Whether you have plenty of experience in your field or are just starting out, chances are you have something valuable to teach others. In fact, the University of Phoenix has over 50,000 active online students who pay tens of thousands of dollars each year to learn from educational experts like yourself. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level and earn some extra money, check out these six steps on how to become an online professor today!
Become an expert in something
The first step to making money online is to figure out what you want to do. Obviously, if you want to make a lot of money, you’re going to have to settle on something that pays very well. Are there specific things that people will pay a lot for? Do they involve a skill or talent that you possess? Are you passionate about helping others with your knowledge? You need answers before beginning. Also know that it may take several attempts and pivots before you truly find your sweet spot. Keep trying new ideas until one sticks!
Get your own website
You can start a website or even just a simple page on your existing site. You can write articles, provide an information resource, teach people what you know and charge for access to that information. If you want to monetize your content with ads, we recommend using Google AdSense (see Chapter 3) – you’ll find it much easier than trying to sell ad space yourself. There are also plenty of affiliate programs and other things you can do with your content once it’s created if you want to add that level of complexity!
Start writing content
Whether you’re creating videos, uploading audio files, or writing long-form articles, you’ll want to make sure you start posting right away. The more content you produce and post, the more likely people will see it (and share it). And who knows? You might find that blogging is fun. It can be a great way to improve your marketing skills and earn extra income online. Best of all, you don’t need to know how to build a website from scratch. Use a service like WordPress, Weebly, Wix or Squarespace for free website hosting—then get started!
What’s Next? Now that you have a better idea of what’s involved in creating your own website and producing original content, take some time to create your business plan. Decide on what kind of site you want to build and what kind of posts or videos you’ll create on it regularly. Don’t worry about making perfect plans just yet; just focus on getting all of these ideas down in one place so they don’t get lost in your head.
Monetize your site with affiliate marketing
If you own a website, whether it’s your own personal website or you run a site on another topic (such as your professional life), adding affiliate links to that site is a great way to make extra money online. It’s also very likely that other blogs in your niche have some sort of affiliate program – so consider partnering with them for mutual benefit! Do some research and find out what programs are available and how much money you can make from them. Remember – there doesn’t have to be big revenue potential for it to be worth pursuing!
This isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. You may have to write hundreds, if not thousands, of answers on a range of topics before you start seeing real traction in your earnings. If it’s a useful skill people are willing to pay for, you can create your own freelance writing portfolio and make money writing articles. Eventually, your questions could get answered and save people time looking for answers elsewhere!