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https://airbnb.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Airbnb matches those with available rooms in their homes or a vacant home with visitors traveling to the area. It’s free to register and list your property on the site and you get to decide your rental price. Once rented, Airbnb handles the payment and keeps 3% as their service fee. Once registered as a host on the site, you will need to create your listing in order to start earning money.

Depending on the property, you can expect to earn a couple hundred dollars per month to several thousand per week. Location will dictate your price. Most experts use local hotel prices as a starting point. Airbnb also provides a calculator that can help though results may not be available if you live in a location where not much data has been collected.

Method Tips

When starting, have a competitive price, easy and simple, check what is offered in your neighborhood and, if possible, beat the price of the similar listings that are your competition.

Use the extra charge per person option, have a lower price for 1 person then gradually increase for added guests. Will make your pricing fairer.

Start low. The lower (but fair) the price, the more bookings, the faster you register more trips, the faster you get reviews, the faster you look like a cool host on search results.

Be a good host! Airbnb works with ratings, the more 5 star ratings you get the more Airbnb algorithm will like you. Good and many reviews will also attract a potential guest.

Don’t cancel confirmed reservations. It does hurt your host rating heavily.

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https://amazon.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

The Amazon Marketplace is one of the most well-known marketing channels for online retailers. To list products on the Amazon Marketplace, sellers are required to set up an account, and send Amazon a product feed. There are millions of third party sellers on the Amazon Marketplace worldwide, generating more than 50% of Amazon’s total sales.

To sell on Amazon, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to use Fullfillment by Amazon (FBA) or to handle your fulfillment in house (or by a service). Using FBA can significantly impact your sales and fulfillment efficiency, but FBA may not be a good choice for your online store.

Amazon sellers can choose between a Professional or Individual selling plan. Individual sellers pay $0.99 for each item sold on Amazon and only support up to 40 listings/sales per month. Professional sellers pay $39.99 per month, but can sell unlimited an number of products.

Method Tips

Win the buy box to increase your sales. Whenever a buyer does a search, several results come up. When the buyer clicks on one of the results, the page that comes up is the buy box. According to Amazon over 78% of all sales are made through the buy box.

Answer customer communications quickly. When you get a question from a customer, Amazon wants you to answer it within 24 hours and if you do not, that is a demerit against your account.

Ship all orders within 1 business day and enter tracking information. Amazon requires you to state the handling time for all products and to meet that expectation. Not doing so can lead to losing featured seller status and even to losing your account.

Describe products accurately. If there is even the slightest difference between the product you are delivering and what you describe in your listing, customers will notice. This will lead to returns, negative feedback and account suspension warnings.

Keep a relatively high Average Selling Price (ASP) to reduce your fees and increase profit margins.

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https://binance.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Bitcoin is a global form of digital currency. Unlike traditional currencies, which were frequently backed by gold and silver, bitcoin is based on distributed computing. While traditional currencies are printed by central banks, bitcoins are created or "mined" by distributed computer networks.

Bitcoin differs from traditional currencies because it is decentralized, meaning that it is not controlled by any institution or government.

Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency and the most liquid when it comes to trading. It’s also quite volatile, which is ideal for trading. Long-term investors can buy the big dips, while short-term traders can trade intraday or a few times a week.

Method Tips

Use two-factor authentication to keep your account as secure as possible.

Invest only in cryptocurrencies that you think provide long-term value and are traded in high volume. Low volume coins are much more risky.

Make your research diligently before putting a significant amount of money in. Read reviews, watch YouTube videos, study the team, the white paper, etc. The more you learn, the more you earn.

Have a reason before entering each trade. Start a trade only when you know why you’re starting and have a clear strategy for afterwards.

Target and stop when starting a trade. For each trade you must set a clear target level for taking profit and more importantly, a stop-loss level for cutting losses. A Stop-loss is setting the level of loss where the trade will get closed.

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https://bondora.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Bondora is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform for investing in European (non-bank) personal loans. It is one of the leading companies in the industry with around 35,000 clients. The company has been operating since 2009.

Bondora has an impressive record so far that they proudly display on their website, with an interest of 17 million (Euro) for its clients. The way Bondora works is that you invest in Bondora loans, which are a fixed-income investment that generates monthly cash flow from principal and interest payments.

Getting started and investing on Bondora is not complicated at all, and basically works in 4 simple steps: opening an investing account, filling out the identification form, choosing a strategy for the portfolio manager and adding funds to your account. After activating your Portfolio Manager it will automatically start to search for loans that fit your selected strategy.

Method Tips

Use two-factor authentication to keep your account as secure as possible.

The average Bondora user starts with a €1000 deposit. Use a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard) or the more affordable TransferWise bank transfer to invest with Bondora.

Don’t let emotions get the best of you. As mega-investor Warren Buffett once said, β€œThe most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect.”

Chasing high returns can be seen as profitable, but the return is a factor of risk. This can be β€œforgotten” by some blinded by the high returns.

Use beeplus.me to target specific loans.

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https://ebay.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

eBay is the original place to sell stuff online, and nearly two decades after it was first launched it's still going strong. You can use it to sell anything from your used iPhone to a business size inventory.

As things stand today, eBay has more than 150 million active users from around the world. Using eBay, you can buy, sell or auction almost any product imaginable by signing up and listing your items.

There are thousands of success stories about common people who managed to start full time businesses using the strength and reach of eBay, but even if you’re not interested in using it as a full-time income generator, eBay is still very useful in helping you getting rid of any excess merchandise or domestic products that you no longer use. You’ll be surprised how much extra money you can make simply by selling things lying in the dark corners of your house!

Method Tips

Keywords are truly KEY. Take the time to use the right ones and bidders come. Use only words or phrases that legitimately pertain to your item and that potential buyers might type in as search words or phrases.

Draw more traffic to your store and auctions by writing and posting an β€œAbout Me” page, join eBay Groups, set up a blog, write reviews or guides (or both). eBay users are both sociable and curious.

Know the power of a newsletter and write one to your subscibers that announces sales or any specials you are running.

Be wise about what it costs to list and sell. Stay away from $10.00 as a start price because it costs more than $9.99 in listing fees. The same is true of any other even number. Bricks and Mortar storekeepers long ago learned that $9.99 looks less expensive than $10.00.

Keep it all friendly and upbeat – be approachable – love what you do. It shows and people come back for more of positive people.

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https://fiverr.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Fiverr is a freelancing website that allows freelancers to offer their services at a price starting from $5 and earn 80% of the returns. The word Fiverr comes from the number, 'Five'.

The available services range from business promotion, social networking and advertisement to funny videos, graphic design and translations to mention just a few.

In Fiverr, your freelancing world is unlimited. It is only up to you to open your eyes wide enough to see and grab the opportunities.

Method Tips

Be clear about what you’re going to offer. The clearer you are in your proposal, the less chance that there will be misunderstandings between you and your clients over what’s expected and what’s delivered.

Don’t sell yourself short. Always be looking for ways to add more value to the work you do, and charge a fair price.

Be quality conscious. Taking the time to ensure a quality result – no matter what you’re offering – will help make sure that you don’t just complete job successfully, but that you create the foundation for future potential work from that client.

Give your clients regular updates (even if they don’t ask for them). Clients love regular updates.

Develop psychological triggers that convert leads into customers. Taking the time to research and study human psychology, including emotional triggers and β€œhot buttons”, can help make turning leads into customers much easier and smoother.

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https://flippa.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Created way back in 2005, Flippa is a marketplace for buying and selling websites, domains and mobile apps. Websites are by far the sole attraction for many sellers and buyers, with more than half of Flippa’s revenue originating from them.

One of the major factors in Flippa’s success is the extensive range of filters you’re able to take advantage of to sift through the sites and find ones you’re specifically after.

Flippa is still going strong as arguably the most popular marketplace to buy and sell websites today and is continuously growing.

Method Tips

Choose your niche very carefully. One of the keys to a great site is one that has a regular turnover of new and engaging content, so you need to focus on a niche you can get excited about.

Decide on a budget which won’t bankrupt you. Sites can sell from as little as $50 up to $35 million, it all comes down to your finances.

Make sure that you do your research before hitting that alluring β€˜Place Bid’ button or you could end up buying a turkey.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There’s no such thing as a stupid question and a good seller on Flippa will always answer your questions.

Use escrow to buy. Give yourself at least a 7 day escrow period. This means the business, email and social accounts will be transferred over to you on day 1, and you’ve got 7 days to check it’s legit before the funds are released to the buyer.

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https://instagram.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Instagram has grown to become one of the most popular media sites to date. Almost entirely image-based, this site has grown to include a sizable population of β€œinfluencers.” These users are outside the normal sphere of personal accounts and are instead carefully curated lifestyle accounts who have, through their usage of the site, gained a level of influence within Instagram.

Influencers have become increasingly important in the world of social media marketing. Brands looking to reach larger audiences than they would be able to on their own have begun incorporating influencers into their social media marketing strategy, some to great success.

Instagram influencers make money on Instagram with every post, story, or mention they do for a brand on Instagram. Rates range from $75 per post for an influencer with less than 10,000 followers to more than $500 per post for influencers with more than 100,000 followers.

Method Tips

Choose a niche you’re passionate about. To become an influencer, you need to find a niche that suits your personality, something in which you have a good deal of knowledge and interest.

Grow your following. To make money through Instagram, you need to make sure that brands would want to partner with you. This means you need to have a large following.

Create content that is double-tap worthy. Great photography is always appreciated on Instagram and other social media alike. Make use of Instagram’s filters and editing tools to the fullest.

Share user-generated content. One smart strategy that Instagram stars with marketing agendas are embracing is to share user-generated content. They are scouring the web for the best user content related to their niche and are featuring this content on their accounts.

Post consistently. Brands that post regularly tend to have more successful accounts on Instagram, and take full advantage of the 30 allowed hashtags in a post.

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https://redbubble.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Redbubble is an online store where people can upload their artwork, also called a print on demand business. Once artists upload their work, Redbubble takes that artwork and then puts it on products. Products range from t-shirt, stickers to clocks and everything in between. Redbubble produces it, packages it, and then ships it for you to the person who bought the product. Then when your product sells you make a percentage of that sale.

Each product on Redbubble has a base cost, but the artist is free to change the markup. The default markup set by RB is 20%. You can raise this as you see fit.

Redbubble handles all of the fulfillment and customer service, so you don’t need to do anything else. Once your design has been uploaded and configured properly, you just wait for the money to roll in!

Method Tips

Make things you would buy. If there’s something you want to buy, but it doesn’t exist, make it. Keep in mind as well that if you wouldn't buy it, odds are that not too many other people would.

Try to offer variations. You might make a design in blue and love it, but consider offering it in different colors. Someone might love the design but hate the color.

Make your designs as versatile as possible. Redbubble is primarily known for its stickers, but your designs can be put on anything from a poster to a wall clock. Take advantage of that because more expensive items mean you make more for the same design when they sell.

Keywords are KEY. You want your designs to be as visible as possible, so take advantage of all the tools they give you. Try to tag your design with anything that might relate to it; you want it to pop up in as many tags as possible.

Do your research. If you are interested in making something, search one of the keywords and see how many results there are for it. Sometimes there is a need, and you can fill it.

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https://shopify.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Shopify is one of the leading ecommerce platforms, enabling entrepreneurs to start their own online stores. Shopify is simple to use, so you’ll be able to build your own store even if you don’t have any technical experience. It’s perfect for entrepreneurs who want to launch their own ecommerce store without any hassle.

With most platforms, you are going to need to spend some extra time figuring out how to use them properly. With Shopify, it’s all pretty much intuitive, and your store setup shouldn’t be any harder than registering for a forum.

Shopify is an incredibly reliable platform, and that’s why they take considerably high fees for their services. It offers several pricing plans starting from $29 per month and a 0.5% to 2% transaction fee for every sale, unless you use their Shopify Payments service.

Method Tips

Keep your site as clean and simple as possible, especially in the beginning. Just because there are a lot of features you could add to your Shopify site, doesn’t mean that you should.

Share your brand’s story and personally connect with customers and prospects. Show them that you have a personality and differentiate yourself from the competition in a positive way by presenting great copy on your homepage. You want to come across as approachable and authentic.

Use your site to test product demand. If you’re not sure a product will be successful for your ecommerce business, launch a prototype or beta version on your Shopify site to see if there is enough demand for it.

Consider dropshipping - a retail fulfilment method where the online store does not keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when the store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party who then ships the order directly to the customer.

Listen to your customers. Always ensure that you are providing a product that meets your customers’ expectations and demands. Without them, your online store will not be successful.

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https://shutterstock.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Shutterstock is a global marketplace for buying and selling high quality photos and videos, and one of the biggest photo banks in the world. Photographers can upload their pictures to Shutterstock while companies and individuals who need them, can license the pictures.

Shutterstock is always looking for new photographers, illustrators, and videographers from all over the world. All content is royalty-free, so you retain the copyright to your work. Contributing images to Shutterstock is free and you earn money each time your content is licensed.

There are two types of accounts on Shutterstock, Customer and Contributor. Contributors share the digital media that they have created and Customers buy it. Shutterstock offers a number of ways that you can earn money from your digital content, while the basic type of earning is $0.25 per download.

Method Tips

Choose your niche or area of expertise. This should be the thing you are most familiar with, whether it’s landscapes, flowers, macro, people, etc. Some areas sell better than others, but ultimately, quality always sells. The important part is that you feel you are an expert on the subject.

Think like a graphic designer in order to understand what each image will be used for.

Always check customers’ feedback to see what sells and what doesn’t. Learn from your mistakes.

Define your passion, your mission, and your dream. Figure out how this passion can help the planet and how it can help make other people more profitable.

Upload your images weekly, keep up with trends, and love what you do.

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https://swagbucks.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Swagbucks is an online rewards program that combines multiple ways to make money online. The company rewards users with a digital currency called Swagbucks or β€œSBs” for completing tasks such as searching the web, completing surveys, watching videos, playing games, and printing coupons.

Each SB is worth $0.01, and you can redeem your SBs for gift cards to various stores, including Amazon or Walmart, or cash.

You aren’t going to earn hundreds of dollars each month on Swagbucks (at least without committing a lot of time and undertaking some shady business that might get you banned from the site anyway). But you can certainly earn enough to help you reach a goal or save for holiday gifts.

Method Tips

Shop through Swagbucks for things you already plan to purchase online. Swagbucks will offer you SB Points for every dollar you spend. SB Point β€œCash Back” deals vary, so be sure to check Swagbucks before making your online purchases.

Use Swagbucks as your default search engine and earn SB points when you use Swagbucks (instead of Google, for example) for your internet searches.

On the homepage for Swagbucks, you will find a daily to-do list. Do 6 out of 8 items on this list and you will receive bonus points in addition to the points recieved from the tasks themselves.

Use the Swagbucks TV Toolbar. Have the toolbar videos running while you complete the to-do list. If you have a phone, you can run the SBTV app as well and get points for videos watched.

Turn on nCrave. Have a browser window running nCrave in a corner somewhere and let it auto-run and generate points for you.

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https://upwork.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

Upwork is a popular freelance platform that connects a database of millions of freelance professionals with jobs from around the world. This global platform is a great way for independent contractors to find work, and for companies or individuals to find talented freelancers.

As a freelancer, each month you’re given 60 connects. Connects are like points that you need to bid for a project. Each project normally requires only 2 connects, which means that you probably get to bid 30 times a month. If you want more connects you’ll have to join their membership program.

Upwork has nine million registered freelancers and four million registered clients. Three million jobs are posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD, making it the world's largest freelancer marketplace. Which explains their considerably high fees of up to 20% for every completed job.

Method Tips

Eliminate all distractions. There’s no room for laziness or inactivity when it comes to freelancing. Overcoming laziness and distractions alone could boost your productivity by about 50 percent.

Be patient. You’re full of determination and drive, but your proposals aren’t getting a response. Don’t think of it as something bad; be patient. You may need a day to get your first response or three weeks; you never know.

Make your profile shine. When creating your Upwork profile, take time to describe your skills, situations in which you may be useful to the client, and your relevant experience, if any. Be concise and avoid long and pointless wording.

Prepare your proposal wisely. The proposal you submit is one of the three most important things a client will look closely at when deciding whether to hire you or not.

Don’t set your rate too low. Know your value and be confident during negotiations. If the client asks for a discount the first time they hire you, consider it. But it should be more of an exception or a compromise.

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https://usertesting.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

UserTesting is a platform where businesses can get feedback from real people on their websites and smartphone applications. Clients are provided with video feedback of people navigating their website, and these videos are equipped with audio feedback from the site’s users.

As a tester, you are the person navigating these company websites and providing the feedback. You use free software provided by UserTesting that records your screen while you perform these UserTesting jobs. You also speak out loud to provide real-time feedback as you navigate the websites.

For each website or app you evaluate, you earn a set amount of money, usually $10. Essentially, you’re getting paid to give your honest, thorough opinion.

Method Tips

Always keep an eye on your inbox in case there are updates from UserTesting, and have your phone handy in case we need to call you. Don’t accept a moderated test if your schedule is tight.

Be patient. Sharing your audio and video with the moderator requires more technical setup than an unmoderated study, and you or the moderator may hit some glitches along the way.

Be honest. Most moderated tests will earn you double the money than you make with an unmoderated test, and it’s tempting to misrepresent yourself in order to take part in the study. Avoid that temptation.

Be prepared. UserTesting will always provide you additional instructions before completing a moderated test. Read those instructions carefully, and be sure that you understand what is needed from you, and when.

Be sure to hide or minimize any sensitive materials on your screen, and consider using an β€œincognito” window or an alternate browser to keep your browsing history private.

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https://wordpress.org (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

WordPress is a blogging platform designed specifically to make blogging easier. It’s a tool that simplifies website creation to a point where webmasters no longer have to be programmers but just content writers. However, just like any other tool or platform, WordPress needs to be installed–usually on a server–for it to work.

WordPress.com is a service that offers functionality of the WordPress blogging platform for free. On WordPress.com you can start your own blog in seconds without worrying about finding a server to install WordPress on. However, because it’s a free service it has it’s limitations.

Once a blog gets a significant amount of traffic, it is possible to monetize and earn money from it. A few of the popular forms of blog monetization are affilate marketing, sponsors and advertisements.

Method Tips

Write well and write often. Frequently updating your blog with useful content is crucial to building your blog's audience.

Submit your blog to search engines. Most search engines provide a way to notify the search engine of your new blog, so those search engines will crawl it and include your pages in their results. Remember to optimize your pages for search engines to rank them well.

Harness the power of comments. Commenting is a simple and essential tool to increase your blog's traffic. First, respond to comments left on your blog to show your readers that you value their opinions and draw them into a two-way conversation. This will increase reader loyalty.

Use links and trackbacks. Links are one of the most powerful parts of your blog. Not only are links noticed by search engines, but they also act as a tap on the shoulder to other bloggers who can easily identify who is linking to their sites.

Affiliate programs exist in just about any industry or niche you can imagine. Regardless of what topics you blog about, chances are there are at least a few products that you could promote as an affiliate that would be a good fit for your audience.

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https://youtube.com (have a referral link?)

Method Summary

YouTube is a media platform that allows registered users to upload originally created videos to channels, which collate in one place all of the uploads credited to one user. Although you must be registered to upload a video, anyone can watch them. People can then comment on and share videos, and embed them on websites, blogs and in social media streams.

YouTube is one of the most popular online destinations in the world. It is the second largest search engine (behind only Google) and it has more than 1 billion active users. Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views. YouTube content creators are prolific as well, with over 300 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute.

As of today, for a YouTube channel to be eligible for monetization it must have 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. However there are several other ways that you can adopt to monetize your YouTube channel such as sponsors, affiliate marketing and promotions.

Method Tips

Commit to posting to YouTube multiple times per week and develop a sustainable video production workflow. YouTube channels that post more than once a week are performing much better and getting more recommended views.

Begin each video with an interesting hook. How you hook viewers depends on you and your content. If a video features a project of any kind, show the end result first. However you hook viewers, make sure your opener relates directly to the subject matter.

Create engagement with your audience. In today’s digital world, it is highly important to connect with your audience. They must feel that you are easily accessible. Creating a followers community and engaging with your audience at personal level can rope in more viewers.

Add end screens to promote your videos, channel, or website. End screens encourage users to continue engaging with your brand or content.

Leverage other marketing channels. Don’t rely on YouTube alone when it comes to marketing your videos. The more visibility your content has, the more views you will get.

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