• How To Make Money With A YouTube Channel

    For the last few months I’ve made $3,000 – $5,000 per month from being a YouTuber. This allowed me to pay off my debt, build an emergency fund, and pay for a car in cash. Making money from YouTube changed my life and I want to share what I’ve learned to help others do the same.

    How do you make money on YouTube? How do you grow a channel so that it’s sustainable and able to earn you enough money to pay for bills or even support you full time?

    In this post I’m going over how to make money on YouTube, from how you can make money with ads to how you can multiple your efforts with affiliate marketing. I’m giving you insight into what it takes to actually make money on YouTube after three years of learning how to do it on my own. I hope these tips on how to grow your channel so it is large enough to make a difference in your life financially.

    How do YouTube channels make money?

    If you are a YouTuber or want to make videos on YouTube then you probably want to know how you can make money from doing.

    There are people who make a full time income from just YouTube – but how do they manage it?

    There are 5 main ways most YouTubers make money:

    1. Ad revenue
    2. Affiliate marketing
    3. Brand deals: Sponsored videos / Partnerships
    4. Community: Memberships / Patreon
    5. Sales: Product sales / merch

    I’m will focus a lot on ad revenue and affiliate marketing because that is how I make the majority of my money from Youtube! They are my favorite ways to earn money because they can be very passive and they are great for new YouTubers.

    A new YouTube channel can’t make much money doing brand deals and sponsored videos, but they can promote products and make money through affiliate marketing.

    How to Make Money On YouTube

    I’m a small YouTuber but this is my favorite side hustle to earn money because even though it has taken a ton of work upfront, I can do it while being around my baby and family.

    I started YouTube just to share videos of my family’s Alaska vacation with friends but it sparked a creative passion that I never expected to find.

    One reason why I love YouTube is because I don’t have to leave to sell more of my time for money. I can make a video once and then it continues to earn and grow as time goes on and new people find it. There are millions and billions of people out there potentially waiting to see my videos. It’s an endless opportunity!

    Another reason why I like YouTube is because I can keep side hustling and earning money online to get to freedom while also supporting others! It’s another platform to share my message of financial encouragement and motivation. There is a huge community on YouTube encouraging and supporting each other as we pay off debt, build businesses, and change our lives financially.

    Luckily I have been earning money from both of my Youtube channels for a while now. While I’m not YouTube rich or quitting my job any time soon, I do make enough money that it is helping us pay off debt and improve our lives financially.

    If you’ve been curious about how people make money off YouTube, keep reading as I share all my income sources!

    The income sources for my channel include (affiliate links to each):

    Other creators also do more intricate brand deals, channel sponsorships, create membership sites or sell merchandise. There are a lot of different ways to make money surrounding a YouTube channel.

    Make Money With Ad Revenue

    YouTube ad revenue can be very lucrative in certain niches and there are many YouTube creators out there currently living on the ad revenue from their channels.

    I’ve had a lot of my YouTube subscribers ask questions about how YouTube ads work and hopefully this sheds a little bit of light on how YouTubers generate income with ads on their videos.

    I’m sharing how much YouTube paid me for two million video views and how exactly YouTube advertising works.

    This is a video about a lower paying niche but it shows what can be possible with ad revenue. In some of my recent online income updates I’ve shared that I’m making over $3,000 most months from just YouTube ad revenue.

    I also want you to know that it is possible to earn money on this platform through ad revenue even if you aren’t a big channel. Neither of my channels is over 20k subs but I’m still earning a good amount of money via ads because I’ve focused on getting views over getting subscribers.

    It is 100% possible to make money on YouTube. It is not easy to do, but it is possible.

    How YouTube Ads Work

    I wanted to clear up some things about ad rates and how ads on Youtube work. There are many different factors that go into different ad rates for channels and this determines how much YouTube creators make for each video on their channel.

    YouTube pays creators a split of the ad revenue on each video. YouTube take a chunk for supplying the platform and tools for creators and channel creators take a chunk for supplying their content to YouTube’s hungry audience.

    Ad revenue on videos is determined by factors like:

    • audience location
    • audience interaction with the ad
    • audience demographics
    • CPM
    • number of ads in a video

    Clearly there are a lot of factors you can’t control and depend entirely on your audience. You have even less control when a video goes viral and hits different audiences. YouTube makes sure ads are served up that benefit both the viewer. As a creator the main things that you can control is making good content and making sure you turn on a couple ads per video.

    There are many, many factors to determining the ad earnings for a video and I didn’t even cover some in the video like number of ads you include in your video!

    Growing Your YouTube Ad Revenue

    In order to make more on YouTube from ads you need to get more people to watch more ads. It’s really that simple. But there are many different tips for accomplishing this so here are a few of my favorites:

    • Add more ads to your videos including before the video, after the video and mid-roll ads. More ads increases your CPM because more people watch more ads during each viewing.
    • Create longer videos so you can get to the 10 minute mark which enables mid-roll ads. Of course if your content needs to be shorter, then don’t stretch it out. The important thing is to keep viewers ENGAGED for the whole video.
    • Make your content binge worthy so the viewer goes from one video to the next. You can do this with series, playlists, and calling out specific videos to watch next at the end of a video. This guides the viewer to watch another video which makes your channel grow and increases your ad revenue.
    • Create evergreen content that people will be able to watch again and again or find useful any time they find it in the future. This gives your video a longer earning period.
    • Make videos on popular or trending topics to ride waves of interest and large viewership increases. An example of this is the many channels who made videos about the stimulus program. Some channels were able to gain millions of views within a month which made them a lot of money in ad revenue!
    • Great good videos that people want to watch and share! This will definitely help your ad revenue grow because the more your videos are watched and shared the more money you can make.

    Those are a few of the best tips for growing your ad revenue on YouTube!

    Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is where you promote products to your audience and then earn a commission when someone makes a purchase through your unique affiliate link. 

    You earn money by selling other people’s products.

    The commissions for those sales can range from 4% to 70% of the product sales price.

    As you can see, you can earn major amounts of money when you are earning 50% or more of a product price without having to create the product.

    Affiliate marketing works in the same way as many old school referral programs and allows people to earn money through their blog or social media platforms by talking about things they love. It actually works well for all parties involved because you are only paid when you make a sale, it does not increase consumer cost, and the company providing the product does not have to pay upfront in case you don’t provide sales. 

    There are affiliate programs for all types of products and in every industry. There are affiliate programs where you can earn money promoting clothing, makeup, crafts, credit cards, bank accounts, ebooks, online courses and more. Regardless of what you plan to talk about online there will be an affiliate marketing program that will fit into your niche.

    Affiliate programs will pay commissions in three different ways:

    1. Pay per sale – You will earn a commission only when someone makes a purchase through your affiliate link.
    2. Pay per lead – You will earn a commission if someone signs up for a free trial or creates a free account or somehow otherwise gives a company their email address as a lead.
    3. Pay per click – This style of program is where you are paid money whenever someone clicks through one of your links.  

    There are many types of affiliate marketing programs but the most common one is pay per sale. That is what I will be referring to and giving tips to since it is what I use the most.

    Best Affiliate Marketing Programs For Youtube Channels

    There are several affiliate networks with multiple affiliate programs I’ve used very successfully that I want to share for any channels looking to monetize.

    An affiliate network is simply a company that runs multiple affiliate programs for different companies. It’s a great way for YouTubers to get access to multiple companies in one place. I highly recommend joining each network listed below and then finding individual companies that match your content within each network.

    ShareASale

    ShareASale – ShareASale is an affiliate network which means it is a platform where you can sign up for multiple affiliate programs within it.

    There are a couple great programs within ShareASale and this is one of the few networks that also offers the ability to earn recurring revenue through two-tier programs.

    To start earning affiliate income with ShareASale, go sign up and look through the programs available. ShareASale was acquired by Awin so they actually have even more options now than before!

    Awin

    Awin – This is another affiliate network where you can sign up for multiple programs in one place. There are many good programs here and Awin consistently earns me hundreds of dollars monthly, but mainly from one program: Etsy.

    That’s right, Etsy has an affiliate marketing program! They offer their affiliates 4% of anything someone purchases through an affiliate link. While 4% isn’t much, it can really add up if people are buying budget sets monthly and more.

    I highly recommend you use the Etsy affiliate program to link to your favorite shops on Etsy. You get a small 4% kickback but it doesn’t cost the shop or the customer anything extra. It comes from Etsy’s fees and is a great way for you to earn money by promoting small businesses on Etsy.

    To promote Etsy shops or any Awin affiliate partner you should go start an account with Awin

    FlexOffers

    FlexOffers is an affiliate network that is geared toward many financial affiliate programs so it’s a great option if you have a channel about budgeting or any financial topic.

    Within FlexOffers there are a number of financial programs on multiple topics about money:

    • banking
    • credit repair & reporting
    • debt services
    • home loans
    • investment services
    • tax services

    Clearly FlexOffers is the place to be if you are running a channel about personal finances and want to find affiliate programs to promote!

    To promote these financial products you should go start an account at FlexOffers and search for any of the programs in the network.

    Impact Radius

    Impact Radius is another affiliate marketing network that works very well for YouTube creators.

    On this network you can find a lot of companies that you’ve probably seen other promote like Canva, Harry’s, FuboTV and more.

    To make money with this network you can sign up for Impact Radius here.

    Affiliate Marketing Tips For YouTubers

    If you are a YouTuber with a budgeting related channel and want to start use affiliate marketing to earn money then here are some of my favorite tips:

    • Mention your links in the video and direct your audience to your description box.
    • Include an affiliate disclaimer link in your description box that is clear you will make a commission.
    • Link to specific products you use instead of the general page. The less steps between a buyer and the purchase the better. Specific links convert better than generic ones.
    • Use products in the programs that you are promoting as an affiliate. If you have a choice to use products in the program or not, use the ones you can promote as an affiliate. People always want to know where you got things.
    • Leave a link to what you used in the video in a pinned comment.
    • Respond to any questions where people ask where you got something and give them the affiliate link. (This is just polite practice as well that builds trust with your audience.)

    Those are just a few of my best tips for how I’ve managed to share products I love like my favorite budget stickers shops and cash envelope makers while also earning income for doing it!

    Make Money With Products / Merch

    Another way many YouTubers make money is by creating and selling merchandise or various types of products.

    Many of the most financially successful creators have created product lines and real businesses surrounding their channels. Here I’m going to focus on the more common options: print on demand merchandise and digital products.

    Merch Via Print On Demand

    Thanks to the concept of Print On Demand companies it is very easy for YouTubers to make money selling merchandise. Instead of creating huge amounts of inventory you instead can use these companies to make items for you only when you make sales from your audience.

    All you have to do is make the designs and upload them to these sites. These print on demand companies then create the product whenever you make a sale.

    Sites you can use to sell merch:

    If you have a great brand and catchy phrases you can successfully create merch that your audience will buy.

    Digital Products

    Digital products are a great way to monetize your YouTube audience. Many YouTubers do this through creating and selling courses through sites like Teachable.

    Creating digital products like courses is a wonderful way to monetize because you do the work upfront but then can be paid over and over again. Digital products are a great passive income source model for YouTubers.

    Other digital products I’ve seen YouTube creators sell successfully include:

    • Ebooks
    • Guides and workboooks
    • Planners
    • Printable sticker kits
    • Spreadsheets

    I’ve done this personally by creating digital products related to my channel that I sell through Etsy and other websites.

    If you want to learn about earning income from selling products, check out my content about selling digital products online and 63 digital product ideas you can sell online for ideas of product you can make and sell for your channel.

    Make Money With Community Support

    Another way to make money on YouTube is by allowing your community to support you financially.

    There are a couple ways to do this. The most popular options include:

    • Patreon
    • BuyMeACoffee
    • YouTube Memberships
    • YouTube Superchats & Applause

    Patreon allows you to build community support with a membership style monthly billing process. You can offer extra goodies to your patrons or just allow them to show their support.

    You can also do this through YouTube for a more seamless process though you lose more of the revenue to YouTube’s cut.

    Personally I’ve been experimenting with both of these revenue streams since I post a lot of content for free. Both have had signups though neither one has been a huge financial success. I’m still so grateful for the support people are giving me to create content.

    How Much Small YouTubers Make

    In the video above, I’m sharing what I made from YouTube ads since I’ve been monetized with my main channel and giving you a look at my analytics of my best performing videos. This video helped answer the questions I got often about what I made as a small creator.

    I started my channel without any expectations of making money on YouTube. I made small amounts less than $20 a month when I started and then when my channel was demonetized for being too small, I really couldn’t imagine getting to this point of earning money. It seemed so far out of reach.

    Yet with my channel’s growth and my connections to larger YouTube channel creators, I now see that I’m still just at the beginning of what is possible with YouTube income!

    I’ve always loved seeing real numbers from other creators which is why I wanted to share my own experiences and numbers with making money on YouTube. I’m not a videographer or a technical person so I wanted to share what a regular person earning income from this hobby could potentially make.

    Growing Your YouTube Channel

    If you want to make more from your small Youtube channel then the best way to do it is to grow your channel. The more people that find you the more money you will make.

    Here are the ways I’ve learned to grow on YouTube.

    Get Useful Growth Tools

    I resisted using a paid tool like TubeBuddy for a while because I thought I was smart enough to do it on my own but when I finally caved and bought a subscription I kicked myself for not doing it sooner.

    With TubeBuddy you can see EXACTLY what other channels are using for their tags and video data and compare their channels to yours. You can learn how to do a lot of title and tag work for SEO with TubeBuddy.

    some of my other favorite tools I’ve used inside TubeBuddy while growing my channel:

    • canned responses to reply to comments faster
    • comment filters
    • upload checklist
    • card templates
    • end screen templates
    • video topic planner

    Those are a few of my favorite tools within my account to grow. TubeBuddy has a free version with limited tools listed here and paid accounts when you really want to grow (which are amazing for the price).

    Learn About SEO

    There are tons of videos on Youtube about how to use SEO on the platform. Watch some. Learn about what keywords are and how to use them. For many channels, search is the key way they are found and earn money.

    To shorten your journey in learning and implementing SEO, I again recommend TubeBuddy because it’s like an all in one solution for YouTubers.

    Here are the SEO tools you have access to inside TubeBuddy:

    • view and copy video tags from another channel
    • tag rankings so you can track where you rank
    • suggested tags for your videos
    • keyword explorer
    • search rankings
    • best practices audit

    And even more! All of those tools help you get your video ranked on YouTube so you get more views. It seriously has more tools than I’ve even had time to use yet but what I have used above has helped take my videos to the next level.

    Since I’ve been using TubeBuddy my SEO has improved and my search traffic has doubled. Seriously, it doubled! TubeBuddy has been an incredibly helpful and the first month I used it I actually doubled the views on my channel going from 45,000 views in a month to 110,000 in a month.

    Make Good Videos

    Seriously, making good videos is how you grow on YouTube. There are a lot of additional factors but you won’t grow if you make bad videos.

    You should be making videos that you know are good. If they make you cringe when you are rewatching to edit, how do you expect anyone else to enjoy them?

    Here are a few of the best tips from successful creators I’ve followed about making good videos:

    • Get to the point in your videos. Don’t ramble on for a long period at the beginning where people will fall off. Study your old videos too see where people drop off.
    • Make your videos provide value. If your videos are educational then make them very educational. If they are entertainment based then they should provide value by making your viewer feel something. Think of each video and consider what value it is providing someone.
    • Audio quality matters the most even over video quality. You can have top notch video but if your audio is bad people will stop watching.
    • Focus on your presentation and story telling skills. When you first start making videos you probably won’t be very good at this but it’s something that makes the best YouTubers connect with their audience.
    • Every video on your channel is providing some type of value. That value might be education or entertainment or just a feeling like someone belongs. You need to recognize what value you are providing and then put your own unique spin on it.

    Remember that these are all things that you can work on and you can’t compare yourself to other creators. You should work hard to improve your skills and tune out the distractions of others.

    Build Community

    Having a community around your channel and your videos is another great way to guarantee successful video launches and continued success. Building community can be done in a few ways:

    • commenting on other youtube channels
    • responding to all of your comments
    • referencing viewers and comments in your videos
    • giving shoutouts to people in your community
    • giving your viewers a nickname and expected phrases

    Those are just a few ways I’ve found to build my community but you can find what works for you! The most successful YouTube channels have an element of community around them.

    Those are just some of the ways I’ve learned how to grow my channel and consistently doubled my channel size each year I’ve been on Youtube while still keeping consistent and engaged subscribers.

    Making Money On YouTube

    Making money on YouTube is not a fast process.

    In fact, even after consistently making videos for two years I’m still a small YouTuber only making $400ish a month on ads. I’m nowhere near a fulltime income from YouTube even after putting in hours and hours of work.

    That isn’t to discourage anyone trying to make money on YouTube (or myself), but be aware that it isn’t fast and it does involve a lot of work! The honest truth about YouTube is that it’s hard to make money.

    For every channel that succeeds and earns a massive amount of money, there are thousands who toil away unnoticed and eventually give up.

    If you want to be successful on YouTube you need to go one of two ways: 1) do it for the creative outlet and not for money 2) be very strategic and have a business plan from the beginning.

    Either way, you have to take into consideration the types of videos you make on YouTube and the types of advertisers that might want to advertise to your audience. If you are in a niche that doesn’t have high paying advertisements then you will need a lot more views to make the same amount of money as someone in another niche.

    Knowing a bit about how YouTube ads work can help you create your own plan for your channel’s success. Hopefully this look into my analytics and more information about how to make money on YouTube has been helpful for you!

  • Top Sinking Funds Categories & How To Set Up Sinking Funds To Hit Savings Goals

    Sinking funds are savings accounts where you save up a small amount at a time for a big expense.

    They can be used for large one time purchases, annual or semi-annual bills, yearly expected expenses, or unexpected expenses. People save sinking funds in multiple ways, from cash envelopes to multiple savings accounts to one big savings account with detailed tracking.

    Sinking funds can change your life. They radically transformed our budgeting life once we started using them. It truly makes sticking to a budget much easier because you eliminate the large expenses that wreck most people’s budgets.

    Setting Up Our Yearly Sinking Funds

    Setting up my sinking funds for the year will keep us on track with our budgeting and hitting financial goals in 2021. I’m using my sinking funds trackers to keep myself on track with my balances and how I’m saving to hit spending goals and paying annual bills.

    Our Sinking Fund Categories

    For 2021 our sinking fund categories include the following things:

    • Birthdays
    • Christmas
    • Car Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Car Repair
    • House (+ New Fridge!)
    • Pet Expenses

    There may be more sinking funds that we add later on in the year or we may end up cash flowing things as they come along since we do have a major online income source that can help cash flow extra monthly expenses.

    Our sinking funds are split into two types

    • Date based, where we need to save up a certain amount of money to spend or pay a bill by a certain date
    • Ongoing, where we need to save up money continually for eventual unexpected expenses where we don’t know the exact amount

    Between all of those things we have our yearly sinking funds set up like this:

    • Birthdays – $125 per paycheck or $250 per month
    • Christmas – $25 per paycheck or $50 per month
    • Car Insurance – $40 per paycheck or $80 per month
    • Life Insurance – $20 per paycheck or $40 per month
    • Car Repairs – $50 per month (will increase)
    • House Repairs (Fridge!) – $200 per month (big chunks too)
    • Pet Expenses – $50 per month

    We broke down our goals from how much we needed by certain dates in order to determine how much we needed to save per paycheck and per month.

    What are sinking funds?

    Sinking funds are accounts with a purpose.

    They are accounts you save into regularly for spending on expenses that are irregular expense, non-monthly expenses, unpredictable or big one time expenses.

    It’s a mini savings account for an expense you know you’ll have in the future.

    Sinking funds make saving for these hard to budget items strategic and stress free. You set a little bit aside each month until you hit your goal… and then you spend it!

    So if you’re saving up for an event 6 months from now, you put a smaller amount aside into the sinking fund each month until the event where you spend it all. Sinking funds are designed to let you spend without stress or worry.

    Common Sinking Fund Categories

    Below are some of the most common and often most helpful sinking funds that you can add to your budget.

    This list can help you with a starting point on what types of sinking funds you might want to try in your own budget.

    1. Car Repairs Sinking Fund – Car repairs will eventually happen. Every car needs repairs at some point even if it’s just general tire rotations or oil changes. Maintenance on cars is a necessary expenses if you own a car.
    2. Car Replacement Sinking Fund – Cars don’t last forever unfortunately. This means you’ll eventually need to replace your current car. Saving up a little bit every month into a car replacement fund will make the purchase of a new car much less painful and will prevent you from going into debt to get a new car when the time comes.
    3. Home Repairs Sinking Fund – Just like a car, you know your home will eventually need repairs. Because this is an expense that is inevitable, you need to be saving up for home repairs that will come along when you own a home.
    4. Water Bill Sinking Fund – Many areas have annual or quarterly water bills where several months add up before payment is due. When these big, irregular water bills hit it is helpful to have the money in a sinking fund ready to pay the bill.
    5. Pet Expenses Sinking Fund – Your pet may require regular grooming, special medicines for health issues, special diets and foods, and of course regular vet care. That’s not to mention anything like toys, doggy daycare, beds, clothing or any fun pet expenses. Add in an expensive emergency vet visit and you’ll definitely be glad you have a pet expense sinking fund.
    6. Christmas Sinking Fund – Christmas happens every year so it should not catch you by surprise and lead you into debt. Your Christmas sinking fund can be for gifts but also for things like decor, Christmas cards, foods for special dinners or anything else for the holidays. 
    7. Gifts Sinking Fund – Throughout the year we buy gifts for birthdays, weddings, holidays, baby showers, house warmings and more special occasions. While we love gifting those around us with things they will treasure, it can definitely add up and ruin the budget if we don’t plan for it! We put a little bit into our gifts sinking fund each month and it usually builds up so we can buy gifts when they are needed.
    8. Clothing Sinking Fund – You might not buy clothes every month, but you will eventually need to buy clothing or shoes as items wear out. You can save up a little each month and then eventually buy a higher quality item when you are ready to shop and replace items.
    9. Travel Sinking Fund – Travel is generally a high price tag item which is why many people create a travel sinking fund to save up for trips. If you save just $100 a month into a travel sinking fund then you can take a $1,200 vacation each year. If you want to travel more or go on better trips then you can increase the amount you save monthly.
    10. Car & Life Insurance Bill Sinking Funds – Many life insurance bills and car insurance bills are due every 6 months, quarterly or yearly. We pay our car insurance every six months, so we put money monthly into a car insurance sinking fund. Then when the payment is due we withdraw the amount, pay the bill, and start over again!
    11. Medical Bills Sinking Fund – Unfortunately medical bills can be a huge financial problem in the United States. A sinking fund (or a medical FSA or HSA) can help make these irregular costs more manageable when they come along. If you have a very high deductible you need to be saving each month into a sinking fund for medical expenses that could come up. Your life will be much less stressful if you have the money saved when a medical emergency strikes.
    12. Back To School Expenses Sinking Fund – If you have kids, then you probably want a “back to school” sinking fund. You’ll need clothes and school supplies when school season rolls around. Kids also have a lot of expenses for signing up for extracurricular activities at the start of the school year.
    13. Yearly Renewal Sinking Funds – If you have memberships or subscriptions that renew yearly like Amazon Prime or a Costco membership, they can be put into a yearly sinking funds account. You can create individual sinking funds for each yearly expense item or you can create a “yearly expenses” account where you add up the amount of all items, divide by 12, and save that amount each month.

    More Sinking Fund Ideas

    While those 13 sinking funds are common ones many people use, there are lots of other options that might work for your budget.

    1. Homeowners insurance
    2. Utilities
    3. Landscaping
    4. Property taxes
    5. Pool maintenance
    6. Home improvement projects
    7. New vehicle tires
    8. Fees and licenses (car registration, etc.)
    9. Fees for boats/ campers/ snowmobiles/ motorcycles
    10. Dues and subscriptions
    11. School and education fees
    12. School tuition
    13. Summer camp fees
    14. Kids sports and activities
    15. College savings
    16. Electronics replacements
    17. Outside decor
    18. Dentist visits and bills
    19. Medication
    20. Eye doctor/ glasses/ contacts
    21. Annual gym fees
    22. Miscellaneous
    23. Weddings
    24. Holidays
    25. Taxes
    26. Emergency fund

    If you are looking for ideas this list should help get you started!

    How do you set up sinking funds?

    Setting up sinking funds with many online bank accounts is very easy and super quick! From start to finish most banks have made the process of setting up sinking fund savings accounts very easy.

    If you want to see how we set up our sinking funds originally along with all the info about what sinking funds are then you can see the whole process in the video below.

    Setting up sinking funds is a great way to keep your budget together throughout the year so the ups and downs don’t derail you.

    If you haven’t tried out sinking funds before then you should definitely try incorporating it into your budgeting routine!

  • Best Shopify Apps For Selling Digital Products In 2021

    Selling digital products in a Shopify store can be effective but you have to set up your store in a way that makes sense and gives you the best chance for success. I’m a Shopify affiliate so I get commissions when people sign up through my links but it’s truly one of the best platforms to use for selling any products online.

    In this post I’m going over the best, must-have Shopify apps – including free Shopify apps – that will help you sell digital products. Shopify apps allow you to create a Shopify store customized to your needs and all of these amazing apps give you the ability to sell digital downloads and products easily.

    If you haven’t started your store yet, try it out with a 14 Day FREE Shopify Trial.

    Shopify Apps For Selling Digital Products

    When you’re building a Shopify store for digital products there are a number of apps that allow you to upload and sell products passively.

    I go over both free and paid Shopify apps in this video. I also cover Shopify apps for selling digital downloads, music downloads, courses, memberships, and more.

    Here are the best apps for selling digital products for different types of content.

    Digital Downloads – This is the number one free app by Shopify for selling digital products. It’s the one I’ve used most often for selling printable downloads. This app allows customers to download their file immediately upon purchase by receiving a link via email.

    SendOwl – This Shopify app provides instant delivery of purchased digital products and have fulfilled over 8 million order on Shopify. It’s also a stand alone company with additional customer service and features. It comes with multiple useful features like automation, expiring links, and auto-generated license keys that can help you to power your products.

    Single Music – For musicians selling music as a digital product this app is incredibly valuable since it was made with musicians in mind. It bridges the gap between physical and digital music sales with useful tools like chart reporting, upselling campaigns, and clips for samples.

    Thinkific – For course creators the Thinkific Shopify app is the best way to add and sell courses to your Shopify store. The Thinkific app makes it super easy to create a course curriculum by uploading and drag and drop content. There is a free option when is great for beginners that allows you to create and sell up to three courses in your Shopify store.

    FetchApp – This delivery app for digital products has more features than. Shopify’s free app but less than the paid SendOwl version making it a good option for people that need to start with a free plan but then grow. You have the ability in this Shopify app to attach multiple files with a digital products which can be useful for larger items with multiple file types.

    Sky Pilot – If you’ve been wanting to build a membership program for recurring revenue Sky Pilot is a great option for your Shopify store. You can sell files, video streams and more to your customers in the membership.

    Bold Memberships – This app is also a great option for building a membership site with recurring revenue for your business. You can show or hide any piece of content to your members, create tiers of membership, and customize lots of features and functions. This app is $9.99 a month and offers a free trial.

    These are some of the best options for selling different types of digital products on Shopify.

    Shopify Apps exist to help you build your business by adding extra features to your Shopify admin. Most are created by third party developers, not by Shopify, so you’ll have to keep in mind that custom apps will be serviced by those companies directly. Apps are a great way to add features and create a better store overall, especially if you plan to sell digital products.

    How To Start A Digital Products Shopify Store

    If you don’t want to sell digital products on a competitive marketplace like Etsy or want to start with your own store from the beginning, then I recommend using Shopify to build a shop on your own website.

    The video above is specifically tailored to opening a Shopify store for selling digital products.

    Shopify is one of the leading platforms to create your own online store super easily and quickly. It’s also able to scale up as your business grows. The ease of creating a store and immediately beginning to sell your products makes Shopify one of the best platforms for selling online today and there are many ways to make it work for selling digital products.

    Additionally, here are some posts and links about Shopify that can help you:

    Digital Product Ideas

    So maybe you’re set on opening a store to sell digital products but you don’t know what you want to sell. There are lots of possibilities out there so finding the right product to sell is all about finding out what works best for you and your personality and skill level.

    Some ideas for digital products to sell:

    • Printables
    • Spreadsheets
    • Music / Songs
    • Courses
    • Ebooks

    Also check out these related posts with useful lists of types of digital products you can sell in your Shopify store:

    Enjoy the passive income that comes from selling your digital products via Shopify!

  • 17 Popular Digital Product Ideas To Sell To Make Passive Income

    Selling digital products on Etsy or Shopify or any website is a great way to make passive income in 2021 and beyond! Digital products are amazing because you create it once and then sell it over and over again.

    You may have heard this about digital products before but what exactly can you sell? What digital products are popular and will make the most passive income?

    In this video I’ve narrowed down the digital product ideas from a large video into the most popular ones! These are very common and sell well which means you can create and sell them to make a lot of passive income. This list of digital product ideas is a great one because these popular products have more ability to sell because they have large audiences that BUY frequently.

    This is part of a larger video with 60 different ideas: 60+ Digital Product Ideas To Sell On Etsy To Make Passive Income.

    If you have been trying to decide what to sell then this will definitely help get you started!

    Why Sell Digital Products?

    There are many reasons to sell digital products especially if you are looking for passive income. Selling any kind of digital product can create a new passive or mostly passive income stream for you.

    Here are a few of the reasons why you should create and sell digital products:

    • You make them once and sell them many times
    • They can be very easy to make compared to physical products
    • Cheap to make since you can use free programs
    • High margins – you have no product cost so you keep the profit
    • Unlimited growth in sales without having to scale any production
    • Unlimited growth in income by reaching new customers

    Convinced? Me too! Let’s look at some of the most popular digital products you can create.

    17 Popular Digital Product Ideas To Sell

    These digital products are some of the most popular items you can sell which means there are a lot of people that look for and buy them. As a seller this can be a great option!

    Here are some of the more popular digital products that you can sell:

    1. Birthday invitations
    2. Checklists & Trackers
    3. Clip art
    4. Digital papers
    5. Ebooks
    6. Excel templates
    7. Holiday cards
    8. Invitation templates
    9. Party decor
    10. Party invitations
    11. Printable games
    12. Shower invitations
    13. Social templates
    14. SVG files
    15. Wedding invitations
    16. Wedding signs
    17. Workbooks

    These are some of the most popular types of digital products you can sell, especially if you are on Etsy.

    If you are trying to make the most profit possible then you should look at creating and selling the most profitable digital products.

    How To Decide What To Sell

    If you have been trying to decide what to sell then this will definitely help get you started! Most of these ideas can be created in free programs like Canva or PlaceIt.

    You don’t have to have design skills or a background in digital marketing in order to create and sell digital downloads. You don’t need a formal education or design background to create digital products and earn money selling them – you just have to be curious and willing to learn!

    When deciding what type of digital product to sell I would recommend picking an area where you have a passion in life and then deciding the types of products. For example, maybe you think you should make SVG files because they are popular, but you really love making spreadsheets to keep your life and business organized. I’d focus on that instead!

    Or maybe you like planning parties so you think you need to create party invitations. But I wouldn’t limit myself to one digital product. I’d think about what types of products would complement each other in a shop that helps my target audience. You can create listings that complement and link back to each other like related party invitations and party decor.

    Creating Digital Products Online

    There are a number of ways to create digital products online these days. It’s possible to make digital products to sell for free with a number of programs!

    Adobe InDesign

    Adobe InDesign – I personally use Adobe InDesign for creating all my printables because it’s the best, most reliable and has the most flexibility. There is a learning curve because it’s a professional program but it’s worth it for the hassles it removes. Try creating with Adobe InDesign’s free trial.

    Canva

    Canva – Canva is one of the best free editing programs where you can create a digital products and the paid version is even better with bonus features that help take your work to the next level. Try creating with Canva.

    Selling Digital Products Online

    You will want an e-commerce platform that will allow you to both take payments and deliver your digital products to your customers. There are many different e-commerce platforms that make this possible so let’s look at the best ones for selling digital products specifically.

    Etsy

    Etsy – I love selling on Etsy because you don’t have to find people to buy your digital products – they are already on the platform and Etsy is bringing them to you! It’s easy for beginners to start and Etsy shop and you can get 40 free listings through this link.

    Podia

    Podia –  Podia is a more robust platform that will allow you to not only sell digital downloads but also offer memberships and online courses. If you have plans to grow a full online business it’s the ideal platform to use to keep everything in one place and is cheaper than most other platforms. Get a 14 day free trial of Podia here

    Shopify

    Shopify – One of the most popular platforms to use for selling goods online. Shopify has emerged at the top of many seller’s lists for the ease of use, beautiful designs, set pricing, and powerful backend. It offers everything you need to sell digital or physical products and scale your business too. Get a free trial of Shopify here.

    WooCommerce

    WooCommerce – WooCommerce integrates easily with existing WordPress websites to sell digital downloads. WooCommerce is not specifically for digital downloads but they have made the process super simple for sellers and do not take additional fees from sales. I currently use WooCommerce to sell my digital downloads on my website. Get started with WooCommerce.

    How To Start An Etsy Shop

    If you’re not on Etsy yet, it’s a great platform to start on and learn how to sell digital products.

    If you want to start an Etsy shop in order to earn part time or full time income then this tutorial for beginners will help you get started! I know a lot of people who have never sold online before can feel intimidated which is why I created this tutorial on how to set up an Etsy shop step by step. It is very easy and seeing someone else do it makes it feel much easier!

    You can start your shop with this link for 40 free listings to jumpstart your shop without having to waste money on those first listings.

    Additionally, here are some posts about starting and growing an Etsy shop that may help you:

    How To Start A Shopify Store

    If you don’t want to sell digital products on Etsy or want to start with your own store from the beginning, then I recommend using Shopify.

    The video above is specifically tailored to opening a Shopify store for selling digital products.

    Additionally, here are some posts about Shopify that can help you:

  • How to Hide Your Etsy Shop Sales History (& REASONS WHY)

    Your Etsy sales history can be very valuable for learning your best products and what your customers want to buy. However, when that information is public by default your competitors

    How to Hide Your Etsy Shop Sales History

    Hiding your sales history on your Etsy shop is actually very, very easy.

    You can hide your sold listings page from your shop by following these two steps.

    1. Go to Shop Manager > Settings > Options.
    2. Scroll down to the Sold Listings section at the bottom of this page.
    3. Under “Want shoppers to be able to see these?” select the button for “No, hide them.”

    That’s it! Those steps will hide your Etsy sales history from anyone being able to view it. You will still be able to view the page and see what has sold over time, but buyers won’t be able to click the number of sales on your public shop homepage.

    Reasons To Hide Your Etsy Sales History

    So why exactly would you want to do this and hide all your sales from everyone? There are a few reasons to hide all of your Etsy sales history from public view:

    Past sales are not the best way to judge an Etsy shop.

    Even customers will sometimes browse past sales on a shop if it is available, but if your work has improved over time then they may not be getting the best look at your shop.

    Sales are only one indication of success on Etsy and it’s not always the full picture. The seller may also have a website where other products are more popular for example. Or you may have had to take a hiatus on your shop and decided to return and revamp your offerings. – which your sales history won’t reflect.

    Hiding your sales history and only showing the number of sales you have gives the social proof you need without oversharing too much information.

    People may want something you no longer sell.

    Unfortunately by showing your sales history you are also opening up your shop to show things that you have sold in the past but may no longer offer. People will wonder why you don’t sell it any longer or why you don’t have that specific offering even if you have multiple similar listings available.

    People can be very finicky when buying things online and seeing something they want that is not available can turn them off from your shop forever.

    It’s not as valuable as reviews.

    Your shop history and seeing what has sold is not the most important thing for potential customers to see. It’s great for them to know that you have other sales, but for new customers your reviews will be much more important.

    Instead of showing off your sales history you’ll want to focus on other things like getting more reviews on your shop.

    When you don’t, you are helping your competition.

    Everyone snoops on their competition, myself included. It’s intriguing to know what other people are selling and what products are popular. When you see a shop with lots of sales and then the history shows 2-3 products over and over then you know they are popular.

    But this unfortunately means your competitors can see your sales too. I’ll talk about the problem with Etsy competition later on in this post but just know that showing your sales history means other Etsy shops will rip off your designs.

    Hiding your sales history means hiding the secrets to your success. It slows people from focusing on your shop and hopefully redirects you from competition snooping to focusing on how to make your own shop better.

    The Problem With Etsy Competition

    I’ll be honest, the problem with Etsy is that many people on the platform are not creative enough to think up their own products. Many just want quick money and have no problem with ripping off other sellers by copying their products directly. When they can see what you are selling the most in your shop it’s easy for them to rip off your top products and even under cut your prices to steal your sales.

    Unfortunately there is no real recourse on Etsy when this happens. You can ask them to take it down or pursue a more formal takedown process that is much more work and doesn’t usually succeed. The sad truth is the Etsy competition is cut throat and succeeding there means you will have to deal with people stealing your work.

    The best option for dealing with Etsy thieves is to be proactive and give them as little information as possible. By hiding your sales history they will be unable to determine which of your products are making up the bulk of your sales. You will likely never full stop people with no morals from stealing and reselling your items, but doing things like hiding your sales at least slows them down.

    How To Start An Etsy Shop

    If you’re not on Etsy yet, it’s a great platform to start on and learn how to sell digital products.

    If you want to start an Etsy shop in order to earn part time or full time income then this tutorial for beginners will help you get started! I know a lot of people who have never sold online before can feel intimidated which is why I created this tutorial on how to set up an Etsy shop step by step. It is very easy and seeing someone else do it makes it feel much easier!

    You can start your shop with this link for 40 free listings to jumpstart your shop without having to waste money on those first listings.

    Additionally, here are some posts about starting and growing an Etsy shop that may help you:

  • How To Create Product Mockups Fast To Sell Digital Products

    Wondering how to create cool products mockups that you see on sales pages and social media? Want to sell your digital products like SVGs and PNGs by showing the customer how they will look in the real world?

    In this video, I’m showing you how to create product mockups fast and easily with PlaceIt. Affiliate links for PlaceIt will be used in this post so if you decide to create a new paid account I will make a commision.

    How To Create Product Mockups

    It took me less than 10 minutes to create multiple mockups for a product that can be used to then sell that digital product.

    Product mockups can completely change your shop and make your digital products more appealing to buyers. Many, many popular sellers know that mockups are the key to more sales.

    You’ll see these very commonly on shops that sell digital products on Etsy like the one shown above.

    What are mockups?

    Mockups, or product mockups, are an example of what your final product will look like. They are very often used to show off what a final product will look like in a real-life setting. This is especially important for things like digital products where a customer is not buying a final product from you.

    Mockups are used commonly on online stores selling digital products to help showcase what the digital product will look like once the customer is using it in the final form. For example, if you sell SVGs you may want to create product mockups of the SVG design as a tshirt so they can envision it being used in the final stage.

    Creating mockups for your shop is a great way to increase sales when you are selling digital products. Psychologically it is much easier for someone to buy an item when they can see what the final product will look like. Successful shops will often have product mockups in their listing photos to show how the product can be used.

    What Is PlaceIt?

    PlaceIt is a newer venture from Envato, one of the world’s largest creative marketplaces. PlaceIt allows you to create amazing visual assets like mockups without needing technical and artistic skills. They focus instead on ready-to-use templates where you can create your design in just seconds.

    Amazingly PlaceIt has the largest collection of mockups on the internet. They’ve got the most options and the easiest way to make mockups quickly since all you have to do is drop your design in and they do the rest. It truly makes mockups easy and efficient which means getting more sales on your items.

    I love using PlaceIt for product mockups for my shops but even better is that is not all they offer. They also have thousands of templates for logos, designs, ads, social media posts and even videos. If you want to make no face videos for YouTube, there are lots of options for templates on PlaceIt.

    Selling Digital Products Online

    You will want an e-commerce platform that will allow you to both take payments and deliver your digital products to your customers. There are many different e-commerce platforms that make this possible so let’s look at the best ones for selling digital products specifically.

    Etsy

    Etsy – I love selling on Etsy for complete beginners because you don’t have to find people to buy your digital products – they are already on the platform and Etsy is bringing them to you! It’s easy for beginners to start and Etsy shop and you can get 40 free listings through this link.

    Podia

    Podia –  Podia is a more robust platform that will allow you to not only sell digital downloads but also offer memberships and online courses. If you have plans to grow a full online business it’s the ideal platform to use to keep everything in one place and is cheaper than most other platforms. Get a 14 day free trial of Podia here

    SendOwl 

    SendOwl – This platform is specifically designed for selling digital products. You upload the digital products and start selling immediately. This platform is just $9 per month with no additional fees taken our from sales you make which can be a great option for anyone wanting less fees. Get a free trial of SendOwl here.   

    Shopify

    Shopify – One of the most popular platforms to use for selling goods online, Shopify has emerged at the top of many seller’s lists for the ease of use, beautiful designs, set pricing, and powerful backend. It offers everything you need to sell digital or physical products and scale your business too. Most of my Etsy friends have migrated to Shopify (here’s my post on moving from Etsy to Shopify). Get a free trial of Shopify here.

    WooCommerce

    WooCommerce – WooCommerce integrates easily with existing WordPress websites to sell digital downloads. WooCommerce is not specifically for digital downloads but they have made the process super simple for sellers and do not take additional fees from sales. I currently use WooCommerce to sell my digital downloads on my website. Get started with WooCommerce.

    Marketing Digital Products Online

    Once you’ve created your digital downloadable products and have them ready to be sold, you have to market them to get more sales! This is why creating product mockups is so important – it improves your marketing too potential customers.

    People won’t know your products exist without a little effort on your part. While Etsy makes this the simplest (you just need a little SEO to go!), you should still work to promote your items in oder to make sales.

    The following items are what I’ve found work best for promoting digital products to the right audience.

    MailChimp – Email marketing sells more products than anything else and should be at the top of your list when you are planning to create and sell digital products. MailChimp makes it easy and cheap to get started and can scale with your business growth. Try MailChimp for free.

    Convert Kit – Recently Convert Kit has become a leader in email marketing for creators and they’ve upped the game with additional resources for selling digital products within emails. Their commerce tool actually makes it very easy for creators to sell digital products and earn money without having an additional e-commerce website. It’s a great option if you want to market your products but not deal with a separate website. Try Convert Kit for free or a try a free trial of their premiumi

    Grow Your Passive Income With Digital Products

    Digital products are amazing because these are things that you can create once and sell online over and over creating passive income and freedom in your life. This benefits you but it also benefits the end user who gets something they need at a lower price point and quicker. Not everyone has the budget to pay top dollar for custom designed work so digital products have revolutionized how consumers are able to get what they need. It is truly a win win for us all.

    If you have been wanting to sell some type of digital products in order to earn passive income I highly recommend it! I started my Etsy shop to share what I had made for myself during my own budgeting journey. I definitely did not know everything about Etsy and have figured it out along the way while also selling thousands of dollars worth of products.

    If you want to grow on Etsy I recommend my friend Sharon’s Etsy Entrepreneur course where she walks you through the process of setting up an Etsy shop and growing it to make $1,000 a month or more. She grew her Etsy store of digital downloads to more than $1,000 a month and has inspired many people to do the same.

    Regardless of whether you continue to learn on your own or pay for education, I hope you keep going and keep creating products for the world to use and enjoy. You are capable of creating the products that can change your life while also helping others.