Well, you guys all know how much I love building computers right ( though I don’t really have access to parts to build them XD ) ? It should be on the About page. No ? Well, nevermind then.
But anyway, the point is I really like tech stuff so it comes at no surprise that I watch many YouTube videos about the subject and Linus Tech Tips has pretty much always been my go-to channel, and a lot of other people including teenagers, favorite and I think his channel is one of the best representative for a successful YouTube channel.
Maybe this should’ve been gone into the YouTube post series but I think it deserves its own article and besides, I might go rambling on about other irrelevance stuff not related to the series.
Well, let’s see who Linus is and what he does then shall we 🙂
I. Who is Linus Sebastian ?
This is Linus 🙂
Below is a really nice video from How I Became ( A lot of inspiring stories are in their channel, you should really check them out 🙂 )
Well, to me he’s a really awesome guy that got access to all the cool tech stuff and does a great job in reviewing them but for those that want a more detailed summary, here it is straight from the Wiki:
He is best known for creating and hosting three technology oriented YouTube channels Linus Tech Tips,Techquickie and Channel Super Funwhich have a combined subscriber base of 3.92 million. From 2007-2015 he had also been a regular presenter of technology videos for the Canadian computer retailer NCIX. In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked Sebastian 4th in a list of the “Top 30 Power Players in Tech”.
As of January 2016, Linus Tech Tips is ranked the 12th most watched Science and Technology channel on YouTube. In 2014, Tubefilter named the channel as being within the “top 1% of Google’s preferred advertising channels” on YouTube for the technology category.
Impressive stuff huh 🙂
Now let’s take a look at his channels and why I considered them very successful.
Though all three of them are great, I watch most content on Linus Tech Tips although Techquickie’s videos helped me out many times understanding many aspects of computers ( still can’t wrap my head around Supersampling though ). So today we’re just gonna talk about his Linus Tech Tips channel.
What you’ll first notice when arriving at the channel is this crazy high subscriber count:
That’s a really respectable subscriber count
If you’re a teen interested in running a YouTube channel, you’ll definitely want to have a number like that someday. Now let’s take a look at his channel and discuss about some aspects that helped him achieved his success today.
So as you all know, Linus’s channel is devoted to Technology, mainly Product Reviews and Technical-How-Tos. If you watch his recent videos, you’ll see that all of them are very polished and well-made: from the professional intro to the detailed content with careful explanations and benchmarks for every products.
Pay attention to details. They’ll pay you back later.
Now this is one of the reasons that his channel is so popular, or at least how I feel that I’m attracted to it, everything feels very professionally made. When I’m about to watch a video of his, I know that the time I spend would be worth it and I think many others do too.
There are of course a lot of tech reviews channel out there on YouTube, many of which are owned by teenagers like you too, and despite a decent number of them produces awesome contents, the majority only provides so-so or sometimes, just a short video about how a piece of tech look that was shot with a phone camera.
To conclude, what I want to say is, Linus produces HIGH QUALITY contents, and that’s the similarity between him and other famous YouTubers. So this is something to keep in mind if you want to be successful on YouTube or actually in any other similar business:
Quality is King, or to be more precise, Usefulness is King
Linus’s videos are considered high quality because they provides useful information ( that and he make things professionally ).
Now I said usefulness is king because sometimes a video might be filmed in a not-so-good way such as by using a phone camera or something but the content must still be good. Like Linus said in the video above, when he began his YouTube journey, his “studio” wasn’t at all perfect because of technological limitations but the point is, all his videos was still useful and that was what attracted people to it. Now of course, he wan’t the only tech reviewer back then so despite being useful, his channel still need another boost.
Quantity. Quality just wasn’t enough since others were producing great content too. Linus decided to pump out one video per day, no matter what ( I’m trying to do the same but that’s not really an easy task ) even if YouTube back in the days was far from being user friendly. He said it himself, there wasn’t any highlighted video that suddenly sky-rocketed his channel to popularity, each of his videos gained some views and since he made so many of them on a daily basis, people just keep coming.
I only clicked the load more button twice….
I’ve seen the same idea from many successful bloggers and just about any Internet Personalities: no matter what kind of content you produce, you should produce it frequently, especially when you’re just starting out.
Produce lots of content, on a daily basis if possible
Now one of the things that you might have noticed from watching his videos is that he has multiple sources of incomes, ranging from his many sponsors ( many of which are very big players in the tech industry ) to affiliate links and so on. I’ve discussed about ways to earn online income with YouTube in the previous post so you can check out more of them here. The thing I want to point out is, his branding attracts big names and because of those names, his channel gains more credibility and the cycle goes on. Once you’ve established a brand, things will get a lot easier.
Something I’ve noticed from watching tech videos made by different people is that there’s generally a very collaborative atmosphere. Linus said it himself, everyone contribute to the community and that’s what drives everything forward. Any teenagers is accustomed to competition either in school or make money online ( actually anyone does ) but in most cases, or at least on YouTube, it’s usually good to mention other people ( in a good way of course ) and generally maintain a good relationship with other YouTubers. Who knows, you might get opportunities to work with other talented individuals on really amazing projects.
Don’t be afraid to connect with other YouTubers !
So I’ve gone through some interesting facts about Linus Tech Tips, now let’s see what a teenager can learn from Linus and his channel.
III. What Teenagers Can Learn From Linus and His Channels
Let’s go over the important things that we learned from Linus Sebastian and his YouTube Channel:
Produce high quality and useful contents
Upload videos frequently
Communicate with your viewers
Contribute to the community
Maintain a good relationship with other channels
Establish a brand and credibility
n conclusion, I just want to say YouTube is an incredible platform for content creators, and it gives many people, especially teenagers the chance to connect with audience around the world and if possible, make a living out of it. We’ll discuss everything YouTube in a more detailed fashion with the series I’m currently working on but feel free to let us hear any thoughts you might have in the comment below :). Now i’m gonna go watch some of Linus’s videos about stuff pc parts that I pretty much will never buy 🙂
I know I’ve already made a post about making money online with YouTube for teens but don’t get me wrong, this post is different. In today’s post, we’re gonna look at a few different ideas on how to set up and maintain a good YouTube channel that will ensure a decent number of views as well as multiple methods of making money off it, apart from the already obvious YouTube Monetization program.
Let’s get to it then !
I. What Makes A Successful YouTube Channel ?
To answer that question, let’s go back one step and take a closer look at what a YouTube Channel is.
YouTube is a social media website that distribute videos. Each video belongs to a user – the person that upload them – and each user has a channel, like a hub for all of their videos.
Other people can subscribe to channels that they like and will get noticed when a new video of that channel is uploaded.
On the other hand, a YouTube channel can opt-in for the Monetization program, including ads in videos of the channel selected by its owner. Most of the time, the more views a channel has ( or to be precise the views of the videos with ads ) the more money they’ll make. That’s why channel owners always try their best to amass lots of subscribers. People would only subscribe to your channel if they want to be notified about new videos and for each new video, you in turn will earn some money. The more subscribers a channel has, the more views it has. So more money.
But here’s something to keep in mind: The number of views is from videos so you’ll need to have a large amount of videos to actually gain more views. A channel with 1 million subscribers won’t do much if it only has 1 video. But a channel with 25000 subscribers and 200 videos speaks a different story. With so many videos, there’s more chances to gain more subscribers and each of those subscribers will then later watch more of your videos.
In short, the number of money a YouTube channel makes is relative to the number of subscribers and the number of videos.
But wait!! What about outside of Monetization ? There are many channels out there making tons of money without relying on YouTube’s own Monetization Platform. Get ready teens. This is one of the most important aspect of earning income online that you’ll hear me repeat for many times in the future.
If you’ve amassed a huge number of subscribers, chances are your contents will be loved and trusted by many people. More importantly, they reach more and more people. Why important ? Simply because many companies and business within the same niche want such good opportunities there, all the audience to promote their own line of products. But guess what, those subscribers are yours, not them. They need your help. You will be their promising bridge in order to reach out to your subscribers. For sure, in marketing, any kind of help rarely is free.
If I have to say it, branding is king on YouTube. Just look at his subscriber count and the sponsor links next to the video
So what it’ll be is a kind of sponsorship. They’ll pay you to promote their products with your videos. Other than direct sponsor like that, you can also include affiliate links in your videos in order to maximize your income.
Hence, a successful YouTube channel needs to fit into these criteria:
A great number of subscribers
A large amount videos
A huge number of views
Make money from multiple sources
Establish a good brand
Now on the next part, we’ll check out the various criteria in details.
I’m starting to like these bite-size post, short but contains rather lots of info. See ya next time !
Phew, it’s finally summer over here and that means A LOT of posts are coming with the aim to help all teens utilize their summer time to earn some nice online income. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and finish all the loose ties. I sounded too cryptic, didn’t I. Well, today we’re gonna take a look at part 2 of the previous post on How To Earn Income With Online Courses.
Let’s get back to it then !
III. Some Ideas About Courses Creation
Let’s start off with something cool, here’s Mmo4teen’s own introduction sequence for our upcoming videos, which can obviously be used for videos of a course or a video course XD.
Pretty cool huh, you can easily make your course a lot more eye-catching and professional by adding something like this.
Now there are many ways to deliver a course to your customer, you can opt-in for the traditional pay-and-receive model or try out something like a subscription base model. Each has its own pros and cons which we’ll be diving in right now.
The Pay-And-Receive Model
Essentially, this is the old school way of trading things, your customer send you the money, you send them the course. Only one transaction and done. Although it seems simple and almost a no brainer since pretty much this is how human has always been trading things. But here are the pros and cons:
It’s what everyone is familiar with so you won’t scare away any customer with a complicated transaction method
The buyer know exactly how much they will pay and in turn will eliminate their fear of the unknown ( pay more than they originally thought )
You’ll get the money easier and things will be easier to track, your income will always be: the number of buyers X the cost of the course
Testing and updating will also be straight-forward. Wanna do some A/B testing, just make 2 products. Have something to add to the course, just add it in
Since you'[ll need to collect all the money at once, the cost at the time of check out might turn some people off
Some buyers will feel the risk of making the wrong choice since they are paying everything. True that nowadays there’s always a money back guaranteed but you know what I mean
You’ll only make money by getting new customers, which can be rather difficult
Now let’s see what the other newer shinier method can do:
The Subscription Model
With this model, you’ll charge the buyer on a timely basis instead of making them pay all at once, let’s see how the pros and cons fare out with the old school method:
The initial cost will be very small since you don’t need to collect all the money upfront which in turn will make it seems like a very good bargain which will of course encourage them buying. Sometimes you can price it so low that people would treat it like changes and have no second thought on wiping out their credit card.
Having the option to stop at anytime will put many customers at ease
You’ll be able to have a recurring source of income every week/month which mean you don’t have to try that hard getting more customers but instead focusing on how to earn more from the existing ones which usually is a lot easier considering that they’re already interested in your product line-up ( that’s why they’re subscribing right ? )
Make it a lot easier to do follow-up sales or to be precise, release follow-up bonus to keep them subscribing
This is a very important aspect: Depends on how well you do things, a subscription model have the chance to make even more money than you could’ve made with the previous method since some people will subscribe for a rather long time and with time, the money will add up.
It’s generally harder to implement technical and might actually requires some maintenance from times to times which means a lot more work needs to be put in compares to the set-and-forget method above
You take the risk of not being able to collect all your money since some people might just unsubscribe before the subscription fees covers the price of the course if you were to give it a price.
However, there’s another way to think about the above scenario. If you were to give it a price and sell it, maybe some people wouldn’t even buy it in the first place, which means absolutely no money for you but if they were to subscribe and then unsubscribe, you would be able to make some money. Some is better than nothing right ? ( Maybe this should’ve gone into the Pros section… )
Some people just want to know exactly how much they’ll need to pay in advance which something like a subscription won’t cut it for them.
I’ve done my part, I’ve listed out the pros and cons of the two most popular means of selling an online course or actually any kind of online products now the rest is up to you to decide which one you should go with. But I’m gonna provide you with some more tips to utilize for both of them.
Ok teens, here’s some tips to help you make some more money online:
Price it with a bonus, just add in any kind of freebies should make the course feels like a good bargain. We teens know it best looking for bargain since most of the time we’re fixed into our allowance right 🙂
Offer money-back-guaranteed, this one is rather obvious
Accept multiple methods of payment
Occasionally cutting the price
Bundle multiple courses with each other for a cheaper total price
Have time-limited offer
Free first month offer or cheaper promotion price
Bonus for joining
You can also utilize some of the tips for the other model
I think that’s pretty much it for this post, maybe there’ll be a part 3, maybe not but there definitely will be a new post coming right up.
How will you teens start making money online this summer ?
No, you didn’t read it wrong, I did mean “offline”. Sounds weird huh ? How can the Internet help you make money offline ? Well, it can, but just helping, it’s not gonna be the main player in getting you some nice amount of money without an existing offline plan.
Read on if this is still confusing 🙂
I. Example On How Online Methods Can Help Your Offline Business
Let’s take Domino Pizza, KFC or any of your favourite fast food restaurants. Ever wanted to order something to your place ? You’ll need their phone number and the menu right ? That’s where their websites come in to play. It contains all the necessary information with a nice UI. Imagine if they didn’t have a website, it’ll be a pain for any teenagers or anyone to order stuff and hurt their sales dramatically.
You see where I’m going with this huh ?
Yes, although the money they make are from offline sources, by selling food, a website helps doing that. There are a lot of other similar cases, like online clothes shops, yearbook design ( you can design your yearbook online then they’ll create it and ship to ya ), etc,…
Here’s a list of some ways the Internet can help boost your offline income:
A website for your business: Give people information, help with online orders, reservations, etc, …
Get you more social awareness
Search engines help others find your business easier
Pretty much everyone expect a good business to have a website
Makes you look more professional
There’s still a lot more considering the power of the online world but those should be enough to get you started.
II. Should A Teen Apply These Practices ?
Well, if you ask me then absolutely !
A. For Customer Support
Most of the time, a website will be what you are aiming for, or a forum for customer support and if you’ve followed my guide here on how to build a simple website, it should be easy. Or if you really don’t want to spend too much time doing it and would rather use those time on other more important things, we’ll do it for ya 😎
To be honest, a website helps immensely in any kind of business, especially in customer support, if you’re selling things ( which is what most teenagers do ), then an online customer service is pretty much a must. Not only will it make the customer feel more comfortable but you might also be able to inform them about other more suitable products. They’ll buy more stuff and everyone will be happy.
B. Social Media Pages
If you don’t feel the need of a website then at least a social media page should be added. Most of the time, this will be a Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus page. Most social network pages nowadays include the necessary tools to help you and your customers get in touch with each other, promote special offers, update news and announcements and many more. They also make it easier for others to find your business considering most people own a social network account, if not many of them. Not to mention it will be a lot more simple for someone to share your pages to their friends and family through social media. You’re a teenager, you know how easy it is for a piece of content to go viral on the Internet. Imagine how nice would it be for that piece of content to be yours and gain access to tons of potential buyers.
Since people can also follow, like or subscribe to your page, it removes the need to follow-up on customers since that’ll automatically be done for you by the social platform itself.
One of the coolest aspect in my opinion is the ability to show the amount of “followers” your website has. Not only will this increase credibility but also show user engagement which furthermore persuade people to interact more with your page.
C. Online Order
Pretty much anything can be order online these days and many customers take it for granted that any business should support online ordering. It make sense, instead of having to go to the store and check out all the different things or involve talking to a phone receptionist, an online ordering system remove the potential of miscommunication and basically give the buyer more freedom since they can easily browse and customize what they want. Also, it’ll make things easier on your part too, only need to follow the order and not needing to communicate with the customers. Not that communication isn’t good but sometimes, it’s just better this way.
III. Wrap Up
Not much to say about this topic really, it’s pretty much common sense to utilize the power of the Internet to give your offline business a much-needed boost. The goal of this post was to go a bit more in-depth into the matter and list out some pros of this practice. Although you will need to familiarize yourself with how to run an online aspect of your business and have an extra thing to take care of, I assure you that the gain is more than justifiable. Or do you think the opposite ?
Would you use any online tactic to boost your offline income ?
Social media is a very important aspect these days, even more so if you want to increase your online presence. Social media channels help you spread your influence all around the world and can quickly make your content goes viral. But to be able to do that, you’ll need to gain some followers, or subscribers or anything along those lines, depending on the network. So today, we’ll check out a very cool website that I just am across lately which not only help you increase your followers count but also help you earn some nice side income with relative ease. I’m really excited about Like4.US to be honest, it just checks so many boxes for a perfect site for teenagers to make money online !
Let’s get started shall we.
I. How Teenagers Can Get More Social Followers with Like4.Us
The site is at www.like4.us, click on the link to check it out.
So there isn’t much to talk about the site generally. The whole system functions base on a point system like this:
You perform an action, mostly Liking, Posting, Commenting or Subscribing on another user social media channels
You earn points for your completion of the task, the amount of points earned depends on the owner of the channels, though they range from 1-9, most I’ve seen stay at 3-4
You can then create your own tasks, add in your own channels and decide their appropriate point value
Another user will then complete the tasks you added in, Liking, Subscribing or Follow your channels and gains points by subtracting the points from your account
Rinse and repeat
The whole process basically involves multiple users exchanging likes or subs using points as a medium. But of course, there are more to it then just a Like Exchange System.
Here are the options for social networks
Here’s how the “Like Page” look
II. How Teenagers Can Earn Money and Followers with Like4.Us
Again, this system is rather straight-forward, you can convert your points into real cash and have them transfer to your PayPal account. Accepting PayPal is a really nice thumb-up for the site since it’s so much better for us teenagers than any other forms of payment. Here’s a guide on how to create a PayPal for teens if you want to check it out.
The rate for exchanging is 6000 points/1$
The rate is a bit low I admit but then again, considering its simple nature, we can’t really complain and we always have many other methods to earn online money with much better rate but also need more complicated effort.
As for gaining followers, you can just follow the above process or opt-in for a more aggressive method: Buying points and set your channel for the maximum amount of point earned and let everything run on auto for a constant stream of social interaction, here’s the pricing for the points
To put it in perspective, if you set your site to 5 Points PPC ( Pay Per Click ) and buy 115000 points with 50$, you’ll get 23000 Subscribers ! This is rather nice actually since the amount of social present you gain would pretty much out-weight the cost.
You can also go a step further and try out the VIP mode, here’s a table that’ll do better at explaining things
Now on to some tips and experience I learned from using the site myself.
III. Some Tips For Earning More Points
Aside from liking other channels, you can perform some tasks that will also net you some good points
1. Mini Lottery
A rather tempting options but since it’s luck base, I won’t recommend it much, the rest is pretty self-explanatory.
2. Earn From Rewards
Guess what, you can earn more points by earning points, or even VIP access for a limited time
3. Be the best
Unless you really try, it’s kinda hard to earn points using this method but who knows, just give it a try. If you have the most clicks in the day, you’ll get some more points for your hard work
4. Other options
There are various other options for earning points also, check out the menu here
They are actually decent, unlike some other sites that gives out insignificant amount of extra credits, you can get a good amount of points from placing banners or making a video about Like4.Us.
IV. Wrapping Up
Like4.Us is really a very nice website in a whole. You get to earn money and social followers with a simple process. In my opinion though, it’s best to use the system solely for getting more social present rather than making money online with it, there are simple better options for that. But if you’re a teenager looking to expanding your social reach, you won’t find a better option anywhere else, for now at least ;).
What do you think ? Is it viable for making money online and is there any better alternative for young people to get more followers ?
On today’s post, let’s talk about how teenagers can make money with online courses, tutorials and similar thing.
These days, you can learn many things on the Internet from web design, Photoshop to cooking, sports and any other things you can think of. And most of the time, you can learn all of this for free ! Like exactly what you’re doing right now – learning how to earn online income – by reading our posts 🙂
Although any kind of courses and tutorials can be found for free online, some of the times, they are hard to find and of low quality. What you pay is what you get, especially when you’re not paying for it ! That’s where premium study materials come into play. People usually want the whole package, a full comprehensive guide with lots of detailed information, quality images and videos. Most of us follow the saying:
Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.
That’s why people don’t mind paying big bucks for training courses and studying, you can find pricing goes up to the thousands for access to big conferences, training courses, speeches, etc,… with lots of people willing to pay for them. The same holds true for online learning materials.
It takes lots of money to develop a 1000$ course but sometimes, a 5$ tutorial series on using Photoshop will do the work just fine. And sometimes, it might even work better considering its more accessible aspect. You can find a lot of buyers which in turn will help you make a lot of money with minimum investment compare to the higher tier product. But of course we’re talking about the investment – profit RATIO not the actual PROFIT. But nonetheless, you’ll make a nice amount.
Sometimes, something simple like this works just fine
Well, I’ve been dragging this out too much. Let’s get started then !
I. What Kind Of Courses Should A Teen Create ?
Now this is a pretty difficult or simple question to answer since anything that can be taught with videos, images, texts and even audio can be made into a course. Popular subject people usually choose are computer skills, cooking, language and music. To be specific, Photoshop, Microsoft Office tutorials for computer geeks, guitar or flute tutorials if you know how to play them or anything. As long as you find it possible to teach people without actually being with them in person. Or to be more specific, things that others can learn just by using the materials you can provide.
So, here’s a basic list I came up with of some online courses for teenagers to create:
Computer training ( things like Photoshop, Web Design, etc,…)
Self-Development ( This is pretty hard and it’s rather rare for people to buy this from a teenager so be cautious if you decided to try this )
Add your own in the comment section 🙂
There are plenty of categories to choose from
So now that we’ve known about what kind of online courses we can create, let’s get to how to actually creating them !
II. How Teenagers Can Create An Online Course
Well, depends on how professional you want your course to look, feel and use, the process to creating a course will have lots of differences.
You can choose the easy way, capture some videos of you showing people how to get things done or just writing on the white board, give them a name, put them into a zip file and congratulation, you’ve just finished making a course. This is by no mean a professional course, it’s more like a small tutorial series. But sometimes, things like that can net you some great income because of the low production cost and you can even make multiple of them because of the fact that they are so easy to make. The only downside is, they are too popular.
Many teenagers chose YouTube over this method because people can just do exactly that, find these tutorial videos on the Internet without paying anything. You can still earn money through YouTube though. But if you only want to make a quick 100$, this might works wonder, provided that you are certain that someone is definitely gonna buy what you’re selling, I found a great article over at Elegant Themes for this.
YouTube just works better for simple video course
But if you want to make your courses more professional, here’s a few things to try:
Add in an opening and ending animation for your videos, most of the time, it’ll be your brand so make it looks nice
Add in some text documents complemented with nice images
A few recordings would be good too
A manual for using the course, in PDF form ( people are used to using PDF for manual )
Use high quality recorders
Make your video looks nice, edit them, use light, all of those movie magic, don’t just film something with your phone and call it a day
Include tables, plans and other form of “references”, this can go a long way in showing professionalism and your attention to details
If possible, maybe make it web base, provide your customers with an account and password to login and use your course. This helps in security too, preventing piracy.
Good, clear and minimal design helps greatly in presenting a course
There are of course many more ways a teenager can make their courses look more polish but the above are pretty much enough to get you started. Remember, professionalism almost always comes with money. This is especially true with online business since it’ll differentiate you from the competitors. Considering the sheer amount of people trying to sell something on the Internet, that fact proves its worth.
Now in the next post we’ll get a bit more serious and aim to create a professional course, which most of the time will be what you want to do if you’re into making lots of cash ( by lots of, I mean compare to the work you put in ).
And yes, this is gonna be a post series so stay tune guys ! What do you want to know more in the next post ? Tell us your ideas in the comment section 🙂