Making Money Online as a Virtual Worker

So you want to make money online.

The big advantage is that today you no longer need technical knowledge . A few years ago, you had to know how to code in order to create a website, but today there are systems so intuitive that even a child would know how to do it.

So the time to start is now.

In this article I am going to reveal the 10 best ways to earn money on the Internet for its economic potential, simplicity and ability to generate income in a stable way. And since I want to be totally transparent with you, I will also show you my own results.

I remind you that here you will not find high risk or ridiculous income systems such as filling out online surveys or playing poker . If you want to make real money, you are going to have to work for it.

Active versus passive income

Before starting, you should know that there are two ways to earn money online: active and passive systems .

  • The assets are those that require you to have to be doing something to generate income, as can be to sell crafts made by you, translate text or play poker.
  • The liabilities are those that, once created, require virtually no further action on your part. Think of the advertising income generated by the readers of a website or the dividends you get with an investment. After the initial effort, then you don’t have to do practically anything else.

The latter are the most desired.

Thanks to passive systems you can continue togenerate income while you sleep, are traveling or dedicate your time to anything else. They not only give you money: they also give you freedom .

And it’s not that active systems are bad, but the Internet is like a showcase that never closes. It’s always up and running, and you can take advantage of it to get a steady stream of income.

How to make money online: 10 formulas that work

Let’s now see the best ways to earn money online for its economic potential, simplicity and reliability, and the results I have achieved with them.

1. Make money with affiliate marketing

This is the system with which I earned my first dollars, and in my opinion it is one of the most affordable ways for any beginner who wants to generate passive income.

It hardly requires knowledge, the investment is almost nil and its income potential is very high. In addition, once assembled you can practically forget about it: only minimal maintenance will be necessary.

Affiliate marketing means to create a website where you will publish analysis and product recommendations . In these analyzes you will put links to other web pages where the product is sold. If you end up buying it, the seller will give you a commission for having referred a customer.

Logically, you must first have reached an agreement with those web pages. Luckily, today there are affiliate platforms (the best known is Amazon Affiliates ) where you only have to register to be part of that agreement.

Let’s say you are passionate about photography. You could create a web page where you would post reviews of different cameras or lenses with a link to the product page on Amazon for readers interested in buying.

Your website would appear in search engines like Google when people searched for analysis or comparisons of those cameras. They would go into your article, click on the affiliate link, and if they ended up buying, Amazon would give you a percentage.

The income potential of this system depends on the market you have chosen (the more that category of products is sold online and the more expensive they are, the better), but also on the time you invest.

The good news is that, after the initial effort, you can dedicate yourself to reaping the rewards. Not to mention that you can maintain the system remotely, working from anywhere in the world (something important for a travel lover like me).

2. Create a website and monetize it with Adsense

Another of the best ways to passively earn money online is by monetizing web pages with advertising.

The concept is similar to that of affiliate marketing: you create a website on a topic, attract readers and once they are there you earn money when they perform a certain action.

The great advantage of advertising is that you do not need the reader to buy to earn a commission. The most common is that you earn money when the reader clicks on an ad (what is known as PPC -Pay Per Click-).

In fact, this is the way the world’s largest ad network works: Google Adsense .

Adsense is so popular thanks to its ease of use and number of advertisers. You simply sign up and, once your application has been approved, you can place ads on your website by inserting a small code.

With Adsense you do not choose what type of ads appear: Google takes care of doing it automatically according to the theme of your website and the profile of the reader. This way you can display personalized ads for each reader, which has three benefits:

  • Maximize the money you can earn from advertising . The more relevant and specific an ad is, the more likely the reader will click on it.
  • It saves you from having to contact any advertiser directly . There are hundreds of thousands of companies advertising through Adsense.
  • That the ads don’t seem forced . Being personalized for the reader and theme of the web, they are integrated quite naturally in the pages.

Unlike affiliate marketing, the ideal here is to create a website that provides general information on a certain topic rather than publishing comparisons and analyzes.

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For example, you could create a web page where you publish cooking recipes or information about dogs or even dinosaurs.

The potential of this system depends fundamentally on three things: the theme you have chosen, the number of visits the website has and the percentage of those visits that click on the ads .

The first point, the theme, is fundamental, because according to that you will earn more or less money per click.

For example, on a cat website, Adsense may advertise cat food. However, on a website about university courses, advertisements for postgraduate and master’s degrees that cost a fortune will surely appear.

Which one would you earn the most money when a reader clicked?

Indeed, in the second. Since the advertised product is more expensive, the advertiser is willing to pay more money.

To find out what potential a theme has with Adsense, use the Keyword Planner . Enter the theme there and see if it is something that is searched a lot in Google, and how much advertisers are going to pay you per click (what is called a bid ).

One part of the bid (68%) is yours and the other (32%) Google, so the higher the bid, the more money you can earn with a website on this topic.

Monetizing web pages with Adsense is relatively easy, but the most profitable themes are usually VERY competitive. To generate thousands of dollars, you must choose a high-potential theme and work hard creating content and positioning it on Google.

3. Sell courses and services with your blog

If the previous two were two of the best ways to earn money online, this is the BEST way to earn money online.

But like everything else, the more money something can generate, the more effort it takes.

It is about creating a blog on a specific topic, positioning yourself as an expert in it, and selling your own paid online courses.

Sounds difficult? It takes effort, but it’s not that complicated. The key is to choose a topic that you master, where people are interested, and build a reputation for publishing content.

The advantage of paid online courses is that they can become totally passive systems, because once created it costs you the same to sell one as two hundred. You just have to publish it in video or PDF format and sell it through an automated system to your subscribers.

This is what I do on my blogbilidadsocial.com. As I am passionate about social psychology, a few years ago I decided to start a blog offering scientific and practical information to shy people seeking to improve their social relationships.

At first it barely had readers, but little by little it became popular. Today I monetize it with online courses where I teach how to overcome social fears and achieve a more charismatic personality.

Every time someone subscribes to the blog, a sequence of emails is activated that send them valuable information. After a week, you receive an email presenting the premium video course in case you want to sign up.

In this way, I invoice on automatic pilot an average of 1,000 dollars per week with something that makes me feel proud.

There are blogs and online courses on almost any subject you can think of. From courses to learn to read faster, management of family finances or Excel for students of letters.

The only requirement is that you fix a problem that your audience would be willing to pay for .

Generating money with this system is not fast, since you will have to work hard to earn the trust of readers, but you will be building a long-term, solid and differential online business.

The biggest obstacle is not technical (nowadays it is extremely easy to create a blog), but mental: many people believe that they have nothing to teach, fear exposing themselves to criticism or spend months wondering what topic to choose.

You should know that the vast majority of bloggers have started with these doubts. But they took the step, and as they were creating content for their blog they were gaining more experience and knowledge.

So if you think you have something to contribute, no matter how small (there will always be someone who knows less than you), and you are not afraid to expose yourself publicly, this is your best option.

4. Offer your services on specialized pages

If you do not have or do not want to create a blog or a website (although anyone without technical knowledge can do it today), another way to get a handful of dollars online is to carry out small online services .

The operation is very simple:

  1. You register in one of the online platforms that put you in contact with potential clients
  2. You publish your service and put a price on it
  3. You wait to be hired

The jobs that are usually offered on these platforms are simple things, such as translating a text, editing a video, designing a logo, writing a resume or preparing a PowerPoint presentation.

There are even those who offer to write irresistible Tinder profiles, your imagination is the limit!

Your income will depend on the amount of hours and effort that you can dedicate to it on a regular basis. Some people make a full salary or even several thousand dollars a month, but it will generally be useful if you need an extra income.

Currently, the most popular platforms and therefore with the greatest capacity to bring you clients are Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer:

All tend to stay around 10% of your turnover and rely on your customer reviews to increase or decrease your popularity. The better your reputation, the more attractive you will be to users interested in services like yours.

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That is why the usual thing is to get few jobs at the beginning or have to offer them at a lower price, but little by little you will have more clients and you will be able to raise your prices.

5. Work as a virtual assistant

If you find it interesting to earn money offering online services and you want to ensure greater regularity and a more stable income, you can consider working as a virtual assistant.

The virtual assistant is one of the new professions that the internet technological revolution has brought with it, and whose demand is expected to continue growing in the coming years.

It basically consists of providing remote support to bloggers, digital entrepreneurs or even companies in relatively simple or mechanical tasks, so it does not require too specialized skills.

It is not a passive system, but in return it offers you the freedom to work from wherever you want, a very attractive salary and it also saves you from having to create a website. You could literally start working as a virtual assistant tomorrow.

A virtual assistant usually takes care of the following tasks:

  • Email management
  • Dissemination of content on social networks
  • Management and organization of the agenda
  • Management of billing and reports of income and expenses
  • Design of images and banners
  • Managing communities in Facebook groups
  • Writing newsletters, pages and articles
  • Video and / or podcast editing
  • Support in online courses and webinars
  • Analysis of surveys and feedback from readers
  • Organization of face-to-face events

The key here is in the trust that you can earn from your client, since then he will delegate tasks of greater responsibility to you.

The fees of a virtual assistant are usually set according to a price per hour that usually ranges from 10 to 40 dollars per hour worked , although some specialized or highly reputable assistants can charge considerably more.

If you want to take the step as a virtual assistant, there are three ways to get your first clients:

  • Contact entrepreneurs, bloggers or small businesses directly and present your services. Try to provide a sample of your work so that they can check the quality of your services.
  • Be attentive to requests for virtual assistants made to their subscribers by bloggers who are starting to stand out.
  • Sign up for Freelancer , People Per Hour , or Upwork , because many entrepreneurs look for virtual assistants there. If they are satisfied, then you can propose a long-term collaboration.

6. Work as a copywriter

Generating content that attracts and loyal readers is a fundamental pillar of any digital strategy, and that is well known by both large companies and small entrepreneurs.

That is why more than 3 million articles are published on blogs every day . There are posts on economics, animals, photography, food, health, marketing, videogames, philosophy, politics … Anything you can imagine.

This need to create content has led to the emergence of another highly demanded professional profile in the online world: the editor .

Working as a copywriter is a very fast way to start making money online, as there is constant demand. You don’t need great skills to do it either: you just have to like to write and be good at it.

How much money can a copywriter earn?

It depends on your experience, quality of the texts and your specialty, but in general the rates tend to move between 3 and 10 dollars for every 100 words , so that a 2,000 word article can be perfectly paid for more than 100 dollars.

I have been working with editors for my affiliation projects for years and several of them, working full time, generate a monthly income of over 2,000 dollars . But some can earn much more!

Writers specialized in creating sales pages are usually the best paid, since they are in charge of creating those messages that must convince people to buy. Thousands of dollars have been paid for a page of this type .

If you are interested in starting to carve out a path (and an income) as a writer, I recommend that you sign up for platforms specialized in putting writers in contact with clients who need content, such as:

  • iWriter : one of the most popular. It doesn’t pay very well, but it makes up for it with the number of customers who need content.
  • LowPost – Pays better and has decent customer volume.
  • Textbroker : allows you to negotiate the price directly with customers, but you will not find much demand.

7. Translate content

If you consider that you lack creativity or prefer something more mechanical than working as a copywriter, and you have a good level with a language, you can make the most of your knowledge by doing online translation services.

There are many companies that need to translate texts from their blogs, websites or posts on social networks and who are looking for native speakers to do this job. In addition, it is usually quite well paid.

In fact, at the time Netflix opened applications to find people to translate its series online through its Hermes program .

In the case of the translation from English to Castilian Spanish, they paid 12 dollars per minute translated , not bad!

Now they no longer require this service, but there are also online platforms that connect translators with companies that need translation services, such as Gengo .

Gengo is an online platform that has provided translation services to YouTube or Sony, among others. You just have to register on their website and pass their level test. From there, you will move up the ranks and access higher paying jobs as you translate.

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The great advantage of Gengo is that you can choose what jobs you do and organize the schedules to your liking, which gives you enormous flexibility to earn money from anywhere.

Other interesting options are One Hour Translation (they also ask for a level test) or Textmaster .

And now the key question: how much money per month can you earn translating?

Well, according to Gengo’s own calculations, if you regularly translate from other languages ​​into Spanish, you will achieve an average monthly income of $ 435 .

It’s a nice extra, but it’s not going to give you a full salary either. The great advantage is that you can do it from anywhere in the world, it does not force you to do anything and you can go at the pace you need.

8. Create a YouTube channel

With the purchase of YouTube by Google and the exponential growth in the consumption of content in video format, there were people who, overnight, began to earn a lot of money with their video channel.

Yes, there are more and more competitors, but YouTube is the second Internet search engine, only behind Google, and it is expected that in a very short time it will become the first. That means its economic potential is booming.

It is difficult for it to replace a full salary, but if you can contribute knowledge or fun to users and you are funny in front of the camera, in the medium term it is possible to generate some extra money with a YouTube channel.

You must publish videos consistently if you want to make money with YouTube, so it is not really a very passive system unless they go viral or have thousands of searches a day.

Fortunately, there are also alternative ways to increase income:

  • Contact companies and offer to put their advertising on your videos
  • Sell custom merchandise , such as t-shirts and hats with your channel logo (when popular)
  • Accept donations with Patreon

If you already have stable income in some other way, betting on a YouTube channel is not going to mean too much investment and over time it can give you more than one pleasant surprise.

9. Sell online by dropshipping

Another good way to make money online is by selling products online.

I know people who are achieving more than 4,000 dollars a month in profit with very simple but specialized products, so if you do it well it is possible to generate a good income.

You should know that, mainly, there are two ways to sell online:

  • Create your own website (again, it is easier than it seems) and sell your products there
  • Sell ​​your products on third-party platforms (like Amazon)

If you don’t make products, don’t worry. It is as simple as finding a manufacturer with little popularity, buying the product and selling it to the final public through your website or the platform, adding your margin to the price.

For this reason, most tend to look for Chinese suppliers. Although you will have to carry out the import procedures, you will have a greater margin.

The main drawback is that you will have to carry out billing and product shipping tasks, which can be a lot of work. To avoid that hassle, it is better that you look for suppliers that work through dropshipping .

The profit margin is usually between 20 and 50%. The inconvenient? If the shipment does not arrive or a return has to be attended, customers will complain to you and you will have to resolve the issue with the manufacturer.

The keys to the success of this system are:

  1. Find a product with more demand than supply
  2. Achieve a serious and reliable supplier
  3. Have a good profit margin
  4. Drive traffic to the web with organic rankings , Google Ads or Facebook Ads

It is also possible to make money by selling your own handmade products. If this is your case, I recommend that you take a look at Etsy .

Etsy is an online store where only manufactured goods are sold. You can register and create your own store where users can buy your products.

10. Sell courses on online platforms

If the idea of ​​selling products online, having to find distributors and creating a website does not appeal to you, an excellent alternative is to sell your knowledge on online platforms .

The concept is simple: you create a video or text course on a specific topic, upload it to platforms like Udemy , and price it.

To create the course you can record yourself on video, record a presentation on your screen, or do it in text format (in pdf files), just as you would for your blog.

This type of platform receives thousands of daily visits from users looking for courses on a topic, so if yours meets any demand and meets the expectations of users, you can earn a lot of money.

If you want to build a successful course on Udemy, I recommend this strategy:

  1. First list those topics in which you consider that you know more than the average of the population
  2. Create an instructor account on Udemy and enter your topics in the Udemy Marketplace Insights to calculate the potential of your course
  3. Stay with the theme where the monthly income from popular courses is higher
  4. If, in addition, the demand is HIGH and the number of courses is MEDIUM or LOW, you are facing a good opportunity

Creating a course is laborious and not many instructors reach large numbers, but if it is of quality and the evaluations are positive, you will gradually increase your turnover.