If you’ve got experience and expertise in a specific area of business, there are hundreds if not thousands of business owners who would love to jump on a phone call and pick your brain. This can be an easy way to make extra money online and to hone your skills to use in your consulting or freelance business. Sites like Clarity.fm let you create a profile where entrepreneurs and business owners can pre-pay to book a phone call with you for a set amount of time. Whether you’re an expert in raising money for startups, building apps, or running a restaurant, you can make extra money selling a few minutes of your time to people in need.

The key here is not having too many sites just for the sake of it. Find a niche and give it all you’ve got! Online is just one way for marketing your website. The smartest thing I’ve done was having a corrugated sign printed out and “H” staking it on the corner of this very popular intersection where I live. SEO, link building and content sharing is the law, but traditional marketing (for the appropriate niche) can yield wonderful results. Combine both, and you start to feel the “business” aspect a lot more which motivates you to keep going during the uncertain times.


Hi Tim – I’m usually 50/50 on research. I think it’s easy to spend too much time researching and not enough time working. I’ve generally figured it out as I’ve gone along, but I can see the argument for researching upfront. I think if you start with a broad enough niche then you can get away with less research – I’m constantly surprised by what works/what doesn’t work in content marketing… the same goes for niches that people make money in!
I’m going to share some ideas and resources that can help you get started making a passive or semi-passive income online. And unless you’ve got a rich uncle or are sitting on annuities that are paying you a large monthly distribution (in which case I doubt you’d be reading this), all of these suggestions require learning, testing to see what works and what doesn’t, and some amount of front-end work to create the stream of income.
Want sponsors to sponsor your site and throw money at you? You’ll need a low Alexa score. The lower the better. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered there too! The very popular, How to Boost Your Alexa Score Organically Book is available within the Honest Bloggers Bundle, which you can find here! No tricks that will get you in trouble with Google. This is all 100% safe and sound advice.
Hi Sarah. So it’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep because I’m worried about paying my bills. It’s so ironic that I came across this post. I know that I would have plenty to post about with my love for DIY home-improvement and my distressed furniture business, but looking through all of your information it just seems so overwhelming. I feel like if I don’t read through everything I could make a mistake and end up paying money instead of money. I have prayed that God will send me an answer so I can get some sleep! Haha. Any advice?
These one time visitors will most likely search something on google and if you have a good ranking with the search engines, mainly Google, your site will be one of the search results on the first page. The key to your site being successful is having a good search engine ranking, which can be done by using something called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO involves using a variety of tactics to improve your sites ranking on Google.

High-ticket consulting or coaching: You could sell your own high-ticket consulting or coaching products from your website. You'll still need a website, merchant account, sales funnel, lead magnet and many other items. But you can easily earn a substantial amount of money from each individual customer, making it well worth the arduous setup required. 
How many email newsletters are you bombarded with every single day? There’s a reason for that. Marketing to an actively interested group of email subscribers is one of the best ways to make money online. There have even been million-dollar businesses built from simple email newsletters like TheSkimm, or Mister Spoils. Each newsletter targets a specific type of user with interesting, daily content, while also partnering with relevant companies and affiliates to bring in extra money. If this seems daunting, it’s not. Tools like MailChimp, ConvertKit and AWeber make it easier than ever to get started with email marketing. And another great option to consider (with the largest free plan available) is SendPulse, with their ability to send up to 15,000 emails per month to 2,500 subscribers, and then affordable plans starting at under $10/month as you grow from there.
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.

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.
Another popular and effective method to earning money from your website is to ad affiliate marketing links to your website. If someone purchases the product or service from the affiliate marketing link on your site you will receive a commission for the sale. This can be a great way to make big money especially if you are driving a lot of traffic to your site.

Acorns works by essentially rounding up the spare change from your everyday purchases (to the nearest dollar) and then invests the difference into the stock market. If you’re clueless about how the stock market works, but still want the highest return you can possibly make on your money, this is the perfect way to start investing. You can read our full Acorns Review here.
My number one tip doesn’t have to do with SEO strategy or marketing, it’s this—tell stories that connect deeply with your audience. Stop worrying about SEO when you write, because it’s always extremely obvious. Get into a flow state and write about what excites you most in your niche, and keep your Marketing Editor Brain out of it. Afterward, go ahead and make sure your backlinks are perfect. But during the writing process, hone in on what makes your heart soar about the topic you’re writing about and let it come through you—readers can feel that, and people naturally want to buy from passionate people.
Consider your expertise. If you take the time to reflect on your experiences, you will realize that you have more knowledge about which to write than you might think. Begin by listing three assets that define you, such as your profession, a special hobby or a personality trait. Next, list three things that inspire you, such as religion, education or charity. Finally, list three of your dreams, such as getting married, traveling or spending more time with your children. These three lists should give you many ideas of topics about which you can write.[13]
Great video and written blog! I completely agree with everything you said. I think one of the main reasons (besides not listening to you) that people end up not making any money is that the real way to make money online is to create great products, services, content, reviews, etc that are actually useful to people. Most people have enough experience surfing online that they can see someone trying to game the system a mile away. Honestly, I’m glad the focus is getting away from that anyway. If we’re not here to help people, then why are we here?
Matched Betting (not available in the USA) enables you to gamble (nearly) risk-free. I say nearly as there is always room for error! It involves placing bets on all outcomes of an event, using free online bets given out by the Bookies. Although it may take a while to get your head around the concept, Matched Betting can make a substantial addition to your monthly income.
Ratings. Whenever someone buys a book from you, they will have the opportunity to give the transaction a rating. This is when they’ll tell other potential buyers whether the book was in the condition that you described, whether it was mailed on time, and if your communications were pleasant and helpful. One bad rating can hamper sales, and a couple of them can downright stop them. Excel at customer service and your ratings will help your company grow.
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.
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You’ll find that the most prevalent remote job offers online set you up as an independent contractor – they pay you an agreed-upon amount for a project or contract, and that’s it. They don’t handle your taxes – you have to keep track of that. You don’t get any benefits. Often, however, you do get an incredible amount of control over your schedule, making freelancing a very robust option for those with only small, nonconsecutive windows of time to work (stay-at-home moms) or those who keep unconventional hours (night owls!).
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.
Amazon is a great way to unload used books. But, you can also sell a variety of other items on Amazon as well. You could opt to start an Amazon FBA. You could source products on Aliexpress and drop-ship them from Amazon. That gives you a near-hands-free method of running an ecommerce business without much of the hassles of personally dealing with returns and customer service.
Some businesses may be interested in adding other types of paid content to your website. This could include videos, podcasts, or any other material that would work with your site and help a business market itself. Always make sure that paid content isn’t too promotional. It needs to add value to your audience first and foremost, and not just present as an advert.
Are you a professional in a field that can help answer questions for people looking for your expertise? Websites like JustAnswer and LivePerson match you up with people looking for answers to technical or professional questions. You can make money online by simply answering these questions and providing the right information to people based on their individualistic circumstances.
Pleio – Pleio is a unique opportunity! They’re looking for GoodStart Mentors who can help people who are just starting a new medication get into a good routine for taking it. They’d like you to have customer service experience, but work-at-home experience isn’t required. You should also have excellent reading comprehension, pay close attention to detail, be computer-savvy, and be patient and courteous. It’s important to note that you are NOT eligible to be a GoodStart Mentor if you are a licensed or registered doctor or nurse, or a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. Otherwise, they just have some technical requirements: landline telephone, Windows PC running Windows 7 or higher, and either a DSL or cable Internet connection. They give you a script to follow and have you call customers who’ve opted in to the program – absolutely no sales – and advise them how to take their new prescription. On average, they pay between $14 and $18 an hour.
Another popular and effective method to earning money from your website is to ad affiliate marketing links to your website. If someone purchases the product or service from the affiliate marketing link on your site you will receive a commission for the sale. This can be a great way to make big money especially if you are driving a lot of traffic to your site. 

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.
Research other listings in your city on AirBnB and see what the going rate is for a place like yours. You could also just rent out a private room as well or even a bed in a shared room. In fact, that's how AirBnB got its start. However, you might find it hard in the beginning without reviews, but as long as you take really good care of your guests and provide a lot of value, the reviews will eventually come rolling in.
Find a profitable niche. Starting with your interests, write down as many niche ideas as you can. Think about topics people might search online. Ideas include passions (like surfing or body building), fears (like spiders or speaking in front of crowds) and problems (like getting out of debt). Do keyword research to see it others are interested in the topic. Find out if a domain name is available that matches the keyword 100 percent. [7]
Do you constantly come up with witty one-liners? Do you dream of the days of Mad Men-style advertising? If you’ve got some branding chops or just come up with imaginative copy, there are lots of opportunities to make money online through company naming and slogan contests. If you think you have a knack for names check out namingforce.com and squadhelp.com. If you dream of coming up with witty copy, try coming up with company slogans on Slogan Slingers and Get a Slogan.

Leapforce – Leapforce is looking for personalized search engine evaluators, which means you’ll be given tasks to conduct research, evaluation, and provide feedback on search engine results. These tasks are generated based on your personalized Google account content and a Gmail address is required to register with Leapforce. Their best candidates are active Google users with great familiarity with American social and popular culture. You must also pass a qualification exam before scoring the position, and study materials are supplied that can also be used during the test. Hourly pay is reportedly $13.
Thanks for the insightful post! Very easy to follow guide. I am in the middle of building my own niche site, and have no background in any sort of online business. I have been running into some smaller problems such as, where do I get pictures to put on my website and include with my posts? Do you know of any resources or guides that address this or other small problems people may run into when they begin building niche sites?
22. 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.

Now, it’s time to plan out your show. If you’re doing an interview-style show, you’ll now want to start getting some guests involved. You can use your existing social network to reach out to people you already know or are connected with on Twitter or Facebook. You can also head to Medium or Amazon to find authors or experts on topics specific to your niche.

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