Does the potential to earn $100 every day online sounds like an exaggeration?
Though I started out as a financial planner—which I still am—the majority of my income these days comes from online sources.
No, I didn’t set out to be an Internet entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what I am today. I started out looking for ways to use the Internet to grow my financial planning business.
But, like a lot of people who tiptoe into the Internet, I eventually found it to be more lucrative than anything I ever expected.
My start was a humble one. I launched my blog, Good Financial Cents, hoping it would bring in more financial planning clients, which it did. But, along the way it started producing income from other sources.
Those other sources soon outstripped the income I was earning from my financial planning business.
I think you can do the same. Whether you start your own website, learn to make money on other people’s websites, or simply begin offering your services online, it can be easier than you think to create a steady online income.
I’ve been at this Internet entrepreneur thing for over a decade, and I’ve successfully used many different strategies to broaden my income base.
I’m sharing those strategies with you in this article in the hope that you’ll learn what an incredible source of income the Internet truly is.
Just by reading this article, you’ll know more about how to make money online than I knew when I was first starting out.
You may find there’s no single strategy that will enable you to earn $100 every day online—and then again, you might hit pay dirt quickly. But you can certainly reach $100 per day by using several strategies.
You don’t need to start them all at once, either. You can get one up and running, then add a second, a third, and as many as you can build into your schedule and lifestyle.
With that in mind, let’s get into the 25 strategies…
I’m going to start here, because blogging has become my primary income source, and the foundation of several other income streams. But don’t worry if you don’t have or want your own blog or website.
There are many ways to earn money online, either using someone else’s blog or website, or even without blogs or websites at all.
This is the most basic income source for most blogs, especially when you first start out. What makes it so attractive is its simplicity. All you need to do is sign up for the program, and Google will provide the ads to your website.
They’ll provide you with codes that you’ll paste into your website, and you’ll be on your way. They’ll even customize the ads based on the content of your blog.
Best of all, you can add Adsense to your blog at any point. Even if you’re just getting only a few hundred page views per month, Adsense will enable you to earn a few dollars.
The catch is you won’t be paid until your Adsense revenue reaches at least $100. But once you get to a few thousand page views per month, you’ll be easily topping $100. And, as your blog continues to grow, eventually you can reach $100 every day—at least on an average basis.
This is another popular income sources for blogs. For me, text links were the second source of $100, after Adsense.
A text link is a link to another website that you include in an article on your blog or website. They’re literally everywhere on the web, and it’s basically how blogs and websites link together.
There are companies, businesses and websites willing to pay you $100 or more to include a link in an article on your website. The article will be related to the linking website, which is why they’ll pay you to include it.
It’s not a good long-term strategy, however. Google is not fond of text links, and if you add too many, your site will be penalized and lose traffic. Add these only sparingly. If you’re adding multiple text links each month, it’ll just be a question of time before your web traffic tanks.
Sponsored posts work much like text links – a third party pays you for an article with a link back to their website. They may supply the article as well. Other times, they may request you write an article related to their website then include a link back to their site.
You’ll probably get only $100 or $200 early on. But as your web traffic grows, you’ll eventually be able to charge several hundred dollars, and even more than $1,000 for a single article.
My recommendation is that you also keep sponsored posts very limited on your site. In addition, the sponsors should represent products and services you believe in and feel comfortable endorsing.
Affiliate marketing is practically the Holy Grail of blogging. However, it works only if you have a significant amount of traffic to your site. In most cases, you’ll need at least 30,000 to 40,000 page views per month for it to work. But, as your traffic grows your affiliate marketing revenue can skyrocket.
Affiliate marketing works by writing a product or service review on your website. The company behind the product or service has an affiliate program (trust me, there are hundreds, probably thousands of companies that do) under which they’ll pay you each time they make a sale from a referral from your website.
It can be a few dollars or more per sale, or it can be based on some sort of percentage formula. But, if your blog or website has a lot of traffic, and the product or service is popular, you can start seeing hundreds or thousands of dollars in revenue coming to your website each month.
Affiliate marketing alone can easily get you to $100 per day online.
If you’ve seen ads on any sites you already have a basic picture of how this works. You have a blog or a website, and a third party is willing to pay you for advertising space on your site. It may pay you a flat monthly fee, or a few dollars each time someone clicks through from the ad on your site to the sponsor’s website.
It can be seriously lucrative once your site has a lot of traffic. And perhaps best of all, the income will be completely passive. Once you place the ad on your site, there’s nothing more you need to do.
If your website is designed specifically for your business, this is the outcome you’re going for. Even a blog can be an excellent source of new clients and customers for your business. It can serve as a platform where you demonstrate your expertise, which will eventually bring in paying clients.
As a financial planner, I started my blog with the main intention of using it as a marketing tool to get new clients for my practice. It worked better than I expected. As the blog grew, so did my practice. It enabled me to reach new clients I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
This is a more advanced strategy because it requires a high profile, the kind a high traffic website generates. Once you reach that level, you may be approached by companies looking for you to participate in a sponsorship program.
That may start with a sponsored post, or even a series of them. You may also need to provide videos, social shares, and other forms of exposure to promote the product. It’s labor-intensive for sure, but it’s a way to earn some big money from your site.
Certain sites can serve as lead generators. For example, several years after I started Good Financial Cents, I launched another site called Life Insurance by Jeff. Since insurance is one of the products I sold in my business, I figured the site would help generate insurance leads.
It did, and a lot more than I ever anticipated. I was able to begin selling some of the leads to insurance companies for between $35 and $100 per lead. Not only was that an extra revenue source, but it was also completely passive.
Life insurance leads aren’t the only leads companies are willing to buy. Investigate the possibilities and build a website that will generate a steady flow of salable leads, and you’ll be earning up to $100 every day online in no time.
Not all site-related income sources require owning a blog or website. The next six income generating strategies can work on either your own site, or someone else’s. And even if you do have a site, you may want to expand your reach to include participation by other sites. Think of it as leveraging other people’s resources.
Most of us equate a blog or website with selling digital products. While this does seem to be the most common path, you can do the same thing with a physical product. It happens every day with web platforms like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.
As an example, my wife and a business partner had a subscription box product called Happy Mommy Box. They had 1,000 customers who were paying $35 per month for these cute boxes full of products that happy mommies love. (Got it? 1,000 customers at $35 per month = a monthly income of $35,000!)
That’s just one example. Others include homemade soap, unique home decor, T-shirts, and just about anything else you can think of. You don’t have to create the product either. You can choose a product provided by a third-party source that you really believe in, and promote it on either your website or other people’s sites.
This, of course, is more what the Internet is all about. The beauty of selling digital products is that the customer places the order, and the product is delivered to his or her own computer or smart phone automatically. Once you get this up and running it’s virtually effortless.
Digital products can be how-to guides, tutorials, e-books, or even templates for money management, investing, meal plans, exercise routines, and checklists.
My own example is my Make 1K Challenge, which teaches you how to start a blog and make your first $1,000. The download is free, but there’s a $7 upgrade that includes additional resources. It’s enabling me to make as much as $2,000 per month and it’s completely passive at that (can you tell I like passive income?).
If you have the ability to write, particularly on certain popular topics, you can make a comfortable living freelance writing on the web. You don’t need your own blog or website to do this—you’ll be selling your work to owners of blogs and websites.
You don’t need to be a journalism school graduate, either. It’s more about knowing how to create interesting content and organizing it in an easily readable format.
I’ve done some freelance writing over the years, and began at $150 per article. But once you become accomplished and established, you can easily earn $250, $500 or even more than $1,000 per article. That will get you to $100 per day pretty quickly.
One freelance writer, Holly Johnson, makes over $200,000 per year writing articles for other sites. She’ll even help you become a successful freelance writer.
In #10, I covered creating digital products. A potentially lucrative example is creating and selling online courses. You don’t need to be an expert either (though it does help), but just well above average in whatever skill your course is attempting to teach.
In today’s economy, people constantly need to improve and update their skills, as well as add new ones. A reasonably priced online course can help them get there. You’ll need to create the course, which can be done in PDF form, a podcast, a video, or a mix or series of all three.
Once it’s created, you can sell it through your own website or other people’s websites and blogs. If you sell on others’ sites, you can offer owners an affiliate arrangement. For example, if your course will sell for $50, the site owner will get $20 on each sale. That will eliminate the need to pay advertising costs and enable you to scale up your income on as many sites as you can create affiliate arrangements with.
A book, or particularly an e-book, is another example of selling a product or a digital product. Much like an online course, your book can be about any topic in which you have expertise. And just as is the case with an online course, you can sell them using affiliate arrangements through multiple websites and blogs.
Once you create an e-book, it generates another source of passive income. The orders and income come from the sites where your e-book is being promoted, and the money is deposited into your bank account. There’s nothing more you need to do after creating your book. It can even generate revenue for years.
For example, I wrote a book called Soldier of Finance several years ago, but I’m still selling copies to this day. The growth of my YouTube channel has been a big part of that, which I am eternally grateful for.
If you have your own blog or website, you can also promote someone else’s e-book on your own site, generating affiliate revenue. In fact, with your own site, you can set up affiliate arrangements for multiple e-books and online courses.
This is another completely passive way to earn income from your site. And, since there’s no shortage of e-books and online courses, you’ll always have several to sell at any given point.
Okay, let’s say you don’t have a blog or website, don’t want one, and aren’t particularly excited about the prospect of earning income through other people’s sites. Is there any hope for you to earn money online?
Absolutely! And here are 11 ways you can make it happen.
If you’re a career veteran who’s risen in the ranks of your field, you may be able to start a side hustle as a career coach. That happened to me by default. As I built my blog and my brand, people began turning to me for advice on how they can make it work for themselves.
In the beginning, I gave the advice out free. But eventually I started charging a fee. After all, your time is valuable and so is your advice.
What exactly does a career coach do?
According to Modupe Sarumi—aka “Dr. Mo”—at Learnable by Dr. Mo, “I help high achieving professionals shift out of uninspiring roles into meaningful careers with less stress and the right mindset in a fraction of the time. A lot of professionals are either unemployed, under-employed or unhappily employed. Being in any one of these categories typically results in a career pivot or career transition. I help professionals uncover their desired outcomes, goals, values, and skills and align them with appropriate career options. I also help them to brand themselves professionally through their cover letter, resume and interview preparedness.”
“I provide personalized career support services for any person in any industry,” says Matthew Warzel, President of the career coaching and outplacement firm, MJW Careers, LLC. “Whether you’re re-entering the workforce, a union member needing to draft up a resume for the first time, someone wanting to improve his or her interviewing skills, or an accomplished professional who wants to boost his or her earning potential and marketability, we’re here for them as a one-stop career expert center.”
As to how much you can earn as a career coach, Warzel discloses a fee of $100 per hour, while Sarumi charges $100 up to $500 per hour, based on the career type. You can start your career coaching business by making your services available through Linked In and other career sites, as well as through social media.
If you have a large following on any of the major social media, like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may be able to earn money providing sponsored social shares. A company pays you to post about their product or service on your social media channel(s). Naturally, the larger your social media following, the more revenue you can expect to earn.
My wife gets paid to post pictures and talk about topics like furniture, rugs and kids’ clothes. You can really choose any topic you’re interested in, or at least have some expertise with.
When social media first came out it was mostly for people to communicate with friends and share experiences. But it’s grown so popular that it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses.
Many small businesses lack either the time or the expertise to get a successful social media campaign off the ground. If you have experience with social media, you may be able to earn money setting up marketing campaigns, issuing news releases about the company, or providing descriptions of its products or services. Increasingly, businesses need to be accessible on social media. You can be that point of contact, handling customer inquiries, complaints, and even initiating sales.
The work can be done remotely and you can learn much of what you need through sources like YouTube, then advertise your services through social media and sites like LinkedIn.
Facebook reports having more than 3 billion active users around the world. That probably makes it the biggest single communications medium in the world. And, that status has made it prime territory for advertising.
I’ve used Facebook Ads to promote an online course and it was an instant success. I was generating as much as $3 in revenue for every dollar I spent on advertising on Facebook.
Other businesses are doing the same—or want to. If you’re a regular user of Facebook, you can learn how to run ad campaigns from various sources. When you feel comfortable, you can begin offering your services as a Facebook Ad campaign manager for small businesses.
Earlier, I suggested selling physical and digital products, including e-books and online courses. But you can also make money online selling general merchandise, including secondhand items.
My wife does this frequently by selling stuff on Facebook and elsewhere. It may start with selling things you already have, but can eventually expand to where you acquire items from garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets, then sell them on the web. You can use Facebook, Craigslist, eBay and other sites, depending on the type of product it is.
I can speak from experience on this strategy, too. I started using YouTube back in 2011 and built-up a following on my channel. In 2017, I activated ads on my videos and started making as much as $6,000 per month.
Trying to make money on YouTube won’t be an immediate income source. It can take months or even a couple of years before you reach that kind of income level. But if you like making videos and you have a story to tell, you can start a channel and create videos, then add ads when you have a decent traffic flow.
I even wrote a dedicated post on the topic here on Forbes (How Much Do YouTubers Really Make?), revealing how much some YouTube superstars are making on their channels—it’s eye-opening! One famous Real Estate YouTuber Graham Stephan earns a ton of cash selling real estate courses through his Real Estate Agent Academy. His courses start at $497 each, which is just one example. There are plenty of others.
Maybe you have good video editing skills, but no real interest in creating the videos themselves; no problem, you can offer your services to edit videos other people create. Most of the videos on YouTube—at least the more professional ones—undergo third-party video editing. It’s what makes what might otherwise be amateurish videos look professional.
The video editor will adjust technical factors – like sound – and add enhancements, like graphics, music, sound effects, and other special features. The basic idea is to make the video more appealing to the viewer.
You can start by listing your services with sites like Freelancer, Upwork and PeoplePerHour. But once you have a resume of completed work, you can directly solicit active YouTubers, especially those who are up-and-coming.
If you’ve ever bought and sold stocks, this works on the same principle, except you’re trading websites instead of company shares.
Buying and selling of websites is an ongoing process. One owner may simply get tired of running a site, and may offer it for sale to someone else who wants a site but doesn’t want to build one from scratch.
There are two ways buying and selling websites can earn you money. The first is by buying an active site that’s generating passive advertising revenue. For example, you might purchase a site for $2,000 that generates $200 per month in revenue. The other is buying a site at a low price, building up the traffic and revenue, then selling it at a profit.
I purchased several sites over the years, and one is producing a completely passive income of up to $150 per month. You can buy and sell sites on online marketplaces like Flippa.
Even if you have no technical skills at all, you can still earn money online by providing services to both businesses and individuals as a virtual assistant. VAs work as independent contractors, typically for small businesses who can’t afford employees.
It can involve providing basic services – like bookkeeping, customer service, and correspondence – or more technical ones, like marketing, graphic design and web skills. By acquiring several regular clients, you can easily earn $100 per day.
There’s a large demand for native English speakers to teach the language to either immigrants in English-speaking countries, or people who live in non-English speaking countries who want to learn the language. After all, English is the closest thing to a universal language, especially on the Internet.
One especially profitable area is teaching English to the children of recent immigrants. You’ll be helping those children to more easily transition into the school system and perform better in their schoolwork.
The work can typically be done online, and there are even websites where you can find gigs, like Magic Ears. You can start getting customers through websites, then eventually market your services directly to schools and other institutions where potential customers may be in need of your skills.
When people are looking for information or answers to difficult questions, their first stop is typically the Internet. But if you have expert knowledge in just about any field—computers, law, medicine, education, auto mechanics, or home repairs, as examples—you may be able to earn money answering people’s questions online.
There’s even a website where you can offer your expertise called JustAnswer. According to the site, the average expert participant earns between $2,000 and $7,000 per month, working anywhere and anytime, online. You’ll be paid a fee for each question you answer, then split the earnings with the site. It’s perfect for the professional or technical expert who’s looking to make extra money on the side.
I’ve presented a list of 25 ways to earn $100 every day online, but there are probably hundreds. I’ve limited this list to moneymaking strategies I’ve actually used successfully or know other credible people to be using.
Any of these strategies can be an excellent source of extra income. You may also find that the side hustle you start eventually turns into your main occupation. That’s how it’s worked for me, and for many thousands of others. Pick a strategy, commit to it, and you can become another online success story.