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(For readers of 101 Weird Ways to Make Money, by Steve
Note: This is the only place online that you can find
Chapter 21 of my e-book You
Can Make Money Writing for free. Although it covers some
of the ways you can make money with e-books, it covers other
ways to make money, and specifically focuses on ways that do
not require a website. Below this chapter you'll find links to
other resources and to the sites where I sell my e-books.
Making Money Without A Website
Can you make money online without a website? Absolutely. And
without any investment other than your time? Yes. You'll find
some great ways right here.
Now, the nit-pickers out there will say that you have to at
least have a computer and you have to pay for internet service.
Not true. You can do most of the things here working from a computer
in a public library for free. In any case, most of us - at least
in the United States - already have internet access and a computer,
so there is no additional cost for these things. You just have
to be willing to do the work.
Article Based Affiliate Sales
This little money making scheme is one I read about somewhere
on the internet. It involves writing articles, so I had to try
it out. I will warn you though, that this one does require an
investment of $9, but that's a pretty low-risk business, don't
Note to the argumentative among you: You could probably talk
a friend into putting up the $9 for a 10% share of the revenue.
That would make it free for you to try.
Okay, the model works like this: You register a domain name,
forward it to a good affiliate offer, and write articles to promote
the domain. I once read a post by a man who claimed he made $1700
with his first article using this plan. I suspect he exaggerated,
but about two years ago I rewrote five of my articles and gave
it a try. I'll tell you how it worked out, but first I have to
cover a little background information, and get into more detail
about how you can set this up.
You might know how easy it is now to sign up as an affiliate
for various products. With services like ClickBank it has become
even easier. There is no additional approval process for each
product or company. Once you have your ClickBank "nickname"
you can promote the products from any one of their thousands
of vendors and get a commission on any sales, some as high as
75% of the sale's price.
For example, on UnusualWaysToMakeMoney.com, I have an page
on buying and selling cars for profit. Browsing ClickBank products
one day, I found an e-book for sale on how to make money selling
cars. The publisher offers a 50% commission on each $47 sale,
or about $22 after the fees.
A few minutes later, I had a link up on my page, going to
his site. Every now and then someone clicks through to his sales
page and buys the book, which earns me about $22. ClickBank tracks
everything for you, by the way, and sends out checks every two
weeks. It costs nothing to open a ClickBank account.
This is basic affiliate marketing, and it is simple now, but
some people want it to be even simpler. Building a website to
promote those affiliate products is a bit of work, after all.
What if you just wrote an article and in the resource box linked
directly to the affiliate sales page, so you could earn commissions
without the need of a website? This has worked for some, but
most article directories won't allow affiliate links in an article,
and they do check. A better way follows.
How To Do It: Step-By-Step
1. Find a product you would like to promote as an affiliate.
It should be related to a topic you can easily write about.
It should pay a commission of at least $20 (my opinion, but you
can try lower-paying products). Sign up and get your affiliate
URL. This is the address you send people to in order to get credit
- and your commission - for the sale.
2. Register a domain.
This will be your only expense, and should cost less than
$10 per year. Register a name that has something to do with your
topic or product. Most good names are taken, but you can use
numbers in a name in order to find an available one with the
keyword(s) you want - this is why I have a site called 999articles.com.
Certainly "articles.com" and related names were long
gone, or being sold for thousands of dollars.
3. Set the domain to redirect or forward to your affiliate
All good registries have free forwarding for your domain.
If the one you're considering doesn't find another - you need
this. We use MyDomain.com for our domain registration, and forwarding
is free and easy.
Once you set the forwarding up, any time someone clicks through
to your domain from an article (or enters it in their browser)
they will be forwarded to the affiliate URL, with a delay of
a second or two at most. They will hopefully buy something then,
generating a commission for you.
4. Write relevant articles, linking to your domain in the
When your article is read, and the reader wants to learn more,
he will click through to your domain and be redirected to your
affiliate URL. Be sure your article is relevant to what he finds
there, or he isn't likely to buy anything. Remember, you will
almost certainly do best offering information and products of
real value to the reader.
5. Submit your article to twenty or more article directories.
Most article directories don't allow affiliate links, but
they usually allow links to a domain as long as you own it -
even if it redirects to an affiliate link. Read the agreement
to be sure this is the case. In any case, just use the directories
that do allow this. You can also submit your articles directly
to newsletter publishers, or post them on your own free blog
(more about blogs in moment).
Want to try this money making scheme? Here are some tips.
1. Look for high-priced, high-commission products. "Conversion
rates" don't usually drop proportionately with higher prices.
In other words, if 10 out of 1000 visitors buys a $17 product,
that number may only drop to 4 for a $100 product. Making 50%
on either, you would make an average of $85 for each 1000 readers
who clicked on that link in the first case, or $200 in the second
2. Don't try to "sell" anything in your article.
Write good informational articles and let the affiliate sales
page do the selling when your reader arrives there. However,
do try to "sell" them on clicking that link in the
You can't take back those articles once they're out there,
but you can redirect your domain to a different affiliate to
experiment, or if the original one cancels its program. Just
be sure that the affiliate product or service is relevant to
the content in your articles. In fact, you may want to develop
this plan around a set of possible products that all are meant
for essentially the same market.
If you have three computer registry cleaners that you like,
for example, you can promote all three and test to see which
converts better. In each article you would have something like
this in the resource box: "Visit now to get information
on my favorite registry cleaner."
Does It Work?
Others have claimed to do well with this plan. My own success
was somewhat limited, but then I barely tried out the plan. I
spent just an afternoon on my first and only attempt. I owned
a domain which I hadn't developed into a website (tenmoney.com).
I set it up to redirect to an affiliate product that I liked.
That took a few minutes. Then I spent a few hours to rewrite
five of my articles about making money online, and I linked to
my domain in each resource box. I submitted each to about a dozen
The results? Over the next two months, I made exactly $84
- just two $42 commissions. It has been many more months now
without a sale. There are certainly ways to "tweak"
this system, and to do better than the $17 per hour I made for
my effort, but I had and have enough other things in the works.
That was my one and only attempt at this no-website money
making scheme. No great success, but I thought you might like
to know about it. It takes nothing but $9 and your time to give
it a try.
Sell The Rights To Your Articles
Some people sell the rights to their articles, or to the e-books
they create from their articles. There are two basic ways this
is done. One is to sell books or articles with "resell rights"
included in order to sell them for more money. This means that
the buyer has the right to sell them again.
For example, you might sell an e-book for $20. But if you
give the buyer the right to not only read it, but to sell it
to others, you might get $100 for it. Internet marketers are
always looking for products to sell or to use as bonuses. A one-time
investment of $100 can get them a quality e-book that can be
sold alone or used as a bonus a thousand times.
The other way to sell your writing online is to sell "private
label rights." This means that the buyer not only can put
his or her own name on your book as the author, but they are
also free to change anything they want to. The advantages to
buyers are clear. They don't have to write their own articles
or e-book, and they are free to modify a product in any way that
suits their purposes.
This has become common with articles. You can enter "private
label rights articles" into any search engine and find all
sorts of offers. I have seen 20 articles with private label rights
selling for as little as $20. The problem is the quality.
That's why you can make more if you have a collection of really
good articles for sale. Of course the pricing is determined in
part by the subject as well. Many more internet marketers are
looking for decent articles or books on money-making topics,
while few are searching for dog training articles.
You can get even more if you offer articles that are "exclusive,"
meaning you will not sell them to anyone else. You get more on
that one sale, but then give up the opportunity to make multiple
One final note: Keep all of this in mind if you find that
you really hate writing or are not good at it. You can buy e-books
to sell as your own, or buy as many articles as you need to promote
your website (or even to use as pages). There are so many ways
to make money online.
I recently discovered a blog where you're paid to voice your
opinion. It's called Rant Blogger, at (sorry, this site is no
longer online as of late 2010). When I visited, there were rants
about college, rants about politics, and about everyday things.
Send in your rant and they make you an offer if they're interested.
It really isn't worth my time, but as an experiment I spent
twenty minutes rewriting a five paragraph piece on the exclusionary
rule that I had put on my "ideas site" a couple years
earlier. I sent it to them, and got an offer back an hour later.
They would pay $8. I said yes, sent them my PayPal email address,
and they paid me almost immediately. My "rant" was
up on the blog an hour later.
I even got to have a link to my blog at the end, so I really
got "paid" twice. Now, this is no get rich quick scheme,
but if you had a lot to say and could type fast, you might make
$50 or $60 in an afternoon. It requires no investment.
The idea is obviously to get others to create all their content,
possibly for search engine "bait," but they don't seem
to care if there is any keyword optimization of the rants. Possibly
they hope to develop a following based on contributors returning
and sending their friends there as well to see their paid and
Either way, I'm not convinced that this business model will
work for the blog, so if it is already changed, I apologize.
You might try searching for "get paid to blog," or
something similar to see if others are trying this.
By the way, they ask for the right to distribute your rant elsewhere,
but then you give that with articles anyhow, so this isn't a
big deal. These also do not have to be article-length rants -
mine was perhaps 300 words.
Revenue Sharing Sites
There is another kind of website where you can get paid to
contribute. You don't get paid up front for your work, but you
get a share of the revenue that is generated on the page where
they place your articles. The usual monetization method is Google
AdSense, and I have seen a couple of these sites now that give
you half or more of the revenue.
How much is that? It's impossible to say for sure, since there
will be no traffic to some pages and a lot of traffic to those
with "hot topics." Also, the ads displayed on a real
estate investing article will pay them as much as 50 cents per
click on average (thus 25 cents for you) while a poetry guide
will get ads that pay 5 cents or less per click.
I suspect that many of these pages make nothing or only a
few dollars per year. Some, on the other hand, if they are popular,
might make as much as several dollars per month. This may not
sound like a lot, but it is residual income, meaning it can keep
coming in for years after you have done the work. Post enough
content and these trickles of cash flow can add up. I would love
to have each of my 1,000 or so articles making a couple dollars
per month extra income from sites like these (but I haven't really
tried it yet - so many projects, so little time).
Here are a few sites that were doing this the last time I
checked. One of them was paying out 70% of the AdSense revenue
generated on your pages.
Again, things change fast on the internet, and some of these
may have changed their rules by the time you read this. If so
you can always find more of this type. Just do a search for "revenue
sharing web sites," "adsense revenue sharing sites,"
"get paid to post," or something similar.
One site I particularly like is Tutorial Tub, at http://tutorialtub.com.
They deal exclusively with "how to" content. You submit
a tutorial, like "How To Clean A Fish," "How To
Open A Retirement Account," or anything that teaches readers
how to do something. Once they approve it and post it on the
site, you get a share of any advertising revenue that comes from
that page (50% at the moment, though they reserve the right to
What I like about this concept is that "how to"
articles are some of the most popular articles out there. That
should mean decent traffic to the pages, so you have a shot at
actually making some money. Not having tried it, I have no idea
what you can expect to make, but it is yet another way to make
money writing, and with no investment except time.
There are a number of places where you can start a blog. I
have used the free service at Blogger.com to host my 999ideas
blog. They make it relatively easy (although none of the technical
stuff is really that easy for me), but there are others that
are free as well. I never had the patience to do more than hang
some Google AdSense ads on it, and have never promoted it heavily
nor kept it updated, so it generates very little income.
The important point here, though, is that these things cost
nothing to start, and have made thousands of dollars per month
for some smart entrepreneurs. If you don't have a computer you
could go to the public library today and using their free internet
access have your blog up in a short while. Once it is going,
you can sell affiliate products, get paid for clicks, sell advertising,
sell you own products and more. There are a lot of ways to make
money with a blog.
Essentially you can use a blog like a website. You can also
promote it in all the same ways, including article distribution.
However. I will warn you: A free blog may not always be free,
or may be closed down for any reason. It is rare. Some blogs
on Blogger.com have been around for years, some making thousands
per month, but I feel that a paid service has no reason to ever
close your account, so it is safer (of course these free ones
are more likely to become paid ones than to just shut down).
I just don't like things being that out of my control. If
I was going to really develop a blog, I would buy the appropriate
software and let my wife figure out how to create a blog on one
of our websites. Actually, she tells me that she has free software
to do that anytime I am ready, which may be soon.
Now, if money is the problem, you could do this: Register
a domain name, then start a blog with the same name. So far you
will have spent just $9 per year for the name. Forward the domain
to your blog and link to the domain name in all the articles
you distribute. When readers click, they get redirected to the
The point here is safety. After you have made some money on
your free blog, you can start a real website using the domain
you already have. You can keep the free blog and link to it from
the website, or buy the software to host it on the website (or
you can find free software - just do a search for "free
blog software"). This is how you bootstrap your way to big
business. A $9 investment can lead to a great income a few years
down the road.
How do you make money by giving away e-books? Actually there
are several ways. You can give them away as a gift or "bribe"
to get people to subscribe to a mailing list of some sort, whether
a course or newsletter or whatever. Then you sell something in
that newsletter or course or other mailings, or direct the readers
to your website where they can click on ads or buy your products.
Another common technique is to create a short version of an
e-book that you sell. You give it away and encourage others to
give it away as well. In the book, you naturally offer something
of real value to the reader, but you also make a few pitches
for the full version, with links to the sales page where they
can buy it.
Now I promised ways to make money without a website and without
much - if any - investment. How do you do that with e-books that
you give away? Here are a few ways you can try.
First, you can write a book or report to sell, as mentioned.
If you truly have no money and no computer, write it in parts
and email it to an email account - one that you set up for free
of course. When you are ready, go to the library or use a friend's
computer and open the emails to put it all together in some kind
Convert it into a PDF using one or more of your five free
trials at http://createpdf.adobe.com, if they are still offering
that. Otherwise you'll have to find another free converter online.
Search "free PDF conversion," and you'll find something.
Make it into a PDF e-book in this way and download it for the
moment onto the computer you're using. Email yourself a copy
just to be safe. There are also some freeware programs out there.
Cute PDF has worked for me just fine, and is available free at
Now go open a free account at Lulu.com. They will sell your
e-book for you for a commission. They'll even sell it as a paperback
- printing one at a time as they are ordered - if you want to
try that too. Once your book is listed for sale, start a free
blog (see the previous section) to promote the book. You can
also then write some articles and distribute them to get traffic
coming to the blog.
There may be other places where you can sell it as well, but
Lulu is free at the moment (no up front cost - you only pay out
of your sales). I use ClickBank to sell my e-books, but for that
you have to have a website and pay a $50 fee to start selling
Now, This was supposed to be about giving away free e-books.
so where does that come in? It's your primary marketing strategy,
using the technique mentioned above. You create a second e-book
that is composed of excerpts from the one you're selling. It
is so enticing that some readers naturally decide pay to read
the "complete" version.
You give away the free version on your blog, and at places
which distribute free e-books. For example, at http://www.free-e-books.net.
There are many of these places if you search "submit free
e-books" and similar search terms. You just upload the book
from the computer, fill in the fields, and they post your book
on their site. You can also offer it to web marketers who work
in a related area and would like to use it as a bonus with their
Here is a much simpler way to make money giving away e-books.
These will be short books too. The idea here is to have a great
little informational book or report that helps the reader and
has links to affiliate products in it - with your affiliate code
in each of the links of course.
Find an couple products that you really like and which have
affiliate programs. This could be brainwave entrainment CDs for
meditation, for example (I love these things). There are several
which pay from $6 to $50 to you for each sale you generate. Now
do a ten-page book explaining how these things work and with
a review of several that you like. Each time you mention one,
of course, you will have a link there for the reader to click
for more information Each of those links will have your affiliate
code in it, so you get credit if the reader decides to buy any
of the products.
Now find a half-dozen ways to distribute the book... Here
Ways To Give Away E-Books
1. Put them on your free blog.
2. Send them to all your contacts and friends.
3. Promote your blog in your signature file in the forums
you post in.
4. List the e-book at http://www.free-e-books.net and other
5. Find website owners who would like to give it as a gift
6. Place ads in "free classified ads" sites.
Okay, now that you have started to distribute the free e-book
in six ways, write another, and then another. Find the best products
out there and write a book or report on a related topic just
to get those links in there. You could put six of your best fishing
stories in an e-book and then suggest that readers go buy a "How
To Catch Trout" e-book that nets you $10 per sale (yes there
is one at ClickBank - I just checked).
How well does this work? I don't know. I have made a few thousand
dollars giving away e-books, but that was a different business
model. I can tell you a quick true story that will show you the
I bought the e-book, Confessions of a Lazy Super-Affiliate
by Chris Rempel. It was less than $20, and a great value. About
a week after first reading it, I returned to it to find the link
to a link building service he recommended. I clicked through
and signed up for the service. I am guessing, but I think Chris
made at least a $20 commission on my purchase, although it could
have been more.
He suggested a directory submission service that cost me $42
to have my site submitted to 400 directories. I used it (and
will use it again), and he probably made a $10 commission on
that. I recently started using an article submission service
that he recommends, using his affiliate link of course (it costs
the same anyhow). He'll likely make another $20 or more from
Now, if you do the math, you can see that even if he had given
me his valuable e-book in the first place, he still would have
made $50 from my having it. That suggests there is some real
potential here, doesn't it?
(It may even be better than what I am guessing here. Many
of the services that pay commissions do so for as long as the
customer remains subscribed. If that is the case, and if he makes
10%, Rempel has likely made hundreds of dollars on the thousands
I have now spent on the services he recommended.)
Now, it is true that some people do get irritated with "advertising"
in an e-book. I happen to think it just adds more value to the
e-book when I am told where to get products that I actually want
and can benefit from. The important part is that the affiliate
products which are linked to are relevant. In any case, if it
is a free e-book and people are annoyed by a link or twenty,
that's their problem.
And remember, you can create an e-book for free if you need
to, using tools available online. You can market it for free
too. What other businesses are there where you can invest no
money at all and grow your revenue to six-figures?
2009 Update: I recently decided to try the plan outlined
above in example about meditation CDs. I ended up with a forty-page
e-book that took a few days to write, and focused on the mind
power benefits of meditation. Of course it recommended a good
product or two, linking to them with my affiliate code. I've
only given it to my Brainpower Newsletter subscribers so far,
but that resulted in a couple hundred dollars in commissions
If you liked this chapter, you'll love
the book You Can Make Money Writing, available at 999articles.com,
also available as an Amazon Kindle e-book. It is primarily about
making money with your own website or blog using short promotional
articles, but cover several other ways to make money online.
The table of contents can be found below. Some of the other e-books
I publish can be found at 99reports.com.
Another great resource: Write Your Own Ebook
You Can Make Money Writing
(With Simple Online Articles)
By Steve Gillman
Table Of Contents
Lesson 1 - Making Money With Articles - The Basic Idea
Lesson 2 - Why Online Writing Is Different
Lesson 3 - An Easy Way To Write An Article
Lesson 4 - The Best Article Directories
Lesson 5 - Keyword Tools And Research
Lesson 6 - Article Titles
Lesson 7 - Article Descriptions
Lesson 8 - Writing An Article
Lesson 9 - The Author's Resource Box
Lesson 10 - Strategic Linking
Lesson 11 - Writing For Readers And Webmasters
Lesson 12 - How To Submit Articles
Lesson 13 - Software, Services and Other Tools
Lesson 14 - What Makes A Good Article Directory?
Lesson 15 - More Ways To Make Money With Articles
Lesson 16 - How To Get Ideas For Articles
Lesson 17 - Write - And Rewrite
Lesson 18 - Writing Tips
Lesson 19 - Copyright Violations
Lesson 20 - Writing For Money
Lesson 21 - Making Money Without A Website
Lesson 22 - Using Other People's Articles
Lesson 23 - Article Directory List
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