How to Earn Money if You Are Unemployed but Have a Computer

November 14th, 2008 by chris Leave a reply »

I noticed that quite a few of the visitors to my site are searching for terms like “make money while unemployed.” This traffic may be coming to me due to what I thought was my really clever domain name–which has the word “unemployed” in it.? But since a few people have come in search of information regarding that theme, I figured I would write directly to you. I know that we are going through tough times and there are a lot of people who don’t have jobs in the United States, which just really sucks.

There are hundreds of ways to earn money online–I am researching and trying to find new ways every day. I’m really interested in online business and I know that it will be even more important and more effective as we go forward. Frankly, private and public companies can’t be counted on to support workers anymore. Jobs are not safe and 401k’s certainly aren’t either.

Write Articles Online

Constant Content is a great place to sell your writing, no matter what you write about. It is pretty cool because you can list your work and your asking price. If people are interested in your work, they can purchase it from you. You can also sell licensing options, which means you can sell the same article to multiple people. There are also article requests that you can respond to and get paid. There are quite a few people who do really well at Constant Content. If you write good quality articles and can pump out the writing, then you’ll do very well there. Sign up here.

One way to earn money while unemployed if you are located in the United States (unless they’ve changed their rules) is Associated Content.? This is a website for writers where you submit work to the site’s editors and they pay you for your work.? You also receive small bonus payments for every pageview your articles receive.

If you are a writer, or even if you just like to write, you can try your hand at writing a few articles for AC. You can also upload your own videos or audio recordings to the site for payment, so that might be another option.

We’re not talking about a lot of money here, but a few bucks here and there always helps. If you write a few articles that gain a lot of traffic, you may be able to earn a nice little chunk of change. If you have any questions about how to get started with Associated Content let me know in a comment or send me an email.

I’ve earned as low as $4 or an article and as high as $12. Typically, you will earn around 5 bucks for an article–and then you earn bonus payments for every 1000 views, which frankly doesn’t add up to much. One of my articles gets a healthy amount of page views and earns me an extra $7 a month. It doesn’t sound like a lot, and it isn’t really. But I haven’t written many articles published on the site, so if you had ten or twenty good articles earning that, you can see how you could add to your bottom line–no matter how small the amount of money is per article.

Update. I no longer recommend Associated Content as a place to write articles. Start your own blog and you will be able to earn more over the long term. Or if you want a head start, write at Hubpages. You will be able to earn far more money with Hubpages (if you do it right) than you will ever earn at AC. Read how to make money at Hubpages.

Start a Free Blog

Blogger is a free service where you can start a blog, name it what you want (if it is available), and write about anything you want to.? It is also very easy to implement the Google Adsense advertising program to your blog.? You can do it right from your dashboard at the site.? When people click on your ads, you earn money.? When you hit $100, you get a payment issued to you.? The keys to earning money from a blog (and this is a very basic explanation of a not too easy process) are writing content based on a consistent theme, gaining a lot of traffic, and having some sort of monetization on your site. You can use Adsense or even try some affiliate marketing products.

An even easier route to make money online is to sign up for, a website where you can write articles about whatever you want to.? You can include links to any other website of your choice.? The way you earn money on this site is from Adsense.? You just have to put in your publisher id in your account page once you sign up and you start earning 50% of the revenue earned from your writing.

These are just a few ways to get started earning money online.? I know this is not an in-depth or very thorough post, but I just wanted to throw these two sites out to those of you looking for ways to earn income online during these tough times.? They may not be perfect for your situation, but they are a place to start.? Good luck.

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  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Since you asked, Associated Content pays both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens to publish on the site. The difference is that U.S. citizens qualify for upfront payment for their content (The $4-$12 that you mentioned) and non-citizens can collect performance payments on all of their published content aren’t able to be paid upfront.
    That said, come back and publish some more on AC! There are writers earning $800 a month in performance payments alone on the site and that opportunity is available to absolutely anyone who is willing to work for it.
    Stop by the AC Blog sometime, too. There’s always something going on there.

  2. Carroll B. Merriman says:

    Thanks for this article. I enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work.

  3. Brandon says:

    I do a ton of article writing. The way I generate money with this is I set up blogs with about 5 to 10 pages of content. Then I write articles that are similar in theme and publish them at ezinearticles, goarticles, and hubpages with links back to my website. One link goes to the top level domain name and the other goes to the specific page of content that the article relates to.

    I just rinse and repeat doing this over and over and over again until I start to get some traffic to my websites. Soon, say two months into it, people start clicking on ads and buying affiliate products. It takes time and patience, but if you get into a routine and you write about things you are familiar or expert with, then you should be able to just do it, like Nike.

    Success in making money online is a function of how hard you’re willing to work. If you work hard and smart, you’ll make a lot of money. If you don’t want to work hard, you won’t make any money.

  4. Bobby G says:

    I am truly inspired now to start my own internet business. Thanks!!