Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable online business models out there. But I know for a lot of you that it’s been a difficult journey to Super Affiliate Stardom.
So if you’re stuck in a rut and feeling sorry for yourself, snap out of it.
Because there are a lot of other things you can try.
Here are my top 10 ways to make money online right now:
1. Sell Advertising
If you already have a website or blog, consider selling advertising space.
This is a great option over the usual Google AdSense that people automatically run to.
Plan out your placings and rates. Add an additional Page to your site to explain your rules and regulations, as well as an easy way for people to contact you to have their ads on your site.
Keep in mind that your site needs to be getting good traffic for anyone to want to advertise on it.
Steps for getting started and capitalizing on your advertising revenue:
– Launch a reader survey.
– Setup an advertising page.
– Signup with an advertising service e.g. BuySellAds.com.
– Pitch an irresistible offer.
Sign up for freelancing platforms like Elance.com, odesk.com, or even Fiverr.com and sell your services.
You will be trading your time for money.
But it can still work to your advantage.
A friend of mine is a freelance web designer and charges clients around $700 for a new website. It takes him 3 hours to create it. Because he uses WordPress templates.
The sites look beautiful. The clients are happy. And my friend makes money.
You can also write, transcribe, translate, code, design…
Whatever your skills are, there will be someone willing to pay you to help them.
3. Sell On eBay
Online shopping is huge.
eBay is mega huge.
Make money online by selling stuff you don’t want anymore.
Whether you’re cleaning out your closets or turning your collections into profitable venture or establishing a small online store, I guarantee you’ll find a buyer on eBay.
Another friend of mine was actually given a poster of a tiger when he was in college. Randomly. From his boss who was clearing the store room. He put it up on eBay and made $5.
Not much. But still.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?
4. Tweet For Money
You can get paid to tweet.
Sign up at SponsoredTweets.com.
It’s an online platform where you can make money on Twitter.
Basically you set your fee per tweet, select a category and keywords. Then advertisers will contact you if they want you to tweet advertising messages to your followers.
You have full control on how to word your tweets and are not obligated to take their offer.
5. Write an eBook
Whoever thinks eBooks are a thing of the past is WRONG.
eBooks are outselling physical publications by a 2:1 ratio.
Amanda Hocking, a 26 year old self-published author, rakes in over $2 million a year from eBook sales.
What does she write about?
Trolls, vampires, zombies and supernatural teen romances. Yeah.
How much does she charge per eBook?
$.99 – $2.99.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo are only three of a long list of sites that offer self-publishing.
With commission rates averaging 70% on every sale you make, you don’t need to worry about setting up your own site or even marketing your eBook.
6. Test Apps
You can actually get paid to test iPhone apps and pinpoint any bugs.
Check out uTest.com for more info.
7. Become a Virtual Assistant
This also falls under freelancing, but is more of a long-term commitment.
Which is great if you’re looking for an online monthly salary.
Every businessman needs a full time assistant to help them with little things, but not all can afford one. Thanks to the Internet they can now hire part time assistants who work for a whole host of clients and at a much lower cost than a full time staff member.
Any service you can offer from a distance such as writing, graphic design, administrative assistance, secretarial skills, data entry, consulting, etc. could be considered virtual assistance.
Rates range from $20 to $100+ an hour depending on your skill), it’s a great option for those who want to work at home.
Online tutoring has become one of the more popular options for students to get the one-on-one help they need to succeed in all their academic studies.
The main goal of online tutoring is to offer the professional services of a tutor through the use of technology at the student’s convenience.
While many Internet-based jobs offer flexible hours, tutoring services might require you to be online during a specific time.
But the pay is really good.
9. Create an Information Product
It could simply be a non-fiction eBook. “How to…[insert whatever you want here]”
Although I do suggest you aim to start a membership site where you can establish yourself as an authority and have recurring billing set up for a monthly income.
A really quick way to get an info product online and ready to sell is by purchasing Private Label Rights (PLR).
They cost anywhere between $5 to $200+
These are done-for-you info packages that can come in the form of text, audio and video.
By purchasing them you are given full reseller rights.
Format the information nicely, add some graphics or pictures. Then sell them off for any price you want.
10. Arbitrage Services
Arbitrage in general is the practice of buying something to resell immediately at a profit.
If you can find a market willing to pay substantial amounts of money for services like writing or design, and a source of labor for a lower price, you can arbitrage the two.
You act as the “middle man” that serves as an intermediary between providers and customers.
Obtain at wholesale rates and offer it in smaller packages, with a greater cumulative value, to other companies and profit off the difference.