No matter how old you are, you probably know what a gold rush is: thousands of people converge upon an area where gold has been found in hopes of getting some for themselves. The California gold rush was the big one in America during the mid 1800’s when more than 300,000 people from all over the world flocked to the state.
It turned out that one of the best ways to make money in a gold rush was NOT to look for gold (as few found any) but instead to sell the equipment needed to look for the stuff. Everyone who looks for gold needs to buy shovels, pans, buckets, scales, knives, food, tents, clothes, etc. and THAT was where the real money was made. At least the guaranteed money.
It isn’t much different in the game of making money online even though the Internet has been around for 15 years and the big rush is over. Today, as in years past, a lot of people make money online by selling software, instructions, programs, systems, eBooks, and other things that are the tools to help you make the money. Just like in the gold rush days, it seems the best way to make money on the Internet is to supply the tools to do it and not actually go out and do it yourself.
The problem is, just like with hunting for gold, it is really hard to “find” money online. It takes time, hard work, and a lot of knowledge before you can actually start a successful online business. For many, it is just easier to sell some crappy blueprint or system that they rehashed from someone else doing the same thing. That is why you find so much instructional material for sale online and why it seems like there is a never ending line of people wanting to sell you things.
So, if you want to make money on the Internet, one of the best ways is to figure out what other marketers need and try to sell it to them. To figure out what is in demand a good plan is to go and hang out in different marketing forums and read all the posts. This is exactly what Shawn at TheContentAuthority.com did. He was never successful at making money the way that others were doing it but he realized everyone needed writers at affordable rates. He then started his website that now employs hundreds of writers and it has become a successful business. In effect, he is supplying all the gold diggers (people looking for money online) with the tools (articles) they need and are willing to buy.
Of course not everyone sells a legitimate service like Shawn’s Content Authority and there are lots of scammers out there. Sometimes it is hard to tell the real ones from the ones that are just trying to take your money. But if you can set up a service that genuinely caters to the needs of others, you can make money online.