Three months ago I signed up for a free account on SponsoredTweets.com. During that time, I've earned more than $200 based on $15 per tweet. You control the ads you tweet, which means you can reject them if they're not right for you and your audience. In my case, I frequently reject offers because they don't appeal to me. If I had accepted every offer that was presented to me, I would have made four times as much.
Everyone should be using Twitter as a job search, networking and brand-building tool, so it makes sense to sign up for a free account on both SponsoredTweets.com and Ad.ly, another reputable service, to see if you can make money at it too. (I'm testing Ad.ly too and will report back on my results.)
Once you sign up, if you refer friends who become successful on these sites, you'll be eligible for minimal commissions on their earnings.
In the past, if a company wanted to test the usability of its Web site, they'd set up a focus group in a lab and invite people to come in, which was an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Now, it's done easily, quickly and inexpensively online. If you have a computer with high-speed internet, you could apply to be such a tester.
Here's how it works: At UserTesting.com, a two-year-old service, applicants complete a two-step process to be considered. The first asks for basic background information -- such as age, gender, income, zip code and skills. The second step is to take a 10-minute test that simulates a real assignment you'd receive if selected.
You could be asked to visit a specific Web site and perform an exact function -- such as to visit a clothing Web site and find and purchase a long-sleeved women's button-down shirt. While you're doing that, your screen is being recorded to track your mouse movement and clicks, and your voice (but not your face) is recorded to hear as you verbalize your steps. You must be good at verbalizing what you're doing as you navigate the site -- the imagery, text, colors, promotional messages and so on.
If you pass that, you're registered in the system to receive assignments as they come up, for which you're paid $10 for about 10 to 20 minutes of work.
If you have a blog, Web site or newsletter, sign up for affiliate programs from any number of Web sites that sell a product or service that would appeal to your audience. From giants like Amazon.com to small niche sites, you can earn a healthy commission for sending customers their way just by posting links on your site.
A new entry in the affiliate space is TheGiftionary.com, which is run by my "Will Work From Home" co-author Robyn Spizman. It's free to register as an affiliate and you'll receive a custom code and link to share on your site. You'll make $25 every time you successfully refer a paid customer to the site.
Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the anchor of Job Club on ABC News Now. She is the CEO of Women For Hire and the founder of WaggleForce. Talk to her at Twitter.com/ToryJohnson.