You see the claims all the time – make money from the comfort of your own home doing something as easy as posting links on the Internet. So, as your favourite nonsense debunkers, we thought it was time to take a closer look at these claims.
The idea that you can make money from home posting links on the Internet is obviously very tempting. After all, the work-from-home industry is one of the most searched for topics on the Internet.
Yet it’s an industry that is frequently exploited by scammers looking to cash-in on the naivety of others. These opportunities are everywhere, but can you earn lots of money doing something so simple?
The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is no. If it was possible to get cheques for thousands every month then we’d all do it. Making money online isn’t that simple, though we expect you already suspected that.
Okay, so what do these adverts about posting links online really sell?
That can depend on what specific advert you come across. Some websites want you to spam websites with a link leading back to their site, but this is nearly impossible now given spam links are always deleted by moderators and the advantages to having these links posted everywhere have since been quashed. Not to mention that doing this pays poorly.
Other websites are offering guides on how to use pre-existing services like Google Adwords that are unlikely to provide any results (nor will they give you any information you couldn’t find elsewhere for free.)
What’s more likely now is these adverts claiming you can make “money posting links on the Internet” are referring to online marketing. But before you think you’re one “Buy Now” button away from an easy marketing system that will reap money just by posting links then you need to understand that despite what these adverts and sales pages may claim, there is NO SUCH THING as easy money.
What’s more likely is that you’ll be buying some affiliate marketing e-book about the basics of affiliate marketing and how it works. For the uninitiated, affiliate marketing means trying to get people to buy someone else’s product through YOUR link, resulting in you getting a commission for the sale. Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as posting links on the Internet, and saying it is is like handing someone a Stock Market 101 e-book and saying to get rich all you have to do is “buy and sell”.
Boo hoo. So you’re saying I can’t make money online?
We’re not saying that at all. It may seem like we’re talking doom and gloom here but it’s not bad at all. In fact it’s good that making money online is harder than what these “posting links” advert claim, because if it were easy then everyone would do it and the Internet would quickly become saturated with people looking to get rich, which wouldn’t be good for anyone.
The good news is that making a decent living online is 100% completely possible (albeit harder than just copying and pasting links everywhere!) Of course your work ethic and ability to learn new concepts will be important but if you feel you’re a determined person then -with the right resources- you’ve got a good chance of being successful.
Where do I start?
Good question. There are two people we’d like to mention. The first is Darren Rowse who runs a site called Pro-Blogger.net – he’s one of the most successful bloggers on the Internet and makes lots of money via blogging and marketing combined. He owns several popular sites including one that discusses digital photography.
He has a fantastic book here called “ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income” where he outlines loads of great advice and tips for any aspiring blogger looking to make some money. (UK readers click here instead)
We can’t recommend Darren enough. He has a great conversational tone that allows readers to grasp what he’s saying without feeling like they’re being bogged down with “techie talk”. It’s no surprise that he is considered one of the Internet’s most influential bloggers.
If you’re looking for a more hands-on guide about online marketing in general then we always recommend Chris Farrell from ChrisFarrellMembership.com website, a multiple award winning course that covers practically every aspect of online marketing there is. Some of Chris Farrell’s members have gone on to launch fantastic online careers that have replaced their fulltime income.
It’s an in-depth course packed with tutorials, guides and tips, from everything to affiliate marketing basics, blogging tips, website/blog creation and everything else you need to know. There’s a monthly cost (no contract though, you can cancel at any time) and for that you’ll have access to everything – and trust us, that is a large wealth of information!
Remember, there are no shortcuts to making money online. It’s just like any other career – the more you put into it, the more you get out. And if you’re a hard working dedicated person, there is no reason why you can’t be the next Internet success story!