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Making Money Online Top Ten Ways

Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.

Making money online isn't easy so don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It takes patience, research, practice and lots of mental stamina to earn a living online. Earning a few bucks to a buy a beer might be easy but if you are looking for something more substantial like a monthly income then get ready to work.

If you are looking for a get rich quick solution then it's best you stop reading this article now but if you are used to hard work and are willing to give this your best shot then you are in the right place.

I have been working from home since July 2011 and I must say there have been sleepless nights, tears and frustration but my hard work is paying off. There have been and will be ups and downs but you cannot give up, you must trod on.

I have to also tell you that I totally love working from home and trying new stuff too.

What not to do when trying to make money online

There are several ways to make money online and people will offer scams, and other get rich quick schemes that will only serve to frustrate and anger you when you see they don't work. Here are some tips on what not to do:

  • Don't get caught in the get rich quick idea
  • Don't put your eggs into one basket such as relying on ad clicks and impressions only.
  • Don't pay for money making software or those so called rich guys secrets to flag!
  • Be careful about buying traffic or where you post your links
  • Be careful with your credit card information
  • Don't expect a quick turn around for medium to long term investments
  • Don't give up the first time you fail
  • Never duplicate/plagiarize someone else's work

1. Join a content site

There are quite a number of content sites on the internet and Hubpages is one of them. There is InfoBarrel, Wizzley, Brighthub and others.

These sites pay according to ad impressions, similar to the ad program we have here on HP. in order to be get paid you must have an adsense account which will also serve you well if you have your own blog or website.

Brighthub pays $10 per article each time you publish. Their guidelines are a little stricter than HP and your articles must go through a review and editorial process before being published but the pay is worth it.

Joining one of these sites might be slow going at first but the more you publish and the more traffic you get, you will earn more. As your content ages you will get more adsense clicks also.

Here on Hubpages there are contests and now we have the Apprenticeship program that we get to earn a little extra from. So it does pay to join a content site.

2. Place Ads on your blogs and websites

You need an Adsense account or become affiliated with some other advertiser to do this. As a matter of fact you must also have an Adsense account to make money from impressions when you join a content site like HP.

Google Adsense gives you the opportunity to place their ads on your website or blog for Adsense clicks and impressions.

Earning on the internet can be slow going at first but you have to keep at it. Making money from adsense can take some time as you build your online reputation. First you must find your niche market and figure out what people want. You must decide what to do with the website or blog. Are you going for content or sales? After which you market your website or blog via social media, backlinks or adwords. Warning - be careful about where you place your links and never buy traffic or use those traffic exchange sites.

Note that new websites and blogs will take some time to be indexed by Google and other search engines. The key is to keep the content fresh and your site up to date. Blogs need to be updated often and websites need to stay fresh too. Keep adding pages to your site and update the existing pages when needed.

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3. Freelance

Maybe an easier way to go for many because the money is a little more secure than waiting on clicks and impressions.

Again as a newbie, your freelance career might take some time to take off but you must keep trying. You must also do great work to get good feedback.

I recently bid on a very small project to be completed in only one day. The project was about finishing someone's short story. Within a few minutes of me bidding the client emailed me to say that if no one beats my bid or my customer feedback they would hire me. See email snapshop as proof. I say this to encourage you to do excellent work or your clients will not leave excellent reviews. Some clients will choose you based not only on your low bids but also on your ratings.

Update on job: The client chose me based on my client reviews, the many links and attachments (work samples) and the proposal I submitted.

4. Sell items on your blogs or websites

The truth is I am not very familiar with the entirety of affilate marketing but what I do know is that you can earn with eBay and and others by placing their items on your blogs or websites.

Some companies will pay per impressions in addition to the commission you will earn if someone purchases their product.

I have both Amazon and ebay on some of my blogs and some articles here on HP. When your views get to every 1000 you also get a little something. Ebay also pays per click.

I am also a Google affiliate so I place ads from their customers on my blogs and websites too. also allows you as an associate to place ads on your site and blogs.

Another great way to earn by affiliation is to sign up with Commission Junction. They are the internet's biggest affiliate site. You get to be affiliated with huge companies like Seers where you place ads and product links on your site.

5. Have an eCommerce website

There are companies that allow you to resell their products on your own site. Some will even offer you a free site and set it up for you. You can choose one product or a set of products.

You can also set up an eCommerce website with the aStore. Godaddy also offers a way to become an affilate and promote their services on your own website.

Your ecommerce site should also have lots of content too. I learned the hard way when I tried to do an adwords campaign to promote my site. I was told that my site was a bridge because it didn't have enough content and I was encouraging visitors to click and go to another site. After being reviewed they told me to add lots of valuable content so that visitors will spend time on the site. The content should be reviews, description of the items, info on the best way customers can benefit from the site and so forth. The site is being sorted out now and is down temporarily but will be up soon.

6. Sell your own items online

eBay,, Craigslist and Etsy are platforms that are available for you to sell your own items. You can even promote your items through your own website or blog. I am sure there are other market places online to list your products.

You can also sell your photos online through Fotolia, Photostockplus and others.

In the case of ebay, your items will be auctioned and you may not get your preffered price. I sold my domain there and only made $0.99. I don't know what happened. The domain was paid for a full year and I paid $11.99 for the dot com domain. What gives?

You set your own price on and sell as many products as you like. I also love making jewellery so am planning on doing that as soon as my collection reaches a certain amount.

7. Make a video

This is the newest craze. Make a video, upload it to YouTube. If it is popular enough you can place ads on it and make some money. You will be paid by the advertising company.

Just an update:

I uploaded my rice and peas video and one of the videos I made about Jamaica and they are now running Wish me luck with that.

8. Offer something of value and ask for a donation

This idea is very popular with blogs. People will offer valuable information or free stuff and in turn ask for a donation to keep the website or blog going. You can ask for as little as a dollar and people who could not otherwise afford what you have to offer will be willing to pay.

This is a very effective way of earning some cash without actually selling something.

NOTE: Do not ask for a donation or buy me a beer or coffee if your site is already monetized by running ads or selling stuff. So be careful not to shoot yourself in the foot by appearing too greedy. You might chase your visitors away.

Do you think I should ask for a "beer" on my recipe blog?

9. eBook publishing

Consider publishing an eBook. It could be a collection of poems, short stories, how to articles, advice, wellness, marketing strategies, just about anything.

All you have to do is research your market and see what people want and examine what you have to offer. There are different eBook publishing platforms you can use.

Consider these: Barnes and Noble, Kindle direct publishing and Smashwords.

10. Buy and sell domains

I understand that there is money to be made doing this. You can buy a domain or domain name revamp the domain and resell for a profit.

If your website or blog has been up for a while you may consider selling for a profit. When you buy a website or blog you fix it up and make it look good, get the traffic going and then sell it to the highest bidder.

Lizz from United States on August 16, 2018:

I am just starting up my blog and i came across this post just want to say thank you and i look forward to reading more!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on February 14, 2014:

Thank you Roland34, for your response. I'm sure affiliate marketing is probably the most viable to way to make money online, I'm just not good at it lol.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on November 03, 2013:

Hi ElleBee, the online money making may time a little while but it pays in the end. If you have stuff to sell that is great. eBay is a quick way to turn around cash when selling stuff.

ElleBee on November 03, 2013:

Some more great money making ideas. I think I will be trying some fo these as well as some you mentioned in your ways to make money for Christmas hub. between the two, maybe I can have a little extra cash for holiday gift giving :)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 25, 2013:

Thanks Smw1962, I am glad you found it inspirational. For tips on working from home full time you may check out my other hubs on freelancing as well.

smw1962 on April 25, 2013:

Great Hub and very inspirational. I haven't had the nerve to try working online full time yet, but maybe someday.....

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2013:

Hey Paradigmsearch, thanks. I got it. It took me a while to understand this darn

x on March 04, 2013:

Cardisa, nice hub! Just wanted to let you know you need to put an underscore on your tracker, i.e., "_cardisa". Best regards. -paradigmsearch

John Chang from Los Angeles CA on February 16, 2013:

My students know how I love to quote The Alchemist as the story of discovery for any entrepreneur. Basically, the hero discovers true wealth in the quest for his Personal Treasure.

Here's Steve Jobs' speech to the Stanford graduating class -

- where he talks about how studying calligraphy ultimately led to Apple's innovations.

I've purchased thousands of dollars in training to make money online - some helpful in ways I never expected, some not so much.

In the end it has been some of the most creative approaches that have generated the best results.

For example, I won an iPod from answering a survey (thinking that it was just one of THOSE scams).

Rather than simply enjoy this new toy, I traded it for a fellow sailor's music collection - over 100 CDs - since he was about to crew on an around-the-world cruise.

Since it was a portable way to carry his favorite music and a great way for me to expand my music library, it truly was a win-win scenario.

Well, as it turned out.. there were more than a few gems in that collection. In the end I was able to sell several of the USED CD's for $30-50! So, in fact I was not only able to download the music & build my collection. I ended up making another $300-400!

A while back when I was still brokering business sales, I had owners approach me and pay over $999 for valuation reports. This was often out of the blue via email, and we never even needed to meet in person.

Recently, I took my hard-earned experience in field inspection work and published a Kindle ebook. During my research for the section on mystery shopping, I got connected with Pam - the head of the IMSC shoppers organization.

She asked me to speak at the recent conference in Las Vegas. Something clicked, and I remembered that I had won a seat for a poker tournament last February. It turned out to be the SAME WEEKEND!

From speaking at the conference so far 6 students have signed up for training at $199 a seat.

More recently at ePub West - a weekend long workshop - Ryan Deiss sat me down in front a packed house of other Kindle publishers, telling me to put aside ideas on other books and to simply focus on this "half million dollar business."

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on January 23, 2013:

Hey Rasta, how are you. I really hope you start making some good money online.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on January 22, 2013:

Hi Cardisa. Thanks for doing this hub. I will give a try.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on November 29, 2012:

Hello Patkay, it's not easy earning online and it is better to implement more than one method, but not everyone can do all ten. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your online ventures.

Patrick Kamau from Nairobi, Kenya on November 28, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this. I wish I could be able to use all the 10 methods. This reminds me I have to work very hard in order to enjoy more online earning. Back to work, let me jot down another hub...

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 15, 2012:

No worries, both comments are unique in their own

Luis E Gonzalez from Miami, Florida on October 15, 2012:

Sorry, I accidentally hit the submit before I was

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on October 12, 2012:

Hey Luis, thank you. I saved both Have a great weekend :)


Luis E Gonzalez from Miami, Florida on October 12, 2012:

Pinned, re-tweeted, Pincredited ,Facebooked and posted on Scoopit. Wish I would have read before! This is awesome.

Luis E Gonzalez from Miami, Florida on October 12, 2012:

Awesome...I wish I would have read it before, but it's never too late!

Retweeted, Pinned, Pincredited and posted on Scoopit.

Best ways to make money on June 01, 2012:

I think the trick here is to not make everything colourful. Although some of these get away with it.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 18, 2012:

Hello Mrs. Rao, thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. I hope you do try making some extra cash online as well.

mrs rao on May 18, 2012:

Hello...A very useful article. Hope I'll be able to do something.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 17, 2012:

Trinhearts, that's a very unique plan. It sounds very interesting. And I really mean it when I say I wish it works out well because I do know what it is to branch out on one's own to make a living.

Trinhearts on May 16, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, Thank you for the good luck, I'm just trying to start off at making 30 cents the first day, then 60 cents the second day, then 90 cents profit for the 3rd day. All of my plans should hopefully allow me to do this as they should grow over time adding to my income. I continue this method for 365 days of adding 30 cents income(a little goes a long way) the total will be a profit of $20,000 dollars.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 16, 2012:

Hey Vicki, it is hard starting out but once you get going it will be easier. Check out Brighthub, I didn't sign up yet because of my HP

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 16, 2012:

Cardisa, you are right--it is HARD work to try to freelance for a living. I am looking for online gigs, but bidding on jobs and actually getting them is hard starting out. I need a little luck, perhaps. This hub has great information. I should try out brighthub--10 bucks per article, huh? I'm saving this hub for future reference. Thanks for sharing it. Many votes!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 15, 2012:

Hi Trinhearts, thanks for reading and commenting. Not sure of your calculations what they mean but I too am trying out the online money making too. Good luck!

Trinhearts on May 15, 2012:


Very interesting article. Thank you for your hard work.

I have just begun my journey into making money online. I call it a little goes a long way. My goal is to add just a mere 30 cents a day to my income. With a little luck that's $20 000! the end of the first year and $80 000 at the end of the second year. I challenge everyone to do the same.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 13, 2012:

Hey Simplycoolguy, I really am sharing the things that I have been or are planning to do. That makes it Many people just copy stuff from the net and know nothing of what they are writing. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Sunday.

simplecoolguy on May 13, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, honestly this is the best article so far that I have read about making money online, so precise and honestly written. I have read it from beginning to end. You really captivated me. Thank you so much for this one. God bless you

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Hello my Lord, thank you for visiting my humble hubspace. You are right, these are more of a reminder because we already know this stuff.

Joseph De Cross from New York on May 10, 2012:

This is not a blog! This was da Bomb! What a fresh way to start our day! You have said simple things but with sound reminders. Thanks for writing it!


Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Thank you Craftdrawer, have a blessed day!

craftdrawer on May 10, 2012:

Some great ideas and tips!!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Hey Dexter, nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on May 10, 2012:

Hi Cardisa! Thanks for sharing this useful information!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Thank you Rajan. The ebook and video are fun things to do as well and if they are evergreen will make you money without needing much more effort. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 10, 2012:

Cardisa, these are interesting ways to earn online. Apart from writing here on hubpages and a few other sites as well, making a video and writing an ebook one day appeal to me.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.

Voted up all & the way across.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Hello Mts1098, Blogger has a paypal App that you can include on the blog. You can also use the HTML provided by paypal but you have to open a paypal business account for that. You can also use Google checkout to accept payment on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 10, 2012:

Hi Paul, thanks for reading commenting and sharing. Have a great day.

mts1098 on May 10, 2012:

thanks - I did not know about some of the sites listed in item 1, 2 check, 7 check...8 is interesting and I will give this a you know how to include paypal on a blog? As usual good job and cheers

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 09, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, This is very interesting and useful information. Voted up and sharing.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 09, 2012:

Hey Nell, I too need to do more online to earn some cash. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a nice evening.

Nell Rose from England on May 09, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, great advice as always, I sell a few things on Amazon England, just books and such, I really need to start making video's, but I need a new recorder or phone! lol! voted up and thanks for Sharing!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 09, 2012:

Hi Om, I don't know Zazzle at all, but I do freelancing, bogging and of course HP. I am working on doing the video bit and creative stuff that I can sell on Amazon and eBay.

Om Paramapoonya on May 09, 2012:

Nice hub. These are all great suggestions. My main online incomes are from Hubpages, eBay and Zazzle. Making money online isn't a walk in the park but I've been enjoying the challenge of it very much. :)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thank you Lasertekservices. Have a wonderful evening.

lasertekservices from Fargo, North Dakota on May 08, 2012:

This has been helpful. Thanks so much.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Hey Wetnisedogs, actually the first video is very deceptive. In the entire video there is no girl, just a guy narrating the whole thing. The first one is actually better than the second(in my opinion). Thanks for reading and commenting.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on May 08, 2012:


Did enjoy the video with the guy. Didn't watch the girl video. Really liked your hub with all kinds of useful information.Thanks

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Wow Billybuc, that's amazing. 7 of 10 is great. I want to be able to do more but time won't allow me. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 08, 2012:

Great suggestions; I do seven of the ten right now. I appreciate the reminder that I need to get busy.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Hey Collegedad, thanks. I hope you try some out. I will be taking my own advice on this one.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Teaches, that's a great idea. Been thinking the same thing myself. I use windows movie maker to convert and edit what I have captured on my video recorder. I just use my digital camera to tape. Good luck with that.

collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on May 08, 2012:

Great ideas as always!

Dianna Mendez on May 08, 2012:

All great ideas. I am currently looking into the you tube video option but have to get some training on the best way to tape and post. Thanks for the sharing on this valuable topic.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thanks Green Lotus, I am glad I could be of help. Have a wonderful day.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thanks Easylearnignweb, have a great day!

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on May 08, 2012:

I feel I will never stop learning this "how to" and your supportive clear cut Hub is just what I needed today.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on May 08, 2012:

Excellent hub and online tips...thanks!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thanks Sandra, have a great day.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Hi Viking305, you are right. I only started last year and I can see the potential for a few years to come. It takes time and what I have learned is there are no quick ways to make legit money online.

thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on May 08, 2012:

Thanks for all the tips, Cardisa, for these tips.

L M Reid from Ireland on May 08, 2012:

I agree with you that to make money online it does take time but oh it is so worth it in the end.

Especially if you can write interesting articles. It took me seven months of writing and learning about SEO, keywords etc before I earned my first payout!

But now two years later those same articles and blog posts on my blogs are earning me a good passive income online.

Your top ten ideas are awesome for anyone wishing to start making money

Thanks for SHARING. Up and Awesome

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Hi James, it fooled me too. I almost didn't put it because I didn't want it to look too provocative but when I watched the video it was nothing like I thought. Thanks for reading and commenting James.


James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on May 08, 2012:

OK, Carolee, the first thing I did was watch that first video, thinking I was going to see a pretty(and scanily-clad) girl talking, and what do I get, some guy talking about how to make money online.

OK, my friend, it was a good video and I took some notes. I guess I will have to look elsewhere for the pretty girls. Good hub, Carolee, and I thank you for all the productive and interesting hubs you put out.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thanks Algarveview. Have a great day too.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Thanks HandymanHarry, I am happy to be of help.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

You are welcome :)

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on May 08, 2012:

Hi, Cardisa, great ideas and advices! You are totally right, it's not about making money fast, like everything else in the world it takes time. So, voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day!

handymanharry from USA on May 08, 2012:

Thank you for this hub Cardisa, just what a new boy like me needs to learn the in´s and out´s of the internet


Alicia Washington on May 08, 2012:

Thank you so much Cardisa. You explained it quite nicely. I think I understand. Thank you for your help.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

I can't really explain it other than HP is a content site that offers subdomains and blogging was created for for logging entries similar to a diary. So a blog is really a weblog while our subdomains are website with content on seprate pages. It does not update entries like a blog. Whereas the blog updates entries on the same each day you have to create a new page/hub for your different topics.

I hope that made sense. I'll share a hub in the feed on the matter so someone else can better explain it.

Alicia Washington on May 08, 2012:

Oh, I meant to say hub. I didn't realize that I did that. Could you tell me why you can't call it that?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on May 08, 2012:

Hello, Aw1219. Thanks for reading and commenting. But don't let HP staff see you calling this a Nice to meet you.

Alicia Washington on May 08, 2012:

I love your blog. Very well put together. A lot of great ideas that anyone can achieve. Look forward to reading more from you.

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