Make Money Online: 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone

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First Published: October 15, 2013; Last Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014

I hate to write “make money online” blog posts as it creates a sense of expectation. If you are a blogger, an internet marketer, or even a beginner then you already know that it is POSSIBLE to make money online.

What’s interesting is that, there are plenty of ways to make money online — from selling ads, e-books, affiliate marketing, freelance writing, podcasting, consulting, designing, coding, etc.

The idea of this blog post is to highlight some of those online income streams. Please don’t expect overnight success. The thing is, creating an income stream online requires a lot of work, patience, and some money too.

If you are a beginner and is absolutely clueless about where to start then this blog post should help you to kick-start (and that’s the idea too). If you have any trouble with any of these options, leave a comment below or you can email me, and I will do my best to find the best resource to help you.

Make Money Online With Your Website

Do you have a website or a blog? If yes, then selling advertisements is the easiest way to make money online. Since there are tons of ad networks on the Internet, make sure that you choose the best ad network to maximize the revenue.

If you can create your own products then it’s the best way to make money because that way you’re actually building a passive income stream online. You can use your own blog or website to market your products so that people will buy it when they’re convinced.

Advertising networks can be Cost Per Click (CPC), Cost Per Mille (CPM), or Cost Per Action (CPA). A Cost Per Click network pays you each time a user clicks on your ad and the actual amount you’ll get is determined by the advertiser. Now a Cost Per Mille network or simply a Cost Per Impression network pays for every 1,000 page views that you generate. If they pay $1 for every 1,000 page views, then you’ll get $30 if the number of page views a month is 30,000.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Ads

Now I’m going to list some of the popular ad networks in each category. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list then check out 24 Google AdSense Alternatives for more CPC and CPM networks and also check out the Top 10 Affiliate Networks for more CPA networks.

Cost Per Click (CPC) Ad Networks

  1. Google AdSense
  2. Yahoo! Bing Network (powered by Media.net)
  3. Chitika
  4. Clicksor
  5. Infolinks

Cost Per Mille (CPM) Ad Networks

  1. Advertising.com (by AOL.com)
  2. Burst Media
  3. Casale Media
  4. OpenX
  5. PulsePoint
  6. Technorati Media
  7. Tribal Fusion
  8. ValueClick Media
  9. YesAdvertising

In-Image Ad Networks

  1. GumGum
  2. Luminate

Pop Under Ad Networks

  1. InfinityAds

Cost Per Action (CPA) Affiliate Networks

  1. Commission Junction (CJ)
  2. LinkShare
  3. Neverblue
  4. PeerFly
  5. ShareASale

Cost Per Sale (CPS) Affiliate Networks

  1. Amazon Associates
  2. ClickBank

Sell Ads Directly To Advertisers

You can always sell ads directly when someone wants to buy a banner ad, or text links, or even a sponsored post on your blog. But if you’re not lucky enough then you have to become a part of a bigger network where you can showcase your ad inventory.

  1. BuySellAds
  2. DoubleClick

Automated Affiliate Marketing

You have a website or a blog which is getting good targeted traffic but don’t know how to monetize it? Then you can try the following automated affiliate marketing networks. It converts all the normal links in your website to affiliate links and you make money when clicks result in sales or leads.

So by joining these networks you’ll get access to thousands of affiliate programs without applying individually and you don’t have to manage any affiliate programs or links or anything as they offer a centralized reporting as well.

  1. Skimlinks
  2. VigLink
  3. Cloudswave Affiliate Network — is a white label affiliate program by Cloudswave that lets you promote over 150 business software deals — with a single affiliate account. Here’s a sample store.

In-house Affiliate Programs

If you like a product then obviously you write about it, tweet about it, and tell your friends, right? Now how about getting paid for that? That’s right! If you check the websites of most Internet companies (others too) then you can find their affiliate program.

So, you can use the affiliate links while promoting their products and they’ll pay you for referring new customers to them. They may have their own in-house affiliate program, or one that is managed by an affiliate network, or both.

  1. eBay Partner Network
  2. iTunes Affiliate Program

…and much more.

Bloggers: Sell Text Links & Sponsored Posts

If you have a good quality website then advertisers will try their best to buy a text link or a sponsored post from you. But wait, selling text links is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and they may ban your website from its search results unless the links are rel=”nofollow”.

Sell Text Links

  1. AdBeans
  2. Digital Point
  3. LinkWorth
  4. TextLinkBrokers
  5. TNX.net
  6. WarriorForum

Sell Sponsored Posts

  1. Blogsvertise
  2. PayPerPost
  3. ReviewMe
  4. SponsoredReviews

Join Ad Networks For Bloggers

  1. Blogads
  2. BlogHer (for Women bloggers)
  3. Content.ad
  4. Foodie Blogroll (for food blogs)
  5. PostJoint
  6. Taboola
  7. Written — license your content and make money.

Start A Newsletter

If you have loyal traffic, it’s a good idea to start a newsletter so that you can engage with your readers in a more friendly way. And it’s also one of the best way to market your products since people usually don’t buy your product when they first visit your website/blog for the first time.

  1. MailChimp — design and send email marketing campaigns.

Read: The Email Marketing Handbook — 101+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

Note: You can start an online newsletter even if you don’t have a popular blog or website. For instance, if you’re able to give expert advice or opinions about a topic, you can start a daily/weekly/monthly newsletter and create a simple blog to build email lists. And you can monetize your newsletter as you grow — by say, offering premium services or promoting a product.

Are You A Freelance Writer?

Content is King on websites. Content is often outsourced so if you have got good writing skills, you can make a living writing online. Here are some content marketplaces where you can sell your content.

  1. Constant-Content
  2. ContentBLVD
  3. Digital Point
  4. ProBlogger Job Board
  5. BloggingPro Job Board
  6. Textbroker
  7. WriterAccess
  8. Zerys
  9. Scripted
  10. Copify
  11. CopyPress

Read: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 61+ Tips, Resources & Guides

Are You A Professional Writer?

If you are a professional writer, you can contribute content to some of the top content provides like Yahoo, AOL, About.com, etc. and get upfront payment.

  1. About.com
  2. Break Studios
  3. Demand Studios

Read: Make Money Writing Articles: Top 25 Sites That Pay Upfront

Are You A Graphic/Web Designer?

  1. 99designs
  2. crowdSPRING
  3. Design Contest
  4. Freelancer Contests
  5. Freelancer Marketplace
  6. Microlancer
  7. Visual.ly

Make Money Sharing & Creating Videos

  1. YouTube Partner Program — Upload videos on YouTube and make money from ads.
  2. Break — You can earn up to $600 if your Video is featured on Break.com homepage.
  3. Dailymotion Publisher — Share Dailymotion videos on your website, blog and social profiles and get a share of their advertising revenue.
  4. Dailymotion Official — Upload videos on Dailymotion to earn advertising revenue. And you earn extra revenue when those videos are shared on your own websites, blogs, social profiles, or any third-party websites.
  5. Vimeo — Make money sharing videos on Vimeo.

Click Photos? Sell Your Photos & Graphics!

  1. 123RF
  2. Fotolia
  3. Getty Images
  4. iStock Photo
  5. Shutterstock

Like To Do Micro-jobs?

Now you can offer your micro service online and get paid for it. You post what you’re willing to do for $5 or even $50 and get paid when you deliver the work. It’s that simple!

Micro-jobs Marketplace

  1. Fiverr
  2. PeoplePerHour
  3. Amazon Mechanical Turk
  4. Digital Point Services

Read: How To Make Money Online With Micro Job Sites

Have A Skill?

Try any of the following freelance marketplaces to find freelance jobs or to sell your service. You can become a virtual assistant, manage the social media profiles of a company/person, design a website, design a logo, offer writing or translation service, develop a software, design a website, develop a web application, etc.

Freelance Marketplace

  1. Elance
  2. Freelancer
  3. Guru
  4. oDesk

Offer Expert Advice

  1. Clarity.fm — If you’re an expert in some field and can give expert advice, you can charge advice seeking users by the minute.

Be A Tutor

  1. Udemy
  2. Lynda
  3. Skillshare
  4. InstaEDU
  5. TutorVista
  6. Tutor
  7. Google Helpouts (invite only)

Be A Tester

  1. UserTesting.com — UserTesting.com pays you up to $15 per test to evaluate websites’ usability and clarity.
  2. uTest — uTest compensates testers for approved reports they submit.

Sell, Sell, Sell

Today, online marketplaces are extremely popular and you can sell almost anything online.

Sell E-books

  1. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
  2. iBooks
  3. Blurb
  4. ClickBank
  5. E-junkie
  6. Lulu
  7. Scribd

Read: How I Wrote a $30,000 eBook (And You Can Too) | ViperChill

Sell Your Domain Names

  1. BrandBucket — Sell your brandable domain names.
  2. GoDaddy Auctions
  3. Sedo

Sell Your Websites

  1. Flippa
  2. WebsiteBroker

Sell Everything Else

  1. Amazon
  2. Craigslist
  3. eBay
  4. Bonanza
  5. Etsy — Sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies.
  6. Quirky — Got an innovative idea? You can sell it on Quirky and make money.

Create An Online Store

Create an online story by yourself and start selling your own products.

  1. Shopify
  2. Square
  3. 3DCart
  4. Goodsie
  5. Gumroad

Read: 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Love Stock Market?

  1. Robinhood — lets you trade U.S. stocks for free on your iPhone.

BONUS: The Remora Method

The “Remora Method” is a name coined by James Clear of Passive Panda. He explains that there is a fish called “remora” that’s different from other fishes in the ocean.

Most fishes are always in search of food and can be attacked by one of its predators. Remora has a special fin on its back that allows remora to stick itself to large fishes like sharks (known as a host).

The host provides remora with transportation, protection and the food it needs. And in exchange, remora cleans the bacteria and other parasites from the host.

So,

This mutually beneficial relationship allows the remora to avoid the struggles that most fish deal with on a daily basis. And within the remora’s strategy is a key insight that successful people use to boost their income…

James’ idea is that you can partner with a business (or even an individual) in a similar fashion to earn an extra income. He says: choose a profitable idea, find a business who will need your product or service, partner with that business and share profits.

He also recommends diversification by partnering with more businesses so as to create multiple income streams online (or even offline). You can check out the “Remora Method” to learn more about it.

Conclusion

Of course, there are hundreds of other ways to make money online. But like I have already mentioned, the idea of this blog post is to explore different opportunities so that you can decide where to focus on.

I haven’t included the not so easy ways to make money online like selling your apps or music or movies on iTunes, Google Play Store, Windows Store, Amazon etc.

Let me know if I missed your favorite website (or an online income stream) and I will be happy to feature it here. :)

Image Credit: Flickr

  • Sandra Harriette

    What a list….and WHERE ARE THE COMMENTS ON THIS?! My gosh, you showed me some opportunities I have never even heard of, and I could really make use of them right about now.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Thanks Sandra! :)

  • Sandra Harriette

    Well…then again this is a relatively new post (as of April 2014)

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      So which category/website did you find more interesting? And let me know if you have a query about any of those websites and I’ll be glad to help you. :)

      • Sandra Harriette

        About half of these, honestly! Don’t even know where to start because I write about these same topics from the standpoint of helping creative people find/leverage the right digital tools and outlets online. Part of that is knowing where to make money from the skills one has.

        So yeah lots of categories here!

        • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

          Oops! Yes, it can be confusing if you don’t have any clue about these categories… and I didn’t include the description as we can use these websites in different ways. So consider this list like a starting point… So what are your skills and what are you passionate about? Maybe I can suggest the best site from this list (or from across the web).

  • Zinnaira Khan

    Sir Can you please help me to get to the ways from where I can make money through Writing prose’s and articles .I will be really grateful to you ..

  • Giri Krishnan

    Below are some of my samples ….. but I’m not getting pretty good sum :( …. Can you SUGGEST me BANK JOB Sites or other TECH sites or some SMALL PRIVATE SITES for writing article,which have Indian admin ,So that iI can get paid DECENTLY. Thanks in Advance

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      If you’re looking for average writing jobs then try Digital Point Forums.

  • Ena Howds

    My wife and I recently started blogging about our Open Marriage. We love talking about it, and sharing stories and ideas. Even answering question from others.
    We would love to Monetize our blog, but are worries that Adsense might ban us do to our content. Any suggestions? – Tracci and Ena Howds.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hi Ena,

      I think it’s fine. You can confirm the same by going here http://www.minterest.org/google-adsense-policies-you-need-to-know/. As long as you’re trying to spread knowledge or writing informative content it must be okay. Basically there’s a problem only if it contains adult content or copyrighted content or something like that.

      P.S. I’ve moderated your message to hide your email id from the public.

      • Ena Howds

        Thanks! We will give it a shot!

  • Dj_just4u

    Bro can you please tell me how to make money on sharecash.org and can i use VPN softwares to change my ip to USA and complete the surveys ?? is it possible?? please reply i m waiting for yours reply? Thanks

  • dj_just4u

    Hello Bro can you please tell me a website or forum where i can paste my links so other people can click on my links? please reply bro?

  • Avinash umar

    hello, can anyone tell me about any site which pay for reviewing books or application.

  • Julu Muduli

    hello sir i don’t have any website or blog of my own can still apply for these clicksads

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    No, you need a blog/website to make money selling ads.

  • danna

    I have a website already but I don’t know how to do this “Advertising networks can be Cost Per Click (CPC), Cost Per Mille (CPM), or Cost Per Action (CPA). A Cost Per Click network pays you each time a user clicks on your ad and the actual amount that you’ll get is determined by the advertiser. Now a Cost Per Mille network or simply a Cost Per Impression network pays for every 1,000 page views that you generate. If they pay $1 for every 1,000 page views then you’ll get $30 if the number of page views a month is 30,000.” how do I put this on my website.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      You will get it when you have enough pageviews. Like, if you’re getting 10,000 page views a month then it means that you can earn $10 for every 1000 page views (assuming a CPM of $1).

  • http://www.dreamtechie.com/ Yogita Aggarwal

    I huge guide to follow :)

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      :)

  • erykah

    hi just got the list of so many thing i didnot know was out there .Thanks for info.
    what is the best site for selling pictures?Please…

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      I’m not sure about the best.. but you can definitely try some stock photos websites listed here and around the web.

  • http://www.seyfi.org Seyfettin Gokalp

    Amazing job ! Absolutely best of the article about earning money from internet. Billion of thanks.

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Thank you. :)

  • Emma

    Thanks for an amazing post… Definate bookmark here…

  • Emma

    Also, maybe we should have a look at marketplace.com… Pays up to $60 per sale… Any thoughts on this affiliate program?…

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Thank you. :)

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    It’s new to me but make sure that you did some research before joining and promoting not-so-popular affiliate networks.

  • Roland

    Hello All, I would like to thank Mahesh for this bullseye targeted work. Really informative source to gain benefit. For me, as an ordinary person who spends some significant time with internet, I’m chasing for online additional income opporunities. Of course trying to stay away from scams. Personally I think that affiliate marketing is still valid way to gain some extra cash and already selling some internet goods. There are also other ways. But each website generally focuses on only one. However you can check http://www.find-tr.com . There are several opportunities there. Good luck to everyone.

  • Ian Spencer

    Lots of food for thought. Should we submit same pitches to similar jobs. Greetings from sunny Jamaica.

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    It’s better to wait for a response and then tweak your pitches based on that.

  • Michael Isbell

    Mahesh. Excellent article. Thank you very much. Can you recommend specific blogging websites that typically offer solid content, are widely known and have credibility such that they would be more likely to attract readers, page views and advertisers? Thank you again.