Friday, February 18, 2011

How to Make Money Online For Amateurs

Many successful online marketers were once dumbfounded by the computer. When you look at the marketing ads popping up on your computer as you attempt to do email or explore all that the internet has to offer, do you ever wonder how they got there?

Or do you ever wish you could be smart enough to advertise your business or hobby on there and make money? Or for there to be a simple solution just so you would be able to work from home and get paid extra money while staying at home? I was one of those people.

Often I would see ads for making money online and I wished I was good at using the computer and understood it better. I had friends that told me to just get online and search around and become familiar with it. I guess it just frightened me. I thought it would be too hard or costly. I never imagined it could be done for free. Well, if you are like me, I want to give you some helpful advice on how to overcome that.

First of all, you must realize that you are in control of the computer, not the other way around. Turn it on, make sure you have a good anti-virus program for your protection, and then go onto the internet. There are many ways to access the internet. I prefer to go on the internet through Explorer but my children all prefer Firefox. Just pick one. That is the easy part of getting started.

Now go to a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Type in a word or phrase of something you want to know about. It will open up into an article choice. Click on that article. This is probably how you got to the article you are now reading. That article has content that will hopefully teach you something you want to know about.

At the bottom of that article is probably going to be a link to direct you to another site that will help you find out more information on the subject. Sometimes, those sites have information or items for sale. Other times those sites offer monthly memberships. You look at it and if you are truly interested, you buy. That author just made money online. It was that simple.

Whether it was the author's site or information obtained from someone else, did not matter. The fact that the author drove business to it made them money. Someone paid them for that click. This form of selling can even be done with no money out of pocket, absolutely free. Any amateur can do this.

The person without internet savvy buys off the sites, why not reverse it and sell the same way. When you sell an informational program or product that belongs to someone else, you are doing affiliate marketing. It is one of the many ways to make money online but the easiest for beginners, I believe.

There are a few steps to follow in order to get started. First, you have to find an affiliate marketer whose product you understand and want to promote. You can do this through a search engine by typing in affiliate markets or even checking with one you buy from now such as eBay. I prefer to find my affiliates through

Then you have to get a payment account such as ClickBank or PayPal. Next, you have to get a Domain name from a company such as Last, submit an informative article to an online article publishing company such as These steps can be done in less than a day and you could be signed up and starting to make money. Do not let the internet frighten you. It works for everyone no matter your age or education.

All you have to do is put your mind to it and convince yourself to take that first step like I did. Take one step at a time and conquer that before you learn more or move on. Do not overwhelm yourself if you are a beginner. Just do it. And remember that there are resources such as books, articles, videos, websites, and coaches out there to help you if you need encouragement or want to make a real career out of it. You are on your way. The time to get started is now.

By: Melisa Wimett
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