55 Ways To Make Money Online
Making money online used to be more of a pipe dream, average people making money online was very few and far between but many things have changed over the past decade. The amount of online workers, who actually make money has slowly increased. At this point anyone willing to spend some time working at it can make money online. How much money all depends on the person and how dedicated you are to it. The following is a list of true ways you can make money online, there are no get rich schemes listed below. If your ready to begin making money online, give the list a look.
Some of these ways on making money online involve using Google's Adsense it would also benefit you to read out hub: How To Make Money On Adsense
1. Freelance Work
Be a freelancer - there are at least a handful of established sites where companies can list work they need done: content contributions, writing, website assistance and literally hundreds of other types of work.
For a list and info on sites that offer freelance work online check out our hub: LIST OF 10 FREELANCE JOB WEBSITES
2. Sell on Ebay
Having been a seller on Ebay for 9 years personally I can tell you it is not all smooth sailing on Ebay compared to what is once was. With the economy what it has been for the past few years selling things that are not necessities on Ebay does not bring in a huge amount of money. Also as Ebay has continued changing the rules over time I have seen high volume power sellers (selling $10,000 a month) be crippled so completely by Ebays practices that they have even lost their power seller status (selling less than $1000 a month).
That being said if you are not looking for something that will let you completely quit your day job and make you rich than Ebay can be good for you. Best practice is to research what products are selling and purchase a large bulk amount of something that sells, separate it into individual items and sell them individually on Ebay. Without much effort making a few hundred a month is fairly easy. If Ebay does rub you the wrong way feel free to try these other auction/selling sites listed below to sell your items.
If you would like to try Ebay alternatives try out this hub: 10 EBAY ALTERNATIVES
These sites don't charge you to list items only when it actually sells you pay a small percentage(and the percentage is smaller than what Ebay charges).
3. Sell Your Photos Online
There are quite a few sites where you can sell your photographs. Despite what you think on first thought people and companies do pay for photos that are good or are of something specific they need. It is cost effective compared to going out and taking the photos of things they need themselves. Per phot you don't get a lot but keep in mind if you take a lot of photos sheer volume can earn quite a bit of money also photos can sell over and over. If you want to sell your photos check out our hub: 10 PLACES TO SELL YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE
4. Get Paid To Blog
Blogging can make you money bleieve it or not. Whether it is just your online diary or if you actively blog on one or a number of subjects you can make money from it. Many blog sites have adds on the side that they make money from and if you are blogging on their site and bringing them traffic they often have programs for you to share part of the revenue or they allow you to place ads with your blogs that make you money from providers like Google's Adsense.
If blogging is your thing check out our hub: TOP 10 SITES THAT PAY YOU TO BLOG
5. Create And Sell Your Music Online
With the advent of more complex tools to create music on computers and a never ending list of VST (virtual instrument) plugins the ability to create music is in the hands of anyone willing to take the time to do so. There are many sites that will allow you to sell and your music and will also help you promote it. They also have the ability to have your music put on I-tunes and many other big name sites.
For a guide of how to make your own music check our hub:
and if you have already made music check our hub:
for a guide to the specifics on getting your music sold online as well as resources to hel you promote your music and music videos.
6. Create & Sell Your Own Games
These days there are 3D engines and other game creations geared toward the general public. Many of these systems will allow you to create your own games with little to no scripting with dazzling results. Of course if you take the time to learn the simple scripting languages for most of these game creation systems you have a better chance of creating something that is unique and more likely to be purchased by potential gamers.
Check our hub: 25 TOOLS TO MAKE YOUR OWN GAMES for a list of what is available commercially and for free as some are open source and available with a simple download.
7. Youtube Videos/Partnership
You can make money from youtube, even serious money if your serious about it. When you sign up you have your own channel, when you make videos get views and get more visitors to your channel as well as subscribers youtube will at some point invite you to allow ads on your channel and have ads served when your video is played, you will make money from said ads which are paid to your Google Adsense account. Once you get enough money you can withdraw funds to your bank account. Best practice is to research what is popular and what interests you and make something you know people will watch. Check the video below for an example.
8. Data Entry Jobs
There are many sites that need workers to do simple data entry work and to double check over data that's been entered. Can be a boring job and doing so online will not pay as well as a normal 9 - 5 job but you get to do it in your home, and at your own pace.
9. Make and Sell Art & Crafts on Specialty Sites
If you make crafts, bracelets, unique art, paintings, designs Etc. there are online communities and large websites that specialize in selling these items. They are run with the artist in mind and geared to attract artisitic individuals.
Check our hub: 10 PLACES TO SELL ART ONLINE for a list with details of websites where you can sell your art and crafts online.
10. Make A Niche Website
Do some research find something that not many websites are offering and create a site specific to that niche. Make sure in this case that there is a need for it and that traffic will come to your site. Go all out and make it the best site of it's kind. If it is truly a great idea others may want to copy your idea and make similar sites so it is important to monopolize the niche as quickly and as well as you can. Once your site is up add ads using Google Adsense. This way you are paid for showing their ads each time someone views your site.
11. Design & Sell T-Shirts
Many Specialty sites are well know for selling T-Shirts. Make your own incredible designs and sell them.
12. Design Websites For Others
If you have a talent in Web Design whether your self taught or have gone to school for it there is always business in this area. The internet conitnues to grow at an exponential rate and new websites go online everyday. If you know how to design a website hire out your services to others.
13. Become A Mystery Shopper
There are many mystery shopper websites online, some tasks you may get online so you can do them from anywhere, others can be done locally, and some you may need to travel for. But it's easy and there is some money to be made with the right providers of such tasks.
14. Get Paid For Doing Surveys
There are literally hundreds of sites online that will pay you to do surveys. You don't get a lot per survey but if you do many frequently it can add up.
15. Affiliate Marketing Program
Affiliate marketing is great for some people if you are a people person and can convey that online this is for you. Many programs exist online, keep in mind though there are a lot of scams out there so do your research.
16. Domain Name Reselling
If you have a knack for it this can be lucrative. Since the 2000s many domain names that make sense or otherwise have been purchased. But if you can think of a name, a .com that others may want or associated with something that could be worth money in the future you could purchase the name and sell it at a later date. You could also make a business of it finding the cheapest domain name registrar from which to buy good domain names mark the price up a bit and resell to people or businesses who may want the name.
17. Create & Sell I-phone Applications
Apple has grown massively throughout the 2000s and the I-phone is one of their biggest achievements. The Apple store sells thousands of applications that people can download to their phones, and those apps can be made by people like you. There are many editors available to create the apps and when you sell them through the Apple store you put them for sale to possibly millions of people. One very popular app could make someone a millionaire. But don't get ahead of yourself, learn to create a game or other small app and give it a try there is money to be made.
18. Buying/Selling Websites
Much in the same way you resell domain names this can be a money maker. Often times a website owner wants to sell their website. You could be a middleman that sets up a buyer for a fee or you could purchase sites you know have traffic to generate revenue and run your own ads on it to make money. Eventually if the site gets more attention and traffic you could resell the site at a higher price.
19. Trading Stocks/Forex Online
There are programs that you can access online or through applications on your computer that are real time investing applications. They allow you to buy and sell stocks or forex. If you have little knowledge of the stock market I would caution you to take some time to familiarize yourself with at least the basics. It could be the same as betting it at a blackjack table if you don't.
20. Get Paid To Surf The Web
This is one of those things that have been around since the 90s, paid to surf sites. Like surveys and other means of making money onlline it's not a lot at once but if it is done often it can add up to some money.
21. Get Paid For Filesharing
Some website will pay you for filesharing. Many are looking to beef up their networks with as many files as possible. Keep in mind that they are not looking for illegal uploads but original files, documents, etc.
22. Create & Sell Myspace/Facebook/Youtube Backgrounds
It does seem unusual but people do pay for backgrounds for use on social media sites.
23. Get Paid For Views For Your Videos On TubeMogul
Tubemogul is a site that submits your videos to numerous video sharing sites and so as traffic from all the sites is collected you are paid through Tubemogul. Same thing applies as with youtube make great videos that people want to watch and you will make money.
24. Get Paid To Read Emails
When you sign up for these programs do keep in mind you are giving them a lot of personal info on yourself. They use the info for target marketing and you receive emails that match your demographic and interests. It isn't a lot of money but over time could add up.
25. GPT (Get Paid To...) Sites
GPT sites are all over the internet. They usually have a directory of different tasks you can do to get money. Not usually much per task but is you do a lot over time you can make some money.
26. Promote Others Websites
Secure deals with webmasters to promote their website or product if you have other means of attracting web traffic you could redirect some of that traffic to their site or product for a price.
27. Get Paid To Use Search Engine
Besides Google, Bing and other big name search engines there are a great number of new comers. to get people to begin using them they are willing to pay for searches done on their engines which in turn allows them to attract advertisers. It isn't a lot per search but you can make some money in the long term.
28. Create A Forum With Ads
Come up with a forum that focuses on something you know people will want to discuss, something that will attract users. After you start to drive traffic to the forum and posting is up and membership begins to rise place ads on the forum with the help of Google Adsense and you will get paid through adsense for impressions/clicks on their ads.
29. Get Paid To Answer Questions
If you are an expert in something or can answer a variety of different questions there are sites that will pay you to answer their members questions. If you answer a lot of questions and your approval rating is good you have the potential to make a lot of money.
30. Create A Popular Podcast
Create a podcast series of videos, same thing applies to a lot of other methods. If you have ads on the view page as viewership goes up you get paid in ad revenue. There are quite a few sites that can help you through sponsors, getting ads on your podcasts and getting you paid.
31. Write and Sell Books/E-books Online
If you are an aspiring writer you can sell books/e-books online. Whether you go through a site that uses print on demand or sell e-books online there is money to be made here if you can attract enough readers of your material. Many sites have the ability to get your book listed on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, Chapters and other big name book retailers.
32. Get Paid To Review Software
Some sites are specifically made up of reviews on software. They need lots of average people to review the software so they have lots of reviews on their site. These sites will pay you for your review. Not a whole lot of money but is you review different software often then it can add up.
33. Create & Sell Software Applications
Even if you are not a programmer the ability to create a simple software application is getting much easier more advanced programmers over time have created editors that are more graphic based. Which means that you don't have to dredge through a huge pile of coding. Come up with a simple application and research editors online to find one that fits your skill level. Once you have perfected your application submit it to the any number of sites online that allow you to sell your software.
34. Make Money On Fiverr
Fiverr is an entertaining as well as money making site. Anyone can list things they are willing to do and what it will cost for them to do it. Some I found quite funn are: "I'll be your girlfriend on facebook for a week for $10," "Will write your name on a soccerball and spin it on my finger in a video for you for $5," "I will make a video of my hamster writing your message for $5." Either way if you are willing to do silly things for money this could be your site.
35. Get Paid To Be A Game Tester
Many sites that release software or games need testers to use their products and test for any errors and other problems. Game or beta testers do get paid.
36. Get Paid To Use Social Networks
Large social networks like facebook don't need help attracting members however new social networks are in need of assistance. Many will pay members to sign up and will pay more when you use them frequently and more if you manage to get others to join as well.
37. Provide Support For Open Source Software
There is an incredible number of software programs that are free. Some of those have thousands, even millions of users, but because they are free they usually have no support. If you use this freeware and are very knowledgeable about it you could hire out your support to others attempting to use it. If it is a widely used program this could become a full time job and very lucrative.
38. Hosting Space Reseller
If you purchase a large amount of server space from a web hosting company you can usually get a very good deal. From there you can resell small parcels of your space to people who need hosting space for their website but don't need a lot of space. The more space you purchase in bulk the more customers websites you can host and the more money you make.
39. Provide Service to Companies Researching Online
Many large, medium or emerging business online and non-online need workers to do research for them. You could hire out your services directly. Or choose a website that lists companies that need this type of services.
40. Create And Sell 3d Models Online
As technology progresses putting the ability to create 3d games and other 3d software the need for models of objects, people, structures, etc. is rising. There are at least a handful of larger sites through which you can sell your 3d models, textures and other things for those in need of 3D content to purchase. The good thing about these models is that once they are made and put up for purchase they can be purchased over and over.
Get Paid To Write Articles
Some large sites need content in the form of articles. They pay in the way of ad revenue that run on the pages of your articles. The more articles you write the more traffic you get the more money you receive.
Check our article: TOP TO WEBSITES THAT PAY YOU TO WRITE ARTICLES
Transcribe Audio & Videos
Some online companies will pay you to transcribe their audio and video files for subtitles, hearing impaired and other uses.
Call Centre Jobs Online/At Home
With the rise of call centers throughout the 2000s work at home call center jobs have also risen. It is cost effective for these companies as it means they don't have to pay for office space, equipment, etc. Another pro to this type of job is unlike some other online jobs/work you will most likely get paid hourly and at least minimum wage for a certain set hours per day.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is a site with a huge directory of jobs being offered by companies to users online. They have varying rates of pay, some jobs are simple things that take less than a minute to do but only pay a few cents. Other jobs can take all day (or longer) and have very high rates of pay. More advanced work available on the site often requires you to do modules that show the sites clients you have the skills needed before doing the more advanced and high paying jobs.
Get Paid To Solve Company Problems
Many large and mid sized companies have what they refer as a think tank. High paid idea men who solve problems for their companies, come with best practices for their companies, etc. But now there are sites where companies can post issues, problems, things that need solutions/resolutions and you can give them ideas solutions and get paid for it.
Get Paid To Recycle Electronics
Some sites will pay for you to gather old electronics and send it to them for recycling. This has the potential to earn some money depending on how many electronics you can get your hands on.
Get Paid To Review Products
Create Product And Sell On Clickbank
Are you and inventor or have created a product. Clickbank stands as the main site for connecting product inventors with prospective buyers.
Create An Email Newsletter
Create an interesting Email newsletter, after you gain subscribers and have a readership seek out advertisers or place ads in the newsletter and you receive ad revenue.
Start A Directory Website
Create a website of directories with info people need or often search for. Once you begin to receive traffic place ads through Google Adsense on the pages of your site. You will receive ad revenue.
Become A Virtual Assistant
Hire out your assistance to webmasters offering maintenance to their websites or other online virtual assistant duties.
Flip Real Estate Online
Although I would recommend this only for people knowledgeable with real estate you can do online what you do in real life. On Ebay or other sites you can purchase real estate and sell for a marked up price. The key idea is to get a very good deal and then sell at a higher price.
Create & Sell Wordpress Themes
Wordpress is used all over the web for websites and people will pay for wordpress themes. If you have the talent to create some put them up for sale and make some money.
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