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Easy Make Money Online Trick Method #1

For those of you still struggling to make a few bucks online, which was the same boat I was in years ago, I’m going to release a few methods that worked for me that I thin ANYONE can do.  And no, you don’t have to pay me a dime, nor will these posts lead up to some huge product to buy (just in case there are any cynical readers amongst us — haha!).

Here’s a method that should make you anywhere from $100 to a couple hundred dollars each time you do it.  It only takes an hour or so of work, and it can be repeated almost as often as you’d like … to a point.  And you might even get lucky and land some profits even higher than a couple hundred dollars, but I’m just trying to be as realistic as possible for someone starting out.

Here’s the method:

1. Go to a forum / website that has a “websites for sale” section.  One of my favorites for this is Digital Point … mostly because they’re full of cheap bastards and low price point stuff.  The Warrior Forum also has a comparable section … but they’re kind of the opposite of DP — they’re often full of bastards who think they’re work is worth 10x what it should be.  So in this case, focus on the undervalued, cheap bastards.  :)

2. Once you find the sub-forums selling websites, locate the super cheap ones.  By super cheap, I mean $100 or less.  You’ll find more of these on DP than most other sites.  If you can get the price to $60 or less, you have almost a guaranteed winner.  Just make sure that the site looks at least semi-okay.  It doesn’t have to be awesome, but it can’t be absolute crap.

3. Steal underwear.

4. Buy up the cheaper sites that seem like they’re at least of okay quality … ideally with unique content (not autoblogs although you can make a few exceptions).

5. Go to a “higher class” forum or website selling place and list the website for sale.  Flippa.com is a great place for this, but there certainly are other places out there.  Do a 3 day or 7 day auction and have the starting bid at twice what you paid, and then have a buy it now for about $100 more than that.  Note that in some cases, you can triple, quadruple, etc. the price if the site appears to be worth it.  Make sure you ask the original seller to delete their old post / thread listing the site for sale.  :)

6. Watch and profit.

7. Rinse and repeat (except step #3, that’s optional).

Note that you don’t have to do this just for cheap sites — you can make even more money finding higher valued under-priced sites where there’s a lot more profit to be made, but obviously more of a risk to you, which is why I suggest that you start out as a cheap bastard (no offense Digital Point posters).  :)

Stay tuned next time for another online money making tip that will allow you to make several times more money than this tip with even less effort … but still give this a shot, as once you learn this for low price point stuff, you can make a ton applying it to the higher price points.

See?  And who said it wasn’t impossible to make money online … oh, that’s right, I once said that.  Oops.  :)

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How to Make Easy Money Online and Offline — perhaps the biggest secret

As I’m sure some of you are aware, I started out not making a ton of money online … then I had SOME success, then I had a little more, then some more, and then a lot.  :)

Now, there are probably hundreds of lessons that I’ve learned from this, but the biggest secret I’ve seen to making money online is that it’s all going out there and creating relationships and knowing what you can offer.

Before you walk away thinking “duh, everyone talks about creating relationships with their customers,” I’m not talking about that.  In fact, even though I think that’s useful, I think that’s a very MINOR thing when it comes to making serious money online.  It’s funny how everyone else preaches that, though.

Instead, I’m talking about business relationships with other influential people in your market / industry.

Sure, if you’re starting out like most people online (or like I was long before), you might think that any influential people in your industry could care less about you or helping you, and you’re probably mostly right about that … unless you have something of value to offer them!

Realize that every business online and offline is about making money.  Some of the guys making the biggest amounts of money online already have a lot of influence and know how to make money fast, and often times they don’t have nearly enough ideas, products, or services than they could be selling.

That gives you a window of opportunity.  If you can create a product, idea, or service and make it hands free for them, offer them a partnership (or give them complete rights to it) and give them a big cut of the sales if they promote it as their own and you take care of all the support and backend work, it’s really a no brainer to most of those guys.

They get a product they can call their own, they don’t have to lift a finger on the support, and they get a big chunk of money.

If you can offer that, you can approach almost any joint venture partner, business, or major player online.  Just make sure that a) you can create a cool product or service b) you can do a good job managing the support and taking care of the customers and c) you can offer them a big cut (50% would be a MINIMUM — the more the better if you’re just starting out to entice them to partner with you).

Once you land your first deal like that, they’ll be back for more if you do a good job.  On top of that, others in the industry will notice you and start to see if they can partner with you.  And if they don’t come to you, you can seek out other partners, mention that you’re associated with the more well known person or business, and gain credibility and partners that way as well.

Literally all you have to do is find an e-mail of a few of these influential marketers or businesses and see what you’re able to do (or attend a seminar and do the same).  Just make sure that you’re able to put something together first instead of just saying that you will (they’re use to people who never follow through on stuff).

On top of that, most people fail here because they either a) have a crappy idea or product (in that case, you should learn how to create a good one) b) they never ask for help in areas where they suck (they assume they can come up with an idea, create the product, fund it, and market it without any help) and c) they offer a tiny cut to the marketer to market the whole thing for them thinking that they’re entitled to most of the profits because they thought of the idea (that’s stupid — ideas are worth a dime a dozen if they aren’t followed through or marketed correctly).

And if you have a killer idea but don’t know how to create it, find either a cheap worker (writer, programmer, etc.) on sites like www.bestjobs.ph, craigslist.org (local or foreign workers work fine — search other countries for some cheaper deals), rentacoder.com, freelance.com, elance.com, college job wanted classifieds, etc. and get it made.  Or try to make a deal with some of those guys to get a cut of the profits (if it’s an easier task or one that you know you can make a deal with and market) … or a combo thereof. 

Then if you’re dirt poor, you can still get your idea to come to life, and you now have something of value to offer those bigger players in your market.  If you can follow through and don’t slack off in any of these areas (and get a realistic mindset of what you can do or ask for just starting out), it’s almost impossible to fail when it comes to making easy money online or offline.

So if ever you hear someone asking “how do I make easy money online,” point them to this blog post and tell them to get working on it.  :)

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    Cool SEO trick that most overlook

    Here’s a cool SEO trick that most people overlook despite how easy it is to get ranked fast in Google, Yahoo, or just about any other search engine (I find it works best with Google, though):

    1.  Do keyword research (Google has a cool keyword generator tool) on keywords in your niche.

    2.  Select keywords that seem decent but aren’t too competitive.  One trick I do here is to search for more long tail keywords (for instance, if your niche was motorcycles, I would try to go for terms like “buy motorcycles online” or “where to buy motorcycles online” instead of “motorcycles”) or target the longer tailed keywords that you find using that Google keyword tool mentioned above.

    3.  Once you narrow this list of keywords down a little bit, go to Google and put each term in quotes and do a search (this will only show results that contain exactly that keyword).  Then make note of how many times the EXACT keyword terms show up in the meta tag titles (the blue links that are displayed in the search results).  If there are no top ten results with the keyword, keep special track of those.  If there are less than 3 or so, also write those down in another category.

    4.  Now take all the terms that had no results or very few in the meta tag titles and either create a webpage with the terms in the meta tag titles or do a blog post with the keywords being in the post title (the title of your blog post — like mine here is “Cool SEO trick that most overlook”).  If you have very little website skills, try using Blogger.  Do one post per keyword term (you can maybe do two keyword terms in one post if it makes sense).

    5.  Now ping your blog post or webpage.  One of my favorite pinging services (free, of course) is Pingoat.com.

    6.  Sit back and watch.  In most cases, you’ll see your post or webpage being ranked within a few hours tops — sometimes it might take a couple days, but 80% to 90% of the keywords that you picked (if you did your research right) should be showing up with your site on page 1 of Google.

    Keep in mind that you might not get a ton of traffic from most of these keywords (although some certainly can give you a lot), but they quickly add up.  Even if each keyword gives you 10 to 100 new visitors a month, that quickly adds up when you do several of these.  When you do dozens to even hundreds of these, you can get some massive traffic that’s all 100% free from your new organic search results.  :)

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    Get Off the Free / Cheap Trend!

    If you’re looking for the same regurgitated advice that every other internet marketer gives you, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Recently, I’ve seen a trend that I think is a dangerous one.

    Several top internet marketers are dishing out advice on how giving out free or VERY cheap products on the front end is the way to go. I completely disagree with 95% of that and think it will actually hurt more people than it will help.

    Sure, their logic might make sense upon first glance:

    Cheaper Price / Free = More Customers = More People to Sell on the Backend To

    But let’s take a closer look at that…

    Let’s say that you send 2,500 visitors to your site and convert a whopping 40% on your free offer (that’s a fairly high percentage even for a free offer — I’m being generous). That’s 1,000 “customers” and $0 profit.

    Now, let’s say that you have a $97 product in the backend or as a one time offer. Those 1,000 “customer” never bought from you and are classified as freebie seekers as of right now. A 5% conversion rate on them might be very optimistic, but let’s assume that you get that 5% conversion rate. That’s 50 sales, or $4,850 for you.

    Kind of sad for 1,000 “customers” — that’s only $4.85 each, which again is pretty optimistic.

    But let’s assume that you want to take advantage of your paying customers now and you offer a $497 one time offer to your 50 paying customers. Since these are paying customers, they’re conversion rates will probably be a bit higher. So let’s say that 10% convert. That’s 5 sales, or $2,485.

    We’re at $7,335 so far. Now I know what some of you are saying … the money’s in the list, and you have 1,000 “customers!!!” Well, not really. We have 50 real customers and 950 freebie seekers. Even if we doubled our paying customers, that’s still not much. You probably won’t make $1 per month per subscriber for a freebie seeker, so you might make a few hundred to maybe even several hundred dollars a month off that list if you’re good.

    Now, I know some marketers offer a cheap “trial” of say $1 or so with a forced continuity in the back of $50 per month or so. You might think that this would be a better model even if only half of the original 1,000 “customers” bought. The problem there (and most marketers won’t tell you this) is that most forced continuity models will have a much lower conversion rate even if the original offer is cheap or even free. The few exceptions to this might include free/cheap trials to software, tools, services, etc. where the buyer expects to pay a decent monthly fee if they like what they get.

    So what about the other guy…

    Higher Price = Fewer, Higher Quality Customers = Higher Priced Backends to Sell To

    Let’s take a closer look here.

    Let’s say that you get your 2,500 visitors to your site and only 3% convert instead of the original 40% on a $297 product. That’s 75 customers or $22,275. We already have 3x more than the other model even BEFORE we include the backends.

    Since these are proven buyers and higher quality, we can focus on bringing them higher price point backends. The backend should at least be the same price point as the front end if not more. So let’s just say that we do $497 on the backend. We should expect at least a 10% conversion on that because these are proven high price point buyers who’ve already bought from you (I’ve gotten as high as 66% backend conversions at similar price points). That’s about 7 to 8 buyers (7.5). Let’s just say 7 - that’s $3,479 extra. On the higher conversion end, you could easily top $20,000 extra.

    However, with those 7 very high price point buyers, you can then go on to offer an elite one time offer or upsell at $1,000 or more and grab a small percentage there as well.

    We’re already hovering around $25,000 on the low end. But it just gets better. Now that you have 75 decent buyers and several elite buyers, they’re worth significantly more to you and far more likely to buy higher price point products in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. They’re also more likely to purchase some subscription programs at decent price points as well — probably worth far more to you than the prior list.

    You can take this logic to the extreme and focus on even higher price points from the start or high monthly subscription products.

    The key here is to have something that provides value and that people want. If someone wants something bad enough, they’re willing to pay for it. That’s a key to remember.

    In addition, offering free or cheap products can always frighten off some of the normally high price point buyers too. And we’re not even getting into the quality of free/cheap vs. paid/high price point products argument yet — we can save that for a later time.

    So before you jump on the bandwagon of the free front end trend, give it some thought. You might be shooting yourself in the foot.

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    How to Get Rich Online

    There are literally thousands of guides or courses about how to get rich online, but when all is said and done, the basics are pretty easy … just be sure not to overlook the simplicity in it.

    Build a List

    You’ve probably heard this over and over again, but if you aren’t building a list, you’re losing out on a lot of money. I heard this when I first started out and didn’t take it seriously. When I did start building a list, I was doing it as an after thought. When I was lucky, I would maybe make $20 to $50 from it every now and then. It certainly didn’t seem worth my time.

    Later on, I started making a couple hundred dollars here and there, and then eventually it just grew from there. By the time I really did see a value in the list, I realized how I shot myself in the foot earlier by not paying much attention to my list then, not trying to really even build one, and using either my own autoresponders or crappy free providers that ultimately lost me money (not only were the deliverability rates crap, but when I transferred to a new autoresponder, I lost a big portion of my list…).

    Having said that, if you’re serious about making money online, you need to invest in a good hosted autoresponder service like GetResponse (my favorite one — excellent deliverability, easy to manage, good support, etc.). I’ll repeat that for those who still don’t get it — you NEED to invest in a good hosted autoresponder service like GetResponse.

    Once you have your list (even if it’s a tiny list of 50 people to start with), you need to give them good offers if you want to make money.

    Yeah, you heard me, I said good offers — not necessarily good content. Too many people online say that you need great content before you can make money. That’s bullsh@t if you ask me. There are hungry consumers out there wanting to hear about the latest products and offers and could care less about your rambles … I mean … content.

    More on the offers part later in this post…

    Have a Website

    You’d be amazed at how many people have goals of making bajillions of dollars online, but they won’t even have a website … and will often say that they never have any intentions of wasting time on creating one. The vast majority of these people will never make money online … or at least not more than some pocket change every now and then.

    Sure, there ARE ways of making money online without a website. In fact, maybe I’ll do a post on a few later, but that’s besides the point. If you’re real serious, you need to at least try to improve your skills or outsource it. You can find guys for like $50 these days, so you might as well take advantage of that.

    Or try going to www.blogger.com and setup a free blog. It’s easy, pretty good for SEO, and can look professional.

    If you’re more serious, try getting a dirt cheap hosting account at a RESPECTABLE host like 1and1.com, Hostgator.com, etc.. For like $5 a month, you can get a free domain name or two, cool software (even a free website builder), and tons of extras. If you can’t invest $5 a month in your business, you should really reconsider your goal of making $8,093,248,523,084,230,984 online by tomorrow morning.

    Once you have a website or blog, you can use it to sell your product, post affiliate links or reviews, communicate with your potential customers, or just post content so visitors can find your site. Free traffic from Google is always a great thing, but you need a website with some content on it first.

    Have OKAY to GOOD Sales Copy

    Right now some of you are probably thinking “WTF?!?! Did he just say ‘okay to good sales copy’ and not GREAT SALES COPY?!?!” Yeah, you heard me. I said okay to good sales copy.

    To be honest, copywriting is over-rated. Not many people have the balls to say that, but it’s true. Now, before you go up in arms saying that sales copy is important, I’m in total agreement with you.

    The fact of the matter is that 90%+ of the sales copy you see out there SUCKS balls. You don’t need awesome copywriting to convince people to buy from you — you just have to be able to know how to think like your potential customers.

    If your sales page looks crappy, that can be an immediate turn off. If you seem too full of crap or too confusing, that will also lose sales. All you really need are a few things: a decent headline that not only grabs attention but that also sums up what your offer is all about in a few seconds, a good summary of what they’re buying, showing why your product really has value and why it’s better than the others (try to think of this from THEIR perspective and not YOUR perspective), and a decent offer when all is said and done making it seem unique or better than what else is out there.

    If you have okay copywriting skills, you can make a lot of money online. Even a good headline with some bullet points summarizing the product can make some good money if the product and offer are good.

    If you can do great copywriting, great, take a cookie! But the truth is that not many of those high priced copywriters are really all that great. I’ve seen $3,000 to $5,000+ sales copy be outperformed by “okay” sales copy that took someone 15 to 30 minutes to write up and then maybe 30 minutes for a graphic designer to touch up a bit.

    Have a Great Product or Offer

    I know people will disagree on this too, but I’m going to say it anyway and stand by it 110%. Sales copy is over-rated — a great product or a great offer (note that you don’t need a product to sell) naturally will get buyers as long as you can show them the value and why/how it’s so great.

    Most top marketers will say that a crappy product with great sales copy will outperform a great product with okay sales copy. I disagree. I think the reason why crappy products with good/great sales copy make more than some great products with okay sales copy is just because the first one was probably promoted more or the marketer had a greater pull than the other. For instance, most marketers saying that probably have a huge mailing list and tons of JV partners to mail for them regardless of how crappy the product is — of course they’ll outperform a great product with zero pull.

    To see if you have a great product, see what sets your product or offer apart from everyone else. Try to see how yours can be better and make it as competitive as possible. Try to go the extra mile and make your product/offer one that people would jump for if they heard a 10 second ramble about it or one sentence explaining it. If they get excited with that little of information, you probably have yourself a winner.

    I think this is one of the most important parts of making money online, even though it’s often the least thought about.

    Traffic

    Of course, once you have the sales page, product, etc., you need the traffic.  Now, part of this can be solved with having a list, but let’s assume that you haven’t built your list yet.  There are really two main ways of getting traffic to your offer — paid methods and free methods.

    The main paid method that a beginner or intermediate marketer should focus on is Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising (Google Adwords is my favorite) or banner ads.  We’ll talk about some other paid methods in another post that aren’t used as much.  If you don’t have a great product or an okay to good sales page, don’t bother doing paid advertising — you’ll only waste money.  If you have a great product and a decent sales page, then you want to focus on keywords that are more likely to be buyers compared to just lookers (”fish training guide” will be more targeted than “fish” or even “fish training” if you’re selling a fish training guide … assuming you can train fish…).

    Banner ads are also something else where you don’t want to spend the money unless you know you can convert.  Once you know that, find relevant sites in your market that offer banner ads (Google Adwords also has a feature for this in your Adwords account…) and go at it — look for the deals and steals.

    As for the free methods, they can include article marketing, content writing, forum posting, etc. as the more popular ones.  You can target the more relevant keywords for buyers, which are also less competitive the majority of the time, for your articles or content writing for your blogs, article directories (I recommend only submitting to one or two article directories like ezinearticles.com), offer to write articles for other sites in exchange for a link, etc..  Forum posting will help you find a targeted audience if you go to forums on the topics in your market(s).  Put your website in your signature file, mention it in the forum in a non-spam-filled-way, etc. — you might be surprised at the amount of traffic you can get this way.

    You can also try to hunt down people who have given an indication that they’re looking for your type of product and contact them directly (more worthwhile if it’s a higher price point) … again, one very awesome marketer showed me this in great detail, and I’ll reveal his name later on a post devoted to this method.  Again, it’s not always about the quantity of traffic — quality counts.

    Be Proactive

    If you’re not making money online, be proactive about it. Try to look for new opportunities out there, look for what others online are asking about or interested in, and see how you might be able to solve that for them. If you have a product that’s more than $5 profit to you, take some time to find potential customers that might be interested in your product (I have to give credit to another marketer for helping explain that to me better — more on that in another post soon). Go out there instead of just waiting for sales to come to you.

    Look for Opportunity

    Lastly, I think it’s incredibly important to always look for opportunities online. If you come across a great product that isn’t promoted, see what you can do to take it to the next level. If you come across someone willing to pay a ton for a particular product or service — see what you can do about that! And if you come across a random niche, market, unanswered questions or unresolved issues from others, try to act on that.

    Opportunities are everywhere — you just need to be a little proactive about it.

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