This time last year I wrote a blog post entitled ’21 Lessons I’ve Learned in 21 Years”. It was launched on my 21st birthday, which must mean that today I turn 22. Though it would be awesome if you all flooded me with gifts in the form of strippers and money (just kidding…maybe), I actually want to turn the tables and give you a gift.
I’ve been absent because I’ve been working on a number of non-marketing things I can’t really get into, but in my spare time I’ve managed to create something I think you’ll love: CloudBlueprint, a 100% free video course on how I plan to Make Money Online in the future.
I’m totally fine if you click that link and ignore the rest of this post. This article is mostly just a personal update, and thus doesn’t contain any actionable, marketing advice.
In two months I’m going to be back home in England for a wedding. Though it’s possible a few family members are going to want to talk about me about this internet marketing “thing”, the main person I’m going to be discussing it with is my brother (who is the one getting married). Since he has two young children, his dream is to be able to spend as much time with them as possible, so I’m going to be helping him make a living online.
Since he is totally fresh to this whole industry, I started thinking about all of the basics I have to teach him. Things like setting up WordPress, finding a web host, tracking website analytics and so on. The strategy I’m going to give my brother is actually something totally different to how I’m currently making a living online.
That’s not because I want him to fail, but instead because this new strategy is going to be how I make a living online. Since I was going to have to document this whole thing for him, I thought “Why not create an eBook you can share with the world?”.
I actually decided to go one step further and create a free video course which is almost two hours in length (!).
This course has taken up far more of my time than I initially expected it would, but the end result is something I’m very proud of. Something I’m certain that will help people make more money online.
Though I could have easily charged for this, I wanted to continue the trend of giving hugely valuable information away for free. I’ve given away WordPress plugins which cost me thousands of dollars to develop, I’ve written over 100,000 words on this blog and also created valuable resources like this one and this one.
A 100% free video course, which rivals the quality of my paid products, was the next logical step I needed to take to continue the trend.
Speaking of paid products, one major downside of them – in my opinion – is that they take the community away from the original site (your blog). Putting a barrier-to-entry in place, like a fee, only withers down the size of that community even further.
With CloudBlueprint I’ve enabled comments under each of the main videos. This allows people to ask questions about anything, which I’ll personally answer. And, since it uses Facebook comments, any replies I make to you will come up as a notification in Facebook.
Some videos are aimed at beginners, which was a requirement, but there is a lot of advanced information in here as well that I haven’t shared elsewhere. In fact, I recommend that advanced marketers start on the last video, to get a true taste of what the course is about. Then, you can subsequently watch the other videos if the idea behind CloudBlueprint interests you.
The end result is something I’m personally very proud of: A course which enables marketers with all levels of experience to ethically make a living online. With the added benefit of personal support from myself and others, I think this is one of the best offerings I’ve seen on any blog in this industry.
I started ViperChill with the aim that it would become something different to the typical blogs you find in this space. Once you’ve learned most of the basics, the content in 99% of marketing blogs simply doesn’t apply to you anymore. For that reason, I write long in-depth articles on topics where I can give specific examples about the things that I’m talking about.
While I was creating CloudBlueprint I continually thought about the type of person that would be using the course. I first of all questioned whether anyone would use it at all, and then combated those thoughts with questions about what gets people excited about this type of product.
The answer was simple…money.
Actual income reports and proof from the tactics you recommend.
This lead me to start thinking about why I read blogs in the early days, and which marketing blogs I actually read. The resulting answer shocked me. Not only because I had totally forgot about it, but because I could start to implement some of those reasons into ViperChill.
The blogs I read in the early days were John Chow, Tyler Cruz, and Gather Success, among others. I don’t mean any offence to the blogs in question, but I personally didn’t get that much value from there posts. Yet, I would go back to them each month, on autopilot, for one reason…
They offered income reports.
And I loved them. Not because I wanted to be a marketing blogger, but because it showed me how possible it is to make a solid living online. These figures are often the best motivation for people to take action towards making making money from the internet.
I guess this should have occurred to me earlier – especially since the $1M case study was so popular (more on that soon) – but I was so focused on writing long articles which separated me from the rest, that I never really thought about it.
On that note, two things are going to happen:
1) I’m going to start sharing some of my own income figures in ViperChill monthly updates. I’ll start small just to see how things work out, and expand on how much I reveal down the line. For example, I may just say that I made a whopping $14 on GetClicky this month (which I did) or that I’m still averaging around 4 sales per day, without any promotion, for Cloud Living.
I’ll let you do the maths on that ;).
2) My first “series” will unfold here on ViperChill which will basically include case studies of people making a living online. This is going to be different in the sense that I’m going to try to share actual traffic sources and specific income figures for everyone that I work with.
This is just in the idea stage at the moment – though I do have a couple of people on board already – so I would love to know what you think of it.
The last item I want to cover is a little strange, I guess. Those of you who have followed me online over the years will know that one of my goals with my internet income was to be able to own a nightclub (or a major share in one). This is something I would still love to do, but for the short-term, my priorities have actually changed quite a bit.
I still want to buy a large property and spend a lot of time there, but now I want that to property to be a kind of Warehouse, or more realistically, open office space.
No matter what hobbies I’ve focused on over the years, I’ve always came back to internet marketing because it’s just something I love to do. Being able to create something that thousands or even millions of people can benefit from motivates me like crazy.
I’m still currently in South Africa, but only until July when I go back to England. From there, my real mission is to find my home. It frustrates me more than I can put into words that I haven’t yet found a country I can see myself living in forever. That mission is going to see me return to Asia, travel Europe and even spend time in South America over the course of this year and next.
After that, I want to start what I’m calling Project Warehouse (for now). Before I share this idea, I want to remind you that I’m a 21 22 year old guy. Because of that, there’s a good chance that if you’re older than me, you probably won’t relate to this at all.
Project Warehouse basically involves me owning a large office space or (preferably) private property (warehouse, etc) that I can use as a type of live-in “incubator” for personal internet marketing projects. Incubators are common in the venture capital world, and basically give people a place to work on creating the next big thing online.
My own incubator would ideally involve about 7-10 people, ranging from programmers and designers to idea men and copywriters. The whole thing would initially be funded by myself, but then aim to pay for itself and more with the apps and websites that we can generate as a team.
To separate this from a normal incubator – and to make it a 22 year old guys dream – I would love to deck it out with a huge entertainment room, pool tables and even an area for people to sleep if they want. Think something along the lines of The Social Network.
This idea may sound crazy to some of you, and I’m fine with that, but this kind of set-up isn’t actually out of the ordinary. At least not in Silicon Valley. People ride around Facebook offices on skateboards and the team at Meebo have an actual bar underneath their offices (video).
If you like what I produce here at ViperChill as a one-man team, imagine what could be created with full time programmers and designers. Of course, I would be sharing tons of behind the scenes pictures and videos a long the way.
On the crazy off-chance that someone reading this does have a huge office space or warehouse they want to rent out, feel free to get in touch.
For now, I’ll leave you all with a final link to CloudBlueprint, as that’s what I really wanted to share with you all today.