Top 10 Ways to Make Money Online – Honestly

Do you want to make money online? Too many websites offering products related to making money from home, are over-promising and under-delivering. Here are some techniques and  methods to honestly make money online now.

1. Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs offer you a way to make money online by promoting products for people or companies. You do not need to have your own product and when you promote for the company and sales are made, you earn a commission on the sale (either a percentage of the profits or a flat dollar amount). You can promote the product through writing about it on your website, blog, Squidoo, or on Social Networking Websites. If you want to find some affiliate programs to join, you can look through Clickbank, CJ and ShareASale to start.

2. Build It & Sell It – Or Buy It & Build It

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If you build up a niche website with high-quality content related to the topic of your site – you can either keep the site as it is or you could sell it for a profit. Personally, I’ve made numerous niche websites over the years and a lot of them are receiving targeted traffic, but not making much money. They may have Google AdSense ads on them, but are still not making the type of money I would like them to. If I don’t want to work on marketing that website, I could sell it to someone who actually has a product that relates to the topic of my site. Recently, I sold a website I built up for three years (it was not profiting at all and I didn’t have time to deal with marketing it) and I got a quick $3000 for it on Flippa. Some people call this “Blog Flipping” or “Site Flipping.” It works to make a quick chunk of money, but not sustainable unless you are driven to create numerous blogs, build them up, and resell them. Alternatively, you could buy a website on Flippa, build it up and profit from it.

3. Membership Websites

Residual income is the way to make money online. People sell ebooks and products online all the time – but to make a real sustainable, lasting income is by either having your own membership website or by promoting (as an affiliate) a membership website that you believe in. The key here is to only promote a membership website or program that you have tried, or are currently a member of – and vouch for it 100%. With so many scams online these days, it can be tough to find such a membership program. As of now, I can honestly tell you that I do believe in a few programs out there. Blog Masters Club is one – by David Grisley. It is currently not open to the public (just filled all slots) but if you direct people to signup on that page and they later make a sale, you will make a residual commission on their membership. You can still join and promote David’s other free products – and his affiliate signup page is here Yaro Starak is also an honest marketer with a great membership site called the Membership Site Mastermind and strangely enough it is currently not taking on any more students. I think it is a good thing that they are not taking on every new person that wants to signup – because they truly to do provide individual training and help through their membership sites. Just like the other program – if you direct traffic and they signup to be notified when the program is available, you will still receive your commissions. Yaro also has other free reports you can promote as an affiliate and signup here. Lastly, a membership site that I am a part of is Easily Answered – it is a program that allows members to join and ask questions directly to the experts in related online marketing fields.

4. Product Creation & Sales

If you have your own product, you will make more money by selling it online. If it is a digital product, or one that can be downloaded (ie: software or e-book) you will profit even more. Obviously, product creation is not for everyone. But if you are an expert in a particular field, and want to share your knowledge on the subject, creating a product and selling it online is a fantastic way to profit. You can sell your product and use either Paypal, Clickbank or CJ (to name a few) to securely process payments. If you want to profit even more, you can then take that digital e-book and sell it as a paperback as well through Lulu’s Self-Publishing program. Once you go through the Lulu process and your book begins to sell, it will also be picked up and sold by other major book chains; such as Barnes and Noble, and more international bookstores online. Alternatively, if you want to make more money and have a great software idea – you can have a software program created, and sell it repeatedly for constant profits. All you need is one good idea – one thing that might save a user time, provide some entertainment or solve a problem. You can pay a programmer on Scriptlance a minimal amount for them to create the software (make sure you own full rights to it) and then you can sell it or provide it for free online. Example of software program types include: iPhone applications, WordPress plugins or any other general software that can be used on one’s computer.

5. Banner Ads

If you have a website that is receiving a decent amount of traffic, you could make money from banner advertising. This is a technique that has the potential to make a person a lot of money, but only if their website is receiving heavy traffic. For banner advertising, you can use Google AdSense ads, Text Link Ads or You join one of the sites, and put a small piece of code onto your website. People can purchase ads on your website and you can charge a set amount per month, for certain ads to be placed in certain places on your website.

6. Pro Blogging

If you enjoy writing, and want to make money online as a professional blogger, then this is an option for you. Being a professional blogger is tough for many people because a person needs to know how to attract a wide audience, provide fresh content daily, as well as understand how to direct readers to take a certain action. I read a report written by David Risley about blogging, and he explained his thoughts on how bloggers don’t understand internet marketing enough, and internet marketers don’t understand bloggers. If a person can incorporate internet marketing into their blogging efforts, a lot of cash can be made. It is true. David is a prime example of this – and I believe his statements are true about bloggers and marketers. Personally, I’m learning how to incorporate the two together, on my blog here. So, if you want to be a full-time blogger and make tens of thousands of dollars per month from your blog, then being a Pro Blogger is the way to go. If you want an excellent resource and free report about what it takes to be a Pro Blogger –  Read the Six Figure Blogger Blueprint, by David Risley. Another excellent resource on Pro Blogging is Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger website here.