Want to know how to make money online as a teen? In this post I hope to bring you a complete guide of the top method to make money online as a teen in 2018. These are the most effective and consistent ways to make money online from my 7 years of experience making money online. You will make money if you follow the plan that I am about to lay out for you and it is certainly not a scam.
Being a teen in today’s world can be a challenging thing. It is harder than ever to find a steady stream of income for yourself, since many of the once considered “high school jobs” are being filled by adults. These include cashier positions, dog walking, hamburger flippers at McDonalds….you get the drill. Due to this, many kids are relying on their parents for income at least until they go to college or get their first full time job once graduating from high school. Or they are able to babysit a few times a week or caddy in the summer to make themselves minimal income. It truly is difficult to find a way to make yourself a steady stream of income if you are not legally an adult yet.Unfortunately for many teens and college students out there, they do not realize the money making machine that is the internet. You’ve probably all seen the spammy ads on the bottom of websites, promising to make you hundreds of dollars a day for taking surveys, right? Well if thats your first impression for making money online then it can’t be a good one. Most of the opportunities that are currently present on the internet for teens to make money are in fact scams set up by people looking to make a quick buck. However, that does not mean that there are not ways to make money online. In fact, for those of you who are new to this website, Teens With Money, that I started 7 years ago when I was 16, I want you to check out my other articles to see fr youself. I was able to make nearly $6,500 from online earnings. I now have a full-time job, so this online income is added on top of my already established income from my job to give me a very solid annual income. This year I hope to make an additional $10,000 which is a lot of extra money for very little work.
So without further ado, this post will be a detailed article on how you can begin making money online as a teen or college student today.
Lets Get Started!
So I assume that you’re reading this article because you are a 15-25 year old (or possibly a stay at home mom/dad) and are looking to make yourself some legitimate money online. In this post I hope to get you started in your ventures and get you off the ground running. When I first started exploring ways to make money online as a 16 year old I tried just about every scam program that is available. There are literally hundreds of “survey” sites out there that promise you that you can make “hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month!” Let me start off by telling you that unless you have a blog with hundreds of thousands of readers a month, then you will not make thousands of dollars on survey sites. However, with hard work it is certainly possible to get there!
After 7 years there are only 3 survey sites that I count on each month and actually pay me monthly. They are:
I suggest that you sign up for these 3 websites (all 100% free), before you do anything else. With these alone you can make yourself an easy $20/week which is nearly $100/month….not bad if you’re just starting out. Filling out surveys and offers is a great way to make yourself guaranteed money and I suggest that you spend a few hours each week doing that so you can make yourself some money. You will certainly not get rich from filling out surveys alone and it will get quite boring/repetitive over time. But don’t give up…. the real money lies in the power of REFERRALS.
Start a Blog
Now that you’re making yourself $20/week from these survey websites you’re going to want to scale that up, or at the very least automate the process so that you no longer have to work yet are still making $20/week. Have you ever seen those huge survey site checks for $2,000+? Well I promise you that that is from someone who has a blog with a huge following and is able to get hundreds of referrals a month. No one in the history of survey websites has been able to make $2,000 from survey sites alone.
Head on over to WordPress (I recommend WordPress over Blogger even though this website is a Blogger site) and create yourself a blog. WordPress is also very beginner friendly and offers tons of free, yet very attractive templates that will make your website stand out.
Next you will need to get yourself hosting and a domain name. I recommend doing a custom (paid) url over a free url because it will rank much much much better on search engines, which will in turn make you more money. GoDaddy offers very cheap hosting/domain name packages ($12/year). Remember that it takes money to make money and your original small investment that your website costs will pay off big time if you put in the work.
For a more detailed explanation on this process check out a GoDaddy article on Getting Started with WordPress.
What Should My Website Title/Domain Name Be?
Always a very tricky and overthought issue. As you can see the focus of this website is teens and how they can make money online. So this websites domain name is www.legitimatesurveysites.com. If you choose to make a website about college students making money online, you’re domain name could be www.collegestudentsearnmoney.com…..you get the basic idea! Your domain name is going to want to have some of the keywords you are targeting in it. A website about Paid Online Surveys, should not be called Kitty’s Galore! People clicking on the website will think that it is about kittens, not paid online surveys.
Once you have your website set up you are going to begin writing articles. You’re probably thinking, “but what should I write about?!” Easy…offer people unique help and teach them how to make money online like I am doing for you right now. Tell them about the survey sites that you have joined and how you are already making money online as a beginner. At the beginning you should target coming out with a minimum of 3 articles a week. These articles should be about 500-750 words in length. This may seem like a lot, but websites rank on Google/Yahoo because of content. If your blog does not have any content then it will not rank and you will not make any money. This website did not rank well and I barely made any income with it until I had written 50 articles. Unique content is KING to ranking well on Google.
*Important* Make sure that you remember to put your survey site referral codes on your website! Once people begin to visit your website you will make yourself money from having people sign up for the survey sites under your referral links.
For examples on what to write about here are some of my earliest articles that I came out with on this website:
Educate Yourself On How to Make Money Online
Paid Online Surveys- CashCrate is The Best For Teens
How to Get CashCrate Referrals by Using Your Blog
Once you have a blog with some articles on it you are going to want to apply for a Google Adsense account. Google Adsense is a simple and free way to make money by placing ads on your website. The more visitors your website gets, the more money that you will make. This should give you even more incentive to write additional articles, because as your articles begin to rank on google your website will get more and more visitors. Now, on top of the income you are receiving from your weekly surveys and survey site referrals, you will be making income from adsense! Depending how much work you put into your blog and how popular your keywords are, you can definitely make yourself an extra $500 a month.
For a more detailed post on Google Adsense read my article, Teens Make Money Online with Google Adsense.
How Do I Get Traffic to My Website?
Probably the most difficult and most annoying part about creating a new website is not getting any traffic to reward you for your efforts. When I first started my website in 2009 there were many artificial means to ranking my website such as paying for backlinks and article marketing. However in 2016 that is no longer possible. Google has altered their search algorithms so that only legitimate websites with unique content and a strong social presence can rank well. However, that does not mean that it is not possible, this update actually helps website owners who care about their product and aren’t scammers.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is create content (write articles) that is truly unique and that people want to share. If you can create lights out articles that everyone and their mother wants to read then you will rank on Google pretty quickly. There is no magic formula to ranking high on Google and other search engines, just write quality content and you’ll be set.
The next thing that you are going to want to do is to create your website social media profiles (even if you are the best writer on the face of the earth.) Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and Linkedin. Every time you make a new post, share that post on your social media pages and make sure that you begin to follow people to ensure that you get a following. I also post my articles on discovery engines such as Stumble Upon and Digg.
You can also write guest posts on similar websites and link back to your website in the article via backlinks. You can view a great article that I wrote on How to Get Backlinks back in 2009. Some of these methods no longer work such as article directories, but blog commenting and blog directories still work great. However, the best way to get natural traffic is to create content that people want to share and if you can do that you will rank well on Google and you WILL make a lot of money through survey site referrals and Google Adsense!
Don’t get overwhelmed by the above information, it really is not that hard and with these methods I can promise you that you will make money online as a teen. There are certainly other ways to make money that I have highlighted on this blog like Micro Niche Sites, ClickBank and Pay Per Download. However, the above methods I have wrote about in this article are the most effective and consistent. I have always made consistent money from a blog, survey sites and adsense and know that I will continue to make money for myself in the future.
If you have any comments or questions please post them below. Good luck and hope that you have a great day!