Is it possible to make money on the internet to help you survive, if not prosper, while doing so legally and without defrauding others or engaging in illegal activities? Of course, the answer is yes; otherwise, what would be the point of writing this article? 🙂
You can make money legally by providing high-value information to internet users looking for information on a specific topic.
Please keep in mind that I am not a computer programmer. I don’t have a lot of html knowledge, but since I’ve been “playing” on the internet, I couldn’t help but learn it. I’m not a graphic designer, but I enjoy playing around with paint programmes on my computer. I enjoy digital photography, and it is satisfying to be able to use my own images on my own website if I so desire. There aren’t many web page development programmes in my software library. If my life depended on it, I couldn’t build a website from scratch. My “expertise” is limited to the fields in which I previously worked for a living before becoming a web site publisher.
I believe that the internet will continue to grow, and that every person who logs on for the first time increases the opportunity for anyone else who wants to make money on the internet to do so.
So, how do you do it? What is the best way to make legitimate money? Hard work, honesty, hard work, simplicity, hard work, and a methodical approach are the usual methods. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a lot of work? 🙂
All kidding aside, the ‘work’ involved in making money on the internet entails jotting down information on a subject with which you are already intimately acquainted. You’ll be telling people about a hobby you enjoy. It’s not difficult, but it does take time. There is no such thing as a successful get-rich scheme; death and taxes are the only certainties in life that I am aware of.
Offering a virtual “store” is one way to do business on the internet. Many companies around the world now sell their products online, and this is a legitimate way to make money. If you have something that people want and are well-positioned (price, service, product mix, etc. ), you will make money because people will buy from you. I’m not interested in opening a virtual store because I don’t want to deal with inventory, a warehouse, shipping and receiving, and so on.
Another source of revenue for a website is web site consulting. It appears that there is almost one consultant for every web site on the internet, based on my web explorations! For me, there is far too much competition, and while the good consultants will profit, the bad consultants will not. A consultancy, like any other business, needs to be well-positioned to succeed. I don’t even try because I don’t have the skills to be an effective consultant to people looking for web expertise.
You might consider creating a website solely for the purpose of selling advertising, as many “fringe” websites do now. How many times have you gone to a website in search of information only to be met with advertisements and links to more advertisements? Isn’t it incredibly aggravating? Those who embark on this type of venture will discover that the major search engines are doing everything they can to avoid listing “fringe” sites like theirs. No one will find the site if it isn’t listed, and no one will find the site if it isn’t listed. I don’t want to be a part of such shady dealings.
So, what do I do to earn money legitimately on the internet?
I “fill in the blanks” with knowledge using software I found on the internet. I use my knowledge of a specific subject, and the system converts it into a website. Using simple word processor software, I was able to create the site in plain English. It assists me in determining whether there is a market for the information I want to provide about my subject, and it then converts what I write into a rather nice internet web site, if I do say so myself!
When a visitor arrives at my website, he or she will accomplish two things. They’ll see what an inexperienced web designer can do with some readily available and inexpensive software as they wander through it. They won’t know I’m unskilled, though, because the site looks fantastic. Furthermore, as they read the content on my site, they will notice ads that appear on those pages from time to time. There aren’t many, and they’re not bothersome, but there are ads.
Google is the one who places the ads for me. Google gave me software that can “read” my site and place “content” ads on the pages, ads that are relevant to the general content of that page and my entire site.
When people legitimately click on the ads on my pages, Google pays me. Google also compensates me. Regularly.
The more people who come to my site, the more likely they are to click on the ads, which means more money for me and, more importantly, money for the advertisers who entrust their ad budget to Google.
People come to my site because I write pages with high content value about my subject. They find my site by searching for terms related to that subject because they want to learn more about those terms. Because my software tells me which words people use to find information on my subject, I write pages about the search terms they use. There are no gimmicks; it’s as straightforward as that. People will find your pages if you write about topics that they are looking for.
When people come to my site, I try to make sure they will find a lot of useful information on the topic they are interested in. They will be enticed to stay and visit other pages on my site by the content they find. As they do so, the advertisements that appear will encourage them to visit those on-line advertisers, as the ads will refer to goods and services that they were already looking for, or they would not have found my site in the first place.
Isn’t it amazing how everything comes together?
What is your area of expertise, ask yourself? What are your interests and passions? What is your professional background? What is your favourite pastime that you know a lot of people are interested in? What can you write pages and pages of information about that truly and truly provides value to those who read it?
Oh, and don’t stress about making your pages meaningful. The software will also show you how to do this.
If you write words that provide valuable content on any topic, and that topic is one that people are interested in (try finding a topic that some people aren’t interested in with a world population in the billions!) You can make money on the web if you use a simple programme to convert your written words into a pretty neat web site (helping you avoid the time and expense of becoming a web site developer yourself).
As I previously stated, putting words on paper takes time. It takes time to integrate those pages into your website. It takes time to conduct research to ensure that your page content is targeted to the words that people are searching for when researching your topic. And, if you’re like me and have a “dial-up” internet connection, waiting for data transmission takes a long time!
Looking for a quick buck or an easy way to make a lot of money on the internet? If that’s the case, please look elsewhere.
Are you thinking about working for a living, maybe from home, maybe approaching retirement and looking for something to do with your days, maybe a stay-at-home parent, or maybe you just want to help others learn about your special interest? This is a way for you to make money.
Whether you make a lot or a little money depends on how many people are looking for information on your topic and how many pages of useful information you provide them once they arrive at your site.
Whatever the sum, remember that you can make money on the internet. That is undeniable.
Now is the time to start writing!