Are There Really Legitimate Ways To Make Money Online?
The simple answer is YES.
Are you new to internet marketing or interested in learning a real legitimate way to make money online? Well I was too!
Hi, my name is Rachel Keele and I am new to internet marketing myself. I created this website Legitimate Ways To Make Money Online to tell you about my experiences thus far with online marketing, and it hasn’t been pretty or easy.
First of all, I have been interested in making money online for a couple of years now, but hadn’t really started seriously pursuing it until January of 2013. Why you may ask, well simply put, information overload! I found there is endless information on the internet on the subject, but I couldn’t figure out where to start. Trying to navigate through the tons of possible ways to go about making money online is extremely confusing and time consuming.
I found that a lot of the information available was based on already knowing what I consider the "basic information" and then expanding from there. The problem is I didn’t have the basic internet marketing knowledge. What I mean by “basic knowledge” is, how to build a website, do search engine optimization (how to rank high in Google, and the other search engines), etc.
I knew how to search the internet, send emails, and put updates on my Facebook page, but that was pretty much it. I kept researching and searching online for a system that would work with me and train me how to do this “make money online” thing, but I was afraid because there are so many scams out there, it is scary.
Finally after a ton a research I decided to bite the bullet and try one. Actually, not one, but four different programs over the course of time, and the first three were a complete and utter waste of my time and money.
Why I Failed To Make Money Online for Two Years
The first program I tried was Wealthy Affiliate University which had a monthly subscription cost of about $50.00. I found that this program really isn’t for a beginner. This program is for an experienced marketer that already had the basics down, and was working to grow their existing online business by learning additional techniques. It really was information overload that wasn’t well organized and was just too overwhelming and confusing for a beginner like me.
I found there are so many different ways to make money online, and if you are a “newbie” like me all that information is confusing. For example, there is Affiliate Marketing, Email Marketing, Marketing on Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, there is Pay Per Click Advertising, Banner Advertising, Adsense Advertising, there is Classified Ad Marketing like on Craiglist, Making money on Ebay, MLM businesses, etc. These is just to name a few. Talk about confusing to someone like me that didn’t know where a good place to start was.
After failed program number one and more searching online I tried the next program which was My Lead System Pro. This system costs about $50.00 per month. What I didn’t realize when I joined was that this program is for helping one to get leads for an MLM (multi-level marketing) business. From the research I had done, I thought it was training platform for how to make money online through affiliate programs. I was wrong. It was geared towards those who wanted to get more leads to recruit more people into their MLM’s. If you are not into MLM’s then this program is not for you. I know it wasn’t for me. Additionally, they were always promoting and trying to sell me additional programs to help me grow my business, and I didn’t like that. I feel that if I am paying a monthly fee for a service then I expect to get additional and updated information for that service in the monthly fee I am already paying. I’m sure you are familiar with MLM’s but if not, some examples are Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, etc. There are thousands more of course.
After my first two failed attempts of finding something to help teach me to make money online, I decided to do more research. (I know more research, ugh.) Finally, I decided to look into the basics of what each of the many possibilities to make real money online was about, and narrow it down to one thing and start from there. This was the best choice I had made to date concerning online marketing. I learned that trying to learn everything at once is impossible and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I just kept spinning my wheels and I never actually got started with any of the options because it was just too much. I decided to focus on one thing and when I was comfortable with that, I moved on the next. One thing at a time was a very critical and important lesson learned for me.
I decided to start with Affiliate Marketing. What is affiliate marketing? Well the basic definition is performance based marketing in which a business rewards affiliates for each buying customer brought about by the affiliates own marketing efforts. Broken down in layman's terms, you are a "Salesperson" for a company, and when you make a sale for them they pay you a commission. However, instead of cold calling, or telemarketing, etc. to make sales, you generate traffic using the internet to the company's website, and if a sale is made, then you get paid. Make sense? Just about any company or product you can think of you can be an affiliate for. Some examples are Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Target, Barnes and Noble, etc. The possibilities are endless.
OK, now to failed program number three. Since I decided to concentrate on affiliate marketing, I decided again to do more research. This time I looked for a step by step program that taught affiliate marketing alone. I found one that really peaked my interest and decided to try the program called Google Sniper.
I can say that I did learn some things from this program, but after going through the whole system I decided it wasn’t for me. In this program it taught how to build a one page “Sniper Site”, which was basically a review website of a product or service, and promote it as an affiliate. However, this system taught you to create these websites without actually having purchased or tried the product you were promoting. I found that deplorable and unethical. I could not, and would not give a recommendation on a product or service that I didn’t or hadn’t used while representing that I had. I will say however, it did have very good step by step instructions on how build a website, and how to get started in affiliate marketing. With that said, the way they teach you to make money online using affiliate marketing was not worth compromising my integrity for.
Additionally, in the advertising for this program it stated it was a one-time purchase with no monthly fees associated with the product. Well when I purchased it via Pay Pal it showed that the program would be billed at a monthly cost of $47.00. So the original advertising for this system stating it was a one-time fee only with no monthly cost was completely false. Also, after I made the original purchase it took me to several more offers by the same vendor trying to up-sell me to more and more of the Google Sniper products, for additional money of course. I didn’t appreciate that. This system did come with a 60 day money back guarantee, and it is the only reason I decided to go through the system and see what I could learn, and not request a refund immediately.
I think it is obvious at this point, that I didn’t like this program for all the reasons I stated above. After going through the program I did request a refund and got my money back. On a positive note, I can say that my refund was processed within 24 hours and I appreciated that the company stood by their 60 day guarantee without giving me any guff.
Why You Need To Utilize Forums When Researching Making Money Online Programs
After my first three failed attempts I started my research all over AGAIN, but this time I went to the Warrior Forum on the internet and found what people are really saying about the different programs available “to make money online.” Oh I wished I had found these sites two years ago, it would have saved me so much time and money. These warrior forums are people giving their honest feedback on the thousands of products or topics about anything you could possibly want to know about online marketing. I went to the forum about internet marketing that teach you how to make money online. The feedback on these forums are brutal. People ask questions about a program or “scam” as most of them are, and people who have purchased and tried the programs give their real honest feedback. I followed all the comments threads, and I found one program that kept popping up as a topic on these sites that had consistent and positive feedback.
Before I go into that, I wanted to share with you some vital information I took away from the forums.
The Easy Way To Spot If A Product Or Service Is A SCAM
There are a few different ways to spot immediately if a product or service is a scam. Here are the two easiest.
- Try to immediately close out of the offer without purchasing anything. If when you try to close the page it prompts you to “Wait, Stay on This Page”, “Are You Sure You Want to Leave This Page”, “Wait, Before You Leave”, or anything similar to that, it is a SCAM plain and simple, so leave the page completely. Scam marketers utilize this technique to offer you a lower price for the product they are pitching. In other words if they can’t get you to pay full price for the product immediately, they want to see if they lower the price if you buy the product or service from them. Many people fall for this and think they are getting a “deal” because they lowered the price to make the sale. That simply is not true. Products or services that are legitimate and offer good value are not willing to lower their prices just to make the sale. Think about it.
- Here is a perfect example. If you want a high quality camera, you can’t simply walk into any major department store and find the perfect camera, then go to pay for it and say when checking out “I want a 40% discount on this camera since it great quality.” You would be laughed out of the store, and they would probably tell you good luck finding this quality camera someplace else for 40% off. It is no different with purchasing something online. If you go to Amazon.com you certainly cannot expect them to offer you a % off your purchase if you “buy it now.” They sell quality products and they know that when you are ready to purchase, you will purchase, so they won’t discount their products just to make an immediate sale.
- If you do decide to buy a product or service, and the website doesn’t violate way #1 to spot a scam, then there is the second way to spot if it is a scam. If after your initial purchase they immediately try to “up sell” or try to get you to purchase something else to enhance your current purchase, then it is a SCAM. If this happens and you have already paid for your initial purchase, immediately request a refund and get your money back. If someone has a good quality product or service, they will give you everything you need in your initial purchase and you shouldn’t have to buy anything else. This is a very common scam used with “making money online” products and services. Once you purchase the initial product, then they will try to sell you coaching on top on that, then maybe a piece of software, etc. These are scams plain and simple. If they truly wanted you be successful then why didn’t they just give you everything you needed in the first place?
Using these two tips, you can save yourself time, money, and avoid becoming a victim of the many scams out there. For more tips to spot and avoid the scams out there, read my full article How to Spot Make Money Online SCAMS.
Who is Michael S. Brown and What is Niche Blitzkrieg?
Finally, thanks to the help of the Warrior Forum I found the following system, and I absolutely love it. It is called Niche Blitzkrieg by Michael S. Brown.
Michael Brown is an affiliate marketer that has been making his living online since 2008. Niche Blitzkrieg is a system designed for a complete newbie to affiliate marketing. The Niche Blitzkrieg system is very easy to use with written learning, and video learning where Michael Brown shows you exactly what you need to do to create a source of income online using affiliate marketing.
Michael S. Brown does not make bogus promises like “You’ll be a millionaire in 30 days with this course.” Most people think that the internet is set up to push a few buttons and you will make hundreds of thousands of dollars every month. Let me state plainly that this is a bold faced lie! Realistically only about 3% – 5% of people using the internet to earn a living fall into “making millions annually” category. Sorry to destroy your dreams if those are your expectations, but sometimes the truth hurts.
Do You Have What It Takes To Be Successful Online?
Having brought you back to reality now, I want to be clear "YES YOU CAN MAKE MONEY ONLINE." However, it is hard, but not difficult. What I mean by this is, there is a basic formula and if you follow it you can create a successful online business. BUT, there is a lot to learn. I'm not kidding; it is like going to college all over again. Most people fail to make money online because once they see all they have to learn and do to be successful online, they are simply not willing to put in the effort to work that hard. As long as you are willing to learn, then you can learn it. As long as you are persistent and work hard you will be successful. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it, just like everything else in life. Then comes the most important step…YOU MUST TAKE ACTION. You will not be successful if you learn and learn, but don't implement what you've learned. I was guilty of this crucial step for a long time.
I researched and researched, and I learned a lot, but for almost two years that’s all I did. I didn’t take the next step and implement what I learned. Now like I said earlier I couldn’t find a program that walked me through the crucial “how to get started” phase and “what exactly to do” until I found Michael S. Brown’s Niche Blitzkrieg. This has changed everything for me. Now I am implementing what I have learned, and that has made all the difference.
Let me state plainly, not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur, or business owner. Many people think an online or work from home business is easy and not a lot of work. This is not true. Any business regardless of what it is will take a lot of work on your part. Having a business for yourself takes hard work, dedication, persistence, endless amounts patience, the ability to adjust to change, and the understanding that you will regularly continue to educate yourself and evolve as time and technology changes. I know that sounds like a lot, and quite honestly it is, but you must be honest with yourself. Only you know if you are truly willing to do those things.
The Best Way To Get Started Making Money Online
Making money online through affiliate marketing is not for everybody, but if you are considering it for any reason, then I recommend starting with Niche Blitzkrieg. It is only $4.95 to try it for 7 days with unlimited access. After 7 days you are charged a one-time fee of $77.00, and there are NO monthly fees after that. It also comes with a 60 money back guarantee of the $4.95 and the $77.00, so if after the 7 day trial you are still unsure and get charged the $77.00 you still have the full 60 days to decide for yourself if this is for you.
If after going through the course you decide that affiliate marketing is not for you, then great at least now you know, and if it’s not, then get your money back. Because no matter what route you take in internet marketing, they are all similar and require the same basic knowledge to start, that you expand on from there to learn each individual niche. In that case you will know that making money on the internet in general is not for you in any way, shape, or form and you can move on and stop wondering if this is something you want to try, because you will have your answer to that question after reviewing this course.
I think it is pretty obvious at this point that I love the Niche Blitzkrieg system and training, and I highly recommend it. For a beginner, it is the best place to start. Once you have the basics down you can move on to another program that will help you expand your knowledge on from the basics to more advanced techniques.
The Forum In Niche Blitzkrieg
One thing that I haven’t spoken about in the Niche Blitzkrieg system is the Forum. I love it. You can go in the Forum and ask questions and get answers quickly by fellow affiliate marketers that are members of the Niche Blitzkrieg system. Currently there are about 5,000 members to Niche Blitzkrieg. It has been around for about three years now. Several members are newbie’s like me; others have been on the system for up to four years. You can also search the Forum to see if someone has already asked the same question you have and can see all the responses. Additionally many of the questions posted in the forum are answered by Michael Brown himself.
If you would like a breakdown of everything that is covered in Niche Blitzkrieg in more detail then please go to the Niche Blitzkrieg Tab in the Main Menu above.
Video You Need To SEE
I am putting a video on here that you need to watch, and no I didn't create it, but it is very educational.
It is a documentary that came out in March 2013, and it is the first documentary ever on internet marketing. This video is long because it is a documentary, but it is definately worth watching. The documentary is called "Add To Cart – Go Behind The Scenes of Internet Marketing."
I know I have given you a ton to think about here, and that was my goal. If you were searching the internet for more information on "how to make money online" or anything similar to that, I hope I have cleared a few things up for you.
I hope you found this information on my website Legitimate Ways To Make Money Online helpful. May you have success in everything you do. Good Luck.