Know of another avenue? Let us ALL know!! Leave a comment in the comment section! Keep in mind that these won't make you rich but could add a little extra to your pocket!
You may have seen from time to time sponsored posts on blogs. Social Spark is a very reputed company that is a wonderful network in which you can earn money on your blog in the form of sponsored posts.
For an example of a sponsored post via Social Spark, here is a fun one I did back in May of last year My Mini Moment.
They believe in 100% disclosure so every paid post you would write would be disclosed. The amount of offers you receive will vary depending on your page rank and genre. When I first signed up with Social Spark I barely had a page rank (it was 0) so at first I didn't see many offers. However, even when I was a page rank of just 1, I received offers quite regularly. These offers ranged from $5.00 on up to $20.00 per 200 word post with required no follow links.
Approval for each post is fast and you don't post anything on your blog until the written post is approved by the advertiser which is great. You can either to chose self publishing (where you publish yourself after approval) or direct publishing (where SS will automatically publish your post once approved). Pay out is 30 days and you are able to cash out at $50.00 via paypal or you can cash out early but will be charged a $2.00 fee. I can not recommend this company enough if you are wanting to earn some money on your blog. The opportunities are interesting and for the most part fit right into your genre. You decide what opps you want to take and normally you have about 3 days from the time you take an opt to write up your post for approval.
If you decide to sign up as a publisher feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Cash 4 Books
I really love this site mainly because it's super easy. If you've got extra books on hand and would like to sell them for cash that's sent directly to your paypal then look into Cash 4 Books. I joined the site a couple months ago and have already sent them 2 shipments of books (which they pay for) and have received money in my paypal for doing so!
There are more detailed instructions on their site but basically after you sign up, you can enter the ISBN # on the back of your book and they will give you a $$ offer. Should you wish to sell it to them then you print a shipping label from their site and tape it on your box for FREE Shipping. In addition, once they've received the books and check them over then you will receive the payment in your paypal.
Keep in mind that they do not take books that have been worn to pieces or have had damage. You can check this out at their website as well. All the F & Q's are available before you sign up!
SYNOVATE - Synovate is an online legit research company that you can sign up for HERE.
I have heard nothing but good things about this company and have been a member for a few months now.
I've already earned enough points to cash out plus some and it's super easy. I have also been invited to an exclusive campaign which will be ongoing throughout the year. In addition they have interesting surveys! Basically you take surveys and sometimes you receive free products to try in exchange for your opinion. It reminds me of Pinecone Research (which is awesome).
Being a Panel member is easy and provides many rewards. The rewards are easy to earn by simply spending some time each month answering questions about your likes and dislikes. In addition to being first to try and test new products before they hit the store shelves.
Their minimum payment is only $5.00, so you can start earning quickly!
Synovate sign up HERE.
Are you already a member? Do you like it too?
Toluna - Toluna is a survey site. It's free and easy to join HERE. They have fun polls which is an easy and fast way to earn points. You earn points through survey offers delivered to your email that you can chose to take or not. In addition, when you fill out your complete profile you get points as well. Once your account obtains a particular amount of points you can then cash them out. Once you have accrued 60,000 ($20.00) you can then request payment via to your paypal account. With my personal experience it does seem like quite a bit of points to cash in for the $20 but if your looking for something extra to add to your current survey sites or just to kill time with incentives then you may want to join. I do receive a lot of surveys through Toluna and for the ones that I may not qualify for, I do get entered into a sweepstakes drawing. The one downfall for me personally is that I sometimes find the surveys to be boring and sometimes a waste of time for those that I don't qualify for. I've also heard that some people even receive product tests however, I haven't been one of those. All and all it's not my favorite but it's easy and can be interesting especially the polls.
Escalate Affiliate Network - If you are a Blogger OR have Twitter OR Facebook OR Craigslist OR Adwords OR even Myspace then this might be right up your alley. This is one of my favorite affiliates. The number one reason is the LOW payout ($25) and directly to my pay pal (or check if you desire)! A lower payout means you don't have to have a large sum in your account to get paid. I also have noticed that as opposed to other affiliates they most of the time offer the higher payout per "creatives" that you use. A creative is a banner in the form of a link or image that you put on your site. It's extremely easy to track your account unlike some others that give you a chart that you can barely make sense of. Escalate Affiliate's site is EASY to navigate and if you have any questions at all just drop them an email. I've done this many of times and they get back to me in a timely manner and keep a close niche with their people. If you have multiple blogs or accounts via social networks, you don't need to be "approved" for each site. Once you are in - you are in. What's great is that if you have Twitter or Facebook or other social network there are offers that allow you to earn $ through those sites as well. You must make sure that the particular "creative" that you want doesn't exclude those.
You cannot promote an offer in any way that violates the terms of service of any site (i.e. spamming through MySpace messages, unsolicited email, etc.)
Escalate Sign Up HERE
Focus On Service - This is another secret shopper service however it's only for Longhorn Steakhouse and TGI Fridays(in select locations). You will need to live near a Longhorn's to qualify and must be at least 21 yrs old. You get your check within 3 weeks of doing a shop at Longhorns. There is a maximum number of shops you can do per year and each need to be at least 4 months apart however if you like dining out, this may be right up your alley! There are requirements for the shops like you must order an entree, possibly a dessert etc. There is a set amount for reimbursement and if you get it done before deadline there are often a $10 bonus attached. Like with most secret shoppers being detailed oriented helps and you are an independent contractor not an employee.
Marketforce - If you are a shopper at heart you may want to checkout Marketforce. This is a free legit company which I've previously worked with in the past that pays you to be a secret shopper. What is a secret shopper? Basically companies pay organizations to select "secret" people to go into business's and rate them on how they are doing whether it be customer service, how quickly they help you, or if they mention special promos, how clean the establishment is etc. You work as an independent contractor not as an employee. The more detailed and observational you are the better. Basically shops will be presented to you based on your area of residence and level of experience. For instance if you live near a Pizza chain there may be "phone shops" available or a local grocery store may have a shop available. The more you do, the more opportunities you may get. You choose what shops you want to. You have to follow the guidelines given for each assignment and turn any pictures, notes and any paperwork within the time frame set out in your shop assignment guidelines. I was paid by check once a month for shops that I did during that month including reimbursments. No waiting to get paid or having to have earned a certain amount. Another thing is that there are many different avenues available to do a shop in such as:
Casual Restaurants - Fast Food Restaurants - Convenience Store & Gas Stations - Drug and Grocery - Retail - Movie Theatres
You must be at least 20 years old and have a minimum of a high school education.
Access to a computer is required
Sponsored Tweets - Basically, advertisers send you offers and you get to pick what gets tweeted. The larger your audience and specific targeted genre the better. You decide the starting price for your tweets and you get to approve or deny offers to tweet. So, ultimately you are in total control of what's being tweeted out. In addition, every tweet has an ethical 100% disclosure policy. Sponsored Tweets pays via PayPal or check. The better you twitter stats are, the more $$ you could make tweeting. Also, they have a referral program - When a tweeter signs up using one of your links or badges you will receive 10% of SponsoredTweets portion of revenue for each successful transaction that Tweeter makes.
The minimum payout is $50.00.
Your twitter account must be at least 60 days old and at least 50 followers and 100 status updates.
Sponsored Tweets Sign Up HERE
Pinecone Research -
By far, this is one of my favorite sites. They aren't always accepting applications, but if you have ever have a chance to join them - do so! Pinecone Research pays via pay pal or check and promptly! Each survey pays $3.00. At times you may even be given FREE product samples to try and in return give your feedback on a survey for an additional $3.00. The only downfall is it's hard to get in. They have openings every now and then. Right this very moment they do not. But again if you ever see a website saying that Pinecone Research is taking new applications, jump on it!
HCD Surveys -
The way this one works is with surveys. You get points as you complete surveys that come to your email box. Once you reach 1000 Points you get a pay out - which is equivalent to $10.00. Checks are the form of payment. Surveys range in points from 50 pts. on up. In order to do well with HCD you should do the surveys promptly! I find that the quicker you get a survey done with HCD the better. I sometimes procrastinate around and then when I finally go to do one it says "Sorry, due to overwhelming response the survey you were trying to participate in has closed. Thank you very much." What's nice is if you do not qualify for a survey you still get credited 10 points.
Opinion Outpost -
Opinion Outpost has different redemption options for getting paid. You can redeem points you earn from surveys for an Gift Cards or you can opt to receive a check. You must accrue 50 points to get paid which is equivalent to $5.00. Survey points vary from 10 points on up. The only downfall I find with this company is that I often times don't qualify for their surveys. Other than that Opinion Outpost is a decent site to earn a little cash.
In a nut shell Ebates gives you cash back on purchaes you make online to lower your final out of pocket expense. There is a sign up bonus of $5.00 HERE when you join. How it works is when you are ready to make an online purchase, go to the Ebates website after you've signed up and click on the store you want to shop at. There are a ton of stores - most you probably already shop at! After your purchase is complete and confirmed (within 48 hrs) your cash back will show up in your ebates account. Ebates pays out your cash via pay pal quarterly. I go through ebates all the time and they do pay out!
When you use Swagbucks as a search engine, you regularly receive points (digital dollar) that can be redeemed for prizes like gift cards, clothing, video games, etc. for free. They have a ton of different prizes from gift cards to your favorite retailer to t-shirts and literally loads more!
If you already use Google or Bing as a search engine, it is a good idea to switch to Swagbucks because it is basically the same thing except that you receive points while you are using it. Swagbucks doesn't ask for any personal information such as your phone number or credit card number and there is no spam mail. Swagbucks gives people points and prizes in an effort to keep them as a loyal user of their search engine. I use Swagbucks everyday. I have the toolbar loaded into one of my web browsers and just about every day I receive a digital dollar just for opening it. On some days I've even gotten up to 50 Swagbucks and I didn't even search anything. I'm personally saving my Swagbucks to see what I can snag as Christmas Gifts. I totally recommend it, plus it's fun to snag free stuff for just simply browsing the web!
Swagbucks Sign Up HERE