What is your first thought when you see “Make Money Online”? Usually most people have those similar notions, “What’s it going to cost me?” or “Great, another scam.”
People are in fact constantly being caught up in scams, lies, miracle systems, and pyramid schemes. Have hope, it is possible to generate some source of income online without being ripped off.
Let’s be clear that I’m making no promise of extreme fortune or being able to quit your job. I also won’t tell you that you have to act now or that you can do nothing and get paid for it. What I can promise is that there are legitimate sources of income online that won’t cost you a thing.
I figured I would tackle this one first because it seems to be one of the most common ways people are trying to make money online. Some people actually get caught up in surveys hoping for huge payout and profits. You see ads like $75 per survey or people saying I make $200 a day taking surveys from home. When I see things like this I usually turn the other way. I have yet to find a reputable survey company with payouts like this. A good company to checkout is Global Test Market. Their minimum payout isn’t too high and typically send a few surveys a week. You can read more here.
Well if you’re reading this I’m pretty sure by now you’ve realized that this is a blog post. If not then…well this is a blog post. Anyhow, blogging can be a very lucrative money maker if done correctly. Usually bloggers make money through advertising. This means that you’re going to have to write about something that people want to hear about. More readers means more ads seen, more ads seen means more ads clicked, and of course more ads clicked means more money for you. You can either start your own site, or you can get started at places like Blogger or Tumblr for free. We’ve also tackled blogging as a career and more places where you can write for free here.
This is a great way to bring in some extra income if you are an active twitter user with a decent amount of followers. Why not monetize your social life? Companies have realized that social networking is one of the best ways to advertise. There are websites that will act as the middle man between you and advertisers to sell your tweets. The site that has provided the most opportunities for me is Sponsored Tweets. Its a good idea to signup for as many of these as possible to maximize your exposure to advertisers. For more about getting paid to tweet and a list of companies you can read the article here.
Here’s another way to monetize your internet lifestyle. If you are already sharing files, why not get paid to do it. You can get paid to share documents or just any old file you want to distribute. There’s DocStoc that allows you to share documents for free and receive Google AdSense revenue or sell documents and receive 100% of your earnings for the first 60 days and 50% after. This is great for college students that are already writing research papers and such on a regular basis anyway. Theres also ShareCash that’s boasting between $1.00 and $20.00 average per download for any file that you wish to share. The catch with this is, that now the downloader must first complete a survey.
You can get paid to share your expertise in subjects of your choice. If you can’t write extended articles, this can be somewhat of an alternative to blogging. It doesn’t mean you should skimp on the answers though. The best place I’ve found for this so far is WebAnswers. Your goal here is to have the best answer, which is called the “Awarded Answer”, to a question asked by other members. The pay is also based on Google AdSense revenue. The only downside to WebAnswers is that you don’t receive any pay until after you give your first 50 answers. These don’t have to be ranked best answers, but they should still be decently worded and correct. They have a pretty active community so there are usually questions to answer in every category.