Ways to Make Money Online and Earn Your First $1000

When I first started my online business I purchased several internet marketing courses from the so called gurus and attempted three or four ideas at the same time. I wanted to spread my risk with three or four good ideas so that at least one would work out. I experienced information overload and could not get any of my ideas to work. Usually only experienced internet marketers can cope with working on two or more ideas at the same time. You can compare a person new to internet marketing to that of a baby where they first need to learn how to crawl before they can walk.

For this reason they need to focus on one idea for at least 6 months where they can learn the fundamentals which never change. The skills that you learn for example how to register a domain and setup your website, keyword research, write good preselling content, write high converting sales pages and how to capture leads and market to them forms part of the core internet marketing skills. You need to learn how to master these basic skills before you can move on to another idea.

I would recommend a person new to internet marketing to get started with affiliate marketing. You do not need to create or stock a product, you do not need to deal with complicated payment processors, you do not need to spend extra time on support or processing refunds and you still get to learn the fundamentals of internet marketing.

You get two kinds of affiliate marketing Pay-Per-Lead offers and Pay-Per-Sale Affiliate. When someone takes a specific action you earn a commission for Pay-Per-Lead marketing. You earn commission for sending someone to signup for a trial offer e.g. tea sample or they could request free information like a quote for car insurance from a freebies website. The lead gets free information or a sample of a product and you get paid for generating the lead. Pay-Per-Sale affiliate marketing where you presell before your visitor goes to a sales page takes more work than getting a lead to take a specific action.

Pay-Per-Sale affiliate marketing happens when a visitor that you refer purchases a product and you receive commission for that sale. You need to focus on a niche. For example if you promote weight loss products only offer affiliate programs related to that. Also choose a well established merchant that will not go out of business and choose high quality products that you would use sold at a competitive price. You also need to ensure that in your sales funnel you send your visitors to your own lead generating pages before you refer your visitor to the merchant. This allows you to presell your prospect and sell to them over and over again with different products.

If you enjoy writing then start a blog. Signup with a free service like Blogger that takes care of all the technology side of things like updating pages, ftp, html, sitemaps etc… Write quality original content. However, I recommend registering your own domain and signup for your own web hosting to publish your blog to. If you decide to choose the free Blogger hosted blog and you migrate to your own domain once you become well established this will cause you to lose your search engine rankings and force you to start from scratch again. Choose a niche topic like product reviews of digital cameras, add some good quality affiliate programs and contextual advertising like Google AdSense to monetize your blog.

Choose only one idea and focus on this for at least six months and set the foundations of a stable business. Consistency will allow you to build up your name and as your competitors come and go people will trust you even more. This takes focus and patience.