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No fluff, just a good solid list of ways to make money on the internet including blogging, social media, digital products, online sales, and more. Where possible I have made sure that as many of my suggestions are passive income opportunities rather than requiring a whole bunch of effort after they are set up. Please note, there are affiliate links in this post.

Next year is going to be my year of diversification! To most of us entrepreneurs that sounds like getting scattered and not focusing, but honestly, the more ways that we can make money, the more chances we have for getting discovered and having a breakout hit on our hands.

Additionally, not everyone loves the same things we do. I happen to love buying my books from Amazon, but some people like downloading a PDF and others want to buy a course and watch the content. I think this is a huge thing that is overlooked when we get myopic and start thinking everyone shops and surfs around the internet the same way we do.

I have broken this down into sections with different kinds of marketing channels so that no matter what you like to do, you can find something that will help you diversify your streams of income and make more money in the coming year.


  • Generating traffic and selling affiliate products
  • Hosting paid webinars
  • Sponsored posts – getting paid (and disclosing) that your post is sponsored
  • Paid advertising administered by you
  • Paid advertising through an agency like Buy Sell Ads
  • Work with the old school ad network, Google Adsense
  • Other advertising networks (great list of ad networks)
  • Sell digital products on your WordPress site with WooCommerce
  • Set up a membership site on your website
  • Start a popular forum website like Warrior Forum
  • Set up a paid directory on your site
  • Request donations using PayPal or Patreon
  • Grow your traffic and sell the site on Flippa
  • Learn the 10 Mistakes that Bloggers Make – Free eBook!


  • Set up a popup and collect email addresses
  • Sell sponsorships for individual messages
  • Promote affiliate offers (check and make sure that is allowed by your vendor)
  • Set up a squeeze page and product funnel using LeadPages
  • Sell a paid course delivered via email
  • Put a sales message on the “thank you” page for your email signup
  • Sell a highly targeted paid newsletter with proprietary data


  • Write Ebooks
  • Create an email training course
  • Record a video training course
  • Set up a membership site
  • Make graphics or clipart to sell
  • Build an App or software (SAS)
  • Sell your photography on sites like iStockPhoto and BigStockPhoto
  • Sell audio versions of your ebooks using a service like ACX
  • Start a digital magazine and sell ads
  • Make small printables like planner pages, patterns and stickers
  • Sell your custom artwork via digital download
  • Make a workbook of the systems and forms you use in your business
  • Make a really cool “quiz” funnel that leads to sales

Where to sell your digital products

  • On your website
  • Sell on Etsy (I have my digital products here!)
  • Build your own store using Shopify (this is what I use, ad, 2 week free trial)
  • Use a service like Gumroad
  • Start super easily by putting PayPal buttons on your site


  • Promote your own products or services
  • Sell affiliate products as advertising
  • Sell sponsor spots on your show yourself (paid by number of downloads your show receives)
  • Sell sponsor spots through a network like Podtrack
  • Charge guests for appearing
  • Split sales generated by guests’ appearances by using a special link for the show
  • Offer a “premium content” membership to get behind the scenes interviews
  • Create an ebook from interviews you have conducted


  • The granddaddy of them all Ebay
  • Amazon Seller Central harder to get in but a sales powerhouse
  • Fulfilled By Amazon to go hands free
  • Etsy great for handcrafted or if you are targeting women as a market sector
  • Designing and selling Tshirts has become a big business
  • Take advantage of drop shipping to become a marketer and not a warehouse worker
  • Make a hard copy of your ebook to sell, use Create Space or Lightning Source
  • Use your affiliate site to act as “consignment shop” for other sellers

Sell Ebooks

  • Sell them on your own website using Shopify or Gumroad
  • Sell either exclusively with Select or just as another channel Amazon KDP
  • Sell to a more international crowd with Kobo
  • A little harder to set up but a great outlet is Apple iBooks
  • Use an aggregator like Smashwords
  • Include an email signup in the front matter of your books
  • Comment on big author sites like Kboards and Goodreads
  • Advertise on big sites like BookBub


  • Sign up for the Amazon Affiliate Program if your state allows it
  • I LOVE the owner of JVZoo and how reputable this network is
  • The old dear ClickBank
  • CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction)
  • Share A Sale
  • Partnering with a single vendor
  • Write product review articles
  • Do YouTube videos and include an affiliate link


  • Sell your products or services using social media
  • Sell affiliate products using social media
  • Use a an automatic scheduler like MeetEdgar
  • Promote your own webinars
  • Share your product review and affiliate post


  • Promote your products or services up to six times a day
  • Sell a membership to a private Facebook Group
  • Set up a “store” on your Facebook business page
  • Run Facebook ads to sell your products or services
  • Make sure you set up a custom audience that has visited your website already so you can “retarget” them
  • Make sure you have a call to action in your page picture

Twitter – Allows any kind of link you like, posts are not “throttled” but volume of posts is an issue

  • Promote your items for sale up to 24 times a day
  • Run Twitter paid ads to sell your products or services
  • Use hashtags to show up in searches and automated events
  • Best practice to use #ad hashtag to show that a post is paid for

Instagram – Instagram is a great place to sell your physical products!

  • Promote your products or services blatantly a couple of times a day
  • Promote “behind the scenes” and candid shots of your products unlimitedly
  • Post pictures of your items for sale
  • Make sure your shop link is in your profile
  • Use relevant industry tags to gain exposure
  • Offer sponsored posts on your own
  • If you have a large following use an agency like Mobile Media Lab to sell advertising
  • Use Instagram’s paid advertising through Facebook ads
  • Best practice to use #ad hashtag to show that a post is paid for

Pinterest – Does not allow affiliate links on their site

  • Pin your products or services up to 12 times a day to different boards and accounts
  • Use Pinterest’s paid advertising
  • Offer paid spots on your boards
  • Promote your sponsored website posts
  • Use “rich pins” to allow for sales right from Pinterest
  • Post pins to your direct sale site and to the review blog posts


When I started this post about how to make money using your blog, internet marketing and social media I thought there would a ton of great posts out there competing with me, but I found lots of fluff and not really solid information. Like much of what I write, I made this list for myself so I could quickly and easily think of ways to make multiple streams of income that would allow me to diversify my income.

Where I use a product I tried to let you know. While there are a couple of affiliate links in there, all opinions are my own and none of were paid for promotion.


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Written by Robert Krauz

I find collect information while surfing the Internet and share with you through my website.

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