What’s the catch? None, really. Cash back apps act as affiliates for many online merchants, which means that whenever you make a purchase through one of the apps, they get a small commission — but then, they give you a portion of that commission as “cash back”. For example, if I buy a pair of Nike shoes through the Ebates app (or website) and spend $75, Ebates may get a $10 commission but then they’ll pass $7 back to me. It’s basically a way to get sale prices on stuff that isn’t on sale!
Instead, look for trusted resources before starting your business on Amazon. "Spend time reading Amazon's help articles, and do some thorough online research on your specific category before setting up. Amazon has different rules and limitations depending on what you're selling," says Jordan Barnett, owner of Kapow Meggings, a company that sells men's leggings, based in Casper, Wyoming.

Blogger, which you can set up for free in less than five minutes, automates Google AdSense so that you can make money with your blog by displaying ads and getting paid when people click on the ads. To make more money, set up an affiliate program (see below) for books, music, and more, and insert your affiliate links whenever you refer to those items. A good strategy to set you on the path to success is selecting a unique topic, writing intelligent copy, and telling all your friends. You'll be off to a better start with a targeted audience.


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. 

To get started in the Amazon Associates program, you’ll need to have a website that meets Amazon’s site requirements. Next, submit an application. If it’s accepted, Amazon requires you to place its affiliate disclosure on your site. The Federal Trade Commission also requires affiliate marketers to clearly disclose their relationship with retailers in posts containing affiliate links. That means affiliates should make all disclaimers easy for readers to find.
This new vertical was touted as an alternative to Etsy. As a seller, Amazon allows you to sell your handmade wares on the site. In some instances, you can even have them listed as Prime and FBA items. The reviews on Handmade are mixed. Apparently “handmade” items don’t need to meet the stringent requirements of Etsy. There also isn’t the one-on-one customer support aspect that comes with Etsy. Amazon is largely a mass retailer connecting individual buyers and sellers that may never cross paths again. That isn’t going away with Handmade.
So you want to make money online with an automated selling system. Do you know what that means? An automated system is really misunderstood in the online world. People think that because the system is automated, they don’t need to do any work. That just isn’t true. The truth is, a system only automates the selling process. But here’s the thing. Without quality website visitors, any system you use will fail. But, it’s not the systems fault. It’s your own fault. I’m not saying that to be mean, I only say that to be honest. You see, you could spend all your money on a proven business funnel and make no money because you aren’t getting traffic.
Not only does YouTube reign as the most popular video sharing website on the Internet as of December 2013, it offers a variety of options for the savvy businessman looking to make money via video advertising. The website will place your pre-made advertisements before a streaming video begins, using special algorithms and viewer demographics to specially target potential customers according to your specifications. You only pay for an ad if a customer chooses to watch the entire ad you've marketed, giving you a broader chance of reaching your audience. Also, if you create your own video content and own the copyright to all materials you use, you can become a YouTube Partner and monetize your videos, allowing you to capitalize off your views and subsequent ad revenue.
You can also get $5 to start investing in small businesses with a site called Kickfurther. At this site you can help these companies purchase inventory to fill their initial orders – these are startups, companies making iphone accessories, body care products, backpacks, sports equipment, etc. They all are innovating but need extra capital to get started. In return for helping them out you get interest – usually 5-10% over 3-6 months. That can add up to like 20-30% per year!
E-books represent about 20 percent of all book sales in the U.S. The good news is you don’t have to be a publisher with deep pockets to get in on the action. As a solo internet entrepreneur, you can sell ebooks directly from your own website. You can sell your own works or sell a public domain work. Simply upload it to your website (or seller account on Amazon) and start publicizing it on your social media platforms, on your email list, your blog, website, etc.
I do surveys with Pinecone, and yes they do have points now for the surveys, but you can still use the points for cash. Each survey gives 300 points and 300 points is equal to $3.00 if you use the cash option. The cash option is under the “featured” part of the rewards page. I never had to change anything and when request the cash from points, it’s still sent to my paypal which is how I had it set up before, even though it goes through confirming your address. I haven’t looked much through other rewards offered, but from what I’ve seen they look pretty decent.

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?
This is a new vertical from Amazon that allows brands and creatives to upload their designs to the site to be sold as t-shirts. There is very little risk involved with this type of sales model as no upfront payment is required, but competition can be high and you will likely need to invest some money into advertising if you don’t have a large following of your own. This opportunity has been so popular that you will need to request an invitation at this time.

What? Isn’t Amazon just a place where you can buy new stuff? It’s not any longer! Now, there is Amazon Handmade, where you can sell your hand crafted items to Amazon customers (there is a 12% referral fee). It doesn’t matter what type of crafting you are into, if you make it, you can sell it there. Amazon is hoping to be the next Etsy and more. You don’t even need to use professional photos or product UPC’s.


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.
Build your audience on a course community: If you’re just getting started building an audience for yourself and want to leverage communities already actively looking for content you can choose to host and sell your online course on a site like Skillshare or Udemy. These are easy, cost-effective ways to build an audience and test your niche to see if there’s demand for it.

Getting a raise is harder than getting a promotion.  Think about it from your boss’s perspective, would you rather a) pay more money for the same service, or b) pay more money for additional responsibilities. Regardless, sometimes a raise is in order, especially if you have worked for several years without one. Check out Ramit Sethi’s guide on asking for a raise.
I’m looking for people to join my team with Advocare! It’s a great opportunity to get healthy (especially as the New Year approaches!) and make some additional money! I make a couple hundred dollars extra each month and save on my own orders! I feel so strongly about the program I’m willing to pay people’s start up costs! Email me with “advocare” in the subject line if you’re interested! laurenherbers@gmail.com

If you've developed valuable skill sets or picked up certifications within your industry over the years, offering your consulting services to local business owners can be a lucrative way to make money online. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant from Karyn Greenstreet and then use my guide to crafting an effective cold email to convince them to hire you.
Thanks for this post on Amazon. For Mturk, if you’re unable to link your worker account to your bank account, you can also cash out through an Amazon gift card. I believe you got to have at least one dollar for this to happen. I’m almost at the $10.00 threshold on Mturk, but lately there haven’t been much hits. They might pick up after the holidays.
At first, Second Life was a huge online community that was mostly just a novelty. But, as that community grew and the user base exploded, opportunities also grew for savvy and creative virtual entrepreneurs. Second Life offers users a creative and very flexible design tool where users can build their own items, from amazing cars to clothing to jewelry and more. Scripting is included so creators can incorporate functionality and behavior to those items. Rare, customized items are very much a status symbol within this virtual world – and they are rapidly increasing in demand and value. The place where you sell your items are most commonly right there in the virtual world. Blogs and forums throughout the Internet discuss the amazing items within their favorite niche, which you can find and buy on Second Life, such as this UK blog called “Music Thing.”
Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.
In 2017, there were almost 90 million pet dogs in the US. Which has opened up a huge opportunity to make money online as a dog watcher or sitter. Specialized sites like Rover or Care.com connect pet owners with pet walkers, sitters, and boarding houses to help look after their best friends when they’re at work or on a trip. If you’re an animal lover, you can make extra money and get to spend some quality time with a furry friend.
An easy job; doesn’t pay well, but also a quick way to make some money. Sign up on eLance or oDesk to start, and/or advertise your services in entrepreneur forums. Requires good hearing and a good command of the English language. You may also want to invest in a foot pedal if you plan to transcribe often. Make sure you know how to transcribe interviews before you start your first job.
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.
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!
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:
The Fiverr website is a popular site where people can find quick jobs paying $5. Many of the jobs will pay you more than that. As a teen, you can offer your art skills, your writing skills or your gaming skills. Or you can offer any other number of services for sale on your Fiverr profile. Don’t forget to share the price you charge for each service.
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I net $100/day working for a corporation 40 hrs/week. I live paycheck to paycheck and would like to add to my income. I often see people claim that they make tons (to me anyway) of money on Amazon/Ebay. I will put your system to the test. I have at least 40 hrs/week that I can dedicate to this process (I’m 55 and need my rest). Thank you, however for posting such a detailed system.
I used to have fun doing surveys while I watched TV. I was choosy about the companies I used and I never paid to sign up for any. I got about $25 in free BlockBuster movie coupons, cashed out about $25 from another site and did an in house project trial where a company sent me to full size body lotions to use and record information about. I had fun, felt like my input was improving the business world, but I wasn’t looking to get rich quick, just earn a little bit in time that typically wasted. Some survey companies pay very little, others pay better. Of course, it is not fair to the businesses conducting the research to lie in order to qualify for a survey and they certainly deserve honest and thoughtful answers to their questions. The companies I worked with told me how much the survey would pay and how long it would it would take. Research for the reputable companies.
Start by taking other courses you’re interested in: Not only is this important competitor and opportunity analysis, but it also gives you an idea of how a course could or should look and feel. What’s the pacing like? Is it via email, video, in-person chats? Once you understand how you want your course to look, it’s time to decide what it should include. Those same courses are a great starting place. How can you make your course better or more interesting? Do you have experience others don’t?
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.
Not only does YouTube reign as the most popular video sharing website on the Internet as of December 2013, it offers a variety of options for the savvy businessman looking to make money via video advertising. The website will place your pre-made advertisements before a streaming video begins, using special algorithms and viewer demographics to specially target potential customers according to your specifications. You only pay for an ad if a customer chooses to watch the entire ad you've marketed, giving you a broader chance of reaching your audience. Also, if you create your own video content and own the copyright to all materials you use, you can become a YouTube Partner and monetize your videos, allowing you to capitalize off your views and subsequent ad revenue.
Userlytics – Makers of mobile apps want to know if their applications are user-friendly. The best way to get that knowledge is by having average users (that would be you and me) test them out. Userlytics pays $10 per app tested. Testers need to make a recording of themselves as they test apps. Offers to test apps are on a first-come, first-serve basis so it’s necessary to act quickly to be selected. See a review of Userlytics here: Userlytics Tester Job Review
This has become a popular business model for online entrepreneurs over the past several years, and will probably just continue to grow in popularity. The best thing about selling online courses is that once you do the up-front work in creating the course and setting up your marketing strategy, you can get paid over and over again for work you do once.
What a huge, great list of ideas – bookmarked this as I know I’ll be coming back to go over it again and again. Here’s another item that could have made the list. I found a financial directory that’s useful for info on making money online. It’s http://money.madbeetech.com. What I like about it is that each directory listing includes ebooks and videos that can be instantly downloaded. All sorts of stuff for people who have their own website, and people who don’t (but still want to make money online).
So you want to make money online with an automated selling system. Do you know what that means? An automated system is really misunderstood in the online world. People think that because the system is automated, they don’t need to do any work. That just isn’t true. The truth is, a system only automates the selling process. But here’s the thing. Without quality website visitors, any system you use will fail. But, it’s not the systems fault. It’s your own fault. I’m not saying that to be mean, I only say that to be honest. You see, you could spend all your money on a proven business funnel and make no money because you aren’t getting traffic.
I do surveys with Pinecone, and yes they do have points now for the surveys, but you can still use the points for cash. Each survey gives 300 points and 300 points is equal to $3.00 if you use the cash option. The cash option is under the “featured” part of the rewards page. I never had to change anything and when request the cash from points, it’s still sent to my paypal which is how I had it set up before, even though it goes through confirming your address. I haven’t looked much through other rewards offered, but from what I’ve seen they look pretty decent.
If you or your kid is not so much a “leveling-up” sort of gamer, but you instead prefer participating in virtual worlds where items are earned, created, bought and sold in much the same way they are in the real world, then there are also money making opportunities for you too. In particular, the world of Second Life Second Life - What is the Hype? Second Life - What is the Hype? Read More is seriously transforming what it means to be working online.This represents one of the coolest ways for kids to make money virtually.
This has become a popular business model for online entrepreneurs over the past several years, and will probably just continue to grow in popularity. The best thing about selling online courses is that once you do the up-front work in creating the course and setting up your marketing strategy, you can get paid over and over again for work you do once.
Still haven’t made any money on my aforementioned website I was talking about above. However, I started another website and I AM making money with that. Two very different niches lol. The one I am making money with will HAVE to be a higher amount eventually, but I am happy to be making money at all because I have tried this whole affiliate thing for years and never made ANY money. So selling $300 worth of stuff and making $35 makes me ecstatic lol
One of the ways I’ve also been able to make good money with Amazon is to automatically populate information from a WordPress plugin that I had developed based on the needs I had for building Amazon centric websites. The result was EasyAzon. The plugin allows you to insert information and affiliate links to Amazon in a much faster way than creating the links yourself by hand from Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more.

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.
Work more as a supplement to your current job – As mentioned in the link above, Mechanical Turk will pay less than the minimum wage in most cases. If you want to turn this gig into a full-time job, then be prepare to burn the hours answering surveys and doing data entry jobs. However, if you are just looking for productivity ways to spend your extra time, then Mechanical Turk may just be for you.
Design websites: There’s always a demand for website design. If you’re a kid who knows how to design a professional-looking site there’s no reason you can’t get paid for your work. However, like any entrepreneur, when you first start out, don’t expect to be paid a lot. Once you’ve developed a good portfolio of work and demand for your services picks up, your prices can increase. For some great advice about running a web design business see: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Web Design Business
Also probably worth noting that if you are thinking about signing up for the Amazon affiliate program and are located in Colorado or New York, sign up with an out of state business address. Amazon closed their programs to affiliates in these states because of tax laws that were passed. There are quite a few services that allow you to choose a business address in a different state and will automatically forward your mail to your current address.
Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).
Everyone wants to make money with their Facebook ads. That much is clear. But, most people fail before they even get started. They fail because they don't craft the right message. In other words, they don't connect with their audience. Kusmich tells me that there's a simple formula to doing this. If you follow the formula, you'll be a step ahead of the game. No expensive Facebook ads courses are necessary. All you have to do is follow the feel-felt-found formula.
Great Ideas! I use Instagc. In your spare time on your computer. While you won’t get rich – this is a perfect way to earn extra spending money – either cash or gift cards. I am a mom of a college kid who uses this site and earns his own spending money for gas or his fun things. I myself have earned over $500 this year and only get to spend a couple of hours (if lucky) a day.
Harris Poll Online is another legit survey site that pays people to complete surveys. When you join Harris Poll Online (it’s free to join), you’ll fill out a profile.  Harris Poll Online shares information about you to other companies. This helps companies get surveys from people with coordinating interests. FYI, the information you share is secure and never sold to third parties.

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.
However, not matter what method you choose to make money online, understand that you might be able to make some money fast, but for the sizable returns, you'll need significant sweat equity. However, a year from now, you'll be happy you started today. Remember, time is far more valuable than money. Focus on creating passive income streams that will free up your time so that you can quit the rat race and focus on the things that matter. That's the important thing here. 

Now, it’s time to start creating and uploading content. Make sure you’re using a high-enough quality camera (most smartphones will work but I’d suggest at least having a tripod so your footage isn’t shaky), but don’t worry about being perfect at first. The beauty of YouTube is that you can continue to test out different content and styles as you find what works for you. Instead, stick to a regular schedule to build up your subscriber base.
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.

If you've developed valuable skill sets or picked up certifications within your industry over the years, offering your consulting services to local business owners can be a lucrative way to make money online. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant from Karyn Greenstreet and then use my guide to crafting an effective cold email to convince them to hire you.


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:
Work more as a supplement to your current job – As mentioned in the link above, Mechanical Turk will pay less than the minimum wage in most cases. If you want to turn this gig into a full-time job, then be prepare to burn the hours answering surveys and doing data entry jobs. However, if you are just looking for productivity ways to spend your extra time, then Mechanical Turk may just be for you.
We have been the most successful selling information products like e-books and “how to” videos.  One of the best parts about creating these digital products is that overhead is extremely low and there’s nothing to ship.  The customer pays you and you email them a link to view your content. Everything is automated, so you can actually make money 24 hours a day.
Sign up for a reputable affiliate network: Aside from Amazon, there are dozens of large reputable affiliate networks, such as Share-A-Sale, Clickbank, and Skimlinks, that specialize in connecting you with merchants who are looking for affiliates to sell their products. They charge relatively low commission fees for the privilege of connecting you with merchants, and the merchants on these sites tend to offer much higher commission percentages or set dollar amount payouts.
Great list! I have another to consider that I personally have 35+ years experience providing. Clean up litter outside commercial properties on foot using inexpensive hand tools. It’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk! I started doing this as a side gig in 1981 and soon grew it into a profitable full-time business. I share my experience in my book, Cleanlots.

Thank you for your response to Amanda, I was looking for ways to monetize my WordPress site. Are you able to share your best method for doing so on WordPress? Or will the list of options from the article work just aswell. I’m very green as far as e-commerce and I am looking to make a lasting impression with my future clientele and visitors to my site.
Where I live right now I have to drive 20 to 50 miles to get to a town, and they are only paying $8 an hour so it is not worth driving to work every day. So I have become a stay at home mom. I have been looking for something I can do at home to help out with the bills for over a year now. It is driving me crazy not working. Can anyone help. Can you please email me with any information you might have.
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