My husband and I joke that we “print money from the internet.” While it really is not that easy, there are a lot of ways that you can make money online.
Let’s first talk about the why. Why would you want to make money on the internet? The question should be, “why wouldn’t you?” Making money on the internet has allowed my family to pay off student loans, pay off all other debt, live freely, travel the world, work from anywhere, have a flexible schedule. It has also allowed my husband to quit his day job (he is the CFO of the blogging business) and allowed us to make great strides in paying off our home. We get to be our own boss, on our own schedule. All these things have been a great dream for my family, not to mention, we are in complete control of our destiny. No salary caps or pay curves to deal with. It is up to us, and that is the part that we love.
Here are 10 ways to make money on the internet:
1. Start a Blog
If you want to work from home and have a lot to say, blogging is probably a really great fit for you. You can make money online by blogging! If I can do it, so can you. If you want to start a blog, I will walk you through the process, step by step. If you want your blog to make money, you need to start with a domain name and hosting. Don’t make a common mistake and use a free platform, like Blogger. You need a self-hosted website in order to monetize your blog and put advertisements of your choosing on your blog. You can learn more about that on my step-by-step tutorial explaining how to start a money-making blog.
Once you have a blog, you can make money blogging by using advertisements, affiliates, sponsorships, promotions, freelance blogging, consulting and more! First step is to get a domain name and hosting. If you don’t know what that means, read Blogger Basics-Starting From Scratch. Right now, you can start your own blog for only a few dollars a month (which is SUPER cheap!) through my special link here.
2. Be a Freelance Writer
If you want to write online but don’t want to start a blog, consider just writing for others! There are actually quite a few freelancing and ghostwriting jobs out there that can help you earn extra cash. If you are not familiar with the world of freelance writing, it is when you get your writing published online and you’re given credit. Many websites solicit articles and, if they’re good enough and fit the site’s topic, then they’ll pay you to publish it. Some websites will give pay you up to $100 per article. If you are a talented writer, this is a great way to earn a living on the internet. Read more if you are interested in getting freelance writing gigs.
Ghostwriting is similar, but instead of having your name on the article, it’s just published under another person or a general company. Not as glamorous, but it’s a great way to earn some cash.
3. Use Your Social Media Account or Profile
If you have an online profile, (social media or otherwise) you can start using it to get a paycheck! Just like the blog, you can contract with companies and offer them ad space in return for payment. If you have a captive audience, you can use this as an opportunity. Large companies (and small) pay big dollars for shoutouts, product reviews, etc to advertise their products to your audience. There are a lot of brand representatives that do this and earn tens of thousands a month on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more! If you are interested, you can learn more about How to Quit Your Job and Make Money on Instagram.
4. Start a Youtube Channel
This might not be for everyone, but Vlogging is taking the internet by storm! Some of the biggest Vloggers (Video Bloggers) are multi-millionaires. If you have interesting things to say, or want to do tutorials, you can make a lot of money on YouTube.
5. Do Online Surveys
There are a lot of survey companies out there that pay you to complete surveys in your down time. This is a great way to make money on the internet in those pockets of time, when you aren’t doing anything. There are a lot of great things about survey companies and it is the perfect way to make extra cash online. If you are interested, here are 8 Survey Sites You Can Use to Make Extra Money.
6. Freelance Editing
Calling all English teachers out there! This is a great way to make extra money on the internet. Freelance proofreading and editing is a huge industry and you can pick up side gigs doing something you love!
Constulting is a very robust industry. Web consultants can teach businesses how to better run their website, design ideas, how to convert to sales, etc. This isn’t something you just “hop” into, though. This is a great way to make extra money on the internet, if you have skills that you can use to consult businesses in their internet and web practices.
8. Write an Ebook
I am seeing Ebooks everywhere! If they are in an interesting or helpful niche, I buy them. If you have particular expertise in a subject that your readers or followers may be interested in, this is a great way to earn money on the internet. The thing I like about this, is that once you have it done, you make residual money from it forever (or at least until it is outdated.) I am a big fan of things that can be made once, that provide residual profits. This is a great example of that.
9. GPT Sites
GPT Sites are websites where you “get paid to” do things. This can be anything from rating a product online to random other tasks that people just need to get done. Usually the payout isn’t super big for each task, but if you can get through a lot of them, then the rewards add up.
10. Website Reviewer
If you find yourself with a bit of extra time every now and then, you can become a website reviewer and start making money right away. You are a trial user for a website or you get online with the specific goal of finding errors or problems with a website that make it less user-friendly. You can make money doing this and also feel satisfied that you’re helping others have a more enjoyable online experience. Win/win.
A few other ideas for making money on the internet: