How To Make Money Online In 2021

by Mike Staples
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How To Make Money Online In 2021

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So, you’re wondering how to make money online? I’ve been there in your shoes, just brainstorming ideas only to come up with things that won’t work or don’t sound good. I still remember to this day how I could afford my own Xbox headset at about age 12.

Just like you, I did a quick Google search only to be overwhelmed with search results. I had so many different things I could do. Most of these I was shown by these so-called internet gurus. They promised that I could bank thousands of dollars for little effort, and to be fair, that sounds too good to be true for starting with something.

I won’t show you any of those get-rich-quick schemes, but what I will do is show you legitimate and honest paying ways to make money online in which I’ve personally been doing for the past 11 years now.

It’s not difficult once you figure it all out, but please don’t feel as overwhelmed as I was starting because that’s why I’m explaining everything and how it works, so you don’t have to feel the least bit overwhelmed by any of this.

Before Getting Started

Some of these methods you may already be familiar with, I’m sure you’ll find something you haven’t done yet. If not, then a refresher couldn’t hurt.

Make Money Online With GPT Sites

GPT (get-paid-to) sites are programs that pay you to sign up and complete various tasks. It gets its name because you get paid to do stuff on these sites. You get rewarded depending on how much you do on the site. Once you save up enough cash, points, coins, tokens, or whatever the currency may be, you can redeem them for real money or other rewards.

What I like about GPT sites is that practically anyone can do it. The only basic requirements are that you are at least 12 years of age with parental permission, and you must also meet the country requirements for that specific GPT site. It’s simple to get started, and I will make it as easy as possible with a few tips along the way.


Get paid to watch videos by running a video player in the background on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. This one will depend on which one you’re going for, so I’ll include a few different options.

Apps & Games

You can make money by downloading and trying out new apps and games on your Android or iOS device. It’s seriously as easy and fun as it sounds. The requirements for each app or game vary, so be sure to refer to the offer requirements where you’re completing it.


Surveys are questionnaires conducted by market research companies to improve the products and services we use today. They will ask you various questions related to the survey you’re taking, and the length of time it takes to complete will vary.

Please do note that you may get disqualified quite a bit, and this is very normal. It happens to the best of us to be quite upfront with you. The weekends are the worst for disqualifications as there aren’t as many surveys available during this time.

Trial Offers

These are free or paid offers that allow you to try different products and services by paying just shipping and handling or offer a discount for huge savings. I’ve even walked away with more than I spent on something. Not a bad gig, huh?

I recommend keeping track of when you bought that product or service and canceling it a few days before it renews. Otherwise, you might end up with unwanted charges. If you cancel too early, they may revoke your earnings for that offer, so refer to the offer requirements to make sure.

PTC (paid-to-click) Ads

If you like clicking on things, this is your gig. All you need to do is click on other people’s ads and view them for the length required. Then you need to solve a type of captcha to make sure you’re human. You will usually earn the least amount of money with PTC ads.

Offer & Referral Contests

Do you like to compete with others? Give it a shot in the offer & referral contests that some GPT sites hold. I especially recommend this to people who complete offers because the bonuses are worth it if you’re already spending a lot of time on the site.

Promo Codes

Did you know that most GPT sites give out promo codes all the time to reward their loyal members? Be on the lookout on their social media pages and announcements within their sites to grab one yourself. Promo codes are a great way to top off your earnings to get even closer to cashing out.

Referring Other Users

Do you have people you know that might use InstaGC? Maybe a following that could benefit? Share your unique referral link around, and when someone signs up, you’ll earn a certain percentage on every offer or survey they complete.


  • Make sure you are not using any proxies or VPN’s or else the systems will automatically flag your account upon signing up.
  • Use 100% accurate information when signing up and when completing tasks on these sites.
  • Use a separate email for completing the regular offers, so you don’t get a bunch of junk mail sent to your inbox constantly. I would suggest creating a brand new one altogether.
  • Do not use a public internet connection such as libraries, grocery stores, retail stores, airports, restaurants, etc. Doing so will put your account at risk of being banned because you never know who may have signed up for a GPT site from that public internet connection. I would avoid using public internet connections for this at all costs.
  • Be sure that no one else in the household has signed up for that specific GPT site, or else you may risk getting both of your accounts banned unless stated otherwise.

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