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.

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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.

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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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How to price yourself when working with brands

One of the questions I get asked often when it comes to working with brands is what to charge. You don’t want to price yourself too high and the brand runs away… but you also don’t want to undercharge either.

What’s a youtuber to do? When it comes to what to charge, I don’t think there’s one set rate and I definitely think there are things you need to know prior to giving a rate (for example, if a brand needs content within a week… you should definitely charge more since its a quick turnaround).

Today, I’m sharing some do’s and don’ts when it comes to charging brands and determining your rate as a YouTuber

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.

1. Should you charge a brand based on your subscriber size?

Personally, I say No. You should set your rates based on your value and not your subscriber count

Why not?

Because setting your rate based purely on your audience count ignores the different values and returns you have. Just because you have the same number of subscribers as another YouTuber does not mean you will yield the same results.

Content creators provide very different returns for brands. Some creators have higher engagement than others, some are better at driving product sales, and others create high-quality content that can be repurposed and used by brands for their own marketing.

For example, I don’t have a large engagement rate on my YouTube channel. However, I create content that’s better at driving sales.

When I host an event, it generally sells out.  I drive affiliate clicks. When I launch a product, I get sales on the first day. If a brand is looking for visibility & awareness, I may not be the best based solely on my reach or engagement numbers. However, if they are trying to drive sales or receive high-quality content that they can repurpose then I’m better at that. My rates SHOULD be different.

2. Your subscriber size is not as important as you think

While I can’t speak for every brand, I will say the ones I’ve worked with tend to care about more than your subscriber count.
They care about your engagement, they care about the quality of the content, they care about the creativity, they care about if your audience is their target market.

If you have an audience of 1000 and the majority of them are new mothers and a brand is trying to tap into the new mother audience… why wouldn’t they want to work with you? Your audience is their target market.

If you create amazing beautiful content, why wouldn’t a brand want to work with you? Especially if they can repurpose your content into their marketing campaign. When it comes to what to charge as a smaller YouTuber or blogger think about all the ways you can benefit that brand and not just the amount of followers you have.

 

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3. There’s a perk to being a smaller YouTuber

Generally, the smaller your account, the more intimate your connection is with your audience. As your influence grows, you’re not able to maintain that level of intimacy due to the sheer size of your growing audience.

Brands are well aware of the power of micro-influences. I know content creators with less than 1000 subscribers who have had paid sponsorships.

Your audience size is not the only thing that matters.

If you’re interested in working with brands as a YouTuber, I create a mega bundle full of scripts I use to pitch to brands and secure thousands of dollars in brand sponsorships! Additionally, this bundle includes a media kit template, modules to help you negotiate, what to charge, and MORE! Learn more about my Work with brands bundle here

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In my next blog post, I’m sharing How to price yourself when working with brands


5 awesome websites to find brands to work with

If you’re new to the influencing world, you’re probably wondering how to find brands to work with as a youtuber or blogger. If you’re looking for tips on how to work with brands, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’ve been at this for years or days, I want to share my top 5 favorite networks to find brands to work and secure sponsorship opportunities! Some of us are about our money (no shame… because that’s me!) and these are my favorite places to go to get PAID!

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1. Aspire IQ (Formerly Revfluence):

Aspire IQ is one of my favorite influencer marketing platforms! It’s easy to use, and they take into consideration ALL of your platforms (not just Instagram…. or YouTube… or your blog).

They give you a “suggested” rate for your engagement and following on the platform, but you can choose however high or low you want to go which means you get to negotiate!

2. Influence.co

One of my biggest paid sponsorships came from Influence.co. They offer paid collaborations and you can also negotiate with brands on the platform.

3. Brandbacker

I know a lot of bloggers who have had a lot of success with Brandbacker. The great thing about this platform is there are a lot of brands you may not have even considered. There are free campaigns as well as paid and campaigns are not restricted to US only.

4. Tapinfluence

Tapinfluence has raised over $8.3M to date for influencer marketing so it’s definitely a platform to consider. If you’re looking to work with bigger brands with bigger budgets, I recommend looking into tap influence. I’ve secured 4 figure deals from brands through the platform.

 

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5. Famebit

Famebit is one of the first platforms I joined as a YouTuber. You can negotiate with brands and search through different opportunities. They have expanded into other platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and even Tumblr. There are a lot of campaigns in specific categories and I’ve had great luck securing sponsorships on the platform.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: In-person (and events)

Seriously! Attend influencer and social events like create & cultivate where you’ll be able to meet with brands directly. Go to local events in your area where you can mingle with local business owners!

This is a GREAT way to find sponsorships because you’re able to directly connect with the person and build a rapport. I recommend having business cards that address you’re a blogger/influencer and letting people know that’s what you do!

I have a friend who scored an awesome sponsorship with a local restaurant after striking up a conversation with the owner at an event. This led to over a $1000 brand deal (and she had less than a 1000 followers!).

Don’t be afraid to meet people IRL (In Real Life)! Yes, influencer network websites are awesome but in-person is absolutely one of the best ways to find brands to work with as an influencer.

 

If you’re interested in working with brands as a YouTuber, I create a mega bundle full of scripts I use to pitch to brands and secure thousands of dollars in brand sponsorships! Additionally, this bundle includes a media kit template, modules to help you negotiate, what to charge, and MORE! Learn more about my Work with brands bundle here

>In my next blog post, I’m sharing 7 tips to email pitch to brands.

How to negotiate MORE money working with brands

Today, I’m sharing 5 different things you can negotiate and make money working with brands. If you’re a content creator (ie: YouTuber, influencer and/or blogger), don’t be scared to offer more when working with brands! It could potentially increase the amount of money you make!

1. Bundle it up

Instead of just offering an Instagram post… offer to bundle it with an Instagram story too. Instead of just a YouTube video also offer to include a blog post with the video. By offering other formats and other social media platforms, you can negotiate a higher rate!⁣

This is also why it’s super important to grow more than one platform (preferably a blog or podcast -something you own!) because if you put all of your eggs into one basket and something happens (Instagram deletes your account) then you’re back at grown zero.

 

2. Change the duration of the campaign

Instead of just one Instagram post, offer a package where they get 3 Instagram post over the course of 3 months. ⁣

By negotiating a longer duration of the campaign, you can increase the amount of money you earn with the campaign too!

 

3. Negotiate Photo rights

You own the rights to your videos and photos (or your photographer). Offer the brand full rights to your photos at an additional price, so they can use your photos for their marketing campaign. ⁣This is a great way to make money working with brands and increase your rates!

 

4. Exclusivity

Working with a hair brand? Offer exclusivity (ie: you won’t work with any other hair brands or competitors for the next 2 months. You’ll only work with them and advertise their products). Just be sure you give a specific date for when the exclusivity expires.

 

5. Referral links

A referral link is a link that is given out to you to participate in their referral program and earn affiliate income. Every time you promote that brand’s product or service and you generate a sale for the company (through the referral link or code), you get paid.

When negotiating with the brand, can they offer you a promo code and when one of your followers use it, you get a percentage of that sale (affiliate income). This is a great way to make $$ with it!⁣

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If you’re interested in working with brands as a YouTuber or blogger, I create a mega bundle full of scripts I use to pitch to brands and secure thousands of dollars in brand sponsorships! Additionally, this bundle includes a media kit template, modules to help you negotiate, what to charge, and MORE! Learn more about my Work with brands bundle here

 

In my next blog post, I’m sharing The secret sauce to become a social media influencer: 6 awesome tips!

 

Here are 7 tips to email pitch to brands so you can have #sponsored content

So you’re ready to work with brands and create sponsored content?! *Gives you a high-five*

…BUT Before you send out a mass email to every brand, and they momma’ that you want to work with, there are a few things you should include when you’re trying to pitch to brands. I’m sharing six must-haves.

 

1. Provide Your Name

Starting off your email with “To whom it may concern” will generally land your email in the trash bin. Address the person by name who you’re writing to.

You can usually find out who to address your email to by doing a quick LinkedIn search. I like to look up the brand + influencer marketing and see who works within that field. It’s a great place to start off when trying to find contacts within a brand to pitch to.

 

2. Introduce yourself

Who are you? Seriously?!
Introduce who are you and what you do briefly.

ie: I’m Breonna, a Tampa-based lifestyle blogger.

ie: I’m Breonna, a beauty YouTuber.

3. Link to ALL profiles where you have an audience

So you have 8,000 followers on Instagram? Awesome! Where’s the link?

Don’t make people chase after you and hunt down your social media accounts. Be sure to link ALL of your social media accounts in your email.

4. Provide Your collab idea

You love ELF’s new aqua lipstick? Coo, coo. Who doesn’t?
Give the brand a brief idea on how you’re going to use it

ie: I am creating a beach-friendly makeup tutorial on my YouTube channel and would love to feature your new Aqua lipstick in the video!

5. Add your  stats

Brands actually do care about your stats and if you have a larger audience than you def want to include them.

ie: My YouTube audience of over 45,000 loves content focused around simple beauty and everyday looks.

6. Provide a short and sweet paragraph of why you’re interested in the company

Don’t overdo it with this one, girl.

Tell why you want to work with the brand. Butter them up a little and make it personalized.

ie: I love the ELF mineral black eyeliner and use it often in my makeup tutorials. The quality is amazing which is why I’m super excited about the launch of the new ELF aqua lipstick!

Want to know the exact scripts I use to pitch to brands and land 4 figure sponsorships? Get that plus a ton more inside my Influencer starter bundle.

 

Do’s & Don’ts

Do…

  • Address the person by name in the email to make it personal
  • Have a catchy subject line
  • Follow-up if you don’t have a response for the first time. Brands get busy too!

Don’t…

  • Send out the same email to everyone with a generic email. Personalize it!
  • Have grammatical errors. yOu aRE a pRofESSinaw.
  • Be rude
  • Commit to things you know you can’t deliver 
     

In my next blog post, I’m sharing 5 awesome websites to find brands to work