Make money online is one of the most searched phrases on Google. It seems like everybody is trying to find ways to make a living on the internet. Although there are thousands of people who set out to earn cash online each day, a handful of them actually succeed in making money on the internet. And if you look closer, you can easily see why most people fail so miserably.

There are hundreds of ways to make money online. With some online money making methods, you can’t really make more than a few dollars a day, but there are also ways that make it possible for a person to make hundreds of dollars. But, that’s not why most people fail. It all comes down to how we think of internet and making money online.

There is this misconception that making money online is somehow easier and faster than making it offline. So, most people who start their journey in hopes of making a living online, think that its going to be quick money that can be earned fairly easy. And I believe that’s where the reason for so many people’s failure in making money online lies. Don’t get me wrong, there are many fast and  fun ways to make money online. But, most people think they will get rich over night since its the internet, which is so untrue. Although there are a few people who quite literally became rich over night with the help of internet. But most people don’t get there.

They start working on earning money on the internet with this idea that it will be a quick and easy way. And since this is not true, most of them give up after only a few days, weeks or months. And that’s why they fail.

Running a business online takes time, expertise and hard work.

It is no different than running a business offline, in fact I believe its a little harder to make money online that it is offline. There are many great ways to make money online, but, all of them require some kind of knowledge, and definitely a lot of time and hard work. Take affiliate marketing for example, its one of the best ways to make money online, and the concept is fairly easy. You make a website and place links to merchants that you are an affiliate with. Every time someone clicks on the link and buys a product from that site, you get a commission. Simple right?… Not exactly! That’s the easy part. To be able to earn money as an affiliate marketer, you have to drive traffic to your site so people can come and maybe click on your affiliate links. So, you have to work o getting traffic, which of course requires a lot of other things to achieve it. To drive traffic to your site, you have to work on SEO, article marketing, writing articles, bookmarking and so many other things. And that’s what most people don’t think about when they start affiliate marketing. They just build a website and place a few affiliate links on it, and then they expect to get hundreds of visitors to their site.

Yeah, it may seem like earning money online is easy, but the reality is its much harder than doing it offline. It takes a whole bunch of other work to get to the actual money making part. And that makes it hard to earn cash online,which is why most of us will fail. It basically comes down to this, if you are willing to put enough time and effort into it, you can make money online.

Satrap is a part time blogger who writes at about making money on the internet. Visit BlogStash to learn 10 fun ways to make money online