5 Ways to Make Money by Sharing Links Online in 2023 – WebCents Blog (2023)

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Sharing links is important to keeping the Internet alive. This is why there are opportunities for you to actually earn money simply by sharing links online! If you’re already on social media, you may already be copying and pasting links to your profile pretty often. So why not make some extra bucks doing it?

In fact, you can make passive income by sharing links, which means all you have to do is leave your links out there to other people and you can earn money for weeks, months, or even years from now!

With that being said, I’m going to share with you five legit ways you can make money just by sharing links with others. At the end, I’ll give you a few tips when it comes to sharing links so you can grab more attention and gain more clicks.

Without further ado, let’s get started with these five methods. Here we go.

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1. Add advertising to your links

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Believe it or not, you can add some short advertisements in front of your links that will allow you to earn a little bit of money whenever someone clicks through the link and sees the quick ad. In fact, you may have come across these kinds of ads when you click on a link and try to get to the content.

These ads are usually very short, around 5 seconds, and afterward, the ad should disappear or a Skip button should be available for the viewer to click to move on to the content.

There are several websites where you can get started shortening your links and having ads placed on them. Here are some examples:

Now there are two kind words of warning I should tell you about before you start:

  1. Make sure you don’t sign up as an advertiser. Either sign up as a publisher or create a standard account to be able to shorten your links and earn money by sharing them.
  2. Be careful! There are some URL shortener websites that are scams. The websites I shared in the above list are legit and actually pay their members. The easiest way to tell if it’s a scam is if the website doesn’t mention anything about ads inside the links, because advertising is how the website, the advertiser, and you, make money!

2. Start a Patreon account

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This will work best if you are always creating videos or posts online! If you have fans who enjoy what you have to share on social media, you can monetize your work by starting a free Patreon account. After you complete your profile, you can create your membership tiers, give them a price tag, and decide what kind of special content to create inside of these tiers.

The fact that you’re providing exclusive content behind membership tiers is what will draw some of your fans to join. Just make sure to keep your prices low so that you have a greater chance of seeing your fans turn to Patreon supporters.

Once you set up your membership tiers and have content available inside them, you can then get your fans to go to your Patreon profile using your profile link. Just copy and paste it into your next social media post or YouTube video. Be sure to tell your fans what to expect if they decide to support you on Patreon. And, if you have a good fanbase, you can expect money coming in within a week or two!

3. Find CPA offers to show others

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There are websites out there that allow you to search for CPA offers to share with others. These CPA offers are usually low-end programs or services like mini-courses, free membership sites, discounted prices, etc.

What Is CPA?

“CPA” stands for cost per action, which means that, if you can get someone to take action on the offer, such as sign up, play a game, or take a short survey, you make a certain amount of money! To get started, you will need an account on one of these CPA sites where you can get your special links to the CPA offers.

If the website sees that you got someone to click on your special link and they take action on the offer, the website pays you the money.

How to Get Started

You can get started creating an account and finding CPA offers through CPA networks like these:

Before you choose a CPA offer to promote as a link, make sure you know what the CPA offer is all about. That way, you can give your readers or viewers information about what to expect when they click the link, and then simply share the link.

Here are a couple of other notes you need to be aware of:

  1. Make sure that you sign up as an affiliate/partner and not a marketer/advertiser.
  2. Also, keep in mind that some of these websites won’t show you the available CPA offers until you actually sign up for an account.
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What Is Affiliate Marketing?

This is actually my favorite way to earn money from links, and that is by doing affiliate marketing. When you’re an affiliate marketer, you recommend products or services to people using a special link. It works in a similar fashion to the CPA offers: the key is to share the link and get paid when someone takes action on whatever the link takes them to.

The difference between CPA and affiliate marketing is that you are getting someone to buy someone else’s product. When they buy it, you make money. So, overall, affiliate marketing is harder than CPA, but you can earn commissions as you get better and develop the skill of being an affiliate.

If affiliate marketing sounds interesting to you, I think you should check out an article I made on affiliate marketing for complete beginners.

How to Get Started

So how do you become an affiliate? Most companies actually have affiliate programs where you can sign up, get approved, and then you receive your own special link that you can use to promote the company to others.

You can also join affiliate networks to find products to promote. ClickBank is a great affiliate network to get started. I have also listed a few other affiliate networks here.

The cool thing about affiliate marketing is that everyone involved actually wins: the seller makes money, you make some money as well, and the buyer now has the answer to whatever problem they had. If you ask me, this is awesome!

I do have a step-by-step guide on how to make money with affiliate marketing, just in case you’re interested to learn more!

5. Sell your own products

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Last but not least, you can create your own products to sell others and share your store and products with others. This may not seem new to you, but it’s actually easier than you think. Best of all, you could get started for free!

Websites to Start Selling

If you are a content creator or entertainer and have a following of people, you can start selling your own merchandise using a website like Teespring. You can then share your merch store with others and even integrate it into your YouTube channel!

You could also go to a website like Amazon or eBay, sell products on there, and share them with others. Or you can go to Teachable and create an online course where you can sell your knowledge to other people. Best of all, joining any of these websites is 100% free!

Start Your Own Online Store

Now, if you want to take your selling to the next level, you could invest in your own online e-commerce website where you get to have your own online store and sell stuff there. You can do this using a website called Shopify. I do have a guide on how to start an online store with Shopify.

And again, once you set up your online store and have products up for sale, you can start letting others know about it. If any of your stuff interests them, you can expect a few sales and you earn some money in the process!

There’s nothing like making good money online just by selling. And with the Internet, it is easier than ever to get started!

Final Words

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Link Sharing Tips

As I mentioned at the start of this article, I’m now going to share with you a few tips to help you share your links the right way and see more clicks to your links so you can maximize your earnings. Here they are:

  1. Shorten your link to make it prettier. If you’re doing method #1, your advertising link will already be shortened. Now, this is especially important if you’re using method #4 or #5. Since your affiliate or CPA link is unique, it has a line of code attached to it, which makes it long and stringy. So you should consider shortening your link to make it look cleaner and prettier to your audience. You can do this for free using websites like Bitly, Rebrandly, and TinyURL.
  2. Tell others what to expect in the link. People don’t want to click on links unless they knew what lies ahead. The idea here is to make them curious. Try to convince them that they really should check out what is behind that link. You may have to get creative, but it’s not really that hard. It’s as simple as telling them upfront what to expect when they click on the link. So make sure you do that.
  3. Share your link with the right people. Your link should be targeted to the people who need it. For example, if your link goes to a weight loss program, you don’t want to share it with muscle builders. Instead, share it with people who talk about their diet. Make sure you find Facebook groups, forums, or blogs where you can share your link to the people who could really use it the most.

Now some of you may be wondering: where exactly can you share your links? Obviously, if you’re already on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, those are great places to start.

But here are a few more ideas for you:

  • Comment on people’s blogs (don’t spam)
  • Join the right forums on sites like Reddit
  • Answer on Q&A sites like Quora using your link
  • Create a related YouTube video with your link in the description


So that’s how you can actually make money by sharing links with others. Hopefully, you can see it’s not as complicated or difficult as it seems. I hope this article gave you confidence and inspiration to get going.

Again, you can easily earn passive income by sharing links because, once you post your links, people can click on them long after you posted them. All you do is share the links, wait for people to click, and you’re earning passively!

Making some extra money online is possible and there’s no limit to how much you can make from sharing links. So, take action because the next link you share could be the one that could change your income and your life for the better.

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