How to Earn Extra Income on the Side

On this page, I want to show you how to start earning extra income on the side. The blog posts and resources below will help you get started on your way to finding your niche, starting your website, and selling your product or making money through other means by helping your audience. This is not easy, if it is everyone would already have done it, but it is do-able if you want it enough, you’ll put in the effort to make it work for you.

 

Get started with finding a Niche:

Here you can start finding what you are passionate about, what you are knowledgable in, and most importantly – what has an audience willing to pay for that information! Market Samurai is the most incredible tool for intimately understanding consumer trends and finding what niche has the most traffic and least competition. Check out the website for a tutorial on using Market Samurai.

 

Setting up your website:

BlueHost.com is an incredibly fast, easy, and inexpensive way to host multiple websites. I’ve done lots of research and have worked on multiple domain hosting platforms – no other company provides the level of support and ease of use for such a low price. Another advantage is that once you have a hosting account set up, you can host an unlimited number of domains for the same price, just paying the few dollars to register the domain! Learn more about hosting a website.

 

Making your website attractive and navigational:

You don’t need to be a web developer to have a beautiful website! Who wants to code a web site if you don’t have to? Themes are a super easy and inexpensive way to get a custom built, easy to use, easy to change website that looks beautiful and can be set up in minutes. I recommend Studio Press and Theme Forest for the best themes at low prices.

 

Choosing your informational product:

I choose to publish an ebook for Play Through Autism using Amazon’s Kindle platform. This is attractive for the wide readership on Amazon and the seemingly official status of ebooks sold there. Another option is sell your ebook directly to your audience using ClickBank or E-Junkie.

 

The power of affiliate marketing:

Affiliate Marketing is the business of promoting some person or company’s product and getting paid a commission when one of your audience members purchases that item. This is also called commission or referral marketing. This is generally done by using links which reference your affiliate account to that product, which saves a cookie on the end user’s computer to show that they were referred to the product through you. Full disclosure, many of the links on this site are affiliate links. However – with affiliate links, it’s very important that you are only promoting products that you truly believe will give your audience value. Remember, your audience’s trust is your biggest asset.

 

Marketing Your Site and Building Your Audience:

You have your site set up and ready to go – next step is drive traffic to your site and get conversions. This is done in two ways, first by making your site attractive and full of valuable information. Need design help? I am a very proud user of Lynda.com and would suggest it to anyone. I use it to learn more about web design and many other topics.

The other part of the audience puzzle is staying in contact with your audience and leading conversions. Your email list will be your best asset as an online marketer, and building it up early should be a priority. The most comprehensive email service is definitely Aweber.