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How to Make Money Online for Beginners - 5 Easy Ways

Embark on your online money-making journey with ease as a beginner.

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Synkdup Editorial Team   

|  22 November 2023

Make Money Online for Beginners

There are numerous ways to make money online out there today, ranging from different types of social media marketing and online selling to online gaming and digital currency trade. They are all legitimate ways but, if you are just starting out, many of these ways might not be for you, unless you have specialized knowledge about them.

If it is your first shot at making money online, you need to be extra careful about the method you choose and not pick a method simply because of the high returns it offers.

The list of online earning methods is endless, and so in this article, I have trimmed it down to 5 methods that I think are most appropriate for beginners at online earning.

Here are the simplest methods for anyone wondering how to make money online for beginners.

1. Promote Job Openings Online

Recruitment marketing on social media with a commission-based model is the best way to make money online for beginners. The reason being that even beginners tend to be more than familiar with social media and can easily start earning online from scratch.

The Synkdup Headhunter Program is ideal for beginners as it follows a minimum responsibility, commission-based model, and you can make decent money from it with just your social media. Unlike other programs, you are not responsible for any recruitment function other than promoting job vacancies.

How it works

You need to simply go on the Synkdup website and sign up to get enrolled in the program as a headhunter. As a Headhunter, you get your own personalized online dashboard where you are regularly provided with web links to job openings all over the U.S.

You are expected to share these web links on your social media accounts. For each legitimate job applicant who applies to a job using a web link you posted on your social media, you get a commission of $25-$50, depending on the job profile.

Benefits of Headhunting for beginners

  • It is a truly low-responsibility, high-returns earning opportunity.
  • You don’t need to go very far out of your way and get to use your already existing assets - your social media network- to make money
  • No monetary investment of any kind needed
  • Freedom to work on your own time and at your own place without any fixed obligations
  • You don’t need a niche following as you do with many other marketing programs
  • Unlike other commission-based job marketing programs, your job is limited to simply using your social media accounts to increase the reach and visibility of job openings. You get your commission whether the applicant gets the job or not.

2. Blogging

Blogging is one of the oldest and most popular ways to make money online. If you have decent research skills and are good enough with words to be able to consolidate information in a useful way, you should consider blogging as a way to make money online as a beginner.

It is a particularly good option if you are just starting out at online earning because for the most part of the work involved, which is writing, you don’t need to have any internet expertise.

Also, it is not a purely monetary activity like many other ways to make money online such as marketing and online selling. And so, you can start blogging for its own sake and then see if you want to monetize it as you go along.

All you need to start blogging is a field of interest you would want to research and write about anyway. Most bloggers who make it, choose topics that they are intrinsically motivated to explore. Some of the most popular blogging platforms where you post your blogs include WordPress, Medium, Tumblr, and Blogger.

Things to Remember While Creating a Blog

  • Try to find a niche that you are both interested in and also has products and services related to it.
  • Follow general best practices for writing like brevity, clarity, structure, etc, and try to consult a solid style guide such as The Chicago Manual of Style while editing.
  • Try to make your write-up as information intensive as you can while maintaining the aesthetics, after all, you are writing for a search engine.
  • Post regularly rather than in sprees.
  • You can use your social media accounts and email list to promote your blog for free.

Simple ways to monetize your blog

Once you get a sizable readership, which will take some time, you can start making money from your blog in one of these ways.

  • Affiliate links: You can look for affiliate programs related to your niche on the internet and join one that suits your preferences. You will be sharing affiliate links on your blog and get a commission (a percentage of the sale or flat rates) every time the company running the affiliate program gets business through you. This is the simplest and most profitable way to make money online with blogging.
  • Subscriptions: Your blog needs to be really well-established for you to make money through subscriptions. The way it is generally done is that the reader is required to take a paid subscription to access certain premium articles or the full length of certain articles on your blog.
  • Paid Reviews: With a good readership, you can approach corporations within your niche with an offer to write positive reviews for their products/services. You can start with writing reviews on your own accord and if they get a substantial number of views, you can go on to taking up paid sponsorship projects.

If your niche happens to be related to jobs/careers, you can make good money online through your blog with the Synkdup Headhunter Program discussed above.

With this novel recruitment marketing program, you just need to post web links to job postings (provided to you regularly from Synkdup) on your blog to make money. For every legitimate applicant who applies through you, you get a commission up to $50, regardless of whether they get a job or not.

3. Peer-to-Peer Lending

It is one of the methods you are least likely to come across when researching how to make money online for beginners. But, If you have got a bunch of money on your hands and are one of those people who are interested in online earning primarily for a passive stream of income, peer to peer lending may be a good option for you.

Peer-to-peer lending a.k.a. P2P lending Social Lending or Crowd Lendig, is a way to borrow money from individuals directly without availing the services of banks.

How it works

The main appeal of the method for lenders is that you get more returns on your savings by lending them directly to someone than you would get from depositing them with a bank. And for borrowers, the appeal is that they need to pay lower rates of interest to the lenders than you would pay to a bank. P2P lending is facilitated by P2P websites that act as a link between borrowers and lenders.

  • Someone looking to borrow money applies for a loan on a P2P lending platform.
  • The application is reviewed and assessed to determine the risk and credit rating of the applicant. On the basis of the assessment, the applicant is assigned a suitable interest rate.
  • After the application is approved, the applicant is given a list of available lenders for his/her credit rating and interest rate to choose from.
  • The loan is provided and the platform charges some fraction of it from both borrower and lender.

Things to consider before opting for P2P Lending

  • You run the same risk of default, if not more, with a P2P borrower as you do with banks.
  • The rate of interest is pre-determined by the P2P website and rates may vary greatly across websites.
  • A P2P website may charge different types of fees like loan initiation fees, bounced-payment fees, and late fees.

To make money online with P2P lending, you need to first make an account on a P2P website of your choosing. Most platforms let you choose the profile of your borrowers and you should carefully access all available profiles to pick the one with the least potential risk of default. The P2P platform may also be a publicly listed company and so, instead of outrightly lending them money, you can buy their stocks.

4. Test-Use Websites and Apps

The interface of websites and mobile phone applications must be optimized for user convenience. But often, the creators of the websites can not objectively judge the website they have created themselves and need someone else to use the website to find out how user-friendly it is.

There are many companies that offer testing services to developers and owners of websites. You can get website testing gigs with these companies where you are required to use an app/website or its prototype thoroughly and provide written reviews.

In the review, you note things like where you had problems navigating, the function of which buttons are unclear, what throws you off, and what you liked about the website/app.

The tests, excluding the review writing, usually take 20-40 minutes and if your reviews are good and informative, you can make up to $10 per session.

Out of all the testing platforms out there, UserTesting is probably the most legitimate and widely trusted, and I would recommend it if you are a first-timer. They post new tests every day, meaning you can get many opportunities to make money online. Here are some notable features of the platform

  • You need to take a trial test first and after it gets approved, you will be getting notifications about testing opportunities via email.
  • The lowest paying tests last 5 minutes and pay $4 per test.
  • Most twenty minutes tests pay about $10 and include screen and voice recording and follow-up questions
  • The highest paying tests last about 20 minutes each and may include live conversation over video call. They pay $30-$120.
  • You are paid seven days after completing the test through PayPal.

5. Affiliate Marketing

You can hardly avoid affiliate marketing when reading up on how to make money online for beginners, and for good reason!

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online for beginners as it can be done wholly on your social media accounts without stepping out into the rest of the intimidating world of the internet.

It involves promoting the products/services among your social media network for a commission.The marketing model allows brands to capitalise on the online image of individuals who have got credibility in the areas related to their products/services.

For, instance, a company selling medicines may use the social media account of a doctor as advertising space for its medicines.

How it works

You need to find a brand related to your niche that offers affiliate programs and get yourself enrolled in it. As an affiliate marketer for the brand, you will be provided unique web links to the company’s web pages where users are prompted to make a purchase.

You need to promote the brand and share these links on your social media. Every time the brand gets business through you, you will get a portion of the sale as a commission. It may be a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of the sale.

Affiliate marketing is a really good option for beginners as you just need to use your social media to make money through it.

What you need

All you really need to make money online with this method is a sizable social media following in a particular niche. And you don’t have to be an expert or very knowledgeable on a subject for it to qualify as your niche. You may have a niche without even realizing it.

Do you frequently post your travel pictures? If you do, you have got a marketable niche right there and can look for an affiliate program with a travel agency or hotel.

Posting food pics frequently? Consider affiliate marketing a restaurant chain. Posting stunning selfies? Market a makeup or hair products brand. You get the idea, right?

Benefits of Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

  • Relatively simple working model
  • No setting up costs or initial investment of any kind
  • No risk
  • HIgh returns – you can get up to 50% of the sale in commission

Final Word

Though these are all great options for someone wondering how to make money online for beginners, it is important that you take them with a pinch of salt and consider your personal strengths and weaknesses before deciding on an option.

What may be a good option for someone who is just a beginner at making money online but is otherwise very internet savvy may not be a good option at all for someone who is a beginner through and through.

So, it is always advisable to do your own research before investing time in any of these methods. Hope you found my list helpful and best of luck for your online earning journey!

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