Beginners Guide to Making Money Online

In this beginners guide to making money online article, I'm going to concentrate on my top 5 ways of making money online. I'll give you my honest opinion of each and point you to resources to help you earn an online income just like I do. Beginners Guide to Making Money Online - download For even more ways to make a job replacing online income, download my free eBook A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY ONLINE 1. Become a Freelance Writer 10/10 Unsurprisingly, I’ve scored freelance writing at the maximum 10 out of 10. I’ve made good money freelance writing since 2011 and have built myself up to a rate of $125 an hour (not even close to the highest rate in the marketplace). My reputation is out there, and just this week I was approached by Microsoft to write a 650-word web page for which I quoted $650. I got the…

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How to make a blog, getting the “whys” and “wherefores” sorted

So guys, if you're sitting there wondering how to make a blog that gets attention, there are a couple of fundamentals you need to get right. This is basic stuff but getting it wrong can waste days, weeks, and months of your precious time and may even cause you to throw in the towel on your blogging efforts in pure frustration! I've done a video on YouTube about this and you can check it out if you're a video-type person, but here's the bones of what you need to know... So, there are two basic things you need to get sorted: Nail down your "why" Your "why" describes why you want to blog in the first place, what's your motivation, what will sustain you and encourage you to keep going, why do you even want to do this thing? Here's some of the "why's" I've come across, where do you fit in?…

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Cool life hacks to increase productivity for writers, freelancers (and you)

Okay, so "cool life hacks" sounds kinda, well, cool, but I'm betting you're more interested in the skinny on how you can become more productive. Don't blame you for that, so read on my friend I have an uncomplicated, free solution that works for me and could be just what you're looking for... There are hundreds, if not thousands, of productivity apps and software solutions available in the marketplace, and deciding what's right to keep you organized in your business and personal life can be a total nightmare. To avoid creating more chaos than you’re trying to control, the question to ask yourself is “what’s the minimum, viable setup I need to get the job done”. Don't overcomplicate it. This article is about cool life hacks, and, in any case, who said you have to run your life and business like your personal version of mission control a.k.a. believing everything you read?…

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Blogging for beginners in 2021 – complete guide

Here are 16 easy steps to start blogging Beginners need to be clear on why they're starting a blog and their blogging subject material Decide on the type of blogging you want to do - educational or entertainment Concentrate on adding value with your blogging, put yourself in the shoes of your readers Carefully consider the characteristics of your ideal reader (wants, needs, desires), their buyer persona Pick a niche that interests you and you're happy blogging about Make sure your niche is profitable if you want to monetize your blog Select your blogging platform from WordPress or a website builder (WordPress recommended) Pick your WordPress theme - beginners should start with a free theme Select the WordPress plugins/widgets you need to get started Decide on a name for your blog Get a logo produced that reflects your brand - optional for beginners Create your starting post or page on your blog…

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How to be successful online – 3 top tips

My 3 top tips for online success If you were to ask me (short and sweet) the three most valuable things I've learned through my Freelancing and Affiliate Marketing businesses, they would be: #1 Never lose focus Losing focus is the big mistake that everyone working online (including myself) makes. It's understandable. There's so much information out there that it can be tempting to jump from one idea to another without making real progress in any of them. I hate the term "shiny object syndrome" but it does sum up the problem nicely. Don't be all over the place, remember FOCUS - Follow One Course Until Successful I've achieved my best results and built my businesses most successfully by being laser-focused on one thing at a time and concentrating on it unill it's working. In practical terms this means Decide on your business model - freelancing or affiliate marketing Decide on your product or…

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Google SEO basics: how to win every time

There's a ton of information available online that covers a whole host of Google SEO basics and it can be conflicting and confusing. However you approach getting better Google rankings, there's one essential, basic principle you need to understand and apply and that's: Give Google search users the best experience possible. This is critical, absolutely critical. Google states it, a lot of people have heard it, but not everyone puts it into practice. If you take nothing else away from this post, get this principle firmly fixed in your mind, let me explain why. Google SEO basics - user experience aka getting the right result SEO is changing and it's changing for the better from the user's perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of someone doing a Google search for a moment. Say you type something into Google like "am I having a heart attack" - that phrase actually has 54 searches…

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Top 20 free stock images website recommendations

Are you serious about marketing your affiliate business, your website, and your brand? If so, it's highly likely you'll be following a content marketing strategy to draw prospects (visitors) onto your website via your blog where you can provide value up front to show your expertise and gain trust. This is what separates you from the thousands of would-be marketers out to make a quick buck. This is how you build a long term, sustainable business. BUT, what is a blog post without a picture or two to make it really shine? In this countdown of my top 20 free stock images website recommendations, I'll show you where to get your hands on stunning images for free, gratis, nada. Now you have no excuse not to make your blog posts the best they can be. EXPERT TIP - when you upload your images to your blog post, don't forget to use your…

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Passive income online – the truth

It seems the holy grail of internet marketing is the idea of making passive income online, and of course, that's something everyone wants - well wouldn't you? The question is, does such a thing exist, how easy is it to achieve and is it a realistic expectation for your online business. Let's face it, if it was that easy to achieve, everyone would be doing it - right? And that's the point. "Passive income" is definitely achievable, but not that easily. With that said, the result, if achieved, is worth any sort of effort to get there. It's got to be, just imagine making money while you sleep what could be better? Okay, slow down. Before we get carried away here, let's look at something we'll call delayed gratification, it's an important concept. Passive income online is not instant riches You'll have often heard it said that a doctor or attorney will…

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Entrepreneur tips – give to receive

One of my most lucrative entrepreneur tips Whether you're an affiliate marketer, freelancer or any other kind of online entrepreneur, providing value upfront is one of my key entrepreneur tips. It's absolutely the best way to: Get new business Get more business from existing customers Keep customers longer Increase customer lifetime value Make more cash! Here's an actual example of how doing just that made me $5,000 in my business yesterday. My customer had no business for me Several days ago, I sent a message to one of my customers in my digital marketing business asking if they had any business for me. No reply. I knew Jonathan was a busy guy, so I figured he just didn't have time to reply. I also knew that sending out an email simply asking for business is not such a good idea in any case, but I was busy and just dashed off a…

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Email marketing is dead – NOT!

You better believe it :) It's important to make sure you turn visitors to your website into email subscribers, period. I'm seeing a lot of talk about email being dead and the latest flavor of the day seems to be Facebook messenger. To be honest, right now I can't stand FB messenger! I have it on my cell phone and I find it clumsy, confusing and not at all intuitive. That said, there are still many things on Facebook itself that remain a mystery to my (highly logical) brain. But, putting all personal prejudice aside, there is good reason, very good reason, to double down on building your email list. Are your visitors leaving without meeting you? I read a blog post on Wealthy Affiliate today that struck a chord (I'm a premium member) and I wanted to share it with you. The author asked the question "Are your visitors leaving without meeting…

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