So You Want to Make Videos?
Too many people start on YouTube thinking that they will magically earn money creating the videos they feel like making. They start without a guide and sometimes spend years trying to grow an audience from scratch thinking that once they're allowed to show ads on their videos they'll become financially free. The few of them that make it end up realizing that ads pay peanuts.
On the other hand, there are people that want to know how everything truly works before even starting. They set their objective and know what they need to do because they did their research. They build a system to start attracting viewers to their channel, turn them into prospects and then into paying clients. They become truly owners of their audience and they build a profitable business around their YouTube channel creating videos that they love.
Which One Will Be You?
If You Chose the Second One, Welcome!
Hi! My name is Will Azevedo. I'm dedicating my life to teaching everything about growing an online audience to others that need the help I needed just a few years ago.
If you're not satisfied with your current life, I'll teach you how to "escape it" by building an online audience on YouTube.
Building an audience from home made me generate enough passive income to save my life (find out more on my About page).
But the good news for you is that I'm just a normal guy—and not too lucky either. I'm NOT one of those incredible success stories of going from 0 to 7-figures in 6 months.
I'm as close to reality as it gets.
Still, I have what a lot of people are dying to have: a multiple 4-figure monthly passive income that got me on the right track to early retirement while having the life that I choose for myself.
All thanks to building an online audience and learning how to monetize effectively!
Since I'm just a normal folk and I don't exactly have the best of luck, you can probably do it better than me.
I did it by taking action and turning to a direction far from the uncontrollable downward spiral it was taking.
So if you're not happy with your professional life, and want to take action so someday you can make a living from your own YouTube community that loves you. THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU!
I might sound too self-deprecating, but I truly believe that if I can do it, you can probably do it better...
...as long as you're willing to work as hard as me :)
So Do I Just Record "Vlogs" About My Life And Get The Moneyz?
It's not that easy, my friend!
If you want to make it with a YouTube channel, blog, or Instagram account, this year, you need to provide value to people.
Here's the deal, and I'm going to be as honest as I can—sorry:
NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOU UNTIL YOU SHOW YOU CARE ABOUT THEM FIRST.
If every new YouTuber knew this, they wouldn't struggle as much when they start.
Many people want to create channels to document their lives, entertain and simply make people happy—and that's awesome!
However, expecting that people will find entertaining the daily videos you record while going to work when there are things like Netflix spending millions producing incredible stories, requires an ULTRA-SPECIAL kind of talent.
So, unless you are the new Jim Carrey, or have the ridiculous talent and creativity the top 0.1% of people have, you better start creating helpful content instead.
Help people solve a problem through your YouTube videos and you'll be on the way to building followers that trust you and will want to buy things from you soon.
The key here is that ANYONE can be helpful on YouTube. You don't even need to be an expert at anything.
You can start learning about something new and at the same time create videos with what you just learned.
You only need to be 1 chapter ahead of them to teach them something new. You will ALWAYS find people that know less than you.
And since not long ago you were also at the same point they are right now, you'll be able to help them because you will understand their frustrations extremely well.
1. It's one of the easiest ways to start building an audience
There are several advantages to starting a YouTube channel instead of, for example, a blog:
First, you don't need to find and pay for hosting from the beginning.
Secondly, you don't need to learn to write with perfect grammar and style.
Third, You don't need to constantly worry if everything is working well on your website since you're not responsible for everything that happens on your platform—YouTube is.
You can—and should—just be yourself in front of the camera.
This doesn't mean that you just play the record button and start earning a living! It's more complex than that, and you will need to learn some marketing, psychology and SEO to build your audience.
However, that's something you need to learn for every platform out there if you want to attract people.
2. You can go viral on YouTube with just one video
Spoiler alert: odds are this isn't going to happen to you and you'll still need to work hard to build your audience. However, with a blog you will always need a minimum of 6 months to start getting ranked on Google and start getting some traffic.
On YouTube, however, you can get viewers as soon as you publish your first video if there's little competition in your niche.
Aditionally, the virality of video content is something that isn't found in the blogging world.
3. You don't need any kind of expensive equipment if you got a smartphone
One of the biggest lies that keeps people from starting a channel is thinking that they need the latest camera, microphone and lighting.
When in fact, image quality has zero impact on growth.
And as long as you can be heard clearly through your microphone, there's no need for anything else.
My channel grew faster than 99% of the channels in 2019 and I only used my webcam.
If you still want to find more about equipment and are willing to get something cool to get started, go to my Resource page to find more about the stuff you need.
But let me emphasize this again: it's not necessary.
4. Anyone can do it without a degree or 'special' ability
People go to YouTube to watch other normal human beings. They're tired of the fakeness of traditional media.
This is good news for you because it means you can just be yourself.
You don't need any special ability or incredible talent.
It only requires you to share your current knowledge with others that want to learn from you.
Let me ask you something:
Isn't there something that you do much better than your friends? I'm sure there's something that you have seen other people struggle with A LOT but you do it almost naturally.
If you're 20+ years old, you probably have something you can teach already. You already have a skill that you learned naturally or something that you took classes for and that you can teach to newcomers.
This is all you need.
Is It Really Possible to Earn Income From YouTube?
The "YouTube is not a real job" myth
Have you ever heard angry people on the internet saying: "YouTube isn't a real job, GET ARR REAAL JERRBBB!"
They are right, it isn't.
And thank God!
Here's where I start preaching like a true believer in the holy power of personal brands and internet marketing in the era of information:
The "real job" is a figure invented in pre-internet times that doesn't apply anymore.
The world is changing.
It's not any more 'time = money'.
It's about how much value you, as an individual, can provide to people.
Thanks to social media and search engines like Google and YouTube, anyone can share their unique knowledge to teach anyone that speaks the same language.
There are already hundreds of thousands of people earning a living just by using these channels to provide value to other strangers that need them.
And they're getting paid handsomely for it.
YouTube is one of the largest sites in the world, with already 2 billion visitors per month.
Of course, it's not a real job! It's better.
The mistake that drives people to think YouTube doesn't pay well
This is coming from someone who is legally allowed to register as a journalist thanks to my degree:
Journalists can be incredibly despicable and misleading.
I've seen those clickbaity articles with headlines like:
"Even YouTube Stars With 1.4 Million Monthly Viewers Earn Less Than $17,000 a Year... make sure to tell your kids!"
Oh yes, yes for sure. I'm sure most YouTubers with 1 MILLION views PER MONTH subs are dying of hunger! Poor things!
The big mistake these "journalists" make is making their "calculations" by only counting money earned through ads that these channels show in each video.
First, let's get this out of our way: the amount of subscribers you have HAS NOTHING TO DO with the income you can generate from your channel.
Secondly, viewers that come from the United States are not worth (to advertisers) the same as viewers that come from Venezuela—like your servant right here.
Third, the YouTubers making a full-time living and more from their channel are NOT EARNING MOST OF THE MONEY FROM AD REVENUE.
Yes, there are channels with 1 million subscribers making less than channels with 3,000 subscribers.
Why? Because these smaller channels have a working sales funnel working behind it.
They have a system and they're running a business.
They are not waiting around for YouTube to write them their monthly check.
The smart way of earning a living from any online audience is not to depend on becoming hugely famous and then asking for brands to pay you 2k for a mention.
It's by creating a system that uses YouTube to attract people and turn them into customers.
Most people think that YouTubers only get paid for the ads they show.
If you search online, you'll see that the average earnings from an American audience are around $4 for every 1,000 people that watch an ad on your channel—not even counting all views, this is only monetized views without adblock.
Yes, that seems like peanuts, sounds like peanuts, smells like peanuts, and *drum roll *it is peanuts.
But that's not how you're going to do it...
The Real Way of Using YouTube to Generate Income
Where the real money lies is in finding a target audience that needs a problem solved and selling your own digital products that will help them solve their problems.
Making money on YouTube becomes a lot easier when you start treating it like a true business.
Every viewer that you get is exposure for your brand and what you sell.
Every viewer that visits your landing page and gives you their email in exchange for a free gift is a lead that can turn into a client for your products or services.
And I'm not talking about physical products, which can be extremely complicated.
I'm talking about information products (ebooks, online courses) or offer services ( 1-on-1 consulting, masterclasses).
It's in these products that you're going to get the best results for your audience and it's where your top, top tips can be found.
That's how you truly earn money from YouTube while helping other people.
Leave the ad earnings as your "latte" income. Meanwhile, your business will be the real cash flow machine that will make you a side or full-time living.
It Still Requires Hard Work... Lots of It
It sounds simple, and it really is when you see the big picture.
But this still isn't a get-rich-quick scheme.
So if you want it to be easy, or you think everything is going to work perfectly the first time you try it, you're not going to last!
This is a long term commitment.
I know people that did it in less than a year, I know others that have been doing it for 3 years and still are not able to leave their jobs—but they're getting closer.
This is the reality.
I don't want to hype you up to manipulate you.
I want you to be someone that is going to take the actions required and isn't going to quit when things get difficult.
I don't like to surround myself with people full of excuses, I'm a bit tired of them. If you're willing to do what's necessary, you will be welcome to join our community, my friend!
It will require a lot of learning and hard work up front.
The good news is that you will reap the benefits from the system you built with your own hands for the rest of your life.
It will require you to keep creating content to keep things going, so don't think passive income is all about just laying back for the rest of your life.
But who truly wants that? Wouldn't you get bored? It's not that bad to work 4 hours a week on your business and use the rest of the time however you like it.
Choose if you want to keep growing or just want to lay back and do whatever you want.
The idea he is to be able to choose the life that you want.
But let me tell you: if you're like me, you'll end up wanting to grow more and that's what will make you happier.
Okay, How Do I Do It Then?
So you want to be able to choose the life you want to live?
You want to escape a life that isn't making you happy?
You want to make a living doing something fun like creating videos that you love?
You want to be free to work whenever and wherever you want to?
Are you sure?
It WILL NOT be easy.
Okay then, here's how you do it:
Stage 1: plan your channel.
Stage 2: start creating great content to help your audience.
Stage 3: start collecting their emails to build a deeper relationship and earn their trust.
Stage 4: create your online products (online courses, masterminds, ebooks, etc) and sell them in a systematic, automated mode.
Grats, you got a business!
Simple, but also hard as f**k.
The main reason why is because it requires investing a LOT of time.
You have three options to get enough time to do all this:
- Do it on the side after you finish working and during the weekend. This option will consume your life, but sometimes it's the only way. Have people made it this way? Many. Was it extremely hard? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Every single minute.
- Find an easier job, or downsize to a part-time job and cut your spendings. Use the extra time to work on getting your freedom.
- Save up until you have enough time to live for an entire year without working, quit your job and spend an entire year working on getting your freedom.
Whatever option you choose, you should start as soon as possible. Even if you chose option number 3, you should start doing this in your free time while you save up the money.
I really don't like recommending people to quit their job. If you got debt to pay, you HAVE TO work. Do NOT let some stranger on the internet tell you otherwise.
If you're going to quit your job for this, do it only if:
- You got enough to sustain yourself for an entire year MINIMUM without working.
- You know it won't be that hard to find a new job if it doesn't work out well—which is likely to happen—in your first year.
Whatever you do, please don't make the stupid decision of quitting without having a real plan with real money to back it up.
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
Where Do I Start?
So you're willing to work hard to get the freedom that you want?
You don't care about having to put in a lot of work to get the life that you want?
Are you eager to learn how normal people can start a business based on the current skills they already have on YouTube?
Then, the first big step you should make is joining our community of other 4,000+ freedom-seekers:
You will receive all the free tips and information that will help you get you to where you want to be. Sometimes you will also receive a special offer from me with exciting programs that will teach you every step to earn your freedom so you can reach your goals faster.
Sign up below, and start your journey to freedom. It's completely free to join and it might change your life—that's my number 1 objective, at least.
Hope to find you there, it might be the turning point in your life if you're willing to put in the work.
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