The Fastest Route to Making Money Online

by Brandon Connell on June 8, 2011 · 42 comments

The Fastest Route to Making Money Online

For years, I have been making big bucks online. I will admit that my first year was spent struggling to only walk away with $500, but after that, everything went smoothly.

The secret to my success was not in finding a magic formula that some guru was selling in a late night infomercial, or in a Clickbank package. As a matter of fact, my secret is actually no secret at all. The trick to making money online is to sell a service to consumers where there is a supply and demand.

The Fast-Track to Big Gains

From my blog, I have many ways of monetization. All of them make money. The best method is always the services section because that is where my consulting is offered. When I consult, I start at $200 to teach others how to make money blogging or other online methods.

$200 may seem like a lot to you if you are not making money online, but that is nothing compared to the $10,000 flat fee consultations I do for corporations that want to learn how to control and dominate their brand. Again, $10,000 is nothing compared to the $1,000 – $10,000 per month with 6-month to 1-year contracts that I may charge with my business.

Services will always dominate the online world as the top money-maker. That doesn’t mean you can’t make a killing with affiliate marketing, CPA, or Adsense. It just means that those things can take awhile to build any sort of income from, while selling services can be an instant money-making venture. I can literally setup a new website, start promoting it, and get my first client in a single day if I wanted to.

The Trick is in The Doing

Like any other monetization method out there, the trick to making it happen is to do it. Thinking about doing it will not earn you any money. Plan it out and jump on in head first. I have a consultation right now where I provided a service idea, and it is coming to life. The problem is that the blogger wants to take his time to develop a product behind it, which can take 3 months or more (his estimate).

If you have the ability to offer a service, or consult on something, then do it. Don’t think too much about it or you might talk yourself out of the idea.

The only thing you need to do to offer a service is have a website; fingers to write about it; and some time to promote it.

If You Only Knew Sooner

There was a time when I relied only on word-of-mouth referrals to get business. The problem was that I had a new company and only some referrals trickled in. This resulted in me losing my house, and nearly everything else. If I only knew about certain outlets that later turned out to be cash-cows, I would have avoided going broke.

If you are not making money right now, then you need to hurry. Don’t take your time and hope things happen for you. Get as much information as possible right now, and learn what does not work and what does from others who have done it before you. It is unfortunate that most people do not do this until they realize they are failing at something. As a matter of fact, some of you are reading this article right now because you searched for something you were failing at. Was it making money perhaps?

Knowledge is power. Get as much of it as you can now so that you don’t end up wasting all of your time doing things that never work.

It’s The Same as Before

Consulting is a lot like what you have already been doing. When you started your blog, you had to choose a niche and become an expert in order to come up with content on a regular basis. This means that you already have most of the battle taken care of. The only thing you have to do now is offer a consulting service. How hard can that be?

By offering consulting as a service, you aren’t reinventing the wheel. You are only charging for information in a custom fashion, that you previously offered in general on your blog and in articles that you have written.

To start, you need to decide on what exactly you will be offering, and for what price. Simply do some quick research on what others in your industry are doing, and how much they are charging. Once you have that data, you can easily add a new page to your blog. You can even setup a dedicated website just for the consulting service.

Promoting your service is the same as promoting your blog. Guest blogging, blog hopping, article marketing, link building, and forum participation are still your best bet. The good thing is that 4 out of 5 of those techniques will bring in immediate targeted traffic. The last one, link building, will provide the long-term help you need to dominate the search engines for your industry specific keywords and keyphrases.

What are you waiting for?

If you are thinking about starting a consulting practice, what preliminary work have you done so far to make that dream come true? If you are already consulting, how has it been for you so far? Let us know below by sharing your experience, or asking questions.

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IM Nick June 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Great advice, offering a service truly is the fastest way to make money online and possibly the easiest to get started doing as well. Usually offering a service requires no up front work, you get paid and then do the work it’s brilliant.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks Nick. You are right. It only take a few minutes of your time, and a computer with internet access to start a service. How simple is that really?
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Ann June 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

The big problem is figuring out when I have enough knowledge to be an expert.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

That’s not really a problem Ann. When you know a lot more than any other consumer, you are an expert on the subject. That’s when you are confident that you can answer questions about the topic without a problem is someone were to ask. Once this happens, you can call yourself an expert.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Christine June 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I think that is the ‘big issue’ right there for many…. Not Doing. Its easy to think, think, think about the big project you want to do. But I believe many get caught up in the ‘what ifs’ or ‘perfection’ mode. Just get out there and start doing. You can perfect it as you move forward. I finally took that step to do More – although an big learning curve and constant persistence to move forward – its going very well.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

That is definitely an issue Christine. I STILL have that problem. It’s more of a laziness really, and you have to get yourself around it. It may take just one good day of energy to get you past that problem. For this, a good pot of coffee with some hazelnut creamer, and snacks are in order.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Harsh June 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I totally agree with “The Trick is in The Doing”. Sometimes one may take too long to implement something and till then his idea becomes futile.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Also, I see it as a problem when the person has a lack of knowledge preventing them from pushing forward. You might have a big idea, but no clue as to how to implement it.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Shower Valves June 9, 2011 at 6:08 am

Thats true.

I am simply AGREE with this and going to IMPLEMENT also. Let see what happens?

Thanks a lot for sharing this.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I am sure that only the best will happen if you start doing.
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Andrew Walker June 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hi Brandon,
I indeed agree with you. Stop thinking and make movements. :) And get the result.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Yes Andrew. And let me point out that the result may take a little longer depending on the goal, and how much time you have to work towards it.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Jasmine June 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

Great tips here. We certainly need to take action on our ideas, thinking about the ideas will not make us any money!
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Agreed Jasmine. I would rather have a chance at something, than a 100% chance of nothing.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Kavya Hari June 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

I agree with your points. Looking forward :) Thank you so much for given ideas on here :)

Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for reading and commenting Kavya.
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SharkFuel June 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

From my point of view, it is very important to be an experienced online marketer in order to start online business or just begin to make money online.

Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I have witnessed the opposite. Anyone can achieve success with making money online regardless of their experience. All you need to do is learn by reading and doing.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Jane June 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hey Brandon,

The title is so sexy and attractive to bloggers and others who want to get rich quick by making money online. But you have not lied to make such people happy. You have hit the nail; really super. I am sure many would have returned unhappy by reading this post, very solid information, that tastes bitter indeed!

I especially like this: “Thinking about doing it will not earn you any money”

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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

You sure it wasn’t just me and not the title? :)

Thanks Jane. I agree some will be disappointed. The problem as that a lot of people don’t want to work hard to reach their goals. Affiliate and CPA amongst other methods take loads of work and lots of time. Services are much faster, but still require work in order to make it a successful operation.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

DiTesco June 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Interesting way of saying “don’t procrastinate”. Taking action is most definitely the sum up of what you are saying here and I totally agree with you that waiting for things to happen will not get anything done, regardless whether you are offering a service, selling something or whatever it is you have chosen to make money online. Consulting is a great way to earn money and I have been doing it both offline and online. Just “master” something first, anything, and be really good at it. You will be amazed just how many prospective clients you may have, provided you have already built your credibility and trust.

Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Thanks DiTesco,

The cool thing about consulting is that the prices vary. Depending on what you offer, you can command huge fees.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Ian Belanger June 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hi Brandon,

Not doing is the quickest way to fail online. I had to figure that out the hard way.

When I started out, I didn’t have much money to invest, so I always looked for free ways to get traffic and learn how to get traffic. Of course it is a catch 22, because when you’re broke, you need to make money, but without money to invest in your business, it is very hard to make that money that you need to survive.

One thing I learned, is to invest any money you make now, right back into your business. You have to spend money to make money and in order to become an expert at something, you need to learn it. Many times you can find some of the info for free, but not usually all of it. So spend your money wisely, on educating yourself to become that expert you want to be.

Remember though, you already know more than most people do, so put what knowledge you have to good use.

Thanks for sharing Brandon and have a great day!
Ian Belanger@Network Marketing Success´s last blog post ..YES How To Get More of Them By Using Just One Word

Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hi Ian,

It’s unfortunate you didn’t know about the many free targeted traffic methods back then. It is true that money can help you make money, but I have never had a problem attracting money with the free marketing methods.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Justin Germino June 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

There is no doubt that services is the key to making a career out of earning online, but for those of us who blog part time services are hard to offer without affecting your day job. This is why for my own sites I try to find ways to passively monetize that require the least amount of “time investment”.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I also had a full time job at one point. Yes it takes work to balance both, but you would be working towards not having to work so hard in the not too distant future.
Brandon Connell´s last blog post ..Making the Most of Your Blogging Career

Shiva June 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I think the most important thing needed for making money online as well as offline is the ability to kick away the procrastination. You are right the trick in making money online is in the doing. One needs to start doing instead of just thinking that he/she will do it. That makes a hell lot of difference.
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Evan Schulte June 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Yes I agree services are the fastest and easiest way to make money online. It does not take that much to start and get going.
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Brandon Connell June 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Evan, it is very cheap and easy to get started with services.
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Affiliate Marketing Coach June 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

Yes I also agree that coming up with your own service or your own digital product is the best and fastest way to make money online. The only hard part is setting it up but after that you pretty much set with a good source of income coming every month.

Pritam Nagrale June 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

Yes consulting is one of the best thing in this world because all you have to do offer is what you already know. I am completely agree with you.
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Tinh June 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Great and innovative ideas, however, I have my own passive income of around $3k monthly even I have not updated my blog regularly. My advice here is very simple, if you are going with PPC model like adsense, just target wide range of traffic like news, magazine, but if you are going with aff marketing, micro-niche is the best with targeted traffic and Adwords plays an important role :-)
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Emmanuel Uduezue June 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Great post. i have learn’t a new way of making money online. thanks for writing this great post. i have already bookmarked it on my twitter account. keep up the good work.
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Rammesh June 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi Brandon!
Your post is very informative and inspiring. Agree with you, action is the determining factor to success. Thanks for sharing.

Shivam Garg June 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hi Brandon,
Nice post.I think you are right that selling a service is one of the best ways of earning.But one must be able to find the skill in which he is good at.I like writing so I usually do freelance writing.It is slow but a nice and knowledgeable method of earning.

Jacob June 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks for your time for the tips and tricks given on how to earn money on-line making use of not only google adsense and advertising but achieving answer to sturborn question of willing potential buyers in sort of detail/content material.
And also the essence of building a list of customers with these types of difficulties expecting and willing to change cash for a remedy to there problem.
thank you.

Mat September 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

Thanks for the excellent, however I still don’t understand fully about SEO and how to achieve page 1 ranking for my easy keywords. Should I use a software or should I try backlinks manually?

onlinemarketerr October 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

Great article! Inorder to make money online you need to put efforts in Doing rather than thinking about it..You explained it in a perfect way..really enjoyed reading this..Got some ideas Too..:)
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Hans March 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm


Interesting topic.

Giving services depend on our ability is indeed a good way, although it requires a lot of time.

Making money online needs hard work and consistency.


Shaun April 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

The points which you have raised through this blog post are absolutely spot on. I can not agree more with the issues that you have triggered. For example the ‘taking action’ part, which immediately calls for doing things from the users who are interested in making money. Planning something is good but implementing that plan is even better. And to make money you to have to do that as fast as possible.

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