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10 Unique Money Makers

Updated on July 8, 2014

Introduction

This list is about 10 unique ways to make money online. None of these are meant to replace a normal job, or to make up for a loss of income. Each item listed is more of a neat way to make some extra pocket cash if you have the time, and enjoy doing it.

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10 Goldentowns

As the the world is becoming more and more advanced in technology making money online has become easier. It seems like each day someone discovers a new and unique way to make some extra cash online through the comfort of their own home.

One unique way to make some pocket money is playing a game called Goldentowns. This game doesn't require an investment, no download, and is fairly easy to play.

The point of the game is to build a town and get to a point where you can start mining gold. The gold mines will be the money makers for us. It sounds easy, right? It is not that hard to play, but it does require some background knowledge of similar types of games. It is based on strategy and knowing when to focus your efforts where. Since new players can not make a gold mine until level 5, be sure to upgrade everything. You don't want to find yourself at level 5, but unable to mine any gold due to a lack of materials. Make sure to stock up on each of the materials and upgrade those houses to make more workers. Having enough wood, meat, and vegetables is a good start.

Once we start to mine up gold we will be able to trade it to other players for real cash. One gold bar usually sells at about 5 dollars. It is important to note that it can take a while to reach one gold bar, so only keep at this if you genuinely enjoy it, or have 5 minutes to spare each day.

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9 Marketglory

This is another game that allows us to make money online. This one takes longer than Goldentowns, and requires even more strategy. I will tell you right away it may not be for everyone. It requires a great deal of patience and a little effort will go a long way.

Marketglory is more of a simulator game where players start off as workers and can work their way up to business owners, government positions, and even high standing leaders.

To start earning money on this game the first step will be to fight (all ten fights) every single day. This will earn some local money to buy various goods later on. Be sure to work once a day too. After three days of work you gain a bonus, so make sure to keep at it! Once you build up enough productivity and money you can start to buy products to build your own business. I would not recommending doing this too soon though, wait about a week or two.

The payout is relatively high for this game (roughly 20 bucks) and when a player first starts it will take a while to reach. Don't go into this game thinking it will be fast money - but it can be fun and in a sense 'free' money if you really enjoy the game.

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8 Mturk (Amazon Mechanical Turk)

Moving off the games and into other unique ways to make money online. Mturk is a site that allows for companies that need various Human Intelligence Tasks (HITS) done for them to post jobs and allow workers (that would be us) to do them.

Here you can find a large variety of tasks to do. Some postings will be about writing an article, while others can be asking you to perform crowd source tasks (find URL rankings, Google page ranks, etc.) however most commonly you will find surveys. Every task pays differently so it is important to take a little time making sure to find the right ones worth your time. A great way to do this is checking out the subbreddit HITsWorthTurkingFor. Also be sure to install the turkopticon toolbar to see how other users rate the work - they will give ratings based off how long it took to get paid, time invested, and the companies communication.

This site is US only so be sure to keep that in mind when checking it out! The pay out is also as little as one dollar.

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7 Skimatalk

Skimatalk is an interesting site that helps non-native English speakers strengthen their English by having a one on one conversation with native speakers.

How this works is the person wanting to home in on their skills will buy a 25 minute session with an English speaker. This person will usually spend about 25 minutes helping them better their skills. Sometimes all that is required is having a conversation with them. There are times that it requires a little more effort like finding articles to read together, and assisting them with harder to read/speak words.

Each 25 minute session pays roughly 7 bucks and payouts happen once a month. Each payout goes straight into your PayPal at the end of the month. Skimatalk will require a mic and Skype to communicate with your clients.

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6 Postloop

Find yourself on forums talking about everything and anything? Good news, Postloop is perfect for you. This site pays users to post on others forums to help create a more lively community.

The pay is based off a point system. When first starting Postloop requires 10 test posts on their forum to see how well you do and give out an initial rating. I would recommend starting 10 topics rather than just posting on existing threads, it tends to rate higher. Once you are given a rating for the 10 posts you can start subscribing to other forums to post on. These forums can also give you a rating so be sure to start a lot of threads and contribute more than a few sentences to existing ones. The higher rating you have the more points you will earn when posting, so be sure to keep this in mind. Each post on a forum will usually be about 2 points, but is subject to change based on performance.

Once you reach 100 points it counts as 5 dollars, at this point you can withdraw your earnings to PayPal.

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5 iWriter

This site is aimed more towards writers. If writing is not your thing, than it will be difficult to get started and will be more of a hassle than it is worth. However, if you are like me and can write about almost any topic than this should be a good fit.

iWriter will pay you to write for various clients that sign up at their site. When first starting the initial pay isn't too great, but after you receive 30 ratings you should jump up in pay (assuming they were all reasonably high ratings.)

New users start with "standard" pay which is about $2.43 per 500 words. The next rank up is "premium" that pays $4.46 per 500 words, and lastly they have "elite" at $8.10 per 500 words. I would recommend only doing the 150 - 300 worded articles when first starting out. Anything higher than that at standard pay just isn't worth your time and effort.

The payout is 20 dollars, and the site offers several different options. Either once a month, every other week, or once a week.

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4 Slicethepie

Slicethepie is probably the easiest one here. All you have to do is listen to music than write a short review about it.

Basically this site will play a song for you, as you listen to the music write a quick review about it. Make sure to include your thoughts on the lyrics, instruments, vocals, and so on. It is important to describe each piece of the song because they better you do the high you are paid. Don't expect a lot per review though, I average about .17 cent per review, so I only do this in my spare time.

The payout for this is through PayPal and the min. is 10 dollars. They occasionally do a "catwalk" version as well, during this time users get paid 20 cents for reviewing clothing.

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3 Flashnotes

Are you in college, or recently graduated? If so this will be perfect for you. Flashnotes will pay you to upload old college notes and share them with other users.

What you need to do is 1) make sure those notes are accessible through the computer so you can upload them 2) give a brief description of the notes, say what class it was for (and what teacher) than set a price. Set a price that actually makes sense for the notes though, do not write half a page of notes than put it at an absurd price - no one will buy it.

They offer a direct deposit, or PayPal for withdraws.

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2 Lootpalace

Lootpalace is a site that has many different ways of making money. You start off earning points (which is called plunder) and once you reach a certain number of points you can request a gift card. Some of the gift cards available would be, Amazon, Steam, and iTunes - that's just a few of the many options they have.

To make money here you have a large variety of options. Some of which range from taking surveys, downloading games, and watching videos. What I have found to be the easiest and most rewarding is their Radio Loyalty. Basically you earn points for listening to the radio, after 10 minutes you type in a captcha and than continue listening. Nothing else needed. Others have had luck doing hyprMX. This one just requires you to tab through a site for a few seconds, than earn points. It gives the most points at around midnight PST.

If you choose to do any of the downloads make sure to get Sandboxie. This program will help you avoid viruses and downloading any unwanted toolbars.

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1 Screenwise Trends Panel

More into a passive income? There is something here for you as well. Screenwise Trends is about as passive as it gets. It literally requires no effort on your part, of course that means the money takes longer to build up as well.

At Screenwise the user signs up with either desktop, tablet, or mobile (If you own all three you will make the most amount of money.) Afterwards all you have to do is download their add-on for your web browser. What this add-on does is monitor your internet activities. It allows you to pause and stop at anytime. Google claims to use this as a way to better understand what users are looking for and help make a better Google. However, if you are not crazy about the idea of Google watching your internet activity than this is not for you.

This is a very passive income and you can get paid anywhere from 1 - 3 dollars a week. At 25 dollars you can cash out by choosing a gift card. They have plenty of options in gift cards, one of the most popular being Amazon.

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      Kieran Gracie 3 years ago

      This is an interesting and useful list which I have bookmarked for future attention! Thank you, tech2games, I really enjoyed this Hub - voted accordingly.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      This is really a great hub! I'm going to bookmark it so I get started on some of these. I wasn't aware of any of them except the Amazon one, which I've dabbled in from time to time, but it gets kind of boring after awhile. Thanks for sharing such useful information! Voted up.

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      Oyewole Folarin 3 years ago from Lagos

      Very fascinating hub. I heard of amazon mturk but writers from non-english speaking countries are not allowed to participate. I guessed they want writers precisely from United States. Thanks for sharing!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I first heard of mturk when I saw it in my HubPages stats as the source of a viewer. I may look into that and some of our other recommendations. Thanks for the info.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Fascinating list. I heard that iWriter was gone/down... guess I heard wrong. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      tech2games 3 years ago

      cochitenz I got really addicted to Marketglory for a while there, I really enjoyed it as a game. Glad you found it useful, Thanks for the comment!

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      tech2games 3 years ago

      VirginiaLynne Thank you for the comment! I am glad you found it interesting.

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      cochitenz 3 years ago

      I play Cashtowns and Marketglory myself :) Very useful hub!

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      tech2games 3 years ago

      Brie Hoffman Thanks!

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      tech2games 3 years ago

      Chin Chin I do agree that they can take awhile for some of the sites, but if you enjoy doing it hopefully people would see it more as 'bonus money' rather than a way to strictly get cash. Thanks for the comment!

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      tech2games 3 years ago

      Amanda108 Thanks for the comment! Glad you find it useful!

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Very interesting Hub. I've written about how to make money writing online and tried a few things like answering questions but this is a very comprehensive list.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Awesome, voted up!

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      Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting. I know iWriter and Mturk are legit. Some of the sites are not really worth your time because it takes a while to get paid, unless of course you have plenty of time and you like what you're doing in the sites.

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Great hub! I'd never heard of any of these and there is such a variety here. Very useful, thanks!

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