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What are really the best ways to earn money online? Is there such a thing as the best way to make money on the Internet?…

I, by no means, am an expert, but since the last 7-8 years that I have been trying to make a living working from home, I have come across many different online money making ideas and opportunities, from getting paid for surveys and blogging, to affiliate marketing, selling on eBay, and everything in between.

Naturally, I have also tried using many of these methods to pay my bills, but to be honest, I really don’t think there is one method that can be labeled as the “best way of earning money online”, for every single person.

The fact is that what I may consider the best method, might not be so, for you and other people. There are so many different things to consider when it comes to the question of “what is the best way to make money online?” that its just impossible to pick one specific money making method and label it as the one.

Having said that, I think we can all agree that there are some online based opportunities that are much more popular, and have proven to be worthy of one’s time and effort.

With that said, here are some such methods that I personally would consider as the best ways to make money on the Internet:


1- GPT (Get Paid To)
GPT sites are becoming increasingly popular. If you are an adult and looking for an income stream to pay your bills, GPT may not be for you, although, there are some who claim they make a living with legitimate GPT sites, but if you are a teen or just looking for a little extra money, get paid to programs are perfect for you. You basically get paid for signing up for free websites, newsletters, shopping, playing games, filling out online surveys, and visiting different websites.

2- Online Surveys
Doing online surveys is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to make money online. It is as simple as registering with a few legitimate paid survey sites, and answer questioners and online surveys on different topics from shopping and electronic to politics and entertainment. With paid online surveys you might not make a living, but you can certainly get your times worth.

3- Stock Photography
There are many stock photography sites that pay for photos. Although, you may not get more than a few cents each time one of your images is downloaded, but if you are creative, and good at what you do, your photos can be downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Making money with stock photography is getting even hotter as more and more blogs are born everyday, and blogs do use lots of images.

4- YouTube
I think YouTube is one of the best tools that the Internet has made available. YouTube enables you to make yourself discovered. If you are talented, you can easily make money on YouTube. All you have to do is make a video of yourself performing, and upload it to YouTube. Take singing for example, if you can sing, why not record a video of yourself singing, and live the rest to YouTube.

There have been many artists who have been discovered, and achieved big success by simply making a video of their performance and putting it up on YouTube.

5- Designing
There are a few ways to make money online as a designer. Designing logos and ads for websites and online businesses is getting hotter and hotter. These days, every business out there is trying to establish an online presence, and they all can use your expertise in designing logos, websites, ads, etc.

Another way you can make a few dollar is to use sites like CafePress to design T-shirts and other items for online shoppers. You won’t need any investment or an inventory of your own, you just come up with cool ideas and designs for T-shirts, and they take care of the rest.

6- Affiliate Marketing
I have no doubt that affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. Although, it’s not for everyone. Making money with affiliate marketing takes time and real hard work. Most people do not succeed because they give up to soon.

If you think you have the ability to put enough time and effort into it, affiliate marketing can be a great option for you. It doesn’t require any money or investment, and in some cases you don’t even need a website of your own. It’s easy and quick to get started, but it takes some time and serious effort to succeed, which is well worth it.

7- Blogging
I think blogging can work for most people. If you can write and find audience that like your writing, you can make money blogging. Blogging is a really powerful tool that if used correctly, has the potential to make you money.

The great thing about it is that you can start with a free blog using free blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress. It will allow you to test things out and get some experience without spending any money.

More and more bloggers are making a living with their blogs these days, and blogs are only getting started. Get in the game before it’s too late.

8- Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is one for those profession that most people don’t think of it as a way to make real money, but you will be surprised how many people are actually earning a living freelance writing.

More and more people are using the Internet, and that calls for more websites, and of course, you have to have content to make a website. That’s where freelancing comes in.

The good thing about writing for pay is that there is never a shortage of work as there are always sites that need content. Take eHow for example, it’s quickly becoming one of the biggest websites, and all of its content are written by free lance writers and everyday people like you and I.

9- eBay
Making money with eBay is a little tricky and at the same time one of the top ways to make money. With a little bit research and finding out what the hot items are, and how and where to buy those items for a wholesale price, you can start your eBay business with as little as a couple of hundred dollars investment. Lets say you decide to sale shoes – Find a few wholesalers, buy a few hundred dollars worth shoes, list them on eBay, and when they are all gone, take the profit you made and use it to invest in more shoes.

10- Niche Website
Building small niche sites is extremely popular, and rightly so – it is amongst the most profitable online money making methods, and it doesn’t require a lot of financial investment. You can start with less than a hundred dollars, and you can see return on your investment fairly quickly (assuming you pick low competition niches).


There are many other ways of earning cash working from home that can be labeled as the best ways of making money, but from my personal experience I find the above method each in its own category to be the most appropriate methods to be called the “best ways to make money online”.

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  1. Jack s says:

    Good points in the section on “making mooney to pay the bills”…I’ve heard a lot of good things about affiliate marketing lately…I thought that it was a relatively easy process though? For instance, I thought that all you had to do was simply link to the affiliate’s site. Then when someone clicked on the link, it would somehow generate revenue for you. Am I wrong about this?

    • satrap says:

      No, you’re not wrong, but to actually make money with affiliate marketing, it takes a little more than just having a link on your site. I mean you have to write useful content so you can draw readers in, you have to work on SEO and other things that helps to bring traffic to your site, where then people might click on your link and purchase the affiliate product, which you will get a commission for. So, in a sense you are right, but it takes some time and some really hard work. I hope that answers your question.

  2. Luke says:

    Paid to click website can be really risky along with HYIP websites you never know when the owner is going to run out of money. I would rather start a website up and earn from that atleast that way you know you are actually going to recieve your cash from adsense.

  3. Hunter Jakowich says:

    It is really very exciting to Make Money Online from Google, Adbrite and Infolinks. All you need to do is make a website with great content and attract visitors.

    • satrap says:

      It is exciting to make money online Hunter, and although technically all you need is a website and great content and visitors, it takes a lot of other things and hard work to get there and actually make money.

  4. Kim says:

    There are many ways to make money online. What I appreciate most about this article is that you don’t try to make it sound easy. No matter what anyone tries it will take work. However, you did point out a very important reason why many don’t succeed….they quit too soon.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for the kind words Kim, I try to be honest. I mean I have never made even a dollar online that would fall under easy or quick money category. It takes time and work. Now some money making methods are easier than others and some aren’t. But, all do require some effort. Hope to see you more often.

  5. Rebecca Murphy says:

    I also maintain several blogs to earn money online. sometimes it is hard to keep your daily earnings to stable levels..,..

    • satrap says:

      It is hard at times Rebecca. But I think its well worth it. But I think its one of the reasons most people fail to make money online, because its hard to make money online than most people imagine.

  6. Mike says:

    Thank you. I have tried freelance writing since there is a buzz for website owners to build backlinks with article submissions, but never thought of photography. Most of my time is devoted to earning money on Facebook.

  7. Andy says:

    I do most of my businesses online and I have to agree that you can generate easy cash online–you just have to know the ways. You can target social networking sites, build a massive list of buyers. Invest time learning how to make money online and it will be a time well spent.

    • satrap says:

      Andy, thanks for the comment. Although there are so many ways to make money online, I have to say that there are not easy as most people think online money making is. It takes hard work and real effort to make money online.

  8. Buddy says:

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to make some extra money, but it is also very competitive these days. You really do need to “stand out” from the crowd to get noticed.

    • satrap says:

      Buddy, yes affiliate marketing is very competitive these days and to be successful in making money affiliate marketing you really need to work hard and stand out from the crowd. But, what niche isn’t competitive these days?…

  9. Dev says:

    Sometimes it takes time and motivation to earn an income online. Other than that, passion is the most important thing if you really want the kind of success in your life.

    Great post, I really admire…


    • satrap says:

      thanks for stopping by. I think almost 100% of the time it takes time and motivation and hard work to make money online. Of course, having passion for what you do is always a plus as well.

  10. hugo says:

    Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it.

  11. Vitos says:

    I think best way to make money is form youtube.Well it’s works for me wit affiliate marketing. But still learning every day

  12. Jason says:

    Satrap – making $12,000 would sure be a dream to me – but overall if you put time into it and effort – it will be possible. Thanks for the video.
    You have also mentioned the best ways in making money in the sense that they are the most sustainable form of making money on the long run for example blogging and affiliate marketing.

  13. Alex says:

    Everyone nowdays want to make extra money online. Only it is not so easy to start off

  14. Phill says:

    Affilate are most populars to make money online. There are so many sites where you can become affiliate to promote they goodies or other stuff

  15. Marlene says:

    I really like how you broke your post up in to categories and specified which jobs were good for each group of individuals. I am currently a college student and I have been making extra money from working with paid surveys. It gets pretty boring at times, but you can make a decent amount of money. So far I have managed to make over $300 in just a few months. If anyone wants to read my reviews or see my payment proof feel to check my blog.

  16. ysfmhmmd says:

    there is a lot of way to make money online for free unfortunately many websites are fake. i came to across one site where you can make money but the process is very slow. however, i love that site because you don’t have to buy or sell anything on it. anyway, good luck on your site-

  17. Scumlabs says:

    From what I’ve seen online, it appears the best way to make money is by writing articles, signing up for affiliate programs, and selling things on eBay. I guess you just have to be clever to make money online ;)

    • satrap says:

      Yeah, those are some of the most popular online money making methods. Its not really about being clever, I mean it helps, but beside that you have to be willing to work hard and put enough time and effort into whatever methods you choose to make money with.

  18. You have describe some very nice and interesting ways of earning money online. I am exploring new ones and hopefully to earn well in the future.

  19. I’ve been trying everything and without success. I guess I just haven’t found my Niche. I’ll keep trying and see where that takes me. I appreciate the information

  20. I could not believe there are many ways on how to earn money online. But the bottom line of what you have written that I like the most is that – I think there is no one best way to make money online that can work for everyone. What I consider the best way to make money online might not be the best way for you to make money online. I highly recommend this system too Jeff Sommers Making Money Online ! It’s super easy and it’s profitable.

  21. george says:

    Nice article. In my opinion freelancing is the best way to earn money online. Others are either risky, or don’t pay enough money.

  22. John says:

    I like your understanding when you said there is no best way to make money online. Certainly, the ability to make money depends on a person capability and interest.

    • satrap says:

      Thanks John. I truly do believe there is no best way. What may work for me and I consider the best way, may not work for you at all. Like you said, its all about you and what you are willing to put into it. Thanks for stopping by John.

  23. Pamela says:

    These are most definitely the best ways to make money online. affiliate marketing and blogging is one of the best ways. People think affiliate marketing is hard to do but really all you are doing is pre selling and referring and providing helpful tips to people. I call this business the no selling business.

  24. Farhan says:

    Hello, I like your blog very much. You have a great design but in addition to it you have posted almost every method to make money online for us. Thank you for great work…!

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for the kind words Farhan. I am glad you find the site useful.

  25. I think what you said about affiliate marketing is spot on. It is so often given up on because it does take time and effort. Of course, the hardest part for most people is just getting started! So many people miss out on making money online because they don’t even know where to get started, you know?

    • Satrap says:

      I agree Michael. I think most people just worry too much about getting everything perfect in the beginning that they spend way too much time on little things. You just have have to start, then you can always go back and tidy things up. What matter is that you get something going. Thanks for the comment Michael.

  26. satrap says:

    Your welcome, I am glad you find it useful.

  27. satrap says:

    Well, it really depends on what method you go with. There are people who make a living online and there are those who are basically wasting their time and not getting their time’s worth.