How to Make Money Online for Beginners in Kenya: 5 Easy Ways to make money in Kenya 2021

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Wish to know how to make money online as a beginner in Kenya? If yes, then you are definitely at the right place.

Making money online is no rocket science nor magic. Thousands of people out there are earning millions online every single year.

There’s never a shortage when it comes to making a passive income online. One thing though there are no shortcuts to this.

That said, let’s take a look at legit ways you can make extra income online in Kenya.

How to Make Money Online for Beginners In Kenya: 5 Legitimate Ways for 2021

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1. Start a YouTube Channel

If in search of a free way to make money in Kenya free of any costs you should give starting a YouTube channel a try. YouTube has over 1.9 billion users logging in every single month and over 2.3 billion MONTHLY active users.

Wanna know why you should create a YouTube channel in 2021 to make an income with it in Kenya? Here’s why:

  • YouTube has over 2 billion monthly users and is also one of the biggest search engines after Google
  • 74% of adults in the U.S. use YouTube (so if you want to target high CPC keywords to make more money, YouTube is probably the best platform)
  • 94.5% of OTT watchers in the U.S. are watching YouTube
  • People watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube every day (yes you heard it right, a billion hours every SINGLE day!)
  • People watched 100 billion hours of gaming on YouTube in 2020.

So how can you make money from YouTube?

Let’s take a look at some of the proven ways you can make money on YouTube.

Become a YouTube partner

One of the most common ways most YouTubers use to make money from their channel is to become a YouTube partner.

Did you know that in the U.S. alone, YouTube will make 5.56 billion dollars in advertising revenue in 2021?

So putting ads within your videos is a great way to earn money.

That said, here’s what you need to become a YouTube partner and start earning money.

  • Your YouTube channel should have more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months
  • Your YouTube channel should have more than 1,000 subscribers
  • Your YouTube channel should have a linked AdSense account

Once your AdSense account is activated, ads will start showing up on your videos. Your YouTube earnings will vary depending on the views and CPC (Cost Per Click).

Sell affiliate products

Let’s have a look at a simple strategy to sell affiliate products on YouTube to make money online in Kenya.

  • Choose a niche: You need a target audience. You need to select a specific niche. You can succeed quickly if you pick a small and targeted niche like “fitness tips for seniors” instead of targeting a massive niche like “fitness” or health.
  • Pick an affiliate program: Choosing the right affiliate product to promote is the key to generating more affiliate sales. Pick ONE product that you like and use.
  • Cloak your affiliate links: Affiliate links are long and ugly by default. So make them short and simple. Here’s where you can use affiliate link cloaking plugins like Easy Affiliate Links to cloak your links.
  • Teach the audience about your products: No one buys a product just because you’re promoting it. You need to create awareness about those products. Create how-to tutorials and teach your audience how to use the products. That’s how you can generate more sales. 

2. Build an email list to make money

I know this might be surprising but did you know you can earn $44 for every $1 spent on email marketing?

Always keep in mind you need to build an email list that’s full of people with the same interests and desires and not a huge list.

That means you need to build a “targeted email list” to start making money.

 if you need people to click and then buy from the emails you send them, they need to trust you first.

Building trust is the KEY to making money from your email list.

So how do you build trust?

The best way to build trust and nurture your email list is to send “informative or useful emails” regularly.

You can monetize your email list through:

Selling affiliate products

Here are some of the best affiliate networ7 Best Affiliate Programs for Kenyan Bloggersks you can join to find HIGHLY relevant products in any industry.

  • ClickBank
  • Rakuten
  • Amazon Associates
  • eBay
  • ShareASale
  • CJ Affiliate

Sell your own stuff

Looking for a long-term strategy to make passive income from email marketing? Sell your own products. You can consider selling things like;

  • eBooks
  • Themes
  • Tools
  • Checklists
  • Merchandise and the list goes on

3. Become a freelance writer

There’s a huge demand for content writing. Professional bloggers, SEO, marketer, and small business owner is looking for talented writers to create content consistently for their sites at a price.

Here are few vital tips you can use if you want to earn more as a freelance writer:

Start pitching every day to get clients: When getting started as a freelance writer, no one will come looking for your content writing services. You’ve to go and find where your target clients are and start pitching them every single day.

Try to send email pitches to at least 3 to 5 new people every single day (for a month or two).

The best place is to start with blogs. Find out a list of blogs in various industries that are already making decent income (at least 200,000Ksh or $2000+ per month) to stand a chance to get paid for your content writing services.

You can also start your own blog, write guest posts for others and use your bio in the guest posts to drive people to your portfolio.

4. Become a virtual assistant

The virtual assistance industry is rapidly picking pace in Kenya.

If you want to earn online in Kenya as a student, housewife, or anyone who wants to earn from home, looking for virtual assistant (VA) jobs as there are so many professionals ready to pay to manage their day-to-day tasks online.

Where can you find jobs as a virtual assistant?

Personally, I recommend you giving Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) and LinkedIn a try where you can find a ton of virtual assistant jobs.

  • UpWork
  • Fiverr
  • Freelancer
  • Guru

To earn as a virtual assistant:

Put yourself in the shoes of your potential customer

Find out what kind of services you want to offer

5. Make money from websites

If you’re looking for PROVEN methods to earn an income online, the surest way is to start a blog in Kenya, create content, drive more traffic to start earning every single month.

Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. The blog which you are currently reading now makes at an average of Ksh 36,000 every single month.

Here’s an excellent tutorial on how you can start how to Start a Blog in Kenya (Blogging Guide for Beginners) blog on in 2021. Yes, starting a blog on platforms like WordPress costs you some money (around $100 a year) but it is worth every single dime.

Wondering how you’ll make money blogging? here are widely used monetization strategies you too can consider from blogging.

How do I make money online in Kenya being a student?

For students who want to earn, we recommend blogging, affiliate marketing, freelancing, and becoming an instructor on sites like Udemy. They not only expand your knowledge but you can also become an expert in the long run.

What are the best freelancing sites in Kenya I can use to earn?

→ Freelancer
→ Fiverr
→ Upwork

How do I earn money through blogging in Kenya as a beginner?

– Affiliate marketing (selling others products)
– Selling your own products such as merchandise, eBooks, tools, etc
– Offering freelance services such as web design, writing, etc
– Consulting
– Using display ad networks such as AdSense, Infolinks, RevenueHits, etc

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