2020 Plant People CBD Review: Pros, Cons, Best Products – Healthline

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

While it won’t serve that “high” feeling like its pal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is famous for, CBD may have some impressive health benefits. Preliminary studies have pointed to its ability to help lessen pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other potential uses.

It’s available in tons of products that you can apply directly to your body, drop into your mouth (oils and gummies), and even add to your bath.

But given how widely available CBD products are these days, it’s important to make sure you’re adding only the best-quality options into your shopping cart.

Plant People is a popular, New York-based CBD brand (with hemp grown in Colorado) that offers organic, non-GMO, vegan hemp and herbal drops, capsules, and balms made with full-spectrum CBD.

This article dives into Plant People’s quality and reputation, and also takes a look at some of the company’s leading products.

Plant People was launched in 2017 by co-founders Gabe Kennedy and Hudson Gaines-Ross after they both experienced severe spinal cord injuries.

The men were prescribed traditional prescription medications after their injuries but were inspired to turn to plant-based medicine to address their ailments instead.

Since it’s only been around since 2017, it’s a fairly new player in the CBD space. But so far, the brand seems to have a positive reputation.

When it comes to considering the reputation of a CBD brand, bear in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t guarantee the safety and quality of any over-the-counter (OTC) CBD products.

The FDA can, however, take action against businesses that break the rules or make unsupported health claims by sending them a warning letter.

Some CBD companies are also subject to pending lawsuits associated with their products’ quality and safety.

Plant People doesn’t seem to have warning letters or pending lawsuits. The company also has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

While Plant People does include information about its products and processes on its website, there’s still some room for improvement.

Hemp source

On its website, Plant People says its CBD is derived from 100 percent organic industrial hemp plants. The company says its farmers grow in full compliance with the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s industrial hemp program. Some of its products are USDA-certified organic.

Plant People doesn’t seem to have third-party Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) certification, however.

Extraction method

Plant People says it uses both ethanol and CO2 extraction. The company doesn’t specify which products are made with each extraction method.

Third-party testing

Plant People products are third-party tested by an ISO 17025-certified lab. Lab results are posted here, but results are only posted for some products. Others, like the Nourish Body Lotion and Restore Face Mask, are missing.

Also, some lab results are more than 1 year old, and some final products appear to be tested for potency and cannabinoid profile only.

On its website, Plant People says that if you request to see lab results, it will share them with you. So, it may be possible to request more recent results, or results for other products.

We recommend only purchasing products that come with a comprehensive, up-to-date certificate of analysis (COA).

Plant People has a decent amount of CBD products available. Aside from the few products we spotlight here, the company also offers other topicals, capsules, and oils.

However, you won’t find gummies or other CBD products like bath bombs on its site, at least right now.

Each product page clearly lists the amount of CBD per serving or use. The majority of the products are made with full-spectrum CBD, which means they contain a small amount of THC.

Full-spectrum CBD may offer benefits from the entourage effect, a theory that suggests cannabinoids work better together than they do alone.

Compared to other CBD brands, Plant People products fall toward the top of the price range. But in general, smaller-sized products, like drops, cost less than larger-sized products.

Repeat delivery options are available on some products, which can save you a little cash, too.

According to reviews, the majority of Plant People customers seem to be overall satisfied with the products, delivery, ordering process, sustainable packaging, and customer service.

These reviews are found on the Plant People website and are generated through Yotpo, a third-party platform that builds website solutions like reviews.

Returns and refunds

Plant People accepts returns, with refunds being allowed for a total of 30 days after purchase.

But if you make a return, know that you’ll be responsible for the shipping costs. You’ll get a refund only after Plant People receives your return.

Orders are shipped in recycled materials without plastic. For each product sold, the company plants a tree.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $70
  • $$ = over $70

Plant People Revive Face Serum

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 300 mg per 30-mL bottle
  • COA: Available on product page

Price: $

This CBD face serum is infused with more than 13 potent botanicals, including blue tansy, blue yarrow, blue chamomile, olive squalene, and Kalahari melon seed, that help lessen visible signs of aging.

Created for all skin types, it’s also formulated with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, polyphenols, and sterols. This serum encourages elasticity and promises to smooth the appearance of fine lines.

Reviewers suggest dropping the serum into your daily moisturizer, but they’re also impressed by its ability to moisturize on its own as well.

This product is cruelty-free and contains no parabens or sulfates.

It’s worth noting that the COA for this product is from October 2019, which at the time of publication is nearly 1 year old.

Plant People Drops+ Mind + Body

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 315, 630, or 1,260 mg per 30-mL bottle
  • COA: Available on product page

Price: $

Created to calm the mind and body, this full-spectrum hemp extract is said to encourage a healthy response to stress. It’s made with three different cannabinoids (including cannabigerol, or CBG), terpenes, coconut MCT oil, and hempseed oil.

Reviewers say these drops help with a variety of issues. Though the drops are unflavored, reviewers suggest they have a pleasant taste.

Plant People Balm+ Relief

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 450 mg per 2-oz. jar
  • COA: Available on product page

Price: $

This all-purpose balm is intended for body aches, general muscle soreness, or athletic sprains and bruises. It’s formulated with full-spectrum hemp that’s infused with CBD, CBG, and cannabichromene (CBC).

The balm is also infused with various botanicals like arnica, California poppy, Indian peppermint, and camphor along with hemp extract.

Reviewers say it works well. Some even note that they apply it when they have a long day of standing on their feet ahead of them. Most reviewers say it has a nice herbal scent, but one reviewer said the scent was too strong.

It’s worth noting that the COA for this product is from October 2019, which at the time of publication is nearly 1 year old.

Plant People Drops+ Relief

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 360, 720, or 1,440 mg per 30-mL bottle
  • COA: Available on product page

Price: $$

These full-spectrum hemp extract drops are rich in CBD and CBG. They’re infused with anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and wild orange. It’s USDA-certified organic.

Most reviewers say they noticed a difference pretty soon after taking the tincture. But as with any CBD product, what works for one person might not work for another. Some reviewers say they didn’t feel the product was effective.

Selecting the Plant People CBD product that’s best for you comes down to your specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

Consider whether you want to consume CBD orally or topically. Topical products are great for treating a localized area, while drops are better for treating a whole-body issue, like general pain or anxiety.

Onset time depends on a few factors, like the form used, dosage, and your familiarity with CBD. This makes it a bit tough to predict exactly how fast CBD will take effect.


To use the Plant People Revive Face Serum, begin with a dry, clean face. Gently shake the bottle before applying the product to your face — as well as your neck and chest, if you wish — each morning and night. This product can also serve as a midday moisturizer.

When using the Balm+ Relief salve, soften a pea-sized amount onto your fingers before rubbing it into the areas that need application. Recommended areas are the knees, neck, back, and knuckles.

This product works best for small spot treatments. Remember to avoid getting it near your eyes.


When using both Drops+ Mind + Body and Drops+ Relief products, squeeze one full dropper amount under your tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds or longer before swallowing.

Plant People encourages consistency with its products and says to take this amount daily, either during the day or at night.


Dosage recommendations are listed for each product on the Plant People website.

As with every CBD product you try, it’s best to begin with the smallest possible dose, especially if you’re using CBD for the first time. That way, you can find out how your body responds to each formula.

You can slowly increase the dose after you’ve found your preferred effects.

With time and a bit of trial and error, you’ll discover the best CBD dosage for your needs. As we mentioned, dosage varies depending on factors like the potency of the product and your individual body chemistry.

Although the World Health Organization says CBD is generally considered to be safe, some users may experience side effects, like:

  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in weight

It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re taking any medications. CBD can interact with some medications.

It’s also important to be careful with any new-to-you product. Look closely at the ingredients to make sure you don’t have any allergies.

Before using a topical, it’s best to do a patch test. To do this, place a small amount of product on the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours to see whether you notice any redness or irritation.

Use caution when consuming CBD products by mouth alongside high fat meals. A 2020 study found that high fat meals can dramatically increase CBD blood concentrations, which can raise the risk of side effects.

Plant People is a New York-based CBD brand that was established in 2017. The company offers a fairly large line of full-spectrum CBD products made from Colorado-grown hemp.

While Plant People could boost some aspects of transparency and update lab results on its website, the company has an overall strong reputation among its consumers despite its higher price ranges.

The brand also appears to haven’t received FDA warnings or been subject to any lawsuits.

Remember to talk with your doctor before trying any CBD products.


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An individualized network for connecting talent with jobs in Central Indiana – Brookings Institution



State and local governments are struggling to adapt to the massive unemployment surge resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the simultaneous need to change how they deliver career services to protect public health. Even though the national unemployment rate has slowly begun to decline, in August, there were still 19 million Americans out of work. Pre-existing workforce development programs are being forced to update their capabilities and implement new strategies to take on the difficult task of connecting a historic number of unemployed people to a smaller pool of jobs without much additional funding or resources. These challenges are compounded by the additional costs of operating in a global pandemic, such as requiring new technology and expertise to deliver career services remotely.

In Central Indiana, this surge of activity is happening on top of some long-standing challenges in connecting qualified talent with employers. Before the pandemic, partners observed that employers had difficulty finding the right talent, and job seekers were reporting that they could not find jobs that were a good fit. Recognizing that this misalignment requires multiple strategies to address, state agencies, municipalities, nonprofits, employers, and community organizations formed the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) in 2016. The RWP brings together leadership from these organizations to align their efforts, foster collaboration, and pursue meaningful policy priorities that create a stronger climate for businesses, individuals, and the Central Indiana community. Current members include the city of Indianapolis, EmployIndy, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (Ascend and Conexus), Indy Chamber, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), Indiana Chamber, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, Commission for Higher Education (CHE), and Skillful.

As the pandemic-induced recession unfolded, the RWP began developing the Rapid Re-employment Response plan at the request of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. In building the plan, RWP members combined efforts, resources, and networks to provide one central online platform for job seekers with various educational backgrounds and work experiences to connect to available jobs and training opportunities.

The online platform is an expanded version of the Ascend Network, which launched in 2017 as a proprietary online platform where staff assist students graduating from Indiana universities with marketing themselves to employers, while also helping employers post job descriptions that don’t inadvertently weed out promising talent. Ascend piloted and expanded these services in the run-up to the pandemic when labor markets were tight, with some early success in improving communication and signaling between the supply and demand sides of the regional labor market. To support the Rapid Re-employment Response plan, the platform’s infrastructure and design have been updated to enable workforce development boards to effectively serve dislocated workers and youth.

To compile a database of quality jobs for job seekers, employers are vetted and recruited to ensure that all full-time job opportunities in the database pay at least $13 an hour and offer benefits. To match job seekers and employers, the platform utilizes a skills-based matching algorithm that is complemented by human one-on-one job search support. The focus on skills instead of background helps employers to take a more inclusive approach to hiring, while the one-on-one services assist job seekers with identifying their strengths and honing in on the opportunities that would best fit what they are looking for. To reach a wide pool of talent, select organizations in the Rapid Re-employment Response are finalizing a novel data-sharing arrangement with the state to use unemployment data to target its outreach and channel job seekers to the career opportunities and career services available on the platform that best match their background and interests.

As an economic recovery strategy, the Rapid Re-employment Response (RRR) is building on previous assets in the community, strong regional partnerships, seamless technological capacities, and novel data-sharing strategies to better match employers and job seekers. On the one hand, the RRR is identifying and targeting a wide pool of unemployed workers by using unemployment data while also helping job seekers understand how to articulate their value to employers. On the other hand, the RRR is partnering with employers that offer jobs that meet their quality standards and coaching employers on how they can make their job descriptions more accessible to a wider pool of talent than they would have been able to reach otherwise.

This in-depth approach to curate and better connect talent and employers goes beyond traditional, passive approaches to labor matching and job boards. The engagement of the employer network helps ensure that there is an adequate database of quality jobs, and the anticipated data-sharing arrangement with the state will ensure that the local area is reaching as many unemployed workers as possible to direct them to relevant services. The RRR represents an effort to strengthen the partnership between state and local workforce systems, job seekers, and employers. This effort is building a long-term regional infrastructure that helps employers and local talent connect with each other more effectively, which has been a long-standing labor market failure in signaling and screening processes.

Solution execution

Founded in 2016, the RWP includes several public, private, and nonprofit entities, which are listed in the table below. At the request of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, the RWP stepped up their collaboration earlier this year to coordinate COVID-19 response efforts and design the Rapid Re-Employment Response plan. With a goal of providing immediate support to COVID-19-impacted employers and job seekers, the RWP met weekly over several months to align their efforts and map out their plan.

The central online location that houses the resource is a platform called the Ascend Network (also referred to as the Network), a pre-existing website hosted by Ascend, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). The Rapid Re-employment Response has further built out the site so that job seekers can be directed to the various resources that participating organizations have to offer. Ascend and EmployIndy—Marion County’s workforce development board—are onboarding and providing support to job seekers within the expanded platform that helps connect talent to available roles with partner employers.


Sourcing employers

In conjunction with expanding the Network to respond to COVID-19, the RWP sought out employers to populate the platform with job opportunities. Specific partners—including EmployIndy, Ascend, Conexus, the Indiana Chamber, and the Indy Chamber—leveraged their existing relationships to find qualified employers who met the criteria of offering quality jobs, which they define as jobs that pay at least $13 an hour (to also account for promising jobs that have the potential for upward mobility) plus benefits. After Ascend hosts a standard introductory meeting with each employer, employers sign a partnership agreement and work with Ascend to design employer profiles and summarize job descriptions on the platform to ensure that the language is accessible and appeals to as many job seekers as possible. Ascend keeps in touch with employers after they are set up on the Network to keep a pulse on demand and ensure all available quality jobs are posted.

Sourcing talent

The Rapid Re-employment Response is unique because of its proactive outreach strategy to unemployed workers in the region. To bridge the disconnect between unemployed workers and local workforce development intermediaries, Ascend and EmployIndy collaborated with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to develop a data-sharing agreement to access employment-related data captured in unemployment insurance (UI) applications in Central Indiana. Once finalized, the DWD will securely share this data via weekly updates, using it to identify and direct interested UI claimants to the job-matching services and training opportunities available on the Network.

Before drafting the data-sharing agreement, EmployIndy and Ascend had to become familiar with the state and federal regulations that govern access, sharing, and use of UI data. Through this process, they learned what it would take to access data securely and ensured that their data-sharing agreement complied with regulations. EmployIndy and Ascend also had to identify the existing data fields in the UI application that would be most beneficial for the program’s success, before drafting the agreement to make their request as specific as possible while being attentive to protecting user privacy and personally identifiable information.

In addition, Ascend already had formal partnerships with 27 higher education institutions—including the community college system, private colleges, and public universities across the state—which granted them access to varying degrees of student data in order to conduct strategic outreach to job seekers who are close to graduating from college. Through these agreements, Ascend is able to direct interested nearby students and recent graduates to the Network platform because of these preexisting partnerships.

Beyond these outreach methods, the RRR is also allocating some of its budget to a marketing and communications strategy to promote the program to job seekers and employers. The initial media launch included a press release, media advisory, messaging toolkit, and virtual press announcements and interviews. The communications strategy also includes working with a local marketing agency to develop a multifaceted campaign to reach unemployed job seekers through early 2021.

Connecting talent to employers and other opportunities

In a single online tool—the Network—the RRR provides a space for job seekers to connect to employers and other relevant opportunities. Once job seekers create an account, they fill out a short questionnaire to indicate their level of work readiness and ensure they are routed to the right resources. Job readiness is determined by attainment of a high school diploma (or the equivalent), the quality and competitiveness of one’s resume, and the desire or need to take advantage of training or educational resources before being routed to work opportunities. Work-ready candidates who are enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program or who have a postsecondary degree and fewer than four years of work experience are routed to Ascend for one-on-one support to get connected to an internship or job. Work-ready candidates who have a high school degree (or the equivalent) or a postsecondary credential and at least four years of work experience are routed to EmployIndy for one-on-one support to find work or self-selected upskilling opportunities. All one-on-one support can be conducted via phone calls, which is optimal for job seekers without internet access. (Video calls are also available.)

Job seekers who are not work-ready as defined by the platform (those without a high school diploma or competitive resume) are connected to upskilling or career readiness support to attain a quality job. Those who are under age 24 are routed to one-on-one support from YES Indy, a local youth career services program supported by EmployIndy. Those who are over 24 are routed to one-on-one support from WorkOne Indy, an adult career services program also operated by EmployIndy. Individuals who seek any additional training or educational attainment are referred to their community-based organization’s employment support services, public adult education programs, and other relevant resources depending on their background and interests.

The Network’s unique algorithm uses the skills that job seekers have listed on their profile to match them with jobs that require the same skills, as noted on the job description. This skills-based approach can open opportunities for job seekers who lack a traditionally sought-after background (such as a college degree) by instead emphasizing the skills necessary to succeed in a role. In addition, one-on-one career counseling allows EmployIndy and Ascend to learn more about job seekers and individually align them with specific opportunities. Ascend and EmployIndy staff also guide job seekers through designing their profile on the Network to highlight information that aligns with how employers receive it. Job seeker profiles provide a full picture of candidates and contain critical components for employers that are often not clearly captured in a traditional resume, including skills, work style, and interests.

Jobs and employers are also displayed on the Network for job seekers to view, and members of the Ascend team work with employers to develop their profiles and job descriptions with consideration of what’s most important to job seekers. They disclose details on company culture, values, benefits, work style preferences, team profiles, and even nearby office amenities.

Once they are set up on the Network, job seekers can apply for recommended jobs on the site, and employers can invite job seekers to apply for certain jobs. This collaborative effort provides a one-stop shop that tackles the region’s severe unemployment crisis.

Ascend network

A job seeker’s view of a job profile on Ascend Network (Source: ascendindiana.com)



Employer view of a candidate profile on Ascend Network (Source: ascendindiana.com)

Solution cost & time frame of execution

The city of Indianapolis has allocated $1.05 million in CARES Act funding for the Rapid Re-employment Response. A large share goes toward technology costs, which include building out the Network’s technology infrastructure and design to accommodate the participating workforce intermediaries as site tenants. Funding also goes toward staffing up to increase program capacity, which enables the RRR to serve the large number of job seekers that the pandemic has created. At the moment, EmployIndy staff receive training from Ascend staff to learn how to load job seeker profiles into the Network system in a consistent, codified format. The remaining funds will be allocated to marketing and communications to reach and educate job seekers about the available services. While the initial funding for the RRR is being spent on immediate costs (the estimates of which are detailed below), the RWP continues to fundraise from foundations and other sources to cover additional expenses for the years to come.


Key components or features

The Rapid Re-employment Response hosts both job seekers and employers on its online Network. Job seekers create an account and answer a short questionnaire to join the online platform and receive personalized support.

Meanwhile, employers who have relevant available jobs can join the Network by scheduling a meeting with an Ascend team member on the RRR website.

On the Network platform, job seekers can:

  • Connect to quality employment that is personalized for them
  • Take advantage of one-one-one career services and learn how to market themselves better (including educational resources for job interviews through links to an online guide and YouTube videos)

Employers can:

  • Connect to a wide, qualified pool of local talent
  • Receive services to help their company and jobs be more appealing for job seekers


Upon its launch, the Rapid Re-employment Response had more than 400 employers on the Network. Since then, nearly 100 new employers have begun the process to share their job opportunities on the Network. Even without having yet received any unemployment insurance data, the site saw over 400 job seekers create accounts during the first week being live. Debunking the myth that no one is hiring, the popularity of the platform has proved that there is a demand not only for jobs, but also for talent.

The RRR is also notable for its commitment to delivering quality jobs to a diverse range of job seekers with various qualifications and career backgrounds in light of COVID-19’s effects on the workforce. Currently, 60% of the full-time jobs on the Network require entry-level skills, with most remaining jobs requiring mid-level skills and experience. This mix is anticipated to change to ensure more relevant opportunities as job seekers with a wider variety of skills and backgrounds access the Network. The number of remote jobs on the platform fluctuates, as employers are constantly re-evaluating their plans in accordance with state and federal return-to-work guidelines. The ability of the partners to work together during a crisis and build on each other’s unique contributions rather than compete with each other is also a model for other regions that are striving toward collective impact models.

To account for the pandemic’s disproportionate unemployment rate for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, the program will utilize demographic data to track and monitor equitable delivery of RRR services. If they find that workers of color are underrepresented in who they are serving, then the program will implement more strategic outreach to ensure that the users benefiting from their resources better reflect the racial demographics of Central Indiana’s unemployed population.

Challenges and lessons learned

One of the most challenging aspects of setting up the Rapid Re-employment Response was obtaining access to local unemployment insurance (UI) data. The federal, state, and local statutory and regulatory environments related to data sharing are complex. Because of this, local areas are often unable to access state UI claimant data to target outreach to people seeking jobs. Yet, because Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) was a participating partner in the RWP, EmployIndy and Ascend had a strong existing relationship with the DWD. Subsequently, the DWD became their ally in identifying a path to utilize the UI data to effectively reach and serve impacted individuals. The DWD is able to pursue sharing state unemployment data with EmployIndy and Ascend because the goals of the RRR program categorically align with the goals of the DWD’s reemployment programs. The DWD worked with EmployIndy and Ascend to create a data-sharing agreement that called for them to take extensive physical and digital security measures to protect the data.

In addition to this challenge, a lack of access to broadband, devices, and digital literacy skills can present a barrier for some job seekers. The Ascend Network is mobile-friendly for job seekers without computers, but is not yet optimized for mobile use—an enhancement planned for the coming months.

As a further challenge, many displaced workers are afraid to go back to work while the COVID-19 pandemic is still a health threat. While the majority of the jobs available on the platform are not remote, the Network supports searches for remote jobs—a characteristic that is highlighted in the job description. Like many other workforce intermediaries around the country, these are challenges that the Rapid Re-employment Response continues to take under consideration as it scales its work.


This case study was written by Reniya Dinkins.

Do you have a similar solution in your area? Is there another problem that you’re tackling in an innovative way that you’d like to share with a wider audience? Contact us at localrecovery@brookings.edu.


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Online Content Monetization 101: How to Make Money From Content – Entrepreneur

Read about all the ways you can make money from your content – and how to get started.

August 12, 2020 5 min read

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

has gotten incredibly popular for a handful of motivating reasons. First, it’s easier than ever to publish your own content: Anyone (even those with no ) can start , upload recorded videos or even live stream. Second, demand for online content is skyrocketing; more people are reading blogs, watching videos and engaging with social media influencers than ever before. Third, online content is a potentially lucrative hustle…but only if you know what you’re doing.

Millions of people have seen marginal success in their online content development. They’ve been able to attract tens of thousands of social media followers or equal numbers of regular readers, and they’ve carved out a niche for themselves. But they haven’t yet closed the gap to figure out how to make money from that success.

In this guide, I’ll cover some of the best strategies to make money from developing online content.

Related: How to Create Compelling Online Content That Gets Traffic

Potential monetization strategies

For our purposes, I’ll remain agnostic to the medium or channel you’re using to produce your content. Regardless of whether you’re writing blog posts, syndicating a podcast or live streaming on a regular basis, you can use most (or all) of these strategies to make money:

  • Direct : One of the first options people turn to is advertising. If you’re on or a similar platform, you might be able to make money directly based on the ads your platform chooses to display. Otherwise, you can choose to host your own ads. This is a simple strategy that offers a return proportional to your total audience, but be careful. Some of your fans won’t appreciate your advertising, and there’s always the risk of advertising a sketchy product that compromises your reputation.
  • Sponsorships/affiliate links: You could also work with sponsorships or affiliate links. With an affiliate link in your content, you’ll generate revenue as a percentage of the number of sales you influence (usually dependent on how many people click the link). With sponsorships, you’ll have even more flexibility; you may make money from talking about a specific product, or you may even feature someone else’s content for a fee.
  • Donations: Platforms like Patreon make it easy for content creators to accept donations for their continued work, and with platforms like Twitch, donations are a built-in option for viewers. Asking for donations can feel awkward, but your most loyal fans will be happy to donate.
  • Premium content: You can also make money with optional “premium” content that’s more in-depth or more exclusive than your typical work. Bloggers often provide premium content in the form of an ebook or collection.
  • Subscriptions: Depending on the nature of your content, you might also be able to sell subscriptions. On some platforms, viewers might get an ad-free experience with a paid subscription; on others, a subscription could grant them alternative special benefits, like access to an entirely different content feed.
  • Merchandise: With a big enough fan base, you might be able to make money with merchandise. Selling interesting products, like shirts, hats or mugs with your branding can both generate revenue and give you a platform for free advertising in the future.
  • Consulting or special services: If you’re an expert in your chosen field, you could offer consulting services on the side for an hourly fee. Otherwise, you might be able to offer special services, such as pre-recorded messages for fans or one-on-one coaching sessions. This requires some extra effort but can be highly profitable.
  • Exclusive rights: If your content channel gets big enough, you might be able to score an exclusive rights deal. A content platform might pay you to use their platform exclusively, preventing their competition from capitalizing on you. These deals are rare but are often lucrative.

Related: 8 Ways to Monetize Your Blog and Make Money Online

The starting point? Amazing content

All these monetization strategies come with a massive caveat; you have to create exceptionally high-quality content if you want them to work. There are currently more than 500 million blogs and more than 2 million blog posts published on a daily basis. If you want a chance of building an audience big enough to support your desired revenue stream, you need some way to stand out and you need to do it well.

I think of “amazing” content as excelling in two main categories:

  1. Uniqueness: First, your content needs to be different than everything else available to your audience. Sometimes, that means covering an entirely new topic, but more often, it means offering a new tone, a fresh perspective or a different kind of medium. Get creative here!
  2. Quality. Second, and more subjectively, there’s the quality factor. Your work should be well-researched and in-depth (where appropriate). If it’s video or audio content, it should be recorded with professional equipment and professionally edited. If it’s written, it better be error-free and eloquent.

On top of that, you’ll need to be consistent in your publication, and you’ll need to regularly engage with your audience. If you manage to do this, you should be able to build a loyal audience of followers — and from there, you’ll have your choice of monetization strategies to make money from them.

Related: 5 Steps to Creating and Monetizing a Million-Dollar Online Business


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Freelancing is more than a pitch. It’s a business. – Poynter

I always knew I wanted to be a freelance journalist.

While my classmates were looking at internships and dreaming of large newsrooms in cities across the country, I was poring over magazines, reading bios to see which sections were written by freelancers, which editors had reputations for being gracious with emerging journalists, and creating stacks of SASEs (self-address, stamped envelopes) in which to mail my clips, which in those days, consisted mostly of articles in my student newspaper, and the occasional reader submission to my local paper.

Over the years, I’ve had many people reach out to me for advice on freelancing. Some have been journalists who were transitioning from staff jobs and already had the credentials to make such a leap. Others were people who had never worked independently, in media or elsewhere.

In one notable case, an acquaintance reached out on behalf of his friend whose Taekwondo studio had just gone bankrupt, and was, “looking for a quick and easy way to support his family.” That he thought freelance writing was a way to do that showed his complete lack of preparation for jumping into the field.

For the past decade, I’ve supported myself as a full-time freelance journalist, sans trust fund or wealthy spouse, and time and time again, I’ve watched talented journalists who envisioned freelancing as a means of practicing journalism unfettered by corporate constraints make their way back into traditional newsrooms.

I’ve watched journalism organizations, publications and conferences host workshops or write articles about freelancing that begin and end with “landing the perfect pitch,” often taught by editors who have never been freelancers themselves.

And I’ve watched great pitches land, and fall apart, or articles be killed, or payments never come, and I’ve told anyone who would listen, and many who would not: Freelancing is more than a pitch. It’s a business.

The difference between being a journalist and being a freelance journalist is the difference between doing your taxes online and opening up an accounting firm. It’s the difference between taking a flight and running an airline, or between making the world’s best cupcake in your kitchen and starting a food truck.

I’m a journalist and editor, yes, but in order to do that on a freelance basis, I’m also a salesperson, a strategic planner, a communications specialist, a grants manager, and a bounty hunter.

Once, when a change in accountants at a client resulted in confusion over whether or not I had been paid (I had not), I brought a box of cookies to the office, introduced myself to the new accountant, and very politely refused to leave until he cut me a check. (He did.)

After years of working day jobs and freelancing on the side, when I was ready to take the leap, I spent a year transitioning into full-time freelance work, much of that time, building the necessary connections, contracts, and credentials to do so. While it’s incredibly challenging, I enjoy running my own business, which is fortunate, because the business side of freelancing on a full-time basis takes more of my day-to-day than being a journalist and editor.

Because I knew I wanted to be freelance, I devoted as much time, if not more, to learning the business of the freelance industry, as I did to learning how to become a journalist.

My degrees, in English literature and communications, were helpful, but most of the pragmatic lessons had to be self-taught; even among my friends who went to journalism school, drafting query letters, cold pitching an editor, putting in a grant application, and chasing down late payments, aren’t skills that are typically taught. They’re skills that can be learned on the job, but have a steep learning curve, and will take time away from the journalism work itself.

RELATED TRAINING: Survive and Thrive in Freelance and Remote Work

In my article about how COVID-19 has impacted freelancers, I pointed out several instances where I had landed a pitch, and the article never materialized. In some cases, because the outlet folded, in others, because an editor ghosted me. In two instances, I’ve pulled articles from publication because the edits rendered them inaccurate and in one notable case, disrespectful to my sources.

Had I been counting solely on the publication of those articles to keep a roof over my head, I would have quite literally been homeless. Instead, I had built a diverse revenue stream that included freelance articles, speaking engagements, contract communications work, and more.

If you’re steadily employed right now, whether in a media job or not, absolutely do not quit your day job. Under any circumstances.

I quit my stable corner office job with benefits at the height of the last recession to turn full-time freelance, and it was a mistake. While it’s impossible to say for sure, I suspect one more year at that job, while continuing to freelance part-time, would have helped me tremendously. Given our current economic climate, anyone who willingly quits a full-time job to take on the risky endeavor of starting a freelance business from scratch really had better have spent a significant amount of time and research preparing to do so.

If you are recently laid off, put in as many applications for jobs as you can now, even when people aren’t hiring, so you’ll be in the queue when they are. Apply at temp firms, become a delivery driver, any sort of work you can. If you are new to freelancing right now, the sad reality is, without other means of support, it is going to be incredibly difficult to build a lucrative, self-supporting business.

After my COVID article was published, many people wrote to me to share their own frustrations with freelancing. But more alarming were the people who wrote to me to ask for my advice in starting their own freelance career. One even wanted to quit a staff job to do so. But quickly within our correspondence, it was clear they weren’t ready. Why? They had no concept of the basic tenets of freelancing, from how to write a query letter, to how to establish a workflow, to understanding the current marketplace, to how much work to do on a story before actually getting an assignment.

More importantly, they hadn’t thought about their pipeline.

One of my largest frustrations as a freelancer, and one of the biggest shocks to people just entering the freelance industry, is simply how long everything takes. From idea to payment on a story can quite literally take years. Even shorter assignments, with outlets who pay on time, can typically have a two-month cycle.

Over the years, I’ve standardized my workflow into a pipeline. It’s required a fair amount of tweaking in the past few months, and I’ve had to regularly update my strategic plans, as work and our industry looks more uncertain. But in normal times, it goes something like this:

Research → Pitch → (Follow-up pitch as needed) → Pitch elsewhere → (repeat as needed) → Get assignment → Negotiate contract → Submit assignment → Wait on editors → Do edits → (repeat as needed) → Publish → Do social outreach → Invoice → Get paid.

The key, of course, is to have multiple projects moving along this process at any given time, so that something is always being pitched, always being written, always waiting on a payment, or being paid. I took a year to begin filling this pipeline with various projects, and they were in various stages when I finally quit my day job. (And I’ve had to take on various day job contracts over the years as freelance projects have ebbed and flowed.)

If you find you have some time on your hands, or are stuck in a job you hate and are dreaming of a day when you might break free, channel that energy into creating the resources for your freelance business when the time is right.

Build an online portfolio at a free site like Contently.

Read one of the original freelancing bibles, Lisa Collier Cool’s “How to Write Irresistible Query Letters” or the Writers’ Market. Avoid any books with titles that include “easy” or “quick” or promise a certain amount of income in a specific period of time. Those days are done.

RELATED TRAINING: Building a Scalable Personal Brand 

Join online freelance communities, check out podcasts on freelancing, follow successful freelancers on Twitter to see who they’re writing for and how they’re managing their business.

Take free massive open online courses designed for startups and small business owners and salespeople.

And, when you feel like you’re ready, or you must, take the leap.

Molly McCluskey is an award-winning freelance foreign correspondent and investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and many more. Follow her on Twitter at @MollyEMcCluskey.

This article was originally published on August 11, 2020.


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How to make money from Amazon Influencer Program, affiliate commission – Business Insider

  • Amazon runs a program for social-media influencers in which they earn money by promoting products to their followers. 
  • The skincare influencer Kim Pratt, who runs the YouTube channel “Natural Kaos” with 108,000 subscribers, is a member of Amazon’s Influencer Program, which has become an important part of her business.
  • Pratt spoke with Business Insider and shared what it’s like to be a member of Amazon’s program, how much money she earns on average per month, and her experience livestreaming on Amazon.
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Amazon is using influencers with established followings to help drive sales to the site — and some of them are cashing in big from the platform. 

Kim Pratt is a skincare influencer who runs the YouTube channel “Natural Kaos,” which has 108,000 subscribers. For every item she mentions in her videos, down to the cotton swabs she’s using, Pratt adds a special link to purchase in the description of the video, bringing her followers straight to Amazon.

Pratt is a member of Amazon’s Influencer Program, and for every purchase someone makes through one of her links, she earns a commission ranging from 4% to 10% through the affiliate program, she said. 

Amazon launched the program in 2017 and it operates as an extension to the online Associates Program, the company’s affiliate marketing program for creators, publishers, and bloggers.

The Amazon Influencer Program offers members the option to create their own storefront as a way to list the products they recommend to followers. To be accepted, Amazon looks at the number of followers a creator has on platforms like Instagram and YouTube (among other engagement metrics), the type of content a creator posts, how much content they have shared with followers, and the relevancy of that content to Amazon customers.

So how much money are these influencers making from Amazon?

Typically, Pratt’s Amazon affiliate revenue is higher than her monthly YouTube revenue (earned from the ads that play in her videos), she said. But those numbers can fluctuate. In June, Pratt had her best month on YouTube, earning around $7,000, according to a screenshot of her analytics dashboard viewed by Business Insider. On Amazon, she earned around $6,000, shes said, which was near her monthly average from the platform in 2020.

Last year, Pratt earned around $800 per month from Amazon, she said. But as her YouTube channel grew with viral videos on popular skincare trends, Pratt’s Amazon revenue also increased, she said. In 2019, she ended up earning over $24,000 in commission sales from Amazon, she said.

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‘You get a cut of everything that person buys for that 24-hour period’

Shortly after Pratt started her YouTube channel in 2018, she created an account with Amazon’s Associates Program as a way to earn money from her videos.

Anyone can create an Amazon Associates account, but at the time, Pratt didn’t think her followers would actually click through her links and purchase anything. But in her first month, she made around $79, and was blown away by how easy it was to earn that money.

“Before I was even monetized on YouTube, Amazon Affiliate was paying me,” she said. “I think I made $600 within that fall, before my first ad ran on YouTube. I started to realize that it was a legitimate business.” 

Her YouTube channel was accepted into YouTube’s Partner Program in December 2018, which allowed her to start earning money from the Google-placed ads that play in her videos. 

Pratt switched her account from Amazon Associate to the Amazon Influencer Program in 2019, so that she could create a custom page to keep all of the products she was recommending her followers buy in one shoppable place. This feature is open to influencers in the US, UK and Canada, and Pratt has accounts for all three regions (since her YouTube audience is worldwide), which she has to maintain separately.

Signing up for an affiliate program isn’t worth it for every influencer, and these programs are primarily popular among those in the fashion, beauty, and tech categories. 

The reason why Amazon’s program is so lucrative for Pratt is because many viewers who watch beauty and skincare videos come to the video looking to purchase new items to add to their daily routine. They are motivated to buy.

But still, she often doesn’t make much money on that first purchase one of her followers makes, since the products she links to usually range in price from $5 to $20. Her secret weapon on Amazon is that she also gets a cut of what her followers buy for a day after being directed to Amazon with her link.

“You get a cut of everything that person buys for that 24-hour period,” she explained.

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How livestreaming on Amazon works 

Amazon’s affiliate program isn’t the only way it is trying to entice influencers.

Amazon offers a few other programs geared toward influencers like The Drop (made-on-demand collections designed by influencers) and Amazon Live, which lets creator livestream themselves via the Amazon Live Creator app (and get a cut of sales). The ability to livestream opened to all Amazon Influencers in mid-July.

Pratt goes live on Amazon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and during a livestream she’ll run through a few different items sold on Amazon, showcasing how she uses them (similar to a TV shopping channel). Next to the video, there’s a shoppable bar that highlights the product she’s talking about, including the price and the option for viewers to shop directly. She’ll test out several different skincare and makeup products, or try a new snack.

But Pratt said that so far Amazon’s livestreaming is better in theory than in practice.

“The theory is that I’m going live and using these 20 products that are in my carousel and while I’m going live, if somebody stumbled across me and is watching and clicked on a link that I’m sharing, I get credit for that,” she said. “But the problem right now is that it doesn’t feel like they are pushing the program into the Amazon population.”

Unlike Instagram’s IGTV or YouTube’s subscriptions tab, there isn’t a portal where users can see all of the Amazon influencers that they follow. Pratt said that typically she’ll promote that she’s about to go live on her Instagram page to push her followers to watch on Amazon. Otherwise no one will know.

“Unless I do a hard push, telling people on Instagram that I’m about to go live on Amazon, nobody shows up,” she said. “It is a challenge for me to take my time away from YouTube and donate that to Amazon. For me, going live on Amazon is not as lucrative as it would be to go live on YouTube.”

Pratt said she livestreams on Amazon because it gives her the opportunity to work closely with the company and provide feedback to help make the platform better.

But right now, YouTube is simply better for making money using a livestream than Amazon — or even Instagram and Facebook, which don’t have built-in monetization features for livestreams. If Pratt goes live on YouTube, her subscribers will get a push notification and start tuning in. She can also monetize livestreams on YouTube with ads, along with adding the affiliate links to the video description.

“In the end, if I only went live on YouTube, that’s the most productive return on investment of my time,” she said of livestreaming.


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Everything You Need To Know About The Amazon Affiliate Program – Digital Market News

“Amazon Associates” is the affiliate program offered by tech giant Amazon. With the Amazon affiliate program, one can easily monetize their blog or website. This easy program benefits a wide range of people, be it new entrepreneurs, people with side hustles, or even students with their own blogs. The reason why such a variety of people are attracted to the Amazon affiliate program is that it is extremely easy to operate and the money is good too! 

What is the Amazon Affiliate Program?

Amazon Associates is an affiliate marketing program where bloggers and website owners can become a part of the Amazon family and earn from it. These Associates create links on their sites that advertise Amazon products, and when their audience makes a purchase from Amazon.com, the Associates earn referral fees.

Amazon Affiliate Program Rules

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While the process itself is rather easy, there are some requirements that you must meet and rules you need to follow to become an Amazon Associate. 

Top 5 Rules To Remember

  1. Associates need to announce on their website that they can potentially earn from the links recommended throughout the site.
  2. Don’t make any false or deceptive claims when making recommendations.
  3. Since the prices fluctuate on Amazon, it is better to avoid mentioning any prices directly. There can be some exceptions to this rule.
  4. Amazon affiliate links cannot be used in eBooks, emails, or in any other offline promotions.
  5. The Affiliate links should not be shortened or hampered with.

Before signing up with Amazon, make sure you go through their full policy.

4 Steps To Become An Amazon Affiliate

  1. Have Your Own Platform

The foremost necessity for you to join the Amazon affiliate program is that you must have an active blog/website/YouTube channel. Naturally, a website/channel with many active users and quality content will be preferred by Amazon over the ones barely active. 

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You have to describe the purpose of your channel or website when you are applying for the program. So have a clear idea about what purpose your platform serves, what will be your target audience, and how you can bring traffic to your site and promote the affiliate links.

  1. Visit The Amazon Associates Homepage

Next, you have to create your account on Amazon. Simply visit the Amazon Associates homepage and click on “Join Now for Free”. This will lead you to a prompt where you can log into your current Amazon account, or you can create a new one.

Amazon affiliate program

Amazon affiliate program

  1. Build Your Amazon Associates Profile

After signing in, click on “New Customer” and follow the prompts that will pop up.

You will first have to fill in your account details like name, address, etc. Put in your website address or YouTube channel link. 

Enter your store ID, the purpose of your site, and select the Amazon topics that your links can target.

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affiliate program

Next, explain how you plan on driving traffic to your site and how you use it to generate income. You will also have to explain how you build links, what is your average number of visitors per month, etc.

The next step is phone number verification. Enter your number and go for the “Call Me Now” to receive a call. You will have to input a 4 digit number and your account will be approved then.

You can finish up with your payment and tax details and you’ll be a part of the Amazon affiliate program. 

  1. Create Your Amazon Affiliate Links

Now that you have your Associate homepage, it will show your performance dashboard. It will show you monthly summary, earning overview, and total number of clicks. You will also find relevant products to link to based on your content.

Amazon affiliate program

Amazon affiliate program

To create your Amazon affiliate program links, you will have to log in to your Amazon Associate account so that you find relevant products. Next, tap on Product Linking, situated at the top of the page, and select Product Links. This is where you can build your links. After this, you have to find the 10-character alphanumeric Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) of the product you want to link to from their catalog. If you don’t know the ASIN, you can manually search for the product. Then confirm that the product you want has been generated. Next, click on Get Link on your right to copy the Amazon Affiliate link that you will be using for promotions. Voila! Your link is ready for use!

The last step is to include this link and other ones on your site. Make sure you abide by the rules you have agreed to previously.

This Amazon affiliate program account will be valid for 180 days, wherein you have to make at least one sale. Otherwise, the account will be closed. So before you jump into the program itself, make sure you have a fool-proof strategy to attract traffic to your site. Your target audience should engage with the links and at least a few of them should be making purchases. Don’t get your hopes too high initially as it may take some time to pick up. Meanwhile, make sure you are publishing the best content and following ethical guidelines. 

If you cannot make a sale within those 180 days, you can reapply for the program after making some adjustments to your channel or site.

All the best!

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12 Ways You Can Absolutely Make Money Online – Digital Market News

For quite a lot of people, the very opportunity to earn money online would be something straight out of their dreams. After all, who wouldn’t want to be independent of a particular employer, while spending time with their family and earning money at the same time? All it needs is a brainwave, a website that is in vogue in the market. A single hit and one would be soaring in millions from the very place they are sitting right now. But, it isn’t that easy or everyone would be millionaires at this very moment. To earn money online, one needs to be incredibly tech-savvy and well-acquainted with everything that was happening around them.

Although the process can be quite gritty, you need to buckle down and stick with it as it develops. It isn’t going to happen overnight in most cases- you will need to be by your website even when there are slim pickings. But remember, the algorithm for revenue generation isn’t all that difficult once you have settled into place. All it needs is a little time, patience, and maybe a bit of luck.

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In the event that you are still looking for ways to make money online and haven’t come across any useful information, here are 12 ways that will teach you how to make online.

How To Make Money Online Through Google Adsense

In your day to day life, you must have come across at least one website which could be displaying anything. Did you find ads there? Well, that is Google Adsense and it serves a very important purpose. For, not only does the profit start to grow when your business is generating incredible amounts of revenue, but it is also extremely easy to set it up on a fledgling website. Quite possibly the coolest thing about Google Adsense is the amount of work it is needed by the user to access it. All you need is a website or a blog. If you have one, you can simply sign up for a free Google Adsense account. Now, with the code that Google provides you, you can paste it on your blog. Google will take care of the rest- checking in the number of visits, the number of times your blogs have been chanced upon, and the traffic is being generated on the blog. You don’t even have to maintain it, or will be charged for its upkeep.

You can make anywhere from $10 to $5000 a month, even more depending on the traffic to your page. And let us tell you that there is a different form of jubilation when you find out that you have been earning $5000 a month while on the second month of your blogging journey. It will also show you other ways to monetize your blog, so there’s that.

How To Make Money Online Through Affiliate Marketing

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In the event that you are mulling between switching up a blog or opening up a website, you can also look up other options, including affiliate marketing. In this service, you simply attach or affiliate yourself with other famous brands or companies, and partner it in the confines of your blog or website. The way this works is pretty simple: you will mention a particular service or product on your website or blog, and then link it to the unique affiliation code that will be provided to you the time you sign up for the program. Every time someone buys the product or avails the service from your blog, you will earn money.

The way to simplify this is to focus on what your website or blog is all about and then searching for brands or companies that fit the bill. This will ensure that people don’t think of your entire website simply as a place for product placement. For example, if your website is all about providing financial solutions, you can link up to any affiliate programs provided by credit card companies or the like. You also have the option of signing up with umbrella affiliate programs, that have a lot of affiliations underneath. This will provide you with the choice of linking up with different brands or affiliations as the days go by.

The best way to learn about Affiliate Marketing would be to Michelle Gardner’s website called Making Sense of Sense. With a monthly earning of $100,000 and the bulk of it coming from Affiliate Marketing, she is the go-to person for anything Affiliate Marketing. In fact, her expertise has led her to launch a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

The trick is to know what the audience wants and building up your affiliations on that angle.

Consulting To Make Money Online

Yet another way to earn money on the internet is through consulting. All you need to be is an expert in the field of your choice and have the capability enough to guide people on their issues. And you would find a lot of people willing to pay you for availing your services, be it professional or personal. While you may consider yourself to not be smart enough to be picked up by major companies, you have absolutely no idea the sort of payment these companies lease in search of genuine expertise.

The College Investor’s Robert Farrington is a perfect example of this. After a few years of blogging and consulting on the side of many obscure fields, he was finally approached by a few brands that wanted his consultation on digital marketing and social media placements.

Even though Robert didn’t take up more projects than 4 to 6 a year, he managed it well around his schedule and other duties. Probably the thing that worked in his favor was that he fixed his rate at $100/hour, and before you forget this was just the money people were paying him for his ideas on how to manage a social media profile to increase their coverage.

Also Read: What Is SEO And How Can You Optimize Your Site For Maximum Profits?

If you think you are up for some good old consulting and don’t know where to go, Clarity.fm is a perfect place for you. They allow you to create an account for free, and once you are locked in, they would take it upon themselves to help clients find and avail your services.

How To Earn Money Online

How To Earn Money Online

Online Courses

If you think you have the expertise for any subject that you can also teach to people, then you should definitely try out for online courses which you can then market. These days, one can find an online course for any subject they can think of- be it culinary arts, marketing, or the law. If you believe you have it in you to teach something to people, market it.

Easy Course Creation’s Joseph Michael is the one-stop guy for online courses and their initiations. Michael has been offering several courses for quite some time now- one that involves ‘Scrivener’, a software for writing. And since his foray into this field, he has been earning six figures almost annually simply by helping people attain the courses that are necessary for them to succeed in whichever way they dream of.

Teachable.com is one platform which can help one set up their own online course. With the platform, you will be able to upload all the teaching material, whilst also making it easier to schedule classes and accept the revenue that is generated.

Earn Money Through Podcasting

If you are looking for yet another way to earn money on the internet, Podcasting can be your ticket. Many bloggers have a podcast that runs along the length of their blog, and that is one platform that should and is used specifically to attract advertisers and customers.

In the beginning, it might get pretty complicated for you to think about monetizing your podcast along with your blog. But soon you would see that there are advertisers and sponsors strewn across the board who would be willing to pay you big bucks if you added something about them in any podcast for a limited number of days. Why do you think most Youtubers mention something very specific about a guitar company when they are talking about Shawn Mendes? Well, it is because they are paid to do so.

You might earn a little bit of money in the beginning, but don’t get complacent. A lot of bloggers and podcasters earn a lot more because they never gave up. Take John Lee Dumas of the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast. According to his latest income report, he clocked around $400,000 in March of 2018.

Podcasting is an art, and to crack it you need to know a few things. Firstly, you need to establish your place- find a niche that fits in perfectly for you. Then, connect with your audience- show them why they need this podcast and what they can learn from it. And finally, work out ways to monetize it. While it is pretty tough balancing the logistics, performances, and the script- it is also very interesting and profitable.

Make Money Online Through Book Sales

In the days long gone, publishing was mostly based on print and it did take quite a long time for an author to get his book published, marketed, and his revenue generated. But in today’s world, you can do all that in a week, or less. In fact, the entire process can be done online, without having to ever meet up with a publisher for anything. Create Space is one such website that has the option for people to upload their books which are then directly taken to a publisher without a third party involved. And you can also make sure that your book gets sold on Amazon and other such online markets.

Joseph Hogue is one such blogger who has a blog called My Work From Home Money and a book publishing business. Not only has he written quite a few books, but he has also published them online to increase his income. By his own record, he sells around 700 books per month to earn a revenue of $1857 every month, which is not at all bad considering this isn’t his main source of income.

If you have a book idea, pen it down before someone does. If you are sure people would want to buy it then online publishing would be the way to go- for the cost of publishing is minimal and you are assured publication.

Lead Sales

There are quite a few ways to make money online, and one of them is by accumulating leads. In order to efficiently initiate and conclude a lead sales, there are a few steps that you need to follow. The first one being the establishment of a website. Then you need to make sure there is enough traffic moving towards that website. And most importantly, you need to be absolutely sure that the leads you are accumulating are necessary enough for someone to fork up money.

You have an example before you which will show you the way- there is a website called Life Insurance by Jeff, which helps in leading people to websites that actually provide conclusive information on questions related to life insurance. While someone might have opened up the website simply to purchase and sell life insurance to people visiting the website, that can get way tricky as the days go by. It would be much easier to sell the leads that one has accumulated over time.

To put it simply, there are purchasers who would be willing to pay up large sums to gather information on someone they can actually help out. So, it is completely a win-win for everyone, where the client gets the help, the purchasers get the information, and the one selling the leads earns his keep.

Yet again, there are quite a lot of different fields where leads can be sold. All it needs is good, thorough research, the ability to create a niche for oneself, and an audience.  And then check up on your finances to see how much you have earned.

Freelance Writing As A Way Of Earning Money

Freelance writing is the newest thing in the market, and it is extremely lucrative if you know how to write and have a creative mind for it. Remember, it is very easy to market yourself if you are confident in your abilities.

There are a few freelance writers like Holly Johnson who earn big bucks writing for different websites. In fact, she earns close to $200,000 every single year, which is on top of the amount she actually makes with her own blog.

When you keep asking yourself how to make money online, sometimes you may have to simply look at your strengths. If your strength lies in writing, use that up and make something out of it. Remember, you can’t earn a lot in the beginning so don’t quit your full-time job for this. First, let your reputation precede you- for that is when different companies would be looking to hire you. And when you can double the amount you earn with a full-time job, then you can quit it.

All you have to do is build up a reputation and deliver on time every single time. People will only hire you if you are the best, which is why you need to give your all every single time you decide to write. Also, make connections with people, for they will be able to give you higher-paying opportunities. For starters, visit Upwork.com

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Earn money

Sponsored Posts

This is something that you might have all come across while browsing through Instagram or other social media sites. Here, the trick is simple- you need to have a huge following, or your website needs to have quite a significant amount of traffic. This would enable you to get in touch with brands who would ask you to promote their stuff- something that would lead to you earning every time someone buys the stuff.

Remember, companies simply want you to upload a link of their company on your wall for you to promote them. For this, you can charge high, but you need to make sure that your social media profile is spotlessly clean, and you have quite a significant number of followers. A single blemish and this way of making money might go down the drain.

If you think the payment is small, let me tell you that there are companies who would pay you $20,000 for each sponsored post. Cristiano Ronaldo gets close to a million every time he sponsors a post. But then again he has close to 200 million Instagram followers. The math is simple- the bigger following you have, the more you make.

It can either be a website, or a social media following- whichever suits you best.

Also Read: How Can You Improve Your Website’s Traffic By Improving Your Page Authority?


Webinars are seminars on the internet where you can explain your product to a varied clientele in the hopes that someone picks up on it. It is usually free of cost, and live, so in the end, you pitch your product and provide your best case for it.

Grant Baldwin is a professional speaker who markets his online courses on Public Speaking through webinars. While he does offer quite a few tips in the webinars themselves, the real gems are hidden away in the main course which he then pitches. And more often than not, he ends up successful.

It doesn’t matter what you are selling, as long as you can attract people to it. Just set up a webinar through Facebook and attract a clientele. You would find it easy enough to talk about your services from thereon.


Most of the self-made millionaire youngsters that you hear of have come through the ranks of Youtube. This website allows you to earn money if you have a large enough number of subscribers. And trust me, you can find close to any subject under the Sun on Youtube- be it sitting in the dark for two hours, or Quantum Physics interspersed with String Theory- it has it all.

Back in 2017, Youtubers bought in combined earnings of $127 million dollars, which involved a gaming Youtuber bringing in $17 million himself- just for people to sit and watch as he played games on his computer.

While not everyone earns that much, you can still make enough cash to carry it as pocket money. All you need to do is set up Youtube’s ad technology, or bring up any sponsored product on your channel. And that’s all that’s needed.

Build An Online Community

Building an online community can be a good way to make money online, but the logistics involved in it are completely different. There are a lot of different ways to go about it- where you can create an online community with a blog that will help you earn money. Or, you could also build a community that charges a fee for membership. The trend is to set up a Facebook group where you would be able to use your influence to sell products.

The best reason to bring about an online community is if you know a bunch of people who have shared interests, and who can link you to a bunch of other people. Then, the sense of a community can really help a business develop, while also being the perfect way to earn money online.

‘How to make online?’ can’t really be a question in today’s age and time. With the internet at our fingertips and a whole host of websites to choose from, it all needs interest and a passion to work things out. If you are willing to put in the time, and energy, then things will definitely look up for you and you would be able to earn money online.

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