Why your subscriber count may not matter as much as you think when it comes to YouTube monetization.

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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…

You can earn a full time living without selling high ticket programs.

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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…

A simple strategy for making money with a blog that you may not have considered.

How to earn money with a blog.
How to earn money with a blog.
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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.

The one mistake that keeps most people stuck

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I put on a few “corona” pounds in the last year from stress eating ice cream and long workdays sitting in front of the computer.

A few months ago I decided that I was tired of feeling like a stuffed sausage whenever I put on real clothes, and darn it, I was going to do something about it.

So… I started eating “healthier” and walking more during the day.

“That should do the trick,” I told myself.

In my mind, I fully expected to reach my goal weight by early summer.

It’s now late July, and the scale hasn’t budged.

We have a major problem in the online course industry.

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There’s a storm brewing in the online course industry that you need to know about if you sell online courses or are thinking about creating one.

Things are getting ugly.

For the record, I have always been a major proponent of ethical online courses.

I love the idea that ordinary people can package their skills into a digital product so others can benefit from their experience. I’ve taken hundreds of online courses over the years and have gotten value from most of them.

For example, last week, I wanted to learn how to use Adobe After Effects for a project…

The case for multiple income streams vs. one paycheck.

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I grew up in rural Wisconsin in the ’80s with no internet or cable television. Therefore, my understanding of the career opportunities that were available to me was extremely limited.

While my blue-collar family worked hard, we often struggled to meet basic needs. This manifested itself as anxiety and an obsession with money.

If you’ve ever experienced food insecurity or the burden of barely getting by paycheck to paycheck, you likely know this feeling well.

I was determined to do better.

Unfortunately, my parents only knew of one way to earn an income — get a job, work hard, and…

The “democratic” financial app that is anything but…

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If you use the Robinhood app to trade stocks, you may have noticed something peculiar this morning — certain stocks like GameStop (GME), Nokia (NOK), AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC), Castor Maritime (CTRM), and Naked Brand (NAKD), among others are not currently available for purchase on the app after yesterday’s drama involving a subreddit group called WallStreetBets.

To make matters worse, the ability to sell certain stocks appears to be stunted this morning.

For example, I currently own shares of Naked Brand (NAKD). When I heard the news this morning that traders are being blocked from buying more shares on Robinhood…

You can become a successful YouTuber without revealing your identity. Here’s how —

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There are roughly 76,000 people who search “how to start a YouTube channel” every single month — and for a good reason.

What you should know before you create online courses for Udemy

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One of the most common questions that I get asked is,

Can I sell my online course on Udemy and some other platform like Teachable, Thinkific, or Podia at the same time.

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.

What’s the Problem?

First, let me start off by saying that issue is NOT with Teachable, Thinkific, or Podia. These online course platforms do not have restrictions on where and how you sell your courses.

For example, when you sign up for Teachable…

Listen to these podcasts if you want to succeed with selling online courses

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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.

1. The Mariah Coz Show

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. …

Krystal Wascher

Attorney with a dozen side hustles.

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