This is the first of a series of posts about how to financially support your new life (in part or in whole) on the road by:
- writing a blog,
- having a website or,
- making videos for Youtube.
Some of you may be wondering if it’s even a realistic goal, and I want to assure you it is! I know for an absolute fact that it is entirely possible because I’ve done it and I’ve seen many others do it. However, it is nowhere near as easy as most people think it is and my guess is that for every person who makes a true success of it there are many, many others who do not. I don’t know any statistics, but my guess is at least a 10 or 20 to 1 (or maybe much more, maybe a 100 or even 1000 to 1) of people who fail rather than succeed.
So I want to make you aware of just how difficult it generally is and also make you aware of all the work that is required to make it pay off. Most people are stunned to find out how hard it is and how long it takes to see any growth and to create an income, and therefore they soon get discouraged and drop out. I think it’s better if you know that up-front rather than find out the hard way.
This is a big topic, so it will be a series of posts (in the last one I’ll tell you all about my Youtube gear). It’s also a very complex topic and I can’t possibly tell you everything you need to know! That would require me to write a book, which I’m not really qualified to do. While I have done a lot of research on all these topics, basically everything I’m telling you here is based on my experience of having a website, (cheaprvliving.com) for the last 12 years. Even though it is successful, that doesn’t make me an expert at all! Therefore, this will only be a general introduction to help you decide if you are interested and willing so do the work; if you decide you are, then you can read the books and watch the videos produced by true experts to learn the details.
Synergy of all the Mediums
Maybe you are thinking you only want to get involved with one medium, for example, writing a blog but not making videos, or just the opposite, being involved with Youtube and social media but not blogging. In my opinion, that’s a mistake because the market is so saturated with blogs and Youtube channels you must do something to differentiate yourself and bring your work to your audience’s attention.
By doing all the mediums, you make Google and other search engines pay a lot more attention to you–and they are the number one key to growing an audience!! There is an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) synergy that is created by doing all three together, that is far greater than any one by itself–if it all possible you want to do all three, even if your main focus is on just one of them!
Be aware it’s hard work! One of the things I’m going to warn you about is the amount of time blogging and videos take and this is a primary example of that–it might very well take you 2-6 months (depending on how much you know to begin with and must learn along the way) to get everything set up just right so that when you finally launch, everything is perfect and you are most likely to succeed. In the long run, you’ll be very glad you did.
Above all else, I want to warn you to Have Realistic Expectations! We all hear about the overnight sensations that explode onto the scene and make a lot of money very fast, so we expect that to happen to us–but it probably won’t. Those folks were either just very lucky, or, much more likely, they first put in the time and hard work to make sure their “luck” would pay off. I’m one of them! My Youtube Channel grew very fast, but only because I put in 12 years of hard work on the website first!! They are the rare time the Hare wins the race, you want to have the attitude of the Tortoise who just keeps plugging away until he wins. Set realistic goals and keep working hard toward them
As saturated as the market is, there is still an insatiable desire for more blogs and videos about the nomadic life!! You can be a success!
As full as the market is, there is still room for you!! While I’m intentionally trying to scare you with all these warnings you need to be aware that as saturated as the market is, there is still an insatiable desire for more blogs and videos about the nomadic life!! There is a great dissatisfaction with the way our country is going out there, and many people are unhappy with their lives and searching for alternatives. If you do the work, you can still have tremendous success!! Be realistic, but know you can do extremely well as a blogger/Youtuber if you try hard at it. There is money to be made on Youtube! But it probably won’t be luck, it will be the sweat off your brow! If you’re ready to try, let’s get started!
These are going to be very long posts so I’m going to break them up into multiple shorter posts. So I’ll stop here. In my next post, I’ll give you “11 Requirements to Make Success as a Blogger/Youtuber Most Likely.” See you then!
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