How To Make Money Online In 5 Realistic Ways

How To Make Money Online
How To Make Money Online

Thousands of websites claiming to really teach people how to make money online spread exciting “get-rich-quick” ads all over the internet. Most of these ads list their magic cash-spinners as “Learn How To Make Between $2,000 To $5,000 A Week”. Sound familiar? I bet I guessed right!

With the current economic recessions majorly caused by the crash in the global value of crude oil, many low-income earners & recently laid-off individuals fall prey to these internet gimmicks, and unknowingly, but indirectly, only make the advertisers millions every time they subscribe to their services, or buy their books & videos.

It’s important to know that anywhere worth going is mostly never just around the corner. It takes a while to truly be successful. With this understanding of money, here are 5 home-based online business ideas that you can start today in Nigeria, and anywhere else in the world, that would show you how to make money online:

See Also: 10 Lucrative Small Business Ideas That Will Make You The Next Millionaire


1). Blogging:

While it still remains mind boggling in many parts of the developing world that simply posting a minimum of three articles a week generates thousands of dollars in revenue for a certain number of individuals, blogging still remains a good way to make money online in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. Most bloggers generate a bulk of their revenues from online ad placements on their blogs, while many others generate revenues from affiliate marketing, selling products & services, sponsored posts, subscriptions, & videos.

Regularly writing creative, and highly informative content on an exciting niche topic that has an initial small interested community, is a good way to start.

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2). Selling On Online Marketplaces:

Online marketplaces like Jumia, Konga, Amazon, OLX, and more, are good places to start, if you want to start making money online. The best approach for stores that aspire to launch e-commerce businesses on the long run, would be to setup merchant accounts on online marketplaces. This would help them double their inventories monthly, to enable them build up enough items for a real launch.

Selling to some day own an online store, might not entirely be what everyone aspires for when selling on online marketplaces.

It’s always best to sell items that are not in highly competitive categories, and also have real market demands. You will need to test the market first by trying to sell several items, before you finally settle for a specific kind of item you’re now certain a lot of people would purchase.

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3). Paid Articles:

Several individuals earn incomes from writing articles for various online magazines. Your writing skills here will either make or mar your relevance in this sector. First setup a blog, write a couple of insightful articles, then write to online magazines that publish the kind of content you’d want to write about. As you write highly informative and creative contents for more online magazines, your income would slowly rise.

See Also: How To Start A Business In Nigeria: Step By Step Guide


4). Online Surveys:

Digital agencies pay a certain number of people to engage in online surveys for various types of products and services. Sign up for a few, and participate regularly in their surveys. The income gotten from online surveys are usually little, but they’d help you pay some bills while you find a more profitable income stream.


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5). Digital Marketing:

Social media marketing, SEO agencies, and more, make this a highly lucrative business opportunity. Many influencers on twitter and Instagram, make high incomes from promoting brands, products, services, and more, on their heavily trafficked social media accounts.

Also, companies are constantly trying to get their businesses on the first page of google. This need, has created a huge demand for SEO ninjas. Skilled in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), you could as well have started your first online business. Contact small e-commerce businesses, bloggers, and other small businesses to pitch your services. You can find an article on how to get clients for your consulting business here.

Perfect your digital marketing skills by reading books, attending online courses, and more. As you start to acquire small clients, word of mouth would spread, and over time, both your client size, client type, and revenues, would rise. If you’re struggling to get yourself recognised, it may be useful to contact a top digital marketing agency to help you out.

See Also: 15 Profitable Small Business ideas for Beginners In 2016


These are various business ideas and opportunities on how to make money online in Nigeria and anywhere else in the world. These five (5) are just a few, but enough to get your online business career started.


What other online business ideas and opportunities are you aware of? Please leave a comment below.


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Stan Edom
Stan Edom
I'm an entrepreneur with an expertise in supply chain management, small business development, e-commerce, internet startups, and agriculture. In my spare time, I'm always trying to solve problems people face in their everyday lives with tech.

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  1. Thank you Kiersten for the tip.

    I’ll do well to link back to this constantly.

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    Have a beautiful time!

  2. Blogging can make you money but you’ve got to stay in for the long haul. It’s not a business you start and decide to quit tomorrow. If you want results, you’ve got to commit for the long haul. Also, blogging is more lucrative when you’re original with your ideas. People want fresh information. If you can provide that in your niche, people are going to flock to your website. Also, ensure your blog solves a problem. It’s key to breaking through.

  3. what are the online survey agencies or company.I love that and I will like to start from there.

  4. Thanks for this…Though blogging has not been as easy as you said bros…you need to get a working blue print before going close. Its unfortunate today, many bloggers dont even know this.

  5. Please I love to be a blogger and I don’t know how have a website and what it will cost me to start………I only have blogspot page…..Please Help

    • Hi Bobby,

      You can setup a blog on WordPress and move your posts on BlogSpot over to it. There are thousands of articles on how to do that online. A simple google search will point you in the right direction.

      Thank you for asking.

  6. Nice article, the most important thing about becoming successful in blogging is to be committed to the niche you love and be passionate about it. It also take a long time for you to start making money online. The most important thing you need is patience.

  7. thanks for shared wonderful information of giving best information.its more useful and more helpful. great doing keep sharing

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