How to Make Money — You Asked for It

How to Make Money — You Asked for It

At the end of year I like to reflect. Reflect on the year that is ending. Remember all the things that went on. We often forget major events in our own lives, let alone major world events.

Of course it’s hard to document every major event in 2015 and rank them. Putting the most important first and then working down isn’t an easy task — unless you’re Google.

You see, Google Trends is one of the most fascinating tools on the internet. You can go to the site and see what is ‘trending’ on Google right now. You can also see what was trending last week, last month and last year.

And every year Google has a look back to see what people were searching for. It’s a pretty good tool to see what was important to people throughout the year.

Here are the most important things according to Aussies in their Google searches in 2015.

In February the ‘Oscars 2015’ was the most important thing on Aussie minds. Over 406 million searches.

  • Feb/March: Cricket World Cup (323M+ searches)
  • April: Nepal Earthquake (85M+ searches)
  • May: Princess Charlotte is born (105M+ searches)
  • June: China Crisis (12M+ searches)
  • September: Australia’s new Prime Minister (22M+ searches)
  • Sept/October: Rugby World Cup (246M+ searches)
  • November: Paris under attack (897M+ searches)

That’s a lot of searches, and some significant global events. Of course, Google goes much deeper with its search analysis than just major events. On the site you can drill down and find other top lists for searches.

For example, the most popular search starting with the phrase ‘What is…?’ was ‘What is Netflix?

Considering Netflix [NASDAQ:NFLX] launched in Australia in 2015, that’s no great surprise. And I’m sure the head honchos at Netflix are thrilled with that gem of information.

But there was something else on another list I found particularly interesting. It was the 10th most popular search for ‘How to…?

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How to make money

According to Google, Australians are particularly interested in how to make money. A little deeper and you find this flow on to other how to make money searches.

These include how to make money online, how to make money fast and making money.

What I also found incredibly interesting is the increase in interest for ‘How to Make Money’ over time. You can clearly see in the graph below this is a topic many Australians want to know about.

Source: Google Trends

So how do you? How do you make money? Well is surprisingly simple. And I’m going to tell you exactly how, right now.

First off, you make money by performing a service for someone or selling someone a product that you own. In other words this is called having a job. That is the number one easiest way to make money.

But if you’re looking to make money outside of your job, there’s a simple premise you need to get used to. Investment. To make money over time in excess of your salary and wages, you need to start to invest.

Now that can be in a range of different things. You could invest in property, cash, wine, classic cars, even collectibles like vintage Star Wars figurines.

Investing in stocks

But for me the best way to invest is in the stock market. Investing in shares in a company. And if that company is successful then the chances are their stock price will rise, increasing the value of your investment.

If the company does really well…then you could see your initial investment double, triple, quadruple or even increase 10-fold.

Investment is one of the best ways to make money if you’re a salary and wage earner and want to set up your financial future. Of course it can be scary and intimidating if you’re a newcomer to it.

That why here at Money Morning we aim to take the difficulty out of it. We’re here to provide you with the information you can’t find in the mainstream papers or news. We look at investments and uncover companies that the big end of town don’t see, don’t understand and don’t know about.

These companies are the kinds that are great for investment. These companies, with great products, innovative services and aspirational leaders, are the ones that can go from zero to 100 in the blink of an eye. And the shareholders in these companies are the ones that make money — and make it fast. These are the kinds of companies that I spend my days hunting for in my paid newsletter, Australian Small-Cap Investigator.

So if you’re thinking about how to make money, then look no further. Keep reading Money Morning. Or if you have been for a while and are looking to take the next step then think about subscribing to one of our investment services. Give it a try, see what you think — and hopefully you’ll be on the right path towards making some money.

Sam Volkering,

Editor, Australian Small-Cap Investigator

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Sam is Editor for Money Morning and it's small-cap and technology analyst. He spends his time hunting down the most exciting stocks on the planets, whether they’re potential-packed volatile small-caps or tech firms transforming our future through cutting-edge technologies. You can find more of Sam’s work over at Australian Small-Cap Investigator, where he shares the best small-cap stocks he finds on the ASX, or at Revolutionary Tech Investor where he reveals the latest breakthrough tech investment he’s discovered. If you’d like to more about Sam’s financial world view and investing philosophy then join him on Google+. It's where he shares investment insight, commentary and ideas that he can't always fit into his regular Money Morning essays.
Sam Volkering is Editor for Money Morning and its small-cap and technology analyst. He’s not interested in boring blue-chip stocks. He’s after Australia’s rising stars — companies whose shares trade for cents on the dollar — and are often shunned by those in the financial services industry. His mission is to make you big money, from small stocks.
If you’d like to learn about the specific companies Sam is recommending you buy for turbo-charged stock returns, take a 30-day trial of his small-cap investment advisory Australian Small-Cap Investigator here.But that’s not where Sam’s talents end. From discovering the Apple 2e and Macintosh in the mid-80s, to the rise and fall of the Mini Disc in the 90s…to building internet apps in the 00s...Sam is an amazing talent at finding new, cutting edge technologies and translating that research into how the future will look — and where the opportunities lie.It’s his job to trawl the world to find, analyse, research and — in the right situation — recommend investments in the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced companies.He recommends the best ones he finds in his breakthrough technology investment service Revolutionary Tech Investor.This revolutionary investment advisory is dedicated to finding the best ways to profit from technological developments across the globe. If the best action is in Australia, Sam will find it. If it’s in Silicon Valley, Frankfurt or Tokyo, Sam will find it there too.To find out more about how Revolutionary Tech Investor can help you profit from breaking developments in the tech world click here to take a 30-day no-obligation trial today. Official websites and financial e-letters Sam writes for: (You can find a list of recent articles written by Sam at the bottom of this page.)

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