How Much Do You Want to Earn?
Just a little chump change now and then
Pay to Click, or PTC, is as simple as it gets. You click ads and earn money. It's that simple. Each click takes almost zero time and effort but only also only pays a cent or two per click. It's easy to do though. I do it while folding laundry. Click it and forget it is my motto here, and let the change pile up while you're not looking. My favorite PTC sites are Hits4Pay and DealsNCash.
There are social sites such as Gather.com, which pay you in points to participate in their online community. The points can later be redeemed for cash. I never made a lot of money at Gather.com because I didn't have a lot of time to spend there, but I did practice my writing skills there, networked, and made some valuable contacts.
Points: Online companies want you to shop with them and will pay you to do so. One example is MyPoints.com where you earn points by shopping, taking surveys, referring friends. Those points are later converted to cash. Organization comes in really handy here because you can earn money back on things you already ordinarily buy IF you take the time to plan. Old Navy, for instance awards 4 points per dollar. Barnes & Noble pays out 10 points per dollar. Sephora, AT&T, Crocs, The Gap, and hundreds of other shops are participating and rewarding you for shopping with them.
I want to buy stuff and pay some bills
For me, this is the bread and butter. People love information and they are increasingly turning to the internet for all their needs. For everything from parenting advice, fitness tips, product reviews, and political fixes to comedy and gossip - the web has the answers and people are going there to find it. That information has to come from somewhere right? Guess what! It can come from you!
In my experience, content writing offers the highest and most consistent pay. Job boards like WAHM.com can help you get matched up with private clients. Bright Hub and Demand Studios have no shortage of interesting topics that need to be written and the pay is good, averaging about $15 per piece. The more you know, the better researcher you are, and the better your spelling and grammar, the less time it will take completing each assignment. That leaves more time for completing more tasks and adding to your income.
Pay to Post type sites tend to be the easiest assignments to compete, but also pay out at a lower rate. In this scenario, someone pays you to post their information on YOUR blog. I spend most of my time between PAYU2BLOG and BLOGSVERTIZE. Generally they just ask you to use their keyword phrase in your own blog and attach a link to it. Simple! This ordinarily pays $5 to $7 but I have been paid as much as $25 for a simple 60-word blog post.
You can also earn money directly through your blog by placing ads in it. This requires patience since you need to give your blog time to grow and build a readership before any of those ads pay off. ProBlogger, the book or website, by Darren Rowse is an excellent resource for learning the ins and outs of making money with a blog or website.