There are many different ways to make money online. Here are 6 ideas to get you started thinking about ways you can start making money online today and protect yourself for the future.
1. Blog for Money
Blogging is a great way to make money. It’s easy, fun and you can get started for free with a service like Blogger.com or WordPress.org. Or if you’re already a bit tech savvy go ahead and host your own domain. There are plusses and minuses to each way of blogging.
If you choose blogging as a route to making money online be warned that in addition to content creation you’ll also need to learn at least the basics or marketing and search engine optimization. This may seem difficult, but it can be very rewarding and will be a definite asset to your knowledge. The more you learn the faster you’ll be able to make more money.
If you prefer not to learn about the marketing of your own site you can still make money blogging for other sites. Services like Triond are a good place to start out and make a name for yourself. Later you can try to get full time work blogging for a network such as Weblogs Inc.
2. Affiliate Marketing
As an affiliate marketer you’ll promote the products and/or services of other companies and they will pay you a commission for the sale or leads. Think of it like an online sales job.
Affiliate marketing is a huge arena and there are tens of thousands of products you can potentially promote. To get an idea check out two of the largest affiliate networks, Commission Junction or Clickbank. Both have huge numbers of products you can sell online.
You’ll be amazed at the amount of money you can make through affiliate marketing, it is only limited by your own imagination and hard work. There are many successful online entrepreneurs making fortunes every month through affiliate marketing.
3. Starting An Online Business
Starting your own business online isn’t as hard as you might think. If you’ve got in depth knowledge of an industry and some good contacts within that industry you can very likely start a business providing a product or service related to that industry.
Starting your own online business allows you to sell your own products or services. Successful online businesses include web design, software development, copywriting and digital products such as eBooks or video courses.
You’ll want to make sure that you do some research before jumping in and make sure that your chosen business is viable and that you can handle the extra demands that business owners have. You can find a great deal of information at Entrepreneur.com on how to start an online business.
4. Domaining Your Way to Riches
Domaining is quite simply buying and then reselling websites and domains for profit. Domainers buy up web properties and then sell them immediately for a net gain or take the time to fix them up first and sell them for even larger profits. It is very similar to offline real estate investing without the huge capital requirements.
Often domaining is referred to as domain flipping and it can be very profitable for those that can identify good niches and develop attractive money making sites. To get some idea of how much websites can sell for take a look at the SitePoint Marketplace, you may be surprised.
5. Take Paid Surveys Online or Try Get Paid To Sites
Paid surveys and get paid to sites are two long standing and easy ways to make money online. You can find dozens of websites that are willing to pay you either for your opinion or to complete trial offers.
One of the great benefits of these types of sites is that you don’t need any technical skills or even a website to participate. Paid surveys are fun, easy and they are fairly risk free.
If you want to participate with the get paid to websites you should investigate first to see if they are reliable in sending checks. Once you do find a reliable site you can easily makes hundreds of dollars a month signing up for trial offers.
Paid Survey Success has a large list of paying survey companies as well as get paid to companies that do pay.
6. Freelance and Make Money Online
There are thousands of freelancers making money online and you can be one of them. If you’ve got skills in web design, programming or writing you can easily join the ranks of the online freelancers. Other freelancing opportunities other than the ones listed above exist in proofreading, transcription and translation.
Don’t expect to make thousands as soon as you start however. It will take you some time to build a client base and get to the point where you can command top dollar for your work. But it can be done with hard work and persistence.
When beginning your freelance career you’ll likely be taking low paying jobs from places like Elance, however as you gain experience and gather a client list you’ll slowly be able to move away from this and increase your rates.
I can tell you that writers especially have plenty of places to begin. In addition to the freelancing websites there are also web communities that will pay you to write for them. Associated Content is one such site. Another is Hub Pages where you get paid on a revenue sharing basis. This means you’ll get a percentage of the money made from your articles on Hub Pages.
Honestly the important thing is just to get started. You can use any of the methods listed above and there are likely dozens more ways to make money online that I haven’t covered. Don’t make the mistake of waiting and over analyzing, pick something you think you’ll like and get started today. That’s the best way to make money online!