Affiliate Marketing. It is possible to earn as an affiliate but one has to be extremely careful that you only recommend products or services that you use yourself and sincerely believe to be of value to colleagues. I have had a superlative service from my web host and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending All4Hosting or any other of Peter Kelley’s online services. Do I get paid to say this about my web host. I am an affiliate and I do get small commissions but they have amounted to no more than $50 since 2002. Why? Because I am much more interested in trying to recommend a superlative service to close colleagues than I am in trying to earn commissions by plastering sales spiel all over dubious message boards.
I have signed up as an affiliate for several programs and found that the merchant decides to cancel the affiliate program before I reached the threshold to receive my commissions. I had agreed to the terms knowing that this was a possibility, so I could not complain. A merchant needs time to evaluate the effectiveness of running an affiliate program and quite often, he or she decides that it comes more trouble than it is worth. The best affiliate deals are those which you arrange offline. Nothing is more effective than person to person contact.
Paid Surveys. I have taken part in several paid surveys when I have been approached by a market researcher in the street and been invited to attend a meeting at a local venue. They were extremely fair deals. It was no effort to hop on a bus and drop in to the group, (usually a private home) if I was going in that direction anyhow. I was paid £30 at the end of the hour and I used it at a local supermarket before going home. It was a one off deal and I was not pestered by other researchers wanting me to participate in their schemes. In view of this, I decided to give online paid surveys a try. I am sorry to say that I found the whole thing a waste of time and effort. It was not once off. You had to sign up to this and that and it was extremely difficult to get your details removed from any organisation that had any information about you. I would strongly advise any readers to steer away from online surveys.
Youtube videos. There is one chance in a zillion that an individual can make a video which goes viral in a short space of time. It takes years to develop a Youtube channel which pays anything but peanuts and it is fairly safe to say that only large corporations will make money from this now.
Google AdSense. Individuals can earn small commissions from running Goggle ads on their web pages, if they provide their readers with information that has been carefully researched. I have been a dedicated scam buster for years, so I do have followers on and off line. However Google Adsense is a bit of pin money now and again, it is not a business venture. It is certainly not “The Road to Riches.”