Matt at Netbusinessblog.com posted a detailed analysis today entitled ‘Making a Living Online – All the Cool Kids are Doing it‘.
Iâ€™ve been noticing a lot of extra activity in the web business world over the last year. At first I thought it might just be because the few sites I visit were marketing themselves better or that the internet was just becoming more popular altogether. After a little bit of looking at recent traffic trends, I think it just boils down to more people are engaging in online business.
This is something I have noticed as well. Matt’s empirical research (including traffic charts) builds a decent case for “real” data to suggest that our assumptions are true.
However, I think the question that needs to be asked isn’t “if” they are, but rather, “why are people making money online”?
Two Reasons Why More People Are Making Money Online
Reason #1 – Easy To Use Tools
It’s not hard to understand that things get adopted much faster when the tools exist to foster ideas. Look at the things we have now that we never did before. Stuff like YouTube and BUMPzee, and heck, just simple blogging/cms tools that are now even easier to setup.
Take a look at this video resource where the top Internet gurus upload their videos about making money online, for free!
Reason #2 – Marketing Butterflies
I’ve always argued that today’s bloggers are like the webmasters of 10 years ago. In other words, they are not marketers… yet. Who’s the super-successful innovators online today? Right, it’s the people who had a jump start as webmasters, or designers, or programmers years ago.
You know what happened? Those people learned how to become marketers. They learned to take their skills and sell it. That’s what bloggers are learning to do right now as well. Watch out, because in 3-5 years, you’re going to see millions of budding marketers grab the reigns, and when they do, you’re going to see trillions and trillions of user generated content pumped into the mainstream.
Matt sums it up nicely.
2006 is Just the Beginning
Just about everyone I know claims to have experienced tremendous personal growth (as far as online earnings) in 2006, and Iâ€™m fairly certain that this is just the beginning. Weâ€™re standing at the gates of a new business phenomenon that few have started taking advantage of. Now is the time to build your online businesses and learn the industry. Stop putting it off because if you do you may find yourself left out.
And he’s right. The question for you reading this now is simple.
What are you doing right now, today, that will bring success for you down the road? If you’re not at least trying, you’re going to be left behind. Go for it.