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How 2 little girls make $127,777.21 per month on YouTube

How 2 little girls make $127,777.21 per month on YouTube

It’s crazy to think that these two little girls are making six figures…per month. According to Outrigger Media, Charli?s Crafty Kitchen made $127, 777.21 back in March of 2015. Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 8.55.14 PM This channel began back on September 26, 2012, when Charli was just 6 years old and had a passion for baking/cooking and being in front of a camera. Her sidekick is her ?little sister Ashlee(3 years old at the time), who is her helper/taste tester and the two make a ridiculously adorable duo that host their?kids-only baking show. The girls are 9 and 6 now and have 435,029 subscribers (for now) and they?re almost at 409 MILLION views. Watch the video above where I explain how they got there.

Their First Video

Here?s the girls? first video Easy Halloween Witches’ Hats. It?s an adorable video, use it as motivation to get off your butt?and?start your own channel. So there you have it. A 9 and 6-year old are making more money than you or I (most likely). You can say they have an advantage or whatever, but that?s just an excuse for YOU to not get started. Let me know if you have any tips you can add. I?ll depart with a link to 115 awesome websites check it out! Thanks guys! -Phil

The Sneaky Sneaky Sir Method

The Sneaky Sneaky Sir Method

So, here we go.

Blog post # 1 done.

Blog post # 2?

Not so much, so I went around Googling how to create a blog post fast and came up with this post from Neil Patel.

I thought this is what I would do, but…no. I went with something else (although I will use snippets and probably use this method in the future, it’s very simple and effective).

Moving on.

Instead, I’ll be teaching something I’d like to call “The Sneaky, Sneaky Sir” method.

1 MILLION gold stars to anyone that got this reference right away.

Sneaky Sneaky Sir
You will need an account with the following sites for this to work: Now you could do the same thing with a Craigslist account or a Facebook group that is Craigslist-like, (yeah we’ll roll with that terminology) but Offer Up is just better in my opinion because you HAVE TO HAVE A PICTURE with your listing, unlike the latter.

I don’t understand how people expect to sell something to a complete stranger without a picture. Have you ever sold anything like that?

I sure haven’t.

Let’s see…how can we get back on the right track?

Chris Farley Back on the Right Track

Offer Up

Ah yes, Offer Up.

It’s really meant to be more on the mobile-friendly side, but you can download it and set it up on your phone or computer.

If you want to see how it works go here on your CPU and click on the “How it works” button and watch how to buy and sell on there, it’s super easy.

Create your account using a real photo of you, they even let you hook up your Facebook account which adds your profile pic (upload any other pic if you wish) and I believe other people that like Offer Up on Facebook can follow you (you can follow them too).

Once your account is set up you can look for items near you. Just pull up the app on your phone and you will see categories like:
  • Search Everything
  • Popular Near Me
  • From People I Follow
  • Furniture
  • Baby & Kids
(These are just a few categories of many)

Here’s a screenshot from my phone:

Offer Up Screenshot

I’d start off by searching for stuff in the “Popular near me” category.

Set your filter for within 5 -10 miles away. With the “Sort by” button, you have the options below.

Personally, I went with the closest because I’d rather not have to drive far out at all.

Offer Up Filter Settings

Then just hit apply and see what kind of cool stuff you find.

At first I thought I could do this with cell phones but the risk that there might be something wrong with the phone was too high (something could come up later on the phone like it won’t charge or it heats up).

I instead decided to go with something that can have its condition based on appearance alone for the most part.

I went with a pair of Retro Air Jordans.

Ebay

I will admit that the first pair I posted on eBay got sold on Offer Up before I could sell them on eBay.

Luckily the same seller said he had more shoes he just hadn’t posted them on Offer Up yet.

I would like to point out that I did no research on this beforehand, but I suggest you do. (I will in the future as well).

Here’s how you go about doing that:

  1. Go to your eBay account. If you haven’t created one…do it. It’s free to set up, they put your stuff in front of TONS of people and only charge 10% + 2.9% for Paypal fees. Just take away 13% from anything you sell, plus anything else that you add on like signature confirmation or insurance (I’d add signature confirmation anything over $100).
  2. Search for your item in the eBay search bar (add details that you think would help find it like “Retro 1 Air Jordans red and white size 12” or something like that). Usually, eBay will pull up complementary category specifications like shoe size, color, etc.
  3. Select the categories that best fit your item and scroll to the bottom where it says in bold “Show only”
  4. Select “sold listings” and see what kind of prices others are selling the same item at and when they’re selling. This will help you figure out what price you should sell at and how fast the product is moving.

Sold Items Screenshot

Now, if you don’t want to do any of this I understand. You could just do what I did and wing it, besides your just fishing really.

Okay, so either way when you find something that you deem worthy of listing on eBay (researched or not), hit the little star on the top right hand side of the screen next to the cutesy little camera symbol.

This will add it to your favorites.

Next, go to your computer and sign-in to your account, go to that favorites item and save the picture.

Make sure and hit the “ask” button and find out some more details from the seller on the item or items if you’re doing more than one listing.

Get as much info as you can, like final price, (always try to offer a little less, you never know) ask for more pics they can send to your phone or email (Offer Up only allows 1 pic unless you download some app which I didn’t do lol), and just make sure that the seller is responsive otherwise I wouldn’t really mess with them.

The final piece of the puzzle is creating the eBay listing.

PRO TIP: Look at the sold items if you want help on what kind of titles sell. Create a similar title. Simple right?

On the top left-hand side of your eBay page you should see “Sell” right next to “Gift Cards”, you know what to do now….HIT SELL knucklehead lol.

You’ll see 2 buttons come up:

Sell It Myself

Hit “Sell it myself”. Where it says “Tell us what you’re selling”, just spin around some of the titles from the tip in red font from before and don?t use the exact same wording.

Don’t take too long on this, but add the main parts to the listing like:

  • Condition
  • Photos
  • Details (Use this at the top: “**Ships out in ____ business days and arrives in 1-4 business days**” ALSO, USE PRIORITY MAIL!!! Add any details but don?t over do it. Make sure to add the amount of business days you think you could mail it off in, I’d go with 1, but 2 is ok.

Adding a YouTube Video

This next part needs a little more attention: Look for a YouTube video that pertains to your item.

There are several review videos and unboxing videos that you could use.

See the highlighted part on the URL?

That?s what you need for later, you can copy and paste this on a clipboard on your CPU for later or just leave the tab open we’ll come back to this.

I chose this video one for my Jordan’s:
Retro 4 Air Jordans YouTube Link Pic

Next, you want to hit “Switch to HTML editor”.

HTML for YouTube Video

Enter this code at the end of the weird looking stuff (see pic below HTML text) in fact start a new paragraph just to make sure:

<p align=”center”>?<object height=”385″ width=”640″><param name=”movie”?value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/XXXXXXXXXXX?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US”><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”> <embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/XXXXXXXXXXX?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” height=”385″ width=”640″></object></span></strong></p>

Inserting HTML Code

Now, either copy and paste those 13 digits from earlier or go to your YouTube tab’s URL and look for the last 13 digits, this is what mine looked like (it?s everything after the = sign).

All you’re doing is replacing the 13 Xs in the two spots where you see them in bold in the HTML you’ve pasted.

Next, just hit “Switch to standard editor” and see if you have your video embedded now.

Last 13 Digits

Camera one:

Standard Editor Embedded Video

Doesn’t that look a little more appealing?

Does to me!

You do not need to go crazy on the description.

Just provide facts and be brief.

Leave your listing up and check up often on Offer Up to see if your item isn’t sold, keep in contact with the seller.

It’s no biggie if it gets sold, just erase the listing on eBay if it is. Shipping For shipping, I’d say go with Priority Mail so it can get there fast.

Ebay kind of guesstimates the weight.

What I did was I selected select shipping myself, got rid of international shipping (I don’t want to mess with that for now), added a pound to the weight eBay provided and added extra inches (hehe…I?m a child) to the dimensions they provided as well.

(If you have boxes you can use to ship, get exact measurements because it could save you money on shipping!)

ONE BIG FINAL NOTE: MAKE SURE THAT YOU?RE PAYPAL PAYMENT IS CONFIRMED BEFORE SHIPPING ANYTHING!!

Conclusion

And…you’re done.

So, to sum it all up, what we’re doing is we’re creating accounts on eBay, Offer Up, Paypal, and YouTube/Google I guess (if you don’t have one for some reason).

You find stuff on Offer Up that you think you could sell on eBay.

Do research on it by seeing what actually sold on eBay.

Add a YouTube video that shows your item off all nice and purdy.

Use the copy and paste HTML template that I’ve provided you.

Make sure you use Priority Mail when shipping, remove international shipping, and add to the dimensions just to overestimate a little.

One last thing…Meet up with people in a public place!!

Starbucks is great and they’re open until like 10 or 11 p.m. 

Be safe guys.

Oh!

I will depart with an interesting, totally random fact (something I did in the past 3 days actually): If you put a ripe avocado, or more than one, in a brown paper and roll up the bag a bit, you can make it mature overnight!

I did this and they came out perfect just a day ago.

Boom.

Let me know if you have any thoughts on how to improve The “Sneaky, Sneaky Sir” method!

Cheers!

~ Phillip Lopez

I Suck At Internet Marketing

I suck at internet marketing

It?s true, I do.

For as much as I?ve been reading blog posts, listening to videos, and buying digital products on the subject for the last 8 months or so?I SUCK AT INTERNET MARKETING.

You may have heard the term ?Shiny Object Syndrome??boy, was I riddled with it (and I still jones for more digital products but not as bad lol).

I?ve purchased hundreds of dollars in digital products without much to show for it. I?ve tried CPA/CPC marketing, doing Fiverr gigs, email marketing combined with solo ads and?I was going about it all the wrong way.

I wasn?t ready because I didn?t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do so I was looking at gimmicky crap that promised the world even if you?ve had no experience, and of course? THIS DID NOT WORK.

I was not building something sustainable and even when something worked, (I made about $5 off of an e-book upsell from somebody joining my mostly non-buyers/unresponsive email list) I didn?t even have things set up right to track where they came from!

Basically?this was me:

I suck at internet marketing dog pic

Does any of this sound familiar?

Now that I have your undivided attention let?s move on to something that actually worked for me, it?s a mix of online/offline marketing and it?s something you can test yourself without any initial cost (you?ll see what I mean).

This was fairly recent too mind you. A few months back I read a phenomenal blog post on Appsumo (a daily deals website for digitally distributed goods and online services founded by Noah Kagan) about making money throwing fun events and I flirted with the idea of doing it myself.

You can read that blog post and follow the instructions to the tee if you?ve got the stones.

Here?s how it went down for me though: I told everyone I knew I was going to throw a cocktail event (via text, call, Facebook, email, etc.) in about 2 ? weeks. I informed them that the event was either going to be on June 9th,  2015 or the 10th.

It would be $25/person or you could buy 3 tickets (although I didn?t really have any tickets) and get 1 free. I explained that their purchase entitled them 1 drink and 1 cocktail class. I didn?t have an exact day or a venue, but I still threw it out there.

Why not right?

This was all for shits and giggles anyway.

Okay, now Noah?s blog post talks about not worrying about the logistics too soon but I do what I want.

I went ahead and asked around about the venue and got a response (just look for bars on Yelp or just Google and pitch the idea to the manager it?s simple) from a bar called Bar Louie. I told them I?d pay them $10 a head which would equal 1 drink and 1 cocktail class. do it on Wednesday, a slower night for them.

They absolutely LOVED the idea and told me to do it on a Wednesday?a slower night for them.

I suck at internet marketing - Bar Louie

Remember, it is important that you should set the event in the middle of the week so it is on a slow night (it?s easier to get a cocktail class in that way, bars are usually not as busy), it?s a win-win because you?re bringing in paying customers who are probably going to buy more drinks and food over the course of the night.

Easy, right? Moving on. Tell people about the event and get them to Paypal (it?s an action verb now apparently) you the money, that way your idea is validated with presales.

I suck at internet marketing - Bar Louie

NOTE: instead of marketing to complete strangers it is better to tell your friends, family or acquaintances about the event (they?ll be more likely to trust you)!

I must confess. I did end up making a little site on wix to make it easier for people to buy their tickets.

Check out my ghetto-fabulous site here or click on the pic below. I say ghetto, but hey, I?m no WordPress wiz or anything even close to that. I was proud of my work even though it took me a couple of hours, about 2 in fact.  

I suck at internet marketing - Shaken Not Stirred

I even made Facebook event page, which yielded?no one.

Boo.

I thought I had 10-15 people easy.

Ego check.

Some of what I call my best friends did not even give me a yes or no.

Ouch.

In fact, when it was all said and done, I had 5 people total (including myself) that were actually going.

I was really butt-hurt about my friends not even giving me a response, but that?s life. When it?s all said and done, you have to think about it from an entrepreneur?s point of view. Create, analyze results, and then adjust.

However, despite only having 4 paying customers, the event was a blast!

The bartenders were awesome.

Bar Louie is famous for their martinis and they showed us how to make 6 different types of martinis although I did not retain all the information. They told us a lot of the history on the drinks, how to shake them, how certain liquors are distilled, etc. We were all very impressed. Here are a few pics from the event:

When it was all said and done, I made $39 off of the $100 I received, all with no money out of my pocket.

I did end up reinvesting most of it into some more booze for my girlfriend and I though, oh well (by the way, I charged her $25 and you can too, the bar still expects their money).

If anything, this is a great way to get some free booze! I would have never, ever tried this had I not seen that blog post. I had a blast learning to make drinks and got a couple of free drinks in the process.

It was not perfect.

I didn?t even follow the idea step for step and frankly, I kind of half-assed it on the marketing for the last week or so.

Imagine if I?d whole-assed it?

Despite all of this, I consider it a success.

I made an independent dollar ($39 of them as a matter of fact, woo-hoo!) doing something fun at that.

Can this be scaled up? Yes, it can. So, let?s do a condensed version or the (as Reddit puts is) TL/DR version:

  1. Ask your friends, family, or co-workers if they?d be interested in a cocktail event where they?d get: 1 drink and 1 cocktail class
  2. Tell them around when it would be (you still have to work out the logistics) and tell them to Paypal (create a Paypal account if you haven?t already, it?s awesome) you the money, besides if it doesn?t work out for whatever reason you can just refund the money. Set the price at $25/head or buy 3 get one free. If people jump at that price I wouldn?t go lower than $20/head, but that?s me.
  3. Call bars (Use Yelp or Google, this is what most people use to find stuff near them) and pitch the working manager your idea, leave a voicemail if you have to, they?ll call back if interested.
  4. Create a Facebook event for your event and if you have to, create a little wix site so you can send people a link with a Paypal button.
  5. Get to the venue early and talk to the working manager and bartender, make sure you keep up with them and let them know roughly how many people you expect and go over what you expect from them.
  6. Take pictures, check in with Facebook or whatever other social media site and have a blast.

Sounds simple, no? Ok, smart guy (or gal)?

2 questions:

  • What would you have done differently?
  • What other kinds of events can you create using a similar formula?

Thanks for your time guys, hasta luego.

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