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When Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in 1998, they had a rented garage for an office. Now hardly 15 years later, facilities at their Silicon Valley located headquarters — Googleplex include a gym, free laundry rooms, two small swimming pools, multiple sand volleyball courts, and eighteen cafeterias of diverse selection amidst a whole range of other amenities that make it more of a luxury hotel than a corporate office- testament to the fact there is phenomenal money to be made off the Internet.

Facebook makes its revenues through the advertisements it displays on the website.

Started as a military network for sharing of classified data, the internet is anything but classified today. From research thesis to pornography, the Internet is virtually a world in itself- a world where people fall in love, hatch terrorist attacks and yes, of course, make lots and lots of money. There is nothing virtual about the money though and Internet success stories are here to stay. Money is made off the Internet in multiple ways, from online advertisements to blogging and in so many other ways that almost seem obscure but then the money is big and in today’s big bad world of bank balances, that is what perhaps matters.

Originally – I read a Digital Altitude full review and decided to take their course, which revolved around specific types of ecommerce. Selling stuff is probably the most common way to earn on the Internet. Sites like are meant just for that, where one can sell things with hardly any hassle at all. Much as it may seem, selling things online is not exactly a cakewalk and needs a certain amount of skill and practice to fix a good deal. It is important to create persuasive and honest literatures to support the product. Besides, only satisfactory after-sale service and quality products can ensure successful and long term business.

Blogging is a great way to make money off the internet, all the while doing something you really like. All that one has to do is sign up for ad services like Google AdSense and sponsored links would appear on the blog. The amount of money one makes is contingent on the number of people clicking on those links. Of course, it is extremely important that that the blog is good; for only then people would bother to read, let alone click on advertisement links on the blog. But if the blog’s consistently well written and appealing enough, the sky is the limit. Professional companies often approach prolific bloggers to carry advertisements on their blogs, for which they are paid very handsomely and often so handsomely that there have been instances of many of them quitting their day jobs to blog for a living.

Freelancing, similar in many ways to blogging, is another very perfect way to make money off the Internet but an essential difference is that a freelancer is expected to be more skillful than a blogger, a distinction that may seem a little ambiguous. Freelancers have a lot of liberty- they can work from home and have flexible work hours to suit their needs. And the small place that the internet has reduced the world, freelancers are starting to really thrive.

Based on strategy, business judgment and, very importantly, some luck, domain name flipping can be one of the most lucrative methods to earn off the internet. The term stems from the real estate trick of buying old and undervalued properties, fixing them up to give them a makeover and then finally selling them off at prices several times higher. Here, of course, internet sites replace real estate properties. The idea is to buy ill-managed domain names, revamping them to make more user-friendly and then again selling them off at much higher prices. Again, this needs experience and extensive research, which is obvious since the dividends, can be insanely high.

Another thing that has really taken off of late is Search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is a means of improving the results from a search engine so that they represent the closest matches and most reliable resources for the user’s desired results. The trick here is to gauge the user’s intent on the key words combination provided and use one’s instinct to create personalized results to cater to the sensibilities of the target audience. This, as evident, is tough work and needs a certain amount of experience and the willingness to work long hours.

Online Tutoring is yet another way to make money off the internet. Though still at its nascent stages, the nobility of the concept is unquestionable and is fast catching up in a world where parents never seem to have enough time for their wards.

In spite of all the reservations over the years about the huge unrestricted source of information the internet is, even the most skeptic of cynics acknowledge that the internet is a storehouse of opportunities. The fact that a free social networking site made a billionaire out of someone who had barely graduated out of university nails home the point that online advertisement is one of the biggest sources of revenue of the modern world and as I see my grandmother spying on my photos on Facebook, I know- the Internet is here to say and the money will only keep getting bigger.

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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