Hey guys, whats up? Okay so its my 1000th post on BHW since I joined. Just wanted to say thanks to all who helped, all who gave me courage to take action, all who were inspiration for me and on top of that MODS and ADMINS for keeping up such a f***ing great forum! I was thinking of how would I celebrate my 1000th and thought instead of sharing some BS WSO or DP ebookl, I'd write a post just for newbies cause I see a lot of guys posting like "how do I start in IM?" Well IM is no rocket science, its not hard. You just have to pick up your path and stick to it no matter what. Some say, its not easy to make money online but I don't think so. It IS easy but for those who are smart, those who don't work hard rather do it the smarter way First, here's what you will need to start: 1. A computer (You already have it) 2. Internet connection (You already have it) 3. Determination (You have to produce it in yourself) 4. Will to make money (You won't be reading this if you didn't have it) 5. A business oriented brain (Well, this develops with time) Okay now there are a lot of ways to start. But here I'm assuming that you don't have a single penny to start with. In that case, you need to make a little money to buy hosting/domain etc. Let me explain: Freelancing - A great thing to start: A lot of people will disagree but I always advise newbies to start with freelancing. It doesn't mean you have to be a perfect writer, a perfect coder or some kind of engineer. You need to have some basic skills like MS office or PhotoShop or DreamWeaver or whatever. I believe everyone has some god gifted abilities. You just have to discover and polish it (Doesn't take more than a month). Some tend towards writing, some towards designing and so on... Once you have polished your skills, you need to find people who are looking for guys like you with those specific skills. Here are a few freelancing site where you can search for jobs: http://freelancer.com http://elance.com http://Odesk.com http://guru.com Better join all of them and be an active bidder on different projects in your field. Here is how you can make money with freelancing: make money freelancing Another great site to start off is http://fiverr.com. Read more about it here: how fiverr works Now you can see that its not very hard to make your first $100 or so... But guess what, its not passive. Means you earn the money only for your work. What we are targeting here is passive income. Income that will not decrease and come straight into your pocket even if you take 2 weeks vacation and this brings us to: How do I start earning passive income? Well I won't go in much details here. You need to have a website if you are serious about making money. And for a website, you have to do keyword research. This is where most of the newbies go wrong and create their site targeting KWs like "make money online" or "lost weight" etc. Here's a couple of great posts about KW research: Step by step KW research 7 mistakes to avoid in KW research Okay I have picked my Keywords, now what? Well not much, just create a website targeting those KWs. I won't in details about how to start a website but here is all you need: LukaB wrote a post about starting a website here: Complete guide to starting a website I would recommend buying hosting from some good host like hostgator and a domain name from namecheap or godaddy. People love free domains but unfortunately Google hates them. You won't rank high with a .co.cc domain unless you are targetting some KW like "my cat went hard on dog and snatched the bottle from Anna blah blah blah" Sorry if it was easy to understand LOL. My website is up now, how do I get traffic to it? Well I can't simply tell its a big secret (Just kidding) To get traffic, you need rank well for the KWs you are targeting. There are other ways of getting traffic to your site but Organic Traffic or in other words, Search Engine traffic is the best and thats what you should be looking for. How do I get the number 1 spot on Google? Call Google and tell them to place your site on #1 and they will do No, you have to do work. if you know nothing about SEO, you should go here and read all the sticky threads: White hat SEO Black hat SEO Yay my site started getting traffic, but how do I make $$? If your site has started getting visitors, thats good. Now time to make some money off it. Well there are a lot of ways one can make money from a site but most popular ones are Adsense CPA Affiliate programs (Think clickbank) I strongly recommend reading the stickies in the respective forums and believe me, you will find answers to 95% of your questions. Just read hard! Now once you are up making money, don't sit back relaxed because you are making $100 a month. Thats not the right attitude. Think if you can make $100 a month with just once site, why not make 10 such sites? How about 20? Or even more, you should consider other ways to make money as well. You might have heard "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" well thats true. Diversify your income sources so that even if your adsense account is banned, you keep making something w/ CPA and aff marketing. Well thats pretty much it now. The key is to take action (yeah the same old quote you've heard 1000 times but its true). If you have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread and I along with other expert members will try our best to help you. But please before asking questions use the search function of BHW and Google. See that I hyperlinked two Google search links to show you that nearly everything you ask, has already been answered on this forum or somewhere else on the web. Good luck you all! PS: Adsense, CPA and Affiliate marketing are not the only ways to make money w/ your site. I have used them just as an example. You can monetize your site in any way you want and see what works best then stick to it.