A final option is a service such as Teachable or Ruzuku, both of which offer some of the benefits of self-hosted with the ease and speed of Udemy. These options have easy creation and upload like the course service marketplaces, but you can add your own domain, and customize your school like in self-hosted options. Some offer their resources for free, with more bells and whistles with paid plans. Most integrate with PayPal, or you can use their payment service.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be making extra money online. Major brands, gear companies, and even startups are willing to shell out $500-$5,000+ per post to get in front of your audience. While it’s getting harder and harder to build a massive Instagram audience, if you already have a solid niche and are posting quality content regularly with a great camera for taking Instagram photos, with a few small tweaks you can make yourself an influencer. Check out this awesome article from Shopify on how to build and grow your Instagram following to get started.
Creating space for banner ads on your website is another way to generate a revenue from adverts. However, for this type of advertising, you will need to contact businesses directly and ask them if they would like to advertise on your website. The upside is that you can charge a set amount, or even a recurring monthly fee, to business to promote their services on your site. Using a WordPress plugin like AdSanity is an effective way to manage this type of advertising.
Note: You will sometimes see results from Wikipedia or YouTube in the top four results. Pages from those websites ALWAYS have an extremely high PR. However, in a lot of cases, a YouTube video or Wikipedia page will not be something the searcher will be interested in based on the keyword he typed into Google (you need to use your own judgment here). If this is the case, you can ignore this result! An example would be something like the keyword “brass door knobs.” If a person is typing that into Google, he is most likely trying to find information on brass door knobs to eventually make a purchase, and that user wouldn’t be interested in a YouTube or Wikipedia result and would most likely skip it. That’s why those results can sometimes be ignored in our analysis.
Creating your own food blog, will not only be fun but done well it should also be profitable. Link your site to affiliate cooking products, sell your food photos, create and sell your own physical cookbook, or launch a cooking app. Equally, you could turn your cooking blog into a membership site. You would then share all your content, including recipes, how to videos, food photographs, and much more, with only your paid up members.
We’ve all heard about the rise of MOOCs and online learning platforms.  But is there a way for individual professionals to create their own online courses – and actually make money? You can’t simply expect to slap something up online and watch the dollars roll in, but with effort and strategy, online courses can become a revenue engine and powerful lead generator.
Find your niche partners, collaborators, and champions: As you’re creating your course, look for notable people who are also creating content in the space. Look att how their businesses operate and incorporate that into your own plan. You can also reach out to any influencers and make them affiliates for your own course. This way, they’ll be incentivized to share your content with their own audiences (which can be a major way to generate your first sales—it helps if you're using one of the best CRMs for small business—and start building your own community!)

Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).
If you don’t know what to make your first website about, a fun first project could be building a website for your new side business: freelancing websites for others. After all, once you’re done with the first four lessons, you’ll be qualified to build fairly basic, but professional looking websites. Then you can start charging people $500 per website to make yourself some extra money! When I first learned how to make a website with WordPress, I used to post my services on Craigslist daily, and I would get at least two to three gigs per month. You can simply make your website YourName.com or YourNameWebsiteCreationServices.com. If you decide to go this route, here is some freelancing advice to help you get started. :) 

Thanks Matthew, great article. I noticed on the email I received about it that you state “Pro Tip: If you can string a sentence of English together, the quickest and easiest way to get started is as a freelance writer. I pay thousands of dollars per month to freelance writers and it’s a skill that most people have.” but I don’t ever see such expenses on your income reports so why is that?
Thanks for getting in touch. I understand why you’re a little hesitant in joining the premium membership, after all there are a lot of shady online schemes that never get results. All I can say is that I’ve personally gotten real results from this and I love the transparency – they give you a free membership option so you can see exactly what Wealthy Affiliate is all about before making your decision.
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