There are a number of free ways to make money online and most of them aren’t too difficult to begin. It has to be said though that there are pros and cons to using free methods, but if money is tight then the cons won’t matter for now. The pros are many, not the least of which is that you have less to worry about given you have zero dollars on the line! So how can you make money online without investing cold hard cash?
There are several websites that allow you to create and publish web content on their sites for free; you then take a share of any revenue generated from your particular pages.
Two popular examples are Squidoo and HubPages.
Squidoo and HubPages both have a large user base and within that is a strong sense of community; members help each other in forums and often support each others work too. Although you might not make a full time income from the revenue sharing side of things it can add to your pocket money.
Another way to use your Squidoo and HubPages to make money is to promote products as an affiliate. Each site will have its own rules as to what is considered overly promotional and or content that doesn’t provide value, so be sure to check their guidelines thoroughly.
To avoid having your entire account banned, you should also check what type of content is not welcome. For example, Squidoo went through a type of ‘cleansing’ of its pages that promoted things such as dubious weight loss offers. In short, stick to offering valuable content wherever you publish online and you should be fine.
The Pros and Cons
When it comes to free ways to make money online, using sites such as Squidoo and HubPages has the obvious pro of it costing you nothing but time. The major con though is that these sites can change the rules on you without notice. If you own your own web property you can publish pretty much whatever you like on your own terms.
All in all though, revenue sharing sites are reliant on their communities to build their content for them and as a result want to encourage and work with you not ban you for no reason. Follow the guidelines and you’ll be a cherished member of these communities.
What You Need to Know
There are a lot of people searching for free ways to make money online and it’s not surprising that there are marketers selling ebooks on how to do just that. If you’re looking for free methods then stick to your plan, don’t go buying ebooks on the subject; you can find out what you need to do to make money with Squidoo, or with HubPages.
Once you have earned a little cash then try building your own website; a domain name will be a one off cost of around $10 and you can get reasonably reliable web hosting for under $5 a month. That way you will have full control over your web property and you can use the free sites to help promote your own businesses.
Note: Now Squidoo has been acquired by hubpages