When it comes to making money online, a strong word of caution must be given. That’s because the Internet makes its easy for people from all across the globe to prey on unsuspecting users in a bid to separate them from their money.
If you’re looking for “get rich quick” ideas here, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Most of what I am sharing with you will provide enough to cover the cost of your daily cup of coffee to snagging a few writing or design gigs which can help you make a living.
Let’s take a look at some legitimate ways to make money online:
Ad Revenue — You must already have a presence online to monetize the Internet through ad revenue. If you own a blog or website, yo can make money by placing advertisements on your site. These ads pay by click (AdSense) or pay by action or cost per action (AdMedia) as in buying a product. Most people earn enough money to cover web hosting, but you can also make much more if your website generates ample traffic.
Blog Writing — It is nearly impossible to make money writing for your own blog unless you include product reviews or paid posts on your website. You may find it easier to write for someone else, working directly for a company launching their own blog or for a blogging network. If you believe your blog has something special to offer, Smorty.com, BloggerWave.com and SponsoredReviews.com will pay you for posts on your blog.
Sell Photos — You don’t have to be a professional photographer to make money from your pictures. Shutterstock.com, Shutterpoint.com, PhotoStockPlus.com and iStockPhoto.com are among the places willing to feature your work. Get paid when someone buys or licenses your work.
Web Content — Are you particularly skilled at writing? Do you follow AP Stylebook guidelines when writing? Sites like eHow.com, a Demand Studios company, pay $7.50 on up for articles. If you have editorial experience, then you can become an editor too. Constant Content, Suite 101, Associated Content and other sites will pay you for your work as well.
Design Work — If you’re skilled at web design, creating logos or have some other talent useful in helping enhance websites and blogs, then you can market your talents through eLance.com, Guru.com, ODesk.com and other sites. You’ll pay a fee for the privilege of getting some work, but you could expose yourself to one or more valuable customers.
Virtual Assistant — Companies are looking to outsource at least some of their work, choosing to use temporary and contract workers to handle special assignments. Virtual workers — people who work from home with an Internet connection — can handle most anything provided their skills match what the company needs. If you can write letters, field phone calls, utilize social media or perform some other trick of the trade, you could prove to be the ideal worker. Reach out to companies via Twitter or scan Want Ads for gigs.
Fiverr — I put this website in a class all by itself because it covers everything not previously mentioned here. Fiverr.com charges customers $5 per gig, keeping $1 for itself and passing $4 to the professional. Whatever you choose to sell, be it traffic generation, virtual assistance, blog commenting, video development, or any service half-baked (singing telegrams, sending postcards from an exotic location, pulling a prank, etc.) you can make money by marketing yourself through this service.
Be careful about working with anyone who doesn’t seem legitimate or whose payment plans are not spelled out. Read the fine print to understand what is being promised to you and walk away from those opportunities which clearly are of no value to you.
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