For a few years I have been trying to figure out how to make money online for free. I’ve always known that there has to be a way so I made a decision to test as much opportunities as possible until I find the ones that really work.
The most common mistakes people make when trying to make money online
The first thing that comes to mind is of course to do a Google search. This is a great way to start but it also leads you to a pile of thousands of websites that offer you free money and about 99% of them are either scams or offering very limited earnings.
There are a bunch of PPC (pay-per-click) sites where you get paid a fraction of a cent for watching and clicking on ads. Those in my opinion are a complete waste of time as it takes months to reach the minimum amount of money that you are allowed to withdraw.
Then there are the paid survey websites that claim you can make money. I was excited at first as the earnings were considerably higher that with PPC sites so I started filling out survey after survey. The catch here was that you don’t get enough surveys to reach the withdrawable amount.
For example one of the paid survey sites said you can cash out when you reach $45 so I filled about 10 surveys and got up to $42.50 just to find out there are no more surveys available so I cannot claim my money. You can imagine the feeling since those were very long surveys that took at least an hour each.
This led me to believe that you can’t make any money taking surveys online and I simply had to move on.
There are many other money-making websites out there but most of them ask for an investment that you may never recover so I will not discuss any of them here.
What are the legit ways to make money online for free?
The internet is not that different than the real world. After all it was created by people and is used by people. In order to make money online for free you have to do pretty much the same thing that you do offline – provide some value to someone else who is willing to pay you for it.
There are a bunch of things you could do if you are good at writing. A lot of money can be made by publishing your own e-book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other online bookstore. Writing a book takes some time but then you make money with every sale and it’s pure passive income.
You could also offer writing services by registering at Elance, Fiverr and many other freelancer websites. Those are also good if you have other digital skills like designing logos, banners, flyers, translating texts, transcribing audio and many more.
You will be amazed at how many people are looking for virtual assistants online. There are many tasks that are delegated and outsourced such as posting on social media and online directories, writing e-mails, sorting through documentation and so on.
Another great idea is to create your own e-course and upload it on Udemy and Skillshare. There are thousands of different topics that you could teach and millions of people looking for online courses. I am sure there is something you know that people are willing to pay you for teaching them.
Creating an online course may seem like a difficult task, but there are great tutorials and resources that will help you get started. I know a person who does a great job at explaining the basics of online teaching and course creation so if you are interested I will be glad to help you out with that.
If you are into photography you can sell your photos online by registering on websites such as iStockPhotos. Another option is to sell printouts of your pictures on social media or by posting ads on Craigslist and other popular websites.
Creative work is highly valued and can potentially make you a lot of money. For example you can upload different designs and photos to sites such as CafePress where they use your work to create customized products and pay you every time someone buys one of those products.
Creating and uploading your own videos to youtube is another potential income generating system. As you have probably noticed youtube has been flooded with advertisement and the more people watch your videos the more money you can make.
What is the best way to go?
You can do any of the above things that I mentioned but I think that a combination of a few of them can be the most beneficial and is simply the smart thing to do.
The internet holds countless opportunities and it’s your responsibility to find the one that suits you the most and develop it to the level of success that you desire.
Your best shot would be to start your own blog (check out my post about building a website) and provide valuable information about a certain topic of interest. I know that there are quite a lot of blogs popping up lately but if you are serious about it and put in the hard work it will most definitely pay off in the end.
Create an e-course or write a book on the same topic as your blog. Create videos and upload them on your blog and on youtube. Be active on social networks and create a following. Create an online presence and establish yourself as a trusted source and a true industry leader and authority.
As soon as you have that done making money becomes very easy. There are so many things that you can do with your blog when you have an audience that it’s purely a matter of choosing your direction.
The most important part is that you can do all of that without spending any money. There are some things that are definitely worth paying for in the long run like a domain name and hosting but you’re totally OK starting out for free and transferring your website when you fell more confident.
What I would recommend for anyone that has no experience is to get help and the best program that I can recommend also has a free option that will give you just enough to get started.
How to make money online for free is a question that many people ask each and every day. Unfortunately the answer is not always clearly defined for everyone. Every person needs to find their own answer based on their personal qualities and strengths.