By Andrii Demianenko
If you have ever tried to make money online, then you know
how difficult it can be. There is so much information on
the internet, that if you type in Google "how to make money
online," you will find a lot of related content, most of
which turns out to be either garbage or doesn`t tell the
full story. Internet has become corrupt, and the big "G"
has turned into a playground for marketers to promote some
If you want to achieve something online, you need to know
where to start - and that`s exactly where people have the
Let me tell you my story: I wanted to make money pretty
early in my life - when I just turned 18. After reading
Robert Kiyosaki`s "Rich Dad - Poor Dad" I wanted to become
an investor, which turned out to be a really stupid idea;
then I`ve tried MLM, but I felt really embarrassed
promoting perfume, toothbrushes and other stuff to people I
knew and didn`t know.
One day I`ve discovered blogging as a
way to make money. I`ve created a blog about self-
development and wrote each and every day, but almost no one
read my articles, and that`s why I`ve decided to quit and
sell my website.
Afterwards, I`ve tried affiliate marketing, putting
Adsense on my blogs and other known internet marketing
strategies - I still couldn`t earn a dime. I really wanted
to quit this whole "make money online business," until I`ve
realized where I`ve screwed up: I didn`t focus on only one
internet marketing area.
Let me explain: every journey has its ups and downs, and,
usually, it starts off with a series of downs. As I started
out, I experienced a lot of failures and made a ton of
mistakes. At that time, I saw failures as a sign to quit
and not becoming better at a specific area. If I`ve managed
to hold on and master one area of IM - I would have made
money much quicker.
That is really the main point of this article: before you
start spending your money on some courses that promise you
mountains of gold, find out what you`re good at. If you
like writing, learn more about article marketing and
blogging; if you like communicating with people - learn how
to market yourself on Facebook, Twitter and other social
media outlets; if you like investing into real estate, but
don`t have enough funds to do so - try flipping websites
(buying them, improving and then reselling); if you want to
become the "Google slayer" focus on search engine
optimization. Find out how Google works: which backlinks
does it love and hate, how to optimize a website for the
best results, etc.
Now take a piece of paper and write down all of your
skills, talents and abilities. Take as much time as you
need, and if you have troubles choosing - ask your parents,
friends, girlfriend/boyfriend to help you out. They can
tell you all about your strong sides from a third view
After you`ve done that, find relevant blogs, forums, ebooks and
courses that teach the skills you`ve chosen to learn. For
example, Darren Rowse`s blog "Problogger" wrote tons of
articles about how to become a better blogger; my blog Try To Learn More"
covers various topics, including article marketing,
flipping websites, SEO and others.
All you need to do is take action. As in everything, you
will need to invest time, patience and money to achieve
your goals. But if you follow my above tip, you will have a
clear understanding of what our path should look like.
Andrii Demianenko is the owner of "Try To Learn More" - a
blog that covers practical ways to succeed online.