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12 Cool Ways to Make Money Using Facebook

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If you are a Facebook user and have been using the giant social networking site to keep up with friends and family, you’ve probably wondered if there was any way to earn money with it, whether through ads, pages or perhaps one of many apps it offers.

Well, you are not alone – lots of people are scratching their head trying to first of all figure out how Facebook makes money and secondly, how they can use the social networking giant to cash in.

 

But is it really possible to make money with Facebook?

Well, thanks to some very useful and user-friendly applications, today almost anyone who has a Facebook page, can make money in a variety of ways. With one simple installation, you can be on your way.

Of course, like any other method of making money, especially making money on the Internet, it takes hard work and persistence to be able to make a decent amount of money with your favorite social networking site.

Although, these applications make it very easy to get started on the path of making money, it’s the strategy and a well thought out plan, combined with persistence and hard work that ultimately factors in your success or failure in making money with Facebook.

More than anything, to make this opportunity a profitable one you will have to promote your Facebook page and get as many fans as you can. If you look at people who make money with Twitter, their biggest concern is to add as many followers as they can. Obviously, the more fans and friends you have, the more money you will ultimately make with these apps.

With that said, here are some applications you can use to make money with Facebook:

How to Make Money on Facebook

1- Radical Buy This is almost like a Facebook-made eBay. You can sell anything on your FB page using this unique app. List an item and have it visible to all users instantly.

Now, the cool think is that you can offer commission to others who will sell your items on their page, allowing you to reach more potential buyers.

Of course, that means even if you don’t have any item for sale, you can show other people’s item on your page and make money with the commission you get for selling their stuff.

Sadly, RadicalBuy has discontinued its widgets and apps and doesn’t work any more. I will try to find another good app that can be help you make money with your Facebook account, as soon as I can.

2- My Merch Store Zazzle is an innovative website where you can make money selling T-shirts and other customizable items. It allows you to create and design any product on their site (which is free) and sell them on your FB page. Think about the potential buyer base for customized T-shirts, hats etc, specially if you have a lot of friends.

You can also sell products created by other artists and earn a commission on those. So, even if you don’t want to deal with designing, you have a way to earn extra cash using Facebook with the help of this app.

3- Cafe Press  It’s the same idea as Zazzle, but with a much bigger and well-known online store. CafePress lets you easily sell any product from anti Obama to pro Obama Shirts and everything in between on your page and make money, whether it was created by you or someone else.

4- Ether Ether is a website where you can make money answering questions asked by different people. But now, you can use their new application on Facebook to make money while giving advice to people over the phone.

If you’re good at giving advice, this may be the way for you to make some extra money on Facebook. Also if you know a second language, this app makes it easy to teach others and make money. You set the rates and Ether provides a number that individuals can call. The call will then be forwarded to your personal telephone number.

5- Music Blaster With MusicBlaster you can put a simple little music store on your FB page and sell music from BlastMyMusic.com.

You earn 5% for each song sold. The cool think about this app is the fact that you can help your favorite band or singer sell more of their music and gain more exposure while you earn some extra money.

6- Garage Sale The name says it all! It’s the good old Garage Sale, but a FB style Garage Sale. Simply add Garage Sale to your profile page and list everything you want to sell.

When someone buys something, Garage Sale automatically bills the buyer’s credit card and lets you know when to ship the item. Your money is deposited directly into your PayPal account, or if you prefer, you can request payment by check. However, they do charge a 5% commission on the total sales price, but that’s all. No other fee for setup or anything like that.

7- Shopit Shopit is a free Social Commerce Network that gives users the ability to buy, sell or trade any product or service. Simply add a free store to your Facebook account and sell anything you like.

8- FlameTunes FT was founded in 2007 by an Iranian-American named Nima Khakpour. This app is geared more towards artists as it helps them sell their music. So, if you are an artist, FlameTunes enables you to sell your music on your Facebook. You can also use it to make money on MySpace as well.

9- Lemonade Remember when you setup your first lemonade stand in your community?… Well, this app allows you to use the same concept, combining commerce and community and have a lemonade stand in a digital (Facebook) neighborhood. Basically, you add what you want to sell to a lemonade stand and put it on your Facebook. It’s free and easy.

10- eBay Who knew that was coming! Yep, you guessed it, you can now have eBay on Facebook. This application allows you to add eBay auction listings to your Profile. Sell things to your friends, from crafts and jewelry to diary pages, undies and dinner dates to whatever else you’re selling on eBay!

You also have the option to add an auction where the proceeds go to a charity of you choice. I think it’s a very smart way to combine eBay and Facebook. The best part is that you don’t even need an eBay Account to get this app going on Facebook.

11- Lending Club It’s almost like prosper where you land money to others and make money with the interest you make from the loan. Not to worry though, lending club has all the details covered. It’s completely safe and the whole legal and trust issues are taken care of by lending club.

12- e3Buy Auction Buy, sell or trade anything. Auction your used or new stuff. With e3Buy you can open a customized store, upload your logo and start selling things. Unlike eBay, there is no commission or fee to be paid. It’s completely free to use and it is also fully integrated with PayPal, so you can get paid fast.

 

There you have it, 12 free applications that turn you Facebook page into a money-making machine!… Not really! But you can make some extra money on Facebook without losing too many friends!

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  1. Andy says:

    Great post! This is what I’ve been telling friends about–one can actually make money from Facebook! Aside from the suggested tips here, since Facebook is a growing community, one with millions of new registered users every month, there are tons of money-making opportunities there. Build a massive list of targeted buyers and you can be making easy cash in no time. Invest your time learning how to make money with Facebook and it will be a time well spent. I should know. I’m earning from it.

    • satrap says:

      Andy, Thanks, I am glad you like the post. Facebook is really a great tool for making money and like you said, its getting bigger and bigger everyday. So it pays to invest in it for the future. I wish you more success with your Facebook money making business.

  2. Akmal says:

    myspace and facebook is a great place for a beginner to make money online…

    great post and keep up the good work !

    • Satrap says:

      True, I think all social networking sites are great tools for promotion and ultimately making money.

  3. Fapa says:

    Thank you for this article!

    Facebook is so hot and popular, it’s still the wild wild west for making money.
    It’s a huge opportunity right now!

    I highly recommend Fanpages. It’s easy to attract a lot of people in no time and then monetize the fanpage(s).

    Marzell

    • Satrap says:

      So true Fapa, Facebook is like the wild west. But I think its wild west days are ending as it gets bigger and bigger and attracts more sophisticated marketers.

  4. Chris says:

    Invaluable post Satrap. It gives one some really good ideas on how to tap into the potential of Facebook. I am going to look into it.

    • Satrap says:

      Thanks Chris. I am glad you find it useful. Good luck.

  5. Sheila says:

    Wow, this is a great list of make money with facebook strategies. But I there’s another one I would like to add facebook social ads. You might have seen these ads when you’re online, the ones appearing on the right-hand side of your facebook account page. If you generate more clicks than you have paid for then that’ where money comes.

    • Satrap says:

      Thanks for the tip Sheila. Although, that requires you to spend some money upfront. but nonetheless, it can yield great profits if done right.

  6. Pinoy Bisnes says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. Now I know what applications to use on facebook to make money online. Maybe I could try some of your recommendations here.

    • satrap says:

      Pinoy Bisnes,
      You are welcome, I m glad you like it.

  7. reinier says:

    Wow, thanks a lot for this post. I never thought we can monetize facebook in a lot of ways. Must take some action right away.

  8. mbasa says:

    great post! I’ve been looking for ways to monetize my facebook pages and profile. I’ll try cafe press

    • Satrap says:

      Sure, let us know how it goes with CafePress. Good luck.

  9. Sue says:

    Nice tips. It will be a good way for newbies like me to make some extra money. I will give it a try since I am a big FB user myself.

    • Satrap says:

      Absolutely Sue. It doesn’t require any experience, nor does it require any financial investment, so its perfect for newbies.

  10. Darrell Carlson says:

    I went to Radical Buy to set up an account and apparently it has been discontinued as of Nov 1, 2010.

    This page should be updated to reflect unexpected changes.

    Thank You

    • Satrap says:

      Thanks Darrell. I have already updates the page.

  11. Lori Forbes says:

    I think you have got to be a really cool person!

    • satrap says:

      Lol, thanks for the complement Lori!

  12. Ceejay says:

    Heard about cloudcrowd.com that allow users to make money also from facebook. You have a great list here.

  13. Danjuma says:

    Please I just went through your post and discovered that Radical Buy has suspended their support for all those using radical buy. See the following message from accessing their site: “Notice: November 1st 2010, RadicalBuy.com as well as all widget services will be discontinued. ” Please update your post. You have done a nice job I must comment your efforts.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for the heads up. I updated the page with the new information. I will try to find another good app for making money with Facebook soon and replace it with RadicalBuy.

  14. Stanley says:

    Awesome post! I will eagerly check these out especially the auction apps and Shopit. It’s like turning FB into a free online store worldwide. I think it will work best when you have thousands of friends though.

    • Satrap says:

      “Turning FB into a free world wide online store”! I like that!

  15. RubaThomas says:

    Nowadays there are quite a few facebook commerce apps helping users to make money. Most of them like payvment , shopvisble etc.. helps you if you have some products to sell. SocialCart.com is an app which enables you to create a facebook store with products from different vendors. So it helps you to make money from facebook without having any of your own products.

    • Satrap says:

      Yeah, these days, there are lots of ways to make money on Facebook. You just have to be willing to do some leg work.

  16. Roy C.Chukwu says:

    Nice writeup.

    I think my search is completed. I have been researching how to make money on facebook and now, I think I am ok with this information.

    Thank you for this,

    Cheers,
    Roy!

    • Satrap says:

      I am glad I could be of help to you Roy.

  17. akiola adewale says:

    i just like to know much about how to make money on facebook

    • Satrap says:

      Maybe reading this post will help!?…

  18. Terry says:

    Great post Facebook is growing fast, their is now a shopping cart app that you can add to your fan page to sell goods, services and dital products.

    • Satrap says:

      Yeah, such apps are popping all over these days. I wonder when people are going to switch from buying on eBay to Facebook completely.

  19. florinda says:

    Great post! . Build a massive list of targeted buyers was a difficult task for me but I think Now I can do it in no time. Invest your time learning how to make money with Facebook and it will be a time well spent. I should know. if you have other ideas just post

    • Satrap says:

      Facebook indeed is a great place to build a list of highly targeted buyers. But doing it the right way is another thing entirely, as I see lots of people spamming it instead of doing correct marketing.

  20. I’m just wondering, have you or anybody out here tried any of those apps and were successful? Just curious =)

    • Satrap says:

      Great question Anthony.

      I personally have used FlameTunes and eBay with decent success, and I do know of a few friends who have also had great success with Lemonade stand.

  21. Ravi says:

    Thanks for the useful post. Lot must have changed in the last one year but still holds good.

  22. tusshar says:

    i would like to know ways to earn online for teens(less than 18) ,may b through websites or something similar.Awaitin your valuable reply.Thanks.

  23. I just want to thank you for the information that you’ve provided. I opened a store on my Face Book page in about 15 minutes with your help!

    Thanks

    • satrap says:

      You are very welcome Keith. I am truly happy you opened your own Facebook store. I wish you the best. Please feel free to keep me updated about your progress.

  24. Lisa says:

    Shamefully, I don’t do fb as much as I should and I didn’t know you could do all this with it. I think I’m going to check number 11, lending club that sounds enticing.

    You have a great list here.

    • satrap says:

      Yeah, Lisa, I am guilty of that myslef. But, Facebook represents lost of opportunities. You just have to be out there and use them.
      Thanks for commenting Lisa.

  25. Deepesh says:

    Hey Satrap can u tell me the ways to make money on facebook, If i make a facebook pages, How can i benefited?..plz show me the way, i want to be employed.

    • satrap says:

      Hi Deepesh,
      The very article you commented on and are asking this question shows you 12 different tools you can use to make money on facebook.

  26. Thank you very much.
    I prefer to make money from facebook in two ways. Facebook fan page and PPC ad.

    • satrap says:

      Yeah, those are good ways to monetize facebook as well, but it’s costly and require a lot of knowledge, especially PPC. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Shoaib.

  27. sabrina says:

    Thanks for that list. Some of my friends make money on Facebook using some of those methods.

    • satrap says:

      You are welcome Sabrina. Glad to hear your friends are having some success with these methods. Thank you or sharing your experience.

  28. George says:

    How to earn money different ways ! I think your post is great.it’s help earnmoney by facebook very easy.its rightful idea.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you George. Glad you liked it.

  29. Paraj 77 says:

    I think Zazzle too has suspended the idea against selling other people’s products, be it in FB or Zazzle,,, about creating ur own merchandize there (in Zazzle) it is still there, Also, I m not sure if ‘my merch store’ apps in Facebook is friendly to product sales created in Zazzle. I tried and tried but could not do it. Maybe u can confirm that…. U gotta good blog but its very vast…if u cud hv narrowed it to the best money making options, wud hv been best. Anyway tnx but “my merch store-facebool-Zazzle” formula didn’t work. Sorry!

    • satrap says:

      Paraj, I didn’t know about that. I will dig a little deeper and update the post based on my findings.

      About the site being vast, the truth is I don’t believe there is one best way that would work for everyone. I think there are a lot of great ways to make money online, but what may work for me, may not necessarily work for you. That is why I try to cover all kinds of methods, so people in different situations with different skills can find a method that works best for them.

      Thanks for the heads up and the comment Paraj.

  30. Mohd Akbar says:

    I really like this post. It gives me a lot of help in making money on facebook and am also earning from it. Thanks for great information article.

    • satrap says:

      Glad you liked the post Mohd. Thanks for commenting.

  31. sanjay says:

    this is a good article. But i opened a facebook account just a few a days ago.How can i earn money without selling through facebook?

    • satrap says:

      Sunjay, take a look at the sidebar where I have listed many articles about many different ways you can use to make money online. Good luck.

  32. Sammy says:

    Hi great info hadn’t really looked at Facebook as a money making place rather just for helping link to my site. Will have to change my strategy
    Thanks for info lee

  33. Lee says:

    Very informative then I looked at when it was posted I wonder if everything still stands up the same now as things change so quickly Facebook is changing as well so will look through your other posts for more info.

    Thanks lee

    • Satrap says:

      Hi Lee,
      Yeah, I update this post from time to time, and as of today, everything is still the same.

  34. JULA says:

    thank you sharing this wonderful post. i think my search store zazzle will work for me where we can make money selling T-SHIRTS

    • Satrap says:

      You are welcome Jula. Good luck with your Zazzle store.

  35. shane watson says:

    till now i only know that facebook is used for photo uploading,music,tagging etc but after reading your blog i found the best use of this social media platform thanks for sharing will visit here again for new ideas

    • Satrap says:

      Facebook is used for way more than juts social networking Shane. These days, big fortune 500 companies even use FB to promote and advertise.

  36. Sadek says:

    That’s for sharing the applications to use on facebook to make money online.

  37. story says:

    Thank you for share some good way to earn from facebook.It must be helpful every unemployed person.

  38. SUNIL says:

    i have 100,000+ fan page which will be best for me can u suggest me..

    • Satrap says:

      Sunil, you could try any of them. But I would think FlameTunes would be a good choice.

  39. Grace says:

    Thank you for this information. When I click on one of the suggested apps it takes me to FB. How do I use these suggestions?

    • Satrap says:

      Grace, these are Facebook apps, so you basically have to enable them for your Facebook account and use them accordingly.

  40. Satrap says:

    You are very welcome.