Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from building successful businesses on the back of podcasting and offering free content on specific topics. Listen to this great episode of the Conscious Millionaire podcast for an interview with John Lee Dumas on how to make money podcasting.
I run my own company, but I guess you could still say I’m a freelancer since I’m flying solo. I’m also a dev (though I do design as well), not counting design work I clear mid 4 figures monthly (and low 4 figures part time just 18 months ago). I don’t use freelancing sites at all and I use all three techniques that I described in my response above.
Hello Alex, you have a very informative website and good recommendations on how to make money online especially for someone with computer programming background. I am particularly interested in developing apps for Android. Can you suggest any websites or resources that offer free good course on apps programming? Thank you and wishing you all the best!
There are ready-made advertising and affiliate programs you can use to make money on your blog. Google Adsense is a complete package on the advertising side — basically all you need to do is sign up for an account, paste the ad code into your site, and you’re ready to go. It’s just about the lowest maintenance way to make money on a blog (get my book free here).

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Agencies and product manufacturers recruit consumers to participate in either online or in-person focus groups to analyze consumer shopping behavior and attitudes. These focus groups can be quite lucrative and pay up to $100 per hour; non-monetary incentives include gift cards and corporate schwag. Also, demand for college students at focus groups is rather high because they fill a rather limited demographic. However, participants have to dependable, logging in or showing up at the focus group site each week or whenever they’re requested to do so.
For example if a student purchases your course using an Instructor Coupon code, either from promotions to your own audience (e.g., your email list or YouTube subscribers) you can make 97% revenue share. Alternatively if the course is sold via an Affiliate, the split is 50% affiliate, 25% Instructor and 25% Udemy. If the sale comes directly via the Udemy website (not an affiliate or an instructor promotion) the split is 50% Udemy, 50% Instructor.
If you have a budget and are willing to pay for traffic, you might want to explore investing in Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, Bing Ads or any of the other networks you can buy traffic from. Their first advantage is a double-edged sword. You can literally start receiving traffic within minutes from starting a campaign. But once you stop running the campaign, the “traffic tap” stops.

Another angle worth considering with Fiverr, is to advertise in other places and on other sites for work and then outsource the job to someone advertising on the site with the required skills, such as a logo designer or whatever it is you need doing. This way, you could quickly turn a $5 cost into a profit by charging your customer at a higher rate.
A lot of people will recommend selecting a niche/category you’re familiar with right off the bat and browsing products inside it. Although I agree with this approach for strong reasons I’ll outline later, I do not think it should be the starting point. Simply go ahead and hit the “magnifying glass” button next to the search bar without typing anything.
Great information. If you have the knowledge and experience with programming or coding, it is definitely feasible to work as a freelancer. I do agree with you that the best way to monetize your programming skills is to offer webinar or information on your own website. By doing that, you are tapping the three billion internet users in the world and the earning can be huge!
Topcoder is an online program where you can can compete with other members. The one who writes the best code emerges out as the winner. This also brings you good reach to big companies who are looking for talented coders. You can participate in the programming contests launched by them along with other members, and the interesting factor is that you can see the codes written by other members also (which shows us the different approaches to the same problem). So its a very good learning process too.
I am absolutely new to the whole online marketing thing. I visited CB in 2012, then, it appeared overwhelming so I put it on the back burner. A week ago I revisited CB and ran two campaigns without a website nor blog . I went to Fiverr and had traffic directed to my CB ad. At this point, I’m just waiting to see if anything converts. I jumped in without knowing too much of what I was doing… I needed to take some type of action.
Did you know that those people asking for your signature outside the grocery store are typically paid to get you to sign up? Contrary to popular belief, they aren't pushing politics because they care. They are pushing for your signature because they typically get $1-$2 per signature. If you could get 30 people to sign up per hour, you're making $30-$60 per hour. Not bad.
I've learned so much with this course! KC Tan is an excellent instructor. He covers all the bases. Also, his facebook group and email list have both been a great value for me. I've made money using this method, and I'm hoping to start making even more by learning list building details in another of his courses that I just started. So glad I came across his courses.

Selling other peoples products. Basically you list products which full-filled directly by the manufacturer, so you don’t need to store any products yourself. (time investment to setup branding, store, build relationships with vendors, finding quality, organising unique packaging etc, but once setup you can run it from anywhere in the world, it’s not completely automated, usually someone has to update order status on the ecommerce backend. And you’ll have to spend 60–70% of your time and money on getting traffic to your store).


Find your niche partners, collaborators, and champions: As you’re creating your course, look for notable people who are also creating content in the space. Look att how their businesses operate and incorporate that into your own plan. You can also reach out to any influencers and make them affiliates for your own course. This way, they’ll be incentivized to share your content with their own audiences (which can be a major way to generate your first sales—it helps if you're using one of the best CRMs for small business—and start building your own community!)
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