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CAPE TOWN - The internet enables communication across a number of platforms. Here are five simple ways in which you can make money online.

Here are five simple ways you can capitalise online. 

1. Google Adsense 

Adsense, a programme run by Google, enables individuals to purchase ads from websites. It acts as a broker between the website and buyers. In essence, the middleman programme can be profitable to website owners. How it works is if you own the website where the ads feature on, you automatically get money when people click. 

Notably, there are two types of ads that you can present on your website: text-based and image ads. 

Adsense is more profitable to websites that generate excessive traffic. This is because you can earn without doing any work. 

2. Affiliate Marketing 

Affiliate marketing is where one individual recommends another individual’s product and earns a commission. This is excluding all the tedious work such as sourcing the product and delivery. Similar to Adsense, affiliate marketing works on clicks. As soon as you recommend a product and people click on the link that the company gives you, you make a commission on that item. 

Commission ranges from 3 to 75%, depending on the product. 

An example of websites that offer affiliate marketing include mantality an online store for men. Their commission ranges from 12 to 15%. 

Another website, OfferForge, enables individuals to make money with their content. 

3. Loot

Loot, an online store offers over 12 million products. These range from games, electronics to books and toys. 

They also offer an affiliate program whereby organisations can earn money by promoting Loot.co.za to visitors. 

Individuals can become an affiliate by registering on Loot as a customer. Then, an online affiliate application can be filled out. 

Affiliates can earn 5% of the value of their first order for each customer that they refer. 

4. Teaching

The internet has changed how we learn. Teaching is now possible through distance learning. This includes teaching online, whereby a virtual teacher based in South Africa for example can teach a classroom of learners in China. 

About Education First, an online platform, enables individuals to teach online in foreign countries. Education First offers online teaching posts in countries such as Bryanston and even China. Their online teaching programmes run over a 5 day week of 20 hours in total. 

5. YouTube

The internet enables individuals to become bonafide stars. Though one thing is for sure you need great content and an ever growing viewership that can help to monetise your content.

Here a a few steps to help you get started: 

1- Create a YouTube channel

2- Enable your channel for monetisation

3- Connect your channel to Adsense in order to earn money and get paid for your videos

4- Research the kind of videos that can be monetised on various platforms

South Africans who are making money on YouTube include Julia Anastasopoulos, a SA designer, artist and illustrator. She has 119 993 subscribers. Another major YouTube sensation that has parlayed her work into advertising and even her own show is Suzelle DIY. Suzelle became an internet star after launching her YouTube channel in May 2014. 

She collaborates with top brands such as Takealot, Gumtree and Checkers. Her DIY videos range from how to make a braai pie to how to fix a plug. The artistic maven now runs her own production company, Sketchbook Studios alongside her husband, Ari Kruger. 

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