Couple Misc. Ways to Make Money Online

In most of my posts I try and help you guys with ways to succeed in affiliate marketing. A lot of you probably have some profitable campaigns and that’s great. On the other hand, I’m sure there’s people out there struggling. So I just want to discuss a couple quick ways to make some easy money on the internet if you ran out of funding for your affiliate campaigns. These are actually the first couple ways I initially built my $6,000 or so to start with PPC.

Build A Small Proxy Network

These are the easiest things in the world to do. I spent like 2 hours total on the project and it made me $10-15/day in Adsense for a few months. Here are the steps :

1) Buy 10 .info proxy related domains. Like or something.

2) Find a free proxy template and throw it up on every proxy. Need help? Click

3) Install PHProxy

3) Go to DP and pay for someone to submit it to 100 topsites or so.

4) Go to and asked to be submitted to the list.

5) Add all the topsite codes and your Adsense code to the page.

6) Let it run and make some money.

7) If server costs get too expensive, just flip the network for a couple hundred bucks.


Build a Directory Network

These take a little more time but are really easy to to, and it’s how I made my first big sale. My directory was the first thing I owned. All I did was buy some powerful directory links, submitted to a crap load of free directories, and then made some money with it. My best directory was a PR5, I probably made $2,000-3,000 total off it, then sold it for $3,000. Since it was my first venture online, I was very pleased with the income. I actually solid it to fund some PPC stuff as I as running out of cash. A lot of people question the demand and authority of general directories anymore, so I don’t know how well it would work. I’m just sharing my experiences from early this year and how I made some money. For the step-by-step :

1) Buy 5 or so directory domains. or something like that.

2) Buy phpLD and install it.

3) Find five different directory templates to install. Need help? Click.

4) Pay somebody to submit your directory to a few hundred PR3+ directories.

5) Buy some powerful links from Alive and Aviva.

6) Make a promotion at DP saying free regular links for 24 hours and special $3 featured links for 24 hours or something like that.

7) Let the network sit for a few months and make a few bucks here and there. PR update comes and you get PR2-3.

8) Sell some cheap sitewide links, try and make around $100 per directory. Sell them for a whole year or something.

9) Flip the network for a few hundred and enjoy the 1 day you put into it to start.

Like I said, I’m not sure how out-dated that information is, but it may be an alternate idea for those struggling to make money online. Like I said it was around April when I sold all my directories. My biggest directory sold for $3,000, and then I had a network of 4 directories that I did the EXACT same thing as above and it went on SitePoint for $1,200. I also had another directory that I bought for $200 and flipped for $800. Now there’s bidding directories and all that other crap so I’m not sure how it’ll all work. But the directory forum at DP still seems bustling with activity, so if you’re in a bind it could mean some money.

Alright not a directly related affiliate marketing post, but it’s about making money so are you going to complain?


  1. November 30, 2007

    Will do. I might try the second idea soon. Good ideas. No reason not to start a nest egg.

  2. Jack
    November 30, 2007

    Are there every any legal issues with running open web proxies?

  3. November 30, 2007

    Those are really good ideas…

  4. November 30, 2007

    The only problem with a proxy network is that you need a huge amount of bandwidth available to profit from it. To get a huge amount of bandwidth, you have 2 choices:
    1. Get a hosting plan that’s dirt cheap but the owner obviously oversells his resources.
    2. Get an expensive hosting plan that does not oversell.

    Besides, the web seems saturated with proxies. Is it really viable to make new ones?

  5. November 30, 2007

    Heh, I would have never thought of any of those things… I’m not quite sure I understand them after I’ve read them. hhaha.

  6. November 30, 2007

    Great ideas buddy, thanks for sharing. I never knew you started this year…wow thats a very sweet rise! lol

  7. November 30, 2007

    Those are some pretty good ideas. Glad I subscribe to this blog.

  8. November 30, 2007

    The proxies really are some easy cash.

    Plus you can find a load of people on DP willing to host it for you for free as long as they can put ads on the proxified pages (meaning you only get income from the front page).

  9. November 30, 2007

    Hey Paul,

    I don’t know if you saw my last comment on the previous post but is the voucher for new users only or for existing customers too?

  10. November 30, 2007

    I tried some of those things too, before hitting it on the ppc to affiliate stuff. I held on to my directories though as they still bring in some decent cash every month.

  11. November 30, 2007

    That is really some good info bro! Not really for the novice user though but good enough for anyone with the skills.

  12. November 30, 2007

    Jack – no legal issues that I know of.

    Steven – the voucher was for a new account and the first person who answered sent proof and was given it.

    Chad (CDF) – yeah I should have held on to mine, but at the time I was a broke college student making $70-100/week, and 3 grand seemed REALLY nice.

    Money Makers – I’d say those are for novice webmasters. As long as you can upload a free template and register a domain, you can make money with those methods.

  13. November 30, 2007

    Yeah, most of the general directories won’t do much of anything – PR or not. I run a SEO firm and just use them to mix up link profiles for sites where we’re buying links from more authoritative sites.

    However… that doesn’t mean the idea won’t work. I have clients that still get all jazzed up about meta keyword tags, so someone, somewhere will buy those directories.

    If you can find a way to get some content mixed in with your directory pages then they may get some more traffic & rankings that you can throw around. Those articles can have embedded one way links that you can sell as well – could keep the directory from becoming a casualty of G’s ever-improving algo.

  14. December 1, 2007

    Really good stuff Paul!

  15. December 1, 2007

    Although these projects can still be lucrative, everyone interested in operating either a proxy or directory should ask whether there is a different way to earn some funds for ppc activities.

    Image hosts seem to be the latest craze.

  16. December 1, 2007

    Just a fair warning proxies can be very server intensive so it’s recommended that your run them on a dedicated host.

    A good place with unlimited bandwidth would be FDChost.

  17. December 1, 2007

    This is good stuff. I wouldn’t know how to do this stuff though.. thats the only problem.

  18. December 1, 2007

    Nice post Paul, and thanks for the the code!

  19. December 2, 2007

    Is CGI proxy bettar than PHP proxy ?

  20. December 2, 2007

    I had a friend get his Adsense account banned for setting up a proxy network like you describe – lost a month’s pay & the bandwidth go to be too expensive – at the end of the day he lost money.

  21. December 3, 2007

    @Markus941. (Paul, you should install threaded comments pluggin so I dont have to do the @ thing :))

    You can only put adsense on the front page. If you put it on the proxified pages, your adsense will be banned.

  22. December 3, 2007

    Sounds good to me :).

  23. December 3, 2007

    directories are dead.

    (hooray for nested comments!)

  24. December 3, 2007

    Both the directory network and proxy network ideas would have been good several months ago but Google has seriously killed the directory business as of the last PR update and they really don’t like the proxy networks.

  25. December 3, 2007

    Nice. I’ve done both of those and they do make money.

    Good call.

  26. December 4, 2007

    Oh okay, already found one for that. Was hoping for a free credits for existing accounts one.

  27. December 6, 2007

    Thanks. Works like a charm.

  28. December 10, 2007

    What are your thoughts on making money with Drop ship programs?

  29. December 16, 2007

    I once had a decent proxy network, but the traffic/revenue was alway so sporatic.
    ~ Dave

  30. December 16, 2007

    Proxies always get blocked, so there is always a need for new ones.
    ~ Dave

  31. December 16, 2007

    …and that’s a pretty good deal. Most of my income came from the front page.
    ~ Dave

  32. December 16, 2007

    PHP Proxy is much easier on server resources.
    ~ Dave

  33. Yes, Most of the people think that it is necessary to have a online business to make easy money and the quick ways given by you to make money are really good.

  34. I have a nice little proxy network, but I’ve never thought of creating a directory network. Gonna try it fo’ sure

  35. shiz
    January 15, 2008

    would the free version of phpLD2 work the same?

  36. February 9, 2008

    A few nice little ideas there. Thanks. Although i think there are much more profitable ventures to get into :p


  37. February 18, 2008

    You can always make money if you are working hard enough. The big stumbling block for most newbies is that they start with an idea but dont follow through. It takes a lot of hard work to really make money.

  38. September 25, 2008

    Thanks bro, I am gonna try the directory way ;)

  39. September 22, 2009

    Thanks for the tips. I think I’ll give the directory idea a try.

    btw – I’m not even a student and 3 Grand seems really nice!

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