My Favorite Ways to Make Money on the Web

There are literally hundreds of ways one can make money on the internet. The most important thing I can stress though is that just because you can make money online as an alternative to a job, you still have to put in hard work. You guys will see why I say that more as we move on.

I’ve spent the last five years of my life learning about what it takes to earn money online and the number of ways that you can do it. In that time I have learned a lot of helpful information as well as tips and techniques for becoming successful at it, and that’s what I want to share with you all today.

So if I had to choose my favorite ways to earn money online, they would be

1.) Affiliate Marketing

2.) Blogging

3.) and Local Marketing – also know as local SEO, client SEO, etc

You thought I was going to say MLM, didn’t you? 😉

Anyway, allow me dive into a little more detail about each so that you can get a better idea as to why I enjoy these three ways to make money over others.

Affiliate Marketing

I like affiliate marketing because I can get paid to promote other people’s products and services for a commission. I don’t have to create my own products or offer my own services and even better, I still get paid.

How it works, is you promote a product via ads, blogging, what have you, and you earn a percentage of each sale you make. It may not sound like much money but that all depends on whether you’re selling low, medium or high ticket products.

Personally, I like promoting high-ticket products that cost more. Sure the sales are harder, but you get paid a lot more in the end so it’s more than worth it.


I love creating blogs and monetizing them, and there are SO many ways that you can do this. My favorite, however, is to create a ton of helpful content on a topic I know well, then build a list of subscribers by email.

After building trust through my content, I can market to the lists I build, regardless of what I’m selling. There are good and bad ways to do this, but I keep my focus on building an email list for the long-term so I can gain more trust with people.

Local SEO

Ah, SEO. There are so many good ways to make money with it.

Local SEO, however, pertains to optimizing websites of local businesses like plumbers, contractors, etc, to show up in the search results where their potential customers are searching for services like theirs. Yep, you can totally get paid for providing services for local companies in your area, and it’s cool as hell.

Can Photographers Make Money Online?

Before I was really into building an online business, I was really into photography. Heck, I was so into it, that one of my biggest goals in life was to become a professional photographer. And this, my pals, is how I first started looking at how to market online.

Low and behold, I saw more than I could handle about making money online as a photographer. Which then led me to become less interested when I saw that you could practically make money online doing anything you love. And my life changed from there.

But let’s back up for a moment so I can answer the focus question at hand: “Can photographers make money on the web?”

The short answer, is yes. And there are certainly more than one way to do so. Some examples include:

  • Creating a website and/or blog that teaches others how to take good pictures, get a job as a photographer, start a business online as a photographer, etc.
  • Showcasing your photos for people to buy copies of.
  • Advertising your wedding, child, newborn, family, nature photography services on a website, ads, etc, to get more jobs in your local arena.
  • Promoting and selling affiliate products that teach photography, share tips, etc.
    And those are just a few of the possibilities.

It’s possible to leverage photography to earn an income online, but it does take some learning, skills, and ideally a mentor for the fastest guidance. I’m not your guy in any of these areas, but with a quick Google search you can find some of the best instructors that time and/or money can buy.

My biggest suggestion would be to take the time to do some research. There are MANY people out there that claim to be experts on the subject, and some definitely are, but those that are faking it til’ they make it’ can do you more harm to learn from than good.

In future posts, I will be talking more about using the internet to make money no matter what type of profession you are in. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear!

How to Promote an Offer Online

So you’re looking to make some money online and you have already got your offer in place. Now all you need to do to get the money rolling in is to promote your offer. Simple enough, right? Yes, in a sense.

The world of online marketing is a quite competitive one, which means that if you are going to get in the game, you need to find a bright colored jersey to make yourself stand out like a flower in a field filled with cow manure. Catch my drift, swift?

Since I have been in the same game of promoting things online for so long, today I wanted to take the time to share some of the best ways to promote an offer online, so that you can go right out and rake in some money. So here goes – my best ways for promotion. And they basically come down to two things, which are free and paid marketing.

Also, I will be focusing on quick ways to promote versus those for the long-term which to me, build a more stable and long term business. But since we are all about making some quick money online, these are some of the best ways I know to do it however, this is the only post you will see that encourages quick hits.

Free Marketing

There are ample free ways to promote an offer online, but these days one of the fastest ways can be through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

All you really need to do is provide some sense of value or basically give stuff away for free whether it’s a blog post, tutorial video, ebook, or PDF of some sort. You want to give people something of benefit that they can use to coincide with the offer you are promoting. So if your offer is product that teaches something, you could give away a piece of information “as a bonus” and will benefit them a lot better if they buy the product itself.

This is of course one of many different ways to go about using social media for free to promote your offer.

Paid Marketing

For paid marketing, we are basically going to be doing the same thing with the exception of spending a little bit of money to make some money. Plus, we will only be using Facebook.

Facebook ads are a terrific return on investment and can bring in super targeted interest to your offer.

With them, you can tailor your ad specifically to type of customer you are attempting to target, which means you spend less on clicks and generate more interest for less.

See how nice that works?

What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you have been hanging around the internet for any time now, you may be familiar with the two words put together “affiliate marketing.” But what the heck is it exactly?

To get all textbook on you:

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

Translation: You market another person or company’s products and earn a commission on them each time somebody buys through your link. These commission can be small or large, and range anywhere from a couple of dollars to a couple hundred of dollars, which brings me to my next point of explaining the difference between low and high ticket.

The difference between the two is obviously the amount of commission you will earn from selling it. This also means that you usually have to make a higher investment, which could be into the $1-5k range.

I was once promoting two network marketing (MLM) programs, which were Empower Network and the Internet Lifestyle Network. I invested $1,000 upwards on just one, and never saw a dime of it in return, which was my own fault of course. At least I got some sort of investment into my internet marketing education.

Affiliate Marketing Overview

Anyways, affiliate marketing can be a good thing but the control is just not there. You are promoting other people’s products that can go away at any time, which you then have to start all over again. So as you can see, there are some risks associated.

To make money , you will need to keep on selling what you are promoting to others consistently to earn consistently, which means you always need people to market to. Even if you are able to consistently bring people into the program you’re offering, you will have to help them bring others in as well so that everyone can make money. Now you see why most people call MLM companies pyramid schemes.


If you are attempting affiliate marketing, good luck. There is nothing wrong with the model, it’s just not a  sustainable model for the long term.

I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to stay in business online, which means continuing to add value to people’s lives instead of selling them on something that’s not really there. (ahem, EN)

Marketing Lesson From an Internet Marketing Master

This is Jay, the Lazy Ass Stoner. He was someone that I followed when I was first starting out, and he;s one of the best teachers I have seen when it comes to making money online with affiliate marketing. .

He’s definitely someone that I would suggest that you guys learn from. I started watching his videos about 2 years ago and they helped me figure out affiliate marketing and some killer ways to promote your content online.


And if you like this video then you will more than likely enjoy the rest of his content, so I highly suggest checking it out. You can also visit his website to read some of the awesome blog posts that accompany some of the videos.

Another valuable thing to note when pursuing the adventure of making money online is to not follow more than 3-5 leaders at a time. There is tons of valuable content across the web and many great people distributing it, but if you listen to 10 or 12 of them at a time then your work could be all over the place and really, you’re just biting off more than you can chew. Like I mentioned in my last post, only focus on one thing until you master it and then move on to something else that will help scale your business up.

And enjoy the process along the way. Don’t be afraid to come out of your shell and show your personality to the world. Just look at how Jay is doing things. He’s built an internet business around a brand that is totally different, and might I say ballsier than most other people would ever pursue. But look how well it’s turned out for him.

Now that’s a great lesson.

Making Money Online: The Good. The Bad. The Reality.

The term “make money online” is one of the most over-used, over-searching terms on the entire world wide web. Right up there with weight loss, ha. In essence, these are not two keywords that one would want to target when it comes to actually making money using the internet. What I mean is that they aren’t what you would want to blog or run ads around.

There are tons of ways to make money online but the majority fall under the umbrellas of network marketing (MLM), affiliate marketing, and paid marketing. There are many subcategories underneath these, but I will have to just gradually get into detail about them over time. So in the meantime, I’m just going to talk about some of the ways that I have made money online.

Let me tell you, the internet is a wide wide space, and if you wanna dominate then you need to find one way of making money and focus on it until you master it. Otherwise, you can really get caught up and lost in the world of shiny shit syndrome. Buying new products can get as addicting as gambling so if you don’t catch yourself then you are a lot more prone to getting caught up like a kid in a candy store. Take it from me, I have plenty of firsthand experience with this.

Anyway, my favorite ways of making money online is through network and affiliate marketing. Most people think that network marketing is scummy but I don’t care; I love it and pretty much can’t get enough. As for affiliate marketing, it’s slightly easier since you don’t have to really talk to people like you do in network marketing. Both are great and really you should have multiple streams of income coming in every month in case one dries up, but in the beginning it’s best to focus on mastering one before taking on the other.

The Importance of Only Choosing One Method of Making Money First

When focusing on either of the two, it’s important to promote high ticket products rather than lower ones. This means promoting products that cost hundreds to a few thousand dollars instead of just $7-$97 a pop. Higher paying products means you need fewer people to make a decent amount of money each month, while with lower paying products you need more traffic to convert more of the visitors into sales. This can get old really fast and be a lot harder to scale up. If you want to have a full time business on the internet, you need a way to consistently bring in leads, sales, and even more customers.

Find one opportunity and stick with it – that’s the best advice I can give. Before choosing a product to promote, do your due diligence and make sure the company and product are legit. This is a very important subject and one a plan on getting into much greater detail with in later posts. Look for reviews in Google and on YouTube and be sure to remain unbiased until you’ve gathered unbiased information. Many people will only give a product praise but only so they can earn a commission when you buy through them. This is the basis of affiliate marketing but if done in a transparent, no spammy way can be quite the success.

That’s all for now but stay tuned for my next posts to get a better idea of what needs to be done to make money online.