Two YouTube Videos and Passive Income

I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to find alternative forms of passive income. YouTube is an option, but it’s complicated to figure out how much you can make (I’ve heard different websites talk about between $2-5/100 views) because the amount is always changing depending on how many views, subscribers, and likes each video has. It does seem like one of those snowball things though: as you develop a following you’ll start to have people that will (hopefully) like one of your videos enough to watch the others. And of course, because you only have to make the video once the income is passive.

Here are two videos that I did on my last two vacations. Only the first one is currently monetized. Even though I do license the music, YouTube has flagged my video both times. I then have to dispute the copyright infringement claim (guilty until proven innocent) and wait at least 30 days before I can actually have the monetization applied.

I’m certainly not as good of a videographer as I am a photographer (yet), but practice never hurt anybody…except for that hang glider…


My Morocco Expedition

A City Built Out Of Concrete

A City Built Out Of Concrete

Thursday 3/6/2014 5pm Western European Time Zone

Misconceptions abound. I’m writing this while sitting in the second class car of the train that’s bound towards Station Voyeux downtown Casablanca. Sure it smells a little bit like cat urine, but then again I did see what appeared to be a stray kitten roaming around just inside la gare.

I honestly did not put a lot of planning into this vacation, but that seems to be a recurring habit that I should probably start breaking, but so far it’s turned out quite well for me.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Groupon? Well is the exact same thing except that it focuses on vacations. The deals vary in terms of how good they actually are, but every once in a while they have a site-wide 25% off coupon. When that happens the Dutchman in me finds it very hard to resist purchasing. Such was the case the day after Christmas…over the past few years, I’ve grown a list of about 10 friends that have said things like “I’d love to start travelling more, let me know the next time you’re going to somewhere cool!” The way that usually works is I send a note to 10 people and get 10 responses back that start “That looks awesome, but (insert excuse about the lack of time, money or both).” This time, though, a friend from college told me “Let’s go!” So we found something that sounded fun (I’ve always wanted to ride a camel), and booked it even though I’ve been running extremely low on funds lately with my most recent renovation project.

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