We’ve all been there, when you are low on cash and need a to continuously earn money online by either offering your professional services or sending traffic to a website and collecting a commission for every sales that are made using our affiliate link. Below are the top 5 ways to make money online in 2019.

1. Offer your services on Upwork

Upwork.com is a great place for you to offer your services for an hourly rate. This is highly recommended if you have skills such as web development, content writing, and design.

How does Upwork work?

The way that Upwork works is by signing up as a freelance contractor, and listing out all the skills that you are familiar with and really good at. Be very careful when choosing a skill that you don’t know about, as many of these skills will require you to take a test before you can proposal on jobs that have been posted by Upworks’ clients.

During the process of setting up your Freelancer profile, Upwork will ask you personal questions such as name, social security number(tax purposes,) and might request you to verify your identity by uploading some sort of government issued ID.

One of the most important things that you will be asked to set up during the setup process is your hourly rate. Before you set this up, we recommend doing research to find out how much other freelancers in the same area of expertise are charging customers for their work. If you set the amount too little, you might be kicking yourself in the back later down the road because you could have been making so much more. However, if you make your hourly rate too high, then your proposals will probably lose to other freelancers with cheaper proposals.

My Upwork Freelancer account is set up, now what?

Once you are all good to go and have your account set up, you can then start searching through the list of jobs that Upwork has available for bidding. When looking at a job description, you will be able to see all the details that the client has provided about the job, as well as any documents they might have attached. Do note that if there’s a password needed to actually get the job done, they will send you those details after they approve your proposal.

When sending a proposal to a client, always make sure that you write a nice cover letter to the client explaining them your skills and what your plans are to get their job done. Remember to try to make a good first impression, so make sure that you run your cover letter message through a spelling/grammar tool.

Upwork connects are not unlimited!

One thing that is important to know is that sending proposals is not unlimited. As a free user, you will only get a certain amount of “connects” that you will be able to send in a month. Connects is what you use any time you wish to send a propsal to a client. If you run out of Connects, Upwork lets you buy additional connects for $0.15 USD, but you need to buy them in bundles of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80.

Most popular jobs on Upwork

According to Upwork’s latest press release, these are the top trending skills of the last quarter of 2018;

  1. Hadoop
  2. Dropbox API
  3. Genetic algorithms
  4. Microbiology
  5. Computational linguistics
  6. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  7. Digital signal processing
  8. Intercom
  9. Interactive advertising
  10. Invision

2. Make a gig for a service on Fiverr

Much like Upwork, Fiverr.com is a great platform for you to offer your services in exchange for money. Although Fiverr may be similar to Upwork in concept, it’s actually pretty different. Instead of sending propsals to clients based on a job that you found searching through the available jobs list, fiverr takes this approach by doing the exact opposite. You as a Fiverr contractor make a listing for a service that you are offering, such a “Web Development” or “Voice-over acting” or it can be something as crazy as “I will record a video of me dancing in a polar bear costume for 5 minutes holding a sign that has your name.”

Why is it called Fiverr?

The idea of Fiverr is that anyone can go on the site, and find awesome services for a starting price of $5. That’s cheap, I know, but not everyone starts off asking for $5 for their services. A quick search through the site will show you that a lot of services that take a couple of days to complete, will generally cost anywhere between $20-$200 USD. Some services might even cost in the thousand dollars range if it’s technical enough.

You can also specify different package levels and charge at a different cost, such as Base package, intermediate package, premium package. You can even charge for add-on services such as “Same day delivery” or “Next day delivery”, or even make your own add-on service.

This platform gives you the best opportunity to find a service that you can perform very quickly and easily, and turn it into a business model that makes you money.

One example of this is creating a turnkey website solution for people that want to start a blog company. Perhaps you can make a service where you install wordpress on a clients server and set up a theme to match their use case.

Another great example is if you’re a creative person, you can create a logo making service where people pay you to make their logos.

There’s literally a thousand ideas you can come up with that you can sell as a service, so I highly recommend anyone who is wanting to make money online, to check out fiverr because this could be their path to making a large income.

3. Share ClickBank affiliate links on Facebook and other websites

One great idea for those who are sociable, is to create a Facebook group about a particular topic, and then advertise links to products targeted towards the topic of the group.

ClickBank.com is a large marketplace where people list their products, and you as an affiliate, can send traffic or visitors to their products, and you get a commission for every sale that is made using your unique website link.

There’s many products on ClickBank to choose from, ranging from dieting products to software and books. I’m sure whatever group you choose to create or may already have on facebook, will have a product on ClickBank that you can try to funnel people to from your facebook group.

How to choose the correct product to advertise on ClickBank

If you already have a facebook group or page that you are wanting to use as your traffic source for sending potential clients to a ClickBank product, the best thing to do is to search through the ClickBank Marketplace for products that would be of interest to the members of your group or to people that have liked your facebook page.

A good example of this is, let’s say that you have a facebook group about saving your marriage. In the ClickBank marketplace, I would then search for products pertaining to marriages. For example, I just typed the word marriage into the search, and got back a lot of products created by marriage counselors that can be used to save your marriage, a lot of these products are books or step by step guides for you to follow to save your marriage.

Now on the other hand, let’s say that you wanted to do some research first to see what products are out there that you could send people to, before creating your facebook group. This means that you will be creating a facebook group on the basis of targeting people that would most likely click on your affiliate link. Before you do this, I suggest doing further research into the topic and making sure that there’s enough demand in not only the product you are wanting to push traffic to, but also the topic of the group you are going to be creating.

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, definitely read our new “what is affiliate marketing?” article to get the rundown of what affiliate marketing really is.

How do I know if a product is selling well on ClickBank?

There’s many factors to determining if a product is selling well on ClickBank, but the most important one is the “Gravity”. When you are doing a search on ClickBank, you generally want to find a product that has a gravity between 25-60. This means that the product is selling, but that there’s also not a lot of competition, meaning that there isn’t a lot of people advertising this product currently.

On the other hand, if you see a product that has a gravity greater than 100, this means that this product is oversaturated with people marketing this product and will therefore have a lot more competition. If the gravity is 0, this means that the product has not had many successful sales recently, so keep away from this unless you are absolutely sure that your visitors will for sure buy this product.

4. Make entertaining or informative Youtube videos

Making money on youtube is by far one of the most rewarding side hustles that you can do in your spare time. Not only will you entertain or educate people through the power of videos, but you can also make big bucks by monetizing your youtube videos with ads.

The first thing you should do if you want to create youtube videos and make money from them, is to not focus on the concept of making money at first. The reason I say this is because it’s going to be very hard to monetize your videos right off the get-go. Youtube has several guidelines that you must meet before you can even enable monetization on your videos.

  1. You must be 18 years of age
  2. Your content must abide by the advertiser friendly content guidelines
  3. Have at least 4,000 watched hours within the past year
  4. Have at least 1,000 subscribers

Having said that, after you keep those guidelines on the back of your mind, your main focus on making quality videos, and the money will come. It will be hard and it may take you a year before you can even start monetizing, but trust me that the return on time invested will be so sweet once you get your first paycheck.

5. Become an Amazon Affiliate

This concept is similar to the ClickBank affiliate concept stated above, however instead of advertising a product from ClickBank, you advertise a product from Amazon. The way this works is by signing up to the Amazon Associates program, where you will be given a dashboard for you to track your sales, as well as analytics on the traffic that you’ve been sending to amazon using your unique amazon link.

Once singed up, you will see that when you go to the amazon website, you will have a bar at the top of the page. This bar lets you generate a unique URL to the product that you are currently looking at, but this url will have your affiliate id listed on it. Once you send someone to a product by giving them your unique url, if they purchase the product, you will receive a commission for the product sold.

Amazon has a list of commission percentages that they give out based on the category of the product. Click here to see the list of amazon commission percentages.

Things to consider while getting started as an Amazon Affiliate

When you first sign up, Amazon will give you 180 days to make one sale, in order to keep the account open. This means that at the 180 day mark, if you haven’t made a sale, your account will be cancelled and you will need to reapply again. Many people usually fail at this step because they usually don’t have the necessary traffic to send to these products, or because people aren’t interested in the products that they are advertising.

Also, one cool thing about being an amazon affiliate is that if you send someone to an amazon product, this adds a cookie to their browser, with your affiliate id. This means that if they come back to amazon at any time until the cookie expires, and buy ANY product on amazon.com, you will still get a commission for any products they buy, regardless whether it was the one that you were initially advertising or not.

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