How To Make $200 a Day (or more) Online
$200 a day – sure would be nice to make that online, wouldn’t it? I know for myself, as with a lot of people, that kind of income made from home can really be… well, it can be life changing. Sadly, too many give up on internet marketing before they get there. They let their heads get filled with ideas like “easy” and “fast” and “simple“. It’s not easy, fast, and simple – BUT… it IS DO-ABLE. This is how I got there.
My Five Steps To Earning $200 a Day Online (and beyond….)
Below I am going to talk about the 5 steps that took me from $0 a day online to $200 a day and more online. I know this is the part where I should show a screen shot of my earnings to prove it, but ya know what? I’m not going to.
First off, we all know screen shots can be a bunch of crap. Secondly, I have been sick as a dog and I’m a tad bit cranky from sinus pressure (sorry, too much information? haha!). If you read here at PotPieGirl.com enough, you already know that I take serious issue with this perceived need to flash my account earnings on the internet in order to have credibility to prove that my info is worthy. So, I’m not doing it.
However, I will give this. Here is my cb-notify alert that sits at the bottom of my browser window and updates as I make sales each day. This is the total of my sales for today:
As you can probably tell, I took that screenshot from right here inside the admin area of this blog as I was writing this post. And that screen shot matches todays bar graph earnings at Clickbank:
So… now that we have THAT out of the way….
Wait, I know what’s next…
Good! Ask Questions!!!
Q. How much of those Clickbank sales are from your own Clickbank product?
A. About half… Some days more, some days less, but half is a good average.
Q. Do you use PPC? How much daily PPC costs can be deducted from that?
A. Yes, I am now using PPC on my more successful campaigns. I’m still starting and have about $40 in PPC costs each day.
Q. What other costs are associated with those sales?
A. Other than a few bucks a month for domain names and hosting – nothing. There are no other direct costs associated to make those sales.
Ok, NOW can we move past that?
Nope…. forgot the BIG question…
How Did You Get To Earning Over $200 A Day Online?
If someone wanted me to tell them exactly what learning steps (and DOING steps) to take to get to $200 a day online, I would say this:
Before anything else – get the words “easy”, “fast”, and “simple” out of your mind. You are building a business. You need education. You need tools. You need support. But you do NOT need “pipe dreams” standing in your way. If you want to learn how to make money online starting with very little money to invest, these are the things you do. As you make money, you reinvest into your education, your tools, and your business.
Step One -Get the basics
Learn the basics of all this online marketing stuff. Learn about keyword research, and article marketing, and Squidoo, and search engine rankings. There are tools you will need to do these things so you will need that, too.
You will also need support and a community you can count on for help and feedback. Working online can be a bit lonely at times and it can also be VERY over-whelming when you feel you are going at it all alone. Community is important as you move through this stage. It will help keep you motivated, involved, and also help you build a network of marketing peers that will be able to help you (and YOU help THEM) through-out your entire career.
I have found all of those things at Wealthy Affiliate. Beyond the endless tools, resources, and tutorials, the community there is flat out amazing.
Step Two – Get a Plan Of Action
As time passes, you will find you have a lot of knowledge in-between your ears, but feel a lot lost as to what to DO with it all. It is time to begin a daily plan of action so each day you have focused goals and can see yourself being productive… AND you get to see RESULTS. This is crucial…and this is the part where 95% give up.
Whats the saying? Fail to plan and plan to fail? Something like that…lol But you need a way to put it all together using free online methods and get some money coming in. You also will want an action plan that is also a strong root system for your entire online business that you can build on.
That is what my One Week Marketing Action Plan is.
Step Three- Amp Up Your Squidoo Lenses
If you’re using One Week Marketing for affiliate marketing, you will eventually be ready to really amp up your lenses and make them more effective to create affiliate commissions for you. The very best thing I read on this is Squidoo Cash Machine.
Step Four – Your OWN Websites
Now you’re really cooking with gas – really rolling along! WTG! You’re creating free online campaigns and finding the ones that convert. You’re ready to amp up those earnings with… with… with WHAT? How can you beef up a campaign so that it works even better for you and makes even more sales?
Simple. You now create your own niche site to go with it. It’s time to own your own piece of the internet real estate market. Creating your own niche sites is NOT hard – especially if you use WordPress to do it. This is the best guide I have read on how the whole WordPress niche site system works.
Step 4 – Learn for Free at 6StepNicheSites.com
Step Five – Time To Pay For Traffic
Yup, that’s right! When you’ve got a free campaign that converts and then add a niche site that converts, all you need is more targeted traffic to make more sales. This is the point I reached not too long ago. I have all those One Week Marketing campaigns out there….and all those niche sites out there… all they need are for me to learn the right way to pay for additional targeted traffic and get that traffic there.
Works like a charm!
However, PPC has a BIG learning curve to it… AND it costs money to use PPC. You do not add PPC to your business until your business is making a profit that you are ready to reinvest back into the business. I’ll also add this – PPC is MUCH MUCH easier when you are working in a market you are already familiar with.
While you learn and network on Wealthy Affiliate, you will also have a LOT of great information and PPC experts right there at your fingertips. You will get a great deal of free information and learning right there. However, for me, I needed to take it one step further. I went and bought this FANTASTIC PPC system.
Last week, before this nasty cold kicked my butt, I watched the videos and read everything in this package from beginning to end. I took notes… LOTS of notes….AND I printed everything out (I rarely do that anymore). I was very impressed with this PPC learning system and the way it is all presented and put together is just superb.
It All Fits Together
Can you see how each of these steps lead to more growth and more sales? That is the beauty of it! The One Week Marketing Action Plan and the 6 Step Niche Sites give you campaigns to grow your business on. While you are working through those steps and learning (AND earning) you will be coming across great campaigns that YOU created that are ready for more targeted traffic. AND, you will be READY to learn how to do that!
How Long Will It Take?
That is a really tough question for me to answer. After all my own trial and error, I have isolated the steps down to these five. I know that if I had just joined Wealthy Affiliate when I was first starting out that I could’ve cut 4-5 months off the learning curve of my own painful self-education.
I didn’t have One Week Marketing available to me so I had to develop it myself. I did, however, cut a lot of learning curve by getting the WordPress Niche Site instructions. That system is awesome.
It took me about a year – give or take. I fumbled my way around and made my way thru all the junk and empty promises just to get to these basic five steps.
How long will it take YOU?
I have no idea. How long WILL it take you? We’re all so different – we each have different schedules – time restraints – different levels of determination. How fast do you WANT to get to $200 a day online – or more? How hard are you willing to work for it? We all know by now that no one is going to sell us the “magic system” that just hands it to us, right? (however, if there IS a magic system, please use my contact form to tell me about it! hahahahaha!)
The education you need to get to $200 a day online is right up there in those five steps. Regardless of any “hype” on the sales pages, I pinky-promise that they are all high-quality programs that I have not only read, but I USE (or I wrote it…. ).
Everything you need is there. I know they work – I’m absolutely positive that when you work these things, these things will work for you.
What Can Hold You Back?
1) Getting distracted by “shiny things” – The goal is to spend the least amount of money as possible to learn to have a profitable online business. Each time you stray off path and get distracted by the newest, latest-and-greatest super system (ie, the shiny things), you are setting yourself back.
2) Insisting on promoting “Make Money Online” type products - This one is a killer. I didn’t even realize how bad it was until I had a Clickbank product of my own. Unless you have some amazing bonuses to offer someone who buys thru your Clickbank link, you very well might lost that sale.
When you are promoting “Make Money Online” (MMO) type Clickbank products, you are marketing to fellow marketers. These folks have Clickbank accounts and they will replace your id with theirs. As I watch my own stats for my product, I am amazed at how many visits I see come in on one affiliate link – and end up buying with another.
I’m not going to go into whether this is “right” or “wrong”. Yes, I have my own personal “code” about it (If I am going to, or considering promoting it, I will use my own link as opposed to asking the vendor for a free copy. If I am buying it to learn from, I use the link I came thru on. If the only reason I found a product was because of an affiliates efforts, I use their link. That is just my own personal code there in case you’re curious). I simply want to remind you that there are MANY MANY other markets you can work in and make great sales with way less link-switching and way less refunds.
3) Micro-managing yourself and your web pages – I KNOW how hard it is to not pay attention to every little detail of every article or lens or blog post you make. It is also a good learning experience to see how things work, when and why things get indexed, why and how they rank, etc etc, but trust me on this…
Do not spend a large amount of your time tracking and fretting over things that are already out there in the free campaign “cooker”. If it fell out of the Google index, it will come back. You watching it will not make it happen faster (voice of experience there…haha!). Keep moving forward.
Once you have a good bit of stuff out there, you won’t have time to track every little detail. Once upon a time, I kept a spreadsheet of every lens I had at the time (not many…about 20) and every single day, I tracked the stats on each one. What a waste of time. I could’ve been spending that time making MORE lenses and articles.
Take one day a week and set aside stat checking time. Pop thru your campaigns, see how things are going… If things fell out of the index, take the steps on Page 56 of One Week Marketing to try and encourage them back in the index. You can’t force Google to do anything (stubborn search engine!), so there is no need worrying about it. Do what you need to do and keep moving forward.
Tonight, I created a new One Week Marketing campaign. I’ve been so busy (and then so sick…ugh) to do any of my fun stuff lately. I made 6 new lenses, got them all set for indexing and then….
And then that’s it. I’m not going to fuss with them. Google will find them eventually. If they don’t, I know how to help them find it. I’ll probably check to see if they got indexed this weekend – do what I need to do there – and then leave them alone for a few weeks (unless I see sales… THEN I pay more attention to them!)
The Value Of Your Time
I am a one-woman show. Many of you are one-woman, or one-man, shows too. All we have of ultimate value is our time. The best lesson I learned was to not spend too much of my time while testing a market. Now, once it converts (ie, works for ME), then I work it to death!
It’s the 80/20 rule for this too. 20% of your campaigns will be responsible for 80% of your earnings. Keep making those campaigns and uncover all the profitable little markets you can.
So, there you have it. Five steps to $200 a day online (and then some).