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OFFICIAL Newbie Guide To Earning Money Online

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Newbie Guide To Earning Money Online
Struggling to pay the bills? Or do you just need that extra cash for that extra something in your life? In the end, whatever you need that extra money is entirely your business. If you found this page through Google, I'll assume you typed something like "Beginners Guide To Making Money Online?", or "How to make extra money online?", and you need to make money fast. Before we begin, however, let us put one thing straight:

Earning money online is not that easy. Depending on how big your earning goals are, you have to work hard and be consistent.

Taking action and actually committing to doing something is the hard part.

As the saying goes, there are a million ways to make a million dollars, but if you don't focus on one single thing then you will most likely never get there.

But it is definitely possible.

Yes, with a little work you can make a more than decent side income online. Even if you don’t live in the United States.

The internet is full of useless, "how to become rich" junk articles. Clickbait titles such as “10 Easy Ways To Become A Millionaire In a Month!” are the first things to show up when you search it up on Google. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point. Either way, these sites, and articles are more often than not straight-up gibberish. Instead of giving you useful and honest information, they hide their "mastermind" tactics on how to become rich behind paid guides (why does a PDF need to cost $99?).

We hope to change that. In this post, we will share some of the ways that we use every month to make some extra income, as well as some more adventurous ones for you to try out. You shouldn't expect to make a living from our methods, but it is possible to make extra cash on the side for your habits/needs.

What if I don't live in America?
Let’s get this one out of the way first. You don’t live in the USA, does that mean it is impossible to earn decent cash? No. It makes the opportunities a little harder to come by, but there are certainly still opportunities out there.

The US seems to lead the way in online beer money/making money online in general. A lot of sites are the US only. There are also a lot of sites out there that will ACCEPT workers from all over the world, but all of the better and more high paying jobs are still US only. Examples of this are sites like Amazon's Mechanical Turk, which is "open" to various other countries but when push comes to shove, the jobs are still massively US-focused. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.

There are some sites that I tend to think of as the commonwealth sites. These are sites, outside the US, that focus primarily on Canada, the UK, Australia, India, and a few western EU countries. We will mainly focus on global sites, but also these more particular ones.

Methods
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1. PASSIVE INCOME METHODS
Potential Monthly Income: $10+ per month
Summary: Passive income is a dream of many: earning a living while doing nothing. Here are the ways we manage to earn money passively every month.
2. GET PAID TO (GPT) SITES
Potential Monthly Income: $15 to $250+ per month
Summary: Get-paid-to sites are among the best ways of making money online. With a GPT site, you make money for completing free offers and tasks. There is no catch. Simply follow the TOS, complete the tasks, and get paid nearly immediately.
3. GET PAID TO TAKE SURVEYS ONLINE
Potential Monthly Income: $15 to $250+ per month
Summary: This is the method that you will find on every money making guide, ever. And for good reason, mind you. If you get serious about it, you could easily bring in a cool $250 extra each month.
4. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Potential Monthly Income: $100 – $50,000+ per month (yes, really)
Summary: Affiliate marketing is about making money. A bunch of money. Money for doing nothing. If you have ever googled up about affiliate marketing, then this is probably what you would be led to believe, but the truth is a little more complex than that.
5. FREELANCE WRITING
Potential Monthly Income: $50 to $2000+ per month
Summary: Freelance writing is a perfect example of a business you can start from your laptop on the couch.
6. ADDITIONAL METHODS
Potential Monthly Income: Depends.
Summary: If you need more ideas for making money online, here are some things that you could try instead. These are in no particular order and I won't go too in-depth on them. DYOR.
Please note that these methods aren't meant to spoonfeed you. It is up to you to give it all you got, and sometimes you'll have to modify the method to get it to work for you. Also please note that they are in no particular order.
 

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1. PASSIVE INCOME METHODS
Potential Monthly Income: $10+ per month
How to get started: Continue reading. ;)
There are some methods that you could define as passive methods, or at the very least methods that require a very small amount of effort from your side.

The first of these passive methods is one of my personal favorites - namely the Brave Browser.

Brave Browser - Earn money just from using your browser

Galen has made a complete post about Brave Browser and how you can earn money with it over here, and you will have to read that post in order to start earning with Brave, but here is the short run-down:

Brave Browser is a chromium-based browser that has built-in TOR, is faster than chrome, and blocks all ads and trackers. It allows you to earn a cryptocurrency called Basic Attention Token (BAT) by viewing (entirely opt-in) ads with 70% revenue share to users and it is built with privacy in mind.

Long story short - it will basically allow you to earn an average of $6 a month just from using your browser. You can click the image below to get started with this method.

Click here to begin earning with Brave!
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UpVoice - Earn gift cards by watching one ad a day

UpVoice is a browser extension that monitors your ads once a day and pays you for it. It works on multiple sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter.

We recommend just using YouTube and turning off your adblocker and spam clicking videos until you get an ad. Once you receive an ad, just leave the whole ad to play (not entirely necessary, but it's worth doing it just to be safe). If you are one of those people who don't use an ad blocker, then you can just skip this step and use your browser as normal, making it a completely passive method.

You can only earn points for one ad a day, and you receive 10 points for that ad. You can cash out once you reach 600 points (= $10), so you will basically be earning $5 a month from doing nothing. Another great thing is that they use Tremendous (one of the biggest gift card providers) so you can get pretty much any gift card out there!

If you sign up using our link, you get a $5 bonus immediately (300 points). You will then be able to withdraw $10 in your first month. If you miss out on this step, you won't receive the extra $5.

Click here to begin earning with UpVoice!
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These two methods amount to roughly $11 a month which might not sound like much, but believe me, it adds up! Especially considering that they are essentially passive.
 

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2. GET PAID TO (GTP) SITES
Potential Monthly Income: $15 to $250+ per month
How to get started: Start signing up on GPT sites!
Get-paid-to sites are among the best ways of making money online. With a GPT site, you make money for completing free offers and tasks. There is no catch. Simply follow the TOS, complete the tasks, and get paid nearly immediately.

There are dozens or even hundreds of GPT sites available, BUT not all of them are worth your time – indeed, many of them are more often than not just a waste of time. As such, to get success with this method, it will benefit you greatly if you right from the start go for the most legitimate and high paying ones.

To get you started, we have made a list of our top 5 GPT sites as of July 2020: Top 5 GPT Sites That Actually Pay In 2020 (And How To Earn From Them)

It’s 100% free to register as a member on any of these sites. Signing up is usually a very easy process, and it’s easy to meet their eligibility requirements.

Get Paid To Do... What, Exactly?

GPT sites get paid by offering advertising space. Companies and individuals pay GPT sites to run banner and text ads, as well as to display offers for the GPT members to complete, like downloading their game on your mobile phone or trying out a premium version of their app or similar. The more traffic a site gets, the more they can charge for such advertising space. What this means in practice is that that GPT sites need a lot of members in order to make it worth it. As such, in order to get more members so they can then charge more for their advertising space, they pay their members...which is people like you and me!

Many people get worried when they see how much information the sites require from you, but that is just one of the ways enabling the sites to keep running. They collect demographics. When you complete surveys, they may use the data collected from that in the same way. They are simply acting as middle-men between you and the survey provider - and for the provider to get the most out of their surveys, it is imperative to reach the right people.

The small tasks you get paid to do are similar to every GPT site. The list below includes the most common examples of short and easy tasks. You make money when you:
  • take surveys
  • join partner survey sites
  • click website links (paid-to-click tasks)
  • read daily emails
  • browse the Internet
  • download and try apps
  • complete free offers (see example below)
  • complete paid offers (see example below)
  • watch videos
  • play games
  • earn cashback shopping online
  • follow the GPT site on social media
  • refer new users to the GPT site
  • meet participation goals
Many sites will pay you to complete free and paid offers. It’s important to know the difference between the two.

Free offers do not require you to enter any credit card info or make a purchase. For example, you can get paid to sign up for promotional emails from a partner company.

Paid offers either require you to make a purchase or submit your credit card info. For example, you can get paid to sign up for an online streaming service or a free trial of one.

The fine print for the free trial says that your subscription will be renewed after the trial ends. That’s why your credit card info is collected - and if you just remember to cancel it before the trial ends, you will not be charged anything.

GPT Sites That Actually Pay

These GPT sites really pay and are favorites among our members. They are easier to work with and more established than many of the newer GPT sites. These sites are the ones I recommend you start with.

Since I know most of you are probably not in the US/UK/Canada, I'll only list the ones that are best for you. Not all offers will be available immediately, but with patience and good approval rates, you will eventually see them roll in much quicker. Either way, here are our top 5:

Top 5 GPT Sites That Actually Pay In 2020 (And How To Earn From Them)
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3. GET PAID TO TAKE SURVEYS ONLINE
Potential Monthly Income: $15 to $250+ per month
How to get started: Sign up on ALL the survey sites!
This is the method that you will find on every money making guide, ever. And for good reason, mind you. Plenty of companies pay you not only to take surveys, but also check emails, watch videos, and more. If you get serious about it, you could potentially bring in a cool $250 extra each month.

But if you don't feel like spending several hours each day taking surveys, you could also go with a more mild approach - try to do them instead of scrolling mindlessly through social media, or while watching your favorite TV show. If you’re sitting on the couch at night, waiting at the doctor’s office, or waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice, why not take a few simple surveys and be paid for it. You shouldn't expect to pay your rent with the money you get from taking surveys, but they can be a steady source of extra income ( that's why it is called beer money!) that you can earn in your spare time.

Why take surveys? What’s in it for you?

All top companies want to understand their consumers so that they can create the perfect products and services for you. For them to do that, they need to understand YOU and what YOU want. That's why companies are willing to pay you to get your opinion.

It really is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make extra money online with no experience required.

The key to earning the big money with surveys, however, is to sign up for several survey websites

Signing up for several survey websites will help you make the most money. Then you’ll get to choose the surveys which pay the most money, as well as getting a larger offering overall. Save time and earn more cash!

I personally use these resources to make extra money because they are easy to do during my spare time.

A few of the popular ones are:

Inbox Dollars does marketing research on consumer preferences. Why? Well, various businesses need information about potential customer’s tastes and preferences. Instead of hiring their own marketing department, companies pay a service like Inbox Dollars for their research.

So, Inbox Dollars creates surveys or has you watch short videos and then enter your preferences. It’s free to sign up and these are not long and drawn out. Complete them between classes, or whenever you have 10-15 minutes to spare!

SwagbucksThis is easily one of the most popular survey websites out there. For each survey you complete, you’ll earn “Swagbucks” which can be redeemed for free gift cards, or you can get paid directly to a PayPal account.

It really is one of the most flexible ways to make a side income. They also have their own browser-addon that will help you keep track of the activities you do, like watching short videos or taking surveys whilst also notifying you of any new opportunities.

Survey Junkie – This is a personal favorite of mine. Over 5 million people are members of Survey Junkie, and it’s similar to Swagbucks where you’ll earn points for each survey you complete.

American Consumer Opinion (ACOP) – This website has over 7 million members and counting. They will pay you for each survey you complete. It’s an easy way to make extra money, but it's, as you probably figured out, only for Americans.

One thing to consider is this: Survey sites like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, and ACOP are usually trying to get the opinions of a specific demographic group. For instance, if one of their clients is marketing men's hair products, they wouldn’t accept women in that particular survey. So if you’re intent on making extra money, you’re better off signing up for a few of them to maximize your chances of getting a survey fit for you.
 
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4. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Potential Monthly Income: $100 – $50,000+ per month (yes, really)
How to get started: Continue reading!
Affiliate marketing is about making money. A bunch of money. Money for doing nothing. If you have ever googled up about affiliate marketing, then this is probably what you would be led to believe, but the truth is a little more complex than that.

Yes, you can make money through affiliate marketing. Good money. And yes, you can very much make it into a passive income by making you earn money while you sleep. When you saw the potential monthly income listed above, you may have thought I was being unrealistic - but the stats actually say otherwise:

Affiliate marketing spend in the U.S. 2010-2022
"The affiliate marketing industry is growing steadily. Statista reported that spending on affiliate marketing in the U.S. was predicted to reach $8.2 billion by 2022. That's up considerably from $5.4 billion in 2017 and $1.6 billion in 2010.

Another study from VigLink offers a closer look at just how much income affiliate marketers are making. According to the survey, 9% of publishers produced more than $50,000 in affiliate income in 2016. The majority of merchants—65%—said they were making between 5% and 20% of their annual revenue from affiliate marketing. The survey also showed a link between experience and revenues. Among the merchants with the most revenue, 60% had been involved in affiliate marketing for five years or more."
Source: Investopedia

Affiliate Marketing Defined

But how exactly are they making this money then? Well, in a short and simple sentence, they're earning an income by promoting and recommending a product or service.

Many online companies that sell services or products offer an affiliate program. Examples such as Amazon's Associate program is a MASSIVE business - surely you have seen the many product reviews on blogs linking to Amazon or YouTube videos with robot voices describing the product.

By signing up for programs like these you get your unique link, which you will then use whenever you write about their service/product. The payments terms for each different affiliate program often vary greatly, but more or less always falls under these three:

Pay Per Click (PPC): You make money based on the number of clicks generated by your affiliate link to the advertisers' website.

Pay Per Sale (PPS): You make money when the purchase is completed. The advertiser pays you a percentage of the sale.

Pay Per Lead (PPL): You make money when the visitor provides his/her contact info on the advertiser website.

Though not required, I recommend starting a blog if you want to start making money with affiliate marketing, which also falls under freelance writing - another of our methods listed below.

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How To Make Money In Affiliate Marketing

As you may have figured out by now, affiliate marketing is a great passive income source, but also highly, highly competitive. In order to be successful, you need to learn what works and what doesn’t while promoting your products. If you ask yourself “How can I do affiliate marketing”, here are the tips we have for you:

Be Patient

You have a lot of competition, competition that most likely has been established on the web for years already. So, you will need to be patient. You can feed your website with qualified content to get high ranking positions and raise awareness, attend affiliate marketing webinars, and join a discussion forum or other online communities to meet new similar-minded people. Naturally, after you have done this, you will be more passionate to make money from affiliate programs. It is really important to know that given the fact that you are patient enough, you will make money with affiliate programs.

Choose Attractive Products and Services

Beginners in affiliate marketing often register with every different affiliate program they come across. This is a big mistake. You can’t focus on each of them fully and the result would surely be a disappointment. Instead of promoting the first thing you find, try to promote a few products that are unique, highly profitable, or those that can reach large masses (for example fidget spinners). So, in essence, you'll need to understand the market needs and desires and choose your products to market carefully to make money as an affiliate.

Utilize Several Traffic Sources
The chance of making money online rises together with the more traffic you send to the sales page. It is not wrong to run ads on just your own site or blog, but it has some missing points. Here is where Google Adwords comes in. By making an ad in your Adwords account, your sales page gets targeted traffic from various channels all over the internet.

Attract Targeted Traffic
The core function of making money is to push people to click your affiliates’ links. So, you need to attract visitors. There are four main ways to do this:
  • Paid advertising
  • Free advertising
  • Article marketing
  • Email marketing
For paid advertising, you could create mesmerizing graphics and link effectively on paid services like Google AdSense. Examples of fee advertisements could be advertising on sites like Reddit or YouTube.

For article marketing, you need to have a high ranking in search engine results to get the most clicks and to be deemed the most trustworthy. There are many article submission websites like Medium or Ezine Articles, these will save you the trouble of getting organic traffic to your own website. As a marketer, you submit your article and affiliate marketers republish your article.

For email marketing, affiliate marketers embed an email subscription option for website visitors, similar to how we do on this forum when you sign up.

Follow New Techniques and Methods
Everyone wants to make money with affiliate marketing. Digital marketing trends are very dynamic, so affiliate marketing is too. Try to stay updated with the latest techniques and methods to be successful in this extremely competitive environment.
 
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5. FREELANCE WRITING
Potential Monthly Income: $50 to $2000+ per month
How to get started: Start writing!
Freelance writing is a perfect example of a business you can start from your laptop on the couch.

You don’t need a degree. All you need is the ability to write coherently about a subject. You might do an hour or two of research and then submit 1000-2000 words. Then you’d be paid. Without ever leaving the house.

Over the last decade, companies are moving to downsize their workforce, and outsource more work. That’s why freelancers can work full-time, and be paid similar or more than you’d earn in an office. You’d submit work to blogs, or businesses of all sizes.

Despite talk of global “content fatigue,” major publications - such that are both online and offline - must keep publishing content or die.

That means popular blogs, magazines, and journals remain hungry for quality content writing — and many are willing to pay for it too. You’ll need to hustle to find the best opportunities, understanding that success won’t happen overnight, but freelancing for these publications is still a smart way to make money online as a writer.

The process is very simple. You will just apply to those huge blogs and websites which outsource their writing. Then write content according to their requirements and get paid for the contents you write.

Now there are two ways you can get such jobs. Either you can go to the freelancing websites like Freelancer, Fiverr, iWriter, Upwork or even by creating your own website.

Both of the processes will work for you if you just give it the effort it deserves. The amount you are going to earn won't be amazing to begin with but it will increase over time. Make sure that you provide quality content as the earnings will depend on your skill.

Create a Niche Blog and Promote Third Party Products

I’ll be honest - building a popular blog is tough. Really tough.

But a path to making money from a blog certainly exists. And it starts with picking a blog niche where a large, passionate audience already exists and - this is crucial - where you can find successful products from trusted names to sell.

Promoting affiliate products is a much smarter way to start earning money from a blog than creating your own product. With an affiliate product, someone else has already done the hard work of validating the market, building the product, and enhancing it based on customer feedback. Someone else also has to handle the pre-sales inquiries, payments, refunds, and product support. You just need to market it.

Many affiliate products pay high commissions too - 50% or even more - because the production cost of a digital product is often essentially nothing.

Give it a shot. It’s easier now than ever before. These are my two favorite options for starting a blog to make money online:
  • Namecheap: Namecheap is where I started my very first successful blog venture. They provide an excellent platform for beginners that allows you to put all your domains, hosting, and WordPress functionality under one roof. It’s one of the best ways to start a blog from scratch with no experience.
  • SiteGround: Great for bloggers with experience. SiteGround is one of the best for speed and usability. Their service is top of the line.
Go In With The Right Mindset & Temper Your Expectations

If you think you can make money overnight using this method, this is not the way to go for you. You made it to the end of this text, however, which has to mean something. If you are willing to read this many words to the end, you clearly have enough passion to start making some money online, and freelance writing may be just the thing for you.
 
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6. ADDITIONAL METHODS - MISCELLANEOUS
Potential Monthly Income: Depends
How to get started: Continue Reading!
If you need more ideas for making money online, here are some things that you could try instead. These are in no particular order and I won't go too in-depth on them. DYOR.

1. Learn Coding

I can't stress this enough. Learn languages like Python/Java/HTML/CSS and it opens up plenty of opportunities to earn money on freelancing sites.

Join a freelancing website, and bid on all the jobs you think you have a shot at. Protip, even if you don't get the job, do it anyway for yourself. This will help you develop skills that actually reflect what clients are looking for. (I'll give you a hint, people want python programmers for Django and web-scraping and not much else. But it sure as hell pays.)

You can make $100+/hour as a contractor. Not uncommon at all if you know what you are doing and have the portfolio to prove it.

2. Selling stuff online/Flipping
If you have things you can sell like game keys/domains/other software keys, you can make a lot of money selling stuff on Amazon/eBay or game sites like G2A.

3. Merch by Amazon
Are you creative? Interested in designing clothing and merch? Check out Merch by Amazon.

4. Transcribing/Translating
If you're good at two or more languages you can sign up for translation and/or freelancing sites and get paid to translate text or audio. Transcribing is when you type what you hear. You can get paid surprisingly well for doing this type of work.

5. Cryptocurrency Trading
Can be lucrative but you need money to make money, and you need to know what you are doing.

6. Social Media Exchange sites
FollowLike/SocialClerks/etc. Get paid to follow people/like stuff/retweet stuff etc.

7. Captcha Solving
If you have plenty of time, don't mind monotonous labor, and $2-3/day is worth it for you in your country, solve captchas. Usually, you get paid around $0.5 per 1000 captchas solved.

Popular ones:
http://www.protypers.com/
http://www.megatypers.com/

8. Youtube
Pursue a YouTube career. It's a long shot but definitely possible, especially if you have any ideas for a unique channel/videos.
 
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