I have been been earning money online from the comfort of his home for more than 5 years. I have good know-how about making money online.
One fine day Mr. Purna Duggirala left his high-paying job and became a professional blogger when he saw that his blog is actually making more money than his regular job. This is yet another story of a professional blogger Purna, nicknamed Chandoo of Chandoo.org, where he writes how to effectively use Microsoft Excel.
There are many such examples where people have left white-collar jobs and have started to earn a full-time income from their home. One thing that is common among such stories is that they blog about something that they are extremely knowledgeable of, in case of Chandoo.org it was his expertise in Microsoft Excel. One another example is of Mr. Amit Agarwal of Labnol.org who has great knowledge in all things technology.
Before diving further let me warn you about another aspect; if a handful of them have made it to six-figure incomes there are scores of other people who have lost money and haven’t made a single cent.
There is all sort of bad advice out there in the cyberspace that 'promise' you’ll get overnight success. Nobody can guarantee that you’ll be able to replace your day job. But don't get discouraged, there are some websites where you can at least make some cash on the side as a part-time job. These aren't "get rich quick" type of sites (no website can guarantee that; one who guarantees is a scam), just like anywhere else, it takes time and effort to make anything on the net.
So if you are a student, stay at home mom, or anybody who has some time to invest then you can make some money from the sites that I’m going to list below. So for all those who already have a day job don’t ever think to leave your current job to pursue make money online.
I'm not here to give you the ways that you can make money online. I'll be giving specific websites that you can sign-up, and that too which are absolutely free.
From the last five years, I have been working part-time on the internet in some or the other way. I have never spent anything to earn on the net. I had that much in my head that I will get scammed if I pay. Don't ever spend money to earn money (pun unintended).
I'm writing this hub keeping in my mind readers from India but all of the sites listed below allow people from anywhere, say for instance these sites allow people from Pakistan, Philippines, China (not sure) etc.
Though explaining every other thing or rule about the listed sites will be a far over-stretched for this article. So I will provide links pointing for each of them so that you will get additional information on that.
Writing Articles Online
One of the most preferred ways to make money online is by writing content. If your written English is good, that is you have good grammar and can get your point fairly easily across the reader then you can write online.
Majorly there are two ways from where you can write and earn online. One is that you start your own blog/website and the other is to write articles for revenue-sharing websites.
Starting your own blog is free at any major blogging platforms but if you are serious then get a domain name and hosting space. And for revenue sharing websites they are those wherein you can write your articles and can earn revenue which is shared by the site and yourself. The benefit of writing at such sites is that you can test waters before consider investing money on your own site.
The site on which you are reading this article is one such site where anybody can write articles and earn revenue generated on their article.
There are many such revenue sharing websites all over the web but Hubpages is by far the best site according to my experience. Hubpages has been there for more than 10 years and a site which is very much trustable.
Yes, you can write here free but to earn there is a pre-requisite that you must have an approved Adsense account.
And tell you what, to earn anywhere on the net by writing articles you need an Adsense account. Getting an AdSense account requires you to have good content on your profile and you should be a member here for at least six months. However, this is not compulsory to get approved by Google Adsense. I got my Adsense approved from a revenue sharing site within two months. Start writing here and apply for an account from here itself.
So practically you won't earn before getting approved. Once you get approved then you can make money. Have some thoroughly researched articles and I'm sure you'll get an Adsense account pretty easily within six months.
There are also other ways to earn here like promoting products of amazon.com or ebay.com. More information on the links below.
To get how it works you must read voraciously about each and every aspect to understand the process.
Links to know more about:
Learning Center - This is the most useful for any newbie. Get every information about how you can get started here.
Hubpages Faq - To know about the rules and other information that you must know
If you still have a question to ask you can ask at the Q & A section.
Infobarrel is also a revenue sharing website more or same on the lines of Hubpages. But there is a good news for all those folks that don't have an Adsense account. You can still earn here without having an Adsense account.
It works like this: You create articles and advertisement is shown on your pages and the revenue generated from there is accumulated in a common pool and you get paid according to the popularity of your pages.
The ad system here is known as IB Ads. To know more about it and the earning potential head on to this page. Infobarrel Ads
A recent addition to the list of revenue sharing websites.
I haven't written any thing on this one but have read and heard good things about this. You can sign up from directly on Wizzley.com.
This was launched in 2011 in the wake of a major algorithm change in Google's search engine known as Google Panda. Wizzley is very similar to Hubpages.
So you don't want to write on sites which share revenue. Then go on and create your own blog about something that you have enough knowledge. The key is to write regularly and provide real value to the reader of the blog.
By providing original and well-written articles that help people and readers will return back to know more
Just imagine why you buy the newspaper daily or watch the news daily because they provide you information that is good for you.
- How to Make Money From Your Blog
Though a lengthy write-up but it covers everything that a beginner needs to know.
Do Small Task
The internet has opened up many unique models of business. The internet has made the world very small. It can bring many people together for interaction and communication becomes easy.
This is what the below business models do. It takes the advantage of crowd. The below first two sites are crowd-sourcing websites and the third one is another unique way to earn from your skills.
Mechanical Turk as it is called is the place where employers upload task, which is generally short task such as finding an email ID, writing a description of the business, transcribing an audio, or to find some specific information on the web.
The employer or requester may have thousands of task (known as HITs) where workers like you (there would be many) can complete the task and get paid. HITs pay anywhere between 0.2 $ to even .50 $ depending on the employer and the work involved. The task can often be completed within a minute or two and for us Indians, we can withdraw the amount in Indian rupees by requesting a cheque.
Similar to mturk they also operate on the same lines. In my opinion, mturk is way ahead when compared with microworkers but they can be used as a substitute when you don't have any suitable work on mturk.
Another good thing about crowd-sourcing sites is that they don't require any sort of bidding process in order to work on the task.
http://microworkers.com/faq.php - The link provides all the necessary information and the details like how you get paid, what sort of work is involved etc.
Another unique business model that is great for a side income. List anything that you can do for five dollars and get paid if anyone avails your services.
It is on you what you want to work for; that maybe writing an article, or it can be to provide a handcrafted greeting card or even singing a birthday song for someone.
Just join the site and most of the things there are easily understandable.
If you have been looking to work online for some time then you must have heard about freelance sites. Below are my personal favorites freelancing websites. Both are really strong in connecting workers with employers.
If you have specific work experience about a certain field then you can bid and work on the projects here.
Getting projects is very tough on these sites but if you have an expertise and have a good portfolio of previous work then it gets easier to get projects. There are many kinds of projects in there but majorly I see writing, web designing, and programming projects.
Another site to get freelance work is Elance.
Both Odesk and Elance guarantee that you will get paid for the work you do and there are many checks and balances in place to benefit both the employers and freelancers.
I will say that joining more than two freelance sites is more than enough. If you don't get a project despite trying hard then it's time to accept it and move on for other avenues.
Sell Your Products
eBay is one of the giants of online shopping. The business model of eBay is such that anybody can set their own shop and list their products and sell them for a profit.
Become a seller and start to earn. Let me admit that I too started to sell here but that didn't work out well. You can see that I have 100 percent positive reviews. On eBay, reviews are very important and even a few negative reviews can wreck your business.
Coming back to share how it didn't work is that I also work on a day job and maintaining the shop is a lot of work. You'll have to get items to sell, offer a competitive price, dispatch items quickly, and give customer support if any of your customers are having a problem in receiving the item. I left it because I was not able to give my best at my regular job as well as on eBay.
To sell on eBay is just like setting your own shop elsewhere. You need to invest money and time to get something out of it. If you are ready to take a plunge then go ahead and make it possible.
- Learn How to Sell on eBay India For a Profit
Information on how to get your seller account, get verified, preparing your item and listing it, and how to complete a sale and receive payment.
© 2012 Kannan
Zhan Cho on April 25, 2020:
In fact, while writing my article, I read yours and tried not to repeat the information! You have the good content! Thank you!
Imran khan from Mumbai on May 08, 2019:
You and your work are so comprehensive.
oladoke Kehinde on May 04, 2019:
Wow,i would bookmark this right away
Shaloo Walia from India on October 28, 2018:
I have worked on a number of online writing sites but nowadays there's hardly any good site around.
Buyprecioumetals on April 26, 2014:
Squidoo is so far to me the best one!
passionate77 on October 28, 2013:
great article, great information, thanks for sharing it all detailed list of earning sites, stay blessed!
SHAR NOR from Miami, FL on March 02, 2013:
Great hub. Will try all of them and see. Thank you.
Ankita on February 06, 2013:
Thank you for this wonderful post! :)
mysticalrose on January 30, 2013:
That is a good hub and very informative and I must say very legitimate.
ajay on January 09, 2013:
v gud information thanks a lot.
ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on August 26, 2012:
Good list of sites to make money online not only for Indians but also for others. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 20, 2012:
That's a good list of sites you have here. Thanks for sharing!
Rima on May 10, 2012:
Thanks a lot..iam gonna join half of the sites mentioned above!!
Kannan (author) from Mumbai on March 08, 2012:
@anmol If they would have been fake I would not have listed them.
anmol on March 08, 2012:
but are ther guaranteed of fake?
Mala Srivastava from India on February 11, 2012:
Very useful hub. I was searching for sites that hire international writers.
Archana G Saha from Bangalore on January 17, 2012:
Nice and informative hub. Voted up