If you are a bookworm, there is a good chance your bookshelves are overflowing with books. Books that you have read before but know you won’t read or need them again.
Selling used books is a great way to clean up your bookshelves and make money at the same time.
But knowing where to sell used books so you can get the most cash is the most important part
These sites are some of the best places you can sell books for cash.
1. Book Scouter
BookScouter (review here) is one of the my favorite site to use when it comes to selling old books because it makes it very easy to get quotes from dozens of book buy-back sites instantly.
All you have to do is enter the ISBN of your book and hit “enter”. Within seconds you’ll have quotes from over 40 book buy-back sites.
Pick the highest paying offer and sell your book to them.
It is really as easy as that!
This is a website that will buy your books as well as paying for shipping. They’re pretty straightforward: just enter your ISBN and away you go! Pays out via check or PayPal.
eCampus is a bit unique here due in part to its university-focused business model. While there are other places to sell your textbook, this one is unique because it accepts ‘marked’ books as well. So if you have textbooks full of highlighted sections, you’re in luck.
In stark contrast to eCampus, Powell’s Books is a service that is very picky about the condition of the books that they buy. First, you put your ISBN into the text field and check whether or not they want the book. If they do, then the book will need to be in near-perfect condition. No word on whether or not you are eligible for free shipping, though the general consensus is that you’ll make the most money selling books in good condition this way.
Not to be confused with “Sell Back Your Book” mentioned above, this is a site with a similar name and a similar function. Whereas some sites ask you to wait for a buyer to agree to purchase your book, this one is purchased direct-from-seller and will allow you to send you books off as soon as you can print your prepaid shipping label. Payment is sent straight to your bank account. Like many of the other sites on the list, they will allow you to search by ISBN.
There isn’t too much t say about KnetBooks that can’t be said about the other sites, but they do provide a perfectly solid service. If you’re in need of textbook rentals, they offer those as well.
Bookbyte is another of the college-centric sites on the list and offers sales and rental services like KnetBooks. Somewhat similar to Powell’s Books in that they have strict criteria for the condition that they will accept books in. However, if you do turn in a book in very good condition, then you can expect to fetch a pretty decent price for it.
8. CKY Books
I’ve got a few good things to say about CKY Books. For one, they buy directly from you, which means no hassle of waiting for a reseller. They will handle the shipping costs themselves, which is always a good thing, and most importantly, they accept just about any type of book. So whether it’s a religious book, a political book, fiction, nonfiction, they’ll probably accept it. You can choose to get paid out by check or by PayPal, depending on your preference.
A site that does right what it says on the tin. Textbook Buyer is a service that wants your old textbooks, and they’ve established a pretty fair reputation after a decade of business. While you’ll see a lot of talk of prompt payout, good prices, and prepaid shipping on this list, it at least means something that these guys have managed to keep their business going for over 10 years with their methods. A good choice for those of us who particularly like businesses with a good reputation.
10. Paperback Swap
Another site that does what it says in the name! Paperback Swap, true to form, allows you to swap paperbacks with other users. Now I’m sure you’ll have a couple of questions when you hear that. For one, yes, it is technically a free service– though you’ll need to purchase a membership if you want to regularly swap out books. If you’re wondering how to handle shipping, it’s a “sender pays” system. So when you mail out a book, you pay, but when someone mails one to you, they pay. There is a ‘swap-out credit’ system, which basically means that once you ship a book to someone, you receive a credit that allows you to request a book from someone else.
Sites That Pay You to: Write Greeting Cards
Believe it or not, greeting cards are a massive business, so much so that I had to put them in their own section. It is estimated that the industry runs upwards of 7 billion, per year.
They’re such a common thing that you probably don’t even think twice about seeing them in daily life. It’s a birthday or some other occasion and you give a card along with your present. That’s just how it is, right?
Well, now you can also make money by writing greeting cards.
These greeting card companies will pay you to write and draw greeting cards.
This is a good option for those of you who are only looking to dabble. Moonlighting doesn’t always accept submissions, but they’ll occasionally run contests where you can submit. For a few sentences, you can make a cool $25.
Once known as just “ComStock,” this is a greeting card company that’s specifically focused on adult-themed cards. They actively accept submissions and they have a tendency to prefer raunchy cards. In return, they’ll pay you $50 for accepted submissions.
13. Smart Alex
The lighter side of the adult-themed cards, Smart Alex is more about risque and topical cards. The ‘raunchy’ type of humor you’d submit to ComStock won’t fly here, instead keep it relatively tasteful. No word on what their payment is like.
Taking a turn away from the adult sites, this is a company that prefers family-friendly messages. They like artful, personal messages, so you should keep your silly jokes for a different company. And be careful, this company is not interested in rhyming poetry submissions!
15. It Takes Two
This is a bit of wildcard entry. While I’ve read online that they accept submissions, the website says very explicitly *not* to send them submissions. You can always give it a shot, but do so at your own risk!
16. JQ Greetings
For your high-class submissions, there’s JQ Greetings. They go into and out of accepting the submissions, so you’ll want to check their current stance if you are considering submitting here. If you’re an artist, they most often are accepting art submissions (look at their catalog to get an idea for the kind of art they want.)
Second only to Hallmark in the world of greeting cards, American Greetings does actually accept submissions from freelance card creators. They aren’t just looking for any, though. You’ll need to contact them officially and set up a meeting to discuss the submissions.
These guys are always accepting submissions, though there is a warning that they won’t return your submission regardless of whether or not it is accepted. However, if you’re really passionate about greeting cards and considering making a career out of it, they are accepting actual long-term employment applications.
The big daddy of greeting cards companies. This company is making a huge market share of the greeting card industry, enough to afford their own TV channel and everything! So you can imagine that there are ways to make money through them.
Unlike many of the others on this list, these guys only accept in-house writers. So writing for Hallmark is a full-time job, and it may or may not require you to relocate. It’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to get some career experience as a writer, but not quite so great for those wanting some freelance action.
20. Oatmeal Studios
Not to be confused with internet cartoonist, The Oatmeal, Oatmeal Studios is a fun and down-to-earth company that deals with a variety of cards. Unlike some of the other tentative entries on this list, Oatmeal Studios is absolutely accepting submissions right now.
Despite the somewhat cynical company name, these guys are straightforward business-people who are willing to accept your submissions. Submissions for this company are not just limited to greeting cards, though, because they are also interested in other types of merchandise, like stickers. If you manage to get your submission accepted, it’ll be an easy $50.
22. Shoebox Cards
While this was once a standalone operation, Shoebox Cards now operates as a subsidiary of Hallmark. That doesn’t mean they won’t accept submissions, though– you can go ahead and email them from their website if you are curious about it. When I looked into it, the only hard guideline I could find was not to send too many submissions at once.
23. P.S. Greetings
This seasonally-focused card company accepts submissions, with variable payment depending per-person. They have a peculiar system of submission, it would seem: you can only send your submissions by post, and it must be in a self-addressed stamp envelope (SASE.)
24. Avanti Press
Avanti Press is among the larger distributors in the industry, and they will occasionally accept submissions. At the time of writing, it says that they’ve filled all their positions. But since they’re a noteworthy distributor, it wouldn’t hurt to send them a work sample, in case they start looking for submissions/writers again.
This company is actively seeking out salespeople to expand their range of distribution, but they are also accepting submissions for artists and editorial positions. There is a contact form of their website that will make it easy to contact them.
Sites That Pay You for: Your Junk Mails & Emails
I know, this is weird, but it’s real.
These companies use the information form your junk mail to gather data on a wide variety of mail and advertising-related topics.
26. The Hauser Group
This is a company that is concerned with knowing the specifics of how mail ships, when it arrives, and the conditions that it arrives in (they use some very fancy language to say this, but that’s the gist of it.)
You work as a “decoy,” a sample customer who receives the mail in question and then reports back to the company about it. Usually, this just means going to their website and entering information, but occasionally they will ask you to ship things back to you (in this circumstance, they’ll reimburse the cost of shipping.)
You get paid each time you report something. Sometimes you’ll get various extra benefits, such as the ability to keep the items you’ve been shipped.
This company is sometimes referred to by either name. Like the previous one, this decoy work involves both receiving and occasionally sending mail. You get paid for reporting about the letters with various information, and you usually receive a given amount of letters during a certain period of time. Then you are rewarded in point which can be redeemed via Amazon, PayPal, Globoforce or Moneybookers.
SBKC gives you points and rewards you for junk mail and emails.
You’ll be asked to correspond with a variety of industries, usually financially-related ones such as insurance, banking, and credit. It’s easy to do and can add up to worthwhile return in just a few weeks.
You can sign up with USM to become a “US Monitor,” who receives test mail to their address. Mail usually arrives daily, and then you log into the website and report what mail you received. Each piece of mail is worth 25¢, so if you receive 4 pieces of mail, you just need to enter the information into the website for an easy dollar. Do this every day, and you’ll start seeing it add up!
Sites That Pay You to: Listen & Rate Music
Who doesn’t like music, right?
Well, you are about to like it even more!
The websites below will pay you to listen to and rate music.
Probably the biggest music paid-review site, STP is here to help independent artists get the feedback they crave. This helps them in a lot of ways, and any musicians out there know how valuable honest feedback can be!
STP works on a ranking system and will pay you more for better reviews, as well as paying you more the more reviews you do. Payment ranges from 2¢ to 20¢ for just a few minutes work. They pay via PayPal. You can cash out at $10, which shouldn’t take too long to get.
Instead of paying out direct cash, Hit Predictor pays you in points. These points can be spent on a variety of things, such as CDs, DVDs, or raffle entries.
MusicXRay is a site that also has a ranking system, as in, you get paid more the more you work. At first, you’ll only be making 5¢ per review, but this can increase all the way up to $1 a review, making it the highest paying of the three sites! They do have a higher payout minimum, $20, but you can request it as soon as you’ve made your money. It goes without saying that you’ll want to put in a fair amount of time here.
Sites That Pay You for: Your Computer’s Resources
This is known as “Distributed Computing”.
So there’s a good chance that you read this and thought, “What the heck is Distributed Computing?”
Well, don’t worry, I had the same reaction the first time I heard of it!
Basically, it means that you run a company’s software on your computer that creates a virtual mini-computer within your computer (one that has no access to your files or information) which you then rent out.
Well, it is a little bit. But don’t let that scare you. All you need to know is that you run this program while you’re not using the computer and get paid for it! It’s kind of like selling server space, which is what giant companies like Amazon do (and it’s a very important part of the infrastructure of the internet!)
33. MQL 5
This company specializes in stock trading and hard number crunching. As such, they’d be glad to make use of your CPU when you’re not using it. If you happen to be big into stocks and have some insider knowledge on the subject, they also offer high-paying returns for writing relevant, expert articles for them.
34. Gomez PEER
Similar in function to Slicify, this site offers a program for you to download and run when you aren’t using your computer. It’s definitely in the “passive” range of income, with a maximum monthly earning of $45.00, but if you make the most your computer’s downtime, that’s still extra money!
Sites That Pay You to: Tutor
Dating all the way back to ancient times, knowledge has been worth money. Now you can actually turn your knowledge into cash online.
It doesn’t matter what you’re an expert in, as long as you are an expert and can teach other people, you can get paid for your expertise.
The best part about tutoring is that you can do it from home.
You can set your own hours and rates.
If you want to be your own boss, here’s a collection of sites that will help you make money tutoring.
35. Happy Tutors
Happy Tutors is not an online tutoring hub like Google Helpouts was, but rather, a directory for tutors. That means that it is free for students to come and look for tutors, and they’ll search by country and city. It helps people find tutors.
On the other hand, tutors will be asked to pay a small fee to be listed ($50/year) and can additionally pay a fee for promotion ($80/year.) While that’s a bit of a turn-off, $130 dollars a year to have your name listed in an online directory isn’t so bad. If you’re looking to really get into tutoring, it’s a worthwhile investment.
In contrast to the relatively casual atmosphere of a site like Happy Tutors, Tutorvista takes its application process very seriously. You’ll need a cover letter and a resume, just like applying to any real job. Once you apply, you’ll be considered against all other similarly qualified applicants.
If you’re accepted, they’ll put you into a semi-permanent position as one of their distinguished tutors. It’s harder to get in, but once you are, there’s less competition.
37. Tutor Hub
This one is a UK-only site. It works as you’d expect, tutors register, students search, and students pay. It’s easy-peasy. Students may contact you and arrange a schedule. Interestingly, they have a pay-by-the-minute system in place, so you’ll get paid for exactly as much as you put in.
WizIQ is pretty serious business in the online tutoring world, and for good reason. They have a strong virtual classroom system in place that will allow you to teach students on a video or audio basis, an online whiteboard you can use, desktop sharing, a file space for uploading and downloading, and a lot of student slots for you to fill. They even have Android and iOS applications to help enhance your range, so if you’re interested in tutoring, definitely look into WizIQ.
The aptly named Tutor.com is another site that requires an application process, so you’ll need to wait a while after applying for them to get back to you. When you apply, it will help your chances if you’re well-qualified in more than one subject (sadly, specialists aren’t that hard to come by.) This site isn’t doing the volume of business that WizIQ is, but they’re still pulling a respectable amount. You should definitely send an application their way while you’re looking into tutoring.
40. Verbal Planet
If your dream job is to become a tutor, you will have your dream fulfilled by becoming a legit tutor for thousands of international students. Payment is through PayPal. It does not take a cent to register with this website, but they will want to assess your skills.
If you are still pretty much in touch with the academic syllabus, this company would hire you to be their online tutors. Teaching format is one-on-one, covering a wide array of school subjects.
42. Buddy School
This is a site that offers peer-to-peer tutoring, so it’s just you and your student. They message you to arrange a lesson and you accept, reject, or respond to reschedule. I looked really hard to see if this was a video or chat-based service, but I couldn’t find any information other than “virtual classroom.” Still, it allows you to rate your teacher and earn more students based on rating, so it seems like a great platform.
Sites That Pay You to: Answer Questions & Give Advice
If full-on tutoring isn’t your style, perhaps you’d like to make money sharing smaller bits of information.
There are absolutely sites that will pay you for your knowledge in bite-sized chunks, and I’m going to tell you about them.
While some people might think that querying Yahoo Answers or Reddit is as good as any place for getting advice, other people want feedback from a professional, and they’re willing to pay for it.
If you’re ready to make that money, then let’s dive in.
43. Experts 123
You can get paid in two ways, upfront and based on the revenue share model.
For those who are looking for expert feedback on their problems, there is JustAnswer. The way it works is that someone asks a question with a monetary value attached, and once they’ve decided that your answer is acceptable, they’ll pay you the amount. You make between $5 and $25 for a response and can cash out to PayPal at $20.
You become a sort of micro consultant and are paid for basically answering questions.
46. SmallBiz Advice
This site is just like you’d think from the name. People come and ask questions about their small business, you answer, and you get paid. You can choose to get paid to PayPal or by check. This one requires some specific knowledge, but you can bet that business people are going to have questions!
A psychic-based service, of all things, Keen allows you to make money in return for channeling your psychic abilities. Psychics are allowed to set their rates and you can choose the one you want, as a customer, so it helps to keep a good rapport with those who you channel for.
Sites That Pay You to: Shop
Another great opportunity to make money doing something fun is mystery shopping.
This is different than the product testing because mystery shopping is much more about testing a company than a product.
Companies are willing to pay you for mystery shopping because it allows them a form of insight that they can’t get from their normal employees. A mystery shopper is someone who poses as a normal customer, but instead of leaving the business and keeping their impressions to themselves, they’re reporting back to corporate.
As companies come to understand the value of market research, the mystery shopping world has started to grow. Now, there are a variety of companies which are willing to pay you to mystery shop so that they can help other companies (or themselves) learn how customers think and what kinds of impressions their business gives.
You might think that there are some scammers out there just pretending to be mystery shopper services, and you’d be right. So that’s why I’ve gone through and compiled this list of trustworthy sites that will help you be a mystery shopper.
There are a lot of different types and some of them have different focuses, so do some investigating before you sign up. Some of them might deal in businesses that you have very little interest in.
49. A Closer Look
51. A Top Shop
56. Apartment Shoppe
65. Beyond Hello Inc
71. CheckMark Inc
74. Confero Inc.
79. Count On Us
86. Data Quest Ltd.
90. DSG Associates
94. Focus on Service
100. HR & Associates
103. Imaginus Inc.
104. Infotel Inc
105. Instant Reply Inc
111. LeBlanc & Associates
113. Maritz Research
115. Marketing Endeavors
118. Mars Research
120. Merchandise Concepts
123. Mystery Guest, Inc
124. Mystery Shoppers
126. Mystique Shopper
131. Pat Henry Group
132. Patron Edge
136. PulseBack, Inc.
138. QSI Specialists
144. Second To None, Inc.
145. Secret Shopper
151. Service Impressions
152. Service Intelligence
154. Service Probe
157. The Shadow Agency
159. Shoppers, Inc
160. Shoppers’ View
162. Spies in Disguise
Sites That Pay You to: Be a Mock Juror
While it is all well and good to see lawyers portrayed as seasoned vets on TV, there is actually a tremendous amount of work that goes into being prepared for legal work.
And lucky for us, there is a way to make money off of that.
Lawyers pay online mock trial services to have real people sit in on a jury and simulate a legal process. This is a learning experience for them, so it’s well worth the money, and we get to take part in something interesting!
Here is a list of a few sites that will allow you to get paid for this type of work.
163. Online Verdict
This site comes with a few restrictions: you must be over 18 and you must be a US citizen (residency isn’t good enough, I’m afraid.) You’ll be spending an average of 40 minutes reviewing each case, fluctuating from 20-60 minutes and not usually more or less than that. In return, you’ll pick up $20-60 dollars (which is great pay!) They’ll mail you the money in a check.
164. Trial Juries
These guys are a bit more secretive about their processes, but I’ve read that you make about $30 a case, with the amount increasing with the difficulty of the case. Payments are made to PayPal.
The most well-established service in this field, eJury is perhaps one of the first mock trial sites around. You’ll need to pass through a series of qualifications such as the regular US citizenship and being 18 years of age, as well as the additional requirements that you must have no mental disorders and never have been convicted of a felony. If you can pass through that, you’ll get $5-10 dollars for each case you review and paid through PayPal.
Sites That Pay You to: Play Games
Even though I’ve written about it a few times now, it always seems crazy. You really can get paid for playing games in today’s world.
Here are a few legit sites that reward you for playing games.
While this site used to feature a ton of games, they’ve since honed themselves down to one: the “Wheel of Cash.” It has a mounting jackpot system like Bingozone but functions very very similarly to LalaLoot. They have a different homepage for US and UK residents that will determine whether you’re winning dollars or pounds.
Of course, there is always Swagbucks. It can be hard to discuss how to make money with the internet without bringing up Swagbucks. It’s been around for a long time and offers many ways to make money one of which is playing games.
For every game you play, you earn points which you can then redeem for cash, gift card and other prizes.
This is a slots-based site that will allow you to earn tokens in return for viewing ads. After you’ve got the tokens, you can use them to enter into a slot machine that will have the chance to win real money!
In addition to their normal chances of winning, there is a daily $10,000 prize draw that you will be entered to win whenever you play. If you’re the type of person who loves games of chance, this site will fulfill you and take no money out of pocket.
Unlike the previous entry, this one provides you with tons and tons of games to play. Each one enters you into a small, game-specific drawing. It has lots of classics like Solitaire and Bingo, and you get “paid” in tokens that allow you to enter into the aforementioned drawings.
Going back to the realm of single-game sites, this one (as you’ve likely guessed) is just for Bingo. While the jackpot always resets to $1, it will keep adding up until a winner has been found. They hold a game every couple of minutes, all year, every day. You might want to pop over there now and see what the jackpot is at!
This is a neat little browser-based multi-player game that lets you build up in-game currency and exchange it for real life money. (300k in-game gets you $20 in real life.) It’s kind of like those old Zynga Facebook games: you collect resources, go on adventures, and attack other people to take their stuff. It’s not going to win your “game of the year” award, but it is one of the more entertaining ways to make some money.
172. Worldwinner by GSN
In case you’re wondering, GSN is the Game Show Network, like the one on TV. This is a website run by them that dispenses cash prizes in return for playing popular games like Wheel of Fortune, Bejeweled, card games, and more. I wasn’t able to find out exactly how the money works (even after looking through the entire user agreement!) but suffice it to say that with a big name like this, there is nothing fishy going on. Plus, they have one of the best selections around.
Unlike some of the sites on this list, Pogo is very upfront with its methods of monetization. You can enter for jackpots, or stick around and try to win the small daily drawing. There are a lot of games on the site to play if you’re looking to have fun, and the rewards can go up really high. For fun-seekers and money-lovers alike, this is one of the best options around.
SecondLife is a crazy phenomenon that I could write about for hours and hours. It comes surprisingly close to that name; the game supports a real-world cash economy, people spend lots of real money on it to buy virtual properties and accessories. You can see a longer digest of how to make money with SecondLife in my “60 Ways to Make Money without a Job” article.
This is the one exception I was talking about above because you will most likely need to put money into this to make money from it. But hey, there’s a whole virtual real estate market waiting to be gamed! You can also make content and sell it, stuff like clothes and events, just like in real life. You can even get paid to sit outside somebody’s shop, like a (virtual) human billboard.
There is only one big warning that comes with making money through SecondLife, and that is “don’t get too sucked in!” There are people out there who have spent their life’s savings playing this game, don’t let yourself be one of them.
Sites That Pay You for: Your Videos
You probably watch a lot more videos on the internet than you did this time ten years ago. Well, so does everybody. It’s quickly on track to replacing TV as the most viewed form of media in the world. And what’s more, our cell phones allow us to constantly have high-quality cameras in our pockets.
So, it’s inevitable that we would spend some time talking about making money with your videos. It’s no secret that top YouTubers (PewDiePie in particular) are making millions per year from their videos, and the fantasy of making your living online is more real than ever.
Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a YouTube star to make money off of your videos.
Here are sites that will pay you for your videos.
Break is a site that accepts videos, pictures, and flash games as submissions (and is willing to pay you for it!) There’s a lot going on under the hood with Break. At first glance, it seems like a normal “viral video” site, but if you look around you’ll realize that Break is a multi-fronted business that also runs a network of successful YouTube channels.
What Break wants is original, “viral” quality content that you supply. In return, they’d like to buy the rights to it so they can put it through their various distribution channels. You can make hundreds of dollars per video that will be paid out to your PayPal, so this is a great option for making money online with videos.
It’s inevitable to talk about making money online without also talking about YouTube. After all, they practically invented the model, and they’re currently the 3rd ranked site globally on Alexa. That’s nothing to scoff at, for sure, since that indicates upwards of billions of visitors per day.
Recommending to make money on YouTube comes with a few exceptions, of course– for one, the average person should be expecting to gain a lot of their viewers with YouTube, but not necessarily to make money that way. Sadly, YouTube doesn’t think that views = payment, which is why so many content creators have switched over to models like Patreon. But the sheer size of YouTube makes it so that the majority of your viewers will be gained this way, regardless.
If you manage to build something of a following on YouTube, you can try to redirect your followers to another place. Some content creators create their own websites for hosting the videos (so that they can keep 100% of the ad money) and others will redirect to other places, like DailyMotion.
Even though far fewer people have heard of DailyMotion than YouTube, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have chops; in fact, they’re pulling about 200 million viewers a month. If you become a DailyMotion publisher, you’ll be eligible to receive a portion of the proceeds from the advertising revenue. I wasn’t able to find any exact figures, but you can be sure that it is more generous than the cut you get from YouTube (at the cost of less exposure.) As soon as you’ve accrued $100, you can cash out via bank transfer.
If you thought the idea of DailyMotion’s high revenue was appealing, then you’ll be extra-excited to learn about Brightcove. You can post videos or self-shot movies for purchase or rental, with a minimum price of $1 (technically, 99¢.) In return, they’ll give you a very healthy return: 70% of the revenue!
CreateSpace is a website that will help you get your films onto distribution services, whether it is a DVD distribution or Amazon Unbox (which is being phased out in favor of Amazon Instant, but they will help you distribute on Amazon Instant.) If you’re uneasy about handing your hard-made work off to a company you’ve never heard of, don’t be; CreateSpace is an Amazon-owned company. It’s free to put your stuff up, and whether it’s rental or purchase, you get a flat 50%.
Another David that has appeared to challenge the Goliath of YouTube is MetaCafe, who are also offering superior profits to YouTube in return for your videos. While the exact rate of pay on YouTube is vague, as it is on MetaCafe, it generally accepted that you make $5 on Meta for every $1 you would’ve made on YouTube. One of the great functions you get with MetaCafe is that new videos hit the front page, like a social media website. This allows all videos a chance to get seen on their own merit.
Sites That Pay You to: Tweet, Pin, Like, Etc
Sure, you may not have as many followers as Kim Kardashian or other big celebrities have, but you can still make money on Twitter.
Here is a list of sites that will help you monetize your Twitter and other social media accounts.
While most sites are somewhat tight-lipped about how much they’re willing to compensate you for your tweets, this site does say that you can make up to $5 per tweet.
182. Loop88 (Previously Pinbooster)
Now this one is for all of the avid Pinterest users out there. It’s as basic as it comes: you pin what they tell you to, and you get paid.
This one is something like a counter-point to the previous one. While this is another service that operates through Pinterest, it is an affiliate site. That means that if people click through your link and buy something, you get a cut. Cashes out to PayPal.
184. Share Magnet
This service is cross-platform, or that’s to say that you can monetize your Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook all through this site. They’re all about getting the word out there for their sponsors, regardless of the exact social media site you do it on.
Perhaps the biggest name in tweet monetizing, this site boasts several endorsed celebrities. It certainly does make them seem like an authority on the matter, though I couldn’t find any exact details about the rate. It is known though that they’re looking for people with pretty big Twitter followings.
If you go and read the FAQ on the site, you’ll see a lot of talk about “Premium Tweets” and the like. It’s a bit complicated to get into here, so I’ll tell you the good part: you get to keep 80% of the proceeds. Basically, you convince followers to subscribe to a premium feed and then you get a lion’s share of the subscription fee. It’s a bit convoluted but the pay is solid.
Sites That Pay You for: Used Laptops
Got an old laptop you don’t want anymore?
Sell it to any of these sites for cash.
188. Amazon Trade-In
Sites That Pay You for: Photos
Among the easier options for making money online is selling photos.
While photography was once a professional’s gig, the high availability of quality cameras means that just about anybody can make money with pictures.
It is all possible thanks to stock photography.
That basically means you take a picture and you sell it to a distribution service which allows people to buy a license and then use the picture for their own purposes.
I’ve listed the best sites for stock photography below to help you find the right distribution service for your needs.
On the other side of the commission situation, we have Crestock. These guys offer you a 20% commission until you hit a hundred sales, and then they’ll bump you up to 30%. While the commission isn’t as enticing as some of the other sites on the list, there is no exclusivity clause, so you can upload to here as well as other places.
Right in the mid-range of commissions, these guys will give you a straight 50% for each photo sold. What makes Fotolia so nice is that they pay through PayPal as well as MoneyBooker (which is now known as Skrill.) But even further than that, they may be willing to give you a wire transfer if neither of those services works in your country, which makes this a fairly viable international options.
These guys are one of the largest stock photo distributors around. You get a 20% commission to begin, but they’ll double that rate if you offer your photos to them exclusively. Since they are such a large distribution platform, you can also upload various forms of media – stock video, audio, or even art (drawn, digital, or flash-based.)
Veer is unique among the entries on this list because of the variety of options that it offers for compensation. In basic terms, they offer a 30% royalty, but you can also allow them to be purchased via subscription (a subscription provided via the site) and accept a smaller cut, with the premise of a higher volume of sales. They also offer the ability to sell typefaces, in case you can create those.
Arguably the biggest distributor of stock photos on the web, Shutterstock offers a wide distribution base as well as a variety of ways to get paid for your efforts. There are 3 big ways to get paid:
1. Refer uploaders. That means that if someone signs up under your referral link, you’ll make 3¢ every time they sell a photograph. It’s a small change, but it also requires the least effort– just refer them and pick up the profits.
2. Refer buyers. You’ll get a better cut if you get people to follow a referral link to come to the site and make purchases. 20% of the sale goes to you once they purchase, with little to no effort on your part.
3. Provide your pictures to Shutterstock and make 25¢ per purchase. While this is a low return, there are multiple advantages to it. For one, there is no exclusivity clause, and for two, those 25¢ can really add up with as large a website as Shutterstock.
This website will give you a roughly 80% commission on your sales and also allows you to set more specific rates like bulk purchase discounts and more. Technically, they offer an 85% return, but this is offset by a 3% processing fee, so you can consider it basically 80%.
This site is a little bit confusing– while I’ve read that they offer up to an 85% commission on their sales, going to their home page seems to be a redirect to other photo websites, something similar to Bookscouter.com. Purportedly, you can make between 70%-85% on your photos, but you’d have to get to the point where you’re actually uploading them to find this out.
On this one, you can make between 30¢ and $3 for your images. You sort them by categories, and if there is a category that needs photos more than another, you’ll get more money for uploading pictures for it.
These guys have a nice system in place– you make an even 50% commission, as well as 15% of the profits from any referrals who make a purchase. You can even refer other photographers and make 10% of their sales, so this a good site both for selling your pictures and for referring others.
This is a site with a very juicy cut of the profits. You can make 50%-80% of the profits each time your photo is sold. If you want to get the highest profit margin, you’ll want to make sure you offer the photo to Dreamstime exclusively– they like to have unique images, and they’re willing to reward you for it.
Sites That Pay You to: Click
Without getting too deep into it, the basic concept with paid to click is that you get paid (usually pennies per ad) to view ads.
Here is a list of paid to click sites.
Sites That Pay You to: Do Data Entry
In this section, I’ll be listing data entry jobs as well as some other data entry-like jobs.
Most of these don’t require any particular skills, but some will, such as transcription websites. I’ll provide a reference to what type of websites they are, so you can choose the ones that fit your needs.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with these terms, here’s a quick rundown:
Data Entry means you’ll be taking information from one place and writing it somewhere else.
Micro Tasks are various small tasks that need doing, like writing descriptions for images or tagging content as appropriate or inappropriate. Transcription is listening to audio and writing down a record of what it says.
218. Amazon mTurk – Data Entry, Micro Tasks, Transcription
The big daddy of all micro task/data entry sites, Amazon mTurk dominates the competition in terms of job availability. Pay notwithstanding, there is always work available on mTurk.
The issue with this is that there is no guarantee that you’ll be paid well for working on mTurk. There are good-paying jobs, for sure, but it’s total chance whether or not you find them in time. If you’re more of a number-cruncher, you can try to take hundreds of tiny jobs and complete them in a hurry, so that the cash adds up. If you can accomplish that, you might be awarded Master status, which will open up access to better, higher-paying jobs.
mTurk is a perfectly viable option for getting into the online working, and I’d recommend at least giving it a shot. But you probably won’t be making full-time wages, so you’ll want to keep your eyes on greener pastures.