Online Business

  • Blog Monetization Challenge For 2022

    In 2022 I have a goal to better monetize this blog so I’m doing a Blog Monetization Challenge. I’ll be tracking it here on the blog itself as well as on my digital marketing tutorial channel on YouTube.

    Before I get into the 2022 Blog Monetization Challenge details and what I plan to achieve, let’s take a look back at when this blog started and what work has already been accomplished.

    2020 Blog Recap

    • Started March 2020.
    • Number of posts published in 2020: 60
    • March 2020 Views: 72
    • December 2020 Views: 3,450

    I started this new blog in March 2020. This was after medium amounts of success with other blogs previously on different topics of personal finance, earning money online, YouTube, etc. I wanted to start fresh with a new domain name that matched my brand change.

    I pulled over some content from old sites and did minimal amounts of reworking to make sure it passed duplicate content scans. This is how I published the majority of posts the first year and did not create much “new” content for the blog.

    Promotion wise there was zero work put into the blog as my main focus in 2020 was growing my two YouTube channels about personal finance and online marketing. All traffic in the first year was organic search traffic from Google and a few redirects I put up on certain posts that I moved over.

    2021 Blog Recap

    • Number of posts published in 2021: 88
    • Published in September 2021: 22
    • January 2021 Views: 4,256
    • December 2021 Views: 10,329

    In 2021 I put more work into this blog but still a small amount compared to what I did with my YouTube channels. Luckily the work on YouTube paid off and I quit my job in August and hit my first $10,000 month in December.

    Toward the end of the year in September I started putting more work into the blog by creating new content. This coincided with an accountability challenge with someone else building their own blog. The majority of content I created in the whole year was made in the last four months of the year.

    That work did start to pay off as I had the best month ever for the blog and hit 10,000 views in December. It’s not monetized besides a few affiliate offers currently but I’ve hit the minimum level for most ad networks. However, if the goal is to ultimately qualify for inclusion with Mediavine I’m a long way from the 50,000 sessions minimum.

    Why Blog? Aren’t Blogs Dead?

    Right now YouTube is the only place I create content and it’s the main source of my income. I’m a full time creator and depend on that income. I know that I need to diversify.

    The first thought is to diversify to other video platforms like TikTok or Instagram but those are still platforms controlled by other companies – my account could be shut down in an instant. I’ve seen it happen to people who did nothing wrong at all.

    I do plan to create more social content on those platforms but my goal for 2022 is to grow MY OWN spaces including this blog. But blogging? Really? In 2022? Aren’t blogs dead?

    The fact is that personal blogging is dead. Blogging about your day or what you ate and having a community interested in you specifically is no longer a huge phenomenon.

    But blogging itself? It is still an incredible way to reach people and create content that earns money and leads to sales. Blogging has changed drastically from what it used to be but is still relevant in 2022.

    There are still many positives to blogging.

    Some benefits to the audience:

    • Combines multiple content types: Blogs are great because you can combine the written content with an embedded video or tweets or Instagram post or anything else. This pulls together multiple types of media to create a nice guide that works for all types of learners. Whoever lands on your article can engage in multiple ways.
    • People still read blogs: While podcasts and video content exploded in popularity over the last few years people do still read blogs. Most people skim and skip through blog posts to find the information they need. Formatting blog posts is very different than it was in the past to fit this format of scan-reading.

    Some benefits to me as a creator:

    • Easier to update: While social content tends to have a short self life, blog content can live on for years and years. It can also be updated and reworked when things change. You can update a blog post every year but you can’t update a YouTube video – you have to start from scratch and remake it. Updating blog posts is much easier than updating any other kind of content.
    • Easier to create in noisy environments: I’m a mom of two small kids living in a small house. It’s hard to always have time to create videos when my kids are noisy or I’m trying to be quiet so they sleep. Blogging allows me to create content in the environment I’m in and still give value to the people I’m trying to help online.
    • Writing is fun: I actually love to write! Many of my previous jobs included content marketing and I’ve always loved writing. Growing a blog feels like a fun side hobby for me where I get to bring back more writing into my work life.

    Creating a strong foundation on my own website gives me another revenue source in case the YouTube algorithm stops loving me as much. In 2022 I will be putting work into the things that I control like this blog.

    Control As A Creator

    I already have a $10K per month online income thanks to YouTube, but I’d like to diversify to platforms I fully control.

    That’s why I’m planning to do this blog challenge and why I fully moved my printables shop to Shopify.

    Sell On Shopify

    Shopify takes care of everything from marketing and payments to secure transactions and shipping. Sell digital or physical products with ease.

    I earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.
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    When you are creating content or selling on these other platforms like YouTube or Etsy you are giving up control.

    You receive tools and traffic in exchange but ultimately are at the mercy of the platform.

    If they shut down – you shut down. If they decide against you – you have little recourse. The lack of control makes it very scary if it is your only platform.

    Having full control over your content only exists when you are building on your own platforms. Otherwise you are just renting internet real estate.

    Building out my website here on is about taking back control as a creator. I won’t be abandoning the other platforms but I will be focusing more on the ones I fully control like my website, shop, and newsletter.

    Blog Monetization Challenge Goals

    Let’s talk about what I want to accomplish with this blog. What are the blog monetization challenge goals?

    Currently I earn $0.00 from this blog directly.

    In the year of 2022 I would like to change that by growing my traffic and joining an ad network. Specifically I’d like to join MediaVine. MediaVine has some of the best ads and I align best with their holistic approach.

    To do this I will need to grow the blog traffic to hit their monetization requirements:

    mediavine requirements for Blog Monetization Challenge
    Currently I’m just over 7,000 sessions and 10,000 pageviews. Publishing more helpful content over the past year has doubled my traffic but it’s still way below the amount I need to join an ad network like MediaVine.

    So why not join a different ad network now at 10,000 pageviews?

    For this website I have high expectations of quality and that will extend to the ads shown and products sold. Ad networks like Google Adsense and others show subpar ads in my experience. I don’t want that attached to Pennies Not Perfection.

    Since I’m already earning money on YouTube I can wait to join a better quality ad network. I can take my time and create quality content that will grow until I hit the pageviews needed.

    Blog Monetization Challenge Content Plan

    In 2022 I’ll be creating content based around a few different topics. Instead of niching down here on the blog I’ll be using it as a hub for the main areas I already create content on via YouTube.

    Blog content topics for Pennies Not Perfection:

    And more! Anything about saving money or making money is fair game since Pennies Not Perfection is all about using money to help you live the life you want. Remember you don’t have to be perfect with money, you just have to try!

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  • How To Get Sales On Etsy

    After teaching new Etsy sellers how to create an Etsy shop their next question is always some variation of how to get sales on Etsy. If you’ve landed on this guide you probably want to know the secrets too.

    How do you get more sales on Etsy? How do you increase the number of sales each month?

    How To Get Sales On Etsy

    Etsy sellers always want to know how to get sales on Etsy so in this guide I’ll cover all the tips and tricks you can implement to get more sales on Etsy.

    Related Etsy tips:

    Tips On How To Get Sales On Etsy

    Etsy is an amazing platform for online sellers. You can sell physical and digital products with ease to a marketplace of millions of buyers. It’s made people rich and it’s provided a fantastic side hustle income for many others.

    If you just want a quick list of tips for getting more sales, check out all the topics we will cover in more detail:

    1. Send Etsy traffic from social media
    2. Add more product listings to your Etsy Shop
    3. Take better photos
    4. Create an abandoned cart discount code
    5. Improve your SEO (search engine optimization)
    6. Include better search keywords on listings
    7. Craft product descriptions that sell
    8. Study the best Etsy sellers
    9. Treat your Etsy shop like a business
    10. Develop an actual brand
    11. Keep improving your Etsy shop

    Now let’s get into the actual tips and how you can get sales to your Etsy shop.

    These are all simple but actionable things you can do to get and increase sales. You don’t need to do them all at once but you can pick one and implement it then return and do others. Save this post or pin it to Pinterest to come back and keep working through the list!

    Send Etsy Traffic From Social Media

    Etsy can give your shop traffic through their search engine, ads, and other tools. However, the first way for you to get sales is to actually send Etsy some traffic.

    You can generate traffic to your shop in a few different ways but one of the most common and successful is by using social media.

    In recent years many Etsy sellers have learned how to get sales on Etsy by developing a social media presence and sending traffic to their shop. This has been explosive on sites like TikTok that encourage buying and can sell your entire store inventory with one viral post.

    If you are not currently building out social media, try some of these sites:

    • TikTok
    • Instagram
    • YouTube
    • Twitter
    • Facebook

    Start building a following on any of those sites and include your Etsy link in your bio and on posts. Sending traffic from your social media can help you get sales since those customers are already aware of and interested in your products.

    Add More Product Listings To Your Etsy Shop

    You might only have a few items in your shop right now and that could be hurting you. If you aren’t bringing in traffic and sales you might want to try adding more products to your shop.

    Etsy loves new items. Every time you add new items to your shop it notifies potential buyers and past customers that you’ve added a new item.

    Like many algorithms online Etsy loves new content and fresh updated ideas. Adding more products is one of the best ways to do this. More products also gives you more chances to be seen in the Etsy search results.

    Many Etsy coaches and “gurus” suggest adding at least 100 product listings to get more sales on Etsy.

    Once you hit 100 Etsy listings you’ll see your number of sales pick up. This is especially true with digital product listings and it is something I’ve seen in my own experience with my shops.

    There are a few benefits to having 100 or more listings:

    • you’ll have more opportunities to show up in the search results
    • you will see what actually sells and doesn’t from your ideas and can double down on the successes
    • you can earn more money with listings that bundle multiple items

    If you are trying to get more sales on Etsy you can start by adding new products and trying to get to 100 listings.

    Take Better Photos

    Etsy is a very visual platform and your photos are competing against others for customers. This means you need take better photos so your products will stand out.

    Photos are incredibly important!

    Your customers can’t physically touch your items so your listing photos are the most information they can get. You need to make sure your photos show your products in the best way possible.

    Customers should be able to see what the product looks like, the colors, the size in comparison to another item, etc. Photos should be both descriptive and eye-catching. They need to serve as marketing to get customers to click on your listing and they also need to be descriptive so customers understand the product and don’t feel tricked after buying it.

    Good photos will help you make more sales on Etsy because they are so critical to your shop. If your photos are dark or busy then you should take time to improving your photos.

    You also need to take photos of different angles and different settings. You should use up all the slots for photos so your customers have as many good photos of your products as possible.

    Create An Abandoned Cart Discount

    One of my favorite features on Etsy is the ability to create discount codes for certain things like an abandoned cart.

    Creating this discount code can be very effective in getting sales. The person already liked your product enough to add it to their cart but they didn’t follow through with the purchase.

    Want to get that sale? Send them a discount code to push them on to finish the purchase.

    How to Create Abandoned Cart Discount Codes On Etsy

    You can create an abandoned cart discount code by going to your Shop Manager > Marketing > Sales and coupons > Abandoned cart.

    Depending on your margins you can set this up for any amount to try and encourage the buyer to finish checking out. These coupons can be very effective to get sales but make sure you are still making your desired profit per sale.

    Improve Your SEO

    One huge problem with most Etsy newbies is a lack of understanding and implementing good SEO.

    SEO is search engine optimization which means you are helping Etsy understand your product to show it to the right customers in the search results. SEO helps get your product in front of buyers who are searching for things to buy.

    How do you do this? Finding the right keywords requires you do keyword research. This helps you understand how many people are typing in certain words per month into the search bar. This process is done through using an Etsy keyword research tool like Sale Samurai.

    Find Etsy Keywords With Sale Samurai

    With Sale Samurai you can research different keywords and find out how many people are using that keyword. This is one of the best keyword research tools I’ve found for Etsy. It’s affordable, easy to use, and gives you all the data necessary to make sure you create SEO optimized Etsy listings.

    For a 20% discount on Sale Samurai use my code penniesnotperfection.

    There are many things you can do to improve your SEO. Here are a few you can try to improve in your shop:

    • use keyword phrases that describe the product and who it is for and when it is for
    • fill up the title space with keyword phrases separated by commas
    • use all of the 13 tag spaces to fill in with those keyword phrases
    • follow the trends and change up your listings if phrases change

    Depending on how much you are already doing for SEO will determine how much you can improve here. If you improve a lot you will show up in more searches and get more sales.

    The more you are seen by buyers who are searching to buy the more likely you will make sales.

    Include Better Search Keywords On Listings

    Since Etsy is a huge search engine you need to be including the best keywords possible. Your keywords are a big part of what determines your SEO success.

    You’ll want to make sure your listings are built around descriptive keywords that people are actually searching for daily. If you describe something with a name you made up then no one will ever be able to find it. You have to describe it with words people use to search.

    Etsy is also a huge gift destination so you’ll need to think beyond describing your product and also include search keywords that include gift phrases.

    Each of your listings should include a combination of descriptive keywords and gift keywords that will be searched by potential buyers on Etsy.

    An easy way to find keywords people are searching without special software is to just start typing in the Etsy search bar. It will auto-populate ideas that are keywords people are using to search. Copy these phrases and use them in your listing title, description, and tags.

    Craft Product Descriptions That Sell

    Your product description space is very important and often neglected by Etsy sellers. I see many shops asking why they don’t have sales but they have products with very little in the product descriptions.

    With the product description you can craft a store that resonates with buyers and helps sell your product. This can be difficult but you will benefit greatly by learning how to improve your copywriting.

    Product descriptions that tap into what buyers actually need is how to increase your conversions and get more sales.

    Learning how to write a good product description that is both descriptive and unique will help you get more sales.

    Look at your favorite websites and see how they describe their products. Good listings will include descriptive items like size, dimensions, etc., and they will also have a bit of copy that make you aspire to own the item. This is the kind of product descriptions you need to be aiming for with your products.

    Run An Etsy Sale To Get More Sales

    Running Etsy sales and creating discount codes is a great way to get more sales on Etsy.

    How To Run Etsy Sales

    With the built in Etsy marketing tools you can do a lot of different sales:

    • run a sale offering a percentage off the whole store
    • create a coupon code you give users on a certain platform
    • send a coupon code to people who favorite your items
    • give a discount code as a thank you after purchases

    And more! There are many ways to do automated sales or create manual sales every month.

    You can often get more sales from running a sale or giving a coupon even if you haven’t lost anything in profits. You should always adjust prices to make sure any sales you run still leave you with enough profit.

    Learn more: How To Run A Sale On Etsy

    Study The Best Etsy Sellers

    One way to get more sales is to study what the people getting sales do. What are the top Etsy sellers doing? What are the shops with tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of sales doing?

    While it’s great to learn from online educators, it’s even better to learn from the people actually succeeding.

    Find a popular shop with lots of sales that is similar to you or in a niche that you can learn from.

    Look at what they are doing with their shop. Do they have lots of listings? Do they use certain keyword phrases for SEO in their listings? Are their listing photos bright and eye-catching?

    Make a list of all the things you see successful best-selling Etsy shops doing. Use this list to compare with your shop and find the areas where you are doing the wrong things. Don’t copy the other shop but use it as a benchmark to improve.

    Treat Your Etsy Shop Like A Business

    Many Etsy sellers start as a hobby or side hustle and unfortunately not enough move to the phase of considering their shop as an actual business.

    But this business mindset is definitely needed in order to get sales and continue to increase your sales.

    Mindset is one of those things that you don’t realize the importance of until you reach the other side. Once you are running a shop with hundreds of thousands of sales you realize that mindset was 100% necessary to get there.

    While it’s important to be personable and create an Etsy shop that people feel comfortable buying from, you still need to consider your shop a true business.

    When you start treating your shop like a business you will start earning money like a business. This will also be crucial in learning about marketing, increasing conversions, and all the things you will need to get to the next level.

    Develop An Actual Brand

    Many Etsy sellers want to anonymously sell as a cash grab, but the most successful shops are actually building a brand.

    Building a brand around your shop including your story will help you better connect with customers. They will be more likely to remember your name than just “an Etsy shop”.

    Build your brand with elements like:

    • your shop name
    • the about page for you and your shop
    • shop descriptions
    • listing photos and colors

    If you aren’t sure how to build a cohesive brand then do some research online about brand building. Putting in the effort to be memorable and build a brand will pay off in the long run. You’ll be a more sustainable shop and increase sales as people remember your shop brand and come back again and again.

    Keep Improving Your Etsy Shop

    Too often I see Etsy sellers start and quit discouraged within a month because they haven’t achieved success quickly.

    This is a mistake! For most Etsy sellers you need to put in more work and improve your shop through multiple methods over a longer period in order to succeed.

    To get more sales on Etsy you need to keep improving your Etsy shop. You’ll never stop truly because even the best shops continue to evolve and improve over time.

    Keep the mindset of always improving your Etsy shop and you’ll get continue to grow and get more sales!

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  • Sticker Business Startup: How To Start Selling Stickers Online

    One of my favorite businesses that I don’t run myself is a sticker business. I have multiple friends running full time sticker businesses that they began as a side hustle. In this article I want to share some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of a sticker business startup and specifically share what you need to start selling stickers online.

    Sticker businesses are fun because it’s one you can start slow, brand easily, and grow massively. It’s equal parts creativity, business savvy, and technical knowledge.

    However, all of that can feel overwhelming at first. If you are a beginner who wants to start a sticker business, then you are in the right place.

    Let’s look at what you’ll need to figure out in your sticker business startup plan:

    • Choosing A Sticker Style
    • Creating A Sticker Shop
    • Branding The Business
    • Designing Stickers
    • Making Stickers
    • Selling & Shipping Stickers

    All of these things are important to creating a sticker business so we will cover them all at least briefly.

    Related posts:

    Choosing Sticker Styles

    The very first step of your sticker business will need to be deciding what type of stickers you will sell.

    The sticker market is actually huge and there are many different types of stickers. You’ll want to evaluate the overall market against your personal interests and gaps that you could fill. You’ll want to focus on designing stickers for a smaller niche like planner stickers for moms or educational stickers for pre-school ages.

    There are many types of stickers including:

    • Die Cut Stickers
    • Kiss Cut Stickers
    • Circle Stickers
    • Square Stickers
    • Sheet Stickers
    • Clear Stickers
    • Roll Stickers
    • Photo stickers

    There are many options for sticker niches including:

    • Planner stickers
    • Budget stickers
    • Funny stickers
    • Inspirational quote stickers
    • Meme stickers
    • Location stickers
    • Spiritual stickers
    • Political stickers
    • Seasonal stickers
    • Labeling stickers
    • Pet portrait stickers
    • Family portrait stickers
    • Customized stickers

    As you can see from these limited lists there are truly hundreds and thousands of options. Once you narrow down your type of sticker and niche then you get to create the sticker designs.

    selling stickers

    Creating A Sticker Shop

    Creating the online shop for your sticker business is the next step.

    This online shop will be the storefront for your sales and help you manage the backend of order fulfillment. It’s crucial you pick a platform that will be easy-to-use and provide everything you need.

    Many sticker shops start out creating a shop on Etsy.

    Etsy offers a great advantage in the fact that there is already an existing audience of sticker buyers on the platform. It’s also easy to set up and offers everything you need to sell stickers. This is a great way to get your sticker business up and running by using the existing audience in a marketplace.

    Read How to Make Money Selling Stickers On Etsy for more details about selling stickers on Etsy.

    After outgrowing Etsy most sticker shop owners I know have moved on to Shopify.

    Shopify offers many sticker business owners the ability to scale and brand themselves better. Instead of showing up next to competitors on Etsy you will have more control with a Shopify e-commerce website.

    With Shopify you’ll have more control over your website, branding, and ability to contact your customer base.

    You can try creating a Shopify store for free here.

    Read these articles to learn more about selling on Shopify:

    You might also want to consider other e-commerce website builders or marketplaces to sell your stickers. Check out this guide to Etsy alternatives that will walk you through options for places to sell your stickers.

    Branding The Sticker Business

    Branding your sticker business startup probably doesn’t seem important. Many people think you need to just create sticker ideas and throw them out there to get sales as quickly as possible.

    A better way is to create a strong brand for your business. Having a strong brand will help create repeat customers who remember your stickers and want more. Branding is incredibly important for long term success and building something sustainable.

    Branding should accomplish a few things like capturing attention and creating a memorable experience for customers.

    You can create cohesive branding for your sticker business in a number of elements:

    • logo for your business
    • brand colors used throughout your shop
    • website design and functionality
    • packaging for your stickers
    • the descriptions of your products

    There are a number of ways to use branding elements to make your business stand out and become memorable to customers. Try to make your branding as unique as possible so your customers remember you and come back again and again.

    When getting started you’ll want to focus on the basics and you can always come back and tweak your business branding over time.

    Once you’ve created a shop and the branding for your business, the next step is to create your stickers!

    using apple ipad and pencial to create designs for stickers

    Designing Stickers

    Making stickers generally falls into three steps: designing, printing, and cutting stickers. The first step is design which can often be the most fun.

    You don’t have to be very creative to design stickers! You can actually make stickers out of many things you don’t design yourself:

    You can create the sticker designs in an online design platform like Canva.

    If you want to draw your own designs from scratch then you’ll need supplies like the Apple iPad and Apple Pencil and the design program ProCreate.

    Once you’ve got a few designs you are ready to start building your sticker shop and creating the physical stickers you will be selling.

    Printing Stickers

    Printing your stickers is the next step after they have been designed. Again, this is a process you can do yourself or outsource.

    You’ll want to be clear on what type of stickers you are creating because this will determine the type of paper used to print your stickers. You might be printing on paper or on vinyl. Paper won’t be waterproof and vinyl are thicker and shinier.

    If you aren’t sure about which to use for your type of sticker then you should do some research before printing.

    Printing Stickers Yourself

    Printing stickers yourself will be all about the supplies you use. You will likely need to do some research and even some testing before you decide on your final product.

    For this step you’ll need to get your paper, printer, and ink. Each of these has many different options available so you will pick the best option for the type of stickers you want to make.

    Sticker Paper:


    • Inkjet Printer – Cheaper and more accessible but not great for printing saturated images because they use lots of ink
    • Laserjet Printer – More expensive but better printing quality and less ink used for the quality level

    Outsourcing Sticker Printing

    You can also outsource the printing of your stickers by sending your sticker design to a company that prints and cuts your stickers.

    These sticker printing services take your design and manufacture a bulk order of your stickers. They specialize in printing stickers so you will have guaranteed quality and consistency among your printed stickers.

    Here are some of the companies that will print stickers for you:

    • Sticker Ninja (Example offer: printing on durable vinyl for $86 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)
    • Sticker Mule (Example offer: printing on durable vinyl for $83 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)
    • GotPrint (Example offer: printing on 60lb paper and gloss labels with UV coating for $41.90 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)

    You can also print directly from some design programs like Canva. Just remember this is a more expensive option.

    Cutting Stickers

    The next step is cutting out your stickers so they can be used as stickers.

    Cutting Stickers Yourself

    There are many different cutting tools available and you can even do it by hand with scissors if you wanted to (you don’t).

    The two most popular cutting machines for stickers are:

    These are commonly used by sticker sellers. I’ve found most professional sticker shop sellers use Silohouette machines but Cricut works just as well.

    There are thousands of useful tutorials online to help you learn how to use either machine or troubleshoot when something goes wrong.

    Outsourcing Sticker Cutting

    This step of outsourcing is generally the same step as printing your stickers because these companies both print and cut the stickers to send the final product to you for selling.

    Here are some of the companies that will cut stickers for you:

    • Sticker Ninja (Example offer: printing on durable vinyl for $86 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)
    • Sticker Mule (Example offer: printing on durable vinyl for $83 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)
    • GotPrint (Example offer: printing on 60lb paper and gloss labels with UV coating for $41.90 plus shipping for 100pcs of 3” round stickers)

    You can also have stickers printed and cut directly from some design programs like Canva.

    Selling & Shipping Stickers

    You’ve got the stickers, the shop, and finally a sale! Now it’s time package your stickers to send our to customers.

    Packaging and shipping your stickers is an incredibly important part of your business. Many new stickers overlook this fact and end up with less than stellar reviews early on. This can destroy all the work you’ve done to get your sticker business startup going.

    The right packaging will accomplish many things:

    • branding your business
    • protecting your stickers from damage
    • delighting your customers with the experience

    Everyone has had the experience of receiving a damaged order. It’s not fun and negatively reflects on the business. That’s why you should aim to provide good packaging that protects your stickers.

    Packaging Basics

    You have a few options to send out your stickers safely:

    • rigid mailers
    • bubble mailers
    • tissue paper (extra protection)
    • cello bags (extra protection)

    You can opt to use a regular envelope but will risk having damaged items. It’s better to provide customer service upfront by sending items in the best packaging available. It might cost a bit more but you can raise prices and avoid bad reviews.

    Remember that sometimes spending a little more upfront to create consistently positive customer experience is one way to set yourself apart.

    Packaging Extras

    You might want to include little extras with orders to create a good relationship and encourage repeat buyers.

    Here are some of the extras you can include:

    • business cards with your shop name and a discount code
    • extra stickers as a bonus
    • little positive message or affirmation
    • free download of a digital product (or digital sticker set)

    All of those will delight customers and make them more likely to come back for future purchases.

    creating stickers on an ipad to sell online

    Sticker Business Startup Costs

    You might be wondering, how much will this all cost?

    Your sticker business startup costs will depend on which items you already have and what you need to purchase.

    Here’s a short list of the items you might need to purchase:

    Depending on what you already have you might spend a couple hundred dollars up to $2,000 – $3,000 if you are buying everything including the cutting machine and iPad.

    Sticker Business Startup Tips

    If you plan to start a business selling stickers here are a few tips for you to succeed:

    • Be willing to test things. Don’t get so committed to one style or idea that you can’t see what the market actually wants. Start small and try out different designs. Print in small batches to test in case things don’t sell and you need to create new sticker products.
    • Research sticker markets. Like we discussed in the beginning – the sticker market overall is HUGE! Spend time researching and getting to know a small niche part of the sticker market that you want to create stickers for. Join the Facebook groups they are in, follow the hashtags they create with, and participate to learn what might sell.
    • Be unique. Standing out in a large, saturated market is difficult. It’s tempting to copy designs that are already successful but that just makes your brand look bad instead of being memorable. It takes longer to build a reputation and style of your own but it also gives your business longevity.
    • Focus on customer service. Customer service is crucial for sticker shops. Your reviews will make or break your ability to sell and scale. If you continue to send out poorly cut stickers or stickers arrive damaged due to packaging your reputation will suffer. Focus on providing excellent service before the customer receives their stickers and after as well. Refunds and replacements are something you should be willing to provide rather than fighting your customers who will ultimately leave you negative reviews.

    Those are just a few of the tips I’ve picked up while watching my friends build their sticker business startups to major businesses over a couple of years. It’s an incredible business to run and there is plenty of room for new sellers to succeed!

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  • Alternatives To Etsy: Where To Sell Besides Etsy

    Whether you sell physical handmade products or digital products on Etsy, you’ve like considering finding an alternative. Etsy is a great e-commerce marketplace but once you grow you will want to find alternatives to Etsy where you can sell your products with better conditions.

    Etsy offers great benefits for beginners like 45 million existing buyers, brand recognition, and easy to use tools.

    However, it can only take businesses so far.

    Alternatives To Etsy: Where To Sell Besides Etsy

    Etsy owns your customer list and storefront so you are limited in your ability to control branding, customer retention, retargeting, and more.

    Etsy also advertises other products on yours which often means you lose out on potential sales. It feels even worse when Etsy advertises a shop that blatantly copied your product and your listing description word for word. Promise me, people do it all the time to my shops.

    All of this means Etsy might be a fine place to start selling your products but you definitely need to find alternatives to Etsy.

    Where To Sell Besides Etsy

    In this article I’ve rounded up different options for you to sell your products online without using Etsy.

    There are a two different types of Etsy alternatives so we will break it down into categories:

    • Website building Etsy alternatives
    • Online marketplace Etsy alternatives

    Basically when you are looking at where to sell besides Etsy you will want to consider creating your own e-commerce website versus selling on another marketplace like Etsy.

    Website Building Etsy Alternatives

    When you are considering leaving Etsy for alternatives you likely are thinking about building your own e-commerce website. Having your own website allows you much more flexibility and freedom with how you market your products and how you interact with your potential customers.

    Most sellers explore these website alternatives because of Etsy’s limitations and restrictive rules. Building your own website gives you more control and ownership over your shop. It also allows you to move to the next level and grow your business beyond what most Etsy shops ever become.

    Let’s look at some of the best website building alternatives to Etsy.


    Shopify is one of the most powerful e-commerce options out there as well as one of the easiest to use. It’s and all-in-one e-commerce platform which I personally use to run my e-commerce shop.

    Shopify is the solution I recommend for most people who want to sell online professionally.

    The monthly plans start at $29 plus the transaction fees in order to sell online or even in a retail store and on social media like TikTok or Instagram. Shopify gives you a full suite of business tools with a multi-channel solution that is user-friendly but powerful.

    Sell On Shopify

    Shopify takes care of everything from marketing and payments to secure transactions and shipping. Sell digital or physical products with ease.

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    You can customize your website with templates or custom design. You have your own domain name and access to powerful tools for analytics, marketing, development and more as well as marketplace selling options.

    It’s also very easy to move over your Etsy shop! I’ve written a whole article about moving your Etsy shop to Shopify and have a tutorial showing you how to do it.

    How To Move Your Etsy Shop To Shopify Video Tutorial

    Considering Shopify? Check out these related posts:

    Try selling on Shopify


    This website builder is as popular for stand alone e-commerce stores as Shopify or Wix. Squarespace plans to build and host a website start at $12 per month but to sell your products you’ll have to choose a plan that costs $18 per month plus transaction fees.

    Squarespace creates beautiful websites and e-commerce options. It’s got a number of user-friendly templates and the drag and drop tools make building pages easy for beginners.


    Everything you need to build a beautiful website. Squarespace has modern templates, 24/7 customer support, and drag and drop building with no plugins necessary.

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    The best part of Squarespace is that it requires exactly zero need to know anything technical in order to set it up and get started with selling your products. This is very similar to Etsy which is why it’s a great Etsy alternative. However to get the best design and exact working set up you need you may have to invest in design and development help as you grow.

    Squarespace has a variety of tools for sellers from inventory management to social media promotion. They also offer varying levels of features so you can move up in levels as you need to add new items.

    Try selling on Squarespace


    Wix is a leading website builder for people that want an easy-to-use solution with templates and drag-and-drop building tools and the ability to add e-commerce. Plans start at just $23 per month plus transaction fees.

    Wix offers multiple tiers on their monthly pricing so you can select the plan that fits your needs as a seller the best. When you choose Wix as your Etsy alternative you are able to sell via online storefront, track orders, accept Paypal and credit card payments, create coupons, and more.


    Design and build your own high-quality websites. Whether you’re promoting your business, showcasing your work, opening your store or starting a blog—you can do it all with the Wix website builder.

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    Unfortunately a similarity to Etsy is limited customization. You are generally stuck using the templates on Wix which is great if you want something simple but it limits your creativity in a similar way to Etsy.

    Wix offers an active community online, a robust knowledge base, and decent customer support. You can find your way through most challenges here but it will still ultimately limit you in some of the same ways Etsy does.

    Try selling on Wix


    WooCommerce is the e-commerce solution for anyone that already has an existing WordPress site. It is a good solution for anyone wanting something simple that can be added to their existing site so they can sell beyond Etsy. I personally used it for my digital product shop for over a year before switching to Shopify.

    WooCommerce is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms since so many sites are already run on WordPress. WooCommerce is NOT a stand alone site builder but it is a WordPress plugin that allows you to build an online store on top of WordPress.


    Sell online with the eCommerce platform for WordPress. WooCommerce is a customizable, open-source eCommerce platform built on WordPress. Get started quickly and sell physical or digital products on your website.

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    In order to use WooCommerce you have to have hosting from a site like BlueHost or BigScoots and install WordPress. Since WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system most hosting companies have one-click installs where they do all the work. Then you will install and active the WooCommerce plugin.

    The great thing about WooCommerce is that it is FREE to use. You will only pay the transaction fees for using things like Stripe or PayPal. However, if you want to do anything more complicated then a basic store youll end up paying for add-on features and plugins. It can also drastically slow down an existing WordPress site so there are a lot of considerations about using WooCommerce.

    Try selling on WooCommerce

    Online Marketplace Alternatives To Etsy For Digital Product Sellers

    While having your own website will have many benefits, you might just want a marketplace Etsy alternative.

    There are a number of additional marketplaces similar to Etsy where you can sell products. Depending on the type of product you sell you may have an easier time using certain alternatives.

    If you are a digital product seller like I am then you may be interested in these marketplaces for digital sellers:

    Marketplaces For Selling Digital Products Besides Etsy

    Here are some of the best marketplaces for digital product sellers:

    Creative Market

    Creative Market is one of the best marketplaces for design work of all types. There are over 4 million products from artists isn 190 countries and the user base on Creative Market numbers over 8 million. While still smaller than Etsy’s overall user base this is a more targeted market that can bring customers to your design work.

    Creative Market does not require exclusivity and gives you plenty of control over your listings. They provide all the backend necessities to make sure your product is seen and delivered digitally without any issues.

    Try selling on Creative Market

    Design Bundles

    Design Bundles can help put your digital design products in front of the right audience in their 1.3 million visitors per month. They have an active newsletter and social media presence that highlights products on their site so there is the potential for even more features.

    This marketplace will take a higher cut of your sales because they operate on a royalty rate style commission. This means you’ll receive 75% of the sale price for non-affiliate sales and 50% of the sale price for affiliate initiated sales. This is significantly lower than other digital product marketplace options so you’ll need to consider your pricing with this Etsy alternative.

    Try selling on Design Bundles

    Hungry JPEG

    Hungry JPEG is an Etsy alternative that offers premium design resources. Applications are reviewed and not every digital seller can sell resources on Hungry JPEG. This makes it more exclusive and the quality stays high unlike Etsy where there is not barrier to entry.

    Store owners on this Etsy marketplace alternative receive 70% of the sale price. This is more than you’ll pay out on Etsy but the reputation and curated nature of the Hungry JPEG may make up for that difference depending on what you sell.

    Hungry JPEG specializes in selling fonts, graphics, templates, crafts and other design resources.

    Try selling on Hungry JPEG

    Online Marketplace Alternatives To Etsy For Physical Product Sellers

    Selling regular physical products or handmade products? Check out these online marketplaces where you can sell besides Etsy:

    Amazon Handmade

    Everyone knows the e-commerce giant Amazon, but did you know they also have a handmade marketplace?

    Amazon entered the artisan marketplace a few years ago as Etsy was growing it’s user base. With Amazon Handmade you can create a storefront to sell your unique handmade items.

    There are some major benefits to selling on an Amazon site and using Fulfillment by Amazon:

    • no listing expiration
    • Amazon sponsored ads
    • insightful analytics from an e-commerce powerhouse

    These actually solve many of the common gripes I’ve seen from Etsy sellers about listing fees and paying for Etsy’s off-site ads.

    However, for these benefits you’ll have to pay more. Amazon Handmade takes a 15% commission per transaction and charges a monthly membership fee that varies based on the number of listings you have.

    There are downsides to selling on Amazon. While you will potentially reach more people with your listing you will not own the customer data – that is all Amazon’s. They don’t allow you to contact customers out side your platform.

    You can definitely get a boost in sales by selling on Amazon but you’ll need to consider the trade-offs for using this Etsy alternative marketplace.

    Try selling on Amazon Handmade


    Zibbet is very similar to Etsy but charges a flat monthly fee per channel. You import your existing products from a channel like Etsy which makes this a very easy to setup option. Zibbet also allows you to manage inventory across all of your platforms in one location.

    In this one spot you can manage your complete inventory in Zibbet’s handy dashboard. You’ll also be able to manage things like shipping, order management, analytics and more.

    Zibbet has useful customer service which makes it a great alternative option if you’ve had negative experiences with Etsy’s customer service.

    Try selling on Zibbet


    Bonanza is an Etsy alternative that operates closer to eBay in functionality. It’s focus is on unique items like arts and crafts or collectibles. If you sell individual unique items then Bonanza is the marketplace for you.

    It offers sellers a built-in market similar to Etsy so you have a customer base to sell to immediately from day 1 even if the market is smaller than Etsy. It’s also free to list items on this marketplace so you’ve got very little to lose by getting started with a shop here. The site only charges you base on the final price. They charge 3.5%-5% of the final sales price including shipping.

    You can import items directly from Etsy onto Bonanza which makes getting started fast.

    Since this marketplace operates similar to eBay you should expect customers to try and negotiate pricing and message you about products more often than on Etsy. This means pricing should consider the potential need to negotiate for people to get “deals” on your products.

    Those are just a few of the alternatives to Etsy where you can sell your products.

    Try selling on Bonanza

    Selling On Etsy

    Still want to sell on Etsy instead of the alternatives? Check out these helpful posts:

    These posts will help you get started on Etsy and grow your sales as well. Whether you end up selling on Etsy or an Etsy alternative, you will be glad you decided to pursue your online income dreams!

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  • How To Sell Digital Products On Shopify

    Selling digital products on Shopify is a great way to make passive income with your personal brand or business. I’ve written before about selling digital products on Etsy, but many sellers choose to leave Etsy for Shopify due to the increasing fees.

    Shopify is one of the leading platforms to create your own online store easily and quickly. It’s also able to scale up as your business grows.

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    Sell Digital Products With Shopify

    Many of my favorite creators have left Etsy in order to sell on their own site with Shopify because it’s much more affordable if you sell large amounts. There are no additional fees that add up and you know what you’re getting.

    If you are interested in selling digital products with a Shopify store this post will walk you through the basics:

    1. How to open a Shopify store for digital products
    2. Digital products to sell on Shopify
    3. How to sell digital products on Shopify

    Sounds easy right? Let’s dive in and look at each step in depth so you can sell digital products on Shopify.

    How To Open A Shopify Digital Products Store

    Opening a Shopify store to sell your digital products sounds complicated but the process is actually quite easy. You can create your shop and be ready to sell products in less than 30 minutes.

    Easy Shopify Digital Products Tutorial

    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 this video shows how you can start selling digital products on Shopify. Since Shopify does a 14 day free trial, you can test all this out for free.

    Creating Your Shopify Store

    Starting a store to sell on Shopify is easy:

    • Create your Shopify free trial
    • Create an account with your email
    • Enter a store name that will become your default URL
    • Answer a few questions
    • That’s all you need to actually create your store!

    The video goes into detail for a step-by-step tutorial but it’s quite easy to walk through on your own as well! The important part comes next with customizing your shop.

    Customizing Your Shopify Store

    In order to build and customize your store you will need several things to get started:

    • A business idea
    • Your business name
    • A domain name idea (do not leave myshopify as your domain!)
    • A logo
    • Products to sell in your store
    • Photos or mockups of your products
    • Descriptions of your products

    How To Sell Digital Products On Shopify

    Now let’s look at how to list and sell digital products on Shopify.

    Step 1: Adding the Digital Downloads app

    In order to sell digital products with Shopify you have to use an app from the Shopify App Store.

    The free app is the Shopify Digital Downloads app.

    Here’s how to install the Digital Downloads app:

    1. Navigate to Shopify Apps at
    2. Search for “digital downloads
    3. Select on “Digital Downloads”
    4. Click “Add app”

    There are also several third-party apps for selling digital products available in the Shopify App store.

    You can research different Shopify apps for selling digital products and select the best one for your needs. This tutorial only covers the free app but there are many options!

    Step 2: Adding Digital Products

    In your new Shopify store, go to Products > Add product to create your first product listing. 

    1. From your Shopify admin, click Products.
    2. Click Add product
    3. Enter your product title and product description.
    4. Under the Shipping heading, uncheck the box next to This is a physical product.
    5. To make the product temporarily unavailable until the digital attachment is added: at the top of the product page next to Sales channels, click Manage, uncheck the boxes next to your sales channels, then click Done.
    6. Click Save product
    7. Under the product title, click More actions
    8. Click “Add Digital Attachment” (this takes you to the Digital Downloads app page)
    9. Click “Upload File”
    10. Select the file you want to attach to this product.
    11. Click “View in your Shopify admin”
    12. Now that you have added the attachment, you need to make the product available:
      1. Next to Sales channels, click Manage.
      2. Check the boxes next to the sales channels where you want to make your product available.
      3. Click Done.

    Not sure what to sell in your new online store? Let’s look at some product ideas to inspire you.

    Digital Product Ideas To Sell On Shopify

    What digital products will you sell in your Shopify store?

    The following list of digital product ideas will help you determine something you can share in your online store. Any digital product that sells well on Etsy could also be sold in a Shopify website.

    Here are 25 digital product ideas you could create and sell on Shopify:

    1. Art prints
    2. Birthday invitations
    3. Build plans
    4. Business planners
    5. Checklists & trackers
    6. Clip art
    7. Craft patterns
    8. Ebooks
    9. Excel templates
    10. Fonts
    11. Holiday cards
    12. Instagram templates
    13. Invitation templates
    14. Lightroom presets
    15. Meal plans
    16. Party decor
    17. Party invitation
    18. Pinterest templates
    19. Party signs
    20. Planner inserts
    21. Printable photo props
    22. Printable stickers
    23. Resume templates
    24. Sewing patterns
    25. Social media templates
    26. Stock photos
    27. Study guides
    28. SVG cut files
    29. Thank you cards
    30. Workbooks

    Want more ideas? Check out this huge list of 63 Digital Product Ideas To Sell To Make Passive Income.

    Check out these additional digital product ideas:

    Choosing Digital Products To Sell

    You are convinced selling digital products is a great idea. But what should you sell? How do you decide?

    Creating Your First Product

    When deciding what type of digital product to sell I would recommend picking an area where you have a passion for your first product. This passion makes it easier to think up designs for 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! There is an audience for every type of product.

    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!

    Creating Similar Products

    When you are creating more products you should choose additional products that will complement your existing items.

    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, party signs, party photo booth backdrops, photo booth props, and more.

    Adding complementary products to your store will allow you to crosssell and upsell to create more value for your customers and more revenue for your business.

    Creating Digital Products

    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.

    Adobe Illustrator

    Adobe Illustrator – This program is a must have for all graphics creators! It allows you to do so much and the only limit will be your creativity.

    It’s perfect for creating wall art, clip arts, designs for SVGs, etc. 

    Try creating with Adobe Illustrator’s free trial.


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

    Check out some of these Canva tutorials:

    Try creating with Canva.


    PicMonkey – This might be a photo editing heavy program but you can also create digital downloads through PicMonkey.

    It can be a good option for editing photos for stock photo sales as well.

    Try creating with PicMonkey.

    Selling On 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 14 dat trial of Shopify here.

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  • 40 Faceless YouTube Video Ideas

    Every month I earn $1,500 to $2,000 on a YouTube channel without showing my face. I make useful and entertaining faceless videos that earn money every single day. I love to help others do the same which is why I’m sharing this list of faceless YouTube video ideas.

    Income from faceless YouTube videos is possible!
    YouTube Video Ideas That Don’t Show Your Face

    Making money on YouTube without showing your face is more possible than ever. While most YouTubers are famous for being personalities, there is a huge market for faceless video content.

    If you’ve been waiting to start a YouTube channel because you were worried you have to be an on camera personality then this list is for you!

    Faceless YouTube Video Ideas

    Below are some faceless video ideas you can make for YouTube:

    1. Product reviews
    2. Unboxing videos
    3. Compilation videos
    4. Gaming clips
    5. Gameplay videos
    6. Gaming best of videos
    7. How to gaming videos
    8. Best of video compilations
    9. Top 5 list videos
    10. Luxury example videos
    11. Life hack videos
    12. Screen-recorded tutorials
    13. Whiteboard videos
    14. Podcasts
    15. Cooking videos
    16. Crafting videos
    17. Building videos
    18. Restoration videos
    19. Meditation videos
    20. Timelapse videos
    21. Ambient point of view videos
    22. Extreme sports point of view videos
    23. Animated content
    24. Drawing content
    25. Painting timelapse
    26. Nail art how to videos
    27. Cash stuffing videos
    28. Budgeting videos
    29. Planner videos
    30. Commentary videos
    31. Meme recaps
    32. Reddit post commentary
    33. Motivational content
    34. Scary stories
    35. True crime stories
    36. Homework help videos
    37. Celebrity news
    38. Movie reviews
    39. Voice dubbing (ex: bad lip reading)
    40. Vtubers (digital avatar instead of your face)

    Those are just a few of the videos you can create without having your face on camera. There are many more and new types of videos popping up all the time!

    No Face No Voice YouTube Channel Ideas

    Organizing Your Faceless YouTube Video Ideas

    Once you start researching ideas for your videos you will be able to create a list and develop a content plan.

    I created a video ideas planner based on my own experience planning my YouTube videos. I grew multiple YouTube channels using this process and was able to quit my job to do YouTube full time in 2021.

    YouTube Video Ideas Planner | Video Series Planner & Checklist Printable | Video Content Ideas Planner 10
    YouTube Video Ideas Planner | Video Series Planner, Organizer, Checklist Printable

    The video planner walks you through multiple useful steps:

    • planning your video title, description, keywords
    • the content strategy for what your video will achieve
    • organizing your videos into useful playlists for viewers
    • a checklist for creating and promoting videos
    • video ideas to inspire your content

    The planner is in PDF format and available to be used digitally or as a printable you print and use at home.

    This video ideas planner is part of a larger planner that helps walk you through everything you need to have a successful YouTube channel.

    YouTube Success Planner | Printable Guide To YouTube Content & Channel Success

    This YouTube planner includes everything in the video planner and goes more in depth on how to grow your channel, how to monetize your videos, and how to track your success.

    Finding More Faceless YouTube Video Ideas

    You can do all of these YouTube video ideas on your own and the examples I’ve included show you others who are making videos without ever showing their face.

    This list of no face video ideas is not comprehensive. There are many, many ways to do faceless videos on Youtube.

    To find more video ideas you can do without your face showing, I recommend signing up for TubeBuddy for research.

    TubeBuddy is a FREE browser extension & mobile app that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run your channel with ease.

    You can use TubeBuddy to research different niches and keyword ideas. IOnce you make a few faceless videos you can see what takes off and then use that information to start the basis of your research on TubeBuddy. Making related faceless videos is a great way to grow your channel with repeat views from subscribers.

    You can also use TubeBuddy to do competitive research. When you check out other faceless YouTube channels you can see their stats when you are signed into TubeBuddy. You can learn if they are getting views or not from their faceless videos.

    How To Find Stock Images & Video For Faceless Videos

    There are many different types of videos you can make but some will require you pull together stock images and video. If you aren’t filming your hands or screen recording you will need to find stock footage for your videos.

    Free Stock Photos & Video

    Here are some places to get free stock photos and videos:

    Paid Stock Photos & Videos

    Here are some places where you can pay for stock photos and video:

    Can you make money on YouTube without showing your face?

    If you want to make money on YouTube with faceless videos then you probably are wondering if you can make it profitable. The answer is yes!

    How Much Money I Made With Faceless Videos

    In fact, the channel I started to make videos without showing my face actually now makes more money than my first channel. Below is a screenshot of my earnings for my faceless videos.. I made over $1,800 from videos on YouTube without ever showing my face in them! This is an average amount I earn on this channel each month.

    Making Money On YouTube Without Showing Your Face

    In fact, in the last year I made $23,000 just from ads on faceless videos.

    That is a significant amount of money to earn just from ads without ever showing your face! Even better? That income does not even count affiliate marketing income or sponsored videos!

    How To Monetize Faceless Videos

    There are many ways to monetize a YouTube channel:

    • ads
    • affiliate marketing
    • digital products
    • merch / physical products
    • memberships
    • super chats
    • sponsored videos

    The type of video you make and the ability to connect with or educate your audience matters much more than being on camera. I polled my audience and the majority of them said they did not care if someone was on camera or not – the content mattered the most.

    You will make money on YouTube by providing content that helps people. You do not have to show your face in the video to accomplish that goal.

    It is important to remember that YouTube is not quick money. It often takes months or even years of hard work in order to get to a place where the income is sustainable and enough to replace a creator’s full-time job.

    The Truth About Making Money On YouTube

    Making money on YouTube is hard.

    It is hard work. It’s hard to compete. It’s hard to constantly be creative.

    If you are new it is hard to even get monetized and make minimal ad revenue. Even just hitting the minimum requirements to earn money is so hard many channels never make it.

    In order to be part of the YouTube partner program and earn money from advertising you have to hit a number of requirements.

    YouTube Monetization Requirements

    Before you can make any money from ads you have to first:

    • Have more than 1,000 subscribers
    • Have more than 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months

    Those are hefty requirements that usually take new creators a while t achieve. This keeps the platform in better conditions for advertisers and viewers alike so it’s a great requirement even if it is a higher hurdle for most new creators.

    All this means is that when you start making videos for YouTube you need to be realistic about the amount of money that you may be able to make. At first you won’t make anything and this phase can last a long time. You might be creating content and not earning anything for months or years. I made videos for at least 6 months without earning a dime. It’s important to remember that YouTube is a long game for income.

    Growing Your YouTube Channel

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

    Growing on YouTube requires work but it will pay off in revenue down the road. The more people that find you the more money you will make.

    I’ve written a few times about the ways I’ve grown my channels on YouTube.

    Here are a few tips for growing on YouTube:

    • Use YouTube growth tools like TubeBuddy
    • Learn about and implement SEO
    • Build a community around your YouTube channel
    • Make quality content with good videos
    • Provide unique value in your YouTube videos
    • Experiment with ideas on your channel
    • Find ways to be more efficient in your processes
    • Take a course like course Mastering YouTube for the Busy Professional
    • Keep growing and learning because YouTube changes all the time!

    You can read more in my post How To Grow A YouTube Channel.

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