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How To Make Money Online For FREE (Yes, I Mean Without Spending A Dime)

Are you tired of trying every money making course online that promises to make you rich with almost no effort? Perhaps most of you have spent money on them and your efforts seem to be wasted…

…or perhaps it’s time for you to make REAL money online without actually spending a dime?

You see, there are lots of opportunities you can find which are free and surely will bring you quick income even if it’s a little at a time.

Just don’t expect it to happen overnight, for it might take you some time. If you’re one of those people who want that “get rich overnight thing”, then you surely won’t find it. If they do “exist”, those programs normally take money upfront from you right from the very start – often just hype and not credible at all. You don’t want to get yourself involved in them.

It really made me think – the way online marketing and making money online moves so fast, are you one of those people goofing around with those non-proven ways or are you actually moving towards a goal, adding real value and offering your expertise online?

Always Remember ONE Thing: all work needs time, effort, and patience to succeed. Without these 3, it’s impossible to achieve your goals. I hope you will agree with me.

If you really want to earn more online, then the very first thing you must know is that you need to treat it as your “Business”; and you are not automatically owed anything just for being in front of your PC and you also are not owed money for the effort you put in.

Beware not to be caught in the shiny object syndrome. E.g. you have purchased all the latest training, and downloaded all of the gadgets. So now what? You purchase more training, and download even MORE cool gadgets. Does this sound familiar to you?

Now, here are 2 things you can do online for free and which might just bring you a little money from the start. But once you have established yourself as a credible person, you will be surprised to find out how effortlessly it is to actually make a consistent income.

#1 Article Writing For Web Content: Content is always in demand on the Internet. If you love writing, then you can turn that skill into cash easily. There are a lot of websites that catered for writers such as:,, and many more.

You can write articles on any topic you want and get paid. Just make sure you write on something which you are passionate or knowledgeable about. Obviously, the more you write, the more income you are going to make. You get to build your reputation too.

A live screenshot taken from the oDesk job feed on January 8th, 2014

#2 Product / Service Reviews: Are you one of those who love to provide feedback on products or services? If this is what you like, then you can do so and earn money from it. Companies would gladly pay you to write good reviews for their products or services. The reason is these reviews will help them to better position themselves in the industry.

There are sites where you can find on Google which offer you the opportunity for writing reviews. E.g. ReviewStream, Epinions, and many more. All this is really a good beginning to gain experience on what it is like to write and make money online for free.

In demand skills that will help you make money online

Just take a few minutes to identify what your strengths are. Match up your strengths with the things you are in and have that set you apart from the rest. Don’t try to be everything to everyone! Just focus on those that would benefit the most from your skill set.

The fact is, I can’t “promise” or “guarantee” the level of income you are going to make because no one can really do that. You need to figure out what really makes YOU special compared to the rest who are out there? WHY should clients choose to work with you?

Of course there are tons of ways to make money online. This post only shows you two recession-proof ways to make money online for free. You can also refer to the chart above and see whether you are a specialized expert in any of the in-demand skills listed. I’m sure you will discover other legitimate ways to help you earn income online.

You see, making money online doesn’t have to be that complicated. It is true that there are milestones and challenges; sometimes things don’t work out well and you have to experiment and play around, but you need to…

  • STOP spinning your wheels
  • STOP repeating your past mistakes
  • STOP treating your business like a hobby

…and actually get the magic feeling back, make real money online, AND have fun in your internet business journey all at the same time.

If you have anything to add, please share your comments at the updated post below.

by KM Lee

KM Lee has been a self-employed geek since 2008. Currently he's working full-time from home online. You can also connect with him:

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  1. Another great way to make money online is to take paid surveys. There are a lot of companies that pay you to share your opinion. You simply answer questions about their products and services, and they pay you.A lot of people think that all paid surveys are scams.

    Actually that is not right.If you want to find quality and legitimate survey sites and start making money today, follow my tips.

    1) Join ONLY legitimate and free survey sites.You can find them on Google, but DON’T type broad keywords like “surveys”, or “paid surveys”. Instead, try something more specific, like “paid surveys with free registration” or “how to find legitimate surveys for money”. That way you will find better results.

    2) NEVER share your credit card information or your SSN.

    3) Try to find more information about the survey companies you plan to join by typing “YourSurveyCompanyName” + scams, forums, review. That way you will find more information about every site, you are interested in.

    4) Join several free survey companies. That way you will make more money.

    Hope that helps.

    1. hi Jim,

      Thank you for your sharing. I’ve never actually earned from paid surveys (heard of it before). Based on your experience, can you list down the companies you’ve good experience with?


      1. Hi.
        I am currently using a site called inbox pounds, mainly for something to do when I can’t sleep. You get paid for surveys, joining other sites, love film etc, I got 4 pounds for just signing up for their 30 day free trial, which is not bad. The surveys are not great money, between like 10p and a pound, the later being very rare. You get a penny per email read and a penny for using their search engine per search. I am yet to receive any money, I have about 15 pounds in my account, I think the minimum amount to get is 2 pounds, which I believe is sent out in cheque form? As i say, I’m yet to collect any of my account funds. But as far as I can see, nothing is wrong with the site? But I cannot be sure until I collect my cash. But I hope this has helped, and people earn the moneys they need from it. Peace

        1. Hi Ricky,

          Thanks for sharing.

          I’ve never tried this before. Keep me posted with your progress once you cash out money from InboxPounds. Good luck with it!

          1. Hi Lee,

            I’m very much impressed by read your blog. Please suggest some websites to do work from my home. I didn’t have job and I wanna work full-time from home.. Please suggest or help to get money online.

            Thank you,

  2. Thanks a lot for your work. It is very informative. Also people who are interested to discover other alternative ways.

  3. Very informative, thanks for sharing

  4. Valuable information. I’m delighted to read this article. Thank you for giving us this useful information. Great walk-through. I value this post.

  5. First time reader of your blog. I love the 2 tips you provide for making money online. Your honesty of how it won’t happen overnight is so true. It takes a lot of work and patience.

    1. hi Cedrict,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I visited your blog and your “Stay At Home Dads” title got my attention.

      1. Thanks for reading my blog KM. I became a stay at home dad because my father developed Alzheimers and I moved back home to be with him until his death Sept 2012. My website started is about Alzheimer’s but I found out how difficult it was to get traffic to it so I started a blog on how I managed to a huge amount of traffic with different techniques.

  6. That’s great, I will like to do the same!

  7. Thanks for the list, and it’s good for people starting out on making money online.

    @cedrict cool story bro. I’m just reading through your blog trying to pick up some traffic generation tips.

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment.

      I visited your site. It seems like you’ve been working online for quite some time?

  8. Hello, I’m here to make money online without spending any money. Besides I don’t have a website now, what should I do please?

    1. hi Alfred,

      The scope for making money online is broad. There’re really many ways out there. You first need to identify what’s your strength, and what are you good at?

      If you’ve got no money to invest, you can start with some freelance work online (freelance sites are free to join). This has a lot to do with WHAT skills you have and WHY people would want to pay you to work on their projects.

      Another way is affiliate marketing. You promote other people’s products and earn a commission whenever you make a sale. This has to do with your ability (and creativity) to sell/market.

      In my opinion, if you want to make real money online, eventually you need to have at least some money to invest.

      Hope that helps a bit.

  9. Thanks for the valuble info..As a full time nursing student I am definitely looking for a way to earn some cash without having to spend any up front money..I hope it works..Thanks

  10. I want to start a blog, or find a way to get my raw, self taught art exposed to the extent of allowing my abilities to be recognized, not be be famous or anything but to really start something for myself and my children.

    Single mom of two who works 40-60 hours a week as account payable for a company and designing tattoos and sketching portraits on the side, while still being with my small kids oldest being in preschool, cleaning up all the time (daily) dropping off and picking up as often as needed, making sure the grass doesn’t create it’s own jungle amongst my yard and swallow the dog whole… And overall amidst all of the rest of things, being able to take care of me?

    I know there are many in my situation and not for 1 second am I saying that there is not far worse off.. But I can’t seem to get ahead. More like dragged in mid air with someone screaming at me to walk, and as hard as I try I just can’t touch the ground! Any ideas or tips for me as to what would work for my situation.? No shortcuts I want to actually do something, and with someone.

    1. hi Cassie,

      Thanks for your sharing.

      I think in your situation, you should look for a qualified mentor to hold you by the hand and genuinely guide you along the way.

      Perhaps someone who’s already achieved what you want so you can just “copy” their path? You need to search for them.

      I’ll leave this to you. Good luck!

  11. how we can earn money on internet as free?

    1. I believe I had shared the answers above.

      Although it may not sound interesting, but it’s actually the legitimate way for you to earn real money online (yes, for free) in the long run.

      People would happily give you money only when you can exchange with real value.

  12. Hi KM,

    I have now been researching on how to make money legitimately since a few years, over the years I have secured several methods doing online surveys, testing websites and mobile and attending Focus groups.

    Your posts are very helpful, I will certainly be joining the writing websites along with the other one.

    I’d like to get your opinion on a affiliate program called ClickBank. What are your thoughts?

    1. hi Sumaiya,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Frankly, I’ve never used ClickBank before. As far as I know, CB has been established since 1998 and they’re definitely a reputable affiliate network to join.

      Just make sure you’re promoting good products (stuff people would pay money for) and you’ve targeted traffic driven to your affiliate offers.

  13. Hi KM, I’ve been tying a lot of different ways to make money, i have done everything possible and everything has failed. I really do need help on how to make real money online. I have spent so much money and nothing in return. I’m just sick of all the lies the Internet had to offer. So if you think you can help me please write me back. Thanks!

    1. Hi Monica,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Unfortunately, I’m neither a coach nor a trainer who can help people to make money online. You mentioned you’ve tried every possible ways and nothing actually works. Perhaps you really only need 1-2 ways which are PROVEN to work online.

      Always use common sense and do your due diligence when choosing WHAT method you want to work on. Do not simply believe in hype or promises. (Ask Q like: “What makes people want to pay me money? What value can I offer in return?”)

  14. I really like that oDesk Skills Visualization chart you have up. That’s really useful to see the expected number of available jobs.

    1. Hi Nigel,

      If you visit the site, you will see there’re literally hundreds, if not thousands of jobs available each day.

  15. Until now I’ve tried a lot af different PPC-sites. One of them i think is pretty nice. Totally I have made 170$ on that site (clixsense).

  16. Great advice! I was laid off a couple years ago and searched for ways to make some extra cash. One of the ways I tried was online surveys, I have tried a lot of companies and have several gift cards that I earned and will probably never use. I found one that pays by check or Paypal twice a month. The name of the company is Vindale.