Too many online money-making sites are useless for international users and those that do have marginal use, are either out of date or dishonestly prioritize referral earnings over user earnings.
I have sifted through the mess and found all of the best global offers as of November 2018, including: surveys, video watching, user testing, cryptocurrency, investing, and even consumer savings; for both the PC and Android.
1. Browser: All of the browser-based earning methods, most of which work just fine on both the PC and Android platforms.
2. Browser (Advanced): Advanced users only. Requires a steep time investment to set up, to gain completely passive earnings forever.
3. Android: All of the Android exclusive offerings.
4. Australian-Only: I try to keep things as global as possible, but I am Australian and we have some exclusive deals which are impressive enough to really need mentioned.
This is a really easy way to earn money online. Just sign up to both it and Grindabuck, turn it on and have it running videos whenever your PC is on. It will earn about $1 a day without you investing any time at all. I would recommend turning off your browser’s audio though, so if you still use that browser in other tabs, you will have to turn the audio on for other pages that need it.
If you are so inclined, you should also give some attention to Grindabuck’s offer wall. Most notably, the Persona.ly offer. It isn’t always well paying, but often has surveys which pay well in excess of the 10c per minute mark. Anything that pays 10c or more per minute, is well worth doing. If you plan on using any other offers (such as for downloading apps or whatever the offer wall wants to pay you for), I would do it there too. With rare exception, they pay more for their offers than anyone else.
This is more passive income, just fire it up and it will load up random webpages on a tab you never bother having to look at. This one pays really poorly though – poorly enough that I am considering giving it up even though it really requires no effort at all to use. It only generates an income of about 20c a week.
Another passive earner, this one for listening to music (or not listening to music as it pays just as well white muted).There are no tricks necessary for this one, simply open all four radio stations, mute them all, and carry on living your life. The value of your time changes each month as it is dependent on the advertisers, currently it is at an all time low, but still well worth the effort considering there is no real effort at all. Currently, if you run all four stations 24/7, you will earn $0.2736 per day. At the highest known payout, you would earn $0.3456 per day for those same four stations (something that might happen again, or perhaps even higher rates would be attained).
Rewardia is an American/Australian/New Zealander site (sorry to everyone else) that does a whole lot, but the most notable thing it does is pay you for playing games. The games include but are not limited to: Sudoku, Tetris, jigsaw puzzles, spot-the-differences, Wordfinds, Scratchies, Quizes, Memory Games, Hangman, and multiple versions of Solitaire. You won’t earn much per game (I mainly play Sudoku, which pays just $0.06 per game) but you are playing a game, and earning for it. Plenty of people out there (myself included) spend a lot of their time playing the likes of Sudoku anyway, so you may as well be paid for it.
You can also be paid half a cent for answering a single question survey, or more for watching videos or doing more traditional surveys, but playing games for cash is what really makes Rewardia worth mentioning.
Protip: Many of the games can be automated by using something like MiniMouseMacro. Rewardia often has advertisements or bonus point popups which will need to be manually clicked away, so you can’t leave it running on its own for long, but I usually have MiniMouseMacro playing Spinning Wheel for me in the background of my laptop, while I watch movies on it. Doing so makes an easy dollar per day.
If you have an unlimited internet plan, or at least a lot more data than you need, then Packetstream is a solid method of monetising it.While it is running, Packetstream will use your bandwidth and pay you $0.10 per gb used. It is as simple as that. Just run Packetstream while you sleep, or are otherwise not using the internet, and you will effectively receive free, effortless money. Or you can run it while you are using the internet too if you aren’t too concerned about internet speed – I am running it right now while updating this post and it doesn’t seem to be noticeably slowing anything down. I suggest trying it out while using the internet and judging for yourself – your experiences may differ due to differing internet speeds and how much Packetstream likes to use your network.
This site pays you for doing Google searches (or any search engine, or even specific site searches like Amazon’s search). I know of a few sites that do something similar (Qmee, Swagbucks etc) but to be frank, this one is superior to them in almost every way. The site specific searches alone is a big step up over what its competitors do, but it also pays considerably better. Swagbucks searches don’t pay consistently, they pay as a lottery type system which after recent nerfs only pay once per day (about 4c per day). Qmee only pays on certain searches – searches similar enough to something they can advertise, so they can spam you. If you don’t get spammed, you don’t get anything.Presearch pays you for each and every search you make (up to a limit of 32 per day). It doesn’t matter how often you search or what you are searching for, you will be paid. They have their own crypto which they pay you and each search pays 3c worth of that crypto. Just for signing up with the link above, they will give you $2.78 worth of that same crypto.
This is a crypto miner which is not something I would usually endorse, but this is a fairly smart piece of technology which bypasses most of crypto’s issues. And again, this is passive income and we love that very much.What makes this different to your average miner is its simplicity. It doesn’t require knowing a single thing about crypto: it pays in cash which means no complicated wallet, it automatically chooses the best crypto to mine, and it chooses whether to use your CPU or GPU to do it. It chooses its variables based on whatever is most profitable in the moment. It is also quite convenient in that it only drains your computer’s resources when you otherwise aren’t stressing them yourself (it automatically disables itself while gaming for instance).
However one major failing of mining crypto which remains in this program is the stress it places on your resources and power consumption. At the very least, it ensures you will always be profitable and if your components are powerful enough, you can expect about $30 a week income from this alone. If your components aren’t powerful at all, then running this program won’t earn you much.
If you actually prefer crypto to cash, or live in a country without access to Paypal, then this miner is for you. In fact, this miner might be the one for you anyway, as like the Shortest Miner above, it automatically chooses the most profitable crypto to mine (converting that crypto to Bitcoin in Honeyminer’s case), but Honeyminer actually uses both your CPU and GPU to do it. So in theory, it should be able to earn more than Shortest Miner (a theory I cannot confirm as for some reason it refuses to use my GPU). As with Shortest Miner, this will stress your components and increase your electricity usage, so use it at your own discretion.
This is a global survey site. Just take an offer, answer its questions and earn some online money. I listed this one first because it is my favorite – its surveys are far more interesting than the other sites, so it feels less like work. You can expect to earn about $9 an hour from their surveys, and get enough opportunities for about an hour’s work each day.
This is another high paying global survey site. It pays about $12 an hour and has a lot more opportunities than most of the other survey sites, but it has one caveat – it only allows you to earn a maximum of $70 every two months. I get that money from about 6 hour’s effort, spread over a week. Then I have to essentially wait another 53 days before I can earn more.
Honestly, there is a lot to say about SpiderMetrix and not all of it is good.Let’s start with the bad: Their profile questions were written in a really childish way that may have strove for endearing, but I found it to be very unprofessional. It also uses a points system which isn’t all that practical: Every 6 points = $1.In spite of the above misgivings, I still feel that SpiderMetrix is a global site that is more than worth recommending. Its main surveys pay quite well: Right now I am staring at a 12 minute survey for $2 and a 15 minute survey for $2.50, which add up to the equivalent of a $10 per hour income, which is fairly good as surveys go. However they aren’t actually the main reason why I would recommend the site. I recommend it mainly on the basis of the short, single click surveys it has on offer. Each of them pay a single point, so within 6 clicks you will have earned a dollar. Obviously, the time required to click 6 times is miniscule so the pay per minute is incredible on those surveys. You can expect about a dozen of them each week, so each week you can earn an income of $2 for basically nothing. Just make sure you check on the page daily as it doesn’t bother sending you E-mail notifications.
This is a user-testing site. It asks you to go to a webpage and do certain things so they can learn how easy it is for average people to navigate their pages.It only pays an average of 20c per test but each test requires only a single click, so it is basically 20c for nothing at all. The money adds up and you can expect an income of about $10 a month.
I’m not sure what exactly happened with this site when I tested the global user-testing sites, but I obviously found some reason to discard it as the site was no longer bookmarked. A lot of these sites require the user to submit a test video when signing up (the above didn’t) and I immediately discarded those ones as it seemed like a lot of work for something that most likely wouldn’t amount to anything.However, I obviously didn’t quit the site entirely (and am very grateful that I didn’t) as yesterday I received an E-mail from them. It was for a $10 job that took about 10 minutes of my time. Today I received another $20 job which took another 10 minutes of my time. A $30 income for 20 minutes work is absolutely incredible. Even $30 pay in just two days just from a single site is incredible. It really doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow – they have already earned their spot as one of the all time greats of global earning.
One more high-paying survey site. It pays about 15c per minute which is a great rate of return for those that can use it, however those that can use it are far and few between. If you aren’t living within Australia or New Zealand, then this site is of no use to you.
This site isn’t great. It has high rejection rates and often serve as more of a source of frustration than income. What it does have going for it is high volume – if you have already exhausted everything above and still find yourself with a need to earn more money, then this site is where you want to earn it. It is a high volume, middling-payer. It should always have something for you to do and it pays more to do it than the other global, high volume places (like Swagbucks). You can only expect about $4.50 an hour from these guys, but that is about 50% more than you get from other global high volume survey sites.
I gave this its own section as unlike the offerings above, this one requires more than just your basic skills. It is by no means a challenging task to set this up, but I like to cater to everyone from all cultures and in my efforts to do so, I have come to learn that not everyone is as well equipped for online earning as they would like to be. Sometimes language barriers can be a real issue. I will outline the steps required with as much detail as I can, but if the language barrier is too much, I’d recommend skipping this section entirely.The process in this section involves building a simple website and setting up a crypto wallet. If you feel you are capable of such tasks, then read on.The method here is simple crypto mining, however rather than do that mining yourself, that mining will be subcontracted to others in order to prevent you from suffering from the usual failings of crypto mining: namely the increased power consumption, stress on your resources, and heavy investment required for a system powerful enough to handle modern mining requirements. Doing so is quite simple, we will create a simple webpage, install a crypto miner on it, and use traffic exchange services to drive traffic to that site. They will automatically mine for you while they are there. The best part is, that even if you do have a system capable of mining and don’t mind traditional mining, you can still do so in addition to this. This method requires very little resources so it won’t detract from any other mining applications you may be using at the same time (like Shortest Miner as mentioned above).That may sound a little unethical, but their visit will be too short for there to be any real consequences for them and the mining set low enough that they won’t even likely notice it happening (you are mining for me right now and have likely not noticed). More importantly, they are also getting exactly what they wanted out of the exchange – they are getting traffic too, so they are walking away happy.On to the instructions:1. Get yourself a free web host. If you know what you are doing already, then go ahead and do it. If not, I’d recommend using x10hosting. They are hosting this page right now and I have not had any trouble with them.2. Install WordPress on that host.3. Make a simple wordpress site. When I say simple, I mean it – even a blank page will do the job. Or just use whatever your preferred theme has by default.4. Sign up to TrueMine.5. Embed TrueMine’s Bitcoin miner on your site. Doing so requires listing your site address with TrueMine, and putting that code it gives you in the header of your wordpress site. You can edit the header by going to your wordpress dashboard -> appearance -> editor -> theme header. Put it anywhere between the <head> and </head> parts.6. Get yourself any Bitcoin wallet and attach your Wallet ID to your account on TrueMine.7. Sign up to as many traffic exchangers as you are willing to deal with. Be sure that they are auto-surfers as you want this to be as passive as possible. I would recommend Hitleap, 10kHits, FeelingSurf, ManyHit, OtoHits, and Hit4Hit. There are plenty more out there if you want to use them and the more you use, the more money you will make; however you don’t want to overdo it. Adding too many autosurfers would stress your system as much as just mining yourself would. Sign up to those sites, add your site to the list, and just start autosurfing yourself. Each of them will have you going to random sites and in return random people will visit yours. The difference is that those random people will also be mining for you when they visit.8. When you reach the minimum threshold of earning (546 Satoshi), it will pay to your wallet automatically. Cash it in for actual cash (or your choice of other crypto, or whatever you want really) at BitPlace.9. Optional: You can be paid for traditional advertising too if you like. Interstitial ads will show to autosurfed traffic and you will get paid for them. If you want to add that extra stream of revenue (and if your website is just a junk site, there isn’t really any reason not to; then I would recommend PropellerAds. I recommend them not because they are good, but because they are terrible. They accept every site regardless of its quality (which is exactly what we need here) and don’t complain when you don’t generate any clicks. In return they offer you the industry’s lowest CPM rates but those rates are usually higher than the 0 you would have without them.
As stated earlier, ordinarily, I would not consider advocating a Cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency generally either serves as an investment of the most risky nature, a miner that consumes more money than it generates, or a free income in the form of faucets that pay the equivalent of pennies for a whole lot of labour. In short, it is near impossible to find one worth the time and risk.Electroneum is the exception. It has incredible prospects for the future as it is the most mainstream crypto on the planet – a simple phone app serves as both your miner and your wallet, removing the complexity barrier that all other cryptos face. Its mining also isn’t really mining – it is simulated mining, which means it does not suffer from the power drain and stress on your components that an actual miner would subject you to. It bypasses all of the usual issues regarding cryptocurrency, to serve as a simple means of getting passive income (I get about 60c a day from this without doing anything and that number increases every day with the rise of the currency’s value – it is projected to reach 40x-80x its current value).
Important: When signing up, be sure to input the referral code: AD4EBC Doing so will earn you an extra 1% more money for life.
This site autosurfs through webpages whenever you turn it on and pays you for the trouble. Your phone is basically inoperative while it is doing so, so I’d recommend only leaving it on while you sleep or are otherwise preoccupied. Still, it pays really well, so I’d recommend using it as much as you are able. It pays so well that I went out and bought some cheap phones so I could run it more than once.
With this App (and a phone number) you will receive money for nothing. They send you a text every now and then and you are paid €0.02 for every text message they send.Important: When signing up, be sure to input the referral code: E4DD57B65 Doing so will earn you an extra €0.25
Similarly to Money SMS, with this App (and a phone number) you will receive money for nothing. They send you a text every now and then and you are paid $0.065 for every text message they send.
If you have an unlimited internet plan, or at least a lot more data than you need, then Honeygain is a solid method of monetising it.While it is running, Honeygain will use your bandwidth and pay you $0.10 per gb used. It is as simple as that. Just run Honeygain while you sleep, or are otherwise not using the internet, and you will effectively receive free, effortless money. Or you can run it while you are using the internet too if you aren’t too concerned about internet speed – I am running it right now while updating this post and it doesn’t seem to be noticeably slowing anything down. I suggest trying it out while using the internet and judging for yourself – your experiences may differ due to differing internet speeds and how much Honeygain likes to use your network.
Simply sign up and install. This app will passively increase in points as you live your life. Those points will convert in to prepaid Mastercard gift cards (which can be spent virtually anywhere). You can also partake in what they call ‘surveys’ to earn those points faster, but those surveys are far and few between. However they aren’t really surveys at all as they are only a single question and well worth your time.
This Android-exclusive survey app conducts its surveys via video. Each video response takes less than a minute and you get paid about 60c for your trouble (which comes out to more than $36 per hour). That is a fantastic pay per minute rate and considering all you have to do is speak your opinion on a subject out loud (a recent example I was tasked with is explaining what I like better: Coke or Pepsi), but obviously it involved recording yourself which can be a big deterrent for introverts. Still, if you can bring yourself to do it, you can earn a lot of really easy money.
One more Android-exclusive survey app. Like CitizenMe below, this one pays directly to your Paypal after each survey (or around 48 hours after in this one’s case), so you don’t have to bother with meeting minimum payment thresholds or even requesting payment. It pays a generous $1 for 5 minute surveys (averaging $12 per hour) and is accessible in 87 countries, so wherever you are you have a fair chance of being in one of them.
This one has a referral system attached but I can’t find any information on what it actually does. It almost certainly benefits me and probably benefits you too, so it is probably a good idea to use. Either way, I would be grateful for you to do so. My referral code is 4353Z1 and thank you for considering using it.
This is a survey site much like those advertised above. The sole difference is that it is Android-exclusive, so you cannot earn from it without one. Its pay per minute is absolutely fantastic and it pays directly to your Paypal after every completed survey. Don’t overlook this one just because it is on the phone, it is at least as good as the browser-based offers and the fact that its income is immediate probably makes it superior to them.
This is another Android-exclusive survey app. It has a strange points system where one point seems to equal around 1.8c. This app often has some high paying surveys on offer – I just completed one that gave me 96 points (the equivalent of $1.72) for a 10 minute survey (the equivalent of $10.33 an hour). That is a great rate of pay but it is more the exception than the rule. What I primarily use this site for is collecting that free point on surveys just for clicking them. I click everything whether I intend to complete it or not and just get that relatively cheap and easy free cash. I usually get at least $0.50 per day via that method without spending very much time nor effort.
This app shares a lot in common with Curious Cat. In much the same way, it is an Android-exclusive that pays fairly well for surveys, has a strange 1 point = 1.8c conversion ratio, and a low minimum payment threshold. However, everything it does differently, it does worse. The minimum payment threshold is low, however still higher than Curious Cat; its average pay per minute is lower than Curious Cats (but is still often high enough to exceed my 10c per minute minimum pay); and its free 1.8c for joining only pays upon failing a survey (so it isn’t exploitable like Curious Cat’s).
Still, even if it is worse than Curious Cat, it is still well worth recommending. You need to use it wisely in order to ignore the lower paying offers, but the high paying offers are common enough for me to have earned $8 in a very short time.
This is a lockscreen app. If you don’t know what that it, it replaces your phone’s standard lockscreen with advertising and pays you for the privilege. There are plenty of apps out there that do the same thing and you can use them all at the same time to earn more money (provided you are willing to deal with multiple lock screens). The reason I chose this one is that it is the highest paying of those that are offering Paypal as a payment method.
The above offers have the highest online earnings available for global users, but us Australians have it better. All of the above work wonders for us too and I urge you to check them out if you are an Aussie, but perhaps even more important for you is this section. This section contains some Australian-exclusive ways to earn online, some of which (like Octopus Group) are the highest paying of their type on the planet. As I am an Australian and I know the Australian markets better, this section will be more in depth than what I offer global users. It won’t just include the usual sites, but also the means of saving money when you shop and even earning significant one-off payments with virtually no effort at all.
Also be sure to check out both Rewardia and Survey Village (both mentioned above). They didn’t make this section because they also cater to Kiwis, but they are almost Aussie-exclusive and both well worth looking at.
These are high paying Australian-exclusive survey sites. There isn’t much to say about survey sites that I haven’t mentioned above, instead I’ll just leave this image of the average offer from Octopus Group. Those payments are the highest for this type of work on the planet, and both Blue Jay Surveys and Purkle aren’t so far behind. When it comes to doing online surveys for cash, Australia by far has much higher income potential than anywhere else. Also worth looking at is Surveyvillage (mentioned above). Surveyvillage is almost as exclusive (and pays just as well) as these other companies, but it is available to New Zealanders too, so didn’t make it in to the Aussie-exclusive section.
Beem It is Westpac/NAB/Commonwealth’s instant payment app and is actually quite useful. I’m not here to sell you on its uses (click any of the links to those banks and they can sell you on the product), I’m here to tell you about how to earn money from it.
Simply install the app and sign up. Signing up requires providing some form of ID, your debit card details, as well as being able to check your account transactions because you will need to be able to tell them how much money they deposited in to your account for two transactions, as a form of verification.
Once you are signed up, click the “people” icon up the top right, then click “Redeem Code”. From there, input the code: ZGZX8Y
Doing so will instantly get both you and I $5 each. Once you have done that, share the app with your friends (you will need to anyway if you actually plan on using the app) and each time they use your code, both you and them will receive a further $5 each, until you reach your limit of $50.
Or you could just uninstall the app immediately and keep the free $5 it earned you without bothering with the further $50 (and $50 for your friends), or using the app at all.
This site isn’t about earning you money, it is about spending it well. It excels in that regard due to saving you money in two significant expenses:
- Groceries: CashRewards has access to one very significant discount: 5% cheaper Woolworth’s gift cards. By buying these gift cards, you can get everything affiliated with Woolworths (including their petrol stations and bottle stores) 5% cheaper. 5% cheaper groceries, petrol and alcohol is nothing to sneeze at. To put that in perspective, the other day, everyone was clamoring to buy some $1.43/l petrol before the price rise. By using the Cash Rewards discount as well as a 4c Woolworth’s receipt voucher, right now (post price rise) you can drop the price of Petrol at the Woolworths stations down to $143.165/l. With Cash Rewards, you don’t have to wait in line for the cheap fuel because cheap fuel is available to you any time.
- Consumer Goods: CashRewards offers a 5% rebate at their most important affiliate: AliExpress. For those that don’t know, AliExpress is an online superstore that stocks a more diverse range than any department store in Australia and probably any mall in Australia. They do so with free global shipping and absurdly cheap prices. Just look at the image below that compares two randomly chosen products against the same item in leading Australia retailers. As you can see, the price differences are immense. All of your goods should be sourced from AliExpress if your finances are of any concern to you (and being on this page implies they are), so a further 5% discount will travel well.
3. Everything else: Whenever you are in the market to purchase any big ticket item, always check Cash Rewards first because they will usually be able to get it cheaper. The cheapest place in Australia that was selling the freezer I wanted, was Appliances Online. Cash Rewards took that already cheapest price and slashed another 1% off of it. The same applied to my purchase of a tablet. The cheapest place in the country to buy the model I needed was The Good Guys, so using Cash Rewards to purchase from The Good Guys’s eBay store resulted in a further 6.05% discount on what was already the cheapest in the country.
This is another rebate site just like CashRewards above. The difference is that it trades CashRewards’s guarantee for greater rebates. Make your own choice as to which you would prefer to use, but I recommend signing up to both in order to capitalise on any promotions they run. One such promotion resulted in me purchasing $160 worth of groceries at Woolworths for only $67.06 (stacking a 50% off special on all frozen goods, an increased promotional rebate, and using a gift card which came with a 5% discount).
Australia has got itself some incredibly well-priced mobile phone plans lately and Amaysim is the reason. They are the cheapest in the country and that is driving down the prices of all of its would-be competitors. I use this as my main provider and pay only $10 a month for everything I need (unlimited calls and text with 1g of data – you would be amazed how far 1g stretches. I play a lot of online games on the run and have only ran out once, which happened to be the day before my plan renewed itself), but that isn’t even why I am mentioning Amaysim.The reason I am mentioning Amaysim, is because they are the last provider in the country that still has a cheap, year-long contract. For just $10 a year, you can keep a phone number active. You won’t get many perks, but you don’t need perks for MoneySMS or McMoney (see above for information on those). Between those two apps, you will get about $50 a year just for having an active number, so between Amaysim’s $10 per annum cost and the $4 per annum it costs to keep a phone powered; you are looking at making $36 a year off any old phones you have lying around, for nothing. That doesn’t sound like much ($3 a month on average) but imagine if you had a thousand old phones doing nothing. That would be an extra $3000 a month for nothing. If you are already running something like Cash Magnet (again, mentioned above), then you may as well monetize those phones further with an active Amaysim number.