How to Make $100 Online

How To Make $100 Online

Making money online is one of the most deviously simple tasks there is!  In this post, I’m going to cover a few different things you can do to make your first $100 online.

How to Make $100 Online

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Your niche and keywords don’t matter.  You read that right.  You wouldn’t believe how many people I’ve talked to who have been “internet marketers” for years… and haven’t made a dime because they still haven’t figured out their niche yet.  If this is you (or, uh-hem, “someone you know”) then read this next sentence carefully.

When you are first starting out, choosing the correct niche isn’t necessary.  When you are first starting out, you need to practice TAKING ACTION.  This brings me to the next point…

You’re going to fail.  Get over it.  Sounds like fun, right?!?  🙂  Here’s the basic pattern successful Internet Marketers follow:  Practice, Fail, Practice, Fail a little less, Practice, Fail even less, Practice, Get it Right… then they look toward a new level or skill and the who cycle starts over.  Your mission, dear Newbie, is to jump in with both feet and fail your heart out!  The faster you start the “action, fail, learn, action again” cycle, the better you’ll do.

If you only take the advice of the paragraphs above, you’ll be fine.  BUT if you want some more concrete direction…

Ideas for Monetizing WordPress

  • You could create a membership site (like this one).
  • You could blog about your passions, sell ads on the site targeted to your audience.
  • You could build a review site that reviews products and has affiliate links.
  • You could build an online store and team up with a company that drop-ships the products (no inventory!)
  • You could create your own products and sell them online (digital downloads or even physical products if you’d like).
  • You could build your site, collect email “subscribers” and marketing to them through a monthly newsletter.
  • If you are doing a newsletter you could sell adspace on it, even sprinkle it with a few affiliate links.
  • Why not try a video blog and tie in your YouTube channel?  You could make money doing both.

In summary, it’s not hard to make that first $100.  It’s hard to keep taking the action and slogging you way through the inevitable failure that will result.  Stick with it though… you’ll get there.

I actually chose the health & fitness niche when I started out.  I bought articles to post on the blog… even started collecting a few emails on my opt-in form!  Then I realized I really have no passion for health and fitness.  (I’d rather eat cheesecake.)

If I hadn’t of tried that though, I wouldn’t have failed.  I wouldn’t have learned from that failure and I wouldn’t be writing this post and I wouldn’t have made my first $100 online.

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  1. Teri
    8 years ago

    Great post!


  2. Caroline J
    8 years ago

    Mercer – it is refreshing to hear a person come right out and say it……..you have to fail your way to success! It's Okay, in fact, this is the process…

    For me, once I understood this, it was simply a question of failing fast, but I do wish that I had come across a post a little bit sooner. LOL


    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      HAH! I know what you mean… took me a while to figure that part out too. Failing fast is indeed the key!


      • Edwin
        8 years ago

        I'm starting to see the pattern here, but I would like point out that you only FAIL when you GIVE UP the rest of the time you learn WHAT NOT TO DO.


        • Chris Mercer
          8 years ago

          Absolutely agree! I'm a believer in persistence myself.


  3. Andy Moore
    8 years ago

    Hey Chris, good Post.

    This try, fail, try, keep failing and then succeed sounds good to me.
    I love failing as it keeps me looking and learning.
    Every time I get knocked back, I curse a bit, get back up and before I
    know it I've learned something totally new….
    Amazing this failing…works every time!
    Great posts and videos. Keep them coming…
    Best Wishes, Chris, And thanks for your getting me started on the no-brainer…!
    Andy Moore


    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      I should add the "curse a bit" step! It's sure helps to relieve the stress! LOL!


  4. sue
    8 years ago

    Great post, Im one of those still thinking about my niche. Youve inspired me, thanks


    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Glad to hear! I'm here if you need help…


  5. barb19
    8 years ago

    I've been struggling for months trying to find my "niche", for a new blog on WP.org and I still haven't found one!
    However, I have a blog on WP.com about pets which is reasonably popular, but I'm not earning from it. Thinking of going over to WP.org with it – what do you think Chris? Any advice greatly appreciated.


  6. Eden
    8 years ago

    Great post Chris and very motivating! Keep up the good work and I proudly shared it 😉


  7. Tiffanee
    8 years ago

    Let me know how much the videoes


    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Hi Tiffanee… the videos are free. Take a look at the right hand corner of this page to signup!


  8. Laura Jacobson
    8 years ago

    Great Post Chris, as a "stick to it" attitude is what you need to succeed online. BUT…. allow me to play devils advocate for a minute….

    You give some great examples of what you could do online … but none of them are very possible without a niche in place. Please read on….

    Examples using your own examples are…. 1. A membership site needs a niche (b/c what would you talk about if you didn't have a subject?) 2. Blogging and selling ads on your site targeted to your audience (That "Targeted Audience" is Your Niche Chirs). 3. How could you build a site and a List without any kind of subject or audience… ie., A Niche! 4. Creating your own products, blogging, videos and newsletters still have to be sent to someone or targeted to some place right? How could you possibly do that without a "target market and a subject…. ie., Your Niche!

    As someone specializing in helping others Choose a Niche and growing their business online, I do agree with all these very cool suggestions for doing online business…. but you still need to target a Niche when doing them.

    I love your videos about Word Press Chris, and you have been so helpful to my own growth! I even mention you in my material under my Resources Page! 🙂 So thank you very much and I'm glad that you started out choosing a niche that wasn't a good fit for your personality (I did a blog on that subject) and then with that failure… you found the perfect Niche for You! ~ ie, Your Word Press Training Video's and membership site.

    It's a great niche suited for your personality and there is a hungry market in need for this information. Which is why you have found success online …. because you chose (through trial and error) a Profitable Niche and You Stuck to It! You make great points Chris. Just want others to know they also need to find their Niche!


    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Hey Laura! Thanks for the thoughtful reply…

      Of course you need a niche… as you rightly pointed out, you'll need to be creating content around something. I would never argue against having a niche as it would be tough to get anything done without some sort of focus. 🙂 I do argue the importance of choosing the proper niche (only for those who are starting out). In my view, it's better to make your choice and get started… rather than thinking, researching and planning on making your move. I talk with people who haven't yet created a sales page… or even an opt-in form because they weren't sure of their niche. And they've been "researching" for months! From my perspective, that's when it's time just push "pause" on the niche research… take whatever you've got… and DIVE IN! 🙂 It looks like you have a great system in place to help people with this same challenge <a href="http:// (http://smartnichemarketingonline.com)” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(http://smartnichemarketingonline.com)” target=”_blank”>(http://smartnichemarketingonline.com). I recommend they check it out as well!


      • Laura Jacobson
        8 years ago

        Well Thanks so much Chris! It sounds like you and I are on the same page after all….. lol…. I figured we were. 🙂 But such fun it was writing that comment on your blog. LOL

        Yes, I know what you mean… people get frozen trying to find the "perfect" niche. It's a tough decision for some. I was there too. So just moving them along (not worrying about if your niche is "perfect" or not,) is a great plan to get unstuck…. I like that method Chris.

        Thanks for responding and for all you do. You rock.

        As always, I will help anyone with choosing a niche anytime they want. Take care Chris and keep up the great work.


  9. Pamela
    8 years ago

    Finally an honest individual. I had my suspicions that this is the truth of the matter. So with that said I am now looking forward to my failure and getting past it and getting to the good stuff. You are the most awesome help I have had to date. Please keep it up. You inspire me.

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