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Show me the money! How to make money online

Updated on June 22, 2008

Check this read out, it will help you get on the right path to making money online

Making money online is a great way to increase your overall revenue

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Lady Luck experiments with ways to make money online!

For those of you who don't know, I am in a large amount of debt from college, plus I'm in a large amount of debt from not having health insurance, and on top of that, I am in debt from having a terrible ex boyfriend who didn't help me pay the bills for a year.

With that said, I do have a full-time job, but I am always looking for new ways to make money online. I currently have other accounts set up with websites that pay people to write, although I haven't invested much time in writing for them, or promoting my articles.

So my goal for this month is to spend more time on the following sites to see which ones are worth spending time on, and which ones aren't.

Please note: I will not include hubpages in this list. Hubpages deserves a separate article

So here's the plan... I will invest a lot of time this month, writing, and promoting my articles on all of these sites and report back on which sites I recommend that YOU use to help YOU make more money. is a site where you can make money by writing product reviews and voting on revenue earning reviews. It's a pretty easy way to bring in money. The site operates on the premise that any revenue that is brought in by reviews people write, gets split up amongst voters. It is also very much a social networking site, you add people, you must been engaged in the community in order to make money.

The cool thing about this site is that you can see how much everyone else has made to date. I have only been a member of this site for a few months, and I haven't spent more than a few hours a month voting and writing. I have currently made $29.50 to date.

Here is an example of a review that has done well

Zen Stone 2 MP3 player is a disappointment

Remember, as with any writing you do online, make it good, and make it relevant! A lot of people on here review their 4 year old sneakers, and I find that to be annoying.

I haven't heard good things about helium, so I'm pretty skeptical about investing ANY time on this site. I just signed up for helium this past week and I've written two articles. From what I understand is that you are paid based on how others rate you, how much traffic your article gets, and so on. The site does have a few interesting features like writing contests, and the "market place" where actual publishers will pick articles out of those submitted by helium writers and pay them a pretty decent chunk of change. If your article ISN'T selected, your article goes back into the helium market place.

So far, I have made $ .01 with

Here is an example of a helium article:

5 easy ways to reduce stress

And last, but not least:

I'm not sure how ehow calculates how much they pay you, but at the very least, this site is a lot of fun to write on. You can write how-tos on just about anything! I am going to try spending more time on the site trying to draw more traffic my articles and I will report back and let you know. Ehow is again, a lot of social networking, you will do better on this site if you add friends, comment on their articles, rate their articles, etc. I would probably have made more money already IF I had been more active in the community!

Ehow also assigns you points to build your authority, so again, becoming an expert on a topic, will do you well here.

I have made $3.27 in a month with 9 small articles. Not too bad.

As an example: here are a few of my ehow articles that have done well:

How to look better with 7 great (and cheap) beauty products

How to get your ex to stop calling you


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      bang 6 years ago

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      roastedpinebark 9 years ago from Iowa

      Hey, life is all about doing what you live in the end, right? Don't get too caught up in the monetary side of things, i also am going to end up with a boatload of debt from college, lol. nice hub and thanks for the investigation!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I get rich from the people I meet...But good advice here and good luck..G-Ma :o) hugs

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      lady luck 9 years ago

      thanks for your comment Eileen,

      I probably won't be persuing helium now!

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      John Chancellor 9 years ago from Tennessee


      If it took you a total of half an hour per article - and if you had to do any research, it probably took longer - that would mean that you were making about $1.32/hour.

      If you love writing, then by all means these things are great. A $1.32/hr means I would have to work 4 hours to get a Happy Meal from McDonalds.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Nice Article I have been with Helium since about april 2007, And have earned nearly $150.00 and have written 226 articles. Mainly the money has come from contests.... Thanks for sharing

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      John Chancellor 9 years ago from Tennessee


      I think you will be doing a real service for a lot of people. My feeling is that you are going to find that none of the sites offers the opportunity to make a lot of money. I am sure that some are more rewarding than others, but in the end, you need to measure your time invested against the earnings.

      I am reminded of what Bob Proctor, author of Your Were Born Rich, says about books, "I've made a few hundred dollars from the books I've sold, but I've given away thousands of my books and that has made me a fortune." His point was he did not make money from the books but because of the books. Books and articles are difficult to make a lot of money from because of the relative low value placed on them.

      In my opinion, you should use books and articles to establish yourself as an expert on a particular subject and then have some more valuable (expensive) product you can sell. If people see you as a source of valuable information, they are willing to pay serious money if that information is exactly what they want.

      When you are writing articles for someone's site, you are helping them make money. I have found that most of the people who make the truly big money have their own product/service. There are two parts ot the formula for making money - the profit per unit and how many units you need to sell. With your own product, the profit/unit can be much higher than that of a book or an article. Therefore you can sell fewer units and still make great money.

      Just some things for you to think about.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have a huge debt from college too and I have no health insurance. Like yourself I am looking for ways to make money. I have also not heard good reports on helium and have given up on it but it may do well for you. I have made nearly 20$ on Google Adsense over the course of the last four months and as a friend of mine used to joke, well, I can hardly retire on that! lol

      Good luck with all your efforts!