Every time somebody in the “real” world asks me what I do for a living I cringe internally. Normally I resource than to my work as a microstock photographer/ digital artist and skip the bit about niche web sites, affiliate/ referral programs, writing for money etc etc etc. Why? Because the words “making money online” kind of sound dodgy/ fishy to me.
Now there ARE a lot dead rats lingering around in cyberspace. All these endless-long-one-page websites that try to sell you and me the ultimate money making program or the latest seo e-book. Or other related quick rich schemes, like “Do you want to make $35 765 every 11 days?” That is the part of internet marketing I want to have nothing to do with it.
But there is also a middle field for making some additional income on the internet. Take for example the field of referral sales, you can either recommend services you tried, liked and are using, or you can just recommend programs that pay you the most, without thinking of the potential customer. So it depends on your personal integrity what kind of internet marketer you are or want to become.
If you built your own web site or write your own blogs than it depends again on you how honest or how “didgy” your approach is. But the more you are in control of the end program the easier it is to make money online without loosing your integrity. So, apart of licensing images via so-called microstock sites, how else do I make money on line?
Writing: I write at Today, Squidoo and Hubpages and also at this blog (obviously ;-))
Affiliates/ referrals: I recommend the microstock sites I use and that I am successful with to others, as well as the web hosting I am using.
I am working on / have several niche web sites, some domains in cash parking (edited: not anymore), and be involved in a few other projects that is too early to speak about.
To summarize, if we make money on line in a dodgy or with integrity depends only on us. We are in charge of it, and, btw, money shouldn’t be the decisive factor, our clear consciousness should!
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