What Is The Best Way To Make Money Online?

What Is The Best Way To Make Money Online?

A visitor to the site asked me the question “what is the best way to make money online.”  Now this is going to sound like a cop out but the best way to make money online is subjective and depends on what your goal is in an online business. If you want to see more instant results from your work then affiliate marketing is something you should consider later and you should consider Drop-shipping or Freelancing first. If the short term is not something you care about and you want to make money on autopilot then Affiliate Marketing is definitely the way to go. This article is going to be broken into multiple parts discussing The three primary ways to make money online in-depth and I will discuss all of the benefits of each and the detractors as well. Also I will go into more advanced ways to make better money once the business has taken off.

In this article I will be discussing Affiliate marketing in the next one I will be discussing Drop-shipping and in my last I will be discussing Freelancing.


Is Affiliate Marketing A Good Business Form Me?

In my opinion this is the best way to make money online but others opinions may vary.  Why do I feel it is the best for me then?  Well first it does take work and it does take time to start to see a return, but once the ball starts rolling it tends to snowball into more if you keep up with it.  Also once it has been established it becomes a passive source of income that can last you for the rest of your life.

So lets look in-depth into affiliate marketing all of the pluses and minuses of it.

First Up Is Niche Selection

Some people hold opinion that there is no such thing as a bad niche and that passion for your niche will drive you up to the top of rankings.  I am not a believer in this niche selection I believe is essential, but can be worked around a little bit.  Think about it this way would you open up a sports vitamin store right next to a GNC?  No that would half your business and not benefit you.  Now if you opened up a weight lifting store right next to a GNC it would benefit both of your businesses greatly.  So in niche selection you have to think a little outside of the box.  If you open up a website called Weightlosscenter.com no amount of passion will dig you out of the huge volume of other sites doing the same thing.  I guess you could make some money if you really worked hard and I mean harder then you should, but there are better ways to go about niche selection.  A better niche would be howtoloseweightinyour30s.com this is definitely more specific but to be honest a person looking for that would be more prone to go to your website than Weightlosscenter.com because you speak specifically to their problems.

Another thing is if you find a great niche with lots of unique traffic and visitors but none of your visitors is a buyer.  I follow a guy online called the lazy ass stoner his first site was just like this.  He created a site about how to make a bong at home, and tried to sell this audience.  The problem is people who are looking to make a bong at home probably are not interested in buying an expensive bong you have on your site otherwise they would be searching for “what is the best bong to buy”.  So you must make sure your audience are in the buying mood otherwise you are just wasting your time if you want to make money in this business.

You need to select a low competition high searched niche and one that you can monetize easily.  Sounds kind of hard and even if you do everything right there is no guarantee you will succeed.  Your niche could just be a dud from the start.  So Niche selection is most crucial and could spell the end of your business before it even starts if you choose wrong.  With all of this said why do I prefer Affiliate Marketing.  Well because it doesn’t take much to test a website and see if it is a winner and second in most businesses you will fail more than you succeed, but when you succeed you will get a return many fold on all that you invested in all of your previous endeavors and having a passive source of income is worth more to me than trying and not succeeding in 9 out of 10 websites and having the 10th succeed.

The Leg Work

Lets get this out of the way Affiliate Marketing is not easy it takes work.  You will bust your hump in the first part and see very little if any return.  You will get discouraged trust me it has happened to me.  What keeps me motivated is my dream.  I want a good life for myself and my loved ones and I will not get that working some menial job that barely keeps up with inflation with raises.  Spending my extra time working on Affiliate Marketing rather than watching Netflix or Hulu is a better use of my time because it is working toward my financial freedom and even if all this work is for nothing in one niche the amount I have learned from one website I can carry over to the next and make that one go more easily and smoothly.

It is work though and if you do not want to work hard and wait patiently for your return later on then Affiliate Marketing probably is not for you at the moment.  Though I really do suggest you come back to the idea later on.

With All Of This Said

I love Affiliate Marketing I love building websites having something of mine out there and helping people is definitely worth it for me.  If you keep trying to working you will see money in this endeavor.  There are over 7 billion people in this world it just take find a way to help a small portion of them and they will reward you with buying what you offer up.

Offering Flexibility

Once a website is making money you can stop working so hard on it and start another and so on and so forth.  You can have multiple websites generating you tons of money and you don’t have to stop there you can just keep building your online empire until you feel you are making too much money.  Really the first website is the hardest and the one that is filled with the most doubt but once you start making money with one you will want to make more so since Affiliate Marketing is passive income you will have time to make other websites since you do not have to babysit this business like Freelancing and Drop-shipping.  So that long term is greater but the short term is much harder.  If you need money in the short term then really do try Freelancing or Drop-shipping but I really do suggest you give Affiliate marketing a try.

How To Make Way More Money

Once you have started to see good traffic and some sales there are ways to maximize your return and make way more money.  The first is to start an email list as soon as you can.  I know this website doesn’t have one I just have not found a provider I want to use yet.  Another way is to find your best selling product and see if you can make it better and sell your version to your audience.  This serves your audience better and also nets you way more profit since you get all of the revenue not just a percentage.  Also try to ad Adsense to your website if it fits, I have not on this site because I fear it will hurt more than help since my content is more informative than selling.


In Conclusion

As opposed to the two other methods of making money online Affiliate Marketing offers a gains for the long term but in the short term it is not easy to see much return but it does snow ball later on once you have put in the work.  This may not be for everyone but I ask you who doesn’t want some source of passive income that you barely have to think about at all?

Now if This does interest you I suggest Wealthy Affiliate they have a free service that is amazing and their premium service is well worth it as well they have helped me tremendously and I highly suggest them.  Here is a link to my review of them.

Part 2 is where we will discuss the business of Drop-shipping and other E-Commerce.

Thank you all for reading and please if you have a question or comment make sure to leave one down below.


June 6, 2017

  • Some people don’t want to retire and just sit around. That’s me. I love affiliate marketing and helping people. I searched high and low for years trying to find something and most were scams. I finally found Wealthy Affiliate. As far as affiliate marketing goes, you’re right. This is the place to start and to be. It gives you everything you need and then some and it’s free to join. Pick a niche and follow what they teach you. That’s what you need to do. You won’t regret it.

    • Affiliate marketing is definitely a great business to start and one I highly recommend.  I am glad you like Wealthy Affiliate I like them too as far as their platform goes it is a very good one for beginners and advance persons in the field.  Thank you for reading my post and I wish you the best of luck in your business endeavors.

  • Rick,
    As I read What Is The Best Way To Make Money Online, I have to tell you that you struck more than one chord in me.

    First your straight forward no BS truth regarding the realities of Safely Earning Online and Speed! So many jump online with NO clue and want to start earning yesterday?

    I personally going back many years got burned with a few of the different scammers and I am very thankful to have also found the folks that have allowed me to craft websites without getting scammed.

    The second thing that caught my eye was your piece on niche selection and its importance. I liked your GNC and Weight Lift Store analogy.
    That solves the under capitalization problems you would probably have.
    However with enough cash you will see a Burger King across the street from a McDonalds.

    I don’t do fast food so I really don’t see a difference, but I suppose to true connoisseurs the competition is fierce…
    Great post thanks so much for the wonderful read.
    What do you think about VR heading into marketing?

    • You see two fast food restaurants next to each other do cut in to each other’s business somewhat but you also have the loyal fan base as well those who only choose one brand over another what does get hit are the casual passerby this is why more often than not the fast food restaurants are grouped around a interstate or highway exit they are all trying to get a piece of that group.  There is traffic on the Internet to be had for everyone if you niche down enough then you will get a more focused group who are looking for exactly what you are talking about and they will feel better served by your content than one that just addresses a general audience.  

      Now about VR well it is here to stay and not a gimmick.  Yes it has had some shaky false starts in the past but this time the wide general gaming audience is accepting it and whats more they are demanding it.  People are building Gaming rigs to just do VR right now and Video card manufacturers are catering to that audience as well.  If you can find a sub-niche then I really suggest going for it.  Even just a review site discussing the best equipment and Video cards and games would do really well right now.  With the state of the market you might be able to leverage yourself well and become a good authority in the field.  

      Good luck and If you need any help let me know.

  • What a great post…I read all 3 articles in the series and found it very informative. I’m working on Affiliate marketing and am building my website slowly. The niche for my website I’ve chosen is coffee – how do I know if its a good niche??? Any advice? I’ve chosen it as my first and trainer site more for practical purpose than passion. Keep up the great posts. All the best.

    • That is a hard question to answer there are some niches you will enter into and you will have instant results and then there are some you will enter in to and have done all the research and you will not get one sale. Some tips I have learned and did not apply with this site to be honest.
      1. Use a key word research tool. try to find a key word with more than 3000 searches in a month and low competition. Use that word as a pillar article where your content revolves around that one.
      2. Next start an email list immediately do not wait every one who visits is a potential repeat visitor if you stay in their memory and the best way to do that is to email them but do not spam them offer true value with your emails. Dont always ask for a sale either just offer help and guidance you as a reader of your website would like.
      3. Start thinking about SEO at the start. Optimize your site for it from the start I suggest yoast all in one seo but it will tell you exactly where your article is lacking and how to change it. Other suggest All In One Seo pack but it doesn’t have all the features the other one has on most of my sites I have both installed and I just turn off the overlapping features so they do not conflict.
      4. Start up other auxiary sites that are free and link them back to your main site. Use different content but this method really helps push your site far faster than just standing on its own.
      5. look up alex becker and pat flynn both have extensive knowledge and have helped many people get started fast. Alex becker also has some very helpful SEO tips he can rank a site fast and easy.
      6. Do not put all your eggs in one basket start multiple sites and use these strategies and which ever one takes off then focus on that one more.

      If you have any more questions please feel free to ask. I am more than happy to help.

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