So you want to make money online.
You have probably already found a lot of bloggers that explain how to do it. And probably most of them are not earning a euro (flee from whoever tells you to fill out surveys or click on ads to generate income).
Not to mention those who only earn money selling courses where they teach how to earn money. Paradoxical, right?
Is not my style. I’ve been living on the Internet for years, generating thousands of euros and learning the ins and outs of online business.
First of all you should know that making money online is not easy or fast. It never has been, regardless of what you read or want to sell.
I had to put in a lot of effort and sacrifice a lot of my free time. I have spent sleepless nights, I have invested hundreds of hours in learning and I have given up my vacations while trying to earn my first euros.
But it was worth it.
The great advantage is that it is no longer necessary to have technical knowledge. Before you should know how to program to create a website, but today there are so intuitive systems that even a child would know how to do it.
So the opportunity is here.
In this article I am going to reveal the 10 best ways to earn money on the Internet because of its economic potential, simplicity and ability to generate income in a stable manner. And since I want to be totally transparent with you.
I remind you that here you will not find high-risk systems or ridiculous income like filling out online surveys or playing poker. If you really want to make money online, you’re going to have to work it out.
Active income versus Passive Income:
Before you start, you should know that there are two ways to make money online: active systems and passive system.
The latter are the most desired.
Thanks to passive systems you can continue generating income while you sleep, you are traveling or you dedicate your time to anything else. They not only give you money: they also give you freedom.
And it’s not that the active systems are bad, but the Internet is like a showcase that never closes. It is always running, and you can take advantage of it to get a steady stream of income.
How to make money online: 10 methods that work in 2019
Let’s see now the best ways to make money online because of its economic potential, simplicity and reliability.
01. Earn money with affiliate marketing:
This is the system with which I earned my first euros, and in my opinion it is one of the most affordable ways for any beginner who wants to generate passive income.
Barely requires knowledge, the investment is almost zero and its income potential is very high. Also, once assembled you can practically forget about it: only a minimum maintenance will be necessary.
Affiliate marketing consists in creating a website where you will publish analysis and product recommendations. In those analyzes you will link to other websites where they sell the product. If you end up buying, the seller will give you a commission for having referred a customer.
Logically, you must first have reached an agreement with those web pages. Luckily, today there are affiliate platforms (the best known is Amazon Affiliates) where you only have to register to be part of that agreement.
Let’s say you love photography. You could create a web page where you would post analyzes of different cameras or lenses with a link to the product page on Amazon for readers interested in buying.
This, for example, is an affiliate link.
Your website would appear in search engines like Google when people searched for analysis or comparisons of those cameras. They would enter your article, they would click on the affiliate link and, in case they ended up buying, Amazon would give you a percentage.
Do you see where the grace is? You create a web page, publish articles and, once you have visitors, it becomes an automatic system that you should not be attending constantly.
The income potential of this system depends on the market you have chosen (the more that category of products is sold online and the more expensive they are, the better), but also the time you spend.
Basically, these are the tasks you should do:
Okay, but how much money are we talking about?
I like that you ask me this question. So you can see what this system is capable of, this is what two of my affiliate websites generated during the month of July 2018.
This is the most veteran website (I’m very fond of it), in a technology niche:
And this is barely 11 months old, but already around 3,000 euros per month:
If I add the rest of the websites, the figure exceeds 7,000 euros per month on automatic pilot.
As if that were not enough, when Christmas arrives the income multiplies by two or even three. This is what I gained with a single website during a month of December:
Earning some money with affiliation is relatively simple, but if you want to invoice figures like these you will have to dedicate many hours and effort.
So forget about anyone selling you that you can set up such a system on a Caribbean beach overnight. To earn more than a ten euros a month you will have to sacrifice much of your free time.
The good news is that, after the initial effort, you can dedicate yourself to reap the rewards. Not to mention that you can keep the system at a distance, working from anywhere in the world (something important for a travel lover like me).
If you are looking for a tutorial to learn how to sign up and earn money with Amazon Affiliates, click here.
02. Create a website and monetize it with Google Adsense:
Another of the best ways to make money online passively is monetizing web pages with advertising.
The concept is similar to that of affiliate marketing: you create a web page about a topic, you attract readers and once they are there, they earn money when they perform a certain action.
The great advantage of advertising is that you do not need the reader to buy for you to take a commission. The most common is that you earn money when the reader clicks on an ad (that is known as PPC -Pay Per Click).
In fact, Google Adsense is the most reliable and popular ad network in the world to earn money.
Adsense is so popular thanks to its ease of use and number of advertisers. You simply sign up and, once your application has been approved, you can put ads on your website by inserting a small code.
With Adsense you do not choose what type of ads appears: Google is responsible for doing it automatically according to the theme of your website and the profile of the reader. In this way you can display personalized ads for each reader, which has three benefits:
Unlike affiliate marketing, here the ideal is to create a web page that provides general information on a given topic instead of publishing comparisons and analysis.
For example, you could create a web page where you publish cooking recipes or information about dogs or even dinosaurs (like this website).
The potential of this system depends fundamentally on three things: the theme you have chosen, the number of visits the website has and the percentage of those visits that click on the ads.
The first point, the subject, is fundamental, because according to that you will earn more or less money per click.
For example, on a website about cats, Adsense may advertise cat food. However, in a website about university courses surely appear postgraduate and master ads that cost a fortune.
In which one would you earn more money when a reader clicked?
Indeed, in the second. As the advertised product is more expensive, the advertiser is willing to pay more money.
To know what potential a theme has with Adsense, use the Keyword Planner. Enter the subject there and see if it is something that is searched a lot in Google, and how much you will pay advertisers per click (what is called bid).
One part of the bid (over 40%) is left by you and the other Google, so the higher the bid, the more money you can earn with a web on this subject.
For example, if you created a website with information about recipes, each click of your readers would generate between 0.10 (40% of 0.24) and 0.11 euros (40% of 0.28). This is an average of 0.105 euros per click.
The percentage of readers who click on an ad is usually around 1.5%. Therefore, if you had two thousand page views per day, the calculation of monthly income with Adsense would be as follows:
60,000 page views / month x 1.5% clicks x 0.105 euros -> 94.5 euros / month.
In this case the click is paid little, so to gain a good number you would need to have a huge volume of visits.
If you created a website with information on forex and currency trading, with the same number of visits you would earn much more money.
Each click would generate about 4.6 euros (40% of the average of the bids), so 60,000 page views per month would result in:
60,000 page views / month x 1.5% clicks x 4.6 euros -> 4,140 euros / month
In addition to what you pay per click, the income potential is determined by the number of visits that the website has. And that depends on the number of people looking for information on this topic on Google.
Fortunately, the Google Keyword Planner also offers an approximate range of the number of times per month that a particular word or phrase is searched for.
I know first-hand people who bill thousands of euros a month with Adsense. In my case, I have only used it as a complement to badly paid and unimproved topics, and still provides me with about one hundred euros per month.
Note: I recently started a project exclusively with Adsense, and will soon update the results here.
Monetizing web pages with Adsense is simple, but to generate thousands of euros you must choose a profitable theme and work hard creating content and positioning them in Google.
3. Sell courses and services with your blog
This is the another BEST way to make money online. But like everything, the more money can generate something, the more effort it requires. It’s about creating a blog about a specific topic, positioning yourself as an expert in it, and selling your own online courses for payment.
Sounds difficult? It takes effort, but it’s not that complicated. The key is to choose a topic that you master, where there are people interested, and build a reputation by publishing content.
The advantage of online payment courses is that they can become totally passive systems, because once created it costs you the same to sell one than two hundred. You only have to publish it in video or PDF format and sell it through an automated system to your subscribers.
Every time someone subscribes to the blog, a sequence of emails that send you valuable information is activated. After a week, receive an email presenting the premium video course in case you want to register.
In this way you may invoice on automatic pilot an average of 1,000 euros per week with something that makes you feel proud.
There are blogs and online courses of almost any subject that you can think of. From courses to learn to read faster, management of family finances or Excel for students of letters.
The only requirement is that you solve a problem that your audience would be willing to pay for.
Generating money with this system is not fast, since you must work hard to earn the trust of the readers, but you will be building a long-term, solid and differential online business.
The biggest obstacle is not technical (today it is tremendously easy to create a blog), but mental: many people believe that they have nothing to teach, are afraid to expose themselves to criticism or spend months wondering about which topic to choose.
You should know that the vast majority of bloggers have started with those doubts. But they took the step, and as they were creating content for their blog they were gaining more experience and knowledge.
So if you think you have something to contribute, however small it may be (there will always be someone who knows less than you), and do not fear exposing yourself publicly, this is your best option.
If you want to discover all the ways to earn money with a blog, visit this article.
04. Offer your services on specialized pages:
If you do not have or do not want to create a blog or a website (although anyone without technical knowledge can do it today), another way to get a handful of euros online is by doing small online services.
The operation is very simple:
The jobs that are usually offered on these platforms are simple things, such as translating a text, editing a video, designing a logo, writing a resume or preparing a PowerPoint presentation.
There is even someone who offers to write irresistible Tinder profiles, your imagination is the limit!
Your income will depend on the amount of hours and effort you can spend on a regular basis. Some people take out a whole salary or even several thousand euros a month, but it will generally be useful if you need extra income.
Currently, the most popular platforms and therefore with the greatest capacity to bring you clients are Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer:
Upwork: Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
Fiverr: It has many clients demanding services, but prices are low.
Freelancer: Freelancer also a global freelancing platform where business and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
All tend to stay around 10% of your billing and are based on the reviews of your customers to increase or reduce your popularity. The better your reputation, the more attractive you will be to users interested in services like yours.
That is why the usual thing is to get few jobs at the beginning or have to offer them at a lower price, but little by little you will have more clients and you will be able to raise your prices.
05. Create a YouTube channel
With the purchase of YouTube by Google and the exponential growth of content consumption in video format, there were people who, overnight, started earning a lot of money with their video channel.
Yes, there are more and more competitors, but YouTube is the second Internet search engine, just behind Google, and it is expected that in a very short time it will become the first. That means that its economic potential is booming.
It is difficult to replace a whole salary, but if you can bring knowledge or fun to users and you have grace in front of the camera, in the medium term it is possible to generate some extra money with a YouTube channel.
How much money are we talking about?
Surely you’ve heard that some Youtubers bill millions of euros a year. But you can count on the fingers of the hands. For you to do your calculations, you should know that, on average, Youtube advertising pays between 0.20 and 3 euros for every 1,000 views of a video.
This figure depends on the thematic of the channel. Since the contents on Forex or health are usually paid better than the channels on video games or curiosities.
Suppose that after 18 months you manage to build a channel with 100,000 subscribers, which is not bad.
If you upload a video to the week that got 75,000 views and Youtube paid you 1 euro for every 1,000 views. So your income would be approximately 300 euros per month.
As you see, you should publish videos consistently if you want to make money with YouTube, so it is not really a passive system unless they become viral or have thousands of searches a day.
Fortunately, there are also alternative ways to increase income:
If you already have stable income by some other way, betting on a Youtube channel is not going to mean too much investment and over time can give you more of a pleasant surprise.
06. Sell online through Drop shipping
Another good way to make money online is by selling products online.
I know people who are making more than 4,000 euros per month of profit with very simple but specialized products. So if you do it well it is possible to generate a good income.
You should know that, mainly, there are two ways to sell online:
If you do not manufacture products, don’t worry. It is as simple as finding a manufacturer with little popularity, buying the product and selling it to the final public through your website or platform, adding your margin to the price.
For this reason the majority usually look for Chinese suppliers. In spite of the fact that you will have to carry out the import procedures, you will have more margins.
The main drawback is that you must perform the tasks of billing and product shipments, which can be quite work. To avoid this nuisance, it is better to look for suppliers that work by dropshipping.
The dropshipping system will allow you to convert your online store into a passive business. With it, you do not keep stock or take care of shipments. You just send the order data to the manufacturer and he takes care of getting the product to the customer.
Note: there are already websites like Oberlo that put you in direct contact with manufacturers that work with dropshipping.
The profit margin is usually between 20 and 50%. The inconvenient? If the shipment does not arrive, the clients will complain to you. Then you will have to resolve the issue with the manufacturer.
The keys to the success of this system are:
Bring traffic to the web with organic positioning, Adwords or Facebook Ads.
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