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I used AI to double my income in one year. It wasn’t hard to do and it didn’t cost me anything.

  • Kristen Walters is a full-time content creator after quitting her job as a lawyer.
  • She used AI tools to double her income without increasing her working hours.
  • She used AI to create faceless YouTube videos, affiliate content, and digital products like e-books.

I have been using AI tools to grow my sole proprietorship for the past year. Honestly, it has been a game changer. For example, with the help of AI, I was able to double my revenue last year without work more hours.

My business model hasn’t changed. I haven’t hired anyone. The only thing that has changed is how I use AI to work more productively and efficiently.

So I thought I’d share some of the ways I’m currently using AI to make money in 2023.

1. YouTube

I’ve been creating faceless YouTube channels for a few years now. At this point, I have a few dozen channels in various “boring” niches. But combined, they add up to a substantial monthly income from both YouTube Adsense and affiliate products.

Most of the videos I create are evergreenwhich means the content should be relevant for at least a few years. I also create videos around products that I can promote using an affiliate link, so the videos start earning money immediately, even if the channel is not monetized with Adsense.

However, coming up with topics, titles, and scripts for videos takes a lot of time, especially when you’re a solopreneur always juggling a dozen projects.

Last year, I started using Jasper AI writing assistant to speed up the process. Jasper is able to come up with video topic ideas, SEO-friendly titles, script outlines, hooks, and an introduction.

Once I have my outline, I can use Jasper’s “Compose” feature to fill in the blanks for each section of my script.

From there, I record a voiceover for the video using the script and pair it with a “faceless” tutorial-style video. Jasper can also write SEO-friendly YouTube descriptions.

2. Digital products

I’ve been creating simple digital products like eBooks, workbooks, and audiobooks for over a decade now. Boy, am I getting old.

Each one of them is a small asset that adds revenue to my business. And let me tell you, it adds up. Digital products have always been pretty easy to create and sell, but with the help of AI tools like Jasper, the content creation process is even easier and faster.

Here is an example :

Let’s say I have an idea for a digital “workbook” to help freelancers better manage their money. First of all, this is a topic I know a bit about, having been freelance for a very long time. Note that I am NOT relying on Jasper, or, God forbid, ChaptGPT, to give me accurate information.

Hot Take: Don’t create digital products with AI on topics you don’t know.

However, in order to speed up the process of generating and developing ideas, I would use Jasper’s “chat” feature to come up with an outline for my workbook.

I used the prompt: Write an outline for a workbook called “Money Management for Freelancers.”

I don’t usually use the results Jasper provides me as is, but it’s usually a great starting point. Better yet, it took me 30 seconds, when it would have taken me 10-30 minutes to come up with a similar plan myself.

From there, I can ask Jasper to suggest content for each section, which I can review and edit as I see fit. I also add my own thoughts, examples, section headings, paragraphs, etc. Remember, this is a tool to help you, not replace you.

Next, I take the content and format it into a PDF workbook using Canva. From there, I upload it to ConvertKit, which is one of my favorite platforms for selling digital products, and then run low-cost ($0.10-$0.15 CPC) Pinterest ads to make sales.

Of course, you don’t have to use ConvertKit. I’ve also sold digital products using Teachable, Etsy, Gumroad, and my own website(s).

If you have a YouTube channel *wink, wink*, you can also promote your digital products there to increase the results of your efforts.

3. Online courses

First, let me say that I have a long and rich history with online courses.

However, I honestly believe that online courses are STILL one of the most effective ways to generate serious income online in 2023.

From 2013 to 2019, I ran my business as a personal brand. As part of that, I sold online courses where I was the instructor and face of my company.

The amazing thing about selling courses as a personal brand (as opposed to a publisher brand) is that my courses sold so well because people could connect with me personally.

Not surprisingly, I got tired of doing it, so I ditched my old online courses and moved to a publisher model.

Today, I continue to create online courses, but I do so as a publisher, not as a personal brand. In other words, I am no longer the face of my business.

You won’t see my face giving a lecture anywhere on the internet.

Instead, I create niche brands around specific topics and then create online courses to sell that tie into the brand. The process of using Jasper to help create an online course is very similar to the process used to create any other digital product.

It starts by asking Jasper to come up with some title ideas and a sample outline for the course.

Here is an example :

From there, I would follow a similar process to creating a digital product or a YouTube video script: just filling in the sections myself or with Jasper’s help.

Once I’m happy with the script, I can hire a freelancer on Fiverr to record the lessons or do a voiceover with a tutorial or presentation video. I prefer to sell my courses online using Teachable or Thinkific.

However, if you don’t want to invest in a course platform that you control, you can always upload your content to Udemy or Skillshare.

But be aware that you will be at the mercy of their ever-changing rules.

4. Affiliate Content

If you’ve ever typed “how to make money online” into a search engine, I bet one of the first things you saw was “affiliate marketing.”

Affiliate marketing is a great solution because you get paid to promote someone else’s product. There’s no customer service, no inventory, no overhead. Just profit.

The problem with affiliate marketing is that it’s really hard to make money from it if you don’t know how to create affiliate content that leads to a sale. This is where most people get stuck.

This sounds a lot like that episode of South Park where the underwear gnomes try to explain how they plan to make money by stealing people’s underwear…

Phase 1: Steal underwear

Phase 2: …???…

Phase 3: Profit!!!

But what happens in phase 2?

In the world of affiliate marketing, Phase 2 is the content and messaging used to convince someone to buy the product you are promoting so you can earn a commission.

It turns out that this part is really hard for most people. But that’s where AI can help. Jasper offers several templates that I’ve found incredibly useful when it comes to creating content to promote affiliate products.

These are:

  • AIDA framework,
  • PAS frame,
  • Persuasive Key Points
  • Before-After-Bridge Frame,
  • Mini VSL (video sales letter) and
  • Landing page template.

These are marketing templates where you can enter information about the product you want to sell, and they will help you write persuasive content that you can use on your website, in an email newsletter, on social media, YouTube, TikTok videos, etc.

Alternatively, you can use the Jasper Chat feature and ask him to write you an article, sales pages, social media post, etc. to sell what you are trying to sell.

Here’s a very simple example of using Jasper to write affiliate content.

For this example, I’m going to go to Amazon and click on this random dog food and water dispenser. If you’re part of the Amazon Associates program, you could earn around $3 every time someone clicks on your link and buys this product:

You just need to copy the product title and description directly from the Amazon page and insert it into Jasper.

Here I’m using the AIDA marketing framework in Jasper to create my content:

I could then use this script for a TikTok video, a social media post, an advertisement, or as the start of a longer review article comparing multiple products.

This is a really simple example, but I think you get the gist of it.

Maybe? If not, leave a comment.

5. Publication

I left this one for last because I know it’s *a bit* controversial. I know there are people out there creating mass amounts of low-quality content using ChatGPT and trying to sell it as a “book” on Amazon.

I will strongly encourage you NOT to do this, because I don’t think these people will win in the long run.

First of all, Amazon is not stupid.

I’ve been poking around in Facebook and Discord groups dedicated to self-publishing, and people who try to game the system are getting their accounts shut down en masse.

I just read a story about a guy who was making six figures a month on Amazon KDP and had his account terminated for violating the terms of service for using plagiarized AI content. It’s not worth the risk.

If you want to build a sustainable business in the self-publishing world that lasts a long time, be very careful when it comes to AI-generated content, especially if you publish on Amazon.

At a minimum, you’re better off adding a lot of your own content, rewording anything AI-generated, editing it, proofreading it, and running it through a plagiarism checker.

It’s even better if you can afford to hire an editor.

That being said, there are still ethical use cases for AI in publishing.

Here are some ways I’m using it in my publishing business in 2023:

  • Idea generation
  • Organization of the main lines
  • Title/Subtitle Ideas
  • Book Descriptions
  • Content of the sales page.

Kristen Walters is a full-time content creator.

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