How To Do Product Reviews Like A Boss And Make Mucho Cash

Why Product Reviews?

Product reviews are, to put it simply, one of the avenues where the real gold is online – especially on Youtube but also for bloggers! Let’s look at why (6 reasons).

1. First, the product review category is one of the absolute best Youtube niches in terms of “money earned per visitor”. Advertisers are super-hungry to appear on those videos because they are watched by people who are in shopping mode. So your ad revenue is typically much higher than other video categories.

2. Buyer traffic: Everyone knows that Google is the #1 search engine; but getting ranked in Google is highly complex – and can take a long time. However most don’t know that Youtube is the world’s #2 search engine with BILLIONS of searches per month – and that it’s typically much easier to rank in Youtube search results than Google search results! If you do product reviews, people are already looking for what you have to offer. You have likely done this yourself: Shoppers will be on Amazon etc or even in the big box store and see something they think they want to buy. They will then literally go straight to Youtube and type “________ review” before they finalize their purchase decision. You want to be the result that comes up. This is money! And can you see why advertisers pay top dollar to appear on those videos? Youtube videos also often appear high in the Google top 10 – so if your review picks up traction it can get a double shot of search traffic.

3. Multiple revenue streams baby! Not only can you get video ad revenue but you can drop your Amazon affiliate links in the “info box” for a 3% commission. (To max out the clicks, put the link in the first line of text so it is most visible!) And when the channel grows, you will likely get product MFRs sending you stuff to review, video sponsors and so on.

4. Diversified income is better protected. Top Youtubers often state that these additional streams of revenue can “double up” and even overtake the video ad revenue after a while! This is also pretty cool because it gives you a form of “income insurance”. One of the greatest downsides of Youtube is the small-but-ever-present risk of getting “demonetized” – losing your video ad revenue. However for a product review channel, even getting demonetized in terms of ads is not the end of the road – because while you would lose the ad revenue, your affiliate and sponsorship income stays intact. πŸ™‚ If you have a non-product-related channel and the channel loses its advertising, then it can be a big wipeout unless you are able to use the channel to drive traffic and monetize the results some other way.

5. Companies are very actively seeking out influencers as part of their advertising budget – and “influencer marketing” is really a thing now, especially with big corporate brands. An influencer with a sizeable audience who helps people make purchase decisions, is on a golden ticket. Note how top Youtube product reviewer Marques Brownlee, with 15M followers, is now actively sought out by famous tech CEOs, who all want to be seen with him. That’s no accident, it’s deliberate marketing strategy.

6. Finally – being an affiliate rocks in and of itself as a business model. The number of affiliate programs now available to you is astonishing. You don’t have to deal with product returns, customers, inventory, shipping and handling… you just need to be able to reach an audience, help them make good purchase decisions and “follow the rules” when it comes to honest marketing practices. More on that later.

Getting Started As A Product Reviewer

Your first task is to choose your niche, so that you can create a themed Youtube channel i.e. one that is focused around one category or interest. Ideally your niche should be one with a lot of high ticket (over $50) products available and high consumer demand. Product categories where fans generally have higher disposable income and make a large number of purchases over time are ideal.

It’s advisable to choose a topic that you are fanatical about and have some real knowledge of. If you need ideas, don’t panic – you have so many options. This gold mine runs deep! πŸ™‚ The possibilities are in fact more endless than you can even imagine… To get some amazing niche / product category ideas check out – a massive list that is targeted towards specialized interests.

When naming your channel, make sure if possible that the channel name “does what it says on the tin” in other words it’s super obvious what your channel is about. For example if you call it “The mysteries of goldfish” then it would not be entirely obvious that you review fishtanks, however if you call it “Aquarium equipment reviews” or “The Aquarium Specialist” then you will get clicks from people who are seeking that. People want to already know before they click that what they are about to click is going to deliver what they are looking for (and seems cool). Do some initial research to make sure your chosen brand name is not already in use. There are a few vital steps here and I have covered it in detail here: How To Choose A Superb Domain Name For Your Blog / Social Media Brand (Amazing Branding Tutorial!)

Monetization: For new product reviewers, the typical starting point in terms of affiliate income is to sign up for Amazon Associates affiliate program – so that you can start earning commissions from your product promotions. More on that later.

Which Are The Best Products To Review

Go to Amazon and look for the low hanging fruit. You want products with

a) 4.5 to 5 stars on the reviews (= well loved product)
b) lots of reviews (= often purchased product)
c) still available / in stock
d) over $50 ideally but if something is $25 and has megatons (thousands) of reviews, go for it – because it’s something loads of people buy.
e) A product you know a lot about. Ideally, something you have used loads and can really comment on in depth.

To begin with, you could start by simply reviewing products you already own and have used a lot. Otherwise… you will have to buy the darn thing. If you are really dastardly, buy it, open it carefully, review it, return it! πŸ™‚ Please note, I didn’t recommend that. But in truth companies love free publicity so I doubt they will be too pissed if it happens once or twice. However I highly doubt you could keep returning stuff over and over without Amazon getting upset – so you would likely need to buy and then resell on eBay, later. You can get most of the money back when you flip it as “open box” or “used once” item.

It’s kind of important to actually test the product where possible – because in this space you are competing against reviewers who do that. And which would you prefer? The reviews of someone who never actually used the product or someone who bought and tested it?

How To Craft An Ideal Product Review

For the name of your video, try: “________(product name)_______ review” or “________(product name)_______ honest review”.

Target length – 5 minutes for products under $100. More expensive “big decision” products typically warrant longer, more detailed reviews.

Don’t fluff around in the intro. Get straight to the point. What you love. What you hate. Is it good value? Look at the reviews already on amazon to see criteria others have noticed – this can give you ideas for things to talk about.

For highly technical products you could do longer reviews and call it “(in depth review)” but I would suggest to make these occasional.

If you are camera shy, don’t worry about it. Just point the camera at the product, not at you. Focus on being helpful, amicable, honest and generally enthusiastic about life.

Give the viewer additional purchase options. This is gold. All they know is that they just bought a goldfish and need a fishtank. πŸ˜‰ Thinking is hard, and most people typically want someone they trust to just tell them which one they should get! So at the end of the video, always mention a cheaper product you recommend “if you don’t want to spend this much, you could check out this one which is $____.” And a more expensive product you recommend “if you are looking for something a bit more upscale, check out ____ which got a ton of 5 star reviews and costs _____”. Put all 3 of those links in the about box (you will want to sign up for an “Amazon Associates” affiliate account so you will get commission from there as well as ad revenue from the actual video!)

Comparison Reviews

This is a massively popular format. i.e. “top 5 headphones under $100 in 2022”. Link to Amazon for all 5 products in the about box. “Top 3” or “Top 5” work by far the best with comparison-style reviews; Top 5 videos get consistently higher clicks than other videos on the same channel and you can observe this everywhere. “Top 10” can work but is often “too much information”. People want bite-sized because they already have too many choices and too little time. Make it easy for them.

The Cheapie vs. The Deluxe Model

Comparing products at wildly different price points can be gold – if you have access to the products. The bigger the price difference, the better! Really cheap vs. really expensive. i.e. $30 Behringer microphone vs. $2000 Neumann microphone. Just the headline grabs attention + looks like it will be a fun watch, and the “David Versus Goliath” theme always sparks emotional involvement. These kinds of reviews can be fascinating: The possibility to get most of the performance for a fraction of the price? Will the expensive product absolutely destroy the cheapie product, as expected? Or maybe… just maybe… the heroic little guy will punch so far above his weight that he topples the giant. You see how exciting that is?

Destruct Testing / Limit Testing

People really enjoy seeing products pushed beyond the limits of what they are supposed to be able to handle – so these can get viral traffic, but bear in mind that these are often going to be bored viewers seeking entertainment, rather than actual shoppers. You also might risk your credibility as a serious reviewer: I’ve seen some really stupid examples of these, people putting an iPhone in a blender for example. But there’s no doubt that destruct testing is highly popular. It can be extremely dangerous, however, so if you are keen on this, please don’t do anything stupid – and take correct safety precautions for whatever you do.

If there is a way to evaluate the products scientifically, then definitely go for it. I watched a video where someone literally tested various drill bits by timing how long they took to go through a thick steel plate. Now that’s a useful type of limit test that will appeal to both shoppers and to those who want to see if the manufacturers were being honest about those “double the power of other brands” claims. I also saw a tool tester measuring the clamping force of various jaw clamps with a pressure gauge; attaching a long steel tube so that they could wind up the clamp until it shattered. Of course then, we get to see the slow-mo of the moment it broke. Fun but also useful to know.

Go The Distance

Be aware of the fact that – just like with blogging – the first six months to a year is going to be a grind – and that you simply have to keep at it. The ones who win in this game are the ones that keep their head down and stay productive. You can’t expect to have a successful channel with 3 videos. Assume that you will need 50+ videos before you start getting traction.

Bear in mind that you don’t need fancy video equipment in the beginning. Phone cameras are fairly decent these days. Start with what you’ve got and scale up your production budget as your revenue grows. Make it pay first!

Once you have built up a significant audience, you are in a position to contact the product manufacturer’s marketing department and request products for review; you can offer to return the product to them after evaluation if you are making a big ask. And when you get really big, they will be the ones calling you πŸ˜‰ But to begin with, you have to be patient and make the commitment to growing your fan base.

Low Commitment Gets The Click

The irony here is that while you have to be committed, you hook your audience with a video that is “low commitment” on the click, but which then exceeds their expectations. People will click it more readily if it seems like it will not take too much time and will give them easy, fast answers. And then the reaction you want is “Wow that was actually really cool, what else do they have?”

You can also mix in some tutorial content related to your chosen niche, in the same format. For example “3 Easy GENIUS Hacks To Make Your _________ Better”. Now there’s a golden headline! Note the low number of hacks = low commitment, and also odd numbers work better than even, for some weird reason but it’s statistically proven!

Going Further

Promote your product reviews on all your other social media. Also, create an ad-enabled WordPress blog and embed the videos, together with a written transcript of the video. You could also post the video on other video upload sites if they will allow affiliate links.

Amazon Affiliate Program And Other Alternatives

Amazon’s affiliate program (Amazon Associates) is great in some ways, not so great in others. Being an Amazon Associate does have one undeniable advantage: Everyone and their dog shops on Amazon, so people are very familiar with it and usually have no problem clicking and shopping there. It’s super convenient and so you get a high number of sales. The down side is that their commission rate is certainly on the low side. It’s around 3% now and they have cut it at least twice, despite no doubt making record profits. They suck for doing this, monopolies suck and they only get away with this kind of thing is by being the biggest game in town.

Another thing – I’ve been an Amazon Associate since I think 2013 and I have never had a late payment. Super reliable, no threats of being banned, minimal hassles of any kind. It’s an ideal platform for beginner affiliates. Get good at earning comms on there and then you will be ready to go after juicier catches…

The great news is that there are TONS of affiliate programs, some of which pay a lot better in terms of %. Most of the big box stores – Target, Walmart, Macys – and countless other retailers, have a program.

Some affiliate programs have quite specific and even stringent requirements. They might for example want you to already have a certain size audience or getting a good volume of blog traffic. Definitely sign up for several and don’t sweat it if a few turn you down because there are loads more! Another reason why being an affiliate for a number of companies is great is that you can add links to more than one retailer, so that your audience can compare prices. I’m in the process of researching a huge list of these and will make a post on that very soon – but in the meantime check out my List Of Best Ad Networks And Affiliate Programs For Blogs.

Affiliate Disclosures

Not legal advice – but it’s a requirement that you notify people visibly about the fact that you are earning commissions. For the full details on this, pls see the FTC guidelines – Dot Com Disclosures.

My Health Site Got Nuked By Google Because Of Content Thieves Stealing MY Content!!!

If you’ve ever seen your Google traffic do something like this (or even a complete flatliner) you’ll know what a “Google Slap” looks like…

Ouch! What did I do wrong??

My ace is social media traffic. Technical SEO, not so much. But I needed to fix this – because even though the big G is not my #1 traffic source, or even #2, Google traffic is good traffic and we all need that.

So I had a consultation with a serious SEO expert (Matt is a total boss) and his team did a deep dive on my site in ahrefs (SEO technical audit tool) to see what the problem might be…

Now this is a natural health blog that got massive and I mean massive social media traffic and engagement back in the day. 4 million Facebook fans; days where the number of visitors from FB went over 300,000 (yes in one DAY!); and numerous posts with over 100k shares.

The net result of all this was that everyone stole our content and I mean everyone. Content thieves deliberately target the most viral stuff because they know it will get the most clicks.

When I say stole, I don’t just mean people sharing the post on FB….

Article thieves copy pasted the entire article onto their blog, or put the images on their own dodgy websites full of other stolen images. No permission asked of course.

Pinterest spammers stole my viral infographics, cropped out my logo and pinned my images, however instead of linking to me from Pinterest, they linked to their own crappy pages with zero content value. So they were literally stealing my traffic!

I filed a Pinterest DMCA on 500 (yes 500) of these stolen images in one shot. Then (coincidence? I think not) my site suddenly got banned from Pinterest a few days later – leading to the unbelievably whacked situation where the only copies of my images Pinterest would allow on their site were the stolen ones!!! Whether or not this was a) them making a stupid mistake and thinking my site was the one being reported b) someone making a revenge claim c) them reviewing my site and deciding they didn’t like it for some other reason, I will likely never know. Getting any sense out of their support? Good luck… it was like throwing coins into a canyon… you can’t hear them hit the bottom… I was not able to get my site reinstated.

And then Google………..

So my articles had “innerlinks” in them. It’s fairly normal – and used to be known as “pagerank sculpting”. In “wikipedia style”, you put a link from one of your articles to another one of your articles, in places where the “keyword” appears.

The article thieves then scraped my articles, however they did not even bother to strip the links out.

Now, why is this a problem? You ask.

Because I now have hundreds of links to my site from “bad neighborhood” .ru and .cz domains packed full of stolen content, all with the same link anchor text!

So Google thought I was link spamming, and down I went!

I can’t be anywhere near the only person this is happening to. It’s so crazy when technology implemented to combat spammers has such obvious and visible unintended consequences. But that’s Google for you. They have these… ideas… that machines can replace humans. And they are going to reinforce those beliefs in every way they can! And can you actually talk to anyone at the big G? Good luck with that, pal!

How To Combat Theft Of Your Content (including “evil genius” tactics)

0) Get your own house in order

Make absolutely sure there is no stolen content on your own sites. None of this is legal advice, of course. But I highly suggest to do this now and thank me later, because let me assure you, this war is only starting to get warmed up and it’s going to get serious.

Images – Get rid of any images that you are unclear about. You need either to have created the image yourself from scratch, or have the correct license, or written permission, or verified proof that the image is from a public domain (CC0) source. Keep records of everything and keep it organized! If you can’t remember where you got the image from, FFS delete it from your website asap! Find something you can confidently use instead. There are now legal teams filing “carpet bomb” legal cases against image thieves. Claims that it was “accidental” will not protect you from being hit with their expensive out-of-court settlement costs. Being a small non-profit site will not protect you. Claiming “fair use for educational purposes only” when you have ads or affiliate links on your pages will not protect you!

Text – You need two steps here. Step one – use Copyscape Pro (it’s awesome) to find copies of your content. Step two – use Google search. Grab at least two sentences at random from your article and put them in google search (i.e. 2 or more separate searches).

Why do you need both of these steps? If you hired cheap “five dollah” article writers, I got bad news for you… your site quite likely has stolen content on it. Quite a few of them literally cannot write a perfect sentence – but they know about Copyscape. A few of them even advertise that they can create articles that pass Copyscape!! But this word “create”… I do not think it means what they think it means… They cobble together articles by swiping a sentence from here, a sentence from there, and then swapping out some words until it passes Copyscape. It’s not good enough. It’s either unique content or it isn’t and you can bet Google’s analysis tools are top notch. Fire any writers that do this and fix your articles. So, what Copyscape doesn’t find, a Google search probably will – and then the fun begins, because you need to determine whether your writer stole it from them, or whether the other site stole it from you! Filtering by date in Google search settings might help.

1) Assume that your content will get stolen and be prepared to take action

The irony of internet success is that the more successful you are, the more your stuff will get stolen. It’s completely insane. It’s such a P.I.T.A. And when you are running 20+ websites, all with email lists, social media accounts etc, do you really need more stuff to have to deal with? But it’s a fact of life on the www, also known as the Wild West Web. For too long I just thought “I will invent faster than they can copy” but that eventually came around to bite me and so it’s better to stay on top of things.

2) Understand that not all links are good links and that you will need to monitor it

Putting a healthy sprinkle of links in your own articles to your blog’s other topically relevant posts helps your site’s rankings, but when your content is stolen, it becomes a problem. I mistakenly thought “well, if they steal my articles, at least I will get a link”. No. Not all links are good links. The bad ones hurt you. But you can fix it.

3) How to locate stolen content

Locating stolen content is not that hard. Copy-paste a sentence or two from the article into Google and the majority of copies will show up. Reverse image search (drag and drop in google images) will pop up copies of your images. And just scrolling below your pins in Pinterest “more like this” will often show up your stolen content. Pinterest recommending your own stolen content for you to explore… oh the irony!

4) Filing DMCA will only get you so far

Generally speaking, people in 1st world countries will honor DMCA requests and they typically take fast action, because legal problems are not what they need. However if your site was scraped by someone in a more rough-and-tumble country, shall we say, the chances are they DGAF – and even if there is contact info on their site, you probably won’t get very far. Ask me how I know!

5) Database and Disavow

Fortunately, you can disavow undesirable links from hurting your site in Google Webmaster Tools / Google Search Console. In order to combat Google Bowling – a nefarious practice where a competitor deliberately blasts their enemy’s site with spammy links in order to get it nuked from the rankings, Google gives the ability to disavow links. Once you have verified that you are the site owner (easy little hoop you have to jump through), you can notify them to ignore any links when analyzing your site’s link profile. You can also file DMCA via Google Webmaster Tools to clean up Google results! Nice!

So the first step is to get a thorough a list of these links as you can. Go to the awesome ahrefs (you can create a free account, although it’s a bit buried because they prefer people to start the trial – click “sign in” and then “sign up”) and then do a site audit on your site, to analyze all the links pointing at it. Load up your site in ahrefs and look at the backlinks. Go to anchors and look at the anchor text, which will reveal unusual patterns. Then look at links to target. Any links that have high traffic, you might want to hang on to. But anything which scrapes your content and has minimal or 0 traffic. Grab all those URLs, cos it’s time to nuke ’em! πŸ™‚

Paste all those links into a database and review them to mark up A) which ones are either copies of your articles and B) which are any other type of dodgy “bad neighborhood” link you don’t want. For type A – go to Google Copyright Removal Dashboard. This will get the offending content de-indexed, but of course this is a legal form so you have to affirm in a sworn statement that you are the copyright owner. Boom! Fix your link profile and then hopefully within a few weeks / months, your Google rank ought to recover – if this was what caused the derank in the first place!

For type B – follow Google’s disavow tool instructions here. Yes, it’s a lot of work but worth it. And you can get one of your amazing VAs to help.

6) Playing hardball

If you finally decide you are “****ing over it”, and you want to bring in the tanks, it turns out that you do have a Panzer division available to you πŸ™‚ Bringing the big guns onto the field is becoming more prevalent now and I do think that image theft is going to become a thing of the past in the next few years because of the escalation of weaponry the plaintiff has at their disposal. πŸ˜‰ Here are a couple of choice tactics for when you have finally snapped and decided on a scorched earth policy…

6a) Report them to their ISP / web host. So it turns out that you can file DMCA on an ISP / web host as well as the website owner. Nice!!!! More info here This is a super tactic because while a spammy website owner might ignore your DMCA or be unreachable, a web host will 99.999% be reachable – and won’t want to risk DMCA. They would rather nuke the website concerned than get nuked themselves.
Unbelievably, there is even a service called “DMCA ignored hosting” now. In other words, web hosting that claims it will ignore DMCA requests on your behalf. Again not legal advice but this seems highly illegal. File the DMCA anyway.

6b) Hire the heavy hitters to go into battle for your stolen images. For example these guys. They work for major image libraries and other content creators to manage their copyright issues. They essentially threaten legal action and frighten image thieves into paying up – in return for a percentage of the settlements they get from terrified bloggers who stole your content. It’s kind of cruel to do this, in a way. But it works and they did steal your content after all – so it’s ultimately fair play.

6c) Get a lawyer. It’s likely only worth doing if the perpetrator is visibly making profit from unauthorized use of your content or harming your revenue significantly. Take screenshots of everything and keep good records.

7) Evil genius tactics 😈

7a) “Land mines”. To continue with the military metaphor – what does an army do when they want to make life hard for the enemy? They set traps. So, you know how some hashtags or even words are completely unique and #nobodyelseontheplanetwillprobablyusethatone. If you can drop a random character string into all your articles, somewhere, then it helps “watermark” them. You have a way to search the entire internet in one shot for scraped copies of your content. Something like this: 2@42&^%$gr Anyone doing a manual content swipe will of course strip out a nonsense word. But most of the scraper sites are doing this stuff with bots, so you can watermark your articles with something like that and it will give you an edge on finding this stuff more easily in the future / or when they “spin” your article. Another thing you can do is use Google Alerts as an early warning system.

7b) Oh, I just thought of another beauty. Now this one’s really fun. “Hotlinkers” will steal your image by copy pasting your image URL, so that your image displays on their website without them hosting the image. So they are stealing the image and draining your own hosting resources in order to do so. You can locate these hotlink images easily using ahrefs. Simply change the URL of the image on your own site and then replace the image at the original URL with a rickroll type image or something that says “image stolen”, or whatever prank image you want, really, within legal limits of course. Just make sure it’s only going to appear on their site, not yours. At some point they will notice, but until then, you can have some very justified fun at their expense.

8) Watch out for backlash

Note that you take revenge on scammers / spammers at your own risk. I do not say this lightly. Some of them will retaliate. You might face “revenge filing” / fake claims against you, or DDOS, etc. Make sure your own house is in order first and protect yourself against DDOS or other malicious attacks with for example Cloudflare and security measures as appropriate.

There are more things you can do, too. Found a great tutorial here: Content Copycat: What To Do When Your Website Gets Copied

The 10 Hottest Internet Money Ideas & Techniques For 2022 (This Is What Is Working Right Now!)

Top 10 Hottest Internet Money Ideas & Techniques For 2022 Graphic Β© 8FigureStack. Background photo – Shutterstock (under license)

If you are looking for a 100% free, up-to-date, detailed tutorial on the best internet-based money making methods; the stuff that is working RIGHT NOW and has REAL money potential, then you are in the right place! πŸ™‚

Let’s get right into it; here (in no particular order) are my ten best picks for methods to start making great money online in 2022:

#1. Blog + Pinterest

I’ve made over $1.9M blogging since 2013 so I can vouch for this one! πŸ˜‰ I can assure you that as a “money making system”, blogging is still thundering along and will probably continue to do so! Why? Because people will always need useful, helpful information!

Create that – and put it in front of them. The rest is details. πŸ˜‰

A great blog can generate a very useful additional income; with the best bloggers going on to make full time incomes and in some cases, fortunes!

The typical method used by pro bloggers nowadays is as follows:

1) First, Get Professional Web Hosting. This is important. Using a “free host” is not advised as this typically creates obstacles later down the road – for example restricting your ability to run ads. I’ve been using Bluehost (currently only $2.95 / month for a starter package if you sign up through my link) since 2013 and plan to continue to do so for the foreseeable future!

2) Choose a niche. A niche is the topic of your blog and you need one! A “random blog” about “whatever” you are in the mood for writing about that day is definitely NOT advisable! Trust me on this! Your choice of niche is important and there are some unexpected things you need to know. I’m very experienced in this area, having over 20 blogs in various niches – and I have one of the best free tutorials in existence on this topic: Top 26 Profitable Blog Niches Plus 11 You Should AVOID At All Costs.

3) Choose a domain name. Don’t panic! Here’s my free tutorial on coming up with a truly excellent name: How To Choose A Superb Domain Name For Your Blog (Amazing Branding Tutorial!). Once you have this name, you will set the DNS of your domain so that it connects to your web host (there are lots of free tutorials on this out there). Oh, and be sure to “bag” your brand name on the big social media platforms.

4) Install WordPress blogging platform on your domain. You can do this easily from within cPanel in your web hosting account. Definitely use WordPress, it’s awesome and considered the “industry standard”. I have used WordPress for ALL my blogs since 2013 and still do!

5) Now you are ready to begin the process of creating / publishing high value free content and promoting it (this part is vital!) via your social media accounts!

Pinterest works particularly well for bloggers (it’s been my #2 traffic source overall, with Facebook Fan Pages being #1; although I think Facebook pages are somewhat more difficult to grow big these days). Overall, Pinterest is a great social media platform for new blogs to focus on as a traffic source. If you crack Pinterest, you should be able to start generating decent traffic and corresponding income!

6) In order to get traffic from Pinterest, you need graphics. All your blog posts should have their own “headline graphic” (for example the one I have at the top of this post – it has the headline inside the graphic in big letters!), with Canva (free app!) typically being used to create these graphics. Canva is easy to learn and generates GREAT results – I used Canva for all the images on this blog!

There are a number of tips and tricks to doing these graphics the right way: Check out my free tutorial How To Make Pinterest Graphics That Drive Massive Traffic To Your Blog

Monetization of the blog (ahh, the good part!) is typically done via display ads, affiliate offers related to the niche/topic of the blog, sponsored guest posts and or by promoting your own products and services – typically training courses, one-on-one coaching or printables. Check out my free tutorial List Of 20 Best Ad Networks And Affiliate Programs For Blogs. (Yes I know, I give a lot away for free!!)

Creating a highly successful blog, of the kind that generates a five or even six figure monthly income, is an art form with a diverse skill set required. It’s also a lot of work – as top-flight blogs tend to have at least 500 pages and often 1000+! To give you an idea, my most successful blog, which has generated well over $1M in revenue, now has 1,320 posts, most of which are full-length articles with numerous scientific references. So be prepared to be “in it for the long haul” – but the potential rewards for consistent high-quality bloggers are high!

#2. Social Media Influencer [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, Youtube etc.]

Being “an influencer” is one of the most highly desired entrepreneurial careers for the 18-30 generation and the revenue potential is seemingly limitless for top-flight influencers. But one of the truly great things about social media is that there are minimal “barriers to entry”: Many of the world’s top influencers started from humble origins.

Let’s clear something up right away: Although most people’s first thought is “well, you have to be super good looking”, this is absolutely not true. I have built up over 4 million social media followers (yes really) without ever showing my face on a single one of my channels! Not even once! I promise you I am not exaggerating or making this up! There are strategies for Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the rest where you can achieve great success and build a huge following without ever showing your face! Look around those platforms and see if you can spot these channels – there are loads of them!

(Even crazier – there are ways that you can make money on ALL these platforms without having any content of your own! Yes it’s true! Hmm… I should write a tutorial on this… πŸ˜‰ )

There are three fundamental aspects that go to make up a successful social media brand:

1) Being a good communicator. Despite the glorious diversity of social media influencers, they all have one key thing in common: Being able to connect with people and “touch” their emotions. And what do you communicate? Typically a varied blend of one or more of the following: Inspiration, ideas, powerful emotions, entertainment and useful knowledge. If you have a flair for communicating and engaging people – whatever the medium – then social media has potential for you. Engagement really is the magic word!

2) Understanding the various nuances and patterns of the platform and its algorithms. Don’t overlook this, it’s critical; but also don’t panic – because you can learn it as you go along. Typically, high social media success requires a grasp of “what the algorithm is looking for” and then giving the algorithm what it wants. For example on Youtube, three key factors determine whether Youtube will give a video big distribution: a) high “clickthrough ratio” on the thumbnail b) watch time (whether the user quickly clicks away or stays watching the video and c) session time (whether the user “binge watches” multiple videos of yours during a viewing session).

3) The ability to make data driven decisions. Use the data (both yours and that of others) to observe what works and do more of that. For example, scroll through any major Facebook page / Instagram channel / etc and you can see that certain posts “hit it out of the park” and get way more views, likes and shares than their other content. These are the winning posts. But can you see why they were successful? To begin with, it’s very hit or miss but the more shots you take, followed up by observation of the data, the better you get at learning what works. Look at the major channels and study their top posts for clues. Look at everything – image choices, headlines, captions, emojis, subject matter, content style… it all adds up. You can’t steal their content of course but you can see what works because the data is visible.

Here are some in-depth free social media tutorials to get you started:

How To Make Money On Instagram – Full Tutorial

How To Make Money On Pinterest (Full Length FREE Tutorial)

How To Get Your First 1,000 Pinterest Followers (Free Tutorial!)

How To Get Your First 1,000 Youtube Followers (Free Tutorial!)

#3. Crypto

I can already hear it: “Crypto is super high risk, you should not be recommending that to newbies”.

So let’s clarify. Yes, although crypto has potential for “wild gains”, crypto trading IS very high risk. As a novice trader there’s a high likelihood of “getting rekt” and painful loss of capital. Here’s my free tutorial on what NOT to do as a novice crypto trader: This Is How You Are Going To Get β€œRekt” (Wrecked) In The Cryptocurrency Markets (Don’t Do This!)

However, trading is not the only option here – and there are in fact options that are very low risk.

Low Risk Strategy: You can purchase Stablecoins such as USDT and “park” them on platforms such as Nexo (get $25 worth of free bitcoin when signing up through my link and depositing $100+!) or Celsius, which are backed by top level security / insurance – and earn a very respectable interest rate of around 8% to 12% at the time of writing, with interest being paid out daily! Stablecoins are pegged to the price of “real” currencies and so they do not experience the wild fluctuations that Bitcoin and (even more so) altcoins experience. So all things considered, this beats the heck out of the despicable 0.01% offered by the high street banks on savings. I can’t give financial advice but I have an account on Nexo and get daily interest. My only regret (huge!) is that I did not sign up sooner.

Medium Risk Strategy: Then there is yield farming / liquidity mining – which I would personally rate as “medium risk”. This one is somewhat complex and will require a full tutorial (expect that soon!) but I am doing it myself right now and it’s actually overtaken blogging as my #1 revenue generator at the time of writing!

Medium To High Risk Strategy: “Hodling”. Here’s an example strategy that does not involve big capital outlay; take your spare change / leftover income every month and just purchase some cryptos of a kind that are highly regarded as having genuine value and growth potential. You then leave these assets to acquire whatever value they acquire over the course of time, deliberately not paying attention to daily fluctuations but taking a more long term approach. With hodling, it’s generally advisable not to “invest your life savings” as this would definitely be higher risk. But if you take money that you “would otherwise have spent frivolously” and use it to gradually accumulate a few well chosen cryptos, there is some very good long term potential. Think in terms of a few years rather than a few months.

Timing is everything in crypto and in general terms being early has proven best so far. I deeply regret not starting to hodl back in the good old days. A friend of mine was RAVING at me about bitcoin back in around 2011. Fast forward 10 years and it has gone over 1000X since then. If I had put in a few thousand from my first successful blog – by God – I could literally be living in a castle right now and have absolute financial independence. But there is still opportunity and many on the forefront of this technology believe that we are still in the early days in terms of overall crypto adoption.

In short there are strategies for every level of risk tolerance. Full tutorial on this soon.

#4. Youtuber

Top Youtubers can make 5, 6 or even 7 figure monthly incomes! But one of the good things about Youtube is that the “bar of entry” is low – and there is room for you too.

Although you might see “pro Youtubers” with fancy, expensive-looking production, you really don’t need that in order to get going. Seriously! Looking at the channels of even the most famous Youtubers, you can see that often they started by recording wobbly videos on a mobile phone and uploaded them with minimal or even no editing! So don’t get stuck thinking you need massively expensive microphones, cameras and hyper-expensive editing software. You don’t. Use what you got! And for a free-but-fully-pro video editing software, try Davinci Resolve. I’ve used it for all my Youtube editing and it’s absolutely amazing.

One thing you do need to understand about Youtube that this is a “slow burn”. As with blogging, it takes commitment to achieve success – and an ability to just keep going through the initial phase where you have only a small audience. It might take six months, a year or longer for a channel to take off, and this means a lot of grind before you see any pay. In other words, don’t quit your job to start a Youtube channel! Start by doing YT in your free time and maybe even try out a handful of different channel ideas, until you find something that “pops” and gets a noticeably stronger reaction from your audience; then double down on that. Again, let the data guide your choices and give the audience more of what they love the most.

For a Youtube channel to start earning ad revenue, you need 1,000+ subscribers and over 4,000 hours of watch time in the most recent 12 months. However there are numerous other ways to make money from Youtube and I have a free tutorial on that here: 18 Awesome Ways To Make Money With Youtube – Including Methods To Earn Money Without Making Videos!

Final tip – start an account on the other video platforms too (Vimeo, Bitchute, Odysee etc) and post your content there too. Might as well get it going and maximize your reach!

#5. Email Marketing

I’ve made over $300,000 with email marketing and although many people think it’s an “old chestnut” – it still makes money. Why? Because email is an integral part of the WWW – and despite the fact that people have all kinds of messenger apps, email is still a requirement for creating website accounts, as well as being a standard in business for documents and conversation. In short, email is as strong as ever. I have used Aweber since 2014 to manage my email lists and they offer a free option for the first 500 subscribers, which is pretty awesome as it gives you the opportunity to try it out at no cost. Note also, you are not locked in as you can download your subscribers as a CSV export and migrate them to another service if you want.

The typical way to build an email list is to offer a “high value freebie”, perhaps an ebook, which is just the sort of thing your target audience would appreciate. The job of the freebie is to get them to sign up. Then after that, you have a low-cost way to reach those subscribers and the typical method used is to send them a mix of “value content” (more useful, free info to keep them subscribed) and “offer content” which might be affiliate offers (I use Clickbank) or your own products and services.

Here’s a detailed free tutorial on email marketing: 12 Steps Towards Making Mega Money With Email Marketing.

#6. Ebay

If you are literally right at the beginning of your online money journey and sitting there thinking “I need to just generate some cash asap”, then eBay has to be one of my top picks. eBay is roaring along as always, and is just overall a great platform. I made several thousand dollars in 2020-2021 having a massive “mother of all clearouts” and selling stuff on eBay – and this REALLY helped out in post-COVID times!

Comb through your stuff and pull out everything that you don’t need and don’t absolutely love. Eliminate highly fragile or very bulky items as these are a hassle to ship. You can also sell broken items so long as you are 1000% honest about the condition of your goods – there are people who buy broken stuff because they are expert repairers and can make a profit fixing things up! So this is a perfect way to get started with eBay – selling your old junk that is getting in the way (or worse, costing you additional money to store!) You will gain experience and insight, as well as a feel for the marketplace and how eBay works. From there on, if you decide you want to become a trader, there are various options. Some opt for “thrift store flipping” – finding valuable items for pennies at thrift stores and then putting them up on eBay for a realistic price. Others obtain stock of goods and become pro traders (this is more advanced). Here are some further free tutorials of mine on eBay:

How To Make Money On eBay – Full Tutorial – 26 Tips For eBay Success

27 Surprising Things You Can Sell On eBay For Quick Profits (I Made $12,000+ Doing This!)

#7. Fiverr

If you have any sort of skills which can benefit others and can be delivered online, take a look at Fiverr. You may be able to make a part time or even a full time income from there!

Fiverr is a leading global marketplace for online services and “outsource work”. Go take a look at the Fiverr marketplace and you can see people offering an incredible diversity of online services, aka “gigs” – from article writing, coding, voice overs to graphic design, audio & video editing, translation and so much more!

This sector has absolutely boomed since 2020 – as so many businesses have migrated to “fully online” and are now utilizing the global workforce. Fiverr is thundering along and this demand shows no sign whatsoever of slowing down, which means there is room for you too. Fiverr is now a massive platform – currently ranked #129 in Alexa’s world ranking of websites by their traffic volume, which is extraordinary! I’ve hired writers and designers from there many times and I find the site a breeze to work with – its user experience is very well thought out.

For service providers, Fiverr works super well as a “side hustle” which can then transition into a bigger money generator if your services take off and generate high demand!

#8. Amazon KDP

When most people think of an “Amazon based business” they think of e-commerce – which in my view is a highly complex endeavour. Yes, it can be very lucrative but it’s also very challenging. You are also “in with the big fish” – competing against highly experienced traders and retailers.

If you have writing ability, definitely consider Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Amazon Kindle’s “on ramp” for new publishers is now highly efficient, meaning you can finish a script and get it published, visible to the global audience and earning money faster than ever!

You will need to have your document correctly formatted for Kindle – however this is a service that can easily be sourced on Fiverr if you don’t feel like doing that part yourself. You can even hire ghost writers on there and some Amazon KDP publishers do this!

The most successful Amazon KDP publishers are making very good incomes – 5 figures per month or even more – and there are absolutely tons of tutorials on Youtube for those wishing to learn more about how this system works.

A big KDP income typically takes a few years to build up, assuming you do everything right of course. You will need to be able to “crank out” ebooks of the kind that people love – and keep on doing it. So it’s a lot of work – but on the positive side; once each ebook is published, it can continue to generate revenue for years and so after the initial work, meaning you can build up a passive revenue stream. So this is something you could try out, perhaps by creating a few ebooks in your spare time – and then see how it goes. If the benefit-to-cost balance works for you then you can scale up and create your own Kindle empire!

#9. Online Tutoring

If you thought that being a teacher can’t pay well – think again! Top online coaches can earn very good incomes. In my post 45 Of The World’s Most Successful Blogs I featured a piano teaching blog – – which is reported to be earning $100K per month!

If you have strong skills in a certain area and good coaching abilities, there are various options. Youtube channel, blog, free ebook(s) and other social media platforms can be used to distribute free tutorials, which demonstrate your value and helpfulness. You can then monetize the free content and / or offer one-on-one coaching “on the back end”. Video conferencing platforms such as Zoom open up the ability to do one-on-one coaching to people anywhere in the world, from anywhere in the world. So this could be a great “freedom lifestyle business”!

#10. Facebook Groups

While Facebook Fan Pages still have massive potential, they are in some ways a “tougher nut to crack” than Facebook Groups. Facebook seems to be giving Groups higher newsfeed priority which means that content will be seen by more people. The other plus of a group is that a good group can pick up momentum of its own without you having to create / curate and then post all the content yourself. Yes, you will still need to admin the group (or hire a VA to moderate it for you) but there is a potential there for lower workload, because you can post “when you feel like it” without the group necessarily losing momentum; whereas with fan pages, keeping the momentum going is an essential for the algorithm. Facebook Fan Pages have been my #1 traffic driver and revenue generator of all time, but it’s a TON of work to create fresh, engaging, high quality content and maintain a posting schedule of several posts per day. Ask me how I know πŸ˜‰

Some quick tips on Facebook Groups: 1) Branding is key – the group should have a great name and be focused on a popular topic. The name should convey what the group is about “at a glance” and make people think “I want to be part of that”. 2) Research and find other big fan pages and groups in your niche, then note which of their content got the most likes and shares. Share the very best performing stuff in your own group (go by the numbers), taking care to avoid super-controversial posts. You will typically find that posts that perform well with one Facebook audience perform well with another. 3) To monetize your group, typically the best strategy is to have your own blog, and then create / share high quality content with your group (try helpful top 10 lists – can you see what I did here? πŸ˜‰ ). Pay attention to which content performs best and “do more of that”. The blog itself will typically be monetized with ads, affiliate promotions or other goods and services you provide. Full tutorial coming soon.

#11. Bonus – Affiliate Product Reviews

Google updates have made life more difficult for “thin” and flimsy product review websites, however for everything that goes down, something must go up. There is still going to be a top 10 for “best power drills 2022” and the Goog ain’t going to leave blank spaces! Affiliate sites based on product comparisons, with high quality reviews and genuine evaluation of the product are going to be hot for as long as e-commerce is hot. What can I say, I am launching 10 new affiliate sites in 2022. πŸ˜‰ And for Youtube channels, product reviews is one of the best niches going. Check out my full tutorial on How To Do Product Reviews

The Wrap-Up

These are some of the best methods to start making real money online that I know of in 2022. Final tips – 1) Choose one and focus on it. Don’t try all of them like a kid in a candy store! Choose one or perhaps two to focus on and give these your best shot. It takes focus to get the best out of these and if you scatter your efforts, it’s harder to build up momentum. Which of these do you feel most strongly “is your thing”? 2) Begin it now! Don’t get stuck in “analysis paralysis”. Start asap and develop your skills as you go along! Get it cracking, and I’ll see you at the top!

Hope this helped you!

– Staxxx.