A Beginner’s Guide to Making Money on the Internet

Last modified on 30th August, 2007

When I first learned the ropes in Internet marketing, I was lucky to find several useful websites that had guided me in the right direction.

It was good that I wasn’t trying to get rich overnight since I understood that it takes hard work to be successful. That had helped me avoid pitfalls or getting involved in more seedy methods of making money online.

Today, a quick search on Google returns a plethora of information to help you make money online. Instead of explaining every money making methods conceivable, I am going to focus on methods that I’ve been using to help me make a living online.


  1. Setup a Website to Promote Affiliate Programs

    Instead of explaining what affiliate program all over again, you can check my earlier article where I explained almost everything to help you get started with affiliate program.

    Getting involved in affiliate marketing these days has the advantage in that you don’t have to have technical skills to create websites and promote affiliate programs. Content Management Software (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, Xoops allows everyone to create and maintain a website easily.

    When I first got started, I had to learn HTML and hand coded all my websites. But it didn’t bother at all because it was a fun learning experience.

    Creating a website dedicated to promoting affiliate programs gives you some flexibility in the products and service you want to promote. You are basically in the same playing field with other big companies, regardless of where you are located in the world. I’ve been doing affiliate marketing since the late 90s and it’s something that has been making me money consistently.

    These days successful affiliate marketing often involves the use of pay per click search engines as part of the promotion effort. Pay per click search engines allow you to buy instant traffic and drive them to your website. Some of the popular ones are Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing and MSN AdCenter.

    It’s not unheard of someone pulling $10,000 or more in pure profit or more per month using pay per click search engines to promote affiliate programs.

    Here’s a video from Amit Mehta, a PPC super affiliate where he shares his methods how he was able to grow his business from making $10,000/month profits in December 2005 to $90,000/month in April 2007. I was somewhat reluctant to include this video here because I don’t want my potential competitors to get their hands on this gem but here it is anyway.

    The video is over an hour long so grab a drink, sit back and enjoy :). Depending on your connection speed though, it can be real slow to download.

    To see the rest of the videos, you need to register with the Affiliate Summit website. Attendees paid hundreds of dollars to attend the seminar but you get to watch them for free!

    While most of what Amit talks about in the video are common sense, that is if you are not a beginner in PPC marketing, try to read between the lines where he spills the beans about the methods that work for him.

    To learn more about affiliate programs and affiliate marketing, check out the affiliate program category.


  2. Create of Blog and Start Blogging

    Blogging is way to share your thoughts and ideas with other people online. Blogs are online journals or diaries like Sabahan.com where I share information and ideas about Internet marketing, affiliate programs, blogging, search engines and so on.

    A blog is often frequently updated on an ongoing basis. It can be a personal website featuring diary-type commentary, links to articles or other Web sites or products reviews.

    You can make money from a blog by displaying advertising programs such as Google AdSense, Chitika, Text-Link-Ads.com, ReviewMe or other affiliate program.

    The best way to make money from a blog is to create one that focuses on a particular topic such as parenting, technology, sports, or politics and so on. These are popular topics which could capture the general Internet surfers’ interest.

    If you can help it, avoid creating another “how to make money” blog or a blog about blogging. I find that they often attract a low number of visitors from the search engines. These topics attract a specific audience type that’s used to seeing ads, therefore they don’t usually response to ads. You’ll be better off selling products or services by writing reviews if you have a loyal audience.

    In addition, I feel that the supply and demand for such information has nearly reached its saturation point on the Internet. Unless you can offer something unique that differentiates your blog from your competitors, you need to explore other high demand niches, ideally one that has less competition.

    While blogging offers one of the easiest ways to make money online, it takes time, often over a year before you see any meaningful results.


  3. Create and Market Your Own Products

    Owning your own products offers the stability and control in your business that no affiliate programs could offer. While there are more works involved in term of customer support, you can keep 100% of your profits for each sale.

    I think this should be everyone’s ultimate goal when trying to make money online. You can write an ebook, develop a software, or sell physical products that can be shipped from your home.

    I personally prefer intangible products such as ebooks and software because I don’t have to manage the inventory and shipping.

    If you are a skillful web designer, you can sell website templates or artworks. If you are adept in photography, you can sell your photos online. Once you have your own products, your can even start your own affiliate program and let others sell the products for you in exchange for a commission.

    Owning a product doesn’t mean you have to create it yourself. You can always hire someone to create it for you. Sites like elance.com or RentACoder.com should be handy in such case

    Alternatively, you can purchase products reprint or resale rights to someone else’s. Depending on the type of rights, you may keep a percentage of the sales or all of the proceeds.

    Ideally you should buy the rights for already established products so that you can capitalise on the brand name without spending any time developing your own.

    Most of the products that offer resale rights are information-based products such as ebook and software. So it’s a good way to get your feet wet in selling your own products.

There are other ways to make money online but if you are just getting started, these are the three that you could focus on.


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

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  • xkobar says:

    i like make money from internet like affiliate program..

  • xkobar says:

    im newcomer in the program…
    i like make money from internet…

  • Felex Tan says:

    I will use two methods,1)blogging 2)create 1 special website for my affiliate product.

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  • Dave says:

    hanks for yet another useful post. This is really a good guide on how to get started on internet marketing and has been very well organized.

  • Trojan says:

    thanks cz share the knowledges..for be its giving me new ideas as a new blogger..Huhu..

  • Arstan says:

    Thanks for replying!

  • Arstan says:

    Do you have ebooks or software products? Regarding to your point number 3, what kind of product do you have? No bad intention here, just curious…

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  • I think this is a great list for people just starting out. Too often newbies are plagued with too much information to digest and they give up. Of course the work involved in making money online is enormous, but keeping things simple can make it seem not so insurmountable.

  • pablopabla says:

    I am seriously thinking of setting up an affiliate marketing site. Do I need to update it with “contents” like blogs or do I just leave it after putting all the affiliate links?

  • dott-com says:

    For me Anyone can make money blogging it just takes persistence, motivation, patience and most important of all you must be willing to work for free for a long time before a pay off. Of course there is always the lucky factor and if not keep working hard towards your blogging goals.

  • I have been passing this post along to newbies that I know; thanks tons!

  • Kay Kastum says:

    Making money from the internet. It’s so real baby!

  • TextAdSearch says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if they could summarize these videos into a couple of minutes. Great video but way too long, glad I didn’t go to the affiliate summit.

  • ben says:


    i think money making blog hard to survive la..unless u start in the right time and hit the right target..

    i guess niche blog like…photography,politics..and etc etc is better..like what u mentioned.

    Hmm….time to change 🙂

  • Charles Lau says:

    Thanks for the guide… Need to learn it most right now

  • These are all viable ways to earn online!

  • tirut says:

    Gaman, thanks sharing your experience. It’s always good to learn from experience without reinventing the wheel.

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