2 Ways To Make Extra Money Online
There are many ways to make extra money online but today I’m talking about just two of the many ways that you can boost your income.
1. Complete surveys
My favourite survey site is definitely Prolific Academic. I’ve not been using the site for too long, I’d say less than a month or so. However, I’ve already made £10.77 and cashed out £7.00. Unlike other survey sites, once you are accepted onto the survey, you are not “screened out” which means there is no time wasting involved which is one of the main reasons why I love it.
Another great thing is that there is only a £5 payment threshold. This means there’s no waiting around for months until you get your hands on the money. In my experience, £5 was extremely easy to make. My first two surveys paid £2.50 each and both lasted a mere 30 minutes. Other surveys I’ve completed have paid 20p for 2 minutes work, £2.00 for 20 minutes work and 90p for 10 minutes work, it varies. Essentially it works out at a rate around £5/£6 an hour which isn’t too bad. For me, the surveys never feel long, dragged out or complex. However, the only downside to Prolific Academic is that surveys aren’t always available. That being said, in my experience, I’ve never waited more than a few days for a survey to become available for me.
2. Make money from blogging
Blogging is a fantastic way to make a little bit of extra cash however, blogging is not a quick fix. In my experience, you have to put a lot of hard work into blogging and having passion is key. Firstly you’ll, of course, need a blog. Whilst a free Blogger/Blogspot blog is great, as is a WordPress.com site, you never actually technically own your site. This means that your blog could be deleted at any time and you have less control and freedom, even when it comes to making money.
I personally recommend switching to WordPress.Org and hosting your website yourself. I host my blog using 123 Reg where hosting starts from just £2.99 a month. 123 Reg also sell domains (Your website address. E.g. raspberrykiss.co.uk is my domain name) on 123 Reg domains start at 99p. Another great place to buy domains from is Go Daddy, again domains start at just 99p. When it comes to the design of your website I highly suggest checking out Pipdig. Their designs are clean, beautiful, easy to install and customer service is amazing. I personally use their Venture Theme.
Once you’ve got your blog set up and design in place, it is time to start writing content. Obviously, by this stage, you’ll probably already have topics in mind but my advice is to write about something you are passionate about. Don’t just write fodder and hope to make thousands of pounds. As mentioned before, blogging requires effort, lots of it. Write about your hobbies, interests, goals, whatever makes you happy! Another thing I recommend is not to think of blogging as a money making business, treat it as a hobby or side project, you’ll get so much more enjoyment out of it.
When it comes to making money there are a number of ways to do so with blogging. Firstly there are affiliate links. Affiliate links are specials URLs that allow the tracking of traffic and sales to an advertiser’s website. By using these links you can make money. For example, if you share a link to a product on Superdrug and someone purchases said product, you would be given a percentage of the sale. Some affiliate programs don’t pay on a per sale basis, some pay for click throughs whilst others pay per email sign up, it just depends on the individual program. If you’re keen to get involved with affiliate marketing, I highly recommend signing up to Affiliate Window and Skimlinks, which are my personal favourite networks.
Another way you can make money from blogging is by collaborating with brands and companies for sponsored content. This often means that a company will pay you to write about a product or service. When it comes to sponsored content I find that brands get in touch with bloggers who are influential or the perfect fit for their brand. Ultimately it seems the bigger your audience, the more money you’ll receive but this isn’t always the case. To put it bluntly, if your blog receives no visitors and you have two posts live, the likely hood of a brand willing to collaborate is slim. However, if you build your site up and grow your audience then sponsored opportunities are likely to increase.
Have you ever made any extra money online?