One of the best ways to making money is “online.” There’s no boss and physical work. If you don’t have the passion for your job, it will become mundane, tedious, monotonous and uninspiring. This can be really bad if your job get phase out and down graded if two business decided to merge. Furthermore, you shouldn’t have to kill yourself with multiple jobs and late hours. You will burn out fast. You need leverage.
Generally, to make money online, you’re either a “publisher” or “advertiser” or both. Most people probably start off as an advertising affiliate, promoting other peoples products for a commission. They’re so many ways to make money online, it can get confusing trying to figure were to start. If you just want some basic knowledge or ideas to making your own money, I’ll suggest a few books to get started and excited. Understand these books are just giving you reference and ideas, they’re usually not step-by-step manuals to making money. Read these books in your spare time only, while working on other projects. The intro hype of these books may get you excited but the reviews keep things in balance.
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Extra Money Answer: How to Create, Promote, and Monetize an Affiliate Site by Shawn Collins
Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997 with a number of active affiliate projects, and a decade of affiliate management under his belt. He is a Co-founder of Affiliate Summit, the leading global conference and tradeshow for the affiliate marketing industry and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine. He authored the books Extra Money Answer and Successful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants, and was an editor and contributor to Internet Marketing from the Real Experts.
Pros: The #1 thing that gets in the way of most people in terms of making money online is fear…fear that you’re going to waste your time, get taken advantage of, not know what to do, and ultimately not making any money. Most people kind of need their hand held through the process. If that’s you, then this book is for you. It takes you through every single step of how to choose a topic, get a domain, set up a website, create and curate content, promote your site, etc. — all for what… $3? That’s a steal.
Review By Scott Social Media Allen
Cons: The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is that I have some issues with some of the suggestions. For example, I would never recommend GoDaddy. I used them for years, because they were “good enough”. But even ignoring all the politics / privacy / ethics issues, I’ve simply found too many times that they do weird, non-standard things, plus the fact that I got sick of being constantly up-sold other services when I’m just trying to manage my stuff. There are numerous better options, at better prices, with better service. Frankly, while at a later date you may want to have your domains and your hosting separate, for newbies it’s a LOT easier to just get them both at the same place…definitely saves a couple of steps and may even save you some money.
Review By Scott Social Media Allen
Book hints of:
• Picking a Topic for Your Site
• How to Create Content
• Brain storming a domain name
• Website hosting
• Using Email to Drive Traffic
• Secure Your Social Media Names
• Driving Traffic to Your Website
• Finding Affiliate Programs
• Creating Affiliate Links
• Enhanced Statistics for Affiliates
• Education for Affiliate Marketers
If you’re a beginner or intermediate marketer, Shawn Collin’s book will take you from having no clue about making money online to applying his concrete advice for putting more money in your pocket. Highly recommended for people starting out. GoingSelfEmployed.com uses GoDaddy without any problems but if you think GoDaddy is over commercialize then try NameCheap.com as an alternative. Recommended by Ryan Moran.
Multiple Streams of Internet Income: How Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Money Online, 2nd Edition [Hardcover] By Robert G. Allen
Following the success of the bestselling Multiple Streams of Income, Multiple Streams of Internet Income took the idea of making money on the Internet to the next level, by revealing how to deliver a marketing message faster, cheaper, and to a larger number of potential customers.
Pros: There really isn’t anything new here other than the repairs of broken links. Any new ideas given are better presented in other materials. It really comes down to this: Robert Allen gave great ideas a few years ago, but others have come along since with better ideas and complete marketing systems for online success. I’d check out Call to Action by Brian Eisenberg instead.
BTW – I would give 5 stars to this book if it were a first edition so if you haven’t read the first edition this is a good book to have, but make sure you read Call to Action as well.
Review By Tom Carpenter
Cons: In today’s economic climate it sure is a great idea to have multiple streams of income and no one tells this story better than Robert Allen. But for pure pragmatic strategy and analytically brainstorming on how to really make this work I prefer Scott Fox’s new book, “Internet Riches”. A serious book that has a straight forward plan that takes you step-by-step through the (not very) technical steps to a business plan, a new business and a new life.
Review By cmettler-ArtMaven
Book hints of
• Affiliate programs
• Joint ventures, turning Junk into case with auctions
• Turning ideas into steady streams of cash flow and more.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss
More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
Pros: The 4-Hour Work Week is a rollicking romp through the modern economy, headed up by a hilarious, bare-knuckled champion of the free spirit. There is no doubt that readers interested in a change from the status quo will get plenty of inspiration from this book. Most will also get some nifty pointers on how to scheme the system. If nothing else, this book reveals how bloated and monolithic the old way of doing things is, and gives the reader the tools to take advantage of it.
Review By P. Narayan
Cons: If you’re an average 9-to-5 ‘worker bee’ hoping for an easy fix, you’ll be disappointed. Many of Ferriss’ tactics to obtain the 4-hour workweek involve strong risk-taking skills, audacity, ironclad willpower, extremely driven, persistent, “Type A” personality traits that many top executives and managers innately and already have.
Review By nycgirl “nycgirl”
Book hints of:
• Fear-setting and escaping paralysis
• How to escape the office
• Top 13 new rich mistake
• Killing your job and more.
Blogging For Dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley
Now in its fourth edition, Blogging For Dummies is fully updated and more practical than ever for today’s bloggers. Whether you’re just beginning or are already a full-tilt blogging maven, you’ll find the up-to-date information you need in these friendly pages. Want to integrate your blog with social media? Jump into the fast-moving world of microblogging on Twitter or Tumblr? Choose which blogging software to use? Optimize your current blog for search? This detailed book guide covers it all, and then some. Buy the book, build a better blog, and blog about it!
Pros: Like many Dummies books, this book is comprehensive! It’s a thorough introduction to blogging from rank Internet newbie, to the typical active
blogger seeking to learn more about the medium.
As a 2008 book, it’s reasonably current. This is one of those Dummies books the publishers will need to update annually. I recommend readers always seek the latest possible edition of any blogging book, as popular technologies change so rapidly in the field. RSS, comment spam, social networks and podcasting are all given their due space. An entire chapter is devoted to adding and managing photos for your blog.
Review By Jill Florio
Cons: This really is just an introduction for absolute beginners and does not provide the technical know-how to create a blog website. The easiest method they discuss for getting online is Blogger.com, which has since updated their user interface leaving this books treatment of their service no longer current. Methods that could actually result in making a relatively professional-looking blog site, such as WordPress, are only glanced over – the reader is referred to WordPress for Dummies! And they state several chapters into the book, “Ok, we lied…it is not easy to create a WordPress site”.
Review By Sue Castillo
Book hints of:
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• Making your self comfortable with blogs
• Choosing what to blog about
• Making mistakes
• Picking a domain name and more.
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett
An update of one of the bestselling blogging books, written by two of the world’s most successful bloggers. There’s a reason why the first two editions of this book have sold thousands of copies worldwide. Written by two of the world’s most successful bloggers, it’s one of the clearest books out there on how to earn an income from your blog. This new edition gets you up to date on the very latest changes that affect the blogging-for-business landscape. Featuring new material on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; plus new ways and tools to grow your audience and expand your business beyond your blog, this professional blogger’s bible is better than ever.
Pros: The authors start immediately with the theme of the book: “How you can make money with blogging.” You learn as soon as you open the first page about what it means to blog for money, what you need to do in order to start earning a living from the early stages of the blog and how you can measure the blog’s success. So, if that is all what you are interested to know, you do not need to read further; but I would not suggest doing that, because you would lose lots of valuable information.
Review By Jayne Georgette
Cons: In general I found ProBlogger interesting and informative, even if it doesn’t delve too deep into any of the topics the authors touch on. Even the case study in the last chapter lacked depth-I would have liked to know more about how he managed his content, built a community, etc. But as an introduction to professional blogging, it does the job.
Review By Anabelle Bernard Fournier
Book hints of:
• What makes a blog different
• Building and flipping
• Search engine results
• 10 reasons why niche blogs are successful and more.
Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet by Marc Ostrofsky
Amazingly successful Internet entrepreneur, Marc Ostrofsky, whose self-published edition of this title made the New York Times bestseller list, presents all of the insights, tips and strategies needed to make money—and lots of it—online. The Internet is arguably the most powerful business tool in the history of mankind. You can use it to make money, save money and create new revenue streams quickly and easily, often with no start-up capital. The Internet is changing the way business is conducted and fortunes are made!
Pros: Get Rich Click by Marc Ostrofsky blows away any idea that all the opportunities on the internet have already been mined. Marc brilliantly shows that the internet is full of mines ready to be discovered and claimed.
Get Rich Click outlines endless possibilities to build income and net worth with the combination of the internet, mobile and social media. Instead of being overwhelmed, Get Rich Click takes you by the hand, explaining chapter by chapter how each piece of the internet puzzle fits together.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced player looking to start up or go to the next level, Get Rich Click is like a treasure map telling you where the gold is.
Review By Gary Spirer
Cons: This is a good book. Not great, but worth checking out. I give credit to the author for covering so many aspects of online business in one book. The problem is, there isn’t enough space for everything he wants to cover– at least in detail. It’s kind of like being at a buffet, with a lot of choices, but only being able to take a tiny bite. You get an idea of what is available, but don’t walk away totally satisfied.
Review By T. Baker
Book hints of:
Insights from Zappos.com founder Tony Hseih, another success: Laundryview.com, making money with no money: reverse E-commerce in action ,7 different E-commerce business models to choose from, the online retail market, other ways to make money on E-bay, 7 tips for keywords, 7 steps to start making money with Google Adsense, 16 ways to attract more traffic and loads of other information.
All these books should give you some practical idea how to run and start a business in a variety of industries. But, don’t spend to much time going from one book to the next — implement your ideas by writing them down. Don’t set your goals way too high. Work on them little-by-little until you see results. Never give up! Especially if you’re unemployed or have a grunt job.