Best Way to Make Money Online

There are so many things on the Internet telling you the best ways to make money online.  You may have seen many that are just trying to sell you something out of the gate.  You may have even tried some of those things but didn’t get very far because they weren’t complete, or they didn’t describe the best ways to make money online in a manner that was meaningful to your situation or to what you are trying to do.

I don’t know who you are, and you don’t know me.  But my colleague, Dan, and I have been where you are.  You can read about our story on this site, if you really want to know.  The short of it is that we left our successful corporate jobs to have our own business, and we ended up looking for the best ways to make money online.  We saw many of the things you have seen or are seeing, and we were confused, frustrated, and discouraged trying to figure out how to make money online.

So, we decided to do this article for you to share what we have learned about the best ways to make money online, as well as how to do it, what the process looks like, what it means to make money online, how making money online actually works, and what the most important key is to make money online.  Then, we conclude with some ideas that we use to run our successful online business today and which you may find useful in your quest to determine the best ways to make money online for you.

(Yes, we do offer a program.  No, we don’t push it in your face or even try to sell it to you, though.  Yes, you can be a subscriber of ours, but only if you want.  Our goal is to give value to you, authentically and organically, by sharing what we know from our own experience, because we were once looking for the best ways to make money online, too, and we want to share the complete picture so that you can see how to do it, as well.  Before we continue,  if do want to get our free guide and become our subscriber, you can do that here.)

What it means to make money online

You have something of value to offer

First, to make money online, and we’re sure this comes as no surprise, you must have something of value to offer someone.  You may be thinking, “Well, what do I have to offer?”, or you may be thinking that you have nothing to offer and feel discouraged.  Or you may think you have something of tremendous value to offer.

The good news is that it doesn’t matter.  Seriously.  If you already have something, awesome.  If you don’t, awesome.  If you do have something, you will want to prepare it to make money online with it.  If you don’t have something, there are plenty of things you can sell that you will find interesting.  Regardless, the first key to make money online is to have something of value to offer.

People are wanting what you have but don’t know you yet

Second, to make money online, there must be people wanting what you have to offer.  Of course, these people don’t know you, yet.  When we started, we wondered, “Okay, so how do we find those people who want what we have?”  You may be thinking the same thing.

Rest assured, there are plenty of people online who want what you have to offer, no matter how “obscure” you think your product or area of interest or expertise is, whether that product is yours or not.

People find you, trust you, and buy from you

Those people then need to find you.  They also need to know who you are to some degree (within the context of what they want and what you are offering).  They need to like you somewhat, too, and trust you enough to consider what you are offering.

Not only do they need to find you, but also you need to find them.

The second key, then, to making money online is finding and connecting with those people who want what you have.  When you find those people, you need to get them to know, like, and trust you – before they will even remotely consider buying your product or service.

What is the process to make money online

The process for making money online and for finding the best ways to make money online is simple and complex at the same time.  It is simple in concept:  have something of value to offer to people who want it, find and connect with those people, get them to know, like, and trust you, make the offer available to them to buy, and give it to them in exchange for money.

It is complex in knowing how to do those things, knowing what tools to use, and doing the actual set-up.  While it is complex, it is easy to do, once you know how.

How does making money online actually work

Start with the prospective customer who you think will most value and want your product.  Knowing your customer, what they want, and getting inside their thought process will go a long way to making you successful and is one of the best ways to make money online.  And that is, in fact, how making money online actually works at it’s core.  All the rest are the technical specifics on how to find those people, how to attract those people to you, and how to make them interested enough to buy what you have.

The bottom line is “value”.  What value do you bring to what market that wants it?

First, thinking about your prospective customer, you want to write down the specifics of that person.  This will create what we call a “straw customer” or an avatar.  You will base your actions on taking your product online around that avatar to ensure you are addressing that avatar’s desires.  This customer will be the template of your target market of your area of interest or expertise (your niche).

You will be building a subscriber list of these people as you attract them to you.  Treat this subscriber list well by always offering value in your niche.  That maintains your integrity and the integrity of your niche, which is why your prospects and subscribers grow to know, like, and trust you.  This builds your reputation, and a good reputation is extremely important online.  Maintaining your subscribers’ confidence and trust is crucial to your success.

What does it take to make money online and to find the best ways to make money online?

As with anything worthwhile, the first thing it takes is the right “mindset”.  You must determine what you want, visualize it, overall, and persist to acquire the right tools and knowledge – just like you are doing now – and take consistent action in order to achieve the results you are seeking.  Any shortcut paths you may have seen before now have a very short shelf life.  If you are committed, willing, able, and persistent – you WILL succeed.

  • After mindset, you must have the path – the knowledge – that is the “how” to do it.
  • After having the mindset and the path, you must have some tools which are the “mechanical” part of making money online.
  • Of all these, the first one – mindset – is the most important.

Can you make money online

If you have read to this point, you may be wondering, “Well, can I make money online?  It seems like a lot of people are, but can I?  And, if so, I’m still wondering what is the best way to make money online.”

The answer is, “YES!”, you can absolutely make money online.

Here are some best ways to make money online

  • You can sell other people’s products (become an affiliate)
  • You can sell your own products
  • You can also have a hybrid online business where you use the Internet to attract people to your offline product or service.
  • You can create and sell a training course online through Udemy, Teachable, or other online training gateways. If you are an expert in one or more areas, that is a great way to sell your product and make money, while contributing to others’ knowledge in your expertise.
  • As we have mentioned here, you can sell an information product that people want, that meets a need, or that is a hot current topic.
  • You can do a paid webinar.

Most popular ways to make money online are selling a training course and selling an information product that people want where you can gain credibility and authority for long-term success.

Most important part to making money online

You want to pick a specific area you enjoy, know, or want to learn about (this is a niche).  This is a key part to becoming an “authority” in your area or niche and will help people to trust you as a source.  In other words, it builds your credibility.

But the most important key to finding the best ways to make money online is to know your customer.  Know what your prospective customer wants or needs.  This will allow you to connect with them online.  When your prospect visits your website, you want them to feel like you already know what they want and need by offering content and a product or products that directly address their specific want or need.  They perceive you as clearly adding value to them, and you are.

How to find what your prospective customer wants

Now, you may be thinking, “Well, that’s great, but how do I find out what my prospective customer wants or needs?”.  There are many ways.

You can become known on forums related to your niche.  Search for relevant conversations that your product addresses.  Answer questions inside that forum to begin building your credibility.  You will soon become known and develop a reputation inside that forum.

Another way to find out what your prospective customer wants is through analyzing searches.  By looking at searches, you can see what people might be looking for.  This is an art in and of itself and is a great way to see what people are searching for and how often they are looking for it.

The key to success is finding a need and filling that need.  Rest assured, there are plenty of people who want and need what you are offering in your niche.  Determining what that is, and then matching your product to that desire, will bring you immense online success and is one of the best ways to make money online.

Resources for making money online and for finding the best way to make money online

We have tons of resources we have used in our own successful online business  that should help you make money online, too, and to help you find the best way to make money online – too many to list here.  We have put many of those tools and resources we use on our guide which you can download for free, here, if you’d like to know more.

Best wishes in your quest for online success as you seek the best ways to make money online!

To your stellar success,

Barry & Dan

DanBull, LLC

OnlineBizKit.com (our paid program)

If you’d like to get our free guide and become our subscriber, you can do that here.

67 Comments

  1. Brandon W

    Great ideas here my friend. I’m a big fan of selling OTHER peoples products because then I don’t need to my own inventory, no customer service, and no taking orders.

    It is why affiliate marketing is growing every year and will continue to grow within the upcoming years and decades. You have hit the nail on the head and I thank you for that.

    • Dan Shea

      Entirely my pleasure.

  2. Brendan D

    Hey Dan, great post! You did a good job at covering everything that someone would need to know if they are interested in making money online. I especially liked how you listed all of the different techniques that people can use as a form of side income. Keep up the good work!

    • Dan Shea

      Thank you. Be sure to check out our Dan’s Journey blog as it contains a lot of tips from what we have learned.

  3. Spencer S

    Really interesting stuff, never really thought of it like that. I’m definitely going to give it a try, really think it might help my site. Keep it up! Can’t wait for the next article!

    • Dan Shea

      Thanks Spencer!

  4. David A.

    Hey Dan, appreciate all the resourceful content. I recently launched my own website following your articles, tips, and tutorials. I downloaded you step by step blueprint to help me start my online money making ideas and its really helped a lot. Having a thorough guide is what me and those entrepreneurs like me need. For only 7 bucks, well worth the investment.

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you found value in the blueprint. I would also recommend checking out our course on how to leverage Instagram. You can check it out here

  5. Howard G. Platt 111

    Great article with some truly helpful advice. I actually found your site via link from a comment you left on another site and I actually learned quite a bit from your comment alone.

    Thanks for the great advice and info.
    Sincerely,
    Howard

    • Dan Shea

      Hey Howard,
      Thank you. Glad that you found value!

  6. Brenda

    Hi Barry & Dan,

    Great article. I love the idea about selling other products! So much easier than having to worry about keeping your own inventory. It sure is an amazing world we live in now! Everything is at our fingertips, and you really made it simple to understand where to start.

    Thanks, very helpful!

    • Dan Shea

      Thank you Brenda!   Glad you found value

  7. Jay

    Making money online is no easy task. You need to be willing to put in the work and the time to get the job done. For your target audience to trust you would take you writing valuable content on a regular basis.

    I do have a question. It is vital for your audience to see or know the person that is behind the computer but is it a must I show my face when I build a site? Can’t I use something like an avatar that would mask my identity? I would like to know your answer on this.

    • Dan Shea

      Hi Jay that is a common question.   You could use an avatar, however alot of people like seeing an actual human.  It adds authenticity that people really do crave.  

      If you aren’t comfortable that’s fine.  The new blog I’m starting on social media marketing will simply have an avatar.

  8. Dale

    Most people would love to make money online but most have also been hit with the dreaded word scam over and over and now of course they are gun shy.

    Its great to have some road maps for future members who want to work online.

    Your article tells a very good story and explains clearly about solving problems for future customers and so much more.  Anyone new and old looking to make money online should absolutely be reading your article and following your story.

    Dale

    • Dan Shea

      Thank you Dale!

  9. carlos

    Your article is a good summary of the steps needed to make money online.I especially like your concept of defining your straw customer or avatar as the first step.However you mention that to find this ideal customer is just a technical process.I think that this is the key ,but you do not tell us how to do that.I guess we must buy your success blueprint.This is what I find dissapointing.Most people seem to make money online selling courses on how to make money online.I think that I would trust you and consider buying your program if you offered the blueprint for free.

  10. Chris

    I’ve tried out a number of online avenues for making money over the last few months, but none of them have delivered on what they promised, however, I do like your idea of selling other people’s products online (I take it that this is referred to as ‘internet marketing’?). 

    How long does this thing take to learn – how long will it be before you see some sort of return on your work?

    • Dan Shea

      Hi Chris,  selling other people’s products is a great way to start and then you can branch out on your own with your own products.

      It doesn’t take long to earn your first dollar if you stick to it.  Then it’s a matter of scaling up!

  11. Nuttanee

    Hi there,

    I totally agree with what you have to say. There are still opportunities out there to make money online. I myself have been trying to do this approach but still juggling between my job and working online. My ultimate goal is to slowly cut down on my current job and working online full time, we will see. 

    It is so true that the core of the working online gig is to have the people who trust you then you can get them to buy stuff from you. I am still struggling with this. I will keep on following your posts so I can improve the traffic to my website.

    Great post! Thank you for sharing. Take care!

    Nuttanee

    • Dan Shea

      Hey Nuttanee  glad you found value!

  12. Calista W.

    Wow you discussed that topic quite nicely, laid everything out. I like the part about the different ways to earn money online. Personally, I’m trying the affiliate route because I believe there’s a lot different avenues I could venture with that. And frankly, I don’t think I could make anything, like my own product, worthy enough to sell haha.

    • Dan Shea

      You are most welcome Calista.  Don’t sell yourself short EVER!

  13. julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with us this great post.You have done a very detailed analysis on the best way to make money online.

    Many people need to make money online but they don’t have enough skills to do so.With this post anyone can benefit from it and start online business .

    Thank you so much for helping people change their way of thinking about online business.

    • Dan Shea

      Entirely our pleasure Julienne!

  14. Taetske

    Good afternoon Barry and Dan,

    Very helpful your post with all these tips. There are many ways to make money online but as it is a jungle out there your experience will help people not to fall on their nose.

    I do not sell physical things besides a book on the topic, I think it is more spreading news. I try to visualize that my message is read by many. So I will continue writing hopefully interesting and valuable content.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you found value Taetske!

  15. Evald

    Hello Dan,

    Thanks for the great article! I found it to be interesting and helpful. It gave me some inspiration and new ideas, like for example- doing a webinar. Prior to this article, I didn’t know what webinar is, and once I’ve done some research about it, I was like: Damn, that’s an a amazing idea to implement and try doing some very cool and engaging web seminars or web casts. It opens up doors for new possibilities to engage with the community more and encourage people to work as a team. Keep up the great work Dan! 

  16. Sukundi

    Great article! I really appreciate the list some of the best ways to make money online. And thanks for the free guide offer. It helps me to focus my efforts. I look forward hearing more about your own story. How you and Dan found what worked and when it all came together for you. Thanks again for the info.

    • Dan Shea

      Entirely our pleasure!

  17. Nick

    I’ve been looking for opportunities to start my own online business for a long time couldn’t decide which way to go without significant investment.  Selling other peoples products sound like a good low risk way to start.  I understand that this will need hard work and dedication to make it work, but without the financial investment up front it’s more attractive.  

    Given your experience how long does it realistically take to start making money?

    • Dan Shea

      Hi Nick,

      It doesn’t take long to make your first dollar if you stick on one course of action.  To make decent money that takes a little bit longer to build up too.

  18. Chrissie Spurgeon

    Hi Barry and Dan

    Thank you for breaking down the basics of making money online in ways that are easily understood by everyone. I would be interested to know how you managed to learn all of this, and how long did it take you?

    I was most interested in your tips to find a customer who wants what you have to offer, by using forums etc. Can you recommend any forums which are worth joining in the Making Money niche, which is obviously your own niche?

    I have looked at the rest of your website too, and it is a great example of the best way way to make money online. You so obviously practice what you preach.

    Your post is so helpful, and I have learned a good deal from it. Very many thanks.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Dan Shea

      Hey Chrissie,

      Glad you found value!  

      It’s things we have learned over the years but learning doesn’t take long.  In fact a great place to start is Wealthy Affiliate   that also is a great place we strongly recommend for your second question as well.

  19. mark kabakov

    Dan, Hi!  Your topic has opened up a wide range of questions in front of the reader. It’s impossible to discuss all the earning vectors on the Internet in a few lines.And no one expects this.  

    I will share my thoughts on affiliate marketing. Here the possibilities are inexhaustible in the ability to count the interests of the consumer of products and services.

    Do not go for the client, do not persuade him by brilliant advertising techniques. 

    Need ideas and need to build a strategy so that the consumer said: “What a success! I found what I was looking for!” 

    I would like to add to the discussion of your interesting and useful article. 

    Thanks for posting and discussing it. Mark

    • Dan Shea

      Entirely our pleasure Mark!

  20. Alice A.

    Thank you for this post on the best ways to make money online, I find it very helpful as I am just beginning my journey in the world of internet marketing. I used to think that making money online is as simple as writing and publishing a few relevant posts a week, that’s it. But you made me realize that making money online takes more than just writing; that other than having something of value to offer,  I also need to build trust among my potential customers and need to find them. I’m just wondering if I need to build an email list right from the start. I mean, even if my website is just a couple of months. What do you think?

    Affiliate marketing certainly is one of the best ways to make money online. However, I was told that as an affiliate to companies like Amazon, you make money once only from each customer, that is because the moment you send them to your affiliate partner to buy something is also the time you lose them. How true is this? 

    • Dan Shea

      Yes Alice.  That is very true!

  21. Anusuya

    I enjoyed reading this blog and the way it was put togather, it created a different way of looking at the making money online.

    I have a niche, I am very passionate about and have written few blogs. It is a huge amount of knowledge and information I am gathering to offer value to my perspective customers.

    Your information is explained in a step by step process and in a logical way how to approach the online business. 

    The mentality, technicality and the mechanics are important.

    iI is also important to connect with your customers and solving their problem with your knowdge. This is what builds the builds the business, builds trust and customers incline towards you to buy what you recommend. This important and for me is difficult for me is described extremely well and in a very compelling way. 

    Your learning will transpire many entrepreneurs and help them being successful including me.

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  22. Mike

    It can be so overwhelming trying to make money online. 

    Your post has some clear and easy points to follow and understand before trying to delve into what needs to be done. 

    You are so right about needing some value to add. This is true for selling anything in life. 

    If you can add value and have people viewing your stuff that want to buy it, then the selling will happen.

    Thanks so much for sharing

    Mike

    • Dan Shea

      Hi MIke.  that is so true.  Thank’s for stopping by.

      On adding value you might enjoy our other post How do i add value?

  23. Sujandar Mahesan

    Nowadays as the economy has gone up the need for jobs has also gone up. So people have started looking for alternatives to earn money. I went through this article and it has so many important points that people have to think about before earning money online. This article will be really helpful to so many people. Thank you for writing this article and sharing it with everyone.

    • Dan Shea

      Thank you Sunjandar and very awesome of you to share!

  24. Stew

    Great article.

    I think no matter how you want to sell or make money through, finding the right niche is what drives most of us crazy and maybe the most stressful part and it’s only the beginning.  

    I see some out there who have picked their niche but have no idea what it means to have one.  You need to have authority as you say by really learning about your niche if you don’t already.

    Sometimes people are shown what and how a niche is and then pick one and go ahead without knowing anything about it.

    • Dan Shea

      Yes which niche do i go into is always a troubling point for a lot of people.   We did a post on exactly that a while pack that you may enjoy:  Chase your passion, not paper

  25. Kevin

    Great information on how to make money online! My best advice for online entrepreneurs is to find something they like doing and then stick to it. I’ve seen too many people fail mainly because they gave up. You will be successful as long as you keep your mind open, stick to your business, and work hard on it.

    Also make sure you like doing what you’re doing! Don’t do online business if you dislike it or else it’s just going to be another corporate job!

    • Dan Shea

      Absolutely Kevin!

  26. cjciganotto

    Hello Barry and Dan,

    We have different ways to earn money online. We always talk about legal activities, such as writing articles, making logos, creating E-Books, etc.

    Also, as you explain, we can make money selling our own products. In all cases, they will have in common is that we will solve a concern or problem of our potential client.

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable article.

    Regards

    Claudio

    • Dan Shea

      Entirely our pleasure Claudio!

  27. Faisal Takrouni

    I like when you said that in order to succeed online, you should offer value that people need, and that absolutely 100% true.

    That’s why it is simple and complex at once, I also like the part you mentioned about how to know your customers and know what they want, to get them to trust you so they comeback every time, and this last part i hope you could put more emphasis on.
    Overall great article and straight to the point.

    LOVE IT!

    • Dan Shea

      Hi Faisal. Glad you found value!

  28. Che

    This is a very informational post. I enjoyed reading it. I strongly agree that earning money online is both simple and complex, and that’s what makes online business really exciting and challenging. The great this is… it is very rewarding as soon as you get into the right system. 

    You are also absolutely right that success WILL definitely come your way if have the right path and the mindset as well as being committed, willing, able and persistent. 

    Have a great day. 

    Best regards, 

    Che

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you enjoyed the post Che!

  29. Sylvia

    Wow, you put a lot of details in your article about making money online and I like it.

    It has inspired me and I also found what I was looking for, which is the part of selling my own products and services.

    I actually was foolish enough to believe that you “only” can sell other people’s/businesses products.

    Well, now I know better.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you found value Sylvia!

  30. Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

    Great ideas. I love creating an online business because I love internet and I know there are so many opportunities .

     The only thing that was haunting me is where to start. I have tried for so many time, joining different platforms but I fail to find one to help me.

     The problems was because of inferior strategies and resources used in teaching me. Thanks for the free guide I have downloaded it. I I have bookmarked your website for future reference.

     thank you so much.

  31. Mutsumi

    Online business and work at home jobs have become so popular nowadays. We know that there are actually people successfully making a living off it but it sure isn’t for everyone it seems. I like how you broke things down in this article. Most of us start with a simple thought of wanting to quit our 9-5 jobs but with no plan nor knowledge, which of course results in higher rates for failure. As I’m reading different articles to learn more about online jobs, I appreciate yours a lot for its concise content and honest viewpoints. Thanks for making it easy for us to understand and sharing this information with us.

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you enjoyed Mutsumi!

  32. Jim

    Hi Dan and Barry. Thank you for your interesting article. I have been searching the web for many years trying to find and online business that can generate a living for me. I’m fed up with working for others and getting very little gratitude for the effort I put in. Personally I’d like to write about my favorite topic and sell products linked to that topic. Your article came just in time for me, I was ready to give up on ever finding what I was looking for. However, your blog reignited my interest and I will definitely be clicking on the link you provided. Thanks again. Jim

    • Dan Shea

      Glad you found value jim!

  33. momsmith78

    Hey Dan,

    You have brought up many interesting points for MLM business.

    I prefer selling or promoting others products simply because you don’t need to keep inventory. You will still have to research and write posts but you don’t have to keep inventory on hand.

    Have you ever tried drop shipping? If so what was you level of success.

    Tried and True

    Elaine

  34. Christine

    Thank you for listing the many ways for making money online. I like to start a business that sells other peoples’ product. In this case, I will not need to keep inventory. Also, the start up capital is small.

    Thanks for your tips on finding prospective customer. One of the most important thing in business is to find customers. I’ll download you guide and learn from you.

    Thank you.

    • Dan Shea

      Thank you Christine!

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