We love helping people, and it naturally leads to people searching for how to make money by helping others. Everyone who logs and writes a search into the search engines is typically looking for help with something and that is where the opportunity arise to help others.
We take a huge pleasure in helping people achieve their goals, and no matter how you want to offer your help there is a way of doing it online.
There are over 4 billion people online these days, and most of them are looking for help… and what do you have to offer that can get you started helping and making money online? Your knowledge, your guidance and wililngness to help!
Gem and I have compiled 3 great ways on how you can make money by helping others. We have started with our favourite way – Blogging.
Start Blogging – Our Favourite Idea
It seems an odd choice, but the opportunity to help people and make money is huge. It also means you can specify what you are going to offer help in. No matter the subject you are offering help in, there is an audience out there looking for help with it, there is also an opportunity to earn money from it too.
On our site, we offer help and advice in Affiliate Marketing, you could start a blog in any niche that you want to and there will be an audience just as interested in learning about that subject, or interested in purchasing products or services in that niche too.
Think about the niche you are wanting to offer help and advice in, think about what you could write about in that niche and that is the starting points for a blog.
Blogging is all about helping people, so whatever niche you choose there is people who are looking for help. Whether that be, how to get started in that niche, a product review in that niche, helping making the right purchasing decision.
People are searching the web, because they want help. The beauty of blogging is that by picking a niche or subject you already know a lot about, the help you provide will come across very genuine. That is a key factor!
If the reader does not trust you, or think you are not offering genuine help or advice – they will leave your website/blog and you have lost the chance to make money from blogging.
There are two ways you can monetise your blog once you have got going, which we will go through now.
You may not have heard of the term affiliate marketing, but it is a great way of helping others and promoting products and services within that niche using affiliate programs.
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Affiliate Marketing allows you to promote products and services on your blog, with the reward of a commission if someone goes from your blog and purchases said product.
Imagine if you have wrote a really helpful guide on wedding photography for example. That audience that is looking for guidance on how to get started in wedding photography will also be interested in the best cameras, accessories, courses, whilst taking in all of your help within that niche.
All of these products and services can allow you to earn money from Affiliate Marketing.
It has been proven time and again, Affiliate Marketing only works if you start from the point of helping people. People do not want to be sold to, but if you can gain their trust through helping them – they will be more inclined to follow your advice around purchases too.
Think about Amazon, they started out as a small bookstore. Didn’t have a huge marketing budget, so they launched an affiliate program, and they still use it today. There are huge benefits to both the company and the affiliate marketer.
Does it take hard work to earn money from it – Yes! But nothing was earnt in this life without a bit of hard work.
I won’t lie to you, it will take hard work to get to the level it is earning you good money. But the amount you learn whilst on the journey and the point where it does start earning you money – it makes all the hard work worth it.
The reason I say it is worth it, is because it is so rewarding to know you are helping people. When it starts earning you money, that is the icing on the cake. Both helping people and earning money online. A win-win situation.
There are four stages to reach the point where you are earning money:
Step One – Choose an Interest
This is an important step, and many get it wrong because they choose something they think will be profitable, rather than something they know something about.
Whatever interests, hobbies, skills you have – there will be others looking for help and that is where Affiliate Marketing is awesome, because you are helping people who share a common interest with you. It also means you will not get bored with the concept in the early stages when you are not receiving enough visitors to your blog to earn you revenue.
Step Two – Build a Website
You need a foundation for your online blog to help people. Your goal is to become an authority in your niche. That way people will know that if they want help or to learn and engage in that niche, you are the authority to go to.
You can get a free website, with the tool below. See if your chosen domain name is free:
Step Three – Attract Visitors
Once you have your website, you are going to want to start your mission on gaining traffic. Regardless of good your content is, know that the reason why most affiliate marketers fail is because they give up too soon. I am not going to say that affiliate marketing is a quick way to earn money, because it isn’t.
This is all about building a business with the long game in mind. I did not start getting “organic traffic” on this blog until the 5th month. It also happened to be the point where I made my first sale.
Honestly, this is not an option for people looking for a quick way to earn money – and I must say, there is no quick way to earn money online, unless you are wiling to invest heavily.
Now, there are examples where it can be done naturally quicker, but they will depend on the niche you chose. If you find a diamond niche, without much competition you can achieve it much sooner.
But once you have constant traffic coming to your blog via the search engines, that is what organic traffic is, then you will soon start to see us achieving step four.
Step Four – Earn Revenue
If you have created a blog that is full of interesting and helpful guides all around your blog, have included some relevant product reviews with your affiliate links included and the traffic is coming in nicely – that is when you can start to see affiliate marketing having unlimited opportunities. If you have one blog that is converting well, that same blog could earn you money for years.
You also achieved it all from something you were interested in and from HELPING PEOPLE. Which is a great feeling, trust me on that.
If you feel that Affiliate Marketing is the way you want to help people and you want to create your own blog, then I highly recommend that you get the correct training to ensure that you are following the right direction and get the same support that Gem and I did. We followed the training at Wealthy Affiliate and it has led us to having businesses that are there to help people, just like you want to.
Read our review for more information, or if you would like to see what they have to offer with a free starter membership (no credit card required), then check them out here.
Creating your own blog is awesome, and once you start getting that traffic we mentioned in step three, you can also start benefiting from other ways to monetise your website, like Paids Ads.
Selling advertising space on your blog is another great way of earning money from your blog. But again, this will require traffic to your blog to be able to earn money. This is because you earn money based on impressions as well as clicks.
Impressions are from when someone sees the ad, but doesn’t necessarily take any action from it. Clicks are from when someone clicks the ad.
Most new bloggers will try out Google AdSense, which is easy to get started with. But when you start seeing a high number of visitors to your blog, that is when you can start explore better paying options like MediaVine.
Write an eBook
Another tactic to help people and make money online is by creating an eBook and selling it. If you are a subject matter expert, and can write a downloadable book for people to buy, it is a great idea on two fronts.
The one is, that you could offer it on platforms such as the Kindle Marketplace, or another option is something you offer people who join your mailing list on your blog.
Email Marketing is still a very effective way to earn money online, and offering them an eBook is a great way of getting them to join your mailing list. Once they have joined, you have the trust factor and the fact that you can keep sending them useful information.
Many self-published authors are supplementing their earnings from their blogs with eBooks. It will again take time to earn money with this route, although that depends on how much you can sell your eBook for.
You need to ensure the subject is of interest, will be something that they will want to pay for and you need to ensure you design a captivating cover and title to get them hooked and wanting to buy it.
Teach – Create a Course
The other option is to create an online course with a site like Udemy. Online Courses are really popular at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you cannot do in-person courses too. People are looking for help in a multitude of different ways and you could definitely find an opportunity.
The options could be:
- Online Courses
- Presenting at Conferences
- Teaching Seminars
- Holding Workshops
All of these are great options to share your experiences, help people and make a difference to them and earn money from helping them too.
Which Direction is the Best One for You?
Honestly that is decision you need to make, but before you do I would suggest that you do not only pick one. The reasons I say that are, blogging is a great idea and having a website is also a great foundation. But not just a foundation for a blog, it is a foundation for an online business – it could be a blog, a chance to create and use eBooks to create value, even use a course to again explore another avenue to monetising and helping people.
Using any of these options to create an email marketing campaign, using social media to share your knowledge and build your authority.
The options are endless when it comes to an online business. Gem and I loved starting an online business that helps people get started with an online business and affiliate marketing. It isn’t for everyone, but that is where your unique knowledge will help you create your own direction.
If you truly want to create your own online business, and get out and help people, plus earning some money. Wealthy Affiliate offers great training, help and support with 2 free websites with a free starter membership. The training is not all about affiliate marketing, like the name suggests. The training covers all aspects of an online business and is how we got started.
Whatever you decide to do, you need to get out there and get busy. Get learning, get creating! Share your knowledge and go earn yourself money too!
Thanks for reading this guide, please tell me which option do you think you might take or is there any others that you are considering. We would love to hear from you, just add a comment below and we will definitely get back to you!
John is an Internet Entrepreneur finding success with Affiliate Marketing through Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is a fully comprehensive training platform for anyone looking to get started or even expand their knowledge with Affiliate Marketing. Through Wealthy Affiliate John is now experienced in Affiliate Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing & Helping Beginners. Read more about him at his profile here.