How Can I Make Money Online?

by Matt B

People constantly ask, “how do I make money online?”

With every good answer, comes well over 100 awful ones. For years I have been looking for ways to make money online. What have I found out? Well, you are NOT going to find a way to become a millionaire. You are NOT going to get out more than you put in. If you are not willing to learn and then use what you have learned, you will not make a penny.

Look, I’m like many of you. I don’t make much money at my job with a large US bank. Naturally, I often find myself trying to supplement my income almost any way I can find. With the proper research, this can be done. I have never spent any money that I did not intend to make back. I have also never shelled out anything for any type of program or plan to make money. As far as I’m concerned they are ALL SCAMS!!! In my “quest” to make money online, I actually have succeeded…kind of.

I started taking surveys. Keep in mind that I have NEVER paid to take a survey. There are reputable survey companies that pay and that you don’t have to pay to join. I tried a pay per click site. This I do not recommend. So much spam will hit your inbox that you will dread opening your email. I tried Squidoo. I can recommend squidoo, but it is not for everyone and is not for me. Their affiliate program is very user friendly and with proper effort, you can make money there. There are 2 other sites I have tried. Both of these are more for fun than actual money. The first is MOOLA. Moola is an online game site that pays you one cent at a time to play games with other users and try to vie for their cent. Hard to explain unless you check it out, but it can be fun, you will not likely make more than a few dollars with this one. The other is called CENT SPORTS. Centsports is a site that allows you to place bets on sporting events without using your actual money. Their revenue comes from advertisers, so when you sign up for the site, they give you 10 cents to start betting with. You can bet on all sorts of sports. Since it isn’t really your money that you are betting, you can go wild. If you go broke, they will just give you another 10 cents to bet with. I have a lot of fun with this one.

If you have your own website, I’m sure you already know that you can make decent money from affiliate and advertising programs. I won’t go into great detail about these because it is very common knowledge and I’m far from an expert at this. (Just look at my crap blog.) I will on the other hand link to this article that gives a HUGE list of resources for ad and affiliate programs. This information has been a huge help to me.

Surveys are a decent way to make a few dollars here and there, but don’t believe the hype!! You will not find a survey site that you can make a living from. They will not make you any more than $.50-$5.00 per survey. They are work. They take time. I only participated in surveys for about 5 months. During that time, I took surveys from 3 different sites and only profited about $300.00 from the entire time. Sure, I still do them on occasion but not like I used to. I realized that my time and knowledge is far too valuable to waste on mindless, repetitive surveys.

The survey sites I have used that actually paid me are linked below:

Opinion Outpost-best paying survey site that I have used

Lightspeed Panel -2nd best

Greenfield Online -3rd

All of the rest either 1)didn’t have many surveys available 2)didn’t pay enough per survey 3)didn’t pay at all so these are the only ones I can recommend in good conscience.

None of these sites will make you rich. Nothing on the internet that you don’t work your tail off at will make you any real money. Operating your own site and putting in the time and effort to organize it well, make it look good and add very good content is the best way to profit from the internet. You had better well plan on treating it like a job, or the

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