9 More Genuine Ways To Make Money Online
Following on from my blog post about 7 Genuine Ways to Make Money Online, I thought I would dig a little deeper into some of those methods for you and build on them.
To truly expand your audience and reach, you need to be able to reach people across multiple platforms. Many of the suggestions below can be mixed together to truly maximise value for your time and effort.
So here are 9 more ways for you to make money online.
#1 Affiliate Marketing
I will start with the obvious one…Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate marketing is at the top of the list simply because a lot of the methods below, and indeed in my original list, tie into blogging. Whether you are promoting your own work on other sites or someone else’s products, you need a blog to build your presence and your audience.
This is not really a set and forget method though, to build success you really need to be posting consistently and communicating with your audience. Though having said that, I have heard of people who made a simple blog years ago and still earn income simply because their niche was super specific and wasn’t an area with a lot of change.
#2 Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates, while technically an affiliate program, is different enough to warrant its own heading.
You can of course promote Amazon products through your blog, it is very common to do, but you can also build a ‘shopping’ site which focuses on a niche product that is purely a storefront advertising products found on Amazon.
A perfect example is: Football Snack Helmets (have a look at their site here:
This blog is purely about the snack helmet which you can buy from Amazon. What is incredible is the seller generates consistent sales from this one product year round.
#3 Create Websites for Local Small Businesses
Small businesses often don’t have the budget for a high end I.T. company to come in and create and manage a website on their behalf.
Even more don’t see value in it, they are small businesses with a targeted customer base that they probably make a reasonable income from.
If you become familiar with a set program such as WordPress and themes (I use GeneratePress through WordPress for its flexibility) you can cold call local businesses and offer to design a basic website and social media profiles for them for a fraction of the price.
There is also potential to scale up to create and manage a blog for them as well if it is relevant.
Depending on the business you could even do an exchange of services (as long as you are both clear on the value of the respective services).
#4 Link Building and Guest Posting
Companies like FatJoe, Solvid, OutreachMamam, TheHoth and GuestPost are just some examples of businesses that both pay for guest posts, and pay for bloggers to post blogs written by others.
To explain a bit clearer, these businesses promote content and SEO services to their clients. Their clients pay for (hopefully) high quality posts to be written about them, once the blog is written, the business will reach out to their network of bloggers to find the ones most relevant to the post/client. You the blogger then publish the post on your site and add relevant links.
All up, maybe 10 minutes of work for a small fee in return. The more you do, the more you earn.
The only catch here is you really need to be established as a blogger with an audience to be considered by these types of Link building businesses.
#5 Online Courses
Online courses is a growing field and one that has a high demand.
There are several sites where you can publish your courses, and of course, you can sell them on your own sites (or put up a teaser with a link to the full video).
Websites like Udemy, SkillShare, StackSkills and Amazing.com all have a slightly different focus and audience, but the brilliant aspect of all of them? None of these sites lock you into only selling your course with them.
So feel free to publish your video on each of these sites!
Things to note:
Udemy: prefers longer form high quality tutorials. Pays per purchase.
Skillshare: shorter format (see if you can break down the videos for Udemy into shorter ‘bite sized’ versions). Pays per purchase.
Stack Commerce: Similar to SkillShare but has a habit of bundling courses into one package and selling at discount price. If you subscribe to sites like Entrepreneur.com you would have noticed these bundled courses.
Amazing.com: Has a focus on Amazon training, though there is a range of other topics. Amazing is different in that you are paid for minutes watched, not per download. So keep that in mind if you are considering them.
#6 Gig Work
Fiverr and UpWork are two examples of sites that advertise ‘Gig Work’. If you have a particular skill or technical ability these can be great for generating ongoing work.
There are people who use these sites as their sole source of income, and others who use it as a side hobby. You will find everything from figurine painting, to logo design and SEO services.
The more effort you put in the better your results will be.
#7 Android and Apple Apps
When was the last time you looked at your app store on your phone? There are over 2 million apps in the Google Play Store alone, with more being added every day.
Apps don’t need to be complicated, most of them are very simple to design and create.
You can charge for them, or what is commonly done is list them for free then monetise them with adds (AdMob).
How this works is that you earn a small amount every time someone watches the adds, and again when someone clicks on the add. Of course, most people properly click ‘skip’ but when you consider the average number of downloads, that is still a decent number of potential clicks and views.
Small but decent ongoing passive income that will pay for the time you spent creating it.
#8 YouTube Monetisation
Following on a little from creating online courses, is YouTube videos.
There are two ways you can do this.
- Enable monetisation on YouTube where it shows adds before each video (and during depending on how long the video is). You earn every time someone view the adds, and when they click on it.
- Affiliate Links: Do you ever read the text under a YouTube video? They often have links in them. This is a great opportunity to cross-promote your products. If you are doing a video review for a product that is on your site, link it both to your blog and to the actual product with your affiliate link. Instant audience.
Advertising other sites and products on your page. You’ve probably noticed adds on pretty much every single website you’ve ever visited. If they are not affiliate links then they are AdSense Ads.
Put as many or as little as you like, depending on your goal and site. Some people like to spam their site with ads (I personally hate those), others are more discreet with the locations and relevance of the ad topics.
Earn when people click on the ads, and cash out automatically when the balance reaches $100. A handy little set and forget side income.
While these are all great ideas and most of them even tie in together, I do recommend focusing on one at a time.
Exercise patience and become an expert at one method, once you start generating income from it, then move to the next.
We are not in a rush here. You want to create quality content that people will still want to pay for in the next 2-3 years.
Ultimately nothing will be truly successful unless you are prepared to take the time to learn it properly.