Frankly, when I was studying, I had no intention of making any money on the internet. Moreover, my generation knew the internet (and its possibilities) relatively late in order to be able to think of earning a living on the internet.
In recent years, it has been obvious. There are so many ways to make a living on the internet that it would almost become mainstream.
Today’s 8-year-old children earn their living on the internet, with Youtube, for example.
In short, it is no longer an obscure path and in this article, I have chosen to go to the essentials to show you the simplest steps to achieve it.
In this article, we will rather approach the theoretical aspect of things. I think it’s important to understand the operation as a whole in order to be more successful.
And, I got there and yet I knew absolutely nothing about it.
Frankly, if a 30 year old girl with a philosophy degree could do it, I think anyone can do it.
No need to study business, to be born after the 2000s or to be a geek. Anyone can do it and there are enough examples on the internet for me to dwell on this point too long.
Part 1: Define your role and place
I spent several years roaming the net, with no real specific intention. I mean, for a while, I clearly wanted to make a living on the internet but didn’t really know where to start. It was still very vague for me.
The only thing I knew was that I wanted to write. That’s all. I didn’t know which magazine I wanted to write for. I did not know the processes. I didn’t know how to sell myself and I didn’t know what kind of articles I wanted to write.
In short, it was the complete wave.
The day everything changed for me was the day I realized that I wanted to make a living by writing. Actually. Not in “yes, maybe” mode. No, it had become a real goal in itself. Basically, that’s it, I had finally formulated the thing: I wanted to become a web editor.
Suddenly, the first step to take if you want to make a living on the internet is to find not the “why” (more on this later) but the “what”.
What do you want to do? How do you want to make money on the internet?
What is the area that interests you or the skill that you want to monetize?
Part 2: Create your visibility
Without visibility, we are nothing. And, that I took a lot but then a lot (too) of time to understand it.
You know, often, when we start, we think that by creating for example his site, naturally everyone will come up on it. It is believed that by writing an article with the right keywords, Google will send traffic to its site.
I remember the colleague, that a friend of my class wanted to be a model. She told me (and this was before the internet era) that to become a model, an agent had to spot her in the street.
If this could be true yesterday, it has become extremely rare these days. No one will come to you. Nothing will happen by chance.
For example, I started looking for editorial contracts when I had no profile! I did not exist on the internet. How the hell could I have had contracts. This is something that I really took a long time to figure out.
Everything changed the day I created my blog with my contact information and a page that defined me as a web editor.
So once you’ve figured out what to do, it’s time to create your own space. At least a blog or a showcase site. Something we can simply contact you about.
Part Three: Create an Audience
This follows from the second part, indeed.
Because, even if you have a semblance of visibility, it is still useless. Now you have to make a big splash and shine a light on your blog or your site.
This is clearly the hardest part and this is where people often go wrong.
So at this stage when nobody knows you, show what you are doing. In other words, you have to produce content.
This is essential for two reasons:
- People know what to talk to you about. You build your expertise.
- You indirectly create a source of traffic from people interested in what you are doing.
This is how it works.
For example, in my case, when I was starting out, I didn’t. So I had my blog and nothing was happening.
I would have had to go on Facebook, bring people together around my passion, hang out on the web and gradually build my audience.
Part Four: Finding Customers
Yes, because the 4th part is the one which will consist in looking for customers this time. There, we go to the heart of the matter.
This part is so difficult for an average person that it usually takes training. Whether with free information found on the internet or with paid training, you have to learn the mechanisms specific to each online job.
For example, for writing, I had no clear method to follow. I was unsure whether to contact the editors directly, or what to tell them.
I didn’t know that there were Freelancer platforms for example. So, I trained on my own. I wasted a lot of time.
If I knew how to sell my items, I would have gotten there much sooner.
Part Five: Automate the Process
Once you get to that stage, things work out pretty well for you. We manage to have a few clients, for example.
Often this is not enough. At this stage, you need to have a global vision of how your business works.
You have to learn to automate certain tasks. Again, this is not something I did well at the start.
For example, I would have had to create an auto-responder on my blog to create a list of subscribers . I would have had to revive some customers. I would have had to add testimonials etc.
In short, all of this is part of the automation of a business that allows you to really make a living on the internet.
This is what I have done over time and this is how I really managed to make a living on the internet, thanks to my passion.
These are the steps to take if you too want to achieve it.
So much for the 5 parts that will really help you make a living on the internet. Understand that this requires real entrepreneurial work.
Now you know what you have to do.