Last year, the average YouTube user watched 23.1 hours of content per month.
What if you could get paid for all those hours of content consumption?
I’m gonna be testing a brand new strategy for making money watching videos that’s never been done before.
So I spent a few hours strategizing, and here’s what I came up with.
Keep on reading, or feel free to watch my YouTube video on this topic below.
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Now, Ryan teaches others how to create additional income streams.
Let’s get started now.
If you search for trending products on Amazon, this gives you a list of the current best selling products.
After looking through these products, I’m gonna go with this Rosemary & Mint Oil hair and scalp treatment.
Now that we have our product, let’s head over to YouTube.
YouTube has this handy feature that lets you filter searches for Creative Commons licensed content. This gives other people permission to use your work.
So, these videos can be downloaded and repurposed.
There’s a few sites for downloading YouTube videos, and they’re all pretty sketchy.
So please use caution on these sites.
So now we have our video content sourced, but we don’t have a narration or a script.
So we’re gonna be using ChatGPT and Murf.ai to write 10 vertical scripts and then create AI voice narrations.
I asked ChatGPT to write me 10 facts about Rosemary oil, and it returned these.
Then, I copy/pasted these into Murf.ai one by one, generating my narrations and downloading them.
From here, I’m gonna take all of this into iMovie to turn these into reels, and I have a really cool trick.
You can actually edit your vertical videos in iMovie sideways by simply rotating and cropping horizontal videos.
(Watch my YouTube video for a visual tutorial of this!)
So by dragging our narration and video clips onto the timeline, we now have a sideways vertical video.
But there’s one very important step I wanna take, and that’s watermarking all our videos with a URL that redirects to the affiliate.
You see, the biggest problem with vertical content is getting people to use your link. If you mention it in the video, you’ll get shadow banned.
And most people aren’t gonna go find it in your bio. So let me show you a very unique trick for this.
You can buy a simple Google Domain for $12, and redirect that domain to your affiliate link - right from Google domains.
So I went ahead and picked up the domain BestRosemaryOil.com for $12.
Over on Amazon, I simply grab my affiliate link for the Rosemary oil and head over to Google Domains where I can simply Forward the traffic to my affiliate link.
Now I’m taking one additional step, which is double redirecting the traffic.
The traffic from BestRosemaryOil.com is going to be redirected to ryanoscribner.com/rosemaryoil.
Then, I’ll be using PrettyLinks to redirect that traffic to the affiliate link. And this all happens in milliseconds.
By doing this, I’ll be able to see how many clicks the redirect gets on my ryanoscribner site.
Now that we have our affiliate redirect set up, we need to make a watermark for our videos. I’m gonna do this in Photoshop, but you could use Canva if you don’t have a subscription.
I saved my watermark as a sideways PNG, so now I can simply bring it in over the top of all my vertical videos in iMovie.
So just like that, we have a fully AI generated vertical video from repurposed YouTube and Pexels content.
I’ll do this 9 more times, and then we’re ready to start posting.
For this experiment, I’ll be using two brand new pages:
Now in my Instagram bio, I am adding a link to my affiliate redirect site. But I think the watermark is gonna generate the most clicks.
Starting off with the Instagram Page, we ended up getting a total of 39 views and 2 likes on the content.
But it was one video in particular that did well, garnering 32 views.
I was hoping for a little bit more action here, but I can’t really complain.
Next, let’s check the YouTube channel.
Well guys, we ended up getting a big surprise here.
As soon as I logged on, I noticed VidIQ was showing 1.6k views on this channel over the last 48 hours.
The very first YouTube Short I posted ended up getting 1,562 views, 30 likes and got me 9 subscribers.
And while this is exciting, the other 9 videos got absolutely zero views. So I’m not sure what to call this, maybe luck.
But views alone do not translate to revenue in this case. So did we actually make money or not?
Well the first thing I wanna check is how many clicks our Amazon Affiliate link got.
Because if we didn’t get any clicks, we probably would have no sales.
I can see in PrettyLinks that this link got 32 clicks yesterday, and 31 clicks so far today.
With that, we can figure out our conversion.
But just like views, clicks alone don’t always translate to earnings.
So let’s jump into my Amazon Affiliate dashboard now.
We ended up selling 1 Bottle of Rosemary Oil at $22.95. But I made a huge oversight at the very beginning when I picked our trending Amazon product.
You see, Health & Household is a 1% commission category, and it’s also often low ticket products.
So yes, we made $0.23 from this experiment.
I did generate two other sales on Amazon yesterday, and it’s possible these came from the clicks to that link.
I earned a 4% commission on a $39 radio, and a 3% commission on a $100 mattress frame.
These are higher commission, higher ticket categories.
So if I did this again, I’d be a lot more strategic with choosing my product based on the commission categories.
So overall, no, this isn't a very good way to make money - at least not with this particular trending product.
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