable of making any amount of money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    It's decent advice.

    I figure a lot of people still see this thing like a job.. it's not.

    To get anywhere you need to treat it like a business, cause that's the exactly what it is.
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    • Profile picture of the author madstan
      What is your business but a job where you do not have to wear pants to work.

      Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

      It's decent advice.

      I figure a lot of people still see this thing like a job.. it's not.

      To get anywhere you need to treat it like a business, cause that's the exactly what it is.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
        Originally Posted by madstan View Post

        What is your business but a job where you do not have to wear pants to work.
        Most people work in their business.. not on their business.. There's a difference.

        Imagine this, you're doing the same thing everyday.. day in day out.. like a job. Where's the progress? Growth? Sure, it'll happen.. slowly.

        Let's say.. You need traffic?

        You could write a bunch of blog posts and promote them on social media.. and call it working or whatever.. or you could just hire a dude who knows facebook ads inside out and throw some cash at the problem. I know which one I'd like to do.

        Hire a team of experts that manage different parts of the business for you.. and you oversee the direction your company takes.. instead of getting bogged down with stuff you're no good at or don't enjoy.

        Stick with the areas you enjoy, you'll eventually be good at them. Still, call it a job if you like. To me it's a four letter word.

        Confucius say:
        "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
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        • Profile picture of the author madstan
          These are some really good ideas. Promoting blog posts on social media is great once you focus on a targeted audience. Not sure if I would hire others to do this process for me as I would have fun promoting my blog posts myself esp via social media. There's old saying "nobody loves your business better than you."

          I once read an article about the different habits of wealthy and successful people and one of those habits were that they do not throw money at their problems instead they attempt to find other ways to solve them.

          Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

          Most people work in their business.. not on their business.. There's a difference.

          Imagine this, you're doing the same thing everyday.. day in day out.. like a job. Where's the progress? Growth? Sure, it'll happen.. slowly.

          Let's say.. You need traffic?

          You could write a bunch of blog posts and promote them on social media.. and call it working or whatever.. or you could just hire a dude who knows facebook ads inside out and throw some cash at the problem. I know which one I'd like to do.

          Hire a team of experts that manage different parts of the business for you.. and you oversee the direction your company takes.. instead of getting bogged down with stuff you're no good at or don't enjoy.

          Stick with the areas you enjoy, you'll eventually be good at them. Still, call it a job if you like. To me it's a four letter word.

          Confucius say:
          "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
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        • Profile picture of the author PvPGuy
          Originally Posted by WebPen View Post

          ... I built a list of thousands of Cafeville and Farmville players....But after a few months, I only made a few sales.
          Discouraged, I tried something else. (emphasis added)
          I see this two ways. Have you ever heard the expression, "...could sell ice to eskimos?"
          The fact that you made a negligible amount of sales from a list of thousands of targeted subscribers suggests to me the problems were likely with your sales funnel, not the market. I don't mean that to be rude - not at all - that's the struggle we all undertake, getting the right combination in place that leads to conversions.

          But too often, people do exactly as you stated - they get discouraged and give up rather than identify the real problem and solve it. But I maintain this: if someone else is making money on the niche, so can you.

          Since your post is geared to the newbs, I thought this was an important point.

          Secondly, I think its quite worthy to mention, sometimes you know something is not your bag, or it's clear you've failed and you need to let it burn. Failure can be a good thing. Recognizing this early, and moving on can save you time and money. So kudos there.

          Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

          ...or you could just hire a dude who knows facebook ads inside out and throw some cash at the problem.

          Hire a team of experts that manage different parts of the business for you.. and you oversee the direction your company takes.. instead of getting bogged down with stuff you're no good at or don't enjoy.

          Stick with the areas you enjoy, you'll eventually be good at them.
          Generally, this is great advice, if you plan to grow a business. However, the OP's chosen business model is not really a business, he's chosen the self-employed sector. Your post, Michael, distinguishes the two very well.

          For a self-employed service provider just starting out, you shouldn't outsource your work at first. the goal should be to network and build relationships. Once you get a client base, then you could look at outsourcing to scale your model.

          I do agree with the OP's suggestion though in this: providing a service you already know how to do is one of the quickest ways to make money online.

          Cheers!
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    • Profile picture of the author davismiller097
      Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

      It's decent advice.

      I figure a lot of people still see this thing like a job.. it's not.

      To get anywhere you need to treat it like a business, cause that's the exactly what it is.
      I don't understand, I think I may need you to comeover and explain things to me a bit better
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  • Profile picture of the author 3wCorner
    Start with hobby or your passion where you can work comfortably and confidently. If you like to write, go on and be a writer. The main point is focus on what your strong areas are and improve the weak areas.
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    • Profile picture of the author aizaku
      Originally Posted by 3wCorner View Post

      Start with hobby or your passion where you can work comfortably and confidently. If you like to write, go on and be a writer. The main point is focus on what your strong areas are and improve the weak areas.
      no progress is made in comfort... you need to get out of your comfort zone and treat like a business, not like a hobby..

      but yea, find your pleasures where you can.

      Best of luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author j13adidas
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    I remember first gettjng started. Obviously the beginning is the hardest part I have been going at it for a year. I went thorugh a lot of things but of it all I enjoyed website flipping. Therefore I was like why not turn teaching into a businuess along with coaching. So I made my website where you get taught how to flip websites and also I coach anyone who buys my course. I even throw in 2 ebooks all for a measly $11 you get this. If you care to check me out go to websiteflippingcourses.com . I will be making a post on the forum telling my story in more detail today so look out!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrewsfm
    I'd say the easiest way is to join some sort of system that has a low front end cost with upsells and a high ticket backend. Always worked for me :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author abbe77
      Originally Posted by Andrewsfm View Post

      I'd say the easiest way is to join some sort of system that has a low front end cost with upsells and a high ticket backend. Always worked for me :-)
      Hi Andrew,
      Can you mention any such system? I am interested to invest for some extra income.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Cho
    Great advice and well written. We all start somewhere and it's important to start working on the one thing so that you see money coming in. I think there is a big psychological impact (positive) when you see your first dollar made online. I remember when I first started I couldn't focus because of the many different ways of making money. I couldn't decide which to try.. I guess my point is it does take time to find what you really want to do online but as you mentioned stick with the one thing and get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    The easiest?

    Flip services

    Go to classified sites that have a help wanted section

    Contact them

    Find digital services that meet those needs (on Fiverr and elsewhere)

    Buy for $5 and sell for $150 or more.
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    • Profile picture of the author 6hourcreative
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      The easiest?

      Flip services

      Go to classified sites that have a help wanted section

      Contact them

      Find digital services that meet those needs (on Fiverr and elsewhere)

      Buy for $5 and sell for $150 or more.
      Yes, it works for me. Selling other's service with good margin.
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      • Profile picture of the author zuberr
        Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

        The easiest?

        Flip services

        Go to classified sites that have a help wanted section

        Contact them

        Find digital services that meet those needs (on Fiverr and elsewhere)

        Buy for $5 and sell for $150 or more.
        Originally Posted by 6hourcreative View Post

        Yes, it works for me. Selling other's service with good margin.
        Works for me too and it's gonna work for a long time. Best way to sell digital services without having the skills.
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        • Profile picture of the author writeaway
          Originally Posted by zuberr View Post

          Works for me too and it's gonna work for a long time. Best way to sell digital services without having the skills.
          You can also sell packaged products. How? "Assemble" services, create a site, get traffic (you can buy this from service providers), and sell on Flippa for a lot more than you paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author vikash_kumar
    Even I started with giving my services!
    I believe, this is the best way to get started. However, There should always be there with long term in view. Something like membership sites and affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernest Spencer
    It's the same thing over and over again....
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Nice advise.

    There's tons of methods to MMO.

    Most people fail not because of the method they use but due to not working hard enough.

    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author amalrichard
      Earning Money is not a Rocket Science.

      You do Work and Earn.

      If you want to earn Online. Try different methods.

      Which gives result. Just rinse and Repeat it.

      Thats it. you need to do Hardwork in the begining and then Smart Work.

      This gives you huge Profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexis Gil
    How many people as many goals. Someone takes making money online like business, someone like hobby, for another it's some more money for basic pay or it's something to test your skills. In any way I think it is useful and it can bring good returns if you treat it seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Research and find yourself a market and niche that is in demand. Don't worry about competition to much at this point. We can rise above it all later. Then go to say Clickbank and find a product that is already proven to convert and people are making sales with it.

    Check out the website or even leave the link open an then open another browser and go to Bing Ads. Create an account, set up your first campaign and you can be making sales within minutes to hours with this method.

    Of course doing all this with little or no understand of how ppc works it can be challenging to make your first sale. I guess with that said the thing to do is focus and learn about PPC and adgroupd and ads, keywords and all of that good stuff. Its a lot more then throwing a bunch of targeted keywords and writing an ad but once you do this you can basically make money whenever you wanted to. ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Hey Justin,
    really simple but very sound and solid advice.

    There is nothing wrong with being a "Service Providing" Online Marketer.

    Very commendable and like you say it can provide much needed cash flow which can then turn into bigger and better things.

    Thank you for your Contribution

    - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Your story brings up a common miscue. So many people fail to finish their market research before diving in.

    The good?

    You saw all these game players and saw an opportunity. You took some action, and found a way to communicate with them.

    The bad?

    You jumped in with a $29 ebook. Had you spent a little more time researching, you'd have seen people spending a bunch of money on these "free" games, but not $29 at a time. More like $0.99, $1.99, etc.

    Had you realized this, you might have been able to use your ebook as a subsidized lead generator, built a list, and offered a variety of things.

    Back to the good...

    You realized you were beating your head on a wall and cut your losses. You found a way that works for you.

    Good post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Virginia Sanders
      Excellent strategy. Those "free games' aren't really free. And providing a "cheat sheet to save the players money woud be a great product to market. I get stuck with some of those games. Have to tear myself away. refuse to buy anything.... But might just buy a $2.99 book to get past rescue Sage Level 499(smaile)l
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