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…