How to Make Money Online – Writing vs YouTube make money online students

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In this video I’ll be sitting down with @David Perell to discuss the paths we took to make money online through writing and YouTube. We discuss how to get started, our tips for getting better, how to identify & use your unfair advantages, and the different ways to monetise an audience. Let me know if you want to see more videos like this in the future 🙂

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00:00 Intro
01:39 Starting out
08:26 Getting better
15:22 Unfair advantages
18:11 How to grow your audience
28:49 Monetisation

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David Perell 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Ali! Thanks for hosting me on the channel. I literally flew halfway across the world for this collaboration and it was totally worth it.

Now that the video is live, I want to provide some more color about why people should get started as online writers, regardless of whether they want to eventually start a blog or a YouTube channel.

1. Attract friends and business partners: It's hard to meet people as passionate about learning as you are. But when you publish your ideas, you attract people who think like you. The more niche the topic, the easier it is to attract people on your intellectual wavelength.

2. Writing helps you understand yourself. All of us have unprocessed feelings and emotions. Writing is the best way to identify what's making you uncomfortable. By writing, you gain clarity in your life. The increased clarity you receive reduces stress and anxiety in your life.

3. Writing accelerates your learning: If you want to understand a topic better, start teaching it. The act of putting ideas into your own words tattoos them into your mind. As James Clear once said: "If you think you can learn a lot by reading a book, try writing one."

4. Writing makes you more observant: Whenever you write something, new parts of the world come alive. Every experience, every conversation, and everything you read becomes a potential future sentence. That's why writing regularly wakes you up and makes your mind come alive.

5. Writing establishes expertise: Excellent essays attract excellent people. If you write well about a topic, the world's experts will reach out to you. Since writing is a record of your best ideas, your essays will double as a resume that demonstrates your intellectual rigor.

6. Writing will accelerate your career: Good writers are clear thinkers and clear thinkers are rewarded at work. By writing, you can gain outsized influence in your company and establish yourself as an industry expert, which will attract opportunities.

7. Writing attracts opportunities: Every article you publish is like a serendipity vehicle. High-level people who resonate with your ideas will reach out to you with career opportunities you couldn't have imagined. Thus, writing maximizes your surface area of exposure to luck.

8. Writing improves your thinking: Mathematicians put their ideas on the whiteboard because writing out your ideas lets you tackle harder problems. Writing is the same. By putting ideas onto the page, you can transcend the limits of scattered thinking and explore ideas deeply.

9. Writing online forces you to think better: Thinking in public raises your standard for quality. When I was a kid, our house was always cleanest when guests would come over. The same is true for writing. You think better when you know you're going to be seen and critiqued.

Finally, I think it's worth answering one more question: Why is now the time to write?

It's never been easier for average people to share their ideas. If you write well, your ideas will find their way to some of the smartest and most successful people in the world. As your reputation grows, so will the opportunities available to you.

Writing regularly is one of the best habits you can build.

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Evelyn Zoey 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

The decision you make in your everyday life will determine your destiny, All thanks Mrs Nancy Sherwood for guiding me to have a better financial lifestyle

Mirodil Mirkhamidov 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Another great value I got just from your channel Ali. I discovered another great person that we can a lot from, too. But I couldn’t find whole video where you talk these in details

Dr Shamikh Shahid 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

One of the best videos on the internet

Camber Hill 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

This was mind-blowing. The chemistry between you two is electrifying

Unicorn Universe 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

super helpful as someone starting out on YouTube 🙂 Thanks Ali!!!! love ur vids

SorokhaibamPunhamba Singh 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I never get fed up of hearing Ali speak. Apart from all the amazing lessons he is kind of an English teacher to me. He is a lot like Liam Payne when he speaks. Yeah I am learning English. 😊

Mahdi Sadeghi 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Oh! I never thought that I could ever watch a two-man talk-show kind of video for MORE THAT A HALF AN HOUR on Youtube! but it was so engaging! I also stopped the video to think about how I could apply these I ideas and I didn't get tired. Thank you to both of you, So knowledgeable and so creative. I enjoyed every second of your video.

Rahulsingh_Rajput 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Two of my favourite creators together discussing interesting topic!

KAPS In Paradise 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Very insightful information on the whole business of blogging and YouTube.

Whereas I am now beginning to find the niche of my channel, it’s refreshing to hear you share your knowledge of success. I wish you both the best in your upcoming projects.

Laila Khairina 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

This is literally what I need right now. Thank you for sharing this incredible video 🥰

Mahdi Sadeghi 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Glad to see these kind of content on your channel which gives "real value" to viewers. Keep on the good job!

UncleAbe 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I’m a financial advisor who wants to help spread financial literacy, and wealth creation through real estate and entrepreneurship.. that’s what I love and I also love cooking and travel. Do you think it would be best to separate the YouTube channels or it may be better to have a channel that’s all of those combined, just all the things I enjoy in one ?

Prabhav Khandelwal 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

this won't get a lot of views, but its so so insightful and helpful! thanks for having david on – great video!

MEDPG 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

This is very useful to me .Thanks

Deep Fiction 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Great video, Ali! I started my Anime blog 5 months ago and this channel 4 months ago, and have been putting efforts into them. I must say, creating content is tough but when it drives some traffic then you get motivation to push out more content. Building a community is what matters tbh.

Daniel Villarreal 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

😮 Whoa! A collab with Tai López and John Cena!

Sharwari Kulkarni 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Superb! It was so much insightful. I am writing online for more than 5 years but never really took it seriously. Finally I am trying to build audience with youtube and LinkedIn. But it's real work. It takes a lot of patience when nobody responds but I think that's when consistency matters the most.

Sachin Adhav 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I can't find your two and half hour long podcast link

Aslah Hussain 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Ali gives me this feeling: if I can do it, you can do it too!

Canadian Dividend Investing 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Thanks for sharing guys!

GCD film crew studio 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

take a shot every time they say cultivate

Zee Malik 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Fantastic video- Extremely informative and inspiring. I will definitely take on board all the useful nuggets of information I have gleaned.

Success With Sam 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Life changing!!

Solomon Jones 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

The economic hardship, recession, unemployment and the loss of job caused by covid pandemic is enough to push people into financial ventures. I'm taking a trip into investing because I lost so much during this pandemic. Multi creation of wealth is the best strategy to ensure financial sustainability…

Sagar Uplanchiwar 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

So inspiring. Thank you!

Question Ali –

By calling Cambridge University Medical Student brand name an "unfair" advantage, are you not undermining the hard work you put in to get into the Cambridge University? Shouldn't that brand make you feel proud instead of guilty?

JanMarie Kelly 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Twitter sucks. There's no freedom of thought on Twitter. Other places are MUCH better for writing than Twitter. But other tips were good.

Jeongmin Lee 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

David seems really into ali

Alexis Marcelo Investing 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Be your own person , be independent, and show the world how much you have to offer!

By Way Of Deception 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not trying to be the next James Joyce. I am just a blogger.

Luís Gil 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

What about LinkedIn?

Yendor1225 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I want to learn how to write and blog and make a income of it. But it seems like there is always this thousands of dollars pay wall you have to go through. And the redone to this is always the same you have to put in money to get money. But there have to be resources to get started that won't require me to take our a loan. I know it's pretty funny to some but it's the truth. I'm frustrated and I don't know where to start. Help me find resources please. Thank You.

Selfcare with Atem 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I really found this valuable!!!!!!

Mao Zedong 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

I failed English with a 1.4 I was the best at reading and comphrension I was one of the best in the class but couldn't write for my life but still got into Stanford work smart not hard

Alex jasmine 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

My life has totally changed since I started with $7,000 and now I make $ 29,450 every 11 days.

Bysisa 05/02/2022 - 3:11 Chiều

That’s cool


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