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How to Make Money Online in Kenya

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Freelance

In the current world of the internet and technology, you can make money online. There are many innovative ways to make money online in Kenya. You only need access to the internet and a gadget like a mobile phone or a computer. The advancement in technology has created many opportunities and Kenyan youths can make money online.

 In this article, I will highlight some excellent ways you can make money online in Kenya without investing a lot of your money.

1. Blogging

Blogging is a great way to make money online in Kenya. You can start a blog in a particular niche like fashion, career and farming and offer information. To start blogging, you need a domain name, web hosting and interesting content.

You can monetize your blog through ads where you will can paid through CPC (Cost Per Click) or (Cost per 1,000 impressions) CPM. When readers click or view ads on your website, you get paid. You can also monetize your blog through affiliate marketing by promoting products on your website.

Other ways to monetize your blog are by selling ads, sponsored posts and membership.

Read more: How to start blogging and make money online. 

2. Freelance

Freelance is a great way to make money online. You only need to sign up on a freelance website and then create a catchy job proposal and then you can start bid for jobs. Many Kenyan youths are working online and you too can.

Some of the freelance jobs you can do include content writing, SEO, web design and many others. Some of the best freelance platforms for online jobs in Kenya include Upwork and Fiverr. You just need to sign up on these platforms and you can work remotely; from the convenience of your home.

Read more: Best freelance websites in Kenya. 

3. Start a YouTube Vlog

You will be surprised that some Kenyans are making at least Ksh 1 million every month on YouTube. Starting a YouTube channel is free and you can start making money online. To start making money on YouTube, you need at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time.

Some of the best YouTubers in Kenya include Njugush and Jaymo Yule Msee. You can monetize your Vlog through Google ads and get paid when viewers see ads. To make good money on YouTube, you need many people to watch your videos.

Read more: Highest paid YouTubers in Kenya. 

4. Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is becoming a new trend in Kenya and many people are making a living out of it. If you are good at a particular subject, you can make money out of it. For instance, you can tutor people on how to perform a particular task like teach them how to use a gadget or an app.

You can sell your services on platforms like KenyaPlex. You will be connected with students who want to learn.

5. Affiliate Marketing 

If you have a blog, affiliate marketing is an excellent way to make money online in Kenya. Affiliate marketing involves promoting products and services on a website through affiliate links. When people buy a product or a service through your affiliate link, you earn a certain percentage of commission.

To start affiliate marketing, you need to start a blog in the niche that you want to sell products and services in. In the blog, tell people about the product. Do not oversell a product; review both its pros and cons.

6. Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is the latest trend for brands in Kenya. You can make money online in Kenya by promoting brands. Companies will pay you for promoting their products and services. You can use your social media profiles for influencer marketing.

You need a huge following on social media for companies to reach out to you for influencer marketing. You can take part in affiliate marketing by providing product reviews, sharing ratings, or offering brand testimonials. You can use platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for influencer marketing.

Read more: Highest paid influencers in Kenya. 

7. Digital Marketing

You can make money online in Kenya by promoting products and services. You need a platform for advertising and review a big audience.

You can use the following marketing strategies:

  • Search engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Social Media Marketing (SMM)
  • Email marketing
  • Influencer marketing

You can also offer digital marketing services through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

8. Taking Part in Online Surveys

Many research firms run online surveys and polls to get data. They pay participants for taking part. You can sign up for online surveys so that you can get notified to participate.

Some of the companies offering online surveys and polls in Kenya include iPoll, Swagbucks and Opinion Space Kenya.

9. eCommerce and Dropshipping

You can make money online through eCommerce; selling goods and services over the internet in Kenya. Dropshipping is also gaining popularity in Kenya. It involves selling products without having to stock them and instead, you liaise with suppliers to ship items directly to customers.

To start dropshipping, you don’t need capital to buy stock. You also don’t need to maintain a store. You only need a laptop and an internet connection.

When a customer buys goods and makes the payment, the dropshipper forwards the order details to a supplier for fulfillment. The supplier will supply goods directly to the customer. The dropshipper will pay for the goods at a wholesale price thereby making a profit.

Read more: Leading dropshipping companies. 

10. Transcription

If you are a good typist, transcription is a perfect match for you to make money online. Transcription involves listening to audio and then typing. It is essentially converting audio files to a written form. To get started, you need a laptop and a pair of headphones.

For transcription, you get paid depending on the length of the audio file. To make good money in transcription, you need to type fast while ensuring that you are accurate.

11. Record a Podcast

People have become busy and are moving away from consuming content through reading. Most of them prefer to listen as they go on with their errands. If you have a great voice and you are fluent, you can start recording podcasts.

To get started, you need to have a channel or platform where you can sell your podcasts. Make sure to offer interesting content and then invite people to subscribe. Some of the ways to monetize a podcast are by selling merchandise, ads, donations and crowdfunding.

12. Sell Photos

You can make good money online in Kenya through your phone. You just need to invest in a good camera or a phone with a good camera. With that, you can start taking photos and selling them on sites like Shutterstock, iStockphoto and Adobe Stock.

Final Word

Making money online is the new norm and especially with young people. Technology has created many opportunities and people can make a living working online. You can take online jobs as a part-time job or a full-time job. Most of these jobs don’t require much startup capital; you only need to have a platform, internet connection, phone, or laptop.