If you want to make lots of money, you no longer have to go to college, get a 4-year degree, rack up $100K in debt, or work a 9-5 day job! There are so many opportunities out there just waiting for you to explore, so that you no longer have to dread going to a job you hate every day.
Online marketing, or digital marketing, offers many ways to make money without having a degree in marketing. However, this isn’t simply a shortcut to making easy money. You won’t get rich overnight, but like any other business venture, you’ll have to spend time learning the basics and putting in the work.
But the bottom line is, you don’t need a degree to live the life you want, while having the financial freedom to travel or spend time with family and earn a livable income. All you have to do is put in the work and start pursuing a career in digital marketing
There are various lucrative ways to earn money through digital marketing, and I’ll be looking at several in this article.
Starting a blog or a vlog is a great way to make money, with as a part of an overarching digital marketing strategy, or as its own passive income.
All you have to do to start a blog or vlog is find a niche you have expertise in and that can solve pain-points for an audience. Then you just need to set it up and get posting. Once you’ve built up a bit of a readership, you have a few options to choose from when it comes to monetization and continuing to grow your base:
- Google Adsense – monetize your blog by hosting ads.
- Build Email List – offer a Free Value Offer in exchange for your readers’ email address so that you can keep in touch with them in a more personalized way.
- Affiliate Marketing – advertise a product on your blog and earn a commission when a reader uses your blog as a link to purchase the product.
Typically, a blogger can make $200 to $2,500 a month depending on the niche you are blogging about and how large you are able to grow your readership. Some bloggers absolutely crush it, making $20,000+ a month.
You can make money as an SEO specialist, helping other companies or brands rank higher in Google. By optimizing website pages with the most searched keywords and key phrases, you will be able to ensure maximum visibility for the site.
As an SEO consultant or SEO specialist, you can build links or write SEO content for business with the aim of attracting search engine traffic. To do this, you’ll have to start off by creating a strategy to get higher ranking and generate organic traffic by a non-paid form of SEO like content marketing, social media marketing, on page and off page SEO.
There is a lot of money in website design, particularly when it gets to website building for companies that require payment gateways, or anything involving drugs or alcohol, financial institutions, or insurance businesses.
For a basic 1 to 4 page build, you could expect to make $1,000 to $5,000, while websites for any kind of e-commerce business or one with a large product inventory, you could charge anywhere from $8,000 to $75,000. However, these more difficult and time-consuming builds require a lot of expertise and skill.
Regardless of the size of the website build, you will need to be prepared to:
- Plan, structure, create and update websites
- Choose specifics like layout, style, interface, images used, etc.
- Update site regularly to keep up with market trends
Dropshipping is one of the fastest, easiest, and lowest-risk ways to start an online business. With dropshipping, you can sell any product in any niche without having to deal with any of the related shipping, packing, or storing infrastructure. Most importantly, you do not have to put any money upfront to buy products.
To start, you just need to set up your own website with shopping cart, or setup a virtual storefront on Amazon. Then it all comes down to marketing your store through social media, email marketing, and a blog if you have one.
Once the product is purchased you pay the dropshipper the wholesale price for each order. They put the order together and ship it to the customer. However, there is a handling fee for the service, which is based upon the product. Other than that, you control the pricing and the volume you sell. Negotiating a lower handling fee with the dropshipper is also a possibility.
A digital marketing agency is a great way to make a career online without a degree. If you’re keen on starting your own agency, it is important to learn as much as you can about digital marketing. This is something you’ll have to stay up to date with, as the world of digital marketing is always growing and shifting.
To get your agency started, you have to be able to apply the knowledge you’ve gained and specialize in one skill, and then build slowly upon the others through experience.
Of course, landing clients will also be a challenge, so reach out to market your services to family and friends first, and then start to build your profile, get testimonials from satisfied customers, then start to scale up your business.
There are a few skills that you should focus on if you want to build a successful marketing agency:
- Pay Per Click advertising
- Email Marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Content Marketing
- Strategizing, Analyzing and Reporting
A key thing to remember when starting an agency is to invest your own personal time and resources on the areas where they are most needed. This means that outsourcing will be necessary at some point, once you gain experience and have clients under your belt.
Outsource those skills you are not either not your forte or that are menial but time-consuming. This will save you time and allows you to delegate tasks you are not qualified to take on, resulting in better service for your client.
There are so many opportunities available in digital marketing to anyone who is willing to put in the work and have the discipline to research and educate themselves. Investing in a 4-year degree is no longer the only way to become successful and earn a living!
It all comes down to gaining the experience to grow your skills, whether that is earning money by blogging, website design, SEO, dropshipping, or by starting your own digital marketing agency. The bottom line is, you can have a great career without having to drown in debt.
If you want to learn more about how you can build a career online with digital marketing, then enroll in our online Digital Marketing School today! You can also follow Cereal Entrepreneur on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for helpful tips on the daily, or visit or blog for more FREE training.