Have you ever dreamed of making a 5-figure or 6-figure income online? Have you been wondering how the superstars do it? I just caught you there! Everyone wants to be like the superstars or better still, be a superstar. Superstars make real money, you say! Well, you are right. But nobody really talks about what makes a ‘Superstar’.
Why do you wish to be a superstar? Is it just to make a 6-figure income? Then you are dead wrong; superstars are not only known for making money. They do what the mediocre is unwilling to do. They take unusual risks, they work when others are partying or at sleep, they study while others rest in their comfort zone. In fact, superstars do the exact opposite of what the average man does. There is nothing bad in wishing to know how to make money like the superstars, the only problem I have with a lot of people is that they are unwilling to dig deeper into knowing what makes the other man much more successful at what he is doing.
You are free to dream big. Even the gurus do same. Everyone is free to dream. But the kind of dream that you dream really matters.
All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds Awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, that they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible – T. E. Lawrence.
How to make money like the superstars
In this write-up, I will try my best to reveal the secrets a lot of us are not privy to. I will show us exactly how to make money like the superstars and retire in financial comfort – The way to invest so that we will have a financially secure future. So that we will not have to work into our retirement age! It’s all about a few practical things I have learned from the “big boys” in the online world. So, what are they doing differently? To answer that question, I will be examining the “Gurus” one after the other. So, let’s get down to brass tacks.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
Mark does not need any special introduction, except to those who probably have not heard about Facebook or who are asocial and have nothing to do with social media. At age 32, this chairman, chief executive, and co-founder is already a billionaire with a Net worth of $54.5B in September 2016.
Zuck started to use computers and writing software in middle school. He was taught Atari Basic Programming in the 1990s by his father. But he later got the services of a private tutor, David Newman a software developer, to teach him. Mark dropped out of Harvard University to complete his Facebook project.
One thing that inspires me about mark is that his friends were comfortable with the point they all got Facebook to. But he was never satisfied; so while they slept he went further and took Facebook beyond Harvard to other schools. And today, he is a self-made billionaire. His financial life at retirement is already secured.
There is no more powerful engine driving an organization toward excellence and long-range success than an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future, widely shared – Burt Nanus, Visionary Leadership, 1992:3
Mark had a future vision for Facebook, he knew it was a vision worth laying down his life for in order to achieve it. Today, people, nations, organizations, and businesses are all bowing at his feet to be enlisted and do business on Facebook.
This is one superstar I admire so much. He learned the business of affiliate marketing and mastered it perfectly. Today, everyone wants to get in touch with Zac to learn how affiliate marketing should be done. Little wonder he is the best affiliate on Neverblue, where he has led a lot of other affiliate marketers to become millionaires.
I got in touch with Zac recently and asked him one or two questions. Now here is the excerpt of what we discussed:
Me: How long have you been doing business online?
Zac: – 20 Years. You can see some of my first checks here.
Me: How much does your site earn per month on the average?
Zac: I don’t disclose number, and I have a network of sites.
Me: What is the best strategy that is earning you money online?
Zac: Quality content that provides in-depth tutorials and walk throughs of how to accomplish something (actionable tips with an end goal)
Me: What is your philosophy about making money?
Zac: Provide value to your audience and gain their trust, while also giving them a solution to whatever they are looking for.
Zac doesn’t want to talk about his income. Well, read this post on his website. It is titled: How I Made $860,538.38 PROFIT In 4 Months!. That was far back in 2005 – 2006 when a lot of us were yet to know what the internet was. But how did Zac do it? He found a pressing need and solved it.
My take on this : Look for what people desperately need and take care of it. The money will follow. Nobody pays you when you are not solving a problem that affects them.
If there is anybody that has ever over-motivated me, that person is Jon Morrow. I was almost down in tears the first time I read his heart-touching story. This man that was on drugs for several years because of a strange disease that got him paralyzed from neck down left his insurance, called it freaking ‘bushit’ with the government, damned the consequences and began an entirely new life without anything to clutch unto.
Surprisingly, after making what people would term a ‘hasty and nasty decision’, he went on to break himself loose from the life of restriction he was confined to. He has made so much money that he could even buy his dad a car. Is it not surprising to you that such a person could be tutoring young aspiring writers on how to write well? He took a major risk, but risk-taking is part of what makes you a superstar.
He has helped at least three major blogs to rake in revenue in millions of dollars and gain financial independence. Today, Jon does not depend on anyone for help. The government no longer dictates the type of diet he should eat. He took a decision he felt would shape his future and got it perfectly right. Now, head to Jon’s website to read this inspiring post titled How To Quit Your Job, Move To Paradise and get paid to Change the World.
My take on this : Take a decision when you believe you are right and that your judgment will change your future. Don’t listen to critics; they will always talk. Forge ahead with your dream and make sure you bring it to pass. That is the spirit of a superstar. If Jon could succeed, you have no reason for failing.
You can hook up with Jon Morrow on Facebook.
Are you still thinking of how to make money like the superstars? Well, there’s someone else we need to get inspiration from. Matthew Woodward believes in blogging with solid evidence. He doesn’t make claims without showing proofs. That’s why on a monthly basis, he publishes his blog income report. One thing I love about Matthew is that he is taking a lot of positive risks. He is willing to experiment with anything that works. To get to where he is today, he has tried his hands on a lot of programs and software. And you know what? The risks have been worth taking. The risks are paying off for him.
You don’t understand what I mean? Don’t worry! I will supply you proof just like Matthew always does. Now, read this post on his blog. It is titled Monthly Income Report, Growth & Traffic report – August 2016. As usual, his blog made 5-figure income for the month.
Matt knows the importance of income diversification, and his profile says it all. Matt is a multi-award winning business & internet marketing blogger & international keynote speaker. Can you beat that? He has in place multi-income streams that have made him wealthy, with a secure retirement time.
He is on twitter and you can follow him
What I have learned from Matt: Don’t be afraid to spend money in order to get more money. Money spent wisely will bring more profits and harvests. No business thrives on freebies. Be prepared also to expand your territory. Add multiple income streams and you will, like the superstars, have a financially-secure retirement life.
Well, I think that there’s a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you’re likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line. – Richard Branson
Ever heard about GtMetrics, Quicksprout, and KISSmetrics before? Chances are that you may have heard of Neil Patel. He is the brain behind the websites. Patel started from a humble background. At the college he marketed a lot of things, including Kirby vacuums, CDs, Black boxes, automotive parts, etc, but he realized that selling for people would never make him rich as fast as he wanted. This motivated him into developing software that solved the problems companies were facing. Patel failed several times with his investments but was never deterred until he had a breakthrough.
Today, he is helping big companies like GM, Amazon, HP, Viacom, and NBC to improve their incomes. He has been featured on top sites like Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, and the rest. Patel is an online marketer with entrepreneurial skills. What has propelled him to his current position is his determination to succeed and get out of poverty forever.
You may be interested in reading one of the great articles on Neil Patel’s blog titled How to Identify Untapped Marketing Channels and Gain First Mover’s Advantage. As a marketing wizard, Patel gives you the load down of what you need to do. Don’t fail to read the post.
This is what I have to say: Selling for people will never help you discover your hidden treasure. But creating and selling your product will get you out of poverty faster than a jet plane. The best way to make money is to find products that get recurring billings and keep solving problems that companies/people are facing.
This is one of the masters in the art of making money online. John Chow does not need any form of introduction. He has been around for a long time. From blogging to affiliate marketing, John Chow has really made money online. John is one of the top performing affiliates of MOBE. Confused? Read this post on his blog titled Check Out My Check for $2,588,416.09 and you will understand why his name is on this list. That check represents what he has made from just one affiliate program. Amazing! Isn’t it?
In addition to the over $2M check received by him, John has also received Mercedes SL550, a Jaguar F Type, and a Tesla Model X cars from the MOBE Motors program. A look into how John Chow is making his money shows that he is a blogger, an affiliate marketer, an online marketing coach, an author and entrepreneur.
You can follow Him on Twitter @JohnChow. You can also follow him on Facebook. John Chow makes 6-figure income from his blog monthly and his blog enjoys over 200,000 active daily readers. Visit his blog whenever you have the chance.
What John has taught me: Risk taking is an unavoidable part of money making. Invest in multiple programs that will bring you money.
Still not sure where to start from? That is perfectly okay. But, if you are really keen on making money, you can check out this post about the Affiliate programs that pay the highest commissions. It shows you the 11 niches you can conveniently promote and make real money. And then, this other one titled Top 14 Affiliate programs with lifetime commissions. You can atleast, start with the recommendations in those posts.
Are you still wondering how to make money like the superstars? Not only men are in this train of money making superstars, some women have worked their way into the train also. Michelle is one of the few women that are making 5-figure income online. She plies her trade in the personal finance niche and has built an enviable following. A look at one of her posts titled 75+ Ways To Make Extra Money shows that she hardly lets an opportunity to pass her by. She knows how to convert waste into a pool of wealth. Little wonder she was able to pay off $40,000 student loan by age 24. You get inspiration from this post titled My Student Loans are Gone.
She has been published on HuffingtonPost, Forbes, Kiplinger, Lifehack, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, Wisebread, Mint, etc. Her blog is a rich source of financial knowledge that will help you get out of your financial slavery.
One principle I learned from her is financial prudence. Acquiring two university degrees in 2.5 years and saving money in emergency fund were no mean feats. She admitted she spent money on frivolities but was also smart enough to quickly correct here errors.
My take home: Everyone makes money, but only the prudent ones become truly rich. When in a financial mess, don’t remain there and wallow in it; look for a way out of the mess.
The only way to permanently change the temperature in the room is to reset the thermostat. In the same way, the only way to change your level of financial success ‘permanently’ is to reset your financial thermostat. But it is your choice whether you choose to change. – T. Harv Eker
Harsh Agrawal is the owner of ShoutMeLoud, one of the most popular blogs online. He started blogging in 2008 by borrowing a credit card to pay for his blog’s domain name. He started his blog for fun but today, the blog has close to a million subscribers.
Harsh earns 5-figure income monthly from his blog. Check out his income report for the month of October 2016 for confirmation. See it here at ShoutMeLoud October 2016 Income & Transparency Report: $34,339.48.
What I learned from Harsh Agrawal: Love whatever you do and treat it with great passion. Show transparency in your business and people will be attracted to you.
Enstine Muki is one internet marketers I love so much. We have become so close that I no longer see him as a friend but a brother. I knew Enstine when I was trying to promote my site using EasyRetweet. What attracted me to him was the way he followed up his customers and made sure what they bought was useful to them.
Enstine is an embodiment of what success should be. He is a software developer, blogger, and information marketer. Just to name a few things he’s doing – Paid products review, affiliate marketing, Eternal, SwissCoin, web design, etc. Recently, he became one of the top SwissCoin guys in Africa, and also became a member of the Warrior Forum Vault.
What have I really learned from Enstine all these while? I have learned that hard work pays handsomely. And to be successful like Enstine – try your hands on any legitimate thing capable of bringing money, acquire new skills, make new friends, be concerned about your customers – then money will come.
Enstine started his online journey in 2010 and created EasyRetweet (a traffic tool for bloggers) in 2011. Today, he is making some cool Dollars and he’s a bit comfortable (even though he doesn’t admit he is making much). His philosophy about making money is simply “Solve your readers’ problems, you make the money”.
Bill Burniece is one of the few people I took inspiration from while I was building this current blog. I could see that he had worked to take his website to Google Page 1 on a number of keywords. Bill has been doing online business for 10 years now, and he already knows the ropes of affiliate marketing. He has been running his website successfully. His “About Me” page says a lot about why he started his blog. He started his site just to do right what others were doing wrongly. And today, his blog, High Paying Affiliate Programs Dot Com is earning him income that should make him quite comfortable even in his retirement.
When I asked Bill how much he was making online, he had this to say, “I have several money-making sites online. I can’t share the exact figures since it’s proprietary but I can tell you that it’s well beyond a high full-time income”.
Bill’s best strategy for earning money online is List building and e-mail marketing. According to him, “it allows you the ability to make money on-demand”. On his philosophy about making money, he simply says “Give as much value up front as possible before you ask for anything in return. In other words, give before you can get”.
Bill is on Facebook and you can follow him or like him here.
You can as well follow Bill on twitter @billburniece.
My take on him : Anything you wish to do, do it very well. Do it better than the way others are doing it. People will spot the difference and pay you for it.
Reginald Chan does not depend only on his blog to make money. He tries his hands on freelancing and other things; hence he is making 4-figure monthly revenue. This guy has been online since 2005. On the best strategy that is earning him money online, he has this to say, “Blogging is just a platform. You should always aim to move forward by doing consulting, freelance etc. Those can make you more money than blogging can do. If you want to be successful, build a name for your blog, then move on!”.
Reginald Chan is a prolific writer. He has one of the helpful posts for aspiring bloggers titled How To Start a Killer Blog That Converts. It’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up a blog from scratch. He still finds time to socialize. He’s on Twitter and you can follow him @Reginald_Chan. If you are on Facebook, then you can like or follow him on Facebook
What do I say? Diversification is necessary if you want to earn higher. Pool money from different sources and then gather them. You will become richer in no distant time.
Harleena is one of the few women who have made a positive impact on me since I came in contact with her online. Her amiable character is difficult to ignore. She was nicknamed the “Comment Superstar” because of her meticulousness when it comes to leaving constructive blog comments on other people’s blog. At a point, she was always the first to visit my new post and leave such engaging comments that you keep wondering how she manages to do that on all the blogs she visits.
Harleena’s level of community engagement earned her a place in the interview section of my blog in 2013. Harleena is an inspiration to a lot of bloggers. She is currently not making much money on her blog, she is considering really monetizing her blog so she could make money from the huge traffic her blog receives.
One important thing I learned from her is to be genuinely interested in people. Money should not always be the number one reason for being close to people. When you show real interest in people, they help you make money.
She writes on multiple topics on her blog, Aha-Now. And one of how posts that I found quite helpful is titled How to Not Fear Failure. You can Follow Harleena on Twitter @harleenas. You can also find her on Facebook.
A recap of what it takes to make money like the superstars
Here’s the summary of what I have learned from the various superstars on the art of making money.
• Have an achievable vision and work towards making it a reality
• Provide quality content. It will attract people to you. That eventually put money in your pocket
• Be the first to see an opportunity to make money in new, promising programs. Take that opportunity; it is worth experimenting.
• Don’t let your handicap be an excuse for failure. Overcome it and forge ahead. It really can’t stop you from earning money.
• Never allow critics determine your financial future for you. People will always talk and criticize your vision. But you alone know where you are heading.
• Solve people’s pressing problems. They will make you rich for it.
• Be an authority source of information. Distinguish yourself in your chosen niche. With time people will be attracted to you and that will increase your earning capacity.
• Create multiple income streams. Little drops of water will gather to make an ocean
• Be genuinely interested in people; build an engaging community. People can smell from kilometers away that you are really interested in them. They are the ones who will eventually help you build your financial empire.
• Don’t be afraid to spend money in order to get more money. Money spent wisely will bring more profits and harvests.
• Anything you wish to do, do it very well. Do it better than the way others are doing it. People will spot the difference and pay you for it.
• Selling for people will never help you discover your hidden treasure. But creating and selling your product will get you out of poverty faster than a jet plane.
• The best way to make money fast is to find products that get recurring billings and keep solving problems that companies/people are facing. Promote such product and you will never lack money
If your desire is to make money like the superstars and retire in financial comfort, you need to understudy the superstars and find out what has set them apart. Get information is one thing but acting on the information you have is another ball game entirely. So, if you must master the art of money making, taking action like the superstars is important.
Over to you
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