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eBiz Weekly #33

This will probably get me banned...

This week:

  • This will probably get me banned…
  • Upwork jobs that pay $165 to $255 an hour
  • Udemy Sale
  • Free book from a $100 billion company
  • The Business Of Travel Blogging
  • $129,364 in her first year as a freelance writer
  • 10 million video views in 30 days = how much?
  • They said they’d pay me $80 for this
  • New favorite podcast

This will probably get me banned…

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time reviewing affiliate marketing courses.

The most popular is called Wealthy Affiliate – it will earn about $10 million in revenue this year from more than 1.5 million members.

Unfortunately, their training is terrible 😱

So terrible that this morning I wrote a highly critical open letter to the owners detailing 7 big problems with the program.

The post disappeared from the site for a little while but now it’s back again. I’d be amazed if it’s still there tomorrow.

(I uploaded a PDF version here, just in case.)

Stay tuned for my full review of Wealthy Affiliate next week. It’s pretty amazing the crap they’re getting away with.

Upwork jobs that pay $165 to $255 an hour

This new report from Upwork states:

We compiled a list of the 20 highest-paying skills for U.S. freelancers out of more than 5,000 on our site. The data shows some independent professionals are earning more than $250 an hour for work in categories spanning nearly every industry, including legal, tech, finance, and marketing.

Here’s the list:

  1. Legal entity structuring – $255
  2. Blackline – $220
  3. Bitcoin – $215
  4. International Accounting Standards – $215
  5. Software licensing – $200
  6. Applied Behavioral Analysis – $195
  7. Behavioral design – $195
  8. Trade law – $185
  9. Image object recognition – $180
  10. Trademark consulting – $180
  11. Due diligence – $180
  12. Virtual machine – $175
  13. Property and equipment leases – $175
  14. SQR – $170
  15. S Corporation – $170
  16. Patents – $170
  17. IT strategy – $165
  18. C Corporation – $165
  19. Lucene search – $165
  20. Orcad – $165

Any of those tickle your fancy?

If so, these articles + videos might be useful:

Udemy Sale

Loads of top courses on there are priced at $9.99 right now.

I like Udemy because a) it’s cheap, and b) it’s easy to tell which courses are worthwhile from the crowdsourced ratings.

This one always seems to be popular: The Complete Digital Marketing Guide – 17 Courses in 1

(You should also be able to find plenty of courses on there related to the Upwork skills list above.)

Free book from a $100 billion company

Basecamp are giving away their new book for free.

It’s called Shape Up, it’s rated highly on Goodreads, and you can read it online or download as a PDF.


This book is a guide to how we do product development at Basecamp. It’s also a toolbox full of techniques that you can apply in your own way to your own process.

Whether you’re a founder, CTO, product manager, designer, or developer, you’re probably here because of some common challenges that all software companies have to face.

If you’re not familiar with Basecamp, they make project management software and they’re apparently valued at $100 billion. [UPDATE: As per Phil’s comment, that $100 billion number must be an exaggeration.]

Jason Fried, one of the founders, gave one of my all-time favorite TED Talks.

The Business Of Travel Blogging

Top travel blogger Nomadic Matt’s doing an end of summer sale for his blogging courses.

I bought one – The Business Of Travel Blogging – on sale earlier this year for $99.

Never went through it myself so I haven’t written up a review yet, but I shared access with a trusted member of my FBB group. She went through all the materials and wrote up 24 pages of notes.

Her summary:

I wished I’d taken this course when it was made! Wow, I got a lot out of it, very directive, clear and informative. I would give it 5 out of 5, even if some of the content is outdated, I am sure you can get updates and pointers on the FB support group. Everything is covered, Totally awesome.

Check out the course here if you’re interested in building a travel blog.

$129,364 in her first year as a freelance writer

That’s Jenni Gritters’ story.

And in this article she details “three routes through which I find most of my gigs.”

(Hint: it’s simple stuff, no magic bullet.)

10 million video views in 30 days = how much?


So says Graham Stephan in this video.

That works out to about $10 per thousand views, which is way more than your average YouTube channel.

Graham explains:

It’s so important to understand that ad rates differ from channel to channel. And there are so many factors to take into consideration. This might include the type of channel, the topic of the video, how long the video is, the watch time of the video, how many ads are in the video, and then what advertisers are willing to bid for that video.

I’ve seen prank channels do 30 million views a month and then get $3000 because their content is not advertiser friendly. I’ve also seen gaming channels out there do 10 million views and then make $15,000.

But because there are so many gaming channels out there, advertisers can afford to bid a little bit lower, thus lowering the ad revenue of the video.

Finance, on the other hand, happens to be in a really small niche with extremely high ad rates for safe, clean, family-friendly content without any swearing. And that’s why my channel tends to earn a lot more than other channels.

Graham also mentions at the end of the video that he noticed ZERO increase in sales of his two courses despite the massive increase in video views.

I noticed similar with my own viral video two years ago: lots of views, few additional sales of my course.

Graham reckons that’s because very few people stumble across a random YouTuber and immediately go buy something from them. It’s usually the folks who’ve been watching his videos for weeks/months/years who end up buying.

There’s a lesson in that no matter what kind of business you’re in 😉

They said they’d pay me $80 for this

The past couple of weeks I’ve had two requests to buy links on my site.

One said they’d pay $80 per link.

The other offered $30-50 per.

Which made me feel like an ugly stepsister, since the average link apparently sells for $361.


Seriously though, buying and selling links is risky business.

If it’s something you’d like to explore, definitely check out this article from Ahrefs.

(And for the record, I said no to both offers. I only monetize my site in two ways, and selling links ain’t one of em.)

New favorite podcast

It’s called My First Million, the host is a dude named Shaan Puri, and each episode “explores the journeys of business leaders as they went from (you guessed it) $0 to $1,000,000.”

You should be able to find it wherever you normally find podcasts.

I particularly enjoyed the episodes with:

  • Sam Parr – making $1 million a month from an email newsletter
  • Ramon Van Meer – sold a blog about soap operas for $9 million
  • Michael Birch – the guy who created Bebo… and sold it for $850 million

That’ll do it for this week.

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  1. I stopped reading Medium and Salon years ago. Hacks writing just to expose their brand. According to YCombinator, the AirBNB valuation is $30 billion, Stripe $20 billion, Dropbox $10 billion. And it is not just a typo, that Medium article references another Medium article with same quotation. Forbes reports BaseCamp revenue at $25 million; so a $100 million valuation is closer to the truth. Even using Crunchbase’s 10 times revenue multiple for Saas companies would be $250 million. Pretty close, only 400 times less than $100 billion.
    “Forbes Basecamp revenue 2018”
    “YCombinator Top Companies List – 2018”
    “Cloud Companies And 10x Revenue Multiples”

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