And finally, after 3 years, and 200 blog posts I are going to attempt the question that everybody always asks, yet nobody knows how to answer.
It’s a common recurring questions that I find in waiting my inbox and that I get from my students over at Wealthy Affiliate.
And that is;
How long does it take to make money online?
My short, honest answer to that is; nobody knows!
Nobody in the world can tell you how long it’s going to take you to start making money online. It is just impossible. And no, there are no “guidelines” either.
I have seen people make money in their first week and I’ve seen people make money around the 12th month mark and even later.
One thing’s for sure though: if you stick with it long enough, you will make money. That I can guarantee! I have not met anybody yet that has been doing online marketing for more than 1 year and not make money with it.
Once you do make your first income, then that’s you set and the doors have been just been opened for you (more on this later).
Once you make your first sale, something shifts inside you that makes it all possible and all the months you worked hard for nothing suddenly make sense (even though like me, you’d make $0.87c after 6 months of work).
When that first sale comes in, or better yet when your first cheque or PayPal payment hits your bank account, you are going to be on top of the world and suddenly; the world seems much bigger.
But don’t go quit your job just yet. It’s great you made money but let’s now use what works and what made you money and scale it up even more to make more.
In this post today, I want to try my hands at answering this age old question about how long it will take to start earning money.
Please understand that I can not give you an exact date, but I will be going through some determining factors that should hopefully earn you your first sale as quick as possible.
How Long Does It Take To Make Money Online?
The first thing that you’re definitely going to need before you ever make your first $, is a website. Traffic (which we’ll talk about next) is only possible if you have your own website.
Don’t stress this too much though, you can see how to start a website (with ease) in just over a minute in this video guide I have here.
The second important thing is traffic. Traffic is the key to everything.
As I always say; you can have the best of everything but if you do not have traffic coming in, then you’re going to be stuck in purgatory for a while.
Traffic is the key to your first sale and the the more traffic you build over time, the more sales will come in.
That is why you shouldn’t be surprised if at month 6 you make $10, month 7 you make $100 and month 9 you make $1000.
It’s all very possible. Just take a look at the story of how this 20 year old kid started making bank with Amazon ranking in $10,000 a month.
If you read that story, you will get a sense not only of what needs to be done by you to make your first $ online, but how to 500x it each and every month.
Can you imagine your income rising by hundreds of dollars & each and every month? Now that’s an ideal job alright but understand that with blogging and affiliate marketing; that is very possible.
By March 2016, I had made more than I did all of 2015 so we are not talking about a tiny increase here. If you stick with it long enough, again; I guarantee you will be rewarded.
Now back to my traffic rant….
Traffic is key.
As a newbie blogger, forget everything and just focus on getting traffic.
Do not fuss about with your theme and how your blog looks, do not stress your blog posts too much as nobody will be reading them (probably) when you’re first starting out, and do not worry about how to set up email campaigns.
Just focus on getting traffic, I can not say this enough times.
How do you get traffic though?
There are a millions ways you can start getting traffic and they’re all are explained in this detailed blog post here.
However, I will mention some of my favourites here which are SEO and social media.
While social media is good to start getting some trickle traffic coming in, if you want to build a really successful business online ,you need to make Google your friend, understand what makes it love you back and then continue building.
As a case study, in February of 20o6, I started my new blog project which is called 3HUNDRD.com.
In just a few month, my monthly traffic from SEO reached over 1000+ hits a month. This may not seem like a lot, and it isn’t trust me (this blog gets 20,000 a month) but it is enough to make you your first money online.
If you see the site (3HUNDRD), you will see there is nothing fancy whatsoever. Even the sidebar looks a bit empty and grim but what it has going for it is a lot of content which I personally think is great content, jam packed with information.
This content allowed me to scale my traffic up so much that making money with it just sort of “came on its own”.
I didn’t even focus on making money at first, I just wanted to build content that gets readers in as once you have that, you have a thousand ways to monetise your blog.
How To Make Sure You Make Your First Sale (As Soon As Possible).
Again; I can not tell you how long it will take you but by using these few tips I am going to share with you down here, you should be able to make money in the coming months. Heck you might even be the next success story making $10,000 a month by month #12.
How would that feel like? How will your life change?
Got an image in your head? Good, let’s make it happen!
Step 1: Get Training
Reading this will help you but it is not enough. You need to start considering joining a training course or program to help facilitate your learning phase.
As a beginner, expect to make mistakes, that is perfect normal and acceptable but also understand that while making a mistake once is ok, of you keep on repeating the mistake (due to lack of training) then you’ll never get anywhere.
That is why I can’t stress enough the importance of getting some legit training.
There are many blogs and training courses out there where you can get information but 2 programs that have really helped me learn and understand the whole process of making money online are Wealthy Affiliate and Fizzle.
Both programs are free to get started with so click the above links associated with each one to be directed to my reviews of them.
While they do talk about the same topic, these 2 are very different from each other so I suggest you read both to see which one will work best for you. Alternatively (since they’re free) you can join them both and do the both courses, that will cause no harm.
A lot of students in Wealthy Affiliate come to me with the usual question of “how long does it to make money online” before they even get started themselves.
If you’re a complete beginner, then your focus should not be about making money, but instead you should focus on building your website and getting that traffic I keep telling you about.
Don’t worry, once you setup your site and learn how to drive traffic to it (with training of course) that will be a good time to ask how quickly you can make money.
But before that, focus on getting started, then we move on to the next part of this;
Work At It
What we are trying to do here is build a successful, lucrative business with no earning cap all the while doing things we like.
That is a mouthful and a dream come true to a lot of people right?
I don’t know how old you are but if you’ve been alive on this planet for a while, you’d know that good things like that do not come easily.
That is why from the point of deciding you’re going to get started, the next step is to work at it like mad and keep perfecting what you learn, what you apply and what results you get.
If anybody ever tells you it’s impossible to make money online, then they are either lying to you or have no clue themselves.
Either way, do not listen.
Yes, money can be made quickly and although it will take some time and effort, it always does happen if you stick with it. I believe that from the bottom of my soul.
Work at it and do not give up. One fine day you will wake up to find that you’ve made your first sale, which granted; won’t be enough to live on, but it will spark an energy in you like you’ve never felt before.
Once that first sale comes in, the world is open and all you have to do then is to keep doing what you are doing and keep getting in those results.
Also, on a positive note, it’s good to know that once your first sale hits, then the second one is not far off and the same goes for the third and so forth.
It’s entirely possible (I know because it happened to me), that you make your first sale today, and next week you make 10 sales in a day.
It happens like that. Once it starts moving, it will continue to get larger and larger.
It’s safe to say that the first sale won’t be a “lucky” thing since you’ve been working at it for months, so those results will keep coming in and getting larger and larger as time goes by.
How’s that for an answer to how long does it take to money online? LOL
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Thank you for reading, till next time.