How To Make Money Online In South Africa

How To Make Money Online In South Africa

With the internet growing at a rapid pace it has become a lot easier to make money online. You can live in South Africa and make money from someone in the United Kingdom and the best thing is, you can do it without needing a lot of money to get started.

The only bad thing about living in South Africa is that some methods of earning money online won’t be available.

When I started out, I struggled to find good information on how to make money online in South Africa. Most of the lists and how to guides are for people living in first world countries.

The list below is the best methods currently available for South Africans. These aren’t “get rich quick schemes”, but they can make you a lot of money if you put in the work.

If you’re serious about making money online you need to pick one method, learn as much as you can about it and then do it and stay committed.

How To Start Making Money Online

There are quite a few different ways you can make money online. This varies from doing a simple task for other people online or starting your own online business.

How you start your online venture will depend on how much money you have to invest, the free time and skills you have and how quickly you need to make money.

Below are a few quick tips to help you decide which method you should start with:

If you need to make money fast

Find a legitimate online job you can do from home or do small tasks for other people online, take surveys, or do an online task like watching YouTube videos and listening to videos. Don’t expect to become rich with these methods. They are great to earn money fast online, but it’s often not sustainable.

If you want to replace your income

Focus on starting your own online business like a blog, YouTube channel or online shop.

These methods will take some time to set up, but they are far more sustainable.

The amount you can earn with them is also far more than with the methods of earning quickly online. You can start a blog or YouTube channel with as little as R1000.

The Best Methods Of Making Money Online In South Africa

1. Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is the methods of advertising products or services to consumers. You can do that in many different ways. Below are the easiest ways to get started.

Start A Blog

It is one of the most popular ways to make money online and easy to do in South Africa. If you are an expert in something or have a hobby you can write about then starting a blog is a good option.

Starting a blog will not make you rich overnight. It will take a couple of months before you will start to earn money from it, but the great thing about owning a blog is that it can earn passive income for years after you’ve done the hard work.

There are two ways of making money from a blog a beginner should focus on. These two methods are the easiest to start with for beginners.

The first one is with advertisements like AdSense and the second one is affiliate marketing. You can start your blog for as little as R1000. You will need to buy hosting and a website name to get started. Everything else is free if you do it yourself.

Do you want to learn how to create a blog that will earn you a full-time income online? Then watch this video.

Blogging And Making Money With AdSense

AdSense is part of Google. Most of the ads you see on the internet are done through AdSense.

I’m going to try and give you a quick explanation of how it works.

Other businesses advertise their products on google with AdSense. As a blog owner, you apply to Google to show these ads on your website.

Every time someone visits your site they see these ads and when they click on one, the business pays google and you get a percentage of that money.

The amount is normally quite low, but if you get thousands of people visiting your blog it can quickly add up to big paychecks.

The great thing about this method of making money online is that you never have to worry about customer service or selling stuff. You can just focus on writing content and getting traffic to your website.

Making Money With Blogging And Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is simply referring other people’s products and services on your website and getting paid to this.

It is one of the best ways to earn money for new blog owners. As with AdSense, you don’t need to worry about the customers, returns or anything else.

All you need to get started with affiliate marketing is a blog, a good niche for affiliate marketing and the motivation to put in the work.

You will need to put in hard work up front to get your website up and running, but once you start earning with it you can make anywhere between R100 and R50 000 a month.

Just be warned that it’s not as simple as just writing about anything to start making money. You will need to do proper keyword research and know the basics of SEO before you’ll start to see people visiting your blog.

Before you can start promoting affiliate products you will need to join an affiliate network.

Most affiliate networks are open worldwide and make it possible to make money online in South Africa.

The two most popular affiliate networks for South Africans are Amazon and Clickbank.

The commission you get from these networks can range from 4% to 75%, which means you can make up to R1000 a day from your blog. If you want to learn how to start making money from Clickbank watch this quick video here.


Everyone is familiar with YouTube and I’m sure you spend time watching random videos of other people doing things. These

YouTuber’s earn money from there videos and some of them earn a full-time income.

Making money on YouTube is the same way as you do it with a blog.

You create videos which you can upload to your YouTube channel and then earn through ads and affiliate offers. Your channel will have to reach 10 000 views before you can earn with ads, but if you use affiliate offers you can start earning money immediately.

It’s reasonably easy to start making money on YouTube. All you need is a camera and a few ideas for videos. Videos like how to videos and product reviews are easy to do and can make you a lot of money.

YouTube is a great way of making money for free online in South Africa. If you want to get started with it have a look at this guide.
1000 a day from your blog.

Create A Membership Site

Membership sites are becoming a very popular way for online entrepreneurs to make recurring revenue every month. Subscription sites work by charging your subscribers every month which means you only need to sell your product once.

This is a great option for people that have experience in a niche like cooking or fitness. You can build your site to focus on a topic and offer extensive how-to videos and articles.

Membership sites work great as a way of teaching people stuff, so if you have knowledge of a topic and people will pay for this, then this can be your way of earning a living online.

You can also use your site to promote affiliate offers to increase your earnings from your site.

2. Sell Stuff Online

The great thing about the internet is that you can sell things like books, courses and physical products without needing to leave your home and there are no limits to whom you can sell to.

You can sell to people all over the world. Below are the best things to sell online.

Sell A Course Online

With a course, your goal is to create content that will educate and teach people something. The best type of online course to create are things like how to code or how to build a website.

You should only consider creating an online course if you have a lot of knowledge on a subject and there’s enough demand for this.

You can create an online course that teaches through text, video or both depending on what you feel the most comfortable with. But most people like to learn through videos these days.

You can sell your course on your own website. There are some cons to doing it this way. You will need to spend time creating the course, creating the website and then getting people to your website and manage all the technical stuff.

This can take some time to start making money.

There is a faster and easier way to sell online courses and that is through sites like Udemy. Udemy is like Amazon for online courses.

You can host your course on their site and they will handle the rest.

The great thing about selling a good online course on Udemy is that it will become a passive income source after the initial work.

If you create a few courses and sell them on Udemy you can easily earn between R1000 – R20000 per month in passive income.

Sell Your Photos Online

There is a growing demand for photos online and this creates another opportunity to make money online. You don’t need to be a pro at taking photos to earn money with your photos.

All you need is a camera or phone that can take high-resolution photos.

So how does it work? You sell the royalties of your photos to sites like iStockPhoto and Shutterstock.

Every time someone buys your photo from these sites you get paid. The pay-out varies per photo and you won’t get rich overnight, but if you build your portfolio over time you can earn quite a bit.

This is a great opportunity for people that are creative and don’t have a lot of time to build their own business.

If you focus on taking and uploading one or two photos a day you can slowly build up your portfolio to make enough money to earn a full-time income from it.

Have look at how other people have managed to earn a full-time income from selling photos online here.

Write and Sell an Ebook

This is very similar to an online course but you can pretty much write about anything. If you’re experienced in a topic you can write about that or you can even try writing a fictional book.

Ebook’s are relatively cheap to create if you do everything yourself.

You can do the page design, formatting, and cover design yourself and there are more than enough free resources available online to help you do this.

The easiest place to start selling your ebook is to sell it on online markets like Amazon.

The benefit of selling on Amazon is that you don’t need to worry about getting traffic to your website. There are people making more than R50 000 per month with Kindle ebooks.

Turn Your Ebook Into an Audio Book

If you’ve decided to write an ebook to make some money online you can turn then turn this into an audiobook. It’s an easy way to increase the return on your ebook without a lot of extra work.

Audiobooks are increasing in popularity and you might even make more money from your audiobook than your ebook.

The only extra work you’ll have to do is to narrate the book and record it. If you feel a bit shy you can hire someone to do this for you.

Design and Sell T-Shirts and Other Merchandise

Selling custom t-shirts and merchandise has become a very lucrative online business.

There are now so many Print-On-Demand websites which you can use to sell t-shirt designs to people all over the world.

These Print-On-Demand websites will take care of stocking, printing and shipping your t-shirts and merchandise to your customers all over the world.

You can sell things like custom notebooks and phone cases, mugs, hoodies, and caps. All you need is a niche and a design that stands out from the competition.

The best way to be successful with a t-shirt business is to be very niche specific. Try to find a topic that people are passionate about.

Niches like dog breeds are popular and people tend to spend a lot of money on things about their favoured dog breed.

If you want to start a t-shirt business but not great at designing you can still pursue this business.

You will simply have to outsource your design work or use a Print on Demand Service like Printly which will do the design, printing, and shipping for you.

3. How To Make Money Online Fast

The methods below are opportunities you can use to make money fast online in South Africa. They are great for a quick buck, but they won’t make your rich.

Take Surveys

This is a well-known way of making extra money. You are usually paid on a point system which you can redeem for vouchers, gift cards or real money.

If you have an extra hour a day to do a survey you could accumulate enough points to get a descend paycheck every week.

Just make sure to research the survey company before you start doing their surveys. It’s a well-known fact that there are quite a few dodgy survey companies out there.

Listen To Music

It’s now possible for you to make some money while you listen to music. You will need to perform some sort of action like clicking on ads in between songs to earn money.

You will most likely only earn a few cents for every song, but if you have access to the internet for most of the day this can add up to a reasonable paycheck.

Watch Videos

This is similar to listening to music, but instead of listening to music you earn through watching YouTube videos. You will need to watch the videos through Paid2YouTube.

You will earn a few cents for every video you watch and doing things like rating the videos, sharing it and commenting on it.

Make Money With Your Smartphone

Smartphones are being used to access the internet more than laptops and desktops and the trend is increasing.

More companies are looking for data on how consumers are spending their time on their phones and this gives you the opportunity to use apps to make money online.

There are currently no shortages of ways to use your smartphone to make a bit of extra money.

It ranges from downloading apps that offer money for doing surveys on your phone, reviewing products or selling photos straight from your phone.

Most of these apps will pay a few cents for every action so don’t expect to become rich using them. The best way to get started with this is to find a few apps or methods that you can spend a few hours on a week.

Do Tasks For Someone Else

This is by far the fastest way to make extra money online. It’s a simple concept and perfect for students, stay at home moms, or if you are unemployed.

If you’re willing to do work, you have some skills and time then you can earn a full-time income from doing tasks for other people online.

People all over the world need virtual help these days and sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Amazon Turk provide a platform for you to find jobs to do for cash.

On Fiverr and Upwork, you can register to do work for other people like being a Virtual Assistant, Writing, Web Design, Graphic Design and a lot more. If you don’t have any skills like this you can check out AmazonTerk.

Amazon Terk is full of lower-skilled tasks people need to be done. You get paid per task and most of them can be completed in a few hours.

Final Words

Hopefully, this list will inspire you to start something. You have more than enough ways you can use to make money online in South Africa.

Pick a method you want to use and study everything you can about that method. The best way to get started is to find a course or detailed tutorial and follow it step by step.

Just remember, most legitimate methods to make money online will take time. Don’t fall for the get rich quick schemes.

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