Earning Money Online | How Long Does It Take?

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Many people who are involved with some system or course to earn money online think it’s an easy way to generate income and a gold mine to get rich. Of course, it doesn’t take them long to realize that they will really have to work, which discourages most people before they have even done enough.

So the question is … How long does it take to earn money online?

Obviously, it depends upon the niche market on which you focus, business model you adopt, and the strategies you use. Another factor is whether you invest money upfront, or take some time instead.

After considering all that, I recommend that you should commit yourself for a period of at least 12 months on a new project to earn money online before waiting for conclusive results.

Sure you can make money and even a solid income, long before that first year, but it will be at that point, when you’ve implemented everything you originally thought of and tested all the new ideas. You are also clear about the potential gains and the status of the project.

Some of the reasons why it takes a year to generate consistent income with your venture are:

Development takes time

Whether you have to write content, create products or set up a website based on a product as an affiliate, developing all that takes some time. You cannot just drop anything on the internet and expect to be successful with it (not long-term, at least). So, this is where your initial investment of time or money will be needed to earn money online.

Good positioning takes time

justify;"> Solid positioning in search engines like Google or Bing, or social media like Facebook or Twitter takes time. But when that happens, your reputation will improve.

Track and Testing takes time

Even if you use some of the quickest ways to market your website or offer it in front of the masses, advertising through pay per click, tracking the results and making split-testing of the various elements take a considerable amount of time and energy.

Building Your Personal Brand and Relationships takes time

Whether you’re building an online community, starting a blog, or even recruiting people for a multilevel project, it takes time to position yourself as an expert in your niche and gain the trust and respect of masses . That’s a considerable investment of your time if you want to earn money online in the right and solid manner.

However, there are definitely some exceptions to these ‘rules’.

It is no secret that there are people who appear on the Internet and earn a hefty sum of money in a short period of time. We’ve seen it several times.

In these cases there are two points to consider:

1)      We don’t know how much that person invested (both in time and money) before he came out into the open to earn money online.

2)       Normally such cases arise with enterprises that have a short life and whose projects are carried out to generate an income. Hence, such business models don’t last for a longer period of time.

I hope this has given you an idea of what to expect from your online venture. Look at it as a brand you are developing, and not as another “earn money online” venture. And if you have carefully gone through the above advice, I hope that now you are willing to invest for a consistent return, durable with your websites and projects.



  1. Hey Gaurav,
    Nice post and for making money online, it requires lots of hardwork. Yes, for making money, first we have to spend some money into it and also have to update our blog regularly and also have to make links with other bloggers as building relations is very important part.. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  2. Twitter:
    awesome post Gaurav, i want to say that it is tough to make money online but it is all about dedication. if you regularly update your blog and write some new ideas then it is not tough task.
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    • Brian Jackson says:

      I agree with you santosh. It really is about updating your blog on a regular basis. If you don’t have the dedication, you won’t succeed. You have to be passionate about what you are blogging about or you will fail.

      This is a great post Gaurav! Keep up the good work.

    • Twitter:
      Although dedication is key, it’s also worth considering when to give up. Set a goal for yourself – 3 months, 6 months, a year, whatever. And if you’re making no measurable progress towards that goal… move on. Knowing when to quit (and try a new project, niche, website, etc) is almost as important as persisting through tough times and putting in the hard work.
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  3. Twitter:
    graet post gaurav
    actually it takes a hell lot of time before you actually make money online, i received my first cheque after 9 months but you have to work hard if you want to make money
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  4. Twitter:
    Thanks for appreciating my post Sudipto. All the best for your online ventures.
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  5. Twitter:
    nice post gaurav, i have been in online business from almost a year and i have learnt that it is not easy as it seems but yes if you do work according to planes it can give you so much in a short period of time
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  6. Twitter:
    Thank you Raj and Santosh! Even it took me a few months, before I actually tasted my first income from online business.
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  7. Twitter:
    You are right Prabhat. There are only a few businesses that actually make money within first few weeks of their initiation. All the best!!
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  8. Totally agree with you, the only way to earn online is hardwork and patience. It is not easy as people think about it.
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  9. Twitter:
    I totally agree with your points..Its basically all about patience and hard work
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  10. Twitter:
    Very correctly said Gaurav, it takes time to build consistent online income. You have really made it simple for new-bees to understand the approach toward making money online.
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  11. What a great piece! It’s so hard to explain to others the amount of dedication and time necessary in building your site—because it’s not just a “site.” It’s a company, a brand. A start-up. They require hard work, passion, dedication, and time! And if you aren’t willing to give it all—it will not work.


  12. Twitter:
    wonderful share to earn money online. I am agree with Priya Sharma we must have patience to earn money online , because require hard work, passion and especially time but thanx a lot for share :D
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  13. Twitter:
    everyone wants shortcuts. when bloggers realize that making money online is a slow process, they quit. it takes patience and knowledge for a blogger to achieve before getting online income.
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  14. Twitter:
    Its been 11 months now i have been working with adsense from google ! and im not able to get anything out of it i have 65 % traffic from google itself ..also i do get clicks but still cant get money !…as the cpc is too low
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  15. Twitter:
    Yes, adsense is really a complicated way of earning income online, if you don’t know how to convert visits into clicks! I am still waiting for my first check :)
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  16. Twitter:
    Time is the key word. Online success comes with TIME. Not a few weeks, months, years even. You can find great success online if you are willing to build your content and stick it out for the long haul. If you’re looking for quick cash, which most people online are, you aren’t going to find it, and you’re going to fall flat. It’s such an essential message to understand, online success takes time.

  17. As you have said; relationship also is one great factor of making money online. Your tips are tight on point and well researched. Thanks
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  18. Twitter:
    I’ve found you need to be very careful about things like this.
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  19. Twitter:
    I’ve recently put adsense and other ads on my site. So far I’ve made only made around 3 dollars. It takes a long time to start actually getting the good money.
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  20. Twitter:
    The fastest way to make money online is EBAY.

    You already own something that someone else would buy, sell it.

    Boom now you’ve just made money online and you have learned the concept of SUPPLY and DEMAND now continue to repeat this process but NEVER EVER sell what there is NO DEMAND for.
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  21. Twitter:
    Agree with all those you said. The thing I liked the most is that we need to track and analyze of growth or failures. Good planning is a must. :-)
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  22. Twitter:
    It takes a lot of time to earn money online. We should keep patience.
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  23. Twitter:
    Nice views Gaurav,

    Unless you make your audience and build trust among them, you can’t expect to earn online. It does take time and once you achieved your goal… then you’ll see incoming income.
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  24. Twitter:
    yes, the quality content is what that matters the most but it is not the case that you are writing the quality content and also earning that much.
    you have to be more patient as there are lot of factors that are taken into consideration also.
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  25. Twitter:
    You all have been kind enough to appreciate my post. I want to add that Affiliate marketing and adsense both take time, and it is only with regular quality content posting that you can earn well. Moreover, there are no shortcuts in this field, as many of us think!
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  26. Twitter:
    This post totally speaks my mind. Earning money ain’t ever easy and earning money online is even triple harder!
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  27. You mentioned that it could take almost a year to start really earning residual income & I agree with you. This is one of the biggest misconceptions I see when it comes to building a business online, people expect to come in & earn a ton of money in just a short period of time and 90% of the time they really don’t have any focus or true understanding of why they’re doing what they’re doing.

    Here’ s my point! Set realistic goals for yourself and create a vision before you get started then write out a road map of daily strategies that it takes to get them & implement it. This tends to work a whole lot better especially when one gets frustrated!
    Awesome post with some really important points in it!!!

  28. Twitter:
    I really believe in building a personal brand and relationship. And Yes it does takes a lot and lots of efforts in order to build proper business relationship with the clients.

    For me my earnings started coming in within first 2 months when I started but then I was also a freelancing programmer. My websites started earning me within first 6 months.
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  29. Twitter:
    Time is money, and money is not much easy to earn it requires efforts and dedication. Without putting resources and hard work we can’t even imagine the success in online business.
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  30. Twitter:
    Totally agree with you Gaurav..Making money online is very difficult in initial days ,we have to be patience.But after getting experience from it ,it becomes too easy . Thanks for the nice tips Gaurav
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  31. Twitter:
    @keral patel, Yes, brand-building is always a great idea, as it boots the authority of your blog! Thanks for posting your comment!!
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  32. I do agree with you Gaurav as everything takes its own time and earning money online is not an exception of it as it requires lots of patience and smart work.
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  33. If you have a good strategy , let’s say one year :)
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  34. Twitter:
    Building personal contacts i.e. Social Proof is very important. It helps in reducing this time of getting money via online ways. But you need to be very professional in order to become a brand and also you need to have a unique approach so that people start recognizing you and this is how you’ll have some authorities. Agree with all your points. :)
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  35. Twitter:
    Hey gaurav
    I am totally appreciate with you that earning money online depends on the strategies and tricks which you are using . This is also depends on the knowledge for that work. If anyone have all the information about that work or thing then he/she make efforts using the correct which gives good result. If you don’t have proper information then many of your efforts for getting success go waste because you don’t have the knowledge about that.
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  36. Amber Moore says:

    How long does it take? That is the question that I am asking myself everyday lately :) The sooner the better!!! But in reality, I do agree with a year as being a time to stop and reevaluate your approach at making money online. Like any business, it takes hard work and results don’t happen immediately.

  37. I just started my e-commerce website and hoping that it will bring some money to me, and read this article make me warn my self to be more patient since it’s been almost 2 months and I still haven’t earned money from it. Thanks for the inspiring article.

  38. Twitter:
    You did point clearly everything a blogger should know about when they are starting their blog, do you know a few bloggers give up when they are jut 2 months into blogging and they are not earning any money.
    Sometimes i wait for 3-6 months before i will be expecting any money from my website.
    I hope new bloggers read this and put time into building their blog and forget about the earnings in the first 6 months.
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