Three Ways to Make Extra Cash Online

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Alex has been an investor for years now. He has investments in the stock market, cryptocurrencies, bonds, and the United States Treasury.

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There are numerous ways of making money online. One should always be weary of scams and frauds in this area of consideration. I would like to present to my readers three legitimate ways to make money on the world wide web!

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Amazon's Mechanical Turk is the first item on my list. Mechanical Turk, like many other jobs, does have an application process. However, the process is rather simple. Even so, there is a waiting period as one's request to join Mechanical Turk is reviewed. Mechanical Turk is a business owned by Amazon that gives opportunities for individuals to request micro jobs and for virtual assistants to do those jobs. These jobs can be anything from surveys to photograph moderation. Some jobs are easy and some are hard. Virtual assistants on Mechanical Turk keep a percentage score based on their number of jobs that were accepted and those that were denied. This can be important, as some jobs require a user to have successfully done a certain amount of jobs and/or to have a certain score. What is really very great about Mechanical Turk is that all earnings (even if they add up to less than one dollar) can be transferred to one's bank account in a matter of hours (please keep in mind things like hours of operation and holidays). Honestly, Mechanical Turk is the only online company which I have encountered that does this; that is, any money made can be transferred to one's bank no matter what. I have used Mechanical Turk for a very long time, and they have always been very good with getting my money into my bank account. Mechanical Turk gets a perfect score from me. Things like the application process and wait only add to the business' legitimacy in my mind.

Mechanical Turk = 10/10

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Another good way to bring in some income from the online arena is through Youtube. Youtube is a huge service, and the company was bought by Google recently. This buy in by Google, in my opinion, makes Youtube even more reliable as a business. In order to make money on Youtube, there are currently some requirements. There was recently an update to the Youtube network requiring channels to have at least 10,000 views prior to being allowed to contain advertisements. It is through ads that Youtube creators most commonly make money, so this is a slight drawback to some users. However, like anything else, with hard work and patience, Youtube can prove to be very lucrative. To make ad revenue on Youtube, one needs to setup an Adsense account through Google. One needs to make a minimum of 100 United States dollars (USD) on Adsense, before one is able to receive a check from Google. Dear readers, I am sure that these last two points are notes of complaints among many Youtube creators. However, I cannot hold such things against Google. The fact is; they still pay their content makers. Not all companies do this, and for this reason I am grateful to them. Perhaps the best thing about being a Youtube content creator is that one can make money seemingly indefinitely after having posted a video. I am well aware of the many complaints that Youtube was getting for demonetizing videos (taking away ad privilege on certain videos and, thereby, taking away potential income on certain videos). The Youtube team has found a great compromise to this! Now it is often the case, that instead of fully demonetizing a video - Youtube will take away ad privileges from a video, but keep that video eligible for Youtube Red revenue. Youtube Red is a service provided by Youtube for a fee that takes away all of the ads. So, even if there is reason to complain in the future; Youtube has shown competence in addressing such qualms. For such reasons, I also give Youtube a full ten out of ten!

Youtube = 10/10

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The final business that I will be reviewing is HubPages. HubPages is a great way to make a little bit of extra money. Like Youtube, one needs to first acquire a certain quantity of finances before withdrawing is permitted, but - as I have already stated - this is incredibly reasonable for a successful company. HubPages allows its users to write articles for them. As with Youtube, writers on HubPages have the chance to make a portion of the money that advertisers on their platform pay. The potential to make money on HubPages is very promising, and - as one of their authors myself - I can honestly state that I love to write for them. What's also nice about HubPages is their standards; all articles need to be reviewed, and articles will often be edited to fit with their metaphorical bar. HubPages also gives frequent reports on earnings to their users. This is very motivating. HubPages has even faster income reports than does Youtube! This is a powerful statement, considering Youtube's growing competence. There will likely always be those who want to complain; but - so long as one enters one of these ventures without unreasonable expectations, then any success should be counted as a victory. Hubpages also gives their writers guidelines and goals to help with said writers' prosperity whilst on the HubPages' platform. This manifestation of support should not be taken with a grain of salt. It is very nice to see businesses extend help to others in order that said others can make money too! All in all, I must give HubPages a perfect score too; they're an awesome company to deal with!

HubPages = 10/10

I want you guys to tell me in the comments below; what is your favorite way to make some extra cash online? Do you like any of the three businesses that I mention in this article? Are you fans of Google or HubPages or Amazon? Do you agree with my opinions? Do you disagree with me? Do you still want more information on such matters? Do you have any experience making money online? Please let me know! Your opinions matter to me and I would love to read them.

Which of these businesses is your favorite?

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 4 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Absolutely! It adds up!!!

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      Eastward 4 weeks ago from Phuket, Thailand

      Yes, it is a good resource. Every dollar counts!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 4 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      That's a long time! I only go on once in a while anymore, but it is a good online resource for extra dollars and cents for sure. :)

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      Eastward 4 weeks ago from Phuket, Thailand

      I've spent time on Mechanical Turk on and off. I want to say I first opened my account in 2013! It looks like some of the top transcription jobs would be great to get into. Most of them aren't currently accepting new applicants but you can sign up for the waiting list if you're interested in future opportunities.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 4 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I joined them more recently. How long have you been working on Mechanical Turk? o.O

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      Eastward 4 weeks ago from Phuket, Thailand

      I'm enjoying HubPages and can also say I've had a great experience with Amazon Mechanical Turk. It does seem a little harder to make a profit there today compared to three or four years ago though.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 5 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I love HubPages. :)

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      DDE 5 weeks ago

      I prefer Hubpages and and doing well here. Thank you for the helpful tips on making money online.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Absolutely. I love Hubpages too!!!

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      Louise Powles 6 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      I've never tried Mechanical Turk, and don't do so well on You Tube, but I am enjoying Hubpages. Interesting article, and thanks for the tips. =)

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 6 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Hubpages is definitely my favorite. :)

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      Sanjay Sharma 6 weeks ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks, Alexander James Guckenberger for the information about Amazon's Mechanical Turk. I work on HubPages and Youtube. I tried different sites like Helium, Elance, Constant Content, Triond and many others, but with little or no success. I think I did not put enough time into those sites. But Hubpages is my favorite and I have my own blog. Now I will try Mechanical Turk.

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