For many, the idea of making money online in India sounds like a fantasy. After all, the country is considered the ‘world’s largest software exporter,’ with 75.9 million users in 2018. Moreover, about 96% of the country’s population uses the web, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Furthermore, nearly all internet users in India search for product or service information online, rather than buying retail goods, according to the South Asia Internet Development Report by New York University and the International Institute for Telecommunication Technology (IIT-Telecom).
Despite the odds, many Indians are discovering the advantages of operating from home, turning to the internet to grow their businesses and changing the way we’ll view traditional businesses in the future. Here are 10 ways you can make money online in India –>
1. Start a Blog
Blogs are a fantastic way to make money online in India. Launching a successful blog takes a bit of technical know-how and some creative thinking, but it’s much easier to do than you’d think. In fact, with the right niche, you can start making money online from a blog in just a few hours. Moreover, since most people in India use the web to search for products and services, having a blog that answers commonly asked questions could prove very lucrative.
The great thing about starting a blog is that it’s so accessible. Anyone can do it, and with the right content, marketing and audience, even those with slim digital marketing and sales experience can become financially viable content creators.
2. Start a Website
Another fantastic way to make money online in India is to start a website. The two most popular categories of internet users in India are those that visit websites and those that create websites, according to the IDC report. Moreover, nearly all internet users in India search for product or service information online, rather than browsing retail websites, the report said.
If you’re looking to create a website for your business, you have a variety of options. You can use WordPress, go with a simple HTML landing page or opt for a more complex, fully custom-coded solution. Just remember: creating a website costs money (usually in the form of a web host account), so make sure you’re prepared to spend on this essential element of your digital marketing strategy.
3. Use Your Smart Phone
Those that use mobile phones in India have access to a wealth of tools that can assist in a variety of ways, from ordering food to making calls to sending messages and keeping track of bills and expenses. With the right apps, your phone can do so much more than make calls — it can take photos, record videos and even translate speech!
Apps like Google Translate, Microsoft Translator and Snoo are just a few of the tools mobile phones offer, and all three make it easy to communicate with people from all over the world, no matter where you are.
4. Start an Online Store
If you’re looking to truly make money online in India, you can start an online store. An online store is a bit like a traditional store, with the exception that you have an internet connection and consumers can purchase what you’re selling direct from your website. To start an online store, you’ll need a web hosting account, a domain name and a shopping platform (like Shopify, WooCommerce or Bigcommerce).
Once you have all of those components, you can set up your store with a variety of products and begin taking orders.
5. Sign Up For Survey Websites
Survey websites are where you can make money online in India simply by completing surveys. The best thing about these websites is that you can make money without having to sell anything, which makes this option more suitable for those that are new to the internet and unsure of how to make money online. In fact, you can earn about $500 to $1000 per month, depending on how frequently you complete surveys and whether you are a part of a research study or not. Some of the more popular survey websites where you can make money online in India include Swagbucks, OneOpinion, Survey Junkie, Ipsos iSay and Ipsos iSay Community.
6. Try Affiliate Marketing
If you’re looking to make money online in India, you can try affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you sell other people’s products (or provide a service that costs money) and earn a commission when someone clicks a link or buys a product that’s promoted on your site. The great thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to create any content to make money, you just have to drive traffic to a product or service that has a paid affiliate program.
7. Start An Online Store (Continued)
If you’re really looking to make money online in India, you can start an online store (like Shopify, WooCommerce or Bigcommerce, as mentioned above). However, if you want to make money from your store, you’ll need to either: a. set up your online store with a payment processor like PayPal or b. add affiliate programs to your site so that you can earn commission when someone purchases a product (or service) that’s promoted on your website.
8. Start An Instagram Account
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in India, with 75.9 million users as of December 2018. Like many other social media platforms, Instagram allows users to post photos, videos and other digital content — and businesses can also take advantage of this by using the platform to promote their products or services. To create content for Instagram, you can use a variety of tools, from mobile phones to laptops, and all with excellent quality control features.
Instagram isn’t simply a place to post photos. With the right hashtags and popular culture trends, you can engage with your audience and make them participate in your marketing campaign, even if it’s just by liking and sharing your content.
9. Start A YouTube Channel
YouTube is another popular video platform in India, with 55 million users as of December 2018. Just as with Instagram, businesses can take advantage of YouTube’s broad user base to promote their products and services. To create content for YouTube, you can use mobile phones, laptops and even virtual reality headsets. Since YouTube is mostly user-generated content, your videos can reach a global audience –>
- 9.1 million people in India watch videos uploaded by companies every month, according to the YouTube Statistics.
- 6.8 million users in India watch videos for business or marketing information, according to the YouTube Statistics.
- 1.3 million users in India watch videos to learn something new about an interest or hobby, the YouTube Statistics show.
- The average user in India spends 4 hours and 43 minutes per day on YouTube, according to a Brightcove Global Series report.
10. Start An Affiliate Marketing Network
An affiliate marketing network (a/k/a AFFILIATE CHAIN) is a group of affiliated websites and bloggers that work together to earn money from promoting products and services on their sites. In a nutshell, if you join an affiliate marketing network, you’ll be able to create a group of affiliate websites (called affiliates) that can earn you money from advertising and affiliate sales. Some of the more popular affiliate marketing networks where you can make money online in India include Affiliate Marketing Network, Commissions Junction and Skimlinks.
Hopefully, this article was both entertaining and informative. Remember: no matter where you are in the world, you can make money online with the right plan! It’s all about finding the right niche, learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and using your computer, mobile phone or tablet to take advantage of the online world.