Best Online Business Ideas


This is an article about all the ways to earn money online from home!




Making money online from home

Top Benefits of Making Money Online

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Best Online Business Ideas

1. Niche Websites

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Niche websites, which can be loosely described as a small website that covers a very specific niche, went through a boom period during the late 2000’s and through to around 2012. The typical way money is made through niche websites is via advertising revenue from Google Adsense and also affiliate income which is usually via the Amazon Associates program.

These websites will usually cover a sub-section of a niche. For example, a niche website might cover information about rowing machines including reviews, buying guides and user information. People visit the website looking for this information and then the niche website owner makes income through placing blocks of advertising on the website pages or through commissions by referring visitors to the website to other websites that sell the products being covered.

Building niche websites will usually require some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge and this is where you work on building gyour website in a manner that Google sill show it when people search for keywords related to the content on your website. SEO in itself is a very broad topic, but it does take some time to master and can also be subject to regular changes to best practice.

None-the-less, niche websites are a great way to start making money online.

2. Authority Websites

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This is a term often used in internet marketing circles to define a large website within a certain niche. Using the niche website example above where a website on rowing machines would be deemed as a niche website, an authority site would be a broader fitness website, perhaps one that provides information above various types of exercise equipment, not just rowing machines.

Other characteristics of authority websites include an email opt-in form where the website owner attempts to get visitors to the website to “opt-in” for email updates or perhaps a short guide or information product.

Authority websites will also typically have a social media presence, perhaps a user forum and they cover the given niche is extensive detail. As the name suggests, when building an authority website, your aim is to become one of, if not the main, authority or go-to resource within that niche.

Whereas niche websites typically get the majority of their traffic from Google via YOU’RE your authority website will usually have a far broader range of traffic sources and will often receive visitors from other website that refer people to the information on your site.

3. Affiliate Marketing

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This can be done with or without a website, but is usually done via a website. Never built a website before? Don’t worry, it is very simple to do and there are plenty of useful training resources to help!

You make money with affiliate marketing by being the “middle man” (or woman!) that connects prospective customers with businesses (often other websites) that offer products or services that help those customers. Sometimes you can make a commission just for sending potential customers to another website, sometimes you can earn money when those potential customers register for a free trial or give their contact details, but usually, you make money when they make a purchase.

The percentage commission that you earn varies greatly, but suffice to say, there is great income to be made through affiliate marketing once you get the hang of it!




4. Blogging

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A blog is essentially just a website that is updated with regular content. Blogging is the act of running that website and as a blogger, you are usually the face of the blog and the person that produces all the articles on it. This is not always the case, but it is more often than not.

Really, a blog is just like an authority website though the main difference is the personality that is infused into the website through your personal thoughts and opinions.

Blogging often takes a while to produce income because it requires you to build an audience or community first, but once you have that community in place, provided that you keep providing valuable information to your fans, you can start to “monetize” that community by offering advertising, products or services that serve the community. These can be products or services that you create or own, or things that you promote as an affiliate to make affiliate commissions from.

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5. Drop Shipping

Drop shipping may sound complicated but it is simpler than it sounds. When manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors get an order from a retailer, the purchased product is packed up and delivered to the buyer with the address of the retailer on the package. This is what drop shipping is.

When you become involved in this business you find the items you wish to sell and find suppliers who drop ship to fill the orders. Some popular products to do this with are books, toys, video games, electronics and music. However, there are many other items good for the business of drop shipping.

6. E-Books

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Some people make money online by writing their own e-books but that is not the only way these digital books can help you earn an online income. There are internet companies that you can sell these books as well as resell them.

You can also earn by promoting e-books. This can easily be done by signing up with an affiliate such as Amazon. You then do promotion on your website(s) in order to make a commission on any sales generated from your promotions.

There are many benefits to this work from home online opportunity. There is no stock for you to store or keep track of, the overhead cost are little to nothing and is zero investment on your part.

7. Paid Advertisement Consultant

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Unlike some other online money making options, work as a paid advertisement consultant will not earn you a passive income but it is still worth your time to see if this is a good fit for you. True, getting the orders is indeed passive but since it is a service offering consultancy there is more work to do once your orders arrive.

Building up a business such as this involves several steps, but once you complete them all you are ready to go down the road of earning an online income. Not much is actually required and several client projects can be done at one time.

8. SEO

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If writing is something you enjoy and have a knack for, SEO can earn you a nice online income. Simply put, SEO is content writing that revolves around providing content that does two important things. Number one is providing written content that targeted audiences will enjoy reading about. The second thing is writing in a way that search engines will pick up and understand so the audiences are trafficked to a specific website. This is why it is known as search engine optimization (SEO).

9. E-Bay

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Making money on ebay can be both financially rewarding and fun and there are numerous ways to do so. Some people sell items as an individual while others open up ebay stores for a more professional path to online income. It can be done either part time or full time depending on your income needs and the time you have available to put into your business.

Items for selling can be found in your home, through thrift store shopping and by doing drop shipping. E-bay itself supplies you with all the tools and information you need in order to do well as long as you are dedicated to making a success from your experience.

10. Amazon

Just as with E-bay, selling items on Amazon can be a great source of online income. The simplest way to do this is to purchase items are traditional retail spots and sell it on Amazon for a higher percentage. The great part about Amazon selling is that once you purchase your items to sell you send them on to Amazon’s warehouse. They store it and ship it for you while you get to make a tidy profit less the tax, shipping and the fees charged by Amazon.

11. Social Media Management

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Social media management is one of the most popular ways to make income online because most people use and are proficient in social media. As long as you use it then you might as well make some money while doing so.
So how does it work? There are many ways to go with this online opportunity. You can sponsor websites, post advertisements, tweet information for your clients, and do other things to help drive traffic to paid sites through your social media connections. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to earn some extra income.

12. E-Commerce

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E-commerce sound like something complex yet is a very simple principle. Basically what you are doing is running a store. Instead of it being a traditional brick and mortar store it is an online store. Since so many people prefer to shop from the comfort of their home this can be a very profitable way to earn income.

This option for online income is a bit more involved than the others and can take just as much work as running a traditional store but with the right amount of work and dedication it can earn you a full time income without having to go into a store to work each day.

Finding the right path to an online income may take some time to figure out but doing so can make all the difference in your life. Good luck and here’s to finding your niche in the online world!