How To Make Money By Teaching On The Internet

With more and more people on the internet everyday, it is now possible to make a profit teaching just about anything. It’s also no secret that the most successful teachers are the ones that target a specific problem, desire or action.

You can do the same thing, you can teach something and get paid to do it. It’s nowhere near as impossible as you might think. It is just a matter of applying the steps you’ll read in this post.

1. Find Something Useful To Teach People

The best topics to teach are the ones where you teach people how to solve a problem or how to achieve a strong desire. As a general rule of thumb, a good topic must have some competition. There should be at least a couple of websites teaching exactly what you’re going to teach.

Get ideas from Amazon books

This is a great way to find a topic. Just go to, and use the category system to surf around book categories. Carefully observe the book titles, the table of contents (below the book photo) and its reviews. These are books that are published by big companies and go through extensive market research before being published and this is great because it is like a confirmation that the information has demand and there is an audience for it.

Go niche!

I suggest you avoid big markets like weight loss because there’s too much competition there and it is very hard to get noticed. Instead, focus on smaller segments of that market, like a specific age segment. So for example, how to lose weight becomes how to lose weight for young people.

Your topic can be anything that has a real demand such as how to become a game tester or how to improve your English pronunciation. Although it is useful, you don’t need formal education about the stuff you want to teach. People don’t care about diplomas, they care about results.

2. Teach It Online Using A Membership Website

A membership website allows you to protect your content or services, showing it only to members that pay a one-time or recurring fee. The membership model is great for teaching or training websites because it allows you to be very flexible and dynamic with your learning environment compared to a book. This is great for your members experience and it helps you make more money.

The website model

There are several different types of teaching models but the simplest one is to create a complete step-by-step course a fixed duration and plenty of multimedia content which you would deliver in weekly modules to your members. This coupled with a forum and a nice e-mail support can be the perfect learning environment.

Create video training

Although it doesn’t work with all topics, videos and multimedia content in general, have a high perceived value which is great to use as training material. Use software like Camtasia and Power Point to create high quality instructive videos. Put yourself as talking head on the screen to make it more personal!

Create a forum

This will enhance your members learning experience by leaps, although keep in mind that it can be a lot of work and only do it when you already have some members, otherwise it can look dead and actually damage your membership.

Use content marketing to attract visitors

Content marketing is the act of creating and sharing free content with the goal of converting visitors into buyers (members, in our case). It’s the best technique to use with a teaching website because it creates a natural flow from the free to the paid membership and therefore, it increases conversions!

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start to teach!

Peter Almeida is the blogger behind Buzzrain, the Membership Website Builder. Check out his free 48 page e-book on How to Build a Profitable Membership Website to learn more about him and Membership Websites!

65 thoughts on “How To Make Money By Teaching On The Internet”

  1. Graham Lutz says:

    Do you have a how to build membership websites membership website?

    1. Kevin Kimes says: This guy knows his stuff, though I don’t know anything particularly about the content of that program.

      1. d3so says:

        Is that part of the other coach sites like ppc coach?

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          The same guy runs PPC Coach. It’s not “part” of the other sites, since they all have separate membership fees.

    2. Hi Graham!
      Actually, I wrote a free e-book exactly about that. You can check it out, here:

    3. I’m sure John will have an article posted about that soon…. 🙂

    4. No better money making concept than spreading the knowledge.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree! My model has been a bit different than in this case study. I personally give info away for free and make money on AdSense. Should try a membership site at some point!

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        Even if it may not appear that way on the surface, that’s what almost all blogs are doing. Especially those that make money.

  2. Graham Lutz says:

    That’s like how John makes money online…by telling people how he makes money online.

    1. Yes John’s business model can be described in this small sentence.

    2. Abhik says:

      John is making money by teaching people how to make money 🙂

      1. d3so says:

        I haven’t seen a detailed how to make money post from John in awhile.

  3. Felix says:

    This is exactly how I make money on the internet. I teach people things that they would love to know like building sites, or teaching them seo, and etc.

    1. So do you run any learning program or any membership based website or forum ?

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Looks like he is not using a membership format, but is teaching for free, supported by ads and affiliate programs. Which is another great way to do it.

        1. Yes this is the most common way to earn but I think membership one is quite awesome way. Though it will always keep you on toe to perform and deliver. Because people pay there …

          1. It’s hard to get people to pay until you have established yourself as an expert in the field and have gain the audiences trusts.

          2. Abhik says:

            Well, IMO, you can earn more if you monetize with CPA. Membership site works only if you have huge members.

          3. Hey guys!
            While it’s true that you have to deliver extremely good content, you don’t have to do it forever. You can setup a Membership Website with a fixed-type content course, where you re-use the same content over and over again.

            You don’t have to have a huge audience, you can use other people’s audience! That’s what affiliates are for.

          4. It would keep you on your toes to deliver, I agree. But you could be working a lot harder to keep the content fresh to keep the paying subscribers. If you only have a few subscribers, it’s a lot of extra work for only a little extra pay.

          5. Sites that get repeat visitors like learning sites and membership sites will always do great and have better advertising and Adsense success.

          6. Kevin Kimes says:

            There are many varieties of membership sites. Some will have a stream of content which gets redistributed over time to each new member. The content can be continually added to, to give reason for people to stay members.

            Some will have a static set of content and probably also a set of semi-exclusive tools available to all members. This can also include a discussion area.

            The most involved type would be interactive, where you have a forum in addition to static and dynamic information, and you as the content provider participate actively in the forum, offering personalized information or advice to anyone who needs it.

  4. PsychicJim says:

    I love this concept!
    You work out something real and useful that works,
    then you show it to folks, and you can charge a reasonable amount.

    1. Or you can sell a service or product related to that …

      1. Abhik says:

        Push selling doesn’t always pays. It’s better to create a package.

        1. Affiliate says:

          I agree, a package is more attractive

  5. Naveen says:

    Thank you for this great information 🙂 🙂 should try doing this 🙂

    1. so which niche and which market you are planning to target.

    2. Abhik says:

      Let us know how the venture went for you.

  6. Great IDEA and this can be a great platform to earn money on net.
    Thank’s for Sharing.

  7. Nice Idea, Thank’s for sharing.

  8. Also I think every one can use this idea to make money online.

    1. Indeed and the great thing about the membership thing is that it’s not limited to teaching. For example, you could create a few generic logos, put them online and charge a monthly fee for access to them!

      1. I think membership site for logos will be hard to monetise when you can hire any designer at cheap proce,

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          Great logos available from many designers on Fiverr!

          1. Yes Fiverr is removing the gap between buyer and seller.

            Both are well protected and you know anything will not cost you more than $5.00

  9. It seems the way to go now a days. I had some electrical problems and I was browsing around for a solution and I came a across a site that wanted to charge me like $10 to get my question answered.

  10. Abhik says:

    Yes, membership sites are one of the surefire way to make money.
    You can teach whatever you want, from photography lessons to make money online.

  11. That is great post and tips worth appreciation. As I belong to teaching community, that is the very reason I understand the importance of this. Thanks John for these tips.

  12. Great Idea, Thank’s For Sharing

  13. sriramanov says:

    I’ve an blogger account. i depend only on adsense.. but there are other ad providers like chitika, etc.. what google rules say is that ads other than from adsense shall not be entertained. any tips for that…

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      I think you should move to a hosted wordpress blog if you intend to be serious about making money from blogging.

  14. Samuel Ho says:

    It sounds great!! It seems that teaching is a kind of sharing. If I got something really interesting, I like sharing with my friend. Good post, John!!

  15. Sadia Komal says:

    very much appreciated if you suggest us some smaller segments 🙂

  16. fas says:

    John is also teaching people, how to make money online!

  17. You know how good John teaches actually.

  18. John certainly knows how to teach and how to motivate as well.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      John is a true motivator! Thats why I read his blog so closely, keeps me inspired!

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Motivation is one of the most important components to being a successful entrepreneur, online or offline.

        1. Yes for the long run … you need great motivation to keep going everyday …

  19. Yes, pretty much right as he always intend to motivate us to keep on exploring something new or creative to make best use of our skills as well as potentials.

    1. its really great to see such information from johnchow blog

  20. Cal says:

    I love John. This place is awesome!

  21. shekhar says:

    It also really make sense to teach and earn why bcoz this is something you are good at and can be better in future. I was really seriously pondering to start blog in my favorite segment from last few week this article concreted the thought. Thanks John

  22. It can be effective.

  23. Unknown but helpful information, Thank’s.

  24. Great Article and it is true.

  25. I’ll think about it too.

  26. its great useful tips to have money through internet

  27. Many things are in internet we should learn them to have some earning

  28. Jacob says:

    I am also involved in online making but occasionally I viewed folks are earning a lot of but at this moment I have to study your post and compete those fellas. I am hoping after studying I will generate income faster. Thank you so much.

  29. Forex News says:

    This is exactly how I make money on the internet. I teach people things that they would love to know like building sites,

  30. Erwin Miradi says:

    Owh there’s just too much to learn before start teaching heh,,

  31. Internet has become more dominant one in the world everyone love to have some earning through it

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