These top 10 ways to make money online that I will be describing do not all qualify as affiliate marketing, but that's okay. Chances are anyone looking to learn about affiliate marketing would actually be okay with any of these ways to make money online.
There are many coaches online charging for their services. There are many life coaches and business coaches and then there are other professional performance coaches in other fields. What do you do now? What are you successful at? What could you successfully coach someone else to do by e-mail or by Skype or by phone?
These are the questions to ask yourself to determine if you can offer coaching online. Even if no one else is doing it, that doesn't mean you can't be the first. The way he would offer coaching is he would create a website that tells what you offer, and pick out a payment processor like PayPal, and then advertise or market your services.
9. Selling Services
Many people get their online start by selling services. There are lots of things that people who market online need done. Website owners need links to be created and content to be written and articles to be distributed.
Head over to Elance.com and check out some of the services that people are offering. Is there anything that you can do? You may also want to look at fiverr.com and see what people are offering there. People are doing things as simple as making small stuffed animals and selling them for the five dollars.
If you are a good writer you are almost guaranteed to be able to make very quick money by writing articles for people. Everybody on the Internet needs content created in some way.
8. Creating Membership Sites
there are membership sites for everything that you can imagine. People will pay five dollars a month to $37 a month to hundreds of dollars a month to be able to get recurring, great information on the subject of their choice.
Are you an expert at a popular game like World of Warcraft? A membership site can be as simple as people paying you for tips tricks and help on something like this.
Membership sites can be a lot like coaching, except you would coach many people at a time by e-mail or forums instead of just one person a time. These people would pay less money but have less access to you also.
7. Selling on ebay or amazon
There are people making many full-time incomes selling on eBay or Amazon. Some buy from wholesalers or drop shippers, and some buy from thrift stores and yard sales. Some start with thrift stores and yard sales and move up to wholesalers or drop shippers. Some people buy full pallets of merchandise and then sell them off piece by piece. Some people even buy a LOT of something on eBay and then resell it in smaller pieces on eBay.
6. Creating Software or Addons or Plugins for Webmasters
If this is a talent that you have, you can create software or plug-ins for websites and then market them to webmasters. Or, if you think of a good idea that will help webmasters you could pay to have the software or plug-in created and then market it.
5. Creating Videos
Videos are a very popular way to share content. There are ways to create videos and use them in your affiliate marketing efforts. Some people create viral videos that everyone links to and then there is a affiliate link underneath the video.
Other people use videos as a way to create a following and then market their product to their following, or put Google AdSense ads on their videos.
4. Creating Content / Revenue Share Websites
There are many revenue share websites where you go to the website and create content or write articles or promote products and the website lets you use their platform and splits any AdSense revenue with you.
Some examples of these are squidoo, hubpages, redgage, shetoldme, and webnuggetz.
Blogging is very popular although a lot less people actually make a living at it and think they are going to make a living at it when they start. Blogging takes a lot of consistent action and writing and marketing and not everybody is up for the task.
Bloggers that really make it big normally post new blog posts on a very consistent schedule like one each day. These bloggers also write on a subject that appeals to a wide variety of people, like mothers, or people looking to save money, or people looking to improve their lives.
So how do bloggers make money? Many do it with affiliate marketing – they recommend products that they use and like. Others do it with direct advertising. Companies want to advertise on their website and will pay for the privilege. Others do it with Google AdSense. Others write their own books, print books and e-books. And many bloggers use all of the above.
2. Writing and or Promoting e-books
if you have writing skills and knowledge or the ability to research or hire someone with knowledge to write an e-book then this can be a very lucrative path. Once the book is written though, or if you are just planning on promoting someone else's e-book, you will have to figure out how to market the book.
Many people like to create a whole website about a topic and create an e-mail list too that people sign up for to get more information on the topic. They then recommend the book on the website and the e-mail list.
1. Content Websites
And the number one way to make money online is definitely content websites. Is a content website different than a blog? Yes, it is. A blog is more of an ongoing commentary, where a person shares bits of life and knowledge on a very regular posting schedule.
A content website is a website where the pages are more static, meaning they all could be put up at once and then the site may not ever get any bigger. It can get bigger, but the main purpose of the website is to give static information about something – not to be constantly updating.
A content website on a particular topic that has lots of buying opportunities related to it is a great way to get started in affiliate marketing. For example, let's say you were to create a content website about a certain place that lots of people travel to.
You could create pages that give tips on how to travel to this place and what to do once someone gets there and you could recommend that they buy certain products like guidebooks or coupon books or even use a specific airline or booking service so that you can get a commission.
There you have it – the top 10 ways to make money online. Don't worry about picking the wrong one, just pick one and get started. Most of these can evolve into any of the others and many of them can be combined.