So once again I have been thinking about those of you who are looking for a way to make some money today instead of down the road. It’s not easy since I’ve never promoted “get rich schemes” here because they don’t work and always require you to buy some book or pay money up-front which is annoying. So after some careful thinking I’ve come up with “free bets” as probably the quickest way to earn some extra money today without spending anything (and not doing much work either). Before I go on please don’t think I’m suggesting gambling as a way to make money – I’m not, but a unique situation has developed on the web where you can bet for free and keep the money – here’s how:
So what are free bets? Essentially there are now hundreds of online gaming sites (casinos) that are desperately competing with each other to sign-up new members. These sites spend millions on marketing and one of the main ways they entice people to register is by offering them a free bet (usually around £20) when they sign-up. This money is then yours to gamble on their site and if you win you get to keep the sign-up bonus plus your winnings! Now I did look into this idea around a year ago and the main problem was that in order to get your free bet you had to deposit the same amount of money via credit card. For me this was a deal-breaker since I only want to talk about ways to earn money without risking your own. However just this week I’ve discovered that there are a few smaller bingo sites that give you a free bet without having to deposit anything or register your credit card, it’s about as free as it gets!
Is it really that simple to get your hands on this free cash though? Well yes because all you have to do is:
- Signup to the site (its actually a download for these bingo sites)
- Your free bet will be delivered to your account
- Gamble it
- If you win you keep it (plus winnings)
Ok so you’re probably thinking: “what if I lose?” and “£20 isn’t really that much, is it worth it?” Well this is where the exploitation comes in because we can sign-up to all of the sites that offer a free bets in the same day and even if we lose some bets the winners are all pure profit, there is zero investment or money up-front! Also unlike some of my other suggestions like filling out surveys or writing content for people there’s really no work involved, you just signup, confirm your email and place your bet, it takes about 10 minutes max.
How much can you make? Well it depends on how many sites are available (I’m working on finding them all) and partly your luck. The best free bet I’ve seen so far is £30 but there are lots of smaller sites offering £20 sign-up bonuses too, the key though is volume because if you took an afternoon and went through all the sites available I think you could easily make £100 or more.
One problem though is finding these free bet sites that don’t require a deposit or money up front, most bingo sites want a credit card to signup which I wasn’t going to do. So to help I’ve created my own database of legit sites that are offering a free bets today with no deposit. If you fill out the signup form at the bottom with your email and name you’ll get a signup email from each of the sites that I have tested. I’m going to keep adding to the database and hopefully ill end up with around 4 or 5 good sites that you guys can make money with. I hope this short post has ticked all the boxes for you guys looking for a legit way to earn some easy money today, so if you’re interested what are you waiting for?! Just fill out the form below and get betting! Let me know how it goes too, until next time…
Let’s get down to business because here at EMO I like to get to the point. Do you realise that many local businesses close too you pay £1000s to get their own website when in reality setting up a simple one is something anyone can do? Yes I know some of you may have messed around with Dreamweaver at some point and maybe created a small site which worked but looked horrible but did you know that it’s possible to create a professional looking website with just a few clicks? I know a lot of people think web-design is all complex stuff like programming and graphic design but what If I told you there was a way to create amazing sites that’s no more difficult than installing Microsoft Word?!
So the software is called “WordPress” and it’s probably the most popular platform for building websites online today but it’s not a download or something you run on your own computer. Web-hosting companies run it for you which means all you have to do is tell it how you want your website to look and then you just add your content, there is no programming or “traditional web design” involved. And how much does it cost to get WordPress running and live on the web? Well you can get it for just under £4 a month! (You can create as many sites as you want and put them live for this price, cool huh?)
But before I get into WordPress why exactly would you want to be building websites and what does it have to do with making money? Well these days almost every business needs a website, in-fact if you know anything about computers someone has probably asked you at some point if you can create them a website. The thing is small businesses don’t really have the budget to spend £1000s on a big website, often they just want some photos up there and some contact details, but large web-design companies have no interest in this kind of work. However imagine if you could build a great looking site that had the following in an hour or two:
- Professional design
- Contact us page
- Image gallery
- Other “information” pages
Would a small local business in your area pay £500 or more for that? Would they also pay you £40 month to keep it live for them and make small changes if needed later? I know for a fact that many large web agencies are charging upwards of £4000 just for this kind of small setup (and people are paying it). But all you need to compete is a £4 per month account with a company that runs the WordPress system.
The point I’m trying to make here is that this is a small business you can start with no risk at all, just the WordPress fee and some time to learn how it works, plus web-design is one of those skills that’s going to be in demand for a long time. I should also mention that with this type of hosting account you can run as many sites as you want so if you offered to host someone’s site for them at £10 per month then that’s pure profit.
But back to the main issue, how easy is it to setup and create these WordPress sites? It’s a three step process:
Actually this is the easy bit since Hostgator (my recommended host) have it as a point and click process (since nearly everyone who signs up is using WordPress). Luckily for you they have it down in a 3 min video:
The best bit! This is where you get an amazing professional design for your site in a few minutes. There are 50,000 + free designs (called themes) at wordpress.org/extend/themes/ or if you want to pay (around £30) there’s loads here Templatemonster.com . If it’s a free theme you want then you can just search and install it from your WordPress admin in about 1 min, once you apply it then your whole site (blog) automatically has that look. As you can tell I’m skipping some of the “how tos” but WordPress setup is covered much better by others and I don’t have the space to go through it all here, I will say it’s very easy though.
WordPress is a blogging platform (this site is a blog and runs WordPress) but that doesn’t mean your site has to look like “a blog”. You can configure it to just have a single piece of content on the homepage and then you just create normal pages which show up in the menu. Content is all added through an editor which is very similar to Microsoft Word, you’ve got stuff like underline, bold, paragraphs and images etc. Sometimes you have to play around with content to get it looking right but on the whole it’s pretty simple.
Another large part of the system is all of the free plug-ins available, for example if you wanted to have an image gallery there is wordpress.org/extend/plugins/image-gallery-reloaded/ . All you have to do is tell WordPress to install the plug-in then you add the images. There’s zero technical skill involved but its looks amazing to your average user, it’s easily something you can charge £100+ for to someone.
So I don’t want to overload anyone with too much info here as I could probably make this post 3 times longer lol. A good place to start though is by getting your own host that can run the platform and the one I recommend is Hostgator because they are super cheap but also very reliable (I’ve been with them for over 4 years). I also managed to get a coupon code for you guys – if you enter “emo_super_coupon” in when you signup you can get another 25% off! So if you’re ready to risk £4 on a real business that actually works then click the link below to signup.
Here are a few more resources on how WordPress works and all the things you can do with it, ill update this post with more when I find them. Until next time, Pablo
Filling out online surveys
Pros: Can start straight away, open to most people, no investment of time/money needed
Cons: Limited payouts, shortage of surveys for certain demographics, sometimes you get paid in credit not cash
There are lots of sites offering payment for filling out surveys online but I’m going to recommend just a few, Valued Opinions, MySurvey and Justtheanswer. These three all have a good reputation for paying on time and supplying plenty of surveys to fill out. The payout per survey will vary from 10p to £3.00 and how many you get offered will depend on your profile i.e. your job/gender/age/location so surveys can be hit and miss. I think the most you can realistically make is around £200 a year which doesn’t exactly get my pulse racing but could appeal to some.
Pros: Very scalable – write more content and you make more, huge demand
Cons: You won’t earn much in the beginning, time consuming
I’ve spoken about this before on EarningMoneyOnline but most people are unaware of it. One of the main building blocks of any website is content and with 1000s of new sites being created every day there’s a huge demand for articles/blog posts and general text to go on these sites. Some people may think “I’m not good at writing” but even so there is a demand for all levels of content and if you’re a native English speaker you will definitely get work. Content is priced per word and how much you earn will depend on your reputation and the quality you produce. To start with you will probably write for 1p per word and you can get it up to 3 – 4p if you’re good, if you can get the work you could easily be making £20 – £30 a day. To get jobs you have 2 options, go to an agency like TextBroker who will get you writing jobs but take a cut or you can promote yourself on webmaster forums like DigitalPoint or Warrior forum to webmasters who need content. Remember if you build up a reputation as a reliable writer then webmasters will keep coming back for more and you won’t have to bid/look for work.
Freelancing web design/seo/programming
Pros: Make much more money than surveys or article writing, skills that will last for years
Cons: Lots of competition, you need to have a real skill
I bet the title of this has already put some people off! It’s important to realise that there are many different levels of web design/programming/marketing and while all require you to have that skill (to some extent) often the skill isn’t a difficult one to learn. Since many businesses are outsourcing these kinds of tasks freelancing sites like elance, freelancer and fiver (all jobs are $5 lol) have sprung up which allow employers to post projects which freelancers then bid on. Now the main issue is do you have a skill that you can sell, and if not what would it take to learn one? This is very difficult to say as I don’t know your circumstances but the best route would be to try out one of those “for dummies” books as I learnt php in around a week with one (the basics). Also remember the goal with this type of work is the same as the last example, you want to build up a reputation with clients so that eventually they can give you steady work and you don’t have to bid on the freelance sites (they can be a pain).
Niche affiliate marketing
Pros: Unlimited earnings, your own boss, work on projects your interested in, no technical knowledge required
Cons: Some investment of time and money
I’ve saved the best until last (in my opinion) and it’s the one I’ve talked most about on this blog. In short affiliate marketing is the process of building small niche websites which are used to attract traffic (website visitors). Because the website is geared around a specific subject the traffic is valuable to advertisers who will pay commission on the sales we generate for them. Ok so the above statement may be simplifying things a little as the main job is getting people to the site, but the unique aspect of this system is that a successful website can be making you money even when you sleep. If you are interested in this method then I will be bringing out a new and improved ebook very soon which explains exactly how to build a website (with no technical knowledge) and get it earning money fast.
Ok so that’s 4 great ways anyone can make money from the internet in 2012, there’s something here for people of all skill levels, time and financial constraints. As with everything your results will depend on how much you’re prepared to put into any system, there’s a reason people filling out surveys are only getting 50p a time, anyone can do it. Until next time…
PS. If you’re looking for motivation check out the video below by Anthony Robbins, it’s about how Sylvester Stallone got the movie Rocky made, amazing stuff.