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With the technology we have today, it has never been easier to make some extra money online. You might want to use the money for a dream vacation or for some new clothes. You might just need some money to pay the bills. You may also be considering something a bit more long term, that will give you a passive income on a continual basis.
Whatever your reasons, here are 6 ways you can make money online, with some that can be implemented right away.
1. Sell Used Items
We’re starting with the most obvious one of course, But chances are you have some books, clothes, electronics, jewelry, furniture or other valuable items around your house that are not being used any more, or perhaps are just not needed any longer. If this is something that you’ve never tried before, somewhere like eBay or Gumtree would be a good place to start. They make the selling process very simple and often yield pretty quick results.
There are even companies online that will sell your stuff for you, so you don’t have to do a thing. You can easily find companies online that will sell your unwanted things.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn passive income online. This can be done in a number of different ways, but essentially it’s done by aligning yourself with an online business(s) who will pay you for referring clients, who then go on to purchase a product or service from them. Many companies these days offer affiliate programs. Search their websites for affiliate programs.
The best companies to align yourself with are the ones that you may already use or have an interest or passion with. Let’s say your passion is photography, then you might want to align yourself, as an affiliate (an ambassador), with a company that sells photographic equipment or even somewhere like Amazon.
It’s not difficult to get started either, usually, it’s just an online registration process, and you’re ready to go. But, I would recommend doing some online research first or attending an affiliate marketing seminar or workshop before you begin, just to find out what particular niche might suit you best as well as learn things like how to advertise yourself effectively online. Marketing is key here!
3. Write A Blog
It’s easy to set up an online blog page these days using a number of different websites, or even by posting regularly on social media sites. It’s important to remember though, that you need to have value driven and engaging content that will build user engagement and support.
If you’re not sure how to write an engaging blog, you could start with some video tutorials on somewhere like YouTube to get you going.
Once you’re up and running you can then link yourself to products and services online and be paid a commission on every sale that’s made from your referral (as an affiliate essentially).
Writing blogs can be a lot of fun too. Usually writing about something that you know about, or are passionate about is a good place to start. Keep it real and relevant.
4. Write Articles Online
There are numerous sites online that will pay you to write articles for them (or their clients). This is a great way for writers (or anyone who likes writing) to show off their abilities and hone their skills at the same time, and get paid for it! Generally, you get paid for each article (or the number of words) you write.
You will usually need to register with an online (copywriting) site first, and then you can write as many articles as you like. Some companies pay more than others, so make sure you do your homework, but there isn’t a limit to the number of sites you could be registered with.
5. Test Apps
We live in a fast moving, technology drive world these days where apps are becoming more and more popular. Many companies around the globe are now designing and developing their own apps, and need testers to make sure they work properly before they’re released to the general public.
You can register to become an app tester and make money testing apps for these companies, getting paid for each app tested. Each company will provide you with specific instructions and criteria to follow for testing their apps depending on what they need to be developed. All you’ll need is access to technology such as a smartphone or iPad (and the internet of course).
6. Create Your Own Website
One of the best ways to make money with your own website is to have advertises place their own ads on your site. However, you need be able to drive traffic to your site first, before anyone will consider advertising with you.
This is where you could link your blog posts to your website. Once you have a good following for your blogs, you can then drive people to your website. Keep in mind though, that your website also needs to provide something of value or interest that will entice people to visit your site as well.
In reality, though, there are a few ways you can make money with your own website. Firstly, you can earn money from paid advertises on your site, and depending on the kind of website you set up, people could also then purchase something from you (like a product or service). You could also have links from your website to your affiliate partners websites so that any purchase from there would earn you a commission.
Now, as good as all that sounds, it can be a little tricky (and costly) to set up your own website, especially if it’s your first time at doing anything like this. However, there are ways of doing it yourself.
I use a company called WordPress (wordpress.org) to set up and build my websites. They have all the tools you need to put a website together, plus support and advice to help you along the way.
Another company I use in conjunction with WordPress is AWeber. AWeber helps you with things like list building, automated email responders and subscription banners (plus a whole lot more). Check out AWeber here, and WordPress on the link above (see what I just did!)
I have also linked here for you, a free “What To Write” PDF from AWeber which has some fill-in-the-blank email templates to make getting started even easier.
To get up and running, you will first need to register a domain name. This could be a business name of your choice (if available) or even your own name, depending on what your site or service is about, and then find a server to host your site. Domain name and hosting services are easily found online.
And lastly, update and maintain your website regularly. Have a look at my website here (no subscription needed) to get an idea about what’s possible online these days using the internet and the many tools that are available to help you succeed online.
So, making money online can be quite simple. And the best part is, you can do this from anywhere in the world, day or night, and all you need is a phone or laptop and an internet connection.
You get to control your work schedule too, whether you want to work a little or a lot, controlling how much you earn in the process.