Which online passive income deals have provided the best ROI? (Books, online courses, online apps, memberships, domain name resale, etc.)

I'm very intrigued by passive income strategies. I was wondering, which streams are truly passive in the real world, on Internet. And which ones have a good ROI and the overall lifetime value of these investments (for example: I've noticed apps on Appstore, that go down drastically after 2 to 4 months) This is an open topic, feel free to open up on what has worked for you and also your worst investments/biggest errors.


I have experience in monetizing and selling companies both based on paid memberships to a forum and online courses. In both cases the value derives from you or your brand driving the purchase. So, you can't just create a course or private message board about, say, how to fix BMWs. There has to be a reason why they want to get the information from/through you. That's what will really drive the purpose. So, the passive income won't start out as passive, but can be once you have 1000 true fans (so to speak).

Answered 7 years ago

Courseware tends to produce highest overall revenue in following forms...

1) Initial sale.

2) Monthly/Yearly subscriptions to forums or support.

3) High dollar coaching.

4) High dollar consulting.

Coaching tends to take the form of conversations geared toward assisting a client creating some outcome.

Consulting tends to take the form of hourly work done.

For example, one of my businesses is private, high speed, WordPress hosting.

Coaching, might take the form of assisting a client work out how they might design a system or hire people to develop a large codebase.

Consulting, might take the form of migrating their site to faster hosting... or auditing their code + fixing performance problems... or writing a large codebase.

Truly passive income resembles interest on securities.

Tech related passive income is more quasi-passive, than pure-passive.

For example, say you write an IOS App, every time Apple changes their APIs, your App has the potential of either failing to work or getting booted from the App store, until you or someone updates the code to make the App compliant with new APIs.

If you write a book, you best be making updates to your book repeatedly to keep your book current.

If you run a membership site, then you're taking some serious work to keep people engaged + provide continual + new value.

Domain speculation == Roulette.

I've sold domains for 5 figures + never on purpose.

Best to stick with something you love doing every day, with or without pay, then ask people's assistance about how to monetize what you already do.

Answered 7 years ago

The best ROI it's hand down on online courses. Also memberships but less in terms of ROI, and more concerning having a good Free Cash Flow.

Why Online Courses? Becuase if you create amazing products that can really help people solve their problems and create value, you can price them at a premium price, and if you market them correctly, people will keep buying them.

I strongly suggest you read the book "Ditch Your Average Job Start a Business and Score the Life You Want" from Daniel DiPiazza

Answered 7 years ago

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