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The Best Ways to Make Money on the Internet

Updated on September 16, 2011

Everyone seems to be in a crunch these days which is why many people are looking toward the net as a viable option for earning a bit of extra cash. The good news is that through freelance writing, blogging, selling things online, tutoring or freelancing – you can make money online with enough hard work, time and resources. That is, if you’re willing to do the work and not fall for the scams …

Method 1: Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is probably the easiest way to begin making money online because it only requires you to write articles which, for the most part, anyone can do with enough practice.

My advice is to get started with a website such as Hubpages and write about the things that interest you. Websites like Hubpages let you add money making modules such as Amazon, Ebay or your own links along with Hubpage Advertising and Google Adsense revenue sharing.

Once you get a hang of freelance writing, I’d suggest moving into other areas such as finding clients for your work, setting up a portfolio website and even selling articles on article marketplaces. Over time, you’ll get better and faster at writing which means you can command a higher price for your articles and get them done in half the time.

For additional information, check out this hub on the top three ways to make money as a freelance writer.

Method 2: Blogging

Setup a Wordpress Blog and begin writing about the things you are passionate about. Take some time to understand search engine optimization to get your articles ranking well in search engine results. Over time, begin to monetize your blog by adding elements of affiliate marketing, Google Adsense or Amazon Associates which will earn you money (not a whole ton but it adds up with traffic).

Blogging takes time and effort. Spend each day writing and publishing at least one new article until you gain a hand over the blogging platform. In time, you can amass a following through RSS and your social media profiles. Listen to your readers and use their feedback to create new blog posts.

Write reviews and link to products on Amazon or on affiliate networks so you can gain a commission or setup advertising on your website. In time, your blog will begin to grow. My best advice is to start writing about your passions such as a hobby because you know others are out there seeking information.

Method 3: Sell Stuff Online

A very simple way to get started with making money online is by selling all the unused and unwanted things you have sitting around your house on websites like Ebay, Craigslist or Amazon.

Each of the websites are easy to get started with and have a wealth of information on how to setup your listings else take a browse to Youtube to find detailed tutorials on how to get started with each.

Find the items you no longer want and get them listed online (you may need to pay a small fee for sites like Ebay thought). Take a look around for how much the product is selling for by doing a quick search, take a few great pictures for the buyer and write a very detailed description so people completely understand what you’re selling. Get your product listed and wait it out until it sells; complete the transaction and you’ve just landed yourself a nice bit of income by using the web.

Method 4: Online Tutoring

Everyone has enough knowledge for tutoring because there is always someone looking to at least know the basics. If you went to school and become proficient in a skill or have some kind of knack for a hobby or even an understanding of a topic beyond the basics – you can begin tutoring, for money, online.

I would suggest getting your own website setup or at least create a few social media profiles (especially on LinkedIn or at least Facebook) so people can begin finding you. Next, install a program like Skype so you can have face time with your future students and so you can talk with one another which is an integral part of the learning experience. An alternative would be to use a program like WebEx which lets you share screens which can be very important if you’re showing off materials.

Begin hunting down your students by finding them on sites like Craigslist or putting out advertising for your services. Create a small set of materials for your students to work from using Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. Get your first clients and try to gain as much feedback as you can from them so you can grow and improve your tutoring side job. Repeat the process over and over again until you have a solid stable of clients.

Method 5: General Freelancing

Finally, you could always put your writing, tech skills, coaching or knowledge to good use by doing general freelancing. Everyone is looking for people help with their own projects or to help get started with understanding a topic which puts you in a great position to sell your services.

Like how the others goes, I would recommend setting up a personal website where you can begin to pull in interested parties that would sign up for your services. List out your services through a product or service page along with a few reasons why people should choose you. Share your website link with others on social networks and by building up its website ranking with your area using local search engine optimization.

In time, you’ll build up a strong client list that will suffice a majority of your income. Increase your rates as you become professional at your freelancing and pick and choose the jobs you want rather than taking anything that comes your way. Repeat the process for finding clients time and time again and you’ll build up a nice online income in time.


What you need to remember, through all of this, is that in order to make money online you really do need to put in work. You have to treat your online income methods just like you would a job; there are no short-cuts and it sometimes takes years to even see enough income to call all of your efforts worthwhile. However, if you choose to stick to a plan and press through with one of these methods – you will gradually see income begin to trickle in. It’s your choice; take incredible action today.


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    • Jennie Demario profile image

      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      I'm gonna try selling some stuff on ebay. I have a ton of stuff that still good but I dont use it anymore. I'm sure it will have value to someone else.

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      georgescifo 6 years ago from India

      Apart from freelancing, all the other methods are more safe, as freelancing requires you to be on your toes everytime due to deadlines...but blogging and hubpage writing can be done at your own time and hence reduces the chances of unwanted tensions..