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Can you build a side hustle that takes just a few hours a month using only free tools?
Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and here’s how one enterprising new marketer did it.
Sherry earned her first dollar two weeks after she started, and a year later she is earning approximately $2,300 a month. She’s also the first to admit that if she would invest more time in her business, she would likely be earning more money. But still, $2300 a month for just a few hours of work isn’t bad.
That's some side hustle! Tell me more.
Here's what Sherry did, and as you read this, see if you can notice the one thing she DIDN’T do that would easily double or triple her income.
1: She went to the Clickbank affiliate market place and spent an hour choosing an affiliate program she wanted to promote. (She also could have gone to JVZoo, Digitstore24, CJ Affiliate or any other low-barrier-to-entry affiliate network she chose.)
In choosing her first product, she thought about what was important to her, what her interests were and what she loves to talk about.
She settled on marketing programs because that’s where her interests lie, and for her first affiliate product she ironically chose a course on how to do affiliate marketing. This allowed her to promote something she was deeply interested in while also adding to her affiliate knowledge by taking the course.
YOUR niche idea may be something different
For instance Affirmations Videos can lead into many different niches, such as starting an online business, weight loss, quitting smoking. Many people (not me!) enjoy the crafting niche. Animal videos could lead onto promoting dog training courses, etc.
In Sherry's case she was able to get the affiliate marketing course for free by connecting to the product creator. But keep in mind most product creators won’t give out their product for free unless you can prove you’ve got some experience at affiliate marketing. Then again, it never hurts to ask, if you’re sincere. They can only say “No”.
2: She built a free landing page by going to sites.google.com. She kept the page simple and clean with a very clear call to action that took visitors to the affiliate sales page.
3: She went to ChatGPT to generate content ideas. She wanted ideas to make YouTube videos that were all about how to do affiliate marketing. Then for each of these ideas, she continued to query ChatGPT as well as doing her own research to create video outlines.
4: She then recorded videos for YouTube, making one video for each topic. She followed a detailed outline rather than a script so that she could sound natural. And she continued to record and post these videos at the rate of 3 or 4 per month.
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Back to Sherry's Side Hustle
For each video she pasted her landing page link on the first comment so that her viewers could click the link, and at the end of each video she asked viewers to find and click the link.
She also did plenty of research on how best to optimize her videos to get traffic from YouTube.
5: In addition to the videos, Sherry made posts on Pinterest and Instagram. She did this by going to Canva and using the Pinterest template to make eye-catching visuals targeted to people who wanted to learn affiliate marketing. Again, these were linked to her landing page. She could have also used TikTok.
She posted on social media about trending topics such as new affiliate programs and news, and always used one of her visuals to grab interest and get the click.
And that’s it! Her efforts drove visitors to her landing page, who were then directed to click the link to go to the affiliate sales page.
The Missing Step?
Did you notice what Sherry did NOT do that could have greatly increased her income?
Sherry didn’t capture the email addresses and build herself an email list. While she did use the landing page to monitor where her traffic was coming from, all she had on that page was a headline and bullet point list with a button that sent people to the sales page. It works for her and she does make sales.
But I would have instead created an irresistible free lead magnet and given that away on my landing page, directing traffic to the offer only after they signed up for my freebie and corresponding newsletter.
Of course, that is more work because you’ve got to create a lead magnet and write emails, but it’s also far more profitable in the long run to build a list of subscribers interested in your topic, that you can continue to send offers to.
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Even without the missing step…
I don't want to turn this into an article about list building, as most marketers will already be doing that.
The point of the article is to show how Sherry started her business 100% free, and her only investment was her time.
However she readily admits her first few videos weren’t all that good. But like anything else, practice allows you to improve, and her income is steadily rising over time.
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