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5 Real Ways To Earn Money Online

Many people want to earn money online. Making money online is becoming more and more the norm these days. There are so many ways to make a bit of extra cash – some are well known (for example, eBay and Gumtree) and others less so. This post is focusing on those sites in which you don’t need to sell anything or pay anything upfront.

Personally, I’m not a fan of schemes in which you have to pay something upfront. I know some people do gain success via those methods, such as direct selling and props to you if it works for you. However, I’m just going to be looking at sites that are free to sign up to or join.

Ways to earn money online

1. Completing surveys

Surveys are a great way to make a bit of extra money. OK, you’re not going to become rich overnight or at all with this method but a little bit each month adds up. I’ve done a few surveys in the past, though I don’t do as many these days as I just don’t have time. A few that I would recommend are:

* Pinecone – possibly the best survey site as you earn £3 per survey. On the flip side, its very difficult to get become a member and you dont seem to get many surveys (at least from my personal experience). Try this link to sign up.

*Global Test Market – I’ve only recently signed up to this site but I’ve read quite a few good reviews on it. You can sign up here.

*Opinion Outpost – Get paid cash for completing surveys with a low minimum cash out. You can sign up here.

*Onepoll – you need to earn £40 before you can cash out but it soon adds up. You can find out more here.

2. Freelancing sites

If you’re good at writing, admin, web design, selling then consider selling your services via a freelancing site. The mains ones I use are:


*People per hour



I’ll be writing a post on these soon with lots more information about how you can get started!

3. Web evaluation

You can check out my post here on the best companies for applying to be a web evaluator. Though the job is quite difficult, its decent pay and part time hours.

4. Utest

Get paid to test websites and earn £££. Utest is a crowdsourcing platform and you need to be approved before you can start earning money. I’m yet to sign up, so I’ll let you all know how I get on.

5. What users do

What users do is where you review websites for cash. You need an up to date browser and a microphone in order to do the work. You also need a paypal account to be paid. It’s around £8 per website review depending on the task. You can sign up here.

Free Stock Images: 16 Incredible Sites to Search


If you’re writing for a client or even writing your own blog, the chances are you will need free stock images. If you’re a photography whizz then you’ll be able to take your own photographs. If you’re like me, however, you’ll be interested in finding some free stock images for your work.

You may be able to get permission from certain photographers to use their work but if that’s not possible then here are a few amazing websites where you can find free stock images to use for your work.

*You’ll need to check each site carefully as some images may require attribution*

Free Stock Images


A lot of users offer their work under a creative commons license. I find these are suitable for certain types of informational articles and blog posts but they’re not always as high quality as other photos elsewhere.


Over 350000 images to browse from. Some images need crediting and you’ll need to sign up to the website but membership is free.

Creative commons search

This site allows you to search multiple sites for free images. Attribution may be required, depending upon the owner – a link back is normally suitable but its important to note if any credit is required.

Stock photos for free

A site with over 100000 photos available. Photos are categorised into different genres and you need to sign up for an account to download images. Membership is free.

Free range stock

Membership to this site is free and images can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Stock vault

Free stock photos for creatives. Make sure you check the f.a.q to determine how images can be used.

Every stock photo

A massive database of stock photos.


A great resource for free photos to use for your blog or articles.


High quality photos. One of my favourite sites – I often use their images for my posts.


Another great site that I’s used many times. Images are licensed under creative commons.


Free images with no attribution required.

Death to the stock photo

Receive free images to your email every month.


Free images for creatives.

Snapwire snaps

Receive 7 free photos every 7 days.


Free high quality images.


Receive 10 new images every 10 days.

Web Evaluation – A Work From Home Job

web evaluation earn money online

If there is one thing that is a struggle to find when you first start freelancing, its work from home opportunities. Now, you may already have a few contacts to help you and I mentioned a few places to start looking in this post. However, today I wanted to talk about a real work from home opportunity that exists – web evaluation.

What is web evaluation?

Web evaluation involves a web search evaluator to assess many web pages to consider how they should rank in web searches. The role of a web search evaluator may also be defined as a web judge or internet assessor.

Where can I find web evaluation work?

There are several companies that offer genuine work from home opportunities in web evaluation.

* Appen – Appen or Appen Butler Hill as they are also known offer worldwide positions in web evaluation. You’ll find current vacancies here.

*Leapforce – Leapforce is another company that offers jobs based from home in web evaluation. You can find out more here.

* Lionbridge – There are several job opportunities available at Lionbridge. These include translators, interpretors and crowdsourcing jobs. You can find out more here.

*isoftstone – There are vacancies from transcribers, annotators and crowd workers. You’ll find the current vacancies here.

How do I apply for these roles?

Each company has different requirements. Most will require you have a good internet connection, up to date anti-virus protection and good analytical skills.

I’ve applied to two of these companies and I can assure you that they are quite difficult to get into. Once you’ve applied and got through the first stage, you’ll normally have to pass an exam. These exams are pretty hard going but its basically a trial run of the job you’ll be doing.

With web evaluation, you’ll either be great at it or you’ll struggle. I managed to get to the exam stage at two companies and failed both times. I really found it hard to grasp as each company has a set of guidelines you have to follow when you’re rating websites. If you can understand the guidelines then you’ll probably find it relatively straightforward.

The pay for these companies is above the national minimum wage and you normally have to commit to 10-20 hours per week. You dont get paid for the training/exam stage either. None of these roles are call centre based, so you dont need to worry about answering calls. The job is completed from your home computer.

These are all genuine and real work from home jobs – no scams or pyramid schemes! These jobs are definitely not easy though, so if you’re not prepared to put the work in then these probably arent for you. If you want to earn some extra cash and are up for a challenge then give it a go. I’m pretty sure Lionbridge offer an 11 month contract but the others vary. These may not be long term and as with most freelance work, you dont have the luxury of job security but there are people out there who have done this line of work for many years.

Let me know if you decide to apply. I’d love to know how you get on!