To make money online one needed to have a website. But a new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know and who you know without you having to be a web designer or a marketing genius.
But it’s hard to tell hype from the real deal. I did a search on “make money online” and “making money online”, and much of the information out there is just promoting various products, mostly about Internet marketing. I see why people sometimes ask, “Is anyone making money online besides Internet marketing experts?”
Here is a list of business opportunities with legitimate companies that:
- Pay cash, not just points towards rewards or a chance to win money
- Don’t require you to have your own Web domain or your own products
- Don’t involve any hard-selling
- Aren’t just promoting more Internet marketing
- Give a good return on your time investment
In the interest of objectivity, none of the links below are affiliate links, and none of them have paid or provided any other consideration for their presence here. These are legitimate companies with business models that allow you to get paid for a wide range of activities.
Sites like Referearns, Zyoin, and Wisestepp connect employers with prospective employees, many of whom are already employed and not actively job-hunting, via networking – the people who know thesequalified candidates. Rewards for referring a candidate who gets hired range from $50 on up to severalthousand dollars – not chump change. If you know a lot of job-seekers (and who doesn’tthesedays?),this is a great way to break into the recruiting business with no overhead.
You don’t have to have your own Web site, or install blogging software, or even figure out how to set up the advertising. At Blogger you can set up a blog for free in a few minutes without knowing a thing about web design, and Blogger even automates setting up Google AdSense so you can make money off your blog by displaying ads and getting paid when people click on the ads. To make even more money from it, set up an affiliate program (see below) for books, music, etc., and insert your affiliate links whenever you refer to those items. You’ll have to get a lot of traffic to become a six-figure blogger, but pick an interesting topic, write well, tell all your friends, and there you go for a good start.