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Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor

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02-05-2013 22:10:55

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Haha, it's okay Chris :)

I don't usually go into specifics, because if I do, I feel kinda sorta like a braggart, and plus, my contract with google bars me from giving specific numbers...

Yes, I do make money on my YouTube videos... There are ads on them, and when one out of every X number of viewers clicks an add, I get some money and google gets a little...

I also do have a number of sponsors... They range from new and up-and-coming companies, to some of the most respected and well known in the industry... They see value in my videos, and are willing to put money down to watch me succeed... In the form of sending things out to me...

For instance... Company "A" makes machines or products that weldors buy... They hear about my channel from wherever, and see it as an opportunity. For their cost of whatever the product is, and the cost of shipping, they get to show off their whatchamacallit to a highly targeted audience not just here in north America, but in literally dozens of countries around the world... My subscribers get to see the "latest and greatest" from whoever put to the test... And I get a new toy...

Its great for me, because I get my shop outfitted, so that when I leave school and go into business, I'll have a headstart... Its a dream come true for me...

But I put limits on what I'm willing to do...

I've NEVER accepted money to promote products (not to say it hasnt been offered...)

I've never been "bought" either... I've made bad reviews of free things in the past, as well as things I've bought out of my own pocket, and I'm not afraid to do it again... I can't wholeheartedly recommend a piece of junk to my viewers... And I make it clear with these companies that they'll get an honest review... And this isnt a "gimme, gimme, gimme and I'll say its the best thing ever" deal...

Another thing, is that I get to put these machines to the test... For instance, I torture tested a couple inverter-based machines recently for a newer company. Since my money didnt buy the machine, I have no reason to "baby it" and I can run it flat out... I've yet to kill one, but if I do, its not my problem... lol... And that seems to be something that my viewers like, because they get to see what a machine is really capable of...

Well, that's that...

In a nutshell... Hope it clears a few things up :)

I'll also say I don't make that much actual money from my channel... And it's taken me FIVE YEARS of hard work and long hours for little or no pay to get where I am today... I never really thought my random welding videos would go over like they did/do... My goal this year, is to see 200-300 percent growth of my channel... And I'm pretty sure I can pull it off.

It's a huge amount of work, I bet I spend 30 hours a week on YouTube, shooting videos, editing, rendering, etc... But I love it.

I'd have to say my favorite part of everything, is hearing from people that my random videos actually help them... Comments from people that say my videos got them back into welding after X number of years, or from other frustrated high school students that aren't getting the welding help they need at school, but somehow claim to understand things better after watching a video I made... Things like that... I've got a lot of "how-to" and "educational" videos planned for this year... And a lot of project videos, as well...

I'm glad y'all watch em, lol... Its a great little hobby...

Well, thats about everything... Now, lets bury this thread, lol....

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02-07-2013 13:49:31

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 Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor in reply to Lanse, 02-05-2013 22:10:55  
It's great you're getting a lot of fancy tools but I hope you're still going to go out and get a welding job in the real world.

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02-07-2013 09:47:53

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 Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor in reply to Lanse, 02-05-2013 22:10:55  
A guy gets something for free and people just need to know how and why. I'm surprised he tells us that much, I know I wouldn't waste my time explaining my business.

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02-06-2013 18:52:09

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 Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor in reply to Lanse, 02-05-2013 22:10:55  
Thanks for the explanation Lance. Even though it's not any of my business, I was still curious how you could have all these nice toys. You do a great job with you videos and above all, you're honest about your critique of the products. You give them all a good test so we know how they will really do, even with hard treatment. I watch all your videos and enjoy them and am excited to what's to come in the future. I am happy you explained about the adds on the pages so I can click on them to help you out. I know when I'm ready to buy a plasma cutter I know who to ask as to what will be the best for what I want to do.
Thanks again and keep to good videos coming.

To the rest of the guys out there.
For a young kid like Lance to do what he's doing I applaud him. He could sure be doing worse things with his life at his age. Just look around at teenagers nowadays. Not many like Lance.

Keep up the good work young man,


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02-06-2013 01:50:22

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 Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor in reply to Lanse, 02-05-2013 22:10:55  
Wow Lanse, That is a great racket you have hit on. Amazing what people will pay for isn't it.I have seen some of your videos and, while you do a fine job for a young man, there is no way what you have shared is worth the price of what you have received. America, what a country! P1ss on being a welder, just do videos!

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02-06-2013 16:29:34

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 Re: Got A Welding Fume Extractor in reply to Chris(WA), 02-06-2013 01:50:22  
Chris WA,

If these companies are getting "eyes on product in action" for the mere cost of the item, it is a pretty good deal for them. Research the price of shooting a commercial and buying advertising space on TV, or in a magazine or journal. Go price the cost of renting a space at a major trade show and paying someone to demonstrate a product at the show.

Sure, we may all be a little jealous of Lanse getting free stuff but he is working hard at it and it took him years to get there. Good job, Lanse, and I hope it keeps working out for you.

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