Douglas answers questions from students in Janet Wilcox’s online Voiceover class at UCLA Extension.
There are a couple of ways — when just getting started — of aking some “change”, I’ll call it, from your podcast. One of those is affiliate income. If you mention books in your podcast or other products, sign up for an Amazon Affiliate account. That way, when people purchase something that you mention through your link, you’ll get between 4-6% of the purchase price for that product that they buy. Obviously, all these things that I am going to mention are based on the number of eyeballs, the number of listeners, the number of ears that you have on your podcast, so the more the better. You really won’t make a lot of money from these until you get quite a significant number of people listening or watching your podcast. So, yeah, affiliate income like Amazon. I’m sure you’ve heard ads like Audible. They advertise on a lot of podcasts. Squarespace advertises on a lot of podcasts and the way that podcaster makes money is when someone signs up using their code, they get either a flat fee or a percentage. So, there’s one way, right up front and you can easily sing up for those. There’s really no limitations. As long as you have a decent web site that’s not in a prohibited area of topic, you can sign up for an affiliate account and start using that almost immediately. Again, you’re not going to make a lot of money until you get quite a few listeners to your show.
Links mentioned in this video:
Free Blogging Sites
Royalty Free Music
Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com
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