Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
If you’re like me, you’ve often thought about ways to make money with your hobby—to turn your “outgo” into some income. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different things: selling my hobby works at shows, operating as a minor product dealer, writing how-to books, and later, hawking stuff on Ebay. I’ve even contemplated opening my own retail store.
The problem is that none of these ever paid in proportion to the amount of work. After dividing the profit by the time, supplies, etc., I found I would be better off taking a second job at McDonald’s.
Then one day, as I was cruising the web looking for stuff related to my hobbies, it hit me: more than anything else, what I have to offer is my knowledge. In my profession, and in my hobbies, I’m an expert. I’m the guy that people come to for advice.
The way to profit from my hobbies, I realized, was to create websites offering my knowledge to other hobbyists. Then, if enough people came to my site to partake of my wisdom, I could sell ads. Essentially, I thought I’d create an online magazine.
The problem was that I’m a middle-aged guy with experience at creating websites or online marketing. To me, the internet was the realm of teenaged geeks.
But then, I figured, if a teenager could do it, so could I. There is no way I’m conceding anything in the brains department to a pimply faced minor.
So I began reading everything that I could about website design, online marketing and the internet in general. I very quickly found out that there is no one source of information, and that there are a lot of con men out there trying to sell you information that you can get elsewhere for free.
Serendipitously, the blogging craze began at the same time that I began my research. I quickly came to the conclusion that what I needed to do was to start a blog about my hobby. The blogging software allowed me to update my website as easily as using a word processor.
So I began to write ... and write ... and write ... The principal thing that I had learned was that it was all about the content. The more information your site offers, the more people will visit.
I added some advertising; did some more research; tinkered and tweaked. I asked questions of experienced webmasters, and they unselfishly answered. I wrote more content.; registed my sites with the search engines; begged for links and recognition from more established sites.
And before I knew it, my site was drawing thousands of visitors a day. And the money started coming in.
I don’t make a full time living off my website, because I don’t put in full-time time on it. But it pays a whole lot better than McDonald’s. And I can work when I have the time.
But the best part is, that I’m making money from my hobby. Making money from something I love.
I created this website with the intention of passing on the information that I have learned about making cash on the internet. A lot of very nice people helped me in my early days, and I feel a sense of obligation to help others.
If you’re new to the whole idea of using the internet to make cash, click on the getting started link at the top right. If you’ve already got a site, look around and see what you find.
This post on Webmaster World has some of the best advice on building a successful site that I’ve seen.
The Affiliate Masters Program offers a free e-book on making cash on the internet through affiliate marketing. It’s worth a read.