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:
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!