5 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online.

How many articles are there
about making money online?
Thousands? Millions?
Enough? Probably. But there’s
a problem. Too many of them
are just sales pitches to convince you to sign up for
some seminar, webinar,
training session or some other
way to become an online
millionaire. They really give online money
making a bad name. But it is
possible to make money
online. I mean, the people
selling all of those millionaire
pitches are making money, right? There are legitimate ways to
make money online. The
problem is that the real ways
to make money aren’t “get
rich quick” schemes. Most of them require a lot of
work and sometimes a lot of
dedication before seeing a
return on your time. But if
you really want to make
money online, work from home or turn an idea into a
business, you can do it. You can even earn money with apps if you don’t want to venture all the way to the
computer. I’m going to tell you about all
kinds of legitimate ways to
make money online. Since
we are talking about legitimate jobs, you’ve got to be…well, legitimate. Many of
these options are real jobs that require you to put in
hours if you want to get paid.
They also require real work. Here are some tips for
actually getting the job: Take it seriously. Yes, you’re applying for an online
job. Yes, you can do the work
in your underwear, but that
doesn’t mean it’s not a “real
job”. You must treat it as such
or they aren’t going to treat you as a serious candidate.
You aren’t the only one who
wants to work in their
underwear. In fact, the
competition online is likely
higher than it is in your local area. Be professional. When you submit a résumé, don’t type it
in ALL CAPS and please don’t
avoid the caps lock like the
plague. Know how to use it
without looking incompetent.
Write in complete sentences with proper grammar. Of
course, there will be
exceptions, but even with the
exceptions, you must keep it
professional. You’re building
their view of you. Give some, but not all. Whether you’re providing
writing samples, a
photography portfolio or links
to your work, give them
enough examples to get the
idea, but not so many that they don’t even know where
to start. And while we’re on
the topic, give them some of
your background information,
but don’t tell them your life
story. Double check yourself , before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a
company, whether a résumé,
an email or a portfolio, is good
to go. Double check your
grammar and wording, and for
God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important
when it comes to the
company’s name. Don’t spell
their name wrong and be sure
to type it how they type it (e.g.
Problogger, not Pro Blogger). 1. Websites That Pay Let’s go ahead and get this
out of the way. There are all
kinds of websites that will pay
you for various things, such
as shopping, taking surveys
or testing products. No, I’m not getting paid to promote
any of these and no, these
websites won’t make you a
millionaire, but they are great
for earning some extra cash.
I’ll leave out the scams. Here are some legitimate
websites that pay: 1. Swagbucks – Swagbucks is great for earning some extra
cash. You can do a variety of
things to make money, from
taking surveys to using their
search engine. You won’t get
rich, but you will earn a few bucks. If you have the time to
kill, you can spend it earning
some extra cash, instead of
surfing the web. 2. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks,
since you’re going to be taking
surveys, shopping, etc., so if
you want to maximize your
return, sign up with both
websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you
(like Swagbucks) and you get
$5 just for signing up. I won’t
continue to list survey sites
one after another down the
list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check
out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club. 3. Project Payday – Project Payday is one of those sites
that has testimonials of
people who have earned
thousands of dollars by
getting paid to get trial offers.
I’m not saying you’ll earn thousands, but it is legit and
you can earn some extra
cash. They assume that by
paying you to do a free trial,
you’ll either like the product
and purchase it, or forget to cancel the trial and get
charged for it. If you can keep
track and cancel before you
get charged (if you don’t want
the product), then this is a
great site for making some money. 4. User Testing – User Testing pays $10 a pop for testing
websites. A test usually takes
about 15-20 minutes. The
purpose is for a website
owner to watch someone,
who is new to their site, try to navigate it. The value that the
site owner gets by watching
an actual user experience is
worth a ton, but $10 isn’t a
bad pay-out. 5. Fiverr – Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks or spend
a few bucks if you need some
of the services people offer.
Basically, everything is $5.
You either pay $5 or charge
$5. They call them “gigs.” You can offer your services
however you choose. If you
sell art and you’re fine selling
pieces for $5 each, that’s a
gig. If you’re a graphic
designer and you want to offer your services for $10/
hour, simply offer a 30 minute
gig. If they need two hours of
graphic design, they pay you
$20, or $10/hour by buying
four gigs. 6. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You
get paid to blog, tweet, take
photos and take videos. The
pay is mostly based on your
following, so if you want to
make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow
you Twitter following.
Likewise, if you want to
make money with blogs, you’ll
need substantial blog traffic
(more on blogging below). 2. Freelance Writing Freelance writing is one of the
most popular ways to earn
money online. Many
successful freelancers can
earn an average of 50 cents
to a dollar per word. Some are earning twice that! Of course, it doesn’t start out
like that. You’ve got to build
your portfolio and your
résumé, blah blah blah. If
you’re interested in writing,
I’m sure you know this. If you’re not interested in
writing, I wouldn’t recommend
traveling down this road just
for the money. It takes dedication and time,
though it can be highly
profitable if it’s what you love.
Assuming it is what you love,
let’s talk about making money
with it. Before you decide to start
reaching out to all of these
freelance writing companies,
you need to have a web
presence. You need a blog (in
my humble blogger opinion, of course). Or you could just have an
online portfolio. Even a LinkedIn profile works to get started. When you’re ready to
start, here are 150 resources to help you write better, faster
and more persuasively. If that’s intimidating, just start
with these 50 resources. Now for what you’ve all been
waiting for; once you’re ready
to actually start making
money, here are 10 websites
you can start with: 1. Listverse – Listverse pays $100 for each accepted post.
The article must be a list, it
must be at least 1,500 words
and you must include at least
10 things. Other than that, you
can get pretty creative with it. 2. TopTenz – TopTenz pays $50 for each accepted post.
Again, the article has to be in
a list format and it must be at
least 1,500 words, with few
exceptions. They post often
so your chances of getting accepted are fairly high. 3. A List Apart – A List Apart pays $200 for each accepted
post. They’re not first on the
list, because they tend to
publish less articles, which
means you have a smaller
chance of getting accepted. Same guidelines as above,
1,500 word minimum. 4. International Living – International Living pays $75
for each accepted post. They
are mostly looking for travel
experiences from countries
you have visited. For this site,
it’s more about your experience than your writing
ability. 5. FundsforWriters – FundsforWriters pays $50 for
each accepted post. They are
looking for articles about
writing and making money
with it. They only accept
articles between 500-600 words, but they want you to
make each word count. 6. Uxbooth – Uxbooth pays $100 for each accepted post. They
do tend to take four to eight
weeks to accept and post
articles, so don’t count on this
being a quick money maker.
They take so long, because they pair with editors to only
publish amazing content. 7. iWriter – iWriter pays up to $15 for each accepted post.
That may seem small, but
they aren’t as strict as many
of the others above and they
also allow you to pick exactly
what you write. You can write as many or as few articles as
you want. 8. Textbroker – Textbroker pays up to five cents per word, if
you’re a 5-star writer. You’ll
start by submitting a short
sample article and you will
most likely start as a 3-star
writer, but you can work your way up by writing more and
writing great content. 9. Matador Network – Matador Network pays up to $60 for
each accepted post, but
standard pay is around $20-
$25. They don’t really focus
on a minimum word count, but
they have a maximum count of 1,500 words. 10. The Penny Hoarder – The Penny Hoarder pays up to
$800 (rarely), depending upon
the number of page views you
receive. The pay starts at
$100 for 50,000 page views,
so this isn’t a guaranteed paid article, but it can potentially
be highly rewarding. There’s no doubt that you can
make money with freelance
writing, but it’s a process.
Once you start building your
portfolio and your writing
skills, you can start making some serious money. If you’re
not an experienced writer,
expect to put some time in
before you really start to see
some dough. 3. Sell Your Stuff Ever since the idea of online
auctions came into existence,
the online selling market has
been on the rise. Many are
interested, but don’t know
how to get started. There are still all kinds of ways to make
money by selling online,
whether you’re selling what
you already have or buying
and selling like a store. Before
we get started, here are a few general tips when selling
anything online: Get a PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you’ll want to get one
if you’re doing business
online. It’s the standard in
online business for receiving
payment and paying others. Take good pictures. Some of the options below don’t
require you to actually take
the picture and sell the
product, but for the ones that
do, make sure you take a
clear picture that makes your product stand out from the
others. If you’re going to be
taking a lot of pictures, set up
a small “studio-like” area in
your home with a backdrop
and proper lighting to really make your pictures come
across as professional. And
of course, you’ll want a good
camera too. Be honest. If you’re selling used items, be honest about
every dent, scratch, blemish,
etc.. This will reduce many
issues you could run into and
keep your reviews positive. Do good business. Plain and simple. Whether you’re selling
on a small site or opening an
online store, your customer
service matters. You’ll want
to get those positive reviews
and make a good name for yourself. Respond to
questions, concerns and
complaints. Offer a guarantee
if available. Follow those guidelines and
you will do well in online
sales. When you’re ready to
start selling, here’s where you
go: 1. Amazon – Have you heard of FBA? It stands for “Fulfilled
by Amazon” and it’s getting
pretty popular. Basically, you
buy products (in bulk is best)
and ship them to Amazon for
them to store. When your products sell, Amazon packs
them up, ships them out and
sends you the money (after
taking their cut). There are
people making a full-time
living from FBA, while others just do it for some extra
money. 2. CraigsList – Some things don’t ship very well. Other
things may make you feel
uncomfortable to sell to
someone across the country.
Anytime you’re selling a large
item or something you just don’t want to ship, Craigslist
is a great place to go. It’s
simple to list your item (again,
take good pictures!). If you
don’t like the idea of putting
your phone number out there, the interested individual can
send you a message to your
inbox without even getting
your email address. 3. eBay – Of course you can’t read an article about making
money online that doesn’t
mention eBay. You can start
an eBay store and get serious
about it or you can just sell
some stuff to declutter your home. Either way, I’ve made
my fair share from selling on
eBay and it’s still a popular
way to earn money. If you
decide to start an actual eBay
store, you’ll want to find a drop-ship business like Doba that will store and ship items
straight to your customers so
you don’t have to deal with an
inventory. 4. Etsy – If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell
them on Etsy.It’s completely
free to open an Etsy store.
You simply sign up, post
pictures of your creations and
starting selling. You can choose your payment option,
but PayPal is generally the
easiest. Etsy makes it easy to
sell and keep track of your
inventory. There is a small
listing fee and they take 3.5% of every sale you make. 5. Facebook – Facebook swap shops are great for selling
things locally. It’s like
CraigsList, but a little easier.
You simply search for swap
shops in your area and ask to
join the group. Once you’re in, take a picture of the item,
write a quick description with
the price and post it. It doesn’t
get much easier than that.
You can generally expect to
get about what you would get at a yard sale, maybe a little
more. 4. Blogging Hey look, an article about
making money online that
doesn’t mention blogging. . .
oh wait, here it is. First off, I’m a blogger so it
seems wrong not to mention
it, but more importantly, it’s a
legitimate way to make
money. It’s quite possibly the
least straight-forward way on this list, but it’s very doable
and it’s also quite possibly the
funnest way on this list. I love
blogging and I know hundreds
of bloggers who feel the
same. So let’s talk about making money blogging and
what it really means. Blogging is something that
requires patience, persistence
and discipline. It may mean
writing everyday for over a
year before you really start to
see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but
from my dealings with other
bloggers, it seems to be pretty
common to spend one or even
two years building your blog,
your brand and your authority, before making any serious
amount of money. Some people argue that you
can make money without a lot
of traffic and while that is true
in some circumstances, you
will generally need a lot of
website traffic to start earning from a blog and that takes a
while. Once you’ve reached
that point, here are the
primary ways to monetize
your blog and start earning: 1. Advertising – This is definitely the most old-school
way of earning money with a
blog. It’s also starting to
become the least common
way. You can sell advertising
spots directly on your site or you can sign up with a
company like Google AdSense or Media.net. Either way, you won’t see a whole
lot of money from ads until
your views are well into the
thousands each day. 2. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote
other people’s products and
services. You simply put a
link or a banner on your page
and then you get a percentage
if someone clicks through and buys the product/service.
You’ll want to select products
that are specifically within
your blog’s category.This is
an effective way to earn
money once you have the traffic coming to your blog. 3. Membership – Many people have created a paid
membership area on their
blog. This is typically for
exclusive content that you can
only access in the “member’s
area.” If you have a really great idea on what to include,
this can be a great idea.
You’ll have to create
something that can’t easily be
accessed around the web. 4. Products – You can create your own product, such as an
ebook or computer software.
You would then use your blog
as a promotion tool to get
people to buy your product.
As long as you create a legitimate product with a
whole lot of value, you should
be able to get some buyers,
but like everything else with a
blog, you’ll need the traffic to
get the sells. 5. Services – You can offer a paid service, such as life
coaching, blog coaching, goal
setting or financial planning.
Just be sure to investigate all
the legal implications and
make sure you’re not claiming to be a professional if you’re
not one. With a service like
this, you’re basically using
your blog to sell yourself.
You’ll need to convince people
that you’re worth buying and then be able to back up your
claims once they purchase
your service. 6. Sponsored/paid posts – Many blogs publish sponsored
and paid posts. Sponsored
posts are basically just posts
about a specific brand,
product or service. A
company will pay you to publish an article about it. It’s
similar with other paid posts
as well. Your basically selling
the spot for the article on your
site. If you decide to take this
route, you’ll want to build your traffic before you will get
many offers. 7. Subscription – If you think of something
valuable (newsletter, online
magazine, etc.) that you can
consistently offer on a certain
basis (weekly, monthly, etc.),
you may want to offer a subscription service. This
could be a fee charged each
time your product is sent out
or on a monthly basis. Either
way, this has to be something
that your customers can only get by subscribing to your
website. 8. Videos – This could be an entire section on it’s own.
Many people have made
money by creating YouTube
videos. Evan of EvanTube is a kid and he has made millions by creating reviews of products that other kids his
age would use. It’s not easy
to get views into the millions,
but once you do, you’ll start
seeing some cash come in.
Many bloggers have completely turned to videos to
get their point across by
starting a video blog. If you’re truly interested in
becoming a blogger, start by
looking through the archives
of ProBlogger, Copyblogger and Boost Blog Traffic. Then go read through all the free
guides over at Quick Sprout. It may take you a year to
complete those tasks alone,
but it will be worth it. You’ll
practically have a MBA in
blogging. 5. Work-at-Home
Companies Finally, there are some
companies that will hire you to
work from the comfort of your
own home. If you’re interested
in working for someone else,
while still making your own schedule and deciding where
to work from, here are a few
companies that will let you do
just that: 1. CrowdSource – CrowdSource offers many
types of jobs from
“microtask” jobs to larger
writing and editing jobs. You
decide how much you work
and you can do most of it right at your computer. 2. Demand Studios – Demand Studios is hiring all kinds of
creative professionals, from
writer to filmmakers. The pay
isn’t amazing, but it’s
competitive for a work-at-
home job. 3. Fast Chart – Fast Chart allows you to work from home
as a medical transcriptionist.
There are some requirments
and qualifications listed on the
page, but if you meet them,
you’ll make competitive pay for the industry. You’ll also be
able to set your own schedule
since you’ll be working from
home. 4. Leap Force – Leap Force is one way that Google rates
websites for search engine
ranking. If you’re hired, you
make decent money (usually
over $11/hour), you set your
own schedule and it can be pretty fun to view and rank
websites. 5. Liveops – Liveops is a call center that allows you to work
from home. Once your set up
to take the calls, you can
begin making a weekly
schedule and working from
home. The pay is generally close to $10/hour, but you can
earn more with commissions. 6. SpeakWrite – SpeakWrite will pay you up to $15/hour to
transcribe information. You
set your own schedule and
work from home. Now you’ve got many
different options to start
earning online. If you saw
something that really interests
you, try it out and learn more
about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time
income online, you need to be
dedicated to learning how to
do what you want to do. There
are tons of free resources out
there. You just have to search for them!


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