How to Make Money Online in 2018

How to Make Money Online 2018

Wondering how to make money online? Or perhaps you’ve already tried, but haven’t had any success?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. The article originally posted on by WFHJ Staff and Since I’ve tried to include every legitimate online earning method from this article, there’s a huge range in income potential – some methods can make you a millionaire (if you put in the work), while others are only good for pocket change. Whether you’re looking to make a full-time income working from home or simply want to find a good side hustle, I’m sure you’ll have tons of ideas by the end.

1: Create and Sell Your Own Online Course

Do you have extensive knowledge in a particular subject? It can be anything – math, web design, bodybuilding, whatever. As long as you know your field inside and out, why not create an online course to share your knowledge? Depending on the topic, this can be an extremely lucrative way to make money online. Some people make over $1 million per year! Creating a good online course takes a lot of time and hard work. It’s not uncommon to work on a course for several months before launching it. But it’s well worth the effort. Speaking of launching it, there are several websites where you can sell your course. My favorite, and one that many people have had huge success with, is Teachable. That said, here are some other options worth looking into:  

2: Create YouTube Videos and Monetize them with Ads

Creating YouTube videos is definitely a good, tried-and-true approach to making money online. However, unless you have millions of people watching your videos, it won’t make you rich. If you monetize your videos with ads, you can expect to earn roughly $2,000 per million views. Affiliate marketing is another way you can monetize your videos. For example, if you do product reviews, include an affiliate link to that product in your video description.  

3: Do Graphic Design

Graphic design is becoming a more and more important asset to online businesses in these days of visual appeal and user experience. If you are any good at graphic design, chances are you could land a paying job, and likely multiple paying jobs. Online businesses need to have good visuals and an appealing overall design if they are interested in truly succeeding. Most online businesses turn to the tried and true methods of acquiring design talent by hiring designers off of platforms such as the following: Therefore, as a graphic designer, these are the sites you’ll want to focus on – especially in the beginning. In order to get the highest-paying jobs, you’ll have to make yourself stand out from the crowd. This isn’t easy, but it’s very necessary – it’s what weeds out the great designers from the mediocre ones.  

4: Get Paid to Search on Google and other Large Websites

Want to get paid for searching on eBay, Amazon, and Google? Join Qmee! When you have the Qmee browser extension installed, ads will show up on the side of your screen every so often. Each time you click one of these ads, you will earn a few cents. One of the great things about Qmee is that you aren’t required to have a certain amount of earnings before you can cash out. That means you can install Qmee today, click just one ad, and immediately cash out your earnings! You can also make money with referrals and surveys on Qmee.

5: Make $200+ a Month Watching Videos

Getting paid to watch movies sounds too good to be true, right? Believe it or not, there are many sites that pay you to do just that! The pay is pretty terrible at just a couple cents per video, but there’s a neat hack you can use to make the most in the shortest amount of time. Here’s what to do: If you have any unused, outdated electronics sitting around, why not put them to work earning you money!? Just set them up to auto-play the videos, and watch the pennies roll in! Some people have reported earning $200+ per month with this method. Both Swagbucks and EarnHoney work with this method.  

6: Become a Freelance Writer

Think you’re a decent writer? Well, you’re in luck because writing for the web is a very in-demand job these days, and it’s just becoming more so in 2018. If you’re a native English speaker from the United States, all the better. Most writing jobs pay peanuts (like $10 for 1,000 words), but if you have a powerful portfolio and a knack for producing engaging, high-quality content, you can expect a lot more. True wordsmiths can make hundreds of dollars per article. How do you get started? You have a couple options: Go out on your own and search for clients on Facebook (there are writer’s groups specifically for this) and other social media, or join a website like Upwork and bid on available writing jobs.  

7: Do Technical Freelancing

If you’re a techy person, you can utilize your skills to make a good living online. There’s a wide range of angles you could take, including fixing WordPress errors, developing websites and apps, and – believe it or not – converting files from one type to another. For larger, more involved tasks (like building an app), go with Upwork. When people post jobs, you can give them a bid and show them some examples of your work. For quick tasks however, check out Fiverr. You can charge people $5 for a simple service, and offer extra upgrades for an additional cost.  

8: Help People Get Things Done as a Virtual Assistant

Assisting people with your professional services online is a great way to make an income. Virtual Assistants (or VAs) help out with a variety of tasks, ranging from technical to creative. Obviously one VA can’t do everything, so if you specify your strengths you’ll be more likely to get hired. In order to reach the largest number of potential employers, your best bet would be to join UpworkIndeed, or  

9:Get Paid for Your Typing Skills with Data Entry

Can your fingers fly across the keyboard at 60+ words per minute? If so, you can type your way to cash by doing data entry. The pay is poor, but the faster you can type the better. Accuracy is key though, so if you make a lot of mistakes you’ll have to practice until you can consistently type like a perfectionist.  

10: Sell Your Photos!

As long as you take photos, why not get paid for it? Even smartphone photography can sell well! Just make sure your photos are high quality. Here are a few sites where you can sell your photography: For your smartphone pics, try the Foap app. You’ll get paid $5 every time someone purchases one of your images!  

11: Make Use of Your Eagle Eyes – Become a Freelance Proofreader!

If you find yourself editing in your head while you read, this would be the perfect job for you. Even the most elite publications oftentimes have typographical and grammatical errors. Nobody’s perfect. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, proofreaders can expect to earn roughly $30-35/hour. Here’s a list of sites looking to hire proofreaders (some of them require extensive experience and a college degree):  

12: Make Money from Your Tweets

If you have a large following on Twitter, this is a great way to rake in the dough. Companies will come to you and offer you money in exchange for promoting a product of theirs. The larger a following and the bigger an influence you have, the more you can earn!  

13: Get Paid to Write Product Reviews on Your Website

Many companies are willing to pay bloggers to review certain products. Sometimes the payment will be the product itself, sometimes real cash. Before you can expect companies to come knocking on your door, er – email, you’ll need to have an established website with lots of loyal visitors.  

14: Sell Your Email List

If you want to sell your email list, be very careful.
  • Most people frown on this.
  • Your subscribers probably won’t like you anymore
  • You can make a lot more money by keeping the list if you know what you’re doing.
But I’m assuming you knew all of the above. Email lists are most often paired with a website, product or service. So if you have any of those, sell it along with the list. Typically, each subscriber on an email list is valued at $1 (but this depends heavily on a number of factors). So, a list of 5,000 subscribers is worth approximately $5,000.  

15: Rent Your Email List for Easy Profits

If you want to profit from your email list like never before, consider renting it out to people who want to run solo ads. As long as your email list is sizable, renting it out can easily net you hundreds of dollars. If this is the direction you’d like to take, check out Udimi.  

16: Become a Social Media Manager

If you are an expert at social media marketing, you have a very valuable skill. Many businesses are willing to spend a lot of money on social media, and will oftentimes hire experienced social media managers to get the most bang for their buck. You can offer your services on a number of platforms, but here are a few good ones to look into:  

17: Can You Code? Offer Your Services Online!

Computer programmers are in huge demand these days. That’s because so many people have ideas for applications, programs, and websites, but don’t know how to code. As a good developer, you’ll never have a shortage of jobs. Well-paying jobs, to be exact. There are a number of places to offer your services, but one of the biggest and most reputable is Upwork.  

18: Build Your Own WordPress Plugins or Hire Someone Else to

Can you code? Do you understand WordPress well? You may want to look into creating WordPress plugins. Plugins are basically addons that improve a website’s functionality. Here are some of the most popular types of plugins:
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) enhancements
  • Social media sharing buttons
  • Membership capabilities
  • Insert ads anywhere
  • Image optimization=
  • Photo galleries
  • Contact forms
  • Security
You can make money from your plugin by offering a “pro” version. Be sure to make the pro version worth the cost!

19: Know a Second Language? Do Translation Work Online!

If you know more than one language, you have a skill that can easily be monetized! Many people find themselves in need of a translator – whether they need to translate a document, a website, or even audio. And they’re willing to pay for it, too! Translation work certainly won’t make you rich – but it could be a great supplemental income stream. Here’s a list of sites to check out for translation work: You can also check out Upwork, Fiverr, and other general freelance websites, which will all have plenty of translation jobs available.

20: Write Resumes and Cover Letters for other People

Do you have experience writing resumes and cover letters? That’s a valuable skill that can earn you some decent cash online. Check Upwork for these jobs.  

21: Create a Software, or Hire Someone Else to

If you know how to develop software, you can easily get into one of the most lucrative sectors of making money online. If you don’t know how to code, you can still hire a software developer on Upwork. This will require a significant investment, but it can pay off big time in the future.

22: Make Money in College – Sell Your Class Notes!

How would you like to earn an extra $1,000 per month while in college? It doesn’t even require much work if you already take thorough notes! There are many sites that allow you to upload your notes and get paid every time someone purchases them. Since they are digital, you can sell an unlimited number of the same note! Check out these sites to get started: Hint: the best way to make a lot of money selling your classnotes is by word of mouth. Tell your classmates about the notes and study guides you have for sale, and if they are serious about earning a good grade, they’ll likely buy!

23: Help People Solve Problems as an Online Consultant

Do you have extensive knowledge in a specific field? One of the most profitable ways to turn that knowledge into cash is by offering a consulting service. As a consultant or teacher, you’ll be mentoring and helping your students solve problems they are facing. There are several online consultant sites such as, and Savvy, but you can also offer consulting services on your own site, or on LinkedIn.  

24: Charge People to Place Ads on Your Website

Do you have a lot of traffic coming to your website? If so, you might consider monetizing portions of your sidebar(s), header, or footer by allowing people to place an ad in one of these spots for a fee. To get started, you could have a “Your Ad Here” block in your sidebar which, when clicked, takes the user to a page explaining your advertising guidelines and encouraging them to fill out the required form.

25: Create and Sell WordPress Themes

If you can code and are familiar with WordPress, creating themes can be a great way to earn money online. Even if you can’t code, you can hire a developer on Upwork or a similar site to develop themes for you. Yes, this will have an upfront cost, but it could potentially pay off big time if you create truly great themes. Themes should be responsive, secure, SEO optimized, and follow the WordPress coding standards. And they should look awesome, too.  

26: Charge People to Add Links to Your Directory

If you can create a popular business directory within a specific niche, you could charge businesses a fee if they want to get added to your directory. You will have to get a LOT of traffic before you can charge anything worthwhile, since there are so many other routes businesses can take to market themselves. In other words, you’ll have to make sure getting listed in your directory is worth the cost.  

27: Write Guest Posts on Major Sites for Clients

If you enjoy writing and are good at it, you may want to look into ghost-writing guest posts for other people. Guest posting is a powerful SEO tactic, but many people find it time consuming and would rather hire someone else to do it for them. If your content is high quality, you can expect to earn a decent income doing this. A lot of content creators charge 5 to 10 cents per word, but charge what you believe your writing is worth.  

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