– I made over a quarter
million dollars in four years, selling one affiliate product. So here are the numbers
and this is the breakdown. you can see on the screen the dashboard for the TubeBuddy Affiliate Program. This is the software and
service that I recommended over the last four years
to other content creators. And a lot of people honestly love it because they can sign up for free or they can upgrade to affordable plans.
And what happened is by
signing thousands of people up for this software over the years, I was able to generate a
quarter million dollars through this one affiliate
marketing relationship. So many people in online
business or in social media, influencers, content, creators
ignore affiliate marketing, because they are afraid
to sell to their audience and they don't wanna be judged and they don't wanna be called a sellout. And so trying to make three or $5 because 1000 people gave you attention, seems the easier or safer route than being able to make
literally thousands of dollars because hundreds of people decide to put their money
where their mouth is and support you with their wallets instead of just their eyeballs.
And because you've built a relationship where people trust you
and respect you enough to take that chance. And I know that that sounds really harsh and that sounds aggressive and maybe it hurts your
feelings a little bit but I want you to really think about this. Even if you were selling your own product if you were selling your own t-shirts, if you're selling your own t-shirts and I have 1000 people,
10 people bought them, others 10 people, you
would make about 50 to $70.
And if you're waiting
for YouTube or TikTok, you're going to have to
get 10 times as many people to pay attention to you. And that is the gap
between earning ad revenue as an influencer and making
commissions as an affiliate. With TubeBuddy, I have a
great relationship with them because I was paying for TubeBuddy before I ever recommended it to anyone, and I was using it myself. And I've always recommended to
people the things that I use in order to help me get results.
Whether it's my camera gear,
whether it's my lighting set up whether it's the software
that I use for my business or whether it's just a productivity hack, I want people like me,
other creative people, other nerds to succeed. I want to see more people like me winning and I wanna be able to talk to them about what they're doing. And so for me, being
transparent with people, showing people how I
do and I operate things is very easy to do because I'm not competing with them, I'm only competing with myself. I have a goal that nobody
else has for myself and so there's really nobody in my lane. I only want to know that
there are other people that are on a journey
that's similar to mine that have the ability to get there because somebody cared enough to help them and there have been people
that cared enough to help me along the way.
It's very hard to do any of this alone. It is crippling and is soul crushing to do anything in isolation by yourself. If you've ever felt that, if you've ever felt completely alone and wish that you had
other people to talk to about the things you care about, let me know in the comments section. And also guys, if
there's anyone like that, try to reach out to them
and try to offer them a little bit of support. And by support, I don't mean sub for sub and I don't mean trying to
give each other traffic. I mean, actually talk to
other people who are like you about what they're going through.
Building relationships matters. We have to build relationships
with our audience and we have to create value for them, or there's no reason for them to trust us enough with a transaction. Whether that's buying
a t-shirt or a hoodie, buying an affiliate link program or buying anything else from
you, going to your concert, buying your music, whatever it is that you're doing as an
entertainer or as an educator, you have to build that
trust and relationship with your audience.
And the way I do that is
I show you my processes, I show you my tutorials,
I answer your questions and I make content for you,
whether it gets me views or not as frustrating as that is sometimes. To be honest some of this content I'm out here slinging
gold in these streets, and nobody's picking it up. Now, how did I get this to work over the course of four years? How much content that I have to make? Well, to be honest with you, I don't plug content
for my affiliate stuff as often as people think. The reality is I'd probably
be making a lot more money if I did. On average, I probably do over
four or $5,000 on a bad month in terms of recurring affiliate revenue from TubeBuddy alone.
And I have other affiliate
programs out there. And this is why I've been
able over many, many years, over four years in this relationship to generate a quarter million
dollars in affiliate revenue. It's because I made maybe
about 20 or 30 videos over that period of time that ultimately drive affiliate sales. But I also use the find and
replace tool in TubeBuddy to add TubeBuddy affiliate
links to all of the 1000 plus videos that are on this channel. So there are more than enough
roads to success for me in terms of someone maybe
clicking on that link at some point, because I
just have so much content even if it doesn't directly
relate to YouTube or TubeBuddy. There are only about 300
videos on this channel that are YouTube tips videos. I've made 1500 videos and maybe less than a
quarter of my inventory is about YouTube tips specifically. However, I have other social media as well and sometimes I'll promote
affiliate links there. Especially Twitter, where
I have 40,000 followers. But just remember I didn't get
40,000 followers overnight.
I've never even had a truly
viral video, not once. So this isn't luck and it's
not easy, but it is worth it. The reason that people don't
succeed in a lot of things comes down to not having the discipline to do something difficult even when it doesn't
get immediate results. They're not consistent,
even if it gets results and they're not patient
about how long it takes to get to their actual goal.
And if you can start to
master these three things you will be successful at life, whether it's as an influencer,
an artist, an athlete or a person in business. The affiliate structure for TubeBuddy is a subscription model. So since people pay for
TubeBuddy every month, TubeBuddy affiliates get a commission. And so when you're starting out, I believe you start out with a, I think it's a 20% commission. And then if you work your way
up by making enough sales, you work your way up to a 50% commission.
So I'm a super affiliate
that has a 50% commission every month across all the accounts that continue to pay for TubeBuddy that use my affiliate link and all the free accounts
that ultimately convert into being, paying
customers of the service. And so if you're gonna get
into affiliate marketing for any product, I would tell you that looking at recurring monthly
affiliate commissions is actually a strong long-term strategy if you want it to make a living or replace one of your incomes
off of this, all right. So if you want to make
thousands of dollars or you want to make six figures or you want to be able to pay your rent off of affiliate income, knowing that it's reliable
every single month and that you're gonna
get paid more than once from your effort which is
why I call passive income is when you get paid more
than ones for your effort.
I like calling it automated income 'cause I like tying it to a system where I can take myself
out of the equation. And if you think about it, the videos that I've made over
the years, once I make them, I keep making money off the ads and I keep making money off
of any affiliate commissions and I keep making money off
of any merchandise sales or any product sales that come from that.
So when I make a YouTube video, I'm setting myself up to be
paid more than once from that in a lot of different
ways for a very long time 'cause I don't make content
that's dead in a week. And so if there's any real
secret to any of my success, it's that I do unsexy things that scale really well longterm.
Tortoise versus hare. It took me a long to be
able to accomplish this. A lot of people try to do like, quarter million dollar
product launches in 30 days 'cause that's a really sexy story to have. But I just play the long game, and I just do things that
work out over a period of time and that keeps stacking
on top of each other. And so I know that eventually I'm gonna have something
really solid and really stable that works out for the long game because I didn't take any shortcuts.
Long-term success never comes
from short-term thinking. And so there you go. That is exactly how I made
a quarter million dollars from recommending one
affiliate program, just one. And the thing is, this is something that you can do too. My friend Andrew Kan, the
face of TubeBuddy says, "If I can, then you can too." That is his catchphrase. And the thing is, it applies here. If I could do this and I know that I might have skills that some of you don't have, but I wasn't born with those skills, I wasn't born knowing how to tie my shoes or drive a car either. It's not easy, it's worth it. And if I can do it, you can too. Question of the day. What is your current monthly income goal? How much money do you
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