How to make money online with computer and Internet at home for extra income or even your primary source of income? If you want to earn money online from home, Google (as in verb) and you’ll get millions of search results telling you thousands of ways to make money on the Internet. Some methods are real and legitimate ways for making money online while others are plain scams to make you pay money. How do you know which methods are legitimate and really work?
So we are back to our original question: How to earn money online? In this post, I will share real ways to make money online through affiliate programmes, niche websites, blogging, freelancing, selling products on online stores such as ebay and Amazon, online surveys and other simple methods to make money fast.
Also read: How to earn money online?
Though there are plenty of ways to make money on the Internet, becoming a rich online entrepreneur isn’t easy or fast. It requires lots of hard work. If you want to make real money, you have to invest time and effort. Of course, some ways of making money online are easier and faster than others.
How to make money online?
Earning money online is as easy (or as hard) as making money offline. Though thousands of Internet marketing gurus claim to have a secret formula for making quick money, the truth is, there is no way you can become rich overnight by just clicking a button or buying some ebook. Earning money online requires hard work and persistence. If you are ready to invest enough time and effort into it, there are plenty of methods for generating extra income from the Internet. Some of these are quick ways to make money while the rest are long-term ideas for making money.
1. Making Money with Affiliate Programmes
In affiliate programmes, you sell other people’s products for a commission. You can find digital products like e-books, themes and courses through websites like ClickBank, LinkShare, ShareASale and PayDotcom.
2. Selling Photos Online
If you can click interesting, high-quality photographs, you can sell your images on stock photo websites such as iStockPhotos and get paid when someone downloads your photos. Even if you upload one good photo which sells over and over again, you can make good money. Imagine the earning potential when you have hundreds of images on stock photo websites.
3. Get Paid Sharing Files Online
If you have ever visited document sharing websites such as Script Mafia, you must have seen how people offer you free downloads and others queue up with alternative download mirrors. Every time someone downloads using your link from file sharing websites such as Ziddu, Uploading and ShareCash.org (it claims to pay average $0.60 per download), you get paid.
4. Get Paid to Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are an easy way of making money online. Companies assign market research websites with the task of gathering feedback from their consumers and target audience. Researches make use of online surveys to complete their assignments. They share a portion of the money with survey participants. Beware of paid survey scam websites. Legitimate paid surveys websites such as SurveySavvy and Synovate will rarely ask you any money for participation.
5. Make Money Designing Logos
Hundreds of websites that are launched everyday need logos. If you can be creative and design attractive logos, make money by offering custom logo design service on webmaster forums, classifieds sites and Fiverr. You don’t need to buy Photoshop; use Gimp or any other free image manipulation software.
6. Earn Money Designing Websites
If you can design websites, there is plenty of work for you. Even if you are not very proficient in HTML, you can use softwares such as DreamWeaver or Kompozer to create websites. You can find clients on webmaster forums such as WarriorForum and DigitalPoint. Before venturing out, create a portfolio of website designs to show to your prospective clients.
7. Flipping Websites and Domains
Good domains are a rare commodity. If you can think of a catchy domain name, get it registered for less than $10. Sell it for a lot more. You can also buy domains cheap and then sell at a premium. If you are good at building websites, create new websites and blogs from scratch. Once they gain some traction and money, sell them on websites such as Flippa. On an average, you can sell websites for 12 times its monthly income. You can also sell new (turnkey) websites immediately after creating them.
(Also read: Selling Websites on Flippa: What Not to Do)
8. Get Paid To Answer Questions
If you love helping others by sharing your knowledge, start making decent income by answering queries. You can find websites such as JustAnswer and Ether where you can make money by offering your knowledge and expertise.
9. Designing T-Shirts For Cash
Many teens design T-shirts and sweatshirts for local vendors in return for cash. If you are good at writing catchy phrases and designing cool graphics or montages, make money selling self-deigned T-shirts on websites like CafePress.
10. Make Money Using Video Camera
YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the Internet. The popularity of online videos is growing so it won’t become too crowded if you jump into the market. Use your camcorder to shoot interesting videos and upload them on websites like YouTube, Break and Revver. You get a share of the revenue by your video
11. Generate Cash with Niche Directories
The Internet is too big to explore alone. So you take help of search engine, but they have their own limitations. You can create directory websites which provide lists of products or websites in a particular segment. For example, you can create a directory of free WordPress themes. Create a list of websites and sources related to a particular niche. You can sell ad space to advertisers directly or using networks such as AdSense and BuySellAds.
12. Get Paid To Install Applications
Installing website scripts and applications or platforms such as WordPress and Joomla can be tricky for new users. Many people need help for installing simple WordPress websites or blogs. If you how to install some application, you can charge money for helping install it on others’ servers.
13. Reselling Hosting and Domains
If you know how to sell, you don’t need to set up your own servers to start a web hosting or domain business. Big domain and hosting companies like TuCows, GoDaddy and HostGator allow you to resell their services with your own branding. Think beyond the Internet to reach new potential customers through offline media such as newspapers and magazines. (I had actually started doing this at YesRack.com for a while.)
14. Selling E-Books
Creating an e-book can be highly rewarding. You can create an e-book about anything that helps solve problems of your target audience. With a little bit of effort or help from freelancers, you can get a good e-book to sell. Price your e-book based on purchasing power of your visitors. Don’t price it ridiculously low or high.
15. Make Money Blogging
Blogging is one of the most popular methods of earning from the Internet. You can start a Blogger blog with a custom domain name (without a custom domain looks unprofessional). Creating a WordPress blog with own hosting and domain name also take less than an hour. You can blog about anything under the sun. You can create a on even the most bizzare topics; there is one called “Guess Her Muff” with pictures of girls with dress and then naked. Blogs will help you make money by showing ads or selling affiliate products or your own products. You can also use blogs to solicit new clients. However, making money through blogs requires a lot of time and effort. Ordinarily, you cannot expect to start making money in a matter or a few weeks.
16. Money Online Translating Documents
With rapid globalization, content in one language needs to be converted into another for transmission. You can get paid for translating documents online and offline. You can find some agency or client through free classifieds as well as freelancing websites.
17. Cashing in on Fiverr
Fiverr.com is a website where everything is available for $5. People offer various services ranging from software installation to creating silly videos. It is really simple to use and very easy to get started. Get registered for free, create gigs offering your services and get paid through PayPal. What kind of gigs? Recording video testimonials, writing poems, installing WordPress, creating logos and just anything.
(Also read: Earn Extra Bucks Freelancing on Fiverr)
18. Earn Money via Freelance Writing
If you want to get paid immediately, find a website or client who needs articles, e-books, newsletters and guides. Offer them your writing service for a fee. You don’t need any investment or any website. Though payments can be less than $5 per 500 words, it’s nonetheless a quick way of making some money. You can find writing gigs on Fiverr, Elance and Craigslist.
19. Get Paid to Comment on Blogs
In the scramble to rank higher on Google, blogs and websites need quality backlinks. Commenting on do-follow blogs is one of the easiest way of getting backlinks. You can leave comments on popular do-follow blogs on behalf of a website or blog and charge $0.50 or so for each backlink.
20. Sell Handicraft Online
Are you good at making things such as crafts, embroidery and artificial jewellery? You can use your skills to create various stuffs and and sell them online on specialized websites such as Etsy or on general websites such as ebay and Craigslist.
Like reselling web hosting and domain names, you can sell almost anything by collaborating with manufacturers that offer dropshipping, which involves shipping the product to customers on your behalf. In a dropshipping business, you collect the order on your website and then instruct the manufacturer to ship the product to your customer. The manufacturer gets paid its price and you keep the remainder.
Bonus Tip: Clone a Popular Website
You don’t need to come up with a great idea to be a successful online entrepreneur. You can just ape another successful venture. However, you need to target a totally new market or segment. For instance, a popular Indian e-commerce store copied the Ebay formula to become a giant business in the country. There are so many Fiverr clones which have been started to target a niche audience or offer a service with a twist. A Fiverr clone allows people to buy and sell stuff in 3-hours. That’s all the creativity and innovation that you need.
These are just a few ways of making money online. With some creativity, you can find new methods of earning extra cash. Some of them can be turned into good home-based businesses. A few of them will help you make money online fast. The rest of them are long-term ideas for making money on the side.