Creating A Profitable Online Business In 2020
Youtube is the future. Everyone is predicting videos will be the majority of searches and Facebook has said in the near future video will be the primary way people communicate on that platform.
A lot of don't like the idea of Youtube or are scared of it for one reason or another. I'm here to tell you don't be.
I'm going to show you how I made $1500 on Youtube with just 5 videos without showing my face or owning any products (I monetized with Amazon).
Basically what you're going to be doing is creating info videos and best of posts in your videos.
I wouldn't do individual products reviews unless you have the product.
The only thing you need is a decent video editor (I use Camtasia) and a decent mic (I use Blu mics that cost between $50 to $100).
That's all you need.
Besides videos being the future there's another reason you need to use Youtube - it's easier to rank for difficult keywords.
Also, you get indexed IMMEDIATELY after posting your video, even if your new.
There's no waiting for Youtube to "trust" your channel like Google does with websites. You can show up in search results minutes after uploading.
Here's the process:
1) Pick your keyword (we'll do a best of post).
Let's say you're doing the animal niche and want to do "best dog strollers"
If you look at the results in Youtube for "best dog strollers" this is the second choice you get with 17,000 views:
I GUARANTEE WITH A LITTLE PRACTICE YOU CAN MAKE A BETTER VIDEO - GUARANTEE IT!
That doesn't show the actual products (just shows pictures of the products), no one's face is in the video and it it's only 5 minutes long.
It was made entirely in an editing software that you can easily replicate. It was also made 2 years ago so it's been racking up views for 2 years!
The first result is a bit more quality which you can watch below:
You don't need to beat that video and you don't need to be in first place (the second place video has more views anyway).
After these two videos there's pretty much no other videos on "best dog strollers."
If you make a half way decent video that's 7 to 10 minutes long you're pretty much guaranteed the 3rd spot in Youtube. It'll get thousands of views in the time it's there.
Look at the results in Google for "best dog strollers" now. There's results past page 12.
The conversion rate may be better on Google (not really sure about this, though, because I've made a good amount of sales from Youtube) but you're most likely not getting on page one for "best dog strollers" anytime soon.
You'll get there immediately with Youtube.
Even with extremely competitive keywords like "best smart watches" there's not a lot of competition on Youtube.
2) Find products
Next just find the products you want to link to on Amazon and any other affiliate program you're going to link to.
Anywhere from 7 to 10 will work.
3) Create video
Making a Youtube video is just as easy as creating a text post once you learn what you're doing.
I seriously mean that.
It probably takes the same amount of time to make a 5 to 10 minute video as it would to create a best of post with 10 or so products. You might be able to get the video done faster too.
I've done 10 minute videos in a day pretty easily before (few hours).
Below is a tutorial that shows you how to use Camtasia so you can see it's not that hard:
With Camtasia and many other editing softwares you get graphics that you can insert, music that you can use and many more that makes your videos look good.
Below is a video I did three years ago just using a simple screen recording program and powerpoint. It's really bad quality and super amateur but guess what?
I got nearly 80,000 views on it and I got way more up votes than down votes:
Below is another video I made three years ago just screen recording a powerpoint that's gotten me 50,000 views:
Below is another video I made just playing around with Camtasia that's gotten nearly 2,000 views in a couple of months:
None of these videos are spectacular. Not even close. But they get me sales, make me money and get me views.
4) Upload video (with good seo) and put links in
I'm not going to go over how to upload a Youtube video because you can find a million other resources that'll tell you how to do that.
There's certain SEO tips you can do to improve your rank and this post from Backlinko describes the best practices:
You also want to put your links to Amazon and other affiliate programs in the description and make a comment with them and pin it to the top.
Looks like the following:
(this is the description)
(this is a pinned comment that makes it the first comment that shows up)
More Things To Know About Amazon:
- You're allowed to put amazon links in the description (both Amazon and Youtube allow it)
- You can put as many links as you want (there's no need to mix in videos without affiliate links)
- Taking a break doesn't hurt (publishing frequency doesn't affect ranking).
- You can make money with ads too (you need 1000 subscribers before you can run ads, though).
- Don't use copyrighted material. That's really the only thing that'll get you in trouble with Youtube (like licensed music, pictures that aren't yours). Stock photos are fine to use.
Overall Youtube is easy money if you know what you're doing. Target best of posts and make a half way decent video and you'll get views.
You can really let loose on Youtube too. You don't have to be careful about which keywords you pick like you do in Google.
You can even do just a Youtube channel that does general best of lists in all niches. A good example of this type of channel is 10bestones. They have millions and millions of views as well as 140,000 subscribers.
Take a look at their channel if you're interested in something like that:
Here's some posts I've written about Youtube: