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How to Make Money with a Vlog, Blog, or Podcast in 2018

January 10, 2018

Making money online is not as difficult as you think. There are many smart ways to make money online. I’ll teach you about how to monetize your vlog or podcasts.

Everyday people watch a billion hours of video on YouTube. Don’t just take this as statistical information. It tells us something – anyone can create a channel or vlog and make money. People like to watch video content and that’s why YouTube generates billion views in a day.

On the other hand, there is also a huge demand for podcasts. It is easy and informative to tune in to podcasts. A recent study shows that 50% of all US homes are podcast fans. The good thing is you can monetize your podcasts too.

Here are my tips for successful vlog or podcasts:

Pick A “Blue Ocean” Niche

As you may hear you have to choose a niche. But I prefer the “Blue Ocean” niche. It means you have to innovate and expand to find a less saturated niche.

Choose the one that you are passionate about and come up with ideas that you could have your edge over others. Every field is competitive; you have to find a way to stay on top of the competition.

For example, if your industry is catering, you should offer something valuable to your customers than others. You can restrict your target audience; you can cater only to corporates. By this way, you will be ahead of other catering companies.

Set Up Your Channels

If you have found your niche but don’t have your vlog set up, watch this video where I talk about starting a vlog. Make sure that you have added channel art, description, links to your website and cover photos.

Create Awesome Content

Content remains the king. Fresh and engaging content is what you need to create. Make sure you prepare the script for your videos and audios.

Even for interviews, it is good to have a written script in hand. It holds the same for podcasts.

You don’t have to create new content all the time; you can reuse the ones from your previous blog posts. But make it appropriate to the video or blog post series that you make.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might know the importance of engaging content. You have to create engaging content that is informative, educational or emotional. These type of content generates more engagement.

Consistency is the key. To keep yourself more organized in posting podcasts and videos, follow a content calendar strictly.

How To Monetize?

Ads are inevitable. Whether it’s a podcast app or video platform like YouTube, you can see ads in between the content. As a content producer, you can monetize your video/audio content by becoming an ad publishing partner.

You have to sign up for Google AdSense account and enable monetization in your YouTube settings page. When someone watching your videos engages with the ads, Google will offer you a commission.

YouTube stars are sponsored by businesses for promoting their products are served. Whether you are an affiliate or you promoting something don’t compromise on the quality of your content. Don’t be sales.

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