Below is a huge list of companies (over 90!) that do mystery shopping, remote call monitoring, or some other “customer engagement research.” We did not vet the companies on this list, we only checked that their websites loaded and that they appear to still be in business. I wish we could've researched this more but that just wasn't feasible. Before you sign up for anything, please review my post about how to spot a mystery shopping scam plus the Federal Trade Commission's tips.
Just curious, how much time would you say it would take the average person who has a decent understanding of how to do much of what you covered to get through all of these steps? Just a rough estimate. And how long, again, on average, after doing all of this would it take before that person starts seeing $500/month in a medium competitive niche – one that you would consider being pretty ideal?

Rather than making money through subscriptions, YouTube channels are based on a traditional advertising system. Meaning the more viewers you get, the more you make. Once you’re approved for the YouTube Partner Program and can start including ads on your videos, with every 1,000 views, you will make approximately $2-$4. Which might not seem like a lot, but if you have 100 videos with 5,000 views a month each, that would be $1,000–$2,000 already. Just imagine if your videos start hitting millions of views!

Validated Response provides their home based agents with a flexible schedule as they work as independent contractors for the company. Their requirements are quite basic and include the need for a good computer with reliable internet, interpersonal skills and a good phone voice. No experience is requires as they are willing to train you for the position.
Now, it’s time to start creating and uploading content. Make sure you’re using a high-enough quality camera (most smartphones will work but I’d suggest at least having a tripod so your footage isn’t shaky), but don’t worry about being perfect at first. The beauty of YouTube is that you can continue to test out different content and styles as you find what works for you. Instead, stick to a regular schedule to build up your subscriber base.

Hi! Love this post! I have been thinking about starting a blog for a few months now. I quit my job to stay home with my kids after my second was born. I am hesitant to take the first step because I’m not 100% sure what my niche would be but I’ve also considered a lifestyle blog so it’s not just focused on one topic. I am also wondering what is the best way to get/increase page views? Any advice would be so appreciated.
One of the most beautiful and exciting qualities about blogging is that you can create a blog that deals with any subject area that you are either knowledgeable or passionate about (and preferably both!). You can write about personal finance, careers, real estate, getting into business, technology, cooking, travel, personal health, or just about any topic you choose.
Backlinks: Now that your site is up and running, you will need to get it on the front page of search results to get targeted traffic. For this you have to do link building process. Don’t just get some cheap service that builds spammy links as they no longer will help. I suggest you to do this manually as you will know the exact location from where the backlink is coming. I would suggest you to go with Pat Flynn’s backlinking strategy as it is the most effective one.
Fiverr is a website that allows you to sell your service for $5. There are all kinds of crazy things people are offering and getting paid for on there -- like taking a picture holding a sign, recording two sentences in an Irish accent, recording a video singing a certain song, and even prank calling a friend all for $5. So if you have a little creativity, there are some fun ways to make some money on the side. 

The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
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.” 🙂

InstaGC is a rewards site you can use to redeem instantly for Amazon gift codes (and all kinds of other gift codes). With this site, it's possible to earn money for doing all sorts of things which include short tasks, surveys, watching videos, listening to music, and more. What I love most about this one is that when you do redeem, there is NO waiting. You just ask for your code and it's there waiting for you on the next screen. It's also possible to request a check for a cash payment, but you will have to wait several days for that to show up in the mail.
Job Boards. When you’re first starting out, you’ll have to go looking for work, and the best place to do that is on one of the online job boards. Places like Guru, Elance, Freelancer, and oDesk are today’s writers’ best friends. They allow individuals and businesses to post projects, and freelancers to bid on them. Take a look around the sites, sign up for the free access in the beginning, and then begin to place bids on the projects that interest you. It will take some trial and error to find your groove, but once you do, the jobs will start to roll in.
For each blogger that will vary. Usually a blogger can start earning small amounts of money within a few months. There’s just so many variables. Usually by month 6, bloggers are earning substantial income if they’ve been working their blogs hard. The longer you wait to begin monetizing a blog, the more you make in the long run because you build up that trust with your audience. Blogging should never be about money first, but putting people first. I just took a $5,000/month pay cut by taking all my ads off my site, so that my readers have a more pleasant experience. Readers come first. 🙂
Website Testing Jobs: Get paid to test websites from home.User testing websites and other online companies pay you to test websites from home. You could be hired by several online service providers who want to check whether their platform is working perfectly or not. Your job is to test the page loading time and other performance metrics of the website and provide timely feedback.
How does Google make money? Surprisingly, 97% comes from online pay-per-click advertising. At WordStream we can’t get enough PPC; that’s why we decided to conduct some research and find out what the most expensive keywords are in Google. Some of our results about the most popular and most expensive PPC keywords were to be expected, while some (like cord blood and mesothelioma treatment) surprised us and our readers.
Creating a jobs board website can be another profitable venture. The ‘jobs’ field can be quite saturated, so it is important to find a niche that is still crying out for a jobs board website. Monetize this type of site by charging businesses to list their jobs on your site. Those searching for jobs could also be charged a fee to access the higher paying job adverts.
Time and time again I’ve read that the most important part of building a niche website is research – and it’s true. It all starts with research. If you start with a keyword that is too competitive, or doesn’t have enough volume, then you are in for 6 months of disappointment. I recommend using a software like Long Tail Pro in order to get the best list of keywords as well as to understand their volume and competition. It is worth spending an extra few days to really test out some different keywords before making the commitment.

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.

Offering specific online SEO services is also another online freelancer role that businesses are crying out for. If you know how to improve a website’s SEO by doing keyword research, creating content that can rank in search engines, adding metadata / schema to posts and pages, and building backlinks to a domain, to name a few tasks, then this could be a great line of work for you.
Proz.com is a site where you can get paid to translate all kinds of documents, including files and even conversations. The site provides you with an opportunity to list your services as a translator. They offer opportunities in Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and other languages, and specialize in legal, medical, technical and other fields.
Busy professionals often prove too busy to walk their dogs during the day, so they hire someone else to deal with it. To avoid up-front leash costs, include "owner-supplied leash" as a requirement in your ads. You can list your service for free on online classified sites, as well as encourage word-of-mouth by spreading the word to friends and family about your dog walking service. The experts over at Dog*Tec suggest that social media marketing does not always generate new clients, but often does serve as a brand loyalty booster. Be warned that, in most places, dog walkers must clean up any poop their doggie wards leave on the ground. Leftover plastic grocery bags provide a free solution to that problem.

As you start regularly putting out content, you’ll hopefully start to build a bit of an audience. But to start seeing real money from YouTube you need to market your videos elsewhere. Share your channel on Twitter and Facebook. Distribute videos anywhere else you can think of. Also, interact with comments and build a community around the videos you’re making so people will share it with their friends.
Presentation designers are recruited by employees and business owners who have to give an outstanding presentation but they do not know how to prepare it. You can provide presentation designing services by understand the requirements of presentation. You can shoot Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides or Adobe products to get the job done. Go to Fiverr.
Alorica@Home – Working for Alorica is another job that’ll keep you on the phones, and is great for outgoing, productive people working from home. Alorica provides outsourced communication solutions to companies across a vast array of industries – according to their website, you might help with insurance billing in one call, provide technical assistance on another, to reservation and booking questions on the next. They provide paid training and offer some medical benefits, while hourly payment is guaranteed to meet your local minimum wage.

Alorica@Home – Working for Alorica is another job that’ll keep you on the phones, and is great for outgoing, productive people working from home. Alorica provides outsourced communication solutions to companies across a vast array of industries – according to their website, you might help with insurance billing in one call, provide technical assistance on another, to reservation and booking questions on the next. They provide paid training and offer some medical benefits, while hourly payment is guaranteed to meet your local minimum wage.
Ashley, I've been working on an idea which can teach people how to set up a high quality membership site using only free tools and services... I've been looking for some people who don't have much resources but have the desire to try to build something cool or useful for other people. If you're interested in learning how to use Wordpress and you have a reliable internet connection (and a PC) I have an awesome list of totally free tools to build a teaching/instructional kind of business and you can paid monthly if you can keep the members interested in what you have. If you know some people who are like you, you can sell this very idea to them and teach them how to build an online business for free... see how an idea can be the driving force to get money? Everything else is basically made up limitations.
The only way I can stay interested in this kind of website building is if I am passionate about the subject matter. Luckily, the second subject matter I have in mind for my new site can bring me much more revenue due to the more rewarding and popular keywords in that area (and in this case, a better looking site will also help the traffic due to the nature of the subject matter). I have a lot of original content ideas for this new site.
Bookscouter will give you Amazon.com's trade in value, where you mail Amazon the book and get a gift card, they will not give you the used selling price because it's hard to compare apples to oranges. You may be able to get more for your book by selling it as a used book on Amazon, so be sure to double check that price. As an example, the trade in value of a book I looked up was $7.87 but used copies were on sale for $19.87.
That’s a great idea, Chad, and I’ve been considering some form of that (creating a little giveaway eBook for a list specifically targeted at those who land on this page). I do like the idea of an e-mail course, as it might be easier to create in a short period of time. It’s going on my to-do list for this week, so hopefully I do it sooner than later…
Ready to enter the ecommerce fray? Why not sell your own stuff. Of course, along with selling your own stuff on your own website comes a whole slew of both responsibilities and technical configuration and requirements. For starters, you'll need a website and a hosting account. You'll also need a merchant account (sure you can use Stripe or PayPal). Then you'll need to design that site, build a sales funnel, create a lead magnet and do some email marketing.
Writing copy for websites is another great freelancing option for those who have a way with words. Copywriting can involve writing the text for websites, press releases, promotional offline materials including leaflets and brochures, and any other professional text for businesses. Writing copy can be better paid than blog writing. However, clients can be more fussy, as they want the highest quality writing for the forefront of their website or advertising campaigns. Many freelance writers offer both copywriting and blog writing amongst their services. This can be a good way to juggle regular but lower paid clients (blogging) with the higher paid but ad-hoc project based copy work.
Match Makers and Online Relationship Counselors help to connect people and are often hired by couples who cannot afford to visit a relationship expert. You can provide them a reliable advice if you have the skills and help them decide what is the best for them. Online dating is a big business right now and if you have the passion, you can make money online as a romantic match maker. No experience is required. Tawkify.com  is a popular match making website you can join.

Creating a video series and selling it as a digital download on your blog, much like an eBook, can be another great seller. A video course, teaching viewers a specific skill or how to achieve a particular activity, may well resonate with your audience. If you are going to go down this route then your videos need to be as professional as possible so you should consider investing in some video and lighting equipment, as well as editing software.
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Why is selling a video series, digital product, or online course a better option than in-person coaching or consulting? While both are nice, creating an educational video series allows you to make money while you sleep. Virtual coaching or consulting is great as far as controlling your schedule and working virtually, but you are still trading hours for dollars. If the goal is to create passive or semi-passive income, the game plan is to work once and get paid many times for the same effort or content. A great starting point for creating digital products or courses is David Siteman Garland and his Rise to the Top business.
Good article on how to find the best keywords. I would stress the fact that it’s the #1 reason why most affiliate marketers fail in earning some income. If you start building a site with too many competitive keywords, you can’t have traffic, that’s for sure! I’ve failed several times because of that (too many competitive niches). Jaaxy is a real must have tool, providing very accurate data on a lot of keywords. Good luck with your keywords researches!

I’m not sure I understand the question entirely James, but I’ll do my best. From my experience, I firstly avoid any BROAD keywords out there, as they are very vague and do not really help me identify the niche: Health, weight loss, make money are all examples of keywords whose traffic data (which is huge) is something I would never rely on to make a site out of. 
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.
It doesn’t pay much, but if you’re a healthy person and want to make a bit of extra money online, the AchieveMint app will reward you for doing things like walking, tracking your food, or taking health surveys. AchieveMint works by connecting to fitness apps you might already be using like Fitbit, RunKeeper, Healthkit, and MyFitnessPal and then giving you points for certain actions. For every 10,000 points, you earn $10 with no limit on your earnings.
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.
You are not bothering me. Please don’t think that! 🙂 Yes, I’d encourage you to go on my Amazon page (after you start your blog) and purchase whatever book pertains to you and what you want to learn. I have them each by topic, so you only have to read what you want and not what you don’t! The book that I would suggest most is, How To Turn Your Blog Into a Six-Figure Money Making Machine. You can pre-order it here on Amazon. This book will take you step-by-step through everything so you stay on course, doing the things you need to do, and not doing those things that are a waste of time!
Multi-vendor marketplaces, like ThemeForest, can be very successful. Chose a niche and create a vendor website for it. Your marketplace could be anything, from a platform for local artists to sell their work on, to an online digital product store. Once set up, invite people in that industry to sell their products on your site. You take a percentage of their profits when items sell.

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.
Validated Response provides their home based agents with a flexible schedule as they work as independent contractors for the company. Their requirements are quite basic and include the need for a good computer with reliable internet, interpersonal skills and a good phone voice. No experience is requires as they are willing to train you for the position.

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I don’t have the patience or desire to negotiate on prices or respond to potential customer questions (which you definitely should do) and build up a good seller rating, but just because it’s not my cup of tea doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Many people have made good money selling on eBay. To learn more, check out these tips from eBay’s power sellers.


Infographics are currently an extremely popular type of media. An infographic showing information or data in an interesting and fun way can help engage an audience and generate numerous likes and shares. As infographics take more time to create than just simply uploading an image, busy website owners are prepared to pay for custom infographics. And don’t worry, an infographic can be created using simple design software such a Canva. So extensive graphic design skills are not necessary, just a creative eye.
Golden Voice English (GVE) is a Canadian company based in Toronto, offering online tutoring sessions in English to native Chinese speakers. Most of the students are children from grades one through nine living in China, and the tutors are part time remote workers residing in North America. This company is similar to VIPKid, 51 Talk, and EF Education First which… Read More
Now that you have your domain name, you need a hosting service to host your website. It is recommended to use hostgator.com or godaddy.com as you can use both these sites to purchase your domain and to purchase your hosting account. Choose one of the 3 plans offered. It is recommended to start with the “Baby Plan” as it will have all the features you need and is only $8 per month.
More than half a billion products are sold on Amazon every month, making it an incredible opportunity to make money online. But, like everything else that involves making money online, you have to do quite a bit of work to earn it. One option on Amazon is to find products that are already made and buy and sell them at a discount. For example, you could research generic products such as clocks, keychains and mugs to attach to your brand. For an incredible deep dive on how to make extra money with this strategy, check out how digital marketer Neil Patel recently did this as a public experiment right here on his blog.
28. Subscription – If you think of something valuable (newsletter, online magazine, etc.) that you can consistently offer on a certain basis (weekly, monthly, etc.), you may want to offer a subscription service. This could be a fee charged each time your product is sent out or on a monthly basis. Either way, this has to be something that your customers can only get by subscribing to your website.
Let me give you guys an idea of what a bad niche is. I setup a camera site couple years back, and found out very quickly that “cameras” of any kind are very competitive, and this goes for camera accessories also, at the time, even the keywords seemed fairly doable, however, I spent months, and months going no-where. tip: if you choose a keyword that you think is good, and your video does not rank within seconds of submitting your videos, then that maybe an indication that there maybe a challenge ahead. If you picked a good keyword, then your video will rank high almost immediately. I created 20 videos around various products; Only 1 video managed to rank #1, and 15 min later the video was replaced by another; This is how competitive this niche is; Just because you are an expert on cameras or gopro does not mean you will get an easy pass to break into this niche; cameras have been around for many, many years, and there are camera affiliate sites that have been around for many, many years, so you have to complete with affiliate, amazon, ebay, and actual name brand camera sites. If you disagree, then feel free to let me know, and why, so choosing the right niche from the start is imperative. The worst thing you do is listen to the wind..”oh that is a great niche” that is no niche research, and could end up costing you 100’s or even 1000s in the long run; is your time not valuable?
Without a doubt, adding the words reviews to your key word can also be a great method of making money. However, me personally I normally avoid targeting keywords which rely solely on the review part. This is because so many other marketers target the ‘product review’ keyword. Competition is something I don’t like when it comes to making my money online. The less people I have to compete with in the search engines the better, so while I might add the word reviews in my content and sometimes in the titles. I generally don’t even go after review type keywords.
Most of the writing sites listed above are content sites that will always pay a set rate per word. If you're interested in going into business for yourself as a freelance writer, finding your own clients, and setting your own rates, I recommend reading this information I've posted on starting a freelance writing business (an interview with someone who has successfully done this).
Sponsored posts work much in the same way as paid guest posts, but they are posted by big businesses instead of individual bloggers. Therefore, the scope for fees is much higher, as businesses have larger marketing budgets than humble bloggers. Having sponsored posts by large companies will also help promote your site as reputable and as a leader in its field.
For those with a large Twitter following, you can make money from your Tweets alone with Sponsored Tweets. You could be paid for sharing a business’s information, recommending restaurants or hotels, or tweeting pictures of you using or wearing products. As with all sponsored posts on social media, businesses will only be prepared to pay you to Tweet if you have a large following that you can influence. So work hard on building up a loyal fan base.
People are turning to audio and visuals when it comes to technical subjects. However, you should consider doing an ebook first and turning it into an audiobook through a resource like Audible's ACX platform. You can hire a producer either through a royalty share program, so you don't have to shell out upfront cash, or you can do a pay-per-hour hire as well.

23. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote other people’s products and services. You simply put a link or a banner on your page and then you get a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service. You’ll want to select products that are specifically within your blog’s category.This is an effective way to earn money once you have the traffic coming to your blog.
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. 
You’ve heard of a site called Fiverr.com haven’t you?  People offer their services or products for $5.  There’s tons of things to choose from here, SEO backlinking, video creation, testimonials, etc…  These people are happy to do something for you for $5.  But you know what, not everyone in the world knows about fiverr.  In fact, outside of the internet marketing community I’d say that fiverr is relatively unknown.
Sites like Share-A-Sale and Amplifinity provide referral fees. Vendors set the referral fees they're willing to pay and for what services. When the transaction happens, you get paid by the company for introducing a new customer to them. uRefer also allows merchants to set up referral programs for introductions and meetings, in addition to any transactions made.
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.
Why is selling a video series, digital product, or online course a better option than in-person coaching or consulting? While both are nice, creating an educational video series allows you to make money while you sleep. Virtual coaching or consulting is great as far as controlling your schedule and working virtually, but you are still trading hours for dollars. If the goal is to create passive or semi-passive income, the game plan is to work once and get paid many times for the same effort or content. A great starting point for creating digital products or courses is David Siteman Garland and his Rise to the Top business.

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Another common one? It's called the Secret Shopper scam. You get a letter or see an ad or e-mail saying you can be a secret shopper, shopping different stores, acquiring different products for a company. Sounds simple right? It's starts out that you receive a check in the mail from the company you're supposedly doing services for, and "working for."
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