I’ve just seen an article on pctechmag.com called 25 Ways You can Legally Make Money Online. I thought it would be interesting to see what these methods were. However, when I read the article, I was disappointed. There are two big flaws with this article:
- They list too many, so you won’t know which to choose.
- They don’t actually tell you how to put most of these methods into action.
Let’s take a look through each of the methods they mention.
1. Put Ads on a Blog or Website
There is no mention of what kind of topic your website might be about. Also, they don’t mention any of the technical aspects of setting up a website. First of all, you need a domain, but there’s no mention of where to buy a domain. Secondly, you need web hosting, but they don’t mention that either. Lastly, how do you build the thing? Nope, no clue offered in that article. All they do is mention Google AdSense and BuySellAds as examples of advertising that you can include once you’ve got your website.
Here is a great article on WikiHow about making money from blogging:
2. Start a Newsletter
How would you make money from a newsletter? Well, the two possible ways they mention are to either get sponsors to advertise in your newsletter or to make people pay to sign up to your newsletter. Apart from that, all they say is that you can use MailChimp to host the newsletter, and then they give two examples of existing newsletters.
Again, there is a huge gap of stuff not explained here. For example:
- How do you decide what your newsletter should be about?
- How do you attract subscribers?
- How do you find sponsors?
To help you, here is a great article from SmartPassiveIncome.com:
3. Become a YouTube Partner
It’s true that there are people who earn a lot of money from having ads on their YouTube videos. These are really popular people with like a million subscribers, getting loads of views every day. Definitely not your average YouTuber.
While this is totally possible to do, the pctechmag.com article gives no advice on how to become one of these super popular YouTube partners. Instead, all they do is link to an article that explains how you can use copyright-free music in your videos. I don’t think this is going to get you to the dizzy heights of YouTube stardom.
Anyway, here’s a video about making money from YouTube:
4. Create Stuff and Sell It on eBay, Etsy or ArtFire
Okay, what kind of stuff?
I’m sure it is totally possible to make some money selling things you create. But I would like to see some kind of guidance on what kind of things sell well on these websites, as well as an estimation of how much money I would be likely to make for my time and efforts.
If you are more serious about earning money on eBay, click here to take a look at the Part Time Auction Income System instead.
5. Sell Things Through an Online Store
Okay, what kind of things? The article says “everything from furniture to clothes to food” as well digital downloads. So pretty much anything then? Again, no guidance about what specific types of products actually sell the best, or what kind of money you could earn. Also, no instructions on how best to set up your online store.
Here is a video about setting up your own store:
6. Sell T-shirt Designs
Actually, this one looks pretty easy to implement. They do list 3 websites where you can do this – Threadless, Zazzle and CafePress. Those sites do look like they make it easy. The only thing missing is guidance on how to make the designs.
7. Write a Book and Publish it Online
What? Just like that? No help on how to write a book, or even what topics tend to sell well? Although they do list places that you can sell your book:
- Kindle store
- Google Play
8. Teach Your Skills at Udemy and Skillshare
Okay, so this seems pretty simple actually. If you do have a skill which you can teach to others, you might get some online teaching work from signing up to those websites.
9. Become a Freelance Software Developer
Okay, so they did quite well on this one, because they not only give you a link to a website with information on how to learn coding, they also tell you where you can get freelancing work:
10. Become a Virtual Assistant
Again, this is quite simple, because if you have the skills to offer online administrative or technical assistance to someone, you can get work at the following websites:
11. Do Live Help Videos
Apparently, if you go to Google Helpouts, you can offer your expertise to people on a wide range of topics. Similar to number 8 on this list, if you have skills or expertise that you think you could share with others, it should be pretty straightforward.
12. Write Code for Android or iOS
Although the article offers no help on how t learn how to write code for these operating systems, if you already have those skills you can sell your code at one of the following websites:
Sellmyapp.com is one of the oldest mobile source codes marketplace which focuses only onCompleted projects. You can browse over +1000 top quality apps or games for iOS or Android,And pick from a variety of frameworks such as native iOS, Android or Unity. the marketplaceOffers 14 days money back guarantee buyer protection as well.
Whatever you do, stay away from this likely scam called App Dev Empire:
13. Do Menial Computer Tasks
Apparently, people will pay you to do online tasks such as data entry or doing web research. There is an Amazon service called Mechanical Turk where you can find this type of work.
Just make sure you don’t fall for scams like this one:
14. Design Logos, etc.
Although there is no guidance offered by the article on how to develop your design skills, if you are already an accomplished designer you can find work at the following websites:
15. Be a Voice Over Artist
If you have a nice voice, you may be able to get work as a voice over artist or narrator at the following websites:
16. Sell Your Own Music
If you are a talented musician or producer, there are actually a bunch of websites where you can sell it:
17. Earn Commissions as an Affiliate
Having earned money from affiliate marketing myself, I know that you need a website with great content on it. This article doesn’t give you any help in that regard. All it does is give a link to an article about various online stores that offer international shipping and give you list of affiliate programs you can join:
18. Help Students with Homework
If you are already a teacher, you can offer your skills online at the following websites:
19. Let People Stay at Your House
If you have a spare room, you can earn money by letting people stay or apartment by using the following websites:
20. Sell Your Photos
There is no guidance offered on how to develop your photography skills. However, if you are already a good photographer, you can sell your photos on the following websites:
However, you can also monetize your Instagram, Flick or Facebook photos.
Just be very cautious about websites like Get Paid to Draw:
21. Sell Your Old Stuff
You can sell things you no longer use on eBay or Craigslist, but everyone already knows that. This item seems like a bit of a filler for this article because it’s not telling us anything that we didn’t already know. Also, this isn’t really a way to make a decent amount of money. It’s just a way to get rid of your clutter.
22. Test Websites
Apparently, you can get paid to test websites at UserTesting. However, when I signed up, they do have a disclaimer saying that you’re unlikely to earn a full-time income from it.
23. Offer Online Tech Support
The article says that with Skype and Chrome Remote Desktop you can provide online technical support to people. However, there is absolutely no information about how to get customers.
24. PeoplePerHour and Fiverr
This is a bit of a vague one, because the article says to create accounts at those websites and then offer various services like SEO and graphic design. No guidance on which types of gigs are the most popular or how best to set up your gigs on those sites.
25. Flip Websites
There is no guidance offered about how to successfully flip websites. However, they do mention the websites you can use to do the website flipping. However, the problem here is that because website flipping is such a speciality money making technique, if you already know how to do it then you already know what websites to use to do it at. DOH! (slaps forehead)
But make sure you avoid Domain Flipping by the Millionaire Society:
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