8 ways to make money with WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular social media platforms used by people in every segment of the society. It is a user-friendly application with text, voice and video messaging facilities, making it a preferred communication option for many. Facts have it that there are about a one billion people around the world using whatsapp. You are probably among them and you make use of it to keep in touch with friends and family, including enjoying various kinds of information flying around this communication platform. Such information range from funny videos to serious stories (including a lot of fake news you need to be careful about).

After seeing the title of this article you might probably be asking yourself “so I can actually make money through whatsApp?” Yes you can. All you need do is understand the principles behind using this platform to make money. Remember that this is a social medium which gives opportunities for networking and most businesses thrive on networking. Some of the strategies might not be as easy as they sound but this is really one platform you can convert to an income source if you study the processes involved in doing so. Here are basic ways you can make money from whatsApp.

1. ySense

This is one of the most popular ways of making money via whatsApp. It is a website that will pay you to complete surveys, watch videos, play games and do some other things. It also pays you commission to refer people to visit the website by clicking on the link. Here’s how it works. When you sign up for ySense, you will have a referral link, you can then get on WhatsApp and share this link with your contacts. The more people you sign up, the more bonus point you get and this means money for you. You should endeavour to complete the survey before this can work for you. You will not qualify for all but you will qualify for some. Just keep checking. The earnings might be small initially but over time you could earn as much as $10, 000 from ySense but this could take quite a while. It could be months or even years to get there depending on how dedicated you are in using this approach to making money from whatsApp.

Joining ySense is free and easy to do. You can receive your payment within 5 days through different ways, including Paypal and Skrill.

If you are looking at how to make money from WhatsApp, Sharing ySense referal links and inviting your contacts click on the link is one sure way of doing that. You shouldn’t be in a hurry to ‘get reach quick’ through this strategy. It might take a little while before it works for you. If you give up early you might lose out.

2. Short-links

You may have received short link before and you clicked on it not knowing the person that sent it is making money from it. Short link is a shortened link to a website. A typical link to a story will usually look a bit long but short link is used to shorten it. Both the long and short link will lead to same story but shorter one is likely going to make someone click on it faster than the longer one would.

Using this method, all you have to do is look for news, tips or any information your contacts or group members will love to read. Copy the link, go to a Url Shortener, login, paste the link and shorten it. Then copy the shortened one, open your WhatsApp and share it to your contacts and groups. Imagine where you belong in different WhatsApp groups with large number of contacts. That’s how you start making money.

Here’s how it works. When your contacts click on the link, it will show them some adverts before showing them the story or information. That is how you make money. This is a nice way to make passive income especially if you belong in a large group or you have contacts that enjoy reading your contents. You can also share this on your WhatsApp Status and make money from there too.

To use a link shortener just go to the website, register, copy any link you want to share, login to link shortner, paste the link, shrink it. Copy the shorten link and share it with your contacts. That’s it. Among the popular link Shorteners that pay are Link Shrink , ADF, OUO, Shortest  and you can click on any of them to register and start  making money. You can also search for shortlinks on Google and you will see a wide range of choices to make.

This is also a strategy you can use to earn money from WhatsApp Status. You can start earning from WhatsApp using the short link technique.

3. Affiliate links

This is another very popular way of making money on WhatsApp. It requires a little skill in the ability convince members of your contact to checkout what the link offers. Here’s how it works. If you belong in a group that focuses on a particular topic, fashion for instance, you can write something about a particular brand of shoes or shirt you think the group members will like and is also trending, then post to the group. Tell them how people are excited about the shirt or shoes and celebrities are wearing it. Then go to an affiliate network. Register with them. Look for a company that sells such dress. Copy the link and share it with the group members. Any of them that clicks on the link to purchase, you get a commission. This is huge for those in groups with large number of contacts. If for instance, you are in a group of 400 people and 30 purchase the product, you’ll receive good alert from the transactions. This strategy works well with good contents. This means you have to write about the product in a convincing manner, short and straight to the point. Make sure the conversations are useful and meaningful before sending links to products. Focus on what you think your contacts in a particular group might like.

You can also target individual contacts that like the specific product or services you want to direct them to. If for instance you know someone who loves movies and you find a platform streaming movies live making bonus offers the contact is not aware of, you could initiate a quick conversation like this:

You: “Hello Sir, I know you love movies. I just came across an online streaming platform offering discounts on streaming of movies in the next three months. If you are interested, go here: (paste link). I just thought I should share.”

This is capable of interesting someone who loves movies. If the person clicks and orders, you get a commission. You can do this for clothes or even for schools offering scholarship. Once you target what the contacts like you’re sure of making money that day because a number of them will click on the link and place orders. You should also make sure that the product you are sharing will be available to deliver at the geographical location of your contacts.

There are a number of affiliate networks you can join and find as much products as you want to share. They include Amazon Affiliate, Commission Junction, Jumia Affiliate, among others. This is one good way to start earning via WhatsApp.

4. You can market your own products or skills

You can actually decide to market your own products instead of sending affiliate links. If you have products or services, you can send your business card to your contacts or groups and tell them how much discount you are offering them. Always make sure that the people or groups you approach have interest in your kind of products. Try to write something that will stir their interest in your product instead of directly advertising your product. Give them reason why they need something and tell them you have it in stock. For instance, you could give them reasons why they need security apps installed in their vehicles before saying you have an idea of how they can get good ones.

If you do not own any products but will love to have, all you need to do is create an online shop. Copy products from suppliers into your online store then send the links of these products to your WhatsApp contacts. If they click on the link and go to your online shop to order, the suppliers will ship the goods to them and you get your money. This is called drop-shipping and a number of people get customers for this kind of business through WhatsApp. Learn how to create an online shop and use WhatsApp to search for potential customers.

It’s not all about physical products. You can also market your skills especially to people who desire such services. It could be in the area of fashion designing, digital marketing, content creation, graphic design, whatever skills you think people will want. Then share your works to contacts and friends. Whatever skills you have, join groups that relate to it. You may just get a big contract from there. This is a good way of making money from WhatsApp. You might be surprised that there are several people looking for the skills you have or products you offer.

5. WhatsApp marketing for clients

This is a special skill that is well sought-after, especially by companies that understand the place of online platforms such as WhatsApp in reaching potential customers. There are people who are paid to promote businesses on WhatsApp. First, you have to be in groups that have lots of contacts. Have large number of contacts too. Then use forums, social media and any platform you have to advertise yourself.  Lines like “I can help you reach 1000 new customers via WhatsApp. Contact me if you are interested”. It will surprise you to know that people will reach out to engage your skills in this area. Once you get engaged by a client, you then develop a creative plan on how you will introduce the client’s product or services to your WhatsApp audience. Your content creation skills will be required here. Create contents that will convince your contacts when they read them.

6. Pay per download

This is also similar to the techniques involving links which you share on WhatsApp for people to click on so that you can get paid. Here’s how this one works. There are websites where people can upload files such as pictures, videos, music, games and so on and people pay to download such files.

Before anyone gets to download the file, the sites will likely show them surveys or ads. When they must have completed the surveys or viewed ads, they can then download the file (pictures, videos, music, games etc.). The company then makes money from the downloads. So how do you get paid and how does WhatsApp help you to make money here?

What you do first of all is join groups or make contacts with people who have interest in a particular content. Then upload the content to any of the sites, share the link to your Whatsapp contacts. When they download, you make money. For instance, you can join a gaming group, movie group or a comedy video group. Find videos, photos, music or contents your contacts would like, then upload them to any of these sites, then share the link to your WhatsApp contacts that are focused on the content you uploaded. It could be a music group, comedy group or movie group. The contacts interested in the content you uploaded will then click on the link. Once they download the file you will get paid. To get started, find websites that these services such as Uplod.org and Fileice.net. This is a good way of making money from WhatsApp you should try out for a start.

7. Drive traffic to your blog

To make money through this technique you have to first own a blog. Then drive traffic to the blog by sharing links to stories on the blog to the contact and groups you belong in. This is what many bloggers do to make money from WhatsApp, not directly from this platform but by driving people from Whatsapp to their blogs. Blogging thrives on traffic. This is why as a blogger you can take any step to increase traffic to your platform. Traffic means people visiting your blog. One of the ways to increase traffic is copying links to stories on your blog and sharing them to Whatsapp contacts.

One way of effectively using this technique is by creating specific Whatsapp groups on the basic focus of your blog. If for instance, your blog is about music, you can create a group on WhatsApp strictly for music lovers. Invite people in and tell your friends to invite others. Make the group very engaging. Then whenever you publish a post on your blog, share a catchy summary of your post with the link at the end to the contact group made up of music lovers. People in that WhatsApp group and other contacts you share the link to might click and forward your summary to their contacts. It can go viral on WhatsApp and that means so many visitors. You actually make money if they click on adverts on your blog. Also, if companies realize that your blog has heavy traffic they will like to advertise their products on your blog. Another advantage is that there are affiliate marketing firms that only approve blogs with high traffic. The more people visit your blog the more you are likely going to have more clicks on adverts on your blog or have them order products through affiliate marketing links on your blog. This means more money for you. This is how WhatsApp can help you make money through your blog.

8. Refer friends to Apps 

This is another way to earn money from WhatsApp. There are apps on Play store that will pay you a small token or offer recharge cards and different rewards if you refer a friend to use them. The income might be small but it is really worth it as it can help you meet one or two needs. All you need is get the app, refer friends and earn. Just go to Google and search for “apps that pays to refer a friend”, you will get answers that will help you.

Finally!

You’ve seen various ways WhatsApp experience can be turned to an income generating platform. Even if you cannot make money directly from WhatsApp, you can utilize the opportunities it provides for business expansion and customer base increase. Some of the methods listed above are very passive and will only earn you little income except you get lucky. Others like Affiliate marketing and selling your own product can fetch you big money if you are lucky enough to get conversions. Consistency is always the key to success here. Just jeep pushing; this income source might end up huge for you someday.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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