Earning money has always been associated with traditional ‘offline’ ways found in the real world.
With the Internet taking over a large part of our lives, more people are looking to ways to earn money online to increase their financial inflows.
However, you have to be careful of the platform that you opt for. While there are numerous ways can help you earn money online, some of these could end up being scams, hence you have to be careful. Also, do not expect to earn a huge amount quickly when using online avenues to earn money.
Here are few such online platforms, websites, and resources that can help you earn money online.
Freelancing has always been a popular way to earn money online and the Internet has a plethora of options. There are several websites offering freelance tasks for people with varying skills. All you need to do is to create your account, browse through the listings, and apply for the task that suits you. Some websites may even require you to create a personal listing with the details of your skillset, so that interested clients can contact you directly.
Outfiverr.com, upwork.com, freelancer.com, and worknhire.com are some websites that provide freelance jobs. You can earn anywhere between $5 and $100 through these websites.
2. Start your own website
There is enough material available online to help start your own business website. This includes choosing the domain, templates, and the design for your website. Once ready to service the visitors with the relevant content, sign up for Google Adsense, which when appear on your website and clicked by visitors helps you make money. The more the traffic you get on your website, the more will be the potential for higher earnings.
This is so popular, I had to break it out into its own section.
The Idea: Google pays websites to display related advertising on websites/blogs.
The Methods: You sign up for Google AdSense and display the ads in strategic positions on your website.
*First, you need to get your website approved by Google
*Then you can decide where you want to display the ads
*Google then pays you when people click on those ads
The amount of money you can earn from this form of advertising is very small unless you have a lot of traffic. So for most bloggers/websites starting out, I would not recommend this as it just pollutes your website, with little to no reward for you or your audience.
3. Affiliate marketing
Once your website is up and running, opt for affiliate marketing by allowing companies to insert web links on to your site. When visitors to your site buy products or services by clicking on such links, you earn out from it.
If you get involved in affiliate marketing, you’ll get the best return on sharing damn good products and solve a particular need.
Organic search traffic usually converts best but ranking for keywords that can drive affiliate revenue isn’t always easy. Reviews and list posts can work well but every niche is different.
Detailed content wins over thin content.
Ultimately you need to select products that will convert (if their sales page sucks, alarm bells should ring) but the product needs to be up to par.
Ask yourself this: would I write about this product if I wasn’t an affiliate? If you answer no – then you probably shouldn’t include it. If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably got the right product.
Sponsored Blog Posts
Once you start to get a following and a bit of a name for your blog, you may get approached to write about products on your website.
The Idea: Companies realize the power of blogging and want to leverage your trusted audience to get the product promoted. They will pay you in exchange for a blog post about their product.
The Methods: This is quite simple. You have to write a blog post about their product. But, I would add a few details as follows
Only review products you have used
Only review products you would recommend to your audience
Make sure what you are “delivering” for the company is clear, and in writing, before you move forward with the project
The amount of money or goods you can get for such a post depends very much on your industry, your following, and the company that approaches you. My advice: aim high, and be prepared to compromise. And, ask the advice of others in your niche if you can, to help get an idea of what you and your time are worth.
4. Surveys and searches and reviews
There are several websites offering money to undergo online surveys, carry out online searches, and write reviews on products. To get the credit, one needs to disclose certain information to them including one’s banking details. This is why you should use this route with utmost care. Some of them may even ask you to register with them before working on projects. The most important watch out in such projects is to stay away from websites of ..
5. Virtual assistantship
Doing all the corporate stuff from one’s home is what a virtual assistant (VA) does. VAs basically work remotely with their clients and manage the aspects of their business that they are too busy to handle themselves. When you work as a virtual assistant, you can choose to work as an employee or you can set up your own business.
VAs are skilled, home-based professionals that offer companies, businesses, and entrepreneurs administrative
support. Some of the major areas of work includes making phone calls, email correspondence, Internet research, data entry, scheduling appointments, editing, writing, bookkeeping, marketing, blog management, proofreading, project management, graphic design, tech support, customer service, event planning, and social media management.
Becoming a VA can entail some degree of training or briefing, depending on your qualifications. However, if you have good communication skills and
and are capable of using applications like MS Office, you can just sign up on sites such as Elance.com, 24/7 Virtual Assistant, Assistant Match, eaHelp, Freelancer, FlexJobs, People Per Hour, Uassist.Me, Upwork, VaVa Virtual Assistants, Virtual Staff Finder, Worldwide 101, Ziptask, Zirtual and so on. A VA my expect earnings in the range of Rs 500-Rs 4,000 per hour.
Knowing a language other than English may even help you earn some extra bucks. There are several websites that offer translation projects that require translating a document from one language into another. This may include Spanish, French, Arab, German, or any other language to or from English.
For many, this can make the task rather time-consuming and therefore they hire translators available online from anywhere across the globe. Several websites such as Freelancer.in, Fiverr.com, worknhire.com or Upwork.com offers you a platform to be a professional translator.
Those who do not have the knowledge or do not have the time to complete their projects on their own, put up their work on these platforms where you can register and start bidding on translation jobs and get paid in the range of Rs 1-Rs 5 per word. This can go up to Rs 10 for some languages.
7. Online tutoring
If you are an expert in a particular subject, you can earn by tutoring people online. Online tutoring provides a means to connect online with students of all ages, across the country to provide homework help and tutoring in the subjects for which you have demonstrated expertise.
One may sign up on websites like Vedantu.com, MyPrivateTutor.com, BharatTutors.com, tutorindia.net as an online tutor by creating a profile, and listing the subjects or classes you want to teach, how much experience you have, what your qualifications are, etc. Some of the platforms may offer flexible and convenient time to work as an online tutor.
8. Social media
In addition to interacting with friends and strangers, social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat can be used to make money. Companies and popular brands pay social media strategists to further boost the popularity of their products. With lots of competition around and the constantly shortening of attention time of online viewers, creativity is essential to create posts, videos etc that can go viral quickly and enhance the brand value. Remember, social media needs dedicated time and energy to stay relevant. Hence, you need to share posts regularly and interact with your followers on a regular basis.
As you may have heard, Instagram is one of the fastest moving social media platforms around. And big brands and companies are moving onto the platform at an amazing pace.
However, many of them do not have the following that you may have so will pay for access to your audience. It is also a great way to do more subtle “native” advertising.
Usually your followers will have to number at least 6000 (or more) and you will need to have a reasonable level of engagement (for example 3% likes). These exact figures depend on the advertiser and industry, but they give you a benchmark to start with.
There are a few ways to earn money with your account including:
Paid promotion for specific companies
affiliate link promotion
Shoutouts – where you actively promote another Instagram account
YouTube Ad Partner
As a blogger, you may also have a big following on places like YouTube. This means that you have produced enough stunning content, and attracted a large enough audience (but more importantly views) that you get money from ads. It certainly is not an easy thing to achieve, but if you are focusing on video content anyway, it might be a good option for a few extra bucks!