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In mid-August 2015, I did something most people would consider crazy. I quit my job, gave my two weeks notice. The reason was because I had a dream of being my own boss, living the internet marketing lifestyle and not having to work at a job 5-6 days a week until I was too old to enjoy myself anymore.
This journey has taken lots of different turns, but it’s certainly made my 20’s very interesting. I went from a boring 9-5 job in Connecticut to living in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and starting to travel to different places all around the U.S., as well as go to Europe…even speaking at marketing events.
It all started when I was bored at my day job, living in a boring town, and turned to starting some side hustles simply because I needed something to do, and figured it may as well be something that also benefited me financially.
Since then, I have been asked by so many people to create a post that explains how I’m able to make a full time income online, which has been a minimum of $10,000 per month with many months in the $20,000-$30,000+ range. So I have created a post to explain the income sources that make me $10,000-$30,000+ every month online.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing involves promoting other people’s products for a commission. The beauty of affiliate marketing is that once a sale is made, you get paid a commission and then that’s it. No further work is needed on your part.
There are affiliate products in just about any niche from digital marketing to dogs to dating to self help. The way it works is first you find an affiliate offer (there are many ways to search for affiliate offers). From there a vendor will give you a special link that when you get people to click that link, if they buy, it is tracked back to you and you get paid a commission.
So how do I make money with affiliate marketing? It starts with knowing how to send traffic. Basically you need targeted eyeballs to be able to view your affiliate links, and there are a number of different ways to get traffic. There’s traffic you can pay for and then there’s free traffic. Obviously everyone prefers free traffic. You can read about how I have driven over 600,000 visitors to one of my blogs for free here.
The primary niche I make money with affiliate offers in is the digital marketing/internet marketing/make money online niches. These are just a few of many, but since my passion is teaching people about possibilities to create a life of more financial freedom, this is one of the niches I am glad to be in.
One of the best ways to make money from affiliate offers is to do it by sending emails, and I go into how to do this in point #2…
2. List Building/Email Marketing
The basic premise here is that if you have a list of people interested in a certain topic, you can sell them things by sending them emails. There is a famous saying in the internet marketing world saying “the money is in the list.”
And no, this is not advising to go spamming random people. The proper way to do this is get people who have opted into your web site or have bought one of your products.
The easiest way to send emails is with auto-responders like Aweber which are equipped with all CAN-SPAM legal policies to ensure that your emails (Of course, you want to make sure the pages you send them to have the proper legal pages as well, I use iUbenda for those).
For example, if you have a blog or website that gets traffic, you can have an optin form that lets you collect emails. This will start to build your list and you can start to build a relationship with them to build your income. The best way to get people onto your list is with an ethical bribe, usually giving away something of high quality in exchange for their email to join your newsletter. For this site, I give away my Free 5 Day Blogging and Traffic Primer course and on other sites, I give away other high quality products.
Another way of build your list is launching products, and this involves being able to sell copies of your product to build what’s called a buyer’s list. This is the most powerful list you can have since it’s all people who not only trust you already enough to buy from you, but it’s people who have already been proven to spend money online. All tire kickers are immediately weeded out the second they take out their credit card and spend money on one of your products.
So the way you can make money from this list you build is from promoting affiliate products, sending people to your blog posts with ads on them, e-commerce products (using Shopify), your own products and services, and much more.
3. Blogging and Content Creation
Having a centralized blog is SO important to online success. Over time, your blog is a brand that keeps building and attracting more people. This acts as a magnet for targeted potential customers that gets bigger and bigger with time.
I have owned and operated a few blogs over the years, and now my main focus is growing this blog as well as one I’ve been running in the dog niche. The basic premise is create a blog in your niche, start populating it with content, and monetize your content while building a list. It works super well.
Some ways to create content is blog posts directly on your blog, doing a canonical link and posting the content on sites like Medium or Steemit for extra attention (and even making some money from Steemit for your content!) as well as post your content on social media sites like Pinterest. You can also make Youtube videos and turn them into blog posts. If you’re creating content you should try to stretch that content out to benefit you in as many ways as possible.
4. Product Launches
Product launches are something that many people seem to shy away from, because of limiting beliefs or worry/fears around creating their own product. Some common objections I hear are ones centered around feeling like they don’t have skills worthy of putting into a course and charging money for it.
I am here to say that if you want to release digital products, like online courses, the hardest part will be getting over your fears or limiting beliefs around doing this. Once you do this, you will be clear to focus on finding a market where there is a need, and gathering information (some of which you may already know or not know) around creating the product.
One example is if you want to release a product in the dog training niche, you could interview 5 dog trainers and package that up as a product. You could team up with a dog trainer and partner on revenue. You can do interviews or partner with experts in just about any field. On a simpler level, you can become proficient in something yourself and sell a product on it as well.
Digital products are something I focus on because it means that I don’t have to pay overhead and once it’s created, I can sell as many copies as I want. I think this makes digital products attractive for a lot of people. Once you create an information course, you can host it on a site like UDemy where people can search for it and find it, or use Teachable where you can create your own online school setup, which is what I use for my learning center.
When you launch products, you can recruit affiliates to promote for you by creating your own affiliate program, as well as drive your own traffic from whatever sources you have like a list, Youtube channel, your blog.
I have launched over 30 products in the digital marketing/internet marketing/make money space which has allowed me to add 17,000+ product buyers to my email list, which dramatically helps my online income. As said previously, “the money is in the list.”
A webinar is like a live seminar on a topic- except, you guessed it, it’s on the good old interwebs. Webinars are not only good for connecting with people in your niche that are interested enough on the topic to dedicate over an hour to attending your webinar, but they are also great qualifiers for buyers in your niche BECAUSE of this!
I have been using webinars to sell some of my higher ticket programs, including my done for you blog service as well as offering consulting and coaching services to help others improve their business.
Webinars are great when there is something you want to sell that may need a lot of explaining, as people are engaged with you while you’re on and listening to what you have to say. That also, of course, allows for their fears to be put to bed about any repercussions of buying something, especially at a higher price.
A great platform to host your webinars are GoToWebinar. You can have a webinar be a slideshow sharing your screen, showing yourself on webcam, or screen sharing yourself doing something on your computer. Webinars take some time to perfect, but once you do, you open up HUGE potential in your business on so many levels.
Those are the 5 main ways I’m making money online.
I have recent ventured into growing a Youtube channel as well, and growing the SEO traffic for my blogs in addition to Pinterest traffic.
So now, what’s next for you?
- Check out my post on how to start your own profitable blog
- Learn more about Affiliate Marketing and Pinterest Affiliate Marketing
Want more help with Pinterest marketing?
- Download my free Pinterest Traffic Playbook
- Check out my 8 week Pinterest Traffic Bootcamp course: Traffic Transformation Bootcamp
- My Done for You Pinterest Pin Canva Templates
- My Pinterest marketing agency, Master Growth Marketing