The internet is infinite wealth and unlimited opportunity. If you are willing to invest the time to learn a few new skills, you can earn as much money as you want. It is possible to earn money online without an investment, however, spending a little money in the right places at the right time will make success easier and faster.
How to Earn Money Online Without an Investment.
Throughout this article, as I show you how to earn money online, I will first show you the free method to complete a step, and when appropriate, I will show you a paid option too.
In any business endeavor, there is a balance between spending time and spending money. If you have more time than you have money, put in the time. If you can afford it, spend the money to save time and frustration, and to expedite your journey to online success.
First, I’ll discuss the usual places people go to earn money online without an investment and why I don’t recommend them.
The Usual Suspects: Surveys, Micro-tasks, and Freelancing.
It seems to me that when people first search for a way to make money online without spending money, they are drawn to survey sites. Surveys are a waste of time. Most surveys are scams and the ones that aren’t scams pay very little. You’d be lucky to earn $10 a month with surveys. Go here to read my article on survey scams.
Micro-tasks pay mere pennies and the work is mind-numbing. If you try it, I think you will soon tell yourself there must be a better way to make money online. Fortunately, there is.
It is possible to make reasonable money with freelance sites, but not at first. At first, a beginning freelancer will get the jobs no one else wants and will typically get the clients no one else wants too. These are the clients who demand high-quality work but pay very little. In other words, they expect you to sweat blood for them but will only pay you chump change. That’s hell.
If you stick with the freelance sites, do good work, and cultivate relationships with the better-paying clients, you can eventually make a decent income.
The biggest reason I don’t recommend freelance sites is that in the time it takes to get established, you could have built your own online business that pays much more and is a lot less stressful. Also, as a freelancer, you will always be trading your time for money. Your income will be limited to how fast you can work. You’ll be on the freelancer hamster wheel of death until you burn out or quit.
There’s a better way to make money online with unlimited earning potential. All it asks of you is to learn a few new skills, apply these skills and to stick with it through thick and thin. In return, you’ll have the ability to tap into the unlimited wealth of the internet at will, earn as much money as you want and work from any place with an internet connection.
Start Your Own Online Business.
In order to earn a full-time income and more online, you will need to think like an entrepreneur. Until you think like an entrepreneur, you will be vulnerable to the many traps, scams, and distractions on the internet.
Forget about trading your time for money. Instead, focus on creating a business that offers value. A business is valuable when it helps solve people’s problems, helps them reach a goal or fulfills a desire.
The Not-So-Secret Secret Formula.
The secret formula for making money online really isn’t secret at all. It’s just so plain simple people overlook it. Burn this formula into the deepest recesses of your brain. Tattoo it on your forehead. This formula will guide you to internet success. Remember it always.
Here’s the formula:
Build a website, attract visitors, get paid.
Website + Visitors = $
You might think there’s got to be more to it than this. Yes, there is, but for the moment, let’s stick to fundamentals.
The Dangers of this Method.
This method works and you can do it without an investment or a guru.
However, it takes some time to see results. It takes time for the search engines to find your website and rank the content. And it takes time for the search engines to trust your website. How much time? Who knows? The search engines move in mysterious ways.
Here’s the danger. While you’re waiting for the search engines to rank your site, gurus across the internet are flashing cash, mansions, and sports cars under your nose trying to lure you to their $5,000 scam training courses promising fast easy money.
Ignore the hype. Stick with this method. Slow and steady wins the race.
Where to Begin.
Building a website is so easy, I’ll skip it for now and discuss how to get visitors. Before we’re done here, I’ll give you a link to a free website and show you how to build it in a few clicks of a mouse.
Getting paid is easy too, once you have visitors. On the other hand, attracting visitors to your website takes skill or money or both, so let’s discuss that next.
How to Get Visitors to Your Website.
Basically, there are two ways to get people to come to your website. The search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo direct people to your website or, you pay for ads and the ads direct people to your website.
Ads are expensive and not suitable for beginners. You’ll quickly go broke buying ads if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, unless you can afford to lose several hundred dollars as you learn about ad campaigns, I strongly suggest you focus on free, organic traffic from the search engines.
First, we must understand the psychology of the search engines and how to give them what they want.
Search Engine Psychology.
Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo are logical beasts and want only one thing.
They want to give their user the best possible experience. If a user searched Google for a recipe for banana bread, they don’t want Google to show them a website about toe fungus.
In this case, Google wants the best possible content about banana bread. So, if you have a website with a good article about banana bread that solves the user’s banana bread problem, Google will bring this visitor to your site. If that visitor buys something through a link on your site, you make money.
Once your website is established, this cycle can repeat hundreds and thousands of times a day.
It’s as simple as that. No tricks. No gimmicks. No shortcuts.
Give the search engines what they want and the search engines will deliver visitors to your website.
How to Know What the Search Engines Want.
The search engines want what their users are searching for, information, usually specific information. But, how do you find out what people are searching for online? You use a keyword tool.
Not all keyword tools are created equal. Most are worthless. The one I recommend has a free and a paid option. Free is good, but the paid option is better and affordable. Start with the free option, then dial up to the paid option when you’re ready.
My favorite keyword tool is Jaxxy. To the right is a picture of the Jaxxy Keyword tool.
Take a moment to read the notes printed in red. When searching for a keyword, the objective is to find a keyword that a lot of people are searching for but does not have too many competing websites. This can be tricky, but Jaxxy helps you find these rare gems quickly, by marking them with a green dot.
Not every keyword or keyword phrase that has a green dot is usable, but they are the ones to look at. You can safely ignore keywords that have a yellow or red dot. Those will be too difficult to rank for.
With the keyword tool, we find out what people are searching for, then we write an article about it on our website. Because we know people are interested in the keyword, it will bring visitors to our website.
Every article we write for our website that is focused on a keyword is like a beacon shining across the internet guiding visitors to our website. It takes time for the search engines to find our articles and to trust our website. This is why it’s so important to be patient, trust the process and keep adding content to your website.
To try the Jaxxy keyword tool for free, simply type a keyword in the field below to get started.
Choosing a Niche.
Your website will need to be focused on a specific subject. Since you will be writing a lot of content for your website, it’s important that it’s about something you enjoy and that interests you. Otherwise, building your online business will feel like just another job. You don’t want that.
The beauty of having an online business is that it allows you to live life on your terms. If you build it right, your website can be the ticket to personal and financial freedom. Don’t muck it up by building a website about something you don’t care about only because you think it will be profitable.
It’s helpful if you are also knowledgeable about the subject of your website, but if it’s something you’re interested in and you are willing to research it, that will work too.
A niche is a subject. Take organic gardening for example. A website about organic gardening will be filled with articles about various aspects of organic gardening, such as growing organic tomatoes, organic soil amendments, composting, worm composting, organic bug control, open-pollinated seeds, etc.
Whatever niche you are considering, brainstorm subjects you can write articles about relating to that niche. Then, check these subjects in the keyword tool to determine if people are searching for these subjects online.
If you want to make money with your website, you must have content on it that people are searching for.
Building a Free Website.
Building a free website is easy. All it takes is few clicks of your mouse.
Before we build a website, we need a name for it. Since your first or second choice for a website name might be taken, it’s a good idea to have at least three names picked out before we begin.
If the subject of your website is in the name, that’s helpful, but not essential. It could be something as simple as “GarysGarden,” or “GuitarLicks,” or “BakingWithSal.” Or, it could be generic like “LisasBlog,” or “SouthernCharm.” Shorter is better in a name.
Once you have a few names picked out for your website. Type your first choice in the field below to get started building your free website.
This free website comes with a free starter membership in the Wealthy Affiliate online community which includes additional training, support, another keyword tool and much more.
Take a moment to complete your account profile with a picture and a few sentences about who you are. Members in this community are very helpful and will reach out to help you once they see you’re a real person and not a robot.
When you create a free Wealthy Affiliate account, I’ll be in touch within the hour to tell you how to contact me directly for help. Take advantage of the free starter membership and explore the community. There is also a paid membership level.
If you choose not to upgrade to the paid membership level, your free website is still yours. However, if you’re serious about succeeding with an online business, the paid membership will make it much easier and dramatically boost your success.
Adding Content to Your Website.
The success of your website is dependent on the content. Every article you add to your website will draw visitors to your site.
The more articles you have on your website, the more traffic you will have and the more money you will make. However, you must provide value for your visitor. Give them something they can use. Be generous. The articles don’t have to be perfect, but they do need to be helpful.
Strive to write articles that are about 1,500 words long. If writing is a struggle for you, it’s okay to begin with shorter articles and add longer articles later when you are more confident. Also, as you gain experience, you can always go back and revise an earlier article.
Focus each article on a keyword or keyword phrase you have researched in the keyword tool. Use the keyword in the title of the article and once or twice in the body of the article. That’s enough. Google frowns on “keyword stuffing,” so don’t overdo it.
Write for the reader in a casual, friendly tone.
When I write for my website, I like to imagine I’m talking to my best friend over coffee. Any advice or recommendation I give is honest and sincere.
If a visitor to my site spends money because of something I wrote, I want them to be delighted with the purchase.
Once you have visitors coming to your website, monetizing it is easy. There are literally thousands of ways to make money with your website once you have traffic.
One of the more lucrative ways to monetize your website is to be an affiliate for products and services that will help your visitor solve a problem or fulfill a desire.
Going back to our gardening example, you might write an article about garden tillers and in the text of the article suggests a specific tiller and provide a link to where it can be purchased. Make this link an affiliate link and you will get a commission each time someone clicks it and buys a tiller.
You can also put ads and banners on your website although these are less effective. We have been so bombarded with ads that we are blind to them. I specifically avoid ads on my websites and instead focus the visitor’s attention on the content.
Recap – How to Earn Money Online Without an Investment.
We’ve covered a lot of ground here and I wasn’t able to go into as much detail as I would have liked without making this article ridiculously long. However, I’m available to answer your questions. After you create your free Wealthy Affiliate account, you can reach me directly through Wealthy Affiliate if you have a question, or you can ask a question below in the comment area.
Success with this method boils down to the not-so-secret, secret formula:
Build a website, attract visitors, get paid.
Website + Visitors = $
To do that, you must choose a niche that interests you, find out what people are searching for within that niche by using a keyword tool like Jaxxy, create a website around that niche, fill your website with keyword focused content your visitors can use and, ultimately, monetize your website so you can make money.
This approach works. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and it doesn’t require a guru. The trick is to give the search engines what they want. If you give the search engines what they want, all the power and goodness of Google, Bing, and Yahoo works for you!
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