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Until a few years back, this proposition of working from home and actually making decent money was probably a far-fetched one.

The Internet has now been around for more than 25 years but the dotcom business did have a great time in the late 90s.

The fact is that not many people could think of the prospect of working from home on the Internet and make money online. But the last 5 years in particular has changed a lot of things.

Not only has internet penetration improved dramatically which has led to increasing advertising opportunities, eCommerce has taken off in a big way and people are not hesitant to buy stuff online.

This has opened new vistas for internet marketers to promote and sell products or services pretty conveniently.

smart ways to make money online in 2016Good connectivity through efficient broadband has meant that assignments can be outsourced to destinations where the costs are lower.

It has therefore made it possible for people in different parts of the world to communicate and work with each other at costs that are mutually beneficial.

Using the internet to make money online

Coming back to making money online, the internet marketing strategies that are being developed on a regular basis are making it convenient for setting up sites, getting into affiliate marketing, selling stuff through article marketing and other SEO techniques and so on.

It is however necessary to understand the concepts clearly and also determine the time you can allocate towards this activity for long term sustainable success.

What you can do to make money online

As with anything, you have to be patient and give things time to stabilise in order for you to experience the kind of success you have always been wanting.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll make a huge money, at least you can start from some by using your skills to make a living online.

There are tens of thousands of people who make a living on the income they are making online. Below are just a few ways you can make money online.

#1]. Tweet For Sponsors

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Make money online through sponsored tweetsJoin SponsoredTweets.com to monetise your Twitter account through their referral system.

Sponsored Tweets is an online platform that allows you to make money on Twitter by charging sponsors for communicating their advertising messages to your followers.

You can also do this on your Facebook page if you have a good fan base.

You set the amount you want to get paid for every tweet you make, choose a category and select keywords you want to work with. You then wait for advertisers to contact you and take you up on your offer, paying you the amount you specified for each tweet that you make.

 


#2]. Blogging

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Make money online through bloggingBlogging is a really popular online activity especially amongst young people.

Thanks to opensource CMS platform like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others, setting up and running a blog has been made easy.

If you already have a blog with a considerably good number of visitors, it should be easy for you to leverage your readers into hard cash.

Ad networks such as Google AdSense and other alternatives pay big money to place their ads on your site, and you’ll receive a payment every time a reader clicks one. If you place your ads well it’s possible to make a comfortable income from your site.

 


#3]. Offer Services

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Make money online through freelance jobsA lot of people have been making money online by offering certain services.

You too can monetise your skills by joining such freelancing websites as Fiverr, Elance and 99Designs.

Freelancer and iWriter also allow people to hire out their skills as writers, coders, designers, translators and lots more on a contract basis.

Freelancing sites are a great way to boost your income in your free time, and with enough motivation and hard work you could find yourself earning a comfortable full time income from them.

 


#4]. Sell On eBay Or Amazon

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Make money online with eBayThousands of people have been able to make a living through eBay as the platform turns out to be a great way to turn your unwanted things into money.

The auction platform’s global marketplace can offer a great way for you to buy and sell your way to profit.

By buying wholesale you can sell anything, and if you have the skills to make things people want to buy you could start your own home-based craft business, selling to customers around the world.
 


#5]. Join Affiliate Programs

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Make money online through affiliate programAffiliate marketing arguably the easiest means of making money online. It doesn’t require much other than a platform through which you can market your affiliate links.

You can build an online platform through which you can be selling affiliate products such as books, fashion and beauty products, electronics, services, software and many others.

ClickBank.com and Amazon.com are running very successful affiliate programs that allows you to make money advertising any of the products for sale on their sites.

EBay.com also have a pretty good affiliate setup, with their top affiliates earning $1.3 Million a month.

 
 
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10 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mat Richards 16th May 2011 at 17:41 -

    This is a great write up Yemi, I have been thinking of doing something like this online but just don’t know where to start from. Any idea pls??

    Thanks

    • Caelyn 17th June 2011 at 08:40 -

      Tahkns for sharing. What a pleasure to read!

  2. Emma Taylor 16th May 2011 at 17:46 -

    Just like Mat said above, I think you have done a good putting this article up. But I too seem to have the same problem just like Mat. I don’t seem to know where my interests are i.e whether I should start blogging on Fashion or animals or maybe just general stuff. Could you please help with some little words? Thanks

  3. Gemma Peterson 17th May 2011 at 17:36 -

    I have been missing out a lot because i have been spending most of my time on facebook instead of getting something serious to do and start making money online. Yemi, you are defo a genius …please come help me with ideas lol

    • Gracyn 17th June 2011 at 09:23 -

      Stands back from the keyboard in amaemzent! Thanks!

  4. Mark Anthony 18th May 2011 at 16:41 -

    I have just helped my sister set up a web blog for pets care, food etc. She’s a vet doc and really love to look after pets. I am also trying to brainstorm something to do with my internet skills

  5. Adeyemi Adisa 18th May 2011 at 22:21 -

    @ Emma & Gemma; thanks for the comment..however I think you girls should try to brainstorm a little bit to find out what your interests are ..and you can get back to me for further chat!

  6. Adeyemi Adisa 18th May 2011 at 22:22 -

    @ Mat, You have to start from somewhere mate…if Mark didn’t start from somewhere, Facebook wouldn’t have been a multi-billion dollars as it is today! Find something you’re interested in…then you are as good as go!

  7. Emma Richadson 6th June 2011 at 14:40 -

    Just as Yemi said above, it’s much easier these days to build your own profitable online business and make money on the internet now!

  8. Anna@WhiteHatters 21st June 2011 at 04:54 -

    I started my internet business a year ago. Your article has been really helpful. Thank you.