100 Ways to Make Money with Social Media

Making Money with Social Media

For many of us, social media is our hobby. It is where we go to kill most of our extra time. What if you could turn your hobby into a full-time career? Sounds too good to be true right?

In this post, I’ll tell you about 100 ways to make money using social media.

  1. Manage accounts: Manage social media accounts for companies and individuals. Read the ultimate guide to become a social media manager here.
  2. Copywriter: Are you good at copywriting? Then, how about becoming a freelance social media copywriter.
  3. Editor: Similar to copywriting, there is huge demand for copy editors who have a keen eye for good writing.
  4. Monetize your Tumblr site: Monetize your Tumblr site using MadAdsMedia.
  5. Creative writing: Fantasy author Neil Gaiman asked his massive Twitter following to submit questions and turned some of its answers into short stories and list it for sale.
  6. Flickr: Use Getty images licensing program and start making money by selling photos on Flickr.
  7. Advertiser: Help individual marketers and companies to advertise on social media as a freelance advertiser. Read more on Marketing Land: Why social media advertising is set to explode in the next 3 years.
  8. Remote Coaching: Get paid for one on one private social media coaching remotely on Skype.
  9. Influencer: Become an influencer like Zaibatsu. You can follow Zaibatsu’s on Twitter to see how he does it.
  10. Get Traffic: Generate traffic to your website using Stumbleupon and make money per visit by monetizing your site. The best thing about StumbleUpon is you can buy traffic to your website for the cheapest price. Read 101 cool things you can do with StumbleUpon.
  11. Sell Instagram photos: Use a service like Foap.com to license and sell Instagram photos.
  12. Sell virtual currency: Create an app on social media and sell virtual currencies using Superrewards.com.
  13. Get a job: Work at your favorite social media companies. Career resources: Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn.
  14. Get an internship: Get internship from your favorite social media companies. Internship resources: Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn.
  15. Sponsorship for Instagram: Get sponsorship from brands that are looking to build their exposure. Lauren Bath, an Instagram user makes money by taking sponsorship.
  16. Sell products: Create your own social media product and sell it to your followers.
  17. Affiliate marketing: Join as an affiliate of your favorite social media apps.
  18. Promote services: Build brand exposure and promote your services on social media. Learn more on dummies.com.
  19. Boost your visibility as an artist: Artists like Grace Ciao, and writer Jeff Goins use their social media channels to boost their visibility to sell their art.
  20. Get paid to speak: Become a social media star and make money from local or national speaking events.
  21. Monetize links: Monetize links that you usually share on social media using linkshrink.net. The payout rates ranges from $0.34 to $5.44 per 1000 views.
  22. Bulk sharing: Create a social media sharing agency and provide a package for bulk sharing on various social channels.
  23. Tutor: Become a tutor in your locality and teach social media lessons to students.
  24. Sponsored tweets: Use sponsored tweets to make money.
  25. Design headers: If you’re a graphics designer, offer cover photo, profile and ad designs for social media accounts.
  26. Setup a page: Create a Facebook page setup service and help companies and individuals updating their social profiles.
  27. Report bugs in Facebook: Facebook offers minimum $500 bounty for reporting bugs. It has been reported that Facebook has paid out $1.3 million in 2014.
  28. Report bugs in Twitter: Get paid to report bugs in Twitter.
  29. Get hired: Get a job by networking on LinkedIn.
  30. Giveaways: Participate in various giveaways on social media sites to win cash prizes and rewards.
  31. Sell your app: Create a popular social media app and sell it on Flippa.com. The best thing is currently you’ll not be charged for listing the app on Flippa.
  32. In-app purchases: Create a Facebook game or an app and offer in-app purchases. Learn how Zynga makes money using this approach.
  33. Suggest similar apps: Make money by suggesting similar applications to your Facebook app users. Recommended reading: Make millions with Facebook applications.
  34. Premium apps: Offer a limited period free trial and sell premium Facebook apps.
  35. Banner ad: Monetize your Facebook apps by displaying banner ads on it. It is one of the easiest ways to make money from a Facebook app.
  36. Develop apps: Help create Facebook apps for brands.
  37. Sell videos: YouTube allows selling videos directly from the YouTube site. Learn more here: how to sell your videos on YouTube.
  38. YouTube ads: Make money by displaying ads on your YouTube videos.
  39. YouTube personality: Become a YouTube star and accept sponsorship for your videos. Here’s how to make money by becoming a YouTube star.
  40. YouTube Red: YouTube recently introduced YouTube Red, which is a subscription service that charges a user $9.99 per month to get rid of YouTube ads. Here’s how to make money from YouTube Red.
  41. Crowdsource: Promote your Kickstarter campaign on YouTube.
  42. Metadata: Become an expert on YouTube metadata and offer services related to it.
  43. Pet star: Turn your beloved pet into a star and make money. Read dogs cashing in on social media fame.
  44. Create an iPhone game: At first, become a star on YouTube by growing massive following base. Then, start promoting your iPhone games from YouTube. This is one of the money making strategies of a popular YouTube channel Dude Perfect.
  45. Find sponsors: LinkedIn is a great place for networking and researching. You can even find potential advertisers and sponsors for your blog from LinkedIn.
  46. Create a Twitter app: If you are a developer, you can create a Twitter app and make money out of it. Resources: Twitter apps page. Learn how to register a Twitter app.
  47. Twitter contest: Connect with a local business who wants some publicity. Help them by holding a contest on Twitter and get paid a percentage of the sales they make.
  48. Seed funding: Create a groundbreaking social media app and get seed funding for it. Looking for inspiration? Read an interview with Holla@me founder Stine Richard who recently raised £25,000 from Venture Giant.
  49. Join Facebook’s app monetization program: You can join the program here.
  50. Educational Videos: Submit your social media marketing videos on Lynda.com
  51. Create a gig on Fiverr.com: Create a ‘social media design’ and ‘social media marketing’ gig on Fiverr and make money out of it.
  52. Offer services on bidding sites: Get social media marketing and graphics design jobs from bidding sites such as Upwork.com
  53. List services on Envato Studio: List your social media marketing services on Envato Studio.
  54. Create a course: Create a social media marketing course on Udemy.com.
  55. Premium tutorial on Tuts+: Create a premium tutorial on Tutsplus.com regarding social media.
  56. Get paid from InstantShift: Get paid by writing blog posts for InstantShift.com on the topic ‘graphics designing for social media’.
  57. Sponsored posts: Get paid for writing social media app reviews on your blog.
  58. Become a Social Media Writer: Become a regular writer for a popular social media blog like Social Media Examiner.
  59. Tuts+ instructor: Become an instructor on Tuts+.
  60. Write for incomediary.com: Get paid to write social media posts for Incomediary.com
  61. Make money for social contents: Create valuable social contents and make money out of it using Appbank.com.
  62. Create an Instagram store with Inselly.com: Set up your store in minutes for free and start making money from Instagram.
  63. Make more money by managing multi-channel selling: Create apps for various social channels. Make more money by managing multi-channel selling with Shopseen.com.
  64. Make money by boosting your social conversions: Use services like Iconosquare to boost your Instagram store sales.
  65. Niche social network: Create a niche social network on your website and make money by monetizing the site.
  66. Ebook: Write an ebook about social media marketing and publish it on Amazon or on your website.
  67. Use URL shortener: Use services like Shorte.st to make money by sharing shorten links on social media.
  68. Reports bugs in Yahoo!: Yahoo! has launched a reward program for bug reporting. Get paid for reporting bugs in Yahoo! owned applications.
  69. In-stream social advertisement: Use Ad.ly to drive more sales using in-stream social advertisement.
  70. Report bugs in YouTube: Google has also launched a reward program for bug reporting. Get paid to report bugs in YouTube.
  71. Sell premium tweets: Make money by selling premium tweets using marketplaces like Twitpub.com.
  72. Convert social media actions into rewards: Make money using services like Chirpify.com to convert social media actions into rewards.
  73. Monetize social website: Make money by monetizing your social website using mylikes.com.
  74. Monetize Twitter videos: Using Twitter Amplify, you can now monetize your Twitter videos. Learn more here.
  75. Become a spokesperson: Get paid for shooting a YouTube video as a spokesperson or a model for brands.
  76. Voiceover: Get paid for recording voiceover for YouTube videos.
  77. Create animation videos: Get paid for creating animated YouTube videos for brands.
  78. Sell social media accounts: Sell your popular social media profiles to brands that are looking for gaining quick exposure. You can use services like Viralaccounts.com.
  79. Offer customer service: Offer customer care assistance for big brands on Twitter.
  80. Create an ad agency: Create an ad agency and help businesses advertise on Twitter.
  81. Get paid by writing on the topic of ‘graphic designing for social media’ for Smashing Magazine: Smashing Magazine is always looking for paid guest contributors. Learn more here.
  82. Make money using social advertising networks: Services such as Linkbucksmedia.com allows you to make money for sharing your links.
  83. WordPress plugin: Create a premium social media plugin for WordPress.
  84. Boost your Instagram sales using Have2Have.it: Services like Have2Have.it helps you generate more sales revenue by taking your followers to a shoppable, curated page that has the same look and feel as your brand’s Instagram feed.
  85. Make more sales through Instagram comments: Post your product to Instagram. When customers post a comment ‘Sold’, Soldsie will email them a mobile friendly invoice to checkout.
  86. Convert Instagram hashtag into sales: Using Penny, you can allow your buyers to shop items directly over Instagram with a hashtag.
  87. Convert tap into sales on Instagram: Make Instagram a revenue generator using Tapshop. When your customers tap into your profile link, your audience will find a custom page of products they’ve liked on Instagram.
  88. Monetize your Twitter app: Make money by monetizing your Twitter app using MoPub.
  89. Convert social channels into sales channels: Using Spreesy.com, you can sell across your Facebook and Instagram account from one place.
  90. Become a growth hacker: Growth hacker is the one who is in-charge of the growth/ user acquisition in a startup. Become a growth hacker and help social media app companies to build their userbase. Recommended reading: The definitive guide to growth hacking.
  91. List your products for sale on Instagram using the hashtag ‘#forsale’: Hashbag is a marketplace that allows Instagram users to buy and sell products. From Hashb.ag site, buyers can shop for products that are being listed on Instagram using #forsale.
  92. Sell products on Shopstyle.it marketplace: Shopstyle.it is a marketplace for Instagram users to buy and sell products that are posted in Instagram. Learn more on how to make money with Shopstyle.it
  93. Affiliate marketing with Shopstyle Collective: Shopstyle Collective is an affiliate network that allows bloggers to earn money by making affiliate sales on Shopstyle platform. Read more here.
  94. Make money by affiliate marketing on Pinterest: Make money on Pinterest by affiliate marketing using Keep.
  95. Facebook comments: Sell your products with comments on Facebook.
  96. Report a bug in Pinterest: Get paid for reporting a bug in Pinterest.
  97. Report a bug in TumblrGet rewarded for reporting security vulnerabilities in Tumblr.
  98. Report a bug in Shopify: Shopify allows you to turn your Facebook fans into customers. Like major social networks, Shopify also rewards security researchers who report the vulnerabilities in the app.
  99. Report a bug in Instagram: Use this form to report a technical problem to Instagram and get paid for reporting.
  100. Report a bug in Snapchat: Get paid for reporting a bug to Snapchat.
Shahzad Saeed

Shahzad Saeed is a freelance blogger and content marketer who has been featured in top internet marketing blogs like Problogger and John Chow several times. Connect with him on Twitter @shahzadsaeed and LinkedIn.


  1. Trishi Jain

    Money is very important, social media is the best part to make money, thank you for sharing the interesting and informative blog, well done.

  2. grawhill

    thank you for sharing your ideas. nowadays life is money.

    • This may be true, but I totally wish it wasn’t. :(

  3. isk

    Short st url shortner links, whenever i share that links on facebook it blocks automatically. Please suggest some solution to this problem

  4. Kazi Hassan

    Great article, you might want to add that now you can make money as an influencer on Instagram.

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