How’s it going guys?!? On the road today picking and wanted to share this cool sign with you. Too bad I would have had to buy the door to get it!
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How’s it going everyone?!? Hope everything is going great. I spent the day today with my Mother & Sister, and one of the things we did was have lunch at our local Cracker Barrel. I’ve been to a few different locations, but this one is absolutely PACKED with a variety of antiques including advertising, which if you know me, you know I LOVE!
I took some photographs to share my experience and this location in general, so I hope you enjoy!!!
Have you ever ate at a Cracker Barrel? How was your experience? Is your location decorated as awesome as this one??!?
I’m writing this blog post right now for several reasons. One is to simply help a friend or two, and the other is, of course, to hopefully help many. The ones who actually take the time to read this, in my mind, are the ones who deserve to learn everything they are about to learn, and know everything they are about to know. For those that aren’t aware there is an AWESOME community on YouTube known as the “Picking Community” which it gives me great pride to say that I am a part of, and feel that I’ve done a lot for. In fact, there are TONS of different communities on YouTube. Anything from this community which I mentioned, to toy communities, gaming communities, fashion communities, car communities, you name it.
Today while browsing one of my favorite “top secret” groups on Facebook I came across a post from a good friend mentioning the long-brought up topic of whether it’s actually good or not to “share” as much information as we do on YouTube. In the “Picking Community” this relates to what things you can buy to make the best profits, where to shop, outlets to sell in, ways to build a customer base, and the list goes on. As for the other communities you can take this information and mold it to suit the needs/make sense overall.
For those that don’t know for over two years now I’ve released a wide variety of vintage/antique buying/selling videos. Many of those shared TONS of valuable content. A lot of them are what we ‘Tubers call “haul videos,” in which we show some of our latest finds, mention what we paid, what we expect to get, and so on. Some others shared places I’ve “picked” for junk, tips on where/how I sell, and more recently a lot of my videos have took a turn to feature more of an entertainment/fun side, while still providing valuable content and lots of buying and selling tips.
Now first off let’s get something straight. I’m a businessman first and foremost. I’m a great guy. A very nice guy, and that’s not just me blowing my own horn. Many have told me so. However I don’t do ANYTHING on the Internet without the intent of continually growing it to meet certain needs of my business. For me when it comes to YouTube I truly do LOVE the interaction with not only my fans, but of course my fellow “Picking Community” contributors who are out buying and selling, and posting videos right alongside me. First off I monetize every video using Google Adsense, and in pretty much EVERY video I’ve ever released you hear me say one thing almost religiously… “What’s going on everybody? Brent here, OUnitProductions.com.”
Now believe me you, this isn’t because I have a stutter or don’t have anything better to say. That little sentence leads to views towards my website, which in turn leads to advertising revenue via Google Adsense banners, Amazon banners, Amazon referral sales, merchandise sales, and OF COURSE sales in all my retail outlets such as eBay, Etsy, and all of my antique mall booths. Not to mention the links on my website which lead to my other websites/blogs/sources of revenue. This is the Internet, and if you know what you are doing, and you follow along closely in new ways to monetize which are constantly expanding and changing, you can make a very profitable living and continuously grow your passive income to the point where it can eventually take over your other avenues of income.
I absolutely LOVE buying and selling. As I mentioned I still sell on eBay, Etsy, my co-op booths, and in 2013 I am going to be introducing several new outlets for the sale of physical goods. Some of these will actually be popping up as soon as this coming week. However, of course the ultimate goal for anyone who knows anything about business is to generate more income based on less work. THAT is where I am headed in 2013 and beyond, and that is what I would love to help as many of you as I possibly can also achieve.
To bring this all back to where we started, here’s the bottom line. It’s fine to share. There’s nothing wrong with simply putting out content showing others what you know, what you have done, and how they could potentially do it. The keyword there is “potentially.” Some people will be able to reach the same level of success that you may have in your particular area, but the honest truth is the majority of people are so incredibly lazy that they won’t even take the first step regardless of how simple that first step may be. Most people will just watch and hate, or be again what we ‘Tubers call “trolls.” They’ll do their best to bring you down simply because they don’t have to balls to take the first chance or step to reach their ultimate goals.
Another HUGE factor in this all is that you should NEVER show anyone EVERYTHING. I feel that over the years I’ve shared a lot of valuable information with my viewers. However I can honestly say I’ve probably shared less than 20%, IF THAT, of everything I know and have learned about the resale business and especially Internet marketing. Shit, to this day, EACH day I still learn something new. I’m constantly learning. That’s something that you should never stop doing.
Whether you are a part of this great “Picking Community” on YouTube, or ANY other community on ANY other platform for that matter, NEVER share everything, and NEVER put out content without first figuring out how you plan on monetizing that content. You can of course do Google Adsense if you are on YouTube, but you really have to think deeper than that. This year I am launching a new YouTube show/podcast known as “Project X.” With this project I will be showcasing a lot of what I learned and am continuing to learn. I am actually also in the process of writing a book which will hopefully be out by the end of 2013. I plan on using my YouTube audience, and for that matter EVERY audience I have carefully built on each Social Media platform, to push those projects even further.
If you are putting out the YouTube videos to monetize in the first place, why not take it to the next level? Perhaps you could write a book containing all that knowledge you have, and use a portion of your YouTube videos to promote that. Perhaps you could add Amazon referral links into your YouTube videos. There are MANY other avenues of potential monetization that so many people just don’t know about, or simply don’t think about when it comes to YouTube videos. In 2013, for example, I also plan to do a lot more sponsorship deals with both my website & YouTube channel, and as you grow your audience that’s another huge resource that can be tapped into.
With this new year I have also launched something I am calling “How-To Hustle Hangouts Consultations,” which was mentioned in my first blog post of the year right here on this blog. In these I am going very in-depth in a one-on-one setting in regards to a lot of the things I brought up in this post, but in way more detail. If you would like more information on these consultations simply email email@example.com
THANKS SO MUCH for your time, and leave some comments and let me know your thoughts!
It’s now OFFICIALLY 2013! I thank you for checking out BrentOtt.com today and I wanted to announce a few new & special things I am doing this year. First off, EACH AND EVERY DAY of the year I’ll be posting AT LEAST one new blog entry per day right here on this blog! Some of these will be in-depth posts regarding a variety of business ideas, etc, some will be EXCLUSIVE video content, sometime it may be just an exclusive photograph or even a re-post of an Instagram shot, you name it. On certain days I’ll simply post more funny or inspiring content. In 2013 you just never know what you may see here on BrentOtt.com!
As of today I also want to announce for the first time something I’m pretty excited about. Beginning in 2013 I’m going to begin doing one-on-one consultations with certain people. I’m in constant contact with people who would love to really “pick my brain” a bit more, and get some of the tips and tidbits I have in regards to building a successful online business, buying and selling antiques & junk, Social Media, building and maintaining a website, you name it.
Through my “Trash Talk & Treasures” show, my main website OUnitProductions.com, my YouTube Channel in general, and all over Social Media I’ve been able to build a very profitable Internet presence, which I’d love to be able to help people reach for who desire to do so. I give out a lot of valuable FREE tips & tidbits but I’m not “Boo Boo Da Fool,” I never give out everything. Beginning this year I want to teach more, and share more, and the best way for me to be able to do this and truly go FULL FORCE will be these one-one-one consultations.
These won’t be starting up for a few months, but if you are interested I want to give you the option to sign up early because I’m sure the slots will fill up fast. With running my businesses I’ve only got so much “free time” to go around, as I’m sure you can imagine. I’ve already been approached as I said about these, which is really where this is all coming from. So here’s the deal, you’ll be able to either book a simple, one-time consultation, or if you really want to go hard I’ll be offering a 10 hour course. We’ll begin with going over your background, where you want to be, your dreams, your goals, and I’ll help to customize a unique business plan for each client who sets up a consultation or takes the course. We’ll go over setting up your site, promoting it via Social Media, tips on what TO BUY & what NOT TO BUY to resell, selling outlets you NEED to be using, what’s coming out this year, TONS of inside information you’ll be getting or hearing NOWHERE else!
These will be done via PRIVATE Google Hangouts. The one-time ONE HOUR CONSULTATION will be $100, and the 10-hour spread out course will be $750. I promise you guys there’s going to be some killer stuff thrown into both the consultation and the course so I’m looking forward to getting in contact with you guys to set something up! Another cool thing is these will be completely customizable based on where you are in the business, your goals, etc…
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and we’ll MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Besides these fun consultations and courses 2013 is going to be FILLED with fun stuff happening in my business life. “Trash Talk & Treasures” will continue to grow and airs EACH AND EVERY Monday & Tuesday night at 7:30 PM EST on YouTube, “Project X” will be launching on YouTube in 2013, and another little thing brewing on the back burner is a book which will HOPEFULLY be dropping as early as the END of 2013!
My eBay & Etsy presence will increase in 2013, all three of my co-op booths will continue, I truly believe 2013 is going to be a groundbreaking year on many levels!!!!
Fun times lie ahead!
HAPPY NEW YEAR and STAY TUNED right here to BrentOtt.com for TONS of excitement and exclusive content!
If you’re in the market for some unique antiques, enjoy antiques in general, or just enjoy looking around, make plans today to visit one of OUnitProductions.com’s three retail outlets! If you can’t make it due to your physical location, etc.., check out OUP on eBay!
If you’ve visited either BrentOtt.com or OUnitProductions.com for a while, you may remember that August is actually known as “BLOGust” around here. Well, this year it’s being celebrated as usual, just hasn’t been “officially” announced until now! For the past few years it has been “celebrated” by posting at least one new Blog post on BrentOtt.com each and every day. This year things are a little different.
“BLOGust 2011″ is actually a transition month of sorts. On September 1st I am launching a new web show on my YouTube channel, and my only means of video during August are the exclusive BrentOtt.com Blogs that I’ve posted from time to time. I just posted #6 a few days back, and now #7 has just arrived…. check it out!
I plan on putting a lot of work into this new web show, and am excited about the outcome. “Tea Month” this year is gearing up to be pretty exciting with the launch of “…………” on September 1, 2011! STAY TUNED!
HersheyPark (one of my favorite places to go, period) is announcing its 2012 attraction(s) today at 12:12 PM EST! It’s highly-rumored to be an Intamin Roller Coaster possibly named “SkyRush.” It will be interesting to see the details and get more information! They’ve been running a very unique viral marketing campaign on their Facebook page over the last month or two. Check it out for the last minute details and to watch the announcement LIVE!