How to start a profitable blog from scratch in 2021 (ultimate step by step for beginners)

Did you know there are people in these internet streets who make 5 figures, 6 figures and even 7 figures with their blog?! Blogging is still profitable (yup, even in 2021!) and yes, you can absolutely start a profitable blog from scratch today.

Disclaimer: Blogging is not a get rich, quick scheme. It requires hard work, consistency, patience, and strategy. Today, I’m sharing how you can not only launch a blog but make money with it too!

You ready?!

First, I have a confession… blogs don’t make money.

Nope, I didn’t make a typo there. Blogs don’t make money. Businesses do. So if your blog is not a business, it’s going to be pretty freakin’ hard to earn money with it.

Your blog should have a strategy as to how revenue will be earned (will you sell a product? Offer services? Cash in with affiliate links?) as well as a business plan (who is your target market?). So as you create this blog, think from a business aspect…. not a hobby aspect.

Hobbies are things we do simply for fun when we feel like it.
A business is something we are dedicated and committed to. We push through even when we don’t feel like it because we earn money with it or plan to in the near future.

Before you decide to start a profitable blog, truly commit to it. No half-stepping, luke-warm, sorta-kinda, so-so, maybes allowed.

This page may include affiliate links, meaning at no extra cost to you, I might earn a small commission if you decide to purchase something.
 

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STEP 1: How to figure out your blog niche

Gone all the days where you write your blog like a Dear Diary article. Blog posts should answer questions and provide valuable content to readers. If you want to start a profitable blog then you should know that blog posts shouldn’t be about you, they should be about the reader.

Just like this specific blog post is helping you solve a problem (ie: how to start a profitable blog!), your blog post should do the same (answer a question). So the first step to starting a profitable blog is figuring out what exactly you will blog about.

blog posts shouldn’t be about you, they should be about the reader

Pick a niche when it comes to your blog. A niche that solves problems and you know enough about to be able to write about consistently. I personally believe any niche where you solve a problem (and people are willing to pay for a solution) is profitable. So no, your niche doesn’t have to be popular but it should be profitable.

Popular blog niches:

    • Beauty
    • Travel
    • Fitness
    • Food
    • Finance
    • Fashion
    • Relationships
    • Career
    • Gaming
    • Politics
    • Home Decor
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Love & Relationships
    • Hair
    • Family & Home
    • Photography
    • Diets (Such as Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo)
    • Technology
    • Investing
    • Lifestyle Humor

If you don’t have a lot of experience in a niche, please stay away from it. Don’t start a blog in a niche simply because you’ve witnessed others’ success in it. You have to actually enjoy what you’re talking about.

 

STEP 2: How to come up with a blog name you won’t regret later

 

How to decide on a catchy blog name

In a beautiful world where the sun is always shining and the sky is never gray, I would say pick out a blog name and then buy a domain but these days it can feel like all the good domains are taken especially the first 50 in your head.

So picking a name can be a little tricky.

First, you want to think about what your blog is about as this can help you when deciding a name. For example, if your blog will be about beauty then you can incorporate the word “beauty” or “makeup” into the blog name.

Also, look up words in the thesaurus for catchy words that are similar.

I recommend also checking the word safety tool to ensure your words have no unintended meanings. For example, Therapist Smith in URL form is therapistsmith.com… which can also be confused as ‘The Rapist Smith'” … and I’m sure you definitely don’t want that.

Additionally, word generators such as panabee are great at showing domains that are available with your chosen blog name.

 

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Deciding to use your real name as your blog name

I took the easy way out and named my blog after myself since I am a personal brand. My blog does have a niche but it’s lifestyle-focused (my life) so that’s why I decided to just go with my name.

Additionally, going with your name allows you the freedom to change your niche a little easier since my name is not aligned with a product or service.

 

STEP 3: Purchase your domain & hosting (aka website)

Now it’s time to commit!
You know what your profitable blog will be about and what it will be called so the next step is purchasing your domain and website so it’s now physical (as in physically on the internet… not physical where you can touch it!)

FYI: A domain and web hosting are different. Your domain is basically your website name. Your hosting is the service that houses your website. Think of it as a phone. Your phone is a domain. Your phone service is your web hosting. You need a domain and hosting for your blog. My recommendation is Bluehost.

Bluehost

Once you have your blog name, you can go to Bluehost and purchase domain and hosting for as low as $3.95!

There are a ton of blogging website domains and hosting but the great thing about Bluehost is you a free domain name for a year included (that’s your blog name such as “www.BreonnaQueen”), it’s affordable compare to other host and it’s great for beginners.

Simply click on get started when you go to Bluehost and decide which plan works best for you!



STEP 4: How to design a blog and make it look pretty

I highly recommend choosing WordPress for your blog. Google favors it (meaning you’re more likely to show up in google search results which means MORE traffic to your blog) and options are endless when it comes to choosing a look for your blog!

When deciding your blog appearance, think about how you want your overall blog to appear, what colors you will use, and what features you want.

How to choose a blog theme

A WordPress theme is a skin that you install on your WordPress blog that allows you to change the way your blog looks and behaves. Some are free and some are paid.

WordPress offers thousands of themes in their WordPress directory and some are free.

Sites like Themeforest and Creative market offer premium themes at a price. I highly recommend considering a premium theme as they tend to be designed better and easier to manage.

As a lifestyle blogger, it was important that my theme has a feature to include affiliate products at the bottom of a blog post. For you, it may be important that your blog has two columns.

One feature you will absolutely need when choosing a theme is that its responsive and mobile-friendly.
A lot of your traffic may come from mobile phones so it’s extremely important that your website is desktop friendly, mobile-friendly, and tablet friendly.

For example, if you’re a lifestyle blogger then I recommend looking at WordPress themes that fit the appearance of your vision. Here’s a WordPress theme for lifestyle bloggers that is chic, feminine, and mobile-friendly:

Another option you have is elementor. It allows you to customize your current theme and/or create new pages from scratch that are easy to design yet look professional. I currently use elementor on top of my premium theme for a custom website that fits all of my needs.

Here’s a quick youtube guide for using elementor as a beginner

Essential Plugins

A plugin is a piece of software that allows you to change either the appearance or function of your WordPress website. There are thousands of plugins to fit your needs but there are a few I highly recommend you download for your website.

TOP PLUGINS

Yoast Plugin is one of the top downloaded plugins for a reason! Yoast helps your blog post be more search engine optimization (SEO) friendly. Why is this important?

Well the better the SEO, the more likely your website is to appear in google search. You want this as it increases the eyeballs on your content!

WP Smush this helps decrease your page speed by compressing your image size and making it load faster

Anti-spam Bee As a blogger, you will face spam comments. A lot of spam comments.
One of the best ways to combat spam comments is with an anti-spam plugin such as an antispam bee.

 

STEP 5: Create core pages

 

Add pages to your website menu

There are a few pages you want on your website menu including:
1. About page where you share a little about you and why you created the website
2. Contact page where readers and sponsors can contact you. Make sure to include your email
3. Blog page where you share either blog categories (like I do) or a general link to your overall blog.
4. Terms and conditions page to protect yourself and all legal aspects of your business.

 

STEP 6: Write some blog post

When it comes to writing a blog post, I recommend defining the key problem/issue you want to solve for your readers and starting there. If your blog is about fitness for pregnant women then perhaps your first blog can share why you should workout when pregnant.

When it comes to how to start a profitable blog, you want to make sure that the content you are writing aligns with your business strategy.

If you are a personal trainer, writing fitness blog post makes sense if you want to sell your services (or in the future a product that aligns).

Make sure the content you are writing solves your target market problems and fits within your niche.

Plan the content

Plan the type of content you want to ask. What are the common questions you receive? What is something you want to address? What is a common misconception?

When it comes to what to write, I always say start off with common questions you receive or would like to address.

Research the content

Once you have the content you want to write, it’s time to research and ensure you’re using the right search terms.

One way to research your question is typing it into google and see what pops up (and even if it pops up)

How to start a profitable blog from scratch step by step

What pops up? Are there any blog posts that don’t address what you want? What keywords are being used?

Create a blog post outline

You should have an intro, middle, and end to your blog post. You want to highlight key points to cover in the blog post. Your blog post should solve your reader’s problem. It should answer a question.

Create a compelling blog title

You want to create a title that makes viewers want to click on your blog post. It should say what the blog is apart but in a way that piques your reader’s curiosity.

I also recommend checking your blog title in <coschedule. They rate your blog post titles. Aim for scoring at least a 75.

Write content

You know what the blog post will be about, you know the main points you will cover and you have a great blog title.

Now it’s time to write the content! Creating killer content is how to start a profitable blog!

Add visuals

Photos and videos make the content better. I like stock photo websites such as Depositphotos to find great photos for my blog. I usually wait when they have their huge photo sale such as 50 photos for $49 and buy it!

Another great option is Envato elements which has over 2,200,000 assets including unlimited photos, videos, and even wordpress themes!


Absolutely, under no condition should you use photos you found on Google. These are copyrighted and you can get in a wholeeeeee lotta legal trouble that way!

Proofread with Grammerly

No matter how many times I proofread my articles, there are always a few errors.

I HIGHLY recommend downloading the Grammarly app if you’re a blogger as it will help you with spelling and grammar. They offer a free version that helps with smelling and common grammatical errors.

Schedule your blog post

I highly recommend having a content schedule and setting an exact day that blog post goes live. I recommend it be on the same day and time each week.

For example, my audience knows to look for a new blog post on Sundays as my blog post goes live every Sunday at noon. By having a set day and time, your readers know when to look forward to your content.

Inside my profitable passion bundle, I supply a FREE content schedule you can use for your blog!

 

STEP 7: Set-up google analytics

Anyone that takes their time and provides valuable blog content wants it to be viewed and read. Google Analytics is how you find out if people are viewing it, how long they’re viewing it and even where they found your content.

Google Analytics is a free web analytics service offered by Google that allows you to see a various number of metrics relating to your blog including website traffic. This is something you want to set up immediately (or at least before you launch your blog)!

Here’s a video sharing how to set-up google analytics for wordpress

When it comes to how to start a blog from scratch, you also want to make sure that you’re creating a blog that people actually will visit (and you have a way to confirm that!).

 

So this is how to start a profitable blog from scratch! In my next post, I’m sharing how to skyrocket your blog traffic!

 

 

How to make make money with digital products

People will pay for your expertise, experience, and education. A great way to monetize this is through digital products. Today, I’m sharing four profitable digital products to create and sell! The best part? Each digital product can be created in a single weekend!

 

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Digital products that you can make in one weekend!

1. How to create and sell E-Books online

E-Books were the first digital product I created and even today, 5 years later, it still serves as a source of passive income for me.

When creating an e-book you first want to start with an outline of what you want the book to be about. Know what problem this book will solve and who is the ideal audience for this book.

Once you have those questions answered and have an outline for the book then it’s time to do a brain dump. Write every single thing that you want in the book. Don’t worry about spelling, photos, formatting, or grammar yet. Just get the words out.

Once your book is complete then you want to arrange the content according to the outline of your book. You can spell-check and format your book or you can pay someone to do this on websites like Fiverr where you can hire professionals as low as $5/ per project or via Upwork.

If you just want to write the book and want someone else to do all the other tasks such as editing, book covers, and distribution, you can hire a publishing company.

You can also use those sites to hire someone to create your book cover or you can create one yourself (and for free!) using Canva. The great thing about Canva is they have book cover templates that are already created for you. You simply just have to customize them!

You can also purchase royalty-free images to use for your book cover via stock sites like Depositphotos and Pearl stock.

NOTE: When using pre-made templates from Canva, I HIGHLY recommend customizing them and changing the colors, photos, and fonts. These covers are available to anyone meaning your cover can look like 56,038 other book covers. Therefore, make sure you are customizing your book cover if you choose to make it yourself.

Once you have the book and cover done, save it as a pdf and sell it on Amazon (Kindle KDP).

The great thing about selling it on Amazon is that your audience can download the digital version and read via their tablet or phone. Amazon also gives the option to create a physical version for your book so you can sell to people regardless of their book format preference.

Another benefit of selling on Amazon is it makes it readily available since people just have to type in your name or the book name on Amazon or Google.

The con, of course, is that Amazon does charge you a percentage of each sale.

How to create and sell digital products
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2. How to create and sell printable planners online

If you’re design-savvy then printables and printable planner inserts are a great digital product you can make money with!

Type of printables you can create and sell

  • Monthly Calendars
  • Home school planners
  • Student planners
  • Wall art quotes
  • Greeting cards
  • Coloring pages
  • Self-care planner
  • Word search and puzzle inserts
  • Weekly Planners
  • Daily Sheets
  • Wedding Planner
  • Blog Content Planner
  • Budget Planners
  • Meal Planners
  • Teacher planners
  • Fitness Trackers

This is just a select few of printables you can create and sell!

You can create these printables in design applications such as Indesign and even with Canva!

Once you have created your printables, you can sell them on websites like Etsy!

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3. How to create and sell templates online

I love templates and purchase them often because they allow me to save time creating documents!

With templates, I can simply plug and play eliminating all the guesswork needed!

A list of templates you can create and sell

  • Resumes
  • Sales scripts
  • Teaching templates
  • Invitations
  • Microsoft Excel templates
  • Holiday Cards
  • Announcement Cards
  • Bookkeeping template
  • Marketing Material

A great example of templates is my Influencer with Income toolkit. I have a media kit template that influencers can use as well as email templates so influencers can pitch to brands via email for paid sponsorships.

If you have scripts or templates that you use for something, you can sell those just like I do with my influencer with income toolkit!

Once you have created your templates, you can sell them on websites like Etsy!

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4. How to create and sell a mini-series

You don’t have to spend 89,893 hours creating a course! You can create a mini-series sharing how to do something.

Here are a few examples of mini-series you can create:
– A mini-workout series sharing exercises to do on leg day
– A mini-series sharing how to take better photos of your phone
– A mini-series sharing how to use certain software, tool or equipment

The list is literally endless when it comes to mini-courses and mini-series! The great thing about these digital products is that it doesn’t take long to create since it’s a smaller course. Additionally, you can even make it an audio series!

There are a few ways you can create mini-series depending on how you want to deliver it.

You can record the mini-series via your phone and sell on websites such as Etsy or GumRoad
You can record and edit on video editing software such as Filmora Wondershare and sell on Teachable.

Teachable is one of the top platforms to sell and create courses. You can create web pages, add your content videos, allow your audience to register automatically in your course, and take payments all through the Teachable platform. You can even set-up payment plans!

Teachable is great if you want more a more robust but beginner-friendly way to sell and serve your course to your audience.

Here are 4 different and profitable digital products to create and sell!

Want to know some of my other favorite ways to make money online? Check out this post all about 30 easy ways you can make money on the side from home!

 

Did I give you any ideas on profitable digital products to create and sell online? If so, I would love to know below!

 

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If you’re ready to monetize your expertise then I highly recommend downloading my profitable passion bundle! It’s absolutely free and includes a planner, worksheets, printables, and my 5-step process to turn your idea into income! This is a great resource to reference to create and sell digital products.

PODCAST VERSION

Should I start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog?

So you’re ready to start being a content creator but perhaps you’re wondering which THING to actually create content on?

You’ve heard podcasting is hot.

You’ve heard YouTube was great.

Perhaps, you’re being told blogging is where it’s at.

So now you’re wondering… which medium should you start?

With so many options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed so I’m sharing some pros and cons to decide if you should start a podcast, YouTube channel, or blog right now.

 

Should You Blog, Podcast, or YouTube?

 

 

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When deciding which type of content is best for you there are a few factors you want to consider such as:

1. What fits BEST for you?

Do you have a way with words that moves people? Are you super animated with your actions and expressions? Do you love to talk? Certain qualities will align with certain mediums better.

2. Which interests you the most?

Does the thought of being on videos give you hives? If so, blogging or podcast may be better for you for obvious reasons.
Perhaps you enjoy listening to podcasts and do it frequently? Then podcasting may be a better route for you to take.
Think about which medium aligns with your interest but be careful not to confuse skills with interest. You may not be that skilled at creating videos BUT if being on video interest you then definitely look into it.

3. Which medium is best for the content you are creating?

What medium will work best for the content you are creating? For example, if you’re sharing interior decorating then blogging or videos may be a better medium since its visual. On the other hand, if you’re a comedian then starting a YouTube channel or podcast would probably be best since it focuses on the audio aspect.

Think about which medium will benefit your type of content the best.

Blogging

If anyone tells you that blogging is dead they are either seriously misinformed or trying to keep all the blogging-money to themselves.

Blogging is still profitable and a great medium to choose if you enjoy writing.

Unlike creating a podcast or recording a YouTube video, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment such as a camera or microphone. The only expense you truly have to get your blog up and running is a web hosting domain. Check out my step by step guide to starting a profitable blog.

However, there are a lot of blogs so it does take time to build your blog up to where it’s making money and bringing in traffic.

Also, gone are the days of writing blog posts like a dear diary page. If you want to make money with your blog then you will need to create blog posts that are geared towards helping the reader.

Pros to blogging:

  • It’s a low-cost investment compared to YouTube and podcasting
  • You can update old blog post allowing you to create content that never expires
  • It’s profitable in a bunch of different ways
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field

Cons to blogging

  • It’s time-consuming and can take a longer time to grow VS other mediums
  • Not as personal as YouTube or Podcasting where you can hear and/or see the individual which helps to build a better connection with your audience
  • It can take a while to make money from your blog
  • Can be difficult if writing does not come naturally to you

Should I start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog

 

YouTube & Video

You can create videos on practically any platform these days such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Linkedin, and you can even do live-streaming!

However, I’m going to focus on the biggest video platform (and the 2nd more visited website in the world) which is YouTube.

YouTube is a great medium because it allows your audience to SEE and HEAR you which means developing a connection with your audience is easier. However, it’s a double-edged sword since it can be either a HIT or MISS (and honestly, some people will enjoy your videos while others will not).

While YouTube can be more expensive than other mediums to tap into (if you want certain equipment) it can be also pretty profitable (even for smaller YouTubers) since the platform does pay its creators once they hit a certain number of subscribers and watch time. I, personally,  earn at least $1,000 month as a YouTuber each month. There is a learning curve to YouTube but it’s not nearly as much competition as blogging.

Pros to YouTube:

  • YouTube is free to use
  • YouTube pays its creators via AdSense once you hit a certain criterion
  • YouTube allows you to build a deeper connection with your audience since they can see and hear you
  • It’s profitable a bunch of different ways
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field

Cons to YouTube:

  • You do not own YouTube meaning if YouTube wanted to take down your account, they have every right since the platform is not yours
  • There is a learning curve
  • Creating high-quality videos can be expensive when it comes to equipment (Camera, lights, microphone, etc)
  • Once you have uploaded a YouTube video, you cannot go back and edit it like a blog post meaning videos can become dated
  • Recording and editing can be a hassle

Despite the cons to YouTube, I can say first hand the benefits that having a YouTube channel has given me.

 

 

Podcast

Podcasting has become extremely popular in the past few years and it’s growing each year!

The great thing about a podcast is it can be as cheap or expensive as you want. You can create a podcast for absolutely free on platforms like anchor or choose to house it on your website and pay for a podcasting host.

If you want to secure sponsorships with your podcast, I highly recommend housing your podcast on your website as you do not owe any of your podcast housed on anchor. Additionally, podcasting equipment can be as minimum as a microphone or your phone that you record on.

Pros to podcasting:

  • It’s profitable a bunch of different ways
  • People listen to podcasts for a much longer percentage of time than they watch video content.
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field
  • Podcasts can be listened to from just about anywhere (to watch a video… you have to actually watch it. To read a blog post, you have to actually read it but with podcasting, you can be driving, washing dishes and even working out!)

Cons to podcasting:

  • Can take time to grow your audience
  • You will have to market your podcast heavy especially if you do not have an established audience
  • Once you have uploaded a podcast episode, you cannot go back and edit it like a blog post meaning episodes can become dated
  • Editing can be a hassle

 

podcast VS BLOG VS YOUTUBE

You don’t have to choose

The thing is… there doesn’t have to be an either/or

Now I realize that you can spread yourself thin focusing on all three and if you’re focusing in many different areas at once, it’s hard to master one or expect any kind of growth… But you can actually do all the 3 or 2 if you’re strategic about it.

Podcast VS Blog

You can create a podcast and then use a transcription service to convert your speech into audio form.

Simply upload your podcast to Rev.com and they will provide you the written form of your podcast which you can turn into a podcast.

Click here to get $10 off transcribing your podcast

YouTube VS Blog

You can also use a transcription service to turn your YouTube video into a blog post.

Simply upload your YouTube video to rev.com, and they will turn your speech into written form. Click here to get $10 off transcribing your YouTube video

YouTube VS Podcast

Once you have recorded a YouTube video, separate out the video from the audio and turn the audio into an MP4 for your podcast. It’s super easy to do and can be done on most video editors including iMovie and Wondershare.

You can also pay people to turn your podcast into a blog post, turn your YouTube video into a blog, and/or turn your YouTube video into a podcast! I recommend sites like Fiverr where you can pay as low as $5 to get it done.

When it comes to deciding if you should launch a YouTube channel, podcast, or blog, I say choose what makes the MOST sense to you! As someone who has a YouTube channel, a blog, and a podcast. I, first, started off with YouTube. Once I mastered that then I moved onto blogging too. Now that I have a team, I also have a podcast.

All of this took time. I didn’t start off doing all 3 which allowed me to focus without becoming burnt out or overwhelmed. When it comes to if you should start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog, think about which medium you can be the most consistent on right now and which medium excites you the most. I think that’s the option you should ultimately choose.

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Ways to earn money from Youtube without adsense

A great way to earn money with Youtube is through Google AdSense which pays you for display ads before, during, and at the end of your YouTube videos.

However, in order to become qualified for it you have to have at least 1,000 Youtube subscribers and 4,000 valid public watch hours.

That does not mean you cannot earn money from youtube without Adsense! Leveraging YouTube is a great way to earn more. Here are 7 ways you can make money from Youtube!

This page may include affiliate links, meaning at no extra cost to you, I might earn a small commission if you decide to purchase something.
 

 

Seven ways to make money from Youtube without Adsense

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1. Create Digital Products

Creating digital products such as books, courses, templates, and guides is a great way to earn more with YouTube videos!

You can record videos on a specific top and towards the end of the video offer your course or book if they want to learn more about that topic.

For example, I sold my Just Face It beauty ebook through my youtube videos. I would create easy makeup tutorials and At the end of the video, I would let my audience know that if they wanted more in-depth information on applying the foundation to reference my ebook. I earned a nice chunk of change that way! Check out my blog post on 4 digital products you can sell and create this weekend.


2. Affiliate Links

When someone buys the product or service you recommended on your youtube video, you earn a percentage of that sale.

It doesn’t matter if you talk about fashion, relationships, yoga, business, or anything in between. You can use affiliate links no matter what stage. ⁣⁣⁣⁣For example, if you provide business tips, why not provide the books you’re currently reading with affiliate links to each book. If someone clicks that link and purchases the book, you make money too!
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As far as affiliate programs I like Amazon associate, RewardStyle, sellAShare, Target, Walmart, and eBay Partners (all free to join).⁣

The great thing about Amazon Associates is that you earn on the total purchase, not just what someone clicks on from your link. So if someone buys a lipstick you recommended on your youtube video, but also has mascara, a pair of shoes, and a phone charger in their cart, you’ll earn a percentage on all those items!

7 ways to earn money from Youtube without adsense

 

3. Provide services

You can get people who are watching your videos to become your client!

For example, create a video on how to budget and then at the end offer your accounting services for those who would just prefer to have someone else do it!

Another example is creating videos on different exercises to lose weight but also offering your personal coaching as a service if they would like to work with you.

The great thing about services is you can make a lot of money even with a small audience! For example, if you are a business coach and charge $3,500 a package. You only need 3 people a month to join to hit $10,000 month!

 

4. Sell physical products like shirts and bags

Did you know you can create custom apparel such as shirts, pants, and bags?

If you have a funny saying, you can create a shirt with that quote and sell it to your audience by using print on demand websites such as Printify (my favorite!!!) and Printiful.

What’s print on demand? It’s a process where you work with a supplier to customize white-label products (like shirts or tote bags) with your own designs and sell them on a per-order basis under your own brand.

This means you don’t pay for the product until after you’ve actually sold it! This is great because it prevents you from having to buy in bulk or hold any inventory yourself. Plus it’s usually free to use!

 

5. Donations

You would be surprised how much of your audience enjoys you and wants to see you succeed!

Another way you can make money with YouTube without ads in through donations. You can have your audience donate directly through YouTube, Paypal, and stripe.

You would be surprised how much of your audience enjoys you and wants to see you succeed!

 

6. Memberships

Create a membership site for your viewers to access more of you!

For example, if you’re a DIY YouTuber you can create a membership site where members can get access to even more crafts and plans.

If you’re a fitness Youtuber, you can have a membership site where members get access to food plans to go along with your YouTube fitness videos.

Memberships are great because they are a source of reoccurring payment for you.

A website that allows you to have memberships as a content creator is in Patreon.com

 

7. Sponsorships

Work with brands to promote the products you already love and get paid to do it!

A common misconception is that in order to work with brands, you must have a large audience and that simply is NOT true. You can work with brands with a small following.

A few ways to get sponsorships is by emailing pitching to brands for paid sponsorships or joining influencer networks.

I’ve earned thousands of dollars working with brands with my YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the pitch templates I use to snag paid sponsorships as well as a ton of other influencer goodies, check out my work with brands bundle which includes a media kit template, plug and play pitch scripts, modules to help you negotiate better and determine your rate!

 

So here are seven ways to earn money from Youtube without Adsense or 4000 hours of watch-time! Are you a new YouTuber looking to create a profitable youtube channel? Share your channel below!

 

In my next blog post, I’m sharing 4 types of digital products you can sell and create this weekend!

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The BEST video equipment for starting a channel

Are you ready to create a YouTube channel sharing the things you love? Maybe that’s cooking, a family vlog, hair tutorials, or something in between! Whatever the topic, there are a few things you want to acquire for your YouTube channel when you are first starting off. Today I’m sharing some of the top essentials for starting a Youtube channel!

NOTE: When starting a YouTube channel, you truly only need 2 things which is something to record on and something to edit on. That can be your phone.

Matter of fact, when I first started my YouTube channel, I actually recorded with my cracked iPhone leaned against a window and that’s how I collected my first 5,000 youtube subscribers!

As my channel grew, I knew I had to elevate so I invested in better equipment. Starting off you do NOT need the newest greatest things. I am a firm believer in using what you have and upgrading as you go. That’s exactly what I did.

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Essentials for starting a Youtube channel

1. Camera

You don’t have to go out and buy a brand new camera… you probably have one right in your hand (which is your phone). You can use your phone to record videos and it’s not that hard to do!

Using your phone to record is a cheaper alternative to buying a digital camera. However, I do feel that if you want truly elevated videos then you will need a DSLR camera as these deliver that top-notch cinematic look.

One of my favorite cameras for shooting Youtube videos is the Sony 6400. While there is a slight learning curve, this camera packs a lot of punch with 4k quality (for super clear and crisp video quality), auto-focus so you’re not blurry when recording and, it’s lightweight which makes it a great vlogging camera.

2. Lighting

It doesn’t matter how amazing your camera is… if your lighting is not great then you won’t look great!

There are two types of lighting when it comes to recording and that’s natural sunlight (ie: the sun) and artificial light (such as ring lights and standing lights). You can choose to use one or both!

The sun provides natural lighting which is complimentary and free. However, relying only on natural sunlight means you won’t be able to record at night or while it’s raining.

I, personally, use a combination of both. I use artificial lighting during the day and photography lights during the night so I can record no matter the time of day or weather.

Here are a few lights I currently use and recommend:



3. SD Card

A SD card (which stands for Secure Digital Card) is a memory card that you record on so you can transfer to your computer.

If you are using a DSLR then there’s a very high chance it has an SD reader. There are a ton of SD cards and ultimately you want to choose one that has a decent amount of storage and works for your camera.

My personal favorite SD card for youtube is the Sandisk extreme since it allows you to record 4k quality with no problem. I highly recommend getting at least 128GB so you can record multiple videos within the SD card.


4. Microphone

Video is awesome because we can not only see you but we can hear you which means crappy quality video and crappy quality audio is a serious no-no.

If your audience struggles to hear you then they will, unfortunately, turn your video off which is why it’s important to invest in high-quality audio equipment such as a mic.

One of the top microphones for popular Youtubers is the Rode microphone.


5. Tripod

Back in the day, I would sit my iPhone against a stack of books near a window and record my videos. It worked during that moment in time (and sometimes it didn’t work…. and would fall down during recording) so as I elevated my equipment, a tripod was absolutely a must-have for me.

When it comes to a tripod, I recommend ones that will allow you to record vertical and horizontal as well as from different angles and heights.

I have been using the Amazon Basics tripod for years now and highly recommend it. It’s sturdy and can be adjusted as high as 60 inches


6. Camera remote

A camera remote is not a necessity when it comes to equipment essentials for starting a Youtube channel. However, it will make your life a lot easier because you will be able to record, zoom in/out, take photos, pause and so much more without having to leave your seat and constantly adjust the camera.

Now there are different remotes based on the camera you use so be sure to check that your remote is compatible with your camera (did you know they even hate remotes for cell phones?!)

 

7. Back-up battery

Imagine this: You’re recording a youtube video and everything is going great. The sun is shining perfect, you’re deep into your content, and suddenly your battery dies…

Now you have to stop everything you’re doing and wait for your battery to charge up.

Trust me, it’s not fun. Especially if by the time your battery charges, it’s now dark and you’re no longer in the mood to record.

This is where having backup batteries come in! Make sure you have at least 2 batteries for your camera so if one dies, you have another one!

Additionally, look into plug-in batteries that never die and prevent you from ever needing a backup battery!

 

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8. Camera Lens

Different camera lenses do different things.

Some are great for vlogging and being on the go.
Some are great for real estate because they go out further out allowing you to get more into a frame,
Some are great for sitting down talking-style videos because they focus on you allow you and make your background super blurry.

If your sole purpose is recording Youtube videos then find 1-3 lens that will work for you since lenses can be expensive.

For example, I tend to shoot 2 types of videos which are beauty and decor videos. Beauty videos are usually me sitting at my desk so I need a lens that will get close up to my face so my audience can see my makeup application.

For decor videos, I need a lens that will zoom further out so my audience can see an entire room in one frame.

Different lenses will produce different outcomes so I highly recommend researching the best lens for your needs. Also, don’t be afraid to head to your nearest BestBuy and test our lens so you can get a good feel before purchasing.

9. Cleaning Kit

Protect your investment by cleaning your camera, lens, and mic regularly.

This cleaning kit includes everything you need for under $20!

10. Background

If you want to switch up the background to your videos then a great youtube essential is clothes to hang up for different background colors.

You can use sheets, poster board, and even fabric to switch up the look! You can tape it, nail it, or invest in a background backdrop stand such as this one:

11. Computer

Can you record and edit videos from your phone? Yes, yes you can.

Is it the easiest and best? No.

When it comes to editing videos, I’m a firm believer in editing on a laptop or desktop since you will have a lot more options and freedom.

I currently use an Apple MacBook air but seriously, I think any computer that allows you to edit videos is great.


12. Editing software

Most computers come with free video editing software such as windows movie maker or iMovie.

I used iMovie up until a few years ago when I decided I wanted more special effects and invested in filmora wondershare.

I highly recommend it for beginners since its super user-friendly, and comes with great special effects!

 

 

In my next post, I’m sharing the best video editing software for YouTube

If you’re ready to start an amazing YouTube channel then I highly recommend downloading my ultimate YouTube checklist to a banging channel! It’s completely free to download and includes everything you need to create a YouTube channel and YouTube videos that increase your subscribers and views!

9 proven ways to get more views on Youtube for free

Picture this horror story: You spend time recording an amazing video, edit it to pure perfection, upload it to YouTube and then BOOM, do absolut,ely nothing else.

The Horror.

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Okay, while I may be acting slightly over dramatic… if you record, edit and publish your YouTube videos without optimizing them, you’re doing yourself a SERIOUS disservice.

Why you should optimize your videos

YouTube is a search engine and if, you don’t optimize your videos correctly then Y,ouTube can’t rank them or show them to the very people interested in your content which means no one will see your video.

Google and YouTube don’t watch your videos, so they have no idea what your video is about. It’s up to you to tell the #1 and #2 most popular search engines (that’s google and YouTube FYI) what your actual videos are about and the keywords most relevant to the content.

When you optimize your videos, it makes that video more likely to be discovered by a relevant audience (the people actually looking for your video who will be most likely to watch it!). The more views a video gets in a short period of time, the higher it will rank for keywords related to that video so yes, views= good.

Once you upload a video, it’s doesn’t stop there. You should be promoting the video and optimizing it for increased video views. You want your videos to have a strong YouTube presence and you do that by fully optimizing your videos so Google and YouTube actually understand.

I don’t want your video to fall into the black hole of no views and no engagement which ,is why I’m sharing 9 things your video needs to increase YouTube views.

Nine things every video ABSOLUTELY NEEDS so you can increase YouTube views

1. Research the best video title

Your video titles need to be written for robots and humans.
Say whaaaaaaa?
Your video title should be catchy enough that people actually want to click on the video and watch it AND y,our video title should also tell the YouTube algorithm what the video is about, so they can rank it.

Example #1: Your YouTube title is “How to make the most delicious chicken noodle soup ever”
– Yo.uTube knows the video is about cooking chicken noodle soup. So if someone searches “chicken noodle soup recipe” your video should pop up because you have those keywords.
– This video also makes people want to click it because who doesn’t want to make the most delicious soup ever?!


Now let’s see some examples of some trash video titles:

Title: Video #1
– Terrible. What is the video even about?!
– This doesn’t make anyone want to click on the video nor does it tell the YouTube algorithm what the video is about so it won’t rank for anything

Title: Going to the club
– Huh? At what club? The baseball club? The nightclub? The 90s bestselling book, the babysitters club? WE NEED MORE INFO!
– SOME people may click on this but, the majority won’t find the video because YouTube won’t rank it for anything since it’s not specific.
– A better title would be “3 things you need for the baseball club” or “5 best nightclubs in New York you HAVE TO ATTEND”

 


A great video title draws in more viewers.YouTube sees the attention your video is getting and pushes your video up in search results. Therefore, your video gets seen by even more people! WIN-WIN.

 

How to find the best video titles for MAJOR views

The best tool to create great YouTube titles is Tubebuddy.

I use it every single time I’m researching videos and optimizing them.

Tubebuddy is great because it tells you what titles are ranking, what people are searching for and, how well that title will do compared to other similar named videos.

Tubebuddy is free to use, however, I like unlimited keyword searches and suggestions so I have the paid version. It’s totally worth it and pays for itself since I’m creating better views which means more youtube absence (revenue).

 

2. Create a bright video thumbnail

Create bright thumbnails that portray what the video is about AND make people want to actually click on the video. Videos with a little text do great and videos showing a face tend to perform higher as well.

I highly recommend Canva to create Youtube thumbnails! It’s easy to do and they even have templates to follow if you’re not very design-savvy.

 

3. Add the best keywords

Absolutely do not under any condition forget to add keywords to your video!
Your keywords should tell what the video is about so if someone was to type in your keywords, your video would pop up and be relevant.

The higher up in the list of tags, the more weight it has. This means that the keywords you include first are the ones YouTube will care more about so make sure you are adding the best keywords at the very beginning of the keywords section, in your description and even in your title!

For example, let’s say you’ve made a video about how to make a vegan soup. Your most relevant long-tail keyword would be “Vegan Soup Recipe”

4. Add End Screens

End screens are videos that pop up at the very last 20 seconds of a video. This is a great way to hook your viewers, so they can watch more related content that you have created!

I highly recommend adding related videos or newest uploads to your end screens so viewers can continue watching your videos after the initial video is over.

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5. Add closed-captioning

Closed captioning is not just for deaf or hearing-impaired. Captions allow for different viewing experiences as well.

More and more people are watching videos on silence which makes close captioning a great option since it adds another layer to enjoying your videos.

Additionally, closed captioning is great for SEO as YouTube takes closed captioning into consideration when ranking your videos.

I use REV.com to transcribe my videos because they’re effective, less than $1.50 a minute AND they will even transcribe directly to your YouTube video.

CLICK HERE FOR $10 OFF REV.COM TO TRANSCRIBE YOUR VIDEOS

Here’s an infographic from 3playmedia sharing why people use closed captioning:

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6. Utilize the Description

Your description should reinforce what the video is about with the main keywords. Also include a call to action (CTA) such as the reminder to subscribe, the URL to your website, and even affiliate links.

I make hundreds of dollars each month just from affiliate links added to my Youtube video descriptions!

You can also add time markers to important points or sections of your video. For example, if your video is about 4 exercises for belly fat you can add time markers such as:
1:36 Warm-up
2:45 Crunches
3:23 Planks
5:54 Sit-ups

This way viewers can skip to the parts of the video they want.

7. Add to a playlist

Make it easy for viewers to watch more videos on a specific topic. If you have a ton of beginner makeup videos, create a playlist for “beginner how-to’s” and another playlist for “beginner eyeshadow tutorials”

This also helps Youtube to determine what to rank and play next once your video is over.

8. Engage with your audience by commenting, liking and hearting comments

Build a community and connect with your audience by commenting, answering questions, and engaging. The first 42 hours your video is posted can determine how well your video ranks based on the engagement. Answering questions and interacting with your audience helps your engagement.

 

Answering questions and interacting with your audience helps your engagement.

 

9. Share with your community via Youtube stories

Did you know Youtube now has youtube stories? It’s similar to Instagram stories and Facebook stories, and great for showing behind the scenes and promos! Don’t sleep on Youtube stories! I find it’s easiest to use on the actual YouTube app! You can learn more about Youtube stories here.

Are you a Youtuber? If so, what advice do you have when it comes to growing your Youtube channel? What questions do you have when it comes to how to increase your Youtube views?! Share below!

In my next post, I’m sharing the BIGGEST mistakes new YouTubers make with their channel and I bet you’re doing #6!

Best Tools for YouTubers in 2021 to help skyrocket your growth

If you’re a YouTuber who wants to grow your audience, views, and revenue then utilizing tools is essential for growth. Today, I’m sharing the best 7 tools for YouTubers to help you grow your channel, subscribers, and views!

Most of these tools are free (or include a free plan) and will help you boost your youtube traffic!

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The 8 Best Tools for Youtubers to increase traffic

 

1. TubeBuddy

Seriously, if you’re not using TubeBuddy to grow your channel you are seriously missing out!

What makes this browser extension so great? Well, it’s an all in one place to truly optimize your videos.

Some features of Tubebuddy include:
– bulk uploading:
– Tag Explorer – Allows you to find/include the best & most popular tags for your videos.
– Video upload checklist – When you upload a video, Tubebuddy lets you know what to do next to fully optimize it
– Keyword Planner- allows you to search for keywords that will rank better (thus helping you increase your views)
– Thumbnail Generator
– Suggested tags
– Video rankings
and more!

There’s even an option for canned responses where helps you respond to more comments (and a lifesaver for someone like me who on any given day can have hundreds of comments).

Tubebuddy is hands down one of my favorite tools for growing my YouTube channel because of the abundance of perks. They offer a free option as well as paid options.

I’ve made a ton of mistakes growing my Youtuber channel, here are my top 7 mistakes I’ve made with YouTube (including Tubebuddy!)

2. VidIQ

Another great tool is VIQ IQ which can be compared to Tubebuddy. The great thing about Vid IQ is it provides extensive analytics and reporting. For example, it rates current videos based on engagement, keywords, and competitors.

VidIQ is also a free extension and offers some features that you won’t find on TubeBuddy such as video engagement ratio and subscriber count in search results.

3. YouTube Audio Library

When it comes to finding royalty-free music for your YouTube channel, it’s a serious struggle!

I used to pay a subscription for different royalty-free music websites and it was a pain. I had to constantly fight copyright claims every few months and if I ever ended my subscription, I could no longer use the music *cough* Epidemic Sound *cough*

Make it easy for yourself by using YouTube’s audio library! They have thousands of songs and special effects you can use without penalties or copyright strikes. Plus you never have to worry about an artist coming back months or years later with a copyright claim all over again.

4. Canva for YouTube thumbnails

Your video thumbnails are super important and can be the number 1 reason why someone doesn’t click on your video.

Canva offers free thumbnail templates you can use to create click-worthy thumbnails. Additionally, you can save your templates so that all future videos have thumbnails that are on brand and cohesive.

5. REV for video transcriptions

Did you know those who use closed captioning for their videos saw a 13.48% increase in views within the first 14 days they were published!

More and more people are watching videos on silence which makes close captioning a great option since it adds another layer to enjoying your videos.

YouTube does offer an auto closed captioning for videos but it’s not that good and can mess up a lot of your words.

I find Rev.com to be a better option since they’re more effective with transcribing your words. Additionally, they’re super affordable at $1.25 a minute.

CLICK HERE FOR $10 OFF REV.COM TO TRANSCRIBE YOUR VIDEOS

6. Zapier to autoshare to other social media platforms

Zapier.com allows you to set up automation that will share your YouTube video to other platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter whenever you post a new video!

No more having to post to each platform manually to promote your product. Simply set up the automation and forget!

7. Keywordtool.io

The keyword tool for YouTube is a website application that allows you to find the right keywords for your videos.

The great thing about this keyword tool is it shows you exactly the keywords that viewers on YouTube are searching for which helps you increase traffic too.

8. YouTube Creator Studio (& App)

Sometimes the best tools are right under your nose! The YouTube creator studio is awesome at providing extensive analytics to help you learn more about your audience and viewers.

Additionally, YouTube creator studio provides any current YouTube updates, bugs, and fixes so you can always stay up to date.

If you’re interested in growing your YouTube channel, even more, I have a FREE ultimate YouTube checklist to help you create a banging channel AND videos! Get instant access to this checklist for free below:

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In my next post, I’m sharing common YouTube mistakes that prevent you from growing your channel.

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