15 Common Dropshipping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them as a Beginner

1. Do your research with paid advertising

For many dropshipping beginners, you will be focused on using Facebook ads to drive traffic to your store. It’s important to understand the different campaigns, adets and objectives.

When I first started dropshipping, I made the mistake of setting up my Facebook Ads campaign objective around Traffic.

I was getting a significant number of visitors to my store each day.

I was spending $20 a day even scaling my budget to $50 a day to see if I can make a small return just to break even at this point.

However, I did not make a single sale… Why is that?

The traffic that was coming from Facebook wasn’t targeted at people who are actively shopping online. I was literally pouring money down the drain and feeding Facebook’s wallet.

I recommend playing around with the Facebook ads dashboard to familiarize yourself with the platform before investing your money in paid ads.

YouTube and blog articles are great resources to educate yourself. Keep your budget small if you’re a beginner. 

To be successful with paid ads, you will have to test, test and test to find out what works best for you. 

You can increase your ad budget when you scale winning ad sets. 

2. Selling Tradmarked Products

Selling trademarked products on your store is a recipe for disaster. 

There are hundreds of products you can find on Aliexpress with Star Wars, Rick and Morty and Harry Potter designs and branding.  

These products are much easier to sell since the brands are already established with a passionate fan base.

However, selling these trademarked products on your store may get you into some trouble. 

When I first started out with dropshipping, I use to sell anime related products that were trademarked on my store.

Things were going well until Shopify payments, Stripe, PayPal and Facebook banned me from using their services. Just like that, I was wiped out.

Even though making sales was easy, it’s really not worth the headache. At the time, it was very unfortunate but it was a great lesson learnt. 

An easy way for beginners to find products to sell is to look for products that are problem solvers. 

3. Always Test New Ads

Facebook is constantly being updated with new ways to display ads on their platform.

Testing new ads will help optimize your adsets to find what works best for your store and your customers. It also keeps your brand fresh by using new ad creatives. 

Have a look at small and big brands to find inspiration. Analyze their copywriting and visual elements. Are people commenting, sharing and liking the ad?

Right now, if you check your Facebook feed and engage with an ad, I guarantee you will see a different version of that ad targeting you again. 

That’s because they are constantly trying new ads to see what makes the most ROI. 

Knowing which ads works best for your customers will allow you to make better decisions when you invest in paid advertising. 

4. Wrong Expectations

Most dropshipping beginners expect to make thousands of dollars by running $5 Facebook adsets. 

I’m not going to lie, I thought it was going to be easy at the start but I was wrong. 

Dropshipping is a business and you will have to treat it like a real business to see the right results.

Many marketing gurus make dropshipping sound easy so that people will buy their courses. 

The hard truth is, most of these gurus don’t make their money from dropshipping but from selling people their courses.

There’s a saying, when there is a gold rush, sell shovels. 

5. Giving up to soon

Similar to the previous point, if you have the wrong expectations from the start, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. 

Many beginners give up too early in their dropshipping journey and claim dropshipping is a scam or its “dead”.

There can be a variety of reasons why your store isn’t converting the way you want it to. It can also be your ad sets and how your marketing your products.

To make any business work, whether its a traditional brick and mortar or online store, you will have to focus, be determined and persistent in order to achieve success. 

6. Spending too much time deciding between a general and niche store

There’s going to be mixed opinions about starting with a general store versus a niche store.

If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend you start off with a general store so that you have the opportunity to test multiple products from different niches.

Once you find a winning product, you can branch out and start another store around that niche. 

This is where you can scale your dropshipping business by ordering in bulk and letting a fulfillment center process your orders. 

As a result, you will have your own branded products and more control over shipping times. 

7. Know your audience

Understanding who your customers are will help you target the right people who would benefit the most from purchasing your products or services. 

Knowing these small details about your customers will help you create marketing content that resonates with their pain points thus easier to convert them on your store. 

This also helps with lowering your adspend when your ads are placed in front of the right people.

8. Poor customer support

This is a common problem I see many dropshippers fail to get right.

They are too focused with making sales and ignore their customers who are asking questions or making a complaint about their recent order.

If you have a Facebook page for your store, please communicate with your customers like talking to a friend and avoid copying and pasting your product page URL when it’s not relevant to the customers enquiry. 

9. Having the wrong mindset

I get it, you started a dropshipping business to make money. But if you’re constantly chasing the money, you will eventually burn out and lose interest in your business.

Use your dropshipping business as an opportunity to help solve your customers’ pain points. Promote high quality products and be passionate about your customer service.

When I changed my mindset from wanting to make money to helping and providing value for my customers, it kept me motivated and more focused with my dropshipping business. 

10. Find trustworthy suppliers

There are thousands of suppliers on Aliexpress and it can be a bit overhwelming finding the right ones to rely on.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing any supplier and finding out later they haent shipped out your customers orders or become silent when you try to contact them.

Here are a few things I look for when selecting a vendor or supplier to work with:

  • Are they responsive to your questions?
  • Are the products high quality? (Check past customer reviews or order the product to test for yourself just to make sure)
  • Do they ship on time and honor their refund and return policy?
  • How old is their store and what is their overall rating?
  • Do they have high quality images?
  • Do they have related products for upsells?

It’s always a good idea to build a relationship with your supplier so that you can do business with them long term. You can also negotiate prices and even faster shipping times. 

11. Be clear with your Shipping and Handling details

Its important to display your shipping and handling times throughout your store and product pages. 

You don’t want a customer to freak out when they haven’t received their order in a few days. 

Being transparent and upfront will reduce the number of emails from ing from angry customers asking about their package. 

You can offer your customers a flat rate shipping price to make it easier for you and your customers.

12. Not enough branding

You want your brand to be seen throughout your store to increase brand loyalty and retain more customers long term.

Avoid using colors or fonts that does not match your branding. I have seen many stores use bright fluro colors with fonts that make is very difficult to read text on their store.

Make sure you have a high quality logo on your homepage and checkout page to ensure your brand is seen throughout the shopping experience. 

Some suppliers also offer custom packaging and branded packing slips printed with your logo. 

You can also send a follow up email to say thank you and ask the customer to fill out a survey about their shopping experience.

13. Supplier Marketing Material

When a customer places an order on your store, it is your duty to make sure you process the order as soon as possible to avoid any delays. 

One thing you should not forget is to leave a little note for the supplier to not include their own marketing material when they ship your customers package. 

You don’t want to confuse your customers or raise any red flags when they open up their package.

14. Not optimizing for Mobile

Many beginners focus on optimizing their store on desktop but forget to optimize for mobile devices. 

They often use images that are too big which takes forever to load on smaller devices. Let’s not forget about the plugins and extra apps that need to load every time a user refreshes the page.

Since you will be using Facebook to run ads, most of your customers will be viewing your store on mobile.

If you’re on a budget at the start you can opt of a free Shopify theme that works pretty decent for both desktop and mobile. 

But if you have some extra cash, I highly recommend investing in a premium theme and I guarantee it will make a huge difference in improving your store’s user experience on desktop and mobile.

Most premium themes include marketing plugins that will help you save money long-term compared to using a standard theme and installing apps which you have to pay a monthly fee to use. 

This can quickly add up and affect your profits. 

15. Be clear with your refund and return policy

Be organized and have a system in place to handle refunds and returns. It’s important to work with trustworthy suppliers and selecting high quality products to minimize your returns and refund rate. 

You can state in your store’s policy that you do not offer any returns on items that are on sale. 

If they are very unsatisfied with their purchase, just refund their money, no questions asked. 

Sometimes you will have to take a loss and move on as it’s not worth dealing with an aggressive customer.

15 Side Hustle Ideas To Make You Extra Money In 2019

One of the best ways to earn some extra cash is a side hustle.

Side hustles can help improve your finances since they do not require large, upfront investments or specialized skills to start.

For example, I was able to pay off my credit card debt by buying and flipping items on eBay for a profit.

In today’s post, I have compiled a list of 15 side hustle ideas which you can help you make some extra money.

Side Hustle Ideas to Make Extra Money From Home

1. Amazon Flex

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If you don’t mind driving, you can consider becoming a delivery partner with Amazon Flex.

With Amazon Flex, you get to work around your own schedule. You can make up to $18 to $25 delivering packages for Amazon.

All you need is your own transportation and a smartphone to install the Amazon flex app.

Pros

  • You get to choose when you work.
  • Flexible hours

Cons

  • Wear and tear on your car
  • Delivering to apartments with gates and gated communities can be challenging.
  • High chance of being chased by dogs
  • Weather conditions
  • Support is only available through email

2. Charging Scooters

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The next gig involves picking up scooters and recharging them.

If you live in the right place, this is something anyone can do. The two most popular scooter brands are Bird and Lime.

For Bird, they can pay you between $3 to $30 per scooter. The pay rate will be based on when the scooter was last charged and becomes available again.

With Lime, they will pay you $5 per scooter. It may seem like a small amount, but over time the money will add up.

If you live in a city with many scooters available, one way to recharge them is to collect them on your way home from work, charge them over night and drop them off on the way to work.

You will need a smartphone to install the app to find available scooters to pick up and recharge. If you have a large vehicle, you can pick up as many scooters as you like.

Pros

  • Flexible with your work schedule.
  • Chargers are similar to the ones we use for laptops. They are interchangeable with different companies.
  • Small costs of recharging a scooter
  • Scooters are eco-friendly.

Cons

  • Wear and tear on your car
  • Hoarders can make it difficult for you to find scooters

3. Providing a service locally (e.g car washing, car detailing, mowing lawns)

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Do you have skills in certain areas that can be used to help others solve their problems?

For example, I see one person in a Facebook group about cars advertising his car detailing business. The best part about this marketing method is it’s for free. he pays $0 and has access to a niche with passionate people.

How much you can earn really depends on your skills and experience. In the beginning, you might have to charge people a bit less to get your foot through the door.

It’s a great way to build your own brand and also make money doing what you love.

Pros

  • Get paid for doing what you love and good at
  • Great way to develop a brand locally
  • You can set your work schedule

Cons

  • Depending on your expertise, you may have to invest some money in tools and a vehicle for transportation.
  • Can take some time to find customers and establish a brand

4. Flipping items on eBay

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The next side hustle idea has been around for ages. This is one of my favorite methods of making some extra cash on the side.

You can go to garage sales or thrift stores to find items people want and list them on eBay for a profit.

There’s a small community of full-time eBay resellers on YouTube who teaches their audience about flipping items.

You can also use the Facebook marketplace to find items locally which you can pick up and resell.

The amount of money you can earn will depend on the items you list. You will have to take calculate your expenses which include packaging material, shipping costs, and eBay fees.

Overall, eBay is a trusted marketplace and the traffic is already there. All you can start off with selling items lying around your house which you don’t need. It’s a great way for you to learn how to sell things online.

Pros

  • Anyone can sign up to eBay and start selling today. User-friendly interface.
  • Great for introverts (like me!)
  • Develop skills for running your own business. You will have to package, ship and answer customer inquiries.
  • Fees are not as high as Amazon

Cons

  • Can be time-consuming. You will have to source products, take pictures and list them on eBay
  • Scams can happen from time to time. A customer will receive their product and claim they’ve received an incorrect item and make a claim with PayPal.
  • There is a learning curve when you’re first starting out but it gets quite easy over time.
  • Selling items does take some time. Certain products may sell faster.
  • Customer service and dealing with negative feedback.

5. Dropshipping – E-commerce Business

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Dropshipping is another side hustle you can consider. As a dropshipper, you are the middle man who connects a customer to a supplier.

The beauty with the dropshipping model is you do not have to worry about an inventory or warehousing costs. All you have to do is create an e-commerce website and send traffic to your offers.

How much you earn will depend on how much money and time you want to invest.

Dropshipping can be side hustle or scaled up to a full-time business.

To start a dropshipping side hustle, all you need is just a laptop and an internet connection.

There is a learning curve in the beginning and will take some time to get use to the tools and software you will need.

You’re most likely a one-man team and will be required of doing many tasks and learn new skills along the way.

If you’re interested with learning how to start your own dropshipping business, click here to read my eCom Elites review.

Pros

  • Minimum upfront costs (domain name, website, internet connection and a desktop/laptop)
  • You don’t have to worry about inventory and warehousing expenses.
  • There are many great business skills you can develop with running your own e-commerce business.
  • Many tasks can be outsourced.
  • Potential of developing a long term brand.

Cons

  • You will need some money to spend on paid ads to drive traffic.
  • There is a learning curve and you will be required to develop new skills.
  • You don’t have control over product quality and shipping times.

6. Renting out your car

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The next side hustle is kind of like Airbnb for cars. Instead of renting out a spare room, you are renting out a car instead.

If your household has multiple cars, you can make use of the ones that don’t get driven as much by renting them out to other people.

You can use a peer to peer service like Turo to list your car. The amount of money you can earn from renting out your car will vary.

You will have to make sure your car is well maintained and kept clean.

Pros

  • Rent out your can to make extra money when you’re not using it.
  • You can choose who can rent your car.
  • Services like Turo provides insurance for your car.

Cons

  • If your car becomes totaled or stolen it is possible you won’t see your car for an extended period.
  • Increase costs in car maintenance and wear and tear.

7. Online Chat Support

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Providing customer service online. You can work from home as long as you have access to a computer and internet connection.

You can up to $9 to $18 depending on the company and you will have to be able to type quickly with little error.

Pros

  • You can work almost anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.
  • Schedule is flexible
  • No commute to and from work

Cons

  • Be ready to deal with rude people
  • You may have to work an odd shift

8. Food delivery e.g Ubereats

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The next side hustle idea is becoming more popular around the globe with more people ordering food online.

You can sign up and become a delivery partner with Uber or other similar food delivery services.

How much you can earn will vary from different companies. Depending on the location you live, this can be a great side hustle you can do in your spare time.

If you like to drive, you can use your car or if you like to save some gas money, a motorcycle or bicycle can do the job as well.

Pros

  • You can work your own hours and decide how many times a day you want to work.
  • There is no limit to the hours you drive.
  • There is no limit to how long you work for UberEats. The contract is an independent contractor, so you are not an UberEats employee, and as long as your ratings are high, you will continue to work for them for as long as you decide.
  • You don’t have a boss or supervisor
  • Pay can be instant depending on the company your representing.
  • Learn how to navigate the city
  • Referral bonuses, when you add a customer or driver, you get a cash bonus, usually a discount of $5 for the first order, and you also get a discount, so it’s worthwhile using your referral code as often as possible.

Cons

  • The Uber fee is taken off your income
  • Waiting times at restaurants: you still have to wait for the food to be prepared and packaged. You also have to check to see if the order is full and correct and make sure there are condiments and utensils.
  • factor in depreciation, gas and other yearly costs for maintaining a car
  • You are not allowed to take tips
  • you have to deal with weird locations and finding a door in a building complex
  • Dealing with traffic

9. Private Parking Space – Kerb

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Do you have space in your front yard that you don’t use and would like to make some extra cash?

Well, you can consider renting out space on your driveway that doesn’t get much use.

This is a side hustle anyone can do since it’s so easy!

If you live in a certain area that is close to the train station or airport, this gig maybe for you.

There are people who are looking to park conveniently close to their workplace or spectators who need to park near to a concert or entertainment venue.

Depending on where you live, different rental agencies will offer different pay rates.

Pros

  • Can potentially make good money for little effort
  • No big investment required before you start earning
  • You don’t necessarily need to be at home when the tenant arrives
  • Helps relieve pressure on street parking in heavily congested areas
  • less intrusive and personal than letting a room or space inside your home
  • You are performing a useful public service by helping to meet the demand for parking
  • Flexible pricing means you can compete with commercial car parks and still turn a healthy profit

Cons

  • Your parking space may not be suitable
  • Possible home insurance and/or mortgage complications
  • Rental spots in low-demand areas may not be very profitable
  • If access is restricted, you may need to be available to give tenants entry
  • You won’t be able to use the space yourself while it is being used by a customer
  • You need to regularly monitor bookings, and respond to communications and queries

10. Freelancing e.g Writing content

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Helping others with your specialized skills is a great way to generate some extra cash on the side.

You can sign up to platforms like Fiverr and Upwork and list your services as a freelancer.

The best part about freelancing is  the opportunity to do what you love and get paid for it.

Pros

  • Flexible schedule, hours and location
  • You are the boss in control
  • You can select and choose clients you like to work with
  • Unlimited earning potential
  • No commute or commuting costs
  • Getting to pursue your passion projects
  • No office politics or annual performance reviews
  • Casual work attire
  • Learning new skills with running your freelance business
  • variety of projects and clients

Cons

  • Hustling for new gigs
  • Inconsistent work and cash flow
  • Juggling multiple clients
  • Answering to multiple clients
  • No paid time off, no maternity/paternity leave
  • No company-sponsored health benefits
  • No one to back you up if you’re sick or injured
  • Running every business aspect
  • Feeling scattered/unfocused and lacking structure

11. Rent-a-friend

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Did you know you can rent a friend? This side hustle is great for those who are outgoing and adventurous.

If you have some spare time and would like to meet new people, you can rent out your time at an hourly rate.

A website like rentafriend.com and can help you connect with others who are looking for friends to accompany them in social activities.

Pros

  • Opportunities to meet new people locally and from around the world.
  • As the person rented, you get to make money all the while having fun and exploring new places.
  • You can make long term friendships

Cons

  • You don’t know the person’s intention until you meet up with them.
  • As the person getting hired, your safety is not always assured.
  • Sometimes the needs the clients might be risky.

12. Domain Flipping

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Domain flipping is a money making method that involves purchasing domain names and then reselling the names for a profit. You can flip cars or even houses for a profit.

I recommend using a website like justdropped and sign up to their email list to be notified of domains that have recently expired which you can purchase and resell for a profit.

Domain flipping does take time to see returns and you will be required to spend some money to purchase these domains.

Depends on how much someone is willing to pay for the domain name. Some things you need to consider when purchasing a domain is things like the length of the domain name, age and authority and domain extension.All you need is an internet connection and some key skills when searching for domains to flip.

Cons

  • Time Consuming: This is the main challenge when it comes to domain flipping. You will need time to do research before purchasing any domains. As a domain flipper you will need patience and should not be expecting sales in the first few months. Some domains can take years to see a significant return on your investment.
  • Might Feel Discouraged: Domain flipping is not easy when you first start and not seeing any money in your bank account can be discouraging. Just be patient and stay focused on what you’re doing and you will see results, don’t quit.
  • It Involves Risk: Every online business involves risk. Some people buy domain names without even knowing who the buyer will be. Sometimes you might buy domains that violate trademarks or with bad back links which no one light be interested in.  You can minimize your risk by setting up a good plan and strategy.
  • Consumes Cash: If you like eating pizza while working you might need to give it a halt when starting your flipping business. At the start you need to put in cash in buying domain and if possible getting some email marketing tool or auto responder for your promotions and campaigns. This is just for the start, no one like to be broke. With time you might get back to your usual life style if things are done the right way.
  • You are Likely to Make Many Mistakes: This is very common with newbies in the flipping business. Some common mistakes you can make as a domain flipper includes: Include buying many domains, buying the wring domain, selling at a cheaper rate and more. In the next part we will see some mistakes which you must avoid when it comes to flipping domains.

13. Pet Sitting

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Similar to babysitting, pet sitting is simply taking care of pets in their own home while their owner is away.

If you love being around animals, this side hustle is right down your alley!

Pros

  • Your pet gets to stay within the comfort of their own home and can stick to their everyday routine
  • Sitters can do the housesitting chores in addition to caring for the pet
  • Visits will be done on your requested schedule. 
  • Pet is getting one-on-one attention and care.
  • Less risk for the pet to be exposed to contagious illnesses that may be lurking in a kennel.

Cons

  • The pet sitter will be in your home while you’re away. Make sure you choose a pet sitting company that thoroughly screens their sitters.
  • Could be stressful for pets that are used to having company throughout their day.

14. Rent out your place on Airbnb

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If you have an investment property or a spare room you would like to generate some extra income, you can rent out your space on platforms like Airbnb.

These services make it easier for tenants to find accommodation when traveling.

Pros

  • More Flexibility: you can block off certain dates on your Airbnb calendar in case you’re not in town or on vacation, friends or family staying in town or you need to repair something and require a bit of time.
  • More Control: By listing your place on Airbnb, you can check on your home regularly to make sure your tenants do not cause any damage to your property. When a tenant makes a booking for your place, you will receive payment straight away.
  • More Income: It’s possible to make more money monthly compared to listing your place for rent traditionally. If you live in the right area with enough demand, you can make more money as a host on Airbnb compared to being a landlord.  

Cons

  • Less Certainty: You’re not guaranteed to make a steady income each month.
  • Less Freedom: Depending on your lifestyle, you will have to dedicate some time to cleaning and preparing your place for the next tenants.
  • Less Early Profits: You will have to spend some money upfront to furnish your home and make it more welcoming for new guests.

15. Help someone with an odd task

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Similar to Uber, you can sign up to platforms like Airtasker or Taskrabbit that connects people who need help with completing a task with people who are ready to work.

Pros

  • Being your own boss and choosing when you want to work.
  • Negotiate how much you are paid for each task you complete.
  • You can decline certain tasks you do not want to do. However, canceling often can affect your account negatively.

Cons

  • Getting into contact with support can be challenging and time-consuming.
  • Hours can be limited to how much you can work.
  • Can be labor intensive.
  • More competition means a reduced amount of work you can find.

How to Invest Your First $1000 in 2019: 7 Ways to Make Passive Income

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In today’s post, I will share with you 7 ways you can invest your first $1000 to make passive income in the future.

7 Ways You can Make Passive Income at Home

1. Financial Literacy

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffet

First on the is financial literacy. You might be thinking, “why do I need to care about financial literacy?”. 

You would be surprised with the number of people who do not understand about managing their finances and end up swimming in a sea of debt when they are adults.

As I started to reach my mid 20’s I was in a lot of debt which restricted my cash flow. I felt like I was stuck in the mud.

I wanted to use my hard earned money to invest in my side hustles but I couldn’t since I had to pay back my debt plus interest on top! Month after month it felt like this debt was never going to leave me. 

I realised school did not teach me about saving money, distinguish between a need and a want, managing budgets, paying bills on time or planning for retirement. 

Instead, they force you to learn subjects that have little value once you’re in the real adult world.

Financial literacy provides you with the information you need to adjust your lifestyle and help you create a roadmap for better financial decisions. 

You can read books and blogs about managing your finances. Your local library is also a great source of information. Spend a day at your local library, you will be surprised at the content you can find for free.

You can also purchase ebooks from Amazon, online video courses and attend community college courses.

Watching videos on YouTube is a quick and cost effective way of educating yourself about finance.

Becoming a financially responsible adult will free you from debt and provide you with enough money for you to enjoy when you retire. 

2. Blogging

You can start a blog for less than $100. All you need is a domain, hosting and a simple WordPress theme. It’s a great online business model to make money online for beginners. 

Decide what niche you’re interested in. It will help if you’re passionate about the content you will be creating. 

You will have to do some keyword research and find out what your audience’s pain points are and how you can add value and help solve their problems.

Overtime as your blog ranks in the search engines and traffic starts to come in, you can monetize your blog to make more money. If you don’t like to write your own content, I recommend outsourcing this task to freelancers on Upwork or iWriter. 

Creating your own blog is super easy. You can check out my tutorial here. 

Pros and Cons of Blogging

Advantages

  • Business Opportunity: You have the potential to monetise your blog and turn it into a full-time business.
  • Flexibility: You can work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection. 
  • Purpose: If you have a business website or e-commerce store, adding a blog and consistently updating your blog with quality content will help search engines rank your website and attract more visitors.
  • Daily Journal: Great platform to document your journey and business.
  • Outreach: When you create informative and engaging posts, your visitors are more likely to share your content with their friends. In return, you will gain new followers and subscribers.

Disadvantages

  • Laziness: Having a flexible workplace can often lead to laziness if you’re not careful. It’s always a good idea to have a clean workspace free from clutter and remember to take regular breaks so you’re not indoors for long periods of time.
  • SEO: You will have to learn SEO and it does take time to master. There’s no point of creating amazing posts if no one is going to read them. Google is constantly changing their algorithms so its important  to constantly learn new techniques to optimize your blog.
  • It’s a business: If you take your blog seriously and treat it as a business, you will be able to turn it into a full time business. It’s important to always optimize the user experience on your blog by making it easier for your audience to digest content. You want your audience to stay engaged with your content and keeps them coming back for more.
  • It takes time: Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. To create a sustainable blog that will continuously make you money in the future will take time, patience and discipline. You will have to add value first by providing quality content which connects to your audience and then the money will follow eventually.

3. Start an e-commerce store

Another way of investing your first $1000 is starting your own e-commerce store. 

But you’re probably thinking, “what do I sell and where do I find this stuff”?

If you’re a beginner you can do this two ways. The first method is to dropship products from a supplier individually or you can purchase items at wholesale.

For beginners who would like to sell stuff online, I recommend the dropshipping method.

E-commerce platforms like Shopify have made it super easy for beginners to set up their first store. 

Pros and Cons of Dropshipping

Advantages

  • Low start-up costs: You only have to buy the items once you make a sale. Even if you didn’t have money to start off with, you can use a credit card to pay for the items.
  • Less risk: You don’t have to worry about keeping inventory you can’t sell.
  • No storage needed: You don’t have to worry about finding a place to store your inventory or warehouse expenses.
  • Hands-free: All the packaging and shipping is done by the supplier. You don’t have to make regular trips to your local post office.

Disadvantages

  • Low Profit Margins: With dropshipping, your profit margins will be lower compared to purchasing items at wholesale. 
  • Unreliable suppliers: Your goal as a dropshipper is to drive traffic to you store and convert your visitors into paying customers. A bad supplier can take your money and not send out the goods to your customers. When you receive too many negative reviews, it can destroy your business reputation. It’s important to research trustworthy suppliers.
  • Takes time: this is not a get rich scheme.

If you would like to learn how to create your own profitable dropshipping business, you can check out my eCom Elites course review here.

4. Pay off your debt!

You can’t go too far ahead if you’re stuck in the mud. Pay off your credit card debt with the most interest rate first. 

There’s no point investing your money if you have debt you need to pay off. The interest you have to pay overtime will 

To be financially independent, it’s important to have a financial game plan so that you stay positive cash flow. 

Pros and Cons of Paying off Your Debt Fast

Advantages

  • Save money in interest: Taking out a loan or using a credit card will involve interest payments. The longer you take to pay off your debts, the more interest you will have to pay overtime. 
  • Free up cash: Having debt will prevent you from having financial flexibility. Paying off your debt off quickly will help free up some cash that can be used for a rainy day. 
  • Sleep Better: Knowing you have debt from month to month can drain you physically and mentally. Paying off your debt quickly will reduce your stress and anxiety. You will also have the peace of mind, knowing you’re not burdened by debt.

Disadvantages

  • Depleting Emergency Fund: Paying off all your debt is ideal, but you need to be careful where the money is coming from. Make sure you have at least three months of living expenses saved away. When you have no money left, it can be difficult to cover medical emergencies or losing a job. Using different funds: At times, you may have to dig into your savings and other funds you may have in order to keep up with debt repayments. Paying off debt early can also decrease your investment funds and opportunities. 
  • No Money Back: Lenders will not send you your money back if you change your mind. Once the debt is paid for, your money is gone. 
  • Credit Rating: Paying off your debt early can potentially hurt your credit rating. Consistent repayments is the best way to build credit. 

5. Buy and Resell on eBay

  • User Friendly: Flipping things on eBay is very easy. All you need is an item, take some photos of it, list it on eBay and configure the shipping details. You can also set the handling time to suit your lifestyle in case you would like to take some time off to go on vacations. 
  • Flexible: You can sell almost anything on eBay besides illegal stuff like weapons and drugs. It’s a great way to test different niches to see what your customers love to buy. I have sold products from books, clothes and electronics. 
  • Vast Audience: One of the best things about selling stuff on eBay is the potential to reach more customers. eBay is an established e-commerce platform with millions of shoppers looking for products to buy making it easier for you to attract new customers. 
  • Gain new customers: Making a sale is one of the best feelings you can experience as an entrepreneur. It’s also a great opportunity to entice your customers to check out your eBay store for repeat purchases. 
  • Second Chances: When you’re selling things on eBay, it gives the item a second chance. You will be helping the environment by recycling stuff but also making money in return. It’s a win win!

Disadvantages

  • Motivation: You are your own boss and you are responsible for everything that happens in your eBay business. Its very easy to be distracted and side tracked with our environment You will be required to find and list items on your store.  However, if you keep practicing, you will get better and faster as time progresses. 
  • Time: With any side hustle, you will have to develop new skills. It will take time and patience to master these skills . You will learn how to use the eBay to list your items, how to find profitable products to sell and how to package and ship your order. Some products may sell faster than others so dont expect to make a return over night. 
  • Seller Fees: It’s important to understand the eBay fees that may affect your profit margins on certain items. Make sure you do some research to see how much your item has sold for in the past before listing it on eBay. You don’t want to waste your time by listing an item and later not making much profit after eBay fees have been deducted. 
  • Customer Service: With any e-commerce type of business, you will have to deal with answering your customers questions and resolving any problems they have with their order. There was one time I had sold a set of keyrings to a customer which got lost in the mail. Instead of the customer contacting me directly to resolve their issue, they left a negative review which affected my store ratings. When customers don’t see 100% positive feedback on your store, they are less likely to buy from you. I reached out to the customers explaining to them I have sent another set of keyrings and they should have contacted me first instead. Lucky enough, eBay was able to remove that negative feedback!
  • Tracking Inventory: As your store gets bigger, you will need a process or system in place to track your inventory. Let’s not forget you’re most likely going to store a lot of your items in your own home so it’s important to keep them organized and easily accessible. 
  • Competition: Depending on your item and niche you’re selling in, certain products will have more competition than others. Its always a good idea to do some research before listing any items. You will have to find ways to make your listings stand out from the crowd. This can be as simple as taking better photos, improving product titles and descriptions. 

6. Create an Online Course

Everyday I see a YouTube or Facebook ad promoting a new course from some expert living across the world. 

Selling online courses are currently trending and is a great way of leveraging your expertise and knowledge.

Platforms like Teachable and Udemy make it super easy to create and sell courses online. 

They handle most things like web hosting and payment processing so that you have more time to focus on creating awesome courses. 

The Pros and Cons of selling your own course

Advantages

  • Revenue and Profit: You can serve multiple clients at the same time and make more money while keeping costs low. 
  • Engaged Learning: Being able to deliver your content in different formats can offer more educational opportunities for a wider audience. Some people learn better by seeing visuals or listening to audio instead of just reading.
  • Ownership: You own and earn 100% of the profits. You can use your course as a way to reach more people and increase brand exposure. Top marketers all have their own courses and products which helps them stand out from the crowd.

Disadvantages

  • Technology Costs: Creating your own course will require the use of software and services which includes a monthly fee. You will also need time to learn how to use them.
  • Marketing Costs: Utililizing your own email list to drive traffic to your course is a great way to make your first few sales. However, if you do not have an email list to market to, you will have to utilize other marketing methods like PPC advertising, guest posting, affiliate programs etc. This can easily drive up your marketing costs if you’re conversion rates are low.
  • Difficult to Protect: One of the downsides of creating an online course is the difficulty to protect your course from being redistributed over the internet. There are many tools and tricks available that people can use to download your course and re-upload and sell them for a cheaper price. 
  • Takes Time: Creating and developing a course will take time and patience. If you’re producing video and audio content, you may need professional equipment and this can cost you more money.
  • Pricing: Deciding how much you should charge for your course is not a simple task. You will have to include costs of reformatting existing material, promoting the course and profit margins need to be considered. Conducting competitor analysis is a great way to see what is currently on the market.
  • Sales Funnels: Some marketers use their online course as part of their sales funnel. This leaves a bad reputation for online courses as more people are skeptical of marketers who flash their expensive cars and lavish lifestyle in their ads. 

7. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite side hustles which I highly recommend for beginners looking to generate another income stream online. 

All you have to do is, recommend products and you will make a commission every time someone buys using your affiliate link. 

There are many marketplaces you can sign up to find products to promote. These include Clickbank, Amazon, MarketHealth and many more.

If you would like to learn more about affiliate marketing, you can check out my Savage Affiliates review here

The Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing

Advantages

  • Low Cost: To start your own affiliate marketing side hustle, all you need is a domain name, hosting and a website. It’s very easy to setup your very first WordPress website which I have shown here. 
  • No inventory: You don’t have to worry about storing inventory or dealing with packaging and shipping. Your goal as an affiliate marketer is to drive traffic, collect leads and recommend products to help your audience solve their pain points.
  • Customer service: If you’re an introvert like me, you don’t have to worry about dealing with any customers when you’re an affiliate marketer. The vendor will be responsible for dealing with customer enquiries on the backend.
  • Adding Value: Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great way for you to add value back to the world. You can create content that documents your own experiences which can be shared to millions of people. 
  • Scaling: You can leverage multiple platforms such as social media, forums, organic and paid traffic sources to promote your affiliate programs. You can also collect emails to build your email list which you can later market to through email marketing to make more commissions in the back end. Your email list is your money printing machine so its important to collect emails as soon as possible!
  • Cost effective: Your startup costs are almost non existent in the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey. All you need is  electricity, an internet connection and a computer. You also have the flexibility to work from home or remotely. Compared to other business models, you don’t have to worry about hiring employees or paying for a workspace at the start. 
  • Secondary Income Stream: As an affiliate marketer, you don’t have to quit your day job as you grow your side projects.   This ensures you have a steady   which you can use to invest in your affiliate marketing projects.  
  • Independence: Another reason why I love affiliate marketing is the independence and freedom to do what you want and when you want. I can work on my blogs wearing my pyjamas while playing classical music in the background without anyone interrupting. Compared to a regular job with rules and regulations, you have to put up with other people’s bad habits and a loud workspace.
  • Passive income: With affiliate marketing, you can make money while you sleep. One of the best feelings you can experience is checking your affiliate programs to see that you were able to generate money without lifting a finger. Passive income is possible if you put in the hard work at the start and reap the rewards later in the future. 

Disadvantages

  • Slow progress: This is where most people give up in their affiliate marketing journey and often say making money online is a scam. Affiliate marketing will take some time at the start before you see progress as there is a learning curve and many skills you have to learn and master. I must admit, I was also sceptical about affiliate marketing when I first started out. However, when I made my first commission, I knew affiliate marketing was going to be my freedom from the conventional 9-5 lifestyle. It may take you months and even years before you will see any returns. The key is to stay persistent and develop the right habits that’s going to keep you focused for the next couple of years. 
  • Additional Costs: With any trade, you will need tools to help you run your business smoothly. This includes email marketing software and outsourcing tasks that you can offload to someone else while you focus on the important stuff that takes your business to the next level. 
  • Relying on the vendor: You don’t have control over the affiliate program. You will have to adhere to the vendor/merchants rules and any changes they implement. For example, changes with commission rates or removing certain products.
  • Competition:  Depending on your niche and industry, there can be a lot of competition created by other affiliate marketers. However, don’t let competition scare you. As an affiliate marketer, your hard work and persistence will help you get a piece of the pie. All you have to do is take action.

Final Thoughts

When you hear people talk about investing money, its either in stocks, real estate or crypto currency.

However, I find investing your first $1000 into a side hustle is more profitable and sustainable in the long run. 

The key is to choose one side hustle, focus and master it before you hop onto the next. 

Its very easy to be distracted and fall for the shiny object syndrome. Stick to one idea, focus and stay persistent. Your results is an indicator of how much effort you put in. 

What side hustles are you currently focused on? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Top Video Sharing Sites for Backlinks in 2019

YouTube is definitely a great place for traffic but there are plenty of other sites you can also use.

Submitting videos to video sharing sites will create quality backlinks for your blog/website. All you have to do is submit your videos to these video sharing sites and add your URL in the description.

The key is to create useful videos related to your niche and providing added value to the audience.

This does take some time but its very beginner friendly and great for those who are creating video content using Content Samurai.

I’ve compiled a list of different video sharing websites below for you to build backlinks.

My Top Recommendations

http://flickr.com

http://vimeo.com

http://youtube.com

http://blip.tv

http://vodpod.com

http://atom.com

http://dailymotion.com

http://metacafe.com

http://multiply.com

http://photobucket.com

http://viddler.com

http://video.aol.com

http://video.yahoo.com

http://www.viddler.com

http://www.veoh.com

http://www.myspace.com/video/user-videos

http://www.break.com

http://www.tinypic.com

http://www.liveleak.com

http://www.ebaumsworld.com

http://www.vidmax.com

http://www.vidivodo.com

http://www.vidipedia.org

http://wistia.com

http://www.sproutvideo.com

http://www.vidyard.com

http://www.blinkx.com

http//www.dropshots.com

http://www.freevlog.org

http://www.vmix.com

http://www.veoh.com

http://www.zippyvideos.com

If you don’t have the time to submit your videos, I highly recommend using a service from fiverr to outsource this type of task.

8 Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners 2019

Affiliate marketing is a great source of income.

You create value first by helping your audience and then offering an affiliate product to help them achieve their goals.

Recurring commissions depending on the type of product.

Here is a list of affiliate marketing programs for beginners to make money online.

1. JVZOO

jvzoo

JVZOO is a marketplace for digital products. JVZOO makes it easy for sellers to promote their own products and provides affiliate marketers products to promote.

There are over 21 categories to choose from so you’re most likely to find a product related to your niche.

Spend some time finding good quality products when promoting to your audience.

Pros

  • Free to use for both sellers and affiliates
  • Instant payments: Affiliates are paid instantly via PayPal. As a new affiliate, the vendor may withhold payments until the refund period is over.
  • Affiliate cookies: You will be paid a commission everytime a referral makes a purchase from the vendor, even in the future.
  • Generous commissions: Sellers can offer you up to 50% of each affiliate sale. Digital products have no distribution costs!
  • Sales Statistics: Access to analytics to track which products are converting the best.

Cons

  • Not all products are equal: Some products can be complete junk. You don’t want to ruin your reputation online by recommending bad products.
  • Submitting Applications: You are required to submit an application to the vendor to request permission to promote their products. Sometimes there can be a bit of waiting.
  • Refunds: If a customer requests a refund, PayPal will take money back out of your account.

2. ClickBank

clickbank

ClickBank is one of the world’s largest affiliate network with a well established reputation.

You will often hear other affiliate marketers reference ClickBank, especially on YouTube.

This platform is great for beginners and also suitable for experienced affiliate marketers.

Pros

  • Inventory: Wide variety of categories and products for most niches. New products are regularly added.
  • High commissions: Vendors can offer up to 70% in commissions for each product sold. Great potential for long term passive income.
  • Easy access: Just sign up to ClickBank and start promoting products. Most vendors allow you to promote their products instantly.

Cons

  • Junk Products: Many digital products, programs and guidebooks can be low quality which adds no value to the customer. Spend some time to find quality products, it is worth it the long run.
  • High Competition: You will find high quality products which adds value for your leads. However, beginners are not likely to compete with more established affiliate marketers. More experienced affiliates are more likely to dominate the search engine results.
  • Earning Commissions: The maximum commission you can earn is $150 per sale regardless of the product.
  • Location: ClickBank is not available for certain countries.

3. Amazon Associates

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Amazon has one of the biggest affiliate programs in the world. Amazon associates program is great for affiliate marketing beginners.

However there are some disadvantages with Amazon so it is best to do your research about the risks first before you begin investing your time.

Pros

  • Reputation: Amazon is an established brand and credibility online. They offer fast shipping methods and efficient service.
  • Size: You can also reach an international market with access to hundreds of consumer products.
  • Revenue: You can earn referral commissions from not only the product you are directly promoting but also other products they purchase in 24 hours.
  • Sales support: Amazon will send out abandoned cart emails and follow up messages to help you make sales. They also recommend related products after a customer completes their transaction.

Cons

  • Low commissions: Commission rates can be as low as 4% and it can go up to a maximum of 10%. Depending on your niche, you can find products costing between $100-$1000.
  • Referral Time Limits: If someone clicks on your affiliate link but doesn’t complete a transaction within the 24 hour time limit, you will lose out on the commission.
  • No PayPal: Amazon does not use PayPal to pay their affiliates. This can cause problems for affiliates living outside the United States.

4. Commission Junction

commission-junction

Commission Junction is a trusted name when it comes to affiliate marketing, with over 20 years of experience.

You can rest assure you will have quality products to promote on your website.

Pros

  • Reputable advertisers and brands: Higher quality products known to be reliable. This ensures your website has a good reputation.
  • Tracking software: Tracking of links can help you find best performing products.
  • Commissions: Paid directly through Commission Junction. You can choose from direct deposit or check sent in the mail

Cons

  • There can be inconsistent payment schedule.
  • Your account can be banned without any warning.
  • You may not be approved for the affiliate programs you like. Your website is not related enough to promote their products as a beginner.

5. ClickFunnels (Software Example)

clickfunnels

ClickFunnels is a landing page building software created by Russell Brunson. The ClickFunnels software is a great marketing tool for business owners and entrepreneurs to set up funnels and collect leads within a few minutes.

Pros

  • Generous Commissions: ClickFunnels offers a 40% commission on all sales.
  • Sticky cookies: Helps generate commissions from related purchases.
  • Big list of products to promote to your audience.
  • Free ClickFunnels affiliate training to help you earn commissions.
  • ClickFunnels community is responsive and helpful in case you need help.

Cons

  • Affiliate payments can take up to 45-60 days.
  • High price of ClickFunnels can lead to more refunds and subscription cancellations.
  • Customers awareness levels of ClickFunnels has increased. This makes it more difficult for beginners to attract new leads.

6. MarketHealth

markethealth

If you have a blog in the health and beauty niche, Market Health is for you.

Market Health is a company focused on creating high converting health and beauty products for the internet.

Pros

  • Affiliates are paid twice per month. Frequent payouts allows you to reinvest the money back into your business as a beginner.
  • 50% commission rate per action, lead or sale.
  • You can negotiate with Market Health for higher payouts if you generate at least 20 sales per day.
  • Products created for different regions will have landing pages in the same language.
  • 30 day cookies for all products on Market Health. You still have the chance to make commissions if a customer decides to make a purchase after a couple of days.
  • Advanced tracking tools to analyze your progress.
  • You can promote most products instantly.

Cons

  • Being a direct network, people who want to promote their own products won’t be able to.
  • Commissions are based on Cost Per Action (CPA), Cost Per Sale (CPS) and Cost Per Lead (CPL). No recurring income for each sale. Market Health does remarket for you via newsletter and coupon offers to attract old customers back.
  • There is a system defect which will automatically log you out of the platform. This can become annoying when you’re trying to look for products.

7. ShareASale

share-a-sale

ShareASale is an easy to use platform for affiliate marketing beginners. It has over 3900 merchants on its network with a healthy mix of products for affiliates to promote. You can find products from big and small brands to promote as a beginner.

Pros

  • Large Variety: With over 3900 merchants to choose from you can find affiliate programs to promote for almost every niche you can think of.
  • Ease-of-use: User friendly interface for beginners to navigate the platform. You can easily search and apply for affiliate offers you like or suits your audience.
  • Reporting Features: Customize reports to display information most important to you. ShareASale reporting tools make it easy to keep track of your progress.

Cons

  • Payment Threshold: ShareASale can hold onto your affiliate commissions until you reach a certain threshold before your payments are released.
  • Not notifications when affiliate programs are shut down without you knowing. You can miss out potential sales and commissions.

8. Google Adsense

google-adsense

When you own a website for quite some time, you can monetize your efforts by enabling Google Adsense.

Adsense matches its text and display ads based on your website content and visitors. The ads are created and paid by advertisers promoting their products.

Pros

  • Free to use: No signup fees.
  • Ease-of-use: Suitable for beginners.
  • Efficiency: Ads are provided by Google. You don’t need to waste any time creating ads from scratch.

Cons

  • People using Ad blocking software won’t be able to see ads on your website. You will lose out a on small perentage of potential commissions.
  • Ads: Some Google ads can look very unprofessional in appearance. This can create a negative user experience.
  • Commissions: Google does not provide details about revenue numbers for displaying ads.
  • Traffic: Your website needs to be on the front page of search engines to maximise your visitors.

Conclusion

Affiliate networks and programs is a great way to monetize your website. There’s almost a product for every niche which you can recommend to your audience.

Remember to only promote products which adds value for your audience. You do not want to damage your online reputation by offering junk products.

I hope the list above has given you some ideas on affiliate marketing.

Let me know what affiliate networks you like best in the comments below.

How to Create Amazing Videos Fast with Content Samurai in 2019

What is Content Samurai and why should you use it?

Hi, it’s Darren!

So what is Content Samurai and why is it so special?

Content Samurai is a cloud-based app which allows its user to turn their written content into a video format which can be later uploaded and shared on video sharing websites.

Everyone learns differently, so it is important to have different content formats to help your audience, whether it be written, video or audio.

Today I will show you how easy it is to use Content Samurai to make your very own videos within a few minutes!

Start your FREE Content Samurai Trial Here

1. Logging In

After signing up to Content Samurai, you will receive your login details via email.

 

Clicking on “Login Here” will take you to this dashboard. The thumbnails to your left are video tutorials which are quite helpful if it is your first time using Content Samurai.

2. Create a New Video

To start using Content Samurai, click on “Click here to start using the app“. This will take you to the dashboard where you can start creating your videos.

Click on “Create A New Video” to start. On your left-hand side are the elements which make up your video.

Content Samurai makes it really easy for you to complete your first video within a few minutes.

You can also create videos for your Social Media Networks such as Facebook and Instagram.

For this example, I will choose the Sea Mist template.

 

3. Choosing a Template

Clicking on the template will expose the option to create your own video. Click on “Use This Template” to start adding your own content.

4. Adding Content

As you can see, we are now on the Script interface. This is where you can add a video title and video script.

For this demonstration, I will use a snippet from one of my blog posts as an example.

 

All you have to do is copy your article and paste it into Content Samurai.

 

You will have to edit the script so that each sentence will be on its own line. Too much text can cause the audience to disengage with your content.

5. Editing Your Video

After you are done editing the script, click on “Create Scene For Your Video“.

 

Now you are on the Scenes interface. Here, you can scroll through your video slides and check if the content makes sense.

For this slide, we can see the stock video does not relate to the script.

 

Just click on the slide and type in a keyword in “Search for videos” which is related to your script.

For this example, I typed “curious” and found this video more in line and related to the script.

 

Just click on the video and it will automatically update your slide. How easy is that!

 

If you have your own videos or images you like to use, you can easily upload them by accessing the “Uploads” tab.

 

Changing the font and colors can be accomplished by the “Style” tab.

 

For this example, I changed the Font Style and Highlight Text Color as a demonstration.

 

After editing your slides, scroll down until you see “Add Voice Track To Your Video“. This will take you to the next step.

 

You are now halfway to completing your first video!

This is the Voice interface of Content Samurai.

Here, Content Samurai will use its AI to add audio to your video with just a few clicks.

  1. Music only – You can use just background music.
  2. Auto-voice This option allows you to add a voice over in your video.
  3.  Record your own voice track – If you rather use your own voice, select this option to record your voice while reading your script.
  4.  Upload a voice track – You can upload your own voice track.

 

 

I like to use an automated voice for my videos. Just click on “Auto-voice” and select which voice best suits your video script.

 

If you’re not too sure which voice to choose from, just click on “Play Sample” to have a listen to each voice.

 

For this example, I chose Heidi. I think Heidi has the best-automated voice.

Click on “Preview Your Video” to add the automated voice to your video.

 

Content Samurai will work its magic. This usually takes a few minutes depending on how much content you add to your Script.

 

You are almost done!

This is the preview interface where you can:

  1. Select Music – Add music to your video. Select a music track from Content Samurai’s collection. Click on the play icon to have a listen and test out which track sounds best.
  2. Watermark – Adding a watermark can help brand your video and prevents other people from copying it. Say no to plagerism!
  3. My Music – If you’re not satisfied with the current music tracks, you also have the opportunity to upload your own music.
  4. Voice Track Volume – You can also adjust the Music and Voice track volume. If your background music is too loud, it can cause difficulty in hearing the text being read.

 

When you’re happy with your settings, click on “Looks Good, Continue…” to render your video.

6. Render Your Video

This will take you to the final step of the process. Click on “Generate Your Video” to complete your first video.

 

Rendering your video may take a few minutes. This depends on the length of your content. More words = more time.

 

7. Download Your Video

Once Content Samurai finishes rendering, your video will now be ready to download.

All you have to do is click on “Download Your Video“.

That’s it. You’re all done!

 

How to Create Videos for Social Media Networks Using Content Samurai

Turning your blog posts into smaller videos for your social media accounts can be done easily with Content Samurai.

For this example, I will use the previous video for the demonstration.

Click on “My Videos” to take you back to the main dashboard.

 

Now click on the video you would like to turn into a video suitable for social network platforms.

Click on “Clone“. This will duplicate the existing video for you to edit.

 

Now click on “Video for social media“. Here you will see the different templates which you can use to create videos for your Facebook or Instagram accounts.

That’s how easy it is to turn your written content into videos for multiple platforms.

 

Conclusion

Video content is the future. Everyone learns differently so it is important to have your content on different platforms.

Videos are also great for building backlinks to your website. You can create multiple videos using different sections of your blog post.

What you can do is upload your video to Youtube, head over to Fiverr and hire someone to share your video on multiple video sharing websites.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create video content, I highly recommend Content Samurai.

ClickFunnels Review – A Smart Way to Save & Earn More

How’d you like to learn about a tool that makes easier for you to run your online business and save $1000 a month at least?

Better yet, what if I told you that this tool not only saves you money but also improves your sales substantially?

Would you be interested?

Hell, I surely was. Just like you, I used to spend a hefty amount every month on tools to run my online business.

You know the usual stuff such as Email Autoresponder, membership site, site builder, site hosting, shopping cart, and affiliate program, among others.

And just like you, I wasn’t happy about spending so much money on these tools.

But I did (and so do you, right?).

Because, let’s face it, without these tools, you simply can’t run an online business.

However, even after spending a nice amount on these tools one thing constantly worried me: Am I attracting the right traffic?

Perhaps, you think about this, too. After all this is very important. Right traffic = better sales conversion.

And we all want better conversion, earn more money. That’s why we work so hard, isn’t so?

Fortunately, a friend told me about a great tool that saves money on the aforementioned essential tools and also helps attract the right kind of traffic and improve sales conversions.

And I was all ears.

I’m sure this is something you’ll also be interested in.

The tool is called ClickFunnels. It makes running an online business easier and more profitable.

In this ClickFunnels review, I’ll share important details about it, so that you can decide for yourself if it is for you.

What is ClickFunnels?

As an online marketer, you might have come across the words “Sales Funnel”. Or perhaps you even tried creating one for your business and found it tough going.

A sales funnel refers to a website having several sequentially-placed pages that visitors need to browse through to buy a service or product.

Such websites have proven to be mighty effective in improving sales conversion.

However, there’s a problem.

Building a sales funnel on your own from ground up is tough and time-consuming. You can do it, but you’ll end up spending several hours on it.

This is where ClickFunnels comes into the picture.

A funnel builder par excellence, ClickFunnels help you build a customized sales funnel in an hour, if not less.

This online sales funnel builder helps online businesses market, sell, and deliver their products online more easily.

By providing you with funnel options which are built-in for a specific service, product, or business, it simplifies the way you run your online business.

Is ClickFunnels Right for You?

At this point in time, you might be thinking “All that is great, but is ClickFunnels right for my online business?

Click Funnels is right for you if you run…

  • e-commerce shop
  • insurance business
  • coaching business
  • real estate business
  • network marketing/digital marketing business

As a matter of fact, I believe if you are selling anything online ClickFunnels is right for you.

Why not just use WordPress?

Using WordPress to creating a sales funnel is like climbing the Mt. Everest without a supplemental oxygen tank. It can be done, but it is very tough.

On the other hand, using ClickFunnels is like getting dropped on the top of the Mt. Everest by a chopper.

You take your seat, wear the seat belt, and plug into your favourite music, and a few songs later, viola, you’re at the top of the world!

With WordPress you can do everything that ClickFunnels does. But on WordPress you’ll have to sweat it out—a lot.

You will have to rake your brains over coding and different plug-ins. And there’ll be a lot of hit and trial, too.

Whereas, ClickFunnels is an automated sales funnel creator—and a top one at that. Everything you need is prebuilt.

A little understand of ClickFunnels and a few clicks are all that it demands of you.

To put it plainly, if you want to spend as much time as possible on running your business, getting more clients, and increasing sales, ClickFunnels is the way to go.

Does ClickFunnels Work?

Yes, it does—every time and for every business.

That’s the beauty of ClickFunnels. It is right for all online businesses.

ClickFunnels has helped me save money on running my online business and improve my conversion rates.

I don’t see any reason why you can’t get the same benefits from this amazing marketing funnel builder.

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ClickFunnels Pros & Cons

Now, it’s time we get into meat of the matter and check out the pros and cons of this automated funnel builder.

Pros:

  • Super easy to use

Is ClickFunnels easy to use? This is one question I get asked a lot.

The answer is YES!

Its theme editor is all click-based. Simply click and drag your favourite modules to create your theme.

Plus there are a good number of pre-made templates, which makes things all the more easier.

This entire sales funnel software is really easy to use and user-friendly. Anyone can use it to build professional sales funnel quickly. A wide selection of ready-made themes allows you to use a theme as it is, without any editing, if that is what you want.

  • Creates landing pages quickly

Do you find creating landing pages a difficult and time-consuming task?

Well, with ClickFunnels, you can say goodbye to this problem. If you use ClickFunnels, you’ll be able to create impressive landing pages within minutes.

  • No coding required

The best thing about this marketing funnel builder is that it allows you to make a sales funnel that’s suitable for your online business without you having to learn any coding.

  • You get a 14-day free trial

ClickFunnels is not a free software tool. So it is a nice thing that they offer a 14-day free trial.

You can test it, check out what it offers and see if this funnel builder answers your needs.

What’s more, start collecting leads from the day one of the trial period by creating a few sales funnels!

  • Impressive third-party integrations

This is another impressive thing about ClickFunnels.

With it, you’ll have no trouble connecting a host of 3rd party services with your sales funnels, like MailChimp, GetResponse, Aweber, Paypal, Mad Mini, and ClickBank, among others.

  • A built-in shopping cart

When you use ClickFunnels, you wouldn’t have to integrate any other shopping cart into your online business.

ClickFunnels comes with a built-in shopping cart, which is just as good as any other in the market.

  • Reduces operation costs

Want to cut down the operational costs? ClickFunnels can prove to be a life-saver!

It has nearly every tool which you require to sell your service or product online from…

  • building an opt-in page
  • capturing leads
  • exit pop up
  • up sell, down sell, and thank-you pages
  • a shopping cart
  • email follow up series
  • an effective affiliate marketing platform for those who want to become an affiliate

When you use ClickFunnels, you don’t have to pay membership fees on several important business tools that your need, as it has everything you need, and some more.

You can easily save a $1000, if not more, by using ClickFunnels.

  • Better conversation rates

Lastly, by helping you attract the right kind of traffic and customers, ClickFunnels helps you boost your conversion.

Cons:

  • Sometimes detailed settings can prove tricky

Initially, the advanced features may take some time getting used to.

ith that said, support is available to help you figure out things if you get stuck.

  • There’re some bugs and glitches

ClickFunnels is a great sales funnel software tool. But it is not perfect. Because this tool is relatively new, you might encounter some bugs and glitches.

However, as said before, support is available, so there’s nothing to worry about.

  • Email automation is good but not the best you can get

In-built email automation feature is pretty good, but there are some even better ones available in the market.

However, good news is that you’ll no longer have to pay separately for using email automation.

How Much is ClickFunnels

Many people want to know how much is ClickFunnels. Well, the basic package is for $97 per month while the Elite package costs $297 per month.

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Recommendations

Easy to use and effective as ClickFunnels is, it would be better if you consider a few things before signing-up for it.

For example, check what all files you’re going to require for your sales funnel and, more importantly, create those files before you register.

This will help you save not only time but also money.

Let’s say you’re selling an eBook. So in this case, pen down the eBook before signing up.

Additionally, it would be best if you also decide beforehand about the kind of sales funnel you want.

To put it simply, you should figure out how you would like to market your services or products before using ClickFunnels.

Conclusion

ClickFunnels is an amazing tool. It helps you save the cost of running an online business.

When you use it, you no longer need to a separate subscription fee for each of the many marketing tools that you use.

As it is a top-class sales funnel software tool, you can create the sales funnel that’s right for your business within a few minutes.

And the best part is that it helps you get the right traffic and customers, improving your sales conversions handsomely.

If you’re looking for a tool that saves you time and helps you earn more from your online business, ClickFunnels is exactly what you need.

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