Did you know that the internet was created out of fear of nuclear attacks? In 1969, the Defense Department designed a system which would allow survivors of a nuclear attack to share files. At that time, only a handful of top secret computers could get on the internet. Now, the situation has been reversed. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find anyone who is not online. For the internet worker, this means huge earning potentials. While blogging is the most popular, there are other ways to make money online.
Here are three surprising ways to make money on the internet that don’t involve blogging
#1 – Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a huge industry. In the Unites States alone, this industry spends about $5B. Over 2/3 of brands ship their products through affiliate marketing. In fact, it’s the number one job among internet workers. And why not? As an affiliate marketer, your job is to sell a product by using paid traffic methods. Eventually you will continue tweaking and testing until you are able to spend $1 and make back $2.
Unlike in the real world, you don’t need a brick-and-mortar building and an inventory to be successful. Your constant presence, whether actual or virtual, is not required. Just create the banners and ads, upload and wait for the buyers. The important thing is to make content that is interesting and promote products that are relevant to your market.
#2 – Webinar Marketing
Another easy way to make money without a blog is to sell seminars online (or webinars). This is relatively straightforward – choose a topic in which you are an “expert” or an authority, make a video lecture about it, then post it. Those interested to learn about the topic you chose can buy them and watch them at their convenience. You make money every time someone buys your video. The hard part is letting people know about it and be interested enough to buy it. If you are willing to spend some money in advertising, Facebook would be the best route to go. You can target to people based off interest so you know you will be showing your ad to people who would be interested in your webinar.
#3 – Mystery Shopper
A product or a service is only as good as its market research. Sellers rely on the feedback given by buyers in order to improve their product or service. But since they do not meet the buyers face-to-face, they usually do not receive a feedback unless there is a complaint. This is where a mystery shopper becomes important. His/her job is to provide the relevant information to the seller. The downside is that you have to use your own money first before you can make money. You will get paid once you complete the assigned task.
Online marketing is not rocket science. With a little time and patience, you can make each of these methods work. Once you are making enough money you can then quite your day job and start working full time online.