Being social, a decade ago, meant going out with friends or colleagues to catch up with each other. In the present times being social means interacting with the same friends, colleagues and even with more people, online. Social media has become the buzzword not just for personal socializing but as an effective marketing tool and even as a means to earn money.
Now with the presence of the internet, not just on the laptops and computers but on smartphones and tablets, accessing people from across the world, while on-the-move, has become easier. You can stay in touch with anyone and from anywhere, just with the help of a smartphone and an internet connection. Social media is thereby increasingly being used as a means to earn money.
Here are some ways by which social media helps people earn money:
Find a new job: People are using social media services to find a new job. LinkedIn is the perfect social media platform where people advertise their business skills and acumen and connect with like-minded individuals and companies. As a business based social networking platform, it helps individuals find new jobs.
Showcase Your Talent: photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr are perfect for those who have the talent to take good pictures. Talented photographers, novice or experts can upload their images and earn from them when they are used. Similarly skilled videographers can upload or sell their videos or clips to YouTube and get a regular income once the video gets viral.
Take part in Contests: Several companies and brands promote their products and services through contests that are run on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media marketing of this type involves offering giveaways such as gift cards, holiday packages, etc. Similarly, liking a page on Facebook or ‘retweeting’ a tweet can be a way to be eligible for discounts and offers.
Affiliate Marketer: People can earn money by becoming affiliate marketers of companies that offer cash for advertising their brands on different blogs and Facebook. If a person has a lot of Facebook connections, this can be a very good way to earn money as he or she would be getting money when a user clicks on the advertisement.
Write Reviews: People can also write reviews and get for them. Companies constantly wish to portray their products in good light and therefore, urge users to test their products and write reviews for them. Positive reviews can help other potential customers buy the products while negative reviews can help the companies improve their products.