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Can you make money online for free?

Written by Chris Johnson  · February 20, 2008

Guest Post by Chris Johnson

There are a lot of paid programs out there that you can try out to make money online, but many of them end up badly. While reviewing a forum on such oportunities, I checked into some of the programs they mentioned. The disproportionate amount of screens appologizing for the program closing, it was never their intent to have any one lose money, etc was staggering.

So, can it be done for free? That depends on how much work you want to put into it. Sites like, Hubpages, and Squidoo will pay you for writing articles and pages about what you know, and some will pay you to play games like and uVme. You can also try blogging for money by writing reviews at places like Blogvertise. Or if you have talent with a camera, try your hand at There are plenty of free resources out there, but the trade off is that it takes longer.

This is where the number one skill of any webpreneur comes into play. Patience. If you expect to start a venture and within a week be rolling in the dough, think again. It takes time to build your blog or website’s reputation up through networking at places like Blogcatalog, Linkshare, and Linkreferral. Many social networks also help in spreading the word, but as they are SOCIAL networks, you need to participate and show the rest of the community that you take it seriously.

Some paid services will be unavoidable. You will probably need a domain name, and some advertising is necessary. But is fairly inexpensive, and sites like ScratchBack allow you to spend a small amount of money, called “tips”, to appear in another blogger’s “Top Spots”. They can also pay you for the same privilege. Adwords is also a possibility, but you’ll probably want to wait untill your readership will justify the expense. Just remember, persistence and patience are the most important tools that you possess. Keep at it and you will realize the benefits.

Chris Johnson is a regular Joe, living in West Virginia, who dreams of making money online without spending money to do it. If you’d like to follow along with his quest, check out

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6 Responses to “Can you make money online for free?”

  1. George Manty on February 21st, 2008 4:33 pm


    I think you can be successful without advertising at all. I know some people who have spent nothing on advertising and managed to be very successful.

  2. Chris Johnson on February 21st, 2008 7:57 pm

    Definitely, you can become very successful without advertising. Some controlled advertising should be seen as a way to jump start the process, though. Otherwise, if your product or service is just fantastic, it can, often times, sell itself.

  3. George Manty on February 21st, 2008 8:55 pm


    Absolutely, the more visible you are the better. Advertising can certainly help.

  4. Internet marketing niches on February 24th, 2008 12:48 pm

    Yes, but not too much money..

  5. Niche Annihilation Method on February 25th, 2008 9:01 am

    In my opinion, it is possible to make money without spending any money but that would not be effective in the long run especially when it’s time your time becomes premium.

    If I have ample of time but lack of budget to start an online business, I’d start slowly using free methods and build them there.

    After getting customers, I don’t think anyone should limit the way they can reach their customers if they can do it effectively and get positive ROI immediately or on the long run.

    If I get $2 for paying $1 through ads, I’ll definitely do it, anytime… (ethically.. but it’s another discussion ūüôā

  6. Free High Pagerank Dofollow Blog Comments on June 13th, 2008 6:12 pm

    You can easily make money for free, albeit slowly. GPT sites and paid-to-write sites are good solutions to make a few quick bucks without spending any in the first place.