When I joined Second Life it was quite a daunting experience. There were a lot of conflicting messages about how to make my way in this new frontier that was Second Life. Often there was old information that is now no longer relevant, which lead me to waste a considerable amount of time and energy that I could have focused better.
I've been relatively successful in Second Life, but it's taken a lot of time and perseverance to get there. A lot of mistakes were made in my early days and hopefully this article will help you avoid them.
7 GREAT WAYS TO EARN LINDEN DOLLARS...
Here's my top 7 list of ways to earn linden dollars in Second Life. These are some great tips to get you started.
1 - EARN LINDEN AS A MESH DESIGNER (VERY DIFFICULT - HIGH PAYING)
Over time I've discovered that this is the number one way to make money in Second Life. You can make a significant profit by building up a brand and having a successful marketplace store. There's a huge range of items you could make ranging from buildings to hair to skins. What is more, at the time of writing this article, mesh has only recently been introduced - which makes this market more wide-open than ever.
One thing I would say about this though is not to approach this if your not able to produce something special. I feel that there's a lot of dross on the marketplace and it only hurts the Second Life community to add more to it. Produce something special, or don't produce anything.
To achieve this you'll need to invest a considerable amount of time just learning. Practice and become the best at what you do before dedicating all your energy to actually competing with others. One of my friends Leviathan Flux offers an amazing course that will help you learn how to create mesh which I recommend you check out.
2 - EARN LINDEN PLAYING GOLDTOKENS.NET GAMES (LOW DIFFICULTY - MEDIUM PAYING)
One of the easiest ways to earn linden dollars in Second Life is try the Goldtokens earning games. These games are absolutely ideal if you want a sure way to earn linden and don't have masses of time to invest outside your real life. There's also a great social scene so you're bound to make plenty of friends!
These were specifically created to provide new players with an accessibly and reasonably well paying way to get linden in Second Life. Specifically I'd highly recommend the Fish Hunt and Gold Hunt if you're just getting started!
3 - EARN LINDEN BY BLOGGING (LONG TERM COMMITMENT - MEDIUM PAYING)
Firstly I'll say that blogging is a very long term commitment. It will take a considerable amount of time to build up your Google ranking, perhaps years. What is more you'll have to post quality articles pretty much daily and maintain a high level of quality in your content all the time.
Once you've become established and get a regular reading base you'll find that designers and Second Life businesses will want to advertise and sponsor articles on your blog. Some have been highly successful at this such as Juicy Bomb and New World Notes.
I'd also point out that you can earn linden by writing a blog here on the Goldtokens Blog. Write useful articles on your chosen topic that others will want to read and you'll get followers that will want to support you.!
4 - GET PAID FOR WRITING GUIDES TO HELP OTHERS (MEDIUM DIFFICULTY - MEDIUM PAYING)
There's actually a huge thirst for guides in Second Life. People want to learn how to do all sorts of things ranging from how to do basic building to real life skills that they would like to learn. Write guide books and then sell them on the Second Life Marketplace.
5 - EARN LINDEN PROVIDING A SERVICE (LOW DIFFICULTY - LOW PAYING)
This can range hugely from working in the huge adult industry to being a midwife. The key here is that you minimize your expenses by coming onto someone else's land and providing your services there for a small fee, rather than renting out a place yourself.
This will require some small investment to get the various props you need such as clothes and other accessories. But ultimately this is something you can just jump right into and then improve at over time. To get into a service industry I recommend you just go somewhere where it's in demand and just hang out and talk to people. Networking is very important to Earning Linden in Second Life.
6 - GET PAID YOUR WEEKLY STIPEND (INVEST IN PREMIUM ACCOUNT - LOW PAYING)
Ok I know this might not strictly be "earning linden in Second Life", but for some people this is genuinely the best way. By getting a premium account you get a weekly amount of linden dollars paid into your account as well as some virtual land to set up your home and other benefits.
If you have some real life income and Second Life is a big part of your enjoyment, why not invest in this and not have to worry about finding employment!
7 - BUYING LINDEN DOLLARS (INVEST REAL LIFE MONEY - HIGH PAYING)
Again, this might not strictly fit the description of "earn linden in Second Life", but if you have a real life job that earns real life money then you'll be able to earn the same in 10 minutes there as you can in weeks of Second Life - not without a huge amount of learning and investment of time that is.
You can buy linden dollars on an exchange. We recommend the Second Life Lindex exchange. All you'll need is a credit card or a paypal account to get started.
AND 3 WAYS I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND...
There's a number of methods which are still highly publicized, but I really would not recommend as a way to earn linden dollars in Second Life. Often these are methods which over time have fallen out of favor, but old websites will still list them. This leads to a lot of confusion for new players that I'd like to put to rest.
8 - EARN LINDEN BY STARTING A CLUB (HIGH TIME INVESTMENT - HIGH COMPETITION - LOW PAYING)
I don't want to say that it is completely impossible to earn linden dollars by starting a club, but you'll probably find it's one of the most challenging things you can attempt.
Everyone and their dog wants to start a club in Second Life. The successful ones will be people who enjoy doing it and are prepared to commit years to it. Even then there will be significant competition and it will remain a high maintenance business.
9 - EARN LINDEN AS A LAND BARON (HIGH CASH INVESTMENT - HIGH COMPETITION - MEDIUM PAYING)
I often read suggestions that people should become a land baron in Second Life. Unless you have about 50,000 USD in cash that you're willing to invest I would not even consider this.
It's no secret that the top land barons (owning 20 sims or more) are members of the Atlas Program where they get deep discounts on tier expenses. That means that if you intend to start with 1 sim and work your way up you're probably fighting an impossible battle. What is more the land market in Second Life is extremely depressed right now. There's simply too much inventory available.
10 - EARN LINDEN AS A MODEL (CASH INVESTMENT - NOT PAYING)
I've sometimes read that you can make money as a model. Don't get me wrong it might be possible to do this, it's just I've never seen anyone who actually has managed to do it. To get started you'll need to invest heavily in the best skins, shapes and clothes.
The problem with trying to be a model in Second Life is everyone is a model. I am a model. Most people on your friends list are models. There's simply little way to differentiate yourself or create a product that people want to actually pay for.