Saturday, December 22, 2012
Making Money on the Internet
One of the funny little quirks of the internet - and internet marketing - is the massive proliferation of websites and blogs about how to make money on the internet. The great irony is that these websites offering advice on how to "make money by blogging" are simply sources for the blogger to "make money by blogging." So, apparently the best way to "make money by blogging" is to create a blog about how to "make money by blogging." That said, there are ways to make money by blogging, and the amount of money depends entirely on the amount of time, effort, and skill the blogger can put toward it. Aspiring bloggers and internet marketers can easily go blind - or get a case of computer screen vertigo - by surfing the net in hopes of finding information on "how to make money blogging." However, there are some standard places, people, books, and tips worth checking out.
This platform Blogger is perhaps the easiest and most accessible of platforms for aspiring bloggers. Wordpress is the other, and they are both free platforms - though Wordpress is only free at Wordpress.com, not Wordpress.org. As far as making money, ad revenue is a primary source of income for bloggers and internet marketers. Using Blogger, the primary way to access the revenue stream is by signing up for Google's AdSense program. Of course, this is not an easy way to make cash unless you have a website or blog that attracts hundreds, if not thousands of viewers, a day. And for that you need to produce compelling content.
I've read and researched a fair amount of info on internet marketing in creating my blogs. One of the first resources I accessed was a man named Darren Rowse who has a popular blog info source called ProBlogger.net Darren's cite is a great place to check from time to time for basic information, and he will inspire with his tales of moneymaking. He also has a book worth reading called Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-figure Income. It's worth reading, though you must accept that you won't be making this money quickly or at all. It takes a lot of time - blogging for a living is exactly that - a full time job.
Another successful internet marketer I've read is Joel Comm, whose book The AdSense Code, was informative and inspired me to expect the six-figure income of internet dreams. The book and Joel's site and info are worth the time. But, I've never come close to equalling Joel's success. I also read Mark Anastasi's book The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money on the Internet. The book was certainly "inspiring" and somewhat informative in terms of using e-commerce sites like Clickbank.com, though it follows the trend of most internet marketing books which are mainly stories of how the author did it, and not much info on how to replicate their success. And, Mark Anastasi is a man not without controversy. So tread lightly when researching people promising riches on the internet.