Did you just say authentic ways to make money online? You heard me right. I’m sure you’re wondering how that is even possible. Well, I can understand you. In Nigeria, it’s hard to make sustainable money from your 9-5 jobs, let to talk of now making money online.
You see, digital technology, combined with your talent and passion is a money-making opportunity waiting to happen. Whether you’re looking to pocket a little extra cash or significant part-time income, these ideas could put you on the road to a prosperous lifetime.
Trust you don’t mind but I love sharing stories. So,I recently met this dude and we got into some random talks – “how are you?”, “I’m fine”, “what do you do?”, “I do A and I do B”. “Oh you’re a blogger? And do you make money from it?” he asked in excitement somewhat mixed with curiosity. “Yes I am. And I make substantial amount of money from it every month”, I said.
I could see it written all over his face that he was already interested on the subject and wanted badly to know how that works but was however skeptical as to if truly it is possible for someone to actually make money online.
Well, I am going to hope he’s reading this now because this article is my response to him, plus I hope my readers find this article useful to them. Are you still with me? Let’s ride!
Making money online is very possible but I must however remind you that there’s no shortcut, no rocket science and no get-rich-quick-scheme of making money online like some so called gurus promise.
All those eBooks you see on “Make Money Fast with This Powerful Technique”, “10 Easy Ways to Make Money Online”, and “3 Secrets of Making Money Online”, are nothing but lies. They just want to make money from you. Albeit, some of them are true, like this one but trust me you’ve got to really work your ass out just as you would when you’re starting out on an offline business of your own.
Making money online takes time, effort, planning and consistency, plus identifying your market structure – your target audience and how you will reach them. Making money online is more about selling your talents and being consistent at dishing out value.
So in this article I share 10+ Powerful and Genuine ways to make money online.
1. Start a Blog
Blogging is becoming increasingly popular. You can set up a blog in less than an hour. There are many free blogging platforms you can use at first. When you get comfortable, and then pay for your own hosting and domain name.
You can blog about anything you like, from your weird uncle Jackson to politics, your weight loss plan, entertainment and your lovely girlfriend to finding a job, how much you hate paying taxes and everything else in between. No matter how bizarre and unusual your blog is, there is always an audience for it.
You can monetize your blog to generate revenue by displaying Adsense ads, selling affiliate products, selling your own stuff, selling advertising space and etc.
However, contrary to popular belief, becoming a pro blogger and making a living as such, takes lots of work and time. You have to be patient and willing to put a lot of time and effort into it.
2. Try Google Adsense
Google Adsense is one of the foremost, best and of course easy way to make money online. Got a fantastic blog running with all the necessary pages that Google require and you’ve got a good number of posts on your blog and those posts are driving you plenty traffic? Then Google Adsense is your best bet.
I’ve seen folks who their essential income comes from Google even though they do have other stream of income. Linda Ikeji asides the normal direct advertisement she does also enjoys Google’s money, and God bless her she’s got massive people trafficking her website daily. My 21 year old friend – Justice Ifeyinka is another dude who makes serious money from this money making means.
How it works: You apply for their program as a publisher and they check to see if your blog meets their expectation, if it does they approve you and you can now start fetching the codes and placing it on your blog. That’s it – you can now start making money from your traffic!
3. Become an Affiliate Marketer.
This is a great way to make money for promoting someone else’s products or services without having to carry any inventory. Affiliate advertisements are usually incorporated into your website/blog/page via linked articles (great when your content is strong and compelling, but must be done carefully to avoid looking spammy), product-placement videos (great if you’re funny or have performance talent), or, less and less commonly, banner ads (pretty ineffective, as most people avoid these like the plague). If necessary, you can also become an affiliate marketer without a website (by posting videos on YouTube containing links to the product, for example). Check out a site like Commission Junction for possible products and services.
If you have a lot of traffic, you might want to do cost-per-click advertising, which doesn’t earn you much per click but banks on the fact that the sheer number of visitors will build your revenue.
If you have very strong content, you might want to do cost-per-acquisition advertising, which makes you a decent commission (either a fixed amount or a commission, depending on what you’ve pre-agreed to) every time someone on your site makes a purchase with your affiliate company.
4. Join Contest
Online contest is also one of the coolest ways you can make money online. I tried this one several times in 2013/2014 and trust me I love it only that it can be so stressful at times.
I remember how I will be online all of the time blasting my Facebook friends and groups about a contest going on which if they join will make them $500.
Of course many people will join the contest through my referral links thereby giving me a higher chance of winning the contest. I didn’t win all of the time though but I’d made substantial amount of money from it.
How it works: Research and join a contest – the ones that involves money of course not accessories (you can join these ones too if you’re a lover of gadgets, I’m not so I didn’t join’em). Try as much as you can to be online and share your referral link(it will be generated for you after you’re through joining the contest) with your friends, either through email or any social networking site, I prefer the later though.
Tips: Don’t go spamming people’s walls or inbox. Be creative and choosy while doing this.
- Join Writing Contest
Do you have a writing ability and you think your writing can cut across to people and make them want to like, comment and share it with their friends? Do you think your piece has the chance of going viral?
If your answer to these questions is “Yes” then you might want to try your hands on “writing contests”.
This is another brilliant way I make money online. Here’s what I do; I research such blogs and make sure to prepare my best article and give it an attention grabbing headline. Then I make sure I pitch the owner of the blog about my article while also showing them the sample of some of my other posts.
Once the post is published, I make sure to stay online at least share it with my friends on all the social networks I am on, asking them to like, comment and share it with their friends. The metric use in knowing the winner is the highest number of likes comments and shares.
You’re assured to make money online with this means only if you are willing to spare your time and just do it right.
Tips: If you write your articles within 10m, you might want to increase it to 30m or 1hr, because you want to make it your best article. And if you write short articles you might want to improve the length. One of my best and converting articles online till date is my guest post on a friend’s blog. It got 169 comments and about 2k likes and shares. And that article was 4,600 words long. And till date, that article remains Charmin Patel’s most popular post.
6. Commenting Contest
This is another good way to make money online. Kingged.com used to be my go to place to make money online back then. My friend Kingsley did a great job by creating that platform as he helped a lot of folks, not only Nigerians alone but others from all over the world.
Note: This form of making money online is not easy at all but if you’re really in for it and can spare some time and effort you can be sure to make $20 everyday.
7. Micro Job Board – Make Money with Your Talent
This use to be my coolest way of making money online until school took over my time. So I had to stop the business because I didn’t have the time and energy to combine school and work together at the time. And to do this kinda business successfully you will need to always stay online almost 24/7 to reply to client’s messages and at the same time try to convert those messages into orders & sales.
There are actually a number of sites that offers this make money online opportunity and the best that I can think of right now is Fiverr. Just like the name infers, you work for people for a meager of $5. I know you’re thinking “But that’s too small, Sam. Trust me it’s not if you look at it from an entrepreneur approach.
Say you get job to write a 500 words article and every each day you get 10 of such jobs. Let me do the mathematics for you: 10 x $5 = $50 and $50 x 30days = $1500. I’m thinking you’re a Nigerian, so convert that amount to naira and tell me how much is that? Again, let me help you. $1500 x 202 = N303, 000. You can bet that most white collar jobs in or outside Nigeria don’t pay this huge, do they? I stand to be corrected.
Trust me I so love micro job business and I love fiverr because fiverr money is sweet and it helps me pay my bills. (If you want to learn fiverr and make money online, contact me through my contact details below).
8. Flipping Website and Domain
Domain and Website Flipping is another popular way people make money online these days. It’s Just like flipping houses! Buy good domains and resell for a profit. Build a website or a blog, work on it for a while and once you got it to a stable point, let it go for a nice chunk of change. People like websites that are ready to go, and they do shell out handsomely. Hundreds of websites are bought and sold every day on sites like Flippa.com.
Last year when I needed to pay my school fees, I looked around and realized I had about 4 websites. So I thought to myself “Sam, it won’t hurt if you just let two of your sites go”. That was exactly what I did – I sold the two sites on Flippa, don’t ask me how much I sold it, because you won’t get an answer. 🙂
8. Sell Your Own Product
Selling your own product is the key to liberation and online success. Ever wanted to live an internet lifestyle? You might want to start creating and selling your products online.
I can already here you saying, “But Sam Isn’t creating products a daunting task? How about when I don’t know what to create? And Sam, how do I even market and sell my own products?” Seems have got a number of questions to answer here. 🙂
Well, like some experts say, “Creating a product is not as hard as selling the product”. That said. Creating a product is very easy and selling it is equally easy though it takes time and efforts and also a gift of the gab – by gift of the gab, I mean your ability to persuade and convince people that your product is the best and that they should buy it. Interpersonal skill is another requisite greatly required when trying to sell your products yourself and online for that matter.
Products that sell: eBooks, DVDs, Podcast and a number of sellable products.
EBook is #1 on the list because a lot of people feel is the easiest way to be a published writer and trust me it sells relatively fast unlike others. It’s just a soft copy remember – we’re in smartphone age and a lot of these folks love to go around with them. EBooks however are not for everyone, but if you’ve ever found an innovative solution to a desperate situation and wished you could have simply paid someone to give you the answer sooner, it’s likely there’s a market out there for an eBook on the subject.
I read a story last fall about a man who was at the shopping mall on a shopping adventure. In no time, he heard a conversation between this two folks – the sales guy and the buyer. It was certain the mall didn’t have what this guy wants but the ones they have are either too cumbersome or he just didn’t like it. “What do you guys have? Like don’t you have Internet for dummies?”he yelled out loud.
Tommy, who has been listening to their conversation, smiled and went his way home. On getting home, he started a research and wrote his first book “Internet for Dummies”, he came back to the mall and distributed his works to them and that’s how he started “stuffs for dummies” and made himself rich.
So guys, to know what your market needs you might want to try Tom’s technique out by going to malls and listening to conversations of people. 🙂
My Tips: Shop around to see what else is available and look for people posting in forums with similar issues. You shouldn’t waste your time and effort on writing an eBook about something someone can readily find answers to; it’s something you want to reserve for people who are at their wit’s end. You got the vibe right?
10. Become a Freelance Article Writer
Sell articles. Lots of small businesses, websites, and marketers need good written content and smooth keyword integration to help them get more traffic.
Though you won’t make much to start with, most articles will only be 200 to 300 words, which are a snap to crank out. As you prove yourself to be capable, you can start charging more for your services. If you’re a skilled writer, you might even try submitting your work to formal publications.
Really, if this is what you think you love and can do, then you might want to start with Fiverr – their market place is the best and they get over 10million daily traffic that you don’t have to worry about driving traffic to your profile.
To succeed with this means of making money online, you might want to consult with experts. If you have a friend or colleague who has had success making money online, tap into his/her knowledge and experience. Find out what has worked well or what he/she has tried that bombed. Extract as much knowledge and insight to help guide you in how you will create your online business. (Contact me if you would love to use my help)
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11. Design Logos
Hundreds of new websites and blogs are born every day. Most of them will need a logo, but not every site owner knows how to make a logo. If you have some design talent, you can create a small business out of it, offering custom logo creations on webmaster related forums and classified ads sites.
Actually, a good number of my friend make substantial amount of money from this means and they are so wise to sell their talents using Fiverr as a market place.
Oh you don’t have professional software? Then, use free imaging tools such as PhotoFilter to make stunning logos.Don’t know where to sell? Try Fiverr.
12. Start a Podcast
Think of it as voice or video blogging. Use free services like Odiogo.com to turn your blog into a podcast! Talk about interesting topics that will draw in lots of audience.
Once you have established yourself and have a decent size audience, monetize your podcast with ads. It’s a joyful and really fun way of turning a passion into a profitable web-based business.
One of my friends, Dayo Samuel, does podcast on his blog and the design of is blog is a reflection of the huge money he makes from it.
Now, these are great ways you can actually make money online and never have to worry yourself again about the global economy melt down of your country while also staying atop of your business as it is popularly said “Money is a Motivation”. As you make money, you continue to be fired up to churn out value and make even more money.
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