Zero Cost Way of Making Your First Dollar Online

There are numerous ways to make money online. Some people stick to one method and make a nice income while others incorporate multiple methods to earn income online. There are no hard and fast rules to how you can do it. Everyone is different and does what works for them. However, everyone starts somewhere and some people don’t have any idea how to use the internet to make money. Below I am going to outline one of the most basic ways to make some extra money without it costing you a dime.

This information isn’t new and any internet marketing forum will have threads dedicated to the subject, but if you’re a beginner, this method is a risk free way of testing the waters and getting a taste of what it’s like to make your first dollar online. The most basic method I am referring to is article marketing and affiliate marketing.


The requirements are simple. You will need a Blogger account which you can create over at I like compared to other free services because they aren’t as strict and there are no distractions in terms of ads. Squidoo is fine for this but there are more distractions in terms of what the reader can click on.

You will also need an account at as well as other article directories, however, EzineArticles is one of the top article directories and is in the search engine results more than any other that I’ve noticed.

You will also need an account at either or your affiliate program of choice. I say Clickbank because it is one of the easiest affiliate programs to start with.

Finally, you will need to start a blog dedicated to the topic of the product which you plan on promoting, or you can use the blog to write a simple review of the product. Reviews are the easiest way to make sales as people generally like to read other people’s opinion on what they are considering buying.\t\t\t

Writing Your Articles

In order for this method to remain zero cost, you will have to write your articles yourself. Writing articles is easy. If you are not an expert in the topic, then it requires some basic research and putting together a useful article without giving away too much information. You want to entice the reader to learn more by clicking in the link in your resource box.

There are ways to write articles to get the clicks and I outline exactly how I go about it in my free short report “Weekly Income Online Using Article Marketing.” You can get the report free by subscribing to this blog using the sign-up form on the top right.  The link for the report will be in the footer of all RSS feeds.

Things to Keep in Mind

Just like anything else, the success of article marketing and affiliate marketing is determined by how much effort you put into it. Keep the following things in mind:

  • This is not a “get rich quick” scheme – it takes work
  • Do your keyword research before writing
  • Writing 5 articles will not cut it, you need to be consistent and write more
  • Submit to more than 1 article directory
  • Promote the articles that you write

Once you get the hang of this basic method you can then expand to creating your own web sites and using article marketing to drive traffic to them.  Chances are you will also become excited at your first sale and become hooked on internet marketing.

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