Here is the revelation of my online earning sources. Because you already know, I share the truth as I saw it, you can expect no hype but rather the different ways you can attempt to make money online.
Recent days, I got some queries from my local blog followers as well as some friends in other countries, and it inspired me to write this post. Can blogging really earn anything? How can you earn through blogging? Does online money really exist? Can you earn working from home? I encountered these and many related questions regularly.
Looking at these questions, it looks quite trivial, don’t they? It appears most of my friends don’t have much faith in online earning and they call it hypes. The blame goes to those large number of online scams who are tempting the newbies with false information and cheat them badly.
Read: Ambika’s experience at Why I Love to work From Home?
Apart from complete newbies, some bloggers who’re blogging for months but earning literally nothing wonder if there really exists any online earning sources!
Different Sources I Use to Make Money Online
Before proceeding any further, let me confess that I’m not an expert in online earning and do not make a 6 figure income. Whatever I write here are based on my experience and my online earning sources.
Selling Products as An Affiliate
This is probably the best method for bloggers and online marketers to make money online. However, selling affiliate products is not a one night job, it really requires you to be consistent, smart and trustworthy.
You just imagine how hard it becomes to make anybody agree to take money out of their pocket. A huge trust on you is the only key and the trust can be earned through building solid reputation.
Affiliate marketing is one of my major online earning source and truly proud to be somebody on whom you can rely!
I’ve sold some products through my blogs and social networks (Facebook & Twitter). HostGator Hosting Accounts, WPZon Builder Plugin, WPDollar Plugin, MyeCoverMaker, PrettyLinkPro etc. are some of the products I sold successfully.
You can use social networks, mailing lists and sales pages to promote and sell affiliate products, but having a blog will definitely make your life easier. As I told you earlier, building trust is really vital and a blog offers you the opportunity to build up your reputation.
#1. Adsense – Online Earning with Google
No need to explain it any further. Google Adsense is one of the prime revenue source for most of the blogs. I’m using Adsense for my sites like psexam.com, mcqsets.com and in this blog too. Though Adsense is not earning much for this blog, it is performing good on my other blogs.
Blogs that have problem solving posts works great for Adsense earning. Often people face problems and look for solution. They do search in Google and are likely to land on those posts. The organic traffic (visitors from search engines like Google.com) is much easier to convert when we aim to earn from advertisements like Adsense.
#2. Amazon Associate to Earn Money Online
This is another great avenue to test your skills. Amazon is the largest online market containing products for all categories – from household equipment to office furniture, from books & CDs to software. You can find any product of your interest and promote them in your blog to make decent commission for every sale through your links.
I’ve sold some Computer Science books, Toshiba tablets (Thrive), iPhone accessories, baby and pregnancy products using different Amazon sites. The WordPress plugin WPZon Builder and some awesome Amazon themes really helped me to make those sales.
Amazon associates can be a separate sector to make money online.
#3. InfoLinks – Another Source of Passive Income
This is contextual text link ad network different than Adsense though both of these pays based on CPC (cost per click). Once you register your blogs in Infolinks, you can get code to paste in your blog. It converts some words or phrases from your post into links and pays you when somebody clicks on those Ads.
Infolinks is not earning as much as Adsense yet, but the additional money it offers is worthy to collect in PayPal account.
The recent updates in Infolinks includes search links, tags and sidebars allowing you to earn more money.
#4. Sponsored Reviews – Get Paid to Write
This is relatively newer venture I’m making recently. You can register for an account in SponsoredReviews.com site and bid for different articles offered. If you can win any of the bids, you’ll be allowed to write about the offer as prescribed and will be paid for the post you publish.
The great thing about SponsoredReviews.com is that it has really huge number of advertisers and publishers; at the same time, the site claims 50% of the money you make for writing the posts. This makes you think it twice, doesn’t it?
I’ve published some sponsored posts to make some attractive money. If you have good writing skills, this is the way you can make some handsome money every month.
#5. Direct Ads – Monetize Your Blog
Once you make your blog popular, you can attract advertisers to purchase banner Ads or text ads. Most of the advertisers count the Alexa rank and Google PageRank, so, you need to try to improve these metrics for your blog.
Till last year, I enjoyed my psexam.com and icttrends.com having PR 6 and 5 respectively and earned quite good money by selling text links. The story is not same but still some text and banner ads are still helping. They constitute regular income.
When you have good PageRank but did not find advertisers, register yourself in Teliad (now SeedingUp), BuySellAds etc to help you get advertisers. Getting approved in BuySellAds is a bit difficult but you’ll find Teliad a good source of online earning in the beginning.
#6. Guest Blogging – Good Work Pays
You may wonder, but it is true! You can make money online by guest blogging. When you demonstrate your authority and impress with your writing skill, the publishers are attracted. You can join those sites as paid author and get paid for your every published posts.
I joined a couple of blogs as paid author and started to write posts for them. I did not find much time to exploit the opportunity fully but I’m happy with whatever I make from guest blogging.
#7. SponsoredTweets – Free Online Earning
This is another opportunity you can make money online. You don’t need to have your own blog neither needs to research and write long text to get paid from SponsoredTweets.
When you are active in Twitter with a large follower base you can register in SponsoredTweets to get offers. You will check the offered message and site to decide it suits your followers. If yes, shoot the message to your twitter followers and earn money. The payment can boost if your followers clicks on the link.
I’m using SponsoredTweets for some time and earned a few dollars. I know it is not a huge money but some dollars earned only to tweet message is not bad. Additionally, if you can have some referrals under you, you can make considerable money every month from SponsoredTweets.
Well, these are the different ways I make money online. Hope you got some glimpses of online money in this post. Please don’t forget to comment and share this post if you find it useful. Are you using any other method for online earning? I’d love to hear your views.