One of the best things about the Internet is that it opened up the possibility for individuals to make money online. You can either work at home or at the office, and opportunities never end.
All this is making more and more people to turn online and to start their own business. However, many people are also only looking for an extra income. So, no matter which group you belong to, you can be sure that there are plenty of opportunities to make money online in 2018.
The truth is that making money online takes a bit of effort, time, and also trial and error. It’s just part of it. Nevertheless, you can be sure that it pays off.
So, how can you start to make money online in 2018? While there are many different things you can do, here are the best ways:
#1: Start Blogging:
While you may think that blogging is an idea from the past, it really isn’t. Th truth is that when you are able to publish high-quality content on a regular basis, you will attract a lot of interested prospects. So, you can be taking some time to write about something that you like. But how can you monetize it?
The truth is that it’s rather simple to monetize a blog. When your visitors already trust you and know that you deliver great content all the time, they will be more likely to buy from you. So, what not mention a couple of products you like and make your own commission. Or display some ads on your blog sidebar to earn a residual income?
In case you decide to start a blog, you need to make sure that it is not only great to the eyes of your visitors as well as it is great to the eyes of Google and other search engines. In order to do it, make sure that you have an appealing blog that includes text posts, videos, forms, and a lot of images. In addition, you should only focus on one niche and stick with it.
#2: Develop Apps
Another great way to make money online in 2018 is to develop apps. After all, we all carry our smartphones and tablets everywhere and we all use apps, on a regular basis.
So, why not take this huge opportunity and more importantly, this hug market? All you need is a good niche idea that is able to meet the needs of people.
One of the things that you may be thinking is that while this sounds like a good idea, you just can’t implement it. After all, you don’t have any programming experience. However, you can see things from another perspective. You can simply be the person who has the idea and then you hire someone for the programming part. The truth is that it will be a very low cost considering the number of programmers who are on most freelance networks.
In case you want to pursue this idea, make sure that you develop an app for both Android and iPhone.
#3: Selling on Amazon, Etsy, And Ebay:
When you want to sell your own products online, you have two different routes that you can follow: you can either develop your own online store or you can choose to sell your products using networks such as Amazon, Etsy or Ebay. While the decision is up to you, you need to know that it’s far easier to start selling on these networks than on your own website. The reality is that you will need to create your website and spend a lot of time and money in advertising it to get visitors. However, when you opt for selling your products on these networks, they already have the traffic. They already have your audience visiting them and it will be easier to make sales.
Nevertheless, when you’re deciding, make sure that you are also aware that you don’t have a lot of flexibility and that you will need to follow the rules of the network instead of creating your own.
In terms of getting the payments and fulfilling the orders, you don’t need to worry about any of those in what concerns Amazon. As for eBay, the best thing you can do is to become an eBay Seller. In order to be approved, you need to have your PayPal account verified and then you can sign up for a store and start selling your products.
As for Etsy, if you have handcrafted products to sell, this is the right place. Just like what happens with Amazon and eBay, you’ll have the ability to create your own shop there.
#4: Selling Ebooks:
One of the main differences that you can observe between the period before the Internet and after Internet is the increase of information in all formats and shapes. While in the old days you had to rely on the distribution and selling of books, things are rather different now. And there’s no time such as today to take advantage of it.
The reality is that the Internet has changed the traditional publishing world. And you now have the opportunity to write your own ebooks and sell them by only providing a download link. Then, your customers can immediately access it wither on their desktop, laptop, tablet, or even on their smartphone. And the best part of this all is that you don’t need to be a famous author to have your ebooks published. You can simply write your ebooks and sell them directly on your own website. In case you want to reach a broader audience, you can also try to sell your ebook on Amazon.
#5: Drop Shipping:
Drop shipping can be a great opportunity when you don’t want to deal with inventory, storage, manufacturing or shipping but you still want to have your own online business.
Simply put, drop shipping is one of the ways that you have to earn your piece of the pie without getting into a lot of trouble. You basically put some products up for sale on your website. Whenever you have an order, all the order details are sent to the wholesaler, manufacturer or retailer who is the responsible for shipping the items directly to the customer.
One of the best things about drop shipping is that you can have some products on your website that are yours and you can complement them with other drop shipping products.
#6: Affiliate Marketing:
If you already started searching for opportunities to make money online, one of the first ones that you found was probably affiliate marketing. After all, it is easy to implement, and you don’t need to have a lot of work and put some huge hours of work to make it work.
When you want to be an affiliate marketer, all that you need to do is to create your own website and have some social media presence to complement. You will need to choose the niche or industry that you prefer and you’ll start looking for the best commissions that you can get on the different products that you can promote.
In order to start getting some traffic and making sales, you need to have some good content to attract visitors. As soon as you gain their trust, it will be easier to sell them the products that you want.
Whenever someone clicks on your link, they will be taken to your affiliate partner website to complete the transaction. You will then get a commission for every sale that you make.
In order to search for the best products to promote as an affiliate marketer, you need to join different affiliate networks such as CJ, Amazon, Shareasale, among others.
#7: Having Your YouTube Channel:
You probably already heard about PewDiePie. After all, he is one of the most famous (if not the most famous) YouTubers. What did he do? He made millions by filming himself playing video games.
Well, you don’t need to play video games to make money from your YouTube channel. There are plenty of different kinds of videos that you can make and you can easily start making some money online. You can have a YouTube channel about music, travel, how-tos, reviews, unboxing, among many others.
So, how can you start making money online with YouTube?
The first thing you need to do is to decide about what kind of videos you are going to make and then create your channel there. Make sure that you upload your videos on a consistent basis since it will help you build an audience. Make sure that you spread the word about your new channel wherever you can from social media networks, by email, among so many others.
When you already have a decent audience, you can start monetizing your channel. You can allow YouTube to include ads on your videos for example.
#8: Niche E-commerce:
In case that you are about to start, the truth is that you’ll probably be the only one working on your new business. So, you want to make sure that you focus all your efforts on only one niche or industry. Yes, you look at Amazon and just want to be like them. However, remember that you are just one.
By focusing on only one niche and making all your content and products to sell around that niche will be a lot easier to get noticed. The truth is that you can even become an expert in the niche that you choose if you keep posting great content about it. With this, you’ll make more sales, month after month.