Chances are that you spend a significant amount of time on the Internet without much monetary benefit to you. . Why don’t you engage in a money making activity A lot of people are making from their online footprint and we see no reason why you should be left out.
With a fast growing economy, a bulging youth demographic with a knack for being tech savvy and a robust IT industry, there is a lot of potential to spin some currency from the vast resource that is the Internet. Besides, working online is one of the best ways to make money in Ghana as there are very little overheads involved.
Don’t just rely on your small monthly salary for your financial freedom. You will however to put in work and have a lot of zeal to make good money this does not come easy.
When it comes to making money online, there are lots of ways to make genuine cash. The Web also has its fair share of unscrupulous individuals out to take advantage of unsuspecting people to prey on them.
What is therefore lacking to most people is the accurate information. Today we shed light on 9 legitimate ways of earning in Ghana as reviewed below.
- Start a YouTube channel
You probably think that YouTube is just for watching funny videos and playing music. Did you know that you can make money from the video platform? The fact is that it is a money making hub for video creators.
There are millions of dollars to be made from the number one video sharing platform with people making six figure incomes from their channels. In addition, uploading and monetizing your videos is completely free. YouTube will take a cut of your ad earnings as compensation but you will never have to pay anything.
Post high quality videos to captivate viewer attention. Make sure your videos are not boring, keep in mind to make them as short as possible as well as attractive, funny and create videos that raise emotions among your viewers.
There are however monetization requirements imposed by the site that is now a standard for all creators. To be able to monetize your channel you will need to get 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours within the previous 12 months of operation
The average amateur YouTuber earns about $15 per month. Of you are above average (have 100 videos each getting 500 views a month), you might earn up to $1000. YouTube also offers its Partner program where members can gain access to creation tools and can win prizes for the number of viewers they have.
Before you can start getting paid, you’ll need to reach the payment threshold of $100 before you can start collecting the money.
This may sound like a tall order for most people. However as the saying goes, fortune favours the brave! You can start by building a strong subscriber base that will appreciate your content. You will then have to build your channel to retain the regular following by posting fresh, relevant and interesting content.
- Set up a blog
If there’s a subject or activity that you are passionate and knowledgeable about, you can start making money online by writing about that area. A blog is one of the easiest and most sustainable avenues of online income generation.
Be it educational matters, giving relationship advice or following up on celebrity gossip and entertainment, there is no shortage of stuff to write about for your site.
You can start by setting up a WordPress blog which is what most amateur bloggers begin their writing careers. The beauty is that you don’t have to necessarily know about code to use it. WordPress has hundreds of templates which you can customize to your liking to suit your style.
Blog on stuff that is hot and relevant to your potential readership. Don’t engage in content that is irrelevant. Google has an essential tool known as the Keyword Planner that comes in handy for keyword research which helps you know which terms people are searching for and their competition
- Join Google’s Ad network
A whole lot of ads you see when you visit any website are Google ads. When your website starts to generate a significant number of visitors and a steady and decent traffic, you should sign up to Google’s Ad network.
Google AdSense is an advertising program from the global browser that allows you to run adverts on your website, YouTube channel or blog and get paid when visitors click on them. The ads are generated from businesses that use the Google AdWords program.
Despite being a free and easy to use program, Google can also optimize the size of your ad units to automatically fit your desktop or mobile pages increasing the likelihood of the ads being seen and clicked.
AdSense is easy to set up. All you need is a Google account, your phone number and the mailing address associated with your bank account for you to get paid and signup is free.
Once you are done with registration, you will be given a unique code that you will embed onto your website and it immediately starts working.
In addition, AdSense does not require any maintenance. However there are program policies to comply with.
- Freelance writing
Freelance writing is the practice of writing for money while working on one’s own and not being employed by a company or organization.
As a writer, you will be mostly dedicated to writing copy; whether it is magazine articles, websites, press releases, blog posts, newsletters, internal corporate communications or brochures. Writers can have many different clients or one very large client with a lot of steady, ongoing work.
You can also work as a generalist covering diverse topics or you can specaialize in one area. Specialists however tend to find more assignments and earn more than those who generalize.
It is a great way to earn money online if you have excellent writing skills and creative talent. Many online magazines pay for great and creative content,
- Affiliate marketing
This is an approach where brands pay people a commission to promote their products or services simply put, it is selling someone else’s product by referring customers to their store, whether online or physical
It involves connecting the people in your network to brands they will find useful. And as with many marketing channels, the larger your network or audience, the bigger you potential to earn. When customers buy, the brand in tandem knows you sent them your way by tracking your affiliate code or link as attached to the affiliate program.
The affiliate link is usually embedded on a website or blog post which serves as the means that attract your audience to you in the first place. You therefore have to create content relevant to would be customers of the product. Refer them to the store and receive a percentage of the sale as agreed with by the owner of the product
Rather than getting paid per say 1000 page views or per click which has been the tradition, affiliate advertising involves the marketer paying you as the affiliate publisher through the blog when it refers a paying customer
You have to put in time and effort for you to grow website traffic and generate a consistent social following for success in this approach to marketing.
This is monetizing your craft when you have knowledge in a specific area
It could be anything, cooking, playing a guitar, or even if you give great massages. If you can do them well for free, why not get paid to do them?
Start with a small sample of friends and have them watch you have to offer. Let them review and critique to know what to add or omit from your set.
You can also start selling your knowledge and advice in an area you specialize in as a manager or consultant and bill prospective clients. Your expertise is the product you are selling. With tutoring, you can get paid by the hour.
People go online to find information and learn new things. This need for information and instruction has created a great opportunity for you to get paid for your knowledge. You may think you don’t know enough about a topic to teach it, but the truth is, you don’t necessarily have to be an expert.
A certain criteria may have to be met like degrees and certificates relevant to the field you want to lecture on.
There are many websites that allow you to make money by teaching online. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm and Coach.me provide a network of clients for you to interact with in the event you don’t know people who might need your services.
This is a real and legitimate way to make money. Selling stuff is also one of the fastest ways to do so.
If you have some items that people, or you produce some quality stuff that people love, you should consider enteting the e-commerce space. You could sell on your site or hook your products to some of the available e-commerce sites.
You could also engage in re-selling. This business involves selling other people’s services or products at a higher cost. You make money by getting a commission from them. In this business, you have the ability to fix your own price for the products and you can market them and make more profit.
If you choose to sell your products on your own website, you will need to create an attractive and memorable name as well as aggressive branding. In addition, you will have to get a domain name registered, a web hosting account as well as a merchant account for accepting payments for customers purchasing your products.
- Partaking in paying online surveys
There are numerous legitimate survey companies online that will give you access to a range of paid online surveys. You also don’t have to possess any special skills to participate in them. You just have to give your honest paid for it.
These companies have several methods of payment. Although being paid in cash is the most common and preferred for those seeking the surveys, payment can also be dished out using gift vouchers, free products, loyalty points and other prizes for each completed survey depending on the type of survey you do.
There are usually no fees involved to sign up to get paid to answer the professional questions on sites such as Triaba Ghana and JustAnswer
For example, Triaba is an online site with survey panels in 69 countries besides operating in Ghana. With them, you can earn from $0.13 to $2.25 for each survey you complete and you can claim your reward after accumulating a certain amount that is set in your account so that you don’t have to wait too long before claiming your money.
And as long as the surveys are available, you can take as many surveys as possible
- Sponsored posts
Sponsored posts are articles that a blogger or website owner is paid to publish on their own sites by companies, businesses and brands related to that site’s niche or topic. It is usually an opportunity for them to promote a product or service on your platform.
The posts can be written by either the site owner or blogger or by the sponsoring brand itself. If you are hired to write the post as well as publish it on your site, you will obviously charge a higher rate than in the case when you’re just renting out space on your site.
Sponsored posts can take a variety of formats such as reviews, summaries of an offer or offers, announcements of a sale, roundup/list posts, product announcements, videos or infographics.
You can make several hundred dollars from each sponsored posts or even more depending on your following and how niche specific your brand is.
In the event that you are not sure on what to charge, there exist sites such as Social Bluebook that help you estimate your sponsorship fees based on your pageviews and social stats.