In this period of the financial crisis, many people turn to the internet in the hope that they can somehow grow their household income through internet marketing. Each day, millions of people try making money online, but statistics show that only 5% of them end up generating a decent income.
Here are five tested and proven easy free ways to make money online. They require no investment besides time, determination and an open mind:
1. Transcription jobs
The internet offers jobs for transcriptions. Their job
description entails listening to content and then converting it into written
work. Their job pay is comparable to that of writers, but in most cases, the
latter enjoy a better pay. If you can transcribe, all you need is to sign up on
freelancing sites such as oDesk and Elance after which you request clients to
give you jobs. To successfully transcribe, however, you need to invest in a
good pair of headphones so that you hear all the audio recordings that are to
be transcribed. These kind of jobs are in plenty, and once you get a clientele
base, you are ready to go.
2. Selling Photographs
If you have a passion for photography, then it might turn
out to be a money-making venture. This is because you can earn money online by
selling your photos. Once you take your pictures, you can transfer them to your
computer from where you can upload them to the internet. A good site where you can do this is
istockphoto.com. It is however prudent for one to take beautiful photos as well
as checking the website to see what type of photos are popular with customers and
those that sell.
A whole myriad of ways of making money exist on the internet. These offer channels of
making free money without going through a lot of hassle of incurring costs or
investment in initial capital.
3. Bum Marketing
Bum marketing refers to the effective combination of article marketing and affiliate marketing. Here’s how it works. You use an affiliate network like ClickBank or CommissionJunction and choose a product that is selling well to promote it for yourself and make a commission on every sale you generate. After selecting a product, you need to start writing articles related to the topic of that product. Find search engine keywords that receive decent traffic but have low competition and build your articles around them.
Create a free blog – again, at Blogger or WordPress – for the product you have chosen and posted a review of it – either written by you or one that is provided by the product developer – with your affiliate links included.
Now all you have to do is post articles on a regular basis on article directories like EzineArticles. At the end of each article, you are allowed to include a link to your blog where you have posted the review with your affiliate links. Post articles on a regular basis, and you will make affiliate sales regularly from the traffic generated. Search Google for Bum Marketing to learn more about this great easy free way to make money online.
4. Selling your services
If you can write, design websites, write scripts and codes, create website graphics, etc, then you could sell your services to people looking for the type of work you can provide. On sites like Getafreelancer of Elance, you can find these types of projects, and you can bid on them. When making a bid, try providing samples of your work, be polite and try to show the project poster why you would be perfect for the job. This is a very effective way to make money online.
5. eBay auctions
One day eBay auctions work great for generating money fast. If you have something around the house that you don’t use anymore, you could put it up for an auction on eBay. You know what they say, one man’s garbage is another one’s treasure. Anything from apparel to old electronics or appliances works fine. Make pictures with the products and add them to your auction. Try looking at what other people are auctioning and at what is selling and what is not selling. You’ll have a better idea on how to develop your auction.
6. CPA Offers
CPA means cost per action and refers to affiliate offers that don’t need you to make a sale for them to pay you. You can find CPA offers that pay up to $2 for each email collected. All you need to do is join a CPA network like Incentaclick, Azoogle Ads or Maxbounty and start promoting CPA offers. To generate traffic for these types of offers, you can make useful posts in related forums that allow affiliate links in the signature. Other popular places where you can make posts or comments and leave your affiliate links are Yahoo Answers, Google Groups or Yahoo Groups.
There you have it, five free ways to make money online. If you are unfamiliar with any of the terms, services or networks mentioned in this article, use Google to research them some more.