Over the past several years like most of each and every one of you I have been bombarded by numerous scams at making money on the internet. Most of these programs focus on buying a variety of software and links to other vendors and their software and seldom do we get to the point where we are making any money at all.
However, it’s like the old cliché goes,”it takes money to make money” well on the internet that isn’t totally true. It takes time and perseverance, and by all means I do mean perseverance. Over the years I’ve tried everything possible to make an extra income except selling my body for sex (lol).And now there’s a lot of that going on with the web cam mania and sexting. But for all of you who wish to make a legitimate income, it can be done but it takes time and effort.
I originally began about five years ago, and I started doing the Ebay thing. My mother was somewhat of a packrat and had kept most of the toys and things that my sister and I had grown up with and after she and my dad divorced she went to work at Goodwill Industries in Houston, which gave her access to a variety of material and with her employee discount she would pickup numerous articles. She had a preference for books, old records and Avon bottles. So I started with the books on Ebay and sold quite a few. It took time and effort and after a while I was making some money. I no longer have a store on Ebay but am getting ready to reopen on another site that is backed by Intuit’s Homestead Web Services. They are the people who developed the site material for Prostore’s, a subsidiary of Ebay and like Prostore’s the templates are similar in design and offer the same features without all the fees that Ebay and Prostore’s hit you with. That’s the only reason I made the shift, between the fees and the web hosting I was paying $65 a month base if nothing sold and then around June of this year Ebay and Prostore’s did away with the store front listings which were .03 to .05 cents for any items listed for a thirty day period if the sold for less than $10. Now the minimum is .20 per item just to list them and that can add up seeing this is per month. Now I go out checking up on yard sales or go to various resale shops and pick up odds and ends here and there and then I have those friends who want to get rid of certain things but don’t have the time to post on the internet and don’t want to deal with the yard sales so I’ve always got a source of material. And I also have several suppliers which I have memberships to their sites and they provide what is called drop shipping, which is convenient for me because I don’t have to stock the material or have all the boxes and packing material for shipping. I also have a few friends that are into the arts and crafts thing and are looking for other ways of selling what they make so I post their wares on my site at a fee if it sells seeing it doesn’t cost me to post it and then it place in other places on the internet giving the material more exposure.
The next method that I use to make money on the internet is those survey and email sites. I am registered with about two dozen of those sites that want you to read the email and on these sites you either get paid .02 to .03 cents per email read or given number of points and when you reach a certain point level or cash value you can redeem that amount for a gift card to various merchants or a check (some have links with PayPal so if you have a PayPal account the money can be deposited there). Then there are the survey sites that work in the same manner, however you must meet certain criteria to answer the questionnaires and based upon your given demographics determines the number of surveys you will be eligible for. Each survey differs depending upon who the survey is for and amounts rewarded for each completed also varies. I’ve done surveys that take 5 minutes and have paid $5 and then there were the ones that to 10-30 that paid $1 but if you are sitting in front of the TV then it is easy to answer a few of these a night along with checking and viewing those email’s. As a kid my dad would always tell me you will find more change on the ground than you will dollar bills and jewelry and that I’ve found true. When I was younger when I had the time off I go to the bar on occasion or I’d go fishing or metal detecting and I’d always keep my eye open. I seems I’d always find a few quarters on the ground in the bar parking lot that someone would drop as they try to get their keys out of their pocket stumbling to their car in a drunken stupor, or I’d be on the play ground or at the beach or checking out and old farm site that someone turn me on to (always make sure you get permission if you are on private property) and would find a watch or an old class ring and usually a hand full of old pennies which I would put into a jar and would later go through separating the old from the new and anything of value and those coins did add up, just like the small amounts that you get from these sites. You may not make a lot but that additional thousand or two does add up every year.
The thing I’m looking at now is freelance writing. Doing this you can make some money if you can find the right sites. I’m currently going to college on line and the first site I found like this was Student of Fortune when I was referencing a piece that I was working on for school. Here you have the option of either purchasing work that you can use to aid you with your school work or you can submit work that you have completed for others to use and seeing I have a 3.8 grade average I began submitting my finished work and then I began looking at some of the questions being asked and then I began researching those projects in hopes whoever posted the question would purchase my answers. The answers you provide are stored in the sites data base and when a question is asked that matches your answer, your answer is submitted to the person asking the question and if they purchase for the price you are asking you get 60% of whatever you asked an SOF gets the balance as a handling fee. This isn’t to bad seeing I’ve had one piece sell 15 times now at $6 base so I’ve gotten $4 each time and I’ve had several that were purchased directly and when the person who asked the question purchases it, you receive 88% of the asking price so that’s not bad. I began this around August this year and have put around $250 in the bank from here. So like I said every dollar adds up. It was doing the research on one of these projects that I came across Associated Content and with the options that it presents I am making this my primary source. And seeing you have the options of maintaining the rights to those pieces you have written I will do so and present them to other sources later.
I still submit certain material from my school work to SOF. But if it is a how to piece I submit those to Associated Content first. The thing is if you look hard enough and have the persistence you can make money on the internet. The next thing I am looking at is blogging and the things tied to it such as affiliated marketing and click and pay. The opportunities are astronomical, like I said it takes persistence and a little time nightly. I average about three hours a night (plus commercial breaks reading emails), I haven’t made the millions yet but things are beginning to snowball and when they do, I will have the funds needed to look into other ventures. Right now, I have to work with what is available and allow those efforts to continue as I look elsewhere. Diversity is where the money lies and as soon as things start to roll I will look at different ways to let the money make money on its own.
I hope this will give you some insight into the possibilities and good luck with your endeavors. And to all of you who read this
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