Amazon and affiliate marketing in general is a decent way of making side income, but nothing really compares to making your own product or service that others will pay for, especially something that ppl will pay for month after month. WIth affiliate marketing, you’re basically helping retailers find lifelong customers, and you get a cut just once. Bad deal, IMO
The Amazon Trade-In program doesn’t offer cash, but they do pay you in gift cards for select used books, video games and electronics. One thing I really like as an Amazon customer is that they will let me know when something I have bought on Amazon has a trade-in value. On the day I wrote this post, I was able to trade-in one of my books for $6.04. And I did! I was done with the book. It wasn’t one I took notes in. I shop on Amazon a lot. I can use that store credit.
In today's world you're almost required to advertise your business online to achieve maximum profit. Instead of turning to the phone book, a customer now turns to a search engine to find what he needs. A website has become a standard part of a business' platform for good reason. The creation of compelling online video advertising may not only create more income but also possibly expand your business into areas and markets previously unavailable to you.
Very interesting post. I am saving this page for future reference. I personally liked tip #9. I know some people who try to locate themselves in niches that sell high valued products only and they do not make enough sales, consequently low commission as well. It’s better to target those items that sell quickly first, where people do not do a lot of thinking and research before buying.
Very informative. I left a comment because I know what it is like to spend hours or even days writing a great blog to not even have someone leave a simple comment one way or the other. I started making only something like $3.00 a month with Amazon affiliate when I first started, what a joke! I was about to quit when I read your article and like one other and found out there was real money to be made. Now I am making a million dollars a year…just kidding, I couldn’t even type that sentence with a straight face. Seriously though I have boosted my earnings to a high of around $96 to an average of like $45 a month with still isn’t much, but much better than my adsense earnings. Well good day and thanks for the insights.
Prize Rebel: Prize Rebel is similar to Global Test Market in that they pay you to sign up for free trials and test those products. Prize Rebel also pays you to watch videos and answer surveys. There have been over seven million active users of the platform since it’s inception in 2007 and you can sign up to start making money in ten seconds. Gift card options include Amazon, plus many other stores.
Postloop is another interesting way to make money online. Postloop will pay you to make intelligent and grammatically correct comments on blogs and forums. These forums and blogs are looking for users and activity. They’ll pay Postloop and its users to come visit their sites and join the conversation. The only catch is that you must post high quality comments. But for anyone with English as a first language this should be easy.
Email advertising falls into two categories: sponsored content and traditional display ads, both of which are effective. You can find advertisers using many of the same techniques as you would with web advertising (BuySellAds, having an “Advertise Here” webpage, etc); the difference is that email advertising doesn’t take up any screen real estate on your website and in fact engagement rates tend to be higher (users often know what areas of a website to avoid if they don’t want to see ads).
#3 – Facebook groups – I think we have all seen the Facebook local “yard sale” groups where people post used clothes, electronics, exercise equipment, vehicles, and all kinds of other things to sell. Join a group like this if you're not already in it and post something you know others might want. If it's an attractive item accompanied by a good picture with an equally attractive price, there's a great chance you'll get a local buyer the same day you post your pics.
#10 – Qmee – This is a browser extension for Chrome that will show little sidebar ads when you do searches on Google, Bing, Amazon, or other popular sites. Clicking on any of those ads will give earn you anywhere from a 5 to 15 or more cents. This adds up if you're constantly doing a lot of internet research. They pay instantly to Paypal when you click the cash out button, with no minimum in place for cashing out.
Whether you have a website or are still dreaming up ideas for a blog, you can also look into affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link.
Network with colleagues and arrange to trade links and advertising on each others' websites or blogs. Create a news release about newsworthy items such as a new product release. Send the release to online media relating to your product or service such as the online local newspapers, interest-focused magazines and blogs, and trade publications. Write an article about your area of expertise and submit it to sites that cover your industry. Arrange for a link to your website and your email to appear along with the articles and news releases. Potential customers can click through to your site or email you, creating an opportunity to add a client.
Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re selling your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.

15. Give away premium content for extra $$$ – If you are producing mind-blowing, awesome content that visitors can’t get enough of… you can always try asking them to pay for some of it! (Crazy concept, huh?!) I’m personally fine with paying for premium content. Bear in mind – don’t ask people to pay right away. Instead, stay focused on growing an audience and visitors first.
Launch a Blog or Podcast: Similiar to creating YouTube videos, a successful blog or podcast can provide a source of income through advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsorships and as a means to sell other products such as e-books. Starting a blog is easy with WordPress.org and thousands of themes, or designs, to choose from. The article, How to Start a Blog Today is a good general guide. And How to Start a Podcast: Pat’s Complete Step-by-Step Podcasting Tutorial is an in-depth overview of how Pat Flynn began his successful Smart Passive Income podcast series.
Update: I used to recommend carousel style Amazon ads, but they don’t exist anymore. When I used them they converted about 3 times better than static style Amazon banner ads. I suggest using Native Shopping Ads instead which is essentially a replacement to the carousel style ads but allows for greater flexibility. You can display products by recommendation from the content, by search or with other options. Here is what the a Native Shopping Ad looks like for the keyword search “Chris Guthrie” Amazon displays the Kindle books I’ve written:
These days, it’s nearly impossible to meet a kid or a teenager who isn’t passionate about the Internet. From the countless cat videos, to fierce fandoms, to every game genre you can imagine, the Internet is filled with amazing things. This is why kids barely leave home to go out with friends–they’re already talking to each other online, from the comfort of their own beds, with a bag of potato chips within reach.
I’m a huge fan of blogging because I love writing and connecting with people all over the world. To give you an idea of what is possible with blogging, DollarSprout.com is part of a group of blogs that routinely brings in over $20,000 a month. While it takes time to build your blog up to that income level, you can get the initial set up done in under 30 minutes (no experience needed).
It’s easiest to make money using Amazon’s affiliate program if the people coming to your website are looking for a specific product that your website discusses. It’s more difficult to use a website like my blog here and make money linking to physical products because the people coming here are looking for advice on how to earn money online – not what iPod speakers they should buy.
After finding your blog, a couple weeks ago, I finally setup a carousel on one of my blogs. After reading your blog, I had a bunch of different ideas on how to use my Amazon affiliate account across a handful of my blogs but as of April 15th, Amazon is closing the affiliate program for all Illinois residents. The Illinois governor signed a tax law that requires Amazon to charge tax on affiliate sales in Illinois even if the retailer doesn’t have a presence here.
#1 – ActiveHours App – This is a new app available for both Apple and Android devices that allows you to get some of your paycheck early, to help out with those little emergencies when they arise. This company charges no fee for you to use their service, they just give you the opportunity to leave a small tip when you get your advance (but even that is optional).
Thanks for the post. Very informative for a newbie like me. I was wondering in order to apply as an affiliate for Amazon (or any affiliate for that matter) do they require a certain amount of traffic from you? Should I wait to apply as an affiliate until I build up more traffic or is it OK to go ahead and apply in order to start right away? Thanks! 

27. Sponsored/paid posts – Many blogs publish sponsored and paid posts. Sponsored posts are basically just posts about a specific brand, product or service. A company will pay you to publish an article about it. It’s similar with other paid posts as well. Your basically selling the spot for the article on your site. If you decide to take this route, you’ll want to build your traffic before you will get many offers.
This is a browser extension you can install that will occasionally show you sponsored advertisements on your sidebar when you search. Each advertisement is worth a few cents or more. If you visit the ad shown, you receive the dollar amount shown in your Qmee virtual “piggy bank”. You can cash this out at anytime, there is no minimum. Also, the money shows up in your Paypal account pretty much instantly after you ask for it. I put this site on this list because even though it's not a big earner, you can get paid quickly.
Etsy: While Etsy's popularity has declined recently, it's still a great resource for selling handmade items online. No need for complex ecommerce sites or merchant accounts or any sort of automation. The company takes a commission of every sale and charges a small listing fee per item. But many still use Etsy as their primary source of income. The best part is that you can also sell digital products on here such as poster designs. 
Teach other kids how to code: Lots of kids want to learn how to code and if you’ve mastered this skill, you can teach other kids through paid classes. Teaching other kids isn’t easy and it will take some skill to clearly explain basics that you, the expert, have probably known and understood for years. Get the word out about courses by building a website and handing out and hanging up fliers in places where kids will see them.
If it’s not clear yet, information and expertise are two of the most consistent and lucrative ways to make extra money online. If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can sign up to get paid to answer professional questions on JustAnswer. There are thousands of questions being asked every month from people looking for help from lawyers, doctors, mechanics, vets, and more. To apply, you’ll need to supply your professional verification, resume, and a form of identification.
To do that, you have to harbor a few fundamental guiding principles in your mind. Today, if you're at all serious about generating a full-time income (and more) from your online activities, then you need to focus on passive income as opposed to active income. Sure, the active income will help you survive. That's the scarcity mentality at play. But it's the passive income ideas that will help you thrive.
Chris, I am glad you have had good fortune with amazon, I think I have chosen the wrong niche, it appears to be very competitive, I have had my site for 4 mo, and have made zero, however, it may not be all bad, I still work on content, and I do get indexing, however, I am at a loss on how to find keywords on ranking content; If I could find this out, then I could do some seo on any LSI keywords. I do agree about having a nice looking website, I paid far much less then you did, and I think I turned out with a site that looks very nice; If visitors do not think you are legit, or if you content looks like trash, then the will bounce before you can blink. I think once I can find those magic LSI keywords and rank them, then I think things will turn around, as I have also invested quite a bit up until this point.
Well, I’m here to offer all of the kids of a world with a powerful bargaining chip. What if gaming could be a job? What if you could earn more by leveling up in World of Warcraft than you could by flipping burgers are your local Burger King 5 Really Popular Online Job Application Forms: Burger King, Mcdonald's, Wal Mart etc. 5 Really Popular Online Job Application Forms: Burger King, Mcdonald's, Wal Mart etc. Read More ? This could be one of the most remarkable ways for kids to make money. Well I’m here to show you how that’s actually possible – depending on your particular skills within the virtual world.
Hey Chris – great post. Just a question – We have got about 80 stores affiliated to Amazon Associates. As I understand from your article, it appears that the blog site is a foundation for making a successful Amazon Income. In this regard, we don’t have a blog site but we just have those stores (websites) which have a show case of products. What do you think the strategy would be to drive sales? Of course, we have got Social Media Marketing currently in place.
There are quite literally hundreds of clever ways to make money online. From taking online surveys, to renting or selling your old clothes, flipping your iPhone to someone in a different country, and even buying low-cost products locally, just to resell them for a higher price on Amazon. There’s truly no shortage of unique ways to make money online.
What does that mean for you? It means Nielsen will pay you $50 a year to keep their app on your favorite internet browsing device. The app itself collects statistics on your internet usage anonymously, so you never have to worry about any data being linked to you. And the best part is, the app takes up barely any space and doesn’t slow down your phone or tablet at all!
So, I put together a free master course for you to take that spreads out all of the work involved in starting a blog, into a series of action-packed lessons. My free course breaks the entire process of starting a blog down into an incredibly simple 7-day process for going from 0 to publishing (and promoting) your first blog post in just 1 week. I can't recommend it enough.
Chris, I am glad you have had good fortune with amazon, I think I have chosen the wrong niche, it appears to be very competitive, I have had my site for 4 mo, and have made zero, however, it may not be all bad, I still work on content, and I do get indexing, however, I am at a loss on how to find keywords on ranking content; If I could find this out, then I could do some seo on any LSI keywords. I do agree about having a nice looking website, I paid far much less then you did, and I think I turned out with a site that looks very nice; If visitors do not think you are legit, or if you content looks like trash, then the will bounce before you can blink. I think once I can find those magic LSI keywords and rank them, then I think things will turn around, as I have also invested quite a bit up until this point.
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]
Teenagers today have an assortment of skills that are useful on the Internet. For those who are skilled writers, earning money will be that much simpler. Additionally, there are well paying jobs available for teenagers who know how to write web pages or programs, are skilled at making crafts or collecting antiques, or are just interested in making a bit of cash from using the web like normal.
The pay is .25 per minute of talk time. Agents typically make anywhere from $7-$14 per hour. As for the hours, they are totally flexible. You can choose which shifts you want to work each week and the shifts are broken down into half hour increments giving you optimal flexibility. You can even log in and work if you are not scheduled for some impromptu cash.” 

Slicethepie: Similar to MusicXRay, Slicethepie pays users to write reviews. While the company started out in the music industry it now provides reviews on fashion, mobile phone accessories, and other products. The company doesn’t disclose how much it pays per review but notes that there are incentives to write good reviews. Find more information here: Slicethepie. 

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.


Yes, you need to do your due diligence before joining any business opportunity. And you need to know the difference between direct selling opportunities, which are legit, and pyramid schemes, which are illegal. Advocare is a direct selling opportunity and they are a member of the DSA – which means they adhere to strict ethical business practices and guidelines.
Here’s a good example of how lead sales can work in real life: My second website, Life Insurance by Jeff, brings in a ton of traffic from people who are searching the web to find answers to life insurance questions. While I used to have the website set up so I could sell these people life insurance myself, it was a lot of work to process all the different requests and clients. As a result, I started selling the leads I gathered instead.
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Don't sacrifice morals for a quick buck — At the outset, you'll want to do all sorts of things to make money online, but don't sacrifice your morals for a quick buck. Not only will you put people off, but you'll lose Google's trust. You also shouldn't concern yourself with things like Adsense or other ads on a blog before you have around 100,000 visitors per day. Yes, per day. 


Yes, you can make money online.I run a few small niche websites. For instance, How to Convert PDF is a tiny site that has free videos on how to convert other types of documents into PDF format. It sells a piece of software called PDF Creator, and I make a few dollars every time someone buys from that site. I promoted the site using pay-per-click ads and it was profitable. Don’t copy me directly, but do find the intersection of people needing help and a tool, ebook, or software program that will help them fix their problem. Then, create a website designed to get them to buy it!


If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.

both Vic's dad -a good buddy- and I are self-employed programmers/consultants and i've been following Vic's adventures for quite some time, so was eager to see what his latest tome offered ... especially as i approach the event-horizon called retirement ... well, i was hooked after the first few pages of Chapter 1 and some of his "Cons" ... i found it pleasantly surprising to see such a mature outlook on the nuances that being a "consultant" requires, especially when dealing w/ a client who wants to make you his b!+ch ... after another dozen or so pages i was beginning to think i was reading a new book by Tim Ferriss and not my my buddy's son ... do yourselves a favor and grab this e-book and maybe ... we'll all meet in Thailand ... or Belize?

I took the plunge and signed up for 99Designs. I have already submitted 2 designs in my spare time. Now, in middle school and high school I was into art pretty hardcore. But my love from computers caused me to put down the pencil and pick up the keyboard. I am glad to find something that has gets me drawing again, and can earn me a bit on the side. Thanks again!

Amazon actually does hire home-based virtual customer service reps regularly! Pay is around $11 an hour and the job is usually reserved for people living in specific states. You can go to the careers page on their main site to find these jobs, just do a search for “work at home” in the keyword field. You can also read the Amazon work at home customer service review I wrote for more info on how it works.
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There are literally thousands of kids and teens making great money on Youtube. You can too. You can do product reviews, challenges, eSports, or even vlogging. It is a lot of work but if you will stick to it you can make it a career. EvanTubeHD makes over $1.6 million a year and he’s just a kid! If you are not camera shy then join the ranks of other successful kid Youtubers. I recommend the Hollens Creator Academy for getting started.
People have been making money playing wow for a long time. ESL, blizzcon, and several other gaming leagues offer several thousand dollar purses for top finishing teams ($75,000 is the highest payout i've seen). I played wow for a short time in college and sold my account for $800; however, the character was fully upgraded. People also sell in game currency for real currency. Crazy stuff.
Good list. Some definitely good examples, if people really want to try. I think “interview other people and sell the interviews” will work the best. Or just build a website and post those interviews. I have managed a few websites where we interviewed people and those get a lot of visits from Google searches. For anyone out there willing to interview people I would recommend it, it will make you money.
There always has to be one jerkoff that needs to correct someone’s information. Do you feel better now that you have made sure your voice was heard. Ok, so it doesn’t pay instantly, perhaps the author’s does. I do Field Agent and have $182.00 this month. It does not payout instantly either, but I did not think to be rude and comment that this person is wrong. Instead, I would like to thank them for compiling such a helpful list and I will be trying a couple of the suggested sites right away. Thanks so much and to the person who must show that he knows something we don’t know……hush.
You should put that you’re a participant of Amazon’s affiliate program somewhere on your website. But do people know when they’re clicking a link if it’s an affiliate link or not? Depends on if they look at the entire URL string or if you tell them. Frankly I think as long as you’re providing value for the reader and as long as you put the Amazon disclosure in your blog post then that is good.

Amanda Holden has more than 17 years of professional writing experience. She is trained in computer programming and computer repair, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and geology with a minor in computer science. She is pursuing her PhD at a major university. Holden writes for various websites on subjects such as computer science, technical specifications, education, science and math.

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