5 Simple Ways to Earn Money Online While You Sleep

Every one of us wants to earn as much money as possible. However, some of us are ambitious and test their limits by working long hours and spending their nights awake making money. These are the people who you will often hear saying, “Life is too short”.  Such people can never get enough of time; hence, they burn the oil of nights thinking about ways of making money.

On the other hand, there are other people who are wise and look for ways of passive income. They always search for businesses in which they have to invest little time and the business would generate money while they enjoy a sound sleep. There are so many ways you can earn a passive income online.

The highlights below will give the five popular ways of making money while you sleep.


Affiliate Blog

At present, the best way of earning passive income online is by establishing an affiliate blog. All you need to do is create a blog, spend some time on the promotion of the blog and then use it for promoting affiliate offers. To do all this and make the blog a source of generating money while you sleep, you need to select a niche that attracts the attention of an online audience. Once you have identified the niche, the next thing you need to do is to select suitable keywords that attract the most traffic. Afterward, start generating content around those keywords and promote the blog by performing its SEO and social media optimization. Thus, when your blog starts getting traffic, the affiliate ads would start generating income on every click without the need of you constantly monitoring them. Hence, the money will keep piling while you sleep in your warm bed.

Auto-responder List

Another way of earning passive income that is making a huge buzz in the online market is by putting together an auto-responder list such as Aweber. The revenue source of this method is either affiliate promotion or selling of some product or service. You need to start by creating a landing page that offers information to the audience of the niche you are targeting, however, when doing so you need to ask them of their email addresses. Once you have gathered substantial email addresses, you can put them into an auto-responder list software, this software will then automatically start sending email to the members on the list. Hence, when you think that you have shared sufficient quality information with the members and developed a rapport with them, then you can pitch your product or affiliate product to them. Thus, once all the information is set in the automated software, you won’t need to worry about managing it every day and it will keep on generating revenue.

Membership Community

Further to the affiliate blog and auto-respondent list, the third popular method of earning passive money online is joining a continuity membership program. This method has the same initial stages like the former two business ways, where you have to select a fruit full niche and develop repute in the niche. Once you’ve done that, then you can charge for the membership of your community. As odd and unbelievable as it may seem, it is true and people do pay to get access to quality information and platforms where they can network with other experts in the industry.

Selling Commercial Products

Another great and passive way of making money online is by establishing a platform that offers to sell and buying of commercial products online. The best example of it is eBay. All it does is let the sellers meet the buyers and with every transaction, it takes a little margin. Thus, by establishing a platform and making a name of it after proper promotion, you can sit back and let buyers and sellers do their work, while you enjoy the constant flow of income.



The essence of present-day outsourcing is the people that entrepreneurs do to build their business online.  As you probably have heard that many online businesses mention it as an effective way of earning passive income. All you have to do is leverage your time by finding people to do small tasks for you, while you focus on the more important tasks.

Now it’s Your Turn!

To me these are the popular ways of making money online, what do you think? Do you know any other way of earning passive income?  Please leave your feedback in the comments section below and I look forward to reading them!

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43 responses to “5 Simple Ways to Earn Money Online While You Sleep”

  1. James says:

    Hi Nate,

    Thanks for sharing!!

    You have said it all, affiliate blogging is the best way to really make serious money on the internet this days. I made a fatal mistake by sticking with Google AdSense for more than five years and was earning annoying money.

    From my experience, the best way to go, aside affiliate marketing is to simply embrace blogging consulting business. This is what I’m doing and it is far better than just hoping to get some funny Google AdSense clicks.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi James,

      It’s great that you mention that. I believe that even though blogging may be your portal or hub on the internet. It’s still a good idea to branch out and still do income producing activities outside of blog. Not just relying on one way to make money. Thank you for the comments!

  2. Nate,

    Creating a passive stream of income is great way to make money. Developing a system is also another way to create passive income. Hire a team to do different tasks, train them on how the tasks need to be performed. Sell your services to consumers that can benefit from the service. As the economy continues to change more to a pay for performance model, I am sure will see more thought leaders develop new ways of earning passive income.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Karl,

      Exactly, things are moving every single day. Processes are evolving and like you said, more people in the market place will develop better ways of producing income. Appreciate the comments!

  3. Hi Nate,

    I agree with all that you mentioned here, though I don’t use any of these 🙂

    I guess that’s because I’m just a writer, so writing is how I earn! And for that sometimes I need to stay awake and write! Nevertheless, I do know that Aweber, selling products, and affiliates are great ways that most of my friend’s also use to earn their source of income.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Harleena,

      Yes, there are many more ways to produce income online outside of my list. Sky’s the limit. Since you had mentioned that you’re a writer, you make money from that, and you’re pretty darn good at it too! Thank you for the comments!

  4. Matthew says:

    I thought this was really great Nate, thanks for sharing

  5. Catherine says:

    Thanks for these tips. I’m just getting started with my blog but these are useful.

  6. Jason Power says:

    Hello Nate,

    Even if you are involved in a main network marketing opportunity. You still want to be able to supplement you income in other ways so these are great ways to earn a passive income. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nate Leung says:

      Exactly. You don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. Thanks Jason!

  7. Judy Garey says:

    Great recommendations Nate!

  8. Susan Evans says:

    I’ve done each of the things that you listed, and even though they bring in some money, they have to be kept current, and I have to continue working to continue getting paid. The only exception is a membership site, if you’ve already established a huge site that functions perfectly, I suppose you wouldn’t need to continuously add new material.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Susan,

      Yes, create a membership site, let that be a cash cow and create another one. This not only helps with income generating opportunities, but it also brands you as well. Thank you for the comments!

  9. Hey Nate,

    Passive income is the way to go when it comes to earning income. These are some great ways to earn passive income. I use both affiliate and autoresponders to earn passive income and although it takes some work, it’s worth the effort. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mike says:

    Awesome post! Great tips and making money while you’re sleeping is the best way to make it!!

  11. kungphoo says:

    I like the way it sounds.. making money while i sleep..

  12. Hey Nate,
    This is the first time I am landing on your blog. I agree your point that some people says that 24 hours a day is not enough for them. The actual problem is that they’re too lazy.

    So one point I could add here. If you are really looking to make money while you sleep, then stop making excuses… Just do it 🙂

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Shahzad,

      Welcome to my blog! Yes, there are many people that enter the online space and don’t make money. That is why they are not getting the results they desire! Thank you for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you stop by in the future!

  13. I’ve done affiliate marketing for many years, so it is obviously my favorite and I have done quite well with it. The others that you mention are all good ideas as well, of course. Thanks for the post!

    • Nate Leung says:

      You’re welcome Jeanne! I’m glad this post resonates with you! 🙂

  14. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Nate,

    I love the affiliate marketing gig and setting up an auto responder series for my cash gifting list. Both methods are easy, cheap and uber passive means of generating cash while you snooze.

    Thanks for sharing!


  15. Hi Nate,

    I’ve used them all! I love to outsourcing loads of my technical stuff. When doing business, that takes me the longest time and I rather pay to play. Of course I am very picky who I deal with.

    I’m currently in the middle of a project. All is completed but my membership site. Now I hired someone with great expertise to coach me the month of December and put up all the nuts and bolts to it.

    Once it’s done…viola I know this project will roll out to affiliates once it passes beta.

    That’s my two cents! lol


    • Nate Leung says:

      Outsourcing is an awesome way to build your online business. More online entrepreneurs should try to delegate tasks instead of trying to do it themselves. This way, they can focus on the bigger stuff that will require more attention. Thank you for the comments Donna!

  16. Nice compilation, i think Nate wouldn’t mind if i add some more to the list. Selling of ebooks, CPC (adsense), sponspored links etc. The lists are endless, but for sure Nate has done a very good part by the list he got for us. Thanks nate.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Asaolu!

      Those are some awesome ideas as well! Thank you for the contribution!

  17. Hi Nate,

    Awesome post!!! Affiliate offers are a great way to earn money while you sleep…..I have had a few myself…..Fantastic value here! Thank you for sharing!!!

  18. Nate says:

    just took a look through the rest of your site. Really nice. I think you have some great value here. I’ll be back for more for sure

  19. Kenee says:

    Nice content here! I love the value you share in your content and I LOVE making money while I sleep!

  20. Cindy Eidahl says:

    Very Interesting. Blogging is my favorite way to generate passive income.All I do is share it and get traffic to my blog and don’t have to spam anyone. Thank you for sharing

  21. Greg Mock says:

    It really is amazing how many opportunities exist because of the internet. I love it.

  22. Adrienne says:

    Great list you shared Nate and you make it all sound so easy.

    Once everything is in place and going smoothly then the money will start to automatically role in but it does take a lot of setting up, implementing and promoting of course. Lot’s of behind the scene type stuff but once all of that is in place and you’re making progress, tada! The best part starts.

    Off the top of my head I can’t think of anything else at the moment that provides income while you sleep. My favorite of course is affiliate marketing so just had to throw that one in.

    Great share and have an awesome week.


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