Ideas for making quick money online include participating in paid surveys, joining referral programs, selling items on an auction site or incorporating affiliate marketing into an existing website or social media account. Another option is to use online freelancing and contracting sites to find short-term work that features direct payments, as of 2015.
Many websites allow users to participating in surveys or similar activities and receive compensation for the activities. Swagbucks.com offers users payment for surveys, games and advertising interactions through a point system redeemable for gift cards or PayPal transactions. Similarly, Amazon Mechanical Turk pays users for taking surveys or joining research studies as soon as the requester approves the participation.
Some retail companies offer referral programs that pay users a commission for getting other users to join a website or make a purchase. Similarly, companies may pay users for promoting products and services through a process known as affiliate marketing. Amazon.com runs an affiliate program wherein participants post special links to its products that track the purchases of anyone who click them. The affiliate account holder then receives a percent of the sales amount through its Amazon Payments system.
Sites such as Craigslist.org and Elance.com feature advertisements for contract work that covers a variety of activities, such as designing a website or writing an article, which can result in quick and direct payments after completing the task.