There’s money to be had in vlogging. It’s true. It has been proven by countless individuals in different parts of the world. But not everyone can vlog because of different reasons. Maybe you can’t overcome your shyness no matter how hard you try? Or perhaps you just don’t know how to talk.
The good news is that there are other ways to earn money online without having to face the camera. On this list, we give you 7 alternatives to vlogging to leverage the Internet to a paying advantage.
Remember: Making money online takes time. Consistency is key, so if you give up easily, you won’t achieve your goals.
- 1 Alternatives to Vlogging #1: Maintain a Blog instead.
- 2 Alternatives to Vlogging #2: Use Instagram.
- 3 Alternatives to Vlogging #3: Design at Zazzle.
- 4 Alternatives to Vlogging #4: Thrift luxury goods and sell on eBay.
- 5 Alternatives to Vlogging #5: Dropship.
- 6 Alternatives to Vlogging #6: Or better yet, sell your own stuff.
- 7 Alternatives to Vlogging #7: Buy stocks through an online broker.
Alternatives to Vlogging #1: Maintain a Blog instead.
Contrary to what a lot of people say, blogging isn’t dead. It’s very much alive. But we have to admit, it’s no longer as popular as 10 years ago. People now prefer and have moved on to other platforms such as social media.
How can you make money with a blog?
The best way to monetize your blog so that you can earn passive income is through affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, it’s basically earning commissions on sales made through your website.
For instance, if you recommend a cheap laptop under $300 and people buy through your link, then you’ll receive something in return. It’s that simple.
A popular affiliate program is the Amazon Associates Program. There are many other programs out there, but for starters, choose Amazon because it easily converts.
If you run a travel blog, you can also monetize your site through hotel-listing sites such as Agoda and Booking.com.
Alternatives to Vlogging #2: Use Instagram.
Kylie Jenner is a smart girl, no matter what they say. She was able to leverage her fame and Instagram following to market her line of cosmetics. You can follow her lead by becoming an Instagram influencer yourself, and this works if you love taking photographs and posing for the camera.
But here’s the thing. It may take years to gain a huge following – or at least “enough” numbers for sponsors to start noticing you. So consistency is key.
If traveling is your thing, space out your trips so that you can consistently add pictures on a regular basis. Otherwise, you’ll end up with lots of throwbacks while waiting for the next trip to come. Post quotes, flat-lays of books you read while you travel, and other things related to traveling such as an image of a suitcase.
Alternatives to Vlogging #3: Design at Zazzle.
This woman says she’s a “million dollar Zazzle earner.” How’s that for inspiration?
Zazzle is a great test site if you want to know whether or not your target market would actually buy what you’re selling. Zazzle is a print-on-demand company, which allows you to upload your design and print it on a merch when a customer buys it.
The best thing about Zazzle is that all you have to do is to create those eye-catching designs and then market them. Production and the leg work are done by the company.
Check out this Zazzle store for your reference.
Alternatives to Vlogging #4: Thrift luxury goods and sell on eBay.
If you love fashion and have an extensive knowledge on how to spot real from fake bags, you can leverage this into something that’s really profitable. Take a look at this Youtuber (video below), for instance.
She loves thrifting, and many times, she’s able to buy Bottega Veneta bags (that are worth thousands of dollars) for a lot less, and then sell them on eBay for a lot more.
Alternatives to Vlogging #5: Dropship.
It’s when your supplier sends the merch directly to your customer. For instance, you have an online store that sells inexpensive tools such as cheap mini circular saws or cheap impact drivers but you don’t really keep an actual inventory. You don’t even have a warehouse. When someone contacts you and orders what you’re selling, you forward the order to your supplier, who then ships the merch directly to your buyer.
But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Just like everything on this list, this one takes time. Plus, there’s a learning curve before you actually start making money.
Alternatives to Vlogging #6: Or better yet, sell your own stuff.
If you have enough capital, then this is for you.
There’s tons of products to sell. Look at your home and then check out your neighbors’ and know which products are what people buy frequently. You can sell these products on Amazon or other online retailer companies that can easily take you in. Then, promote your products like crazy.
Alternatives to Vlogging #7: Buy stocks through an online broker.
Again, this works only if you have extra money to spend. Considering that you already have an emergency fund, then it’s time for you to invest in assets. The most inexpensive is stocks. There are online brokers that let you buy stocks for as low as $100.
Watch this video to know more. Then watch more videos until you’re ready to buy your first stocks.