In today’s blog post, follow along a Q and A style interview I did with Clickbank!
Q: Do you mind sharing how you got your first sale rolling?
A: Definitely! I’m 32 today and about 11 years ago I was dancing for T-Pain as a professional backup dancer. After our tour ended abruptly and unplanned, I had to figure out a way to basically still be a dancer. I wanted to keep dancing and make a living from it but I was living in Dubuque Iowa — a very small town of about 100,000 people. I took to YouTube and started creating dance tutorials on how to dance the robot. As much as I’d like to day that I rocketed to the moon and made money right away, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t make any money for the first two years despite having the background I did.
I ended up getting a job at a call center where I made $27,000 a year. When I got home each night, I continued to work on my YouTube channel. After 3 years, I finally made some money. It was 43 cents to be exact! It took years of work to get there.
I realized shortly after that I needed to create a product. A subscriber actually brought up the idea of selling a comprehensive 60 minute breakdown tutorial. It took me about a month and a half to build and ended up being my first product. Within a month of launching, I made $1,000!
To fast forward, after I was maximizing the niche of how to dance the robot — which is a very tiny niche — I noticed that my audience loved my content. They started asking me where my clothes were from and which shoes I recommend for gliding. So, I told them! I didn’t understand at the time that I could partner with brands, tell my viewers exactly what they were looking for, and make a commission at the same time. Once I heard about affiliate marketing, another revenue stream was added.
Q: How did you start layering in more 1-to-1 direct affiliate marketing beyond the YouTube space?
A: After promoting these companies through my personal brand as a dancer, I hit a ceiling. I could not scale and find a return on my investment from selling my products alone. So, I had the idea to run ads for an…