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5 Legit Ways to Make Money Online as a Newbie

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Today, I’m going to talk about five legit ways you can make money online as a complete newbie. Maybe you are looking to earn a little income on the side. Maybe you are considering a complete career change. Either way, there are plenty of ways to make money online, and I’m going to dive into five of the best! 

This is a very hot topic in today’s COVID-19 pandemic world. A lot of people have been staying in their homes. Governments are starting to relax restrictions around social gatherings, but we are still a long way from where we used to be. People continue to stay at home. 

There are still millions of people out of work and struggling financially because of this pandemic. Unfortunately, that brings out the unethical marketers who simply want to cash in on people’s fear and uncertainty. 

Not me! I know there will be a lot of people looking for ways to make money and I want to give you five no-BS legit ways to start making money now. 

Even during a stock market crash, even during a recession, there are always going to be people on the internet. This isn’t going to change. If anything, there are going to be MORE people on the internet now as they continue to stay in their homes, looking for information and looking for things to do. Marketers need to provide information and value to these people. There are ways to give them the services they need legitimately and ethically and still make money online.   

If you’d like to watch my YouTube video I made on How to Make Money Online Ethically, follow the link. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, DayJobHacks, for tons of great free content on how to make money online. 


Who is Joey Babineau?

If you’re wondering what makes me qualified to give you advice, I understand that. Why me? There are a lot of so-called “gurus” promoting unrealistic programs online. Many of those people don’t even follow their own teachings. Their entire business is telling you how to make money online, and they don’t even practice what they preach! 

Again, not me! I’ve been doing online advertising since 2002, so I have a lot of experience. I actually do it full time in my office at home. It’s what I do for a living! It’s how I feed my family, so I take it very seriously. 

Disclaimer

Let’s be real here. I’m going to show you five excellent strategies to make money online as a newbie, but realize that ultimately your success is going to be determined by you. Some of these strategies will require more skills than others, but they are all attainable if you are willing to put in the work.  

There is no guarantee you’re going to make any money. This is a competitive industry. Whether it’s working for someone else, or doing your own work, it is very competitive. So, I’m not going to say that making money from home is easy, but there are definitely ways you can make an online income right from your home. 

Let’s jump in and look at five legit ways to start making money! 


1. Freelancer 

The first way to make money online is by doing freelance work. These are jobs that you can do right from your home. In fact, the people who hire you expect that you are working from your home. Not that it matters – technically you could work from an office, but the vast majority of freelancers are working from their home office, kitchen table, or the couch! 

So, how do you get started as an online freelancer? There are many sites online where freelancers and employers connect. Upwork, Freelancer.com, and Fiverr are all excellent places to start. You can register for free and start browsing job categories in minutes! 

There are literally hundreds of categories for you to look for jobs, or post your skillset in. Programming. Graphics. Digital Marketing. Writing. Video. Music. So many more! Each of these top-level categories have dozens of sub-categories.  

freelance writer

Become a Writer

One of the most popular categories is Writing. There is a strong demand for writers to create original articles or blog posts for web masters in every niche that you can possibly imagine.  

If you’re wondering who hires writers from these sites, look no further. I hire people to write articles. For example, if I have a website about how to reduce your blood pressure, and I’m trying to sell products related to reducing blood pressure, I will come check a freelancer site to find people to write articles for me related to how to lower blood pressure.  

Does that mean that you have to be a doctor to write an article on blood pressure? No! You don’t even need to HAVE high blood pressure. You just need to know how to do proper research on the topic and be able to write convincingly about it. 

Don’t worry if you’re not a writer. As I said earlier, there are MANY different categories of jobs available. If you know how to set up Wordpress, there are people who will pay you to set up their Wordpress sites for them. If you love to create graphics, there are people looking for logo designers, cartoon illustrators, and infographic designers. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Pros and Cons of Freelance Writing

The best part is that you can set your own prices, accept or reject jobs based on your own criteria, and the freelance site will take care of payment transaction. You work on what you want to, when you want to. As long as you meet your client deadlines and provide excellent work, you can make a solid income from freelancing. 

Freelancing can be a crowded market, and you might have to take a few jobs at a lower rate than you had envisioned, but once you begin to build a name for yourself (and an appreciative client base) you can adjust that accordingly. 

Freelancing is probably the quickest way to be making money online. The downside is that you only get paid for the time you are working. It’s not really scalable. You can increase your revenue by choosing to charge more, but at the end of the day you are still trading your time for money.


2. Affiliate Marketing 

The second strategy on my list is one that is near and dear to my heart. Affiliate marketing! 

Wouldn’t it be great to use a system where you could sell other people’s products and retain a portion of the income from the sale? Wouldn’t it be ever better if this was happening 24/7, 365 days per year? 

That’s the allure of affiliate marketing. 

ClickBank

Although there are affiliate marketers offering any kind of product or service imaginable, I’m going to focus on digital products – specifically those offered through the affiliate network ClickBank.

With affiliate marketing, basically, you’re getting paid to promote other people’s products online. I’m going to show you a very simple strategy to do this.  

Signing up at ClickBank is free and only takes a minute. After you’ve completed that step, head to the ClickBank marketplace and you will see ton of different categories of products that you can promote online. 

As an example, employment and jobs are a hot topic now. It makes sense with everything going on in the world. If you look in that category, you will see offers for everything from resume formatting, to cover letters, to interview techniques.  

ClickBank uses something called “gravity” to show how popular an offer is. The higher an offer’s gravity, the more people are making money from the offer. 

Let’s say that you found an offer that you want to promote, How to Write a Winning Cover Letter in 10 Mins or Less. You can generate a unique hoplink, which contains your username, and share that link with other people. You will earn a commission from anyone who clicks on your link and then purchases the offer. It’s as simple as that!  

How do you find people to click your link? You need traffic! Lots of traffic! Now there are many, many different strategies out there. There’s a ton of ways to get traffic. One of the best ways for newbies to get free traffic is to look for the “Question and Answer” type of websites. I’m going to show you an example of that. 

Quora

Let’s look at Quora.com. Quora is one of those question and answer websites. It’s free to sign up! You can search for the types of questions people are asking, and add your answer to the post! When answering questions, some people will add a link to their own products or services. Just make sure it is relevant and doesn’t look too scammy.  

Other affiliate marketers are doing it here. They’re using question and answer sites as a traffic source to try and get even additional revenue, even if it’s only a little. It’s not the best way to get traffic, but it is certainly a free way. It’s also a great way to start seeing how the whole affiliate marketing game works.  

For the More Advanced Marketer

Now, let’s talk about something a little more advanced. If want to try and actually invest time and money into this, then you should take some training online. I’m going to refer you to PowerhouseAffiliate.com, where we do have some great free training.  

As soon as you sign up for a free membership, you get instant access to a free affiliate marketing course. It won’t go into the most advanced training strategies, but you are going to learn how affiliate marketing works from scratch.  

If you’re completely new to affiliate marketing, go there and look at it. If you do have a little bit more experience and you have a grasp of how this actually works, I would go check out my YouTube channel, DayJobHacks. I have many videos on other methods on how you can make money with affiliate marketing. Remember, this is what I do every single day. I know how this works and I want to help you learn it without making some of the mistakes I made along the way.


3. Decluttering

Number three on my list isn’t very glamorous but it IS effective! I’m talking about decluttering and selling off some of the things you have in your life that you don’t need anymore.  

I’m not talking about going full Marie Kondo, but chances are you have things around the house that you don’t use anymore. Why not sell these to other people? You get to clean out some clutter, while making a little money, and someone else gets to own something of value to them. It’s a win-win. 

declutter your life

There are several popular buy-and-sell sites available for you to post your used goods. eBay, Craigslist and Kijiji are great examples with millions of people searching these sites every single day for deals.  

So, look around your house and see if you have any items that you don’t need anymore. With much of the population spending more time at home, people are going to be looking for games, puzzles, and books to help occupy their time. 


4. Starting a Blog and Monetizing it with AdSense 

We’re almost at the end of our list! My fourth legit way to make money online as a newbie is by building and monetizing a blog with AdSense.  

Blogging has come a long way over the years. Forget about the teenage loner, blogging from his parents’ basement at 2am. Blogging has gone mainstream now! There are millions of active personal and business blogs, and a lot of them are quite successful!  

I’m going to show you how to do that. There is a program right here. Free. Our Affiliate Marketing Action Plan basically walks you through a video step-by-step exactly how to set up a blog in five minutes. 

Blogging is a great way to start a long-term income stream. It takes months, even years sometimes, to build a profitable blog. No one ever got rich from blogging overnight! But if you find a topic that you are passionate about, attract a loyal following of equally passionate people, and properly monetize the content… you are creating something of value that will continue to generate income through any economic changes down the road! 

Google AdSense

To set up your blog with AdSense, you will need to create a Google account. If you don’t already have a Gmail account, you should sign up for one. It will give you access to all of Google’s services from the single account. 

Once your Google AdSense account is created, you can use WordPress plugins to populate your blog with ads. When your readers come to visit your blog, and click your ads, you will receive money from Google! It will be a very small amount in the beginning, but as your blog grows in popularity and attracts more visitors, these clicks will begin to add up. 

I’ve already talked about one great free traffic source, and it applies to blogging as much as it does to affiliate marketing – question and answer sites! The same principle applies. Go to Quora and search for people asking questions related to your blog topic. When you answer them, be sure to include a link to your blog. Don’t skimp on your reply though. The more helpful you are, the more likely someone is to follow your link to your website. This is your chance to build a loyal following! 


5. Stock Market

Last but not least, for those people that do have money, and are comfortable with their finances, there is always the stock market. This is a time of great economic volatility, which means that if you know what you are doing, you might be able to pick up some great stocks at a significant discount! 

With every stock market crash, a recovery inevitably follows. I’m not going to pretend to be a stock market guru, so you won’t find any specific tips here, but I do feel that this could be the perfect opportunity to make money.  


Final Thoughts

2020 is turning out to be a crazy year for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be all bad. If you’re going to be stuck around the house, why not use this opportunity to start your online business? You might find that you have a little extra play money each month. Or maybe you’ll take the first step toward a brand new exciting online career.  

Whatever you decide, I hope that you found this article interesting and maybe even a little inspirational.  

Are you going to try one of these five legit ways to make money online? Do you know someone else who might be interested in this information? Don’t be afraid to share it with your friends and leave a comment below! 

Thanks for reading! 

Joey from Day Job Hacks & Powerhouse Affiliate
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