IM 101: The Basics of Making Money Online in 2015 and Beyond! Hey fellas, I decided to make this thread as I usually get asked how to make money online and I see tons of "how to make money online" threads. So next time you see a thread like that or someone asks you, you can just send them a link to this thread and they will surely learn something! Now, to get started, basically there are 2 things you can exchange for money: >Products >Services They can be yours or not (affiliate marketing rings a bell?). This means that you can own a service or product and sell it or you can sell others products for a commission. The latter is usually called affiliate marketing in the online world. At this time say you want to sell others products but you don't know what to do next, its alright just keep reading. #2: Audience, People, Traffic etc! Now that you know you want to sell a service or product even if its not yours, you may wonder what to do next! You have your product/service but you need people to buy it! What do you do? Well, the answer is simple! Now you want to find who wants to buy your product, focus on a profile of someone that SHOULD be interested in it. Say you want to sell dog food for some reason so you should think about dog owners, right? What about contests or races? Now that you know who wants to buy your product, it's time to focus on showing them your product! In online marketing you will find 2 main ways to get traffic/people/audience to your product, and these are: > SEO > Paid Traffic SEO simply means traffic from search engines like Google. Ranking your site in them is the way to go with seo. It's simple but takes time. I won't get into details about seo as this is a seo forum so read around and even ask people! Paid Traffic can be anything! It doesn't matter if its PPC or you are buying some site's advertising space, buying traffic in niche related sites is key! By now say you still want to sell dog food for some strange reason, now you know who wants to buy it and also you know how to get your product in your audience's face! Other awesome ways to get tons of traffic to your site is by reading the methods shared by people in the Money Making Section in BHW! There are tons of ways to get traffic there! #3 Choose a vertical for enhanced earnings! By vertical I simply mean a way to promote something. Easy example. Sell health products to a dating audience, they are looking to get hooked up with someone and why not improve yourself on the way? I don't say this vertical works or not, I'm saying that taking verticals is a very good way to be creative and be polarized! Also, with these verticals you will find tons of easy keywords to rank! #4 Be creative and take action! Doesn't matter if you have the next iPhone/Mac/Microsoft idea, without action, it will just be another idea in your mind! Want to reach $5k a month? Get yourself to work! Learn everything you can! Now you know what you can sell to earn money online, how to define your audience and how to find it! Now just go and present them your product and scale it big! Remember: people buy anything online, EVEN DRUGS IN TOR! I dont say to sell them but you get the idea, you can sell anything but you gotta know who wants to buy! I believe this thread gives a simple but concise idea of how to earn money online, I don't think it can be more simple as this: 1 - Know what to sell 2 - Know who is buying 3 - Know where to find the ones who are buying Simple as that! Good luck fellas!