I left the corporate world when I found out I was pregnant with my last child. He was born in the year 2000. After a couple months of getting used to the idea that I now had an infant to care for and two other children, I realized I needed something for me. I missed working, but working out of the house wasn’t one of my personal choices.
Fast forward to today, I am now a single mom to three kids and I have custody of my four-year-old nephew. And, I’ve been fortunate to work solely from home all those years and still am.
I can’t count the amount of times per week that I am asked how someone can make money online and do what I do. It’s not magic, anyone can do it but the problem is most people think it’s easy and doesn’t require much work. Wrong. It takes hard work, dedication and a lot of patience.
First and foremost, having diverse sources of income is important when your business relies on the Internet. I have my own affiliate Websites and I also do a lot of client work which involves social media or content writing. But the point is they are different revenue streams and that is always a good thing should something happen to one of them.
That being said below is some ways that I make money online. This article assumes you have a blog to start build off. If you are just starting and don’t yet own a blog, there are several other articles on this site to help you get started from scratch. You can also visit Clicknewz for helpful information on making money online.
Advertisers and Sponsors
Social Spark – this site is a network that acts as a go-between for bloggers and brands. You sign up on their site, submit your blog(s) and companies that are looking for exposure and reviews choose relevant blogs for sponsored blog posts. They also have an option for Blog Display Advertising by simply putting the code in your sidebar. The ads rotate and you get paid monthly.
Another like-minded site is SponsoredReviews.com. Bloggers earn cash by writing honest reviews about advertiser’s products and services. Text-Link-Ads.com, has been around a long time and I still make monthly money with them, again by installing code in my sidebar which displays relevant links to my blog content.
- Read: Sponsored Reviews: Paid Reviews & Make Money Online with SponsoredReviews
- Also Read: Text Link Ads: How to Make Money Online Selling Text Links on Your Blog
Also, as your site builds traffic you will notice that you will receive emails asking if your site accepts advertisers and sponsors and in these cases you get to make up the price, within reason, to charge for putting a text link or banner on your site.
Google Adsense is another possibility and falls in-line with the same idea as outlined above.
With all the spun and spammed content there is out there, if you can write on a variety of topics there is money to be made. We all have strengths and weaknesses, some people detest writing and like marketing and vice versa. You can visit forums such as WarriorForum.com to find paid writing gigs, Craigslist and more. There’s no shortage of writing opportunities available.
- Read: Top 5 websites for freelancers to make money online
- Also Read: Best ways to make money online writing contents
These are the two ways that I make money along with affiliate marketing, but that’s an entirely different post for another day. I should mention that you do have to invest some time into your blog. Sponsors and advertisers have varied requirements that you must meet before you can sign up for offers.
Money Making Goals
Here’s the thing, most people think they can build a site and bang, the money rolls in. If only it were that easy. These things can and do work but keep a realistic expectation in doing so. Start off by saying I want to make enough money to cover my T-Mobile smartphone every month. Or, I want to make enough money to cover the cable bill and grow from there. As you reach your goal and surpass its motivating! And, to be very honest, motivation is highly needed and desirable in this industry.
The Benefits of Networking
Networking is essential to any successful business, particularly when operating online you need a network of people to reach out too. You can bounce ideas off of each other, learn new methods, exchange and/or barter services etc. Whatever the case may be having a network is always going to benefit you in the long run. I’ve met friends and clients from networking and referrals. Some of which that date back ten years or more.
Where to network? Find forums, blogs and Twitter feeds that you enjoy reading and that are in your niche or cover general information that will benefit your business. There are thousands of bloggers, you have to find those that you connect with, that are implementing a method that resonates with you. Not everyone will turn into a “friend,” but when that does happen it’s a great thing and it’s invaluable. I’ve met several of my online friends in person at Webmaster conferences.
Lastly, if you can, attend a conference. While emails, Skype and the like are great ways to stay connected, nothing can replace meeting people in person and handing out your business card. There are so many conferences surrounded around blogging that you simply just have to pick one that will work for you. I plan to practice what I preach this year - I haven’t been to a conference in a while, I’m long overdue!