How To Make Money Online Legitimately

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You might be wondering how to make money online legitimately or if it’s even possible. I can assure you that it is possible to make money online, some ways are faster than others and you can earn more with certain methods.

There are many scams out there and it can certainly be difficult to discern which ones are legitimate and which ones are not. I’m going to show you which ones are legitimate and how you can earn money the right way and not by scamming other people which it seems there’s a lot of going on in the online world.

Affiliate Marketing

This is one of the best ways to develop a long term and a very scale-able income online. What is Affiliate Marketing? It is the promotion of someone else’s products through an agreement in which you get paid a commission for each sale.

One of the most popular places to do this is Amazon as they have a very popular affiliate program where people are earning money by promoting products that is sold through Amazon via a special link that will allow you to get a commission for that sale.

Now the best way to get that to happen is to have your own site that is geared towards a specific niche which can be anything that you have a lot of knowledge about and are willing to share with people or help solve a problem they have. 

An example of this could be video games. Now that is a broad thing to get into so you might want to break that down further by say targeting sports games, fighting games, or racing games for example. 

You could do reviews on your site and say why you recommend a specific product and how it has benefited you. 

I could go on and on about affiliate marketing, but if that is something you really want to get into, which I do highly recommend, then the best place online to learn how to create a thriving online business with affiliate marketing is at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate has very extensive training on how to create a website towards any niche that you desire and how you can monetize it to create a thriving online business. The very best part about it is that is absolutely free to try and you get 2 free websites as well. You can try out and see all of what it has to offer for 7 days and you are under no obligation to upgrade after that and they will NEVER ask for your credit card unless are ready to upgrade. The best part about it is that even after the 7 days are up, you’ll still have your 2 free websites and and access to the first 10 lessons.

If you want to know more about Wealthy Affiliate, then you can read my full review of it here. It is well worth the read and I highly recommend trying it out as you have nothing to lose by seeing what it offers.

Phone Flipping

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who do this to make money online and it can definitely make you some decent money if you know what you’re doing. 

I recommend checking out this article as this person has a really good guide on how to do that if you’re looking for some additional income. 

He tells you exactly how he turns a profit by buying certain used phones at reduced prices on one site and then checks ebay to see how much they’re selling for exactly and sells them at that price in order to make a profit.


This isn’t something I’ve personally tried yet, but I definitely plan to in the near future as I know two people personally who are doing this and are making some great supplemental income. This may actually be a good time to do it as it is the time of the year where new phones are coming out and people are looking to get rid of their old phones so they can upgrade to the new ones.

There are always people who aren’t ready to get the newest model each year, but may have a phone that is outdated and may no longer be able to update and so they prefer a somewhat newer phone say something like a year or 2 behind the newest models.


This is another great to make some extra money online. What is freelancing? It’s to where you’re basically in a contract with another person who needs something done that they are willing to pay you or others for.

Lets say you have some skills like being able to create programming code, creating rankable articles through keywords, transcribing, proofreading, being a tutor, and more. 

Lots of people make side money through freelancing and this is something I’ve actually done before. I haven’t gotten heavily into it as my main focus has actually been affiliate marketing. The time I did try it though I did earn a little over $100 just be creating 5 articles centered around certain keywords that can get ranked from his website. 

There are many places online where you can try your hand at freelancing, but one of the biggest and best ones is called Upwork. There are many job/contract postings and it is quite easy to apply for them. If you have any skills and that you would like to use to help others and earn extra money, freelancing is definitely the way to go.

Freelancing is not like working for an employer though as you are pretty much working for yourself and you are responsible for any taxes that have to be paid. 

My Recommendation

As you can probably already tell from what I said above, Affiliate Marketing is my biggest recommendation as it will provide you with the most long term income growth. It is far easier to start a business online than a traditional brick and mortar business and the costs are nowhere near as high.

Yes, there are some costs involved with Affiliate Marketing, but trust me when I say they are not as high as you think. If you want to start your own blogging website about something you’re very passionate about in a particular niche, then you’ll want to buy a domain name which truth be told should cost you no more than $13 a year.

The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that they now offer hosting of websites so you can purchase your domain there and start building out your website very quickly.


Freelancing can make you some good money as well especially if you have a great skill set. Once you build a name for yourself this way, the doors are open for others to seek you out and pay you for your services. 

There are other ways to earn money online and I will probably talk about those in the future. It is possible to earn money taking surveys, doing what’s called domain flipping, and more. 

So now that you know how to make money online legitimately, what will you choose? Do you have a special skill set that can help you land freelance jobs? Maybe there is a niche you’re passionate about and know how to help that might have a particular problem or need in that niche. Feel free to post comments below.