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Making Money Online for Free: Is It Possible?

December 11th, 2009

make-money-online-free.jpgSome people are just too skeptical to believe that it is possible to make money online without having to pay some type of upfront fees or incur large startup costs. ‘Free’ is a word that when they hear it, many people automatically think that whatever it is sounds too good to be true, or that it’s just a gimmick to get your attention. Or perhaps, in their mind the word ‘free’ is automatically associated with other words that have unfavorable connotations such as ‘pointless’, ‘useless’, ‘trial version’, ’substandard’ or the infamous ’small fee’.

However, in this case ‘free’ does mean just that. Making money via the Internet can be done for no cost whatsoever (unless you count the cost of your PC and Internet connection, but these are expenses that most likely already existed).

When it comes to the Internet some people surmise that the technology associated with it is simply beyond their ken, so they don’t consider looking into the possibilities of using it to make money. Perhaps they think you have to be a special kind of person to be successful online — someone who knows the technology and can make it do what you need it to do. Others may have heard bad stories about people losing money on a website business, or someone who got caught up in a pyramid scheme and never managed to get off the ground. Interestingly, people who think this way are already at an advantage because should they decide to take the plunge into an Internet business, they already know what to look out for and avoid.

The sheer scope of possibilities on the Internet does mean that it can be an expensive part of starting a business depending on which specific path you decide to take. Building and hosting websites can have costs associated with them, and large companies do need to spend time and money maintaining their websites and employing people to look after them. However, there are still many companies and website services that exist for you to use free of charge. Just think about e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, or the plethora of other social bookmarking sites out there. Have you ever paid out any money to use these services? No, most likely not. Yet you can send e-mail, upload photos, and listen to music without paying a thing.

Resources exist to help people make money online — lots of them too. Many people who spend time surfing the Web may never know they actually exist, so an important first step in making money online is learning about where these resources are, and of course how to go about using them effectively. The people who are eventually successful are the ones that move forward, put in the effort that is required, and make good use of the information currently available.

One of the easiest ways to make money online for free is affiliate marketing. You may never have heard of it yet; however, if you regularly buy things on the Internet you could well have been involved with this on a consumer level already without actually knowing about it.

The great thing about affiliate marketing, apart from the fact that it is easy to set up, is that you can also choose the products or services that you promote. This makes it something you have an active interest in, which means that you will be more likely to enjoy your work.

And yes, it is work. Like anything in life, nothing is just handed to you on a metaphorical (or actual) silver platter; building a successful online business does require some effort, but those who get started and actually follow through will see their hard work pay off.

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