For fun, I did a quick Google search for “make money online” to see what results were shown. It used to be the “dream phrase” (and probably still is for many) to get when I first started online many years ago.

I remember one kid Carl Ocab (I believe is his name) used to be at the top for that phrase. He did it by linking the phrase “make money online” from the bottom of each of his blog posts back to his home page.

I did the same thing for “earn a living online” by linking back to my home page from beneath each post with the phrase “© Learn how I earn a living online in my p-jizzles from home.” I actually even placed a copyright symbol next to it! Corny, but it worked. Things aren’t so simple these days of course.

Make Money Online search reults in Google

John Chow still ranks on the first page and has as far back as I can remember. What’s his thing? Well, he sets out to “make money online by telling people how he makes money online.” Clever. Full circle. Love it.

There was even an extremely popular spin-off type site made called John Cow where the owner would teach people how to make Moo-ney online. Those are the same guys who brought us Syndicate Kahuna (article spinning/distribution software) and a few other tools like Traffic Travis.

Depends When You Search, You Might Get “Money Saving Expert” or “ABC News” with Some Money Making Tips

Right now it seems Money Saving Expert and ABC News on are getting top spots for the make money online phrase. At least that’s what is showing up in my search results as of late.

I am logged in to Google so that may have an effect on the results. Plus I am in Canada searching which also may factor in.

Also in the top spots is an article on teaching people to make money on the Internet without spending a dime. Interesting.

What Are The Top Sites Suggesting To Make Money On The Internet?

I scanned through the articles in the top spots very quickly to see what is being presented to people to make cash.

The “pitching people’s products” (i.e. affiliate marketing) idea is being presented throughout of course. It has a low barrier of entry and the potential for promoting products from trusted sources (Canadian Tire, Walmart, Amazon, eBay), plus high commission items (Clickbank) makes it attractive. Some even suggested to purchase the product before trying to promote it to people. Very good advice.

Among others suggstions were filling surveys, writing, transcribing, web master tasks, blogging (one still had reference to Google Knol), referral type work (connecting employees to employers, etc.), get paid for tasks (SwagBucks, Amazon Turk), and so on.

Binary Options Where You Predict The Rise Or Fall Of Currency And Other Financial Assets Is Hot Online To Make Money, But Is It Legit?

Binary Options, where you can get paid to predict the rise and fall of finanical assets, is also mentioned in one of the results. Interestingly, the first video result is in regards to doing just that on Trade Rush. The video makes it sound very exciting and lucrative where you pick whether you think the value of currency will rise or fall in the next 60 seconds. If you are right, you get paid. If you are wrong, you don’t. It’s gambling really (IMO).

The quick video shows you how to make the best guesses. You click one tab where it shows you what most people think. Then you click another tab where you can make your selection. He recommends you place a $5 investment (i.e. bet), and if you lose, go up to $15 (because you will be ahead if you win), then if you lose again go up to $50 (because if you win you will be ahead)… and so on. It costs $200 to start.

The affiliate link to Trade Rush is in the description of the video that shows up in the top “make money online” slot for video.

Interestingly, the first video result for “binary options” (in my result set at least) talks about the scam of binary options. So that closes the binary options door quickly, although it did seem like it would be a “rush.”

Study the Top Spots Because Success Leaves Clues

There is a lot you can learn by checking out the pages in the top spots for a given key phrase. Read the copy, count the number of times the phrase is placed throughout. Where is it used? Is it in the title?

Check the HTML (right-click >> view >> source) and see what HTML tags are wrapped around the phrases. Are they using variations of the term like: making money online?

How many words on the page? Is there any multimedia embedded? Are there a lot of shares and interaction (check the comments)?

History and the strength of the domain, plus the number of backlinks will certainly play a role, but I’m more interested in what we can learn in terms of on-page SEO or inline SEO. Those are the areas that we can learn from and apply today.