Make money online: If it seems too good to be true…

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Make money online: If it seems too good to be true…

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If something seems too good to be true, that’s because it usually is. That’s especially when it comes to ways to make money online.

The more I look at “how to make money online” videos on TikTok, the more annoyed I get at the content creators. They’re playing on people who are desperate to make money, and they’re not interested in saying the full truth.

In fact, I wonder if some of these content creators just saw something similar from someone else. They probably haven’t even looked into the details of these types of ways to make money with the internet, and they’re just copying the style in an aim to get views and sell their own products.

The simple fact remains that if something seems too good to be true, it’s because it is.

Planners aren’t a quick way to make money online

Let me just start with the planner creation. I’ve written about this in the past, and I did my own video on TikTok about it. I was just so fed up of seeing the same old content and people falling for it.

Sure, you can certainly make money by creating planners. I know a lot of people who make money with planners and printables. They can be a great option if you have few skills and little time. But they’re not going to make you a fortune quickly.

There is a lot of work that goes into creating planners and making the listings. In fact, it’s the listings that are more important.

You need to make sure you stand out from all the other people who are making planners. This is becoming an overly saturated market, so you need to find a way to get to the top of search terms.

On top of that, you need to take the “what you’ll make” statements with a grain of salt. The amount of times I’ve seen people say “They sell for $5 and have sold 100,000 books, so you’ll make $500,000 from this” is grating. It’s simply not true. That listing price is just the listing price. Amazon (or wherever you list your planners) takes a cut and you only get a set amount of royalties for the book. So, the person who created that planner definitely didn’t make $500,000 from all their sales.

Check for the how-tos of how to do something

When you are watching these videos, do the creators tell you exactly how to make money online*? Let’s look at the planners again. Sure, people say “go to Canva and do this and put it on Amazon.” Okay, but there are a lot of steps to put it on Amazon. And you need to do the keywords to make sure your listing stands out.

What about those who make money with digital marketing? Do they tell you exactly how they do that in their videos? Or what about the people who say they make money by doing transcriptions? Do they share exactly how?

You’ll find that most of these videos are actually light in content. They’re not designed to give you all the information. That’s not how these people are going to make money.

A lot of creators are looking to make money off you

The aim of these content creators is to make money online via you. They have a book to sell or they want you to sign up for a course. They claim to have made money online, and they’ll share all the ways they do it through the books.

What you’ll likely find is that their books contain little information that helps you make money. They don’t care about that. They’ve made money from the sales via you.

Sometimes the books will give details on how to start making money online*. They may give you a few options to get you started, but that’s not the real way that people are making money online. They’re actually doing it through getting you to buy things.

I often ask for someone to show me that they’re really doing this and they’re successful. I don’t want all the details. I want a bit of proof that their methods work. They’re not willing to share that information.

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Alexandria Ingham is a professional writer. She predominately ghost-writes in various niches, including fitness, finance and technology Everything is fully researched and well-written. Under her own name, she writes in the technology, business, history and weight loss niches

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