20 Ways to make money on Social media as an Influencer in 2021

Anurag Gade Anurag Gade
Oct 22, 2021 6 min read
20 Ways to make money on Social media as an Influencer in 2021

Influencers of all sorts have seen substantial growth in the last couple of years. An influencer can be anyone who does well on any particular platform and has a good number of followers to back them and their actions.

With digitization, people all over the world can showcase their abilities and skills. The Internet has provided a platform for everyone to showcase their talents to the world and get a chance to be recognized. Platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube TikTok, and more such apps make it easier for one to create and upload their content and gather an audience.

Having a digital presence is a must in today's world as one can gain a tremendous following within a short span. For example, someone like the 21-year-old Khabane Lame, who is also known as Khaby Lame, no longer has to work in a factory as he is now a multi-millionaire. He achieved this feat without even saying a single word and simply by uploading funny videos and sketches on platforms such as tik-tok and Instagram.

There can be several ways through which one can make money as an influencer.

1. Promotion of Affiliate links
2. Sell digital products
3. Sell physical products
4. Being a brand ambassador
5. Publishing sponsored post
6. Making visual content for sale
7. Social media marketing services
8. Producing high-quality content
9. Creating influencers network
10. Creating your Patreon Account
11. Co-create a product line
12. Promote your own products
13. Selling personal Merchandise
14. Running advertisements across your content
15. Sell your Autopgraph/Personalized items
16. Creating a Podcast
17. Public Speaking
18. Being a Host, Judge or a Guest at an Event
19. Livestream/Superchat on Youtube
20. Create a Online Course or Workshop
FAQ

There are several high-paying affiliate programs that one can join and make a decent commission for the sales you generate. In addition, there are many brands that are willing to pay bucks for marketing their affiliate programs.

2. Sell digital products

An influencer can very easily sell digital products such as an image, audio, signatures, or any such digital products. If the product is unique and special, the audience will definitely try to get their hands on it.

3. Sell physical products

People are often looking out for quirky and unique products on various media platforms. Any physical product can be sold through multiple media platforms by influencers, and they can make good profits out of it.


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4. Being a brand ambassador

Getting associated with a brand and being their ambassador can help you make some big bucks as it's a high-paying option for an influencer.

5. Publishing sponsored post

Instagram Sponsored post
Instagram Sponsored post

An influencer can publish a sponsored post onto their feed or maybe even stories. As an influencer already has a huge following amongst the masses, brands can really benefit from publishing their post via influencers.

6. Making visual content for sale

Uploading photos and videos on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook is a great way to earn money for influencers. For example, travel, hotel booking, automobile companies pay influencers to upload such content showing their product in a positive light.

7. Social media marketing services

Influencers always try to reach out to the target audience, increase sales and promote a product. People are willing to learn these skills, and Influencers can make good money by providing such services.

8. Producing high-quality content

Various media platforms pay their content creators as per the performance and engagement with the audience. Therefore, influencers can create good quality content and get paid directly from their platform.

9. Creating influencers network

Joining/creating an Influencers network can be a great way to meet new people, get more brand deals, learn and earn from the Influencers network.


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10. Creating your Patreon Account

Patreon Website
Patreon Website

A Patreon account is basically an exclusive group of people who pay a certain amount, and influencers can benefit from it. Influencers get a decent earning from this method, and in return, they can make exclusive content that is unavailable for the rest of the audience.

11. Co-create a product line

An influencer can collaborate with a company and come up with a unique product line. There are various creators/influencers who choose this option as there's not a lot of effort and time that really goes into it. Influencers only have to carry out half of the tasks. Virat Kohli creating One8 line-up with the collaboration of Puma is a good example here.

12. Promote your own products

By having affiliate links to the products that you use personally, and people would want to use it as well, influencers can get a share of the total expenditure that the audience makes.

13. Selling personal Merchandise

Merchandise
Merchandise

Influencers can create their own merch and other goodies and sell to their viewers and audience. Selling merch is a great way of interacting with the audience and earning good bucks along the way.

14. Running advertisements across your content

Having advertisements of various brands or products on your content can get you paid well, and it also showcases what brands you like and follow for your audience to understand influencers in a better way.

15. Sell your Autopgraph/Personalized items

If an Influencer has a loyal fan base, they will be more than willing to buy your Autograph and other personalized items.

16. Creating a Podcast

Podcasts
Podcasts

A podcast is growing and positively accepted by people nowadays. People love to listen to podcasts while working out or even while driving. Podcasts can provide entertainment as well as valuable information, and therefore, influencers should definitely try their luck in podcasts.


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17. Public Speaking

Public Speaking
Public Speaking

An influencer can attend various public speaking events and get paid well. Even fan - meetups are a great way of interacting with the audience and earning good bucks along the way.

18. Being a Host, Judge or a Guest at an Event

Influencers can attend various shows or events as a guest or host. In addition, there are various events from comedy to awareness towards various good causes which an Influencer can attend.

19. Livestream/Superchat on Youtube

YouTube Livestream is a very good option for influencers to try out as the audience pays well and really appreciates the effort that goes into it and pays via super chat and other options. There are many creators across different formats who try their luck in Livestream. All that one needs is an entertaining and charming personality.

20. Create a Online Course or Workshop

Influencers can create an online course or workshop in the field they are really good at and sell it to their viewers. This course may contain values and methods as well as personal stories of hardships and how to deal with them.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways in which an Influencer can make quick bucks attain financial stability. Some of the methods can be easier than others. But, at the end of the day, if you love what you do and carry it on with hard work and dedication, money will surely come along the way.

FAQ

How do influencers make money?

Influencers make money by social media marketing, guest appearance, sponsored post, and running advertisement across their content.

Can you make a living as an influencer?

Yes, you can make a living by being an influencer.

Is being an influencer worth it?

As an influencer, you can make some pretty good money. However, one thing you should remember is that you have to be genuine in front of your audience or Β you may have a difficult time growing your personal brand.

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