When you hear “make money online”, especially in this part of the world, the first thought that comes to mind is the infamous Yahoo boys. But not every online transaction has to be a scam, that’s why I’m going to show you 10 legit ways you can make money online in Nigeria.
1. Google Adsense
One of the cool things about Google AdSense is that it’s so easy to get set up. If you have a blog or website, you can sign up for a free Google AdSense Account. From there, Google will give you a unique code that you will paste onto your website. Google takes it from there, tracking your page views, traffic, and earnings on your behalf. There is no upkeep or maintenance to get this thing going, which makes it a no-brainer if you have a website already.
You can only run Google Adsense on your blog/or sites you have control over.
Before creating your blog, you need to get a popular topic or subject that will bring a lot of visitors to your website. You can also create a blog that provides latest gist and information, anything that will generate traffic to the website. Blogging needs a bit of patience before you can start making real money from it. All you need to do is to keep writing regularly and sharing your website and contents on social media platforms. After you have been able to generate enough traffic to your website, you can monetize your blog with Adsense.
2. Offer Pro Services
Another way you can make money online in Nigeria is to join a pro site. This is especially rewarding if you’re a creative. For example, there are websites you can join and offer your services. Most freelancing websites allows you to leverage your skills to earn some quick cash online. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer.com are perfect examples.
Freelance services that you can offer include web design, web development, graphic design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, article writing, copywriting, guest posting, data entry works, email marketing, etc.
3. Affiliate Sales
With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link.
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.
- Choose your niche. (This is a tech site, so it only makes sense to promote others in the same field. Not going to promote products of a cooking site, right?)
- Research different affiliate programs and products. (Amazon has one of the best affiliate platforms so check it out.)
- Build a site. (Duh!)
- Build an audience. (Traffic is important. How to you sell products if you don’t have an audience??? You might want to check out my post on how to get massive traffic to your website.)
- Promote your affiliate product(s).
However, making money with affiliate marketing is a lot harder than people present it. You might think that all you need to do is put a link on your site and then watch the money flow but that isn’t the case. You have to do a lot of upfront work to convince your audience that they want/need a particular product. If you can’t do that then your links will just sit there unclicked.
4. Sponsored Posts
If you have a website or a large social media following, you can also make money by pursuing sponsored posts and ads. Basically, companies are willing to pay bloggers and social media influencers to promote their products and services. If you have a platform, be it a blog or a huge Instagram following, you can cash in.
Keep in mind though, you don’t need a website to do sponsored content since you can also get paid if you have a lot of social media followers.
A word of caution though… don’t be greedy and in a hurry. The first sponsored post we did paid only $20, but now we’ve tripled that.
5. Flippa — Sell Your website
Yeah. You heard right!
So, Flippa is basically a place where you can sell and buy ready made websites.
If you’re willing to dedicate a little capital, flipping on Flippa can net you some serious coin. The platform has seen more than $140 million in sales since its 2009 launch, making it a very g0od platform for you to begin to make money from.
When your website is seeing a healthy amount of traffic, engagement and financial potential, it’s time to auction it on Flippa.
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The next way to make money online in Nigeria is through YouTube views. It’s not an easy thing to start, but it’s legit and long term if you’re committed.
According to recent stats we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google. And with the recently introduced YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.
Depending on how successful you are (virality, subscriber base and topic) you can make a lot of money, and there are plenty of stories every week of more and more YouTubers making it their career.
There are a ton of YouTube channels out there on any topic if you can think of, and most of the people with a big following are earning some money in exchange for their videos and time.
7. Paid Surveys
Want to make a quick buck for doing practically nothing? Taking paid surveys can help.
Note: Taking surveys will not make you rich. You can’t depend on them as a part-time job either. However, they can be a decent way to make some extra pocket change.
- Survey Junkie – Get paid in cash or gift cards to take surveys share your opinion about a variety of products and services.
- Vindale Research – This is another survey company that pays cash for your opinions about popular brands like Disney, Nike, Samsung, and more. You can also earn a $2 bonus for getting started.
- EarningStation – Earn cash or gift cards for taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos and more.
8. Guest Blogging/ Freelance Writing
If you have writing skills and creative talent, it’s also possible to get paid to create online content.
The key to making money online in Nigeria as a freelance writer is figuring out a niche, networking with people who might hire you, and delivering high quality content 100 percent of the time. While there are a ton of writing job boards to help you get started, it’s fairly easy to find starter writing jobs on websites like Upwork.com.
9. Bitcoin Investment
A word of caution though — this isn’t full proof nor for the fainthearted. Visit bitcoin.com for what you will need to know and check out our post on everything you should know about bitcoin.
Just think of it like investment banking, but with bitcoins.
This is a nice little way you can make money online in Nigeria.
eBooks because you can make them as simple or as complicated as you want. The easiest way to make an ebook is to simply write it in some type of word processing application (Word, Pages, or Google Docs) and export it as a PDF.
It’s completely dependent on the subject matter and what problem you are trying to solve that determines if it will be successful.
If you don’t even want to set up your own website you can go directly through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing to reach millions of people instantly. Of course, you are dealing with a lot of competition but I know authors that make over $40,000 a month with their Kindle books.
That’s it! Ten legit ways you can make money online in Nigeria – and generally. Would love to see you make a success of your career, just like we are trying to do. Give these a whirl and you never know what could happen.