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5 totally legitimate ways people make money online

15 October 2015, 11:08Lynn Butler

Let's face it, we are always in need of some extra cash in our bank accounts, whether we are working full-time, part-time, or are unemployed.

The internet has become such a lucrative space. It has given us the opportunity to make money by offering our services and by helping others.

Itching to know where to go? Here goes:

•    Blogging

For many, blogging provides a great platform to express their inner most feelings. Now you can make money off of it, as some bloggers take this task on full-time.

Companies often give bloggers money to review and write about their specific brand or product, this way they get more exposure and bloggers can earn income by posting an article and giving their own opinion. Bloggers can make extra money by featuring and becoming guest writers on someone else’s blog.

Bloggers mainly make their money with advertising, membership subscriptions, products and affiliate marketing.

•    Freelancing

Journalists are adjusting to the freelancing sphere as media corporations are getting smaller. Often companies cannot afford to hire their own writers, so they pay freelancers to produce their content for them, i.e. writing, designing etc.

There are various sites that help freelancers get work, such as Elance and Freelancer.

•    Selling things

This is one of the easiest ways to not only get money, but get rid of miscellaneous items lying around your home; and all you have to do is upload it online.

Popular online classified sites have sold thousands in merchandise; and it’s one of the easiest ways to make money quickly.   

•    Online surveys

Websites and companies are always looking for data and feedback on various products and sites. To get this, they pay people money for taking time to fill in surveys and forms. Not only do they get the feedback they need, the company also gets exposure. If you’re interested, go to sites like InboxDollars, User Testing to test websites and Myiyo.

•    Social Media

Many people have made thousands from Tweeting, Instagramming and Youtubing. If you can produce good content and gain a significant amount of popularity on social media, you can make money easily.

To receive money for uploading videos, you need to be able to upload regularly and of course you need to be a huge success. No pressure, right?

Getting views of over 10 000 or 100 000 per video will definitely get companies to advertise your video.

According to Video Power, you do not make money based on how many views you have, but by how many people engage with an ad.

Companies can also invest in your social network posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, depending on your following and your followers interactions with you. According to the Huffington Post, celebrities like Kim Kardashian make $10 000 (R134 569) for tweeting about a specific brand or product. The same applies for a Facebook and Instagram post.

- Woman24


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