Real Ways to Make Money Online

By FastUpFront's Susie Bown for

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People are often baffled when they first get interested in making money from the Internet. On one hand, so much of commerce is happening online, and it looks like there is tons of money to be made from it.

It seems like a money tree, which just needs to be watered once in a while in order to grow beautifully ripe hundred dollar bills.

On the other hand, when it comes to actually harvesting money from the magical online money tree, suddenly turning even the tiniest of profits seems far-fetched. Everyone who is just starting out on the net undergoes a stage of confusion and difficulty before becoming successful.

Here are a few ways that real people can make money on the Web.

4 Ways to Make Money Online

1. Media Buys
Many people don't know that this option exists to them, and of those who know of it many are turned off by the fact that it requires investing real money. The way it works is you can advertise the products or services of all types of businesses through the Internet. You will need to pay for the actual advertising, and if the advertisements that you paid for are able to sell products you get paid either a percentage of the sale or a predetermined amount.

The way it works is through what is called an 'affiliate link.' An affiliate link is a URL that the company that you are advertising for provides, and it is uniquely yours. Therefore, when someone clicks it and buys something the sale can be tracked and attributed to you. For people who enjoy thinking strategically, playing with numbers, and taking calculated chances this is a good option as long as you are willing to lose some money while you are learning. Once you get the hang of it, you could continue doing it in the comfort of your own home, or you could get hired to do it for a major company.

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2. Social Media Marketing

If you like using Facebook and Twitter, this might just be your calling. Social media marketing involves using social media sites to market for a brand. If the idea interests you, the best way to get started is to read up on it, a lot, and keep active in your own social sites of course. Be creative, and have fun doing what you love to do.

3. Blogging
Blogging is where many people start trying to earn their first million on the Internet. Surely, there are popular bloggers who make bundles of cash for each post that they do, but that kind of success doesn't happen overnight. With that said, there are a lot of ways to make money from a blog, as long as you have enough traffic visiting it.

The simplest way to make money from a blog is to put advertisements on the blog. You can either go through an advertising company, affiliate market a product for someone else (as explained above), or in some cases individual advertisers might offer to pay you a set price in return for advertising space on your site.

Other ways of making money from a blog include, marketing your own product such as a book, or marketing your own services such as life coaching services or social media services.

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4. Ecommerce store
If you have experience, or interest in running a store this can be a fun way of building a powerful brand name. Having an ecommerce store can be a lucrative business idea since it is possible to start small and slowly (or quickly) build a customer base and Internet presence. It is important to consider how you will compete with businesses such as Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, and Ebay, since little businesses can be greatly outdone when trying to engage in a price war with these Internet giants.

On the other hand, if you have access to unique products, that are not available anywhere else that is a great way to avoid the competition altogether. One word of warning, just because setting up an ecommerce store is more convenient that setting up a brick and mortar shop, don't expect it to be too easy, in any type of store there is a lot of work to be done.

Whether you are looking to make money online or in a more traditional way, coming up with new and innovative ways of doing things is how major success stories are made. The first step is to learn a lot about something you are interested in, and then work really hard at it. Good luck to you!

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