The original article I wrote on this page was getting pretty dated. I wrote it more than three years ago in 2007, more for entertainment. Sure a lot of these methods work, or at least did at the time, but I wasn’t an experienced marketer. In 2013, I am a bit more savvy, and I have a bit more to offer on the topic. Seeing as this article still gets a few thousand visits every month from people looking for information on how to make quick money online I wanted to update it make it more current. I hope you enjoy the article and find it useful.
10 More Purely Evil ways to Make Quick Money Online in 2010
Write crappy Internet marketing eBooks
The idea is to promise the world in the title. Something like: “How I make $500 Every Day with less than 20 minutes work”. Then you fill the eBook with common sense SEO information freely available online on many forums and blogs. This method is evil because the content should be free, it’s common sense for most IM’ers, and the headlines of these eBooks always over promise. Plenty of people make more than $500 a day online using SEO, but I bet the eBook isn’t a golden ticket to success. You will find many such eBooks on Clickbank, and on the Warrior forum.
Youtube CPA offers
There is a lot of traffic to be had on Youtube. IM’ers (Internet Marketers) are always after methods to make money from it. CPA= Cost Per Action….so you get paid if someone does some particular action, like sign up for something, or fill out a form or survey. The method here is to upload a video that has a chance of going viral. A popular music video that has just been released, or re-upload an ad for a new technology product. Then place a link in the video description that links to a domain with a CPA relating the video. ..if it is a music video, you might get some conversations from ringtone offers and they pay well. You should also watermark the video with your link to help get more interest.
Share Pirated eBooks
Plenty of people are looking for free copies of the eBooks I mentioned in the first step, but they don’t really want to pay for them. If you are sneaky you will find places to download these ebooks. The method is to share these ebooks on other dodgy forums, but before uploading them, update all the affiliate links in the ebook with your own affiliate links. You might make some money?
I mentioned these in my first list back in 2007, but I called them scraper sites. The idea is the same. You setup a self-hosted WordPress blog, then use automation software like WP robot to pull fresh posts from other blogs. Most of these will eventually find their way to the google sandbox for duplicate content issues, so the idea is to make lots of them, and keep making new ones all the time. Some will probably make you some money.
Sell footer links in WordPress themes
The idea here is that you make a WordPress theme…you will need to use something like Artisteer if you don’t have any wordpress experience. Or you could pay someone to make a half decent theme. If the theme is any good you shouldn’t have too much trouble selling links in the footer. You then give the theme away for free. Add it to all those WordPress theme directories out there. Anyone who installs the theme will be giving the people who have paid for the links valuable backlinks, so they will be happy. You will want to encrypt the footer so people don’t remove the links though.
Give away free websites
This is kind of an offline method, but it does work. Your task is to give away free websites. You target small businesses, or Mum and Dad types working from home. The package comes with a free domain, and 2 hours of setup time. I would set them up with a self-hosted WordPress blog, and chuck on a professional looking theme. There are plenty of them out there. The catch is that they must signup to your hosting service to get the free site. You then sign them up to your Hostgator reseller hosting service which you sell them for something like $19.95 a month. You only need to signup 2-3 clients to be making a profit, and if you are a really good face to face marketer, 200 clients will make you a pretty good living at $4000 a month. Another strength to this method is you also have a set of clients to sell SEO services to, or premium theme subscriptions to sites like elegant themes, or theme forest. I don’t think this method is that evil, in fact it’s a fairly solid business plan. But it does pray on the fact that a lot of people don’t understand the costs of web hosting, or the business involved with selling reseller hosting.
Sell text links
You don’t even need your own a site. All you need to do is find blogs that have high PR, build up a good list. Then sell link packages on IM forums. Something like 10X PR5-6 links. A tool like Scrapebox is great for harvesting good links. When people buy packages, post comments on these blogs, where the URL links back to the person’s site. Probably good to target do-follow blogs like this one.
Our goal is to make a popular fan page on a niche topic. First you need to setup a new Facebook account. You don’t want to lose you actual account if this goes wrong, so make a new one. Add a nice looking picture as your profile of someone who looks real. Now you need to add as many friends as possible. There are methods to speed up this process but the goal is to get a few thousand friends. Lots of people are vein with facebook friend numbers and want to look like they know lots of people, so will happily add you if your normal enough looking. Once you have a good amount of friends, you setup a fan page about your niche topic. Something like weight loss is good, or acne if you have lots of younger friends. Title your page with a catchy title that has good keywords, as it will show in facebook search. Now suggest your page to all of your new friends. When someone “likes” your page, a link goes in their newsfeed saying they like your page. If you get enough likes things can go viral here and it can grow pretty fast. Once you have a good amount of likes, you start adding regular content relating the niche to your page.…”read this great inspirational weight loss story” etc. Every now and then put an affiliate link to a CPA offer that relates. Content you add to the page gets added to their feed, so it will get looked at by many of them. If you have a good amount of followers you can make good dosh using this method.
Like Facebook, twitter is a huge social network that is growing all the time. Tweets have a very low click through rate, so you need thousands of followers to make money from twitter. It can be used for legitimate business, or for sending out spam DM’s or tweets. The trick is to try and get followers from a certain demographic so you can target them with CPA offers. If you have a CPA that only pays for female traffic from the US, follow lots of females for the US and hope some follow you back. Blatant IM Twitter spammers will follow 100’s of people at a time, then un-follow those that don’t follow back.
The Black Hat SEO Method
Black hat SEO is a term that defines SEO that is less ethical. Although not always illegal it tends to involve morally questionable techniques. Either link spamming, or some form of deception. Tools of the trade are software like Scrapebox, SE Nuke, Xrumer and Bookmarking demon. These are all very good link building tools that can effectively build the link profile of a site very fast, but be careful, these tools can also cause carnage.
Please read on below to read the original 10 methods from 2007…
10 Purely Evil Ways To Make Quick Money Online
Everyone loves money, but making it online isn’t all that easy if you have morals. If you don’t, this article will give you some great tips to make quick money online. Before I start I need to state that I don’t condone any of these methods, and they are used at your own risk. I don’t take responsibility for any damage you may do.
Set up a Proxy Server
Set up a web site that serves as a Proxy, so people can browse blocked sites at work, and kids can browse blocked sites at school. As an ICT teacher I know kids want nothing more than to have access to all their favorite game and social networking sites, and many of them know about proxies. The most common script I see when I am blocking students is: CGI Proxy, it is great because it allows people to use sites that require a log in. Here is an auto installer for it. CGI Proxy Auto installer. You will need to have an ad, probably and Adsense block in the header, so ads are shown when people browse. The main drawback of this method is that if your proxy site does become popular it will probably be blocked by school Internet servers. So if you wanted to try this method out, I wouldn’t shell out any money on a domain name, or expensive hosting.
Create a Screensaver with Embedded Adware
Create a screen saver that bundles adware (Zangocash), so whenever someone installs the Screensaver, you make affiliate money. You need to upload your Screensaver to as many Screensaver sites as possible. For a full write up on the details of this method, read: Blue Hat SEO’s How To Make a $100 per Day
Dodgy P2P Sports Links
Set up a blogger account using an anonymous email account, then use it to share p2p links to live sporting events. I have seen people earn great money fast using it. It works particularly well for sharing live Cricket using the software Sopcast. The Indian Sub Continent love p2p links for cricket matches, particularly when there are big games involving India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. You can use Sopcast to embed a p2p media player showing the channel with the cricket on it, then surround it with lots of Adsense ads. I have never seen Google remove any of these blogs, nor have I heard of any Adsense account being suspended for doing this. Someone tried to sell a successful attempt using this technique on Sitepoint, and he showed his earnings for the period of the cricket world cup of $1200 US. So timing is key here!
I love poker, and playing online, I cashed out $800 for about 4 months of on and off play, which is more money than I have made through anything else online. The key to making money with online poker when you are starting out is to take advantage of the various signup offers and bonuses. The idea is that poker rooms will give you a cash incentive bonus, where if you play a certain amount of hands they will give you free cash. In their minds you are a beginner so you will probably make them more money in the process, but if you learn to play tight, and only play very good starting hands, and fold the rest you can clear good money with only an small amount of skill. As playing tight requires a lot of patience, once you get the hang of it you can speed things up by playing 3-4 tables at once. Do some research for free poker bonus’s, and you will find plenty of sites and forums with advice to get you started in the evil world of online gambling.
A MySpace or Facebook Resource Site
Levi from Internet Marketing Sucks has a great plan to make money by setting up a MySpace resource site. He even provides a script and instructions that will help you on your way. It’s not particularly evil, and rather crafty, but it makes the list anyway.
Set Up a Private Torrent Site and Tracker
Recent news about raids on the owner of oink’s house would suggest that this is a very risky business, especially if you live in a country that will police such activities. The torrent scene is massive, as such there is great money to be made by those that are crazy enough. The idea is to make it private, then set up a scheme where you have “donations” to pay for your server, and donators get extra upload credit. Also have lots of pay per click advertising and you will be away, making plenty of cash. But I would make sure your cash heap is large enough to fight a legal battle if you get caught.
Search Engine Arbitrage
Arbitrage is where you buy something for a certain value, with the intention of selling it on for a greater value. You can use search engine marketing to buy traffic from one network, Google Adwords, then send that traffic to a landing page that has advertising on it for another network, Yahoo. The idea is to create a landing page with very little actual content, and format it so that ads appear to be content. Then your unsuspecting visitor may click ads thinking it is content. You will need to test different networks and keywords, but you can make good money using this method. It is purely evil though as it fills the net with rubbish sites.
Set Up A Network of Scraper Sites
A scraper site is a web site that pulls content from other sources, for example you could have a site that pulls the top 10 stories from the rss feeds of digg, reddit, delicious. It’s probably a good idea to use keywords to narrow down your results to a certain topic. Then plant lots of advertising around the content, especially Adsense. As you don’t have any real content you are never likely to get many inbound links, so to rank, you will need to build up a network of sites, then link them to each other to help your sites rank in search engines. You could combine this method with 7 to create some seriously evil sites.
Volunteer At a Directory Site Like DMOZ
Then takes bribes to list certain sites. Or email people who are on the list and tell them that if they don’t pay you, you will boot them off the directory. People do this, believe me. Read about the DMOZ Shoemoney Extortion.
Become a Spam Marketer
Everybody hates spam, but some people obviously open it from time to time. Get creative with your subject lines, and spam away. It is illegal in some countries so be careful. Basically the idea is to find some pay per click advertising scheme that allows you to advertise via email, or include a link from the email that has advertising on it. You will want to find some tools to automate this process, but I’m not telling you where to find them. Another form of Spam that seems to be very popular is WordPress spam. All you need to do is set up a landing page on a dodgy domain that sells dodgy pharmaceutical products or any form of ppc or ppa advertising and spam away, automating comment posting on blogs that link to your landing page. It’s surprising how many sites don’t block spam properly.
I know most of this stuff is pure evil, but people actually make good money using these techniques. Ok, now go and spread some evil.