The Internet Marketer - The One Crucial Thing You Must Have to Create Passive Income and Earn Money Online It is the holy grail of the internet marketer - create a passive income and earn money online. Yet it is a fact that 99% of all new internet marketers never earn a cent through their online endeavours. So, what is it that differentiates the 1% who do earn money online and build themselves a passive income? If you are reading this article then you have seen all the promises about making money on the internet. Make $500 a day by clicking on your mouse just 12 times! Website already set up for you! All you need to do is bank the money! Blog your way to dollars without any effort! Point and click your way to internet riches! Copy and paste my campaigns and make a six figure income in two hours a day! If, like me, you have purchased some, or many, of these products, then you know that the quality varies wildly. Some have useful information that you could probably have found elsewhere but still saved you time and educated you. Fair enough. Others are just shoddy ebooks that promote the owner's own products and tell you to make money by promoting the product you just bought. Some are outright scams. Like one recent product with a big launch which promised massive, server breaking traffic in just days. Basically, it was just a glorified article submitter. Again, we ask, what is it that allows the successful 1% of internet marketers to earn a passive income online? I will give you the answer in this paragraph. Can you find it? Consider the average, fledgling internet marketer spending his week working on his fledgling internet business. MondaySpent two hours making a few ads for Facebook and Plenty of Fish. $140 spent. 135 click throughs. Nil Sales. Ouch. Did some research on autoresponders. They say the money is in the list. How do I build a list? TuesdaySpent all day writing articles for affiliate sites and submitting them to various sites for approval. WednesdayChecked out new product that promises to create simple squeeze pages that will drive thousands of targetted buyers to your list and earn untold riches. Hmmm... Squeeze pages are harder than I thought. Domains? Hosting? Opt-ins? Html? Php? Actual squeeze pages created = zero. ThursdayWent to four different blog hosting sites to create my blog. Actually succeeded in creating my blog at blogger.com! It looks so sad with only my one short post asking people to buy product xyz because I recommend it. Wonder if anybody will read my blog? Am I interesting? FridayWent to Squidoo and spent a few hours setting up a lens. It looks quite pretty. They tell me you can set up a Squidoo lens in fifteen minutes. I must be dumb. SaturdaySpent all day trying to set up a shop on ebay. Checked around ebay and decided I should check around again later. What am I supposed to do with my shop when I get it set up? SundaySpent some time checking out Clickbank, Paydotcom and Shareasale. Lots of products but how do I know which one to choose? Keyword research? Alexa ranking? Competition? Gravity? Didn't Isaac Newton discover that? MondayMy article was rejected for too much self promotion and improper use of url. :-( Checked out my Squidoo lens. It is ranked 294,376. I wonder if that is good. Total money earned for the week approximately equals zero. Did you find the one crucial thing this internet marketer is missing? The internet is full of dazzling possibilities. There are so many ways to do so many things. Some work and some don't. So much money is sloshing around on the internet everyday! Mind boggling money. Just ask Google. Try not to be shocked, but sometimes the internet gives false or misleading information! It is easy to get lost in the information overload that is available, especially in the field of the internet marketer. So many promises, so many options to explore. Each more seductive than those previous seductive offers that you tried. So, for the internet marketer, what is the one crucial thing you must have to succeed, create a passive income and earn money online? A step by step, day by day, week by week, plan that will allow you to set up the base of your business and build upon it each day. Each week. Each month. You must have a plan that guides you from where you are now, to where you want to be in six months and one year's time. A plan with actions for you to take on a daily and weekly basis that add to the previous actions you have already taken. You need a plan which has already worked successfully for others. A plan that is learnable and presented in bite size chunks of small, do-able successful actions. It is in the successful doing of small, purposeful actions which build upon each other, that success is built. Think about it. If each of your small actions is successful and focused, then purely by logic, the accumulation of these small successes must bring about greater success. As Wallace D. Wattles says in his famous book The Science of Getting Rich: There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty. The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way. It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich. You must have a plan. Without a plan 99% of internet marketers flounder around in the ocean of internet information and never make a cent online. For a plan which has worked for me, click on the link in my bio box. You must have a plan. A plan that works. A plan that has worked for other people who have successfully created an income online. A plan that contains all the steps taken by the successful internet marketer to create his business and achieve his success. Leaving nothing out and providing guidance in what to do and, just as importantly, what not to do. How to do it and when to do it. You must look for a plan that gives you exact instructions on what you are to achieve this week and how to achieve it. So, the next obvious question is: Where do I find such a plan? The answer depends on what method you wish to use to achieve a passive income online. The answer is as varied as the information available on the internet. It depends on what feels right for you. What suits your personality. Some, and by no means all, of the options available on the internet to create a passive income are: • Affiliate marketing. One of the most enticing methods at first glance. You need no product, no website (although it really does help), no list (although it really does help), and very little outlay. Basically, you are promoting other peoples’ products and driving traffic to their site using an affiliate link where you are credited with commissions for each sale you drive. Commissions vary between 3% for some physical products such as telescopes, to 75% for many of the information products available on Clickbank. • Product creation. You are the person who creates new products which fulfill various needs or desires of internet users and sell them on your own websites and through affiliate marketers for a commission. Products are as varied as the internet itself. Ebooks, pieces of software that facilitate or create new ways to obtain web traffic, ways to make up with your boyfriend, how to lose weight, how to gain muscle. The list is endless and is made up of many, many niches and sub-niches. Find a niche with buyers ready to buy, give them what they want, let them know about it (traffic) and watch the money roll in. • Blogging. If you have something interesting to share, and there are enough people who also share that interest, it is possible to make a fine income through blogging. There are many ways to monetize your blog. From Google Adsense, to affiliate products you promote, to paid ads on your blog. • Dropshipping. You act as an agent for a supplier, called a dropshipper, where you obtain sales of the supplier’s products through a website or blog or forum or Pay Per Click marketing and forward the orders to the dropshipper. They then fill the order and ship the product to the customer. You are compensated by receiving a fixed proportion of each sale. • Selling products on eBay. Indeed, there is an entire industry built around re-selling products you have even bought yet from discount suppliers to buyers on eBay for a price mark up. This is by no means a comprehensive list of online opportunities for the internet marketer to earn passive income, but it covers some of the main themes. So before you can start your career as a successful internet marketer you are going to need to find a niche market that you wish to service. You need to decide which business model you are going to pursue. You need to commence concerted, focused action each day to move you from where you are to your goal of achieving a passive income and earn money online. You may have heard of information overload. It is the plethora of possibilities and promises on the internet to make money. So many options, so much to read and absorb, so much research to be done, so many websites to be visited. Too many newbies never get past the research stage. Or they jump from promise to sparkling promise and actually achieve, and earn, nothing. I was deadly serious with the title of this article. The one thing you need to be successful as an internet marketer is a plan. You must have a proven, successful plan to follow. There is one more thing you must do once you have a proven, successful plan at your disposal. You must follow the plan. Step by step. Day by day. Week by week. Month by month. Until all the little actions you have done each day in bite sized steps, add up to a successful business built upon solid foundations. In spite of what you read many times on the internet, nobody will do the work for you. Although I suppose you can always outsource everything, but if you can afford to do that then you probably are only mucking around on the internet anyway. You must have a plan. You must follow the plan. Remember that kindness is more important than wisdom.