77 Creative Ways To Make Money Online

by Mike on September 21, 2008
in Making Money Online

Everybody loves having money…but not everybody realizes how many options they have for earning extra cash.  In this post I’m going to give you the ultimate list of ways to make money online.

I’m not going to go in depth for each money making idea.  Instead I’ll just post a short blurb here and then follow each of them up with a full post in the future…

Creative Ways To Make Money Online

1.  Start your own affiliate marketing blog or website.  You can make money promoting other people’s products.

2.  Build a readership and sell ad space on your blog.

3.  Join a paid blogging network and get paid for blogging about certain topics.

4.  Sell text links in your blog’s content.

5.  Put Google AdSense or other contextual advertising on your website or blog.

6.  Write and sell an ebook.

7.  Give away free reports with affiliate links in them.

8.  Buy Resellers rights for digital products and sell them.

9.  Turn PLR content into products to sell.

10.  Start a paid membership site.

11.  Start an online directory and charge for inclusion.

12.  PPC arbitrage.

13.  Become a virtual assistant and work from home.

14.  Be a ghost writer.

15.  Good at writing sales copy?  There’s a huge market for copywriters who can write effective ads and sales pages.

16.  Write articles for bloggers looking for content.  Check out Elance and Rentacoder for freelancing opportunities.

17.  If you speak a second language you can make extra money translating documents.

18.  Transcribe documents from paper to digital format.

19.  Data entry jobs can pay well…but beware of the many scammers trying to fleece you!

20.  Got a nice camera?  Sell your photos online at sites like iStockPhoto.

21.  Be a day trader buying and selling stocks.

22.  Forex.

23.  Start an ezine and sell solo ads.  You’ll need a large readership to make any money.

24.  Be a link broker.  Lots of people are looking to sell links and others are looking to buy.  Be the middleman.

25.  Start an eBay store.

26.  Sell stuff around your house on ebay.

27.  Buy stuff wholesale to sell on ebay.

28.  Dropshipping.

29.  Sell stuff on Craigslist.

30.  Design logos for websites and blogs.

31.  Design and sell blog themes/templates.

32.  Build custom websites or blogs from scratch.

33.  Create MySpace layouts.

34.  Create Wordpress plugins.

35.  Create and sell useful scripts.

36.  Design clipart/icons.

37.  Create simple software programs.

38.  Design an impressive “seal of approval” and sell it to websites looking to make themselves look more authentic.

39.  Get paid for taking online surveys.

40.  Get paid for web surfing.

41.  Get paid for reading emails.

42.  Get paid for digging, stumbling, etc.  Be prepared to be crucified by users of those sites.

43.  Good at gaming?  You may be able to win some cash prizes.

44.  Invest in virtual real estate on sites like Second Life.

45.  Make money on World of Warcraft.

46.  Take advantage of reward sites such as myPoints.

47.  Start your own niche search engine.  A highly targeted SE could find a loyal following.

48.  Flip websites.

49.  Buy and park domains that get type-in traffic.  Make money by placing advertising on them.

50.  Do the same with expired domains that still get traffic.

51.  Buy domains, develop them, and sell them at a profit.

52.  Online gambling sites….be prepared to lose your shirt.

53.  Create simple online games to sell.

54.  Record music to sell online.

55.  Use the internet to promote your offline business.

56.  Write resumes and help people find jobs.

57.  Become an SEO consultant.

58.  Become a link-building consultant.

59.  If you’re into arts and crafts, sell them online.

60.  New forums need help getting comments.  The owners will often pay you to post in them.

61.  Get paid to post comments on blogs.

62.  Get paid to manually submit websites to directories.

63.  Create a helpful eCourse and distribute it with an autoresponder like Aweber.  Mix in some affiliate links to make some money.

64.  Can you draw?  Draw little cartoons or artwork for websites.

65.  Create and sell instructional videos and tutorials.

66.  Get paid to search at sites like Winzy.

67.  Get paid for reviewing software at SoftwareJudge.

68.  Install scripts/troubleshoot for the technically challenged.

69.  Sell pixel ads on your site.  It worked for MillionDollarHomepage!

70.  Become a hosting reseller.

71.  Get paid for coming up with unique domain names at PickyDomains.com

72.  Sell your unused CPU cycles at CPUShare.

73.  Start a paid article directory.

74.  Build some Squidoo lenses and share in the revenue they generate.

75.  Write and sell articles to AssociatedContent.

76.  Design t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc and sell them at CafePress.

77.  Ask for it.  Years ago a woman named Karyn started a simple website that asked people to send her small donations so she could get out of debt.  They did!  She’s not in debt anymore.  Why not try something similar?

Well that’s about all I can think of?  Did I forget any?   If you have more  creative ways to make money online please leave a comment below and let me know.


24 Responses to “77 Creative Ways To Make Money Online”
  1. miragana (1 comments.) says:

    Good day!
    It is very informative and has a very good quality in it.
    I like it…

    Thank you very much for your time.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    your presentation is very nice. I appreciate for your great work and the useful info provided. I’m sure it helps me alot to earn money online.Thanks!!

  3. Stephen-Online Marketing (1 comments.) says:

    Excellent!! very informative article.Look forward to reading more from you in future.

  4. Dennis Edell (46 comments.) says:

    Nice list, well laid out. I just found you on Caroline’s blog and have subscribed :-)

    Dennis Edells last blog post..Important Tip: FREE Will Cost You In The Long Run – Do You Agree?

  5. kahthan (3 comments.) says:

    wow fantastic list. while i know that it would be a lot more work, potential earnings for each one in the list would have given people an idea of how much they could earn doing them. :)

    kahthans last blog post..Doing Proper Keyword Research

  6. Mike Collins says:

    @Dennis, thanks for stopping by! I’m a big fan of Caroline’s and I try to never miss one of her posts. Look forward to seeing you there.

    @kahthan, that’s a great idea. It would be a little subjective though. A method could make one person $50, and it could make someone else $50,000! It all much depends on how much work you put into it.

  7. Jason Fulton (19 comments.) says:

    Hi, This is my first comment on your blog, first of many i hope. Anyway this is a well put together way of making money online. The great thing about the internet is that no matter what skill level you are or have there is a way for you to make money online.


  8. kahthan (3 comments.) says:


    yeah thats true, it would be nice to see potential since things like getting paid to take online surveys will not be making you much.. but i see your point, still, fantastic list..


    kahthans last blog post..Proper Keyword Research Part 2: The Long Tail Keyword

  9. Sadie (1 comments.) says:

    This is really an AMAZING LIST…There are a few that I would love to know more about. Could you give me clues to where I should begin searching in order to develop the following concepts…
    40.Web surfing
    47.Niche search engine
    48.Flip Websites
    54.Record music 2 sell

  10. Otooo (5 comments.) says:

    Wow, u must have put so much time (and imagination) into this list
    Best thing to do though I reckon is to just target one or two of they ways and remain committed to that

  11. Danny Cooper (7 comments.) says:

    Very nice list, some techniques you mentioned are slightly less creative than the others, such as no.4 which has been happening for awhile in the blogosphere.

    Danny Coopers last blog post..PageRank 3 Within One Month!

  12. Mike Collins says:

    @Sadie, I’m going to go more into detail over each method in individual posts in the future so stay tuned.

  13. Christopher Ross (15 comments.) says:

    You didn’t mention http://www.kijiji.com/ but it’s a great place to post stuff for free.

    Christopher Rosss last blog post..Google Changes the Way SERP’s are Displayed

  14. Matt Helphrey (5 comments.) says:

    There really is a wealth of information here. Maybe you should convert this article into an ebook and make some money with it. Thanks for sharing.

    Matt Helphreys last blog post..Develop a Link Building Strategy

  15. there are lots of make money online schemes these days. but blog monetization using Adsense, YPN, Adbrite and Kontera is still the most popular way to earn money online.

  16. Arthritistreatmentlab (1 comments.) says:

    I make money online by monetizing my blogs with Google Adsense. I am currently studying the tricks of trade on Affiliate Marketing.

  17. i am pretty new to this Make money online stuff. i started making money online by monetizing my blogs and websites using Adsense, Adbrite and Kontera. i have yet to try affiliate marketing.

  18. Janna (1 comments.) says:

    i Make money online using the very popular Google Adsense program. i also tried Amazon affiliate program but i dont earn that much from amazon.

  19. Mike says:

    Janna I haven’t had a ton of success with Amazon either. I get the odd sale here or there but its not much. The fact that their cookies only last for 24 hours isn’t a big help. Even if you recommend something you have to hope they purchase it right then and there. If they take a day to think about it or if they just don’t get around to ordering you’re out of luck.

  20. < Chloe (1 comments.) says:

    there are so many things you can do to Make Money Online but the easiest way is to put Adsense on your Blog or Website. I havent tried affiliate marketing yet but i would want to..

  21. William Roberts(new comment) says:

    I have used Kontera on one of my blogs and i earn good from this ad program.’~,

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