1. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest, yet best ways to make money online. It allows marketers to advertise products and make a commission for every sale, without having to create their own product. Expert affiliates can earn triple figures every year, so it is most definitely a serious business. However, just like with other professional marketing jobs, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a successful affiliate marketer.
Many people sell items through eBay everyday. Most people treat eBay as an online yard sale, but others make it a serious business to sell products through this medium. There are multiple books written on the subject, so new eBay users should not have a hard time finding resources for tips and tricks.
If you have talent, you can use that talent to make money on the Internet. Writing, designing, website development, consulting and account management are all examples of talents you can use to make money online. Various sites connect freelancers with clients.
You may think that blogs just virtual journals, but many people make a serious living blogging professionally. These people usually blog about technology, travel, dating, finances and other popular topics. The most common way to monetize a blog is to sign up with Google Adsense to post ads on your site. Each time a visitor clicks on an ad, you share a portion of what was made for that click. Of course, there are other ways to make money blogging, as well.
This last section includes other not-so-well-known ways to make money online, such as gambling, surveys, and sites like Cha-Cha that pay you for a special service. Cha-Cha hires people who can answer text questions. Depending on how much money you need, Cha-Cha may not be for you.
Gambling is a great way to earn money, if you are lucky and skilled. There are legitimate Poker sites that allow players to gamble with real money.
Surveys are a known way to make money, but not an effective way. On average, survey takers only make a few cents or dollars per survey. The highest paying surveys I have personally ever seen only offered three dollars. These surveys were long and tedious, but some people enjoy this form of work.