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Top 10 ways to make money online!

Updated on January 1, 2013

Making money online.

Employment is hard to come by in today's economy, but online employment isn't hard to come by at all. There are many ways to earn money online, I'm going to focus on the ten methods that I've personally had the most success with. These are methods that are easy to start off with, even for those of you not that talented with a computer. If one of the methods doesn't fit into your skills, then don't get discouraged I'm sure that a at least a few of the methods listed will spike your interest. Even if it's something that you don't think you'll enjoy doing, you will enjoy the extra money you make from it.

If your a writer, a designer, or just someone looking to make some extra money doing boring, repetitive tasks. You can earn money from your photography, or by filling out a survey, the possibilities are limitless when making money online. I started off as an article writer, writing articles for websites such as Squidoo, HubPages, and my own personal blog. Writing is probably the over-all best way to earn money online. I wish you all luck with your endeavors earning money online.

Writing.
Writing.

#1, Writing online.

The best way to earn money online.

Writing is the most sure-fire way to earn money online, if you're a freelance writer or a professional writer, writing is a fun alternative source of income. All you need to be an online writer is a good mind-set and proper grammar. Companies will pay you to review there products or write promotional articles structured around them. If you're more of a creative writer you can still earn money writing about whatever you want. There are websites such as Squidoo, HubPages, and Zujava that allow you to publish articles on any subject that you want. As long as your articles are popular on the site they are hosted on you will earn money from them. If you want to remain independent with your writing then you are better off starting a blog. Monetizing a profit from a blog can be tricky if you're not experienced with running a blog, I would suggest sticking with the article hosting websites instead of trying to run a blog. I've listed the top 5 websites below where you can write online for money.

GPT websites
GPT websites

#2, GPT websites.

The second best method to earning online.

GPT stands for "Get Paid To" these are websites that pay you to complete surveys, do offers, refer friends, play games, and just interact with the website. They are a great way to earn some extra money in your free time when your not inspired to challenge your mind with a more difficult method of earning money. There is no catch to earning money with GPT sites, all you have to do is follow the rules, complete offers, and make money, it really is just that simple. These websites are paid by advertisers for you to interact with there ads, complete surveys, watch promo videos, the GPT website then shares the profit they earned from the advertiser with you. GPT websites are great ways to earn money with very little effort. I've listed the top three GPT websites, that I've personally had the most success with.

Make money with stock photography
Make money with stock photography

#3, Stock photography

The third best way to earn money online.

Stock photography is a great method for earning money online for professional, hobbyist, and amateur photographers. If you own a camera, then this is a great option for you to bring in some extra income. A stock photograph can be a picture of anything, as long as it's high-quality and doesn't break any of the rules of the stock image website. You earn money every time your image is downloaded by someone off of the stock image website, with stock photography you can just upload an image and forget about it, and make money from it for the rest of the time that it remains uploaded. I've listed the best stock photography websites to get started off with below.

Make money with affiliate marketing
Make money with affiliate marketing

#4, Affiliate marketing

If you're already into the basics of earning money online, then you've probably heard of affiliate marketing. If you write for Squidoo then you probably have a better understanding of how the affiliate system works from writing articles. An affiliate system works by you directing costumers towards a product or service, when they sign up or purchase that product you earn an affiliated commission from that sale. If you're new to affiliate marketing you can set up an affiliate account, I've listed the best affiliate programs to sign up for below.

Sell your old stuff online.
Sell your old stuff online.

#5, Sell your old items online.

Selling your old and used items online is the fastest way to start making money online. If you have a lot of clutter laying around your house then you should organize it by what is sell-able and what isn't. Once you've figured out what you have that you can sell you should go about listing it for sale on Craigslist, Amazon, and Ebay. You can choose to sell locally or nationally, just keep shipping in mind. In addition to selling your own items online, ask around in your local community to see if anyone else has items that they would like to list online, I'm sure you can earn some money selling items for others.

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Elance logo
Elance logo

#6, Freelance your skills online.

If you're a talented musician, artist, or writer then you can earn money freelancing your skills online. You'd be surprised what people are looking for others to do, perhaps someone wants a song written for promoting there business, or someone may want a design drawn up for a logo. There are websites like Elance where you can write a resume and list all of your skills, and browse through available freelance gigs all over the world. The best part about freelancing your skills on the internet is that is can be done internationally.

Photo: Elance

YouTube logo.
YouTube logo.

#7, Make money with YouTube videos

Creating videos on YouTube is extremely entertaining, and also can provide an additional source of income if your getting enough views on your videos. You earn money through ads that are placed on your videos, the more popular your videos are on YouTube the more money that you'll earn overall. This is something I've been wanting to try out for a while, I just haven't gotten around do it. YouTube videos are also great for promoting products for affiliate programs, or referral programs that you're a member of. YouTube gets millions of visitors every day so it is a great place to increase the traffic to your website with a promotional video.

Photo: YouTube

#8, Promote for others.

Promoting is a highly needed service online. You can earn money by sharing articles, pictures, websites, and anything else that can be virtually shared. Promoters are highly needed, if you offer your services as a promoter you're bound to have a lot of people approaching you to help spread the word for there product.

Wix logo.
Wix logo.

#9, Make money designing websites.

Designing websites can be extremely lucrative if you have any talent with it. The internet is ever-expanding and small businesses are realizing that a website could be beneficial to there business. You can market yourself as a web-designer locally, if you don't know how to make a website already then you can read my article on creating free stunning websites to get you started. When looking for people in need of websites be sure to check craigslist for listings, and spread the word to local businesses that you can create websites at an affordable price. If you have no intention to be a web-designer you can send people you know who are interested in having a website created my way and I'll give you a commission of the project.

E-book
E-book

#10, Write an E-book

This is probably the most long term investment for your time that you can do to earn money online. Writing an e-book is a great way to earn money, through selling the e-book, it just takes patience to be able to write a book that will be popular and sell lots of copies. This shouldn't be your main focus of earning online, instead it should just be something that you do on the side when you have free-time. With an e-book you can write about literally whatever you want, I would suggest writing about something that's generally popular over something that just sparks your interest, you'll end up making more money off of it. I've listed some helpful lenses that will help you get started with your e-book below.

Photo: writing for money

Helpful articles to help you write an e-book.

These articles will prove to be helpful to anyone interested in writing an e-book.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Great overview of money-making ideas and a couple I haven't come across before. Nice Hub.

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      Matthew Miller 3 years ago

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This lens is great. The list of money making websites is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      discountexpert 4 years ago

      great list, i may try some of these to make money on my meditation lens! thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article! thanks

      I think that you also can usee exai instead of wordpress (exai automated website builder)

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      martins-zakis-98 5 years ago

      11th best web Project Gold Line International :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @AgneseG: Writing is just the most profitable for me, the list is in no particular order.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice list. I have a list of GPT sites on my blog, and I have to say I have not heard of many of these sites. Thank you for sharring. I am always looking for new sites to add to my blog makemoneyonlinethetrueway.blogspot.com/

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      AgneseG 5 years ago

      Good information, thanks.

      Question - in what order these top 10 ways are placed? Does writing bring you the most money or is it the most common one?

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      coolsound 5 years ago

      thanks for posting,it was really helpful

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      Nona Weeks 5 years ago from Florissant, CO

      Thanks for a great list. It is very helpful

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      That's a great list! Thanks for helping people out with ideas. I love the fact that I've found the golden ventures for online jobs a couple months ago and that online scams are a thing of my past. Mind you, I never lost any money buying into a scam, because I have a good sense for scams. I'll be trying some of these sites out, like the photo ones, because I have some good photos that could be purchased. Thanks! Best Wishes & Continued Success! Looks like this one has almost made it to tier 1, awesome!

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Doc_Holliday: Good luck, not that you'll need it with how easy it is to make money.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @IMKZRNU2: Thank you, it was a great lens to make.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @OctavioMelesio: Your welcome, hope you have fun earning money online.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Good information here. I will have to give some of them a try.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very informative lens. You have shared some great ideas!

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      OctavioMelesio 5 years ago

      Hi, Thanks for sharing...

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @MJsConsignments: Thank you.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @siskiyoucowgirl: I just joined Squidoo, but it sure is a great community, I really like it here.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @classifiedshi: Thank you, I'm glad I could help.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @ruraldweller: With many resources to be added in the future!

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Rudy145 LM: Thank you, I try to help the people more-so then myself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great guide, I noticed that you didn't include PrizeRebel as a good GPT site, I've been using it for a couple of years now and found the 'customer service' a lot better than Points2shop, 10 days ago my account was banned for changing my location. Haven't got a response yet!

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: You haven't had any success with Squidoo yet?

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens with a wide range of ways to make money on the internet. Thanks for sharing.

      I have tried a few ways of making money on the internet nothing really successful yet.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The reason for that is because I have never personally had any success with Prizerebel, what's your referral link, I'll give it a try if it works I'll add it to the list.

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      Rudy145 LM 5 years ago

      Nice outlook

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      ruraldweller 5 years ago

      amazing resource lens!

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      classifiedshi 5 years ago

      really gud topic...Its really helped me

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      siskiyoucowgirl 5 years ago

      I make money online using Squidoo. It is fun!

      Good lens! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Well done!

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      imjens 5 years ago

      Great lens, it's always fun to see new ways of making money online. Great writing, you kept me reading intensely throughout the entire article.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you, I'll be sure to add to it.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @TK2012 LM: Writing an e-book is something to do once you have everything else already established and going for you, you'll have a lot more time. Good luck earning online.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is a really comprehensive list of ways to make money online.

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      This is really helpful. I am going to try some of these as soon as I can. Although I doubt that I could write a full E-book :P

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @TamarWrites: Keep it coming the success will increase!!!

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      I write at five different website, use Swagbucks, and my husband earns cash, free products and gift cards with online surveys. I even published a book on Kindle that has sold! Yes, it is possible, with WORK and TIME!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello Jasper, one of my pet peves is to go into a site and find it plastered "wall to wall" with affiliate links. I guess the idea is that if there are alot of links, somebody is bound to klick something. This page is not like that at all. It has an elegant look, good, informative content, and links that compliment the content. Overall I give this page a "two thumbs up"!

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      MakeDatSkrilla 5 years ago

      Very inspiring to make me want to earn money online, thank you.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @cgbroome: It takes time and effort to build up an income from these systems, with the right motivation you can see some decent money from these.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @corteeze: That they do! I have still yet to incorporate as many ways as possible to earn money online.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Louidam1 LM: It's a great thing, earning extra money that is.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Zebedee32: You're welcome.

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      cgbroome 5 years ago

      I've tried several of these online sources to make money. The money is small though but you listed a few others I was not aware of so I'll check those out.

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      corteeze 5 years ago

      Great summary of all the options out there. It can be difficult to build a sizable income from just one source alone, but when you take advantage of many or all of them, the earnings start to build up.

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      Great informative lens! I love making extra money from home to supplement my current income!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @renyou: Thank you, I'll be getting creative and update these methods and possibly add more.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @suzy-t: Many thanks for your blessing and compliments. My goal is to provide help to others, through the benefit of myself, writing these articles are a great way to do that.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: You're welcome, keep your eye open for more resourceful lenses in the near future.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @lezsaysit lm: Thank you, I plan on expanding this list and improving the content of this lens.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Expect to invest more time then anything, this isn't something you can just do once and forget about it (unless it's stock photography) these take constant work and development to really become successful.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @HhaosThorngage: As hopefully I am doing correctly.

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      renyou 5 years ago

      These are great tips for making money online, everything's here:from writing to photography,etc. Very informative!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I usually shy away from the hundreds of tips to make money online but by wrapping your unique experience with each method, you've succeeded in providing a valuable resource to people who need a little extra money. Congrats. Blessed.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Lots of good resources here. Thanks.

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      lezsaysit lm 5 years ago

      You've listed some very helpful tips and I appreciate the descriptions about the options. Well done.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I tried couple of them and still awaiting results.

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      HhaosThorngage 5 years ago

      Very good lens, I myself have taken part in many of the elements mentioned and while its not an easy path to follow, it is one that can be very lucrative if you pursue it right.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @acneanswers: My goal is to help people, not fill them with false hope. These are legitimate ways to earn online, as an approach to self-employment.

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      acneanswers 5 years ago

      Interesting lens with solid info. A change from the usual get rich quick approach of many

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @sellsweets: Your lens doesn't dirrentiate from a lot of the similar lenses that sponsor points2shop. Try getting more creative with it, just an idea.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @cupcakeideas1: Mahalo (Hawaiian for thank you)

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @chiactivate lm: It sure is, I'll make a lens later on with more methods to earning money online.

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      sellsweets 5 years ago

      Great info and loads of useful ways! I use points2shop to make money online! It's not exactly a way to make a living but instead of wasting time playing games, you might as well try earning some money!

      This is my Free Microsoft Points Lens! Check it out if you want :)

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      cupcakeideas1 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      Vita Activate 5 years ago

      It's useful for everyone who does online business. Thanks !

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @Haithame: I'll create additional lenses with more ways on earning money online in the near future.

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      Haithame 5 years ago

      Thank's i never thought i could use wix like that

      You should add in backlinking.

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @eskecime: Keep at it, with YouTube as long as your videos are being watched you can make money it doesn't really matter on the content of the videos.

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      eskecime 5 years ago

      I want to try to make some money with Youtube as well.

      I just didn't make the right video yet!

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      Paid-To-Rave 5 years ago

      @SgtCecil: Thank you, I love taking pictures so stock photography is great for me. When I can think of another 10 ways to earn money online I'll create another lens for it.

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      Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Outstanding! I didn't know about the stock photography one. I'll definitely try that!