Selling digital products can be just as successful as selling physical products. Graphics, software, eBooks, design elements, sound effects, songs and videos are just a few types of digital products that are in popular demand. So if you can turn your hand to creating digital products, let’s have a look at how you can make money online from this skill…
There are bloggers who have created a large site first and then diverted their attention in building small niche sites. That worked for them but it may not work for you. You don’t know what is going to work for you. My advise here is to create 5 small sites first and generate revenue from each. Once that happens, then create the 6th site and make it big. If the sixth site falls, you have 5 options to fall back to.
Now next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
A couple sites to look up your competition are Alexa.com and SimilarWeb.com. Both give you different data and have different features. They will tell you things like how much traffic a site gets, where it’s coming from, where the traffic is going, are the readers male/female, how popular is the site and so on. To get a semi-accurate traffic count (nothing is 100% accurate like that, but it gives you a good idea: on SimilarWeb, multiply the visits by the page views).
Way with Words – Way with Words is looking for transcribers in the US! No transcribing experience is required; they’ll just have you do both an online and an offline assessment. You should have excellent hearing and a good understanding of US English to perform this job, along with a wide vocabulary and extensive general knowledge. They also expect their transcribers to hit their deadlines. Pay starts out at $0.40 per audio minutes, and they state their best transcribers make up to $1.38 per audio minute.
Wow no need to look anywhere else for guidance. Couple of questions Spencer. Should one use your own name or aliases when creating a couple of niche sites? What happens when your site gets really popular (can only happen if you follow this great advice ), should you go for VPS hosting? Is Bluehost friendly towards multiple niche sites being hosted?
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re selling your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be making extra money online. Major brands, gear companies, and even startups are willing to shell out $500-$5,000+ per post to get in front of your audience. While it’s getting harder and harder to build a massive Instagram audience, if you already have a solid niche and are posting quality content regularly, with a few small tweaks you can make yourself an influencer. Check out this awesome article from Shopify on how to build and grow your Instagram following to get started.
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Earlier, I mentioned Google rewarding authority sites that might be niche site, but don’t look so niche. Before, we could create a site targeted to one long-tail keyword and then build a few pages each focused on related but different keywords and produce 400-750 words of content. Now, Google wants questions answered, fresh content that expands on previous needs and better quality. Now, Google and Bing, with Yandex and the rest to follow I’m sure, needs 1000+ words, media-richness, call-to-actions, internal linking beyond keyword bumping and citations of authority sources. Get people talking, too! Start debates, even in boring niches! Check out this comparison of Nespresso vs Keurig – a usually boring niche made interesting and engaging.
Choosing the right ‘niche’ is an article topic on it’s own and it’s arguably the most important part of the making money with a niche website process. If you don’t pick the right niche, it will a) be difficult to get traffic because the competion for ranking your site in the SERPS will be very tough and b) there will be many other websites doing the exact same thing and c) your niche topic might not be easy to make money in.
Appen – Appen is a company providing speech and technology services globally – they’re proud to offer services in more than 150 languages. They’re looking for web search evaluators, social media evaluators, language consultants, and more. Web search evaluators work to improve search results, and work a flexible schedule – on average, 4 hours per day. Their hourly pay reportedly averages $12.99. Social media evaluators have a more variable workload and pay, depending on social media project – the hourly pay for that position reportedly averages around $13. Requirements include a computer less than 3 years old with high-speed Internet access, and basic competency with installing and troubleshooting applications.
Shopify is another great option if you are wanting to create your own eCommerce store. Shopify is arguably easier to set up than WooCommerce but will give you less control over your storefront and cost you more long term. However, if you have little to no experience of creating websites or using WordPress, or you are working to a very tight time schedule, then Shopify may be the perfect eCommerce platform for you.
When it comes to your paid search ads, it’s crucial to put yourself in the shoes of your prospects. Incorporating emotion into your ad copy is always a good idea, and that’s especially true when you’re trying to convince someone to make a fairly important life decision. Your work-from-home business isn’t advertising a job opening—you’re advertising a new lifestyle. Add a little humanity to your headlines with something like: “Support Your Home from Your Home” or “Earn Money Where You’re Most Comfortable.” Headlines like these are effective because they appeal to our loves for family and the home.
My top tip for building a successful niche website is to devote much of your time to research. Research the niche to make sure that it is worth the effort. Research competition on the first page of the general keyword and industry, and then for long-tail keywords. Research long-tail keywords and start building those groupings based on what user intent will be (you’ll start ranking a lot quicker). Research linking and link building possibilities before you start creating this type of web entity. And, finally, research content creators to get good, quality content – Google is rewarding authority sites, over niche sites, so don’t make them look so ‘niche’. I also think the idea of a niche site is slowly going to evolve.
Consulting Services: Become An online Consultant. Online consulting has now become very popular thanks to recent marketing efforts by Tail Lopez, and his business partner Sam Ovens who reportedly relocated from New Zealand (he has a cool New Zealand accent!), moved to Manhattan and made $10 million from online consulting in only four years. If you have a specific talent or skill, you can make money from online consulting. No degree or previous experience is required as long as you can get the job done.
These three points may seem like common sense, but the truth is that the people who run these scams are very good at what they do. They’ve been able to deceive many intelligent people because they present their “opportunities” so well that almost anyone will believe them. When you’re looking for a new job or extra income, it’s easy to get lulled in to a comfort zone where they can take advantage of you. Keep your guard up – always.
Don’t focus on things that won’t make a big difference at the beginning like website design and creating social accounts in every network. Just focus on what works and what’s going to bring you visits, conversions and revenue. If you don’t seem to get good results after a few weeks and your ads aren’t good, its either your content or there’s a lot of competition. Learn from them! With this strategy you can go from 0 to 4 figures per month in just a few weeks. Something that could take 6 months or more with SEO.
Equipment. The largest, and most important, piece of equipment that you’ll need is a high-quality sewing machine. They can range in price from about $2,000 up to $6,000, and you’ll want the best one that you can afford. Other pieces of equipment will vary, depending on what you want to specialize in. For instance, if you intend to make custom draperies, you’ll need a serger, and a drapery steamer.
Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
Now that you have your domain name, you need a hosting service to host your website. It is recommended to use hostgator.com or godaddy.com as you can use both these sites to purchase your domain and to purchase your hosting account. Choose one of the 3 plans offered. It is recommended to start with the “Baby Plan” as it will have all the features you need and is only $8 per month.
Alorica@Home – Working for Alorica is another job that’ll keep you on the phones, and is great for outgoing, productive people working from home. Alorica provides outsourced communication solutions to companies across a vast array of industries – according to their website, you might help with insurance billing in one call, provide technical assistance on another, to reservation and booking questions on the next. They provide paid training and offer some medical benefits, while hourly payment is guaranteed to meet your local minimum wage.
The money is most certainly in the list. If you're at all interested in online marketing, setup email software and create a lead magnet that you can use in your sales funnel. Then, build up that list. It's often said that you can expect to earn about $1 per subscriber per month. If you have a list of 10,000 subscribers, that means you can earn roughly around $10,000 per month. You will need to deliver value and not pitch them on every email, but it is a very achievable goal in a short period.
The online application process for these jobs—or perhaps “gigs” is the better word, since they're all for independent contractors—is pretty simple and straightforward with very little required of candidates. Some of these opportunities—like the micro-jobs—you could very well apply and start the same day. And these jobs require very little commitment and can typically be done on your own schedule.
Writing copy for websites is another great freelancing option for those who have a way with words. Copywriting can involve writing the text for websites, press releases, promotional offline materials including leaflets and brochures, and any other professional text for businesses. Writing copy can be better paid than blog writing. However, clients can be more fussy, as they want the highest quality writing for the forefront of their website or advertising campaigns. Many freelance writers offer both copywriting and blog writing amongst their services. This can be a good way to juggle regular but lower paid clients (blogging) with the higher paid but ad-hoc project based copy work.
Paige, many plug ins are free. Some are paid. I do have paid ones, but only a few. You will be able to get going after that, but you do want to purchase a theme. I’d suggest Genesis and a child theme. You can see all the things that I recommend here on my blogging resources page, most of which are free. 🙂 I would NOT suggest a free theme for someone who wants to make money blogging. That is something you want to pay for, along with hosting.
I signed up for Jaaxy Enterprise after paying $80/mo for a keyword tool that couldn’t even find affiliate marketing in its own database. That was crazy to me. It looked so fancy and did so many things except what I needed it to do. I am so glad I found Jaaxy. I tried a few other tools that didn’t do the job. I agree with your recommendation completely. Too bad I didn’t see this before I wasted all that money on the other tool.
Bulk Selling: For all practical purposes, you can sell as many items as you like on Decluttr. If you reach the 500-item-per-order limit, just start a new order. This is a big advantage for folks staring down huge boxes of old DVDs, CDs, and textbooks. And it’s a distinct competitive edge on retail trade-in platforms, which may require users to enter their items one at a time.