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Ways to Earning Money Online for Beginners

Updated on June 22, 2017

New for 2017 How I make money online

I originally wrote this article about making money online about 7 years ago. I was on this big kick at the time to do everything I could think of to make a dollar. Needless to say, I am not rich yet, so something didn't work the way I planned it. But, during this process, I have slowly found ways to make money, either online, or through apps. And they really work. Some of them are passive income, some of them require actual work, but all of them have generated extra income for me. I will continue doing this until I retire. Which I hope will happen within the next 10 years, only time will tell...


The first and one of my favorites is Hubpages, or course. I would not be spending my time and effort writing here if it did not reward me financially. Writing is not easy for me, it takes time and lots and lots of re-writing before something comes out that actually is even remotely enjoyable to read. But I have been a member of Hubpages for somewhere around 7 years and I have made money every single month since I joined. That is seriously impressive to me. Whether you have one hub or one hundred, there is a chance that you will be able to make money with Hubpages.

2.)Blogging (free blogs only)

I have to include the free blogs only because I have only once tried to run a blog I paid for and it failed in horrible fashion. I have a flaw that causes me to loos focus with things. A.D.D or whatever you may want to call it. So, often after around 70 blog posts, I begin to lose interest in that particular topic. This works fine with free blogs, I just start another one. Maybe someday I will find that thing that I can write about endlessly and I will try again to do a paid blog, but until then I will just use blogger and throw some Adsense on them. Again, it has not made me rich, but it does also generate a little more monthly income, that is passive.

3.)Phone Apps

I am going to lump apps into one big clump. I don't use a lot of apps to make money, but there are a few that I always have and always use, and it does add up.

-my two favorite day to day money makers are Field Agent and Easy shift. These are mystery shopper apps and easily make up the bulk of my spare income. The shops are usually easy, and take 15 minutes or less. They pay fairly quickly, and sometimes I even get free food out of the deal. That is always a bonus!

-The next 4 apps I am going to talk about are shopping related. Shopkick, receipt hog, ibotta and mobisave are my shopping apps.

Shopkick gives you points for scanning items in the store, when you get enough points you can redeem them for gift cards and other items. The gift cards are nearly instantly on your phone, it isn't much but you don't have to spend any money to earn and it doesn't take much effort.

Receipt Hog is another easy one. You can all your receipts and are awarded points for them, and when you hit a certain amount of points, you can cash out for money. It really doesn't get much easier than that.

Ibotta is a rebate app. if you purchase items that have rebates, you can your receipt and the item barcode and they give you the rebate. Cashout is 20 dollars and I have earned roughly 140 dollars so far with Ibotta over the last couple of years. Not much but is is paired with my other couponing and really adds up.

Mobisave is just like Ibotta, but there are less rebates. But they pay almost instantly to your Paypal. It makes it a keeper, I love instant gratification.


I only hit Swagbucks about two times a year. The offers peter out and I lose interest after a week or two. Some people might be way more successful at this one. When I do decide to use Swagbucks, I will usually do enough to make a 25 or 50 dollars, then I forget about it for a bit.


This is where all my other extra income actually ends up. Every dollar that goes into my Paypal is then filtered into some form or investment. Mostly dividend paying stocks or mutual funds. It has been the fastest growing passive income I am generating now. And it is how I believe I may be able to retire by 50, if I continue to work hard at it.

I use Computershare for my more stable dividend stocks. They are set up as DRIP's (dividend reinvestment programs) I use Schwab for my Mutual funds, and a couple other Dividend stocks, and I use the Robinhood app for my day to day trading. It offers fee free trading so I can shuffle money in small increments. All of this is done to minimize my fees, since I am not playing with very large chunks of money.

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There are a lot of options out there for people who would like to ways to make money online. For me, it has been something I have been working at for some years now. It is just important to remember, you should never have to give your money in order to make money. There are a lot of snake oil salesmen out there who are more than willing to take the little that we have for their own personal gain

But, fortunately, for all of us, there are options out there that are legit and are decent paying, if you are willing to put in a little bit of effort, you will be rewarded

Writing is always an option for making extra money online. There are lots of sites out there that offer this. Ehow, Associated Content, Squidoo, and Hub Pages to name a few. The biggest trouble with writing articles and creating this form of passive income is, it takes a lot of articles. You have to figure on at least 100 articles before you will start to see any real income being generated, and because of this I would suggest you start with just one of the sites I suggest.

You can also join PTC sites. These companies often offer several ways to make money. They can offer you paid emails, which is where they will send you random advertisement emails and if you click you earn a couple cents for your click. they do free offers, they do free trial offers of products, they will often do surveys and will often pay you to click on links. Most of these companies will also offer referral programs, meaning anyone you refer, you will earn an additional percentage of their earnings, thus also creating passive income. There are several companies that would be considered reputable. They are sites like, Inbox Dollars, Cash Crate, Project Payday, and Treasure Trooper.

There are also companies starting to pop up that call themselves social network sites like facebook and myspace. People string being the one that I use. These sites pay back a portion of the revenue earned by the company, to its members. People string pays 70% of its revenue back to its users. This is pretty nice, you get paid to do what you are already doing.

Now, I am in by no means one of them snake oil salesmen I talked about at the beginning of this article, but what I am is a person who would like to find other means to live his life. These are just a few of the methods I have found to earn a little cash on the side, and I hope that these ideas will help you do the same.


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      10 years ago

      I agree. I have more than 300 articles in Helium, that's how I manage to get $25 passive income every month.


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