Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online

bored girl   Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online As the end of the school year approaches, many high school and college students find themselves scrambling for summer jobs so that they can save up some spending money.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many decent paying jobs available for teens, especially in a rough economic climate. However, there are a number of websites that offer very easy money for teens online. For a teenager who is disciplined and responsible, online jobs are the easiest way to earn a significant wad of cash this summer.

Websites That Offer Easy Money for Teens

Teenagers today typically have an assortment of skills that are useful and valuable on the Internet. For teens who are skilled writers, earning money will be that much simpler. Additionally, there are also well paying jobs available for teenagers who know how to write web pages, write high-volume blogs or forum posts, or program in different Internet or desktop programming languages. However, finding those opportunities often involves wading through a mountain of garbage and scams. This article will provide teens with a guideline for the best opportunities on the web that offer easy money for teens.

1. Easy Income for Teens Who Can Write Articles

For any teen that has excellent writing skills, the Internet offers an abundance of cash just sitting there for the taking. Yes, it may take a full eight hours a day of good solid writing work – but what could be better than rolling out of bed at ten in the morning and going to work at home, in your pajamas? Sound too good to be true? Well put on your pajamas and check out these opportunities.

Associated Content

Associated Content is one of the most popular “user-generated content” sites that offers articles on just about every topic under the sun. 

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At Associated Content, you can either “claim” topics from the assignment desk, or you can submit topics of your choosing. You can earn both upfront payments, as well as monthly payments based on traffic to your articles. Starting out, you might only earn $3 to $4 per article you write, plus $1 to $2 for traffic – but if you wrote 5 articles a day, that’s $400 a month, plus additional monthly royalty payments.

Not only does writing for a site like AC establish you as a writer, but if your writing is exceptional, AC will even consider you as a preferred content producer, and their clients may ofter you writing gigs that pay $20 and up for an article.


Helium is another user-generated content forum that pays you both upfront fees as well as traffic royalties.

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Helium is unfortunately a bit cheaper with their payments, and they’ve established a bunch of loopholes you need to jump through. You can earn about $1 per article plus traffic payments. However, to earn those payments you have to spend time “rating” articles – a painful and tedious process of comparing two articles and picking the one that’s better. But with Helium, the real money is in the “marketplace” section, where you can compete on client writing gigs worth anywhere from $5 to $100 or more.


Triond is another content site that accepts your articles and pays you royalties for traffic.

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Triond is one of the few sites known for actually sending authors the payouts they’ve earned, so it deserves mention here. However, if you want to use Triond to add an income stream to your summer writing, you’ll need to submit a very large quantity of articles that are well written with SEO in mind, and can attract a very large stream of readers from the search engines. If you can accomplish that, then yes – you can earn money from Triond.

2. Make Money Writing Reviews or Writing Letters

One of the most popular reasons many people use the Internet is to research products before buying them. This has turned “reviews” into one of the most popular types of content online. If you like writing up product reviews, then there are countless opportunities to earn income from your written opinions.

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I’ve written for Shared Reviews (the image above) before, because they do legitimately pay their authors. However, I’ve also heard that Epinions is another great review site to earn money from.

letterrep   Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online

Have your friends ever told you that you’re amazing at writing letters? Then consider spending your summer creating custom letters at Letter Rep. Yes, the website isn’t exactly the prettiest site in the world – but by submitting letters to custom letter requests that visitors submit to the site, you stand to earn $10 per letter. Not only that, future visitors to the site can also purchase your letters, making your pile of work a wonderful source of residual income, not only throughout the summer, but even throughout the school year.

3. Quick Money for Teen Programmers

If you are an ace programmer with any programming language, you could spend your summer doing programming freelance jobs for some real cash. However, when it comes to finding freelance work, you have to be very careful what websites you visit – as most of them are useless or flat out scams.

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Scriptlance is about as far from a scam as you can get. At the beginning of my online writing career, I spent months sifting through the latest project postings there (there are dozens per hour), and bidding on the ones that matched my skill set. There’s writing work, but the bulk of Scriptlance is programming work. If you post a professionally written proposal to the person who posted the project, your chance of landing the gig will be excellent. Just working on scriptlance projects alone, you could easily earn several thousand dollars by the end of the summer.

Other legitimate freelancing sites (although none quite as big as Scriptlance), include Rent A Ghost Writer, Elance, and iFreelance. Be sure to watch for new updates often, and be the first to post a bid.

Work Hard, Be Persistent, and Rake in the Dough!

The key for teens to successfully earn a small fortune during summer break through online work is by staying persistent, even when it looks like you’ll never land that first gig. Keep posting your daily articles to the royalty paying websites, and bid on freelance projects constantly. Soon, you’ll find that you have more work than you know what to do with. If you can discipline yourself to work for at least eight hours straight for every weekday during the summer – you’ll save far more money than any of your friends could earn waiting tables or mowing lawns!

Have you ever earned money from any of the sites listed in this article? Are there any good opportunities missing? Share your opinion in the comments section below.W

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Guy McDowell

Good article, and it’s useful to more than just students.


Hi Ryan,

Excellent post with great advice. The internet provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to make money. Persistence is one of the real keys. Don’t compare your results with those of other people. This only leads to anxiety and a competitive mindset. Do the best job that you can and stick with it and you will make money with any of the methods which you’ve mentioned.

Thanks for sharing your online money-making insight :)



really good article! Thanks for the post.


great article Ryan! I’ve seen some spam like this before, but never knew there are some sites which actually pay you. Thanks for sharing this!


Good article. I was half-expecting a bunch of scam sites, but at least you stuck with legit sources. If… unethical one(s).

I don’t think Associated Content pays up-front to minors (or non-US citizens, but this article is targeted at teens) so that’s out the window. You’re left with your $1.50 per 1,000 views which is meager compared to the $10.00+ AC is making off those same 1,000 views.

It’s not like they’re providing a portal to get your content out in the open either, promotion is left completely up to you. You’d be better off publishing your own content and using AdSense to reap the full benefits while maintaining the rights to your work. (AC’s default option strips you of EVERYTHING. The other options allow you to keep your soul in exchange for whatever income you might have made off the work.)

It’s fine for someone who just wants to play around and practice writing. That’s what’s drawn me to it: I can force myself to write. But cutting out the middleman will give you a lot more benefits, so just keep that in mind.

Ryan Dube

Dylan – you make some excellent points. But what Associated Content offers that you can’t pull together instantly with your own private site w/Adsense is a much higher level of traffic and SEO rank…that takes years to build up with your own private website.


All of these seem to be for U.S. residents only…

Any international/Australian websites that you know of?

Ryan Dube

Hey Jackson – I don’t know of any sites like AC or Helium that’s for International writers, however Scriptlance certainly accepts bids from anyone in the world, and you could always search for websites or blogs that hire writers – they most certainly hire writers from anyone in the world. I didn’t cover finding professional writing “gigs” for websites since this article was for teens, but that’s certainly a source of very good revenue if you’re a good writer and can dedicate the time to it.


All of these seem to be for U.S. residents only…

Any international/Australian websites that you know of?
Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!


As a teenager myself this is an invaluable article to give me something to do over the current two weeks holidays I have! Wahey!

I <3 MUO


I was a bit skeptical at using Associated COntent at first tohugh it seems like a good site. I may use AC as well as Triond a site thst I have made a bit of money off.


I wish I had these opportunities when I was a teenager. Nice post.


Very good blog. I think it can play a very important role in teaching ways to earn money sitting at home.

Domain Superstar

Good list. The real money is in finding your own domain name, building a website, and then writing content for the website or building traffic to the site by writing articles and publishing them with links back to your site. All in all though, some of the sites you mention are great places for writers to make some spare cash.


hi… i saw those sites,and me too also interested earning amount from online…

pls help me with ur tips and tricks…..

have a nice day

Website Design

Great post. I think it’s important for young people to realize their potential for making money in between school. Any amount of ‘clever’ can pay off big. Thanks for sharing.


almost teens will just use a computer, for myspace, youtube and maybe a different page for everyone else ….pathetic


Good post, I think this will help all home makers to earn some money side by side. This will help them to play their daily routine as well as to earn some money.

Easy Money


very useful…is there any site for Teens?


If you search Google for Helium and Associated Content, there are a lot of unhappy people who are earning pennies or less providing content to these sites who are earning a lot of money from the ads placed on your article. Sadly there are a lot of sites like this out there. Let’s be honest, in a literate society who is going to pay you to write a letter? Meanwhile the people who recommend these sources of income are usually paid to do so. What appears to be an energetic, unbiased recommendation is usually an attempt to win a referral fee. By all means search these sites carefully or you will spend all day working and will earn less than $20 per month.

Ryan Dube

Hi LR, thanks for your comments. As the author of this article I have three points for you.

First – I used to be one of those unhappy writers, until I learned how to successfully earn money with Associated Content. It’s possible with Helium – but it takes more work (I still don’t have a lot of love for Helium, but people do earn lots in the Marketplace).

Second – In a “literate society,” I earned over $100 in no time, just writing up letters for people who requested them. If you don’t believe it – look at the image I pasted in this article. That’s my actual account there, and you can see the actual balance that I earned…apparently I did what you believe is impossible in a “literate society.”

Third – Not a SINGLE link in this article was a referral link…you can check that yourself. It’s a direct link to the site. I recommended these sites because I’ve used them and I believe in them, and I don’t appreciate your insinuation that my recommendations are disingenuous.

Just because YOU can’t earn money with these sites doesn’t mean other people can’t. In fact – I have.


I thought these were all very great, but with AC and Helium you need to be over 18 to get paid. How is that going to help a teen make money?

Ryan Dube

Hi Devin,

Great point, although in all the time I’ve been writing there I’ve never been asked for aged verification for payment to my paypal account to go through. I believe you do have a point insofar as once you earn over $500 you need to submit for tax information, but still $500 without age verification required isn’t too shabby.



or you could just stop sucking in real life.

Jason Green

These sites might be ok for a teen looking for some extra lunch money, but if you want to make real money there will have to be real work involved.


Very nice post I will be using the programming site for some freelance work thanks…

Daren O’Shea

Wow, I honestly find these to be great :) . I particularly have not tried any of the forementioned websites, but I plan too. I look forward to your future articles, and to see this site grow more in users that will take the advice of writers like you and so much others. Good luck and good fortune to you.


Very nice information. I just subscribed to these websites and I really is a way to make money.

MC Chap

Hi everyone!
Im member of Triond since 2008, and I have recieved 2 payments to my paypal account.
I totally earn $1.32. Is not so much, but is something. Triond requires a lot of hard work writing, but when you write 5 or 6 good article, you start making money.

Good luck

Jitreee Sansorn

Excellent post with great advice. I think it best for my son to read this. cheer!


Nice info you have here. Thanks for this. Keep posting!


I think many of these are great ideas for someone of any age. It makes for a nice passive income. I’ve just recently signed up to LetterRep. Thank you so much for the suggestions.


Do you have to be from the US, cos im not, UK, and is there anything similar for me? Great idea tho!
Thnx! x


very useful information.

Nurlo Adenetti

I like this post. Quite informative. Learned some ideas! Thanks

Google Bizkit

Great post, I definitely think teens should start trying to make money online, I started when I was 18 fresh from high school. And I make wonders now. Good luck!

Make Money Online Teens

Really helpful tips. We are happy to get this useful info, especially for Helium…


don’t spam – these sites never pay


sorry, forgot to add
the above comment was for chanakya


I’m a really brilliant writer, But there are times were my talents are just being wasted on just plain borism. To add to that sentence i really need the money


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