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5 New Ways to Earn Online this 2012

Updated on July 14, 2012

There are a lot of jobs available online but most of them, especially the high paying ones, require a degree or a few years of academic training. Jobs that require at least 1 or 2 years of schooling include: computer programming, website development, proofreading, and online English teachers.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of opportunities available online that do not require any college degree or prior work experience.

If you want to earn a little extra online, try these fun and interesting online jobs:

1. Video Responder on Youtube

Job Description:

You don't need to make an exclusive channel or new and original content to be a video responder. As the name suggests,all you have to do is to make video responses on as many videos as possible. Make responses to news reports, viral videos, and high-traffic videos made by other Youtubers.

What You'll Need:

You will need a video camera and a Youtube account. When you reach a substantial number of views and/or subscribers, you can sign up for the Partners program.

Pros and Cons:

The job of a video responder is almost effortless and easy-to-do since video responses are mostly based on opinion. Earning from it is not quick though: you need to submit a couple of videos online for awhile before you see the big bucks rolling in.

2. Viral Video Star

Job Description:

Do you have an original and witty idea that has the propensity to go viral? You might just want to become a viral video star, then. Almost anything can become viral nowadays: cute cats, funny children, unusual renditions of popular songs, and even hilarious video responses.

Making it big as a viral video star is not easy and it may take awhile; however, as you continue to create interesting videos, you will also build your fan base in the process.

What You'll Need:

Like number 1, you will need video peripherals, a creative idea, and persistence. Lots of it.

Meet Laina. She became a viral video star after posting a video response to a contest on the official Justin Beiber Youtube channel. See hilarity below...

3. Amateur Photographer

One of the most commonly shared things on the internet include pictures and funny graphics and since images have the propensity to go viral, it would be wise to invest your time in taking photos and selling or sharing them.

You don't need to be a professional photographer to make money from photography. In fact, you don't even need a high-end camera to make your first sale. You could take snapshots of simple, random things with a digital camera, create an account with websites like, Dreamstime, and several others and wait for buyers.

What You'll Need:

You will need a camera, of course. It does not have to be a camera that takes high-def pictures, but one that gives good quality photos will do. You may use models for your photo shoots or you can take pictures of simple things like: a dog, cat, birds, animals, a tree, a computer, etc.

You may also need to build a studio where you can take good quality photos of objects.

Pros and Cons:

Sales are not guaranteed and you will still need to take a lot of pictures and market them. Since you will be selling your images online, you might encounter thieves who will use your photos without permission. That being said, watermark your work carefully!

4. Make Infrographics and Other Graphics

Speaking of graphics, if you don't have a camera to use or if you are not confident with your skills in photography but know how to work with Adobe Photoshop or other image-editing programs, explore the world of graphics design instead. Earning from graphics design is easy and you may choose from becoming a freelance designer or sell images and graphics through websites like GraphicRiver, iStockPhoto, DeviantArt, and several others.

What You'll Need:

You will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw or some other image-editing program. If you want to make complicated graphics, you will need a tablet.

Pros and Cons:

Like in number 3, be wary of people who will steal your image and use it without permission.

5. Become a Blogger

Of course, nothing beats the ability to write and create interesting content. It's so easy to become a blogger and you don't need to have a degree to succeed as one, either. Many bloggers today became popular for sharing what they know, for writing about something unique (or focusing on a certain niche), and some have even gained popularity for their humor.

You can blog about...

  • Celebrity news and gossip
  • Where to find good deals
  • Restaurant reviews (where to dine, best meals to order, etc.)
  • Fashion tips and reviews
  • Travel tips and reviews
  • ...And everything else under the sun

What You'll Need:

A good keyboard, some good ideas, a good computer, of course, your personal website or a free blog from Wordpress or Blogspot.

Bloggers, Be Careful!

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I'm also looking for new ways to earn money online, adn these are definitely some great suggestions.

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      Ergonomics 5 years ago from United States

      @daisydayz : photography is tons of fun! I suggest you look up the most commonly searched keywords for pictures (health is one of the most common ones) and take pictures of things that are relevant to it, like apples, a weighing scale, etc. Good luck!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well Im already a blogger and make the odd bit of money now and again, but may have to try the photography thing!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Good read! Thanks for the info. Voted Up & Useful! Just to add up, RedGage is a great site to post photos too, doesn't have to be pro and see your earning grow. Cheers!