Well, I Got Into YouTube Sooner Than I Expected (Uh-Oh!)

Last Update: May 21, 2019

So...

I read a few success stories here on WA about YouTube marketing (Dylan, Tiffany, Chris aka Benji's Dad) and I was eager to get started too.

I started watching more videos on this, including Jay's live webinars here at WA.

And thought I'd start with my experience on making money online channel or a channel that's related to my Amazon niche site (tech-related).

While I was "thinking" it turned out that my sister in law who's a PRO when it comes to nails started making videos and sharing on Instagram.

And apparently even created a channel as well.

(Her work below)

Problem was that she has NO idea how affiliate marketing works and has zero knowledge on SEO.

Not only that she hates that stuff.

When she realized that this is exactly what I do (with websites), we decided to combine our forces and make that channel work.

So...

  • She creates how-to tutorials on nails art, takes pics and edits her videos.
  • I optimize the channel, videos, add links and everything else on SEO/affiliate marketing.

And it's a great experience for me too before starting my own channels on MMO and tech gear!

Crazy how life turns out.

I got into YouTube sooner than I thought lol.

Lesson:

Keep your ears and eyes wide open if you don't want to miss out on opportunities, and use your strengths to your advantage!


Looking for your feedback:

I'd love to hear your feedback on videos, thumbnails etc.

We're shooting with iPhone 8+ for now but IMHO the quality is pretty good for a new channel. Any tips/suggestions are appreciated!

The channel is called Trendy Nail Secrets.

(Originally she named it Toronto Nails School but I advised her that it's very limited. She wanted to keep TNS abbreviation because she has certificates, so I came up with Trendy Nail Secrets. What do you think? :D)


P.S.

I'm looking for feedback here, that's why I'm sharing the link here.

I'm not sharing any affiliate links here. As far as I know Kyle allows adding links to WA posts that isn't blunt self-promotion/affiliate link baits but let me know if I'm in a dangerous territory here, and I'll check with him personally.

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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Exciting to hear this, Zarina! It's true that we need to stay open for how we can use our knowledge to help others. Your sis-in-law is talented like you are. Sounds like a great match for doing YT videos. I look forward to hearing your updates. :)

Much success to you both!
Colleen
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Zarina Premium
Thank you for your support, Colleen! :)
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littlemama Premium
I had someone who had a channel with millions of views asking me with my TINY channel how to make money with his! I'm like are you kidding me? Umm, turn on ADS first of all. Lol Gosh, yeah so many have NO CLUE they can make money on YouTube.

Great work on getting into it, never too early. :)
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Zarina Premium
Say whaaaat! Lol that's crazy, and that person missed out so much on commissions 🙈 millions of views, wow.

I realized the power of my knowledge/skills when my sis in law shared that she has no freakin' idea how to make money with YouTube besides the ads and even that she has no idea how to turn on.

Thank you for your support, Grace! :)
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littlemama Premium
Yeah crazy!!
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PaulREvans57 Premium
Thanks for the tips Zarina.

It has got me thinking.
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Zarina Premium
Gladly!
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zidane786 Premium
I highly suggest you watch all of Brian Deans videos on YouTube SEO, the guy knows his stuff. Are you using Vidiq or TubeBuddy to optimise your channel?
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Zarina Premium
Yeah, I watched his videos some time ago, implementing his tips too but will have to re-watch them again. For now, we're just trying to get things done without overthinking it. And I use the free version of VidIQ. Which one is better this one or TubeBuddy?
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zidane786 Premium
I use TubeBuddy but I hear both are similar so I don't think it matters which one you have. However, I do think it is best to upgrade to one of the paid subscription plans if you can. One of the best features I love about TubeBuddy is its keyword research tool and tag suggestion tool. Both really help in choosing the correct keyword to target and the tags to use.
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Zarina Premium
Thanks for your suggestions, Minhaj! At the moment, I'll use the knowledge I have on keywords and create ones based on the videos my sis in law creates and when we're ready, I'll upgrade.

Onwards and upwards!
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Zarina.
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Zarina Premium
Thanks Roger.
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Brenda63 Premium
Don’t worry about a thing regarding family being in business together. Debs got her son in as her referrer in WA. It sounds like you got a good implementation strategies. Go for it.
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Zarina Premium
Well, referring family members to WA is slightly different than actually working on a business together :) but as Tiff suggested, we'll have to treat it as what it is, a business.
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Brenda63 Premium
Its still the same thing. We see many family owned businesses or those long time ago Mom and Pop small stores. I think you both will do well. My sister and I dont run a business together but it looks like it- I am doing editing and proofreading their papers and videos in sign language. We collaborate together on her Grad school projects ( She is in DC, I am in Oregon) while I help her daughter (lives in Colorado) with her school papers as well. All done through FaceTime. I am Deaf and my whole family is also. The YouTube idea is great. I am trying to figure out how I can use it for WA. What I get stuck on is who will do voice overs for me. I am not sure how that will work.
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TDomena Premium
I think that's cool. Sounds like a business partnership brewing. Make sure you talk about how you'll be splitting the money before it gets awkward or one person feels they're carrying more work than the other.

It's easy to take for granted the work you don't do, and that's how opportunities that were once good can turn sour.

I like the name though. Best wishes and I'm hoping you get everything you're looking for it and more!
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Zarina Premium
My sis in law herself said that we split 50/50 (at least for the first 6 months before we see what channel grows into), so we'll keep it at that and focus on doing what we do best.

I know it's a bit risky to do business with friends/family, but hopefully money won't be the issue!

It's gonna be a good practice for me for sure. Thanks for your input, Tiff :)
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TDomena Premium
Business with friends and family can be done, but you just have to treat it like business: put things in writing, separate the formal from informal, and so on. You know this because you went to law school. Haha.
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Zarina Premium
Actually it was university undergrad program, not actual law school haha. I'll talk to her about this for sure, thanks for the reminder!
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Vickic3 Premium
I love the name and think its awesome you are both working together
Go well and have fun
Vicki
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Zarina Premium
Thank you Vicki!
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Mick18 Premium
Great opportunity for you. I like the new name. Love those Mickey & Minnie nails.
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Zarina Premium
Yeah, my sister in law is amazing at what she does! Thanks for your support, Mickey!
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FKelso Premium
You have come upon a great opportunity. So glad for you -- what a nice way to learn the YouTube stuff. Hope it goes well.
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Zarina Premium
Thank you Fran!

I love Edison's quote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." And I try to keep my ears/eyes open for new opportunities :)
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RobbieS2 Premium
Wow, awesome Zarina! That's great to jump into it and get that experience before getting into your own!

Nice channel! Thumbnails are so cool and the music definitely sets the vibe! I also like the channel name - it's catchy!

Great job as always :)
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Zarina Premium
Hey Robbie, thanks a bunch for your support!

The videos and music = my sis in law does all that, it'd probably take me forever to find the right one haha. And her niche doesn't even require talking if she doesn't feel comfortable yet.

But it's a GREAT practice indeed because my sis in law can really pump out videos regularly, and I'll do the job that I like and that she hates 😄

Funny thing with the name, my sis in law is like: "Whatever you come up with, just have TNS abbreviation."

Had to use google and thesaurus, and quickly came up with Trendy Nail Secrets. Definitely better than Toronto Nail School (she did private group classes in Toronto but it no longer applies online).

Thanks for your input man, appreciate it :)
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RobbieS2 Premium
Sounds like you guys have it all figured out! She's really talented by the way - like that's insane!

Cool! The name definitely sticks! Have fun with it :) And anytime!!
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Zarina Premium
Ohhhh yeah! Today we found out that the nail company even tried to sell the courses under her name here in Toronto. That's how pro she is, everything nail related she can do it, it's crazy.

Thanks man, can't wait to grow :)
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AffMktgRt Premium
Congrats on the new marketing platform.

Wishing you great success!

Blessings
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Zarina Premium
Thank you, Gabriel!
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BobMargroff Premium
Congrats on the early “launch” into YouTube. Be sure to keep us informed as to how it goes.

I eventually would like to do one of my own...however my 9 year-old daughter is eager to do her own channel and has been talking about it long before I started here at WA.

So, I may be getting into it sooner than I expect...just like you. I fear I’m just not ready yet.

I wish you the best and I hope it is a smashing success!

Bob M
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Zarina Premium
Bob, one of the famous video influencers Sean Cannell keeps saying "start before you're ready". You just need to take that step. I know it's scary and likely LOTS to learn but you need to take that step.

And if you do it with your daughter it's even better, it's empowering to have a family member who's on the same "vibe" as you.

Plus, by staying consistent you'd likely improve the quality of life for you AND for your daughter (when she grows up she'll have a massive following and possibly a passive income).
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BobMargroff Premium
That’s why I do support her on this. It would be awesome to see her build a huge following.

Have you heard of Team Edge on YouTube...she’s a big fan and all their associated vlogs. I think that’s where she got the bug to do this.

Thanks for your words of encouragement, I guess whenever she is ready is when it’ll happen.

👍
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Zarina Premium
Onwards and upwards!
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BobMargroff Premium
👍😀
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