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The Internet Goldmine: Easy Online Money-Making Ideas that Anyone Can Do

Updated on December 26, 2013

The creation of the Internet has afforded the common man access to a never ending supply of money-making opportunities. A large percentage of these opportunities also have the benefit of not requiring any initial monetary investment. All that is required is a bit of knowledge of the inner-workings of the world wide web and an internet connection.

Answering Questions

There is a new money making opportunity out there called WebAnswers. The underlying concept behind the site is that you can get paid for asking and answering questions. The site works with Google AdSense, so you know that it is legitimate and trustworthy. The great thing about WebAnswers is that it is so simple and easy to use. Do you get 15 minute breaks at work? Well then you have time to answer questions. I started making money within my first hour of posting answers on this site. In my first week I had already answered 80 questions. By then I had already earned almost $5.00. If you choose to use WebAnswers, be sure to focus on quality contributions. It will pay higher dividends in the long run. WebAnswers is a great way to supplement your Google AdSense Income.

Content Creation/Freelance Writing

There are many web sites (or web services) that allow you to create content in exchange for income. Since you're reading this, HubPages, is probably one of the best sites around (trust me, I've researched 100's and tried several others). Even so, there are many other great sites out there as well. The internet's largest, and most well known, content site is eHow. Becoming a writer for them is a rather difficult process though. Remember, with content creation, its about quality not quantity. A thoroughly researched and well written article will earn you much more money in the long run than many poor quality ones. Check out this great hub for more information about content quality: How to Develop Your Writing - Developing Your Voice as a Writer.


Selling Merchandise

Everyone has heard of eBay, right? Well, selling things on eBay or other websites such as Craigslist, OnlineAuction, or UBid is a great way to add to your monthly income. Web sites like these have brought the yard sale out of the yard and into your computer. While they do take some effort on your part (taking pictures, going to the post office, etc), there is plenty of money to be made. With the downed economy, people are always looking for a good deal. The Internet has made it very easy for anyone to become a salesman.

Virtual Real Estate

Domain names are like houses. You can buy them, sell them, or set your 'home' at the domains address. In 2002, Frank Schilling, invested over $200,000 into the purchase of over 250,000 domain names. In 2004, just two years later, Schilling's revenues were more than $10 million dollars. Frank saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. With some quick clicking and a few dollars you can buy the domain names of the latest startup tech companies and sell them later when they want to create an internet presence. Though most of the good domain names are already taken, there still are many opportunities to earn some cash with this method.

Affiliate Marketing

Wouldn't it be great to earn money just for promoting and marketing existing products? Well you can! There are many people who make a decent living from affiliate marketing. Here at HubPages, they have a great affiliate program that uses eBay and Amazon. Commission Junction and ClickBank are another great way to maximize your earnings with affiliate marketing strategies.

Website Flipping

This is sort of like house flipping, but with a lot less paperwork.  This is similar to buying and selling domain names, except this involves much more work. First you buy already established websites, make them more profitable, and then selling them for more money later.  You can also purchase empty domains, create a brand new website, and then sell it as is. This money making method requires a significant input of time and money, but the rewards often outweigh the risks.

Paid Online Surveys

There are many legitimate web sites out there that will pay you for taking surveys. How does it work you ask? Companies are desperate to find the answer to the following question: What do consumers want? These companies will hire market research firms to survey the public and find out the answer to that question. The right survey companies will compensate you very well for your time answering simple questions. Some great survey sites are: SurveyMasterMind, SurveySavvy, and BrandInstitute.


Design for Print on Demand (POD) Companies

If you've got an ounce of creativity in you, then perhaps designing for a print on demand company is for you. There are many companies that enable you to sell your artistic designs on hundreds of products. The two post popular seem to be and I currently run 5 shops at Cafepress which hosts a combined total of more than 1,000 designs. Right now my shops are doing quite well and my passive income from this medium surpasses that of anything other method on this list. The ironic thing is that in my case designing for print on demand companies has required the least amount of work overall.

Selling Stock Photography

If you're like many people these days, you probably have thousands of photographs sitting on your computer right now. However, most people don't realize that there may be a literal goldmine within the photographs stored on your hard drive. Marketing and advertising companies are always in need of high quality images to use in magazines, billboards, and even internet ads. Who knows, perhaps the next ad for your favorite snack could feature you! There are many stock photo sites out there, however among the most popular are: iStockphoto, Fotolia, Dreamstime, and Shutterstock. And since you own the copyright to your photos, there's nothing preventing you from uploading your pictures to more than one site. Stock photography is a volume business. The more images you have, the more money you can make!

Selling Creative Art and Photography

Are you an avid painter or photographer? Wouldn't you want to sell those images online for hundreds or even thousands of dollars? Well now that the Internet exists, you can! Most art and print websites require that you create and upload high quality, high resolution, and unique images to their online galleries. Once uploaded, the world can view your art and purchase high quality prints and canvas reproductions for their homes. Some of the best wall art for your home could be found on one of these sites. There are litterally hundreds of sites that allow you to sell your art and photography. Among the most popular are,, and


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