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Passive Income: My Definition
In order to build reliable online passive income streams, you first need to understand what the term online passive income really means. Definitions vary, but in my experience, what most internet entrepreneurs crave—and what I try and focus on here at JEJ24 is:
Building online businesses with the purpose of creating online passive income that take advantage of systems of automation that allow transactions, cash flow, and growth to happen without requiring a continues real-time presence.
In other words, we do not want to trade our time for money. Instead, we internet entrepreneurs invest our time upfront creating valuable products and experiences. We work hard now so that we can continually reap the benefits later.
Firstly, What Passive Income Is Not
We need to set realistic expectations before we go any deeper.
1. It does take a lot of hard work generating online passive income and it is NOT easy.
Nothing in life actually comes easy and making money online is no different. I’m here to tell you the truth, online business is hard. I’ll do my best to guide you and give you the information you need, but I can’t force you to take action; that’s up to you, and taking action is the hardest part. Taking action is where most people fail to create an online passive income. Many conventional internet marketers will try to persuade you to think otherwise. They do this as they are trying to make money from false hopes.
2. Creating an online passive income does NOT happen overnight.
I do not teach, or believe in get-rich-easy schemes. There was nothing easy about what I had to do to get my first online passive income going. But in relative terms, it was “quick” and now the work is done it will most likely continue to bring me income for many years to come, and you can do it too.
3. Creating an online passive income is NOT impossible.
Having an online passive income was just a dream for me until 2010. That’s when I decided to really focus on it and make it work. I bet on myself by trying to make my dream a reality. And you know what? The dream is busy coming true, and it’s totally awesome! I get to spend more time with my family, work more when I want, and make my own decisions. This lifestyle is possible, and I want you to experience it too.
Domain and Hosting Strategy
As we are looking at making money online, a website is an essential part of our online passive income business strategy. There are a few free options like Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress.com. Those are great options for some, but I do not recommend you to use these for your business websites for two important reasons:
1. Firstly, when you use a free service, your domain name will almost always be an “extra” extension to the service provider’s own domain.
For example, if I created a site named “My Online Passive Income Site” on WordPress, the web address would be http://myonlinepassiveincomesite.wordpress.com instead of http://www.myonlinepassiveincomesite.com.
2. Secondly, you have much fewer customization options for design, functionality, and revenue.
For example, I know that with free WordPress.com sites, you are limited to using only certain plugins, and you aren’t even allowed to advertise.
These two are the main reasons why I recommend going with a self-hosted website. You have more control, it looks more professional, and you can truly call it your own.
The Provider I Use And Trust: Bluehost
I’ve been using Bluehost for many years and trust them implicitly. Nearly all of my businesses run on them. I love their customer support, live chat, and reliability.
I have heard some horror stories from other online entrepreneurs dealing with massive hosting headaches on some of the well know companies, but I have never had any issues with Bluehost.
Some Types of Online Passive Income
There are a large number of online passive income models out there and not all of them will be for everybody. What you should do is pick one online passive income model that you feel comfortable with and that you believe will work for you and stay dedicated to it. Do not worry about all the others out there, there are a lot, and also a lot of noise that can take your focus of the one online passive income model you decided to focus on.
You will reach a point in time where this one is then making money for you, or that you have some extra time, then you can start to look for the next online passive income stream to start working on and to diversify your online passive income more. Something I am very much in favor of.
Article writing for revenue sharing sites:
Often when people ask me what is one of the quickest and best way to make money online now, I would refer them to article writing for revenue sharing sites. This is actually a question that I do not like as the main focus is money. It should rather be in helping people, then the money will start coming automatically.
How this work is you go to a site like Infobarrel and you basically write an article for it. The site then scatters advertisement on your article when it is published. When people click on these ads you will get a share of the income. It is really easy.
The reason I recommend this for beginners is because you can start right now. It will also help you to start learning about keyword research and search engine optimization (SEO) and writing content. These are 3 skills that are very important for many other online passive income models and will give you an easy early understanding.
This is a completely FREE way to get started and will only take up some of your time. The nice thing is the payback will continue for years to come and will constantly grow as you add more articles.
Affiliate marketing is making money from commission that you earn by selling other peoples products. The best part of affiliate marketing is that 99% of the work has already been done for you. The product has been created, website, checkout, delivery, all is already done by the person selling the product. All you have to do is to get people to click on your special link so the owner of the product knows that the person came to his site via your link. Then if the person buys, you get a commission.
Just get people to click on a link and you can potentially make money, it is that simple, or sounds that simple. Most experienced marketers will tell you it is actually not that easy to get people to click on that link.
Most marketers would recommend you use things like Pay Per Click advertising, but in my opinion it is not good for the beginners. It is too easy to lose money and you constantly need to be involved with your advertising. Yes, for many people this works really great, but I prefer to spend my time building online passive income streams, with the focus on the passive part.
This brings me to niche sites. Still talking about affiliate marketing, but specifically in niche sites. So, these are sites you create that specifically talk about one topic (or niche). On these sites you are trying to rank for one specific keyword in Google. With rank I mean get your site on the first page of Google because that is where all the traffic is. By ranking on Google, you will get traffic that is free, but you will also get traffic that is highly targeted.
So to make money with affiliate products on your niche site, you will put those special links in strategic places on your websites pages. People visiting your site will then click on these links which will take them to the product site where you earn a commission.
The only cost you will have is your website hosting. As mentioned above, I use BlueHost to host my various niche websites. It is very cost effective and extremely easy to setup.
A lot of people will disagree that blogging is a form of online passive income, but I believe it is. I know it takes a lot of work and that it can take a long time before you start making money from a blog. A thing you need to consider is when you write post on your blog, with or without affiliate links, that posts becomes a potential vehicle for income. Maybe not always directly from the post, but the effect it could have on the reader could lead to some type of transaction. Once a post is there, it stays there and a person can at any time come back to that post.
Obviously you have to write good quality content as that is what people would want to read and that will rank good in Google. But the more of this content you write, the more opportunities there are for people to find you and your blog or website. Once they find your site, they will be exposed to the affiliate links you have in your blog posts or sidebar etc. This means that a transaction can still take place without you being there.
Of course a successful blog is one that is continuously updated, and yes that is not passive, but once a post is written it is there and can continuously be part of your income. A specific post does not have to have income opportunities directly in the post, but can use the advertisements that is in your sidebar.
Blogging does take time, but there are countless examples of very successful blog out there.
In my opinion, before you write an eBook, always mind-map it. Mind-mapping is the process of putting all the ideas in your head into a type of bubble diagram. This is to get an overview of the hierarchy and how things flow into each other. If you use a mind-map, your eBook will nearly write itself. You use this bubble diagram and transfer it into an outline for your eBook.
Your outline can then basically become your table of contents. You can then take these outline topics and use them as you would a blog post. Write each one individually, you don’t even have to start at the beginning. Start with the topics you know best and then build off that momentum to create the complete eBook. You will see the entire book come to live as you tick of each topic.
Ebooks are typically in a PDF format, so after you write it in Word or other software, you have to convert it into PDF.
A concern about PDFs that often comes up is security. People are always scared that people will “steal” there content, and the truth is they will. What I usually do is to tell people in the beginning and at the end of the eBook how hard I worked on it and then ask them to rather first send people over to my sales page instead of just giving a copy away. Often people are not even aware that they are not supposed to just copy it and give it away. Often people will just pay you for the book even if they obtained it for free as they feel guilty once they see the note.
Membership sites are sites where people subscribe to and then get access to the restricted content on the site. Normally you will get a user name and password that will enable you to log-onto the membership section of the website. There is usually a community on the site for members only like a forum.
This is most likely one of the most attractive business models out there. The reason why this is so attractive is because of the monthly reoccurring income. The power of the membership site is in the fact that as your number of members grow, your monthly income will grow. If you site has good quality content, you can also offer an affiliate program for your members and this will in turn grow your site even more and so your income also grows proportionally.
The challenge is that you will need to do some upkeep. Different to writing articles and developing a niche site that you can leave for a couple of years, you will need to maintain you membership site to ensure that members stay.
If you just create your site with only the initial information, people will join, but after two or three months they will most likely cancel their membership if there are no new content published on the site. This is because they would have worked through your complete course or looked at all you content. The industry average for membership site members to stay is only three months. But the sites that update often with good content can easily retain their members for a couple of years.
What it take s to keep you members is being engaged. Updating your content, holding webinars, etc. and respond to emails and comments.
One thing you can do to keep members is to have some type of community or forum just for members only. What this does it keeps new content coming every day because people ask questions or answering questions? It creates easy fresh content, all user generated, and then you can and should pop in every once in a while to answer questions for people. It also build comradery on the site and often members will become friends with each other. They will then often feel bad just to leave the community of which they now are a part.
Often a site will pay for a forum manager just to ask questions, keep conversations going and in general keep it interesting.
Another thing you can do to keep members longer is to make them feel welcome when they come in as a new member. Something I have mentioned many times before is that first impressions is everything. So if you can give members something that completely blows there mind, like a personal welcome video for example, or you give them something for free that was not mentioned in the sales letter you are taking a step in the right direction. I think it will go a long way on the impression they have of your membership site and could motivate them to stay members for a longer period of time.
You can also do something offline, like sending new members a postcard as a welcome. I think it would be cool to get something like that when you sign up to a membership site. You can always use a virtual assistant or even a family member to assist with this process.
There are a number of specialty scripts and templates you can use for creating a membership site, but personally I prefer to create a standard WordPress site and use one of the multitude of plugins to change it into a membership site.
So once you have your WordPress site with membership plugin, you can write posts or pages which can be individually set as open or restricted to members only. You can setup different levels of membership etc, and only people that pay will have access to these posts. When people who do not have membership for some reason end up on these pages they will see something different like “This is for members only” and on that page you could for instance have a video that says what the site is about and the benefits of becoming a member and then you could also give them the option to join the site.
If you are a programmer, you can look at writing your own piece of software, or create your own WordPress theme or plugin. If you like you can develop a video or audio course and use one of the ideas above to market it, the opportunities are endless!
There are still numerous online passive income topics and ideas out there other than the ones I discussed above, but I hope I succeeded in giving you a basic understanding of where to start and give you some ideas to create your own online passive income and to start making money online.
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