Going through countless blog posts to find out what products work best can be overwhelming. I wanted to create this resources page to make it a one-stop shop for all the products, programs, books and apps I use to earn money online.
See below for a list of some of the resources I use to run this blog and make some extra money online.
Make Money Online
Here is a list of websites, apps and platforms I use to make money online.
Fiverr: If you have a skill or knowledge that could help other people (i.e. business owners), then you can set up a gig with a short description and three pricing packages. Fiverr pays through PayPal upon request. (No specific skills? You can also get help in your business from other freelancers)
UpWork: With this job board for online freelancers, you set up your profile and link it to your Resume. You can browse different job postings and apply to those that best match your skills and desired pay. Upwork is similar to usual job boards in that you need to submit an application which includes a cover letter/proposal. There is a 20% fee for every job you complete and get paid for, but that fee includes payment processing and accounting statements.
UserTesting: This is my best paying source of income! With UserTesting you test websites and web prototypes by following a set of questions clients prepared and speaking aloud as you do it. Tests usually take 15 minutes and they pay $10/test, paid out the week after each completed. There is an application process to become a tester.
Share a Sale: This is perhaps the most popular affiliate network among online entrepreneurs. It has lots of affiliate programs from the most popular and trustworthy companies out there. Think Studio Press for the Genesis themes, Tailwind, Grammarly – you name it! Keep in mind that many companies use more than one affiliate network for promoting their products, but I noticed that most go with Share a Sale. Save the hassle and sign up with Share a Sale first and you won’t need to sign-up with too many networks because Share a Sale has most programs.
Awin: So this is actually the mother company of Share A Sale, but Awin works a bit different. Unfortunately, they charge you $5 to sign up with them but give it back to you in credit as soon as you login. I use Awin more for lifestyle and fashion affiliate programs (but they also have Fiverr) which I promote with Pinterest. Sign up with Awin here.
LegerWeb: This survey panel is currently my highest paying one. Surveys are quite frequent and super relevant to my profile. Pay ranges from $1-$3 per survey and you can request a PayPal deposit once you reach $20. Sign up with LegerWeb to make extra cash here.
Opinion Outpost: For the longest time Opinion Outpost was the best survey panel in my arsenal. Today it’s still my second-best paying one. Much like LegerWeb, surveys come in frequently and pay well. Payout through PayPal when you reach 100 points (=$10).
American Consumer Opinion: Even though the name says American, this survey panel also has surveys for Canadians. I get daily surveys in my inbox. Sign up for American Consumer Opinion here.
Daily Rewards: Although this is more like a digital rewards platform, I only use it for their surveys and email reading features. Payout is at $30, which I reach every couple of months. I do like how they randomly assign you referrals and give you credit for cashing out, which helps towards the $30 payout minimum.
Digital Rewards/Cashback Apps:
Swagbucks: The best digital rewards platform I’ve ever encountered online. I earn Swagbucks almost every day through searching the web, playing Swago games, answering surveys and watching videos. But the best part of Swagbucks is that I get cashback on most things I purchase online. Sign up with Swagbucks here.
MobileXpression: monitors my data usage on my iPad and then sends me weekly points that amount to a $5 e-gift card/month to spend on Amazon.ca.
Ebates: This is a cashback platform, which is perfect for anyone who shops online all the time! You can save some money on your online shopping and put it towards your Ebates payout.
Checkout 51: It’s a cash-back app for your groceries shopping. I have it on my phone and check weekly for new deals on brands and stores like Walmart. Payout is at $20, which is not hard to reach since it’s groceries we’re talking about.
Starting a Website
Having a website is a great asset for online entrepreneurs. You can use websites to showcase your skills, services, products and attract high-paying clients.
Bluehost: I have used SiteBlog and Wix and quickly realized those were not working for me. Early in 2017, I switched to Bluehost and I couldn’t be happier! As an online entrepreneur having a website is a powerful asset that can easily make or break you. You need a proper hosting service that is also affordable – sign up with Bluehost. I recommend the 12-month plan for beginners.
NameCheap: Whether you want to start a blog or open a web store, you first need to pick a domain name and buy it. Namecheap is a great place to look up and register your domain. To save big buck registering your domain check out NameCheap!
Ashe Theme: This is my current theme, from WP-Royal. As with most WordPress themes, they have a free version and a premium version, which allows more customization.
StudioPress: Where you can find the powerful Genesis framework for WordPress and many of the most popular Genesis Child Themes.
Beaver Builder: A drag-and-drop builder that makes it easier to create a brandable website without needing code or going back and forward between your dashboard and website. Check out the lite demo here.
Ultimate Social Share Buttons: A social sharing plugin to make it easier for your audience to share you content and pages.
Sumo Plugin: This is the multi-purpose plugin I’m using right now. Sumo includes high-performing social sharing buttons, easy to create opt-in forms, a subscriber managing service and gives detailed data on my website analytics. Very powerful tool that has a free version.
Schedulers & Web Tools
Tailwind: I held off on using Pinterest scheduling tools for a while because I wanted first to make sure Pinterest made sense for me. I signed up with Tailwind early 2017, and I really like it! It is super user-friendly, and it makes scheduling your pins a breeze. I also love their tutorials and weekly tips on how to make the most of this tool.
MailChimp: Free e-mail marketing/management service for anyone with a list under 2000 subscribers. This is the one I am using right now. They just added landing pages and couple more features to help capture new subscribers from your website.
Ninja Outreach: A CRM software for prospecting and reaching to bloggers. They also jam-packed posts on marketing and building online businesses. I highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter. You can check out their post, The Ultimate List of 34 Guest Post Outreach & Email Marketing Scripts, to have an idea of the solid content they offer.
G-suite: Get a professional business e-mail with an e-mail company that you already know and trust. Their plan is only $5/month and you get an e-mail with you domain name (email@example.com)
Online Learning Resources
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: This is an e-course from Michelle, the author and owner of Making Sense of Cents blog. I have been following Michelle since I started considering blogging for profit and I absolutely trust her advice on all things blog-related. I am now a student of this course, and my only issue is that I didn’t take this course earlier! If you’re completely new to blogging or affiliate marketing, I strongly suggest you first invest in knowing the in and outs of affiliate marketing with Michelle!
5 Days to Profitable Affiliate Pinning: I took this course from Christina Root at OrganizeYou.biz. Although I already had some knowledge on the matter – Affiliate Pinning – I still took a few new lessons away from it. I would recommend taking this course if you are absolutely new to Pinterest, or simply have no idea how to do affiliate marketing on Pinterest. If you’re more advanced, I’d recommend going with her advanced courses instead. If you want to read up on it first, here’s one of her posts on How to Create Substantial Income with Pinterest.
Mastering Pinterest: I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest, so naturally I had to take yet another course on it. I’m so glad I did! It’s the best course yet! This is another course from Melissa Riker! She is amazing at explaining things, down to the little details. She shows from the technical to the conceptual, but most importantly, every strategy I’ve learned from this course has been effective! Even if you have some experience with Pinterest, I tell you, you will learn something super valuable from this course! It’s well worth it the $75! Enroll in Mastering Pinterest here!
Blogging 101: I wish I had found this course before I started my blog! It would have saved plenty of headaches and maybe even some money too! This course is also offered by Melissa Riker and is super affordable too (only $19 as of this writing). I love how she makes setting up a WordPress blog so easy to understand and follow! If you plan on starting a blog, then I totally recommend checking out this course! I’d do it even if you already have a blog set up — it helped me fix some errors I had! Enroll in the course here.