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Top 7 Ways to Make Money Online in 2017

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Incase you don’t know, one of the great things about the internet is that it’s such a great way to get into business for yourself. No matter where you live, as long as you have an internet connection, you can make money online, that can set free you from the daily boring routine of a 9 to 5 job, allow you to travel, indulge in hobbies, and spend time with family.

Perhaps the second best part about making money online is that there are so many ways to do it, which means that more than likely there is a profitable niche market or online business opportunity that appeals to everyone including you. Secondly, the next best thing about internet business is that it’s so easy to get started and most of the opportunities to make money online takes little or no upfront investment.

You should note that it takes time and effort to figure out what opportunity is right for you, therefore you’ll need to learn the market, and set up the business. And there will be plenty of trial and error as you figure things out but at least you won’t have to waste any money into it.

Check out the top 7 ways to make money online this 2017…

1. Affiliate Marketing

You probably already know affiliate marketing as it’s one of the most common online ways to make money in Nigeria. But just incase you don’t know here’s how it works:

  1. You set up a website or blog or social media presence or email newsletter or whatever. Basically, you can use one of these or a combination, however you want to get your marketing message out there.
  2. You pick a hot affiliate niche market, one with many potential customers.
  3. You provide useful content as well as marketing messages aimed at your prospects.
  4. When you promote products, you don’t sell your own. Instead, you become an affiliate and market the products of others. When customers on your site click on a link to buy, they are taken to your affiliate partner’s site to complete the transaction. You get a commission for every completed sale. You don’t have to worry about shipping or customer service!

Be sure to check out and join top affiliate sites like Amazon.com and CJ Affiliate to find out all the different products you could sell as an affiliate.

2. Selling on Amazon, eBay and Etsy

One of the quickest ways to get started selling online is to leverage the power of “third party” sites. E-commerce giants like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy are powerful sales and marketing platforms with a built-in prospect base. Millions of people already visit these sites to shop. And they are ready to buy that’s why they visited the site, after all.

On these sites, they make it easy to set up your own “shop” where customers can browse your products on offer, no need for you to set up your own website or anything. And you’ll find a built-in search feature so that interested prospects will find your particular online storefront. Plus, you use their shopping cart. In short, you avoid much of the expense and hassle of setting up an “independent” e-commerce website.

All of these sites, as well as other third party sites out there, really are a very easy way to get started selling online, although you do have to pay fees to the provider.

A few pro tips: use clear, high-quality photos of your products; keep your product descriptions detailed and specific: and look at what your competitors charge to help determine pricing.

3. Blogging

By providing valuable content on a regular basis you attract like-minded prospects who are interested in information and products related to your niche. They want to keep reading to find out more and buy. These are folks primed to buy the products you offer up either through ads, affiliate links in blog posts, or whatever. Why? Because you’ve been providing useful free content. They come to know, like, and trust you. And that’s just exactly who you want to be reading your blog and seeing your marketing messages too.

But, importantly, you also make your website, your online storefront, very attractive in the eyes of Google when you frequently and consistently add useful information in the forms articles, video, and more. That means you appear higher in the search engine rankings (most people don’t go beyond the first page). And that means more people, prospective buyers make it to your site.

One thing to keep in mind with a blog: make sure you focus on a specific niche and stick with it. That will make it easier for you to create content, for the search engines to find and rank your site, and for your prospects to stay loyal.

4. Your Own YouTube Channel

The top “YouTubers” can make millions each year. Take PewDiePie who’s made more than $15 million in the last year filming himself playing video games among other things. There are so many niches that the millions of people who visit YouTube every day are into. So how do you make money with YouTube?

  1. Set up your YouTube channel. This is where your videos will live.
  2. Upload videos consistently. Keep a schedule so you can build an audience. Be sure to describe the content specifically in your video description. Make sure your videos are of good quality and contain good content your audience will enjoy. That doesn’t mean you need a fancy camera  a smartphone will do at the beginning.
  3. Put the word out on Twitter, Facebook, to your email marketing list, and beyond. You can even share the videos on social media or embed them in your blog or website. You want to build up those views.
  4. Be sure to respond to comments from viewers. Stay engaged to create fans.
  5. Monetize by allowing YouTube to include ads on your videos. When viewers click on an ad, you get paid (you split that with Google). The more views = more revenue for you.

5. Selling Ebooks

The internet has blown apart the traditional publishing world. Along with every other type of information, this medium has revolutionized the distribution and selling of books. These days ebooks, electronic books, are where it’s at. They can be purchased online and then instantly downloaded to a computer, tablet, or ebook reader. Ebooks in just about every genre sell in the millions each year. And ebooks represent about 20% of all book sales in the United States. The best part is you don’t have to be a big name publisher with deep pockets to get in on this action. As a solo internet entrepreneur, you can sell ebooks directly from your own website as well.

You can sell your own words or sell a public domain work. Ebooks can be novels, nonfiction works, how-to guides, collections of blog posts or essays… the sky’s the limit really. Once it’s ready, you simply upload it to your website or seller account on Amazon and start promoting it. The search feature in Amazon will help. But you also want to hype the book on your social media, to your email list, on your blog and website all with a link to buy the book on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing.

These internet business opportunities should give you plenty of ideas for making money online in 2017. Keep that momentum going. Take what you’ve learned, start testing your own ventures, build on small wins to create a viable business, then start driving massive amounts of website traffic. It will take some hard work. But it’ll be well worth it when you find yourself on the road to financial freedom this time next year.

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