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Make A Little Bit Of Money Online

Updated on August 22, 2016
Writing checks for bills is a daily ritual of adult life.
Writing checks for bills is a daily ritual of adult life.

It is always good to make a little bit of extra money, especially since the holidays are coming up. Not everyone is able to seek employment far from home, especially with the rising cost of gasoline, so maybe looking for ways to make extra money online is the key to your budget. Even if you do not desire to become a millionaire, you still need money to buy groceries, pay the rent/mortgage, buy gasoline, or to pay for your bus pass. Why search online for money making ideas that will not pan out when you can do a few simple things to make a little bit of guaranteed money here and there. If you have to pay money for a book that tells you there is a "secret to making money online," then it is best not to purchase such a book or program. You can learn how to make money online by doing a little bit of research, and not paying for programs that simply offer ideas you could have learned on your own, and those ideas are online for free! Like this article is free! There is no absolute certainty you will become rich in your pursuit to make money online, but it can help to pay a utility bill or two.

I used zazzle.com to make this cup with my design.
I used zazzle.com to make this cup with my design.

1. Sign-up With Zazzle

Do you like to make fun and popular designs people would love to put on a t-shirt or handbag? I have tried Zazzle and I have sold a few tshirts and mugs with my art designs and photography. Placing your designs t-shirts and other merchandise for sale on Zazzle might be a way to make a little extra cash, but it also might be a way to get the larger public interested in your works of art. Zazzle has a wide range of products that allow users to put designs on many items such as magnets, ties, buttons, mugs, and several types of shirts. Also, you can promote your Zazzle products on social networking sites,so maybe a few of your friends and family members will buy some of your creative works.

2. Design Shirts and Mugs On CafePress

I do not use this site as much as Zazzle, but both of these sites have a similar business model. Designers upload their photographic and artistic works to templates of shirts, mugs, and other items, which are printed and shipped out by these print-on-demand companies. The plus to using a print-on-demand company is not having to invest several thousand dollars in purchasing inventory to ship yourself, which is a plus if you are just starting out. If you are capable of making eye catching designs then CafePress might be something you would be interested in checking out.

3. Sell Unwanted Items On Ebay

I have only tried this a few times, but it works well for those who do their research and who are persistent. Sell unwanted items such as old books on Ebay to make a little extra cash. One great thing about this is you could even use these savings to buy something from another Ebay seller. Ebay has a very large selection of things to choose from, and it is a resourceful way to give unused items new life. Think of Ebay as a large garage sale that is open twenty-four hours a day.

4. Sell Items Locally On Craigslist

Craigslist has worked better for me because I was able to write an advertisement for local people. Many times I was able to arrange to meet people that live very close to me and I did not have to travel very far to sell my item. Also, unlike Ebay, Craigslist is ideal because there are no fees involved with selling your second hand items.

5. Sell Gently Used Items On Amazon

This option worked for me the six times I have used it, unlike the two times I tried to sell items on Ebay. The reason selling items on amazon.com is easier is because people are searching for specific items and will see yours for sale. For example, if a new book is listed for sale on Amazon for fourteen dollars, it will also list new and gently used copies of this book for different prices. What I used to do in order to ensure a sale was to list my item a few cents lower than the lowest price, even if my item was new. My rationalization for this was if I were to sell this book or CD at a garage sale I would not make very much, so by selling my item at a reduced price on Amazon I actually make a little bit more than if I had placed it in a garage sale. Unlike Ebay, you never have to pay to list your items with amazon.com unless someone decides to buy one. Selling used items on amazon is an easy way to make a little bit of extra money, which can even be redeemed to use as gift certificates on the website. I am very happy with this service and recommend others try it out.

6. Write on Hubpages

Hubpages is an ideal way to make a little bit of extra money with Google Adsense and the Hubpages incentive program. Go to the help section of Hubpages and find out how to write an informative hub. Next, publish you hub and add a few amazon or EBay affiliate ads. The amount of money that can be made writing here at Hubpages ranges, but the ideal thing about it is that you get to keep sixty percent of all revenue made from the ads on your hub. If you have expertise in a particular topic and do not want to go through the hassle of maintaining your own blog, then Hubpages takes the guesswork out of this.

7. Use Kontera, Adsense, Ebay, and Amazon Ads On Your Own Website

If you write content for you own website, and then it is possible to place Google Adsense, Kontera, Ebay, and Amazon ads on there to make a little bit of extra revenue. You can generate traffic to your own website by writing about content people are looking for, and you might even get a few repeat visitors this way. You can even promote your website on Twitter and Facebook, which will help to bring new traffic to a website. Personal websites may not make as much money as hubs do, but with a little work and persistence, you can improve this over time.

My ultimate goal is to write about arts and crafts, history, take my own pictures, and to be as original as possible and not rely on other people's pictures. Lately the hubs I have been making use all of my own pictures, which really helps my online content stand out. Many people feel it is okay to borrow other peoples' photos and give them credit, which is fine, but I truly believe in using all of my own photos. If you are going to use photos someone else took, try to go to garage sales or ask friends for any unwanted photos they may not want. Once a friend gave me a large bag of photos from a trip and these pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Also, I have talked to friends who bought vintage photos at garage sales, so I recommend looking for photos offline if you are unable to take all of your own photos to upload. Eye catching photos will come up in Google image searches, which helps to bring traffic to your website.

8. Use Blogspot

Many people have become addicted to writing on their daily blogs, so you might as well make money for doing this. The first thing you will have to do is sign up for a Google AdSense account if you have not already done so. Forget writing on LiveJournal because you cannot make money via Google AdSense for doing this. Instead, switch over to writing your blog on Blogspot, which will allow you to place both Google AdSense and Kontera advertisements on your blog. Try doing Google trends searches so you can write blogs on popular keyword topics of the hour, which will help bring traffic to your blog. If you have time you could write several blogs per day on hot search topics.

9. Post On RedGage

You can post blogs, videos, and photos on RedGage to make a bit of extra money. They also have a daily drawing for mentioning the RedGage site on your own blog.

10. Start a YouTube Channel

Do you have a personality that shines through on camera, or do you simply have knowledge about a niche topic that you might like to share? If so, then consider starting a YouTube channel on a niche topic such as cooking or automotive repair. People will search for and watch your videos if these are informative and entertaining, and you can make a little bit of revenue by putting ads on your YouTube channel. Some people have even got book deals out of their YouTube channels, so you never know where making a few videos might take you.

Above is my YouTube channel, which is devoted to my art projects and photography. The videos I create on this channel have allowed me to share what I do with a wider audience.

It All Takes Time

There is no guarantee you will make large amounts of money by trying any one of these things, but persistence is key. Freelance gigs can be a resourceful way to make extra cash in times of need, or just earn some extra money so you can enjoy luxury activities with family and friends.

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      weblog 8 years ago from 1India

      Nice dear, good tips.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you weblog.

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      Mohit.K.Misra 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing SweetiePie,

      Regards

      Mohit

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the comments.

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      MJoyce 8 years ago

      thanks for sharing your insights and experience in those sites, I have tried blogger and now at Hubpages....I agree it all takes TIME......

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I have not made lots of money with it either, but the few dollars I have made have been well worth it.

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      Jerrico Usher 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      The best way is to build your own website 10-14 pages with 500-700 words each, optomize it using SEO techniques and use all the techniques above PLUS use a backlinks automation company to send hundreds of thousands of hits to the site, this is the most important part. With adsense on your site and it takes time to build up your backlinks but with these companies its very easy just send in 30 blogs a month per site and over several months the traffic will start to pour in, 1-3 in 100 will click an ad on average.. you can make hundreds to thousands a month this way spending only a few hundred a month to promote backlinks (with very little work on your part thanx to the linkbacks company)..

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      My websites still have to be special and creative to me. Even if that means I only make a tiny bit each month. I am glad you are making so much though. That is very good.

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      JBatt 8 years ago from Las Vegas

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Lots of great ideas! Thanks

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      kristendom 8 years ago

      Just overwhelmed by the details of your suggestions. I've just posted something comparable, but not quite detailed as your stuff. Thanks for your good work.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I do not do every single thing on the list, but these are just a few ways to start. Thanks for commenting.

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      SirDent 8 years ago

      Great details and information. I already went to see if I had any missing money. No such luck. Great job of writing.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Sirdent! I did not have missing money either. I prefer to do these things and I probably will never be a millionaire, but it is a nice supplementary income. Besides it is my day job that is responsible for building weath the way I see it :).

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      I like this article because in a nutshell you are saying JUST DO IT stop dreaming and get busy! Very good SweetiePie. C.S.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you C.S.! I appreciate your comments.

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      Om Paramapoonya 8 years ago

      I've painted quite a few funky pictures, but never thought about putting them on a t-shirt before. Now I know where to sell my works of art. Thanks for the tips :)

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Om Paramapoonya,

      Definitely try zazzle, it is fun! I finally have had a couple more sales over the last couple of days, but for the most part I love a website that will make apparel and other items with any art work you want on it. You probably could do very well selling a few items on there. It is fun. Thanks for commenting.

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      jonesj64 8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the tips, I haven't used printnpost yet, I'll have to give it a try.

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      Vinie 8 years ago from USA

      I like the tip about advertising on YouTube, I guess one can do anything on it these days. What is the name of your website ? Would love to see what you put in at Zazzle. Nice hub SweetiePie

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      DominiqueGoh 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing. haven't heard of Zazzle but will check it out.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the comments everyone.

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      Rodney Fagan 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for this Hub, looked in at zazzle and cafepress, found them both interesting and looks as if it does work as additional revenue.

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      compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Thanks for this list SweetiePie, I have found something new to get my paws into;)

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      raguett 8 years ago

      Som great advice and tips..thank you....ur newest fan

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for all the great comments!

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      weblog 8 years ago from 1India

      Hi SweetiePie, I just come to let you know I have published some hubs in the past 2 days: http://hubpages.com/author/weblog/latest

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      Louie Jerome 8 years ago from UK

      Useful and interesting hub

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the comments Louie Jerome.

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      mosquito catcher 8 years ago from Houma,Louisiana

      Great information I'm just starting, this will help me alot, Thanks

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      ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub, SweetiePie! I'm interested in knowing more about all of the ones that I'm not a part of yet. You introduced me to Zazzle a few weeks ago and I really need to get back over there and check that one out! It looked really cool. I've been a member of cafepress for a while, but it definitely doesn't look as cool or as fun as zazzle! Maybe they should re-think the name of the zazzle site... I'm thinking "Pizzazzle!" :)

      Again, great hub!

      ProCW

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for commenting mosquito catcher.

      I think you could do really well with zazzle products ProCW.

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      ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks. Gotta head out to Charleston now, but when I get back, I'm going to look into it some more! Zazzle really does look cool!

      ProCW

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I hope you enjoy Zazzle.com.

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      monitor 8 years ago from The world.

      another great hub. thank you.

      your fan.

      mon. (nice photo)

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      marketing guide 8 years ago from Connecticut

      There's a lot here to check out. Thanks for taking the time to write it all up in such an interesting and informative way. All very motivating.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for commenting everyone. Thanks for the compliment on my photo mon.

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      Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi SweetiePie,

      Very informative. Do you know of any good sites that pay for articles outright?

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Karen,

      I do not know of any websites that pay for articles out right as I have done research into this. However, Shirley Anderson is a freelance writer and you might want to ask her. I actually think she wrote a hub about that topic. Thanks for the comments.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 8 years ago from Tumkur

      In my experience for the past one year at hubpages, i have learnt that my past occupation of writing for print media fetches me more money than writing for online blogs,hubs, surveys etc.The best reward we get here is- the wide friendship network.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very sound advice parasadjain. We can make a little bit of money online, but print media will always pay better for the most part. Some people do make quite a bit of money blogging, but sound advice in my opinion is not to focus your entire livelihood on adsense or similar things. However, some are very successful with only using this route, but this is a small amount of people. Friendship is the best part of hubpages to be sure.

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      Juliet Christie Murray 8 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      Thank you for you concise information it is helpful

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for commenting Juliet.

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      okay 8 years ago from New Zealand

      oh... forgot to say I never thought about selling things on Amazon, even though I see the 'used books' info every time I go there just about. So thanks for that too.

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      easyhomebusiness 8 years ago from Bella Coola

      Wow really fun hub , thanks for the encouragement to make money online.

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      Karen N 8 years ago from United States

      Great hub, very informative. Thanks.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for the comments everyone.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Gee great hub. Well done, I will have to have a look when on the road if have time thanks for all the info. See you

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Sounds like a fun trip and you must be taking your laptop with you. Sounds great! Thanks for commenting.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Another great Hub.

      I did not realise that the second hand books advertised on Amazon where from outside of their company. Is that right, if so will you write a Hub on the subject.

      That's if you have not done so already.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Agvulpes,

      Amazon makes a great deal of money off third party vendors, and often these are just individuals selling their used books and items on amazon. I used to do this, but I actually prefer Craigslist now the most because I can deal with people locally. Also, amazon takes a commission for everything you sell through their site, whereas if you sell an item to local people on Craigslist you get all the profits. I can still write a hub about this subject though if you find it interesting.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Sweetie, I am going to bookmark and rate up this hub. Thank you for the great tips. I will be back.

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