There are at least a hundred different methods to make money online, but only a few of them are actually feasible and can allow you to earn significant amounts in the long term.

Among all the methods that we will see there are some that do not require special knowledge or skills, others instead require specific skills.

How To Make Money Online: 17 Strategies That Work

In this list I will show you 17 effective methods to make money online, on each of them the difficulty (from low to high), the requirements, the time (from little to long) and the potential earnings (from low to high) will be indicated. As you will surely notice in most cases the gain is directly related to time.

Unfortunately in this world, no one gives you anything and they know it well, even if we often prefer to believe otherwise.
I want to clarify that almost all the online earning strategies that we will see can also be combined with each other, indeed it often turns out to be the most appropriate move.
But no more chatter and let’s get started!

Make money online with a blog

Let’s start with a solution that can allow you to earn interesting figures too. Monetizing a blog is certainly an excellent choice even if unfortunately it requires a lot of time, dedication, and commitment. The methods of earning through a blog are many, so I decided to dedicate an entire article to him called “how to make money with a blog”, take a look. If you don’t have a blog and would like to create one, I have created a specific guide on how to create a successful blog. In any case, here I anticipate that an immediate solution is that of Google Adsense banner ads, but as you will see in the dedicated article, it is the most trivial method to make money with a blog, in reality, there are many more profitable ones. A blog in order to make money needs traffic, possibly organic traffic, that is, coming from search engines. Optimizing a site for search engines is called SEO. SEO is not easy to put into practice, for this reason, I have created an extremely advanced guide called SEO Master, in which you will find all the techniques you need to optimize your blog in the best way and position it among the first. search engine pages.

Open a YouTube channel

YouTube and videos are constantly growing on the web, focusing on this sector today is a moment’s investment. There are several methods of earning through YouTube videos, but the best known is channel monetization. Today being able to monetize a video is much easier than in the past, just go to the YouTube settings, click on the “channel” and then “Monetization”. Once activated, advertising banners will start to appear during your videos. At this point, the only goal will be to increase your popularity on this social network as much as possible. Update: YouTube has recently set limits for monetization, only channels that have reached a certain amount. minimum of views and subscribers can activate it. It goes without saying that without thousands of visits a day, being able to earn significant figures is almost impossible, but given the huge amount of people who flock to this social network every day, I would not spit on it. Even the most unthinkable contents managed to go viral in a short time. However, when you manage to reach a relevant audience, you will find that channel monetization is truly the ultimate source of income from YouTube. If you don’t know how to make professional YouTube videos, here’s the course for you.

Affiliate Marketing

When it comes to how to make money on the internet, the word affiliate marketing always comes up. If you do not know what it is, immediately read the article “What is affiliate marketing and how it works”. This type of marketing allows you to sell products created by others and earn a commission on each sale. Amazon is certainly one of the most famous affiliate programs, as does Backway for example, but there are several, with higher commissions and earnings. Affiliate marketing is currently one of the most profitable systems ever, if done well it can make you earn large sums of money. Unless restricted by the “Merchant”, ie the owner, you can promote the product as you see fit, or through your blog, YouTube channel, various social networks, paid to advertise, or why not all together. The more sales you will be able to generate, the greater the profit will be. Before venturing into this world, I recommend that you take a look at the section dedicated to Affiliate Marketing in this blog. Here are some affiliate networks: Amazon, Rakuten, ClickBank, Max Bounty (CPA). If you intend to get serious in this field, then I highly recommend you access the Luca Tornabene and Matteo Olla course, one of the most complete online courses where you can learn in practical terms how to do affiliate marketing and start earning seriously. Seeing is believing

Amazon FBA

Amazon FBA, where FBA stands for “Fulfillment by Amazon“, is one of the hottest sources of income online right now. “Fulfillment by Amazon” means “completely managed by Amazon” therefore you can take advantage of their warehouse and their couriers without worrying about anything, just send the goods to Amazon and create the product card (or cards) directly from the control panel control. This not only greatly reduces costs, but it will also optimize time and customer satisfaction, all to your advantage in short. Registering is easy, just go to the official page and send the request. Obviously, the service costs 39.99 $ per month + commissions. What to sell if you don’t have a product? Most people don’t have a product to sell, so sites like come to our aid, which bundles all major Chinese suppliers into one site. In this way, you can buy the goods in bulk and then review them directly on Amazon. Obviously, asserting yourself on Amazon is a completely different story, even if your product is valid, it is often not easy to compete with other sellers, fortunately, various marketing techniques come to support us here. I can guarantee you that many people in the United States have become rich thanks to Amazon FBA and many others are doing the same in Italy. One of the leading experts in Italy and in the world on this topic is certainly Paolo Caviezel, who has created an advanced course on this topic that will allow you to achieve significant results in a short time. I highly recommend that you take a look at it if you are interested in this type of online business.


Dropshipping basically means “acting as an intermediary” between customer and supplier. How does it work? You can open an online shop using tools like Shopify (which are already dropshipping ready) and display the products you want to sell. When a user purchases something from your website, you will buy it for him on third-party “supplier” sites such as AliExpress, which in turn will ship the product to the user, at which point you will earn the difference. It would seem complex but it is not, tools like Shopify already have all the features you need inside it, you can easily connect the store you have created to supplier sites like AliExpress, so that every time a user places an order, a request will be sent automatically to the supplier, your task will be only that of monitoring and assistance. If you want more information on how Shopify works click on the link. Also in the dropshipping field, there is also Print on Demand, which allows you to sell various products with personalized images or texts such as books, posters, t-shirts, etc. The design will be printed on the product and shipped only at the time of the order. A great job for example has been done by the Wootie site. If you want to venture into the world of dropshipping, here is a complete video course where you will learn everything you need to know to start this business.

Online Trading

Online trading is an extremely interesting business, especially in this period. If done with intelligence it can also be fun and at the same time pay you a lot. The only warning I would like to give you is not to throw yourself headlong into this sector without having the right knowledge, otherwise, you risk only wasting time. It is essential to better prepare and analyze the performance of the various markets carefully. Fortunately, there are several online courses that will allow you to learn all the notions you need to start this business successfully. To be able to trade online you need a broker or an online platform that allows you to buy and sell financial instruments with ease. In this article, you will find the best online broker to venture into this world. As for the training courses, I personally recommend that Matteo Rocchi, extremely complete and detailed, and you will also learn how to make the most of the various online brokers.

Sell info products online

Online video courses/tutorials are a rapidly growing market and have a very high-profit margin. If you are an expert in something what are you waiting for to teach it with a video? There are many portals that allow you to upload videos created by you, set a price, and sell them online, among the most famous internationally we certainly find Udemy, Skillshare, and Envato. Udemy is certainly the most famous, it offers courses in all languages, and in addition, in exchange for a percentage, it promotes the video course for you. As if that weren’t enough, it also has its own affiliate program that allows others to sell your product. In the United States, there are people who have made millions of dollars through this service alone. Are you starting to have a little clearer idea of how to earn money on the internet seriously? Well, let’s move on.

Create Themes or Plugins

If you are a skilled programmer who can create quality themes and plugins for WordPress or other CMS, then you could make a fortune, a bit like what happened to Nando Pappalardo of YourInspirationWeb, who managed to earn over a million euros in just one year by selling their template on ThemeForest. Obviously, this is not always the case, but on Envato Market quality almost always rewards and active users are really a lot.

Freelance online

Among the many methods to earn online, there is also the possibility of acquiring real customers directly on the web and working from home without bothering too much, if not for a simple video consultation on Skype when necessary. Obviously, we are talking about jobs that can be performed remotely such as the Consultant, Web Designer, Web Marketer, Copywriter, Translator, Graphic Designer, Programmer, etc. The most famous sites in the world for this kind of business are certainly Fiverr and UpWork. If you also speak English, the earnings start to get really interesting. If you are good at something and want to make money by freelancing online, I highly recommend that you consider one of these platforms, especially Fiverr. Believe me, you will really find services of all kinds. You will soon realize how many people have managed to monetize something absolutely trivial, perhaps simply by relying on laziness, or “I do it for you”.

Sell videos, photos, or graphics of any kind

How to make money on the Internet through photos, videos, or graphics? Simple, the same way seen for WordPress themes. Envato Market is certainly the best marketplace on the web, but there are also many other portals that allow you to sell this kind of product. One example is iStockPhoto.

Develop software or an app

If you are a programmer capable of developing a smartphone or desktop app then you are on the horse. Apps are now a must in our lives and I doubt this trend will change in the next few years. If you can develop an app, even simple, but innovative and useful, you can earn exorbitant figures. Upload your app directly to the Apple Store or Google Play.

Sell your notoriety on social networks

If you are enjoying some success on social networks, perhaps after creating viral content or an interesting page/profile that has attracted thousands of followers, well then you can sell your notoriety to the highest bidder. Influencer marketing is officially the trend of the moment for companies and you can reap many benefits, even if you are not excessively known. Although there are various channels where you can sell your notoriety, in reality, it is enough to insert 2 lines in the description of the channel where you declare that you are willing to accept advertising, perhaps even with a link to your website. This method works especially on YouTube and Instagram, where both individuals and companies will contact you to be able to collaborate with you by paying you a fee for your services. Usually, it involves creating videos on YouTube, inserting a link to them in the description, or posting images/stories of their brand on Instagram. If you intend to become really popular on Instagram and venture into the world of Influencers, or you would like to effectively promote your company through this social network, then I highly recommend you access Instagram on Work, the most advanced guide in Italy, which will show you all the most powerful techniques used by those who really get results on Instagram, such as famous Influencers, celebrities, and companies.

Write an eBook

Digital products such as eBooks are always very popular on the net, plus the number of people who buy online today is constantly increasing. If you are an expert in any sector, write a quality eBook and then try to sell it at a reasonable price on dedicated sites such as Amazon, or open a small eCommerce on your site. Another alternative is to place your product on an affiliate network such as ClickBank, in this way you can safely sell your product without beating yourself up too much and you will also allow others to promote it.

Sell handmade items

Let’s turn the page. If you are one of those people who like craftsmanship or create handmade things, maybe even well done, know that you can sell anything on the internet. There are several sites that allow you to sell handmade items, the most famous is certainly Etsy.

Earn money with online surveys

There are also simple and “open to all” ways of earning, which do not require specific skills. I’m talking about online paid surveys, which can be filled in via App, Smartphone, or PC. It will be enough to have an internet connection and answer a few questions of various kinds on purchasing habits and consumption, in this way you could monetize the “dead” moments of the day. Businesses are interested in knowing what consumers prefer, so they can tailor their products and services based on the responses they get. In exchange for these opinions, cash prizes or shopping vouchers are offered. Earnings depend a lot on you. With a little time and patience, trying to fill out more surveys on different platforms in order to accumulate more earnings, you could also arrive at interesting figures at the end of the month. One of the most famous and well-paid survey portals of all is certainly Nielsen, where you can earn both from PC and through the App in total comfort and safety, or Toluna, another very famous portal, or why not, both, in order to increase earnings. Joining Nielsen takes a few more minutes, but will allow you to earn money simply by surfing the web as you do every day. On the other hand, signing up for Toluna is simple and immediate and you can start earning immediately through the various surveys available.

Sell on Pinterest

Pinterest is an extremely underrated image-based social network. In reality, this social network is an immense eCommerce made available to everyone. More than half of Pinterest users are there to buy. People type in the product they want and then click on the link. Being able to sell on Pinterest is now no longer as easy as it used to be, but it is still an excellent platform, which if used well can bring you many advantages.

Sell domains and websites

This technique widely used in the USA, but also in large part in Italy, can also earn you thousands of euros. The trick basically consists of buying potentially desirable but still available web domains for a few tens of euros. For example,, imagine you bought such a domain before the app? Large companies are willing to pay even millions of dollars for a domain they particularly want. To sell these domains you can opt for portals such as or simply upload an HTML page to the domain where you explicitly declare your intention to sell that address with all the contact details for the sale.


There are many methods on how to make money online, but there are some that are more functional and efficient than others. The 17 methods that I have listed for you in my opinion are the best.

In conclusion, I would like to give you some tips on how to increase your chances of success by combining more points in this list. Here’s a quick and practical example of Make money online:

  • Create a blog optimized for a specific niche
  • Open a YouTube channel where you promote your blog and upload videos to your articles
  • Promote affiliate products both in your videos and on the blog
  • Write an eBook and make videos online by promoting them in advance on the blog and on the YouTube channel
  • Create a profile on each social network and try to increase notoriety
  • Create a newsletter, attracting contacts by offering something in return (e.g. free eBook)
  • Sell your products and affiliate products on Pinterest


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