I’m going to start a new series of posts regarding secrets I’ve discovered while making money online. Whenever I discover a new secret, I’ll write about it. Feel free to add your own secrets and thoughts in the comments below as well.

To kick things off, I thought I’d premiere this series with TWO secrets! Starting with…

1. Stop Looking for a “Push-Button” System

There are people out there who have the audacity to claim that making money online is easy and all you need to do is spend $99 to buy a piece of software that will automatically make you rich with no effort on your part. No doubt you’ve run into these guys at some point. They lure you in with fake screenshots of affiliate accounts that show earnings that reach into the thousands of dollars per day and tell you “Anyone can do it! Buy this software now!”

What’s really upsetting is that these are some of the best selling online products. People fall for this crap constantly. The creators of a very convincing sales page laugh all the way to the bank while you’re stuck with poor advice, no support, and a $99 charge on your credit card. And then after you feel like giving up, they come back at you with upsell after upsell. They’ll tell you, “Of course you didn’t make money. You forgot to buy our premium support package and super ultra deluxe addon software! It only costs $3,995! Cash or credit?”

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It makes me sick really. Every day people are wiped clean and hung out to dry by these slimy and immoral marketers. You have to understand that there’s no guarantees when it comes to making money online. There is no magical software that you can run that will automatically deposit money into your bank account each month. Anyone telling you otherwise is just after the money in your wallet.

Make no mistake, however. There ARE real ways of making money online and it can be very lucrative, but it involves WORK.

I started out with the intention of making money online by starting an Internet Marketing career right out of college. It took about 6 months before I started to see some form of significant income. It’s been about three years now and I’m making more online than would have had I accepted some entry level job right after graduating.

How did I achieve this? I found proper training and I worked my butt off until I saw success.

The thing is, Internet Marketing had nothing to do with my major. I didn’t study how to run an online business or take classes in finance or anything. I reached out for help and paid money for training. I didn’t instantly see success, but I learned how to build an online business and make it grow.

So you want my advice? Stop looking for something that’s going to magically make you money just by pushing a button. It doesn’t exist. If you understand this and are still interested in learning how to make money online, keep reading.

2. Set Small, Achievable Goals

This secret goes hand-in-hand with the first one. I find that most people turn to the Internet with the expectation of replacing a regular full-time salary instantly. Their list of goals looks pretty much like this.

  1. Decide to start an online business
  2. Become rich

You need to ditch this notion and understand that building an online business from home takes time. There’s no solution out there that’s going to make you money instantly, regardless of how much you invest. Instead, you need to set small, achievable goals and build from there.

Here’s a much more realistic goal list for you…

  1. Decide to start an online business
  2. Begin training, understanding the terminology, & getting comfortable
  3. Do some basic research and find topics to write about
  4. Build your first website
  5. Create articles to fill your website
  6. Learn how to get these articles listed in Google
  7. Attract visitors and grow traffic
  8. Connect with advertisers
  9. Start making $1/day
  10. Start building a newsletter
  11. Discover new ways of getting people to your site
  12. Grow to $5/day
  13. Connect with readers by creating a Facebook fan page or Twitter account
  14. Increase income to $10/day
  15. Guest blog and increase your online presence
  16. Aim to break $1,000 per month
  17. Create your own product to sell
  18. Start new projects and expand
  19. Celebrate your success

As you can see, this is a much more defined list with achievable goals in there. It could take days or weeks to move between each list item, but the point is that you’re always accomplishing something and progressing forward instead of just staring at one, seemingly unachievable, goal.

Make sense?

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I’ll see you on the inside,

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Join the Discussion

  • Alanna

    Hi Steve. Thanks for writing this article. I suffer from setting goals that are too vague or too broad. I recently started to set daily and weekly goals which has helped a lot. I like the idea of setting a goal of $1.00 per day. That sounds achievable and realistic to me.

  • Larry Nunn
    Larry Nunn

    Hi Steve, I really like this article. It is so true that most people look for the push button easy get in for 1 month and go to something else. You layed out a good plan to get started and grow.

  • Stacy

    As always, thanks, Steve. You do know how to put things in perspective, and to make the nature of taking “time,” and setting goals make sense. When I’m in information overload, I sometimes feel as though I ought to have done everything yesterday, which also makes me feel as though I’m moving backward. Weird feeling.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to help me keep my feet on the ground, and my eye on the ball.

    You remain the Best-of-the-Best.


  • Steve

    Hey Stacy-

    The list I wrote was just a general example. You can use it as a guideline I suppose, but you should definitely rewrite your own with a set of goals YOU want to achieve.

    As for a “product,” there are a few things you can create. Your own eBook, a membership site, a paying newsletter, how-to guides, reports etc. It’s not exactly necessary to create something of your own, but it helps.

    I really wouldn’t waste time wracking your brain trying to think of something to create either. Let it flow naturally. Start building your site and you may hit a point where you think, “You know, I’m putting a lot of effort into this and this might be something people are willing to pay for.” That’s pretty much the path I followed. I was 3 years into internet marketing before I released a paid product of my own.


  • Stacy

    All the while I’m busy trying to work out my first blog, I’m hearing from Gideon, and Yaro, and Walker, and Chris G., and I’ve never been so confused in my entire life. I’m new to all of this, and when people start coming at me right and left with increasingly complex concepts which I am, ostensibly, supposed to be learning, I’m in serious overload mode.

    For good or ill, I have zero desire to earn much more money than I need to live a comparatively comfortable life, which isn’t much in the scheme of things. What I want to do is work that I enjoy.

    So, while I very much appreciate it that you created a “Progress Line,“ Steve, the only product I have, or want, to sell is my writing. The word “product” keeps getting thrown around until I feel as though I’m supposed to go out and create the next best facelift, or some other bloody thing.

    With that little rant out of the way, for those of us who, like me, are just starting out, could you please define “Product”? I realize it should be self-explanatory, but………Duh.

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