We’ve all heard stories about seemingly normal people who started a YouTube channel and now have hundreds of thousands of followers, millions of views on their videos, and unbelievable paychecks to match.
However, we usually don’t hear about these people until they have achieved massive success, which can be years, if not decades, in the making.
We rarely hear stories about creators who are in the beginning stages of growing their audience on YouTube. I think that’s unfortunate.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced while starting my own YouTube channel has been the dreaded comparison game.
I often see other creators in my niche who have a massive subscriber count. I tend to feel insignificant in comparison, even though I’m actually earning a respectable amount each month from my small YouTube channel. …
I’ve been obsessed with online courses since I first heard about them in 2010.
My first introduction to the online course world was Udemy. It was the first platform that I can remember that let ordinary people share their knowledge online and get paid for it.
I created dozens of courses on Udemy back in the day.
Topics ranged from forming LLCs and other business legal issues to tutorials on how to record and edit audio files. I had finally found a platform to explore all of my passions and make some side income in the process.
I was in heaven. …
At the beginning of 2020, I decided to run an experiment.
I had written a short nonfiction Kindle book and self-published it to Amazon. It was selling a copy or two per month at that point, and I wanted to see if I could increase my sales by writing a blog post to promote it.
I chose a topic for my blog post related to my book that I knew people were searching for on Google because it showed up in the “related searches” section at the bottom of the results page when I searched for my main topic keyword.
There are roughly 76,000 people who search “how to start a YouTube channel” every single month — and for a good reason.
One of the most common questions that I get asked is,
The answer is — it depends.
In some cases, you can sell the same online course on more than one online course platform.
In other cases, you can’t.
For example, when you sign up for Teachable, you are paying to use their online course software. You aren’t giving Teachable a license to resell your courses. …
When I was trying to build my first online course, there were several podcasts that I listened to that helped me immensely.
Each of the podcasts listed below are unique. Some focus on “how-to” style information. Others are interview-based and offer a valuable glimpse inside the course creator’s processes and business model.
Here are the top 7 podcasts that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking about creating an online course.
The first one on my list is the Mariah Coz show. I’ve been following Mariah for years, and her content is amazing. It’s super practical. …
If there’s one thing that has the power to grow your business faster in 2021, it’s building an email list.
This applies to you if you’re a:
When I discovered that my email provider was hosting a free challenge in January 2021 with a chance to win $10,000, I was excited to participate and spread the word.
After all, who couldn’t use some extra cash and a bump in their email subscriber count?
Here are all the details about the upcoming free challenge — as well as my personal strategy for crushing it. …
There’s a reason why some bloggers make multiple six-figure incomes and others struggle to earn pennies from their writing.
People who earn life-changing amounts of money from their content usually follow a strategic formula.
The step-by-step formula that I have laid out below is a repeatable recipe that you can use to create profitable blog posts, Medium articles, or YouTube videos.
This is the exact “behind the scenes” process that I used to achieve the results outlined in this case study that I wrote a few months back.
I’ve been using this exact formula to reproduce these results on several of my websites covering different niches. …
If you‘ve been itching to start a YouTube channel but feel resistance around creating videos, this strategy may help you get past your mental blocks.
Here’s a bit of background info to explain how I arrived at it.
I started an educational YouTube channel in 2018.
By that, I mean, I uploaded a few videos on a whim just to see what would happen.
The results exceeded my wildest expectations.
I uploaded five “crappy” videos — the lighting wasn’t great, I used a simple webcam to film them, and the audio was so-so.
However, those five “crappy” videos pay me over $500 a month, consistently. …
When I was in my early twenties, my finances were a disaster. I didn’t keep track of my spending. Credit cards were always maxed out. I had no savings to speak of, let alone investments that would allow me to build wealth for the future.
Money and financial planning weren’t often discussed in my working-class household — except for the occasional “we can’t afford that” comment. As a result, I grew up believing that living paycheck to paycheck was the norm.
Luckily, I had a harsh wake-up call in my early thirties, which motivated me to work hard to get my finances in order. …