Years ago, I joined Epinions and wrote reviews of products I liked. The model was simple – write a review, get paid a little for every pageview and every commissionable sale the review generated. It was a fun little foray into the Internet and getting paid to write about a product seemed fun. Epinions was later acquired by eBay and shuttered in 2014.
A lifestyle blogger writes about their everyday life, hobbies, and interests. From fashion, beauty tips, and male grooming, to food, restaurants, and travel, anything that you experience can be blogged about. And famous lifestyle bloggers can make big bucks. Once you have built up a following, there are many ways to make a profit. Add affiliate links to your website, promote sponsored services, create your own product range, and much more.

21. 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.

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?
If I have a blog that is getting 100,000 page views a month that means that I’m probably getting at least 50,000 people to the site (most blogs will do between 1.2 to 1.4 pages per session). That means I have to try and get some small percentage of those people to buy something from me if I really want to do well. If I can’t get them to buy something then (in some cases) I have ads running on the site that will make me money anyways.
Another way to utilize your talent and business skills is to run corporate workshops online. Businesses are always looking for unique ways to help educate their workforce, and if you can package your talents into a day or half-day long session, you can sell that to companies all over the world to make money online. Start by building a portfolio and then reaching out on LinkedIn to influencers at relevant companies to see if they would be interested in you teaching their team.
I’m really enjoying all of your work. Between your site and Ferriss’ 4-hour workweek, I’m doing everything in my power to start my own location independent business. I’ve got plans for Germany and Austria for the end of April/beginning of May. I’m in the beginning stages of starting my own SEO business, and I’m a bit confused about incorporation. What corporate entity do you recommend for such a business?
If you know how to design a website, or can muster the patience to learn the necessary HTML, Javascript and CSS, you can launch a website design business with no money. A number of sites offer free website hosting and domain/subdomain names, and you can build your own website to support the new business. A simple email to friends and business associates letting them know you now offer website design services starts the marketing ball rolling for free.
eBay: eBay is one of the most popular websites in the world, period. That means it’s a great way to attract lots of eyeballs to your unwanted items, fast. Initially designed as an auction site for DIY sellers, it’s now primarily a venue for fixed-price (though often heavily discounted) sales by professional merchants. Still, as long as you include high-quality photographs and thorough descriptions in your product listings, you can likely break through the noise. eBay’s fee schedule is complex, but as a general rule, expect to lose 10% of your final selling price to the site’s commission.
I worked for TeleTech a few years ago. I didn’t pay for anything upfront – maybe that has changed since. They were supposed to send me a headset, but they sent it to the wrong address despite having my correct one on file and I never got it. I didn’t get to choose the hours I wanted to work and they had me working a 6pm to 1am shift. That just wasn’t practical for me at the time and after asking for a switch but being denied, I quit. The whole experience was a cluster f.

Just don’t expect it to happen overnight, for it might take you some time. If you’re one of those people who want that “get rich overnight thing”, then you surely won’t find it. If they do “exist”, those programs normally take money upfront from you right from the very start – often just hype and not credible at all. You don’t want to get yourself involved in them.


Alibaba is a Chinese eCommerce store that matches Chinese suppliers with buyers all over the world. Prices are extremely cheap, providing the possibility of large profits. However, with the potential profits comes more risk. As you are dealing with suppliers in China, if the quality of the product that arrives isn’t up to standard there is little that you can do about it.
Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to make money online doing something you love via a niche website. That of course, is easier said than done. Creating a profitable niche website takes time and is not intended for the faint of heart. But, if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website business idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it and eventually monetize through advertising, affiliates, or other relevant products.
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