Want to make money online in Cameroon in 2019? Here are the top 5 ways you can make money online in Cameroon right from the comfort of your home. I earn between 15,000 to 30,000 FCFA every single day from AdSense alone through my blogs.
I equally earn from several other sources including affiliate marketing and my eBook sales on Amazon, Apple, Kobbo, Smashwords, and other platforms. If I can do it, then anyone can do it. Still wondering how? I’ll show you right away.
In our last article on this series on how to make money online in Cameroon, we saw: How to make money blogging in Cameroon (over 500,000 FCFA per month) step by step guide.
In this article, I briefly shared my journey so far and six steps you could follow to start your blog and start earning money online. This detailed and actionable piece containing the top-secret tips of my success so far will land you at roughly 500K or more per month.
Today we will look at the top 5 ways you can use to start making money online in Cameroon. I mean huge sums of cash, not pennies.
Top 5 Ways to make money online in Cameroon
- 1. Blogging
Blogging is one of the ways you can share your ideas and charms with the world. It is an online platform with which you can get readers as well as other bloggers to logon to your blog and browse through content.
To become a blogger, you first have to decide what genre you will specialize in (niche). It could be music, reviews, stories, articles, scholarly essays, photographic and video graphic content, event coverage, jokes, riddles and lots more.
There are many free blogging applications and websites available for grabs. WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr are the most common. They have features you can choose from to promote your blogging; to make it quite an experience.
Once your blog starts to have a lot of traffic, having AdSense monetization on, your chances of making money online in Cameroon increase. Clients too will want to place adverts on your blog, and this earns you money like crazy.
Starting a blog is quite easy and straightforward if you follow the right steps. Setting up a successful blog requires the 6 steps we discussed previously.
If you were to ask the top 10 Cameroonian online earners or online millionaires what their favourite way to make money online was. They will all definitely say blogging. I mean those who earn around 500,000 FCFA every single month. Of course, this is equally my favourite way to earn a lot of cash online from home.
As we discussed in the previous article in this series, blogging is your gateway to multiple streams of income. Blogging gives you access to at least 50 other great ways to make money online. There is no limit to how much you can make with blogging.
However, despite the unlimited opportunities involved in blogging, very few Cameroonians actually cross the snake line.
This is simply because they are doing it wrongly. I identified three main problems with most young Cameroonian bloggers which include poor niche selection, poor monetization and lack of a traffic generation strategy. All these was covered in the previous article in detail.
Can you imagine how many Cameroonian bloggers I have met who don’t even know how to place AdSense ads in their blog or have very little understanding of their AdSense dashboard? The worst one is some don’t even know what is SEO. Damn!
Well, I’m not saying everyone should become a web developer and internet marketer like me but of what use is it to have an wholesome blog with great growth potential, and at times quality traffic (from the US, UK, South Africa, etc) but terrible Ad placement? Here is my point: There is no limit to how much you can earn but there is a process to follow.
In all, the most important key to success in blogging is passion. If you are passionate about sharing wholesome content, then you have a great future in making money online in Cameroon. Once you are passionate enough to keep blogging until you see fruitful results, the next important thing is branding.
You need to brand yourself by strategically placing yourself in a position to make money from your blog. Though almost every Cameroonian that has the intention of starting a blog tends to make money from it, most of them run into chaos because they are doing it wrong.
Monetizing your blog should not be something that is difficult to do, it requires adopting some tips to effectively optimize your blog and ultimately becoming rich blogging in Cameroon.
In case you want to start your journey to your first million online through blogging, read these simplified guides to get started:
- 2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing remains the fastest (not easiest) way to make money online in Cameroon.
Affiliate marketing is an e-commerce platform that can get you much more money than you can possibly imagine. It simply means you get online and help producers market their products. Once you do this and get sales, the producers pay you off for your services.
In dummy term: Affiliate marketing means sending visitors to another person’s website; if they buy a product or service, you get a commission. But if they buy nothing, you get nothing either even if you sent a million visitors to that website.
All you actually do is serving as a middleman between the producers or retailers and the customers/consumers. When you do this rightly, you are an affiliate and your efforts are duly rewarded. All you need is to find the right words to craft spellbinding and convincing descriptions to attract customers.
There is a network in charge of getting brand producers and affiliates contacted to do such business. This network serves as a liaison between them, and is also the platform that gets you your payments.
As an individual looking to make money online, click away and find the platform that best suits you in becoming an affiliate or in another term, an affiliate marketer.
The liaising network makes sure that clients are genuine and that you are paid in accordance to ratings and agreements.
You can also write reviews for products and services of a particular brand and get paid. All you have to do is be original and creative enough to bring more customers on board. This will boost your level of recommendation, and conventionally, your funds are boosted too.
Go online, find an affiliate marketing platform and sign up to become an affiliate. It is pretty easy and it requires very little but surmounting efforts. There are a lot of them out there, and so also, there are a lot of retailers waiting to get the best kinds of affiliates online and market their products fast and effectively.
Getting a formidable count of clients may take some time, but the reward, in the end, will wow you because every day, new products and services are created online and they are all in need of marketing. Cashing out is made easy so no worries. Just go and affiliate. You can check out Commission Junction, ShareaSale, ImpactRadius, Jumia, Amazon, ClickBank, and PayGear.
Generally, succeeding on these platforms often require a lot of experience and finding the right products to promote is often a big problem. The best way to go about it is to create n affiliate blog and create content around the specific product you want to promote. In case you need further help on this, contact me. Here’s how to create a blog.
Top 5 Ways to make money online in Cameroon
- 3. Writing eBooks
I make quite a good deal of money online in Cameroon from my eBook sales. This, to me, is one of the best ways to make money even while you sleep if done right of course.
Many people make money online by writing eBooks, especially writers, reviewers and small scale publishers. eBooks are gradually replacing the hard copies. Students and readers now develop the technology of scouting for eBooks online, rather than going through the throe of seeking hard copies.
If you have interest and/or skill in a genre of writing, stories, essays, instructional, history descriptions and fact, why not write on any of them and publish as an electronic book? This is what they mean when they say “sell your ideas.”
There are a lot of ideas in your head that you want to share with the world. In the course of sharing those ideas electronically, you can make money online by selling to the whole world while in Cameroon.
One of the phrases associated with this topic is ‘freelance writing’. Freelance writing requires you to write and sell eBooks for clients in line with their demands and needs. There are many platforms on which you can do this. They include Fiverr, Content, ProBlogger, Indeed, etc. These sites link you up to clients who order for an eBook and pay you off upon completion and submission.
Also, you can write eBooks with really interesting content and put up on your blog if you have one. In doing so, subscribers will download them and read, and your prospective clients might just be one of those subscribers.
Personally, I sell my eBooks directly through major eBook retailers like Apple, Amazon, Kobbo, and Smashwords. But for your eBook to be accepted in any of these premium platforms, you need some extra technical work in formatting the book. Basically, an eBook is different from a print book.
The table of content should be navigable. You should be able to click on, let’s say, chapter 5 and navigate directly to chapter 5. You should also be able to get back to the table of content with a simple click.
Another factor is the cover. Mobile covers are designed specially for mobile device. The best place to start out as an eBook writer is Smashwords. eBook designing can cost up to $300 if you went to hire a professional online. Most Cameroonians have their eBooks designed professionally through MMT Offers at BTRG Inc.
Once you have established yourself as a professional and reliable writer, your clients’ number will begin to increase and payments will start to flood in.
The secret is for you to make your eBooks as compelling and original as possible, no copied or plagiarized contents. There are many online platforms that are in need of eBooks to make the sites flow with traffic.
Find them and offer your services and make that money. If eBooks are published on your own blog, chances of you getting more pay and subscriptions will be beyond measure. You can write an eBook about a popular matter and put it up for sale.
Chances are you will get big buyers and make more money than envisaged. I’m not saying you should write about the Anglophone crisis. But who says you can’t?
- 4. Selling your services online
One of the fastest ways to make online in Cameroon without investment is to sell your services directly online. If you have something you are good at and will like to find new clients online, then this is an option. You don’t need to have a website to do this. The best place to get started is on Fiverr.
80% of BTRG Inc. clients come from online. I started this company by simply listing my web development and internet marketing services on my blog.
I got hired by two church organizations within weeks to build and manage their websites including their YouTube channels and social media platforms. I had to equally help them out with YouTube monetization. At first, it was limited to these few services. But I later started having web design clients, eBook design and many others.
You can simply create a portfolio or professional profile on your own website to promote your services or business online and increase your chances of getting hired. Alternatively, you can list out your services through freelancing sites as seen in the previous point.
I know Cameroonians who get hired online to do tasks like create Facebook pages, create websites, promote social media platforms or do some chores offline.
- 5. Virtual Assistance
Virtual assistants are people who, with the aid of computers and phone links, act as an aide or personal assistant to someone or a group of people that are usually far off. This is definitely one of the coolest ways for internet addicts to make money online in Cameroon.
The internet is the medium through which both parties communicate – the virtual assistant and the virtual employer – come together.
Virtual communities are fast growing, competing with real life organizations and business places. Virtual assistants sit in the comfort of their homes and give necessary assistance online to an employer.
Making money online in Cameroon as a virtual assistant requires you to look for openings in a field that you already know about. Also, be open to changes and try different things to satisfy your clientele.
The various jobs you can do as a virtual assistant working from home in Cameroon may include:
– Proofreading and editing
– Formatting of posts on blogs
– Curating contents for social media
– Creating landing pages
– Managing a blog
– Formatting email newsletters
– Providing customer support
– Acting as a missing officer between brands and their customers.
These are great ways you can get your foot in the door, earning hourly, weekly or monthly money. All the services you will render will be online, and you can be able to render them from the confines of your comfortable home. Imagine you working for companies in America, UK, etc right from your room in Cameroon.
Virtual assistance usually involves marketing support, which you can get from many sites and platforms. Upwork, Elance, Problogger, LinkedIn, and lots of others are sites from where you can acquire this job.
You can start them off as a side hustle, but keep pressing on. Sooner or later, the number of dollars you will start earning will wow you and you will want to share your story as well.
You can build a website or blog for this as your own business domain where clients can come seek for your services. Your money will just start rolling in in less than a few weeks or months. Mine was weeks!
The trick here is to be really confident with the work you are given. When you give descriptions of your services, just be persuasive, and look professional. In doing so, you compel clients to employ your services and pay you continually, and even bring other clients to your doorsteps, wanting more services.
Vlogging simply refers to a blog that publishes mainly video content. You can start publishing your funny videos, your selfies, tutorials, sermons or anything on your YouTube channel and then monetize it so that YouTube will start displaying Ads any time someone watches your video.
If your videos are popular, then you are in for quite a lot of money. But in order for YouTube to approve and monetize your YouTube channel, you need to meet certain requirements.
This is such a powerful way to make money online in Cameroon that is obviously neglected by Cameroonians. Nigerians, on the other hand, are ripping millions of naira every single month from their YouTube channels and vlog.
Imagine how Nigerian comedians, musicians and Nollywood makes money today! YouTube, of course.
There are two ways to make money as a vlogger. You can either create a vlog (video sharing website) or a YouTube channel and monetize it.
Monetizing your vlog can be pretty easy especially in the case of YouTube but there is a big problem.
YouTube monetization is limited to a selected number of countries and that excludes most African countries including Nigeria and Cameroon. But how do Nigerian and Cameroonian youtubers manage to get around this rule? The answer is simple. You find an internet marketing company like BTRG Inc. and they help you set this up within 24 hours.
These are my favourite ways to make money online from Cameroon. Now, scroll down to the comment section and tell me what your experience has been like in making money online. Also, leave any questions you may have for me and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t to receive the next tutorial by email. Thanks.
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CEO of Netkipedia LLC and founder of Money Master Tutorials. Kum Eric Tso is an experienced marketer and web developer that has helped many businesses and business owners succeed through digital marketing. He has written several best selling books and leads several training programs. He holds several distinctions as an SEO expert, blogger, marketer and web developer.