Internet marketing is so attractive because it holds the lure of “easily" making a lot of money, on your own time, at home. But can a newbie really make substantial money online?
Making a lot of money online doesn't necessarily require a huge learning curve. What it does require is thinking outside the box, and the willingness to put in the effort. “Easy" doesn't mean “effortless", but in this case it does mean “very doable".
Here is an “easy" method you can use starting today that doesn't require a huge investment. It doesn't even require much in the way of technical skills.
One of the easiest, least competitive methods is to create and sell simple, one-page websites for local small businesses. In many cases, you can use material they already have, such as a brochure, logo, advertisement, etc. for the page without needing much more in the way of graphic arts or design.
Begin by creating a simple town “dining" portal such as “Cloverfield Cuisine", with a homepage showing a local map, and a list of restaurants.
Can't create a web page? No problem - you can outsource it on sites like Elance for $25-$50.
Then go to the local restaurants in the neighborhood and offer to create a webpage for them with their menu and phone number for $99, plus $25/month ‘maintenance’ to update the menu, change the specials, etc.
If you get even just 2-3 restaurants each week, you'll not only make your $1000 in a, but you will have created a nice recurring revenue stream. And once you get one, you can use that to sell the others with.
You can use this same approach with other small, local retail businesses and professionals. You will still find most small local businesses do not have a web page or address.
Making a lot of money online with Internet marketing is all about creativity and ingenuity. You can find many more “simple" methods and strategies by reading some of the Internet marketing blogs. Add some creativity and ingenuity, and you'll be making money before you know it!
Michael Ullman is President of Analogy Marketing, a leading NY-based Internet Marketing firm, and a Google Certified Professional. You can visit their blog Improve Your Internet Marketing for proven strategies from over 5 years of Internet Marketing success, or subscribe to their widely acclaimed free newsletter Melanie's Tips!