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Whether you have marketing skills or not, this site is dedicated to the pursuit of Making Money on a Computer, and can help you in your quest of how to do it!
There are no get-rich-quick ways, but there are many get rich ways! Doesn’t mean they are slow, just means that you have to put in your side of the effort to achieve money from them.
Who are they? Your potential customers, visitors to your website – traffic. We want and need lots of traffic, and the way you get this traffic is by writing interesting and relevant content.
10 Great Money-Making Ways
Do you have a passion for something, whether it’s a hobby, interest or obsession? The answer must be yes.
Now you’re ready to blog or write about it. It’s not difficult, as you just have to write from the heart and make your article interesting to the reader.
Blogging can become a profitable way to earning money online. With an endless stream of thoughts and ideas, you’ll be able to maintain a niche site with never ending fresh content. However, it can take a little time to get up and running with a new website, but this is entirely up to you.
You can learn and implement at your own speed. People who are hungry for success WILL get there quicker – discipline is required!
The popular blogging platforms are Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr. All are easy to understand, with WordPress appearing to be the front runner, due to its flexibility of use and huge variety of plugins. This allows the user to choose from thousands of themes both free and paid. (This website uses the Eleven40Pro theme on the Genesis Framework FYI).
Once you’ve got some content live, there are ways to monetize the pages. Selling advertising is one of them. This becomes easier as your site expands and becomes more of an authority site (larger sites have more information, so Google regards them as authority sites).
For newcomers, Google Adsense is one of the most popular ways to earn extra revenue. This is straight forward enough to put into place, and just requires you to have a Google account.
Once your code is installed into your page, you will earn a small amount with every click made on that ad. It can prove to be a very low earner, and in some instances it may not be worth the effort. The ads can detract the reader whilst on the page causing them to leave prematurely. It’s often worthwhile testing both with and without ads, to see if they are effective or not. But, do not abuse Adsense as you will get banned by Google if you do – they know about every single click you make!
Sell Stuff on eBay
Everyone, or almost everyone is familiar with the concept of selling stuff online. You want to make a buck or two, so you see what you have around the house or garage that you could sell on.
eBay is one of the main companies offering this service of buying and selling. It could be furniture, electronics, housewares or virtually anything else (but they have their no-no policies).
It works very simply, first create a seller’s profile and then start selling. To sell, you upload details and images of the product and wait for bidders to bid and buy – easy money? Well, not always. What you must do:
- Find popular items to sell and always do your homework on the competition.
- Create persuasive and accurate product pages for the items you are selling in order to attract interested buyers.
- Set sensible minimum bids so buyers are not frightened off immediately.
- Make sure your customer service will earn you positive feedback ratings, and communicate regularly with buyers to show them that you’re a reliable seller. The more positive feedback you get, the more people you’ll attract as customers – and that means you earn more money.
A few say that selling on eBay is a lot of work for a little return, but some persevere more than others. If you want something enough, you get it! Remember: it takes some practice to sell successfully so keep plugging away and give it a chance.
Selling Handmade Arts & Crafts
If you’re handy and enjoy making arts and crafts, then there are websites where you can sell your original creations. Zazzle.com, Etsy.com and ArtFire.com are a few of them dedicated to pairing the artists with the customers who specifically want to purchase unique goods made by hand.
Traditional crafts like knitting, needlework, quilting, crochet and sculpting first come to mind. However, there are many other handmade items that also fall into this group such as, woodwork, glasswork and metalwork. In fact, you can sell virtually anything you can make (there are exceptions, of course).
So, if you have a workshop of sorts and enjoy making things at home- here is your marketplace. Stick to your passion and what you’re best at! Paintings and other art types fall under this area as well, and there are devoted websites which allow you to setup personal accounts allowing you to create galleries for your pictures to display and sell to visitors. Usually you can set up your own shop for a very small annual fee.
If you’re an artist who’d like an outlet online, then this is a great opportunity if you don’t have your own website. An added bonus is that they will process all the orders from printing to delivery on your behalf. The company earns a commission, but you can set your own fee on an individual picture basis. FineArtAmerica.com is probably one of the better known.
The main challenge for selling homemade items is being able to recoup the cost of not only materials, but also the time spent making them. It’s a good idea to keep track of your sales and purchases for the first few months, to ensure that you can maximize your profit.
Designing and Selling T-shirts
You will have noticed if you walk around any high school or college campus, all sorts of T-shirts and other garments, emblazoned with words and images.
Not the usual textbook material, but simple slogans, phrases or logos, some are highly amusing, others can be ironic or offensive – but what they have in common is that they have been specially printed, and are on the backs of many students. Often the more unique and unusual the T-shirt design is, the more desirable it becomes.
Online shopping has assisted the growth of this market all over the world.
At CafePress.com and SpreadShirt.com you are allowed to set up your own store, where you can design your very own items and sell them yourself. You can start making money if you have creative skills, and can come up with your own shirt design with a unique catchphrase and people like it.
Tutoring & Learning
The pressure is always on for elementary, middle and high school students to achieve good grades preparing them for higher education. Some will get help from a local tutor, but others may not be fortunate enough to have accessibility to good learning.
With decent internet connections at most homes nowadays, learning online has become increasingly popular. Whether it’s a one-on-one with a science tutor or group tutorial via video link, all is possible.
Being able to learn in your own time at your own speed makes this method very efficient. There are also important tools available to help you, one such tool is the really useful Grammarly, grammar, spelling and plagiarism checker among others. Should you wish to become an online tutor, you will usually be required to take tests in your chosen subject and also submit to background checks.
However, you could begin your own online tutoring business with the help of sites like Tutor.com who already have done the marketing legwork for you. These sites match thousands of students with tutors each and every week.
Freelancing is in some ways similar to blogging. For most of the time, you work from your own home or office writing for someone else.
You will need to concentrate on specific niches: i.e. those that you’re strongest in and have expert knowledge of. The beauty of freelancing is that you can have a more flexible work schedule, you’ll be happier and under less pressure.
90% of freelancers seem to happier now than they were before branching out on their own. What you need to do to get ahead of the competition:
- Choose your specialty or niche – have faith in what you know best. If you’re passionate about photography and travel for instance, and know how to write well, then a freelancing job can provide you with a reasonable income.
- Create a brand – build a website to sell your skills. Having a website is a must to enable you to market your brand and show off your skills and abilities.
- Build a portfolio – show your worth, aim high. Potential clients want to know something about you and what you are capable of, so building an accurate portfolio will help you sell yourself.
- Source testimonials – good client feedback is important. As you pick up more and more clients ask them for their feedback and use this to market your business.
- Start pitching – demonstrate your skills of communication. Look for potential clients locally, on social media sites or on Google. Be proactive!
- Play the game – the more prospective clients you contact, then the law of averages states that work is more likely to come your way.
Writing is certainly not the only way to make money from freelancing, consider graphic design or computer programming to find contract jobs that pay well too. oDesk.com and Freelancer.com are two of the best known places to start your online business.
Domain Name Flipping
Buying and selling websites is called ‘flipping’. Many online entrepreneurs build profitable website businesses from scratch and later, sell them on for great profit.
Domain name flipping can be a lucrative way to earn money online. The term insinuates buying domains at a low cost, spending some money ‘doing them up’ and selling them on. Before you go into this in detail, you need to research your niche (keyword research) to find marketable and highly desirable domain names.
The Jaaxy keyword tool is one of those programs that can make this task ultra profitable and very efficient for you. What it does, is to find those sought after terms which are not only desirable, but also available. Yes, it knows whether the .com, .org or .net has been taken or not – and you can buy the domain straight from the software.
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With a small amount of searching, dedicated domain flippers will find unused, poorly maintained websites that have some recognizable generic identifiers and then buy them. The price they’ll normally pay for a domain can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Then they will update the site extensively to make it more business-like while improving the interface, functionality and overall user experience. The domain name can now fetch many times more than its original worth.
Financial services include all aspects of accounting and bookkeeping, with tax return preparation and payroll processing probably being the most popular for outsourcing. It is possible to accomplish some of these services using bespoke accounting software. This means that businesses are able to save revenue in the payroll employment department, as completing returns online is more efficient and quicker.
For individuals, they will often complete these on their own and only hire a tax consultant when necessary. With a host of cost-saving opportunities for consumers, that means that you will have plenty of money-making opportunities in this line of business.
Once again, all you need to do is to create a website of your own or work with an existing web-based financial services organization.
Remember: If you plan on offering financial services online, make sure you are qualified and experienced in the services you want to provide. Check to see whether you need government licenses to offer certain services, and do not work illegally or make false presentation in order to avoid getting sued for fraud.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to earn money online. You promote a product, program or piece of software and earn a commission on each sale or membership.
Do your research first into what you are going to promote and make sure that you use reliable affiliate programs like Amazon. The commissions can be as high as 25% of all sales you make – some a little more, other considerably less. When someone buys through your affiliate link, graphic or banner by clicking completing the purchase, you will get a commission.
With Amazon, you can choose from millions of different products, but you have to use your imagination on how you are going to present your promotion.
Product reviews are by far the most popular as they are correctly targeted. Other reliable affiliate programs are Clickbank, Commission Junction and Shareasale. The commissions from these will vary, but on the whole can be up to 75%. There is no signing up fee, although you may have to be approved beforehand.
As an affiliate marketer, you promote, sell and make profits – it’s that simple. The bit that requires the effort is writing content to accompany your products and attract your audience.
Cashing in on Fiverr
Fiverr.com is a website where everything offered is available for $5. People offer a range of services from software installation to video voice overs.
Getting started is very easy, register for free, create whatever gig floats your boat (and helps to float others too!) – i.e. choose your niche, offer a solution to a problem and earn your $5, simple as that!
Payments are made through PayPal, so if you haven’t got an account, set one up here. What other things? Writing poems, creating logos and graphics, installing WordPress and just about anything at all.
That’s 10 great ways how to make money on a computer. But…
Before you start, you need to know how to run your campaigns.
Wealthy Affiliate is the by far the best place to learn all about affiliate marketing.
If you search Google for the terms ‘make money on a computer‘ or ‘earn money online‘, you will get millions of results. Be wary, as some systems or methods for making money online are completely legitimate, while many others are obvious scams trying to get your money while offering you NOTHING.
Becoming a rich online entrepreneur is not easy, it requires lots of energy and effort. So, if you want to make real money and become an online success machine, you have to work hard at it.
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