You will make a million online, but not with this guy, Clickbait monkey.

So in a previous post that can be found here I presented a video from a YouTuber with the amazing headline “Make $100 in five minutes” and set about seeing if this was actually the case, there are two parts to the results and a rather sad and cliche ending to the video that he hasn’t even taken the time to remove the comments about that are underneath the video.

For your reference this is the video in question

Currently he has 130k subscribers and runs ads on his videos, so we know he is getting paid, but what about us? what about the reason you watched the bloody video in the first place, well no you are not going to earn $100 in five minutes, without spending some money and having a great amount of luck.

The process is simple you go to a site like Fiverr.com and advertise your services for a wide range of professional people to come and pay you upwards of $70 and $100 for providing them with a quality video advert or a video logo, and you will do this on https://quickengigs.com/ which is the same idea as Fiverr but has (according to our host) zero competition, however on first inspection it also appears to attract zero customers as well because try as I might I could not find a single GIG with a rating or a number of orders associated with it, the first page on fiverr has GIG’s with ratings into the hundreds whereas on quickengigs there are literally zeros after each person, it is as if they have bought the Fiverr site as a whitelabel and just forgotten to promote or launch it, however I have no experience with the site so I will not pass judgement.

So let’s move onto the theory behind the opportunity, well the idea is simple, you advertise that you can do video editing and set a price, say $100 and then just wait, on somebody taking you up on this you would go to the following sites.

  1. https://flixpress.com/ in order to create your professional video
  2. https://videocreek.com/ to make your logo / intro, then you simply deliver these to the client (or string of clients) and all is well.

There are several problems with this, the first and foremost is I do not see why you would not use Fiverr this other site just seems to have no traffic, in fact from the site http://www.siteworthtraffic.com we can see that it is worth next to nothing.

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My second issue is the complete omission that this will cost money, I have no idea where he thinks the customers will come from but they are not going to pay $70 for a video that is of poor quality and has a watermark in it, and that is what you will get for free, these places are out to make money and they will not give away a saleable product for nothing, in the case of videocreek for instance, it is free for a 240p video with a watermark in it and then $7.99 for one at 720p and $9.99 for 1080 both with no watermark, bear in mind that the majority of times the customer will require a first draft or a proof of concept before paying for the final product, this could get expensive 3 or 4 revisions down the line.

That being said I have to say that on the face of it the two websites that were mentioned to provide the content looked really easy to use and seemed to be capable of producing very high quality end products, I have no doubt that you could quite easily make a reasonable living on the side with this and a bit of savvy as well as a bit of time to let the money build up through sales.

But I would definitely not follow this video as it absolute rubbish, completely and idea that he has thought up and made a video of to get to his real sell, the fact that he is involved in a funnel scheme himself! oh the irony, the hope is that once you see how good the idea is that you would be enticed in the $10,000 a month from the scam funnel underneath the thinly disguised affiliate link.

Conclusion

Utter Shi* avoid like the plague, this is a good and proven business model on other platforms such as Fiverr but you will need more than the 127 unique visitors to the site to get any traffic, laughable to be honest, but try Fiverr, and think through what you are going to do if you are good enough you can easily take some of the money being spent there.

Want to make a million? follow me and lets see if we can.

So you are stuck inside and you think this could just be the best time to start an online business, after all amidst all the stock market strife that is happening right now Amazons share price is $1,846.09 and although it has dropped 34%at last market close that is still the dream, to be as wealthy as Bezos and live a life of luxury, it would appear that that tide of inspirational videos and ways to make money online just keep coming in from the well shot polished video with some royalty free music in the background to the simple video shot on a white background to keep it “real”, there is something for everyone, but bear this in mind, all the time you spend watching these videos is time you are not spending doing anything about it, I am furious, literally beside myself with anger at the way the vast majority of people on these channels seem to think I have an endless amount of time to listen to the same piece of advice over and over again to different music and of course different adverts running in the background, a lot of the claims however have been reduced to $100’s a day or week instead of thousands, but this is still bullshit, complete and utter bullshit.

I don’t want to become a person who just sits at home calling out these leeches but somebody has to because you can literally spend hours watching this tripe with absolutely no beneficial effect, the aim with the clickbait headlines is to get the ad revenue everybody wants to be pew die pie, but guess what it ain’t gonna happen.

Really unpopular point #1

You cannot cannot cannot, make any serious kind of income in a small amount of time each day with the majority if not all of these schemes. are you familiar with the old low cost high volume business model ? that worked because you could sell thousands of individual product at low cost and make money due to volume, bear in mind that every time you go down the rabbit hole with one of these schemes itis the same model, except that the product is your time, and there isn’t thousands and thousands of hours out there, so no you cannot start or run one of these in your spare time, cos you won’t have any, or have any money either.

Am I talking rubbish ?

I hate hypocrisy so I am going to test my theory, below is a linked video that claims I can make $100 in 5 minutes, by yet another millennial success story that went from serving burgers and fries to people through a hatch to being worth nearly half a million dollars, I am going to follow this video to the letter, and see if we can get $100 a day, if we do all well and good, if not then it will be added to the rogues gallery.

Let’s see

Please Please Please

If you try and get better or worse results with this or any program on my site then let me know, leave a comment and explain what you did different and we can compare notes, learning is the most important thing. my point is that you have to choose very carefully what you learn.

I really want to be wrong honestly I do, but the only way to find out is to start so that is what I will do, dissect the advice on each chosen video and follow it to the letter, wish me luck.

Want to see how this turned out ?

Too Cheap to Succeed ?

This is going to sound like a whinge of a post but I assure you it is not, it is, rather, a warning to anybody starting or attempting to start a blog as a way of making money spurred on by the many articles on the internet (usually other blogs like this one) claiming that it is a good way to turn spare time into a passive income, as I move further forward in this journey to what I am still convinced is achievable, the realities of this are becoming more and more obvious, and it isn’t rosy I can tell you.

I started this blog and all my activities at the start of this year, I have had many distractions and issues along the way but essentially the outcome is completely my own doing, I was too cheap with both time and money and spent too much time trying to find a way to post more and more content cheaply believing that quantity would alone see me through to a success, when in fact the opposite is true, we have all seen the constant posters re-cycling the same blog posts a few days or at most a week apart hoping that nobody would notice or that at least the views would attract more readers and hits and ad revenue, I wonder sometimes how successful they really are, now I can almost hear the cries of “but I do not do this for the money simply for the art” or the expression or to educate, in fact any lofty ethical reason they can hide behind shielding themselves from the fact that it really hasn’t made any money or even shows a glimmer of hope of doing so, preferring instead to keep hoping for that one article that goes viral or that captures enough people that they will do the advertising for them by sharing the post and exponentially increasing the reader numbers.

Anybody that wants to make money will add advertising to their site in one form or another, either through the annoying ads in the sidebar that you seed displayed all over this site (lol) or through their own affiliate links or simply through the promise of exclusive content for the exchange of a mailing with a Paypal donation link, it is all advertising as it is designed to illicit money from the reader, when people actually want to convey a message or provide a service (in whatever form that takes) to the general public completely free of charge and simply to educate and help they do not advertise as there is no need to add a distraction, they do not include garish advertisements for the reader to click on as this would detract from the message they are trying to impart.

But putting the advertising on the site is far from enough, in fact it is not even enough to be counted as the beginning, the beginning is the idea it is the focus of the blog, people will spend money this is not a surprising fact and with the reach of the internet there are a lot of people that can spend a lot of money with you and make you very rich but they aren’t going to give it away, you and your corner of the internet are not a charity (unless you are of course) and you cannot expect money for nothing.

Real Money

I am so fond of the phrase “Real Money” that sometimes it even gets under my skin, I say it nearly everyday in nearly every conversation that I have about money and for the sake of repetition I will say it again here, there is money and there is MONEY and to be honest very rarely shall the twain ever meet, what I mean is that when we say somebody has money we are invariably saying this in response to the visible assets that a person has, their car, house, clothes and to a greater or lesser extent their leisure activities, we evaluate based on a surface reflection of a snapshot of their life, and when they have a nice car and a big house and we wave them off on the next international adventure or follow their Instagram posts with green eyed envy we see what we want to see, success and money, but it is at night when these people are alone that the real story is told, you see money has a way of taking control of thoughts and feelings, it squeezes out loved ones and relationships and ultimately it chokes the life out of us and we find ourselves drowning in a sea of debt that there is no escape from, at night when the car is parked outside the house or the holiday activities are over and the rest of the family are asleep is where the dread of the next credit card bill comes in, the feeling of that slow march toward retirement with no savings starts to suggest that it is time you stopped spending all this money on interest payments to credit providers and started trying to master money, after all people do it and you are no different right? having money actual money under control and working for you as opposed to the other way round is all of the above without the feeling of dread and fear creeping in at night, it is the handing over of the debit card instead of the credit card for holidays and luxury goods, it is the sitting down and studying your money at the end of the month with a smile and a coffee just to see how things are going and how much you can invest this month rather than sitting down with a Gin and a Valium and hoping there is enough to stop you having to borrow more just to prop up the nice car and house, it is the enjoyed kiss from a partner at night and whatever may follow as opposed to the awkward good night and rolling over with both of you wondering what you have done to upset the other, it is the tolerance with children as they learn and grow breaking things and making mistakes along the way, as opposed to freaking out and going way over the top at every pen mark we find on the couch that costs us £150 a month is finance payments, money has the ability to help us grow and provide a life for future generations long after we have gone or it has the power to pull a family apart and destroy the future for generations, remember ultimately we become the product of our parents, If you think about a lot of your habits and personality traits now you will realise that most if not all stem from learned behaviour in our childhoods.

Other Peoples Blogs

Firstly a word about mine, I have been doing it for around a year now and am coming up to nearly my 100th post, the maths itself does not add up to a whole load of commitment does it ? so far it is earned me the princely sum of $0.38c, I am not going to retire on this and I do not expect it to grow much more without some kind of catalysing event, but I do have faith, I have faith in numbers and the numbers on the internet are huge, it is true that with the internet age ANYBODY can make a million, but it is also true that very few ever will.

So I did a simple Google search for successful WordPress blogs, and found a fantastic site here that has an almost unique field within their table of success EXPENSES seriously take a look, the information on here is worthy of just being posted out as a link rather than just as a part of this longer article which I am not sure anybody will have made it down to this point anyhow, and this is literally the reason why my blog sucks ass and (although I cannot speak for anybody else) the reason why a lot of people struggle month after month make no money and give up, the sites listed here make enough money for the people to do it as a job, sit at home or wherever they choose, write and then let the Internet take the strain, and the magic ingredient is EXPENSES, they are all spending money to make money, an example is Pat Flynn, 8 years he has been at it and his reported income for December 2017 ? $167,553.31, his expenses for this month $39.647.21 and his profit (before the dreaded Taxman obviously) an amazing $127.906.10 and when you see the website it is obvious why, the attention to presentation, the fact that his courses are available in both video and written on the blog, this probably means that he has a reasonable income from YouTube as well, They are all on there, Cookery Blogs, Entrepreneur blogs and of course Affiliate Marketing Blogs, and here I am with my 38c, I do not even have a business plan subscription and due to lack of activity my Amazon Affiliates account is suspended, this is because I failed to invest in my own project and my own future.

How to Invest ?

Investing comes on many forms, and most of these we are unwilling to do, we have to spend time researching content, or trying new things out so we can report our findings in a manner that provides value to others, as something of no value has no value and how can you expect to get paid for something that has no value?

You need to invest money, the plan I have does not allow plugins, so I cannot carry out any SEO for my site, none, I write articles like this and hope that people will stumble across them through reader or something like that, and they do, I have an amazing (for my investment level) 162 followers , but with the correct SEO and the ability to get hits from Google organically there would a thousand times that if not more just based on the sheer numbers of people searching for the subject matter I write about.

And you need to invest commitment, if work obligations dictate that you can only do one or two posts or articles a week then commit to that and make those two articles the best researched that you can, go into the ins and outs and the ups and downs and provide a real body if information or guidance to your audience that they can connect with and more importantly that they will want to bookmark and come back to, or even better subscribe.

And finally invest YOU, don’t write about something just because you think it is going to be popular or because it seems lucrative for the moment, writing is about more, it is more personal, and if the words come from a genuine passion or a genuine desire to help others and impart information people will listen.

Conclusion

I have ranted on at length about a lot of failings within blogging and trying to make a passive income on the internet through blogging, the fact is there is no such thing as a passive income through blogging unless you get somebody else to do it for you, but the is a massive difference between having to start writing at 5am before you go to work and being able to sit down at home after dropping the kids off at school and writing what you want in an unhurried manner, or if you don’t have kids fitting your writing in around going to the gym or whatever it is that you can now afford to do, Blogs are still way of making a very good income, you just have to rpovide something worth buying, and never fall into the trap of thinking that “If you build it they will come” cos they may turn up but if they leave without buying into your message you will be just as skint as you were yesterday and a lot more tired.

Procrastination is the single biggest hurdle most of us face, in this quick post I found an interesting article on how to avoid it, essentially my plan is for the foreseeable future to make sure that where practical I put action into thoughts, instead of trying to find ways to put thoughts into action.

Following on – “Now I’m Not Saying………”

I wanted to follow on from the rant that I had yesterday regarding certain individuals on YouTube and Instagram taking the time out of my hands as they pitch their way through all the free B******t to get to the upsell, I am not saying that you can not make money any other way, I am simply saying that Shopify Stores, Amazon Affiliates, FBA, and Drop Shipping are not the way to go (in my opinion) they are tired and oversubscribed and yes the people on the screen probably did make a lot of money from them, but this was because they got in at the bottom, look at them all, most of the Bio’s contain the phrase I struggled for ages until I discovered this one system, the system is not rocket science, they did not discover the wheel or fire, they simply made use of the tools that were created at that time, and from what I have heard these people owe most of their wealth to Jeff Bezos rather than to their brilliant acumen, there is of course nothing wrong with that but, if we stop for a moment, they can make thousands every day from a beach in Mexico, (another popular tagline) but instead they want to share this secret with you so you can mimic their success, problem is there is no “secret” anymore, my 9 year old daughter has alibaba app on her iPhone, and the same people watching your adverts and your facebook posts are also watching the Guru’s, this means that their desperate attempts to draw people in is also one of the huge contributors to why your drop shipping or your Shopify will fail, and to be fair the human race just isn’t that giving when it comes to money, I know that is difficult to swallow but it isn’t, the reason these courses (I use the term lightly) are being pushed is because they know that the space is becoming crowded and less profitable.

When I think of the time that I spent watching these videos, listening to the same advice over and over and setting up accounts it makes me seethe, instead I could have been researching how to finance a property business, learn how to build websites, coding or 100 other things that end with a product, You want to make money? then make something, build a product and use the Internet to it’s best advantage to market that product, or to make people aware that you have property to rent, or you have a service that will make their life easier.

Think about this, the world thanks to the Internet is a smaller place, barriers are broken down now in most places, if you built a property business you could live anywhere and provide homes or buy and sell anywhere in the world, I will explain how.

  • Website – Websites are available 24/7 365, and can be translated into any language automatically so you can be seen anywhere at anytime, with Twillio you can even get a local phone number that routes straight to your mobile anywhere in the world you have signal.
  • Property – Same the other way round, you can use local estate agents to find property and Google maps to even have a look around the surrounding area, there are also crime reports for most areas available online too.
  • Viewings – The Gig economy means that now you can for not much cash arrange for somebody to act as an agent in another part of your country or another country altogether if need be, no permanent employees just a one off cost, to be fair the estate agent will do the most work for you.
  • Management – Management companies exist everywhere that rental properties do, due diligence will give you an idea of the quality of the agency and if you just buy / sell then even better.

Now that was literally written in five minutes off the top of my head, so it would need some more consideration (probably quite a lot more) but you get my point, that is not rocket science, put it in a course and label it “Start a Million Dollar Global Property Business from Your Front Room” charge $999 dollars for it and BAM!

Of course it won’t work for most and you would have to skirt over the downsides to it as you wouldn’t want anybody to not pay.

My point really was that if you want money I mean Real Money create something of value and use the Internet as a vehicle to push that value, most of these courses will line pockets and bank accounts but seldom the course attendees.

Till next time……..