How do you make money online?

If you do make money online, what is your method? Do you take those surveys? Do you write for someone? Do you teach courses?

If you don’t make money online, have you considered it?

I’m asking for me (out of curiosity) but also just hoping to start a discussion about what’s a realistic means of making money online.

I’ve noticed that some blogs can propagate some very unrealistic myths about how to make money online, and I want to start a realistic conversation about it.

69 thoughts on “How do you make money online?

  1. I started freelancing sometime around 2000, took it seriously in 2009, and quit my regular job in 2013. Not saying this is consistent with everyone’s experience, but hopefully you’ll get enough responses from other freelancers to form a well-rounded perspective on this topic.

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      1. Thank you very much! In all honesty, I never would have done it if I wasn’t able to save up emergency cash, build up a good client list, and develop multiple revenue streams. For freelancers, it’s absolutely vital to hedge against risk! That’s why it took me so many years + burning the candle at both ends to make the full transition.

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  2. I looked into this in December… the best “bang for buck” I found is matched betting. It may only be viable in the UK though. Check out the website OddsMonkey for more details. I made over ยฃ200 in about 3 weeks with relatively little effort. I could have made more if I’d put more time into it.

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  3. I tried the survey thing, with a couple apps, it’s not that great to be honest, as you invest a lot of time, for a little bit of money, if that makes sense, it’s good if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands i suppose.
    Appen’s kind of decent

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    1. Ads are tricky. You don’t make money with them unless you have MASSIVE amounts of traffic. I used to run a corporate blog that had 70,000 hits a week and we made like 5 dollars a month from ads…

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  4. I work on Upwork as a freelance writer (though you can Freelance with just about any work-from-home skillset). I have found it to be a great way to make a decent income while working on my own projects. They do take a 20% cut of your earnings at first (then decreased to 10% after working with the same client), but if you put in the work and are willing to take a couple gigs at first where youโ€™re not getting paid as much so that you can build up your reputation and if you do a good job, people will want to hire you down the road.

    Iโ€™m about 5 months into it and earning $1000/month but soon will be making more! Being unemployed gave me the time I needed to build up my profile and reputation ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s not worth it. Not on WordPress. You have to pay for a premier account to be able to put ads on your blog, and if you have 10,000 hits a week, you’ll make roughly 30 cents a week… lol

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  5. I tried to make money online but didnโ€™t have a very clear concept of my product and target audience. I realized that itโ€™s more work and commitment than it seems like. You should be doing it at least six hours a day to be making enough, so I realized that I like having a regular job instead. But if itโ€™s not an option you should be able to really devote yourself to your online business. Good luck!

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  6. I freelanced for Examiner.com for six years, before it folded in 2016, and was able to make a little money on the side, while being at my regular job. I tried getting back into freelancing, but don’t really know where to go, or what to do.

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  7. I took a collection of blog posts and glued them together into a Kindle book and also wrote a book on options trading. These two books have given me around a total of $6 in royalties in 2019; it’s nothing major but it is money I suppose.

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      1. It was mostly to get my feet wet with self-publishing. The hesitation to do something ‘serious’ right away is terrible so I just tossed together two ‘easy’ books that I didn’t care about. Now that I got that out of the way, I’m trying to put together actual novels and something that I’ll be proud of. Baby steps!

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  8. I make some extra money online doing micro-tasks on a variety of websites. It involves a filling out a lot of surveys, occasionally participating in focus groups, testing websites or AI, and sometimes short data entry tasks. I’ve managed anywhere between $150 up to $700 a month depending on how much time I could put into it and how lucky I got with finding higher paying tasks.

    Your observation “Iโ€™ve noticed that some blogs can propagate some very unrealistic myths about how to make money online” is something I’ve definitely noticed too. So many blogs make it sound like you’ll be making money hand over first, when in fact virtually all of the GPT (get-paid-to) style sites do not compensate you well for the time you put into them. I understand why blogs do this, they’re trying to get people to sign up for said sites using their referral links, but its often done with all the charisma and honesty of a used car lot :/

    I’ve been keeping track of my side hustles on my own blog and I try to set more realistic expectations, I actually post a monthly (ish) update about what I made the previous month and break down the sites I used to do so. This kind of stuff is fine to do if you’re just trying to monetize a little downtime, but its never going to replace a full time job.

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    1. That’s a good point to raise – people promoting these ‘side-hustles’ giving themselves referral credits in the process. I think it’s an important thing for people to note when they click on these links. There isn’t often ‘no strings attached’, often it’s benefitting the poster/sharer.

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  9. I would love to make money online. But every time I’ve looked into it, all I’ve found are unbelievable schemes that really just amount to being nothing more than scams. I’m wary of trying anything that I see advertised on Facebook. Or even promoted by someone else’s blog. It’s the introvert’s dream… to work from home… So if you discover anything legit, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. There is only one survey site I’ve seen that pays very well. I’m not on in looking as much as I should but I have a friend who qualifies for a lot of them and has done $300-$500 a month for a while.

    There are always clickbait sites who need people to create content around the clock. It doesn’t pay what it once did, but it’s still a viable part-time thing.

    For you, V, since you won’t take your act to YouTube, I’d suggest you find some of these 20-something lifestyle bloggers/vloggers who are making too much money and ghostwrite for them.

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    1. Yes, I do still have your email about the Clickbait sites in my inbox. While I think it would be fun, I think I’d make for a terrible ghostwriter. That being said, I’d be open to it if the right opportunity ever came up.

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  11. I tried doing the online surveys, it bored the hell out of me. I spent all day taking different surveys only to make nothing in the end compared to time out took me to sit there and open up so many things; hoping beyond hope that I wasn’t giving access to a virus or hacker.

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  12. I don’t think there is any reliable way to make money online, blogging and youtube you have to be very lucky or have gotten in there early enough.

    I do surveys, but its never enough to quit a job for. Ideally I would be looking for a work from home job thats not MLM

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      1. The basic concept of them is illegal in practice. Which is why these MLMs have come up with different means to get around the law, over the years. Restructuring the ‘pyramid’ so that it doesn’t look like it’s the same as a pyramid scheme.. Basically it’s everything they can do to avoid the legal system. If you want a good take on it check out John Oliver explaining Multi Level Marketing.

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      2. I have seen it, I got really into reading about them when I was trying to find something to do when I had my son and the interest is still there, the fact that they pick on some of the most vulnerable is horrible and thats not to mention the claims some of them make either

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  13. Realistically my Dad has been bugging encouraging me to sell the cards I make. I have had 2 non online orders from a family member & a friend. I guess this prompted me to give it a try.

    Iโ€™m trying to figure blogging all out and learning social media makes my head hurt. But I do have a blogโ€” https://handmadecardcreations.com and a FB page(still figuring out) and an Etsy Storeโ€”HandmadecardsbyJenBa
    Have not sold anything, but Iโ€™m trying to figure it out & see if I get anywhere
    Sorry if this is no help

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    1. ETSY is so tricky. I tried to help my mom start an etsy shop last year and I’ve found that so many people on there are just drop-shippers now. To compete with the dropshippers, Etsy asked you to pay for promotion of your products – those who do end up spending more money promoting their products than they get from sales. It’s a vicious circle. If you do go with Etsy, I’m not trying to scare you away from it, just be wary of how much you use to promote your products. I don’t want Etsy taking advantage of you!

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  14. How about freelance marketing/writing?

    I used to do freelance software and tech companies in particular are very open to hiring people remotely. Last year I also managed to get a freelance technical writing job for a software company (but at the time I was doing wayyyyy too badly to be able to do it).

    I’d definitely say the best bet for anybody is some kind of freelancing work. Basically not going so far as to try to sell your own products, but helping other people with theirsโ€” or selling your services :).

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  15. I personally do dropshipping to make money online and I also do affiliate marketing on the side. So, dropshipping is because where someone buys from you and then you just buy that same product from another place like say Aliexpress for way cheaper!

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    1. I’ve heard Aliexpress can be pretty dodgy! But I’ve also heard that a lot of people do it and make a lot of money with it. It makes me wonder if there’s really a good thing there or if people just overlook the bad/dodgy stuff?

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      1. To be honest with you, I just signed up for it. I did some research about how some blogger make money and sharesale came up. I’ll admit it’s a lot of signing up and getting denied. But my blog is fairly new. A few I was able to get sponsorships from are Shein, Charles and Clovard and shareasale.com. Some other affiliated site I’m also with are Cj affiliated and I think Rakuten(former ebates). I hope this helps you, you write good blog post.

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  16. Writing Blog is works very well or building website is a not too bad. Make your own community is quick way to start make money online ,i recommended.
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  17. Iโ€™ve made some money with completing surveys online, Facebook Marketplace brought in a few hundred bucks too but affiliate marketing is by far the best way I generated money online.

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