I did a survey recently of our Pinterest Party group to see how everyone earned money online. It was actually a good cross-section of how money is earned online in general. Here are all the ways that people listed:
Pay Per Click Marketing
Google Adsense is the most popular PPC marketing network available although there are several other networks that offer PPC. Bing has a PPC network and some of the other options listed on this page include PPC in their mix of ads. Shopsense/Shopstyle has recently emerged as another way to earn money per clicks.
Affiliate marketing offers a small commission to anyone who drives traffic to member sites through clicks and sales. The majority of these companies pay for a sale but some also pay for leads and clicks. Here is a list of companies that you can sign up for as an affiliate but there are more. Each company has a different payout and requirements for their membership.
Viglink and Skimlinks operate by inserting links into your text, however you get paid by clicks and sales just like the other companies. Escalate and My Savings Media are networks that offer sponsorships, affiliate marketing and PPC opportunities geared towards specific audiences.
Zazzle. CafePress and Society 6 are all POD companies that give you a commission when your own designs are sold. You can create stores on these sites with your own artwork and also earn a referral by referring other people’s artwork. These are high-quality products for referral and well worth supporting. Each company has a varying range of products to refer and sell. The image at the top of this page is sold on Zazzle.
Freelance writing pays authors directly for their writing and can offered
directly to clients or through a variety of writing networks. I highly recommend WriterAccess for freelance writers.
Sponsored Blog Posts or Social Media Posts
If you like to write blog posts, then writing sponsored blog posts is one way to earn money. A company sponsors your post and either pays an upfront fee or pays you for direct referrals to their site or product. Sponsored social media posts are the same concept except you are writing the posts on Facebook or other social media sites.
If you have a niche specialty, then creating an ebook and selling it is a good way to earn money online. You can sell your book direct to customers or through Amazon, Ebay or other book selling sites.
Direct or Retail Sales
Selling to customers via a website is a great way to earn money if you have something to sell. You can sell on your own website such as Lake Erie Artists Gallery. or on Amazon. Etsy. Ebay. Ravelry to name a few. For these items, you need to process the sale and ship it out yourself which is more involved then on an affiliate site, but you make more money per sale.
Services or Classes
If you have a skill to teach or a service to offer, selling them online is another avenue to making money. You can have a downloadable class to sell or one that lasts a few weeks includes interaction. Other options are video classes or podcast classes with tests or assignments that can be turned in for grading or assessment. A good example of this idea is the photography workshops by Kim Manley Ort. She offers several workshops for students year round and has very good success with this model.