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If you are looking for ways to increase your income or to start your own business in order to work for yourself and create independent wealth, the Internet offers you many opportunities.
Success doesn’t come any easier in the virtual marketplace, but many of these opportunities provide more flexibility and carry less risk, allowing you to gain greater rewards.
Here are 10 of the most common ways to make money online that offer good opportunities for beginners:
There are many ways to sell advertising: Through your blog, your Twitter account, your other social networking profiles. There are many ways to make money with advertising on your blog: Banner ads, pay-per-click or pay-per-impression advertisements, text ads, feed ads, and more. The key to success is to build a blog with a steady stream of traffic.
Selling affiliate products is a bit like selling advertising, only instead of being paid for displaying the ads, you are paid when your readers act on the ads and actually buy something. You are paid a commission of any sales generated through your site. Again, a key to success is having a popular blog with a lot of traffic.
Many companies will pay you to write reviews of their products or services. In most cases, you have to write the review on your own blog, but there are a few sites that will sponsor your review. If you review products for pay on your own blog, you have to disclose it to your readers.
There are many sites that will pay you just for sharing your opinion. Pay ranges from under $1 to up to several hundred dollars, depending on the site and the complexity of the survey. Beware of scam sites that just want to get your personal information or trick you into signing up for offers that are difficult to cancel.
“Get Paid to” Sites
Many sites will pay you to do things you already do online: Surf the web, search Google, “like” things on Facebook and much more. Again, pay will vary and can be as low as just a few cents. However, when you are doing simple actions like clicking boxes — which you already would have been doing anyway — then the work is easy and even a few cents each time will add up quickly. Again, beware of shammy sites that just want to take your personal information.
If you are a good writer or are knowledgeable in a particular subject area, there are many sites that will pay you to write. You can be paid to write blog posts, web copy, newsletters, e-mail marketing, and much more. There many online directories with paid freelance writing work to get you started.
You can also use your knowledge to help others and get paid. You can offer your own consulting services on topics like diet, finances, marketing, and so much more. Many professionals are able to work from home by starting their own online consulting business.
Other online entrepreneurs like yourself often need a helping hand, and they are willing to pay for it. You can offer your services as a virtual assistant, performing duties like e-mail correspondence, database management, social media monitoring, and more.
Anyone can be an author these days with little to no investment. You can publish e-books easily on Amazon on a range of topics. If you are creative, you can sell novels. If you have expertise to share, you can write useful guides that offer solutions for your readers.
You don’t have to have your own store to sell products — in fact, you don’t even have to have your own products. Drop shipping allows you to sell products from a wholesaler through your own site or through third-party sites like eBay. You sell the product, and the wholesaler ships it. Then you keep the difference in the sales price and the wholesale price.
There are many ways to make money online, and each requires a different level of skill of commitment. You can make a little extra money on the side by performing easy tasks like completing surveys, or you can open up your potential to make a lot of money by putting in more effort with investments like drop shipping or starting your own virtual assisting job.
Have you tried making money online using any of these strategies? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!
Heather Green is a Christian mom, freelance writer, pet lover and the resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org, a free informational website offering tips and advice about online nursing programs and online guides.
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