Don't worry this isn't a pre-sell for a WSO.
I know that a lot of new people join here all the time and sometimes the odd success story helps people keep motivated so I thought I'd share one today.
You've probably caught the wave of people telling you that you should use video to promote your business, or that if you're not using video you're missing out big time - well I'm not into that, only you know whether it's right for you or not, but here's one way I used it to make a few bucks:
I did some niche research in one of my specialist areas - blogging and found a few common questions that people had.
These included things like:
"how do I install wordpress"
"how do I install wp plugins"
"how can I use rss to feed content to my blog"
"how can I use social bookmarking with my blog"
"how can I automate content building and social bookmarking"
So, basically there were a lot of people new to blogging, new to plugins and new to socialbookmarking.
I made a short video (20 minutes) showing how to do the things they were looking for. I used Camtasia for this but there are other ways to do it.
I ran a WSO to get some testimonials.
I broke the video into short (1-2 mins) sections for each sub topic within it and created 6 smaller videos.
I uploaded the snippets to Youtube and that was it.
The WSO sold over 100 copies of the video and Youtube brought in constant traffic from day one.
I made $3000 in the first 24 hours and have made money continuously since that day.
This was a 20 minute - unedited video.
Nothing except my knowledge and camtasia was required for this, there was nothing for people to buy to follow my advice and there was no fluff or filler.
now..... I want to give you an insight into how you could use this strategy to massively help any niche you're working in.
Consider what I've just told you and then think about this:
If I was to want to build a LOT of links to a new website and I knew that ideally those links would be from lots of other (related) websites and would ideally keep increasing over time - how could I use this technique to do that?
If you were to do the same as I did, BUT aswell as the video you offered Wordpress templates themed for a particular niche (you can get these created for under $100) and package the information as a "How to create a themed recipe niche website that builds on auto-pilot and uses the power of social bookmarking to promote itself on auto-pilot"
Do you think you could sell any? Do you think you could give it away?
If you consider that your desired outcome is links - you can give this stuff away.
So your customer gets a template (or set of templates) and a video showing how to install it and set it up so that it builds and promotes itself on auto-pilot - FOR FREE!
If you haven't worked it out - you include a link to your site in the template, so that every page they create (on auto-pilot) has a link to your site.
This way you get lots of people auto-building continuously growing themed blogs on which every page provides a keyword rich link back to your site.
I've done this and had over 100,000 links back to my site within a month.
And there's nothing here that you couldn't do yourself.
And that's just ONE strategy for getting lots of links - and even get people to pay to for the pleasure.
I hope you find some inspiration in there.