Make Money Online: Evergreen Niche With Everlasting Appeal


In ‘Way down East; or Portraitures of Yankee Life’, Seba Smith wrote in 1854…

“This is a money digging world of ours; and, as it is said, ‘there are more ways than one to skin a cat,’ so are there more ways than one of digging for money”.

Although good old Seba could not foretell the future almost 200 years ago, this sentence is a perfect definition of the make money online niche.

computing history
IBM 360 Series Computer

Anyone older than 35 years remembers ‘life without PCs, Smart Phones or the Internet‘, and computers built by IBM, Univac and Gray, were the size of trucks, used only by large companies.

The invention of microprocessors paved the way for the PC revolution and made it cheaper and easier to manufacture small, and relatively inexpensive “microcomputer”, soon known as the “personal computer”.

Desktop computers have been around since about 1975, but it wasn’t until the mid 80’s before personal computing reached the private sector.

It would be another 10 years before the World Wide Web rocketed into public view in 1995. Hotmail was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, Independence Day in the U.S., and consumers could choose Netscape or AOL as alternative to MS Explorer, to browse the Internet, as the WWW was now being called.

Fast forward to the year 2017…48% or 3.8 billion of the world’s population is using the Internet; here in the USA, roughly 90%, or 270 million people are connected to the web (statistics by: internet live stats).

There are no actual statistics on the number of Internet Users that Make Money Online, but estimates by reliable sources put the number in the tens of millions.

Ways To Make Money Online:

There are literally hundreds of ways to earn some extra money, or a full-time income, on the Internet; too many to list them all, but let me show you the most common opportunities in no particular order:

Get Paid For Searching The Web:

The sign-up is free and easy. You will download and install a simple add-on to your browser, and when you search the Internet you will come across some sponsored results which will earn you a small amount of money.

Online Surveys

This is maybe the easiest way to add a few bucks to your income. There are a number of sites that will pay you anywhere from 50 cents to $5.00 for completing surveys (mostly marketing related)

Get Paid To… Sites:

These sites reward you with cash payments for listening to or viewing short music clips, advertising videos etc. and giving a short review.

Get Paid To Shop:

Become a Mystery or Ghost Shopper for market research companies to measure quality of service, or to gather specific information about products and services.

Online Tutoring:

Tutoring can be rewarding, and there are several online companies always looking for tutors. There is no travel involved, you meet your students online.

Freelance Writing:

Although video and audio are very popular, text content is still ‘Number One’ and will be for the foreseeable future. If you are a gifted writer, there are several companies paying decent money for your service


Become a ‘Transcriber’ and convert any kind of audio content into highly accurate text. This includes Single- and Multi-Speaker content, and multi language speakers are in high demand.


If you are a…Payroll Expert, Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Auditor, Financial Analyst, Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Database Administrator, Engineer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Desktop Publisher, the opportunities to work from home are almost unlimited;

The above are just a small selection of the ‘make money online’ opportunities, and you still will be working FOR someone else. However, the Internet provides another, very rewarding opportunity.

Start Your Own Online Business And Become Your Own Boss!

Nobody knows exactly how many individuals took advantage of the Internet and kissed the 9 to 5 rat race good bye and started their own business. Estimates suggest that as many as 50 million people are making a full time income from the comfort of their homes.

Here are some of the ways how you can join this group of ‘Internetpreneurs’.

Blog Website:

If you like to write and have a subject that will provide interesting information to a target audience, start a blogging website like this one. You monetize your site by promoting related products and/or services.

Affiliate Marketing:

According to the latest market studies, Affiliate Marketing spending in the USA alone will increase to an estimated $7.0 billion industry by 2020 and subsequently, Affiliates will earn commissions in excess of 1 billion dollars.

Amazon has a network of over 2 million Amazon Associates, so it comes as no surprise that Affiliate Marketing is the preferred way for many individuals to start their own business.

I showed you the most popular ways to get started with an online business. However, many entrepreneurs branch out into other, more specific categories, like Website Design, SEO Consulting, Sales Funnel Development or Creation and Sale of their own products.

That raises the all important questions…How to get started? What is needed? Who to ask? The logical solution is to perform searches, or like people are saying: “Just google it”!


The “How To Make Money Online” Niche!

This search term is used over 180,000 times every single month, and combined with other phrases, the ‘make money online niche‘ receives over 600,000 hits per month. In comparison, the ‘health niche‘ comes in second with about 350,000 searches/month.

What exactly is it that makes this niche so popular? For one, many people are simply sick and tired of the ‘nine-to-five‘ rat race and are looking for a way out. And secondly, a lot of opportunity seekers are drawn to the many get rich quick with as little work as possible schemes that give the niche its bad reputation.

At some point in time I was a naive and gullible opportunity seeker myself and fell for some of these shady programs or systems.

It was towards the end of 2007, Google has beat out Yahoo and MSN as the #1 search engine with about 64% market share, and webmasters were trying to figure out the search engine algorithm to position their website content on page 1 of search results. White Hat SEO techniques were still in their infancy, the only tool available was the Google Keyword Tool, keyword stuffing and bad back linking strategies were used widely to get ahead of the competition.

I have to admit that I did not have a clue what I was doing, but I paid $180 for some rudimentary website builder and started to create what I thought would be a nice website. Needless to say that my site was nowhere to be found, so I simply gave up, but I never lost the desire to make it on the Internet.

However, a couple of years went by before I re-entered my quest to master the art of making money online, and the results were anything but good. Here is a run down of what went down:

Google Sniper by George Brown

This was my first encounter with a typical ‘make money online product‘. There is some helpful info for a total newbie, but overall the value of this product was way overstated and I wasted $200.


is google sniper a scam


While I do not agree with TruXter and wouldn’t call Google Sniper a scam, the next product I purchased was indeed a scam.

Success With Anthony

was promoted with a very well produced and appealing sales video. What got me to buy into it was the appearance of people who, supposedly, were students of Anthony using his method. Showing how simple and easy the set up of the system is, the video showed the deposits of money into their accounts just 24 hours later. I was totally sold on this scam and lost money, again.

Finding out several months later that Anthony used ACTORS to portray the ‘students‘ in the sales video, and that the ‘bank accounts‘ shown were fake, I became very skeptical towards all ‘make money online‘ promotions. Nevertheless, I was duped again and fell for the biggest Internet Scam EVER!

Empower Network

Please, don’t laugh, it is not funny, but I was dumb enough to not only sign up for this scam, but went all in, to the tune of over $9,000.00, and ended up being one of the many thousands that lost a significant amount of money.

Let me just say that much: These experiences left me angry, bitter, disparaged and kind of discouraged.

It was not until my best friend told me about two worthwhile, and legitimate membership sites and, once more, I became interested in the Internet. The year was 2013 and I joined both of these sites in the same week.

Chris Farrell Membership

Chris taught his students how to start an online business but didn’t take it fare enough. His course was set to get you going within 21 days, and once you have finished the course, there was no continuation. Monthly fee was an affordable $37, but the support system left a lot to wish for.

Chris moved on and the Chris Farrell Membership site has been down now for some time.

Wealthy Affiliate

I joined in September of 2013 and WA blew me away. To make the long story short…I am still a member and will be a member until they put my body 6 feet under. Wealthy Affiliate just celebrated its 12th birthday in October and is going stronger than ever.

I showed you some of the opportunities to make money online from the comfort of your home. You still would be working for ‘someone’ and limit yourself to earn what other people decide your effort is worth.

But if you really want to be your own boss and determine yourself how much money you want to make, let Wealthy Affiliate teach you everything you need to know how to build a successful and sustainable online business. For more information

Visit the official Wealthy Affiliate Website

In case you are as skeptical as I used to be, check out

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and find out how you can join as a FREE Starter Member. It will cost you not a single penny to enjoy the first 10 lessons of Level One Training, build your own website (on a WA sub domain), and get to know some of the members in the open forum or in the Live Chat room.

If you have any questions comments, please leave a comment on your way out. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to meeting you on the inside of Wealthy Affiliate

John Worthy



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