15 Ways To Make Money Online Without Getting Ripped Off

by Guest on May 21, 2012

There are way to many gimmicks out there claiming internet riches in return for “a few short minutes of your time.” Unfortunately for you, the reality is that most of these offers are blatant lies and won’t make a single penny. What they don’t lie about is that you will spend minutes (or hours) filling out surveys, participating in groups, or buying useless junk. In the end you’ll be left with 5 subscriptions to some magazine you don’t want, enough spam emails to fill a truck, and a bunch of wasted time.

This doesn’t mean that building cash flow on the internet is impossible, here are 15 avenues that will bring in money…provided you are willing to actually work (gasp!)

  1. Utilize your social Influence: Are you popular on the web? If so, you may be in for a treat. Sites like Gushcloud.com allow you to turn that popularity into a paycheck by promoting products. As an “influencer” you will go to sites like Gushcloud, pick products you like, and post them to Facebook or Twitter. Then, depending on how many people click on the item, you’ll begin to get cash.
  2. Write: Disclaimer (must be a decent writer). There are two options with this one. You can either grow yourself as a brand by taking side jobs from bloggers and others through sites like Fiverr; or you can write content for larger brands like Associated Content. Either option will yield nearly instant revenue, but stick with it and become a popular writer and the money will really start to flow.
  3. Buy and Sell: It’s amazing how cheap some things are online if you do enough looking. This makes a fun margin for internet resellers. Pick an item to start with, find out how much it should sell for on Priceonomics.com, then scour the web to find that item for cheaper somewhere else and the circle is started.
  4. Be Helpful…On YouTube: Do you have knowledge about a difficult subject? Education is going online, and that doesn’t just mean traditional subjects like math – you can teach anything you want to. A guy named Will from LearnYourOwnIt started making instructional videos on laptop repair and this side hobby has turned into a steady stream of income.
  5. Build A Following Through A Blog: You’ll see advice, promises, and step-by-step guides on how to create a blog and fill it with content; but what really makes money is an avid following. The easiest and most effective way to accomplish this is to write on a subject you are passionate about. Start small, post something new everyday, and you’ll be surprised at how much people appreciate an honest blog filled with real posts. This method will take months to make any money, but when you start to make money with a blog, that cash flow will be consistent.
  6. Create Graphics: Got an eye for what looks awesome and some skills with Photoshop? Thanks to the rise of sites like Elance and fiverr you can win jobs and help artistically deficient people build fun graphics. Some users on Fiverr has made thousands of dollars making logos for websites from the comfort of his own home.
  7. Learn HTML: Through sites like CodeAcademy.com you can learn html and other web languages easily and quickly…(if you have enough drive to get through the stuff). If you’re able to accomplish this feat there are many opportunities for you to make money. Disclaimer here; I’m not suggesting that you learn “coding” and become a programmer. Html itself is a framework and not a code, which makes it easier to learn. With basic knowledge you can begin fixing and tweaking people’s websites, which can become very lucrative very fast.
  8. Be A Know-It-All: If you know a lot of random but useful information; Answers.com and sites like it will provide you with some extra cash. Simply go on the site and register as an expert and start answering questions. If people like your answers, money will come your way!
  9. Pinterest: Now the world’s third-largest social network, Pinterest is a gold mine for well-followed pinners. Some people on the site who have over 100,000 followers are bringing in upwards of $100/day by simply pinning affiliate products. Gathering a following that large doesn’t just happen overnight, but become a “celebrity” on Pinterest and you could see some serious cash.
  10. Data Entry: Is the most boring thing on earth…but it also makes money. If you find yourself with a lot of time and accountant acumen, this may just be  your key to monetizing your hours online. Sites like TaskUs.com do data entry full time and could be the next key to money making for you.

Now With a Twist…

The “final five” on this list come with a twist. These methods for making money online also involve a non-internet component.

  1. Craigslist: No internet money list would be complete without mentioning the infamous Craigslist. Check out this article for five awesome ways to make money on the site. Craigslist gets a ton of bad press, but the vast majority of transactions are safe and beneficial. Just be sure to meet in well-lit areas and check the money for fakes!
  2. Make Some Art: Got an artistic bone in your body? Turn that bone into money! EveryArt.com is a site that allows you to build commissioned art pieces specifically for clients. The best part is that you don’t need to be a professional to make money. Just create something that your client likes and watch the dollars fly in.
  3. Hang Out With Dogs: Like dogs? Got a house or apartment? Make money with DogVacay.com by watching, walking, or just hanging out with dogs (don’t worry, cats are coming soon). Simply sign up on the site as a host, start taking in dogs, and make up to $1000 a month.
  4. Rent Out Your Drive Way: Live in a highly trafficked area? Ever wish you could make some money off of the prime parking spot that is your driveway? Parking Panda now lets you do that through the internet. All you need to do is set the price and availability of your spot and you could make $20 a day without doing any work at all.
  5. Sell Clothes (not your own though): StyleOwner.com allows you to set up and run a clothing store online – and you get 10% of all sales. These aren’t your clothes, or even clothes that you’ve bought, they are just selections from around the web. If you’ve got an eye for fashion this is a great way to turn those long nights spent perusing internet boutiques into some cold hard cash.

There’s a theme to all these money-making strategies…they take work. The biggest mistake most people make is falling for gimmicks claiming insane returns on your time and effort. However, that doesn’t mean that making money from the comfort of your couch is impossible. If you’ve had experience with one of these monetizing tactics or have more to add, please do so in the comments below!

Josh is the founder of two internet companies, a student at UCLA, and a writer. Check out his latest venture called Entrepreneur Stories.

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