Money money money, we all need it and we all want it.
Because of that there are massive amounts of Making Money Online (MMO) articles, blog posts, websites, YouTube videos, courses, books, eBooks and every other form of content you can imagine.
They are all big on promises too.
Sadly though many of them are all to willing to feed you what ever version of nonsense they think you want to hear – if it will help them extract some of your hard earned cash!
How some of these people look at themselves in the mirror or how they sleep at night I will never understand.
Making Money Online Reality
The truth is that you can really make money online!
That is the good news.
The not so good news is that it is far more work and takes more time than the vast majority of gurus and other providers of information would like you to believe.
Because it is far easier to sell you a dream than to actually teach you real things of real value that can actually help you get there. That’s one reason.
Another reason is that many of the so-called “experts” and MMO “Gurus” don’t actually know how to legitimately make any money online themselves to begin with – but they do know how to scam other desperate people out of their hard-earned cash! That is the one thing they are actually very good at…
In my humble and unscientific opinion – about 90 percent (at least) of the MMO programs marketed are absolute crap and of no value what so ever.
Most of the people who fall for these things hook line and sinker will make exactly ZERO dollars online.
Even worse, they will often pay hundreds of dollars for that worthless information.
So to help reduce the chances of you falling for such scams at all – or again if you already have – let’s look at the real ways to make real money online first.
10 Top Ways to Make Money Online
- Affiliate Marketing
- Write eBooks
- Teach Online Courses
- POD Products
- Digital Download Products
For the purposes of this particular post, I am not going to go into the details of each one or this would be a very long post, but I do discuss them all in other posts and content including courses and videos.
I should also mention that there are many other ways too – and these are just a few of the top ways that actually do work.
But for now, this short list is the place to focus your initial attention if you want to learn to make real money over time.
So which is best?
Here is the trick – THEY ALL ARE!
Start and Interconnect Multiple Online Businesses
Let me explain what I mean.
You can learn ONE at a time and then combine it with others as you learn and become proficient at additional Income Production Opportunities.
Let’s say you decide to start a YouTube channel.
By the way – you can – and it is completely FREE to do so! So why not?
Once you have your channel up and start posting even a few videos you can monetize it yourself from day one.
Now if you read the rules of YouTube then you know that before you can start getting paid by Google (and Google owns YouTube in case you didn’t know!) you first must have 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours (as of this date anyway – check current requirements) before Google will begin to pay you anything.
That takes a while to build up those numbers for most people.
So how the heck can you monetize your channel yourself from day ONE?
There are multiple ways.
The first is through affiliate marketing. Mention specific products within your video (be sure to follow the rules!) and put links in the description.
Another way is to use your channel to build your own authority and drive traffic to your own site and blog where you can get them to join your mailing list, and use that to directly market your other products – such as courses and eBooks.
That is just to give you an idea.
The same thing is true with all the things you choose to learn and do. Use each platform and each thing to drive traffic to your other online businesses.
As you begin to make some money – do NOT go out and spend it to buy more junk you don’t need!
Instead, reinvest most of it back into your businesses.
As you make more money, learn and refine more methods and tactics and begin to interconnect them all as you begin building your own business empire – and eventually you will reach a point where you can keep funding your own business growth and operations while still having plenty to pull out of your businesses and spend and do with as you please.
Learn and Apply What You Learn Over Time
I wish I could tell you it will be easy.
Yet it won’t be. Truth is what it is and you need to know the truth to make progress.
I wish I could tell you that you can learn some SECRET ways to make money online – and then sit back as truckloads of money show up at your door with little to no work required from you. Yet that is a lie – and it isn’t going to happen – despite what the fake gurus and scammers all want you to believe.
There are real ways that work – and they all require real work too.
They are NOT SECRET and they all take time and effort to learn, more time to apply, and still more time to begin to see meaningful results.
Yet such things are available to anyone anywhere who has average intelligence, a computer and internet connection – so long as they are willing to do the work and put in the time it takes to start making a little money (just a few dollars maybe) then keep at it and keep growing those little income streams into much bigger sources of significant income over time.
Most people will never see success in making money online.
Sad but true.
Not because they can’t – but because they will not put the time and effort in long enough to see it happen for them.
Some won’t because they simply havened figured out what to do yet – even though they are willing to work and put the time and effort in once they know what to do next, yet they search in vain and never find it.
Others do find it – they are fortunate enough to find legit sources of information – yet they don’t want to do any work.
They want something for nothing – yet what they almost always get is nothing for something instead!
These are the people looking for SECRETS and CASHFLOW MACHINES and turnkey businesses in a box.
All I can say about that is GOOD LUCK – but don’t hold your breath expecting results that way!
You can chase shiny objects or you can learn basic fundamentals that work and then do them and begin achieving results over time.
How to Learn What to Do Next
There are many ways to get the training, information, and support you need.
There are thousands and thousands of free blogs and millions of posts and articles about making money online.
There are countless eBooks, books, and audiobooks too.
You can find plenty of courses at such places as Udemy and other training platforms that will teach you everything you need to know and do it very economically too.
Information is not the problem – it is figuring out which information you need and where to start, then learning that and having some kind of sense of direction without becoming overwhelmed.
That’s why one of my best recommendations is, to begin with Wealthy Affiliate and start there.
Wealthy Affiliate at its heart is an online training platform for affiliate marketers and online entrepreneurs. It is many other things too.
With Wealthy Affiliate you get the following;
- Training on all core topics you need to get started
- A thriving online community that is willing to help you!
- Tools from domain purchasing to website hosting, keyword research, and MUCH more
- Networking opportunities with other members
- Access to tens of thousands of affiliate products to promote
- Chance to promote WA membership itself and earn recurring commissions
- Access to a vast library of pictures FREE for your sites
Better still is the philosophy of the founders – Kyle and Carson – who tell you upfront the truth. Success takes time and work and while it is achievable – you must put in that time and effort if you want it.
This is rare – and refreshing – since most other sites, memberships, and those providing such things would rather tell you lies that just get you signed up and then try upsell after upsell, after upsell to extract your money.
Wealthy Affiliate is different.
First, it is honest – no crazy false promises of instant wealth with no work.
Next is that you can TRY WEALTHY AFFILIATE FOR FREE!
No credit or debit card needed.
Just create a free account and come on in, then try it out – see whether you like it or not. I think you will – and if you are truly serious about building your own businesses online then I know you will love it too!
I can guess you are probably skeptical, and I was too.
When I first stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate I thought it was likely to be just another scam and waste of my time and money. I didn’t even like the name “WEALTHY AFFILIATE” which I thought sounded a bit shady and probably scammy (and I still don’t much care for the name either!) but it turned out to be something far different and far better than I ever expected.
When I joined I did so only because of the FREE membership offer – which I was almost certain would confirm my suspicion that it was just another scam.
In fact, I expected it to be like MOBE which was a massive scam and was shut down by the FTC. That’s what I expected to find here too – and though I never fell for MOBE’s false promises – I did study them at length and watched as many other people lost thousands of dollars chasing false promises there.
So I was braced up and ready for hard sales tactics and MLM type pie in the sky false promises – and yet I found none of that with Wealthy Affiliate.
Now they will of course try to get you to join the premium membership at $49.00 per month and then they like you to upgrade to yearly instead of paying monthly – but neither is mandatory and you can stay with your free membership for life if you like, or upgrade to Premium and stay on a month to month basis (which is what I currently do) if you choose to do that.
It is just emails and automated messages mainly – and no 3-way call BS or other scammy high-pressure tactics. So you are free to make your own choices and there is no pressure.
There are no DIAMOND or PLATNUM or any other cheesy upsells like that either!
By the way – there is another hint for you. Anything that has multiple sales levels and downlines and fake/cheesy titles such as Diamond, Platnum, or SuperDuper Double Diamond (half-joking and part serious) is very likely to be a SCAM and probably also an MLM (most of which are SCAMS too in my opinion).
Currently, there is not even a single MLM anywhere that I would recommend – NOT ONE!
I keep looking…but nothing but garbage found so far.
And to the kool-aid drinking MLM people out there reading this – before you start whining and crying – read your own company’s mandatory disclosures on income! Then look at your own damn bank account!
Having said that I am still open minded enough that I am willing to hear your argument – IF and only IF you can back it up with FACTS. So if you are making a killing and have found some great MLM out there that is honest and is a real opportunity vs a lying, cheating scumbag pyramid scheme dressed up like a real opportunity when it is just ripping its own members off – well then, by all means, enlighten me please!
No one has ever been able to do that yet… just saying.
Choose Your Own Course of Learning
You do not have to pay for any membership or any book or course either if you do not want to.
You can learn everything there is to know about affiliate marketing and online businesses and all the ways to make passive and semi-passive income online on your own.
There are massive amounts of free materials online – some great, some good, and some garbage.
You just have to find it and then figure out which is what.
That’s one way to do it.
Another choice is to choose a guide, and an organized structured system to help you learn sequentially all the things you need to know to make progress faster and easier without wasting time, money, and effort unnecessarily.
One of the best ways to get that kind of help is to join Wealthy Affiliate.
You can do that HERE and when you join through my link – I will personally help you to the best of my abilities. While I do not claim to know everything about making money online, I do know a few things that I know for a fact will help you dramatically. When you join my network I will share everything I have already learned and what I continue to learn going forward with you as long as you become and remain a member of my network.
You can join me by becoming a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate.
To do that start with the FREE membership first and make sure you like Wealthy Affiliate before you invest a single dollar.
You will also need to go to my author/instructor site at www.ldsewell.com (if you want my personal help) and send me a message through the contact form or send me an email message letting me know you have joined WA as a FREE member (if you become a Premium member later you can message me privately within the platform there too).
As a FREE MEMBER of WA, there are many things you can learn and that will help you immediately if you start using them. I will be happy to show you around WA and help you make the most of what is available to you.
Then you can decide if you want to continue on as a Premium Member and continue to work with me personally for as long as you want my help.
Regardless of what you decide to do – your life will only change when you change what you have been doing.
So why not give this a try – it’s FREE and it is risk free too for you to explore it as an option.
I wish you all the best and hope to work with you soon, and I wish you all the best in all you do in your work, business, and life.