Jun 18

Best money making websites

Want to know the quickest, easiest and most lucrative ways to earn some money with money making websites?  You’re not alone.  Our readers often ask us “How do I make money online?”   Well, here’s our lowdown on how to make money online and the best websites for doing just that – plus tips to help you get the most out of them.


make money bySelling your stuff


Make money by recycling your CDs, DVDs, books and games through It’s a simple site with an easy-to-use app.

All you do is download the app to your phone and hover it over the barcode of the items you want to sell.

You will be told immediately how much you can get from each item. Then package up the ones you want to sell, print off the Freepost label and send them in the post. If it’s a large bundle they will send a courier for free.

You will be paid by cheque or PayPal.

Try Ziffit here.


Find out to make even more money selling your gadgets and gizmos here


Get free stuff


You can get free goodies to test out for Toluna.

They have loads of products that need to be tested, so if you sign up for the testing side can get new things every month.

They get people to test out all sorts of products from lip-liner to candles to dish mops to taxi firms and pots of caviar…yes really! So you can see the kind of things you could get to try for nothing.  Click here to join up now and get all these great freebies.




There are LOADS of competitions happening every month on the internet, particularly on social media like Twitter and Facebook. In fact, according to research from, one in three entrants to social media competitions win a prize with an average value of £194.

Your chances are often a lot better than you’d think when you enter online or offline competitions, but as the saying goes, ‘You gotta be in it to win it!’.

For a start, make sure you are signed up to the free weekly MoneyMagpie newsletter as we have an excellent competition every week that is entirely free to enter. Also follow us on Twitter, on Facebook and on Pinterest to take part in our monthly social media comps. We have fab prizes like dashcams, supermarket vouchers, food hampers and furniture among other goodies.

We’ve found loads of competitions for you to enter in our Online Competitions article, but competition site Prime Prizes is another great place to get started. The site is free to join and has plenty of fantastic goodies up for grabs, including luxury holidays abroad, hampers, shopping sprees and more.




earn by referring

 – Make money from your mates

Get £6 Groupon credit every time you refer a friend to Groupon.

Groupon groups consumers together so they can take advantage of huge discounts for all kinds of things – from restaurants to football match tickets.

Once you’ve signed up – for free – you can recommend as many friends as you like, and if any of them go on to sign up, you’ll get a £6 Grouponor each one who does. The money will be credited to your account so you can use it towards your next purchase on the site. To check out the site and sign up, visit Groupon here.



Make Money on Money Making Websites

online surveys

This is a sporadic and relatively small income but, if you’re on the computer anyway, you might as well make a few quid while you’re there. It’s a great way to make quick cash from the comfort of your computer but make sure you NEVER pay to join a site or reveal your credit card details.

Complete online surveys for money

moneymagpie_best-money-making-websites_surveyHere are our favourite paid survey sites. They’re completely free and have received a big thumbs-up from many of you. For maximum earnings why not set up a separate email account (so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with survey-related emails) and then register for free to all of them?

  • Valued Opinions – offers a big prize simply for registering
  • Toluna – convert points you earn into Amazon vouchers
  • GFK MediaView – get paid for completing surveys and earn up to £100 a time from mystery shopping!
  • SurveySavers – get a reward worth £5 PLUS entry into a draw to win a year’s FREE Starbucks coffee!
  • DiOpion People – get paid at least £15 for the first month
  • Inbox Pounds get paid £1 just for signing up
  • Opinion Outpost – be entered into a £20,000 prize draw just for registering
  • GlobalTestMarket – pays $50 for every 1,000 points earned
  • Panelbase – earn between 25p and £10 per survey

If you like the sound of online paid surveys, make sure you check out our full article on how to make money from online surveys.


Make money from domain names

Be an internet entrepreneur and buy domain names to sell on for profit.

It’s a great way to make money as the perfect URLs become harder to come by, and people and businesses will pay over the odds to get the one they want. You can buy domains using 123-reg.

This really is easier than it sounds and to get you started we’ve got three top tips from Sedo’s Chief Sales Officer, Liesbeth Mack-de Boer.

1. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears close to the ground for the next big thing. If you can get a domain name that corresponds to a new trend, you can make big money out of it further down the road.

2. Pick a quirky domain name, or a selection of URLs with the same theme – that way you’ll have built up a good portfolio.  It won’t cost you much, but a company in that area would pay decent money for the domains.

3. See what’s popular. Use Google to find out what people are looking for and which search terms are popular, that’ll inform your decision on which URLs to buy.

Get started here.


moneymagpie_best-money-making-websites_musicGet paid to listen to music

If you love your music, sign up to Slicethepie for free and get paid to listen and review music by unsigned bands.

This isn’t a particularly big money earner as you’ll only get a few pence per review at the beginning, but as you get a better ‘scout rating’ there is potential to make more and more money.

Not only is it a good way to make a few extra quid but you could get to hear the next big thing before anyone else. Read all about it in our article here.



Rent, sell and make

eBid  quick cash and no listing fee

You’ll all be aware that you can buy and sell items on auction site eBay, but another site that works in pretty much the same way is eBid.

What’s different about eBid however, is that you don’t have to pay to list your items (called an insertion fee and ranging from 10p to £1.90 for most items). Although, as with eBay, they do take a Final Value Fee, which is 3%.

All you need to do to get selling is sign up to a buyer’s account – then upgrade your account from buyer to seller. This gives you access to a standard auction format.


recycle your mobile phone

Never throw away old mobile phones. Recycle them instead for easy money. Use Envirophone to get an instant price for your phone. Even if it’s an old battered one that hasn’t worked for years you could get a few quid. Manufacturers want the chip and other electronic bits inside it to use in other machines. – Rent out your space for cash

Got a spare room you don’t use? Or, if you really need the cash, could you move out of your bedroom and sleep in the sitting room to free it up to rent out?

You can make up to £4,250 tax free from renting a room each year so this is one of the best ways of making money almost from nothing! Go here to register.


Justpark – rent your drive for cash

Use your drive or your garage to make money for you. JustPark covers the whole UK and you can put your space on the site for anyone coming to your area to park in…for cash!


threadless – earn cash designing t-shirts

Fancy yourself as a fashion guru? Then why not try your hand at designing your own T-shirt? It’s creative and fun – plus, if your creation proves popular with others, you can make money from your hobby.

The Threadless website lets you submit your own designs (or slogans), and last year the company awarded over half a million pounds to artists all over the world who submitted their designs. Check it out here.


Etsy  Get creative and sell your wares online

moneymagpie_etsy-logoIf you love to get creative and make jewellery or arts and crafts, Etsy is the place to go.

This American website is designed exclusively for buying and selling handmade goods so you’re more likely to have success here than somewhere like eBay.

Register your username (which is also your shop name so choose carefully!) for a basic buyer’s account – then upgrade to a seller’s account. There is a fee of $0.20 per item listed but this covers the item for four months and includes the option of five photos to show off your wares. When you sell an item there’s a 3.5% final value charge.


Sell your photos

If you’re handy with a camera, can design a nice logo or fancy yourself as a writer, then you may be able to make some cash selling your stuff online. There are plenty of sites selling content to websites and they’re always in need of contributors.

moneymagpie_photographerCompanies such as BigStockPhotoFotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock concentrate on photography. Upload your images and get paid every time they are used. Others, such as Tycoon Talk and Digital Point offer content writing jobs. For a wider range of freelance oppurtunites you can look at Elance or oDesk.



do focus groups

Get cash in hand and free food and drink by taking part in focus groups in your area.

There are a few agencies that need opinionated people to say what they think about products and services. One we like is Sarosresearch which operates in major cities in the UK.  They need people of all ages and sometimes need people who own particular things (like certain types of car) or have a particular physical problem or disability.

You can expect to make between £30-100 cash per session (usually a couple of hours) and sometimes more.


If you like the online money makers we’ve featured here, you’ll love our fab article 10 easy ways to make quick cash.

It’s got speedy, simple and effective ways to make money – take a look yourself to see why it’s our most popular article!


Get your shopping paid for

Cashback Shopper  Money for shopping (and get £5 for just signing up!)

Some cashback sites list retailers they have deals with – when you click through the retailer gives money to the cashback site, which then gives you money. Some sites like Cashback Shopper will even give you a little money – usually £5 – just for signing up.


Get extra cash – See if you’re entitled to free money!

Use the Turn2Us benefits checker which works out whether you’re eligible for any benefits. All you have to do is enter some details such as how much you earn, your council tax rate and any savings you have.

The calculator covers all of the major benefits including Working Tax Credit, Council Tax, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit. Benefits rules change all the time so there’s a good chance that even if you weren’t eligible a few years ago, you could be now.

According to Turn2Us there’s more than £8 billion worth of tax credits and benefits in the UK going unclaimed. So check out our article on claiming what’s rightfully yours.  find money in dormant bank accounts

This is a free online service that will search through bank and building society records for you to see if you have any money lying around in a forgotten account.

Official figures state that up to £850 million of our own money is lying in inactive current, savings and building society accounts, so it’s definitely worth checking.

Always give as many details as possible, including maiden names and previous addresses in order to increase your chances of finding a lost account.

Find out more ways to find secret money you didn’t know about here



62 thoughts on Best money making websites

  1. There are also sites that will pay you to search the web. I think it works by installing their software on your browser and then following directions and visit the websites that you are given. Not a massive cash opportunity, just “food for thought”

  2. A friend of mine introduced me to a company in june that he was using to earn money online, i was skeptical but it actually works he’s made around $30,ooo since then roughly £15000. Im now involved and trying to build a team its absolutely free you don’t need to invest any money though you can, i haven’t yet but am still earning money just for 5mins work watching 30sec adverts theres big earning potentials if you’re interested email teammoneyldn at gmail dot com


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