Welcome! Phoebe here…
Because you clicked the link that says you are interested in learning how to make money online, I thought I would share some tips on how to get started.
These tips were created by my Mum, Nicola Cairncross, who is an author, podcaster and has been making a full time living online for the last 20 years. She bought her first domain name, which was my name, in 1995, along with hers and my dad’s. She kept it for me ever since and now, here I am!
There are many different ways to make money online;
- by allowing ads on your YouTube videos
- reviewing and endorsing products on your Instagram account
- creating your own information products (ebooks, how to videos, training courses etc)
- recommending products or services (also called affiliate marketing) via a special link which you can get from Affiliate Portal sites like ShareASale or Affiliate Window.
- You can also write and sell books, create music (my brother DJ Nelzen does that on iTunes) or take photographs, all of which can create a passive income if they are protected (copyrighted) properly.
I’m just getting started with all of the above, so any link you see on these pages, assume it’s an affiliate link. You won’t get charged any more if you buy something (in fact you might get a special offer!) and all the products I recommend have been vetted by me (or by Mum, who has her good reputation online to think of and won’t recommend any old rubbish).
So here are her best tips on how to get started making some online income and the best tips, techniques and tools to use.
7 Simple Steps To Online Income – Step 1
Hi, Nicola here, Phoebe’s Mum and I just want to congratulate you on taking control of your own future and seeking info on how to make a better life for yourself, just like Phoebe is.
I also want to share with you my “7 Simple Steps To Creating Online Income” system. One of my clients has made several thousand pounds from a simple “How To Iron A Shirt” video, while another has added hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to his business profits. Most fall somewhere in between.
This 7-Step System works whether you are…
An aspiring internet marketer, whether you want to sell your own stuff, or other people’s via affiliate products, or whether you want to become an Internet Consultant or Social Media Manager for example.
Phoebe got paid extra by her part time employer to run their social media, for example, once they found out she could actually do it. You can earn $30-50 an hour doing Social Media Management (around £20 – 30 per hour).
You might be a “real-world” professional or business owner who wants to market yourself or your business better online and explode your profits online.
You might be an author, specialist, speaker, expert or coach who wants to create digital products & passive income so you can stop exchanging time for money
I’ll be sharing this 7-step system with you over the next week or so. I’ve used this system to market or mentor with businesses and clients as diverse as….
Nick Winter, the cement specialist, Chris Barrow, dental business coach, of 7connections.com & “The Island With Bear Grylls”, The Acacia Boutique Hotel. Sarah Leather, the fertility specialist. Esoteric Records, a deep house compilations label. Dr Jane P. Lewis, the career change specialist. The Potts’ with their best-selling book “How To Be Assertive”……
Not to mention Annie Kaszina, the emotional abuse recovery specialist. Professor X, the dogs and horses cataract eyedrop-cure scientist, a hydroponic wheatgrass manufacturer in Ireland, Jane Keogh who specialises in selling cycling tours in Portugal and Scotland (to people in South America)….the list goes on.
There will be lots of practical tips you can put into action immediately so I would love some feedback as to whether you do action anything and what the results are.
If, at any stage, I talk about doing something that you don’t yet know how to do – you can simply Google how to do it – but add the year to the end of your Google query and that will make sure you get the most up to date information. When you search, put in the minimum number of words and keep it focused – like “youtube video seo 2016” in inverted commas like that, you’ll get better results.
You can do the same on YouTube and get a video answer a lot of the time, but I’d start with Google as that will naturally include YouTube videos too, YouTube being owned by Google.
Let’s Get Started
If I was looking to market my own business online, the first thing I would do is put myself in danger of making some money from Day One!
Let’s get our mindset right, which is about doing the minimum amount of work, for the maximum amount of potential return – “Lean Startup” style.
(And if you haven’t read the “Lean Startup” book yet, you urgently need to!)
OK, so how do you harness the power of something you use LOADS of times every day for FREE to make you more money online?
An email signature!
Think about your most profitable product or service OR the affiliate product that makes you the most money, write a short 2-3 line review of the product (think classified ad!) and add a call to action with a live link or affiliate link to the sales page.
For example this is my current Gmail Signature and you can see that I mention my own products and services, with live links, as well as my social media links.
At the end of my email, before my email signature above, I might add a PS that looks like this:
P.S. I’ve just revamped my website using a gorgeous StudioPress theme – check them out here and take a look at my site here.
That call to action can be as simple as the one above (the blue link on the word “here”) or you could say something like “click here to find out more” or “click here to set up an appointment to speak to me” or “click here to download your free report”.
You can use a link to your own website or online diary and you can use Google’s URL shortener to shorten your link
(But make sure you do it while you are signed into your Google account, then it will keep all your URL’s in the same place).
** Now, this next bit’s important! **
I find admin really boring but it’s important to keep organised! You need to start keeping a spreadsheet ….
- the product name
- what it does
- the affiliate network you found it (for example Clickbank, ShareASale, Affiliate Window, Amazon Associates etc)
- the sales / landing page affiliate link
- and the google shortened link) – all in a simple spreadsheet.
Start as you mean to go on really, it’s easier to start as you mean to go on rather than trying to catch up later!
I would then add an email signature automatically to each email I send, from now on, whether you use Gmail, Outlook or Outlook, and just add a P.S to all my emails, with a live link promoting that product – like a little classified ad or a listing on Craigslist.
If it’s your own business you want to promote, you can use your logo and turn it into a link, or use a customer or client testimonial, then either turn some of the words (like the name of the product) into a live link to your sales page, or add your Google URL shortened link to your sales page, in your signature.
Continue sending emails as normal….
Then I would check every week, in my Google account at the URL shortener site, to see how many clicks I’ve generated, and how many sales I’ve made each week!
I would record that in a spreadsheet, even if the number of both is a big fat ZERO, because as we all know…..
“What you focus on, increases.”
Till next time.