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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!

Earning Money with the Smart Crowd: A Review

I’ve talked about the Smart Crowd in some previous posts. You can find those posts here and here. I didn’t go into much detail then so I thought I’d review it for you today. It’s a great way to earn a little extra income, but you probably won’t be able to make enough money to support yourself.

What is the Smart Crowd?

The Smart Crowd is a crowdsourcing data entry website, meaning that the work available is done by a group of people online from home. It’s run by Lionbridge and used to go by the name Virtual Bee.

Workers are paid 35 cents per 1,000 keystrokes on most files and 60 cents per 1,000 keystrokes on a few others. So as you can see, you’re not going to get rich from this side hustle, but it adds up faster than you might think.

Data entry workers are paid through Dwolla, which is just like PayPal. You are paid twice a month as long as your balance is at least $30 by the 15th and last day of the month. The Smart Crowd transfers your earnings to Dwolla which you can then transfer to your checking account.

How to Get Started with the Smart Crowd

To register, go to their website and sign up with your personal information and choose some interests and abilities. You will then be able to take some short keying and reading comprehension tests-nothing very difficult. Once you have completed the testing all you have to do is wait for an email from them, approving or denying your registration.

It seems like it took several weeks before I heard back. As a matter of fact, I had forgotten about it altogether. But I did hear back and I’ve been keying for them for a little over a year. In that time I have earned over $800. Keep in mind, though, that part of the time I worked a full-time job and after that I was busy with this blog and other online interests. So all in all, I think I’ve done pretty well.

Types of Work Available

I’ve included this screenshot so you can see what kind of work I do for the Smart Crowd. It may vary per worker depending on your skills, including speaking other languages.

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As you can see, I’ve earned $7.02 today and $60.68 this month in only the first 10 days of August. I’ve worked 2-4 hours each day while watching TV. The work available to me at the moment of this picture was Dollars Only and Numeric. You key one line at a time and hit enter.

For Dollars Only, you key only dollars, no cents. Sometimes the files will be Alphanumeric, Multiple Choice, Decimals, and others. There are instructions for each type, but generally nothing confusing.

Depending on your evaluations, there may be other types of work available to you, such as searching online for pay.

Final Thoughts

I totally recommend the Smart Crowd to earn some extra pocket money. I wouldn’t count on it to pay your bills, but it’s still a great little side hustle.

You may have heard bad things about the pay. I admit, the pay isn’t much, but recently they discovered an error in their system. We weren’t getting paid for certain types of entries, but the error was corrected and they back paid everyone. I received over $60 back pay. Now that it’s fixed I’ve noticed a big difference in my earnings each day.

If you’re looking for ways to earn money from home, the Smart Crowd is a trustworthy side job. Let me know if you sign up or any thoughts you may have.

Earn money online! More links

There are so many ways to earn money online. Through research and talking with others I’ve compiled a list of a few more websites that help you do just that. Soooo, are you

Ready to learn more about earning money at home?

  • I originally said I didn’t earn a lot of money online with a data entry site that I use. Well, things have changed somewhat, possibly because it’s tax season. I’ve been doing pretty well with The Smart Crowd here lately. Today I worked for two hours with quick breaks in-between to do my other online things, and earned $3.19. Yesterday I worked a lot more on it and earned almost $8. As long as your balance is at least $30 they pay out on the 1st and 15th each month. They transfer your earnings to Dwolla, which is just like PayPal.
  • A friend of mine recommended Mturk. It’s a crowd sourcing website from Amazon. I’ve been trying it out for about a month and so far I like it pretty well. I’ve got $42 in my account right now and I haven’t spent a terrible amount of time on it. After you sign up through Amazon Payments you can choose tasks, or “hits”, as they call them. These hits are available pretty earn money onlinemuch 24/7. Some hits will have you doing data entry, some will have you watch a video and click when a specific action occurs. There are also shopping receipts to copy information from and just about anything else you can imagine. The more hits you complete, the more hits become available to you. The only problem I really have with mturk is that there’s not a lot of instructions as to how you qualify for a hit. I know there are online forums where you can talk with other mturkers, but I haven’t found the time to really investigate everything. It’s a good way to earn money online and it helps with the monotony of some of the other websites. When you request payment they transfer the money to your PayPal account.
  • I have been doing Inbox Dollars for years. There is a potential to earn money online with this site, but I haven’t made a whole lot with it, mainly because when I first started working on these sites it seemed too time-consuming and then I found Swagbucks and I like it better. Inbox dollars is very much like Swagbucks in that there are videos, surveys, and other offers that pay. What I like about Inbox Dollars is that they send you a few emails a day and all you have to do is click on the link to check out their advertisement and voilá you’ve automatically earned 2 cents without even having to go to the website. I hadn’t clicked my emails in a while, so the other day I went to the site and clicked on emails from the last month. I earned over $1 in 5 minutes. Your balance must be $30 before you can request a payment, but the payment can be in gift cards or a check.
  • My sister uses Survey Downline and she really likes it. She makes decent money on each survey she completes, but she has better demographics than me. The researchers doing the surveys want a specific demographic and I don’t qualify for a lot of surveys because I live in a rural area, have no kids at home, and I work from home (at least for now). I’m not sure all the ways you can be paid out with them, but I do know one way is PayPal.
  • My niece does Receipt Hog. You take photos of shopping receipts with your phone and turn them in to earn coins. You can also win at Hog Slots and by doing surveys. The coins can be cashed in for Amazon gift cards or PayPal transfers. I started doing it also, but I’m so disorganized I always forgot to snap photos of my receipts.

You can check out my other posts about earning money online with Fiverrr and Info Barrel. I also have a post on finding your talents to help earn extra money.

Check out The Shoe Money Network. Jeremy will teach you about another way to earn money online.

Until next time,