How Can I Make Money Online?

Now there’s a commonly asked question! Following my last post here that concentrated on The Google Dance, it would seem at first glance to be an extremely steep uphill struggle, unless you’ve been around a while and actually know what you’re doing.

Well, the vast majority of newbie hopefuls just don’t have the experience or haven’t yet found the truly honest blogs or websites that are going to let them in on the information they’ll need to actually make money online. What is worse is that Mr Noob (or Mrs/Miss/Ms Noob for that matter – but for the sake of making this article readable, I’ll just stick to Mr) will most likely type in that well worn phrase, “How can I make money online” into the Google search box and up will come a confusing and bedazzling array of millions of related website pages that are all vying with each other to be the one to tell him!

So who does Mr Noob believe?

The first result would seem to be the best one as it is the top of the list, or so any newcomer to the world of Internet Marketing would logically assume. Well its a sad fact that the odds are stcked heavily against Mr Noob getting the honest advice and information from the first site he visits. Or the second or third or all the way down until he’s so sick of being told by smarmy, slick scam artists that he can make money hand over fist by simply pressing a button and sitting back as the hundred dollar bills rain on him from out of the sky. And all it will cost him is $97!

Then he reads his $97 investment and six months down the line he’s still broke, or worse as more sharks take their bites out of his credit card for their worthless eBooks along the way. Then its back to stacking shelves at the local supermarket to pay back his credit card debts.

Well, Mr Noob shouldn’t be too surprised to hear he is one of 95% of all Internet Marketers who fall bay the wayside. Not for lack of intelligence, eagerness, willingness to work or any other commendable qualities. No, most failed Internet Marketers, those who failed to make money online were most likely the ones with all the right qualities necessary to succeed.

But they all failed for lack of one of the most valuable commodities any budding Internet Marketer must have. What is this veritable golden chalice of potential success?

Honest Information.

The fact is that most Internet Marketers that do make money online, make it by selling stuff to other people. Some sell a wide variety of merchandise online and are completely legitimate and do very well for themselves. Others have gained specialised knowledge about SEO and make their money from getting high traffic to their sites from the search engines and reaping the income from on site advertising. Still others run websites that promote the movement of money between countries, so perhaps someones wants to send money from Japan for instance, they can do that easily and make the marketer a small commission for his trouble.

Unfortunately there are yet others who are are pure, out and out scam artists that prey on newcomers to the make money online niche and make money by selling their worthless, recycled, tried and tested and known to fail garbage to the likes of Mr Noob. This happens because the Mr Noobs of this world are plentiful and easy pickings, mainly because they find the scammers before they find the honest people who will help them by telling them the truth about how to make money online.

Well one such honest guy is Grizzly Brears.

If you find him first before the scammers and follow his honest, down to earth and no nonsense advice, you stand a chance of joining the 5% of Internet Marketers who succeed.

So where can you find this Mr Brears?

Well, he has one or two informative blogs floating around the system, one of which does sit on the first page for several make money online terms in Google’s index. But the purpose of this post is to direct your attention to a new blog he has just launched, because it is designed to act as his new centre-piece font of knowledge from which will spring forth more valuable gems of honest information on how to make money online than just about anywhere else you’re likely to find online.

Have I whet your whistle, tempted your tastebuds and stoked your fires of curiosity enough? Well here is where you can find Grizzly’s new blog:

Make Money Online with Grizzly

Follow that link and be prepared to learn, earn and turn your fortunes around right now!

You’ll be glad you did.

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way

Bidvertiser Blues

Following my last post , I’m breaking with my freelance schedule for a moment to make a post that was prompted by an email I receieved this morning.

First a little background.

Its no secret that I lost my adsense account back at the start of 2007 mainly due to my own inexperience and lack of knowledge, so to gain any kind of revenue, I had to look at alternatives. Several months went by with no real alternative so I concentrated on promoting affiliate products instead, which was a partial success, but nowhere near what I could have been making with a decent PPC publishing campaign.

I signed up for the Fair Ads Network (FAN) as they claimed to be creating a viable alternative to adsense with which invalid clicks could not be generated – one of the main reasons people lose their accounts either through their own foolishness, or by malicious rivals clicking their links via TOR proxies so as to avoid revealing their true identities. This would be the ideal PPC rival to a rigid and unrepenting adsense that would not under any circumstances listen to any arguments to reinstate the account.

Unfortunately, FAN was only in Beta and remained so until ealy this year, when they migrated to Gamma and finaly went live on 1st May 2008.

In the meantime, I investigated alternatives for those of use who do not dwell in the US (as a good many of Internet Marketers are not US citizens). Yahoo’s PPC is very good, but not available to us Johnny Foreigners. The next best effort was Bidvertiser.

Bidvertiser is a lot more work than Adsense or Yahoo and the potential to make money is much lower, but it works as an income stream. I put a lot of time in setting up my account on my various websites and started seeing my income gradually increase as my websites attracted gradually more traffic.

Well, up until yesterday, all was well.

Then I checked through my sites on Google Webmaster Tools and found that one of them still contained some of the malware that hackers had dumped on several sites on my server about a month ago. I went in and cleaned it out but instead of seeing the red mist and hitting the delete button, I copied some of the multitude of bad neighbourhood links that were “hidden” inside some of the blog’s posts with invisible “<ul>” tags.

I was already mad as hell so I investigated the owner of the url that featured heavily in that list and found a www. miniamo.com. That domain is owned by a certain person called:

Victoria walsh
PO Box 305
Edgecliff, NSW 2027
AU – That’s Australia, by the way
Tel: 0415144859
email: victoriawalsh@ciroahomewares.com

Oh, I hope she doesn’t mind me publishing her name and details here. Oops, is that an email address that spambots might be able to scrape from this post? Good. You see I probably made the mistake of emailing her yesterday to point out that her site might be the unwary victim of a hacking attack and malware added to certain sub-pages, which are MFA pages. She didn’t respond to my kindly attempt at assistance.

Well, this morning I got an email from Bidvertiser telling me that my account was terminated for generating invalid clicks.

If I was mad yesterday, I blew a damn fuse this morning.

There was no need to return my kindness with malice. I can only assume that she knew perfectly well what was lurking on her website and that she probably knew all about the hacking attack on my server. If that bitch has made a load of clicks on that site she hacked, then she had better watch out.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

If Bidvertiser do not reinstate my account because of that evil bitch, then I’m afraid I’ll be doing a little more than simply publishing her details.

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way