Make Money Helping People Online – How to Do it?
The Internet offers a lot of ways to make money helping people online from home. Here, I will show you the step-by-step process that you can make a sustainable income by becoming an expert in your own field.
If you have a specific knowledge, hobby, skill or talent, you could teach other people through online courses such as Udemy. There are also other alternatives to earn some side income like paid question-and-answer sites such as JustAnswer.com, WebAnswers.com, Ether.com. Some questions are paid $10 – $40 and you can earn up to 25% to 50% of what the customer pays. Normally, you will have to response to a question within an hour.
You can consider the above options if you do not have your own website. However, if you have a large following, you can create online courses for your readers and sell them via your own site. That is, of course, the best way to make money as you can keep all the earnings to yourself.
Make Money Helping People Online – How to Do it?
The key to making money online is to be able to help others. The more you give, the more money you will earn.
Let’s discuss precisely the process that will help you to make money online by helping others.
My goal is not to have you start earning money immediately after reading this post — even though we all love 1-2-3 steps, earning more successfully is much more complicated than that.
Step 1 – Start with Your Goals
I have seen people fail in reaching their goals because they do not know the why and what they are doing.
Case 1: If you want to earn an extra $500 per month because you want to pay your rent, then your first goal is to generate income. Then you should figure out the most profitable market that will earn you $500 and matches your skills.
Case 2: If you are passionate about programming and you feel like you have a lot of tricks to teach others, then your goal is to generate income in programming. You should then spend your time researching different services you can offer to create that people will pay for.
Step 2 – Finding Your Niche
You need to find your niche. A niche means a target or a subject that you are going to write about. A niche can be your interest, a hobby or a skill. Any subject can be your niche, for example, people blog about collecting match boxes, bug photography, work-out program, or even daily political scandals and etc.
Remember one thing is when you are finding your niche, avoid being too broad with your selection. For example, do not blog about Work Out Tips and Motorbike at the same time. Both of them fall into different categories and they just can’t simply be put together. You could do a post about your niche (e.g. camera, guitar, trekking) and include affiliate links to any paid ones (e.g. Amazon or ShareASale).
Besides, you have to look for a big market, with lots of people interested in something. Look for a niche that will last for a long time. The point of niche marketing is to get something very specific, so you know who your target audience is.
TIPS: At the time of writing, virtual reality (VR) is the hottest trend that everyone is talking about. It is also predicted that VR will generate $40 billion in spending by 2020. If you are interested in VR, you should seriously consider this as your niche.
You have to make sure that people are willing to pay for your niche. Someone asked me how to turn a good communication skill into a side income. The answer is you can’t because no one hires good communicator. If you narrow the niche down to Chinese translator, English tutor or public speaker, you will have a higher chance to get pay for the skill you have.
When making a “profit strategy” for my niche websites, I look for:
- Recurring commissions;
- Large commissions; and
- Potential related products for the future.
A recurring sale of $5 might not mean anything now, but they stack up fast. I have one niche site that pays $1 per sale, but after 3 years I now earn over $1,000 per month from recurring payments. Also, big commissions are important. I will cover how to choose affiliate programs in Step 5.
Step 3 – Build Your Site
The reason why I encourage people to own a site is because you get to keep all the profit and it will also be the platform where you can add anything you like to help your readers. When you own a site, you have a full control on what you want to do with it.
There are more than three billion internet users in the world (at the time of writing), and they are your potential clients. Just imagine if 1% of the internet users trust you and are willing to pay for your expertise, that’s 30 million sales you are going to make.
I would like to highlight that there is no free lunch in this world. You have to invest a minimum amount of money for a start-up. One good thing about building an online business is it’s relatively cheaper as compared to brick and mortar business. Below you will find the cost breakdown for beginners, intermediates, and experts.
Owning a website domain probably costs you $9 – $14 per year
Lifetime training (to learn and keep yourself updated to SEO) – $30 – $50 per month
Hiring a designer to put my Word file into a PDF format — $7
Writing the e-book — zero (that has to come from you)
Paying a company to design the landing page — $175
Monthly shopping cart software subscription fee — $4 (depending on the software you use)
As you can see, even with a budget of only a few hundred bucks, you should have enough to cover the initial start-up costs. If you have ambition, vision, desire and are willing to work hard, at least in the beginning, you can start a successful Internet marketing business for under $500 per year.
If you don’t have a website right now, setting one up is pretty easy, and you can even set up a free website to test the waters before you jump into a niche.
Step 4 – Create Your Content
Whatever your expertise/hobby is, you can help others by sharing your opinion within your content. Writing is simply communicating and transferring your knowledge to the audience.
Successful bloggers have to keep their heads around many different aspects of the medium – but at its core is being able to write compelling and engaging content on a consistent basis over time.
No matter what your blogging goals are, if you strive to be an expert in your niche, the fulfillment of your goals is sure to follow. People who are known as experts in their niche tend to receive more recognition and income for their content. They also tend to have larger audiences and the option to turn their readers into customers by offering related products and services.
You should be a font of knowledge about your niche and specialty. It’s your job to read books and take courses so your clients don’t have to.
Publishing your content regularly helps your readers know when they can expect to hear from you. However, if you are starting from scratch and you still have your full-time job, it is essential to maintain a realistic consistency. You can start with weekly posts and work slowly your way up to daily posts once you quit your 9-to-5 job.
Step 5 – Monetize Your Content
If one of the reasons you are reading this post is to make money by helping people, then this is the step you have been waiting for. Now that you’ve learned how to set up your blog and create great content, you are ready to start with monetization.
Affiliate marketing allows bloggers to generate lucrative incomes by advertising and promoting other people’s products for a small commission. For example, you could promote any products that are relevant to your niche from Amazon of ShareASale. When someone click on your affiliate links and make a purchase, you earn a commission.
This is probably the simplest and the most straightforward method to get into at the start as you can apply to most affiliate programs with little to no audience.
Let’s just say you have consistently 100 NEW visitors to your site every day and 50 of them subscribe to your blog because they find your blog informative and valuable to them. Let’s assume only 10 subscribers make purchases every month and each purchase earns you $10 commission. I bet you can now see the earning potential in affiliate marketing?
There are literally thousands of affiliate programs out there on the market. To narrow your search, you need to know what your website will be about. You need to think of an idea of what your niche market will be. This is going to be who your audience is, and who will be reading your blog. Think of yourself and your personal interests first. Think of your potential market next. Then choose a niche, and find an affiliate program to match. You now see finding a niche (Step 2) is inter-related to monetizing your niche (Step 5).
Following are some best practices to earn money through affiliate marketing:
- Write reviews about products or services and include affiliate links within your review posts. You could also try to recommend your readers on the products or services that you are currently using and point them to where they can buy them.
- You could also write a resource page on your blog of the top recommended products based on your experience. For example, I promote Wealthy Affiliate, DollarClix, and Jaaxy as my top recommended affiliate programs in my post.
- Most affiliate programs offer advertisement banners that allow you to include in your blog’s header, sidebar and at the end of the posts.
- Be sure to include a disclaimer in your review that you are an affiliate of the product. It is a good way to build trust with your readers and it is required in some countries like the US.
Sell Your Own Products or Services
As your following grows bigger, you can skip selling products or services as an affiliate marketer. If you pay close attention to what people ask you most of the time, you probably discover a great product or service that you can produce and offer to your readers.
Once people recognize you as an expert, you can earn money by answering questions and giving consultation to companies. As I mentioned earlier in this post, you can also offer some special online courses in your blog where people pay to attend your webinars.
Well, after reading this post, you may find it sounds super simple. However, there is more than it than just saying “helping” people.
It is not at all difficult to Make Money Helping People Online. Rather than trying to put down all the details to you in this post, you could sign up for my FREE 7-Day Email Course (see bottom) that I will teach you everything I know about making money online from home by helping people.
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Good luck and all the best!