Just about everyone knows how to earn money from the Web nowadays, right? You slap up a quick website, put some Google Adsense ads on it and wait for the cash to roll in. Or not. Even banner ads and affiliate schemes can be hard work when you’re starting out.
But the good news is that there are other ways you can make money from the Internet, some weird, others not so. Follow us down Money Lane as we point out some options for the current economic climate.
FizWoz. Auction your cameraphone photos and videos and get rich by becoming a wannabe Paparazi. Or not. From the look of the home page most shots go for $5 or so, which is not going to buy that fur lined Ferrari real soon. Verdict: Great if you’re mates with Lady Gaga.
Bodega Bid. For some reason people actually make lots of money from virtual goods, and this is one site where you can auction your non existent chattels for hard cash. Yep, you can now sell a virtual house for dodgy cash, just like in real life. Verdict: Geek obsessions turn into funny money.
Sell Your Hair. $500 for 11 inches of ‘luxurious’ hair? Quick where’s my Rogaine? This site offers a great repeat business opportunity if you’re in your twenties, and don’t mind being paranoid about a thunderstorm wrecking your business. Verdict: Hair today, gone tomorrow eh?
eJury. Getting paid to sit in on a virtual jury may sound lame, but think about it. All you do is sit at home reading words on a screen, before giving your mock verdict on a mock trial. Worth $10? Sure, if you’re a very fast reader. Verdict: Perfect for those times when the TV is broken.
Student of Fortune. Now this is more like it. Earn thousands of dollars by helping lazy students with their homework. Who needs teachers anyway? If only all education was based around an auction process. Verdict: We’ll see your essay and raise you a dissertation.
Feedback Army. Get paid to review and use new websites and online applications. You may earn peanuts, but think of it as a service to humanity, to save us from one more broken Facebook clone. Verdict: We tried to login and give feedback, but your gorilla stopped us at the front gate.
My Private Coach. The thing about offering your services as some stranger’s coach, is you actually have to know what you’re talking about. If you do, bless! Help companies succeed and lose weight at the same time. Verdict: Did we mention you have to pay to earn money here? Oh sorry!
Sell Us Your Story. So you met George Clooney at a bar last night? Got a juicy tale? Well join the gutter press and sell these guys your story. If it’s good, you’ll grab lotsa money, plus a star in the Pig Journalist Hall of Fame. Verdict: Just leave your scruples at the door, darling.
Fiverr. This is the ultimate place to go crazy and let it all hang out. What can you offer people for $5? A logo? Some research? A waltz on Christmas Eve? It’s all up for grabs here. Verdict: The ultimate concierge service for those on a budget.
Fotolia. Earn money for your photography. You’ll need to upload a lot of pics to make it pay the heating bills, but if you’re a keen amateur this is as good a way as any to hustling a living. Tip, try to avoid pics of your Gran at Thanksgiving. Verdict: You don’t need a Nikon any more, just a good eye and some stout walking shoes.
Gazhoo. Selling documents is not something you’re going to boast about at your birthday bash, but hey, if you’ve got some mad skills and can write them up, who knows? You choose the price, they take a cut. Verdict: Great for out of work lawyers.
eBay. No wait, come back. We’re talking weird stuff auctions here, things like instant underpants, grubby pennies and the giant inflatable toilet in your attic. You’ll be amazed what people buy, just take a look at the link. Verdict: One man’s rubbish is another’s…WHAT THE…?
Fanbox. Profit from your passion, it says here. In other words you get paid for the length of time people spend reading your subscription based mobile blog. Not a new idea, but seems to be generating cash. Gasp! Verdict: If you’ve got something interesting to say, say it for cash.
CloudCrowd. Earn money doing tasks via Facebook. We’re talking data entry, image processing and other fabulously interesting tasks, but hey, maybe you can post to your wall in your spare 2 minutes tea break. Verdict: Get paid for playing on Facebook all day? As if…
DHGate. Dropshipping is not new, but the web sure makes it newer. You choose what to sell from the vast catalogue of seller products, think of it as a Chinese eBay type marketplace. Tip, use escrow, check shipping costs and be wary. Verdict: A home for the brave.
ChaCha. Become a ChaCha ‘guide’ and you can earn…well money, for answering questions sent via mobile phone text messages. Yes, this is SMS Search, hot, topical and VC backed. Oh and US only. Verdict: The cutting edge of bleeding thumb-ville.
Flixya. Funny name, but if you’re popular you could make ad money from your blog, videos and photos. Sure you could do that yourself, but then you wouldn’t be part of a Com.mun.ity. Would you? Verdict: You get to keep 100% of your generated ad revenue. Sounds good to us.
Field Agent. Using the wisdom of the phone, this happy chappy lets you earn money doing phone surveys or checking on stores as a mystery shopper. You receive your orders as an agent, so does that make you a spy? Verdict: The Mission Impossible of crowdsourced earning.
Brandstack. Pull out the inner creative and you may be able to earn a nice living creating logos for small companies. Tricky? Then why not try a software program like AAA Logo to make the job easier? Verdict: Perfect pin money for the inner artist in us all.
TrialJuries. Oh look more lawyer work, only this one pays a bit better, up to $30 a case. Receive the paperwork, answer the questions and you’re done. Easier than sitting through yet another round of American Idol in your towelette shorts. Verdict: Wordyz R Us.
Ether. Online consultancy portal lets you set up as an expert in whatever field you want. You fix your fees, they supply the Internet phone number, you profit. Popular with the people counsellors. Verdict: Your very own leather bound patient therapy room…online.
iTalki. What could be easier than teaching a language online through a chat room? Well elephant wrestling for one. But if that doesn’t scare you, why not try helping someone learn your language, at your rates. Verdict: No hablar Anglais.
Pond5. One step up from a traditional stock photo site, this one lets you sell your images, sound effects and music all in one location. Prices start at $2 and up, so you need to shift some media, but if the Getty family can do it… Verdict: Singalonga cash.
PeoplePerHour. This generic freelancing site has lots of opportunities for project jobs, ranging from office assistant to wedding planners and babysitters. Jobs are posted, you bid, you win. You work. You eat. Simple equation make for happy. Verdict: Young gun seeks challenge!
Mechanical Turk. What more can you say about MT, the service that put the crowd into sourcing? Earn pennies from home by doing trivial things your dog would sniff at. But millions love it. Strange thing civilisation. Verdict: Do what you love, earn a bit of cash. Joy!
MyOpinionNow. Paid online surveys? What’s cool or unusual about that? Well for one, this one actually looks like it pays out. And for another, it may actually have some surveys. Anyhoo, we thought we’d throw in a chestnut to see if you were paying attention. Verdict: Do you like chocolate, Y/N?
Entropia Universe. The first virtual universe with a real cash economy? Let’s hope you can do better in there than our politicians out here. Send your avatar around from planet to planet fighting, trading and trying to get rich. Good luck with your quest, noble human. Verdict: Probably one for the basement dwellers only.
Pay Per Post. Ooh a bit of controvery. Get paid for posting product reviews on your blog. Is it ethical, is it legal? Is it worth it? The answer may elude you until the first check arrives. Until then… Verdict: Journalism isn’t what it used to be. Or is it?
CrowdFlower. Sign up as a worker bee and do such luscious tasks as data mining and image processing (e.g. looking for illicit smut). It’s a far cry from that PhD you were aiming for, but hey, it’s crowdsourced right? Labor on demand never sounded so sweet. Verdict: Hipster gravy.
Etsy. Good with your hands? Then try making something, anything, and stick it on here to find buyers. Just don’t be boring, think unisex chip bracelets, Super Mario clocks, Nintendo earings. Go for it! Verdict: handmade doesn’t mean boring!
ClixSense. Get paid for viewing ads. No wait, seriously, there are advertisers willing to pay you to sit and look at an ad for a certain amount of time. It’s not clear how much brain damage can result from the activity though, so do be careful. Verdict: If you love ads, you’ll love this one.
Money For Your Story. Oh look, yet another gutter press opportunity for you would be journalists. What is is with the Brits and celebrity hunting? It’s easy to earn big. Just go hit an A list star’s car and you’ll clean up. Honest. Verdict: Lotto cheat vicar in terrorist love triangle mystery.
TxtEagle. We’re not quite sure how you sign up to this crowdsourced mobile phone service, but from the sounds of it, it’s a perfect way to earn a Ruppee or two, and you get free training too. Now that’s different. Verdict: Interesting option if you live in a developing world country.
Revenue Solved. It’s good to know there are companies like this out there, waiting to help us poor people earn a crust from our blogs and sites. Just enter in your blog details and they’ll deliver a custom suggestion. Then you can just sit back and enjoy. Maybe. Verdict: Those who can’t often teach.