How To Make 2017 Your Best Make Money Online Year


A new year brings with it a new beginning, and a new start. You can look at it as the same old same old, or you can look at it as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Here are my top tips to make 2017 your best make money online year ever.

Don’t Try To Reinvent The Wheel

Being a well-known Internet marketer, I get presented with some of the craziest make money online ideas. Everyone one of them was supposed to revolutionize the way money is made online. All they needed was some seed capital, or an endorsement, from me to get it off the ground. Keep this tip in mind when trying to make money online in 2017: don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

Oh sure, you can become a billionaire if your idea hits like Google or Facebook. But most likely, you’ll join the millions that failed for every Google success story. If do you want to reinvent the wheel, then I recommend you become successful first. Then you have money to play with. In the meantime, follow the next tip.

Use Proven Business Models

ebookThe secret to making money online is not to try to reinvent it. Instead, what you should be doing is following business models that have proven to work, and try to improve upon it. For example, the affiliate marketing model is a proven business model, but the model the industry promotes as the one that can make you rich is extremely flawed. I modified the model to make it work better. I wrote an entire eBook on this subject.

The Ultimate Online Profit Model details the business models I use to make six-figure monthly income, and live the Dot Com Lifestyle. You can download a free copy here. Remember, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Start Your List Today

I’ve said many times before that the money is in the list but it bears repeating. The money really is in the list. Look at all the really big affiliate marketers. What do they all have in common? They all have huge mailing lists. And because they have huge lists, they don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands per month on advertising. My friend, John Reese, refers to his list as his ATM. He just goes to it whenever he needs to make a withdraw.

If you want to become a big player in this industry, you absolutely need an email list. That is your customer base. Without one, you’ll just be another hit-and-run affiliate marketer working for peanuts. Stop building other people’s customer base and start building your own.

My recommended email service is Aweber. I’ve been using them for years and they are by far the best in the business.

Aweber offers a free trial account for all new customers. The account is just like a normal Aweber account and includes unlimited email campaigns, newsletters, broadcasts and follow ups. It’s a great way to test drive Aweber to see what it can do for you.

Stop Thinking And Start Doing

Most people think more about a project than actually doing the project. How long have you been thinking about making money online? Now, how long have you been doing it? If you’re thinking more than doing, then it’s time to reverse the two. The best way to do that is by taking the first step. I made the below video back in 2014, but the message applies today as it did back then.

Attend At Least One Industry Trade Show

If you have never attended a show like Affiliate Summit, then make 2017 the year you attend at least one industry show. Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll also meet many interesting people and form many new friendships that will help you down the road.

The sold out Affiliate Summit West starts in ten days. I look forward to it every year. For many people attending, it will be the turning point in their online careers. The fact that it happens at the start of the year is a major bonus as it can be the push they need to take their Internet business to the next level.

Be A Highly Effective Internet Marketer

If you ever read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, then you’ll know about the time quadrant. Basically, Every activity we do during the day can be put in one of four quadrants:

Answer this question: What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Chances are, whatever you name, it’s a Quadrant Two activity.

Quadrant Two is the heart of effective personal management. It deals with things that are important but not urgent, like building your business, forming relationships, long-term financial planning, exercising – all those things we know we need to do, but seldom get around to doing because they are not urgent and can be put off until some other day. Well, we all know that someday never comes.

Don’t put off what you know you need to do just because it’s not urgent, and you can always get to it someday. For most, someday will turn into years or never. I know people who told me they were going to get into blogging ten years ago. I’m still waiting to see their blogs. The difference between a highly effective blogger and an ineffective one is the effective blogger knows blogging may not be urgent, but it’s important enough to get started and keep going.

Take Your Internet Business Seriously

Because the cost of starting an Internet business is so low compared to a regular business, most new Internet marketers don’t take it as seriously as they should. If you want your online venture to advance beyond the hobby stage, you need to take it seriously and treat it like a real business. Don’t let 2017 be the year you’ll give Internet marketing a “try” or make a half-hearted effort to start blogging again. Instead, make this year the year you take your online business to the next level because your business is just as serious as a “real” business that cost $100,000 to start.

I know many businesses that cost over $100K to start that makes nowhere close to what I make online. Yet, my blog was started for the cost of a $10 domain name. Very few normal businesses can be started for $10 and grow into multi-million dollar business. But that is the power of Internet marketing if you take it seriously and continue to work at it on a consistent basis. Treat this like would treat a $100,000 business, and your entire outlook will change.

The Biggest Obstacle Standing In Your Way

youI get asked what’s the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Internet success a lot. The answer is something that most people will not want to hear.

It’s You.

When it all comes down to it, you are the only thing that is stopping you from achieving whatever it is your heart desires. Success is an attitude. It is not money, wealth or power. Take away the money of a successful person and he’ll have it all back and more in a few years. Give an unsuccessful person a million bucks and chances are he’ll lose it all in a few years. The difference is their attitude.

The unsuccessful person blames his misfortunes on outside factors – it’s the tax man’s fault, the economy sucks, Obama didn’t change a thing, prices are too high, my wife won’t let me, etc. He’ll blame everything else except the one thing that is truly keeping him down. The successful person doesn’t blame outside factors for failing. He accepts failure as a requirement for success and learns from it.

They say successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. That’s not entirely true. They don’t think differently, they think opposite. An unsuccessful person hates failure. A successful person welcomes failure. An unsuccessful person works hard for money. A successful person has money work hard for him. An unsuccessful person takes. A successful person gives. An unsuccessful person will let someone else write his paycheck and determine his net worth. A successful person writes his own paycheck and determines his own net worth. The list goes on, but the point is a successful person has an opposite attitude from an unsuccessful person.

If you want to be successful, the first thing you need to change is your attitude. If you have the attitude of an unsuccessful person, then no amount of reading, couching or training from me is going to make you successful. Once you change your attitude, things will open up for you.

At the end of the day, it’s not going to me or any other make money online guru that’s going to make you successful. You are the only one standing between where you are now and where you want to be. Stop blaming outside factors and start to take responsibility and change your attitude to that of a successful person. You are the problem, but you are also the solution. Success begins, and ends, with you. I look forward to hearing your success story 2017!

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21 thoughts on “How To Make 2017 Your Best Make Money Online Year”

  1. The headline is SEO gold, John Chow ! wish I could write articles like this. How about sharing some of the SEO tricks you implemented in 2016 for us new bloggers. I would appreciate it if you could share how your work-flow is for a new post.

    What research you do before writing an article.
    How you write it.
    And what you do after publishing it ?

  2. Godspower Sunday says:

    You are actually an expert blogger.

  3. Cynthia Wright says:

    Your daughter is adorable! Please teach her character counts more than beauty.

    To a successful year,


    1. I do not blame anyone. I have no money, so do not hurting anything, I’m mad at myself. Why I wanted to deal with such things, which I do not! I tried to learn from you, but with little success. Maybe I say that other because, unfortunately, I am to blame because I do not speak your language! I received instruction from you! True, but you’ve read a book that is written in Dutch? I’m so, your books, and videos, I do not understand! It’s just the wrong friends. No one can blame only myself, because I do not speak another language! All the best my friends! Happy New Year!
      Everything I do, because my pockets are empty and I do not understand the words, and marketing, the videos teach you, the smart big guys, I do not understand because of the language! Éva

  4. Hi John,

    I fully agree with your tips. For the time being I’m focus on building a serious and solid business being a member of The 4% Group created by Vick Strizheus. I know that the money is on the list, but when I started in this industry nobody teach me how to create a relationship with my list, and although I’ve been recently trying to reactive my lists of more than 3.000 subscribers, very few had opened my messages and take action. It was aa great and hard lesson to me, because I had spend thousand of dollars to get that subscribers.

    I’m grateful for having you as one of my best internet friends.

    I wish you and all your family an Amazing and Happy New Year 2017, full of love, peace, joy, health, success and prosperity!!

    Stay awesome-

  5. Beatrijs says:

    Hi John, I would love to start giving away your book but I have to many problems with buying traffic and losing all the money. Even when a professional like Shaqir Hussyin took care of both funnels and traffic for me, it took him over 12000 of my Euro’s to get no result at all. So how am I going to buy traffic, like yours, for over $ 1000, to get my book ready, and risk getting even more in trouble than I already am?????

  6. Ken says:


    You give sound advice everyone should follow, but as you said most won’t.

    To a great 2017 for us all, and look forward to seeing you at ASW.

  7. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. John, Your blogging is amazing I have been following you since I had my private mentoring through MObe VIA Richard Takeruma I just typed a really long post and lost it somehow but I joined Mobe in August of 2016 and went straight to Platinum and i have spent well over $100,000 of my hard earned money of a job of 35 years that i am wanting to get away from as i told Matt Loyd via Snap chat I feel like I am missing something I have only made $5,000 sold 3 silvers i have 1500 subscirbers via aweber, bought 68 mttbs and lots of traffic and i know $100,000 as I told Matt wont seem like much to him or to somebody like you but to me it is a lot and i have no problem investing more to make more but i need to see that i can make the money i have already invested back first i told Matt i just feel like I am missing some piece of the puzzle I will be attending my first masterminds in January and February and Matt via snap chat told me I needed to get myself to a super charge summit as soon as i could. I hope to meet you at one of the masterminds Do you think the super charge summit will help somebody like me?? He sent me an invite as a VIP member since I am not making what I think is enough yet and maybe I am wanting it all to soon I dont know Do you think the supercharge will benefit me? Thanks for your time I sometimes wish I had met you before I met Mobe I am still being coached with Michele Perna from Mobe, Richard still gives me advice and probably the only thing I am not good at is blogging like you i dont know what else to do DID NOT have any luck with FB

  9. Auricelia Araujo da Silva says:

    Oi John,

    Mega conselhos eu Amei todos, sou Brasileira e gostaria de saber se o Curso ” MTTB” é traduzido na minha língua?

  10. John says:

    Hi John,

    Great post for achieving online success in 2017.

    I agree with you that it is ironic that the low entry costs of starting an online business can actually prevent many people from working consistently enough to make a success of it.
    As you say you started with a $10 domain name! For many people this is just too easy
    compared with the costs of starting a bricks and mortar business.

    It’s human nature for most people to think like this. It may be a tragedy for them but
    for the rest of us, it gives us a greater opportunity to succeed as the competition
    is reduced enormously by other people’s defeatist attitudes – as they say over 90% of
    affiliates do not make any money and give up!

  11. Mi Muba says:

    Hi Jon
    Looking smart with Shaqir Hussain in video. How do you stay fit being so busy. Share this secret as your blog post whenever you have time.
    You are right money is in the list and I once heard that the most common regret of majority of bloggers is not building email list from their very beginning. People say they get 1000 or more visitors daily. If they are asked how many of them are converted they reply they have yet to start building their list. It means they actually say they are losing 10000 or more visitors daily.
    Many thanks for sharing this very inspirational post. Happy New Year

  12. Monty tan says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. Abdulsalam says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the post. its really inspiring.
    Attitudinal Change is fastest and straight road to success.

    I wish myself and every reader of this post a very happy and prosperous 2017!!!!

  14. piyush says:

    Hey John,

    You’re really an expert blogger. I loved your tips.

    Thanks for writing 1500 words post 🙂

  15. Amar kumar says:

    Hey John,

    Yes, I really agree with you – we need to improve our business model on same base for genius results. Many people overwhelmed when they couldn’t get success on previous strategies, they look forward to another new strategies for expectation of result.

    Today, due to huge competition making money online is not easy task for anyone in short time – we need to keep patience and smart working on project. Eventually, thanks for sharing your best experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  16. Jan Krueger says:

    John, For someone who calls himself “unemployable”, your many accomplishments are evidence of your drive for success. You are an inspiration to me and one of the reasons why I will not take “no” for an answer.
    Besides that, I find you to be a very caring gentleman and quick to offer help to anyone who asks. Your presentations are “genius” and you, yourself, are hilarious! A great sense of humor helps in this business. To your continued success.
    Thank you for your friendship.

  17. Daniel says:

    Hi. John .
    It’s been a great article of inspiration in your blogs. How u can make 2017. Your best making money online ever,first I appreciate u for your words of inspirational attitude about a successful & unsuccessful person.thanks. pls.I love to make money online. But I don’t know what to it to own a blog. After that what else, will I do to start making money online. Pls I need your kindeed input or advice on how I can be successful in online business in big time to come, in 2017&beyond Pls. In your kindred answer.

  18. I hope 2017 this year make best money from online. I think this blog can give me way to get it.

  19. Whollyjoy says:

    may be this will help you to earn the real money but you need to believe in yourself and the company should be genuine so that a fraud will not happend with you.

  20. Rhys says:

    Great advice John, I thoroughly recommend starting a list and Aweber is one of the best companies to do so.

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