There are so many opportunities to consider when seeking to develop online income. Just like the typical employment scene, online income development presents many of the same opportunities as for anything that can be done offline.
Online business activity provides for personal creativity when developing supportive income streams. The Internet is a true joy for many new small business entrepreneurs as well as those who need to work from home because of various restrictions affecting their lives. Plus, it is a great source of extra income that can be earned while maintaining a full-time job.
Work From Home
The New American Dream
Developing an online business presence and the ability to work from anywhere you choose is the new version of the American Dream. In some ways, it is a revival of the small business effort.
Reasons for Starting
a Home-Based Internet Business
You Can Do What You Love
Most people have something that they really love to do. Getting paid for doing what you love is a dream come true. The pride you will develop as your ability and self-confidence grow will be truly satisfying.
Your Great Idea Comes to Life
Many people have great business ideas that they wish they had the financing and time to develop. Unfortunately though, the startup costs of product development, inventory, office rent and equipment, personnel and salary arrangements, plus all the other facets of a typical storefront business are beyond their financial investment capacity. Many would-be entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by what goes into developing a business plan necessary for securing loans, and the typical storefront business is too difficult to put into place quickly, easily, and affordably.
Ease of Startup
The ease of startup is, for many, the number one reason for starting a business from home where they don’t have to deal with all the extra expenses and details. The types of ideas that are good for a home business are ones that can become full-fledged businesses quickly, and are able to bring in income almost immediately.
Availability of Products, Multiple Streams of Income, and Leveraged Earnings
Affiliate and Internet marketing provide some of the best at-home startup business practices that enable one to affordably learn about what type of products to promote, to advertise, to sell and to collect payment. They are great avenues for gaining experience without incurring tremendous debt and defeat. Typically, the work effort is similar to that of being a commissioned salesperson who sells the products of others in return for commission payments. Also, one can structure their business in such a manner that they can earn commissions from the efforts of others, and in more than one business endeavor at a time.
You get to be the boss
You set your hours for what is convenient for you. No more working so hard for someone else and frequently having nothing to show for it but hurt feelings and too little money. Developing your own storefront or home-based business permits you to be the boss and you will reap the rewards.
More Time with Your Family
Home businesses are especially good for those with young children who need to be taken to school, to extra-curricular activities, and who must stay home when the child is sick. Also, no more missing out on special occasions, holidays, and weekends with the family. Plus, for the homemaker, the home business provides the chance to get all the household chores done while earning money as you run your business.
No More Wasting Time and Money Commuting
Just think of the time and money you will save when you work from home. You will avoid spending a lot of money on gas, tolls, and parking. You will have a lot less wear on the car. Your auto insurance rates will be less than that for long commutes. You will not have the displeasure of long and difficult commutes each way.
Research Your Project
If you think you might be interested in developing a home based business, or in just learning more about the topic, then visit the following links for great information to get you started. Most information is free. Learn how to think about what really interests you when it comes to working at an income producing activity.
I know that I want an online source of income, but how do I start?
The Basics of Being Seen on the Internet
Some Basic Elements Need to be Put Into Place
Throughout this site, many aspects of developing online income will be presented. Some methods will involve working for others while other methods will involve your own freelance efforts, or the development of a monetized blog, or an actual store or other type of business. There are those who already have an offline business that they want to put online. But, no matter what, if you want to earn money from Internet based activity, you need to learn how to be seen on the Internet.
What You Must Have
For the Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY), obviously, you will need a computer and internet connection. There are so many good choices to make for these elements of success that I won’t even try to list them.
A Domain Name
The Main Function of Your Domain Name
Once you have your Internet connection, then you need to be found on the Internet by others. This is achieved by purchasing a domain name (this identifies your presence in a manner similar to a mailing address).
Your domain name is how you want your website to be referred to when not using Internet Provider (IP) numerical addresses (for example: 18.104.22.168)
The domain name is what is typed into the browser’s url address area: (for example: http://www.mydoghousestore.com ).
The domain name is meant to be something that can be easily remembered, identifies the main theme of your website and product, and is easy for the search engines to index.
The average domain name registrar makes it easy for you to use a search box to create the name phrase you decide upon. If the name is already taken by another, then usually variations of it will be presented.
Choose Your Words Carefully
As to what you choose as a domain name, it can range from using your own personal name to a company name, or a product or service description. Ideally, your domain name should use words that reveal why you want others to find you and also reveal what you are offering. More importantly, the words should be those someone would use when trying to locate the item when performing a search engine search.
Which Domain Name Extension is Best For You?
When you start researching domain name development, you will also note extensions to the base name. These extensions can be “.com” to indicate a commercial site, or “.org” typically used to indicate a non-profit organization, or “.edu” to indicate an educational site. There is a constantly growing list of extension options and a domain registrar is the best place to learn about the creation of a domain name that is right for you.
Once you have purchased your domain name, you will need hosting to put this name on the Internet. And, you will need a website to function as your place of business.
Domain Names Should Be Linked to Hosting Services
GoDaddy (.com) and Namecheap (.com) are typical registrar places to learn how to create and purchase a domain name. As for hosting, the most popular hosting options tend to be those offered by the domain name registrar.
However, hosting companies such as Hostgator.com, BlueHost.com, and many more will offer a variety of services including domain name selection and many more services that will be important to your online marketing efforts. One of the best features offered is the ability of having someone develop your site based on what you describe and then having it done within a website builder that you can learn to edit as you desire. All for a very affordable price.
Your hosting account is what makes the web pages you create available to the world to view. The hosting company owns a web server that rents you space for your website files.
The hosting company will provide nameservers that you will place with the domain registrar. This will connect the domain name to the webpages to display on the World Wide Web (www). This is how the domain gets linked to the web server and how your site gets displayed when one types the domain name into the browser URL address area.
Most registrars provide hosting, and most hosting companies provide domain registrar services. The instructions for setting up the nameservers are extremely easy. The host provides the nameserver details (for example: ns1.xyzhost.com and ns2.xyzhost.com) that you will copy and paste into the correct area of your domain name manager.
“URL,” an abbreviation for “Uniform (or Universal) Resource Locator,” is the unique address of a specific internet resource such as a web page. Every page on every website on every web server has a unique URL that is shown in the browser’s address field. This web address is the standard way to provide the location of any resource on the Internet that is part of the World Wide Web (www).
The typical format of a URL consists of an Internet protocol (http://), a domain name (myhouse.com) and other optional elements such as a file name (/report.pdf). Each URL refers to a unique web address and is mapped to the computer IP address by special computers referred to as Domain Name Servers (DNS).
Most all domain registrars and hosting companies provide detailed written instructions, along with various forms of help support that will make it easy for you to get up and running.
Be sure to visit the links below under “Related Links” to get a more indepth understanding regarding IP addresses and your website.
So Many Good Choices
There are many good companies from which you can purchase both domain name and hosting and even more setup items such as the design and development of your website. Really, there is little sense to being on the Internet without having a website. That arrangement is really only for advanced affiliate marketers.
Save Time While Learning From Others
If you are just starting, there are so many good affordable options that make getting up and running much easier than doing it yourself. Plus, with most programs, you will also be able to personalize your new site in nearly any manner you desire. The time you save, and the knowledge you gain is truly a time-saver.
Love Your Search Engine!
Again, learn to perform search engine searches for what you need to learn and do. For those on very limited budgets, learn to put the word “free” in your search expression and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results (for example: “free website hosting”). Also, use the word “review” to pull up good comparisons about the different options available (“review of best domain registrars”). Once you get the hang of it, you will fall in love with the results you can find when performing a search for some item.
Now, Get Found on a Search Engine!
Choose your domain words correctly, add a revealing snippet within your website content ( both seen and unseen), and your offer will start showing up in search results. Without getting into detail, let me just say that there is a real mastery to be achieved when learning Internet Marketing.
More To Come
There is still more to cover regarding the basics of getting started and these will be discussed in other posts but, for now, JUST GET STARTED.
Here are a few advanced learning links
related to learning to get online:
How many times have you wished that you could work from home? How many times have you wanted to make money online? Is the act of earning a living while working from home considered as a business opportunity? Well, yes and no.
SCAM & SPAM
Unfortunately, the expressions “make money online” and “work from home” have been deemed as terms that indicate scams. As such, using those terms, or presenting those ideas might get you blocked from some important online marketing services, for instance, email autoresponder services which state that any such terminology basically presents a “spam” risk and is, therefore, a violation of their terms.
Unfortunately, the same applies to terms like affiliate marketing (a primary method by which to earn money online). The truth is that the act of affiliate marketing is basically the same as that of being an off-line salesperson who earns commissions based on the sales made. However, affiliate marketing comes in three main versions. The affiliate marketer can get paid for making sales (PpS), or for procuring leads (PpL), or for getting someone to complete an action such as signing up for some item (PpA – pay per acquisition). Generally, these terms are most often viewed as CPA and CPL. The difference being whether you are getting paid or whether it is a cost action.
SPAM IN THE SEARCH ENGINES?
It has also been stated that search engines like Google will not index and show such concepts as “make money online” and “work from home”. However, I just did a search on “make money online” and was provided with “About 2,650,000,000 results (0.35 seconds)” That is a whole lot of indexing! As for “work from home” I received “About 9,320,000,000 results (0.86 seconds)” And, there is plenty on YouTube.com for the same terms.
The Interpretation of Terms
I think it is fair to say that the terms are well intentioned, well used, and really do not imply scam. To be blocked from using various online marketing services based on these terms and their implications is to be uneducated about the correct meanings of scam and spam.
Furthermore, blocking people from services on this basis alone indicates that the Business Opportunity Rule and the concept of truth in advertising is being both misunderstood and misapplied and is really creating a form of censorship that is undeserved.
HOW DID THE TERMS
MAKE MONEY ONLINE AND WORK AT HOME DEVELOP NEGATIVE MEANINGS?
The basis of such negativity is mostly due to the FTC’s attempts to prohibit and penalize those who present illegitimate business opportunities. Such opportunities frequently also violate truth-in-advertising regulations concerning what is promised versus what is delivered.
Consumers who believe they have been scammed complain about having been deceived with glorious promises of success but are delivered anything but – and frequently at an exorbitant cost that is not easily refunded. Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission resulted in the “Business Opportunity Rule”.
Basically, this is a rule concerning and regulating the legitimacy of commercial business arrangements. The core of it outlines the procedures by which business opportunity sellers must disclose pertinent information to the buyers of the opportunity.
It also mandates that such information assist buyers as regards what can be expected as a realistic outcome of their efforts. Claims as to how much can be earned and achieved must be substantiated. The goal is for the seller to provide the buyer with much detailed information so that the risks can be accurately assessed.
Business opportunities that are governed by the Business Opportunity Rule have three basic legal responsibilities:
1. The seller must provide the buyer with a Disclosure Document seven (7) days before a contract is signed and payment is transferred from buyer to seller.
IS IT A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, OR A JOB, OR JUST PLAIN WORK?
Now that you have a basic understanding as to what a business opportunity is and how it is governed take a look at what you are considering.
When viewing ads and simple opportunity presentations, the terms “make money online” and “work from home” are not meant to convey a major business opportunity offer complete with complicated terminology, regulations, restrictions, and large capital outlays. Instead, the terms are meant to convey what can be achieved financially and where the related action can be performed. Simple, direct communication!
What Is The Correct Interpretation
of the Terminology?
For many, when viewing statements that simplify as: “make money online” and “work from home” it is reasonably understood that what is being presented equates more to a “job” and just as a way to gain income, to make money online while working from home, the beach, an office – wherever! For most of my readers, it is the desire to find extra income to supplement a regular job. For others, it is truly a need to find an income opportunity that can be performed at home without the need to travel.
To create a job, or a freelance opportunity, or to function as a virtual assistant, or to join with a network, or even strive to develop a small online business is closer to what the terms convey as opposed to scam and spam.
Censoring Those Terms is Wrong
Ultimately, it truly becomes an issue of the freedom of expression and is not a violation of any form of truth in advertising. This is especially true if gross exaggeration regarding income claims is not stated.
These Terms Are Not Representative
Of Both Scam and Spam
In my opinion, to be prohibited from using these simple and direct statements is wrong. Being censored for ads and email content that uses those terms is unfair.
The same applies when also prohibited is the presentation of affiliate products and links. You cannot successfully market an affiliate product without the link that is used to calculate hits and sales. No commissions can be earned without such a link.
Affiliate Marketing is a very legitimate way to earn a living. It is the new age salesperson who performs online. Furthermore, the advertising techniques and industries related to this type of salesmanship and marketing are not scam and spam. The closest action related to spam would be what is considered as “thin content”. To learn more about affiliate marketing and thin content, visit:
The following ways are intended to inspire you to succeed with such a goal. It really does not matter whether you call it “earning a living…” or “passive income…” or some other phrase when the true meaning is “making money online while working from home”. That should not be construed as scam or spam.
Furthermore, such activity should not be censored or banned from both affiliate and internet marketing techniques and activities (of which there are many).
Take a look at some of these suggestions. Really visit YouTube.com for some truly inspiring videos.
As for Affiliate Marketing, you can most likely find such an opportunity at any major offline store gone online. Check out Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, pharmacies and more. Do a YouTube search to find more.
These are legitimate businesses and affiliate marketing is a legitimate way to earn a living. However, you need to be able to advertise using email, search engines, and other methods that should not ban the use of the affiliate link or concept. You should not be penalized and prohibited from using terms such as “make money online” and “work from home”. You do not need misguided inappropriately applied senseless censorship to restrict what you can achieve. You have a right to use direct terminology to get your point across. Visit here to learn more about Affiliate Marketing.
The Purpose of This Site and of Associated Business Services LLC
Finally, it is not my intention to mislead the reader of this blog. Instead, I hope to inspire as to what can be accomplished with the guidance and help provided by others. To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing illegal, immoral, or indecent within this site. Not scam or spam.
I worked honestly for it!
(So, whatta ya say, Ben, wanna go home and make some Franklins?)
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