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Creating a successful YouTube / Website in 12 months.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by mrhunter, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. mrhunter

    mrhunter Newbie

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    Hey all and welcome to my journey! I've been a huge fan of all the guides on BHW for some time and wanted to share my journey. Firstly lets talk about me. Having been told I'll never work for mental health reasons, I sought the help of the interwebs! After years of searching I finally found something I really enjoyed, from programming to SEO. But this project is my last ditch attempt to create a tangible buisness from the ground up.

    The project itself is to create a review website / YouTube with real physical products, creating useful content in a particular niche. I'm measuring the success on a few things...

    Goals:
    Will update this later.
    - 50K Subs within 12 months.
    - £1000 per month in advertising revenue.
    - Website (TBC).
    - £500 per month in resold products.

    Money made thus far (Since November 2015):
    Will update this later.

    Things I've had to buy!
    I see people adding things that they have had to buy quite often to their journies, so here is mine. One of the key skills I'm leveraging for a lot of my work is my photography (if anyone wants any tips give me a shout). Due to these being "Reviews" the products have to be photographed, recorded, etc. This part of the project was actually the biggest investment, although you would be surpised what you can pick up.

    - Canon 750D £400 ish.
    - Fluid head Tripod - £100ish.
    - Video slider - £100 ish.
    - Misc camera accessories (Straps, cleaning cloths, etc) - £50
    - Nikon D5100 £150 used.
    - Nikkor 50mm Prime 1.8 (£150 new)
    - Canon 50mm Prime 1.8 (£50 used)
    - Canon USM 28-105mm (£100 used)
    - Misc lenses £300-£500.
    - Studio backdrops and lamps (£100 ish)
    - Decent microphones (£100 ish)
    - Rendering / Work PC for after effects (£600)
    - Dedicated server - £30 / month
    - Domains - £80 / year
    - Creative cloud - £40 / year
    - Dropbox - £120 / year
    - Postcron - £6 / month
    - Sense of humour and YouTube charm - Yet to find. :D

    The plan is to create a website providing written news and reviews within my niches.. And I'm quite happy to say I have already started working on my project, and it has been a huge success thus far. And at this point I am splitting my time 50/50 on the money site and smaller sites.

    Backtracking a few months, I chose my niche and created a website, started posting around and emailing for press release lists / newsletters, and generally reaching out to companies. A few months later? I'm drowning in physical products to review. I simply reached out and told them about my site, and generally the "news" I post doesen't really have much value - but it does build up a good relationship to get products for review. Useful huh.

    My second step to the plan is something I am working on at the moment, cross promoting all of the content from my site across another 10 or so smaller sites which slightly relate to the content from site A (My main project). These smaller sites pull a few hundred hits a month and are generally just a little pick me up, along with each of these sites I have built twitter accounts (with one of those twitter accounts already having around 15k followers). I'm calling this the "Setup phase", ready to start blasting my YouTube content / Website links across, for which I use PostCron in combination with IFTT to keep the social accounts and websites populated with fresh content. These sites are also "Review sites" which I review physical products for, roughly one or two a month. If the product I review on site A is relevant in anyway to my smaller sites I write a small press release with a backlink to the money site.

    I have made sure to.... follow the usual tricks for setting up PBN's, and generally write a few random articles that I find interesting.

    Since starting the project.. I have made about £400 profit in Advertising Revenue and the "money site" just ticked over 100k hits with my YouTube being on around 10k hits over 50 videos (need to work on Youtube in this phase). The smaller sites have also netted small amounts of traffic, for the purpose of this I will exclude the money made by those smaller sites, just because this is about creating one stable website / youtube in a highly competitive niche. However I can add if you find relevant. I'm also excluding product value (but I suppose you could sell a lot of the products). Product value is around £3K-4K thus far.

    Please let me know if anyone has any questions :) this is just a first post. Will list more information later about the smaller sites. But this project is more about creating something tangible, not a website full of reviews intended to click bait a user into buying. (No offence) but I wanted something I could be proud of :)
     
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  2. CrazySeeker

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    what is the software you used to make simple video ?

    i need very simple video like slideshow :D

    example


    can you suggest me good software which can make video like this very fast

    Good luck with your journey
     
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  3. mrhunter

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    I actually purchased After Effects for all of my video work - As the videos are 110% legit, and I spend ages editing (2-4 hours per video including filming) :D

    However, you can find some really good "templates" from places like Videohive - I did a few tests with various pieces of footage. My best videos are usually the ones I put the time into :) I'm sure a few others will agree with me on that.

    I actually do a few commercial projects for friends, and I often use templates to save time.. $20 or a days work. I can't post URL's but checkout videohive and search for photo slideshow :)
     
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  4. CrazySeeker

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    Thank you man.. its really helpful for me :) . good luck
     
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  5. mrhunter

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    So a small update actually just going through one of the tips I have used to create a large website by myself (with little outsourcing). My niche is INCREDIBLY competitive. Probably one of the hardest to get into out of them all, which means traffic has to be acquired through all means necessary. For this I post a huge amount of press releases and tweet / facebook about those topics which in turn usually buys me favours with the companies. Why is this important? Well I see a huge amount of people who ask about how to get crazy social media exposure. I actually wrote a review for a product, and by posting some PR's now and then I gained access to huge channels of distributing my reviews not to mention more goodies.

    Anyway, to speed up the process of me actually checking my emails, I use IFTT to auto draft press releases from various sources (after all it isn't copyright as the original company owns the PR) so you can copy and paste, and your own twist, then post it. This saves me hours as I simply go to the Wordpress dashboard and can see all the latest XYZ press releases or whatever I want. I actually use this method as a way to gather interesting and hot topics in the industry at the current point in time in an attempt to leverage any potential hot stories, I usually check a few times a day to see what is cool and what isn't, then I clear my trash.

    Whilst some might think this is slightly wrong, I don't have the time to constantly think of ideas and research and it provides easy content. Usually I just keep the title though, and work on the rest. A perfect example is a movie trailer + my thoughts. However I suppose you can bend IFTT to your will... all I know is it saves me a huge amount of time. I don't outsource to any writers, and from posting PR's I have a steady trickle of traffic from that alone :)

    So my point is basically... reach out in your niche, even if it takes time and money - I feel it is a better way to build something of long term commercial value vs a clickbait farm.
     
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    And another small update... Monetization etc.

    I've been working on monetizing the content a little bit better, thus far the website is actually ADSENSE FREE! Crazy right. Well, I've spent about 10 hours retuning a store bought theme for maximum performance with the cleanest readability possible. Why? Because I want my users to enjoy the content they read and hopefully they'll appreciate this.

    My plan is to monetize solely with text links, and the use of a donation system. Simple right? For this I opted for Skimlinks + I wrote a plugin to relate Keywords to URLS (Basically Amazon and any other textual advertising methods I can find). Luckily for me, there is no shortage of "Amazon products" to link to. I usually add a few after each article is posted, and try to keep the link ratio very low. It is my belief that I can leverage different methods of advertising, such as textual posts, and product promotion, once my user base is big enough.

    As of today.... (Month to date)
    Earnings Summary
    Total items dispatched 16
    TOTAL EARNINGS *GBP 12.65
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    Orders Summary
    Ordered items 20
    Clicks 335
    Your Conversion 5.97%

    I also need to list a huge amount of products I received for review which should bump my monthly take to around £200-£300, money will be reinvested into fueling my body and paying rent. Want to try PBN... but still reading about it.
     
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    Would love to subscribe to your YouTube account! :)
     
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  8. mrhunter

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    TBH I would say yes, but considering I'm detailing how I go about "getting products" etc. Watching my YouTube reveals a huge amount! :(

    Small update for today though about the process of getting products for review. Now, photography really helps you upsell yourself. Every time I contact a company for a product to review this is usually the quality I offer, and they are so taken back simply by photographs they jump at the idea of getting me to review products for them.

    I split 50% of my marketing efforts on getting more products, with the other 50% being spent promoting current work. This gives me proof to show the potential companies.. like traffic to previous posts, the effort I go into promoting their content etc. I actually had a shipment of about £300 of products turn up today, which, because it is BHW I'll share a few pictures.... which I took in a few minutes (no studio setup) and using the most basic lens you can buy / comes with a camera.

    2.jpg 3.jpg 1.jpg

    So how did I get these products for free? Well.. I simply contacted the company through Amazon. Usually, I split product reviews between Amazon and my website. The reason is... because I do a huge amount of written reviews on my own website for similar products sometimes I need a break! Then the products for Amazon usually get a YouTube review and a feature on my website if they are incredible products. Else I simply write the Amazon review :)

    Sometimes I also use the normal affiliate method on a few other review websites aimed at one niche alone.. E.g. If I get a toaster for review on Amazon I'll stick on toasterreviews

    But easy way to get some cash, sell the products on to friends and family, reinvest the money. Just remember to actually test the product properly, give an honest opinion on the product! Like I've said before, this is a totally legit non crazy "BUY BUY BUY BUY THIS TOASTER" method. My revenue might suffer slightly but people appreciate honesty.. If something is crap, say it is crap.
     
  9. mrhunter

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    Also, if anyone in the UK stumbles across this thread and wants any tips reviewing products, drop me a PM and we can chat on Skype. Would love to get a small group of reviewers on the go...
     
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    Bump for Amazon earnings:

    Last updated: 25 February 2016
    Earnings Summary
    Total items dispatched 21
    TOTAL EARNINGS *GBP 17.22
    View full report
    Orders Summary
    Ordered items 25
    Clicks 433
    Your Conversion 5.77%

    I also have US amazon which is at a similar level.

    Spending today optimizing my link building sites to hopefully drive a bit of traffic to my money site..