Mechanical Turk is a great way to make some extra cash. You probably won’t make much more than a few dollars an hour, but it’s also dead simple to complete many of the tasks. Most tasks take less than a minute to complete and pay a few pennies. If you do a lot of MTurk, it could add up to at least some fun spending money. Sign up for free, then complete qualifications to earn access to higher-paying tasks.
Music may perform better than books and other products, mainly because you can listen to the clips of an entire album in roughly 10 minutes and get a good enough feel for it without buying it to write a short review. If you have another topic that you're passionate about, great, but make sure you have a unique angle on the topic. People can get reviews about a lot of those consumer products anywhere. You need to give them a reason to visit your site.

Next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
Skillshare: Want to teach people things but don’t want to make them publically for free? Skillshare is a platform that allows people to create online courses to help others and if people use your course, Skillshare will pay you. Want to learn from other creators? There isn’t a better place on the internet. Skillshare comes built-in with an audience interested in learning online.
I'm sure you're probably familiar with all of those little sites that let you trade things in and get cash and/or gift cards in return. Stuff like your old cell phones, laptops, etc. Well, Amazon actually has something similar with a very long list of things you can trade in, including cell phones, laptops, cameras, books, textbooks, music, mp3 players, and much more.
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Rover is a dog walking and pet sitting website that is always looking for qualified dog walkers in cities all over the United States. So when you take your pup on a walk, you can also take a second (or third) dog with you and get paid to walk. 30-minute walks fall in the $10-30 range. With a neighborhood route, that can add up quickly! You’re just a short application away from getting started.


Thanks for all the great info. I have had some moderate success with amazon before, but nothing of that magnitude. The best selling lists have works for me, as well as creating a ‘recommended’ list or ‘library’ full of interesting products, although I have always found its better to actually be interesting in the recommendations rather than just plugging anything.
mTurk: I personally like this one for some spare cash. It does not take much to earn $20 a day. Some claim that they are able to make a living by dedicating their time to different jobs at mTurk. You will have to go through a learning curve, but once you get comfortable, you will find plenty of good and interesting HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) to work on.
Thank you so much for this great article, it was very helpful, you definitely have a lot of information here. I own a business, so I work quite a bit, but I really need something else to help me sustain, especially though the winter months because it’s mainly a seasonal business. I’m curious, when you first started, how did you find something that worked for you? I know it will take a lot of hard work, and that’s fine with me, but I get discouraged signing up for a lot of these sites and only making 10 cents on the 4 or 5 surveys or videos, or whatever they have to offer, then there’s nothing left. I’ll spend an hour getting signed up for these sites, then it only nets a dollar or something and it will say I have to wait for new work. And I know it takes time to build up, but what can I do or where can I go to see some real traction online? I’m working on building an O Desk profile too.
While computing technology continues to improve, there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, performing data de-duplication, transcribing audio recordings or researching data details. Traditionally, tasks like this have been accomplished by hiring a large temporary workforce (which is time consuming, expensive and difficult to scale) or have gone undone.
The other day, I was sitting in my office and one of my colleagues stopped by and excitedly shared a story about how, for a few years now, he’s been hounding his son to stop playing video games so much (specifically Halo). However, his son recently threw my friend and his wife for a loop when he made them an offer — let me play Halo as much as I want, and I’ll earn money doing it.
The first follows the startup path we outlined above: You have a disruptive idea for an app or piece of software, you validate the idea with real customers, and then raise money to hire developers or a development studio to build, launch, and scale your software. If you’ve done everything right, your software will be accepted to the Apple and Google Stores and you’ll make money every time someone downloads it or pays for a premium feature.
Hey Chris! I stumbled upon your site from a few people. I’m now interested in starting a niche business and grow from there. I’ve tried to target another niche, with keywords as a first timer, and still having difficulties targeting certain keywords. I would like to get a boost of motivation on starting a small and simple amazon style niche site. I don’t know if you covered this, but I’d like to know what sort of criteria that you go through when choosing a site. So far, I have found a keyword with the following criteria:
Find your niche partners, collaborators, and champions: As you’re creating your course, look for notable people who are also creating content in the space. Look att how their businesses operate and incorporate that into your own plan. You can also reach out to any influencers and make them affiliates for your own course. This way, they’ll be incentivized to share your content with their own audiences (which can be a major way to generate your first sales—it helps if you're using one of the best CRMs for small business—and start building your own community!)
Mechanical Turk is a site owned and operated by Amazon. This brings a lot of credibility to the site so there are less concerns about scammers on mturk. With Mechanical Turk you make REAL money online by completing “hits” (no points). “Hits” are small jobs or tasks. These hits are submitted by people or companies. Its good to read the reviews for a requester before attempting a hit. To see reviews you need a browser add on called turkopticon. This add on will help you review the following:
When completing surveys, take time to read through the questions and think about your responses. Companies might record the time it takes you to complete a survey and it will be apparent if you have given rushed, meaningless responses to what was asked. The more useful and relevant the information you give then the more likely you are to be paid and be selected for future opportunities.
You're going to be doing product reviews and recommendations, so pick a topic that you enjoy and about which you can demonstrate some expertise. Choose a narrow enough niche to be distinctive—for example, bands from your city, left-handed guitarists, music for a certain kind of dancing, authors of a certain religion, books about business, or arts and crafts resources. If you can't stay passionate about the topic, that will show.
A supplier that ships the products to your customers - this is probably even more important than finding a product because the quality of your supplier will determine the quality of service you provide to your customers which will be crucial to your business growth. For example, if the supplier ships the goods only 5 days after you places and paid for the order then the customers will probably be very upset by the time the goods arrive and might leave negative feedbacks which can lead to a business meltdown. Here again the best research would be reading articles from experienced sellers on how to find dropshipping suppliers.

Mechanical Turk is a great way to make some extra cash. You probably won’t make much more than a few dollars an hour, but it’s also dead simple to complete many of the tasks. Most tasks take less than a minute to complete and pay a few pennies. If you do a lot of MTurk, it could add up to at least some fun spending money. Sign up for free, then complete qualifications to earn access to higher-paying tasks.
In terms of content, there are two types of content. There is content that attracts new people to your site every day, and there is content that brings visitors back every day. Ideally, you want to have a good balance of both. That way you are always bringing in new traffic and making sure that a good portion of that new traffic becomes loyal visitors.
Fiverr Gigs: Can you do an impersonation of Cartmen or Arnold Schwarzenegger while singing happy birthday? Can you write a message on your head and walk around all day like that? Can you print out flyers and hand them out? Write a personalized review of a website or product? Then, create a fiverr gig telling people what you WILL do! You get $5 (actually $4) for every gig you complete.
I was following someone else’s guide and they said you should have a static front page, but I feel like I would be getting more views and more clicks if I had the opposite ie; my latest blogs on the homepage. I also checked my stats and when I link to an article/review people stay longer. When I link to the home page they don’t stay as long AND a higher bounce rate. My bounce rate for the homepage is literally 3,000 in the past month. They hit that homepage and stay for around 7 minutes which means most are probably reading the static page, but then they just… leave.
I love the idea and that they make it so easy because the retail world is due for this type of disruption. This doesn’t happen as much with jeans and other daily wear items but those things you wear less than half a dozen times, like more formal dresses or accessories, just collect dust. You might as well recapture some of the value by selling it. Thanks for sharing your experience!
If you're serious about making money online, start a blog. Blogging is one of the easiest and most sustainable income sources. As long as the blog is setup the right way, in the right niche, with the right content targeted at the right audience, and the offer is complementary to the content, you could make a tremendous amount of passive income from a blog.
Kusmich explains it like this. In business, there are effectively two golden rules. The first is that you must give before you ask. Not before you take. Before you ask. The second rule is that every step of the marketing process has to be valuable in and of itself. Every step. Not just one or two of the steps. Every single step of your sales funnel has to deliver real value.
This is a site where you can sign up to transcribe audio files. They pay new transcribers $20 an audio hour (remember this is quite a bit longer than a regular hour). You can get in with no prior transcription experience, you just have to take a short test which I believe you can retake if you fail it the first time. You only need $1 to cash out, hitting the withdrawal button for payment any time as long as you have $1 earned. It might be one of the best ways to make money fast today if you can pass the skills test.
I should warn everybody about SlicethePie. I have been a member of slicethepie for about three or four months, and while everything was going great, they are quick to lock your account for any type of reason, even when you are not breaking the terms and conditions. I made sure each and every time I used that website that I was not breaking their terms and conditions, and my account still got locked. So I would just watch out for that. That is just my personal experience with the website though. It may be different for other people.
Great article, I currently have a blog and website that I monetize with Adsense. However, I would really like to increase my revenue so I’m looking for ways to do so that will not violate Google’s TOS. Can you please offer me some insight? The money I make from Adsense used to be 1,000-1300 now it has decreased significantly 600-700 if I’m lucky. I really need help because I am not in a great place with my business, well I’m not where I want to be and doubt, and frustration are almost about to defeat me when I have come so far. Can you email me or reply here with suggestions. Thank you in advance and for your insight. I honestly need it because I do NOT want to throw in the towel.

Good starting list! I appreciate the idea of establishing a small income stream that may compound into substantial revenue in the future. The same principal applies to investing and anyone that believes there is not work involved or that you can get rich quick with little effort is greatly mistaken. I have owned/sold several successful businesses, none of which were built over night or the easy way – long hours are mandatory for any business and you can forget about “The Hourly Value of Your Time” – that’s an employee mindset.
Keep in mind though, you don’t need a website to do sponsored content since you can also get paid if you have a lot of social media followers. My wife has a pretty big Instagram following, and she gets all kinds of sponsorships. Not only does she get paid in cash, but we get a lot of free stuff, too. We’ve received free rugs, free lights, and free carpet cleaners. She only promotes things she loves though, so this strategy works really well for her.
If you search Google for Helium and Associated Content, there are a lot of unhappy people who are earning pennies or less providing content to these sites who are earning a lot of money from the ads placed on your article. Sadly there are a lot of sites like this out there. Let's be honest, in a literate society who is going to pay you to write a letter? Meanwhile the people who recommend these sources of income are usually paid to do so. What appears to be an energetic, unbiased recommendation is usually an attempt to win a referral fee. By all means search these sites carefully or you will spend all day working and will earn less than $20 per month.

You'll learn how to select products to sell, how to scan books to Amazon, tips on buying from China, and how to list products to the website. That's not all. The highly rated professor, who has taught more than 111,000 students and gotten more than 13,000 positive reviews, will also explain how to utilize Amazon Seller Central. We suspect you'll get your money's worth.


Certain niches are easier to get into. Believe it or not but there are plenty of amateurs making money writing short romance novels online. These short stories could be in a specific niche like erotica, historical, paranormal, time-travel or LGBT. Other amateur writers can be found writing science fiction, mystery or thrillers too. Stories are usually priced in the $2.99 to $9.99 range with ~60% going back to the writer.
You're going to be doing product reviews and recommendations, so pick a topic that you enjoy and about which you can demonstrate some expertise. Choose a narrow enough niche to be distinctive—for example, bands from your city, left-handed guitarists, music for a certain kind of dancing, authors of a certain religion, books about business, or arts and crafts resources. If you can't stay passionate about the topic, that will show.
Blogging is something that requires patience, persistence and discipline. It may mean writing everyday for over a year before you really start to see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but from my dealings with other bloggers, it seems to be pretty common to spend one or even two years building your blog, your brand and your authority, before making any serious amount of money.
How much will you make? I think my best month with Google AdSense was almost $5,000 over the last ten years. That amazing month blew my mind since it was actually near the beginning of my blogging journey. When you go from making zero to $5,000 in a month, that will rock your world. For me, it also got me even more excited because I knew there were other ways to monetize.
Now you’ve got many different options to start earning online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!
There are times when many of us find ourselves in a bind and we need money today, even if it's just a couple of bucks. Fortunately, there are some websites you can use to earn fast cash online. I'm not going to lie to you, many of them are just extra cash online and will never replace your income. Regardless, they can save you in a pinch when you need it most if you use them regularly and allow the money to build up.
To make money online you need to have a niche site. Blogging in a niche will make it easier to become an authority and rank with Google. Choosing the right niche is important. Choose one large enough to have a good readership but small enough to make ranking easier. Ranking within Googles top ten search ranking will drive thousands of readers to your site.
So assuming you promote a legitimate product, in an ethical manner and in a way that abides by the rules, then the result could benefit your audience (since you’re putting good products in front of them) and could generate you some revenue. However, if you promote something of low value, in a scammy way, and you don’t follow the rules, it will probably end in disaster.
This is something that is fairly easy to learn and also in high demand. On Windows, one good program to edit audio is Sony Sound Forge. I use Sound Forge Audio Studio, but if you are doing this professionally, you might consider the upgrade to Sound Forge 9. Get the hang of editing out “um”s and “ah”s from audio. Even better is understanding the “flow” of an interview conversation and editing out portions that don’t make sense. Finally, learning to find and add intro music really gives podcasts that professional touch. Advertise your services on oDesk or eLance. I pay people to do this for the podcasts I am setting up on Inspiring Innovators, and it’s a job that can definitely be done from your house.
No matter what method you select for generating your online income, there's one very important thing to understand. Today, across this globe, with its 7+ billion inhabitants, there are two recurring things that people are looking for more of. Either people want more time or they want more money. The truth? Time is far more valuable than money. You can't recreate time. Once it's spent, it's gone forever. Not money.
After signing up you’ll be asked to complete a writing sample. This sample will get rated from 1 to 5. The higher the ranking the more you can get paid. A rank of 2/5 stars means you only get paid 0.7 cents per word. So for a 1,000 word article thats only $7. But a rank of 5/5 stars means you get 5 cents per word. So for that same 1,000 word article you’re getting $50.

This is a crazy, fun way to make a lot of money. Olivia makes over $100K a year selling Doodles. Is that crazy! She is making more money than her parents with full-time jobs. The best part is this is the perfect way to convince your parents to let you get the puppy of your dreams. Like Olivia, if you do this business right you can stand to make a lot of money as a 13 year old. 

Learn the definition of paid channel advertising. This is also sometimes referred to as Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. All of these terms can be used interchangeably, and they refer to purchasing or renting traffic through online advertisements. Although it can be expensive, this strategy is effective because it is measurable and can be used to target specific niches in your target market. But you have to be savvy and develop a successful strategy.[16]
If you want proof that there’s such a marketplace that even exists, just take a look at BuyMMOAccounts, one of the more popular places online to buy and sell WorldOfWarcraft accounts. Sure, some of these levels are amazing and not exactly easy, but you can be sure that if someone will pay almost $200 for a top account, they’ll be willing to pay you $50 to $100 for an account that gets them past all of the boring and annoying newbie levels that new players have to suffer through. There are people willing to invest in bypassing those levels, and you could use your gaming skills to offer them that valuable product that they desire. While WoW is the most popular for buying and selling accounts, almost every single MMOG out there creates its own marketplace. Play4Uber is a good example of a place where you can enter six such marketplaces to peddle your high-level accounts.
#12 – Put a “Donate” button on your blog or website – A lot of people don't feel comfortable doing this, but there is really nothing wrong with accepting donations if you run a blog or website. Many people do it. You can look at it as a way of allowing “tips” for your helpful content. Again, this works best if your site gets a fair amount of traffic. And you should make sure your button is in a visible place.
Considering that you have a finite amount of time, passive income should make up a large part of your work. And if you're serious about generating any semblance of income online, then passive income should be one of your sole goals and ambitions. Why? Simply this. Wouldn't you prefer to do the work one time and get paid repeatedly as opposed to relying on your time to generate that income?
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