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Make A Little Bit Of Money Online
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.
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.