Make Money Online: A List Of How Everyone’s Doing It

Updated: January 25, 2024

How do people make money online? Today, we’ll explore the many ways that everyone’s doing to earn from the internet. From the most popular to the least known methods. The simple and easy, and the complicated and difficult stuff.

From the insanely profitable to the ones that give only dimes and pennies. The legal ones, and yes, even those that might get you in trouble with the law.

This list tries to be as complete as possible so that anyone who would like to make money online can just read through and choose what they believe is right for them.

Sell Products

Sell tangible products

The most popular way to make money online and can be done in endless ways.

You can sell directly through your own website, through your social networks, and even through forums and MMORPGs (I once bought a shirt from someone who was selling it inside the Ragnarok game).

You can sell it indirectly via classified advertisements websites such as eBay and Craigslist, e-commerce platforms like Lazada or Shopee, or create your own website and build a Drop Shipping business

Moreover, you actually don’t have to make the stuff you’re selling. You can just sell items under consignment and be a sales agent earning from commissions.

Sell digital products

Using the same channels to sell tangible products, many are also earning money from selling digital products such as ebooks, software, photos, music, videos, virtual currencies, and even websites!

The most popular ebook store is Amazon’s Kindle Store, and a lot of authors are making good money there. Software developers can sell via CNET apart from distributing them directly.

There are also a lot of websites where you can sell your photos. Meanwhile, music and podcasts can be sold via iTunes and Spotify, among others. And if you’re a movie or video producer, you can distribute them via Vimeo or YouTube.

Furthermore, those who are into buying and selling domain names and websites can check out Flippa.com.

And if we are to include the mobile market, then selling apps is another way to make money online. App developers earn from paid downloads, in-app purchases, and/or in-app advertisements.

Again, you don’t have to be the creator of these stuff to sell them. You can apply to become an affiliate and sell the items for commission.

There are special marketplaces, such as Clickbank.com, which help people make money from selling other people’s digital products.

Provide Services

As a skilled freelancer

If you have a skill or talent that other people will find useful, then you can sell your services through freelancing sites such as Upwork. A lot of people I know are working full-time and earning through these websites.

Of course, a special mention goes to 199Jobs.com, a startup I co-founded, which is now helping a lot of home-based Filipinos make money online. In fact, the average revenue of our freelancers is currently around P3,000 per month.

The most profitable online jobs are article writing and translation, graphic design, digital marketing, virtual assistance, and programming. If you are good at any of these skills, then your potential to earn online through freelancing is high.

As a content producer

Blogging is the best example of becoming a content producer. You can use free platforms such as Blogger or create a self-hosted blog and make money from advertisers.

Websites such as YouTube also help people make money from ads shown on their videos. Meanwhile, revenue-sharing websites such as HubPages provide writers a platform to make money from their how-to articles.

Lastly, if you’re a digital influencer – meaning you have a lot of followers on TikTok, X (formerly Twitter), or Instagram, or you own a Facebook Page with thousands of fans, or you manage a large community in any other popular social network, then you can make money through sponsorships and partnerships with brands.

As an online worker

Sometimes, you don’t need hard skills to make money online. There are websites out there that can pay you to answer questions, fill out surveys, give your opinion, shop online, or even read emails.

Unfortunately, none of these companies ever become big enough for me to trust them. That’s why I’m not mentioning any specific websites. I’m sure there are good ones out there, but always be careful.

Before dealing with any company that promises to pay you to do these simple tasks, always consider these three things.

First, it should be free to join. Second, the support channel should be responsive. And third, there are no scam reports online about them from reputable sources.

Create a Website

That helps people do stuff

A lot of people do a lot of things online. Help them do those tasks, and the opportunity to earn will come.

Create an online marketplace and provide people a place to sell products and services, put up a forum, or start your own social network and connect people.

Examples from the “old days”: Sulit.ph and PinoyExchange.com

That helps people stay informed

News websites are no longer the domain of big media companies. A lot of them are now run by independent organizations whose purpose is to bring relevant, exclusive, and up-to-date information to netizens around the world.

Later on, your website can become a media company itself.

Pinoy Examples: WhenInManila.com and Rappler.com

That helps people learn

Education is no longer confined inside a physical classroom. A lot of websites now provide learning opportunities on the internet and make money through paid webinars, course downloads, online consultations, and membership subscriptions.

This is actually what I’m currently working on with my Events website.

Pinoy Examples: DigitalFilipino.com and ILuvLearning.com

That helps people pass the time

One of the top reasons why people go online is to pass the time. So why not create a website that will keep them entertained for hours?

More than just giving jokes or funny stories and photos, you can provide amusing and interesting articles, information, and trivia.

Pinoy Examples: 8List.ph and FilipiKnow.net

That helps people do something they thought they couldn’t do online

This is the realm of tech startups. Most of the online services we now use usually began as an idea inside someone’s head and a beta website.

You can eventually earn through donations, get venture capital funding, and grow it into a full-blown business, or it can be acquired by a big company later on.

Pinoy Examples: TheSparkProject.com

Others

Trading financial markets

Stocks and currencies are the most traded items in the financial market, and a lot of the transactions happen online.

The biggest is the forex market, with an average daily volume of $6.6 trillion, and this doesn’t yet include the trading volumes for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It’s very popular, and you can learn online forex trading here.

Sales and lead generation for offline industries

Digital marketing is both cost-effective and efficient, especially for reaching your target market. That’s why it’s no surprise that real estate agents, multi-level marketing people, and many other “offline” industries are using it to generate sales leads.

The illegal stuff that you should NOT do

Selling stolen items; committing identity theft; music, video, and software piracy; perpetrating sales and investment scams; creating malware; electronic vandalism and extortion; credit card fraud; money laundering; and many others that you should not bother knowing.

Did I Forget Anything?

I hope you enjoyed this list of ways to make money online. If you, too, would like to earn from the Internet, my suggestion is to pick one and focus on that. You’ll have greater chances of success, I promise.

And if there’s anything I missed, kindly share it in the comments section below.

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11 comments

  1. Globaltestmarket.com emails me everytime there’s a survey for my demographic profile. It’s 100% legit because it’s being used by reputable research agencies such as tns, neilsen and synnovate for their clients. Recent surveys that i completed include one for a local bank (asked me if i recognized print ads for bdo, bpi, and the like) and one that asked me about my online shopping habits. You earn points for every survey that you have completed. When you reach certain points, you are eligible for redemption. You will request for a physical cheque that will be delivered to your address and you can easily deposit it to your bank account. I was able to receive several cheques for the past few years but of course it takes time and patience :-)

  2. Thank you for this write up. A very good guide for updates and catching up of what is the latest Very helpful
    Happy New Year Gerald.

  3. I agree with waffles. Globaltestmarket is legit and one can earn from answering survey. However, it takes time. Patience is a virtue:)

  4. Hi Fitz,

    this post of yours influence me to start blogging my experiences. Keep posting about blogging and online opportunities :) i am learning much from your posts.

  5. Nice! Love it. Been reading your blog for 3 days now and got really hooked on it. I’m proud to say that I myself is earning online too, I’m an online freelancer. I really like your tips and advises specially when it comes with saving and investing. I’m hoping for more helpful articles to come.. By the way, there are also people who are earning from translation, the site’s name is Gengo. Humanatic, the work is reviewing of calls. And askmefast, your work will be answer guide. There are lot of opportunities online if you are just being “madiskarte”.

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  7. You could teach English online too. I can say it pays well and you could even enjoy time with family because you can choose to work from home.

  8. Yes! Globaltestmarket is legit. I joined them last 2002 and up to now I still don’t receive any surveys from them.

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