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WEIRD Online Businesses That ACTUALLY Make Money

Published on: December 9 2022 by Buildapreneur

WEIRD Online Businesses That ACTUALLY Make Money

WEIRD Online Businesses That ACTUALLY Make Money

in 2005 a guy named alex 2 built this
website right here now the entire
website is simply what you see it's 1
000 pixels long by 1 000 pixels high and
that's all it is the only other thing he
put on the website was an option to buy
each of these pixels now for those of
you that are math experts we have a
million pixels and he was selling each
pixel for one dollar he was able to get
a little bit of traction for his website
with a little bit of pr and companies
started to buy up chunks of these pixels
to put their advertisements on the site
it was only a few months later that he
was able to make one million dollars
selling each of these individual pixels
for one single dollar now that kind of
got me wondering what are some other
ways that people are making money in
strange fashions today and i'm probably
gonna focus online because that's kind
of the nature of this channel one thing
i should add i'm not endorsing any of
these methods okay i'm not teaching you
or showing you or telling you that you
should use these this is more for
entertainment than for education and now
that i've got everyone wondering why i'm
holding this banana we'll move on to the
first one and that's something called a
mukbang now i'm surprised i've never
heard of this because it's a pretty big
trend online apparently it actually
originated in korea but what a mukbang
is eating food online but it's not just
eating ooh i was tough it's not just
eating food online it's actually eating
large quantities of food online while
addressing an audience so this could be
considered a mukbang
for me anything more than one bite of a
banana is a large quantity of banana so
mukbang it is
now i thought maybe this is just a small
trend or you know a few people are
succeeding at this but this is actually
a major thing not just in korea right
now it's actually huge in the us as well
you can see right here we've got a ton
of videos this one's got 96 000 views
this one's got seven hundred thousand
ninety seven thousand
five million one million and uh the
biggest one i've seen is this one right
here 34 million views on a asmr mukbang
black bean fire noodle and chicken
nugget no toking eating sounds video
eating sounds eating sounds video sounds
video
i'm scared to click but that says it's a
12 minute video of someone eating a lot
of food without toking and we get to
hear the eating sounds
but like i said this isn't just in asia
you can see right here there's a really
big channel a couple of big channels in
the us as well this is a channel called
lornicato that's built all around eating
lots of food for people to watch now i
started to look around and try to figure
out how these guys are actually making
money the biggest ways a lot of these
guys get a ton of views so apparently a
lot of people want to watch this and
there's a lot of views to be had in this
world but a lot of them are also selling
merch and the last way they're making
money is actually exclusive patreon
channels where people get access access
to exclusive content i'll be honest i'm
not sure what kind of exclusive content
you could give in this world maybe you
get videos of them eating even more food
or strange foods i don't know but that's
that's the primary way these guys are
making money some of them are making
millions and millions of dollars a year
just eating lots and lots of food oh
nice job where do i apply now as you can
imagine this is not the healthiest way
to make a lot of money and in fact this
channel we're focusing on right here
used to look like this and after a few
years of doing this channel he now looks
like this and doing some research he's
done all kinds of interviews where he
confesses that he's had a lot of health
issues both physical and emotional
health issues that came from having this
kind of lifestyle so i definitely am not
recommending this as a side hustle for
somebody and honestly that's kind of sad
because i can relate to this youtube is
the world and social media in general is
a world where it rewards extremism and
doing crazy things to make money take my
money and some of these guys have fallen
a prey to that uh that pressure to
frankly do things that are not good for
you in order to get those views me on
the other hand i'm eating a banana
oh good we can move on to number two
number two is actually a game called
second life and it turns out that i've
actually heard about this years and
years ago and many of us have through
the tv show the office where dwight
confesses that he has been playing
second life and been living essentially
his same first life in second life with
one caveat he can fly in this episode
dwight is going through some turbulent
times in his personal life and so he
creates an account on second life and
starts living a very similar life in
this virtual world that is pretty much
exactly what it sounds like second life
is all the things you have in real life
but digitally in a non-real world so you
live a life in a metaverse or a digital
universe but it's very very similar to
the one we have here you can go to
school you can build businesses you can
do all the things that you do now
shopping all that stuff that you you
enjoy and kind of just do as part of
your regular life you do in this regular
digital world now the cool thing here is
people are actually just like we built
businesses in this world they're
building businesses in that world and
they're selling things in digital stores
and building up businesses there they're
buying and selling land and creating
real estate empires inside this digital
world where money can be pretty easily
exchanged back and forth between this
second life digital world and us dollars
in the real world and on that note i did
a bunch of searches and there is story
after story of people making full-time
incomes from just living in this digital
world uh specifically and especially on
the real estate side and if that
interests you we're gonna link here to
another video that shows you kind of
more details about these ways that
people are making money here i'm
probably never gonna make a video about
it and so we're gonna link to someone
else's video i do hate sending you away
for my channel but like i said probably
not going to be a video we make anytime
soon and one more thing on that note i'm
not a financial advisor i don't give
investment advice but i do firmly
believe that digital worlds metaverses
virtual reality universes are going to
be huge in the next five to ten years
and there will literally be billions of
people spending significant amounts of
time in these worlds now as most of us
know where people spend their time is
also where people spend their money and
there will be a lot of money in these
digital worlds just something to think
about the next one i want to tok about
is one of my favorite ones primarily
because of the song that is associated
with them and it's called i want to draw
cats for you dot com this is started a
few years ago by a guy named steve you
can see when you go to the site right
here we get to meet steve and he draws
cats not just any cats okay he draws
these cats now on etsy you'll see some
killer artists drawing incredible
pictures of cats one including the one
my wife drew right here but steve tends
to focus on a different more unique type
of cat audience now this is just great
proof that anything can sell and if you
can get enough eyeballs on a project
you'll probably get some sales at the
same time and that's exactly what steve
did now how did he get all those
eyeballs on this killer cat project this
little video he released a few years ago
right here i'm pretty good looking i'm
an average guy i work in computers
that's no lie but that's not what i want
to do i want to draw a cat for you i
want to draw a cat for you i want to
draw a cat for you now if you're
anything like me you watched that video
and you wanted to buy a cat i'll draw
you a cat that's short and fat i'll draw
you a cat with a pork pie hat i'll draw
you a cat whatever the vibe i'll draw
that it took me about four minutes to
draw this picture right here and i gotta
say i think they look pretty similar so
i think on the hourly he's doing just
fine and in fact after doing some
research he made about two hundred
thousand dollars this first year just
with these cat drawings i want to draw a
cat for you i want to draw a cat for you
that's catchy now the next one's kind of
near and dear to me because it's kind of
a sad story where i didn't take someone
seriously and i missed out on a lot of
money because of it i actually had an
employee reach out to me almost four or
five months ago now and say hey you
should look into this opportunity i
think it's going to be big i didn't take
it as seriously as i should have and it
passed me by but what it is is playing a
digital game again called axi infinity
and this is huge right now there's a lot
of people making quite a bit of money
doing this now essentially what it is is
it's kind of like the pokemon game if
you were if you were a kid and used to
get out all those pokemon cards and
trading with people it's very similar to
this but all done online and what you do
is you buy these little digital pets i
guess you could say hopefully i didn't
offend anyone you buy these things
called axes each of these axes have
different talents and skills and things
like that then you line up in this
digital universe and you battle with
other people's axes and you can win all
kinds of things you can sell your axes
you can rent out your axes you can sell
potions and things inside of this
actually metaverse and it's very easy to
exchange money from this
world of axi infinity money into this
regular world of whatever cash you
currently hold and this is just one of
the reasons that once again i don't give
financial advice but i do believe that
crypto is an awesome bet the entire game
of axio infinity is built upon the
crypto axi infinity
come on
now the last one is honestly one of my
favorite ones and kind of one of the
sadder ones and that's someone called
the ipo man i just read about him very
very recently on a wired artikle from
years and years and years ago now what
he did is he took the idea that you can
sell anything with an ipo right so a
company sells shares of a company in an
ipo and now all the investors are
partial owners in the company they can
vote on what the company does and then
when the company makes money they get to
take some of those profits now the ipo
man did this exact same idea except for
the fact that he sold himself so in 2008
he divided himself into 100 000 shares
and he sold each share for a dollar now
he didn't sell a ton of shares but as he
got some more pr he was able to sell a
few more shares now the way it worked is
his investors would be able to take a
portion of the profits from anything
that he did on the side so anything
besides his main job which he used to
survive any of his side hustles or
anything like that they got a portion of
the profit and because they were now
owners they were able to now vote and
choose and decide what he did with his
time outside of his job your wish is my
command sir so we paid a developer to
build a site and the site allowed his
people to buy and sell shares of him you
want a piece of me and then it also
allowed them to vote and make decisions
for what he was going to do with his
life now if you're anything like me
you're pretty quickly seeing exactly
what can go wrong here and guess what
everything that could go wrong did go
wrong
it started when he got a girlfriend and
investors know likey no personal
relationships aren't great for profits
and now that his time outside of work
was beholden to these investors they
didn't want him spending all of his time
building up these personal relationships
that weren't going to yield them profits
it got worse when shareholders decided
that he needed to get a vasectomy
because kids were going to hurt their
profits
his girlfriend didn't like that and so
she actually was able to buy some of the
shares and then i believe convinced a
few shareholders to switch their vote
now i have an interesting note about
that my kids are actually the biggest
motivation for me and my digital
business and i doubt shareholders were
understanding that but one of the
biggest things that motivates me to keep
going and building this online business
that i build is my actual kids now after
a few years his shares were actually
selling for more than 11 a share which
is an 11 x return and that brought his
total market cap value as a person to
over 1 million dollars but then things
got even weirder when his company
started to offer him a life insurance
policy which means that he was now worth
one hundred thousand dollars to the
shareholders if he was dead so these
investors could tiknically vote for him
to go jump off a cliff because he's
worth more dead to them than he is alive
now obviously they didn't do that but
the concept of it a little strange the
story goes on with shareholders doing
all kinds of strange strange things like
choosing his girlfriends for him based
on what will make them the most profit
i like this one he had girlfriends that
wanted to have stok options in the
company and voting rights and things
like that and all in all just a whole
bunch of drama that nobody wants and
nobody needs in the end all this drama
obviously made a great movie a couple
years ago they put out a movie about
this exact thing and you can go ahead
and watch that if you want to learn more
about the ipo man let me know in the
comments which of these is the weirdest
of the five ways people have made money
and of course this channel is all about
ways to actually make money online that
work for a lot of people not just one
single person so go ahead and give us a
sub if that's something you're looking
to do and the next video will probably
help you do that