How I Make Money Online

Three months ago was a big milestone for me as I passed the $2,000 per month mark for online earnings. No, that’s not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but it is certainly a level at which many people could begin to work at home which is a big time goal for most online affiliate marketers.

My next goal is to be able to maintain a consistent $100 per day in earnings. There have been several days where earnings have be significantly over $100, but that unfortunately hasn’t been the average. I think my best day’s earnings so far was around $300. Then there are days where earnings are only $40 or so. That’s just the way it goes when you’re making a living online.

Anyway, I thought I’d spell out a little bit of what I do just so you can get a feel for what it takes to make $2,000 per month online.

I belong to several affiliate programs and I’m an affiliate for probably 50 to 60 merchants, very few of which make money for me. My two top earners are Google Adsense and the eBay affiliate program through which I use a site building program called Build A Niche Store. BANS for short, allows you to build web sites and put eBay auctions right on your site automatically. 

Another affiliate program I use to make a little money is Clickbank.com which I’ve had minor success with. I signed up in July and made a little over $900 so far. Most of the stuff sold through Clickbank is pure garbage and nothing more than junk ebooks making supposed internet guru’s rich. However, some legit merchants use Clickbank for great products like Build A Niche Store. BANS is in a completely different league than 99% of the stuff sold through Clickbank.

I have a travel related site that earns the most for me through Adsense, probably around $400 to $500 per month. Travel seems to me to be one of the niches that has the highest earning potential of just about anything. When people shop for travel, they will click on just about anything to find the best deal or the nicest place to stay and they will go to several pages of your site clicking away to continue to find what they’re looking for. Yes, travel is very profitable and if you don’t have a travel related site of some kind, you are missing out.

The next best niche is probably computers. People buy computers and computer related accessories at an astonishing rate online and people particularly like to buy on eBay. That’s why I like the eBay affiliate program so much. Everybody loves to buy stuff on eBay, so if you haven’t figured it out, my number one affiliate tip is to do whatever you can to send traffic to eBay. I like eBay much better than Adsense. It’s a lot less hassle with the way Google changes the rules all the time and has the potential to earn you much more than Adsense.

Other niches I have websites and blogs in are nutrition and healthy eating, coin collecting, raw food, cell phones, home decor, air purifiers and home based businesses.

So how do I get traffic to my sites? Isn’t that the number one question any affiliate marketer wants to know? The best kind of traffic will always be free search engine traffic. When people find your site in a natural search without clicking on an ad, or banner, or go to it from a social networking site they are the most primed for buying or clicking on ads or considering whatever offer you have presented to them.

Getting natural search traffic is best achieved in no other way than hard work and great content. Giving people the information they’re looking for is the hands down best way to get them to your site.  The best way to get your site noticed quickly, especially a new site, is to write at least one article and submit it to these 3 article sites:


In the author’s box at the bottom of your article you can put in 2 or 3 links back to your site. I have had brand new sites and blogs get indexed in Google and start getting traffic in 3 days by doing this properly. You must use a relevant keyword phrase in your anchor text to get full SEO benefit from this technique.

The next best way to get traffic is through Craigslist. I get a few hundred visitors a day to my sites through posting up to 16 ads a day on Craigslist. I could go into lots of detail about how to do this and how to avoid their spam filters, but I will save it for my upcoming ebook. I will give you one warning though. If you are a member of Commission Junction, do not use Craigslist for traffic!This could cause you to get banned by CJ or have your commissions reversed.

I’ve started using USFreeads.com to drive some traffic and although some have reported getting good results, I have yet to see much of a benefit. But I’ve also heard it takes a month or so to get established on the site with your ads. I signed up for a premium membership at a cost of $10 per month. I’ll use the site for a couple of months and report on the results.

There are many more things you can do to get traffic and many more affiliate programs I use that I’ve have limited to fairly decent success with which I will cover in more detail later.

Most of my day is spent writing blog posts, posting classified ads or updating or adding web pages to already existing sites. The secret is to focus, which I am terrible at, on the affiliate programs that make you money and trash the rest of them. I get 5 to 10 emails a day asking me to join some affiliate program that usually doesn’t interest me in the least.

My two biggest online money making tips are send as much traffic as you can to eBay and build a travel related site and put Adsense on it. You can easily make at least $1,000 per month with a good eBay niche and a travel site with a combined total of around 300 to 400 pages of quality content.


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19 Responses to “How I Make Money Online”

  1. Good stuff. Great to hear what you have said about BANS. Look forward to hearing your progress.

    By the way why don’t you add an easy add button for your rss feed. I had to add it manually and that just shouldn’t be.

  2. I thought I would get nailed on the feed. After much prompting by my wife and friends I just started the blog and haven’t gotten around to that yet. But right now I’m going to Feedburner to set that up.

    Good to hear from a fellow believer <>< Alan

  3. Congrats, its a long process but seems as if you are in the right direction.

  4. Cool tips, Alan.

    I just got started with Build A Niche Store. I’m on my 3rd site. Do you have a screen name on the BANS Forum?

    I wanted to ask you a few questions about BANS! Can I? If yes, where can I reach you? =)

    I subscribed to your RSS Feed, I’m looking forward to your posts!

    -Kevin Walker * BANS Newbie!

  5. Kevin,

    I’m going to put up a contact form soon on my about page so people can contact me. I’ll send you an email with my BANS screen name and I’d be glad to help out, but it would be better to post everything in the BANS forums so everyone can take advantage of the conversation.

    Reply to my email when you start a thread and I’ll see if I can answer your questions.


  6. Hi, this is the 3rd post i read on your blog and I say: very well done and thanks for sharing those great information.

    Especially, thanks for pointing out the best niches and your best sources of revenue.

    I started doing for 3 months but didn’t get any results because I spent most of the time on learning instead of doing.

  7. Doing is just as or even more important than learning. Consistent work will produce great results!

  8. I really love the content you provide. This is great info for an affiliate. Subscribed!

    – Tevin

    P.S. How I used Entrecard to increase my Adsense revenue.

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  11. I will definitely try those article sites you’ve re recommended. Thanks. Bookmarked your site!

  12. Hey Alan, have you tried using “Article Marketer?” I read about it on Courtney Tuttle’s website and he claims it is very helpful… Also, how is your membership to USFreeAds working out — is it generating the traffic you’d hoped?

  13. Great stuff there….congrats again. You tend to give me inspiration.

  14. Another article site you might want to look at is iSnare.com as they can submit your articles to many other sites too. They will also write new articles on any topic or rewrite your existing articles for you very cheaply.

  15. Nice tips. I want to mention that the best way to start your own site is using Opens Source CMS Joomla. Then add the Easy adsense module to the site. Here is the link to download Easy Adsense Module for Joomla


  16. I just found your site today. Great work!

  17. Hi Alan, Do you have any update about the NeverBlueAds? I saw your monthly report and seem like it’s a bigger earner for you than AdSense. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Wow! Great Blog! I learned a lot from you, Alan!

    I have been promoting a travel book and have found success on and off, but will try your suggestion about building a site. I am also going to check out BANS.

    Thanks Again!


  19. I was reading some of your old posts to gain some knowledge and found this one to be very interesting. You have come a long way since then.

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