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Today, thanks to technologies like smartphones, social media and the internet, there’s no shortage of people attempting to cheerlead their offers at every bend and turn. While the web has given us virtually boundless ways of improving our lives, it’s also delivered some unsavory characters who are more interested in extracting dollars from us rather than helping us to make them.

Now you may be asking, how can I really make money online?  Is it legitimate?  Is it possible?  Yes and yes.   You can make money online and there are tons of legitimate opportunities for you to do so.  We’ll cover a total of 15 ways to do so here but we will make this a 3 part series since I want to go into details with each way to make money online.
Aaron N. Fletcher is an online marketing consultant, educator, speaker and nationally published author of the new book Stand Out: A Simple and Effective Online Marketing Plan For Your Small Business. Over the last 18 years, Aaron has become the “go-to” sales and marketing expert to small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs including Nolo.com, Caring.com, and Jay Abraham.
Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!
Thank you for contributing such a wonderful post. As usual, you have conveyed a profound truth in simple language, that is, there is no substitute for hard work. Persistence pays, so never give up. And if one course does not work, take a detour. If your on-line business is not working, find another angle to work on it, but don’t give up. This is the message I got out of your write-up: a true inspiration. In your case, the hours and hours of struggle have paid off, so continue to educate us, your fans and readers. Wish you the best and three cheers to your success. Cheerio.
Over the years, we’ve written many blog posts around monetizing, best practices and more to help you earn revenue from the great content you create. Since every website is different and adapting to the changing digital media landscape is key, we rounded up our top posts around earning online to help you find a monetization solution that fits (and most of all actually helps you earn!)
Twitter has been really helpful. There is a guy who messages me on Twitter and I type back, “Snap, snap.” That signals him to send me $500. That generally happens every week. Guys send me money after they read a posting on my website. I don’t even have to do anything. But others are so needy. They send 10 emails a day, wanting to know how I am doing, telling me that they want to smell my feet and send me money. These are grown men! I feel like I am babysitting. I have others camming (at a cost of $10 per minute, before sending additional money) and talking to me in baby talk. I think they’re shit and treat them like shit. So it’s all very honest.
In his bid to find a source of income, he looked through the finance section in the yellow pages and found a man called Mike. He met this man based on the fact that he had the biggest ad in that section and asked to work with him for free; in return, Mike would teach and mentor him on the secrets of business and finance. Surprisingly, Mike agreed and this was one of many steps he took to the good life he wanted.

The answer, at its basis, is largely what I convey in a great majority of my books about search engine optimization and online marketing. It all boils down to one simple concept: add tremendous amounts of value to the world. The more value you add, the more successful you become. Essentially, you have to do the most amount of work (initially at least) for the least return. Not the other way around.

Having a job is a great way to start making some cash flow, but you should use it to actually start a business. A job isn’t scalable. You only have 24 hours in a day, and you're not even going to work more than 12 hours in a day. Having access to the internet is all you need, you can see that attention is now the new way to becoming successful. The more exposure your brand gets (whether that is from posts, social media, websites, etc) the more opportunities you have to monetize off your traffic. When you have a lot of people's attention, and you create a product, you’re likely to make a sale. THIS IS SCALABLE. Anything you put out on the internet compounds, continually getting more and more traffic that gives you a chance to make a sale.
These are the people who have an actual product or service and are looking for an online sales force (the affiliates/publishers). They are higher in the hierarchy than a normal affiliate or a network, because they are receiving free marketing and sales promotion without paying anyone a salary. Affiliates are generally only 1 avenue of their marketing efforts, and likely spend great deals of money on other forms of online advertising.
However, if you're like the hundreds of millions of other individuals that are looking to become the next David Sharpe, there are some steps that you need to take. In my call with this renowned online marketer, I dove deep the a conversation that was submerged in the field of internet marketing, and worked to really understand what it takes to be top earner. We're not just talking about making a few hundred or thousand dollars to squeak by here; we're talking about building an automated cash machine. It's not easy by any means.
Using Fiverr is a great way to pick up work. Once you have signed up you can advertise your services. Fiver allows you to create your own gigs, whether you are offering web design, digital marketing, writing, or something else. You can choose how much you want to charge (it can be more than a fiver) and people will then contact you if they are interested in working with you. Fiverr will not only help you get experience if you are just starting off as a freelancer, it will also help you earn some extra cash.
Cryptocurrency or digital currency is the next big thing in currency trading. It’s a digital asset that is used as a method to pay for things, that isn’t run by a government or institution. Bitcoin is the most well known digital currency and was trading at $200 per Bitcoin back in 2013. Now it is worth over $17k and is expected to be worth well over $1m in 2022.
Whether you're looking to make some fast cash, or you're after long-term, more sustainable income-producing results, there are certainly ways you can make money online today. The truth is that making money online isn't as difficult as most make it out to seem. It does require some discipline. Sure. Without discipline, you'll find it tough to make a buck both online or offline. 
Cryptocurrency or digital currency is the next big thing in currency trading. It’s a digital asset that is used as a method to pay for things, that isn’t run by a government or institution. Bitcoin is the most well known digital currency and was trading at $200 per Bitcoin back in 2013. Now it is worth over $17k and is expected to be worth well over $1m in 2022.
Still, you have to shift your thinking if you’re serious about making money online. You can’t think about days or weeks. Rather, you need to be thinking in terms of months and years. This isn’t some overnight expedition or something you’ll accomplish quickly by any measure. We’re talking about a long and very drawn out journey that will invoke every fiber of your being and zap you of your time and energy at every level imaginable.
If you are still doubting the legitimacy or think making a living online is  a shady deal, take a look at our guide. We have listed all the ups and downsides of making money online, in order to give you a realistic overview of how things work. If you are interested in earning an income online, you can see how to start and which are the best tools to get you that extra cash.
There are some guys who get off on being put in chastity (via a tricked-out plastic tube called “the CB-3000”) and combine that with financial domination. It needs to be wrapped up into a package that they relate to. This one guy, he had just turned 18, he had never paid anybody online before, and he wanted me to put him in chastity. He asked if I would hold the key -- actually both keys -- for his CB-3000. I charged an initial fee of $500 for that. I required him to post pictures of himself on a Tumblr account -- to prove that he didn’t get broken out of it. I sent him selfies that showed the key dangling around my neck. I think he paid me with his parents’ money and ate ramen noodles every day. But I don’t know for sure. It’s not my problem. I was supposed to hold the key for a month and ended up making a grand for doing that. After 45 days, I finally mailed one of the keys back. He was crying and whining for the key, but he was still sending me money. After getting the key, he emailed to say that he had the best release ever. Then I made him pay me a tax for coming. He sent another $100.
I am a single mom and i try to look for a job here in the Philippines but as of my age problem that i am 47 years old i can not get a job, with the situation here in the Philippines that they only accept age of 18 to 35 only. i really need to earn for my kids i can’t pay my rent and soon we will going to sleep in the street. if some one can help me. how i can earn money to survive?
Very well said. I think that making money is easy as long as you’ve established some networks and connections at the very beginning. Of course, it takes a lot of creativity and determination to achieve a number of network, not to mention time that’s why just like any other businesses, the ladder to success will take a thousand steps to reach the top.
A great example of this is the website:  flexsealspraycan.com.  Keep in mind, this is a niche website that’s hyper focused on one product: Flex Seal.  The money maker here is that for every sale they make, they get a split percentage from the sale.  This varies with each affiliate company but it can range from $8-$12 per sale depending on volume.  So you see, you can focus on several products at a time or one as with this example.
My understanding is that you have to subscribe/pay for the business version of Word Press in order to use any of the monetizing functions. I think you should clearly state this in this article at the beginning. I think there is a degree of bait and switch here if people are just signing up for the free subscription and then finding out they have to pay for a subscription to make money. I am ok with that, it just needs to be stated up front everywhere.
One part of this article I took with interest is where you mention an affiliate should try the product before making reviews to which makes a lot of sense however I have not found one bloody product that I have purchased online that I can give a favorable review off as most of these products where just shabby junk or the ones that did make a half grade with me had service where I would not get an answer back to my issues for at least 48 hours.
It can take time to build up your personal freelance business. Yet, there is more demand than ever for freelancers. So, if you want to kick start making money online through freelancing you can join one of the top freelance networks, such as UpWork, Fiverr, Guru, Freelancer.com, or PeoplePerHour. Sign up, build your profile, upload some samples of your work and start making extra money by doing small freelance jobs.

However, if you're like the hundreds of millions of other individuals that are looking to become the next David Sharpe, there are some steps that you need to take. In my call with this renowned online marketer, I dove deep the a conversation that was submerged in the field of internet marketing, and worked to really understand what it takes to be top earner. We're not just talking about making a few hundred or thousand dollars to squeak by here; we're talking about building an automated cash machine. It's not easy by any means.
One thing I would mention is that one of my mentors told me recently that jumping from project to project is a terrible thing to do and will ensure that you aren’t able to dominate any one niche and make as much as you can. Focus is definitely needed if you are going to be successful online. Perfect one thing and then move on to the next – That’s what I would say.

Testing products can be a fun and fast way to make money online from home. When companies have new or improved products they will have testers finding any problems or ways of changing the product to match the needs of the customer. You can become a product tester and have products sent to your home before they are released to the general public. So you can get all the coolest products before your friends do and get paid for it!
You’re here because you want to learn how to make money online.  And, you’re not alone.  Most people do and we all have different reasons for doing so.  If you’re like me, then you want to spend more time with family and avoid the hustle and bustle of a daily commute.  For others, making money online means owning their time and not having to answer to anyone else.
E-mail list / Subscriber list / Opt-in list – This is your list of website viewers who have given you their e-mail address to be kept posted of A) any new posts to your website and B) receive any e-mail communications from you. For example: You can send out a weekly or monthly newsletter, send out any special or urgent news, or send out special offers for your products or your affiliate products.
The most underrated thing and the BEST part to me is; that hard earned traffic is given to you for FREE, people already know about Amazon, but people don't know about your website/blog/etc. There's easier ways to get more exposure with your product. You can rank your product on page 1 pretty easy and doing so will make your product viewed by hundreds of thousands of purchase ready customers. I started with little experience and I'm pulling it off, I'm sure you can do this too. If your interested I can show you how to start an Amazon business, and what I personally do to grow it. https://youtu.be/YVmbeyGObAk
It doesn’t pay much, but if you’re a healthy person and want to make a bit of extra money online, the AchieveMint app will reward you for doing things like walking, tracking your food, or taking health surveys. AchieveMint works by connecting to fitness apps you might already be using like Fitbit, RunKeeper, Healthkit, and MyFitnessPal and then giving you points for certain actions. For every 10,000 points, you earn $10 with no limit on your earnings.
This is an interesting list Mel. I’ve been running my own side hustle for 5 years now (website marketing service). It’s been a very rewarding ride with both up’s and down’s. Learning how to build and run a business is an awesome experience…and doing it on the side is even better because you don’t have the same pressures as if it were your sole source of income!
Thank you for writing this. I have been LURKING for years, never commenting, but enjoying and sharing the content. Everything you said is true, I have been writing, blogging, started a Youtube Channel (800 videos now), and Instagram. Funny thing if you share food, workout pictures and motivational stuff its crazy popular. Love the blog, believe more folks would be happier working for themselves if they can keep debt under control or expenses low. Energy levels super high now that I started green smoothies everyday and adding weights to my workouts.
Travel blogging is a hard industry to break into. However, the rewards can be worth it, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be paid for traveling around the world! There are numerous ways to monetize a travel blog, but affiliate marketing should predominantly be your focus. On your blog, promote hotels, tours, equipment hire services, flights, and anything else travel related. Then take a cut of the proceeds as your audience books their holidays based on your recommendations.

Sign up for a reputable affiliate network: Aside from Amazon, there are dozens of large reputable affiliate networks, such as Share-A-Sale, Clickbank, and Skimlinks, that specialize in connecting you with merchants who are looking for affiliates to sell their products. They charge relatively low commission fees for the privilege of connecting you with merchants, and the merchants on these sites tend to offer much higher commission percentages or set dollar amount payouts.
If you offer freelance services or have a physical services business, then creating a blog is a must. On your blog you can write about the services you offer and how they will benefit your clients. Importantly you can add a ‘Services’ page, outlining the services you provide, what they include, and any other important information potential clients may need. This is an effective way to promote your services, generate leads, and increase your revenue.

Great list! Another suggestion would be transcribing. Transcribing really requires very little skill or capital to get started. You can sign up with companies like Elance and Odesk to find jobs OR reach straight out to producers of audio content to see if they need help. With the huge trend in podcasting a great place to start would be by perusing iTunes for podcast shows that may need help turning their audio podcast episodes into text for their website or “show notes.”
Ebates is my personal favorite way to make money buying things online that I already planned on buying. Here’s how it works: Shop online at your favorite stores through Ebates, check out, and receive a Big Fat Check in the mail. You can earn up to 6% back at your favorite stores including Kohls, Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Shutterfly, eBay and more.
Having regular paid webinars can also be a good way to make money. Professional speaker Grant Baldwin, uses webinars to market his courses on public speaking, including Get Booked and Paid to Speak. If you have some audience or there are people who consider you an authority in a particular subject, you have an ample amount of chances to make quick and easy money with it.
If you are a fast reader and have a good grasp of grammar and language then editing may be a good freelance role for you. Editing is a great way to quickly make money online, and there are always editing jobs available on the freelance job sites. Editor’s usually get paid per word, so the faster you can check through work the more money you will make per hour.
The adoption of technology has grown so drastic that it is basically consuming our lives by allowing us to do everything over the Internet. It should come as no surprise that it has expanded further to our wallets. The relevance of money making blogs has been surpassed by all kinds of emerging online occupations; opening a new market for anyone with free time on their hands. It is now at the point where finding work online is more likely than finding one in the real world.

Boy, do I love when people cut out the BS and tell it like it is. Thanks Jon! I went into blogging last summer fairly naively, thinking because I was tenacious, a great writer, and a professional marketer that I could run laps around everybody else. Well like most, I’ve been humbled, frustrated, confused, frustrated, perplexed. I’ve tore things apart and put them back together. I’ve cursed aWeber and used four-letter words about WP, not because they were doing anything wrong, but because I couldn’t figure out code and how to make things work as a one woman band. Oh the joys. I’m not giving up. I have my nose to the keyboard and will attend your webinar. Thanks for the frankness.
If you’re a skilled worker in a specific niche, like marketing, design, or software development, there are specialty marketplaces that cater just to you. These are amazing places to make money online as you know that the people visiting them are looking specifically for the skills you have. Check out places like 99Designs or Dribbble for designers, Cloudpeeps for marketing and SEO professionals, and TopTal, Crew, or Gigster for high-level software developers. Once you've built up your development skills, you can begin building a brand for yourself as a higher-value consultant and start charging brands for larger projects like implementing an entire WordPress security overhaul or migrating a website from http to https.

WOW, this post sums up exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. Being about 1 year into the internet marketing game I have found that time is definitely a critical asset. What you save in money will definitely cost you in time AND in order to succeed there is a certain number of hours required in preparation. No shortcuts! I could “amen” this post all day.
Install WordPress.  WordPress is king in the content management system arena.  Please don’t use Blogger.  If you have aspirations of taking your site to the big time, you will eventually want to switch to WordPress.  Liquidweb will often (if not always by request) help you with this part because it is super easy.  WordPress has one click installations now so you’re lucky.  Back in the day I was still fiddling with the FTP server in hopes that my files would transfer completely without a hitch.
Ryan Deiss is the founder and CEO of Digital Marketer. Over the last 36 months Ryan and his team have: Invested over $15,000,000 on marketing tests Generated tens of millions of unique visitors Sent well over a BILLION emails, and Run approximately 3,000 split and multi-variant tests Ryan is also a highly sought after speaker and consultant whose work has impacted over 200,000 businesses in 68 different countries.

The most underrated thing and the BEST part to me is; that hard earned traffic is given to you for FREE, people already know about Amazon, but people don't know about your website/blog/etc. There's easier ways to get more exposure with your product. You can rank your product on page 1 pretty easy and doing so will make your product viewed by hundreds of thousands of purchase ready customers. I started with little experience and I'm pulling it off, I'm sure you can do this too. If your interested I can show you how to start an Amazon business, and what I personally do to grow it. https://youtu.be/YVmbeyGObAk
In his bid to find a source of income, he looked through the finance section in the yellow pages and found a man called Mike. He met this man based on the fact that he had the biggest ad in that section and asked to work with him for free; in return, Mike would teach and mentor him on the secrets of business and finance. Surprisingly, Mike agreed and this was one of many steps he took to the good life he wanted.
A fitness site can have numerous revenue streams. Create healthy eating plans and recipes and lock them away as premium content. Promote and sell a fitness training course, eBook, or a series of videos. Or advertise your own personal fitness services on your site. Topfithub is  a good example of a fitness site with decent video content alongside product reviews.
I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money!
Another strategy to make money online is to become a social marketing manager. Being present on social media is key for any business that wants to attract new customers, promote their products and grow their following. However, constantly posting, liking and commenting on the numerous social media channels is extremely time consuming. More and more businesses are recruiting social media managers to run and organize all their social media. And to save money, social media employees are often employed as online freelancers.
I like your honesty to this one in particular. I was surprised that you too suffered some of those scams and roller coasters. I must admit, the first time I lost money online, I was devastated. I too fall for some of the majic button in a box and the google back door crap. HOwever, your honesty speaks to clear that we all can learn. The HARD WORK and STUDY….cant go wrong!!!!
Yet another Amazon service providing the possibility to make money online is the Audiobook Creation Exchange. You can create a standalone audiobook, or create an audio version of your eBook as complementary media. And you can narrate your audiobook yourself, or Amazon can put you in contact with a professional to help. Once sold, you can then earn up to 40% royalties per audiobook.

The field is replete with terms that might confuse and perplex the average individual. What is a squeeze page? What's a sales funnel? What's a CPA? What's SEO? How do you setup a good blog to filter the right type of relevant traffic and get your offer in front of eligible users? What's a massive value post (MVP) really mean? Clearly, there are an endless array of terms, some of which you might already know or might not depending on how much you presently know about the field.
Create a killer course experience: With your course validated and in the works, you need to figure out how people will take it. Most course creators choose to host their courses from their own websites. This way, they get all the value of bringing customers back to their site on a regular basis. I host my own courses from a subdomain on my own site so I can easily add more. The course experience is incredibly important as well. And after trying most of the solutions, I highly recommend Teachable—an online platform designed specifically for courses.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
Taking surveys online can be a great way to make some extra money while watching TV or just killing time. While I don’t personally think it’s possible to replace your full-time income with money you make from surveys, it’s very possible to make a few extra hundred bucks every couple of months. And since it can be done in your spare time or while watching television, why not?!
Most people who want to make money on the side pick generic services that have lots of competition — general writing, fitness training, and computer repair for instance — then wonder why nobody notices them or buys from them. Meanwhile, other businesses are super-specific and deeply understand their clients and their problems. And they never have to worry about competition or lowering their prices.
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