If you’re a YouTube creator, you know the thrill of building a subscriber base. No doubt, you’ve cheered as you reach each new milestone for subscriber count.
But have you ever wondered if there is a way to turn all those viewers into a revenue stream?
There are multiple options out there from endorsing products from vendors to gathering sponsors for each show. But one of the simplest and most profitable ways is to start selling your own custom-designed products online.
Why Use Dropshipping?
With all the options for monetizing YouTube, why should you use dropshipping? There’s one simple reason: You control your monetization.
With sponsorships and other forms of paid advertising, you have to wait for the sponsors to contact you. They determine what they pay you, how long your contract lasts and whether or not your deal is successful for them. With dropshipping, you have control on all your profit, what you choose to sell, and how you measure the success of your sales efforts.
There are multiple benefits to using dropshipping to monetize your YouTube account. It’s a true way to connect with your audience in a personal, lasting way. Use your most popular videos, phrases and sayings as inspiration for custom products. Imagine your catch phrase on a phone cases, throw pillows or your channel’s logo and name on a coffee mug.
Best of all, you can start out dropshipping with very little investment. You never have to worry about carrying inventory, and since production costs are only incurred when your customer buys something, everything you make is profit.
How to Get Started With Dropshipping
Here’s a step by step overview of the process of generating revenue with YouTube and dropshipping. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to monetizing through your channel.
1. Select the item products you’d like to sell.
The most important part of this step is thinking about your audience and what would appeal to them. If you post video game reviews, for example, you could sell tech accessories or fun t-shirts. Make sure your merch matches your audience and what they would want to purchase for their day-to-day life.
2. Decide how you’ll list your items
We recommend Shopify as a sales platform for dropshipping. Creating your own website using Shopify to send traffic to is the best way to ensure a safe transaction for both you and the buyer. Plus Shopify is easy to use even for non-web programmers.
3. Download the Gooten Shopify App.
Dropshipping is easy and automated with Gooten’s Shopify App, which will integrate into your Shopify store. When a buyer purchases from your online store, Gooten will route the order to a manufacturer in our network and get it shipped out to your customer.
4. Advertise your store.
After your Shopify store is set up, add your store link to all of your YouTube videos. You can also update your channel description to include your link. Record a short ad for the beginning and end of your videos that sells your product so viewers know exactly what you have to offer and how to get it.
Within a few short hours, you could be up and running with your own online retail store – all without having to manage inventory or shipping yourself.
Contact one of Gooten’s Partner Success Representatives for the guidance you need to start up and scale your ecommerce business.