However, if you want to make big money online, you are going to need to invest some money as well. Many of us, maybe even you, started with close to nothing to invest. This makes earning a lot of money online difficult. With a little help from a largely populated site (Fiverr.com), you can get some great startup capital to fund your future projects.
Use the KDP select program to give away your book for free. KDP gives you 5 days (every 90 days) in which you can give your book away for free and doing this helps get your book some initial traction. Books that do well on free promotion will “tell” Amazon that your book has a high likelihood of doing well in the paid charts and this will cause Amazon to promote your book for you.
Robert said he did an average of 4-6 of these gigs per year for a while depending on his schedule and the work involved. The best part is, he charged a flat rate that usually worked out to around $100 per hour. And remember, this was pay he was earning to advise people on the best ways to use social media tools like Facebook and Pinterest to grow their brands.
You’ll also have to decide whether or not to make your ebook exclusive to Amazon Kindle through their KDP Select program. I’ve done it temporarily (you enroll for 90 days at a time), and there are some advantages, like special promotional and pricing opportunities. But eventually, you might like to offer your book through other channels (more on this below).

Become an Amazon Associate and then use Keyword planner to find an in-demand niche: With more than a million different products to choose from and up to 10% commission the sales you drive, Amazon’s affiliate program is a great place to get started. Browse their available products and see what connects with you. Or take it a step further and use Google’s Keyword Planner to quickly check how many people are searching for a specific term. With affiliate marketing, the more relevant traffic you can pull in, the more you’ll make off your site.
One of the cool things about Google AdSense is that it's so easy to get set up. If you have a blog or website, you can sign up for a free Google AdSense Account. From there, Google will give you a unique code that you will paste onto your website. Google takes it from there, tracking your page views, traffic, and earnings on your behalf. There is no upkeep or maintenance to get this thing going, which makes it a no-brainer if you have a website already.
Upwork is a popular platform for budding freelancers starting a side hustle. You can search for online chat jobs with part-time or full-time hours and place a bid. Speaking from personal experience, only apply for jobs from clients with a “Payment Verified” status. Most listings with unverified payments are scams and they will try to send you a virus-embedded document or (even worse) not pay you for the work you do.
Now next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
You’ll also have to decide whether or not to make your ebook exclusive to Amazon Kindle through their KDP Select program. I’ve done it temporarily (you enroll for 90 days at a time), and there are some advantages, like special promotional and pricing opportunities. But eventually, you might like to offer your book through other channels (more on this below).
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Sorry about that, I thought I responded. If they were to manually type out the sentences in google, yes they would show up. As for the 100 dollar a day adsense guide, yes it works. My adsense site did alright for a while, but I have moved on to more affiliate based sites. In that article near the bottom is a good beginning SEO guide just to help you out. Also google “Moz SEO guide” and they have a great beginning guide as well. If you are interested in starting an Amazon affiliate site (which is a lot of what I do now), I am thinking about putting together a long guide from beginning to end on how to set one up. Let me know if this interests you!
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If you want to clear some space out in your house and have a big stack of books you’ve been holding onto for too long, you can make money selling your books and textbooks online. Stores like Half Priced Books and others will give you cents on the dollar for each of your current books while you can check what your book is worth by simply entering the ISBN number on Book Scouter.
Not only will this multiply the money you’re bringing in in a serious way, but it protects you against any sudden changes in the market or in your business. Remember that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? A few hours a week committed to just one or two of the following opportunities will put you in a much stronger position to be financially safe and independent.
If you don’t mind doing other people’s chores, then TaskRabbit is a great option for making money online. Earn extra income by walking your neighbor’s dog or mowing Mr. Smith’s lawn. It might seem like not the most lucrative option, but the top taskers reportedly earn as much as $7000 a month, making this a full-time way to make money online for some.
Similar to what Chris Guthrie did with his Amazon niche sites back in 2008-09, you should take every dollar you earn and reinvest it into your passive income business…pay for more content to be created, for better (and quality) backlinks to be built, to buy new niche sites etc.  At least for the first few years.  Chris did this, and it allowed him to go from $0 to $100,000 in just over 12 months.
If you’ve got a way with words and expertise in a niche, there are plenty of sites that will pay for articles and content you write. Think of the sites you read regularly. What can you contribute to them that would be interesting? Research your niche and then look for ways to pitch articles. Many sites will simply have a submission or contact link in the footer. To get started, check out my full guide to becoming a freelance writer on the side and then submit your articles to places like Listverse, TopTenz, A List Apart, International Living, FundsforWriters, and Textbroker.
There are some key differences between this self-publishing (which, by the way, doesn’t have the negative connotations it used to) and traditional publishing process. You won’t be dealing with printed books, for one. That eliminates the expense and hassle of actually creating books, storing them, and delivering them — and that may not even sell. It’s going to be all digital. These are ebooks, which can be read on devices like Amazon’s Kindle, on another tablet or smartphone, or even on a computer.
Some people will try to have sexually explicit conversations with you. It won’t happen very often, but it’s still a possibility. It does seem strange at first - why would people bother calling Flirtbucks for that when they can just call an actual phone sex line? Part of me thinks there’s a thrill trying to get something that wasn’t part of the usual service.
To test these websites, you’ll be asked to visit the site in question and record your reactions and thoughts as you go through it. To get started making extra money online by testing websites, sign up for some of the most popular services like UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Userfeel, TestingTime (for people outside the U.S), or Side Income Jobs.
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Original eBooks are written by you are fine, and you can make a great deal of money this way, as well as use the books to promote your business or products. You can also outsource this work to other writers if you do not have the time to write the books yourself. However, you absolutely must retain “resell” rights from the author when you do this. To take any work that someone else created without their selling the exclusive rights to you is illegal and is considered an infringement of copyright.
Thanks Matthew, great article. I noticed on the email I received about it that you state “Pro Tip: If you can string a sentence of English together, the quickest and easiest way to get started is as a freelance writer. I pay thousands of dollars per month to freelance writers and it’s a skill that most people have.” but I don’t ever see such expenses on your income reports so why is that?

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PPS oh you thought I was done did you?!  The other parts of the book, although not truly passive income generation focused, are amazing too.  I know things like the low information diet and killing interruptions have made a huge difference to my success – and if I can try and get a little more consistency in my adherence to them, then happy freaking days!

Robert said he did an average of 4-6 of these gigs per year for a while depending on his schedule and the work involved. The best part is, he charged a flat rate that usually worked out to around $100 per hour. And remember, this was pay he was earning to advise people on the best ways to use social media tools like Facebook and Pinterest to grow their brands.
While Etsy is fantastic for handmade goods that you’ve already created, if you’ve got killer designs that would look good on phone cases, t-shirts, or even wall hangings, pillows, and duvets, you can sell them on Society6 without paying anything to start. Society6 lets artists upload their designs and create their own shops where they choose what products their designs can be used on. That means one design can be used to make a whole range of awesome products that are printed and shipped on demand whenever someone buys from you. With top creators making thousands every month just from selling their designs. 

Sorry about that, I thought I responded. If they were to manually type out the sentences in google, yes they would show up. As for the 100 dollar a day adsense guide, yes it works. My adsense site did alright for a while, but I have moved on to more affiliate based sites. In that article near the bottom is a good beginning SEO guide just to help you out. Also google “Moz SEO guide” and they have a great beginning guide as well. If you are interested in starting an Amazon affiliate site (which is a lot of what I do now), I am thinking about putting together a long guide from beginning to end on how to set one up. Let me know if this interests you!
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