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How to Make Money Online – Free

By Jeff K / April 27, 2019
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Living the dream of making money online.  Quitting your job and telling your boss to put it where the sun doesn’t shine.  This does not have to be a dream. Anyone can get started making money online for free.  Below is the best method to get started and begin living your dream.

Getting Organic Traffic

If you want to make it in this business, then you have come to the realization that the key to success is traffic.  You can have the best products, the best offers and still not make a dime unless people see it. In order to set yourself up properly you need to implement a strategy based on three main platforms.

Just like a tripod has stability, this approach will help you accomplish the goal of organic traffic in a much quicker way.  Each leg building on the other creating a solid foundation and a steady flow of traffic to your brand.

If done properly you will have all aspects of your business covered, each leg building off the next. The organic traffic will be steadily increasing on a daily basis.  Another key to remember is consistency. This three leg concept is easy to conceive, but without consistency it falls apart.

Leg One – YouTube

stable tripod

When you are first getting started this may be your best bet for organic traffic.  Videos are relatively easy to make and put up. You can start building out your channel today.  The beauty of YouTube is that even if you don’t have a huge subscriber count and are just getting started, your video could show up next to some high ranking video with tons of subscribers.

This is the power of YouTube. Once you have some videos out that give value and help other people solve a problem then you can incorporate your videos into your blog posts and other posts on social media.

According to Search Engine Journal (2018), search results having a video thumbnail double your search engine traffic.  Wordstream (2018) claims a 157% increase in organic traffic with video in SERP (Search Engine Results Page). With stats like that, video is a no brainer for driving traffic.

One other great thing about YouTube is the fact that you can (at least for now) link to anything you want in the description below the video.  This is amazing and really lowers the barrier to entry to anyone that wants to become a You Tuber.

playing youtube on an iphone

I know that most people don’t want to be on camera, and that’s ok.  You can make videos without showing your face. All you need is screen capture software and your voice.

Don’t get caught up thinking you have to compete with others that have some amazing intro, or theme music.  If you put out helpful, valuable content people will watch.

Leg 2 – Facebook Groups

There is no question social media is a powerful tool when it comes to getting traffic to your site and brand recognition.  According to Animoto (2017) 64% have been influenced in their buying decision by watching a video on Facebook in the past month.

That is a huge number considering that by 2020 there will be an estimated 1.69 billion people using the social media platform according to statista

Forget about Facebook fan pages, they are a thing of the past.  The best way to get your message out to highly targeted traffic for free is by starting your own Facebook group, or leverage an existing one.

Leveraging an already existing group you will be held to their rules.  This may be the best way to get started, but I recommend starting your own group to have maximum control

Starting your own group allows you to start building your own pool of people similar to an email list. You can sell to or make offers to this group whenever you want.  You are building yourself a powerful asset that can bring you sales whenever you choose. Your group, your rules.

Leg 3 – Blog

freelancing blogging on a laptop

Do not underestimate the power of blog posts.  They still bring in traffic from search engines and again when done on a consistent basis are a powerful traffic building tool.  A blog builds a solid foundation for your brand.

A blog will increase inbound marketing efforts and help to build brand awareness.  It also allows you to get out beneficial and relevant information to your audience.

According to the most recent inbound marketing statistics 61% of marketers say growing their organic presence is their top priority.  Also, including a relevant video in their blog post increases organic search traffic by 157%.

Just that last statistic alone shows how powerful this 3 leg strategy is.  By simply adding your own video to your post you will get a boost in search, and possibly more views on your video.

Another interesting statistic is that organic search and SEO (search engine optimization) is 5.66 times better than paid search ads.  This is a very uplifting statistic for small businesses and people who are just getting started.

If you’ve never written a blog post before there is excellent training at Wealthy Affiliate.  They have an in depth course that takes you through step by step and helps you to build a solid foundation for your website.  It is the best way to get your “online education”.

Traffic First – Then Cash

night blur of traffic in and out of the city

Once you have all three legs up and running and have steady traffic flow, it’s time to monetize.  This is the fun part. Most of the heavy lifting is done and traffic is flowing in. Now is the time to place ads on your site with google AdSense and begin to promote affiliate offers.

One of the best offers I have come across is the one offered by click funnels.  It is a complete business in a box that you can drive traffic to and make 40% commissions on.  They are even giving away your dream car if you reach 100 sign ups.

money in a suitcase

This is not the only one out there.  Check out sites like click bank, and jvzoo.  They also have very attractive affiliate offers.  Most of these give you a trial period to see if they are a good fit for you.

Conclusion

Making money online for free is simple.  Yes, I said simple, however it is not easy.  It does take work to build anything worthwhile.  Following this strategy will give you a solid foundation and a leg up on the competition.

The best way to get started implementing this approach is to find the thing that you would enjoy the most.  If you love to shoot video, then start there. If writing is your thing, then the blog is the place to start.

Begin with the most enjoyable and work on it for 7 days consistently.  Then, move to the next leg that is most enjoyable. Repeat this for 7 days as well.  If done consistently, by the time you get to the third leg you will have built up some momentum and will start to see organic traffic trickling in.  Once that happens it will give you confidence that what you are doing is working. I know I’ve said it more than once but consistency is the key to success.

I would love to hear your take on this whole approach.  What has worked for you? Are you struggling to get traffic on a regular basis?  Please comment below and share your success and failures. Keep building your online escape plan!

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