In order to succeed in life, you need to be willing to do the things that other people aren’t. When it comes to making a living online, there’s a very powerful technique you can use to get money quickly, but you can’t abuse it. In this video, I explain how it works.
Greetings from the Philippines, and pardon me if I sound a little under the weather in this video. I’ve just been really sick all week; just a minor fever. I had a fever that went up to I think about 104 and I also just had splitting headaches. I had to take two of these to get them to calm down, Tylenol. Turns out even getting Tylenol in this country is a bit of a struggle because it’s kept behind the counter. I don’t know, but anyway.
In this video I want to talk about, by far, the easiest, fastest way to make money online, and the answer will surprise you, I’m sure. I get a lot of guys asking me, “Hey, Matt, how could I start making money online really quickly?” I mean immediately, in the span of a month or two.
Now, there is a very easy way to make money online, this method, and here it is: ask for it. I’m not kidding you. The easiest, fastest way to make money online is to ask for it. Have a blog, put a PayPal donation button on your blog, have a fundraiser and, man, you can get the money rolling in pretty quickly.
You get advantages right there because, number one, you don’t have to provide a product beyond what you’re already writing on your blog. And, two, you get the money instantaneously when people donate. Accounting for however long it takes your bank to clear PayPal transactions, you can have the money in your bank account within two, three days tops. There are a whole bunch of other advantages as well.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, I don’t want to panhandle like some bum.” I get you. But I have done this myself and the reason you can’t totally dismiss panhandling in this fashion is because it works. Number one, there are a lot of writers, bloggers, who have difficulty raising money in other fashions and thus generally don’t have a choice but to rely on such things.
In this corner of the Internet people tend to be a fan of Steve Sailer. I don’t read his blog too much any more because I’m not interested in the stuff he talks about, yet I think he’s a smart guy. He gets some things wrong obviously, but he’s very analytical, he puts a lot of work into his blog. He updates five, six, seven, eight times a day with statistical information, and all the stuff requires work, it’s his full-time job.
Now, a guy like him is not going to be able to write e-books continuously because his focus is on IQ, news analysis, analysis of politics and such. He probably could make some money through affiliate marketing but not a whole lot, but he has to rely on donation drives because there’s no other pay for him to monetize his blogging output. I believe the only writing gigs he has, he writes for VDARE and Takimag but that’s not enough, so a guy like Steve Sailer has to donate in order to get enough money to keep blogging and support his family. There’s no shame in that, in my opinion, because otherwise there’s no other way for him to do it. He’d have to quit and stop speaking the truth.
So there are maybe a lot of cases. You may not be fond of the idea of just asking for money, passing the hat around, but in many cases it may be the only way or the most convenient way for you to keep things afloat.
Now, donation drives work through this simple mechanism; they’re successful for two big reasons. Number one: helping someone else out makes people feel good, unless you’re a complete sociopath. Helping someone who is genuinely down on their luck, whom you like, who you think deserves the money, it gives you warm fuzzies, again unless you’re completely heartless. So you can play off this, number one.
Number two, and this has been scientifically proven: people will like you more when you ask them to do something for you than if you do something for them. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the biggest one is that when you help someone out, when you contribute your hard-earned money, labor, whatever to something, it gives you skin in the game, so to speak. You are now personally invested in that person’s or that thing’s success. That’s one of the big reasons why you get crowdfunding, Kickstarter, that sort of thing; same mechanism. Basically when you run a donation drive, you’ll actually be making your readers, or at least the ones who donate, even more loyal to you.
Now, before you get any ideas, donation drives are an easy way to make money but you cannot abuse them at all. There’s a very, very finesse, simple way you need to handle this. For starters, well, you obviously need to have an audience. If you just start up a blog and ask people for money when you have no content or name or whatever, you’re not going to get anywhere.
Number two, when you start up a donation drive, you have to actually create—you actually have to have a donation drive. A lot of guys will just throw up a PayPal donation button, like hey, whatever; if you do that you’ll get maybe, I don’t know, one donation every six months at best. In order to make this work you need to create an actual donation drive.
Number three: That drive has to have a specific goal. You can’t simply say, “Donate, man.” You need to assess what you need ahead of time and make it known, because this will give your donators, your readers a goal to work towards. They won’t be just throwing money into a black hole. They’re helping you achieve a certain goal.
And one last thing, like I said, you don’t want to get to relying on them, if you can help it. Any other method of making money online, whether it’s writing books, affiliate marking, selling advertisements, anything, in the long run, is better for your soul and better for self-esteem, I would guess, than panhandling. But if you need money in a pinch, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check it out.
It’s like, really, no one’s going to judge you if you get into a scrape, you know. No one’s going to judge you. We all fuck up from time to time, and if someone is your friend or someone really supports you, like I’ve donated money to countless writers in this part of the Internet. Not much, mind you, I’m not a rich man, but I put my money where my mouth. A fundraiser will enable your dedicated readers to put their money where their mouth is.
One more thing before I go. You cannot run too many fundraisers in a short period of time. I don’t have a set algorithm for it, but ideally you should not do one fundraiser—you should do maybe one fundraiser at most every three to four months, and maybe space them out even further if you can. You get some sites like AntiWar.com that run quarterly fundraisers. The Spearhead does quarterly fundraisers. I think VDARE does quarterly fundraisers. I think CounterPunch does a yearly fundraiser, just a really big one. But your readers don’t have infinitely deep pockets, you don’t want to abuse their trust, but if you use them sparingly, if you use them when you need them and you don’t abuse them, you find that donations are a great way to keep yourself—they’re a good safety buffer if you need the money. They’re a good safety buffer if you genuinely need the help, and they can also help you take your mind off and help you focus on getting truly independent in many other ways.
So, I have way more information about donation drives and other ways to make money online in my book, Confessions of an Online Hustler. There’s a link to buy it in the description. It’s 9.99 in e-book format, 19.99 in paperback. It’s got everything you need on how to improve yourself as a writer, it debunks scams, how to set up a blog, how to get readers relatively quickly, and ultimately how to turn your writing skills into cold hard cash. So check that out if you’re interested.
Illegitimi non carborundum: don’t let the bastards grind you down. I’m Matt Forney and I am out.
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