I bet you know at least one person who makes money online. If you don’t, then consider me that person.
In this article, I will show you #7 easy ways to earn dollars online for free.
Apart from the methods, you will also discover tactics you can implement immediately and see results.
I know that sounds far-fetched, and if you have a higher scam-alert ‘sensor’ like me, that statement somehow comes out as a lie.
But trust me, some of what I will be teaching you today are strategies I have used myself.
I will be teaching you the things I have done to make money online.
I know some of you already know my story, and if you don’t, check my About page.
See, getting employed seems cool and sounds right. But all that is short-lived and can come down tumbling any moment. I was declared redundant for the second time.
After that, I knew I and employment would never get along.
Now, fast-forward to today, I work online. And I’d love to bring you in on the journey with me.
#7 Easy Ways To Earn Dollars Online For Free
Before you brush this aside, hear me out.
You want to earn dollars online for free, right? What if I told you that you could start earning from the next minute, would you believe me?
Well, affiliate marketing is the process of promoting someone else’s products and services. Here, you help them get paying customers, and in return, you get a cut of the sales.
The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you can do it from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
If you are here in Kenya, you can participate in affiliate marketing programs from almost anywhere in the world (except those not accepting Kenyans).
Thanks to the internet.
If you want to earn dollars for Free in Kenya, here is what you should do:
- Choose a product niche to promote say electronics, e-books, trading, etc.
- Join affiliate programs offering such programs as Amazon Associates or KingFin
- Get your link and start sharing. You may need to build a blog for optimal results
- Create a PayPal or Skrill account to receive payments
Affiliate marketing is hands down the easiest way to earn dollars online. Better part? It is free to start.
Sell social media management services
Selling services is another easy way to earn dollars online for free.
If you have skills on how to manage social media accounts, you can sell that service online.
There are thousands of business owners constantly looking for professionals like you to help them manage social accounts.
Here, your job will revolve around creating content, updating accounts, and engaging with your followers on social media (replying to messages and comments).
Why is this free?
Well, the last time I checked, posting on Facebook was free.
And creating content can be easy if you stick to free tools like Canva for graphics.
Write and publish a Kindle e-book
Kindle is the largest e-book store in the world owned by Amazon. The store attracts thousands of readers daily who are looking for their next best books to read.
Here is the thing:
Writing an e-book is free. All you have to do is conduct extensive research and get down writing.
Once you are done with the e-book, upload it to the Kindle store and wait for sales to roll in.
I know that sounds easy, but it is not.
First, there is no guarantee that people will be interested in reading your topic.
Luckily, there is a way around that.
The only way to guarantee e-book sales is to write about what people want to read.
Here is how to figure out what people want:
- Use online tools such as Google Trends, Keyword Planners, and others to understand the trending topics and what people are searching for online.
- The best tool for all is AnswerThePublic.com. As its name suggests, the tool aggregates questions asked by people around the web. All you have to do is put in your keyword and the tool will reveal hundreds of questions asked about the topic.
Go through your research and decide on one promising topic to write about. While writing may take much of your time, you do not need any fancy tools in the process.
Either use Google Docs, MS Word, or Canva to write the E-book. Make sure you save the final draft as a PDF file.
In the end, you will realize that the only thing you spent was your time.
Review websites and applications for dollars
Every time a company creates an app or a website, they first need feedback to understand what is working and what is not.
To get the feedback, they turn to online communities such as User Testing.
Such platforms contain thousands of real people who test and review websites for cash.
Such platforms are constantly looking for members to join their communities because the more reviews they get, the more reliable it gets.
All you have to do is open an account with them. You may be asked initial questions, do not worry because all of these are meant to better understand you and get you a perfect spot within their community.
Once you are accepted, you will start receiving tasks. Complete them and earn free dollars.
Remember, you do not have to pay anything to join. If anyone is asking for a registration fee, there is a high chance it is a scam.
How much can you earn?
Well, depending on the task and duration, expect to earn upwards of $10 for a 20-minute task.
Participating in online surveys is another easy way to earn dollars online for free.
The only thing you need here is your opinion and a good internet connection.
Just like reviewing apps and websites, surveys are the way for brands to understand their target market and hopefully develop products that meet their unique needs.
As you can already guess, getting such feedback means a lot to companies. And, they are willing to pay top bucks to get genuine feedback.
There are several survey platforms that companies contract to handle the whole operation on their behalf. Such sites include GeoPoll.
But there is a problem.
While the companies pay a lot of money to get the surveys, only a portion of it ends up in your pocket.
How is that possible?
Well, as you know, the more data a survey receives, the higher the chances of getting accurate conclusions that can be used to make decisions.
To get huge responses, you need a bigger audience. And every respondent must earn something out of it.
Think for a second, if you were to pay $100 for each response, you’d need billions of dollars to get enough information, which doesn’t make business sense.
In short, don’t expect to get rich by taking online surveys. But it sure is a way to earn free dollars online.
How to increase earnings from online surveys
- Participate in multiple surveys. Not all of them pay the same rates per questionnaire
- Dedicate more time to answering questions. The more questions you answer, the higher your chances of earning more. For example, leverage your breaks, or any time you are idle.
- Only take questionnaires with sizable monetary value. Instead of wasting time answering simple questions, why not concentrate on surveys that move the needle? For example: since reviewing applications and testing products pays more, put more effort into it.
Start your website
I know starting a website may sound intimidating. It shouldn’t be.
A blog is the best way to earn hundreds and even thousands of dollars online passively.
And since we are talking about earning dollars for free, I will show you how to start a website for free.
Several platforms allow you to create free websites. In such instances, you also get a free domain name (though in extension).
Blogger.com is a blogging platform owned by Google. You can create a free blog on the platform.
You don’t need to buy a domain name.
When you create a Blogger website, you get a free domain. For instance, if your website name is business, your domain name will be business.blogger.com.
With the website up and ready, you can start posting content.
How to make money with a free website
Fortunately, Blogger.com allows you to make money through their AdSense program. This is an advertising program sponsored by Google.
Ideally, Google pays you to display ads on your website. Here, you make free dollars every time someone clicks on these ads.
To get traffic and to increase your earnings;
- Share your content widely on social media
- Join groups where your target audience hangs out. If you are blogging about women’s fashion, join women’s groups.
- Collaborate with fellow bloggers
While Blogger.com is the best when it comes to monetizing a website using AdSense, there are other free platforms you can create free websites:
- wordpress.com (not to be confused with WordPress.org)
While most of them will exhibit restrictions of some kind, you still have other ways to make money.
For instance, remember the eBook you created above, and sell it on your free blog.
Participate in online competitions
Consider joining contests, who knows, you may win big prizes.
Most competitions are free to join since they normally have sponsors who handle the event’s expenses.
If you are a coder or a programmer, there are a ton of online competitions involving coders competing for prizes.
The most common one is bug hunters.
Here, programmers are tasked to hunt for vulnerabilities within a network, product, or system.
And every time you unearth one and propose a befitting solution, you earn a reward.
This is a very lucrative venture so much that some coders do it full-time. The prizes can be anything like cash, or electronics, among other things.
How much can you earn doing this?
Well, that depends on how competitive you are and the size of the reward. Some contests involve upwards of $1,000 or goods worth more than that.
Bonus way to earn dollars online for free
You understand what crypto is, right?
It turns out, you can get crypto coins for free online.
For starters, there are Android games that pay you in the form of crypto to play. So, download and play such games. Once you have accumulated enough coins, exchange them for real money.
It is that simple.
Another bonus way to earn free dollars online is by selling stuff you no longer need. For instance, old electronics, clothing, furniture, and anything that can fetch a good price online.
There are sites online that facilitate such activities. They include Etsy, Craigslist, and Jiji.co.ke among other marketplaces.