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The European’s look like they’re going to be leading the way for developing the digital economy.  Their latest initiative is to try and extend the existing single market for goods and services into the digital world.  It’s something that I believe very strongly in as being essential for growing economies onto the digital world.

It’s important, already millions of people rely on the internet to make a living and it makes sense to keep developing this.  Yet there are still some strange and restrictive practices which persevere in the digital world which would never be allowed in the physical one.    Take for instance my last digital purchase, a subscription to the awesome online site of Hulu which is home to most of my favorite shows.   The subscription allows me full access from cable, or from any digital device I own.

It’s wonderful for me who travels a lot and spends time on my own in boring hotels, an online subscription to Hulu seemed just the ticket.  Except often it doesn’t actually work, cross over the border to Canada and my Hulu subscription simply stops working – couple of miles over the border and it’s useless.  All I get is sorry this service is not available in Canada, which seems crazy.  It’s the same in the UK, enjoy  the BBC from anywhere you like but cross over to Dublin and you’ll be puzzling why there’s no BBC iPlayer in Ireland.  There are examples in every country in the world, buy something online which is effectively digital travel over a border and it doesn’t work.

It’s crazy, you don’t expect your phone, your laptop or camera to stop working so why should a perfectly legitimate digital subscription.   Fortunately someone in Europe has seen how stupid this is and is trying to change the situation by extending their single market model to the digital world.   It’s not going to be easy though, it’s actually more complicated than you can imagine.

The biggest issue is that of the way media especially is licensed, on a country by country basis.   Take for example Netflix,  although they offer a global subscription the films you can watch vary hugely depending on which country you are in.  The US version has thousands more films because it’s the biggest market, so you’ll get way more value when you’re in the USA than perhaps the French version of Netflix.  It’s hardly surprising people use tools and buy IP addresses in different countries!

It’s going to take some time, but they’re making a start by trying to implement the standards.  The basic premise is that wheatever you buy in one European country digitally is also available in any other country too.  It makes perfect sense, will simplify the market place and hopefully will expand the scope of the digital market in Europe at least.  Don’t worry though I’m sure our own internet guru in power Mr Trump is looking at something very similar too.

I’m always looking for new products to promote, my key question is would I buy it myself?  It sounds simple but I have always found that I have way more success with sales if I actually believe in what I’m selling.  After all it’s difficult to be enthusiastic about products you think are a load of rubbish and there are a lot of these linked to internet marketing niche.

Noble Samurai are a long established marketing company with an impressive array of products.  In fact they make one of my favorite research tools Market Samurai – a program I bought about 8 years ago and I still use to this day.  It’s a keyword and SEO research tool and it’s developed into a fine product – you can check it out here.   However I don’t actively promote this product anymore (although  that is an affiliate link!) mainly because it’s a one off purchase.

As I’ve explained one of my key objectives is finding great products which are subscription based.  This means that you receive commission every time someone renews which makes a sale much more valuable.  Although Market Samurai isn’t subscription based most of their new products are including the intriguing slideshow creator they’ve just released a free trial of Content Samurai which you can see here.

Now it is an expensive product, you have to pay for a $47 a month subscription so it will be too expensive for many. It does however have two distinct advantages – firstly it works well and secondly it has a money making purpose which can be exploited.  This is why it’s such a good product to promote, you won’t sell as many as the overly hyped $20 product which offers a 75% commission, yet every sale is potentially worth much more.

Content Samurai can be used to produce videos extremely quickly and uploaded to site like YouTube.  More importantly each video produced has the potential to create an income for the subscriber which makes it much more likely that the subscription is renewed each month and you receive your commission.

Products like these are hard to find especially in these marketing niches, many newcomers drift towards supposedly easy targets and try and make money from things like weight loss products and expensive marketing reports.

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Unfortunately although the opportunities for making your living entirely online have indeed increased, so has the competition as more people try to do the same.  It’s not entirely surprising, how many people commute for hours to a job they hate and slump back in front of a computer in the evening looking for salvation.  If you type something like make money online into any search engine you’ll have a myriad of web sites all explaining how simple it is and the benefits.

The standard line is to demonstrate the advantages of avoiding that commute, the photos of laptops by swimming pools and exotic places implying you can work from pretty much anywhere.  Of course that’s true to some extent and there are many people living interesting lives making their money from a laptop and an internet connection.  The dream is certainly achievable however it’s actually quite difficult at least until you’ve got some valid skills.

Having a technical background is good, although you don’t need to be a computer genius to make your living online it certainly helps to have some experience.  Uploading files by FTP, designing websites, updating WordPress themes are not difficult but they can take a lot of time to learn by trial and error – these trivial tasks can actually take an awful lot of time.  However the hardest skill to achieve is actually selling, because at some point to make money you normally have to sell something.

Which is why there are so many people in the ‘make money online’ sector – selling methods and solutions to this problem.  The reason is that people are desperate and will actively buy any solution which seems to offer a valid method.  You’ll find literally millions of get rich quick schemes on the internet, simply because it’s ironically one of the easiest ways to make money – sell a method to other people.  Rarely are these solutions completely bad – just incomplete and missing vital details to make them guaranteed.  The reality is that nobody would sell a guaranteed method of making money, because what would be the point.

That’s not to say there aren’t ways to use these methods, the majority of them have the core of a working solution.   However you don’t really need to pay for this information as most of them are available for free on numerous blogs or websites.    The main focus of most of these methods is creating a website to promote a specific niche, then placing affiliate links to related products which give a commission if the product or service is bought.

The variations of course are huge, you can have anything from a travel blog with links to a travel agent or holiday companies to a sports website which links to a betting or sports book company.   Pretty much anything you can buy online usually has some sort of affiliate scheme offering a payment in exchange for sales.  This is normally a percentage of the profit the retailer makes and can be a significant payment even hundreds of dollars in some cases.

Unfortunately the main problem is that it is entirely possible to put in hundreds of hours of effort and lots of money without making a single penny which is what happens to lots of people before they give up in despair.  In reality probably only one in a hundred will move from starting out to providing themselves with a regular income online sufficient to support themselves.   There are some great products out there, like this fantastic VPNs or Smart DNS review yet so often people are attracted to things that appear to offer bigger rewards.   The problem is that usually the bigger reward the more hopeless the product so it’s much harder to sell in the first place.

My advice is if you do try and create an online business, do it slowly whilst staying in your day job.  It’s much easier to learn properly without the pressure of having to pay your rent, even the people who succeed online rarely do it straight away.   Go for decent products that people will want to buy, they may pay less commission but will be much easier to sell and recommend.  It’s worth looking for recurring and subscription based products too which provide ongoing income instead of just a one of payment.

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