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How to Make Money Online: The Legitimate Way

Are you a little low on cash and want a secondary income that will supplement your primary job? Or are you considering quitting your job and starting your own online business? Either way, you have come to the right place to learn how to make money online.

Whether you are an adult low in cash, a college student wanting to ease his students loans, or someone who just wants extra money – doing some online work can be of great success if you can avoid the pitfalls and start off the right path.

But the problem lies in the fact that the internet is full of BS scams who promise that “you could earn 1000$ per day by filling surveys“, which is utterly impossible. A quick Google search on making money online will lead you to websites that demand an “upfront fee” for taking surveys, which you will never remake.

Other scam websites lure you into signing up for their webinar, or other conspiracy which promises you that you can be a online millionaire in an instant. With all these scammy information lying around the web, you might be wondering and questioning whether there is a legitimate way to make online.

And the answer is there are legit ways to make decent money online, but all of those “be a millionaire in a week schemes” and get rich quick schemes aren’t what I am talking about.

Making money online requires constant dedication and most importantly, it takes some time to start making a decent income. Some will just make you a few dollars per month, while others can be money-making transformers depending on your monetary and personal investment.

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Before we get on to the legitimate ways to make money online, we first need to discuss the qualities or traits required by you or any individual in order to make constant and decent income online

Traits Needed by You In Order To Make Money Online

1. Patience:

Make money online : PatienceIf you aren’t patient, online money-making is not for you. You can’t expect to make 1000$ per week on the first week you start online marketing. It takes quite some time to make a decent income, so before giving up just a week after you start, understand that patience is the key to make money online.

If you are a person who wants quick results and get rich quick schemes, this article is not for you. The legitimate ways I am going to list below require constant effort by your part and will not produce any significant income if you don’t.

2. Trustworthy:

Making money online :TrustThe second most important characteristic you need to have when starting the path to making money online is to be a trustworthy individual. Whether you are starting a new blog to provide expertise in a topic, or filling out legit surveys, you need to make sure that you are providing the truth.

This is especially true if you have your own blog and want to make decent money off of it. You need to treat your readers and customers as family. You don’t want to make a quick 20$ and lose a reader, which could have made you much more money, for life.

3. Passionate:

Passion MoneyIn order to make a significant income online, you need to make sure the path you are taking is a path that you are passionate about. Again, this is especially true if you are creating your own blog and brand on the internet. For the other online money strategies, this is not as influential as you don’t have to be passionate to take surveys, Right. 🙂

For example, If you start a blog about soccer for the sake of money making, but you have never watched a soccer game or have no interest in soccer, then you will eventually burn out and indirectly will become untrustworthy as you can’t provide expert knowledge.

4. Dedication:

If you want to make a decent income online, you need to make sure you are putting in the effort required. It is not easy at the start, as you won’t be making a lot of money, but eventually the effort and pain you put in will be nothing compared to the income you will be generating.

These are the major traits anyone deciding to make money online needs to adapt. Without these characteristics, you are doomed to fail. There are of course other traits you need to adapt, such as becoming “a shameless self-promoter” and accepting the fact that making money online is not a taboo.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the meat of this article, which will discuss the specific ways to make money online.

Legitimate Ways To Make Money Online:

Since there are a lot of different ways to make money online, I will categorize them in to groups so that you can understand and implement the methods easily.

1. Making Money From Your Own Website (Blog)

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This is the most legitimate way to make money online. If you have your own blog, you literally have hundreds of ways to monetize it, but for today I will only discuss the major methods of making money from your own blog

Method 1: Google Adsense

Google Adsense is an advertising service by google and is made for website publishers (you) who are willing to display text or image advertisements on their webpages and will receive money when a reader views or clicks on the ad. You probably have seen them on some webpages; they are the rectangular black text boxes.

You can make money online from Google Adsense, but you need to understand that you are being payed cents for a click and not every visitor on your website will click on the ad. So if you want to make a significant income for Google Adsense, you need to first drive significant traffic to your website, which will take time.

I don’t advocate using Google Adsense on a brand new blog, as every time a person clicks on the ad and goes to another website, you are losing a potential customer for 25 cents. Most ads also seem dodgy and look scammy.

Recommendation: Skip on Google Adsense until you have significant traffic coming to your website.

Method 2: Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing in simple terms is a way of making money online whereby you as a publisher are rewarded for helping a business by promoting their product, service or site. So basically you earn a commission whenever someone on your site clicks on a link and buys a product from the company you are promoting.

The best part about affiliate marketing is it is passive and doesn’t require that much effort as you aren’t creating a product just recommending others products. There are people who make over 50,000$ per month on just promoting others products.

Making Money OnlineYou don’t need as much traffic as in Google Adsense to make money through affiliate marketing as the commission is much higher than a few cents. But you do need to build your traffic a bit so that you can have a respectable income.

If you want to learn how to efficiently use affiliate marketing, be sure to give this a read quicksprout.

There are different products you could promote, so before you choose any affiliate program, make sure you understand the following:

A) Promote products that you have tried and have successfully implemented: If you are just promoting products for the sake of making money without trying out the product first, you will lose customers every step of they way.

B) Digital Products Have Higher Commissions: Because digital products don’t require many employees and other work force, the commission given to you is significantly bigger than Physical products which require work force. So if you can find a digital product to promote, I say do so.

C) The best way to promote a product successfully is to write an extensive guide on your own blog describing the pros and cons of the product. If you don’t have your own blog yet, read this guide on how to start a blog cheaply in less than 20 minutes.

Method 3: Sell Your Own Product or Services

make money onlineNowadays, it has become very easy to produce your own product and sell it online. You can write an extensive E-book and sell it at a reasonable price.

You can organize a thorough webinar and make decent money off it. If you have expertise, you can help your customers one on one for a reasonable price.

Advice: Don’t sell a product on a brand new blog. You first need to build reputation and traffic to your website. Provide your new readers with a Free E-book or report if they subscribe to your blog.

Make sure you take care of you readers first before you make them your customers. After a while, when you readers trust you and after you have built a decent email list, then you can promote your own product.

After a while, nearly everyone who wants to be an authority online, needs to produce his own product and sell, just don’t do it without building a reputation first.

Method 4: Membership 

Then there is also the strategy of making customers pay for your blog information. I don’t advice doing these until you are seriously respected, as no one in their right mind will start paying money to read a blog that has no shares, no likes and probably no traffic.

I actually don’t recommend doing this and many other successful bloggers don’t do this at all and do you know why? Because the internet is filled with other people who can provide the same information for free.

If you truly are the only individual with such a skill, then you can monetize your blog with membership, but I highly doubt it.

These are the major ways to start making money online from your own blog. Sure, it requires effort by your part, but understand that this is the most trusted and most profitable way of making money online and do you know why? Because you have to work for it.

Make Money Online : KeyEverything in this world is determined by how much work you do. The less you work, the less you make and since blogging requires more time and effort, it will also produce the most benefits, in terms of money as well as freedom. The key to success is smart and hard work.

The best thing about starting a blog is that the money to start a blog is extremely small, but the potential profit is endless. There is really no risk in starting a blog; so if you want to start a blog easily, check out this guide on setting up a blog.

2. Freelancing

Freelancing: Make OnlineFreelancers are basically people who offer services to employers and companies without any long term commitment to them. They often charge hourly, daily or per every job and are essentially one person businesses.

In order to be a successful freelancer, you need to have expertise skills that are in demand. These skills can range from excellent writing to programming.

After that, you need to create a unique brand for yourself. That means you need to look and be professional. You need your own domain email, preferably your own website and also business cards. Freelancing using a gmail or yahoo account without your own domain makes you look unprofessional.

Next you need to find a freelancing job, which is relatively easy as the internet is filled with them. You can basically search for freelancing jobs on google and you are bound to find one.

You can also go to problogger jobs to find a list of jobs available. If you are having trouble getting a freelancing job, I recommend that you start your own site so that employers can see your skills firsthand.

Since I am not an expert in Freelancing, if you want to learn more then give this amazing guide a read and if you want to take your freelancing skills to the next level, read this freelancing guide.

3. Free Online Surveys

There is something scammy about surveys, and that is justified because nearly every dodgy website will ask you to fill out a survey and leave you nothing. But in this guide, I am not talking about fake surveys that leave you frustrated.

Making money through surveysBefore, I tell you the specific surveys that are legit, you first need to understand that you can’t make a full time income taking surveys. It can only be used as a secondary income, so don’t think you can stay home sit in your couch and expect to make millions off taking surveys.

Like I said, you can’t make a significant income for taking surveys, but you can definitely earn decent money from it if you optimize where you are taking these surveys.

As always, in order to receive good surveys to fill out, remember to be as honest as possible when signing up as that is how the companies provide specific surveys to you.

In order to be successful at making surveys online, you need to sign up to as much legit surveys as you can. Why? because each of these survey sites will only give you a couple of surveys per month, so the more companies you sign up to, the more chance you have of filling out a decent amount of surveys.

You also need to make sure when you find a new survey site that it is legit. A major warning that a survey is a scam is if it asks you for an upfront fee to sign up. There is no need for a survey site to ask you for money, so if you are asked to give money to take surveys, leave the site.

So now that we have discussed the basics of surveys, below are the 8 free online surveys sites that you can make money online on.

1. Swagbucks

2. Pinecone Research

3. Harris Poll Online 

4. Inbox Dollar

5. Vindale Research

6. MySurvey

7. American Consumer Opinion

8. Opinion Outpost

These are the major ones I have used and many other people have successfully used. It is important to remember Surveys take time and sometimes it can get boring, but if you persist, you can get decent rewards.

4. Making Money From Apps:

Making Money from ApplicationsYou probably don’t about this, but even your phone can become a money making device. There are some apps that will pay you money either for just downloading it or using it.

Again, with this, you can’t expect to make a huge amount of money as there are only a limited number of apps and they won’t pay you a lot.

It is probably a small income, but when added with the other methods listed above can supplement and add up to a quite a time worthy income.

I really don’t need to write much about this, as they have been extensively covered on this guide  and more so on this guide. So if you want to make a quick buck, then consider going through the list in the above links.

5. Selling Physical Products Online:

It can’t get more basic than this and you probably know this method too. There are several big websites that you can become a seller on and receive a decent amount of money. In order to be successful in selling physical products, you need to make sure you have the following characteristics:

A) Trustworthy:
Again, these is very important here. If the product you are selling is not accurately described or the image you are using is photoshopped and fake, you will lose not only that customer but also other customers, as that dissatisfied customer will write a 1-star review on your product.

B) Offer Money-Back Guarantee: People nowadays are more inclined to buy products that they can return if they don’t like. If you don’t offer Money-Back, then you are losing a sea of potential customers

C) Decrease Shipping Rate: You know what turns most customers off the most? When they find that the product costs 10$ and then when they “Go to Cart”, they find that the shipment rate is 9.99$, meaning the customer has to pay double the price he expected.

I never buy products that try to cheat people like this and most of the time these people don’t succeed or have very small profit.

D) Have a PayPal Account: Nowadays nearly every major online seller platform uses PayPal as it is safer. It is easy to sign up and won’t cost you any money.

E) Have An Extensive Description: People want to know the most they can about the product you are selling, so instead of making them frustrated over the fact that you can’t provide this valuable info, make sure you have a description which goes into detail over the products characteristics; if it is brand new or used, if it is real or fake, if it is cotton or silk…

Make Money Online Quality ImagesF) Have a High Quality Image: This is what differentiates the amateurs with the professionals.

Instead of taking a picture of the product on some table with your phone, make sure you set up proper lighting and have a good camera.

This is especially true for clothes as they will look awful without proper lighting. There are several sites that you could be a potential seller on but the major ones are:


  • Amazon: This is the most respected site out of all selling engines. Nearly everyone who buys products online is comfortable with Amazon, so you will have social proof which leads to more sales.
  • E-bay: This is another site that is well respected that you probably know off.
  • PoshmarkThis is a store where you can sell clothes and other fashion related products online. It is dominated by women clothes, just for a heads up.
  • SwappaThis is a website where you can sell and buy smartphones on. It is legit and has a high userbase, meaning you are bound to find a customer who is willing to buy your phone.
  • Craigslist: We have to include Craigslist. Although it might be a little scammy sometimes, the user count is extremely high, so you can be sure you will find a buyer. The problem is that there is no middleman controlling your transaction, so be sure who you are doing business with.


There are properly other methods that you can make decent income in, but for me and for the majority of the people who are successful in making money online, these 5 methods are the best and the most trusted.

Starting a new blog and successfully monetizing it is the best method to make money, but it is also the hardest. Do you think you have the determination to put in the effort required? If you do, check out my guide on setting up a new blog successfully.

Do you think I left an important method or two that are legit ways to make money online? Well then don’t keep it to yourself, comment below and let me and the other people in this blog know. 🙂

About the Author Yohan

Yohan Michael is the owner and writer of Edgy-Attraction, a blog dedicated to Money Management, Social Life, Social Skills, Fashion, Fitness, College and more. Four years ago, Yohan was an insecure teenager who had Zero social skills and zero fashion sense. He was also godly broke. Now, he is the complete opposite: confident, happy and well-off. He is now providing the tips and actions he took to transform his life here on Edgy Attraction

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