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So what does it really take to make money online?

No, this is not clickbait, and no you don't have to spend a dime from this "shop" for your success. This Techie is gonna tell it how it is, whether you like it or not.

Whether you have a blog or a YouTube channel, ultimately this is what you need to make it work:

Know what you are talking about

You need to have experience or knowledge on the content you post or upload online. Whether it was/is your full time job, or something that you are passionate enough to know a lot about it, you need to know your stuff. And don't be afraid to educate yourself more about the subject of your content. Read books, follow online forums and news websites, even read other people's blogs and watch YouTube videos. You may even take courses (either free online or at your local college/university) to further advance your knowledge and provide good quality content that people can count on.

Always be honest

You also need to stay truthful. Don't sugarcoat it to attract more visitors, don't use clickbait titles and yes, admit to failures and being wrong occasionally. We are all humans. Besides, human errors get a lot of traffic too, and the right one, as people will trust you enough to be excited for your next creation / project.

Work, work, work

Just because it doesn't feel like a real job, that doesn't mean it isn't one. Even if your goal is to make money while you sleep, you still have to put in the hours and extra effort. And always strive for quality, not quantity. One 10-minute video twice a week with lots of grateful visitors that are more likely to buy what you are selling (or click on your ads and subscribe for further videos), is a lot better than 30-minute daily videos that disappoint and nobody will want to visit your site again.

Be unique

Despite how some people's success may drive you to take on this new online venture of yours, you shouldn't lower your profit margin by copying others. Instead, do something that no one has done before or very few are brave enough to take on. Again, the subject and content shouldn't be chosen based on how much money some YouTuber made from it this year, but whether you know your stuff and you love doing what you do. Don't be afraid to do something new, or even present something common but in an uncommon way.

Patience is always a virtue

I repeat, this is real work. Don't expect your online business to take off overnight. You might even need to spend a few bucks (and a couple of years) to make it work, just like with any other real life, offline business. Don't worry about the numbers, don't worry about catching up with the others, or what they do, or how much they are making right now. Do not compare! Your only focus is to keep educating yourself, and keep working. Keep learning new things, and keep creating new content. That's all there is to it. Just think about it... What's better? Wasting your time worrying and stressing, or stay busy doing what you love the way YOU want to do it?

Conclusion: Content, content, content

Now look at the whole content of this post. Have I provided any affiliate links? Have I asked you to spend extravagant money on making the best, good-looking website or pay for something like AdWords? Have I asked you to buy an ebook that "guarantees" to make you a fortune? No? But you did reach this far in reading it, haven't you? You did find this page one way or the other. Even if you personally disliked it and never want to step foot in this website again, I haven't lied about a single thing, because I spoke what I knew from experience, and I'm confident enough that some of you will subscribe for more. And that's another thing to keep in mind:

Stay positive

You have no other choice, but keep moving forward. Just take a look at the most famous websites, bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers etc. They ALL have those "chosen few" that woke up from the wrong side of the bed this morning and decided to click the Thumbs Down button or to use foul language at the comments, expressing their disgust. Should those seemingly perfect successful idols just give up and don't do this job anymore? You can't please everyone. And as soon as you realize that, the more confidence you will have in you that you will do what it takes to get this job done.

All the above may seem "simple" and not very "specific", but sometimes it's better that someone steps up and tells it how it is, than promising fast fortune without any work involved, by doing "so and so". Just today I've seen YouTubers watching a YouTube video and commenting "subscribe to me and I'll subscribe to you". That's not how it works.

You see, YouTube has a limit to the channels you can subscribe to. Beg all you want, I don't care. But at some point, those people that subscribed to you by lowering your self-esteem will unsubscribe to you eventually if they're not interested in your topic (no matter how good it is). How many of those do you think will give you the watch hours you need?

But if people came straight from a search engine, or someone posted a link to your content on some forum (not by spamming), but by honestly swearing by the authenticity and usefulness of your content, then the real subscribers will come. Word of mouth still works you know, a lot better than any sort of begging, spamming or clickbaiting.

If you're read through this whole thing, I salute you. You now have the patience needed to run your online business! 👏

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