8 REAL Ways to Make Money Online

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The internet has become a huge part of our day to day lives. We rely heavily on it in just about every aspect of our social and financial activities. We use it to keep up with latest news, check emails, connect and keep in touch with friends all over the world, send money to our loved ones, and even buy clothes and groceries.

But what of making money online?

There are countless ways one can now earn a living from the comfort of their homes.

Let us take a look at some amazing ways to make money online in 2016:

1. Take Surveys

If you are looking for ways to make some spare cash each month, you can opt to take online surveys. There are many survey sites that allow you to earn from approximately $50 to $100 per month.

You can find survey sites on the web by simply typing “paid survey sites” on your Google search. To increase your chances of being selected for higher paying surveys, it’s best to sign up with more than one survey site. Some sites pay in cash while others pay with products.

Some key notes to be mindful of about survey sites:

  • Check your email as often as possible. This will allow you the opportunity to respond quickly to survey offers
  • Some sites might opt to pay you in the form of gift cards, free products, etc.
  • Read the fine print properly before partaking in a survey – especially the privacy policy to ensure your personal information is kept private
  • You should never pay to participate in surveys
  • You can earn from $1 to $3 on one specific survey.

2. Start an Online Store

Thanks to sites like Shopify, Instagram, and Facebook (just to name a few), you can now start your own online store with little to no upfront costs. If you are new to the social media scene, all you need to do is register with these sites and start posting pictures of your merchandise for visibility.

Allow as many people to follow you (you can pay these sites to help promote your business and increase the number of your potential customers as well) and your stock shall be available for purchase to all.

Payment methods can vary, depending on which method is most convenient to you and your client. You will be able to make a decent living and reach countless customers worldwide without having to open a physical store.

3. Start a Blog

If you are searching for a fast way to earn income online, blogging might not be your best option. However, over time, it can offer a lot of financial freedom and authority.

Starting a blog is very easy. Simply register with a domain provider, like Namecheap, host with a service like TrafficPlanet Hosting to start a blog.

Once your blog is up and running, look for tips about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) online (or from this site ;)) to help build traffic and a readership. Doing so will help you gain a large following.

When you have a large number of followers, certain companies might request to buy advertising space on your site for a hefty amount as well. Over time, companies will pay you to review and rate their products in the form of paid sponsorship.

One of the most popular ways to monetize from your blog is through affiliate marketing.

4. Affiliate Marketing

Speaking of affiliate marketing, you can become an Affiliate Marketer, if you have a large following on your social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and blog.

Affiliate Marketing simply means you market products and services for companies or individuals, and get a commission from all sales made. This option is great for those who have been blogging for some time, became an authority/expert on their chosen niche, and have a large readership to promote products to, since they have built trust with each another.

5. Freelance Writer

Are you able to produce a wide variety of content for the web?

Writing content can range from writing articles, product reviews, or game scripts. As a content writer, you can choose to be an entrepreneur or work as a freelancer.

Doing so will allow you to set your own schedules, but you may have to work odd hours to meet your clients’ demands.

There are many writing sites that pay per word, while others pay per page. Browse online for reputable freelancing websites like UpWork or TopTal, which hire freelancers who provide content services in exchange for money.

If you are new to this scene, you might be required to write a few sample articles as an interview process. This is to rate your grammar, spelling, etc., and how you follow instructions. You may also have to accept articles that will require you to write about topics that you are not familiar with.

However, over time, you will be able to choose assignments and build a stellar reputation. Freelance writing can actually earn you a full-time pay, depending on how committed you are and how many articles you wish to work on per day.

6. Sell Items Online

Say you want quick and easy money; simply hunt around your apartment for items you can sell online. You can have a general cleaning day and de-clutter your home for stuff you no longer use.

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

Look for items that you want to sell and arrange them in different categories. Next, do a Google search for sites that are best-suited to sell specific items.

Some of the best and most reputable sites to use are Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist (still popular, but use with caution).

Simply set up an account and choose a payment method – you can choose direct deposit into your checking account after items have been bought, or deposit the money into your PayPal account.

Remember to read all selling guidelines to have a better understanding of what you can sell and what you cannot. Some items that are prohibited include weapons, animals, alcohol, etc. Use common sense.

7. Tutor Students

Depending on your education level, you can sign up to tutor students. There are companies out there looking for tutors with different experiences and expertise.

Depending on your level, you may be asked to help a child with homework or if you have a strong background, you may be hired for SAT and ACT tutoring as well.

Some companies will assign students for you to tutor, while others post your profile and let customers select you.

Based on your education background, you can earn from $9 to $30 per hour.

8. Test Websites

If you have a computer with an updated web browser, a microphone, and high speed internet connection (which is most people in the world), then you can apply to get paid to navigate a website for the first time, and give feedback to owner.

These tests can range from being asked to navigate through the process of selecting and purchasing an item on said website, to simply scrolling and selecting different menu options. It’s real simple, yet a win-win for both parties.


Whether you wish to make a living or earn an extra buck, there are countless, legitimate ways to make money online. From becoming an Affiliate Marketer, to using your skills to work for yourself as a freelancer, you are bound to find an online platform that suits your specific skill-set.

Some online jobs will provide you with enough spare cash flow every month, while other jobs, such as freelance writing, can earn you just as much as a full-time job salary; provided, you put forth the time and effort to become successful at it.

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