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Make Money Online: 37 Websites to Try

Looking for ways to make extra cash? Me, too. I’ve been on the search for a while now for that magic website that I can make a killing from. I haven’t found it yet, exactly, but I have found a bunch of sites where I can make a little extra. Hopefully you’ll find a way to make money online with some of these sites.

Today I’m sharing 37 sites with you where you can earn money and/or gift cards plus a bonus 4make money online more sites for freebies. There are so many out there and I’m sure the following is just scraping the surface of what’s available. I’ll be sharing more later as I find them, do the research, and try them out.

I have used most of these myself and still use quite a lot of them. So far I haven’t gotten rich off of them, but the extra money sure has helped. A few years ago I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as a legitimate way to make money online besides ebay and craigslist. Now that I’ve begun researching I’m finding a lot of legit sites.

Some of these I’ve talked about already, but it’s the first time for many of these websites. I’ll tell you which ones I’ve tried, which ones suck, and which ones I love.

Data Entry & Transcribing

If you enjoy data entry, then you may really like these sites. You’re not going to get rich, but you will make money online from the comfort of your home.

  1. Clickworker-Data entry or search chores for a few pennies each. Once you get used to everything, the pennies add up. I haven’t done much with them because I’m satisfied with the Smart Crowd and Mturk, but here’s my referral code if you’re interested.
  2. Leapforce-Perform research evaluations. I didn’t find out how much Leapforce pays, but they pay once per month. I haven’t signed up for this one, but have saved it for further research.
  3. Smart Crowd-If you’ve followed me much you know I love the Smart Crowd. It’s data entry and the pay is generally 35 or 60 cents/1,000 keystrokes. For more information, check out their website or this post.
  4. Mturk-Run by Amazon, this is another mostly data entry site. There are also other tasks available. I’ve written a little about this site here. I can usually earn more with the Smart Crowd, but on days when SC doesn’t have enough work to keep me busy, Mturk is my go-to.
  5. iSoftStone-Another crowdsourcing site for small tasks. I’ve heard good things about this site from other bloggers, but I can’t seem to get my profile done right so that I can begin working. It’s on the back burner for now.
  6. Literably-Audio transcription of children reading. The clips are generally 30 seconds to 1 minute long. There are shortcut keys to delete, substitute, and add words and sounds to the transcript. It’s sort of complicated at first. They are accepting new workers right now. I think the pay is something like 50-80 cents per minute of audio transcribed.

Freelance Writing & Virtual Assistant

For me, it’s been hard to make money online or otherwise with my writing, but I enjoy it. Here are some sites to use if you like to put pen to paper.

  1. Virtual Vocations-If you’re a writer or a virtual assistant, this site has freelance job opportunities. A paid subscription provides you with “full access to telecommute jobs database, hand-screened and researched daily.” Memberships start at $15.99/month. I’m very interested in doing this in the future.
  2. Freelancer-Like Virtual Vocations, Freelancer is a site that provides freelance writing opportunities. With Freelancer, however, you bid on the jobs. Their plans start at $5.99/month.
  3. Flex Jobs-Pretty much the same as Freelancer. Yearly plans start at $49.95. I have read a few reviews and it seems like a good company to go with.
  4. Contena-They only allow so many workers at a time, but I do know they are allowing members right now. There is a fee for access to their writing gigs.
  5. Info Barrel-I’ve written a little about this website in a previous post. They accept originalmake money online articles written by you and not already published elsewhere. They pay a share of the profits from the advertising they put on your page.
  6. Ezine-Pretty much the same as Info Barrel. I have created a profile and received a bunch of emails about getting started. I’m very interested in trying out this site, when/if I have time.
  7. Blogging-Setting up a blog is not as hard as you might think. Blue Host is offering web hosting for $3.45/month. There are several ways to earn money with a blog. Set up ad accounts with Google Adsense, Chitika, or others. Be an affiliate marketer with companies such as Amazon. Or sell your own products.

Paid to Click & Survey Websites

I’ve lumped these two types together because a lot of paid to click sites have survey opportunities as well.

  1. Gifthulk-Get paid to click on ads, watch videos, and take surveys. You can then cash out your earnings for gift cards. If you start an account with Gifthulk let me know; I may be able to send you some codes to earn Hulk Coins. Here’s my referral code: AC939432
  2. Swagbucks-My very favorite paid to click site! I make at least $1/day with them for justmake money online clicking around. For more information, check out these two previous posts.
  3. Inbox Dollars-Much like the above two sites. I mostly just click on emails these days and get paid 2 cents each time I do. Once, I won a $50 Target gift card in their sweepstakes. They have lots of other things to do too. I’ve included Inbox Dollars in this post.
  4. Survey Downline-a survey site. I don’t enjoy doing surveys, but if you do, this is a great website to go with. For a little more information, check out this post.
  5. My Survey-I haven’t done this one in a long time. But it’s worth it if you like surveys.
  6. Pinecone Research-I haven’t done this one in a long time, either. It’s a great survey site, but it’s invitation only. Here’s an invitation link. Pinecone Research pays $3 per survey and sometimes you actually get full-sized products to try in your home before doing a survey.
  7. Cash Crate-much the same as Survey Downline, but Cashcrate has a lot of paid to click things available, too. Just for signing up, they credit your account $1. Once your account has reached $20 they will send you a check.


  1. Foap-an online app. Take photos with your phone and submit them on the app (it’s verymake money online simple) and then others rate them. You can build albums with anyone’s photos on the app. If your picture is sold, you earn $5. If someone’s photo that’s in your album sells, you earn 25 cents.
  2. Twenty20-Pretty much the same as Foap, but there’s no app. I can’t find how much you earn from a sale, but something tells me it’s $20. 🙂
  3. Pay Your Selfie-another online app. You post selfies based on the app’s requests and get paid. It may be a selfie with Tostito’s or a selfie at the pool. The pay varies, but all the ones I’ve done have been from 20 cents to $1 each.

Make Money Online Selling Your Wares

Whether it’s something you’ve had lying around the house, something you’ve handcrafted, or a service you offer, there are lots of choices for selling your wares. You should have no problem finding a website to help you make money online.

  1. Fiverr-Sell your products or services with this site. Check out my post all about Fiverr.
  2. Craigslist-I’ve sold a few items on there and it’s nice because you can sell local.
  3. Ebay-We all know about this one. But did you know they’re now offering valet services? Send your items in and let them do the work for you. For more information, check out their link.
  4. Etsy-Like ebay, but you sell handmade items and crafting supplies. I’ve sold a few items with etsy. It’s a great place to go for ideas, as well.
  5. Artfire-Another great place to sell handmade and crafting supplies. I’ve sold with them as well.
  6. Facebook Yard Sale Pages-I sell often on there and it’s simple. Just list the item, meet the buyer locally, and you’re done. You’re just out gas money.
  7. Social Media Business Pages-If you have a product you sell or are a blogger, making yourself a business page on Twitter, Facebook, etc. will help out a lot. When someone likes or follows your page their friends will see it and possibly bring more business to you. I participate in Bloggers2Brands and Pinning Ain’t Easy on Facebook. The purpose of these is to share, comment, and like other bloggers’ posts and pins and they do the same for you.
  8. Amazon-They have a program called Amazon FBA. It’s the same premise as ebay valet. I really want to do this! The Selling Family and Side Hustle Nation both have information on the program. And here’s my recent post with a little bit of information on FBA.

Shopping Receipts & Rebates

  1. Ibotta-I just joined and I already love it! Ibotta is a rebate system. You choose items you plan to buy and after you make the purchase, verify it and they deposit money to your account. If you redeem your first rebate within 7 days of joining, they will deposit $10 to your account! The items on Ibotta range from groceries to pharmacy to health and beauty and more. Sign up today!
  2. Receipt Hog-I did this one for a short time but I kept forgetting to scan my receipts. Receiptmake money online Hog is an app where you scan all of your receipts and earn coins. Read a little more about it.
  3. Ebates-Another rebate website. Make money online by shopping through Ebates.
  4. Checkout 51-Pretty much the same as Ibotta. Buy grocery items, scan your receipt, and receive money in your account.

Website Testing

  1. UserLytics-They provide you with a website and you will do a usability test. While doing the test, you will be viewed on webcam for reactions. They pay is $5 to $50 per test. I haven’t done this one yet.
  2. Enroll-The pay on this one is much less and the available tests are not very frequent. But it’s much easier than UserLytics. You just click on which web page you like best and type why. I’ve received 20 cents to 60 cents for each test.

Bonus: Freebies

  1. BzzAgent-Receive free products to try and share your review with folks on social media. After you sign up, fill out some short surveys so BzzAgent can get to know your needs better and match you up with a campaign.
  2. Influenster-Works about the same as BzzAgent. On both of these sites, linking up your socialfree stuff media is important.
  3. PINCHMe-Every Tuesday PINCHMe offers free samples if your demographics qualify you. They also have other discounted offers.
  4. Crowdtap-I just joined Crowdtap recently and I like it, but I don’t have time to do much. You join up with a brand and answer very short surveys and sometimes a mission where you will write comments for social media and so on. Points add up and can be redeemed for gift cards and other things.

Go Ahead, I Dare you to Make Money Online!

That’s all for this post, but I’ll be doing more in depth posts on some of these websites.

It’s not that hard to make money online. You may not make enough to quit your job, but anything extra is a plus.

I hope you’ll try some of these websites and let me know your experience with them. With any luck, you’ll find one or two that will really improve your finances. And I seriously do want to hear from you!

How to Earn Money Online with Fiverr Gigs

I thought it was about time to get back to earning money online this week. Have you ever heard of fiverr.com? It’s a great site (and app) where you can perform tasks (gigs, as fiverr calls them) for $5 each.

You can also search for a task you need performed for $5. It’s unbelievable how many original ideas people come up with, like “I will make your face appear on a cool glass of beer”. There are a lot of professional gigs available that can help you with social media, research, marketing your products, making a product for you, etc. The list goes on and on.

The gigs all start at $5 but then there are add-ons that can be done if you require a little more work than what’s being offered in the seller’s basic package. For instance, I just started a gig where I will research any subject online and provide 4 research links and 500 words for $5. If more extensive research is required, a buyer can choose an add-on of 2-4 more links and 500 more words for an extra $5.

So how do you get started with fiverr?

Set up your fiverr profile and, if you want to be a seller, add your abilities and education info. They don’t ask for a lot, just if you have a degree and from where and if your abilities are beginner, intermediate, or expert.

Fiverr takes you through each step. To sell, click on create gig and fill out the overview by choosing a title, category, description, and three tags. Tags are keywords that buyers may use to search on fiverr. As an example, I used research online, summary, and research paper. These tags will help your gig to be found.

On to pricing. I’ve included a video explaining how to set up different packages. I just stuck with a standard package, but you can charge up to $400 with different add-on services. This section is where you will include how many days for delivery, s&h fees, and charges for additional services such as quicker delivery. You can also indicate how many orders you want in your queue at one time so you don’t get behind.

The next section is Requirements. If you are selling a product, such as a crocheted dish cloth, you will need to say something like, “Tell me what color you would like”.

The last step is to add at least one gallery photo and any videos you may want to include. From here you will click save and preview to make sure everything looks good. Once you save everything your gig will be pending until approved, which usually only takes a few minutes.

Keeping track of your fiverr sales, purchases, and other stats

The Dashboard section keeps you informed of sales and purchase stats. There are also analytics for how many page views and clicks you’ve had on your gigs. This can be helpful if you’re not getting many views as it lets you decide if maybe you need to change your wording or tags in order to get more hits.

On the dashboard as well are sections for your inbox and names of those who have bought from or sold to you. I would think that this could be used for additional offers you have that may interest these folks.

What are the fees and how do you get paid with fiverr?

Posting a gig on fiverr is absolutely free; however, there are fees involved if your gig sells. Fiverr will keep 20% of your gig revenue, which seems like a lot, but if you offer add-ons of value to the buyer as well as to yourself, you have the ability to make decent money per gig.

The best payment method is probably PayPal. When you request your balance to be transferred to PayPal there is a 2% fee up to $1. There are other ways to get paid but the fees are higher.

So basically, if you sell a gig for $5 you will receive $3.90. If you offer an extra $5 add-on that sells you will receive $7.80.

Keep in mind, though, that if you have a talent for something special you can charge up to $400 using different packages with lots of different add-ons.

Special offer

If you are interested in buying on fiverr, here is a link for a special offer. You will receive 1 free gig service with this link. And if you join, refer a friend. If your friend spends $10 or more you will receive $5! So you may as well give it a shot. It’s easy to set up an account search for services, and create gigs.

Let me know how you do. I would love to know if you’ve tried fiverr and what your experience has been.


Working From Home: Making Extra Income

I’ve been out of a regular job since August 2015 and I’m trying to find ways to earn extra money by working from home. I’ve been combing the internet for ideas and there are a lot of options out there. Some of them are even great. **Update 10/18/16: I’m working part-time now as well as all the online stuff and loving it.

I found a website that allows you to do data entry. It’s only a few bucks a weekday, but hey, it’s a start. A big plus is that they always pay when they’re supposed to. Your earnings are transferred to Dwolla, which is like PayPal.   **Update: I’ve written a review post on this site with more information. You can find it here.

I also found a lot of sites that pay you to answer surveys, watch videos, click links, etc. I haveworking from home found that Swagbucks   is the right choice for me. Income can be as small or large as you want, depending on the amount of time you want to spend. I don’t like to do surveys at all so I spend most of my time on videos and clicks.  I typically make a dollar or two each day. **Update: Here’s a link to a more extensive post about Swagbucks. And here’s one for part two of that post.

Since I’ve decided to try my hand at working from home, I’ve also been trying to start up my crochet business again. I’ve crocheted for years off and on, and I’m attempting to ramp it back up by doing sales on my Facebook page.

I’ll share more information, photos, and links to all of these small ventures and some other work-at-home ideas in future posts. And if anyone has some great recommendations for ways to earn extra money please feel free to share them! We’ll explore our options together. Lord knows, we can all use a little help earning extra money.