[Interview] Going Viral on YouTube – $500 in 48 Hours!!!

youtube logoOver the weekend I spoke with a friend named Brad who recently hit it big with a YouTube video. This interview goes over the exact steps he took to create a video which made almost $500 in just two days and continues to make passive income.

1. What is your Youtube video about?

“My YouTube video is an instructional video about removing water bottle caps with the seal in tact so you can pour your favorite vodka into the bottle and put the sealed cap on. This allows the bottle to appear as a sealed water bottle. Many events allow you to bring in sealed water bottles.”

2. How did you come up with the idea to make a video on this topic?

“Myself and a group of friends had booked a cruise an I was searching for ways to sneak booze on the cruise. I read that carnival allowed water and soda bottles up to 12 per person. I was searching the internet and read somewhere that you could boil the caps off, I also saw a video of just the caps being boiled off.

I started experimenting in the kitchen and perfected it. I was about to do all the bottle caps and my roommate was watching/helping me. I grabbed my camera and he recorded the video for me. I really didn’t have any intentions on making this big, I had just bought a new camera and thought it would be a cool video.”

3. How did you promote the video and get so many views?

“I shot the video and uploaded it in early march before my cruise. I had a few thousand hits on it and a few comments.

In the past few weeks I have recently begun learning affiliate marketing. I was bored from reading and messing around with a few sites I am working on so I posted the video on a popular forum I belong to. I also posted it on Reddit under the videos section.

The Reddit post was hanging out at only a few votes so I put a link to the post on the forum I had originally posted on and asked them to vote on my Reddit link. The forum gave me about 30-40 votes and that gave it a tiny boost so the actual Redditors would see it! Once they saw it, they kept on voting. Soon I was on the main page of the video section, after that I was the top spot on the video section. At one point on was on the 1st page on the Reddit home page!

My video has been tweeted and facebook shared many times and the video at the time of these answers is just about to 200k views with 125k of those views displaying ads.”

4. How much money are you making each day from this video?

“I made $189.02 the first day after posting the video on Reddit. I posted the video on April 2nd at 3pm.

I made $240.16 the second day, April 3rd.

So far on the 3rd day at about 4pm on April 4th I have made $48.57

A total of $478.07 in a little over 48 hours!”

5. How hard was it to get accepted into the Youtube Partnership program?

“I live in Arizona and we had a huge dust storm last summer. I put up a video I took and a few weeks later youtube emailed me and invited me, so I really didn’t apply. I was invited after a threshold of hits. I think I was around 1,500 at the time.”

6. Do you plan on using other ways to monetize the video or create a site related to it?

“I never intended to make money off the video. The only other thing I have done to make money now that its popular was put an amazon affiliate link to some sealed bottle caps on amazon. If they click on the link and buy anything else within 24 hours I get about 7% commission. Amazon only updates once a day so I have yet to see the results.”

7. Are you planning on making more videos?

“Planning, no. Brainstorming, Yes. I don’t have anything planned but money made on this video was awesome. I am thinking of some ideas for videos for the future. Not sure if I will go through with them but there is money to be made from youtube.”

8. Do you have any other tips to share?

“If you want to get noticed on Reddit you will need to have some friends vote it in the beginning.”

Wrap Up

This is a great example of a way to make money online with very little start up cash and you don’t even need a website. YouTube is a gold mine, the key is getting traffic to your videos. Big thanks to Brad for doing this interview and showing us exactly how he was successful with YouTube.

Best Web Hosting Companies 2012

best hosting companies 2012When you are looking to start a website one of the most important steps is finding a reliable hosting company. I’ve done all the hard work for you and researched (and tested) some of the most popular web hosting companies for 2012. Some of the hosts I’ve personally used: Host Gator, Host Monster, and Just Host. The best web hosting company out of those three was definitely Host Gator. Here is a quick review of my top two recommended web hosting companies.

#1 Host Gator – Host Gator is by far one of the most popular web hosting companies, and for good reason. They provide EXCELLENT customer support and make everything very easy to get setup when starting your site. Their plans start at $4 per month and include lots of great options like unlimited add-on domains, unlimited email accounts, and a $100 Adwords coupons. Their control panel is very easy to navigate and great for beginners. This is definitely my #1 recommended hosting company for 2012.

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#2 Blue Host – Next up is Blue Host. This company is really putting some heat on Host Gator. They offer a very similar pricing plan and basically all the same options. They are also well known for having great customer support and claim to be signing up 20,000 new customers per month! They have been around since 1996 and many people highly recommend them, including Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income.
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When choosing your web hosting company make sure you are fully aware of all the options offered and exactly how much you will be paying each month. Having a reliable web host is very important and you want to make sure you pick one that you can trust. Moving all your sites and files over to a new host can be a huge headache (trust me, I’ve done it before) so you want to pick a good one from the start. If you go with Host Gator or Blue Host I can guarantee you will be happy with the service and support they provide. Those two are the best web hosting companies for 2012.

April Earnings Report

counting changeLast month was definitely one of the worst months I’ve had in a while. Out of the twenty or so sites that I have, the new Google Panda Update only effected one of them. Of course that was the one that has been making the majority of my affiliate income after my five niche sites got deindexed. Go figure right? Needless to say I’m not very happy with big G and have been checking out some other ways to make money online.

I’ve got a few gigs running on Fiverr, I’ve tried my hand at PPC — so far I’ve spent about $10 and got 300+ clicks with 0 conversions. I’ve been testing out marketing on Pinterest (the women on there like to look, but don’t buy much) and researching some new ways to market on Facebook. I’m also looking into making a directory site (very good thread over at Warrior Forum >> Directory Site Profits), and possibly writing some Kindle books. Like always, I’m definitely spreading myself too thin, but if I keep trying out all these different methods one day I’m going to find one that works!

Alright, let’s get to the good part. So how much did I make in April?

CJ.com – $125
Adsense – $68.31
Clickbank – $13.30
Blue Host – $65
Fiverr – $72


Pretty sad, especially compared to February earnings, when I made over $1,000. This month I’m sure I can get back up to the $500 mark. I have a new niche site that is climbing fast and just today has already made $5. I also have been working on a blogspot blog to replace the site that got hit by the big bad Panda update. It is moving up the ranks fast and best of all it was free. Why buy domains anymore if Google just penalizes sites left and right and shows preference to it’s own products (Blogspot and Youtube)? I’m taking full advantage of that and making several Blogspot blogs and working on ranking my Youtube videos.

Goal for May = $500