Why Make Money Online Isn’t The Most Profitable Niche

We already know that in order to make money online massively we need to be good at something that not many people do. I don’t know if you know about Jacob Hiller but he managed to earn mad dough only by basically telling people how to jump higher in his ebook. He’s just one of many example anyway. But what if the only thing you know the best is making money online itself? Of course you either going to sell an ebook about how to make money online or start a blog that will tell people how to make money online properly in daily basis. Those are the most common choices and apparently where the most internet marketers go.

But this niche is also where most internet marketers fail miserably. Make money online niche is one of the hardest competition out there, but unfortunately NOT the most profitable one. Let me show you why.

#1, Almost Everything You Do Would be Useless

When you’re building a make money online blog with rock solid contents, reliable information, nice onpage and offpage SEO work, you will eventually attract more traffic after quite sometime. But 80% your visitors will be those who already in this business and at least already have their own websites. These folks know exactly which one is the ad, which one is an affiliate link, which one is the daily post and which one is the paid review. So basically, every effort you do in your blog will be pretty much useless, since you’re not tricking anybody!

#2, Google Ads: More Traffic for Less Income

Google Ads is suppose to be one of your biggest income source. But in make money online niche, it won’t be. I was applying Google Ads in one of my blog which was competing in make money online niche. And that was the very blog of mine with the worst Google Ads income. First, it’s because the visitors know very well that it’s a Google Ad unit no matter how hard I try to blend it with the contents. So expecting for clicks is almost impossible in this niche. But the worst part is, you can’t even expect to earn well from the impression either. Simply because most webmasters in this niche depend a lot more on the SEO to get traffic, and not the SEM. And since less advertisers means less eCPM, so basically you will earn a lot less for a lot more traffic you got. Sounds damn terrible, doesn’t it?

#3, They Want All Your Secrets, and They Want it Free!

Internet marketers don’t have time for your yapping or your insightful thoughts over things. In make money online niche, your visitors don’t care about your ramblings. Yes, they don’t unless you’re John Chow. All they want is your secrets, new SEO strategies, new dofollow high PageRank sites, or everything else that would come in handy for their business (and pretty much everything they need to beat you in the competition). So in order to keep them coming back, you need to share rock solid information about make money online for free every single day.There are less space where you can have fun with your writings because these bastards just won’t care. So basically you’re gonna wake up every single morning thinking ‘what the hell am I gonna write today? I shared everything I know already!’. You might end up throwing-in the towel soon enough, unless you can handle this for the next 5 years.

#4, People Don’t Buy Make Money Online Ebook Anymore

Let’s face it. It only happened back in the early of 2000. People were curious about make money online back then they were all over the ebooks like the housewives at Walmart on Christmas holidays. But internet marketers grew up sick of these ebooks. So no matter how hard you try to make a compelling rock solid ebook, everytime people landed on your sales page they would think ‘it’s just another same old crap’. And even if you got sales, believe me that those who bought your ebook are only your competitors who would upload it to the forums, or copy and rewrite it to make their own ebook. So just give it up already.

So, the Solution?

I’m not expecting you to agree with me, but in make money online niche I’d rather make the blog work for me than the other way around. Making the blog work for you here isn’t referring to auto generated content, autoblog, or any other blackhat method. It means you have to find a way how to get rock solid unique contents every day without even have to write at all. Only by that you can put your focus more on the SEO rather than tiring yourself up analyzing, experimenting, and writing posts in daily basis. Is it impossible? I don’t think so. You just need to rethink the whole process and you’ll find the way.

A guest post by EM.


64 thoughts on “Why Make Money Online Isn’t The Most Profitable Niche”

  1. Lucy says:

    Why do you have to trick people? If you solve a problem people will pay you to solve that problem, why should people be out just to get money off their visitors?

    It seems like a shallow way to make money, might as well get a 9-5 cuz at least that comes with benefits. Obviously it worked for you but most people wont be lucky. It is better to be proud of the work you do, you learn from everything even the failures.

    1. Well for that I think John is also one of the best example because he is also teaching people to earn money … and in result he is famous, successful and ENJOYING FREE BEER.

      1. Let’s remember that John didn’t write this, a guy called EM did.

        He’s right about a lot of things too, but yes agreed you shouldn’t never think of IM as learning how to trick people.

        1. Abhik says:

          I agree!!
          Tricking people is any niche is really a bad thing to do.
          If you are honest and stick with your path to goal, you’ll succeed.

          1. PPC Ian says:

            Never trick people online. That is bad for your reputation and is the wrong thing to do. Honesty will benefit others and make you more money in the long run.

          2. If you trick you are thinking about benefit for only short term and huge loss for long term.

            work with consistency, keep your eyes and ear open and look in what people are interested in.

          3. Gift Ideas says:

            everyone like earning with online.
            your post is very well to earn with online.

  2. And you will have to compete with many big name such as John Chow and others …

    1. Abhik says:

      Isn’t there any big names in other niches?

      1. You need to find those niches where there are less competition …

      2. Of course there are big names in other niches 🙂

  3. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers in the make money online niche start off blogging about something else. I even considered it.

    I think because most bloggers, even if their niche is about sewing, spend a great deal of their time learning about blogging.

    1. Abhik says:

      Ditto!!
      If you aren’t making money, you can’t teach people to make money.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree as well. Those that show case studies and prove first hand that they make money online are going to gain so much more respect from others.

        1. You should check a method through which you are earning good amount of money and after that you can teach other people as well.

          Joel Comm was the perfect example for adsense.

  4. fazal mayar says:

    the make money online nice is saturated to death. Well, I try to blog about seo, wordpress and etc instead of just make money blogging and make money online topics. You have to diversify.

    1. Nothings saturated if you can put a new spin on things

  5. There are many things that are being said on make money online niches. but all in all the fact still t remains that it is really very challenging to make money in this niche. You will have work very hard to make it.

  6. simon says:

    I agree with John…nowadays people have gone smarter so we can trick them in clicking our ads..I have started a blog about Internet Marketing but then I decided to post about every subject and now I am making some good decent money..so I think John is right..thanks for this wonderful post really enjoyed reading your post..

    1. Its a Guest post my friend.

      1. fazal mayar says:

        yep sometimes people doesnt read the author name 🙂

  7. This article was horribly written. Grammar no matta?

    1. John didn’t write it, EM did. I don’t know who EM is but he or she should use a grammar checker to improve his or her writing.

      1. Abhik says:

        May be he/she wrote it in a hurry.. :p

    2. Seems to me that John also not checked it properly …

  8. yes john, you are right niche sites are getting low money only, but when we go for multiple updates, we can make money .

    1. This is Guest Post by EM not by John.

      1. oh sorry mate, but the post is really worth able.

  9. Stavros says:

    Hello.I will disagree with you as most people try to make money online doing nothing.Yes competition is tough so patience is needed to make money online not just one time but as a real business after time.

    1. What if you have invested that much time and patience in some other website and making more money.

  10. It started 1000’s of blogs every month with only one goal: to make money quickly and it ends 1000’s of blogs every month because they earned no money on the internet.

    “Many are called but few are chosen” Matthew 22:16

    1. Yes they tried to earn from the very first day without giving any valuable informatio to the readers, they lack consistency, they lack weekly or monthly planning and as a result they fail.

  11. Kavya Hari says:

    Google ads will be getting more profit to the blog. So, it will be most important factors in the wide too 🙂

    1. Abhik says:

      Amm!! Actually the CPA Ads performed well better than Adsense in my case.

    2. Adsense isn’t the best revenue generator for blogs partly because, of the nature of how blogs are setup.

      Although, there are themes which make “blogs” act more like mini-sites and in these cases Adsense works well on such themes

  12. Amani says:

    The competition is high for this niche. try to diversify your blog post to talk about something related such as SEO, Marketing and etc

  13. Damn – I was finally thinking of starting my own blog on blogging. I’ve had so much success in blogging about finance, investment, money, etc. that I felt I could share case studies and examples on various facets of making money from niche sites and routine blogs. But you make some good points; I might get some decent readers but they’d be tough to monetize. These days it seems like everyone has to have a “product” to sell down the road to make it worthwhile.

    1. The Kalki says:

      I would be happy to read about your case studies! It is hard to be different in that field.

  14. rakesh kumar says:

    Make money online is saturated, Still it is one of the hottest topic on the blogger arena. People still love to know new ideas to make money online. Every new blogger try to earn money online so the sites like, johnchow.com will flourish and earn money online.

    1. Stocksicity says:

      I think the niche is getting a bit oversaturated now. So many more sites are coming out with “how to make money online”

      It’s kind of like web hosts. A few years ago, you had only a handful, now, there are literally thousands all over the world.

  15. Timon Weller says:

    Totally agree with you EM, one of my blogs “Buyers Web” is in the Make Money Online niche and converts less sales then my other blog niches per visitor ratio. It still makes money but it is a lot more harder to convert in that niche.

  16. Ben Alagnam says:

    There are 217M results in google about Making Money Online. I refused to use this niche at hand. I started to blog about Singapore. I thought it wouldn’t be monetizing at all. But it did…

    The most important thing about a niche is to give the best information and help readers to solve their problems as well.

    1. Brian Yang says:

      Completely agree, Ben.

      At the end of the day, you must fill or serve a NEED. People don’t really need internet marketing/money making information. It’s shoved in their face for free every day.

    2. Lucy says:

      Yeah, 216,990,000 of those are usually crap…..Produce crap you get crap. Produce something with a little ingenuity and luck you’ll get over the “competition” .

      1. @ Ben

        if you are enjoying blogging about Singapore than this will be another plus point for you.

        Because in this way you can put more information and you will enjoy it as well.

  17. Agree or Disagree? it’s 50% – 50%. Due to my experience make money online is still good niche.

    ” Let’s face it. It only happened back in the early of 2000. People were curious about make money online back then they were all over the ebooks like the housewives at Walmart on Christmas holidays. But internet marketers grew up sick of these ebooks”

    The success is nothing more than creativity, talent, and awareness. Don’t forget that excellent marketer can sell refrigerators for Eskimos.

  18. ScrewLife says:

    Yeap, well said…the make money online niche is over saturated and bloggers are recycling their own posts or that of others every day…it is no more fun or interesting to visit such sites. People and for that matter myself love to read every day post from bloggers, posts written with good natural flow and not some ebook they read and trying to copywrite same content for me. Probably , I may even have the same book already so why should I bother reading the counterfeit?

    People should try once a while to talk about current issues even if they have niched their blogs to an extent that it excludes such current affairs. Imagine John just throwing in a post on Libya’s trouble…No matter how diabolical his view is, people will jump to discuss, comment and argue on such matter…Also John will not have to scratch his head hard as to what to write, the media houses are already doing the work out there…

    And then the benefits of search engines will set in, millions of people are searching Libya every day, so you stand to get free traffic and also present to your readers a platform to discuss something new…. This is the fun of blogging, something that has been killed by strict niches and bloggers greedy nature to cash in instead of giving anything great to readers.

    I am sick and tired of the make money online preaching…this is like some next Jesus Christ in the blogging world, everyone propagatting the same gospel of make money online to cash in without the followers or readers having any real time benefit..reward is in heaven for the readers I guess!

  19. Abhik says:

    Interesting..
    But I know a few people who are doing just great in this niche.

    1. fazal mayar says:

      yes but many are trying to profit from this niche but realizing its saturated to death

      1. @ Ahik

        Yes “FEW” people … not many.

  20. Michael says:

    Great guest post EM.

    I definitely agree with what you have to say here. I made the mistake of making a make money online blog. It doesn’t make a ton because people aren’t buying it because they know exactly what an affiliate product looks like and what a Google Adsense block looks like. That is why I am diversifying my website portfolio to include many other sites so I don’t put all my eggs in one basket for making money online.

    Anyways – fantastic post and I’ll be checking out your blog soon.

  21. James says:

    It;s tough in make money online niche , but world is changing fast every day, and new things are made every minute. Hard times are everywhere and in every niche, not just in this one, and what keeps most of us still writing blogs is the undiscovered ways, it’s amazing when you research and find about new way of making money online and when you can help people that are in the same situation in which you were when you just started.
    They are not all selfish, there is good people out there, and I find my strength in new things that I need to discover, and when I write that thing on my blog, and the feeling you get for knowing that you are the first and that you started the wave. Don’t give up fellow bloggers, find your inspiration, we need to stay alive, cause Internet is getting older if we are just copying each other and writing the same old stuff from 2006,7…,
    find the new niche or new thing that happened and bring it to the people, so they can know what’s happening, and you will get your THANK YOU, trust me.

  22. PPC Ian says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Make money online is a saturated niche. You can make more money is less discovered niches.

    1. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah. I think I’ve seen some internet marketers talking about micro niche and stuff.

  23. fas says:

    Well said, but still most blogs open on this subject!

  24. Free Forms says:

    Nice post & now a days you can easily make a decent living online: you just need to know in detail about all the opportunities that are available on the internet..

  25. Free Forms says:

    Well huge post indeed.!!
    Thanks for the sharing.

  26. Erwin Miradi says:

    Maybe because the niche is too general? Perhaps we can do a lot better with more specific niche like blogging or SEO. But yeah I agree make money online niche is tough.

  27. Onliine marketers will always use their links to purchase online sopromoting something to them is always a waste of time

  28. There is still plenty of money to be made in the MMO niche, I have a hand in about a dozen different niches, and the MMO one is my best money maker.

    I also agree with most the other commenters, never trick people, the real money isn’t made online by tricking people…

  29. too right, this is one of the hardest niches to crack – the whole reason why this is because the amount of false information that is flying around by so called experts who claim to know it all……………………….

    but tricking people is a scam which is short-lived…………..

  30. MykeTech says:

    At first my blog was a technology/gadget blog but after becoming experienced with SEO I wanted to change the direction of my blog.

    ..but after reading this post I think I’m going to stick with my passion for technology and work on SEO in the background. Thanks John!

  31. Technary says:

    Hello Mr.John,
    Your all said things about make money online are always trusted and true. I am thankful for your complete research on what the actual tendency of the visitor is. Because if we crack the tendency or the mindset of the visitor a lot of traffic can be generated over time.

  32. allan stuart says:

    for the Google ads thing, i totally agree with you.. people especially who involved in IM, tend to be ads blind wen it came to Google ads.. i have try to blend and rotate, but i still fail to increase the click , maybe niche play a role, and i find money making niche is not suitable for Google ads..

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