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How To Block Spam Messages in Android and iPhone

Just like irritating email spams, SMS spams range from social engineering swindles to unsought advertising. I’m pretty sure that just like me, you too are fed up with these spam rings. Most spam messages prompt users to forward them, contain links and other frustrating hoaxes. Along with the rise of SMS spams, there came many apps on the Android Play Store and Apple Store to filter these spams.
The latest versions of Android and iPhones will let you filter the unwanted numbers easily. Follow these steps to easily block spam messages in Android and iOS:

How To Block Spam Messages in Android?

There are lots of third-party apps available on Android Play Store to block spams, but you can block these irritating numbers using Google’s Hangouts app. Hangouts app can be found easily as it comes pre-installed in your Android phone. If it is not available on your phone, you can download it from here. To block spam messages in your Android, first you need to make Hangouts as your default messaging app.
Make Hangouts as your default messaging app

Settings> More> Default SMS app> Hangouts.
Block spam messages with Hangouts

1. Open Hangouts app. It will automatically import all the old text messages.

2. Now open a spammy message you wish to block.

3. You’ll see three dots at top-right corner, tap it.

4. Now tap on People & options.how-to-block-block-spam-messages-android-iphone-1

5. Now you’ll seeing few options, one of them is Block [number] tap it and again tap at Block.

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Now you have blocked the spammer. If you wish to see any number you blacklisted in past, head back to the home screen of Hangouts app and tap the top-left corner to open the menu bar. You will find out Blocked people option. From there, you can Unblock them in case you changed your mind.
How To Block Spam Messages in iPhone?

Blocking Spam messages in iPhone is quite easy as compared to Android.

1. Open the Messages and tap the Contact.

2. You’ll see the little i button, tap it.

3. Now you will see a contact card for the Spammer.

4. Now scroll down to the bottom and tap at Block this Caller.

Now you have blocked the spammer. If you want to remove or check any of the previously blocked spammers, go to Settings, then Messages and then scroll to the bottom and you will find Blocked option. Swipe it from right to left and tap the red button

Facebook Hacking: How to protect yourself.

It is no surprise by now that everyone has a social media account. However, Facebook is the world’s most renown social media outlet that has over a billion people on it. Hence the reasoning behind so many social scandals wanting to gain access to Facebook.

I actually get asked a lot “How can I hack someone’s Facebook Account?” or “Can you hack this Facebook account for me?”. My answer to those emails are a short response, in which I state “I cannot educate you upon the exploitation of Facebook or www.facebook.com. I will not gain unauthorized access of any social media account for any reason.”

Until now.

Here, I will show you how other “Hackers” are using methods to gain access to your Facebook page, and even inform you on how to prevent yourself from being a victim.

Our first method of gaining access to your Facebook credentials is by means of “Phishing”. No, don’t go get your tackle box and head to the lake.
In order for a hacker to perform a Phishing attack on any one, they would need a hosting services. You can get free hosting services from 110MB or Byet Internet Services.

Once the attacker has setup a free false hosting account, now they will need only 3 files. These files are important to the process as they are login.php, Phishing.php, and passwords.txt. These scripts are setup and programmed so that they resemble the Facebook login page. Once you land on the fake Facebook login page, which is login.php, you would normally login with your email and password. Now the Phishing.php kicks in and stores the information on a specific location on the hosted server. The passwords.txt is left blank as people will often fill this up as they enter their information.
Now when the attacker/phisher has these three files uploaded on their new server, they send the URL (“fakebook.com/login.php”) to a victim via email.
When you get the initial email, it may have some verbiage stating something such as;
“We have noticed some illegal activities with your Facebook Account. Please use the this link to login and correct the actions.”
or
“Please follow us on Facebook, by clicking here”.
While those are the short versions of what may be included in your email, the main goal is to get you to open the email and login to Facebook on their fake Facebook login page. Once you have complied with their requests, they have control over your entire Facebook page.

Now that we know how they can gain access to your Facebook page, let us review on how you can prevent your information from going onto their server, and how you can trace them and report the criminals to local authorities.

Step one in the investigation, is open the link. Any time you visit Facebook the URL is and always will be https://www.facebook.com/?_rdr=p to login. When you open the link, if the above URL does not match, or you get something like www.fakebook.com/login.php then you know that it is a fake link. Don’t login! As it is setup and resembles the exact login page for Facebook, don’t login.

Now there are two effective ways in tracing the phisher. You will need both methods and record information (Screen Shots works best) to report it to the local law enforcements. From there they will push it to other law enforcements in which can include the FBI if there are several reports upon this same phisher.

When you first see the URL bar and it is not the original Facebook URL, then I would copy the entire URL and use a WhoIs service. Who Is allows you to find the information regarding the person who bought the Domain Name (URL). I would use WhoIs.Net for my domain name searches.

Once I have a record of who purchased the domain, I would take a screen shot (Or use my camera phone) and save that. This will be helpful for the authorities later in their investigation.

Now, going back to the initial email. If you are using Google, this is a snap. Open the email and on the far right upper corner of the email itself is a dropdown section. This allows you to select “See full header”. Basically, this will then bring up a small window showing you the IP address and the time stamp of the email sent from one location and received by your location. Again, this is another important aspect to the research, so screen shot or use your camera.

Now that you see the full header, you can simply copy the entire alien language that you see. Now we can easily use an online script service that allows us to find the exact IP of the sender. I use ArulJohn.com for the headers. Now we will receive an IP address. Now for our last step in tracing, we can use another online services to trace the IP address. I personally use GEOBytes. It is easy and quick. The results are 100% effective, or at least on the 250+ IP’s I have run through there.

Now you will see the sender’s information such as Country, State, City/town, Address, network carrier, etc. This is extremely helpful to the law enforcements, so we will take one more screen shot.

Awesome, now you have this much information, now you can print it out, put it on a thumb drive, or send the information VIA email to the officer in which you talked to about the phisher.

So let us recover here. We have an unknown email saying that we need to log into Facebook, and provides us with a link. We know that Facebook is secure by using https, and does not have any fake names (“Fakebook”). We know how to trace the Domain Name (“URL”), and obtain and trace the IP of the original email. Now we can use all of that information and get it to the local law enforcement. The sooner they have that information, the faster they can catch this phisher.

While there are a few other ways to obtain your login information, such as Facebook.exe (a program that uses Facebook from a program on your Windows Desktop instead of going to the browser), we have learned the biggest means of Facebook Phishing and how we can prevent ourselves from being a victim.

Another great way to protect yourself on Facebook, is by enabling the 2 part login factor. This means that when you (or someone else) logs into Facebook on a new computer, browser, IP, etc. then your phone will go off telling you to input the code given. You can type the code into the page where it asks and you will then have access to your Facebook account. It is also recommended that you log out of every session, except on the computer and your phone that you use on a daily basis.

E-payment: CBN Blocks Plan To Create TSA Payment Gateways

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has told Interswitch, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), eTranzact and other payment processors in the country that the apex bank would not replicate the Treasury Single Account (TSA) payment gateway powered by Remita.

In an audacious move, Interswitch in collaboration with NIBSS wrote a petition to the apex bank, seeking the replication of the TSA gateway while tagging the present arrangement “monopoly”. But the CBN management reportedly told the aggrieved party in a meeting attended by all the payment processors that the TSA architecture met international best practices and, as such, the apex bank will not have more than one gateway.

The TSA payment gateway was connected to the apex bank’s core banking application, powered by T24, Real-Time Gross Settlement Systems (RTGS) and National Electronic Fund Transfer System (NEFT). Barely a month following the full implementation of the TSA, a congruence of opposition is building a case against a policy that many said is arguably Nigeria’s single most important initiative to tackle corruption and abuse in the management of public funds.

The opposition is coming mainly from expected sources: competing payment platforms that are griping over being left in the cold, banks that are the major beneficiaries of the corruption-laden processes that the TSA have replaced, and senior civil servants who believe that they are the primary target of the project.

How to instantly remove password protection from PDF Files

PDF files could be password protected to restrict others from opening and having access to the information. While you may still need to fetch the data to use it productively, to modify, read or even print PDF files, there is no way you can edit or copy it since the file is locked. And what happens when you forget the password you set for your own PDF file? This can be frustrating. However, there is a solution.

AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover is a free premium tool which removes encryption from PDF files. It removes all the basic restrictions on printing, copying and editing the content of PDF files. It also removes password protection, if any, from the file.

How To Remove PDF file Restrictions

    Download AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover.
    Now install the software and open it. A new pop up window will appear.
    Click on the Add Files button and import your file.
    Once your file is imported, click on the Start
    Wait for a few seconds. A new popup will appear displaying the message that the password is removed.
    Press OK and now open your PDF file, the password is successfully removed.


How to remove restriction of a single PDF file

You can also directly remove restrictions of a single file without starting the main interface. Just right click on an encrypted PDF file and select Decrypt with AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover from right click menu. Decryption process will start.


Note: This tool can’t recover user password and it doesn’t removes protections such as DRM

How to make Money Online Online/Internet

Did you know that you can also make money online? In this detailed article, I am going to tell you various legit ways to earn money through Internet.

As the Internet is spreading around the globe, “How to make money online?” has become one of the often asked question. Bloggers, housewives, students and even salaried professionals keep on looking for ways to earn money through Internet. It is good that instead of wasting time people are willing to work extra hard in their spare time and earn a few extra bucks to pay their bills. All you need is the right information on how you can become an online entrepreneur. Due to lack of right information on what are the clean and legal methods of making bucks from Internet, some people get trapped in scams as well.

But don’t you worry, there are several ways in which you can utilize your skills and creativity to get earnings from net. Today, I am going to tell you about a few of such methods. Are you ready for an exciting ride?! Here we go!

How much can I earn online?

Before I tell you about the methods, let me put a word about the expected results. If you think earning online is an easy job —if you think it is a cakewalk —you’re wrong. You will have to work hard and take your online job very seriously if you wish to be successful. And how successful can you become?

Well, it depends. And it is no rocket science to understand what it depends on! The skills you have, the work you choose, how good you are in your craft and how much time you can dedicate to work —all this affects your total sum earned —just like in “real life” jobs.

If it can motivate you, there are lots of people who are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars (and even millions) from Internet entrepreneurship / profession. And yes, that too while working alone from home!

There is no such indicator as to how much you as earn. Also, in my view, you should not look for such information. Just focus on what you enjoy doing and if you put in sufficient amount of time and hard-work —soon you’ll being to see the rewards. Believe me, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing —then you should forget about success!

How to Make Money Online

Now, buckle up, I will present a number of options before you. Take your pick according to your taste and qualifications. Let’s get… set… and go!

1. Blogging

Obviously, this was going to be the first on my list (I am also a professional blogger after all!). Professional blogging is one of the best known method of getting income from computer based jobs. We all arrive at blogs while surfing and we see advertisements on many blogs. So, we can easily know that the owner of that blog is earning some amount of money from writing the blog content.

 

There are a number of good and free blog sites where you can easily setup your blog. After setup, you should write about things that really interest you. Once your blog is adequately settled (let’s say when it begins to receive 100 visitors a day), then you should put online ads on it. You can use Google AdSense for getting ads or you can use ad service provided by other networks like Yahoo! Media.net. WordPress.com also provides its own ads.

By the way, did you know that Google makes 95% of its revenue from advertisement? Bloggers get share from this revenue if they publish Google ads on their blogs. I keep on writing articles about how to become a successful blogger. You should keep an eye on these articles.

Skills required for professional blogging: Good command on language, ability to write in an interesting way, familiarity with basic coding and other technical stuff like SEO.

How much can you earn from blogging?

With a blog with one thousand visitors per day, a blogger can from $0.5 to $30 per day. Blogging can fetch you varied amounts of money depending upon the web traffic you receive and the monetization strategy you adopt. Many people argue that using affiliate marketing model is far better than using Google AdSense. I tend to disagree with this but certainly what works for one blog may not work for another.

Bloggers in US, UK and Canada make millions of dollars from their blogs. They are more entrepreneurial —many bloggers have actually turned their blogs into content or media companies. Huffington Post, for example, was only a blog and now it is one of the most influential news aggregator in the world. Story of Mashable is also similar.

In India, established bloggers, like Amit Agawarl, make hundreds of thousands of rupees every month. These are full time bloggers. Those who do part-time blogging, their earnings also depends on how much time they devote to their blogs.

How much can you earn from AdSense?

Many successful bloggers and webmasters earn $100 to $500 per day with Google AdSense. Some bloggers in USA earn several thousand dollars every day from AdSense. Earning from AdSense heavily depends on the CPC rate you get from Google. In countries like USA, Canada, UK, Australia, the CPC rate is very high —that’s why bloggers make much more money in these countries.

All websites and blogs require a “theme” (also called template or skin) which dictates how the site looks like. For example, TechWelkin theme is based on Genesis Framework and I have designed it myself.

You can also become a theme designer if you have good sense of design and other required skills. Once a theme is done, you can sell it on theme stores or you can setup your own website through which people can buy your themes. Designing themes for platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal etc. is a lucrative business. You can earn decently income from this profession.

Skills required: Web design sense, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Photoshop, knowledge of the target platform.

How much can you earn from designing themes?

Usually, one copy of a theme sells anywhere between $10 to $100. So, even if you sell just one hundred copies, you may make thousands of dollars. If you design a customized theme for a specific client, you can charge even more depending on the efforts you had to put in.

3. Teach Online

Yes! you can be an online teacher. And the great thing about it is that you can teach virtually anything. So, whatever is your skill and expertise —you will be able to offer lessons to perspective students.

Skillshare is one such service which allows you to be an online teacher. After registering, you can create courses (classes) on whatever subject you know. It could range anything from cooking to mathematics to engineering to designing to languages to whatever!

There is another similar service called Udemy. On these websites you basically sell your courses to earn money from online teaching service. You get paid when a student takes the online course developed by you.

Skills required: expertise in subject on which you’re offering course. Knowledge of Photoshop and making videos is also useful as these things can make your course more interesting and easy to understand.

Yes! you can be an online teacher. And the great thing about it is that you can teach virtually anything. So, whatever is your skill and expertise —you will be able to offer lessons to perspective students.

Skillshare is one such service which allows you to be an online teacher. After registering, you can create courses (classes) on whatever subject you know. It could range anything from cooking to mathematics to engineering to designing to languages to whatever!

There is another similar service called Udemy. On these websites you basically sell your courses to earn money from online teaching service. You get paid when a student takes the online course developed by you.

Skills required: expertise in subject on which you’re offering course. Knowledge of Photoshop and making videos is also useful as these things can make your course more interesting and easy to understand.

If you have a story to tell or if you want to share your expertise in the form of a book, well then, go ahead and write a book! What better could be there than writing a book! You don’t need traditional pen and paper. Become a completely tech-savvy author. Use MS-Word to write your book. Once the book is ready, you don’t even need a publisher! You can self-publish and sell e-book versions through platoforms like Amazon’s Kindle, Google Play Store and Apple’s app store (iBooks). If you’re in India, Flipkart, Infibeam etc. are also great choices. You can sell both e-books or printed books.

Also there are online services like Lulu where you can order print copies of your book. Buyers will be able to purchase print copies right from there or you can put print copies on sale through Amazon, Flipkart, eBay etc. Pothi.com is an Indian venture that can print self-published books.

5. Sell Designer Merchandise

 

Can you draw well enough? Have you ever thought that even your drawing (or even doodling) can help you make free money online?

You can print designs, drawings or photos created by you on items like coffee cups, t-shirts, bags etc. and then sell them. A friend of mine is pretty good at making designs. She created her own zazzle online shop and began to sell stuff. Here is how it works:

  1. Create your design and fine-tune it
  1. Register at Zazzle.com and create your own shop (it’s very easy!)
  2. Zazzle has merchandise items like cups, cards, t-shirts etc.
  3. Customer comes to your online shop. He selects a design from your catalog and then selects a merchandise item. Customer then places order to get the item with your design on it.
  4. Zazzle prints your design on selected item and send it to customer.
  5. You get your share from the money earned by Zazzle.

 

Can you draw well enough? Have you ever thought that even your drawing (or even doodling) can help you make free money online?

You can print designs, drawings or photos created by you on items like coffee cups, t-shirts, bags etc. and then sell them. A friend of mine is pretty good at making designs. She created her own zazzle online shop and began to sell stuff. Here is how it works:

  1. Create your design and fine-tune it
  1. Register at Zazzle.com and create your own shop (it’s very easy!)
  2. Zazzle has merchandise items like cups, cards, t-shirts etc.
  3. Customer comes to your online shop. He selects a design from your catalog and then selects a merchandise item. Customer then places order to get the item with your design on it.
  4. Zazzle prints your design on selected item and send it to customer.
  5. You get your share from the money earned by Zazzle.

 

 

I am sure you have watched more than one videos on YouTube. All internet users have! It is after all the world’s largest video sharing service. But now enough of just watching. Create your own videos and share them with the world. What’s more, you can earn money from these videos!

You can shoot small (or big!) video clips using mobile phone, handycam or professional video camera. Or you can make videos from pictures using your computer. OR you can create animated videos and tutorials. Once your video is ready, upload it on YouTube and monetize it. YouTube will show ads along with your video and share revenue with you.

A lot of people have earned great amount of money through this online work. Most of it is home-based job —but you may need to venture outside to shoot videos.

Skills required: Know how of shooting and editing videos.

How much can you earn from YouTube?

If your YouTube channel has a million subscribers, you can earn from $100,000 to $300,000 per month. Mostly it depends on how interesting your videos are. Secondly, it depends on the how many people have subscribed to your YouTube channel. The stories of Olga Kay and Mimi Ikonn will tell you that they definitely earn more than $100,000 every year from their YouTube channels. This is the minimum. No one really knows the exact amount but many sources say that they could actually be touching one million dollars every year.

Earning huge money from YouTube sounds great. But it requires a lot of appeal, creativity and hard work. Even if you do not make millions, YouTube is a great way to make decent income.

7. Find Online Jobs of a Wide Variety

If you’re looking for providing admin or technical support to others, there are several places where you can find jobs. Just browse through them and select the one that suits you.

oDesk, for example, is one such place. Clients post job details on oDesk and job seekers like you take on the work. Mostly the work involves working through computer and internet. However, it entirely depends on the specific job. You may get work like software or web development, writing assignments, proof-reading work, business development etc. There are lots of jobs to choose from.

Other similar places are eLance and TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit also offers jobs that are not entirely online (for example, helping someone with moving their house).

Skills required: Depends on the job you select.

8. Become a Translator

 

If you know any two languages very well, there are plenty of translation jobs available online. And they pay well. You make good money from online work of translation.

Translatorsbase.com is perhaps the best website I know where you can regularly get online translation work. You will need to bid for every piece of work and if you win the bid, work is yours to do and the client pays you through the website. You can do translation work on your computer and submit the finished work through Translatorsbase.

9. Online Transcription Jobs

In transcription, usually you need to listen to an audio or video and type out what was spoken in that. Or you may be asked to look at an image (like a receipt) and type out the text details visible in there. It may sound easy, but trust me this work requires patience, experience and skills. Being able to understand various accents, hand writings and thorough knowledge of the language is a must.

Such jobs are available through oDesk, eLance etc. But Amazon Mechanical Turks is a specialized service that offers what they call “Human Intelligence Tasks”. These are the tasks that computer cannot do perfectly and therefore require human intervention. That intervention is what you provide!

Client offers a specific payment amount for every such job. You can decide whether you want to do that job of the offered price or not.

10. Affiliate Advertisement Income

 

If you have a successful blog or website, you can also get affiliated with other vendors and show their ads on your website. If a customer sees an advert on your website and through that purchases an item from vendor’s online store, you get a commission from the sale amount.

Affiliate advertisement is different from Google AdSense. You get paid from AdSense on clicks (cost per click or CPC model)… but in case of affiliate ads, you get paid only when customer really purchases the product through an advertisement on your website.

Commission Junction (now known just as CJ) is probably the best place to find affiliate ad opportunities. It is a website where you can get affiliate offers from a large number of brands and vendors. Companies like Amazon, eBay, Flipkart also run their separate affiliate programs. You can use them too. I would recommend that you select an affiliate product which is relevant to the content of your own website. Such products convert the best into real sale (and therefore into real money for you). For example, if you have a blog on books, you can show affiliate ads from Amazon showcasing only books.

11. Sell Your Old (and New) Stuff

There are hundreds of online services where you can easily sell your things that are no longer in use. For example, if you’ve an old mobile phone handset lying useless in your drawer, you can sell it on eBay or Cragilist (oh, this Craiglist thing was really useful when I was living abroad!). If you’re in India you can use OLX and Quickr. These are free classified ad websites. Almost all of them have a mobile app as well. All this makes it pretty easy to convert old and useless stuff like CDs, books, clothes, stationary, toys into money.

I wonder if you would put this under “making money online” category! Well, I certainly would!

12. Online Coding Jobs

If you’re a programmer, you can find ad-hoc coding jobs online. Just take the project, build it, test it, submit it and get the payment. Freelancer (formerly known as Rent-a-Coder) is out there for years. It does not matter which programming language or platform you can work on, you’ll find jobs for all. Freelancer website does the job of connecting programmers with clients. There are other alternatives like Guru, oDesk, eLance and TaskRabbit.

13. Start an Online Newsletter Magazine

Ok, I have already told you about writing a book and also about becoming a blogger. But if you don’t want to post daily (as a blogger does) or sit for weeks or months to write a book —then you can opt for the fabled Middle Path; that is to say that you can serve content as a periodical.

You can start a e-newsletter (or a e-magazine) and ask people to subscribe to it for a fee. Websites like Mailchimp can help you manage subscriptions and dispatch of your e-newsletter. If your newsletter has a wide reach, you may also be able to show ads in your newsletter and/or find sponsors for your newsletter.

14. Be Creative, Sell Online

Many websites like ArtFire and Etsy allow you to sell whatever creative you can make. Take a look at these websites and you’ll be astonished at the variety of stuff people make and sell it through Internet. Larger web stores, like eBay, also allow you to make money from your creative instincts.

You can make interesting stuff with junk, knit wooly patterns, create funky jewellery, hand-paint vases, make stuffed toys —trust me if you try; you can really work at home and then convert it into a business with the help of the network of networks, the amazing Internet. Earning from internet is not entirely a myth after all!

15. Lend Your Voice!

 

Have you got a deep baritone voice? or a bubbly, chirpy one? or may be the one that has the chime and clarity of a tolling bell! If yes, you can online lend your voice as voice over artist. You can narrate stories, news and other text items. A friend of mine uses Umano and he is pretty thrilled with the experience. You can also use VoiceBunny or Voice123 for the same purpose.

You would need to have a good audio recording setup at home and that’s all. Just pick a job from above mentioned websites, do it by recording your narration, upload the resultant audio file. And then get paid for your work. All this can be done from your desk at home. Dreamy? Nah! it is a good reality. Come on! jump on the bandwagon of online professionals.

16. Help Kids in their Studies

I have already mentioned SkillShare and Udemy as websites where you act a bit like a lecturer. You make courses and people buy them. But if you don’t wanna get into full-fledged course development and just want to help students with their current academic issues, you’re still in luck as there are several online places where you can get tuition assignments also.

Here you can help kids with their school or homework and teach them specific subjects. Tutor.com and TutorVista.com are among such websites where you can get online tuition assignments.

17. Sell Photos Online

 

Do you love photography? Do you click good enough photos? Well, if yes, you can find a buyer on websites like iStockPhoto and CreativeMarket. Don’t think that your photos are not good enough. Give it a try —and you may be in for a surprise! Folks out there need all sorts of photos for publishing online and in print. So, number and variety of photos required is never enough. Go ahead and be a professional photographer!

And, by the way, if you look great… you can even sell your selfies. But first you’ll have to learn how to take good selfie photos. Then try your luck (however, you must consider privacy concerns in case of selfie.)

18. Sell Website, Domain Name or Mobile Apps

If you own a domain name or a website (even a defunct one!) or a mobile app… and you want to sell it off, you should visit Flippa or Sedo or GoDaddy Auctions. On these websites, you can set a base price for what you’re selling and then perspective buyers bid in an auction format. Such a model maximizes your earning from selling domain name or website or mobile app.

I have mentioned above about building website or a blog in order to earn money online. But it is not always that people become a successful blogger. After a point of time, most bloggers feel frustrated, just call it a day and quit. What’s left behind is a constructed website and a domain name. If you have no plan to proceed further with your website or blog, you can always sell it to get money from what’s left.

A word of advice here, do not get into full-time blogging from the beginning. Professional blogging is a tough nut to crack and it takes quite a bit of time before you will be able to earn enough money from blogging alone. Begin as a part-time blogger and then later on switch to full-time.

19. Become an Online Website Tester

UserTesting is a place where crowd tests websites. Webmasters and e-commerce companies hire people like you to surf their newly built or renovated website. You surf the website and provide them with the feedback. And you get paid or this! Easy, isn’t it? Well, yes, it is one of the easier online jobs. But again, you need to take it seriously. The more useful feedback you can provide to the website owner, the more jobs you’ll be able to find in future.

20. Make and Sell Music

Apart from voice-over, which I mentioned above, you can do another recording based work. If you know how to touch the right chords on a musical instrument —you should compose music and then sell it online. No need to keep running after music companies. Other companies also need music. You can compose and sell smaller tunes like jingles, ringtones and even full-songs.

There are online music stores where you can directly sell music MP3 files. These stores include iTunes (oh well, you already know it! don’t you?), Pandora, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play etc. There are also online services which put your music in these stores on your behalf. DistroKid and loudr.fm are among the better choices.

21. Become a Guest Writer

If you’re an expert in a particular field (like technology, health, cars, business development or anything else) you can write guest posts for bloggers who run profitable blogs on these subjects. Some big bloggers make money from blogging, can pay good amount of money if you can write an authoritative post for them. You can even earn as much as $500 by writing just one article! Remember, however easy it may sound, but you get good money from guest blogging only if you really are an expert in your field. People do not pay for mediocre guest articles.

22. Fill Survey Forms to Make Money Online

Can you really make money by filling online survey forms? Years ago, I came across the first advertisement that was inviting people to fill online surveys and get paid in return. At that time, frankly, I thought it was a scam! Why would someone pay for a simple task as filling an online survey form?

But later I realized that it is indeed possible to earn money by paid surveys. Research agencies and companies of all sizes need to know what public is thinking. Do you know that surveying public for their opinion is over $40 billion industry. There are several websites that act as a bridge between surveyors and the public (that is you!). These websites bring you online surveys and pay you for for filling them.

Some of the good online survey websites are The Opinion Panel, OnePoll, Toluna, MySurvey, Vivatic, YouGov and SurveyBods. You can go and register on these websites. After registration, these websites will keep on sending you surveys. You need to fill them up and get your rewards.

How do you get paid for filling online surveys? Well, most of these websites offer you vouchers of popular online stores. You can redeem these vouchers and buy anything of your liking from these stores. Some websites also pay you in cash via PayPal.

You should fill these surveys with honesty. Don’t take these polls just as a money making exercise. Read all the questions carefully and then enter your frank opinion.

How much can you earn from online surveys?

Usually you can earn to the tunes of $2 per survey. Filling online surveys does not pay handsome money —it is just good for earning some extra bucks. Companies involved in online surveys pay very little amounts and in many cases they don’t pay cash. When you will open an account and fill surveys, these companies will award you points. When you earn a certain number of reward points, you can get an equivalent gift (and sometimes cash).

23. Become Online Researcher

If you love to surf the Internet and if you love to read a lot on websites —then why not to use this talent in a more targeted manner and do research for others. There are all sorts of organizations out there who need to research about almost everything. They hire people who can surf the Internet for a particular topic and give them the relevant information.

In this type of online work, you don’t really need to be a writer. All you need is an eye for finding relevant information and compiling it in a logical fashion. Just find the information, compile it in a specified format and send it to the organization by email. They will pay you handsomely. You will get better pay if you can dig out information that would otherwise be difficult to find on the Internet.

Making correlations among various pieces of information and deducting something out of it is a much sought after skill in this job.

24. Make News Summary / News Gist

This work is similar to doing online research. The only difference is that you would only focus on the news websites. You will be given a specific subject (for example, law and court judgements). Your job would be to skim through all the news websites and find the news items related to the given subject. Then you will need to read these news items and summarize them in a few lines. At the end of the day, you will need to send all the gist that you’ve made back to the company and they will pay you for this.

Top-notch decision makers need such news gist because they don’t have time to find and read all the relevant news. So, they will go through the summary provided by you. They may request complete articles for the news that will particularly interest them.

For making online news gist, some companies give you a monthly salary (you can get as much as US $4,000 per month) while some other companies prefer to make payment based on the amount of work you do.

How to Receive Payment from Online Business

Once you have become an online entrepreneur and have setup your online business, one of the major concern becomes how to receive payment from your clients. Well, most of the services I mentioned above do pay via easy options like PayPal, checks and wire transfer. PayPal is indeed a blessing for online entrepreneurs. You can very easily send to and receive money from your clients. Functioning of PayPal is straightforward and totally hassle free.

In case you have decided to setup your own website and you’re selling products or services through it, then you would need a payment gateway service. Payment gateways are services that facilitates online payments.If you use a payment gateway, you’ll be able to accept payment from your customers through credit cards, debit cards, cash cards and net banking etc. You would need to give payment gateway provider a percentage of every transaction. Best payment gateways in USA are PayPal, Google Wallet, Amazon Payment and Skrill. Payment gateways India include Citrus Pay, CCAvenue and Nigeria has numerous payment gateways like Vogepay, E-wallet, Simple pay etc.

 

How to Open a Paypal account in Nigeria

 

PayPal is a service that allows one to make payment online without sharing ones card detail each time one is making a payment. The benefit of owning a PayPal account goes beyond being able to make secure payments online, one can also receive/send money from/to other PayPal accounts.

All that is required for a PayPal account to be opened is a functional email address. Once the email address has been used to open the PayPal account, the next thing will be to verify the account in order to start using it.

PayPal has been closed to Nigerians for a while until now. While they have only enabled the option of making payments using PayPal for accounts opened in Nigeria, a personnel at PayPal mentioned to me that the other features are coming depending on how Nigerians respond.

How do you open a PayPal account?

To get a PayPal account, visit www.paypal.com/ng and sign up using an email address. Once your email has been verified and you set up your own password, the next thing will be to add a credit/debit card where money can be drawn from.

Once you have opened a Paypal account, you will notice that that your PayPal balance is reading 0.00. PayPal can draw money from the debit card you integrate to it. How does this work?

Let’s say I want to buy an item on eBay and I chose to pay using PayPal. I will be required to input my email address and password. Once that is done, PayPal charges my card. From the look of things, PayPal draws the money from my bank account (card is tied to my bank account) and pays it to the merchant (on eBay). If I had a balance on my PayPal account, there won’t be any need for PayPal to draw the money from my card. I can’t receive money directly to my PayPal account just yet, so, that option is closed to Nigerians for now.

What this means is that a 0.00 PayPal balance won’t stop you from making a purchase using your PayPal account from websites that receive PayPal as long as long as you have verified your account by connecting a valid credit/debit card.

The First Bank of Nigeria Advantage

It is worthy to note that, in Nigeria, PayPal has struck a partnership deal with First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) that allows interested FBN account holder the ability to open a PayPal account and be instantly verified.

Question: Does it mean that FBN customers without a card (credit/debit) can still use PayPal in Nigeria? “No.”

Is it that my FBN account is automatically tied to my PayPal account? “FBN customers still need to have a card to link to their PayPal account.”

Verve Card issued in Nigeria is not accepted internationally. You won’t be able to tie your Verve Card to your PayPal account. The Visa and MasterCard issued in Nigeria will however work. The card that I tied with my PayPal account is the one that is issued by Guarantee Trust Bank PLC—GTBank.

In the future, once PayPal starts allowing businesses to integrate PayPal, and a website like Konga/Jumia integrates it, you’ll be able to shop securely on those sites using your PayPal account without revealing your card details to those online stores. You do not pay any charge using PayPal—only the merchants are charged.

Question: how does PayPal make its money? As a user I’m not charged, right? Then who is charged?

“PayPal never charges customers for their purchases. PayPal charges merchant fees from the merchant or the person who receives the money. It is possible to send money to PayPal accounts outside of Nigeria (in countries where PayPal accounts can receive funds). In that case, the sender can determine who would pay the fee. It is done within a user’s PayPal account for each transaction.”

What can you do with your PayPal account once you open it?

If you open a PayPal account in Nigeria today, please note that the only things you can do is to buy from online stores that have already integrated PayPal—like Uber, eBay and the like and PayPal users outside Nigeria that have already been enabled to receive money. You won’t be able to receive money from another PayPal user just yet. You’d have to wait for a later time when PayPal will roll out that feature to the Nigerian market.

FBN customers get another edge here again. They will be able to move any money from their PayPal balance to their bank account.

Question: if all Nigerian customers can’t receive money into their PayPal account, is the situation different for FBN customers—will they be able to receive money into their PayPal account?

“Unfortunately NG (Nigeria) PayPal accounts cannot receive funds into them yet – that includes FBN customers.”

Nigerian businesses are yet to be invited to the party too—they will have to look on for a while. But, Dobox, a Nigerian online store has already integrated PayPal—they have integrated it long before PayPal set foot into the Nigerian market. I was able to pay for their service with my NG PayPal account.

Dobox is able to do that because they set up their PayPal account outside Nigeria. Another Nigerian company that receive PayPal that I have see is IrokoTV.

There are certain rules about how payment-processing companies in Nigeria should operate. These rules won’t affect PayPal just yet as they’re not banking in Nigeria and don’t receive money in Naira. I am wondering how things will be if a rule by CBN mandates them to do that and if they’ll still be able to store credit card details once they open full operation in Nigeria and started allowing local businesses to receive PayPal as a means of payment online and offline.

 

Benefits of setting up a small business website

If you still haven’t set up a website or blog for your small business, here are some ideas from the Systemdigits team which may show why having an online presence is now essential rather than optional for most enterprises.

Shop Front

You may think that there is no point setting up a website for your business if you don’t conduct sales online, or even use email on a mass scale. These days, more and more potential clients and customers use the web to research products and services before approaching vendors or suppliers, which means that even a simple website can provide a useful window into your business world – rather like a brochure. You can provide the most basic details about the services you offer, as well as your contact details and even a map to help people find you.

Low Cost

The web provides a very low cost way of doing a variety of business tasks. The cost of buying a web address (domain name) and web hosting is also very cheap. You can pick up a .com.ng name for 2 years for N4000, and shared server hosting should not set you back more than N3000 per year. The only thing you might need to pay for, depending on your own level of expertise, is for some help designing your website and making it live, and that’s where Systemdigits can come in.

Ease of Updating

Pre-Internet, you would have to update any published business information by hand, such as reprinting brochures or adverts when things changed. With the web, you can update your contact and product information in an instance. Content Management Systems do pretty much everything for you being the most popular open source software out there currently.

Online Selling

The web has changed the world of retail more than any other sector. You can buy anything from shoes to car parts online, and the associated costs to retailers themselves have fallen dramatically, giving small businesses more of a chance of competing with their larger rivals.

Open All Hours

To state the obvious, your website will be live 24 hours per day, all year round, so potential customers may be looking at your pages while you are asleep. Of course, if you’re selling online, an eCommerce system can be taking care of any orders which are made whatever the time of day.

Testing

Due to the ease with which you can update your own website, you can test new ideas online without having to outlay any cash, or pay consultants. For example, if you are running an online shop on eBay, you can test new descriptions, graphics and prices safe in the knowledge that you can revert and changes with the flick of a switch.

Money Saving

By setting up your own business website, you will almost definitely save money, even if the savings are not immediately obvious. By creating an online presence, and spending some time promoting your site, you can contact a global customer base for just the cost of your own time. Aside from the obvious savings you can make by selling online, you can also access thousands of online tools to help you manage your business more efficiently – such as online accounting, webmail, and customer relationship management systems.

Save Money

Moving your business (or just a part of it) online will save you money. The savings can be as small as the difference between corresponding with clients via email, compared to the cost of a landline call. If you spend time on web marketing, you can also gain new customers via search engines (such as Google and Yahoo!) – at minimal cost.

The Top 30 Most Powerful Websites for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa.

You’re about to find out the top 30 websites for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa. These are the best places on the internet to find interesting business ideas, investment opportunities, breaking news, expert insights and advice about doing business in Africa.

Africa is buzzing with creative talent, impressive business opportunities, and an entrepreneurial revolution that is shaking up the continent like never before in its history.

The websites you’re about to discover are doing an amazing job of exploring and exposing the hidden treasures in Africa’s vast business landscape.

If you’re an entrepreneur, investor or business enthusiast with a general or specific interest in Africa, these are the websites you should bookmark and visit everyday!

Ranking Methodology

The websites on this list have been ranked from top to bottom, according to their Global Traffic Rank on Alexa, as at 1st October 2015.

Alexa.com is one of the world’s leading web analytics tools; now owned by Amazon.

The Global Traffic Rank is a measure of how each website ranks relative to all other sites on the internet over the past 3 months. The rank is calculated using a proprietary methodology that combines a website’s estimated average of daily unique visitors and its estimated number of pageviews over the past 3 months.

Although I have also included the size of each website’s social media communities on Twitter and Facebook, this is only an indication of popularity and reach, but not rank.

So, here we go! Let’s meet the top 30 most powerful websites for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa

1. CNN African Start-Up

One of the most popular international TV stations in Africa, CNN has used its powerful platform to expose the positive achievements of African entrepreneurs to the world. CNN African Start-Up shares remarkable business startup stories from all corners of the continent and does a great job on the website.

Global Website Ranking: 76 | Social media: 264,000+ Twitter followers @CNNAfrica | Website: CNN African Start-Up 

 

2. BBC Africa Business Report

The BBC is arguably the oldest international media service in Africa. Presented by Lerato Mbele, The BBC Africa Business Report showcases the latest business news, technology tales, and consumer trends from across the African continent. The website is always updated with short and interesting video clips that focus current and emerging business issues and developments around Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 84 | Social media: 15,000+ Twitter followers @BBCLerato | Website: BBC Africa Business Report  

 

3. YALI Africa

Founded in 2014, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) for Africa is a signature effort of the American government to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The platform provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.

Global Website Ranking: 1,042 | Social media: 33,000+ Twitter followers @YALINetwork; 99,000+ Facebook fans | Website: YALI Africa

 

4. McKinsey Insights & Publications

On the website of one of the world’s most renowned business consulting firms, McKinsey’s Insights and Publications section for the Middle East & Africa publish shares research insights, expert advice, interviews and commentaries that are best-suited for business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking for facts on which to base business and policy decisions.

Global Website Ranking: 7,404 | Social media: 126,000+ Twitter followers @McKinsey; 298,000+ Facebook fans | Website: McKinsey Insights (Middle East & Africa)

 

5. All Africa

This is definitely one of Africa’s most popular indigenous websites. Served in both English and French, AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa. It aggregates, produces and distributes business news daily from over 130 African news organizations. In addition to its political and sports news, the ‘Business’ section of the website is always full of rich and current information.

Global Website Ranking: 13,596 | Social media: 222,000+ Twitter followers @allafrica; 107,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AllAfrica 

 

6. Venture Burn

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Venture Burn focuses on telling the stories and news of startup and tech entrepreneurs from emerging market sectors, covering everything from innovative new businesses and developments in eCommerce to helpful tips for startup entrepreneurs.

Global Website Ranking: 40,940 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers @Ventureburn; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VentureBurn

 

7. My Top Business Ideas

Best suited for aspiring and startup entrepreneurs, My Top Business Ideas shares an impressive collection of small business ideas and market opportunities that can be explored for profit in Africa. Founded by Ajaero Tony Martins in 2013, this website is a useful resource for people looking for business ideas to spark their imagination.

Global Website Ranking: 44,171 | Social media: 800+ Twitter followers @MTBusinessideas, 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: My Top Business Ideas 

 

8. Ventures Africa

Undoubtedly one of the top favourite websites for news, analysis, opinions and discussion about Africa’s business landscape. Ventures Africa remains a champion in sharing business insights and stories that explore the opportunities and complexity of our continent and the African Diaspora.

Global Website Ranking: 49,188 | Social media: 52,000+ Twitter followers @VenturesAfrica; 19,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Ventures Africa 

 

9. AFK Insider

If you’re looking for a website that covers African news from a business perspective, AFKInsider is the one. It covers the current business developments and economic forces that guide Africa’s markets. From agribusiness to entrepreneurs, AFKInsider is a great resource for both seasoned investors looking into Africa and general interest readers.

Global Website Ranking: 94,988 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers @AFKInsider; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AFKInsider

 

10. How We Made it in Africa

Through its sterling reporting, How We Made it in Africa has become a hub for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, and foreign investors with a strong interest in Africa. Its case studies, featured articles, and business advice give a unique insight into the sometimes complicated aspects of investing in Africa and trading with the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 102,098 | Social media: 47,000+ Twitter followers @MadeItInAfrica; 43,000+ Facebook fans | Website: How We Made it in Africa

 

11. Disrupt Africa

Looking for up-to-date news, information and commentary about Africa’s tech startup and investment ecosystem? Disrupt Africa has journalists roaming the continent to find, meet, and interview the most innovative and disruptive tech startups. That’s why this website is a true showcase of Africa’s most promising businesses and business ideas.

Global Website Ranking: 113,333 | Social media: 4,000+ Twitter followers @DisruptAfrica; 900+ Facebook fans | Website: Disrupt Africa 

 

12. Africa.com

Founded in 2010 by Teresa Clarke, a former managing director of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, Africa.com provides ‘carefully selected’ news on the latest happenings on the business landscape across Africa. Beyond business and financial information, the website also provides coverage on political and cultural news on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 123,939 | Social media: 11,000+ Twitter followers @Africa_com; 75,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa.com 

 

13. Innov8tiv

This dynamic web resource features the latest technology news and entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. Founded by Annie Akpe, Innov8tiv seeks to inform consumers and companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies that exist in Africa and among leaders of colour around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia.

Global Website Ranking: 130,824 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers @innov8tivmag; 37,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Innov8tiv 

 

14. VC4Africa

This is arguably the largest online community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses in Africa. The platform, which was founded in 2008, connects Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs with the resources (knowledge, network and capital) they need to realize their potential. Via the VC4Africa website, entrepreneurs have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and private deal rooms.

Global Website Ranking: 132,833 | Social media: 53,000+ Twitter followers @VC4Africa; 45,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VC4Africa

 

15. Celebrating Progress Africa

Labeled as ‘Africa’s Number one website for progressive news’ Celebrating Progress Africa (more popularly known as ‘CPAfrica’) chronicles the progress made by Africans, especially entrepreneurs, as they lead Africa to economic prosperity. CPAfrica also has vibrant Technology and Culture categories.

Global Website Ranking: 153,625 | Social media: 13,000+ Twitter followers @cpafrica; 54,000+ Facebook fans | Website: CPAfrica

 

16. Mara Mentor

This online platform enables ambitious entrepreneurs to connect with peers and business leaders on the African continent. Mara Mentor encourages idea and knowledge sharing among Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara Mentor is an initiative of Mara Foundation, the Mara Group’s social enterprise established in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group.

Global Website Ranking: 256,395 | Social media: 111,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Mara Mentor

 

17. The Africa Report

With Africa becoming an investment destination of choice, The Africa Report responds to the growing business need for solid analysis of the political situation and assessment of the risks. For over 50 years, The Africa report continues to provide expert analysis of the African business environment, and remains one of the top references for African business affairs.

Global Website Ranking: 272,551 | Social media: 82,000+ Twitter followers @theafricarepot; 260,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Africa Report

 

18. Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African-based, African-funded philanthropic organisation. Through its $100 million flagship program, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program seeks to identify and grow 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create 1 million jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenue to Africa’s economy over the course of the next decade.

Global Website Ranking: 273,254 | Social media: 96,000+ Twitter followers @TonyElumeluFDN; 146,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Tony Elumelu Foundation  

 

19. Smallstarter

Unique for its in-depth analysis of business ideas and market opportunities in Africa, Smallstarter is leading the charge to teach, inform and inspire the new generation of small business entrepreneurs across Africa. Its impressive collection of well-researched business ideas, inspiring success stories and practical business advice continues to attract both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs and investors from within and outside Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 275,594 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers @smallstarters; 12,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Smallstarter 

 

 

20. She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa serves as a platform to invest in Africa’s most talented and promising female entrepreneurs. Founded by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, this impressive online resource provides knowledge and support to female entrepreneurs, and has launched a pitch competition aimed at startups operating on the continent and diaspora.

Global Website Ranking: 354,437 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers @SheLeadsAfrica; 9,000+ Facebook fans | Website: She Leads Africa

 

21. Africa Business Pages

Although not an information website in itself, Africa Business Pages is an online directory of businesses involved in intra- and inter-African trade. It focuses on promoting trade from and to Africa and boosting partnerships among traders and African distributors.

Global Website Ranking: 372,433 | Social media: 33,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa Business Pages 

 

22. Lionesses of Africa

Dedicated to transforming the profile of women entrepreneurs on the continent, Lionesses of Africa is an online community of ‘lionesses’ sharing their stories, knowledge and experiences, and inspiring one another, and connecting for accelerated success. The ‘Startup Stories’ and ‘100 Lionesses’ sections of the website are full of inspiration and remarkable business ideas.

Global Website Ranking: 417,989 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers @lionessesa; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Lionesses of Africa 

 

23. The African Business Magazine

This is one platform that offers a unique insight into African affairs, from an African perspective. The African Business Magazine holds the title of bestselling pan-African business magazine. Its special reports profile a wide range of sectors and industries including transport, energy, mining, construction, aviation and agriculture.

Global Website Ranking: 494,419 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers @AfricanBizMag; 4,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Magazine 

 

24. This Is Africa

Published by the Financial Times, This is Africa equips senior decision makers with the knowledge to understand the evolution of African economies; to find partners and investments that match their criteria for return or for development and to position their brands to take advantage of the rise of the African consumer. It regularly features updates on foreign policy, perspectives from leading thinkers on Africa, interviews with global leaders, and analysis of major events and transitions on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 561,127 | Social media: 29,000+ Twitter followers @thisisafrica | Website: This Is Africa 

 

25. The Anzisha Prize

Every year, The Anzisha Prize profiles and rewards young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. The ‘Entrepreneur Stories’ section of this website is a very rich source of business ideas and inspiration for thousands of Africans who closely follow the annual selection process.

Global Website Ranking: 808,022 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers @anzishaprize; 13,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Anzisha Prize 

 

26. African Business Review

Africa Business Review is a leading source of news and content for C-level executives focused on business and industry-specific news from across the African continent. Through its website, daily news and weekly e-newsletter, African Business Review helps executives stay up-to-date with the most fundamental operational issues in demanding and ever more competitive business sectors across Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 934,976 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers @AfricaBizReview; 3,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Review 

 

27. LIONS Africa

Launched at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa, LIONS Africa is mobilizing the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private institutions to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and to spur entrepreneurship on the continent. LIONS Africa is a partnership of several organisations including the US State Department, Microsoft, Nokia, the African Development Bank and several others.

Global Website Ranking: 1,000,361 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers @lionsafrica | Website: LIONS Africa

 

28. Africa Business Jumpstart

This impressive website helps aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners to get started in Africa’s new emerging markets through its rare market tips, expert guidance, and actionable tools. Its founder, Dr. Harnet Bokrezion, is a seasoned and experienced business coach, and co-author of 101 Ways To Make Money in Africa, a new and refreshing perspective to business opportunities on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 1,621,146 | Social media: 700+ Twitter followers @africajumpstart; 2,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa Business Jumpstart 

 

29. FarmBiz Africa

This impressive website is focused on exploring the amazing business opportunities and success stories in Africa’s agribusiness space. FarmBiz Africa provides some of the most current news, releases and insights that help to meet the information needs of Africa’s agripreneurs. For its visionary work, it’s no surprise it has won several awards from the FAO, UNEP, NEPAD and others.

Global Website Ranking: 2,634,794 | Social media: 9,000+ Twitter followers @farmbizafrica; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: FarmBiz Africa

 

30. Afrinnovator

Selected as one of CNN’s Top 10 African Tech Voices To Follow, Afrinnovator tells the stories of African startups, African innovation, African made technology, African tech entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. It specializes in observing, researching and analyzing the trends in technology innovation & entrepreneurship in Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 2,969,126 | Social media: 67,000+ Twitter followers @Afrinnovator; | Website: Afrinnovator 

 

Now you know the Top 30 Websites for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa…

Do you know any more websites like these that are doing a great job of putting Africa’s impressive business potentials on the world map?

Share your thoughts, suggestions and recommendations in the Comments section below.

Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and people you care about. This article will save them a ton of work and research time.

 

Starting a Bulksms Business in Nigeria

Are you interested in starting a bulk SMS business in Nigeria? Do you want to become a bulk SMS reseller from home and earn consistent income?

The demand for custom bulk SMS has been on the increase for some time now. This is due to the ease by which users can reach out to thousands of recipients with a single click as well as the relative cheapness of custom bulk SMS when compared with the SMS rates charged by telecom service providers.

Many individuals now use bulk SMS to greet friends and relatives during festive seasons and to spread other messages. Businesses now reach out to their customers and potential customers by way of bulk SMS.

Religious organizations, such as churches, now use bulk SMS to deliver special messages and announce important events to their members. And aspirants for political offices now use bulk SMS during their pre-election campaigns to highlight their manifestos to voters. All of these, and many more drive home the fact that the demand for custom bulk SMS will remain on the high side for a long time.

If you have been looking to start a very profitable business that requires little capital, then you should consider venturing into bulk SMS reselling. This post explains the steps involved in starting a bulk SMS reselling business.

Bulk SMS reselling simply entails buying custom SMS units in large quantities and selling them to customers at slightly increased rates. For instance, if you buy 10,000 units for N7000 (at the rate of N1.00 per unit) and then sell to customers at the rate of N1.3 per unit, you will make 80 to 100 percent profit after selling all 10,000 units.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a bulk SMS reseller, and you don’t need more than a PC (or tablet), a reliable internet connection, and a little cash to get started. Once you have all these resources, then you need to follow these steps to start your own bulk SMS reselling business:

How to Start a Bulk SMS Reseller Business in Nigeria

1. Register with a bulk SMS wholesaler, an example of a wholesaler system is our bulksms system: Systemdigits sms gateway

Since you will be buying and selling custom SMS units, you will need to register with a custom SMS wholesaler from whom you will buy your SMS units. Most wholesalers will provide you with your own bulk SMS reselling platform, which will serve as the portal through which your customers can buy SMS units from you and send them out as well.

You will most likely be charged a fee for the SMS reselling platform set up for you by the sms provider, and this fee varies among sms providers. Be sure to search the web for reviews about any provider before choosing them.

2. Buy custom SMS units

After registering a reseller account with an sms provider, you will need to buy a specific volume of custom SMS units to start with. You can start with 10,000 units. The sms provider will then credit your account with the number of units you purchased and send you guidelines for setting up reselling portal.

3. Customize your SMS reselling platform

By default, your bulk SMS reselling website will be a clone of the sms provders website. So, you will need to customize and tweak it to your taste. You will add your own business name, slogan, logo, and other content.

And you will add your contact information so that potential customers can reach you easily. Although you can do the tweaking yourself, as it requires no technical skills, you may hire a professional to help you come up with a fascinating design.

4. Promote your business

You will never attract customers if no one knows your business exists. So, you will need to promote your business through various platforms; online and offline.

Print fliers and handbills promoting your bulk SMS reselling business. Spread word of your business on social media. Collaborate with owners of blogs and websites that your potential customers visit regularly, and promote your business. You can also consider paid adverts on online platforms.

5. Pitch potential customers

Another proven strategy for landing big value customers is to pitch them. This involves sending them proposals explaining how custom bulk SMS can help them. As for businesses, you can let them know how bulk SMS can help boost their interaction with customers and ultimately help them grow.

You can also pitch religious organizations or associations that have hundreds to thousands of members. The rule here is to highlight the benefits that they will derive by patronizing your business.

You can only make substantial profit from bulk SMS reselling by targeting big value customers. Aside that they will order huge numbers of SMS units, they will patronize you for a long term, as long as they remain satisfied with your services. So, landing 5-10 big value customers is far better than attracting 50-100 individual customers who buy small quantities of SMS units at scanty intervals.

Incase you are very eager to set up your own reseller platform, kindly chat us on whatsapp via: 08037332963 or call us. We will gladly accept to help you register a website address of your choice, host your website and equally design your website interface such that it brings you customers.

 

How to Design a Website

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Designing a great website may seem like a daunting challenge, but as long as you keep the basics in mind, you will find the process interesting and enjoyable. There's more to it than just looking good! We'll show you the basics, and some general guidelines to help you design websites that keep people coming back.

Design your own website. if you're new to web coding and design but you really want to build a website yourself, there are many options open to you. You can build a simple site by teaching yourself basic html and CSS coding. Just be sure that you can also make it look nice and professional!

Use a pre-made website template. You can purchase or find free pre-made websites very easily on the internet. These are pre-made codes which you simply use and alter to your own needs. There are many reputable providers of templates, but a good one is can be bought, let us know if you plan to buy so we recommend or sell to you.

Hire a website designer. If you want something tailored to your needs that looks professional and runs great, it's probably a good idea to hire a website designer. While this will definitely cost you money, it won't be as expensive as it sounds. You can get a designer on the cheap by contacting us via +234(0) 8037332963.

Streamline your webpage. You want everything to be as fast and easy to use as possible. Minimize the number of choices that someone has to make, make navigation extremely self-explanatory, and help them get to what they're looking for as quickly as possible.

Practice good user interface design. Positioning the various elements of the website, such as the title, sidebars, logos, graphics, and text, in the same places on every page will make your site navigable and intuitive.

  • Keep the same header at the top of every page. Whether or not your site content lends itself to many repeating elements, making sure that the top of every page is identical is a must.
  • Use logic in your design. The elements on a single page should be ordered logically by importance or by topic; the various pages in the site should do the same.

Create a consistent style. While the layout should give your site structural consistency, the style should give it thematic harmony. Stick with two or three main colors and make sure they harmonize well. Avoid using too many font styles or sizes; if you do plan to alternate between a few, make sure you use them the same way on every page.

  • Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to manage uniform style, and to make it easier to change elements across an entire website without having to go to every individual page.

Maximize readability. To make your text easier to read, break it into smaller sections. Use subheadings and appropriate spacing to separate each of the sections. Use bold or different-sized fonts to show the hierarchy and importance of the topics.

  • Pay attention to text handling. Don’t make the font too small, and widen the line spacing to make large blocks of text more readable. Large blocks of text will be harder to read; break these up into smaller paragraphs instead.

Make your website universally readable. Use standard HTML and avoid tags, features, and plug-ins that are only available to one brand or version of a browser.

  • Although most modern browsers and computers can handle complex images, everything will be a little snappier if your keep your images smaller in size and optimized for the web. Balance the desire for quality against the need for speed.

Test your website. Make sure that every link works as you expect, and that images appear correctly.

  • You may want to conduct some usability tests by having members of your target audience test the clarity and ease of use of your design, and give you feedback on your website.

Account for mobile browsing. More and more internet browsing is being done on mobile devices these days. If you want your website to attract and keep the highest number of people, you'll need to design your website to be highly usable on mobile devices. The best thing you can do to ensure this is to have a separate website for mobile users but there are other options as well.

  • Look for examples of mobile sites. Often, sticking an "m." in the "www" place in a web address for major websites will bring up the mobile version of the site. You'll need to do something similar.

Keep your website simple. In general, your design should be simple and to-the-point. Long gone are the days of complex tables and flashing graphics. All users will want something easy to use. This means simple design, minimal columns, and minimal text entry necessary to navigate the site.

Use responsive design. Responsive design is a way of coding your website so that instead of fitting to a few particular sizes of screen, it will adjust to fit any size screen. This is most easily accomplished by setting the column widths to percentages rather than pixels, but more elegant methods also exist.

Avoid design features not supported by mobile devices. Many mobile devices can't display things like pop-ups, Flash, Java, or frames. This goes back, again, to wanting to keep your design as simple as possible.

Consider making an app. Under certain circumstances it may be easier for you to simply make an app instead of having a mobile version of your site. You don't have to have amazing programming skills to do this, however! Much like there are providers of website templates, there are also companies which will design a basic app for you. Conduit Mobile is a good service to use.