If you are a professional photographer, or have a real flair for photography, then selling your images on other sites could be an idea. This could be done alongside your own photography site, as it is a good way help get your work viewed by a wider audience. There are numerous stock image websites to contribute to, but choosing a popular high-end site like Shutterstock should ensure your photographs make you some money.
I enjoyed reading your post on how to build a niche site. niche or not, it is not as easy as people make it; whatever you think of doing; someone else is already doing it, and as markets get tougher, then everything else gets harder also; Most of my sites are amazon based, and no bucket of joy either; all of my amazon sites are in decline, so much that I am starting to think about dumping them, as they cost me more to keep them then what I am making….
Getting paid to write is more about talent than experience. So, needless to say, this is a very beginner-friendly way to earn money online. The road to freelance writing success isn’t always glamorous. But, nonetheless, anybody with a desire to write for a living can. Go into freelance writing with an open mind, and look at these entry-level writing sites as a paid writing internship — you’ll get to earn while honing your skills.
Nice read…and the HARO idea is something I can use…but if a person has been at this for a while some of your ideas happen naturally from just using your brains…when I started I thought I didn’t have a creative bone in my body and I got so aggravated with the advice of…”Do what you are passionate about”…I wasn’t passionate about anything…making money was my passion…and as you know that is one of the toughest niches to get into…but I kept trying and I refused to give up…I started noticing what other so-called experts were doing and how they were doing it and I started developing my own strategies based off of different internet marketers (like your HARO idea I am gong to use…email lists and how marketers built them…thinking about what made me sign up for a list…also thinking abut would I really buy that and use that…also what type of problem was that marketer solving…like you right now are helping to solve a money problem people may have…your catch is….make $500.00 dollars… that gets INSTANT ATTENTION…finding stuff I could give away…finding coupons for stuff…the ideas and list is huge when you pay attention)…so that led me to analyze other marketers success…I found out about how to get my own software idea done…I found out who was who in IM and I subscribed to a bunch of lists with the intent of just seeing what other expert marketers were doing and before I knew it I learned what they were doing…I guess my passion turned out to be “learning”….I have taken so many ideas and formed them all into one or two I can’t even call them my own…I guess you can say I have put together a bunch of hybrid ideas from expert marketers and then using tools I needed to make it all work…if it’s one thing I have discovered about making money online it is there is no absolute one way of doing this… what works for you may not work for the next person and it’s simply putting together what works for you….I’m an expert at not being an expert….I guess you could say I am an expert copier of other marketers…read and study has been the way for me…and the thing about that is I never run out of ideas or ways to do things….I don’t overwhelm myself and try and do them all… I have taken about 4 strategies that I use that make money for me consistently…I am under the radar and that’s where I want to stay…I help my friends when they need money…I actually do it for them because I have it so structured it doesn’t take me very long and they are so lazy they don’t want to maintain the sites I build for them…I just have them pay the cost of the domain until they let it expire…anyway I guess my long rant here is because when I hear “do what you are passionate about” or “do whatever interest you” just makes me a little crazy….and I know you gave some examples of different ideas for niches but I am one of those people if you had given me that advice early on I would have wanted to jump out of a window…so I’m just letting you know that does not work for everyone and just because it doesn’t I’m letting some one else know that making money online does work it’s just a matter of how you want to approach it…. 

Recently, I received an email from an individual who was desperately seeking a legit, online, work from home business opportunity. This person had currently moved to a very rural area of town and was unable to commute to work. Another obstacle that this individual faced was the issue of needing money ASAP to pay for bills and daily living expenses, but they still wanted the flexibility and perks of being their own boss.
Spencer – thanks a million for pulling this all together in one step by step guide and all in one location. Despite all your other great content and posts this IS your best ever blog guide! please don’t’ take it down or move it! My question though is this and I know it depends on time, but please give us some guide as to how long it would take on average for a part time effort – evenings 1 day weekend to get a site to stage where it’s earning $500 per month. I did hear you mention 8 months to a year. Any general indication? Thanks Buddy from the UK!
Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.

Hi Sean, great post. I have an old site that provides original information, and I make $700 a month from it despite the site being just very very basic html and my having limited SEO skills (although the site ranks well for most secondary keywords due to decent content and the fact that its been online for a number of years). The subject matter of that site holds very limited potential for a higher income, so I was too lazy in trying to improve it in terms of look (learning CSS, WordPress, Joomla etc…), ranking, social media and so on.


Not only should you never have to pay anything for independent contractor work – unless you choose to get yourself a certification to open up your job options – but you should never give away any work for free when bidding on a job or pursuing a contract. Don’t work on spec – meaning, don’t create a finished piece of work before the client formally agrees to pay you.
How much will you make? I think my best month with Google AdSense was almost $5,000 over the last ten years. That amazing month blew my mind since it was actually near the beginning of my blogging journey. When you go from making zero to $5,000 in a month, that will rock your world. For me, it also got me even more excited because I knew there were other ways to monetize.
Nowadays I recommend to pick up a niche that you really like and think of spending money to make it grow faster. If you want traffic, visits, sales and conversions, you need to treat your niche site like a business, and businesses require time and money. Money is the best way to shorten the time you need to wait to grow a website, and once you start seeing results within just a few days or weeks, you won’t ever go back to just writing and waiting for months to get ranked on a big search engine. So pick up a niche that you can enjoy (otherwise you’ll try to avoid writing unconsciously), save some money to spend on Ads (Facebook is a great choice to get started) and start writing content.

I now want to create a new site on another subject that interests me, and decided to buy the domain from the evil godaddy this time (first site domain purchase and hosting plan is from another company that is so-so). What do you think of godaddy’s hosting services? I keep getting their e-mails with discount offers. Is WordPress really as simple as you make it out to be for someone not really into tech? Am already mildly stressed with so many separate accounts (domain, hosting, e-mails, control panel, phpbb forum login etc…)!
So many people dream of writing a book, but never go through with it. Yet no matter what, I’m sure you have experience and value you could give through writing a book. By packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that helps people learn a skill, advance their careers, or start a businesses, you can change someone’s life and even make good money online.
Textbroker – Read Textbroker Review – I have lots of experience with this site and I've always thought they were great, although there are some who would probably disagree. You can get in here with very little writing experience. You have to write a short sample and your writing level (and the amount of money you can earn per article) will be based on that initial sample. It is possible to get moved up once you've proven your skills even if you start off at a low level.
#3 – Aim-for-a-Tutor – Read review – To be considered for a job with this company you need to send a well written resume to [email protected] You will need to include a paragraph that says why you are interested in the position, provide your available hours, give your Skype name and how much you hope to earn. Once hired, you will provide one-on-one tutoring online.

Okay, that is all I have to say about Textbroker. I am sorry to sound so negative, but I strongly feel that anyone who is thinking about writing for Textbroker should know this ahead of time. Due to the nature of the editors on this site, I would advise anyone who is new to freelance writing on the web not to bother with Textbroker, mainly because I feel that the antics of the editors there can be very discouraging to new writers.

Marla, since my ex-husband abandoned us a few years ago, I worked 80+ hours a week to get myself established and set up. Now, that I have things established well, I work about 40-50 hours a week. For the most part, just when the kids are at school or sleeping. Blogging for me, is a full time job. It’s hard NOT TO work it that much, because it’s a passion that I absolutely LOVE. When you’re so passionate about something, it’s not really “work.” 🙂
 As for eCommerce, this step takes a little more effort. To get started, you need to learn how to properly source products. I recommend you use a market research platform like Algopix to help you find items that you can actually sell. Once you have a few viable products, you need to contact suppliers, make an order, and start listing your products. While this is a simplified outlook of the process, the fundamentals more or less remain the same.
If you are really short on cash and need some immediate funds then you should start by looking around your house. Clear out your cupboards and find any items lying around that you don’t need or haven’t used for a while. Then sell them on eBay. Just because they are gathering dust in your cupboards, doesn’t mean someone else won’t snap them up. Simply sign up with eBay, list your products and then, as they are sold, send them off to the buyers.
You’d do most of your work in a home garden, but you’ll have to spend your weekends away from home. If you love the idea of selling your home-grown produce, but can’t swing being out of the house on weekends, consider selling to friends, family, and neighbors instead. Almost everyone prefers the taste of a fresh picked tomato to a store bought one.
Mechanical Turk: Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a resource for doing human-intelligence tasks, or as the site commonly refers to them, HITs. You get paid a very small fee for any given HIT and you'll need a good deal of volume to make a substantial amount of money. But it is a resource you can use in your spare time to generate a small income online. 
If you are really short on cash and need some immediate funds then you should start by looking around your house. Clear out your cupboards and find any items lying around that you don’t need or haven’t used for a while. Then sell them on eBay. Just because they are gathering dust in your cupboards, doesn’t mean someone else won’t snap them up. Simply sign up with eBay, list your products and then, as they are sold, send them off to the buyers.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be making extra money online. Major brands, gear companies, and even startups are willing to shell out $500-$5,000+ per post to get in front of your audience. While it’s getting harder and harder to build a massive Instagram audience, if you already have a solid niche and are posting quality content regularly, with a few small tweaks you can make yourself an influencer. Check out this awesome article from Shopify on how to build and grow your Instagram following to get started.
If you've developed valuable skill sets or picked up certifications within your industry over the years, offering your consulting services to local business owners can be a lucrative way to make money online. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant from Karyn Greenstreet and then use my guide to crafting an effective cold email to convince them to hire you.

Money can be earned and spent, saved and pilfered, invested and wasted. Not time. That's why time is far more valuable than money. The point? When you lack the luxury of time, making money online (or offline) can seem like an impossible task. How are you supposed to do that when you're working at a life-sucking nine-to-five job? While the stability of full-time employment might allow most to sleep well at night, it doesn't empower your creative juices to search for new income-producing strategies.

The alphabet soup is my favorite way to find keywords and get new content ideas! You can simply generate like 10-20 new topics to write about in just 5 minutes or so. Of course, then you have to check if those keywords that you’ve just found are good for use. It’s really important to choose keywords that have pretty low competition but a decent amount of searches. That is the essence of getting ranked in Google. If you’re just choosing the highest competition keywords, then you’re probably never gonna rank.
Usability testers are asked to perform tests based on their demographic profile (education, knowledge of the web, age, social media use, etc.). They are then given questions to address and/or tasks to perform, such as registering on a website and then providing feedback online. Reviews usually take about 15-20 minutes and earn typically about $10 each. After completing a review, testers are not paid until the client accepts their feedback. Work can be rejected and unpaid for technical problems, lack of detail, or other issues the client determines. 
I want to make it clear, when I say that I was often rated lower for not choosing to phrase something the same way a Textbroker editor would have phrased it, it was not because I used improper grammar and they were correcting that, it was just because they liked their way better. For instance, if I wrote in an article: “On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, school resumes for students residing in the Ashley, MI school district.” It would not be at all unusual for some Textbroker editor to rate and review my article, exert the above sentence, explain to me that it should say: “On September 2 of 2014, Tuesday, school resumes for students living in Ashley, MI school district.” and tell me that I received a lower rating because I did not say it that way. Well, I’m sorry, but as long as my grammar is correct I don’t believe I deserve to be rated low just because I didn’t write something the way someone else would have.

There are loads of resources for making money online as an affiliate. You could source products from ClickBank, Commission Junction, Rakuten Marketing, Share-a-Sale, Impact Radius and many others. Plus, many of the larger companies have their own affiliate programs as well. Do your due diligence and find the right company with a relevant product or service to your audience that you can sell as an affiliate.


Now, making money online should seem like a pleasurable activity. Why wouldn't we do just about anything to see things through, since it would be a major source of pleasure, right? Wrong. In the beginning, like anything else, we might get really excited about it. We might also set our hopes very high. But that all comes crashing down when we begin to fail.
Paige, many plug ins are free. Some are paid. I do have paid ones, but only a few. You will be able to get going after that, but you do want to purchase a theme. I’d suggest Genesis and a child theme. You can see all the things that I recommend here on my blogging resources page, most of which are free. 🙂 I would NOT suggest a free theme for someone who wants to make money blogging. That is something you want to pay for, along with hosting.
2) If you can’t find keywords with that type of search traffic, BUT find a keyword term which gets low search volumes and has low competition (I’ll get to that number in a moment), write about that keyword. You may not get a lot of traffic, but easy 1st page rankings are things I would not disregard, PLUS it’s just extra content for your site, so chase those keywords when you can’t find bigger searched ones.

Whether it’s an important consumer application, a specialist app to solve a particular niche problem, or even a time-wasting game you can play on your phone, you can create a massively successful business if you build software that helps people. (Look at the rise of Slack—the team communication software that went from side project to billion-dollar company in just 2 years.)


This is an interesting way of earning money as your opinion counts, literally! You get to give your opinion on music tracks and count your money twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday via Paypal. I've personally cashed out several times on Thursday and my funds were in my account the next day. A track is sent to you on a daily basis and you give feedback as to whether it is a hit or a miss. You also get to increase your earnings by referring friends to Slice the Pie, yes, the pie is too big for you to enjoy alone. Through their reviews, you get to earn bonuses. Click here to get started!
At Crowdsource, you get to use and grow your skills and grow your income as well. This is through completing small and big tasks. There is great flexibility in terms of how and where you work as well.  For every project that is assigned to you, you get paid as soon as you complete it. You get support as well through training and testing before starting out and handling assignments. If your performance is great, you have opportunities to work on more projects and earn more money. Crowdsource is a great source of income for you if you are a great performer.

Alas, not all businesses have the capacity to run call-only ads. The good news: landing pages can just as, if not far more, effective. One mistake that we see far too many advertisers make is failing to customize their landing pages according to a keyword. Think of it this way: should the advertisement you attach to “make money online” direct a prospect to the same landing page as your landing page for “how can I work from home?” The answer is a hard no. By making your landing pages as relevant and targeted as possible, you increase the chances of driving a conversion that much higher. Plus, landing page relevance is a factor behind Quality Score—the Google metric that determines where your ads show and how much you pay per click.

That’s great you are having good pageviews right off the bat! Making money takes time. I wouldn’t suggest monetizing (not even ads) until you hit 50,000 pv/month or you’ll lose trust. For a course, I wouldn’t suggest buying anything that you’re not 2,000% sure of. There are SO many scams and new bloggers lose the most money because they don’t know. I lost $2k when I first started blogging on stuff I didn’t need. Be very careful. I have a resource guide that can help when you’re just starting as well as a few books on Amazon for blogging. You won’t need more than that until you’re at least 6 months into blogging. And those resources are very cheap and very meaty full of content. 🙂 For making money to cover blogging expenses, I created roundups to sell in VA Facebook groups to pay for blogging until I could profit and make enough to support myself.

An analysis of the backlink anchor text (see below, provided by Open Site Explorer – I would highly recommend the 30-day free trial just to play around with the various features) seems to show that of the 258 backlinks to the page, there are only 13 linking domains (I’ll explain what this means) and no instances of the exact keyword used as anchor text.
Textbroker, in my opinion, is horrible. I used to do quite a bit of work for the company and so, can speak from personal experience. For starters the editors there are like the coma police. If you insert just one slightly questionable coma, or leave just one out, they will rate your entire article down. I know, from having read many reviews and comments about the site, that many others have this same complaint.
You must be at least 21 years old, have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the U.S. (three years if you’re under 23 years old), have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Also, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.
The insight you provide can be the determining factor between someone engaging with your content or your competitors.Your insight offers value to your readers, which can lead to ‘aha’ moments, ‘aha’ moments creates bursts of energy, energy creates action, and the right actions lead to sales. Insightful content cannot be created without going deep on a subject, but insight is very easy to achieve with the right thought process. Insightful content connects your readers to your message, and your personality creates the likeability factor. These two factors coupled together creates a winning combination.
These mega-sites make it easy to set up shop so customers can browse your products, and there's no need to build your own website. Also, you’ll find a built-in search feature so that interested buyers can easily find your online storefront. Plus, you get to use the site's shopping cart. In short, you avoid a lot of the expense and hassle of setting up an independent e-commerce website.
Next Day Payment: When you sell on Decluttr, you receive payment within 24 hours after the sale completes and the item arrives at the new owner’s address. That’s substantially faster than many online consignment platforms, which tend to have more flexible payment terms. And it’s much more predictable than auction sites or venues for third party sellers (including Amazon), which typically allow buyers and sellers to work out their own payment arrangements.
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.
Work at home jobs for beginners can provide a great opportunity to get started with a work at home career. Are you planning to work from home? Do you want to quit your regular 9 to 5 job? Do you need profitable work at home jobs for beginners because you want to make extra money from home? Well, you are not the only one: Millions of people are now making aggressive efforts to find legitimate work from home jobs to make extra money from home. On Google, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, etc, there are many people who are learning how to work from home, so they can make extra money, get the bills paid and have some fun.  (see our affiliate disclosure below). 
Keep control of your business. Never put your business in the hands of another company. Many people rely solely on companies such as Google to drive traffic to their site. That is never a good idea. Even if your website ranks highly today, there is no guarantee it will remain there forever. Google updates its search algorithm regularly, and your website’s rankings could be wiped out overnight. Even if you believe you’ve been doing everything right, you can never be certain that Google will see things the same way. Do not be in the position of losing everything if your rankings are suddenly wiped out. Diversifying your traffic sources and keeping your business in your own hands eliminates this risk. Keep control of your business, or you risk jeopardizing all of the hard work you’ve put into it.
I’ve covered no-experience-necessary transcription jobs quite a bit already. If you think you’d like to give typing a try, check out these 19 transcription companies that will hire beginners. You might also want to read my complete beginner’s guide to work from home typing jobs. Both articles are a great place to start if you want to get paid to type — no experience required.
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