JohnMello is a writer, composer, musician and the author of books for children and adults.
How Much Money Can You Make Online?
The secret to making money online is to find something that works, something you enjoy, and something you feel you can contribute to on a regular basis. Any money-making venture is going to involve a certain amount of dedication and motivation, so put that zest and positive attitude into an activity that brings both you and your customers as many rewards as possible.
It seems that everybody spends at least a part of their day surfing the Internet, whether that's to find information, make a purchase, connect with others or search for opportunities. If you know where to look and how to go about it, however, the web can also become a place where you earn a few extra dollars.
We've all read about people who've made a fortune online, but how did they do it? They did it by providing a service that customers were interested in, by finding their niche and sticking with it. Below are 5 tried and tested techniques that are guaranteed to help you make money online; how much money you make, and how you go about it, is entirely up to you.
1. Make Money Selling on eBay
eBay has been operating since 1995 and remains one of the largest online marketplaces there is. Its unique position guarantees a global audience who will either bid on goods you offer or buy them outright. All you really need to get started is something to sell, whether that's a pair of socks or a car.
As with any other venture, the best way to earn money on eBay is by capturing a niche market. It might take time to research existing product lines and find a gap in the market, but your hard work will pay off in the end.
Find out more by visiting www.ebay.com
2. Make Money Taking Surveys
If all you want to do is make a few extra dollars every month, taking surveys could be the answer. This activity allows you to work as much or as little as you like and could easily be something you fit into your weeknights or weekends.
Companies across the globe are keen to get feedback on their products and services. Surveys provide them with real information from real people that helps them make changes or promote their goods to certain sectors of society. Often surveys are independent of the respective organisations to guarantee the integrity of the results. Some of the more notable survey sites include the following:
- Ipsos (iap-interactive.com)
Warning: steer clear of any survey sites that charge a fee to register.
Find out more by visiting http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/make-money-surveys
Selling on eBay
3. Make Money Blogging
Start a blog writing about something that interests you. Gain loyal followers by updating your blog regularly and by offering interesting or unique content. Advertise on your blog and place links to products you endorse, making sure the purpose of the blog is clearly to pass on information rather than just to sell.
The most popular blogs look good and provide a service at the same time. If your blog becomes popular enough it's also likely that companies will pay you to let them advertise on it.
Here are 5 of the top blogs for the year 2013:
- WhoWhatWhy - (http://whowhatwhy.org/) - in-depth investigative journalism that aims to uncover and report the truth
- Visual News - (http://www.visualnews.com/) - a feast for the eyes with art and photography from around the world
- moddea - (http://moddea.com/) - a unique catalog of "unusual" everyday objects
- Very Short List – (http://www.veryshortlist.com/) - "a delightful e-mail that shares cultural gems from a different curator every day"
- SoulPancake - (http://soulpancake.com/) - a daily diet of art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor
Obviously, the top 100 most interesting blogs change for each year. Use your search engine to find out which ones came top most recently.
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4. Make Money Selling Home-Made Goods
Are you a dab hand with knitting needles or a crochet hook? Good at making things from wood? A sculptor, pianter or potter?
Ironically, the web has made it easier for arts and crafts to flourish. Now you can set up a free website to display goods you make yourself and market them all over the globe. You could either set up your own website using a service such as create.net, or you could place your goods on one of the ever-increasing numbers of sites that will sell the goods for you, such as:
Whether you make jewelry, cards, cakes, clocks, tea cosies, hats, picture frames, candle sticks, or anything else, there's a website that will help you sell them. In most cases sites will take a cut of your profits, but you can factor that into your cost. These sites promote home-made products in more of a niche way, meaning visitors don't have to scroll through thousands of pages on eBay to find what they're after.
5. Make Money Selling Photos
These days anyone can take a great picture. Take enough of them and you could build up a portfolio that might earn you money on a regular basis.
There are two ways to profit from the pictures you take. One way is by setting up your own website and selling them directly. This can be difficult as you need a couple of things working in your favor:
- a catchy site name that helps attract the right visitors
- techniques for driving traffic to your site
The other somewhat easier method is to load your pictures onto a site that sells the photos for you. The site will earn a percentage of your sales, but they take care of everything else, so it's a fair compromise.
Sites worth checking out - that have been around the longest and are entirely reputable - include the following:
Bonus Technique: Make Money Writing
Here's a bonus tip for making money online. If you enjoy writing, why not turn that into your own special niche? There's certainly a lot of competition, but that can also serve to spur you on to write better and better. Plenty of people can write articles, but they aren't all high quality and they don't all grab your attention. Find out why the best ones are so good and try to emulate some of their techniques.
Whichever method suits you, stick to it. The more you work at it, the better you'll get, the more people will see you as an expert, and the more your work will sell. You'll build a fan base and, as long as your product and service remains at a consistent standard, you'll eventually have created your own online brand. Once you've done that, selling will get a whole lot easier.
Please note that the changing nature of the Internet means that some blogs and websites may change from time to time - or disappear altogether. That's why it makes sense to create money-making opportunities with well-established companies that are destined to stay, such as eBay and istock. These aren't the only sites where you can earn money online, however, and it always pays to do your own research.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 16, 2020:
Thank you for sharing :) I do online surveys now and then. I get alot of survey invites but only qualify 10% of the time. I get to test products and few times yearly. The other suggestions I have not tried yet but would :)
JohnMello (author) from England on January 21, 2018:
Thanks for reading my work, craftybegonia & Jorge
Jorge Cruz from Canada on January 20, 2018:
Great hub. I will try writing, and see how it goes...
craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on April 27, 2017:
Good collection of possibilities and ideas on how to make money online. I am sure it will help many people. Thanks for sharing!
victor from India on April 02, 2017:
Jo Lim on June 29, 2016:
Useful tips and great article. Thanks for sharing.
Richard Parr from Australia on May 06, 2014:
Great article. Stick-with-it-ness is the essential ingredient when it comes to making money online. To persevere until your reputation spreads and the numbers become profitable. That, I think, I the hardest part of online money making. Voted up and interesting
JohnMello (author) from England on February 14, 2014:
Thanks for the comments Roland34!
JohnMello (author) from England on December 30, 2013:
Atul Dahiya on December 29, 2013:
Thanks for sharing. It's pretty useful
JohnMello (author) from England on October 20, 2013:
Thanks sallybea. As a very much part-time photographer, I've sold a few through one site - but since then lots of sites have popped up online. As mentioned above, the key is sticking to it. I spend most of my time writing, though, so I haven't made much from pics.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 19, 2013:
Interesting to read your ideas on making money from home. I wondered how your own personal experience of selling images has been.
JohnMello (author) from England on September 17, 2013:
Thanks Mel. Yes, sticking with it is crucial.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on September 17, 2013:
More and more I am trying to market my skills via the Internet, and you give some good general guidelines. I think the key is perseverance, and I think people get discouraged when they don't start raking in sacks of cash overnight. Very well written and informative hub.
JohnMello (author) from England on August 26, 2013:
Glad you liked it Cyndi10!
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on August 26, 2013:
Great tips. I saw quite a few I didn't know about. Thanks for the information. Voted up.
JohnMello (author) from England on August 26, 2013:
Thanks thumbi7... glad you enjoyed it!
JR Krishna from India on August 25, 2013:
Very interesting and useful ideas for who want to make money online.
Voted up ans shared
JohnMello (author) from England on July 10, 2013:
Thank you LKMore01. Glad you enjoyed it!
LKMore01 on July 09, 2013:
Voted up and awesome. Your article is full of excellent advice and should be shared. Thank you for the research!
JohnMello (author) from England on July 09, 2013:
Thanks epbooks. These are just examples but as you say there are lots more sites online that a bit of research can uncover.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 09, 2013:
Great advice! One more stock photo website is Alamy.com and another site similar to etsy is storenvy.com (no fees at all). Going to bookmark this. I already do some of these that you have written about but would love to look at the surveys as well.
JohnMello (author) from England on July 03, 2013:
Thanks randomcreative... that's exactly what I was hoping to achieve :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 03, 2013:
Thanks for sharing these classic ideas! They are a great jumping off point for so many different pursuits with something for everyone.