I love finding new ways to make money online and recently I’ve heard of people making money using Snapchat so I decided to look into it myself. Within 7 days and a $500 investment I’d made over $3,295 dollars leaving me a profit of a little over $2,500 and had to share it you, my readers.
First things first, I hate Snapchat with a passion. I’ve got one annoying friend that sends hundreds of snaps and videos every week, uses fake GPS to pretend he’s on holiday or mocks DJ Khaled’s “the key to life” with his own version. I was so close to deleting the app after he wasted all my mobile data with his videos.
I started looking at the real reason people use Snapchat and, that’s to share one time snaps with others, or if your like my friend share your own life with everyone else who isn’t as lucky as you. That’s when I received a snap from my friend at a wedding and his tag line was ‘Many Happy Memories’ and using one of Snapchat’s badges.
I wondered if you could create custom Snapchat badges and found out you actually could and it’s so cheap too! I thought, would a custom badge for someones wedding day be something couples want. I started looking on Etsy and Fiverr and found out people offer the ability to create custom snapchat filters for $5.
Well I had a quick look online and found out someone already had the same idea as me, and already had a website up and running. They offer a custom Snapchat filter/badge and custom business cards that you can hand out to your guests prior to the wedding or on the day for around $97.
Now you don’t always need to be first to market, so I thought I could go one better. Here’s how I made $2,500 in 7 days for a few hours work.
I started off by creating a basic sales page using ReadyMade, a simple HTML theme from Themeforest ($15) for my service which is snapchat geo filters designed for weddings. I didn’t even buy a domain name but to be more professional you could buy one for $10 from Namecheap. I hosted the website using Bluehost which costs $5 a month. I went to Fiverr and bought this gig and had 4 examples created ($20). I used random names and various color schemes.
It’s important to note custom geo-filters are only available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia right now so when targeting your customers you should only use four locations.
To create a geo-filter on snapchat you simply fill out this form but you’ll need to use a VPN if your outside one of those four countries. I signed up with Express VPN which costs $6 a month.
Once you’ve got access to the signup page it costs $5 per 20,000 square feet which is more than enough for small events. For $30 you can petty much guarantee your entire event is covered. You’ll need to submit your filter at the time of setup and it must meet their requirements, 1080 x 1920 pixels with a transparent background (.png) and be under 300KB in size. If your getting a designer to do the work (like I did) they can help with that.
That’s it on Snapchat setup. You’ll just need to enter the time and date, add a geo-fence around your event (using a map) and upload the filter. Allow 5 – 7 working days to get your filters setup.
So now I had my entire offer ready. I created the sales page to redirect to Paypal or Stripe and then once checkout was complete ($197) they were redirected to a confirmation page where I requested information about their filter. I then gave this to the supplier on Fiverr. There was no fancy membership area or flashy confirmation screens.
Within 2 days the filter was ready and I showed them. I included a free revision if they weren’t happy (few took this option) and then submitted it to Snapchat as per the method above.
So now the most important step, traffic.
I noticed a few websites were advertising on Google Adwords however those ads aren’t specific enough. You have no idea where your ads will be shown, i.e. on Youtube videos or sites unrelated to the niche your targeting. I opted to use BuySellAds so I could ensure my advertisement was visual and displayed on a bridal wedding website. You can get started on BuySellAds for a couple hundred dollars.
I ended up using Confetti Day Dreams which offers unlimited clicks for 30 days for only $400. Depending on your advert you may get lots of clicks or very few so you’ll need to ensure your advert is high quality and professional. I never design ads myself as I prefer to leave it to the experts. You can use resources such as Fiverr, Upwork or Freelancer.
Visitors then clicked on my advert, visited my sales page where I collected their email for a $50 discount and then proceeded to the checkout page.
Now my niche is still profitable so I’m not going to reveal my exact advert and sales copy for everyone to copy.
But there you have the simple procedure on how I made money from Snapchat using a Fiverr gig, an advert on BuySellAds and a basic Themeforest theme and Paypal/Stripe.