How To Make 2018 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 2018 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 internet and make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. 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 2018: don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

Oh sure, there’s a tiny chance you may become a billionaire if your idea hits like Google or Facebook. But most likely, you’ll join the millions that failed for every Snapchat 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. 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.

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Attend At Least One Industry Trade Show

If you have never attended a show like Affiliate Summit, then make 2018 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 this Sunday. 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 plusyears 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 2018 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 or more 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.

Don’t Listen To The Critics

No one ever became successful without having critics along the way. The only way to guarantee you’ll never have critics, is to accomplish nothing. You should expect to have people be skeptical of, scoff at, be negative at, laugh at, and even ridicule what you’re now doing.

Pay them no attention.

Think about how many critics the president of the United States has. Or how many critics there are of Apple computers, who still insist PCs are better. You should see some of the critics I have online.

There are people out there who love to observe from the sidelines of life and criticize the players in life instead of getting in the game themselves. It’s easier for them that way. No one ever remembers these people, and they never accomplish anything significant.

What you’re doing right now is taking a stand for your own financial future, and trying something that most never will. You’ll have people around you say that internet marketing doesn’t work, it’s a scam, that ‘if it’s so easy, then everyone would be doing it,’ etc.

When I first started my online business I had people laugh at what I was doing, or tell me I was being scammed. I assure you, they are no longer laughing. Instead of focussing on the critics, ignore them and surround yourself with other people who are on the same path as you. If you don’t know any other entrepreneurs, then go to and find them. Spend more time discussing your business with these people than you do discussing it with people who are not on board with what you’re doing.

The opportunity you have in front of you right now is unprecedented. It’s entirely possible for you one year from now, to have a completely different life. A life with no debt, and where money is no longer a worry. A life where you get to choose how much you want to work each day. A life where traveling to exotic places is something you experience every few months.

Make the decision that no matter what, you’re going to make something of yourself as an internet marketer. There’s only one person on this planet who will hold you back from achieving all of this. And that’s you. Have faith that you can do this, take massive action, and begin immediately. Make 2018 the best year of your life.

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28 thoughts on “How To Make 2018 Your Best Make Money Online Year”

  1. You give her best tips about online make money year.

  2. Papa Shally says:

    Thanks for your 2018 input JC. After few years of following you, finally I join MOBE and taking my online business seriously.

  3. I really like it when you said “Don’t Listen To The Critics”. I agree as whatever you do there are going to be people who are skeptical. Giving them attention slows you down. Thanks for the great article.

  4. Hey John !!
    Great Post as usual!!
    I got some ideas in my bucket list that i have been postponing for ages. After reading your post I am finally felling that Ill go for it.


  5. Happy new year John.

    Attending a WordPress or affiliate marketing trade show is something I have wanted to do for many years, but living in the United Kingdom I don’t think there are any here.

  6. fuadf says:

    As Always you have the last words that we say “AMEN” to.
    Thank you, John, for all your energy that used to transmit the best form I have ever heard of.
    best of 2018 Again to you and family!

    Fuad Ghalib

  7. Bryan Hee says:

    Never procrastinate, Start Your First Steps! Take Action! Just Do it!

    Build your list from the beginning, the list is an asset for internet marketing. The money is in the relationship you built with your list.

  8. Bakare Babatunde says:

    Hi John,l am highly motivated and inspired with this one.Building your list,shun critics and take Action.Now l can start my blogging despite l have not make a dime on the internet.Thanks God bless you.

  9. clinton says:

    I will make it

  10. clinton says:

    Live it or love ti

  11. Jan 3, 2018….HAPPY NEW YEAR..2018….


    Great video as always….Sally is bad…tell her to stop that…while you are videoing…she must respect her father….and obey…..John your info was right on point….Don’t think…take action….and you are correct…most people do over think and over analyze almost everything…no on succeed without action…..TALK IS CHEAP…..enjoy your day and happy new year…2018…thanks….Chris Morrison, Carson, CA……1/3/18

  12. You know what separates John from most others that ‘want’ to make money online? He actually does it. He doesn’t flap his gums. He blogs every day and doesn’t reinvent the wheel (like he said). It’s not rocket science folks.

  13. Ibrahim says:

    Great Article Mr John Chow and I completely agree with you about “Stop thinking and start doing” as I was a victim of always thinking.. I jumped into selling on Amazon back in September and never looked back and now I’m hitting £1400 in 30 days.. I done all this by taking ACTION

  14. YASH says:

    Hello, John first of all happy new year and you write an excellent post. It is something that I have been waiting for a very long period. It’s including everything that I need. I will use this technique to earn more money in 2018. Once again thank You, John, for this excellent post. Keep sharing.

  15. Datadot says:

    Very Nice Blog…

  16. Great blog, thank you for sharing

  17. Hey John Chow you don’t know how much I inspire you? Your blogs helped me to learn a lot about blogging and today I’m making enough to live my life happily. Just wanted to say thanks!

  18. Susan Velez says:

    Hi John,

    Great tips and I especially love the whole concept of not trying to re-invent the wheel. It’s so easy for newbies to jump on those magic overnight systems that promise them easy riches.

    I know because I used to be one of them. I chased everything that promised me overnight results. Why?

    Well because I was lazy. I didn’t want to put in the time to do what it takes to actually create an online business.

    No one wants to hear that if you want to make money online with a blog then you need to be prepared to work for free for a few months. Maybe even a year.

    You need to learn how to write amazing content and promote your content. If you come from an employee background, chances are you’ve never done any of this stuff.

    This means that you need to learn how to do everything. You wear all hats in your business until you start outsourcing.

    I am actually starting to focus more on growing my email list. You’re right, every big blogger that I read about has thousands of subscribers.

    Now it’s time to start focusing on growing my email list.

    Thanks for sharing these tips.

    Have a great day 🙂


  19. Hi John,

    Thanks for sharing this solid advice with us as we go into 2018. Time to take massive action!

  20. Omer says:

    Cool way of repurposing old contents.
    Nice share!

  21. I am doing my online activities while having a full-time job. This is the reason why I couldn’t give my full concentration on something that I want to do. I am currently writing in Bitlanders and I am happy with the way they review and give recommendations for improvement. Prior to this, I tried to set up my blog site but eventually have to set aside my activities with it and concentrated with Bitlanders. I am earning some amount but I am aware that I could earn more if I will apply these strategies to my own site.

    I know I have to learn more especially about email list and affiliate marketing. I want to give more focus this 2018 and I stumbled upon this article of yours. I will still read what’s inside and will be ready for some questions for you. Thank you.

  22. Apec says:

    Very Nice Blog…

  23. Ravi Kumar says:

    thanks for sharing valuable tips.thank you john

  24. hye John Chow your article very interested i am first time visit this and i can say its best blog thanks for post this

  25. Hi Chow
    ,l am highly motivated and inspired by this one.Building your list, shun critics and take Action.Now l can start my blogging despite l have not make a dime on the internet.
    Thank you, &God bless you.

    shahrookh khan

  26. febrifahmi says:

    Hi John, nice tips!!

    However, what if there are already tons of competition in the same niche using the same proven business model? Is it better to take the different niche or just go after the already crowded path?


  27. I am also from Digital Marketing profession and always look for new opportunity to earn money online. Your thoughts on this topic are crisp and to the point.

    It was motivating me, to embrace the success!


  28. I’m not a fan of reinventing the wheel and I have preached the same story to my audience multiple times but they don’t seem to get it. Seeing this same concept on your blogs makes me feel i’m not alone. Thank you so much John Chow for posting

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