I have people ask me all the time how to make money online.? In real life, in cyberspace, via email, over the phone, in person, through IM… it doesn’t matter.? And I usually don’t ‘spill the beans’ because what I learned early on is once you share some information with a person, and that person finds some success they will keep coming back to you and try pumping you for more information.? At first they were happy to make $1.? Then they were able to make $5.? And soon they hit $10… but eventually they plateau and they need that drug called knowledge and so they come back to the dealer and hit him up for something to quench his thirst.? After I experienced this I decided to nip it in the bud and not give out any information.

There’s a lot of people who want to make money online, but how many of them are willing to work hard?? I’d guess less then 5%.? I had this one friend of a friend really bothering me about how to make money online.? Every time I saw him he’d pester me, like a leech that wouldn’t let go.? This past weekend I was out at a gathering and he was there.? At first I ignored him but as the night went on and I had a few drinks I became more talkative and started to talk to him.? He was telling me how he lost his job and he needed to find a new job.? He was willing to work hard and his dream was to work online so that he could set his own hours and be his own boss.? He talked the talked and I started to feel bad for him.? He seemed sincere (or was that the beer) so I decided I’d lay out a simple and easy way for him to earn a living online.? He understood what a domain name was, he understood the concept of a server, and he’d even had his own personal blog on a WordPress hosted subdomain.? So he was starting off better then the average person.

I gave him a simple plan, low cost, moderate time investment, and I would say would work 95% of the time but requires some hard work and committment.? Build one site a day.? That’s it.? If you build one site a day, at the end of a year you will be able to make sustainable income to live off of.? You won’t live like a king, but you will be able to set your own hours and be your own boss and that was what he wanted.? Now I went into more detail and gave him tips, I explained the pro’s/con’s of building on a blog subdomain versus buying your own domains and building your own sites.? I explained to him the importance of diversifying your sites (both in content and across IP’s) and how without doing so you are exposing yourself to the potential of losing all your income in one shot.? I explained to him how if he could make $0.25 per day, per website, after one year of building and laying the groundwork he would be making $33k per year.? After 2 years he’d be making $67k per year.? (I did the math quickly on a napkin which was harder then expected after all the beer)? I even explained how after two years he would have enough knowledge to then focus on bigger and better things and how six figure income was a possibility for him.? I gave him tips on keyword research, plugins, SEO (onsite and offsite), content generation, etc…? I even built up a small crowd around me taking in what I was saying.

After I finished teaching him in about 45 minutes what a so called “internet marketing guru” will teach you in 8 info-videos for a cost of $49.95 per video he only had one comment.? His comment was “So, I can’t make six figures now?”? I learned my lesson again not to share anything with people.? He was previously making around $10/hour working at a grocery store (or about $21k a year) working 40 hour week and I explained to him how to make $33k/year working about 28 hours a week.? That’s over a 50% raise while reducing his hours worked by 30% and yet he still wasn’t happy.? You can lead a horse to water…

16 comments on “So You Want to Make Money Online… Stop Being Lazy Then!

  • Same dam crap I ran into.
    I can’t believe I was so stupid to share/waste my time.
    This pos wouldn’t help me out if I lost my job.
    I found out lazy, stupid, dense, and just plain incapable of research / figuring things out.

    They will always stay where they are familiar/safe.
    10 years of listening to countless people talk about taking a big risk and how they were going to start their own company.

    They don’t get the start small and grow concept. They want it all now. America is a pos country now with a bunch of fat no nothings. It is disgusting.
    So let them go compete at the local mall for jobs with the other million schlobs out there.

    If you want to help someone go volunteer at a shelter, food warehouse etc..

  • I just read Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” where he mentions an old Asian proverb that I’d never heard before.

    “Nobody who rises at dawn 365 days a year will fail to make his family rich”

    This is a great post. Thanks Chris.


  • I built a dozen sites a few months ago. I found it hard to focus and monitize with so many sites. I made less than .25 cents per site per day. But will u be kind enough to email me your plan and I will try it out and won’t pester you for tips on your blog for a whole year. Promise. I am serious…

  • @A
    Great quote, very true!

    I will give you a few tips right here.
    1. Don’t make your second site until your first site is making you whatever you want it to make. If you can’t make $0.25/day with site 1, don’t start site 2. Figure out how to get site 1 working and once you are happy with the outcome then just duplicate it.
    2. Keyword research is the most important part of the process. You can use a software that costs some money like Market Samuri, or you can use the Google Adwords tool. I have/use both, but you really don’t need market samuri until you take it up a notch.
    3. Keyword research is the most important part of the process (Yes, I’m knowingly saying this again). Goal = find keywords that get a respectable amount of searches that don’t have a ton of competition in Google. If a keyword gets 500 searches a day and has only 25,000 other sites returning in Google’s results that is a winner.
    4. I prefer buying domains as opposed to subdomains on a blogging site. If the keyword is “yellow electric dishwashers” then see if you can register the .com, .net, or .org version of the exact keyword. Don’t waste time with any other extension, simply put they don’t rank as well in Google.
    5. Use WordPress. It is worth the time to learn how to install WordPress, apply a theme, and use the plugins. You may need to spend some time learning this but it is well worth it. Your sites will rank much better then throwing up a custom HTML page.
    6. Generate some backlinks to your site. Go to blogs that talk about your topic, leave some meaningful comments and link back to your site. Submit some articles to article directory sites where you provide insightful information about the topic along with a link to your site. Make sure you use anchor text for your exact keyword in your link.

    That’s basically it. You’ll learn a thing here or there along the way, but with these few steps there is no reason you can’t create a site that earns $0.25/day. And that should be a minimum, if you have a good paying keyword you can make $1/day or $10/day.

    Keyword research is the most important part of the process. If you are lazy in this step then it doesn’t matter if you work hard on the other steps.

  • Post your domains are email them to me at my email address in this post. I will run my tools on them and send you back the results. If the domains are crap you should just sell them.

  • You gave some very good tips, only that you forgot to put in one: be prepare for the emotional ride :). I did not put my name for this comment coz you encourage us to use the keywords. Hope you don’t mind mate.

  • It is a fact that affiliate marketing is among the simplest and most efficient ways to generate income online. However, you will have to make an effort right until you can generate income from your affiliate business. You must work hard if you want to achieve success and you will also have to apply certain tools in order to earn money.

    1. Commitment: The very first thing you have to do is to commit to yourself that you are serious with your choice, you’re serious with building your own business, serious about taking 100% responsibility with whatever you do. You might think that this sounds ridiculous, but it’ll guide you rightly on your journey. Once you can think, and are responsible like a real business owner, you’ll stand out from people.

    2. Education: The next important part that can make or break your business is your education, or your knowledge about this online business. Most people failed because they did not know exactly what Internet Affiliate Marketing is, how it works, and how they can do things correctly. If you want to see results in the long run, you must arm yourself with enough knowledge. Don’t let something that you don’t know holds you back.

    3. Focus: The laser beam can break through even the thickest plate of metal because it focuses its energy. You can break even everything if you stay focus too. Fact is, people have no advantages over you, everyone starts at the same level, the reason why some have success, some don’t lies in the word “focus”. Focus on what you can do best, on what you know the most, and go with them, you’ll join the 5% group soon.

    4. Taking actions: Isn’t it true that only taking actions can bring you closer to your goals? You can’t achieve results just by sitting there, making a wish! It’s time to put what you’ve learned so far to real actions. I know this is the hardest part, but believe me that when you can do the very first action toward your goals, the next steps will come naturally. Whatever you do, make sure that it guides you to your goals!

    5. Don’t quit: Quitters are losers! In fact, if you’re serious with your online business, having enough knowledge about what you’re doing, and are taking actions persistently, chances are you’ll never quit! Congratulations! Because most people came in fast, but they quit soon as well. If you just stay focus, taking actions, and don’t quit, you’ll be successful. Guaranteed!

  • @admin

    I spent a good 4-5 days of whatever free time I have to work on one of my airport directory site: New-Orleans-Airport.com. It actually generates some affiliate income, but still not hitting the $0.25/day. I got tired and moved on to my other couple of airport directories (John-Wayne-Airport.com, Midway-Airport.com) from what I learn from this experience to insert google ads right in the middle of the page…and that generated a few clicks with absolutely no content.

    I got tired of directories….I moved onto a directory site: SleepingTime.net, a name I had parked for 6 months…and so far this one generated a few clicks..still not near the $0.25/day. 🙂

    Not giving up….just waiting to catch my next wind.

    • Did you do research prior to launching any site? Did you check to make sure that there were a decent amount of searches for your keyword, competition for results in Google for that keyword was low, and the Adwords cost per click was decent? Doing all three of these gets you 75% of the way there. Next you build a site (can be simple site, but make sure it is SEO friendly) and finally go around and promote your site through backlinks and also submit your site to the search engines.

  • @admin

    All my airport domain names have xx,xxx monthly exact search, medium competition, and $0.80 average cpc. In fact they are all on the first page of Bing & Yahoo…but no where on Google.

    So far the winner had been, Midway-Airport.com, with a whopping $6 income, followed by John-Wayne-Airport.com $4.50, and with all the work I put in New-Orleans-Airport..I only have less than $3 to show for it. (it has the lowest monthly search volume of the 3.

    SleepingTime.net done exceptional well, generating more than $3 on the first day launched. As soon as I make my first sale, it will be the winner of the bunch.

    I think I am ready to move on to a couple of my other names: 3 of my top performers with whypark happen to be all product names…with low search volume – WeddingRingDeal.com ($17), HotNewPurses.com ($12), and TablesWine.com ($10). I found that I can generate some income with product names via affiliate & ad sense…but in my experience they don’t scale. I have to spend time compose the deal description, updating the price, etc. It’s not passive income. I found auto generated deals don’t really sell.

    I will try to sell insurance leads with the name
    Buy-Insurance.org I hand registered a few months ago. I understand that SureHit is the affiliate network to work with for insurance leads. They did not approve me because I only have a domain name with no content…so I will be busy working on this one the next few weeks. Ad Sense will surely be the first to reward me for my effort like always. 🙂

  • Keep in mind one thing when picking a topic… are you picking an actionable topic?

    What I mean is this: how likely will visitors be to click on your ads as a result of the topic. If your topic is “coupons” and someone is looking for coupons there may be good ads that entice the user to click, and a person searching for coupons is probably more likely to click on an ad then someone looking for information on the Nile River.

    An actionable topic can result in a 20% click through rate (I have a few sites that have stellar click through as a result of 1. actionable topic 2. good ad placement).

  • Admin,

    Great stuff in the original post, as well as your additional comments.

    If you have the time, I’d be interested in you elaborating on your statement, “I explained to him the importance of diversifying your sites (both in content and across IP’s) and how without doing so you are exposing yourself to the potential of losing all your income in one shot.”

    If you build a site a day for a year, are you talking about a separate IP and hosting for each website? Different ownership entities for groups of names?

    I built 1 site a day for over a year, and things were going great. I didn’t quite lose ‘all my income in one shot’, but my sites have definitely hit a stumbling block with the big G. I can elaborate in private, if interested.


  • @Aaron
    The most complete and thorough way to make sure you are diversified is to go the route of different ownership entities for each group of sites (how many is in a group depends on your preference, I’ve heard 100 is the major number).
    My comment about diversifying IPs is because sometimes Google will ban a site from its SERPs for one of any numerous number of reasons. And I’ve heard stories (and also had it happen to me on a very small scale) where all of someone’s sites on the same IP got banned by Google at the same time.
    So the question is, what footprint did you leave that allowed Google to tie all your sites together? IP is a major one that a lot of people don’t consider and I think it is an important one.
    There’s also other reasons to get multiple IPs… if something goes down on your hosting company’s end, maybe instead of 100 of your sites going down maybe only 25 of your sites will go down.
    If someone DDOS’es your IP, you are limiting the damage.
    If you have 10 sites about “baseball” and you want to get some linkjuice between them, if they are all on the same IP and you link them all together Google will see this as a linkwheel and you run the risk of getting them deindexed. If you have them on seperate IPs then they won’t be tied together and it is much safer to share links amongst them.

    These are just a few of the reasons I would consider using multiple IPs off the top of my head. Of course there is a cost to do this… but the cost is minimal if your sites are making even a few bucks a day each.

    Sure, shoot me an email: Admin at TLD dot org

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