10 ideas on how to make money on the Internet in Africa
Wondering how you can make money on the Internet in Africa? The 10 solutions presented in this article will help you. They illustrate how great the economic potential of this technology is. The international network offers many opportunities that must be known and exploited. The only concern is related to its relatively frequent censorship in our tropics.
Create a Blog or Digital News Site
News sites and blogs are among the most visited platforms on the web. Cheap and easy to create, they have made many millionaires on the African continent. This is the case of the well-known Linda Ikedji, a Nigerian blogger whose site receives about 11 million visits per month.
To monetize a news site, two main channels are available to its holders: charging readers a subscription and, more importantly, setting up advertising space to sell to advertisers. With Google Adsense, you can earn around 1 euro for every 1000 visits to your site.
To set up a blog or a news site, one can use a free service such as: WordPress.com, Blogueur.com, Medium.com, Wix.com, webself.net, Site123.com, etc. But to have more control over your platform, you need to turn to paid solutions.
Join an affiliate program
An affiliate program is another way to increase your online income. One is affiliate by promoting a website’s products and services. Getting started with an affiliate program involves signing up, getting a link, and using it to refer people to your partner’s website. Affiliate programs pay a commission or flat rate based on traffic generated or purchases made.
The following affiliate programs provide opportunities for Africans to earn money on the Internet: Dailyworkery.com Affiliate program, Web4Africa Affiliate Program, Wakanow Affiliate Program, Amazon Affiliate Program, Grammarly Affiliate Program, Fiverr Affiliates Program, SEM Rush Affiliate Program, Shopify Affiliates Program, Coursera Affiliate Program, Ali Express Affiliate Program.
Sell e-books or any other digital product
Ebooks are among the easiest products to create and sell to make money on the web. It gives storytellers, poets, scholars and other types of writers a very accessible way of writing, publishing and marketing. We can also sell digital courses if we have skills we want to pass on.
Nowadays, it’s easy to publish an ebook using simple tools already on your computer. Using your Microsoft Word, you can write your ebook and turn it into a PDF and there are dozens of free and paid tools to create your cover page and even the text of the ebook. This is the case with MS Word to EPUB Converter, Exe-eBook Creator, Canva Ebook Maker and Crello Ebook Maker. For sales, channels such as Amazon, social networks or a well-referenced own site can be used.
Become a social media content creator
Thanks to TikTok, Senegalese Khaby Lame has become a millionaire, taking part in prestigious events and creating ads for companies like Facebook. His case illustrates the enormous opportunity that social networks offer in financial terms. By being creative or simply lucky, one can see one’s life change drastically overnight.
Feel free to invest in YouTube, Facebook Instagram, TikTok, etc. You can grow an audience and monetize it through advertising. You can also sell your own products to subscribers or do influencer marketing on behalf of other brands.
Sell your skills as a freelancer
Freelancer, freelancer, and self-employed, are terms commonly used for someone who is independent and not necessarily long-term with a particular employer. Freelancers are sometimes represented by a company or temp agency that resells freelance work to clients; others work independently or use professional associations or websites to find work.
The main digital portals dedicated to freelancers are Fiverr and Upwork. On these websites, they have the option to create an account as a seller and sell skills like graphic design, web design, proofreading, typing and many other skills. They can also post applicants on more local job boards.
Take photos and sell them on stock sites
Make your digital camera useful by taking great photos that you can tweak with lots of software. You can use software like Adobe Photoshop, gimp and image editors from your computer.
You can also create great videos that people will buy to include in their videos. You can sell your photos and videos on iStockPhoto, Alamy, Dreamstime, Getty Images, Shutterstock, EyeEM, Pond5…. Feel free to earn money on the internet this way.
Find a remote job
Thanks to the Internet, you can also work remotely full-time or part-time. Remote work involves working from a location other than where your employer is located, in a different geographic area. Unlike the freelancer, the remote employee is not independent and can make a long-term commitment.
To earn this way, you can register on sites designed to connect job seekers and international suppliers. This is the case of Remote.co, Justremote, Virtual vocations, We work remotely, Remotive, Skip the drive, Remote Ok, Working nomads, Outsourcely, etc.
Rent your movable or immovable property online
Online rental is a way to earn money online. There are several websites, in Africa and around the world. There are websites for renting real estate, cars, videos, games and much more. For example, you can rent out your house or room on AirBnB or Abritel and earn a lot of money.
These types of opportunities are usually offered by classified ad sites. To find them, there is nothing complicated. A Google search with queries like “house rent online Senegal” or “Ivory Coast classifieds site” will do just fine.
Participate in online surveys
A simple way to make money on the Internet is to take paid surveys. Many sites offer gift cards as well as cash rewards. Doing online surveys for money can be a great way to increase your income.
However, you need to be careful because many offers in this area are scams. To avoid falling into a trap, favor sites like: Ysense, Swagbucks, Paid view point, Mobrog, Survey Savvy, Superpay.me, InstaGC, etc.
Watch videos on the web
As with online surveys, it is possible to get paid just by watching videos and advertisements. This, through sites like: Swagbucks, InboxDollars, Earnably, MyPoints, iRazoo, InstaGC, AdWallet, FusionCash, Nielsen TV Ratings.