May 122011
 

Almost every day on internet marketing forums, blog comments, social networking sites, and other places all over the internet, I see people saying something similar to this…

“I need to learn how to make money online but I don’t have any budget to spend. What should I do?”

While it definitely can’t hurt to have some extra money lying around that you can invest in your online business, it’s not something that you must have. There are several things you can do to earn money online without spending any money, or at least very little. In this post, I will give you a few ideas to get you started.

* One of the most popular ways is freelancing. If you have a certain skill that other people are willing to pay for such as writing, web design, SEO, programming, graphic design, etc… You can make big bucks hiring yourself out to others. Many people will pay a lot of money for a skill you may take for granted. Therefore, what you need to do is write down all the skills you posses then do a little research to see if there is a demand for any of them. Chances are there is.

The best places to visit in order to see if your skills are in demand are freelance websites such as elance, odesk, and other similar sites where most of the freelancers and contractors are at. These sites are where many businesses and individual entrepreneurs go to look for people to do work for them. Freelancing won’t cost you anything and you can earn some pretty darn good money from it.

* You can also make money blogging. This is something that is best to have a little amount of money to invest so you can at least get your own domain name and web hosting. However, you can use free blogging platforms such as blogger, wordpress, tumblr, and others if you absolutely have no money at all. Then, you will use free internet marketing strategies such as article marketing, guest blogging, social networking, and several others to drive traffic to your blog. You can monetize it with affiliate links, Adsense, paid advertising, CPA ads, or whatever else fits well with your particular niche.

* Affiliate marketing is another thing you can do to make money online for free. Yes, I know this is contrary to popular belief, but it’s true. You don’t need to spend money in order to become a successful affiliate marketer. As a matter of fact, you really don’t even need your own domain or webhost. Of course, it does help, but there are plenty of free blogging platforms and other free web hosting companies and site builders you can use. And just about every affiliate program is free to join.

All you really need to do is go to the Clickbank.com marketplace and find a product to sell in your niche. There’s a very high chance you will find at least one related to your niche. Ask the product creator for a review copy so you can check it out before promoting it. Tell them you are an internet marketer and are considering promoting it but you want to make sure it’s high quality first. Most of them will send it to you. Although you will have much more success outside of the make money online niche. After reading the product, write a review to put up on your blog. Then, simply drive traffic to it via various free online marketing methods.

* Another thing you can do is participate in online focus groups and paid surveys. The high paying ones are a tough to find and you can only do so many in a day, so you aren’t going to get rich using this method, but you can certainly earn some extra money without spending a cent. Just Google online focus groups, paid surveys, get paid to programs, and other related searches to find them. You can also ask around on work at home forums. Usually there will be members who know of some good ones and are willing to share.

Those are just a few of the ways to make money online for free or on a very limited budget. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other ways as well. The point is — you can do it. You don’t need to spend money in order to earn money online. Yes, it does help, but it’s certainly not required.

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