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10 Realistic Ways to Make Quick Money Online

Recently someone gave me feedback about one of the ads on my blog. The feedback was very pertinent, saying that the ad looked “scammish” and gave a bad impression of my blog. The ad was about some easy way to make online $2000-$3000 a week. Unfortunately we all know that there is no magic bullet to make this kind of money. However, I believe that there are a lot of real opportunities online to make a few bucks here and there. Again no shortcuts to becoming a millionaire, but realistic ways to make a bit of cash quickly.

So here are 10 ideas that you can use to get some pocket money easily.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon’s version of a “marketplace for work.” Find tasks such as testing sites, writing articles, taking surveys, complete them and earn money.


Conduit allows you to create custom toolbars. Every time someone downloads your toolbar, you get paid. Get people to download the toolbar and you’ll receive a few dollars each time.


Rummage through you’re stuff, find anything of value that you don’t need sell it on eBay, Amazon or Craigslist. If you’re interested in going further than that start selling your family and friend’s items for a commission.

Paid Articles

Content sites are always looking to pay for quality content. Check out eHow, BrightHubConstant-Content and cash in on you’re expertise.

Experts Exchange

Are you a techie? If you are, join Experts Exchange and answer people’s questions on hardware, software, programming and more, to receive rewards.


Make “micromoney” doing “microjobs” on Microworkers. Make money by completing tiny tasks online for people such as signing up for sites, Digging articles or linking to sites.

Student Of Fortune

Student of Fortune is an online tutoring and homework help platform. Students who need help post questions with cash rewards and depending on how well you answer it, you receive the cash.  The top tutor has earned over $127,000!

99 Designs

If you’ve alway been good at Photoshop, 99Designs is the perfect place to cash in on your skills. Enter logo, tshirt, icon, website, print design contests.


Fiverr is a marketplace for $5 odd jobs. People offer jobs such as installing WordPress plugins, computer programming, translations, designing business cards and much more.


This search engine is powered by real people. Each time you respond to someone’s search you will be paid a small amount.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions please let us know below.

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website


    Great list. I never heard of them before (except eBay) and they all look pretty cool.

    I would add freelancing sites like etc

    Thanks for sharing!


    PS: Typo in post:

    “If you’re interested in going further than that start selling you’re (your) family and friend’s items for a commission.”

    • Ben Lang

      Hey Nabeel,

      Glad you liked it. Good suggestions, I should add those to the list.

      Thanks for finding that typo! Fixed it :)

  • Thomas Sinfield

    Nice post Ben! I had heard of a couple of these, but a few are new. People who are looking to make the first dollars online should start checking these sites out.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks! Yeah, I think these are great for people looking to make their first dollars online. Making websites, blogging etc. takes such a long time to become profitable…

      Maybe you in fact are a ninja ;)

  • Onibalusi Bamidele

    Wow, Really great post Ben,

    Fiverr is really great and making the buzz now.

    Thanks a lot for the great post,

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks! Fiverr is very “in” at the moment, its a very cool idea.

  • Martin

    Great post, I personally use Fiverr, and I have even written an ebook on how to make money off it. I rarely use the other ones but might check it out down the road.

    ps: Didnt want to post the link to my ebook here without permission.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks! That’s great, I will definitely check out that e-book, must be very interesting.

    • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing

      Do you have an affiliate program for the book?

  • seobro

    I had heard of most of them. Well, my fav is MTURK because it is amazon. They are good about paying. Sadly, some sites are very slow pay.

    • Ben Lang

      That’s great, you’re doing a good job then. That’s true, Amazon does pay quickly.

  • Philam

    Wow, just found you here Ben lang. Before it was the and now this one is very great. Good job, Ben! You are such a good young entrepreneur. You are really good on this.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks, I appreciate your kind words.

  • Jacob maslow

    Good list.

    Elance is still good if you can develop marketable skills such as blog posting, link building etc.

    I have been hiring off elance since 2001. I am willing topaz a premium for someone who is us based and good track record.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks. I’ve heard of that, sounds like a great opportunity to make money.

  • Shirley Osei-Mensah

    Yup, as you said, these are not ways which are going to make you rich but are going to keep you humming along the way for the mean time :). I only knew of ChaCha and eHow. But I didn’t know that you could make money from 99Designs. I just knew it as a design blog.

    Thanks for the wonderful list, Ben :).

    • Ben Lang

      They, for sure won’t make you rich. But its a good start if you’re not willing to go all in… 99Designs looks like a great way to get designers started.

      Sure thing, and thanks for sharing :)

  • Justin Dupre

    Good list Ben! Conduit and Experts Exchange will be a great resources for me to dig in. Nice site buddy.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks, good luck! Conduit is a really cool service.. Hope to see you around.

  • Justin Lukasavige

    Great info Ben. You’re right, there’s a lot of stuff hyped out there. But to close yourself off from all of it is a mistake. You pointed out some very well known and respected places to do it.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks, agreed. Hope to see you around more often.

  • Alex Ainsberg

    I have personally had success with Microworkers. Though it takes a long time, the ‘micro jobs’ are very easy. It is a quick way to make a couple of bucks.

    • Ben Lang

      That’s great Alex. It does take a long time, but if you need it, it could work…

  • Colleen

    Very good Ben! I like We have used them on several occasions now. In fact, we have used a few of the sources you’ve mentioned, mainly to find help. You might want to add to your list Squidoo. We garner about $300 – $400 per month from our account there.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks! I’ll check out Squidoo, sounds like a great addition to the list.

  • Phillip Dews

    very cool List Ben! and I just wanted to say what a great relaunch of your Blog! btw Have you noticed that Nate Johnson is back on the scene?
    Anyway I just wanted to leave my 2 cents worth here! How about writing an ebook or tweaking a free PLR eBook from then selling it on ClickBank dot com.

    I am actually currently writing my second eBook on making money online and am going to sell it there as well as setting an affiliate commission of %65!

    something else I am currently testing is building my aweber list using mobile phones by creating Squeeze pages from the forms and adverting cpa products from peerfly dot com and looks like its going to be highly successfull although you do need a small investmet in these but the returns look great!

    great post buddy! Until Next Time!

    -Phillip Dews

    • Ben Lang

      Hey Phillip,

      Thanks! Hope to continue seeing you around :)

      I had no idea, I’ve been trying to contact for a year.. I’ll try to make contact with him soon.

      Interesting ideas, those definitely sounds very profitable. I’m glad you found such great ways to make money.

      Best regards.

  • Garrett Miller

    Hehehe… Fiverr was financing my lunches out everyday there for a while. Great sites!


    • Ben Lang

      Haha, two Fiverr jobs a day, and you could be having some great daily lunches :)

  • Kathy

    I have never heard of Microworkers, Conduit, 99 designs or Students of Fortune. I have to admit when I read the title of this post I was expecting more of the usual drivel that accompanies posts with such titles. I got a pleasant surprise instead. Nice work. I will check those other sites out.

    By the way, I like the way you through all those images of the sites in the post along with their descriptions. Those little things make a big difference in the overall perceived quality of your entire website.

    • Ben Lang

      Yeah, I wanted to make this different from all those other make money online posts. Everyone says the same thing, so I had to go from a different perspective.

      Glad you liked the post style. Stick around more and you’ll get way more ;) Hope to see you around.

  • Julius

    A very useful and informative article Ben! I used to join contests on 99 designs, since I’m a freelance graphics designer. But I haven’t visited the site lately because of design jobs are quite time-consuming and I’ve been concentrating on my blogs.

    These infos are quite useful and I would definitely try one or some of them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks! Interesting, I’m sure 99Designs takes a lot of time, plus if you don’t win you could lose some valuable time.

      Sure thing :)

  • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing

    I remember cha-cha being all the forum rage when it first hit a few years ago; didn’t even know they were still around.

    Fiverr, although I’ve never used them, I have checked them out; definitely one that needs a further look as it looks real good for what it is.

    Assuming everyone actually pays…

    • Ben Lang

      Really, I must have missed that.

      Yeah it looks good, I think they all pay…

  • Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella

    Now that’s an interesting list if ever there was one.

    Even a few I’ve never heard of. I’ll have to check them out!

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks, sure is!

  • Gines

    Wow! Awesome list Ben. I think I know just half of them. I was actually contemplating on getting the “fiverr.” I just might this time. I’ll check out the others too.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a good one.

    • Ben Lang

      Cool, yeah Fiverr has become a huge hit… Enjoy! Thanks for commenting, hope to see you around.

  • Viral

    For twitter users, the great place to earn is from sponsoredtweets and from mylikes. I experienced it and had great income from it. Thanks for other list.

    • Ben Lang

      Yeah those are great ways to make money from Twitter, but their difficult! It’s hard to build up a powerful following that pay attention to your ads and allow you to make money. Thanks buddy :)

  • TriNi

    Nice list.. Those are defintely some of the most legit ways to make money online around these days.. I’d have to say google adsense and affiliate marketing are my biggest earners so far but I make extra cash taking surveys and stuff as well!

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks Trini! Yeah, these are the easiest ways, Adsense and affiliate programs are a bit tougher.

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  • Niairen01@IM Wealth Online

    Nice Compilation. And most of them are all so new to me. I’m one of those online money making hunters and have been looking at the wrong places. Thanks for the share! ^.^

    more power!

  • ST

    Nice list Ben. I had heard of some and not others. But I like things like this that are down to earth and give people options that are realistic. I’ll definitely check out most of these to see what they’re like.

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  • Shlomo Enden

    Great list Ben!
    Very interesting it’s the first time I see a review on Fiverr. Seems exciting since it’s full of small jobs so whenever you have some spare time just earn a couple of bucks.

  • Sean @ Hunger FM

    You forgot to mention
    Goferr is a gig site listing services for sale just like Fiverr, but for $25, for gigs. Beauty is you can do local gigs where you are not competing with people in third world countries at $5, like in Fiverr.
    A $22 gas allowance is paid by the gig buyer, to anyone that will have to travel to perform services.
    Some of the popular gigs are iphone unlocking, etc

  • $7 Freelance

    As the economy improves, Fiverr will lose ground… we have to see where the people will go to gig. Goferr or perhaps us, $7 Freelance.

    If you are a top rated seller in Fiverr, you can sell the same gig with some enhancements for 5 times as much on Goferr. Once you get a taste to selling 5 fiver gigs at a time, you will never go back to Fiverr.

    Actually Goferr is to $25 as Fiverr is to $5.

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  • BucksPaid

    So cool. And another website like Fiverr is It is paid out fastest only 12 hours and have The MRR Store, The PLR Store, Trading Sytem Forex. Buy cheapest service and product only $ 5