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Stuck at Home And Need to Make Money? Your Computer Can Provide

Whether you're a stay-at-home parent, physically disabled, or simply tired of having to punch in to a clock, the lure of working from your home using the Internet is highly appealing.

You're at home with time on your hands and a dire need to make money. Your computer is sitting there staring at you, and you know its potential to do more than play games and shop.

But, how do you get started?

It's actually not that complicated to make money with your computer, once you understand the basics of how it works.

I'll explain some of the basics of using the Internet to make money: how marketing attracts customers online, how you can use that to your advantage.

I hope this article will convince you that it's possible, and encourage you to take your first steps toward setting up shop and making money online.

Internet Marketing: A Quick Explanation…

Before the Internet became the international community and shopping paradise that it is today, Marketing was much harder work. It consisted of:

  1. Developing a product or service that people would want to buy
  2. Figuring out who would be interested in buying it
  3. Learning how and where to find those people, and
  4. Going out to get their attention to convince them to buy

The Internet changes this process by twisting it around a little bit.

First off, unless you've already got a product or service, that first step has been eradicated by something called "Affiliate Marketing" — you don't even need to develop your own product or service anymore. People will pay you to help market their product for them.

Second and third steps are combined and flipped: You don't have to try so hard to figure out who wants to buy the product, or go looking for them, because they are actively looking for YOU. Right here. On the Internet.

Lastly, while you still have to do some work to keep people's attention, they have pretty much already convinced themselves to buy. You just have to lead them to the cash register.

So, in short, Internet Marketing is making yourself easy to find online, so that you can show people how & where to buy what they are already looking for.

Make sense?

Ways To Make Money Online

So, now that you know what Internet marketing is at its core, how does this translate to you making money online?

What's the best way to make money online? Are there easy ways to make money online?

Fortunately (or unfortunately) there are hundreds of ways to make money online. Mainly, the process breaks down into 4 steps:

  1. Set up your own website.
  2. Fill it with articles and other helpful content about the products people are looking for. (Your products, or someone else's.)
  3. Use the search engines (i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) to make your content easy to find.
  4. Set up shop so that you can collect money when they purchase the products.

Clearly this will take work and perseverance. However, it's quite simple, and will pay off big time if you're in business for the long haul. (Which you should be!)

Here are a few ways people use their websites to make money:

  • Create an information product, such as a book or educational program, and sell it online.
  • Turn a creative hobby into a business, making products to sell online.
  • Write information-rich articles about their own local business, so that visitors looking for stuff to do in town can easily find it.
  • Build up a mailing list, promote to other people's products to it for a fee.
  • Review and recommend popular products for people who want to know more about them, and get a commission when they buy.

This last method is the basis of Affiliate Marketing, and one of the easier ways to get started making money online. I highly recommend it for beginners to making money online.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

I recommend Affiliate Marketing for beginners before moving on to other ways of making money online simply because it removes this one major hurdle to starting a business: the need to develop a product.

The premise behind Affiliate Marketing is quite simple:

  • You register as an "Affiliate" with a company selling products online, such as Amazon.
  • This means is that they will pay you a percentage of any sales they make to people you refer to them.
  • They give you a special referral link (or "Affiliate Link") that you put on your website.
  • When people click that link to go to the sales site, they are identified as being referred by you.
  • If they buy a product from the site, you get a percentage of the sale.

It's as simple as that!

Here's an example. Let's say I want to buy a new electric toothbrush…

  1. The first thing I do is go online and search for "best electric toothbrushes", to get some ideas.
  2. Now, I come across an article you wrote about your favorite electric toothbrush.
  3. You wax poetic about it, and I am sold! I want one!
  4. I'll click on an affiliate link you put on your page that sends me to where I can buy the toothbrush on Amazon's website.
  5. When I buy the toothbrush, you get a percentage of the sale!

Now, imagine hundreds of people doing the same search every month and coming across your toothbrush review. That one article your write can be responsible for hundreds or even thousands of sales going forward in the future with no additional work from you.

Now, imagine if you have several more of these kinds of reviews on your website for various other products. Can you see the potential of Affiliate Marketing?

Once you have the website set up and working, all it really takes is consistent, regular writing to keep your affiliate marketing business going.

Where to Learn Internet Marketing

While simple, Internet and affiliate marketing is not something you just want to go out and figure out on your own. You'll want to get help and guidance to avoid making a lot of rookie mistakes. And you want to practice.

There are several places online to learn how to do it. But, be careful. Some are scams, and some are costly.

For an excellent free online education in Internet and affiliate marketing, I highly recommend you check out Wealthy Affiliate.

It's an online community where Internet and Affiliate marketing beginners, and other online entrepreneurs can learn and practice all levels of online marketing.

You can read my review of Wealthy Affiliate, in which I discuss all the pros and cons.

To summarize, you can use it to set up your website, start writing articles, and talk to other beginners and veterans alike to get your career online moving.

I hope this article encourages you to take your first steps toward using the Internet from home to make money. Your computer, an internet connection, and some perseverance are all you need.

If you have any questions, or would like to share your own comments or experiences, please leave them in the comments section below, and I will happily respond.


~ Scott

Street Talk

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