How To Make Money Online As A High School Student
If you are reading this it’s because you are wondering how to make money online as a high school student. You can either find a job online working for somebody else, or you can start your own online business and call the shots.
Don’t even bother wasting your time signing up to take those lame surveys or watch advertisement videos for pennies. You need to earn some cash, right? Darn right!
I can help you get started today and it will not cost you a single thing. However, you do need to have a computer at home that has a connection to the internet. If you have that you are pretty much ready to go!
So let me explain how you can make money online as a high school student.
How To Make Money Online As A High School Student – Have A Hobby?
Have you heard about people who blog and make an income in their spare time? Well that’s what you can start doing today. It costs nothing to get this going. This is how I make money on the side, and you can do it to.
If you are worried that you don’t have the ‘know how’ to start a website and start blogging… believe me, you have nothing to worry about. If you can play around on a smart phone and type up a school report on a word processing program you can easily manage a website.
Believe me, it’s as easy as pointing and clicking on a picture with your computer mouse… in fact that’s what you do to start a website these days, just point and click. You literally pick out an image of what you want your potential website to look like and BOOM, it’s built and ready for you to use within seconds.
Do you have any hobbies? How about any sport hobbies? Maybe you like to cook? Or make craft items like knot blankets? Fishing or hunting? Video games perhaps? Do you like to read books? Perhaps you like to take pictures and travel? Maybe you like to watch TV and movies.
Any hobby you have you can create a niche website around and make money from it. The reason you pick a hobby is because more than likely you know a lot about your key interests and will be able to write (blog) about it.
As an example I know a lot about camping, hiking, and fishing. So I find it really easy to blog about those things and talk about my gear and places I like to go to do those things. I make money blogging about the things I love to do… when I can’t be doing them I will sometimes write about those things and make money in the process.
You don’t need to have anything to do this except a computer and the internet. Most homes these days have that, especially if there are kids in the house that are in school.
What does it cost to have your own website? Nothing at all. That’s a pretty good thing for a high school student; free is good!
Making money online as a high school student this way is great. You have no overhead such as products you need to inventory. All you need is a your computer and WiFi. You have no sales calls to make, no one to talk with on the phone. There are no customers to deal with. You work when you want and even where you want if you have laptop and want to travel someplace.
Want to learn more? Keep reading!
Make Money Online As A High School Student – Get A Website!
You can start your own website today and it will cost you nothing. I will tell you where you can go for that further below.
Before you can get that website up and running you need to pick one of your hobbies as a niche theme for your website. Once you have a niche theme selected you need to think about a name for your website.
Picking a name can be hard. I know, I’ve been through that many times. But once you have that figured out you are ready to pick out that website.
But before we go there I want to tell you how a website makes money: You need to monetize it!
There are a few ways to monetize a website:
- Selling advertising is one way, but usually you need to have a website that is getting a few thousand visitors a day for that to happen.
- You can also do pay per click advertising where you put Google ads on your website. If people see something that interests them in an add, they click on it and you make money. Usually each click only pays out a few pennies. But it can add up over time.
- You can write about products on your blog that are associated with your niche and provide links to places like Amazon where people can buy those items. When they click over to Amazon and buy an item, you make a sales commission. This is called affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is how I make a nice monthly income. I blog about fishing, such as the trips I go one, the local lakes I like to fish, and I the gear I use. When I write about my gear, such as a fishing rod or reel I provide an affiliate link to Amazon where people can buy that item. When they do, I make money.
How much money? Well, it all depends on the item. Two days ago I made $70 from one Amazon transaction. Somebody found my website and clicked on a fishing reel I was writing about and went to Amazon to buy it. They ended up buying the reel and a bunch of other stuff – I made a commission on everything they bought, not just the reel.
Yeah, that’s correct. They can buy ANYTHING during their visit, even stuff you don’t write about and have links for. If they buy anything on Amazon once they click over there from your website you make a commission an whatever they buy.
If they go back within 24 hours and buy more stuff, you make a commission on that sale as well.
How Much Does This Really Cost To Get Started Doing?
As a high school student I am sure you don’t have lots of money just laying around, and more than likely your parents are not going to be too keen on dishing out money so you can be a blogger. I get it. I’ve been there. I was once a high school student.
So let’s take a look at how much it will cost you to do this to make money online as a high school student.
- You need a home computer, desktop or laptop.
- An internet connection is also required.
- Website of your own to build a niche blogging site from: This costs nothing to get, I’ll show you where down below.
- Hosting for your website: This also does not cost anything to get.
- Sign up with Amazon (or any other online retailer) as an affiliate : This costs nothing.
So as long as you already have a computer with internet access, you, as a high school student, can start your own online blogging business for exactly $0.00.
Amazon is not the only online retailer that allows affiliate marketing. Walmart, Target, REI, Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Cabelas… they all work with affiliate marketers and it doesn’t cost anything to sign up with them. They want people like me and you to send potential customers to their online sites to buy stuff – and they pay you for it!
This Sounds To Good To Be True!
I’ve told you how to make money online as a high school student working at home. You’re probably thinking it sounds to good to be true.
Well, there are some downsides to this thing. You ready to hear them?
Starting a blog and doing affiliate marketing is not going to produce you any money overnight. Most people starting this kind of business at home don’t make money until a few months down the road.
The reason for this is Google. Google does not like new websites, it doesn’t give them much ‘trust’. That means that any content you write and post on your website is probably not going to get found very easily on Google. It usually takes 3 months before Google starts to show some love to your website.
That just sucks. I know because I deal with it every time I start a new website.
But that is where social media comes in. You, as a young person probably know more about social media than us old farts. You can share and post your blog content to social media and generate website traction that way. Once Google starts showing your website some trust you will get found naturally through searches people perform.
The more people that find your site, the more potential you have to make money. But it takes time to build up traffic. The more content your website has, the more potential there is to get found.
So the major downside here is building up your website’s foundation. You need to add content to it to get found. Then you need to let the website mature a few months, all the while you need to keep blogging and sharing your content via social media.
The more content you add, the older your site gets, the more often you will start to get found – and then you can make more money.
One good thing about this type of business is that you continue to earn money passively. Once your website is up and firmly established you can make money from blog posts you wrote you months and years ago. I love waking up and seeing that I made money overnight while I was sleeping from a blog post I wrote twelve months ago!
How To Make Money Online As A High School Student – Getting Started Today
In order to do this you need a website. I told you costs nothing to get, and that is 100% correct. Surely you have heard of places like Go Daddy, Names Cheap, and Blue Host. All of those online business are domain name registrars. Some also provide website hosting.
But Wealthy Affiliate does all those things as well, plus they provide you with two free websites to use and they host them for free as well. All you need is an email address to sign up and get your free websites.
They even make the process of getting your website setup as simple as pointing and clicking with your mouse.
When you signup with them with an email address you are what is called a free member. That means you have two free websites to use and free web hosting. It also gets you some free training on how to create good content for your website and how affiliate marketing works.
Yes, Wealthy Affiliate does have premium web hosting services that cost a monthly fee – but you NEVER have to sign up for it. You will ALWAYS have your free websites and free hosting. If you want to have more than two websites then you may want to think about signing up for premium, as you get to have as many as 50 domain named websites and 25 total free sites.
Premium is for people who plan on making a career out of blogging and doing affiliate marketing. I have several websites of my own that I work on, usually about 2-3 hours per day, sometimes more sometimes less, and I make a nice income from them. My monthly cost for my premium membership is under $30.
You’re in high school, so I suggest you stick to keeping it simple and just milk out those free services you get. Don’t upgrade ever, unless you want more than two websites to try and make money from, in which case you will need to.
Check out the You Tube video below, I show you how easy it is to setup a free website through Wealthy Affiliate.
So are you ready to become a high school student that is an online entrepreneur?
If so, all you need is an email address to create your free account with Wealthy Affiliate. As a bonus, when you signup with them through my website you get access to me as a mentor forever.
I’ll usually log into their site a few times a day to work on my sites. Leave me a message if you have questions and I’ll be more than happy to help out.
Click on this link to create an account and make a free website to get started: Getting Started!
Thanks for reading – study hard!