There are a million ways to make extra cash online, some legit and some just plain weird. Check out the five-week series for all your options to make extra money.
This is the final post in our 5-week series on ways to make extra money online. The prior four posts, linked below, are all ways I’ve used to make a little extra cash. None of them are easy, despite what you may hear from a million people trying to sell you their “ money making system,” but they are all legitimate ways to make money. Put in a little time to develop your skill in any one of them and it could become a full-time job at a very good income.
Check out our prior four articles in the series:
Then there are all the rest of the ideas floating around the internet on how to make extra cash. I haven’t tried the methods below but wanted to list them in case you were interested. I would love to hear any feedback if you’ve personally tried any yourself. Check out the ones that look interesting to you but be skeptical of lofty promises of thousands a week by people trying to sell their online courses or books.
I’ve done enough research into each that I can say that the sites below are not outright scams but cannot vouch for how much you can honestly make over the course of a few months. Since posting the article, I’ve heard from people I trust that they make between $200 and $600 a month on some of the websites below. It’s not something you’ll retire on but can be some great extra money each month.
It takes work to make extra cash in anything so don’t expect to make thousands immediately. Try out the methods that you think you could be happy doing, even if you don’t make much money. Eventually, you may be able to turn a hobby job into a full-time gig. Once you’ve figured out how to make extra cash online, take it to the masses and offer gigs on Fiverr.com. Fiverr is a great resource for doing small tasks for others and making extra cash. Projects start at $5 so it’s a good resource to try out different providers without breaking your budget.
Making Extra Money with Online Surveys
This is one of the most common ways to make extra cash online you see people talking about. Consumer companies are always looking for feedback on their products and they hire research companies to survey customers. Research companies then go online to get people to take the surveys. You won’t get paid much per survey but it’s pretty easy work that can be done in front of the TV with your laptop.
Check out a few of these survey sites:
Making Extra Money with Online Search and Surfing
This is a new one for me but looks interesting. It is similar to the survey method but you really don’t have to do anything on your part other than download some software to your computer. The idea is that you search the web as you normally would but through one of the sites below. The information on what you search for and the advertisements you see are valuable to companies, so the websites pass a little of that money on to you.
Swagbucks.com is one of the most popular sites and offers “swag bucks” that can be redeemed for cash or merchandise. Each search is generally worth a chance to win between $1 and $10 so you might not necessarily get anything. I’ve heard from other bloggers and readers that Swagbucks is one of the best ways to make extra cash online and quite a few of my friends use the site. It depends on how much time you spend on the site but a reasonable estimate is a couple hundred dollars a month.
Zoombucks is also a popular site and is a little more direct with the payment. You earn points for searching, viewing videos or taking surveys. You can then redeem points for cash though 650 points is only worth $5.
Make Extra Money through Your Social Network
There are two methods here. If you have a website or just a strong social media following, you may be able to make extra cash through affiliate sales. This is basically just advertising but it’s a little more direct than through search ads like Google Adwords.
You sign up for an account through one of the affiliate companies and fill out some information about your website or social network. The idea is to match your online reach with products that are most appropriate to the audience. You’re network of 40-something professionals are probably not going to be interested in the trendy new teen gadget.
Once you sign up for a few of the products that are relevant to your audience, you can copy image ads or text links to share out over your network. When someone clicks on the ad and buys the product or service, you get a commission. The commissions (between $25 and $150) are much higher than typical online advertising but you only get paid if someone makes a purchase. This kind of affiliate advertising works best when you can describe the product/service through a post on a website but I’ve seen it work for people that just sent it with a quick note through their social networks.
Conversant, formerly Commission Junction, has a large list of sellers for which you can sell.
Amazon has recently launched an affiliate program that is really interesting and I am planning on writing a whole article on it in the future. It’s a little different from others. You set up a page on Amazon and fill your ‘store’ with other people’s products. Then you drive people to your store and earn a commission on anything they buy.
Clickbank is probably the most well-known affiliate sites and has a huge list of sellers.
The other idea here is another new one to me but seems to be picking up a following. Companies are paying people to tweet out their website links, press releases and promotional offers. You sign up with one of the websites linked below and it works like regular online advertising. You set the price you want to tweet out someone’s message and advertisers pay for the tweet.
You’re probably not going to make much more than a dollar or two for each tweet and your really need to manage it wisely. Blasting out tons of sponsored tweets is just going to alienate your friends and you’ll lose followers. You also want to check the website where the tweeted link redirects and decide if that is really the message you want to be sending out to followers.
Make Extra Money being the Next Internet Mogul
I’ve got a friend that makes big money buying and selling internet domains. Of course, he’s been at it for nearly two decades and has his own software that helps find domains. Even if you’re not at that level, you can still make good money buying and selling domains or even finished websites.
There are quite a few sites that list domain auctions, a few are listed below. The idea is to snap up a domain that could be popular on search or to buy a site that just hasn’t been managed well. You can sit on the domain and try to sell it later for a higher price or you might even try developing the website a little. Some domains are being actively sold by the owners while others have just lapsed because the owner abandoned them.
Take it from someone that manages two blogs that he started from scratch, building traffic and search ranking is not easy. There is a big market out there for someone that can buy a domain, develop it a little and then sell it to someone looking for a long-term project.
Your Imagination is the Limit to Making Extra Cash
There are a ton of other scams and some legitimate ways to make extra cash online, as well as just as many ways to make a little extra offline in your free-time. I’d love to hear your experience with any of the methods above or on anything that I left out. New ways to make extra cash are being discovered every day by people using their imagination to figure out how to provide a service that either someone else can’t do or doesn’t want to do.
Just remember that few of these are “easy” otherwise everyone would be doing them. Start with something you enjoy doing so you will be happy making any money at all. Then, over time, you can develop it into a real, earning project.