Recently, I have been saving up for a car, which means lowering my budget by quite a bit. My job isn’t giving me extra hours, and at the time it’s not possible for me to take on a second job. I spend quite a few hours on the internet in my down time, so I have decided to find ways to make money doing so! I want to share my experiences with other hopefuls so that you can start making a little extra money too!
Online surveys are probably one of the most popular ways to make money online. It’s not a get-rich scheme in any way, but you do make a little extra time! Be prepared to spend a little time on each survey you take, because companies really do want your honest opinions. Just be aware of sites that ask you to pay before taking surveys, and promise that you will double your money instantly. If you have to pay first, this is a SCAM, no other way around it. Don’t feed these sites any attention! They seem like a sweet deal, and they are- for the scammer.
Joining an ad program is great for anyone who owns a blog or website, because you are promoting a product and either getting paid for leading customers to the site, or a percentage of the sales. Displaying one or two ads per page is efficient if done right. Pages with only a few ads are not only going to keep viewers on the page longer, but are more likely to generate clicks,
Most ad programs will pull keywords from your site to determine which ads to display. This makes it more likely that you will generate clicks. It’s a win-win situation- the advertiser gets customers/views, the ad program gets paid, and you get your share.
Write Articles Online
Writing articles for money has become extremely popular lately, and with good reason. People are always searching the web for new information and honest opinions on products or services that they want to buy, and by sharing your experiences or knowledge, you are contributing to this cycle. Some big search engines are starting their own programs, as well as other sites.
It’s important that if you do this, to take the first couple of weeks to try out a few sites and not “put all your eggs in one basket”. You may find that you want to write for several sites, with different niches for each site. Feel free to do as you please!
Start Your Own Blog
Having a blog of your own means freedom to write whatever you want. You can monetize your site in several ways,with ad spots, ad programs, affiliate marketing, and more. Just make sure it’s a legible, easy to read site so that readers keep coming back!
Becoming an affiliate of a company is pretty easy- a lot of sites offer a commission when you draw customers to them. Some companies might require you to do positive reviews on their products, which means in some cases, you get to try out the product for free!
There are websites that offer you money to write honest reviews on music. The few that I have joined pay you based on how detailed and helpful your review is. It’s important to be extremely honest with the musicians, because a lot of them WANT to know what they need to improve on. As a bonus, you may discover new artists and bands to become a fan of!
Create An Online Store
Whether it’s a site that lets you customize products and earn a commission on them, or a site that lets you freely sell your products and design your own look and feel, online stores are one of the best ways to make money. Artists will find that this is the best route- Put a popular design of yours on a t-shirt and watch the customers flock to you. You can also look to auction sites for selling your merchandise! The possibilities are almost endless.
With a built-in ad program, and affiliate marketing, it’s extremely possible to make good money on just making videos. Start out small and work your way up. The best way to keep an audience is to have good lighting, quality, and interesting topics.
Designers and authors alike can earn really good money by free-lancing. Basically, you look for companies that want to hire an outsider for a project, you do that project, and you get paid for it. It’s not exactly the most stable job, but as long as you put out your best work and really search for projects that fit you, the money will start flowing.
I hope that some of these ideas are helpful! Figure out what side-job will work best for you and go for it! As long as you put in effort, you will see a payout!