Not sure which direction to take? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
People want to know what’s the best way to make money online for beginners and we are here to help.
It’s no secret that there are hundreds of different ways to make money online. The way the internet is growing, soon everything will be done online.
But finding a plan to follow can be difficult, especially if your a complete beginner.
In this article, we will talk about what is the best ways to making money online for beginners. I’ll give you some tips on how to follow that path and achieve online success.
What’s The Best Way to Make Money Online?
I suggest that you try a few different things to find out what you like.
For example, I love affiliate marketing but maybe you’ll love something else like drop-shipping or building a list; everyone has different talents.
In the previous post, we talked about a selling on eBay. I admit selling second hand items on eBay is one of the best ways to make fast cash, but you can take it a step further and sell on Amazon as well.
It might not look like it, but a lot of people sell their second hand stuff on Amazon.
I personally like Amazon’s user interface more than eBay’s, it’s cleaner, and easier to understand. The categories are extremely helpful as well, and it’s easy to check out all the best sellers in different categories at a glance.
You can also use Amazon’s Fulfillment Center who acts as the perfect drop-shipper.
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Sell Books on Amazon:
You don’t always have to sell physical products. There is a huge marketplace for digital products, eBooks, fiction and non-fiction.
It’s also very easy to create an author account and Amazon’s guidelines are not too strict, so you can publish anything that you desire.
Still, it’s important to keep in mind that the marketplace determines if your book will be a hit or miss, reviews are important.
The more positive reviews your book gets the higher it will rank in Amazon’s results. You can potentially achieve a best seller status in a short period of time, dominating your niche. But that’s easier said than done.
I have to admit I don’t know all the ins and outs of selling books on Amazon. I do know that it can be an excellent source of stable income and it can also provide you with a creative outlet.
Not Interested? Here’s Another Alternative…
Like I said, not everyone is interested in the same routes. Writing books for Amazon can definitely be fun for people who love to write and have a wild imagination.
Unfortunately most of us are not like that, don’t worry I have an alternative.
That’s the beauty of working online, there are always alternatives for you to explore, until you latch onto one model, work hard, and turn it into a legitimate source of income.
Affiliate Marketing is Perfect For Beginners:
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of affiliate marketing; it’s one of my favorite ways to make money online.
The problem is figuring out what type of model you want to pursue (and there are a lot). The standard model is to find a decent affiliate program that has a high commission rate.
This can take awhile. But it’s not as difficult as you might think, and there are affiliate programs in virtually every industry. Even anti-viruses have affiliate programs.
Why is affiliate marketing perfect for beginners?
Well, it’s simple.
You don’t need to make your own product. You simply have to promote your affiliate products and make sales.
Creating a Website, Promote Affiliate Products:
I recommend creating a website related to the product that you will promote.
Then publish as much targeted content as possible at your niche.
You could publish reviews of rival products. What you’ll find is as you publish keyword targeted articles, you’ll earn a steady stream of warm traffic.
Heck, you can even create videos and publish them on YouTube with affiliate links.
Once you make some sales, it won’t be long before you can scale up and re-invest.
Affiliate Marketing Is Best for Beginners:
I think affiliate marketing is awesome because all you do is focus on the marketing; all your attention is on marketing and no-where else.
You also have the least amount of RISK and COST with affiliate marketing! So that makes it perfect for beginners on a limited budget.
Unlike when you are the owner of a product, there are so many things that you need to focus on for everything to run smoothly, it can be hectic.
So for starters, keep it simple and create a niche based affiliate website.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article, have you sold products on Amazon before? Have you tried affiliate marketing before? What is the best way to make money online for beginners in your opinion?
Share your experience in the comment section below!
Arnab chakrabarty says
Todd, I am a newbie in this online market world and I want to know how I will get the training to create an affiliate marketing business online.
Please reply to me as soon as you can.
The training the we offer at Wealthy Affiliate is super easy to follow. It’s done through video classes that walk you through every step that you need in order to put up a successful online marketing business.
What’s better is that it’s free to try out and see if it would be a good fit for you. You have to be willing to learn and take action on what you learn. But take it from me, a guy that had very little to no experience when I first started with Wealthy Affiliate.
Give the free membership a try and see for yourself. If you never take a chance, you’ll never get anywhere.
Sherman Smith says
That’s one thing I love about affiliate marketing and that is you only have to focus on marketing. I use to be in network marketing and it was fine at first but I realized that I hated it.
I didn’t like building teams of people. Plus I had more success with affiliate marketing and it was much more fun.
I also like the fact that you have so much more products and services to choose from. You’re not limited to the products within network marketing and there aren’t as many rules and regulations to follow.
Thanks for sharing Todd! Have a good one!
Agreed my friend. I think affiliate marketing is easily one of the best, if not the best, ways to make money online. I love the low risk and I’m not big into the MLM’s either. Affiliate marketing and building niche websites work really well when you have the right training and guidance.
I put a little affiliate site together with 5 pages and one post and I already got that post on page 2 of Google. With a few more comments and social shares, I’ll get it to page one. The keywords I chose bring in 1200 visitors/month if I’m on page 1 of Google, but I’m currently getting 280 organic visitors and a few cool Amazon commissions and I haven’t touched the site for 9 months (well, except for getting comments on the post).
But, it’s a really cool thing indeed. Thanks, Todd
Some people are going to disagree with me on this, but I find that selling your own books on Amazon is extremely competitive and non-rewarding.
Imagine spending weeks writing a book and selling it for less than $10 (if you set the price too high, no one is going to buy it too, right?). Plus, if you are just a newbie, no one is going to know about you, much less buy your book.
If you are truly skillful at writing, then you should write a blog post and make every webpage converts by selling a product – whether it’s yours or others. That’s going to increase your profit by 100x more than just selling one single book!
It’s all about understanding online traffic and Wealthy Affiliate has got some good tutorials and videos to show you how this works.
Thanks for your input and this is very good insight. I too much prefer to write targeted keyword posts that are really sales campaigns with the aim of helping people in my niche as well as allow me to make commissions based on my recommendations. And you’re right, this works. And this is one aspect that Wealthy Affiliate really does an excellent job at teaching people.
In this post, I was trying to show a different angle of how to make money online via Amazon and selling eBooks. But for sure, my preferred way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. And I have written a lot about how to do this on this site so I wanted to put a different spin on this topic for my regular readers.
E-books are one way, and I think if you have a special skill or talent you could write an eBook and sell it on Amazon or your own website. My site sees anywhere from 15 to 30 thousand unique visits per month, so I was thinking of writing an eBook on how to start guest homes in foreign countries like I have done in Colombia. I think I could sell a book like this for 10 to 15 dollars/download.
When I was working with other bloggers that I met from my guest homes in Colombia, I found that many of them had interest in this subject, I just haven’t found the time to do it. But this is another example of how to make money online.
Combine this with learning how to create a niche blog, and you have another online income stream. But great points Cathy and always good to get your opinion as an experienced online entrepreneur.
I am also a fan of affiliate marketing, for me, it’s the best way to make money online. For someone beginning their online career, it’s always hard to decide what will be best, to sell physical goods or affiliate products. Also, it’s very hard to know what program is genuine and will really help you.
At one time I was thinking of going with physical products, but in the end I was put off by the hassle of finding a product, packaging and labels, etc., so here I am doing affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is great, but what made the difference for me was the outstanding step by step training, I had the chance to find, at Wealthy Affiliate.
Without this course I probably wouldn’t be earning money online today. If you follow the training, take action and don’t give up, you will be successful.
I would urge people who want to make money online to give it a try, I am sure they won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for another great post,
Great to hear Peter and excellent advice. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online for me too. And it certainly is a lucky thing to run into the training center of Wealthy Affiliate to learn the ropes.
Thanks for your personal testimonial about working with Wealthy Affiliate to create you own online business as well. This helps to hear from real people who have gone through it and can talk openly and honestly about it.
Happy Sunday Peter,
Hi Todd, always great stuff here at learn to grow wealthy online. I have always wanted to write a book, but just didn’t get around to doing it, selling an eBook on Amazon would be a dream 🙂 and I absolutely agree that affiliate marketing is the best route for beginners as i am doing it and it is working steadily, education and training is the key 🙂
I think selling on Amazon is a bit over glamorized, sure you can see a ton of traffic, but the risk is another thing to consider. Really if you learn SEO basics and make your online business from the start, affiliate marketing through content and email marketing are the least risky and really the best way to make money online.
You have just as high payouts and long term success compared to selling products that may or may not be hot on Amazon. And yes, selling an eBook on Amazon that really took off would be like winning the lottery.
Great post on what’s the best way to earn money online Todd!
I think with all the misinformation online these days people can be very overwhelmed with all the possibilities to make some money online.
I think this is how people can get lured into the many scams that are out there.
It is good to see that you are suggesting two legitimate ways to successfully earn money online.
As you suggest the best way for you may not be the best for someone else. I guess it comes down to personal preference.
My favourite method however is definitely affiliate marketing, and with the right training and guidance (and a bit of hard work) you can build a very successful online business with it!
Great post 🙂
Absolutely John. Most online programs and scams focus on the hype. On all the easy money that you’re going to make online by using their latest secret or system. They ALWAYS FOCUS on the money, not on the training or method.
That’s one thing different and refreshing about the Wealthy Affiliate Training Center, they never state how much money you’re going to make, they focus on what they’re going to teach you.
Also the fact that they let you come in and try out their Premium Membership for free on a trial basis says a lot about the confidence of their training program.
I loved making money on eBay and Amazon, but the long term potential with owning your own niche based affiliate marketing businesses is so much easier to make monthly income and the potential to eventually make passive income makes it the winner for me.
Thanks again for your feedback on what’s the best way to make money online.