Billions of dollars are spent on advertising each year.
The reason is simple, it works. But does this mean you can work from home posting ads online and make a legitimate income doing so?
The answer to this comes down to your definition of this ‘job’ and what it entails. As you’re about to learn, the majority of ad posting jobs are either fake, or grossly unprofitable.
Work From Home Posting Ads Online- The Reality
Simply copy and paste a few ads and post them online. Then, sit back and watch the money roll in! That’s a nice story, but here’s the reality…
Real Ways To Make Money Posting Ads
The following are real ways to make money placing ads, but they all require learning and effort. In some cases, they require a good amount of capital.
Advertise Products and Services
It goes without saying, you can make money by creating ads to sell quality products and services across many different platforms. When you know what you are doing, paid advertising can be used to make as much money as you want.
Place Ads On Your Site
Many companies allow you to place ads on your website for free. When people click on these ads, or in some cases just view them, you make money.
Placing the ads is easy, but it’s getting people to your website that’s the challenge. In other words, you need a website and real marketing skills to make this work. Anyone can do it, but it’s not copy and paste simple.
Whether you use a website, social media, or any other channel, you can post ads in text or banner form. When someone clicks on your text link or banner, and makes a purchase, you earn a commission. Affiliate marketing is a great business model, and something that actually works. You can see my full guide to affiliate marketing here.
Social Media Shoutouts
If you have a decent following on a social media site like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, people will pay to reach your audience. They offer you an agreed amount for you to post a ‘native’ advertisement that acts as an endorsement from you. There are other ways to make money posting ads on Facebook, but this is a very simple strategy.
Apply for an Advertising Job
If you have skills in creating high converting ads on one or more channels, you can earn money this way. Companies pay an employee or freelancer to develop winning campaigns, it’s that simple.
The thing is, you need to know what you’re doing. And since it’s a real job, you do NOT need to pay anyone for the privilege of working for the company.
Low Quality Ad Posting Schemes
Unfortunately, this is where the majority of so-called work from home jobs fit into. These are not real businesses or jobs and they’re a far stretch from legitimate.
Spamming For Pennies
Some websites are setup to pay people an insanely low amounts of money (and I do mean mind blowing insane) to post ads in a spammy way. This is not legitimate, and it does not pay you much of anything.
This is the best case for the majority of these so called ‘jobs’.
These websites ask you for money to access to a ‘job’ that in reality does not exist. These scammers make their money when hopefuls pay them. It’s that simple.
Read on to see some of the most common examples of these sites.
Four Fake Ad Posting Jobs to Avoid
To show you what I mean about low quality schemes and outright scams, the following are some of the more popular sites. These make everything sound super simple, and make all kinds of crazy income claims.
According to this website, you sign up and make money posting ads for companies you know and trust. Companies like Nike, Coca Cola, and IBM among others.
The website was supposedly registered by “Ross Williams,” who claims his program was voted as the #1 work from home opportunity.
I can assure you, it wasn’t LOL. The person behind this site remains anonymous and there is no proof of this having been voted by anyone. Except maybe the BBB which gave it an F rating and flagged it as a work from home scheme.
What’s more, there is no proof this program works. You only know what it’s really about after shelling out $34.95. But apparently, the person behind it is making thousands of dollars per month and says you can earn up to $70 per ad placement…
I’m sorry, but this is nonsense.
Unless you have the skills to run actual marketing campaigns in one form or another, no company is paying you this much. But according to “Ross,” it’s all too easy and “you can go play golf with your friends or go shopping at the mall with your family.”
The point behind this site is not to help you make money. Instead, it’s to sell you a program, which makes the person running the site money, at your expense.
Link Posting Scams
Equally as dubious, are websites claiming you can make money posting ads for google and earn upwards of $10,000 per month. They say they have access to over 100,000 companies and that you can quickly start making money this way. With little effort.
Without explaining how this really works, these sites ask for money to access this ad/link posting job.
However, the truth is that no one is being paid that kind of money to post ads.
How do I know? Because link posting is a long-running scam I’ve come across many, many times before. And I explain exactly how it works in the post I just linked to.
These sites may give you some training or a system to post ads, but it’s very likely about spamming ads on various websites and will not pay you much if anything.
This website simply leads people into an email processing job scam. This scam costs $25 to sign up, and your entire job is posting SPAM ads on social media sites and emailing random people to lure them into joining the same system.
The frame it as email processing/ ad and link posting depending on which site you visit, there are many versions. But when you break it down, your job is to chain recruit as many people as possible who (personally) pay you the 25 dollars per referral.
This is known as cash gifting and chain recruiting, neither of which are legitimate or sustainable ways to build a business or make money online.
MoneyToPost.com (now defunct)
This was the only website I found where I could join without paying anything.
Assuming people actually get paid, this may not classify as a scam. But it does show just how insanely low the income of doing such a repetitive, mundane job of this kind is.
At best, this pays you 3 cents per ad you post on your social media account, within a forum, or some other channel. And that is being optimistic.
The maximum you can post on any social account in any one day is ONE single ad. This makes sense since it is duplicate content and would easily be flagged as SPAM by the majority of popular forums and social platforms.
You can only post five ads total in any one day. In other words, your max income potential is 15 cents per day! Cool. They also have other ways you can earn, such as by viewing ads.
I did the math on this, and what I found was nothing short of crazy.
They pay you 0.01 “coins” to view one 7 second ad, and you can view as many of these as you like. So, to earn just ONE of these coins you need to watch exactly 100 ads.
You must reach 2000 coins to earn $1, and the minimum cash out amount is $2 which means you need to earn 4,000 coins to cash out just $2!
How long does it take to earn 4000 coins?
You would have to watch:
- 1 ad to earn 0.01 point
- 100 ads to earn 1 point
- 1000 ads to earn 10 points
- 10,000 ads to earn 100 points
- 100,000 ads to earn 1000 points
- 400,000 ads to earn 4,000 points
This equates to around 777 straight hours watching ads to earn $2. If you factored in breaks and worked a standard 40 hour week, it’d take you close to six months to earn 2 bucks!
They do have a system where you can earn more points by referring others and completing trial offers. This is very common and has nothing to do with posting ads. However, referring people to a system like that requires real internet marketing skills, and I doubt this site, or any site like it, teaches you those skills.
Update (March 2022): This site was shut down after I published this post. But I left my thoughts about it here to give you an example of how these types of sites work. Because there are likely many others out there like it.
The Bottom Line
It is possible to make money posting ads online. Yes. It’s just nothing like the majority of “ad posting” websites out there make out.
Some of these sites are designed to sell you products, some are outright scams, and others pay such an incredibly low amount it’s not even close to economically viable.
So, I recommend steering well clear of online ad posting jobs unless you know for a fact they are legitimate. While there are many real ways to earn money online, the majority of ad-posting jobs are designed to line the pockets of the people behind the site.
Save your money and your time. These jobs aren’t real.