How To Make Extra Money: The Unconventional Guide

Learning how to make extra money on the internet is easy. Figuring out what to do to make extra money on the internet is not as easy.

lawrence tam podcastThere are hundreds of categories that can be split into thousands, if not tens of thousands of ideas. This guide on how to make extra money on the internet, with a special focus on affiliate marketing. There are many other ways to make money online, but we will include a lot of affiliate marketing programs because:

  • Some pay very well.
  • You can automate them much easier.
  • Very low start-up cost.


How To Make Extra Money With
Affiliate Marketing

Think of affiliate marketing as commissioned-based sales.

The 3 basic steps in affiliate marketing

  1. You recommend a product or service to people (your followers or people you know).
  2. Some of those people purchase the product or service based on your recommendation.
  3. You get paid a commission for those purchases.

That’s it. Simple, right?
~Amy Lynn Andrews


A company creates a product and commissions people to sell it for them in exchange for a percentage of the sale. Amazon, Best Buy and other major retail outlets have affiliate programs. That’s right, you can set up an account with say, Best Buy, start selling flat screen TVs, and earn about a 4% commission. It is the affiliate marketer’s job to send people to an offer to Best Buy, and if that prospect buys, they earn a commission.

Now, that is affiliate marketing at its very basic function. Here’s the thing about affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is a science, AS WELL AS an art. #affiliate #marketing Click To Tweet

After I left eBay as a seller to go after the bigger financial fish (as well as score a more stable income) I learned the hard way just how tough affiliate marketing can be for beginners. I persevered, and earned thousands of dollars per MONTH, but it still wasn’t enough.

That is because you need a lot of traffic to be able to sell affiliate products.

Think of a funnel

  • 1000 people come to your website.
  • 100 optin.
  • 1 buys.

The average sales conversion is about 1% – 10% (from leads or targeted traffic)

For Example:
If you sell a $1000 flat screen TV for a 4% commission, you earn $40. If you sell one per day, every day, in a 30-day month, then you earn $1,200 per month.

Not bad!

So to sell 1 flat screen TV per day (you need to figure out traffic and conversion)


Marketing Funnel

*click image to see Buckley Barlow


If your conversion was 1% You would need 100 visitors per day to get 1 sale per day

Increase your visitors or increase your sales % to get more sales per day.

So the next question is, how do you get 100 people to your site every DAY?

Remember, in order to earn that $1200 a month, you must have about 1000 people coming every day to your website. Consistently.

The answer is, it is a lot of work, planning and sometimes, cutting your losses. It is about finding what marketing technique works for you.

If you stick with it, you will learn a lot, and can potentially earn money.

You can also earn a little bit, say $500 a month and start over with another site. Imagine building 10 sites, all bringing in $500 or more per month. It’s possible.

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Without further ado, let’s look at how to make extra money both with and without affiliate marketing (affiliate marketing is my favorite).


Real Example: Do The Numbers Always Stack Up?

Here is an example of an affiliate offer I’ve been promoting on the side (Leadpages Review) as of 8/15/16. If you want to be an affiliate I have some handy things you will want to get started with it (my process and upsell funnel). This affiliate program unfortunately is restricted to customers so you would have to be a customer with me first then I can work with you on your affiliate funnel. Head on over to Leadpages now (to be my Leadpages customer)


  1. I have not used paid traffic to this offer (plans to formulate a way to drive it to bigger audiences using paid traffic)
  2. This affiliate has a continuity feature that allows for a customer to pay you affiliate commissions over time (most don’t so it increases my personal earnings per customer a lot)
  3. It’s sticky, I’ve had customers rebilling (I get the commission since 2013)


Here is an image of my personal dashboard with Leadpagesleadpages affiliate

Now I’m not showing you this to prove it can make you money but to show you an example of how you can be generating income from multiple affiliate programs and they all kinda work the same. Drive traffic, engage, bring in customers, earn a commission.

Now above I was talking about a simple funnel

  • 1000 people come to your website.
  • 100 optin.
  • 1 buys.

Well in this affiliate I kinda lost some data when I was doing some email automation and I lost track of how many leads I’ve generated for this affiliate program. Since I’m generating the leads BEFORE I am sending them to Leadpages (*hint, that’s the way you gotta do it)

But in terms of some important metrics to be looking at from a program

Total Earnings: $25,425.62
Conversions: 980 (includes rebilled purchases)
Clicks: 13,844 (people clicking onto my affiliate link)

  1. EPC – Earnings Per Click (little skewed since I have rebilling customers)
    $25,425.62/13,844 = $1.84Why is this significant?If and when I plan to go into a paid traffic process I’m going to be essentially be buying “clicks” to my funnels and I need to know what it’s gonna cost me to send people into this funnel. If I’m generating $1.84 per click as long as I spend LESS than that I’m in profit.
  2. Earnings per Customer – If I know what an average customer makes me (I can figure out how much I’m willing to buy traffic to convert a new one). It’s skewed since a rebilled customer will be multiple transactions. So in this exercise it’s more Earnings per Transaction.
    $25,425.62/980 = $25.94/transaction

The idea of the above is to show you, I do this stuff for a living. Most of these offers I’ve either run them myself or have consulting with a client who has.

Is there room for improvement… Of course. The idea is to get your mind wrapped about Affiliate Marketing and figuring out if earning money outside of trading your $/hr is for you.

As silly as that might sound, some people would rather take “fake stable jobs” over the potential to take your income in your own hands and earn 24/7.


*the listed programs below I have had personal experience in (made money with or lost money with) or with clients I’ve mentored. Results are not typical and the average earnings are typically found within each program. The opinions are solely alone and each program has high end earners and it’s just my preference to how I’m going to build my business. Learning how to make extra money isn’t rocket science but it is a career path that you can take on part-time as long as you focus on the important pieces of business.


How To Make Extra Money –
17 Different Ways


1. Clickbank

Clickbank is an online marketplace for affiliate marketers and companies looking to promote their products. Clickbank provides information such as the cost of the product, the percentage affiliates receive when they sell, how popular the product is, recurring commissions and other details.

You can choose one product or several, and as an example:

  1. Build a blog or website.
  2. Create a free ebook or offer for visitors.
  3. Create a capture page (for email).
  4. Create a sales page for the product.
  5. Create a series of email that offer info about the niche.
  6. Promote the product to your email list.
  7. Make sales.

Affiliate – someone who promotes the products listed in Clickbank

Product Creator – where you have affiliates and yourself selling your products on Clickbank

I’ve been on both sides of the fence and have only made a couple thousand and isn’t an important source of my income. I list it here because it’s a pretty popular source but not something I would recommend for the new person, or even the full time marketer making less than $3ok/month as there are easier ways to increase your income and stabilize it.

Not to say there isn't money to be made at #Clickbank. Of course there is but here is my experience. Click To Tweet

It’s just not my cup of tea.

Here are my Pros and Cons Clickbank.


  1. popular place to make money by selling someone’s stuff or making your own and getting affiliates to sell it
  2. tracking, setup, payouts all there
  3. tons of niches but you will see the more profitable ones are going to be the “make money” or “dating” niches. Check the Gravity (google Clickbank Gravity) and see what they recommend as “HOT” products/services to retail.


  1. many of the offers there are here today and gone tomorrow
  2. when you get the “slimy feel”… it’s what I think of Clickbank products…. over hyped, under delivered (yes, i had my own product on clickbank but it was NOT focused on money, it was a website building tutorial and noticed the ones that sold the best was with the better funnels, upsells and not necessarily on it’s usefulness or quality)
  3.  some people buy the product, and return it. or buy it and chargeback to get the product for free (most of the products are digital so they can be consumed within 90 days). this isn’t the fault of the program so much the quality of the buyers market. Not to say this is a bit issue, but I’ve seen it happen more so on this platform and could be because it’s one of the most established online.



*not a fan of that policy and found this out the  HARD way after they were leaching out my earnings from my personal ClickBank account after I stopped promoting their products for a couple months. One way to get around this is to lower the payout amount to the minimum on day 1… I had it at a higher amount like a dummy… and Clickbank was essentially taking my money for what they consider a dormant account.


Do I Recommend Clickbank?
– Only for the experienced in building products or have massive traffic to send to offers (in niches)

– if for affiliates, it’s not sustainable in my opinion as you never know when the clickbank product will packup and leave so your always hunting down other offers every single month to stabilize  your income and your offer funnels (blogs, videos, social media…) constantly needs to be changed and updated for new offers. It’s cool for a launch for a good product/service but when your doing this part time and full time I wouldn’t recommend the rollercoaster ride of having to juggle offers and continue selling new “things”.

High end traffic marketers don’t care about the rollercoaster offer so much as they get “in and out” quickly so clickbank works for them but in my opinion isn’t a high “turn and burn” type method. Once you drive traffic into a ClickBank type funnel, get ready for that traffic, lead, buyer to be slammed with offers from that new offer (in the future).

If you are protective of your lists and like to have somewhat of a sustainable List that can feed you and your family by providing solutions to them… sending them month in and month out to ClickBank  isn’t so much the issue with Clickbank but more about the offers and it’s operators who WILL market the “HECK” out of your traffic, leads, buyers to monetize them to the fullest extent.

I know people who do extremely well in Clickbank… and they ALL command high end traffic with ease.. .Everyone else.. it’s gonna hurt in the long run if you can’t continue building your list as your current list will be heavily marketed to and distracting them from your own training and offers.


2. Amazon Associates

If you’ve wanted to know how to make extra money with Amazon, try Amazon Associates. This is an affiliate program with Amazon. While Clickbank is generally associated with digital products, like ebooks, video tutorials, etc, Amazon allows you to make commissions on physical products.

People generally buy more than one product, which you make commission on, and anything else they buy within 24 hours even if they click out of your affiliate link.

This pays off particularly well during Christmas, Black Friday, Back to School, Valentine’s Day (think diamonds), and other holidays.


Here is one of my test with Amazon (it’s not a lot but shows what I want to emphasize… low commissions payouts)

*the image above is my OWN test and numbers… results are not typical and only shown as a reference to what I’ve done using Amazon.

So with what I’ve done.. $4,751.06 in commissions and Gross sales of $98,873.35
that turns out to be a 4.8% commission payout.

Now if your business is focused on hard products or you have a large following that purchase products in your niche what are physical in nature.. Amazon is a good starting point to monetize in.

But for me… After doing my first million online part time.. I didn’t see it happening with Amazon.. that’s just me.
Tons of people do 6 figures a year in Amazon.. I didn’t want to do it this way after my test shown above.


Do I Recommend Amazon Associates?

  1. It’s free to start
  2. no inventory (unless you want to sell  your own or do some drop shipping)
  3. no monthly to maintain
  4. established brand so people should buy at a higher rate


But the nail in the coffin for me is the payout commission %. It’s just hard for me to swallow that I drove say $100,000 in gross sales an make about $5,000.

$100,000 in Gross Sales to Make $5,000. Good or Bad? #businessdecisions Click To Tweet

Sorry.. Not going to spend my full focus and time in promoting that (sure as a side affiliate) but not as my main opportunity.

Good place to get your hands wet and easy to understand and get ready for a full time career in affiliate marketing.

It’s the easiest to understand as it’s a brand name, and easy for buyers to have confidence in what they are buying. If someone were to ask you what you do for a living… Selling on Amazon is an easier pill to swallow.

*update – Amazon slaps my account because I didn’t check one box?

*And because I didn’t check one box (they said they told me…. yeah right I have multiple people saying they also got the slap….) that Amazon dropped my account and all of the links that I’ve built with them. So guess who got all of those links now? Amazon… dirty. yep. Slimy. yep.

So their response was it was by law and that since I didn’t check ONE box it’s now unrecoverable. All my links tied to my Amazon Associates account.
That was the nail in the coffin. I can no longer focus on building Amazon Affiliate links based on their policies and not directly contacting their affiliates on mandatory updates that could possibly shut down their account.

Sad Panda.


3. Upwork (Elance and oDesk merged)

If you want to know how to make extra money in a more conventional way, give oDesk and Elance a shot. These are online outsourcing websites. You can be a freelancer, an employee, or join a team of freelancers. You can also start your own team of people to help you with your work. If you can do it, you can find a gig for it.

How to make extra money with Elance

Some of the skills you can hire yourself out for are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Software Development
  • Web Programming
  • Information Technology
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Administrative Support
  • Accounting
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • etc…

as of June 21, 2014 Elance had this many on going Job Hirings
2014-06-22_2123Yeah… that’s 23,628 DIFFERENT job offers right now… Want to have a job or freelance a little??? Get started with your own skills.

I have an 90 min Training I did about what I personally recommend my clients in hiring ASAP… and there are a TON of them available but you can be “better” and offer a top tier service people want NOW.

Check out my training below. It’s part of an audio series centered on training home business owners how to build a BIGGER business that I contributed to (from multiple high end earners). My topic below focused on Outsourcing and you could be the one people hire 😉


Outsourcing – Be The Freelancer And Be Hired


Elance and oDesk has merged but I primarily run my job hirings through Elance and recommend it as a place to be hired or to hire.

Now both of these companies Elance + oDesk are now Upwork


4. Fiverr

You can jump on this website and offer plenty bang for someone’s buck. You make $5 minus the fee, which is a buck. You also have the option of adding other prices for extra work, at $5 intervals.
How to make extra money with Fiverr


Why would you work that cheap? What is the benefit?

  • You can rack up more work, especially if you create a system to get it done faster.
  • You can pick up better-paying gigs.
  • You can put together a package, and then send a download link when someone orders (photos, articles, videos, etc.). It will take you a minute to do the work.
  • You can gradually raise your prices.
  • You can build an army of inexpensive labor to help you get your work done faster.

What can you get for $5 online? Apparently a lot these days #5bucks #outsource Click To Tweet

To Join Fiverr For Free (to be hired or hire)
Click HERE

Brent Jones had some pretty cool Fiverr tips to maximizing what you make at Fiverr in his article 7 Tips to Make More Money on Fiverr

One tip: “Offer an Incentive for Repeat Orders


Kind of like an upsell that happens after someone has bought and been delivered the goods. This is one way to increase repeat buyers as we all know

  • Generating a sale is way more expensive than re-selling to an existing “happy customer”

Roy H. Williams talks about this being the “lagniappe” in his book – The Wizard of Ads

A Cajun word, Lagniappe means “a little bit extra.”

In business if you can build that LITTLE EXTRA… the sales come easier.


5. Etsy

This popular website is well-known for attracting artisans from all over. If you want to know how to make extra money using your creative ability, then check out Etsy. Incidentally, if you love Pinterest as well, then Pinterest is the perfect place to market your Etsy store.


How to make extra money with etsy

You can sell the following on Etsy (partial list):

  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Furniture
  • Home Decor
  • Housewares


6. Craigslist

This is a free classified where you can sell pretty much anything. A great place to make fast cash, this is one of the fastest ways that I know how to make extra money. You can sell physical products or services. Here are some ways to make money with Craigslist:

  • Find garage sales, buy items to resell on Craigslist for a profit.
  • Buy individual items on Craigslist and resell on eBay or Amazon.
  • Buy items on eBay in bulk, and resell one by one for a profit.
  • Buy items on eBay or Amazon and resell on Craigslist.
  • Sell services on Craigslist.

How to make extra money with Craigslist

Even used items or broken items can be resold. Merchandise like broken iPhones or gaming systems can be resold on Craigslist. Local businesses or individuals will buy them, fix them up and resell them. You can even buy things you need, use them until you are done, and resell them. Strollers, playpens and baby clothes are an example of this.

The most important thing to do is RESEARCH. If you don’t do your research, you can lose big time.

To look outside of the scope of what you have already

  1. Look to sell your friends and families goods
  2. Look to drop ship (buying something on Amazon and selling it on craigslist, timing is tight… works a little easier on ebay)
  3. Buy something on the cheap (clearance) and sell on craigslist. The goal is to have a return window so you can return inventory you couldn’t move.


7.  Commission Junction (now CJ Affiliate by Conversant)  

Commission Junction, just like Clickbank, is an affiliate marketing marketplace. Commission Junction offers a lot of physical products. It also offers events and services. Clickbank offers more digital downloads, while Commission Junction offers a lot of other items.

How to make extra money with CJ - Conversant


Here are some of the ways how to make extra money on Commission Junction:

  • Business Marketing
  • Books / Media
  • Financial Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Home and Garden
  • Sports and Fitness


The cool thing about Commission Junction is it has some large brands on it

Basically.. any large store or brand that deals in hard products probably has a listing in

There are a couple issues…

–You have to be manually approved to a lot of the vendors. DirecTV to this day still has not accepted my application to be vendor. Other vendors straight out denied me.

Here is a small list of rejected affiliate applications (yes.. there are more I got rejected from)


Pretty crazy right? They straight up denied me in letting me promote for them…. screw that.


8. Linkshare

Linkshare is an affiliate marketing program. You can market a lot of physical products, and they also have big box retailers like Macy’s, Starbucks and Office Depot. You must go through a screening process. Linkshare will check out your website and if you pass, you can start marketing.

How to make extra money with Linkshare

From Linkshare’s website:

“Once you are accepted into the Rakuten LinkShare Publisher Network, you must “apply” to an Advertiser’s affiliate program. The Advertiser will review your Website and you will then be sent an email with your application status. We have hundreds of Advertisers in multiple categories, so you are guaranteed to find some that complement your site content and appeal to your visitors.”


9. eBay

We all know about eBay. There are so many ways to make money on eBay. You just have to pick out what’s trending or popular, buy low, sell high. If you want to know how to make extra money and have fun, try eBay. Here are ways you can sell:

  • Buy things on clearance, at the end of the season, sell them for a nice profit.
  • Garage sales are gold mines for eBay.
  • Craigslist is an awesome place to buy for eBay or sell things you bought from eBay.
  • Some broken electronics, old electronics, sell well.
  • Niche products, like t-shirts for biker chicks.

How to make extra money with Ebay

Note: You make your money when you BUY not when you sell. Buy as low as possible.
Most important note: DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don’t do your homework? Don’t expect to even break even unless you know what you are doing.


Check out my personal Ebay account… booom 333 and 100% positive 😉



Back in 2002-2006 I was tinkering with ebay.. I was a powerselling for a couple years and I was focused on selling video games and housegoods. For a couple months I was doing a profit of about $2,000-$3,000 per month but dang.. was super time consuming and not something I would do again.

It was a good learning experience but after finding systems that actually sell, and getting paid well… ebay selling was a good way to grow into what I wanted to do… build traffic, build list, help clients, win.


10. ShareaSale 

ShareASale is an online marketplace, like Commission Junction & Clickbank, that brings together businesses that can benefit one another. It is unique in that it only promotes retail companies.

How to make extra money with Share-A-Sale


There are over 3500 companies to choose from and it is free to sign up.

One of them I’m testing in ShareaSale and what I’ll be teaching some of my students is how to sell this product on shareasale (here)

Most affiliate programs don’t pay too well but this one on ONLY shareasale pays a minimum of $150 even on a $30 sale…. pretty crazy and one of the funnels I’m building out.

You can sign up for free and the offer I’m building with no cost to join and super easy to get accepted (I know the affiliate manager there and can help you if you get stuck or rejected) is this one


11. Google Helpouts 

This is a very cool service, where you can offer advice on your area of expertise via live video.

How to make extra money with Google Helpouts

Let’s say you are an interior decorator. You can charge by the minute or half hour, and actually give a person advice in real time. They can even show you their home, if they wish, and ask for your advice.


12. Google Adsense 

This is basically a snippet of code that you put on your site. It will show ads, track how many people viewed and clicked on the ads on your site. You will get paid based on the going rate for clicks in that niche.

how to make extra money

Making money on Google Adsense can take time, but plenty of people have made some money. Check out this comprehensive article giving you the lowdown on how to make extra money with Google Adsense.


13. YouTube videos

If you love to make videos, is a great option. Here are some steps on how to make extra money with YouTube:

  • Get a consistent following and a lot of viewers.
  • Monetize your account by activating the monetization option.
  • Set up your Adsense account.

How to make extra money with YouTube

Once you get 15,000 cumulative watch hours over 90 days, you can become a YouTube partner. You get more perks like access to better editing tools, prizes, exclusive community support and tips.


14. WarriorForum

WarriorForum is a wonderful place to sell products. It is an old-school forum where internet marketers gather to ask questions about internet marketing techniques, products and anything related.

How to make extra money with warriorforum

WarriorForum allows you to set up sales copy (a written sales letter) and links to your product. You can also sell affiliate products. One thing to know about WarriorForum is that a lot of people will sell to you. It is easy to be distracted, but don’t. You will end up losing a lot of money. Stay focused.


15. Print on Demand (Prefer TeeSpring)

What do TeeSpring, Zazzle and CafePress have in common? They are all print on demand. In other words, you can create art or graphics, put them on products and these products are not manufactured until someone orders them. No upfront cost needed. The company takes their cut when the customer pays.

How to make extra money with Teespring

Some of the physical products you can sell are:

  • Clothing
  • Pet gear
  • Mobile accessories
  • Office products
  • Business cards
  • Home Decor
  • Accessories
  • Wedding
  • Graduation
  • Holiday


I have direct experience with Teespring and the best I’ve done with 1 tshirt campaign came from Facebook paid ads and a facebook page I ran.

and that shirt campaign paid out


With my personal experience, it has a couple of Pros and Cons (I won’t go into full detail as that is a whole training on itself)


  1. can start with $0 investment
  2. you don’t hold inventory
  3. tons of niches to work in
  4. pretty new, compared to the other types of extra money
  5. $0 to maintain (sort of)
  6. no customer support needed as they handle refunds, shipping and questions



  1. can be super competitive in niches
  2. if your design gets out your niche/shirt can be flooded with competition
  3. trademark still enforced so niches like NFL, NBA, MLB… will be tricky to sell in
  4. to scale up, you need to do paid ads to get it really going
  5. if you aren’t good in tshirt designs, you need to hire one. Can be as cheap as free (I have a hookup) or $50 per tshirt design. The design + niche is super important.
  6. it’s not about 1 good shirt.. it’s about having 20+ going on at one time and cutting your losses quickly with poorly converting designs + niches


16. iTunes Affiliate Program

I love iTunes, and this is a way to promote apps, music, books and podcasts and earn a commission.

how to make extra money with itunes-affiliate-program

Available internationally, this program includes links you can use, as well tutorials and  support. Click the link to be taken to the iTunes Affiliate Program.


17. Empower Network 

This is my favorite and where I made my first 7 figures online.

(yes… made a million in commissions with them)..

I don’t say this to brag but to put emphasis to where I focused my time and where I had my first major success online with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the focused effort of selling someone else’s products and services.

In exchange of not having to create, maintain, support…

The affiliate just does their thing to drive buyer traffic but only gets paid up to ~50% (not this one). Basically just focus on MARKETING.

Some affiliates pay for leads, but most pay for a sale (That’s the CPA – cost per action they are willing to pay for an action)

So you can spend most of your time driving traffic into a sales funnel and eventually into buying something you are “backing/promoting”

With Empower Network I run it like I “own it” as that’s what it pays like… but essentially it’s an affiliate program that pays out super well…


Here is One Example


*you can take a look at how I use this in my funnels HERE
**income disclaimer – results are not typical and are my personal results. To see average earnings click here

I’ve been retailing this viral blog system since 10/28/2011
this ONE product has paid me a total of $222,675 as of this writing (6/24/14).

I wanted to show you this to explain the differences I’ve found online in promoting affiliate offers.

The reason this works for me and why I recommend it to so many of my newsletter readers, clients, and facebook clients…

  1. It has a built in continuity – it pays every month on it’s renewals
  2. Pays pretty close to 70% (minus the merchant credit card fees). Unlike other affiliate programs where they pay you 5% – 50% this one pays you it ALL and minus the credit card merchant processing fees. (getting the merchant is super simple)
  3. I run a couple of blogs and this blog is just one of them I run (here is an example).
    1. The benefits are that it can be instantly set up, comes with hosting, can have domain mapping for free, built in capture system in banner and widgets, and comes with up to 10 blogs.


Here is Another Example


**income disclaimer – results are not typical and are my personal results. To see average earnings click here

This is the Inner Circle where I am the contributor to. I helped submit about 10+ audio trainings to this product.

I’ve made $404,600 as of June 24, 2014 and like before because:

  1. Up to 70%… vs Amazon Associates.. it’s night/day.
  2. It’s continuity so it pays every single month (residual income)
  3. It’s $100/month and that stacks up quick
  4. It’s audio training so it’s quickly consumed and used. My clients who tap into this get a LOT of value out of it as they can use this product while they are driving their car, mowing their lawn, or doing dishes.
  5. My personal favorite is the one I did on May 8th, 2014 where I cover Outsourcing for home businesses and how to scale it up. (you can see it here)

The important thing to remember is that your customer needs to be helped… you need to help solve their problems with your products and services.

If not.. you’re not going to be in business long. I’ve been retailing this product.. this ONE product over 2 years now.

I have hundreds of customers and it’s been a blessing to my customers. I can send them to this training and I get paid for them to get the BEST training out there on marketing, mindset, and business.


If you wanted to know how to make extra money, you have many ways to do it online. Mix them up, combine them or go all out on one.

My recommendation is to start with just one, give it all you got, and then start to branch out. Making extra money online is done everyday. All you have to do is get started and focus on growing it.

My recommendation is starting with Empower Network primarily because it’s a high paying continuity offer that is easy to retail and offers a solution to what many home business owners need.

Information on building businesses and traffic generation.

Other marketing systems have caught on and have starting to build marketing funnels specifically selling Empower.

I’m personally using one that is teaching my clients how to make extra money using a “franchise style” method:

  1. built in selling coach so you don’t have to
  2. built in autoresponder for leads and buyers so you can start faster
  3. custom CRM (customer relationship management) that allows me to build a better rapport with my clients
  4. constantly evolving marketing funnel to increase lead to sale conversions

I’m not going to make this it’s own section as it’s a full front end marketing system for #17 Empower Network System but list it still because it does generate income on it’s own ….

check out some of these testimonials for the iPas2 front end system that sells Empower with built in coaches.



In Summary

As you can see I get a different income stream from multiple affiliate marketing streams. Some are bizz opp and some are purely B2C (business to customer).

I recommend people to start small but realize it’s all about you growing as a service based organization that is helping the reader, prospect, lead.





I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of affiliate offers and what I have personal experience in.

In the Future I can update and tweak my results as I dive into them or hire an affiliate marketing assistant. Learning how to make extra money isn’t hard online. Get to work and build it with other individuals. Going at it alone is rough.

Money is out there.. go get it and help more people… that’s the secret.

The more you help people the MORE you get paid. Be a valuable business. #businessapproach Click To Tweet

The MORE people you help the more you get paid… it’s an interesting dynamic but you will see what I mean when you make your first $100k online 😉


Thanks for reading, now it’s your turn.

Comment below and tell me what cool things are you learning and building to better HELP people online?

Frustrated Engineer Finally Retires In 2012 After "Tapping Into Online Systems". Now Lawrence travels the world teaching how to leverage the internet, and social media to live a life without a boss. Click Here To Learn More and Learn Directly From Lawrence Tam

49 thoughts on “How To Make Extra Money: The Unconventional Guide

  1. Noel says:

    Nice blog post. I’ve discovered some good ideas.

  2. hello,
    this information is really useful for me , i need to appreciate you for sharing this information.

  3. Brent Jones says:

    What a sweet guide you’ve put together, Lawrence! Thanks so much for linking to my blog.

    – Brent

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      Thanks for the fiverr tips some I had no clue on

  4. Josh Paiva says:

    Hey Lawrence awesome post. Just pulled out a bunch of golden nuggets. Thanks man.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      Glad you liked it Josh

  5. Viet Nguyen says:

    Wow, this is the most precious value content I have ever read for many months.

    Can you have a guide how to find most of cheap sources to listing on ebay?


    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      I don’t specialist in Ebay anymore but i’m sure if you Google around you could find it.

  6. Yes, great thorough list. It helps to be really focused on one for success. I’ve had too many I didn’t set up fully, or work enough to get the results I needed. Thanks for sharing your pro’s and con’s.

  7. Online Business Team says:

    Thank you for this page, it is nice to see all this information in one place. Prior to setting up Online Business Team I have even tried a couple myself.

    It was always my dream to have my own online business.

  8. Vineet Gupta says:

    Lawrence, pretty good list compiled above. I have been into mlm for around 5 years. Also into internet marketing.

    I have followed you on facebook from quite some time, it started when empower network was blazing out here in India, its nice to read your content & reach to your blog, the article in put together pretty well 🙂

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      thanks for stopping by! yeah… empower blew up the scene bringing together affiliate marketers and MLM old school peeps… good stuff… wait to you see what is coming out 😉

  9. Ibrahim Dan-Halilu says:

    Thank you, Lawrence for this detailed blog on affiliate marketing. I joined Empower Network affiliate system and have been paying for the monthly subscription for the Viral Blogging and one other program I can’t remember now at about $60 per month since December last year. Regretably, I have not made a dime because I don’t know what to do with the Viral Blogging system. I don’t know what to blog about and how to build a list of visitors, and how to invite them to my blog. In short, I don’t have the skills needed to drive traffic to my blog. I’m a newbie to affiliate marketing. Please advise me on what to do. Thanks.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      don’t know what to do? have you gone and done at least 1…. 21 day blog challenge?
      Like every week that was being pushed to get you blogging

      if you are all in I did a special training for the “ALL IN Library” for blog promotions.

      start with 21 day blog challenge

  10. eggy says:

    I could start a book of the month club and utilize Amazon as the source to monetize it…
    Yes or no…im still overwhelmed.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      returns are small.. up to you

  11. Tamal says:

    Hi Lawrence, what an amazingly informative article you have written! I just visited your site from Quora and found this article referred by you. I must say you are not only an affiliate marketer, but also a very good content writer. I also try to give the best information to my readers as i also write on the same topic. But this article seems the best.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      i get the same questions a lot so i started putting answers to what I would tell someone in a blog post format so i can refer people to it as a “reference point”. thanks for coming on and reading the article.

  12. Nick Logan says:

    This is one of the most comprehensive IM/ Affiliate marketing posts I’ve seen. I’ve even dabbled in a few, but I think it’s important to focus on one or two. Blogging seems to be the best marketing skill we could have.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      thanks man… It took me a while and I actually have a couple more I can add to the mix as I get some time… this doesn’t even consider the MLM companies I’ve represented and built all online.

  13. Paul says:

    Hi Lawrence,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, your overview of various affiliate marketing systems, and your openness to share your earnings. Very inspiring! I particularly like your point, ” It is about finding what marketing technique works for you.” This is something that I’m constantly tweaking, as I’m sure many of your readers are too.


    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      yeah.. .some are great some I didn’t feel but dug around in… just find the way you build and build to your personal goals

    2. andre docstien says:

      Hi there! Great page you got here you should definitely check out this video Vemma and the direct marketing Scam exposed!!

  14. Thanks for sharing this very informative post. This post could be very useful for the peoples who want to make money through online business but don`t have the required information about this market.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      it’s a good start and pretty digestible reference for new people into the industry.

      I wanted to write something I could give a friend to get them a good feel for what I do full time

  15. oscar says:

    thanks for the info I like your blog, the information is either complete, try to follow some of your advice

  16. Juan Samsel says:

    Yep, Lawrence! Absolutely right money on the internet, it’s not an easy, but some “practice makes a man perfect” and the same applies to make money online, one has to learn from base. Above all, information clears how making extra money, I like your idea and believe it to be the perfect way! I am also looking a authentic online business but once I learn to drive visitors to the website 

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      I like that “practice makes a man perfect” 🙂

      thanks for commenting!

  17. Arp Laszlo says:

    Super useful, Lawrence – much thanks. I didn’t know about Google Helpouts or Teespring but I’m checking them out right now 🙂

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      Helpouts is pretty new but on a solid platform

  18. John Logan says:

    When you over deliver, you really over deliver. Thanks Lawrence for you awesome continuation of supplying us with such great information on such a regular basis.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      just looking to raise the bar on the information people seek online… if they are online.. let’s make it a worth their time.. right!

  19. Dave Gardner says:

    Cool list Lawrence…I am probably doing about half of these on and off now and going to focus more on the EN trainings this summer, though will keep the others on the list I have not ventured into as options down the road as well. Interestingly enough I was reading Internet Retailer magazine today and also saw that notice that had changed names, though I must have missed their email update about this.

    Guess I better go log in there and see if all is still good!

    Dave Gardner

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      yep yep… they are all pretty interesting to play with 😉

      focus on traffic, build lists, pour into your newsletter readers 😉

  20. Devaughn says:

    This is a great post bro. You gave me a lot of great ideas to make some side cash. Thanks Lawrence

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      thanks for stopping by… make sure you subscribe to my iTunes podcast for more ideas ->

  21. Mohammed Perwez Alam says:

    I Am Looking For A Authentic Online Business…!!!

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      sure – provide value and solve people’s problems… the list above is a good start.

  22. Russell says:

    Out of the 17 ways,which would a newbie start to use to make good money?

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      i would start with Empower #17. it’s focused on teaching you traffic and conversions plus allows you to be paid like you created it. click here to learn more

  23. Ken Barrett says:

    Great info as always and straight to the point.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      thanks for stopping by 😉

  24. TomPaul says:

    Nicely done LT.
    Still enjoying your suggestions/research.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      thanks! make sure to implement and TEST on your own 😉

  25. Marilyn Zink says:

    Thanks Lawrence for your excellent overview on affiliate marketing systems.
    This is a thorough assessment and nicely lays it out for people to understand.
    Crunching the numbers is an important part of affiliate marketing to know what works and doesn’t work.

    1. Lawrence Tam says:

      yeppers! there is a lot out there and they all work depending on how you use it and how your personal business runs.

      1. John says:

        I love your content lawrence,
        Can you point me in the right direction for someone who wants
        to start a business online but does not have any start up capital.
        Im at a fork in the road and am considering going back to the working force (which I despise)
        cause I cant afford to pay for everything I need in order to get the ball rolling.
        At this moment I have aweber and leadpages. thx

        1. Lawrence Tam says:

          the above has a TON>>>>>

          but there are drawbacks.. just because the affiliate is free to join doesn’t mean there is no cost to start.

          if you want to a no cost business.. i would get a job to fund the business.. $200/month will give a good buffer to start. without ANY capital

          you aren’t in business.. you are in a hobby. and in that case be a sponge and Learn -> Do -> Teach

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