Making money online can be tough. It's even tougher when you're starting out. Unfortunately, many or the gurus out there are better at taking your money... than they are showing you how to earn it.
So how do you find the best online marketing programs... or more specifically, the best programs that teach you how to make money online?
To start, I'd look for programs that provide a lot of value up front and charge little to nothing to get started, or at least a money back guarantee. It's rare to find ones that have the confidence to let you in for free though so they are worth checking out.
That doesn't mean the paid ones are bad. Of course, the best training will cost you and if you've been at this awhile you're probably ready to invest in your online education and business. If you're new though, free is the best stepping stone.
The second thing you should check for are programs that focus on education, NOT on making money.
If they're selling a copy & paste system that anyone can buy, it has little to no value. The more people who buy it the less unique and valuable it becomes and the quicker it becomes saturated.
Even if you're one of the first one in... it won't be long before a ton of people jump on the bandwagon and they're selling the same cut & paste system as you.
At that point it becomes worthless, which is why you see these systems come and go. Then re-emerge with a different name and look
The value of a program is determined by the education it provides.
Their's a lot of junk out there, but the following are the diamonds I’ve discovered. They are 100% legit programs with excellent training at a fair price (even free in some cases)
The Factors I Use To Rate
- Community and Support
My Top 5 Make-Money-Online Programs of 2019
Although the following is a list of the best programs I've tested (and I've tested a lot), there are thousands out there... many which I'm sure also deserve to be on the list.
These are however, the best ones I’ve found to date and as I discover new programs I'll update the list.
Each of these have a similar goal, to get you from beginner to making money online. They each have a different way of getting you there though. So please, don't take my ranking of 1-5 as anything but my own personal experience with them.
Depending on your interests, goals, level of skill, financial resources and even your personality... you might rank them differently and justly so. As far as my reasons, I'll be getting into the details below.
It should also be mentioned that none of these are get-rich-quick schemes. They are training programs. Tools that will show you step-by-step how to make money online. But like any tool, you must learn how to use it.
A hammer will help you build a house, but it's not going to swing itself.
Free (w/premium $49/mo)
$1999 or $199/mo x 12
Blog Millionaire Course
Free training (tools $97/mo)
$47 (with monthly option)
Wealthy Affiliate is my overall choice for a few reasons. It has a long history (founded in 2005), the deepest well of training, and the largest and most active community. Also, Wealthy Affiliate is much more than a course and community, it has the necessary tools built in, including your web hosting, keyword research tools and content creation tools all in one price, which is $49 per month.
Another reason I recommend it though is that they also offer a free membership option which includes 2 free websites and step-by-step training to get you started.
Finally, and this is not to take away from the other programs (which are all great in their own way), but the 50,000+ unpaid pageviews this site receives monthly are a result of the strategies I've implemented using Wealthy Affiliate's SEO strategies.
To be clear, 50,000 pageviews is not a lot by some standards - but hey, it improves a little every month :-D.
There are many blogs that get hundreds of thousands, even millions of views each month though, and many are using the traffic strategies taught at Wealthy Affiliate, Freedom Machine and/or The Blog Millionaire Course.
They are all fantastic, but they are also different.
In fact Jon Morrow who created Freedom Machine and Brandon Gaille who created the Blog Millionaire Course are two of the most well-respected and accomplished bloggers on the planet and millions of people visit their sites each month.
As far as Clickfunnels Bootcamp and Internet Jetset, both of them rely primarily on paid traffic which I'm not a fan of, especially for new online marketers. These programs do have some really good training though, which is why I still recommend them.
Important Factors When Choosing A Make Money Online Program
There are dozens of reasons a make money online program might or might not be right for you. If you like to write for example, blogging may be what you're looking for.
If you're more into the back office management of an online business, something else will be your thing.
The factors listed below are overall what I consider to be important but within each there are specifics that will be unique to you .
Reputation is important for obvious reasons. How long has the program endured? Is it updated frequently? Who is behind the program?
All the programs on this list are created and founded by successful online marketers who are well known. They are also respected by their peers, although the competitive nature of the industry means they don’t necessarily agree (or like) one another. Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had their own opinions of one another.
Most of these programs have been around for years, or at least the people behind them have been in the industry for years.
Also, all of the foundational training available among these five programs is relevant today.
Whichever product or method you choose to make money online, they all involve marketing and getting eyeballs (traffic) to your products or affiliate offers. The two primary methods of doing that is with free traffic and paid traffic.
Both have advantages and disadvantages, but generally… the programs that show you how to get free traffic are more comprehensive. The ideal program will teach both.
Choosing a traffic strategy is important, and there are couple things to keep in mind.
Paid traffic is quick. You’re feeding money to a fire. The problem is, once you stop feeding it, the fire (the traffic) goes out. Also, turning that traffic into paying customers is NOT easy. When you're new to online marketing, throwing a ton of money at paid traffic is financial suicide.
For the course that depend on paid traffic, learn what you can from them but be very careful when it comes to testing your Ads.
Free traffic on the other hand is like investing. It takes time and effort to build, but those efforts will pay dividends for many years to come.
Of course, traffic isn’t the only training these courses provide. In addition to getting noticed online, there are the nuts and bolts of building a website, creating content, setting up and maintaining social media accounts, and making money.
Also, the best training systems share insight and experience that goes beyond the technical aspects of building an online business. Each one of these programs have their own nuggets of gold so to speak, and provide thorough training in the areas mentioned above.
#3 Community and Support
One of the most overlooked, and yet most important aspects of online business training is the community and support.
Running an online business can be a solitary experience. It offers freedom and financial rewards that few businesses can, but the real work is done sitting at a desk, alone, and filtering out distractions.
Also, you will experience moments of triumph, and periods of doubt and frustration. You may even get blindsided by something that sets you way back. In my experience, I’ve gone through all of these and like life in general... will continue to ride this roller coaster.
Having support and a community behind you is critical. Even if you don’t join the conversation to discuss your own challenges publicly, others do, and being able to draw on their experience is a huge help.
And of course there are the technical challenges you will likely encounter.
Another reason Wealthy Affiliate is my number 1 recommendation is because of it's 24/7 live chat where thousands of members hang-out. They also have around the clock tech support that is quick to respond.
The others have either a support forum, a Facebook group, or both.
An important indicator that a program is not only legitimate, but has a good reputation, is the quality of their support as well as the size and participation within their communities. It's one of the first things I look for when evaluating a training product.
It hard not to consider this the number one factor, and for some, it might be. The reason I place it fourth is simply so the other factors don't get overlooked. It's easy to jump straight to price/value and make a choice without really understanding what each program has to offer.
It's also a lot more subjective and depends on your level of experience. If you're a newbie just getting started, price is going to play a bigger role in your decision. Investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars into an online course can be frightening.
Again, this is one of the reasons I put Wealthy Affiliate at the top. There are some things that Freedom Machine and The Blog Millionaire Course do better and for the right person, one of those may be a better choice.
If you're absolutely new to this though, it's hard to beat a barrier of entry that's 100% and includes your own website. And the free starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate is a lifetime membership, not a trial.
I've personally gotten a ton of insight and help from both Freedom Machine and The Blog Millionaire Course and can't say enough good things about them... but Wealthy Affiliate is where I got my start and it has worked for me, so my recommendations here are based on my personal experience.
I am a member of all three though and wouldn't have it any other way.
At the end of the day, if you’re going to build a successful online business you will eventually have to invest a little money.
The great thing about an online business is that the investment is substantially less than a traditional one.
If you want to make significant money online though, the time will eventually come when you'll have to invest some money and these 5 recommendations each bring something different to the table.
They also provide a ton of value.
The amount of money you invest depends on your level of experience, how quickly you want to make your money, and what your goals are. As far as training and getting started, the most comprehensive program listed here is Wealthy Affiliate because it's focus is on building a complete online business.
The free membership shows you step-by-step how to build your website, get traffic and monetize it. In the premium membership though, you'll find members who have used the training to create their own local agencies, multi-site businesses and even their own online products and services.
Premium members also get in-depth SEO (search engine optimization) training as well as paid traffic techniques such as Facebook and YouTube Ads for those who want to explore those options. In addition to mountains of technical training, they also give you weekly webinars that cover just about everything you can think of when it comes to online marketing... from local SEO for businesses and professionals to setting up using Google Analytics and everything in between.
If you enjoy writing... Freedom Machine is hands down the best option for you. You're going to work with industry leading editors who are there specifically to challenge you and make you a better writer. To teach you how to craft engaging content that provides real value and has viral potential.
Another benefit to Freedom Machine is that your work goes through an approval process. From the niche you choose to the posts you write, they are committed to your success. I've taken a lot of online marketing and blogging courses and in my experience, this is a truly unique experience that I recommend for those who enjoy writing and have the resources to join Freedom Machine.
I should also add that they are going to build your blog for you. That's right! The people behind Smart Blogger (one of the most influential blogging sites on the entire web) is going to build your blog for you.
You're also going to get outreach and traffic training from one of the best in the business.
The Blog Millionaire Course
The Blog Millionaire Course is an entirely different animal. While it's focus is on blogging (as the name suggests) you don't necessarily need to be a great writer. Brandon Gaille teaches you how to build a successful blog. You can hire a writer.
The SEO (search engine optimization) training here is next level and Brandon has several blogs that get hundreds of thousands of views per month, a few of them well over a million.
While Freedom Machine teaches you how to be a world class blogger (probably better than any course out there), The Blog Millionaire teaches you how to build and manage a world class blog.
They both achieve a similar goal but have entirely different methods of getting your there. Like Wealthy Affiliate and Freedom Machine, I highly recommend The Blog Millionaire Course.
ClickFunnels Bootcamp and Internet Jetset
And, that's not to take anything away from the other programs listed here. ClickFunnels Bootcamp and Internet Jetset for example, provide incredible training in the areas of marketing and sales. While ClickFunnels is $97/month for the online tools required to build your business, the training is free.
Internet Jetset has some of the best training I've seen that you can get for a one time payment of $47 and I still go back to that training every once in awhile and pick up things I've missed previously.
There is also a monthly option available, but the one-time payment gives you access to the fundamental knowledge (and quite a few advanced strategies) to get you started online.
All of the programs on this list provide tremendous value at a price the average person can afford.
Having said that, a few require additional tools such as an email auto-responder and website hosting which brings us to the next factor used to evaluate these programs.
Again, this is another area where Wealthy Affiliate comes out on top. It's not just a training platform, it's a website hosting platform with 24/7 live chat and a fully functioning social media network with hundreds of thousands of online entrepreneurs. They also provide advanced tools for search engine optimization and content creation that are built directly into the platform.
Freedom Machine does come a close second because they build your blog for you and I believe your hosting is paid for the first year. They also use some tools to identify proven interests and provide a research concierge for the first few months who will do that work for you.
Although they're not built in, your initial costs are built into the price and not something you have to worry about.
For the others you will have to purchase your own tools, and in the case of Clickfunnels... your costs are the tools themselves.
Having said that, the additional costs are minor compared to a bricks and mortar business. They do add to the overall expense but the additional products and services such as keyword research tools, web hosting, landing page builders and email autoresponders might add anywhere from $50 to $150 per month... which is a far cry from the tens of thousands you'd spend on a traditional business.
Making Money Online - Is It The New Normal?
Change is coming at us so fast we often don’t see it.
We adapt well, but to put this rate of change into perspective, we don't have to look back too far to see how quickly the world is being transformed.
The late 1800's and early 1900’s brought "generational change", meaning that children were growing up in a world that was vastly different than the one their parents grew up in.
Prior to that, change was measured in centuries, and before that... millennia.
Today, fundamental changes that are transforming the globe (not just local pockets of civilization) are marked by decades (or less). As the media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk likes to say, “10 years ago online dating was something you kept to yourself, today people are swiping left and right with online dating apps every hour of the day”.
Our version of the internet (the consumer version) has only been around for 20 years, and today our lives are dominated by it.
Most of our main channels of communication such as YouTube and Facebook didn’t even exist 10 or 15 years ago. The majority of us only started using a smartphone this decade, and now we can barely go to the next room without it.
If those are the changes we’ve witnessed in the last 10-20 years, imagine what the next 10-20 years will bring.
Task specific artificial intelligence, automation, 3D printing and virtual reality will decimate traditional job markets.
In addition, things such as global unrest, population growth, the internet blurring the lines between borders, and economic uncertainty due to the reasons already mentioned means that you are more responsible than ever for your financial security.
Like it or not, society is charging forward into this connected world and not only is this the best time to profit from it, but the skills you will acquire along the way will be critical to your financial future.
Check out the review of my top recommendation, Wealthy Affiliate.
If you have any program/product recommendations, please let me know in the comments below. I'm certain there are other great programs out there that deserve to be on the list.
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