How to Make Money Online in 2018 – An Extensive Guide

Chances are you’ve probably checked out our article on how you can make $50 a day online. In it, we shared a few ways on how you can reach $50 per day in no time with affiliate marketing and dropshipping.

However, this one will be a huge article, we will try to cover a bunch of legit methods that still work today. This is for you if you tried making money online and it didn’t work out very well for you. We have spent 100+ hours in compiling this list together. What was our motivation? To come up with a list containing tons of legitimate methods for the lone goal of making money online.

If you’re looking for ideas on how you can make a living online or add a side income, you’ll love this.

Keep in mind, not everything might work very well for you. It depends on what you like and when you’re passionate about something, you tend to do it better as it doesn’t feel like work. Without further ado, let’s get going!

1. Affiliate Marketing

One of the most lucrative online businesses, with affiliate marketing, you can truly live the laptop lifestyle. Pick a product, promote and get paid when someone decides to make a purchase through your affiliate link (at no expense to the buyer).  This is the best part – you don’t even need to own a product to begin with!


If you want to get started with affiliate marketing, we recommend you start with this training. With it, you can learn affiliate marketing step by step.

2. Take Surveys and Get Paid

Many companies are willing to compensate you for the data you provide via surveys. We know surveys can get quite annoying but if you get paid a handsome amount, why not? Don’t expect to rake in thousands of dollars though. Most survey sites pay you around $2-3 per hour which isn’t that great but it adds up. Having extra cash in hand is never a bad thing, is it?

This is our top recommendation if you want to get paid for taking surveys from the comfort of your home.

3. Provide a Service on Fiverr

Fiverr is a great marketplace if you want to make money online offering a service of your own. There are hundreds of services out of which you can offer something you’re passionate about. If you like to design WordPress websites for eg – why not offer something like WordPress installation and bug fixing services?

The best part is you don’t need to spend a dime getting on Fiverr. Just visit the website, sign up for an account, post a gig and you’re ready to go.

Graphics designing and web designing gigs are evergreen. If you write to write, you can easily charge $20 per article, the sky is the limit! $5 is the standard rate of a Fiverr gig however with upsells (additional services on top of the base $5 gig), you can earn close to $100 per gig, sometimes even more. With it, you can truly work from home.

4. Create and Sell Your Online Course

If you’re passionate about something and have extensive knowledge in a field, why not teach it to others?! There are platforms willing to get you on-board as a teacher.

Regardless of what you like, there is an audience willing to learn just that and you can make some decent cash sharing your expertise! Just so you know, some people bank in excess of a million dollars per year with online courses.

Some of the platforms where people find success include but not limited to:

Also, you can use these platforms to learn something new and once you’re confident in the subject, prepare an online course!

5. Do YouTube Videos and Monetize with Google AdSense

This method has been going around for years now and is still going strong. With Google AdSense, you can choose to display Google ads on your videos/YouTube channel and also your website and get paid for the same. Expect to earn around $1500-2000 for every million views your video gets.

With YouTube, you can also do affiliate marketing. Review a product and include your affiliate link(s) in the video description so you get compensated for every sale you generate.

6. Do Graphics Designing

Visual appeal and User Experience is of utmost importance to online businesses. This is where graphics designing comes in. You can do very well offering graphics designing services on:

You have to standout from the crowd to bag the highest paying jobs. Add your touch to things you do. With great reviews, you can build a brand of your own and can double your rates over time.

7. Become a Freelance Writer

Can you write well? if you can, you’re in luck because content is in demand lately. In fact, the demand has gone through the roof for writers. If you have Native or near-native English fluency, that’s a cherry on top!

You can try Upwork and work as a freelancer writer. Having a quality portfolio and a knack for producing high quality content, you can do even better. Some people make in excess of $100 per article but to reach that level, you’ll need experience.

8. Be a Technical Consultant

Techy much? Help others as a freelance consultant and get paid for your skills like clockwork. Be it WordPress, Joomla, Shopify or anything else, if you are technically gifted, use your prowess to be a cash magnet!

You can charge $5 for simple service or hundreds for the more sophisticated ones. You can get started with Fiverr.

9. Work as a Virtual Assistant

Assisting people with tasks in your free time is a great way to make some extra bucks. Virtual Assistants or VAs as they’re called – you can help people out with a variety out tasks.

Let them know your strengths and that will increase the chances of you getting hired. To find employers, your best bet is to join Fiverr or Upwork.

10. Try Data Entry Jobs

If you are good at typing, monetize it! You can type your way to cash doing data entry.

The pay is not the most exciting we’ve seen but the faster you can type, the better. If your accuracy is good and you can type without looking at the keyboard, give data entry a shot. Accuracy is key.

11. Play Online Games (We’re not kidding!)

Isn’t that the dream? Looks like the dream just got real. There are websites who are willing to pay you pennies every time you play one of their games.

Certainly won’t make you rich, but you might be able to afford a candy at the end of the day.

12. Provide Transcription Services

If turning audio into written text is something you might like, transcription services are what you need to provide!

The faster you can complete the job with a good accuracy, the more money you can make. Your clients will typically use these for providing captions for their videos.

13. Sell Your Photos

We’re not kidding! If you’re into photography and you often capture high quality photos, you can trade them for dollars on a few websites.

Shutterstock, Getty Images and Adobe Stock just to name a few.

14. Become a Freelance Proofreader (Make Use of Your Eagle Eyes!)

Nobody’s perfect. Let’s face it – even the elite publications make grammatical and typographical errors. Your job is to go through the content and make sure it’s error-free. Expect to earn around $30 an hour, sometimes more, sometimes less.

Proofreaders often thrive on Upwork and Freelancer.

15. Offer Voice-over Services

The voice-over industry is a billion dollar industry. If you think you have a unique voice and doing voiceovers for scripts you receive is something you may enjoy, you should try doing voiceovers.

Expect to earn $20-30 per voiceover, check out our vo genesis review, a product by Jenny Lewis, she claims to get you up and running with voiceovers in no time. She’s a veteran in the industry, read our review to find what we liked about vogenesis and what we didn’t like.

16. Flip Domains

Domain flipping can be a great way to make some extra cash if you know or already have premium domains (one word/two word domains do extremely well). Register a great domain and flip it on marketplaces like Flippa and Sedo for a premium.

17. Write an eBook

Writing eBooks will always be one of the best ways to make money online. It is timeless. People love to read and if you can write well, you can make a killing writing and selling eBooks.

You have a lot of platforms to chose from – Amazon being one of the most best ones.

18. Sell Products Online

You can sell your own products online through your website or with a Shopify store. Alternatively, you can re-brand products and sell for a premium (known as dropshipping). You would want to buy products at a wholesale rate from stores like Alibaba which you’ll want to re-brand and sell to your audience as if it was your own.

19. Be a Logo Designer

You can consider designing logos if you feel creative. It can be a great side income considering it hardly takes you a few minutes to come up with a decent design. Most logo designers provide 2 logos for $5 on Fiverr.

20. Be a Translator

If you can speak multiple languages, use it to your advantage. Not many are blessed with language skills, you can offer translation services online and charge a premium. Most people need a translator to translate documents and audio to English and they’re more than willing to pay you.

21. Start Blogging

If you find yourself on top of news and the current trends, you should consider blogging. First, you’ll need a website.

Second, you need high quality content which your audience loves. Don’t copy content from websites though – that will get you in big trouble. Search engines like Google don’t like that and often the source too! For monetization on your website, try Google AdSense.

22. Be a Forex Trader

If you’re a fan of online investing, this can be a great option for you. Forex is the largest market in the world having an average $5 trillion daily trading volume. (More than all of the stock markets, combined!)

23. Make Money with Instagram

People love to share pictures and videos on social networking platforms like Instagram. With Instagram, there’s an infinite potential for a piece of content to go viral. All you need is something really attractive which will catch people’s eye. Once your audience grows over time, you can think about banking on it.

If you’re passionate about fishing, try growing an account posting relevant images and videos. Once you have a good following on your account for the niche, you can flip your account at a good price on marketplaces like Flippa. If not, you can easily promote products relevant to your niche and make sales with cost-per-action/CPA.

24. Skin Apps to Make Money

You can acquire a reseller license for applications from marketplaces like Codecanyon, re-theme the application either yourself or hire someone from Fiverr or Upwork to do the needful.

You can either sell the application on marketplaces (if the license allows for it), or monetize them with Google AdMob ads. To add Google AdMob ad, you may need to add some ad code to your Android or iOS apps. Once all set, upload the app to Google Play in case of Android and iTunes in case of Apple.

25. Get a Reward for Staying Healthy

Health is wealth but not many know it can get you fat wallet syndrome! There are many health and Fitness apps that want yo pay you for staying healthy.

One of the apps that pays you for staying healthy is Achievement. It rewards you points based on what you do – walking, meditation, even while you sleep. The concept of making money while sleeping just got real! It takes time to accumulate enough points so don’t just get too excited yet. You can redeem 10,000 points for $10.

We love it, even though the payouts aren’t handsome, we love the initiative. You can make money and stay healthy at the same time. Can’t beat that.

26. Start Banking with Shortened URLs

Shorten the links with a link shortener. Once a visitor opens the link, they’ll see a short 4-5 second ad. In general, you can get paid around $10 for every 1000 ad views. Some of the popular link shortening services which pay include:

27. Sell Email / Solo Ads

If you have a good email list, why not rent it to people who want you to help them promote an offer? You’d typically send out an advertising email to your subscriber promoting their business and you get paid either a fixed amount or on a pay-per-click/PPC basis. Solo ads work but only if the audience is a good match for the offer.

Promoting a health niche product to an audience interested in video games won’t work very well.

28. Monetize with Google AdSense

With Google AdSense, you get compensated on a pay per click basis. If you can drive decent amount of traffic to your web properties, you can make decent moolah with AdSense. It can also make for a great secondary income source working online.

29. Be a Social Media Manager

If you’re good at SMM/Social Media Marketing, you can bank on it! That’s a very valuable skill.

Businesses are willing to pay you to manage their social media accounts – interact with the customers, potential customers, answer their queries. The list goes on. You can find Social Media Marketing related jobs on a lot of platforms, Upwork and Fiverr to name a few.

30. Sell Banner Ads

If you have a website and you regularly get visitors, you can monetize by selling ad space. Typically the customer will want you to have their banner hosted on a place of their choice.

If not, you can place Google ads and can still earn a decent monthly revenue. The revenue will depend heavily on the content, niche of your website and the monthly traffic flow.

31. Do Software Testing

If you have some experience with programming, you can work as a software tester. There’s a lot of money to be made, software testers make in excess of $40,000 per year.

You can kick things off with Upwork and start offering your services.

32. Resell Web Hosting

You would typically purchase an unlimited website hosting packages from the web hosting giants like Godaddy and Bluehost, and then resell to your clients.

33. Publish a Kindle Book

Do you like to write? Self publishing your Kindle eBook is a great way to generate passive income online.

34. Become an eBay Seller

The sky is the limit when it comes to selling on eBay. If you can think about a product, be sure you can sell it on eBay. You can either sell a product as a ‘Buy Now’ or as an auction.

List your item under ‘Buy Now’ if you know its worth. If you want people to determine it instead and compete for it, list it under an auction. You may need to manage inventory, carry out some paperwork and monitor shipping though. Also, it can be worth it – selling on eBay can be very profitable.

35. Sell on Amazon

Without a doubt, Amazon is one of the largest marketplaces. As a result, there is a huge chunk of money waiting for you.

Sell your own products or join the Amazon affiliate program and never worry about managing inventory again!

36. Sell Handmade Items on Etsy

If you’re into creating handcrafted products, you should consider selling on Etsy. The handmade items go for a premium, you can easily make a full time income as a result.

37. Sell Books Online

Determine the worth of your old books on Book Finder and sell them at the best price. It can be a good way to make a few bucks from books sitting in your shelf since forever.

38. Sell Music

If you can produce good music, why not sell it for cash? Reverbnation is one of the many websites that can distribute your music to a lot of platforms. iTunes, Spotify and Pandora just to name a few. These websites value good music and can pay you handsomely in return.

39. Get Paid To Review Apps

There are many websites who pay users in return for an honest review for their services. User Testing being one of them.

40. Invest in Cryptocurrencies

High risk, high reward. That’s cryptocurrencies in a nutshell for you. The cryptocurrency market is a very volatile market and people often think Bitcoin is a bubble.

Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) are among the most popular ones. You can find various cryptocurrencies on Coinmarketcap.

So there we have it. We shared a lot of methods which still work today and have left out the ones which are either too complicated or they don’t work as well as these. We hope you can find some inspiration and ideas from this article and get started in the right direction. In the end, it’s all about taking action and maintaining consistency. Did this article help you? Let us know your opinion in the comment section below!

Leave a Reply