There are thousands of success stories of people who have made it big from the Internet. You can also join them to create your own success. If you have time, a passion for something or anything and at least some creative skill, you can generate viable income stream from online activities. With good internet connection to get started, you can do literally anything.
Today we review 10 of the easiest and best ways of getting paid online.
- Google Adsense
Google AdSense is an advertising program from the global browser that allows you to run adverts on your website, YouTube channel or blog and get paid when visitors click on them. The ads are generated from businesses that use the Google AdWords program.
Despite being a free and easy to use program, Google can also optimize the size of your ad units to automatically fit your desktop or mobile pages increasing the likelihood of the ads being seen and clicked.
Like all forms of online income, you need traffic in order to make money. As you draw in monthly viewers, you get paid on the number of impressions you get i.e. when someone clicks or reads earning you side revenue from content you avail on your site.
Google pays monthly through direct deposit or cheque but only for payments that reach or exceed $100 in a month. If you don’t teach the threshold, your earnings are rolled over to the next month.
All you have to do is to drop the little AdSense code into your website and it immediately starts working. The three things you need to get started in the program are a Google account, your phone number and the mailing address associated with your bank account for you to get paid and lastly connection to AdSense. Through your account, you can see your current earnings, what ads are generating the most clicks and much more.
- Sports betting
This is probably the most lucrative of ways on our list given that it can literally make you rich quick. It is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome,.
One thing you must have when taking on this endeavor is skill. Sports betting has very little to do with how good you are at predicting individual events. It is about probability
There are two main ways of making money from sports betting. The first is being able to predict the winners of events. This is what almost all punters do. Unfortunately almost everyone in this lot is unsuccessful at cracking the odds.
To have a chance at beating the system, you will need to create a niche for yourself among the millions of tipsters who are also trying to do the same. Specialize in a market where the bookmakers do not have the same level of information and knowledge as you or are unable to interpret as well as you.
The second way is to find value in the odds. This method is further divided into matched betting, arbitrage betting and value betting. In simple terms, the high variance nature of betting means you have to place hundreds of bets depending on the odds before expecting the variance to even out.
- Taking paying online surveys
Information as they say is wealth. It is one of the most lucrative ways to make easy money on the Net.
There are numerous legitimate survey companies online that will give you access to a range of paid online surveys. You also don’t have to possess any special skills to participate in them. You just have to give your honest paid for it.
These companies have several methods of payment. Although being paid in cash is the most common and preferred for those seeking the surveys, payment can also be dished out using gift vouchers, free products, loyalty points and other prizes for each completed survey depending on the type of survey you do.
There are usually no fees involved to sign up to get paid to answer the professional questions on sites such as Triaba Kenya and JustAnswer
For instance Triaba pays up to Sh325 for each survey and you can claim your reward after accumulating Sh1000 in your account so that you don’t have to wait too long before claiming your money
And as long as the surveys are available, you can take as many surveys as possible
Writing is a great profession that can earn you lots of cash. If you have writing skills and top notch grammar and attention to detail, it is possible to get paid to create online writing. Once hired by a company, you have to create unique and interesting content for clients.
Pricing rates vary from company to company, work nature and depend on your accuracy levels. You can get paid per word, per hour or for a complete job. For you to attract a better rate for the work you do, you have to graduate through a series of levels that usually begin from the beginner to the expert.
There are several ways involved in this writing including;
- Writing online articles by signing up to a freelancing website
- Academic writing which entails writing essays, research papers and assignments
- Writing eBooks on the most frequently asked topics
- Affiliate marketing
This is an approach where brands pay people a commission to promote their products or services simply put, it is selling someone else’s product by referring customers to their store, whether online or physical
It involves connecting the people in your network to brands they will find useful. And as with many marketing channels, the larger your network or audience, the bigger you potential to earn. When customers buy, the brand in tandem knows you sent them your way by tracking your affiliate code or link as attached to the affiliate program.
The affiliate link is usually embedded on a website or blog post which serves as the means that attract your audience to you in the first place. You therefore have to create content relevant to would be customers of the product. Refer them to the store and receive a percentage of the sale as agreed with by the owner of the product
Rather than getting paid per say 1000 page views or per click which has been the tradition, affiliate advertising involves the marketer paying you as the affiliate publisher through the blog when it refers a paying customer
You have to put in time and effort for you to grow website traffic and generate a consistent social following for success in this approach to marketing.
- Create an online course
This is monetizing your craft when you have knowledge in a specific area
It could be anything, cooking, playing a guitar, or even if you give great massages. If you can do them well for free, why not get paid to do them?
Start with a small sample of friends and have them watch you have to offer. Let them review and critique to know what to add or omit from your set.
Most people set up their online course through platforms like Teachable.com. You then make the course, which could be a video with use of worksheets added.You can use the platform to manage customers and accept payments. You can sell to sites like Zippy Courses.
- Online tutoring
You can start selling your knowledge and advice in an area you specialize in as a manager or consultant and bill prospective clients. Your expertise is the product you are selling. With tutoring, you can get paid by the hour.
People go online to find information and learn new things. This need for information and instruction has created a great opportunity for you to get paid for your knowledge. You may think you don’t know enough about a topic to teach it, but the truth is, you don’t necessarily have to be an expert.
A certain criteria may have to be met like degrees and certificates relevant to the field you want to lecture on.
There are many websites that allow you to make money by teaching online. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm and Coach.me provide a network of clients for you to interact with in the event you don’t know people who might need your services.
This entails converting audio files to written texts. The beauty about transcription is that someone with no experience can earn in less than a week from starting as a complete beginner.
The client for whom you will be offering the said service will send you audio or video files from whioch you will have to listen to and type out the content. It is a high demand area that also requires a lot of dedication and time to complete a project.
A lot of the transcriptions go by the 1:4 rule meaning 1 hour of audio takes 4 hours to transcribe. You therefore have to be at you’re A-game to get a piece of work written down. You probably have to undergo a course to perfect your craft.
You can sell the service to business, legal and medical firms
If you like doing videos, starting a YouTube channel is a viable and fun way to earn some cash on the side. There are tonnes of topics from which you can base your channel on
The average amateur YouTuber earns about $15 per month. Of you are above average (have 100 videos each getting 500 views a month), you might earn up to $1000. YouTube also offers its Partner program where members can gain access to creation tools and can win prizes for the number of viewers they have.
In addition, uploading and monetizing your videos is completely free. youTube will take a cut of your ad earnings as compensation but you will never have to pay anything.
Bbefore you can start getting paid, you’ll need to reach the payment threshold of $100 before you can start collecting the money.
While earning hundreds of thousands of shillings isn’t realistic, you can start earning money quickly if you have a strong subscriber base. You will have to build your channel to gain a strong and consistent regular following before you will see any profit.
- Freelance designing
Graphic designing is another freelance skill that is quite in demand. With the numerous number of companies looking to target an ever growing youth population with their products and services, there is need for hip and fresh content targeted for this demographic.
You don’t have to be restricted to the traditional office set working late hours to meet stressing deadlines. The best and brightest of modern designers embrace flexibility by seeking autonomy in their expertise.
With numerous freelancing sites, you can extra money, turn a hobby into a job or go full time freelancing. Some give you the chance to offer your own rate so you never have to engage in a bidding war with the option of working by the hour or get paid per project.
You can offer your services as an affiliate marketer and work for commission and not for pay while still attracting potential clients with your designs.
As seen from the online methods above, there is no get rich quick scheme when it comes to making money. Identify a genuine way that is suited to your passion and put in real effort and time for your success on the Web. The making money part of what you intend to do won’t happen just yet. You have to grind hard to get there. You will never know unless you try. Good luck!