Business Tips: Top 5 Ways to Make Money on the Internet


Currently, the Internet is more than just a source of news or a tool for connecting with family and friends. Today, many people run their own businesses and make money online, right from the comfort of their homes.

Like making money offline, running an online business does require some level of discipline if you must thrive. So are you ready to turn your passions into profits and start making money online but not sure where to get started? Here are 5 legitimate ways to get started.

Start a Blog

Blog sites are definitely one of the oldest but effective ways of making money online. They are also very affordable as all you have to do is carve out a niche for yourself with quality and original articles.

However, if your plan is to make quick money in a short time, this is not for you. Running a blog demands a lot of dedication and commitment. Get people interested in your blog with catchy headlines and images as well as adverts to spread your blog’s awareness. With the right effort, you can earn profit through affiliate links, pay-per-click (PPC) or direct ads from companies.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. By making use of your online presence; website, blog, social media platforms, adverts, or e-commerce site, you can sell the products of other companies as an affiliate.

When the prospective customers on your digital platform click on a link to make a purchase, they are taken to your affiliate partner’s site to complete the transaction and you get a commission for every completed sale without you having to deal with the sale or customer service. Although you don’t have to create your own products but do ensure you pick a profitable market to delve into.

Using your Writing Skills

With the massive growth of the Internet, writing is currently one of the easiest ways to make money online. Several websites are always in need of new content and are very happy to pay for it. The easiest way to find such freelance writing work is to join some prominent freelance websites/forums that specialize in this type of work.

Some of such notable sites are,, and Not only can you find short term gigs on these sites, you could also be lucky to impress your employer and be offered a long term or even permanent employment.

Get Paid for your Pictures

You love to take pictures, right? You can make money selling your simple everyday photos even without being a professional artist or photographer. People need stock photos for their blogs, websites, presentations, and so much more. Often times, the most basic things are the most sought after.

There are sites where you get paid some commission when someone purchases your photo on their site. Some examples of these are Fotolia.comShutterStock, and iStockphoto.

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Develop Apps

Whether it be an iPhone or Android-enabled phone, it has apps that we all use in our day to day activities. Your app may not be able to compete with the likes of Opera mini but you can create one to meet the needs of people. It could be a new way to store photos or a file manager.

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You can make make apps and sell on the normal platforms for IOS and Android or free-based app and monetize them with ads. Another way to make money with your developing skills is to develop and sell apps to clients (although the price will depend on your client and the complexity of the app). Even if you are not a programmer, don’t panic! You can hire someone to do it for you or you can learn how to program yourself.

Once you have a good Internet connection and free time in your schedule, earning money online is realistic. Although at first, the income may be meager but consistency and perseverance is the key to become a huge earner. So, whatever online money-making idea you decide on, simply give it a try with dedication.

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