I took a quick look at sidehustlecurator posts with the most likes.
My translation: People gained insight, info, and valued resources from them.
So, for those visitors who haven’t seen these four.
The first two link to Quora.
Side Hustle Spark 116: What is your side hustle and how do you do it?
Side Hustle Spark 117: Kyle Baker on Quora
Suggestion 46: Stop Trading Time for Money! 71 Passive Income Ideas
Suggestion 44: Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation Quarterly Report
For a subject-by-subject look at sidehustlecurator,
check out my Posts Organized by Topic page.
As I’ve said before, I could probably just hitch my wagon to and pinpoint good stuff from certain folks or sites.**
Copyblogger, Side Hustle Nation, and ryrob.com come to mind.
And then there’s Chris Guillebeau of Side Hustle School whom I’ve followed since 2014.
Because I’ve also dabbled with a journal prototype, I found a recent episode of his podcast even more relevant than usual.
As Chris points out in the opening, you may have no interest in producing and selling a personal journal, but many of the steps–his word, ‘pathway’– apply to other projects.
Here is the direct link to the actual seven-minutes of audio.
His key points:
- Projects like this come down to a. design b. printing and c. marketing.
- Look to team up with designers/contractors [Upwork and Fiverr].
- Printing options: local, national, or international. At one point, he did use printingforless.com.
- International printing may be cheaper, but adds variables like lag time [shipping].
- His advice: For a first project, avoid international printing.
- Marketing: Think about marketing from the beginning of the project.
- It’s not just about the product, it’s about the message.
- Start with message, then explore design.
- Copyright? Everything that you make on the Internet is automatically copyrighted. It doesn’t mean it won’t be snagged by lazy, low-life toads. [My term, not Chris’s. He’s much more diplomatic than I am.]
Here is a three-page PDF of my own journal prototype–two actual pages that I would have duplicated and a page of links.
** But where’s the fun in that?
The year was 2011.
Side Hustle Nation’s Nick Loper had an idea: Add to his existing expertise in the virtual assistant space and build some affiliate income.
And so virtualassistantassistant.com was born.
Year 1: $1000 in earnings. That was enough to convince him this was a viable idea.
Here’s his story.
His post/outline of his story offers plenty of value, but running the full 46 minute podcast is well worth your time.
Just a few takeaways…
- What worked well–early on–was ‘trying to crowdsource a critical mass of honest user reviews’.
- “One thing that did work on the SEO front was not a lot of people were creating dedicated content about hiring on these different platforms.”
- Close to 90% of his traffic was organic.
Pete McPherson from Do You Even Blog plays guest-host and steers Nick’s review of the 9 1/2 year process.
Pete’s own takeaways from the interview:
- Patience. You’re in it for the long haul.
- Scratch your own ‘niche’.
- Diversify your income streams.
**As always with Nick’s podcasts, if you’re short on time, I suggest using his convenient table of contents to guide your listening.
Since January is often about ‘starting’, take a look at Nick Loper’s free six-part video series on blogging.
Even if your blog is well-established, Nick raises salient points and shares worthwhile tips.
The six components:
- 4 Reasons to Start a Blog
- Don’t Call It a ‘Blog’
- 8 Ways Blogs Make Money
- What to Blog About
- How to Get Your Site Online
- How to Install WordPress
Added freebie: The lead magnet 365 Blog Post Ideas.
Note: There are plenty of blogging experts out there, including Ryan Robinson of ryrob.com, whom I’ve pointed you to several times.
My bias as a long time teacher: One expert’s approach may fit your needs and learning style better than another’s.
And what you bring to the course at any given time makes a big difference…so again, I’m trying to set the table. It’s up to you to grab a plate and dig in.
Best of luck. I’m in your corner.
Three more, courtesy of Side Hustle Nation and Copyblogger…
Sorry that I haven’t been as diligent as previously promised…
20 In-Demand Freelance Skills
31 Little Life Upgrades [Lots of new tools and ideas here.]
20 Call-to-Action Examples that Create Instant Leads [Writing a separate post for this one.]
Following up on Side Hustle Spark 109, here are a few links to Jon Corres’ work…
5 Faceless Viral YouTube Channel Ideas YOU CAN DO
How to Find YOUR Niche on YouTube in 5 MINUTES
5 SUPER EASY Side Hustles for Teenagers Online 2019!! (Hey, if you have some kids who need to fill their time…and line their [or your!] pocketbooks!)
My thinking: Even if a video has only a few views, the value is in the ideas that resonate with you and your skills and knowledge/expertise.