As a freelance writer, I often write for other people’s websites on a variety of subjects. But while this is what pays the bills, the bulk of the time I spend online is taken up with building new websites and blogs for myself.
The reason I do this is because I eventually want to be earning a generous income from them, rather than just a mediocre one as at present. Slowly does it with this, as the new sites are all at various stages of aging and of course some of the older sites are now over 2 years old (that doesn’t account for the expired domains I buy which are a good deal older).
My strategy is not too dissimilar from that of the great Griz who has, whether he likes it or not, become something of a mentor to many in the cut and thrust world of making money online. Incidentally, you can read some of his words of wisdom at his newest and rapidly becoming hugely popular blog here: Make Money with Adsense (link removed). It’s perfect for beginners wanting to know how to make money online using free resources and Google’s Adsense program, rather than follow the empty promises of the many scammers that litter the Internet with hyped up promotions to buy their magic beans.
These people are known as A-listers, or gurus, although both terms are misleading and when it comes down to the truth of the matter, wholly false. These so called gurus are merely leeches, feeding of the new blood of the thousands of newbies who enter this arena every day. Many of these are sucked in by these hucksters who promise magical earnings of thousands of dollars in a crazily short period of time if you just donate $47 of your hard earned cash for their ebook which promises to show you how. Unfortunately, the ebooks are full of bullshit which basically teach you how to write an ebook and sell it to clueless noobs like yourself.
Of course, calling people clueless noobs is a harsh thing to do and rather unfair, but its how these scammers see new people who are looking for ways to make money online. Noobs are clueless in the beginning because they haven’t learned how to spot these fakes who only teach you how not to go about making money online. For this reason, noobs are very easy shark-bait. When you look around for ways to make money online and find the attractive and almost believable ads these sharks create, it’s easy to see how noobs can be so easily taken for a ride.
Everyone wants to drink from the forbidden chalice that promises great riches for little effort. Its just normal human nature to want something for nothing and these so-called A-listers, or self styled gurus know this very well. They prey on the uneducated by appealing to their greed by offering something that we know deep down inside must be impossible, yet we are still curious enough to click the link to see what its all about. And like any good salesman, these people are skilled in the art of selling refrigerators to Eskimos. So they will sell a noob one of their ebooks because it promises exactly what the noob wants.
The truth is that none of these ways work, unless of course you are the person selling the ebook, then if you’ve been around long enough and have mastered the art of selling refrigerators to Eskimos, then you will make a good living off the backs of those who can least afford to part with their hard earned money. And so it goes for the whole world.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
You don’t have to get your hooks into every newcomer to the Internet and use them like cash cows, flogging them useless ebooks that will not help anybody but the author. You can make money online in other, completely legitimate ways. The way I go about it is by building lots of websites and blogs, aging them, writing lots of relevant content for them and obtaining backlinks to them so that they rank well in the search engine results pages (SERPs).
That way, people who are searching for something that I write about may come across one of my sites on Google, or Yahoo, MSN or whichever. They will find my websites which carry Google Adsense ads, or affiliate ads for products such as items of clothing, collectibles etc. Essentially, my sites provide either a product that the surfer was looking for, in which case I will redirect them to the merchant’s site where they can buy the product (and for which I earn a commission) or they do not. In that case, they may see a pertinent Adsense ad and click that, which earns me some money for the click.
Now I’m not going into the mechanics of how Adsense works here. Griz does that extremely well on his site (which you will find by clicking the link above).
By this method, no one gets ripped off. Noobs don’t get sold useless ebooks that only teach them how to become scammers themselves. People looking for a certain brand of shirt, or a watch, or maybe information on how to get free blogs will find what they’re looking for and everyone makes a little in the process, while the person buying often gets a discount on what they’d pay for a similar item in a High Street store. So everyone wins and no one loses. Except maybe the High Street store, but that’s business!
So these words of wisdom are for anyone who has found an ad for a money making guru who promises to teach you how to make $3,000 in three weeks by using their special, guaranteed, unfailing method.
There are better, more honest ways to make money online and I’m doing it and Griz is teaching it. For free!