There are lots of regular folks that do make real money with their own website. We are not talking about eBay style sites here. While selling and shipping physical products is a genuine way to make money on the Internet, after the “new” wears-off, a high percentage of people give up on that type of Internet business because someone has to check in and fulfill the orders every day. And the profit margins are typically very low on physical products.
We are talking about websites that you set up to run on autopilot. Now that may seem like pie-in-the-sky, if you have never really thought about how people make money online. You have probably helped some of these people make money without even knowing it. Now obviously if you have ever purchased an e-book, music download, or something similar you realized someone got paid. After all, it was your credit card that paid them. But have you ever been on a website and click on one of those flashing banners, well odd are the owner of that website was paid anywhere from a few pennies to a few dollars for that click. I know you’re already thinking it, why doesn’t the website owner just sit there and click the banners himself all day long. You are not the first one to think of that. Click fraud software and technologies have pretty much put an end to the practice which has led to higher payouts for genuine traffic.
Yes, there is some work to setting up a site and there is a learning curve on how to set up a site. But once learned how everything works you can set your website(s) up to run on autopilot. You will need to check in from time to time and make sure everything is working okay.
You can also set up a site that sells your own product and it does not have to be a physical product. If you have never purchased a downloadable product, you are probably over the age of 40 and are very “old school”. That’s not an insult. It’s probably a compliment to the fact that you are careful and have good money management skills. But tons of people do buy downloadable products every day. Ranging from e-books to videos to online software. If you know where to look, all of these products are available with resale and private label rights. That means you purchase the rights to sell the product on your website with your own download page and you keep all the profits.
If you are worried about the techie part of all this stuff, don’t be. Almost everything to do with websites these days is point-and-click. The hardest part for most new people is getting started on the right foot and learning how to tie all of this stuff together. Once they have the site up and live on the net the next trick is how to get visitors. There are literally billions of websites out there you are competing with. Luckily for us, most site owners have no idea of how to show up in the search engines when web surfers type in terms related to their site.