The Internet has been around for a while now, and it’s quite possibly one of the most useful tools humankind has invented in the course of its history. It has essentially blurred national borders and made us one step closer to an actual global community, where we can talk and trade with people from the far corners of the world in places you’ve probably never even heard of. It also makes trade and business easier by connecting you with a seemingly infinite audience who might be interested in whatever it is you’re selling, be it product or service.
The advent of the Internet also brought with it new and exciting ways to make a living, which, mind you, are still hard to pull off. However, if you’re confident, you can make something with mass appeal. Here at My Blogger Tricks, we took the time to research and found that these are some of the most viable plans to make cash online:
Creating YouTube Videos
A lot of YouTube superstars have subscriber lists that number a few million, like the popular PewDiePie, who has over 35 million subscribers to his YouTube channel who tune in every day to watch him play video games while he talks. According to Forbes Magazine, the Swedish born YouTuber makes in excess of US $4 million per year.
You would need to come up with a unique gimmick to stand out from the (admittedly saturated) crowd, like the owners of the ever popular Lil Bub, who upload videos of the cute feline simply being adorable. After you have that, you could see your content go viral, which means it gets massively shared by the viewers, and then your subscriptions increase exponentially. With a little patience and a lot of luck, you could be able to find sponsors who will pay to have their logos featured or have the new YouTube celebrity give product endorsements.
Make and Sell Creations on Sites like Etsy
This one is good if you’re skilled at arts and crafts. If you know how to paint, draw, sculpt, knit or sew, then this is the place for you. Etsy is the Internet’s equivalent of a Persian bazaar, where you’ll see all sorts of people trying to peddle their creations. Some of the top sellers on the site make an average of over $17k in monthly sales.
Some of the most popular stores featured are Three Bird Nest, which sells headbands and other assorted headwear for women, and AHeirloom, a maker of custom wooden cutting boards. These companies boast around $65k and $25k in monthly sales, respectively.
Play Online Poker
Like the others on this list, playing poker online requires a unique skill set that can be acquired by practice, patience and discipline. First, you need to know the basics of how to play the game and find a trustworthy site that you can use to play online. If you don’t know how to play, it’s essential to start by reading up on the rules. Of course like anything in life, it’s going to be a gradual process where you’ll start at the bottom of the food chain (playing in small stakes games or even for free, for practice) and move on up through the ranks until you’re competing with some of the best in the world.
It really is possible to start small and move up gradually; just ask poker player Ryan Riske, who proved that making money playing poker online is not a myth when he went from flat broke to having $40k in a matter of months. Riske himself says he has enjoyed the profits: “I use my winnings to treat myself. I recently wanted a PS4, so I set out and made enough that week to cover the costs. I just got back from Mexico with my girlfriend, which I paid for through my poker winnings. Hopefully my cards stay as hot as our destination.”
Because playing poker takes a ton of practice and skill to pull off, the best way to increase your odds of winning are to gain experience. Fortunately, sites like Full Tilt (where Ryan made his initial $50 deposit) offer “play money” and small stakes games so that you can brush up your skills before taking a shot at winning the big time money.
This one is hard, but very rewarding if you have the talent and patience for it. Every website needs new content to survive, and that’s where you would come in. A lot of sites will buy content from freelancers at reasonable prices. The big advantage here is that your earning potential is only limited by how many articles you can produce at any given time and that you’re not bound by conventional schedules. So the more you can write, the more you can potentially earn.
Freelance writing requires you to have at least a passing knowledge of a wide variety of topics; one day you could be writing a movie review for a website and the next day you might be writing about football history. If you love writing, it’s also a great way to polish up your skills if you’re planning on publishing a novel someday.