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How I Started Making Money Online (A Recap of my Journey)

This question has been asked of me many times. My story doesn't change, however, the answer changes because the timeline keeps stretching and there's more history to add on. It began in 2007. Here's my story.

I found myself unemployed and needed to figure out a way to work from home. My kids were gracious enough to furnish me with a computer that had Internet access. I did a search for income opportunities. Found something about being an and started with that. Found a D.I.Y. app to build my own website free and share affiliate links. It was disastrous. But I didn't give up.

Since the wasn't going very well, I searched online for . Most of the sites wanted to charge a fee to join. I finally found one that requested only a writing sample. If they approved I could sign up for free. My sample was approved and I started writing. That site no longer exists but it was a great jump start! From there I just started looking for more writing sites. I found some writing sites that also allowed affiliate marketing. Writing and earning sales commissions? A twofer! Even better!

Somewhere along the timeline, started popping up. These communities had revenue-share plans and there was no fee to join. I hopped on the bandwagon. Many of the sites disappeared without paying me. Some of the sites are still here and I am being paid. Live and learn.

I also started using my accounts more aggressively for affiliate marketing. (When I first started I didn't know that I could.) Mainly I use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram. It seems to be working, although I am certain I could do better if I had more followers.

Time has passed and I have continued with my efforts. The best break was when I started in 2017. A friend suggested that I join one. Not only was the income consistent but I was learning a lot and getting some great advice from others.

My latest make money online endeavors involve getting my feet wet wading into the digital waters of . While learning, I'm earning and other . I started with faucets because it was the easiest way for a newbie to get started. This effort is going slowly but it is moving along. Better slow than standing still or going backward.

So that's it! From 2007 to 2018. That's my story!

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MegL wrote on September 25, 2018, 6:01 AM

You certainly have seen a lot of changes!

VinceSummers wrote on September 25, 2018, 2:52 PM

I'm not sure why, but I don't like the idea of cryptocurrency. I avoid it. While I enjoyed making decent bucks at Demand Studios, I now have my own site. I keep thinking, "It will take off." While it doesn't, it does keep getting better. But make money writing or not, I will always have what I need. I keep seeking the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33).

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 28, 2018, 12:24 AM

I'm glad you didn't give up, and here's to more success in the future! :)

frankie2015 wrote on October 4, 2018, 10:37 PM

Wow you are just like me except I have never tried affiliate marketing or cryptocurrency. Lately I found another passion and that is translation. Although I am not a certified translator, I am making some money with that type of work. I enjoy it a lot, along with its challenges. Congratulations to you in all your projects.

AliCanary wrote on November 25, 2018, 3:34 PM

I'm doing just a touch of freelance writing and mostly just working on my own blogs when I have time. I work full-time now, so freelancing isn't really a necessity. I admire how you've been willing to jump into so many things!