In the old days, being able to make money simply by surfing the web meant having a rich boyfriend or sister who would bankroll your adventure in fiscal responsibility. But these days, anyone can make money online. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Then it’s up to you how to make the most of it.
The great thing about the Internet is that it is a global platform. No matter where you are, there’s an audience for your work. In fact, being online means that you can potentially reach hundreds of thousands if not millions of people.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Internet is how much money you can make through online marketing. There are several ways to monetize your website or blog, including showing ads, selling affiliate products, sponsorships, and most notably, getting paid to take surveys.
Let’s explore how to make money online with Steven Summers.
Monetize With Ads
One of the easiest ways to make money online is to put up advertisements either on your site or on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. There are many different ad providers, like Google Adsense, that can be integrated with a website or blog to display advertisements on the page. When a person clicks on an ad, they are taken to a website hosting a premium product or service that you are promoting.
The great thing about this method of monetization is that you don’t need to have a massive audience to get paid. You can start small and grow your business slowly by seeing how much money you make from each click on an advertisement. If you decide to go this route, keep in mind that the more targeted your ads, the more you will make per click. So, you have to have some sort of targeting mechanism in place to achieve the most out of this strategy.
Monetize With Affiliate Marketing
Another great way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. Essentially, you are promoting a product or service that you believe in or that is related to your niche. When someone clicks on a sponsored link or purchases a product that is promoted through an affiliate program, you will earn a commission.
There are many different affiliate marketing programs out there, all with their perks and quirks. For example, Amazon Associates gives you a commission if someone clicks a product listing on an Amazon page and makes a purchase. LinkShare commissions you on each sale of a product linked to their network, and Shopify commissions you when a purchase is made from a product you’ve promoted on their platform. You’ll also need an affiliate marketing software to manage your campaigns and track the earnings from each one.
The great thing about this strategy is that you don’t necessarily need a website to get started. You can start a blog and earn money passively through affiliate marketing, depending on the program. And because it is a digital platform, you can reach a global audience with very little effort. Plus, you can scale your affiliate marketing campaigns easily once you’ve gotten the hang of it.
Monetize With Paid Surveys
Even more so than the other methods mentioned so far, taking online surveys can also be a way to make money online. Many survey sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, OneOpinion, Ipsos iSay, and Ipsos iSay Mobile will pay you to take surveys and share your opinion. You’ll simply need to have a webcam and an Internet connection to get started.
In some instances, you’ll need to qualify for a survey before you can participate. One great way to get started is to use a paid survey tool like Survey Junkie to take surveys from all over the world. With all the different types of products you may encounter, from financial investments to vacations to health and fitness products, it’s pretty certain that Survey Junkie has your niche covered.
Taking surveys doesn’t mean you’ll always get money for it. Some of the more established survey companies like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, OneOpinion, Ipsos iSay, and Ipsos iSay Mobile do keep track of your earnings and may even offer you a small store credit or a one-time cash payout. But the great thing is that you can build up a cash reserve simply by taking surveys on the side.
Monetize With a Dropshipping Store
Finally, we have dropshipping. With this strategy, you essentially operate a storefront. When a customer makes an order, you order that product from a third party (usually a manufacturer, vendor, or wholesaler) and fulfill the order. Shopify has a whole platform built around dropshipping, and you can use their software to set up your store, choose products to sell, and track sales.
Shopify is pretty much the gold standard of dropshipping software, but you don’t necessarily need a pricey piece of software to get started. You can use a free dropshipping plugin for wordpress, which makes it even easier to set up your shop. With this strategy, you won’t have to worry about handling orders yourself, so it’s ideal for those who want to experiment with online selling or are looking for a way to make extra money online. All you need is a reliable product or service, a PayPal account, and a website.
One of the most difficult parts of the strategy is choosing the right products to promote. It’s not enough to simply choose a product that is related to your niche. You have to find a good balance between products that are profitable and those that are brand new, particularly if you want to maximize your earnings. New products are always a good bet, especially if you can get in early before the word spreads and price is inflated. If you decide to go down this path, make sure to do your research and read reviews before committing. Ultimately, being successful with any of these methods of making money online requires a lot of trial and error, and it’s all about finding the right strategies for your niche.