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Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
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Updated list of Global Beermoney opportunities (+180!) - June 2020
The current, and now previous, Beermoney Global list
started nearly 5 years ago. It’s been updated and has grown over all that time, but it also became a hassle to keep current. It was time to build a new list from scratch based on my experience in the Beermoney world over all these years and all the contributions all of you have been making in this sub.
The lists consist of opportunities that are available in at least one country that is not the US. This means there are sites which only work in Canada or the UK. There’s sites which are open to the whole world, but this does not mean everyone can really earn something on it. It’s all still very demographic and therefore location dependent. This list should give you a starting point to try out and find what works for you. I’m not using everything myself as I prefer to focus on a few, so not all are tested by me. They are found in this sub, other subreddits and other resources where people claim to have success.
I’ve chosen the format of a simple table with the bare minimum of information to keep things clean. It includes a link, how you earn, personal payment proof if available and sign-up bonus codes if applicable. Some of these bonuses are also one-time use codes specifically made for this sub! For the ones I don’t have payment proof (yet) feel free to provide some as a comment or via modmail so others know it’s legit. I am working on detailed instructions for each method that I personally use which will include things like cashout minimum, cashout options, tips & tricks,... For now I’ve split things up based on the type of earning like passive or mobile. Because of this there’s sometimes an overlap as some are both passive and on mobile or both earning crypto and a GPT (Get Paid To) website.
The lists are obviously not complete so I invite you to keep posting new ones in the sub, as a comment to this post, or in modmail. Especially if you have sites or apps which work for one single specific country I can start building a list, just like I did for The Netherlands and Belgium. If you recognize things which are in fact scams or not worth it let me know as well.
Get Paid To (Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, clicking links, play games, searching)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|ySense - The best global site ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||/ |
|PrizeRebel ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|SerpClix ||Google searching ||Paypal ||/ |
|Swagbucks & SwagButton ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, shopping & cashback, games, apps ||Paypal ||/ |
|GG2U ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|Keep Rewarding ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, PTC ||Pending ||$0.25 if register here |
|Ebesucher ||Surfing, reading mails ||Bank transfer ||/ |
|Reward XP ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||$0.50 if register here |
|Gain.gg ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Paypal ||$0.10 if register here |
|Timebucks ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos, Tik Tok, Shopping ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|GamerMine ||Surveys, offers, videos, tasks, ||Pending ||$1.00 if register here |
|Gamehag ||Tasks, offers, play games, post on forum, writing ||Pending ||/ |
|BTCSurveys ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|FruitLab ||Watch & upload video game clips ||Pending ||100 pips if register here |
|Clickworker ||Transcripts, tasks, UHRS (categorizing), surveys ||Paypal ||/ |
|FreeSkins ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||100 coins if register here |
|iRazoo ||Games, surveys, videos, offers, apps ||Pending ||Enter code 'AK7DB2' for 500 points when signing up |
|EarnCrypto ||Data entry, surveys, offers, tasks, videos, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|Blockreward ||Apps, surveys, videos, tasks, offers ||Pending ||$2.00 if register here and earn 20000b + $2.00 if earn 10000b within 30 days |
|PaidViewPoint ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|GrabPoints ||Suverys, videos, offers, games, apps ||Pending ||500 points if register here |
|RewardingWays ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos, contests ||Pending ||$0.20 if register here |
|SuperPay ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos, contests ||Pending ||$0.20 if register here |
|InstaGC ||Surveys, tasks, videos, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|GiftHunterClub ||Surveys, offers, videos, apps, games ||Pending ||$0.75 if register here |
|Idle-Empire ||Surveys, offers, videos, mining, apps, games ||Pending ||500 points if register here |
|PicoWorkers ||Tasks, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|ViewFruit ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Mobrog (change language if needed) ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Surveytime ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Giveaway Pros ||Offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|SEO Sprint (Russian, use Google Translate) ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Earnhoney ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Toluna ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Spidermetrix ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|BeerSurveys ||Surveys, tasks, offers ||Pending ||/ |
|CrowdHolding ||Co-create with startups ||Pending ||/ |
|Diaworkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Presearch ||Search & Earn ||Pending ||/ |
|Univox Community ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|YouGov ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Spare5 ||Tasks ||Paypal ||/ |
|Rewardia ||Surveys, polls, games, videos, puzzles, trivia ||Pending ||3000 points extra (when you earn 3000 points) if register here |
|Earnably ||Surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Neevo ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Rakuten Insight (country specific links) ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|The Panel Station ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Remotasks ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Pureprofile ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|UserCrowd ||Tasks ||PayPal ||/ |
|Sruvey Village ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|InboxDollars/InboxPounds ||Surveys, offers, videos, shopping ||Pending ||/ |
|Qmee ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|MicroWorkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Cinchbucks ||Surveys, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Rewards1 ||Suverys, videos, offers, games, apps, polls, contests ||Pending ||/ |
|Vindale ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|PointClub ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|TGM Panel ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|PaidPoints ||Tasks, offers, traffic exchange, ad clicking ||Pending ||/ |
|RapidWorkers ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|AnyTask ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||/ |
|Bounty0x ||Tasks ||Pending ||/ |
|Opinion World ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Lifepoints ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
Passive (desktop & mobile)
Crypto (faucets, mining, GPT)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Cointiply ||Faucet, surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Bitcoin ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|FreeBitcoin ||Faucet, lottery, betting, passive interest ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|AdBTC ||Click ads, active window surfing, autosurfing ||Pending ||/ |
|Faucetpay ||Faucet Wallet, exchange, offers, tasks, trading ||Pending ||/ |
|Faucet Crypto ||Faucet, ads clicking, offers, shortlinks ||Pending ||/ |
|More Money ||Faucet, ads clicking, offers, shortlinks ||Pending ||/ |
|Kryptex ||Crypto mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Quicrypto ||Surveys, tasks, offers, games, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Coinpot ||Faucet ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|Honeyminer ||Mining ||Pending ||1000 satoshis if register here |
|BitShark ||Faucet, games ||Pending ||/ |
|Publish0x ||Read & write articles ||Pending ||/ |
|Starbits ||Faucet (need FaucetPay account) ||Pending ||/ |
|Coinpayu ||Ads clicking, videos, offers ||Pending ||/ |
|BTCSurveys ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Blockreward ||Apps, surveys, videos ||Pending ||$2.00 if register here and earn 20000b + $2.00 if earn 10000b within 30 days |
|Coinbase ||Crypto sign-up bonuses ||Bank transfer ||See links in thread |
|LBRY.tv ||Watch videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Pi Network ||Crypto mining ||Pending (see here) ||To join you need a referral link |
|EarnCrypto ||Data entry, surveys, offers, tasks, videos, games, apps ||Pending ||/ |
|Phoneum ||Games, mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Cointiply ||Faucet, surveys, tasks, offers, videos ||Bitcoin ||Enter code 'beermoneyglobal' |
|HoneyGain ||Desktop & mobile phone bandwith sharing (wifi + data) ||Paypal ||$5.00 if register here |
|Google Opinion Rewards ||Surveys ||Play Store credit ||/ |
|FreeBitcoin ||Faucet, lottery, betting, passive interest ||Bitcoin ||/ |
|AppKarma ||Games, quizes, surveys ||Pending ||Enter code 'Proim' for 300 points when signing up |
|CashKarma ||Surveys, offers, games ||Pending ||Enter code 'Proim' for 300 points when signing up |
|Cash Alarm ||Games ||Pending ||Receive 25% of my earnings if register here |
|Cash Magnet ||Games, offers, tasks, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|AttaPoll ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|ClipClaps ||Videos, games, raffles ||PayPall ||$1.00 & Diamond Chest if register here |
|Quicrypto ||Surveys, tasks, offers, games, videos ||Pending ||/ |
|Poll Pay ||Surveys ||Pending ||$0.30 if using code '4CS6L4SQ8D' when signing up |
|BuzzBreak ||Read news, videos, offers, surveys ||Pending ||Enter code 'B06472489' when signing up |
|Userlytics ||Software testing ||Pending ||/ |
|WowApp ||Games, offers, surveys, videos, chat, phone unlock, calling, cashback, shopping cashback, browsing, news reading ||Pending ||/ |
|CuriousCat ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Quickthoughts ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Fitplay ||Games ||Pending ||$0.33 if register here |
|TV-Two Make Money ||Apps, games, Youtube, browsing ||Pending ||555 credits if register here |
|Mistplay ||Games ||Pending ||/ |
|FeaturePoints ||Suveys, offers, apps, cashback ||Pending ||50 points if register here |
|Money SMS ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|BIGtoken ||Suveys, location sharing, social media account ||Pending ||Use code 'GMGALLOIA' |
|McMoney ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||$0.22 if using code '60LGG3PR' |
|Pi Network ||Crypto mining ||Pending (see here) ||To join you need a referral link |
|Roamler ||Mystery shopping ||Pending ||/ |
|SMS Profit Net ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Streetbees ||Surveys, tasks, create videos, take pictures ||Pending ||Enter code '6115GF' when signing up |
|Simcash ||Send SMS [risky] ||Pending ||/ |
|VoxPopMe ||Video feedback ||Pending ||/ |
|Cash4sms ||Send [risky] & receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Citizen Me ||Surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|ControlMySMS ||Receive SMS ||Pending ||/ |
|Birdchain ||Send SMS [risky] ||Pending ||/ |
|Sweatcoin ||Walking ||Pending ||/ |
|COIN ||Explore ||Pending ||1000 coins if register here |
|Panel App ||Surveys, location sharing ||Pending ||/ |
|GiftHunterClub ||Surveys, offers, videos, apps, games ||Pending ||$0.75 if register here |
|Phoneum ||Games, mining ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Respondent ||Interviews, research, surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Prolific ||Surveys, research ||Paypal ||/ |
Investing (revenue share)
Selling (designs on merchandise, skills/gigs)
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Fiverr ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||20% off on first purchase if register here |
|Redbubble ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Zeerk ||Sell your skills ||Pending ||/ |
|TeePublic ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Teespring ||Sell your designs ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Rev ||Transcribing, captioning, foreign subtitles ||Pending ||/ |
|Gotranscript ||Transcribing, translating captioning, foreign subtitles ||Pending ||/ |
|TranscribeMe ||Transcribing, translating, data annotation ||Pending ||/ |
|Unbabel ||Translating ||Pending ||/ |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Wealthy Affiliate ||Learn affiliate marketing ||Pending ||/ |
|Brave ||Brows internet ||Pending ||/ |
|Andromo ||Develop apps ||Pending ||/ |
The Netherlands specific
For The Netherlands there are a few very good options next to a bunch of ‘spaarprogramma’s. There ‘spaarprogramma’s are all the same where you receive and click a bunch of e-mails, advertisements, banners,... I advise you to create a separate e-mail address or use a good filter in your inbox as you will be spammed to death. I believe they can be a nice piece of beermoney but they take quite the effort.
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Euroclix ||Surveys, shopping & cashback, offers, energy/internet providers ||Bank transfer ||€1.95 if register here |
|StemPunt ||Surveys ||Gift cards ||500 points if register here |
|Cashback XL ||Shopping cashback, health insurance discount ||Bank transfer ||/ |
|Scoupy ||Shopping cashback, free products ||Pending ||/ |
|Cashback Korting ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Lady Cashback ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Enqueteclub ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€7.50 if register here |
|Snel Verdienen ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.50 if register here |
|Spaar Actief ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Klik Je Zakgeld ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Zinngeld ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€0.10 if register here |
|My Clics ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Direct Verdiend ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.00 if register here |
|Spaar4Cash ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Qassa ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|My Flavours ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Cash Ze ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Geld Race ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|iPay ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Double Points ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.00 if register here |
|Mailbeurs ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Qlics ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Centmail ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Extra Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Gekken Goud ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Dutch Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Nu Cash ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register |
|Snel Euro ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Cash Hier ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Betaalde Mails ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€2.00 if register here |
|Goudmails ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Online Cashen ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Crazy Mails ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Cash Paradijs ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Smart Clix ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€5.00 if register here |
|24/7 Discount ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||/ |
|Beetje Zakgeld ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.25 if register here |
|Geldmolen ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.75 if register here |
|Online Zakcentje ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.50 if register here |
|Geldcircus ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€0.75 if register here |
|Lady Clix ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€0.99 if register here |
|Geldwolf ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Zilvervloot ||Read mails, click banners, shopping cashback, shopping deals, compare (GWL, data, internet, tv, insurances), offers, surveys ||Pending ||€1.00 if register here |
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Buffl ||Surveys ||Gift cards ||/ |
The one-time sign-up bonus programs are still to be found here
. If you find a new one let me know so I can create the post to keep all the ref links together.
Although it’s not really about making money online, it’s still nice to save some money as well when shopping online.
|Register here ||How to earn ||Payment proof ||Sign-up bonus code |
|Honey ||Discounts & Cashback ||/ ||500 Honey Gold if register here |
|G2A ||Game keys ||/ ||/ |
|Kinguin ||Game keys ||/ ||/ |
|Allkeyshop ||Game keys ||/ ||/ |
|AliExpress ||Save on online shopping ||/ ||$24 coupons if register here |
|Gearbest ||Save on online shopping ||/ ||/ |
Other subs & resources
From 10 to 14,000 Youtube Subscribers in 3 Weeks. Here’s What Happened, & What I Learned.
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You’ve got to be a bit crazy to leave a cushy job and a stable career to start your own business. Two months ago, I did exactly that when I left my multi-six figure salary and founded Your Auto Advocate with my business partner, AKA my dad
At that time (the first week of March), it wasn’t clear what effect coronavirus would have in the United States. As the days and weeks unfolded I couldn’t help but get depressed. I’d talk with family or friends, and they’d say, “Boy, don’t you wish you had kept that job just a bit longer?” And I’d think to myself, “maybe?” I was confused, scared, and certainly not making much progress on my new business venture.
Then, amidst all this negative energy, my dad had a great idea; “Why don’t we film YouTube videos via Zoom?” Before working full time on Your Auto Advocate I had filmed a handful of videos with my dad. He would talk about the car business, I would post them on our YouTube channel, and we’d get a few hundred views. I had a vision for growing our YouTube channel into something sustainable and scalable for the business, but it never really took off.
Until… We started recording Zoom conversations like Ray had suggested. Here’s the story (and lessons learned) from growing Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube channel
from 0 to 14,000+ subscribers in three weeks. Below you’ll see I am as transparent as I possibly can be, with screenshots from Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, and Youtube Analytics. I hope you find this valuable.
What is Your Auto Advocate?
To provide clarity on what you are about to read, you need to have a brief understanding of what Your Auto Advocate is, and how YouTube (and content marketing in general) play into the company’s overall growth strategy.
Your Auto Advocate is a professional car buying service
Let’s say you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle. Odds are, the thought of going into a dealership (or in our current state, going onto a dealer’s website), makes you queasy. That’s because most people do not trust car salespeople
. I can’t blame them.
Interacting with car dealerships is far from pleasant, and it’s tough to walk away from buying a new car feeling confident you got a great deal.
No one wants to be the guy or gal that makes the dealership a lot of money.
That’s where Your Auto Advocate helps. Instead of going to a dealership, you hire Your Auto Advocate. You tell Your Auto Advocate what vehicle you’re interested in, and they handle all of the dealer outreach and negotiation. Their only compensation comes from you, the client, so you have confidence they’re working the dealers for the best deal possible without a “kickback” of any sort.
That’s Your Auto Advocate in a nutshell. We make car buying simple, easy, and fun.
Now, to gain awareness for this new venture I was adamant that we needed to leverage Ray’s 43+ year career in the car business to teach consumers the ins and outs of how dealerships work. That led us to create videos and write written guides. My thought process was that if we could build trust with our audience early on, and give them the tools they needed to feel more comfortable buying a car on their own, then eventually, we’d find prospective customers that would pay us to simply do it for them.
Before we got traction
It’s important to recognize that Your Auto Advocate’s YouTube success did not occur overnight.
Before gaining traction, I fumbled around with a few videos that didn’t get more than a few hundred views. Those videos were shot in 4k, with professional lighting, a microphone, and more. The “new” videos we created from recorded Zoom calls (using our free Zoom accounts of course!), were in 360p, with no microphones, and no editing.
What changed from those original videos, to the recorded Zoom calls that allowed us to get over one million views in a few short weeks? Here’s what I think happened:
- People enjoy the back and forth banter and authenticity between Ray and I;
- People enjoy the poor quality of the videos, it appears more authentic than well produced content. I think this is really important to understand this point. Here is an email from a customer that sums it up well: https://imgur.com/2PnNFTW
- Ray and I began creating videos that were topical and relevant based off of current events, rather than focusing on “general” information on the car business.
These three characteristics are what I think allowed us to find traction on YouTube.
The growth we experienced
As I wrote about a few months ago, finding your first paying customer is not easy
. It was on April 19th, nearly 6 weeks after I quit my job, that we had our first paying customer. This is an important date, because it was just four days later that our YouTube videos began to pick up steam. Screenshot of YouTube Analytics
As you can see in the screenshot of our YouTube analytics, we saw a massive increase in viewership over the past week or so. Before this spike, we were averaging around 100 views per day across all of our videos. On Thursday April 23rd we knew something was happening, because we spiked to 1,852 views.
I sent my dad this message on that day: https://imgur.com/l7D5IeJ
Views on Friday the 24th grew to 4,400, then 21,916 on Saturday. This kept going until it reached the top on Saturday, May 2nd at 131,417 views in a single day
We’ve seen viewership decline since then, and if you asked me “why,” I wouldn’t be able to provide a concrete answer. I don’t know why.
We have a base of 14,000+ subscribers now though, so each of our new videos receives a few thousand views when we upload them. We’ll see if we’re able to grow more rapidly again in the future.
I have a lot to learn when it comes to developing a YouTube channel!
Converting viewers into customers
The goal of content marketing is to generate customers for your business. One of the benefits of YouTube is that you can monetize your content (you may have noticed in the screenshot above it showed nearly $3,000 in revenue from ads on our videos, for example), but the primary goal is to convert readers or viewers into customers.
We saw a huge spike in website traffic in conjunction with our growth on YouTube. People that found Your Auto Advocate on YouTube would then google search our name. Here’s the search data for “Your Auto Advocate”: https://imgur.com/TXrYqwM
Once traffic reaches your website it’s important to have a clear “flow” for how users can convert into customers. Fortunately for us, the traffic that made it to our website was converting at a high clip! In the screenshot below you can see (to the right) the “goal conversion” for Marketing Qualified Lead. That is anyone that completes our Sign Up form
. Google Analytics screenshot
The bounce rate has been incredibly low, and the time on site has been incredibly high.
About 2% of traffic has converted into MQL, and over two thirds of that traffic has converted into a Sales Qualified Lead.
Those SQLs have converted into paying customers at a high clip too!
The funnel (as of writing this) is:
39% of visitors that fill out our sign up form have gone onto become paying customers!
- 67 MQLs, converting into
- 26 customers
Anecdotally speaking, the other 61% who are not converting into customers right now, have told us they’d like to work with us in the future, when they are ready to buy their next car. That being said, I anticipate more than 70% of our MQLs will convert into paying customers over the next few months. There really has been limited to no negative reaction to our business model, pricing, or value proposition. People really hate going into car dealerships or dealing with car salespeople, and we can take them out of that pain.
As in any service business, the more you can delight your customers, the better your chances are of gaining referrals and word of mouth recommendations. With that in mind, we created a compelling thank you page after paying your final invoice: https://imgur.com/AHbmNNu
And, new reviews have been coming in too! https://imgur.com/gVoXP3a
Where do we go from here?
Well, all this growth has forced Your Auto Advocate to mature more quickly than I had previously imagined. Our first employee will be joining us on May 25th to help us expand and meet demand! If you had asked me if this was possible one month ago I would have said “No way!” But look where we are now.
It’s truly incredible that some Zoom recordings with my dad have enabled our business to grow as quickly as it has. Authenticity goes a long way I suppose. Incredible.
There are a few high priority tasks I will be focusing on over the coming days and weeks:
- We need to find other marketing channels. YouTube as a marketing channel is great, but being entirely dependent on it as your growth engine is not smart. What if YouTube changes its algorithm and you don’t get as many views? Over the coming weeks I will be exploring and testing new marketing channels such as:
- Affiliate marketing;
- Referral marketing;
- Direct mail marketing;
- Social media marketing; and
- Partnership development (employee benefits programs).
- We need to make service delivery simpler, easier, and more fun. The other area of the business I will be focusing on is developing a product to wrap around the service we are currently providing. I have a vision for how we can make the user experience for both the customer, and the Your Auto Advocate representative that is working with them to be efficient, convenient, and seamless. If we do this right we’ll be able to scale the business in a way that is profitable.
- I need to create a timeline with goals, financial projections, and expected hiring dates. Since we’ve proven the business model, one of my primary responsibilities is to develop clarity around how quickly we can (and should grow), and what type of investment that will take. I owe it to myself, and all future team members to provide a clear roadmap of where we’re going and how we plan to get there.
I hope you found this interesting and valuable. I’ll post another update once I get a chance, sometime in June I imagine. Thanks for reading.
Neumi BS5 Bookshelf Speaker Review
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First off, here's the link to the review via my site. There is additional information there that I am not including here. I am just covering the highlights here. If you want more details look at the review page here: https://www.erinsaudiocorner.com/loudspeakers/neumi_bs5/ Intro
I stumbled on talk of the Neumi BS5 speaker recently in the context of a potential high-value speaker. Out of curiosity, I went to the product page on Amazon to check them out and liked what I saw. I then pulled up the Neumi’s BS5 manual here is the link
where I saw placement recommendations, and some other bits of information which all gave me the impression the manufacturer cares about how the user listens to their product rather than the old “sink or swim” attitude low-cost products leave you with. Generally, when this information is laid out for the user it also implies the product is worthwhile. At least, that’s the impression I am left with in those cases.
At any rate, Amazon had them listed for $90/pair (at the time of purchase) and I figured they were worth buying to review and pass the information on to the audio community so you all could either avoid them or feel comfortable spending your hard earned money on. So, I did.
Ultimately, while these aren’t the best performing speakers I’ve tested or heard, I do believe these provide a good value
to the budget-limited audiophile. And, with a few engineering alterations, could be made into an even better value. Read on for more detail. Product Specs and Photos
https://preview.redd.it/uyp1gni4wp751.jpg?width=1504&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=436dbf77633f61c634c699ad633dd3a4ddc0747f https://preview.redd.it/3ggnpri4wp751.jpg?width=1504&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9d23636faf4fe4e4e3e46bbdc44bf1116e124c51 https://preview.redd.it/vn861ti4wp751.jpg?width=844&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8a17ba643db055a2244390afecbf5dd8d154f228 Impedance Phase and Magnitude:
Impedance measurements are provided both at 0.10 volts RMS and 2.83 volts RMS. The low-level voltage version is standard because it ensures the speakedriver is in linear operating range. The higher voltage is to see what happens when the output voltage is increased to the 2.83vRMS speaker sensitivity test.
https://preview.redd.it/2t44fz36wp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=80db20356e272283aacef4d7a58c237c449e76ce Frequency Response:
The measurement below provides the frequency response at the reference measurement axis - also known as the 0-degree axis or “on axis” plane - in this measurement condition was situated in-between with the woofer and the tweeter per the product manual. While the manual does do a good job of directing the user how to set up the speakers, I emailed Neumi to ask about listening angle and the grille use. I wanted to make sure I used the speakers the way they were designed to be used. Below is our email exchange:
I purchased your BS5 bookshelf speakers and was wondering:
Are these designed to be listened to on-axis (with the speaker aimed directly toward the listener) or at some angle off-axis? I assume the former.
Are these designed to be listened to with the grilles on or off? I assume off, as most speakers perform worse with the grilles on. Thank you.
Hi Erin, Thank you for your inquiry! The BS5 are designed to be listened to pointed straight forwards. If you like to have a slightly brighter response, you can point the speakers more towards the center position. We also tuned the BS5 without a grill. The grill was made afterwards to minimize its effect on the speaker output. It is fairly transparent but does change the response slightly.
If the speakers are to be aimed facing forward, that would be approximately 30-degrees off-axis in my room. I can toe them in or out if you recommend using a different positioning angle than this.
Hi Erin, Thanks for the additional information. I would start out pointing straight, then try it with 10-15 degree toe-in and see how that sounds to you, more than that, the toe-in would be pretty extreme and is not recommended.
So, per Neumi’s direction I listened to the speakers both on-axis (0°) and off-axis (≤30°) horizontally. I found the best angle to be directly on-axis. Otherwise, the treble was too subdued. When it came time to measure the speaker, I verified that 0° gave the most linear response and conducted the rest of my analysis with the reference axis being at 0° horizontally and between the mid/tweeter vertically.
Also, per Neumi’s direction, the grille was off for these measurements. I do have comparison data of the grille on vs off in my Miscellaneous section below.
The mean SPL, approximately 84dB at 2.83v/1m, is calculated over the frequency range of 300Hz to 3,000Hz.
The blue shaded area represents the ±3dB response window from my calculated mean SPL value. As you can see in the blue window above, the Neumi BS5 has a ±3dB response from 64Hz - 20kHz but only if you ignore the dip in response around 800Hz. Neumi claims a ±3dB window of 50Hz - 20kHz (typical in-room)
. I don’t believe their spec is a reach but obviously the notch at ~800Hz throws things off. Unfortunately, this notch is pervasive and is brought on by the port, as far as I can tell (more discussion in the Near-Field measurements portion further down). A tighter window of linearity is provided in gray as ±1.5dB from the mean SPL and this speaker does a decent job of trying to stay within that range but the port noise at 800Hz and ~1600Hz make things fall out of that window fast. The treble above 8kHz also begins dipping/peaking enough to keep it out of the tighter window.
The speaker’s F3 point (the frequency at which the response has fallen 3dB relative to the mean SPL) is 64Hz and the F10 (the frequency at which the response has fallen by 10dB relative to the mean SPL) is 43Hz. For a small, and super light bookshelf speaker with a 5-inch woofer this is on par with what you would expect. You’re going to need a subwoofer if you want low bass and/or decent output below 100Hz.
https://preview.redd.it/wgsppcqhwp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=098ed79ee00a07be00b08bc8e076587280edcd13 https://preview.redd.it/w7qq6bqhwp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=6476c6d6a2d2f08a46d04cf6af250f067628ed6d https://preview.redd.it/8cprzaqhwp751.png?width=3333&format=png&auto=webp&s=4de3016d81d8791c7bec880a7ba855e872d6b1e8 https://preview.redd.it/w5yb0dqhwp751.png?width=3333&format=png&auto=webp&s=e7011a9aa7bf059ddeaa221dbf03ed5459b145a5 https://preview.redd.it/nmqic8qhwp751.png?width=3333&format=png&auto=webp&s=69016a22d7cacadcc790395243c0d8d388f8c97a https://preview.redd.it/4y5269qhwp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=e2f551b06cb545d6067fd3a19cae5ecf31dec387 CEA-2034 (aka: Spinorama):
What we can learn from this data is that this speaker has significant directivity problems thanks to the deep nulls at ~800Hz and ~1600Hz. You can see it in the above spectrogram and globe plots as well as in all the measurements in the above graphic. The crossover is stated as 2.1kHz by Neumi and the nearfield data backs this up. Therefore, in this region you can see the directivity mismatch. Looking at 1kHz you see a rising DI until approximately 2.5kHz where the Early Reflections DI dips back down again. This is a sign the transition from mid to tweeter is occurring as the woofer is beginning to beam (radiate more forward than omnidirectional) and the tweeter is taking over, omnidirectional until approximately 6.5kHz (calculated based on dome size of 1 inch). The DI flattens out a bit through here but as the tweeter begins to radiate more directionally the DI increases again above ~7kHz. The tweeter rolls off sharply above 16kHz, causing directivity to increase further. What does this all mean to you? Well, mismatches in what is coming directly at you, on-axis, vs what is reflected around you can cause issues in stage and tonality cues.
Below is a breakout of the typical room’s Early Reflections contributors (floor bounce, ceiling, rear wall, front wall and side wall reflections). From this you can determine how much absorption you need and where to place it to help remedy strong dips from the reflection(s). Notice the strong dips again at 800Hz and 1600Hz.
https://preview.redd.it/dnr8dzomwp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=2d9ed016da5220dbdbae7502739579014f5fa9b7 Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) and Compression:
Using the 93dB measurement tells you the measured low-frequency distortion at about 80Hz is near 3% THD and 6% at 40Hz. Will you hear that? Pure distortion is more subjective and depends not just on the listener but also no the program material.
I typically use distortion to tell me where mechanical failures are because the distortion I hear is typically either a rattle, buzz, plop from a woofer extending too far, or something along those lines. The bass is usually the problem. But in this speaker the midrange exhibits distortion at higher output levels and was also audible in my listening (primarily with male vocals).
The compression effects shown in the image below are a visual way of seeing just what happens as the volume is increased. This one is straight-forward. Take the legend’s SPL value and add or subtract the data from the graphic. This tells you if you’re losing or gaining output (yes, you can gain output from compression; as un-intuitive as that seems). Mostly, the compression results in a loss due to temperature increase in the voice coil of the drive unit. Let’s look at a specific example. Take the 90dB at 4 meters target listening volume provided above. Again, you need 93dB’s (7.62vRMS) data. At that volume, the highest amount of compression measured is about 1dB at 40Hz and about 0.25dB at 50Hz, decreasing until about 200Hz. At some points the speaker suffered >2dB compression at 40Hz with 14vRMS. Overall, the compression results tell you what common sense would tell you: don’t try to use this speaker in place of a subwoofer at anything other than lower volumes. Otherwise, at louder listening volumes you lose over 1dB of output. And it is audibly present as a very grainy and “limited” sound; there are no dynamics at this output and that’s exactly what I heard in my listening tests when I pushed the speaker to uncomfortable levels.
https://preview.redd.it/475o4icywp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=064fdedd9cfabeae16ba1861d2c5674092e84f4b Extra Measurements:
These are just some extra sets of measurements I completed. Some, I didn’t process through my MATLAB scripts so they’re kind of raw. But I know some would like to see them so here you go.
Grille on vs Grille off at 0° and 45°.
The grille on case results in an increase in comb filtering (higher amplitude peaks/dips). Leave the grille off.
Mic placed about 0.50 inches from each drive unit and port. While I tried to make these as accurate in SPL as I could, I cannot guarantee the relative levels are absolutely correct so I caution you to use this data as a guide but not representative of actual levels (measuring in the nearfield makes this hard as a couple millimeters’ difference between measurements can alter the SPL level). Got it? Good.
There are a few noteworthy things here:
- Port resonance is very, very strong and clearly contributes to the on-axis response dips at ~800Hz and ~1600Hz.
- The area between 300Hz to 700Hz (just before the 800Hz dip) is elevated slightly. This area also lines up with the increased THD levels I discussed earlier. This could be coincidence. But I believe they are related. Maybe the port is having more of an effect in this region than it needs to?
- Woofer break-up contributes to a few on-axis resonances we see. Particularly, 4.5kHz.
- There are other things going on here but I don’t have the time to reverse engineer this speaker. Not that I could.
Plugging the port (making the speaker sealed).
To test whether the ports were, indeed, the culprit of the deep nulls I took my socks off and plugged the ports. Don’t worry, I had only been wearing the socks for 3 days. Sure enough, plugging the ports filled in the nulls. But it also decreased the low frequency output by about 2dB below 300Hz.
https://preview.redd.it/sbuex7d8xp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=7f111cacbd0712f1ad8d13015549f490ff1d6dd4 Objective Evaluation:
Much of what I am about to say I have already touched on under the data. But to recap: Impedance
- Minimum load of about 4.6 Ohms. But mostly > 6 Ohms. Check your receiver or amplifier’s spec to make sure it can drive a 6 Ohm load without issue.
- Wiggles around 200Hz and 280Hz indicate resonance which also shows up in frequency response.
- I measured an average of 84.2dB @ 2.83v/1m.
- I measured a ±3dB response from 64Hz - 20kHz but only if you ignore the dip in response around 800Hz. Neumi claims a ±3dB window of 50Hz - 20kHz (typical in-room). Buy a subwoofer if you want to listen loud and low.
- Numerous resonances; most caused by the port. Woofer breakup shows up in a few places as well.
- Directivity shifts caused by inadequate crossover order and resonances from the ports and woofer.
- High distortion at 40Hz but understandable given woofer size.
- High levels of compression at high output below 100Hz.
- Elevated midrange distortion (audible at higher volumes).
- These are both audible effects when listening full-range as I did.
- Don’t expect much bass below 80Hz out of these speakers. Buy a subwoofer for that.
If more time/money were spent on taming the resonances and break-up modes I think this speaker could be markedly improved. But, for $90, you kind of expect these things. Namely because higher order crossovers are not cheap and take up real-estate. Subjective Evaluation:
https://preview.redd.it/d41xvse9xp751.jpg?width=1504&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6dc14f40f174741d903189ec5eeaafe60f0bec51 Subjective Analysis Setup:
- The speaker was aimed on-axis with the tweeter at ear level.
- I used Room EQ Wizard (REW) and my calibrated MiniDSP UMIK-1 to get the volume on my AVR relative to what the actual measured SPL was in the MLP (~11 feet from the speakers). I varied it between 85-90dB, occasionally going up to the mid 90’s to see what the output capability was. In a poll I found most listen to music in this range. Realistically, 90dB is loud for long-term listening volume and I find most overestimate their listening volume until an SPL microphone is used to determine the actual level.
- All speakers are provided a relatively high level of Pseudo Pink-Noise for a day or two - with breaks in between - in order to calm any “break-in” concerns.
- I demoed these speakers without a crossover and without EQ.
I listened to these speakers and made my subjective notes before I started measuring objectively. I did not want my knowledge of the measurements to influence my subjective opinion. This is important because I want to try to correlate the objective data with what I hear in my listening space in order to determine the validity of the measurement process. I try to do a few listening sessions over a couple days so I can give my ears a break and come back “fresh”. I also want to be as transparent to you as I can be so below are my subjective evaluations made before I began any measurements.
https://preview.redd.it/vfe8iygdxp751.png?width=5000&format=png&auto=webp&s=98c08f0155dedaafcb2613b05dbe6b193ecf389f Here’s the rundown of my subjective notes (in quotes) and where it fits with objective:
- Overall, I found the max SPL I could drive the speakers to was around 90-92dB at my listening position, depending on the music. That’s loud. But once I got past this point the compression was very audible and all the dynamics went away. This was most evident on the opening bass notes of Lauryn Hill’s song. It was very evident that I had reached the “brick wall” output here, even though the woofers weren’t mechanically falling apart like I would have expected.
- In my listening tests the main thing that stood out to me was the high-frequency balance being off. In some cases it sounded about 1-3dB too low. In a few cases I heard some ‘sizzle’ on instruments that I do not believe are correct (I didn’t make the album; I can’t know for sure). The data tends to agree with that in relation to the rest of the spectrum. There are some hot spots here and there discussed previously.
- I felt room ambiance was lacking in some recordings. For example, I noted this in “Higher Love”.
- I made a few notes about resonance in lower vocals and questioned if I could “hear cabinet ringing”. I noticed this primarily in “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Tell Yer Mama”.
- I noted midrange distortion at ~ 90dB (at 11 feet) in both Jim Croce’s and John Mayer’s tracks. I wasn’t sure what this was when I listened the first time, but the data clearly shows an increased level of distortion smack in the middle of the midrange. I went back through a final round of listening after I saw the data and on the “He Mele No Lilo” track, at the end, I could hear distortion in the singer’s voice. It seems I noticed this distortion in male vocals.
- I noted some things that I hadn’t heard or wasn’t used to hearing with other speakers. For example, Chaka Khan’s voice as background singer in Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” was more present. I don’t know what to attribute this to… is it a distortion in the midrange? Is it the breakup from the midwoofer at higher frequencies? Is it a relative thing; the dips at ~800Hz and ~1600Hz causing other areas to be more noticeable than a more flat speaker?
- The bass was punchy; the harmonics of kickdrums and synth sounded good. But there was no weight to those because the speaker just doesn’t play that well below about 100Hz.
- The stage width was a weird one. In some songs it didn’t seem wider than 10° outside the speakers (so, about 40° total) where with other songs it was wider than this. Each recording is different, and you do want a stereo system that expands and contracts proportionately with the music. But I believe the variance in this case is more attributable to the directivity changes caused by the crossover and resonances.
I also turned the speakers to be about 10 to 30° off-axis to see if I could get rid of the harsh treble. That didn’t help much at all and when you view the data you can see the off-axis response has low directivity around 4kHz (meaning, the sound is more omnidirectional at this frequency) which indicates the bright 4kHz region would be noticeable through a wider region of angles. I believe this explains the “biting” noise I was hearing as well.
I didn't have a chance to run Dirac Live so I can't speak to what the sound would be post room correction.
This speaker doesn’t measure perfectly. And, for the most part, I was able to match areas of concern between my subjective listening session and my measurements. Though, I didn’t have any significant
gripes about the sound. The one main dislike for me was the reduced treble compared to the midrange. The bass is pretty well blended to the midrange despite the moderate bump in response around 100Hz. There is not much output below this at higher levels, but I can forgive the shortcomings in the bass department because the BS5 isn’t trying to pretend that it can play like a subwoofer. I have seen other 5-inch woofers with higher linear excursion than what these woofers are seemingly capable of but just one of those drive-units alone costs more than this pair of speakers. The midrange distortion is an issue if you’re going to listen at high levels; for me being at 90dB at 11 feet (which is about 93dB at 8 feet per this awesome calculator
). These aren’t reference level speakers. But I think anyone buying them understands the implicit output limitations. Under 90dB at 11 feet, the sound is more balanced and undistorted.
Personally, I think these speakers would be better suited as desktop/computer speakers sealed (stuff the ports) and against a wall. The wall would give you a +6dB increase on the lower end to help make up for the plugged ports but plugging the ports would get rid of the nasty resonances that plague this speaker. I would not
place these in a corner in a small room, though. Doing so creates a combing effect you do not want. Alternatively, you can use these as small satellite speakers for a budget-minded home theater. However, if you want ultimate hi-fidelity at reference levels on a shoestring budget then these speakers are not it. The frequency response deviations and distortion keep it from that goal. But, when used within reasonable limits, this is a “fun” little speaker that is enjoyable and a great entry into the hi-fi realm at $90/pair. I hate using the “but it’s cheap” argument but, really, this is a $90 pair of bookshelf speakers. More than that, though, there’s no marketing language by Neumi to suggest they are the best speakers ever. Nothing that overstates their capabilities that I have seen. I think Neumi had a target in mind with this price and performance and I believe they hit it.
I’m going to plug my Amazon affiliate link one last time just in case you want to buy these. I know, I know… I’m a sellout. https://amzn.to/2Abda9w The End
If you like what you see here and want to help me keep it going, you can donate via the PayPal Contribute button at the bottom of each page. Testing and reporting the data and analysis takes me approximately 8-10 hours each. It’s definitely a labor of love. That said, there’s no fame or fortune in this and all my test speakers are typically purchased and paid for by myself with help from contributions or purchases made through my affiliate links (which is negligible). Your donations help me pay for new test items, shipping costs, hardware to build and test, etc. Even a few dollars is more helpful than nothing. If you don’t mind chipping in a few bucks now and again it would truly be appreciated.
Here's a direct link to contribute. https://www.erinsaudiocorner.com/contribute/
Again, any bit is really appreciated. I would love to be able to fund a remote controlled turntable for my measuring. As it is, I walk about 2 miles (literally) between my computer and the DUT to spin it about 150 or so times (ground plane measurement + free-field measurement) at a distance of 40+ feet one-way which adds up.
Edit: Neumi BS5 Bookshelf Speaker video review is now up! https://youtu.be/NnGbd9hxZe8
Arbitrary list of popular lights - Summer Solstice 2020 edition
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In honor of Summer Solstice for the northern hemisphere, I've made an updated list of popular lights. Today is a couple days after (sorry!) the day you're least
likely to need a flashlight north of the equator, but it increases every day after so it's a good time to buy a flashlight.
Because a definitive buyer's guide is too hard, I've made an arbitrary list of popular lights you should consider if you're shopping for a light. There is no best flashlight, so this is not the last word in what's good, but a list of lights that are often bought or recommended here with a touch of my own opinion thrown in. Exclusion from this list doesn't mean a light isn't good. To search more lights by their attributes, try http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html
Where possible, official manufacturer URLs are linked here. Sometimes the manufacturer offers good deals through direct orders, sometimes vendors have the best prices. There are coupon codes available
that apply to many of the lights listed. I'm hosting a version of this list
on my own site with affiliate links because a few people have asked for a way to give me a kickback.
Shipping/availability may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, items shipped from China are often taking 2 months to arrive. Supply chains and warehouse stock also appear to be disrupted as well, so you may have to be more patient than usual if you want certain flashlights, chargers, and batteries.
For those in a hurry
If you don't want to learn much, just get one of these.
All of the lights in this section come with a rechargeable battery and have a charger built in to the light. The battery will be a standard size you can buy online from third parties, and the charger will use USB as its power source, though some options do use a special cable. Aside from the Catapult, all have very good color quality compared to the average LED flashlight, improving your ability to see details.
- Wurkkos FC11 - a general-use light for $30. USB-C charging, but it needs to use an A-to-C cable. There's a strong magnet in the tailcap, and a pocket clip for carry. A 25mm (1 inch) diameter and 120mm (4.7 inches) long is suitable for larger pants pockets. 18650 battery.
- Skilhunt M150 with high-CRI LH351D LED option - a smaller light with many characteristics similar to the FC11, but a smaller (14500 size) battery and magnetic charging connector. This light can also use AA batteries, both rechargeable and disposable, but the built-in charger only works with a 14500. $40, and sometimes available on Amazon, but not always with the right LED, which is important since the color and beam quality of the other options is poor. 21mm (0.82") at its widest point and 84mm (3.3") long.
- Armytek Wizard Pro Nichia 144A - a combination handheld flashlight, headlamp, and magnetic work light with high output and excellent color quality. An 18650 battery is included, and it uses USB/magnetic charging, which is a bit slow, but convenient otherwise. It's $90, but try coupon code "reddit" for a discount. I've linked Killzone Flashlights here rather than the manufacturer because the manufacturer's customer service is rather poor, and Killzone's is good. European buyers should consider Nkon and coupon code "AT25%off".
- Acebeam EC35 II, Killzone special edition with SST-20. I swear I'm not trying to favor Killzone here, but this one is a dealer exclusive. If you're thinking of a handheld light to accompany a pistol, this is a great option because the tailswitch is high-only with other functions on the sideswitch. If you think you want a single-mode light, you probably want this instead. USB-C charging (A-to-C again), and it's a USB powerbank (C-to-C works for this). $77 with bundled 18650 battery, $67 if you bring your own battery.
- Sofirn SP36 (Anduril/LH351D version) - with three 18650 batteries and a $71 price tag, this is a larger, more powerful, and longer-running light than the others in this section. It has USB-C (A-to-C only) charging. If you need to light up a room for a long time, or light up a field, this is up to the task.
- Thrunite Catapult V6 in neutral white - for seeing far away. You can spot large objects with this at 750m, and see in reasonable detail at half that. The color quality here is only average, but neutral white will look a little more natural, and have less visible backscatter than cool white. MicroUSB charging and a 26650 battery is included. $75, but coupon code "20%" does exactly what you think.
These are at the top of the list not because they're the best
in some objective sense, but because they're easy to own and use, and easy to buy. They score well on most measure flashlight nerds care about while also being suitable for non-enthusiasts.
About specs and considerations
Moved to the wiki due to character limit
Everyday Carry Lights
These are selected for pocketability first and performance second, but most of the larger options are perfectly adequate for house/cacamping/etc... uses. This section excludes right-angle designs that double as headlamps, but many people do use those for pocket carry, so see that section as well.
- Nitecore Tube - a brighter, variable output, USB-charging replacement for button-cell keychain lights with shortcuts to high and low modes from off. $10
- Rovyvon Aurora A3x (Nichia 219C version) - neutral tint, 90 CRI, 450 lumens (briefly), USB charging, under 20g weight. Non-removable battery, so this will eventually wear out. Other Nichia Rovyvons are similar, offering different body materials, sizes, and sometimes colored LEDs on the sides. $33
- Lumintop IYP07 - a 1xAAA tailswitch option with three modes (5, 40, 130 lumens), three colors (black, silver, pink), and two LED options, of which only the neutral white, high-CRI Nichia 219C is worth considering. $22
- Lumintop IYP365 Nichia 219C - 2xAAA, 90+ CRI (Nichia version only) and neutral white. This is a longer IYP07. Not as bright as a Ti4, but light quality is often more important for being able to see clearly. $19
- Fenix LD02 2.0 (warm white version) - 1xAAA, tailswitch, warm white, high-CRI, and a UV secondary. 1 lumen low, 70 lumens high. $30
- Fenix LD05 2.0 (warm white version) - 2xAAA, 100lm max, and the same features as the above. $40
- Thrunite Ti4 - 2xAAA - Neutral white available. Titanium sometimes available. High output for this form factor. $20
- Nitecore MT06MD - 2xAAA, 90+ CRI, neutral white, and still shipping with the Nichia 219B as far as I know. Similar to the IYP365 on paper, but many people prefer the tint of the 219B over the 219C. $32
- Skilhunt M150 with high-CRI LH351D - this is the AA/14500 version of the M200, without the mode customization feature. It's only offered bundled with a 14500. The onboard charging works with any 14500, but won't charge NiMH AA inside the light. There's low-voltage protection for both battery types, so unprotected 14500s are OK. $40
- Thrunite T10 II - a side-switch light supporting both AA and 14500 Li-ion batteries with shortcuts from off to high and low and a magnetic tailcap. Neutral white available and recommended. $20
- Zebralight SC53c - 90+ CRI, warm-neutral white, e-switch with shortcuts to low, medium and high with several sub-levels for each. $57
- Thrunite Archer 1A - a dual-switch 1xAA light that can also use 14500. 200 lumens with AA, about 450 with 14500. $28
- Sofirn SP10S - 1xAA/1x14500, 90+ CRI with a Samsung LH351D LED and black, blue, or red body color. Slightly awkward UI with a long-press to turn off, but it may be worth it for the low price and high color quality. $16
- Lumintop Tool AA 219C - 1xAA/1x14500 and a 90 CRI Nichia 219C. There's a Cree XP-L version of this that isn't so compelling, so I've linked Illumn rather than the manufacturer, but it may be available elsewhere. 22
- Acebeam TK16 (SST-20 version only) - 95+ CRI, neutral white, tail e-switch with shortcuts to lowest, highest, and last-used, plus two mode groups so you can choose between sensible runtimes and impressing your friends with the 1250 lumen peak output. 0.5 lumen moonlight. Battery included, but you'll need a separate charger. If you were considering the Olight S1 line, get this instead. Also available in copper. $55
- Wowtac W1 - a basic light using a 16340 (CR123A won't work well, if at all) and USB charging. It only seems to come in cool white at the moment. Why is it here? Because it costs $20 on US Amazon and should have Wowtac's usual solid built quality and accurate specs.
- Thrunite T1 (neutral white suggested) - 1x18350 (included), MicroUSB charging, magnetic tailcap, 1500 lumen max mode with a ramping UI for medium levels. $40, usually
This category is so popular it gets subcategories. If you're looking for a lot of power and runtime that's still possible to carry in most pants pockets, this is your battery.
A tailswitch controls power, a sideswitch changes brightness. The ease of explaning the UI makes these perfect to hand out to others.
- Eagletac DX30LC2 - slimmer than most 18650 lights, with a unique take on the dual-switch interface: it always starts on high, unless the mode switch is held, in which case it starts on low. Longer throw than most, neutral white available from some dealers. $75
- Thrunite TC12 - essentially a TN12 with USB charging, a thermal sensor to limit temperature, low-voltage protection and a battery included. $56
- Sofirn SP31 v2.0 - efficient driver and XP-L HI emitter for more throw than most lights in this class. Cool white only, unfortunately, but a good value with the features of the Fenix PD32 at half the price. $37 with battery and charger on US Amazon. $21 without accessories on Sofirn's own site, but shipping from China is likely to take more than a month.
- Acebeam EC35 II (Killzone special edition) This has a bit different UI than the others here. The tailswitch is alawys high, with half-press for momentary. The side siwtch is an electronic switch with shortcuts from off to low, last-used, and high. This offers versatility in combination with dead-simple reliability under stress. USB-C charging (note: requires A-to-C cable; does not charge from C-to-C), optional battery, and it's a USB powerbank (powerbank function does work with C-to-C). The Nichia 219C is a bit cooler with a fairly balanced beam profile, and the SST-20 is warmer with some more throw. $67 by itself, or $77 with a battery. $10 less for the 219C.
Electronic switches enable shortcuts from off to useful modes - usually lowest, highest, and last-used.
- Zebralight SC64c LE - the SC6x series has long been an EDC favorite for their compact size, high efficiency, great low modes, and a user interface that was well ahead of the competition when it came out. Now, many would prefer ToyKeeper's Anduril firmware as used on the FW3A and D4v2, but Zebralight has added some configuration options that should keep most users happy. The 828 lumen max output sounds low next to today's hot-rods, but lights this size can't sustain more than that for longer than 5 minutes without burning the user's hand. $80
- Zebraligh SC64w HI - the above, trading some color quality for more output and throw. $80
- Thrunite TC15 - like the Neutron in form, but trades battery flexibility for 2300 lumens turn-on output and replaces the ramping UI with fixed modes. $56
- Skilhunt M200 (high-CRI LH351D option recommended) - Were you considering the Olight S2R? Consider this instead. Magnetic charging, but with a standard 18650. Optional high-CRI neutral white LH351D. Magnetic tailcap. Magnetic charging. The linked version even has configurable mode groups, and you can decide whether to pay extra to get it with a battery. Pending due to lack of reviews, but Skilhunt stuff is usually solid. $43 without a battery, $51 with.
- Wurkkos FC11 - 18650 EDC light, high-CRI Samsung LH351D, battery included, magnetic tailcap, USB-C charging, e-switch with the option of fixed modes or ramping. Wurkkos is affiliated with Sofirn, and this seems very much like some SP36S parts found their way into an SC31. Early versions had some UI wierdness, but the UI has been revised and is now very good. The tint could stand to be better, but the color rendering is very good, and it's $30
Other by use case
Right-angle lights and headlamps
If I could have only one portable light, it would be a right-angle light that functions as both an everyday carry light and a headlamp. Some lights in this form factor also offer a magnetic tailcap, allowing them to act as mountable area lights.
- Zebralight H53c - All the Zebralight goodness described above for the SC64c LE, but in a right-angle, 1xAA form factor. The Cree XP-L2 may make a less attractive beam than the Samsung LH351D, but most people report Zebralight's optics smooth it out well. H53Fc for a frosted lens for a very even beam. This one even comes with a pocket clip, and the headband does not have the top strap the 18650 versions do. $59
- Thrunite TH20 - 1xAA headlamp available in neutral white with infinite ramping and shortcuts from off to low/high. $30
- Acebeam H40 with 95 CRI Luminus SST-20. This is very similar to the TH20, but trades having a good sub-lumen low for high CRI. It would be nice to have both in the same light, but for that, you'll need a soldering iron. $35
- Fenix HL10 - a 1xAAA headlamp that weighs 40 grams with a lithium battery. It's here so /ultralight doesn't feel left out, as I would recommend something with a larger battery for a primary headlamp. This would make a good backup. Two is one. $30
- Nitecore NU25 - the other ultralight option. Sealed Li-ion pouch cell, so no carrying spares, and it's effectively disposable when the battery wears out. The primary emitter is cool white and low-CRI, but there's a high-CRI secondary. Some sacrifices must be made for a weight of 28g. $36
- Thrunite TH01 - 1x18350 battery dedicated headlamp, 1500 lumens burst (450 stable). This is a USB-charged option without going to the larger 18650 battery. $40
All of these use one 18650 battery.
- Skilhunt H04 - the popular version has a honeycomb TIR optic for a diffuse beam pattern. A reflector for more throw and a version with a reflector and a flip-out diffuser are sometimes available. Uses a timed stepdown. Available in neutral white. Magnetic tailcap. $40, roughly
- Wowtac A2/A2S - another budget option, this time with a reflector. Both come with an 18650 that has a USB charge port right on the battery, but can be used with any 18650. The A2S also offers neutral white, which I recommend. $20/$30
- Zebralight H600w IV - very compact, neutral white, great efficiency, well-regarded user interface, boost driver. What's not to love? The pocket clip isn't so good. $89
- Zebralight H600Fd IV - the above with 90+ CRI, a frosted lens for a more diffuse beam and a slightly cooler neutral tint that's a close match for the midday sun. $89
- Zebralight H600Fc IV - the H600Fd, but with warmer tint, like the late afternoon sun. $89
- Zebralight H604d - the H600Fd with no reflector and a clear lens for a very floody, perfectly even beam. $89
- Zebralight H604c - if you've read the above, this needs no explanation. $89
- YLP Panda 2M CRI - 1x18650 dedicated headlamp, with high-CRI neutral white LH351Ds. Not the most efficient, but the light quality is great and with an 18650 battery, most people won't mind. $38
- Thrunite TH10 V2 - over 300m throw in a right-angle light for those who need it. USB charging, and battery included. A bit more bulky than most. $60
- Armytek Wizard Pro Nichia 144A - this light was my idea. After reviewing the Wizard Pro XHP50, I convinced them to put a 90 CRI, 4500K Nichia 144A in it. It took a couple years, but they did, and it is glorious. The Wizard Pro is the most versatile light I own, and the one I'd keep if I could only keep one. The first batch of these had some battery safety issues (broken low-voltage protection), but that's fixed now. I suggest buying from a dealer like Killzone or Nkon, and checking for coupon codes for those dealers because Armytek's customer service and shipping are questionable. $90
- Acebeam H30 - 21700 battery (also compatible with 18650), USB-C charging, powerbank function, 4000 lumen main output with optional neutral white, red secondary, choice between a green secondary, UV secondary, or a high-CRI Nichia 219C secondary. Boost driver for stable output when the battery is low or cold. Many people would consider this too heavy for a headlamp, but it weighs a lot less than a motorcycle helmet. Noncompliant USB-C behavior requires charging with an A-to-C cable. $120
- Fenix HP30R - 2x18650 batteries in a remote holder that can be worn under a jacket. This is probably the most reliable battery option for extreme cold environments as the batteries can be kept warm. The battery case features USB charging and can be used as a USB powerbank. There are flood and spot emitters, which make 750 and 1000 lumens respectively, and can be used together for 1750 lumens. This is the heaviest headlamp on the list by far, but much of the weight is in the battery pack. $130
These are suitable for first responders and possibly members of the military in combat roles. The focus is on simple operation, reliability and a good way to make sure the light starts on high.
- Acebeam L30 - 4000 lumens from a single 18650 or 21700 (included). Neutral white available and recommended. High-CRI secondary emitter optional. Not the prettiest light, but there's a lot of it, and enough thermal mass to sustain it for a few minutes. Stable output without overheating is 2000 lumens. Forward-clicky tailswith is always max output, but the side switch has shortcuts to low and last-used. USB charging. $110
- Eagletac GX30L2 Pro - for those who want a better Streamlight Stinger. 2x18650. Neutral white with XHP35 HI recommended for more natural color and throw distance. Onboard charging. Neutral white optional. The included battery pack is just two 18650s in series. It says not to charge standard 18650s, but there's no technical reason for that, and it is reported to work. Protected cells recommended. $155
- Skylumen M2Rvn - about that neutral white... and it gains over 100m of throw in the process by switching to the XHP35 HI. This is a modified Olight M2R with different warranty terms from the original, so read those carefully. $120
- Eagletac T25V - a 21700-powered duty light with USB-C charging and battery included. Twist the head for output selection between three configurable levels with the light on or off, so it can be left locked in high. 2600 lumens and 214m throw with the XHP70.2, or 1640 lumens and about 400m throw with the XHP35 HI. The latter emitter in neutral white does the most to make this light stand out from its peers, if you can find it that way. This is a good alternative if the Olight M2R Pro looks appealing or you missed out on the Acebeam T36.$96
Most lights on the list are easy to carry, with performance constrained by size and thermal mass as a result. After all, the best light is the one you have. Here are lights to bring when you know
you'll be using them.
Turn night into day, but not necessarily very far away
- Thrunite TC20 - 1x26650, 1xXHP70.2. This is still small enough for a jacket pocket, but has a bigger battery than most EDC lights, and a spectacular 180 lm/W efficiency on medium. USB charging. Ugly tint, even when neutral. 3800 lumen max, and more efficient than most competitors in all modes. $72 with standing "20%" coupon code
- Acebeam X45 - 4x18650, not pretty even in neutral white, but it makes 18,000 lumens. $180
- Sofirn SP36 BLF edition - 3x18650, 4xLH351D, Anduril firmware, USB-C charging. Be careful, there's another version of this light with Cree XP-L2 emitters, which are ugly. There's currently a bundle with Sofirn batteries on US Amazon for a very small additional cost, but these usually don't come with batteries. 90+ CRI, 5500+ lumens, 350m FL1 throw. This replaces the BLF Q8 in the list due to the LEDs offered and USB-C charging, though the Q8 is easier to disassemble for those interested in modifications. $50
What's that over there? WAY
over there? The hotspots of these lights tend to be too focused for comfortable use up close, though using a diffuser is an option. These tend to be most useful for search and rescue, boating, and the like.
FL1 throw is the distance at which large objects can be detected in clear air. At half that distance, there's usually enough illumination to see clearly, though with more extreme throwers, the distances may be so great as to require binoculars to see clearly even during the day. Throwers have visible backscatter from the atmosphere even in clear air, which may obstruct the user's view of the target. Warmer color temperatures tend to have less.
- Wowtac A4v2 - 1x26650, MicroUSB charging, 1982 lumens and 564m throw according to zeroair. The A4v2 isn't quite a pure thrower; it's more versatile than that. Boost driver for near-full output even when the battery is low and better performance in the cold - that's rare to see in the A4's price/performance category. $50, but check for coupons
- Thrunite Catapult V6 - 1x26650, MicroUSB charging. This is the Wowtac A4, but with a more expensive shell and a bigger reflector for more throw. $60 with a coupon code
- Acebeam T27 - 1x21700/18650. This is like a thrower version of the L30 duty light above, though its charging is USB-C, and oddly, it can act as a USB powerbank. Boost driver for full output on a low battery. 5000K recommended. 1180m FL1 throw. Noncompliant USB-C behavior requires charging with an A-to-C cable. $140
- Acebeam T28 - it's a T27 with a bigger head and even more throw. There's not much more to say about it than that. $160
- Thrunite TN42 - 4x18650, 1550m FL1 throw advertised, 1700m observed by reviewers. $160
Some throw, some flood... probably a lot
- Acebeam K30GT - a hybrid, but leaning toward the throw side of things with 1km. 5500 lumens, but not for long due to heat. 3x18650. $160
- Acebeam K65 - probably the original dedomed XHP70.2 version. 1km and 6200lm, but much bigger than the K30GT with 4x18650 batteries, giving it the ability to say bright longer without overheating. $195
- Imalent MS18 - proprietary battery pack, 18xXHP70.2. Heat pipes. Fan cooling. 100,000 lumens. 1350m FL1 throw. This thing weighs 5 pounds, isn't waterproof, sounds like a jet engine, and I trust Imalent's build quality about as far as I can throw an MS18, not to mention the price. It makes no sense for nearly any practical purpose, but it's the brightest flashlight you can buy, so it goes on the list. $500
Stuff that doesn't fit somewhere else goes here.
- Pelican 3315 CC - 3xAA, 130 lumens, intrinsically safe. The only reason to get this is because an intrinsically safe or explosion proof light is required. This is the least bad option with a warm color temperature and high CRI. $55
- Viltrox L116T - a 95 CRI, adjustable color temperature LED panel intended to be used as a camera light with adjustable output from about 200 lumens to 1000 lumens. Also works great as fixed lighting with a DC power supply, or a portable area light with a Sony NP-F camera battery. A battery holder and a bit of soldering will allow it to run on 2x18650. $34
- Viltrox VL200T - The 2500 lumen version of the L116T. DC power supply included. Radio-based remote control. $65
- Litufoto F12 (AKA Viltrox FA-D10) - A smartphone-sized LED panel with 96+ CRI, adjustable color temperature, USB-C power (note: noncompliant, A-to-C only), and sealed Li-ion battery. 800 lumens on high with 80 minute runtime, 70 lumens lowest, adjusts in 5% increments. 65% output available continuously without draining the battery while plugged in. This would even be viable as floody EDC flashlight if it wasn't for the obnoxiously long press for on/off. $48 on US Amazon
Enthusiast lights can be subject to a bit of a flavor of the month phenomenon, and this section isn't necessarily going to try to include them all. What you'll find here are enthusiast lights with some staying power. There will probably be an Emisar D4 of some description this time next year, but not necessarily the latest new FW variant or whatever's currently trendy from Nightwatch.
- Lumintop FW3A - this light was designed by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. It's unusual in having a tail e-switch, while most others position it on the side. It has an open source firmware with continuous brightness adjustment and lots of options. 2800 lumen max (briefly), about 800 lumens relatively sustainable (thermally regulated). There are currently five LED options, and I would recommend most people go with one of the high-CRI options. Luminus SST-20 for more throw and less heat, but the Nichia 219C may have more pleasant tint. Caution: this light requires an unprotected, 10A rated battery and can set things that get too close to its lens on fire. This has fairly inefficient electronics, but the large capacity of the 18650 battery makes that a minor issue for a lot of use cases. There are titanium, copper, etc... versions for more money. Build quality and reliability may be a bit questionable, but these pack in a lot of features for the money. Several larger versions with higher output exist, but the original still makes the most sense to this list's maintainer. $40
- Lumintop FW1A - an FW3A with fewer emitters (one) and more reflector (again, one, in place of the FW3A's TIR optic). Less output, more throw, less demanding on the battery. $40
- Emisar D4v2 - every flashlight geek's favorite way to burn a hole in their pocket has been upgraded. It now comes with colored aux LEDs that can serve as a decoration, locator, and battery status indicator. Some versions of this light can exceed 4000 output at power-on, though efficiency is not one of its goals, even at lower levels. Not to be outdone by the FW3A, there are eight LED options, from which I'd suggest the 4000K, 95+ CRI SST-20 to most people. Optional extras include a tailcap magnet, steel bezel, pocket clip, 18350 and 18500 battery tubes, and different optics. There are exposed programming headers on the battery side of the driver for those who want to modify the firmware, or just keep it up to date with ToyKeeper's latest revisions. That's right, it's 2019 and you can get software updates for your flashlight. $45 or a bit more from the US warehouse for those wanting faster shipping.
- Noctigon KR4 - This is almost a tail-e-switch D4, but it uses a variable linear driver that provides a bit better efficiency and more stable output as the battery drains as well as allowing brightness adjustment without PWM and enabling the use of ultra-low-voltage LEDs like the Nichia E21A. If you were thinking about the Lumintop FW4A, this is likely a better option. SST-20 4000K would probably still be my pick here because the E21A doesn't seem to play all that well with the Carclo quad optics. $55, and often stocked in the US warehouse.
- Convoy S2+/219C - Popular light for DIY and modification. Many parts are available from the manufacturer and Mountain Electronics. S2+ linked. S3 is similar, but with a removable steel bezel. S6 has a deeper reflector for a narrower spill and longer throw. Recently updated with the high-CRI Nichia 219C and Luminus SST-20 LEDs, which are strongly recommended over the prior options. 219C 4000K will probably make the largest number of people happy. "Body color" is actually drive current. More 7135 chips means more power, which means more output, shorter battery life, and more heat. x6 is a reasonable choice that should never get too hot to hold. x3 or x4 for giving to people who will waste the battery. x8 for max output. Convoy will assemble other combinations of compatible parts not listed in their store - just contact them and ask. $15
Jacket pocket, maybe
- Noctigon KR1 - Do you miss the Emisar D1? This is a jacket pocket light can reach nearly 700m FL1 throw with certain emitter options. It's the only light I've ever seen offer a high-CRI Cree XP-L HI, which in this case is an incandescent-like 2850K. $50
- Convoy C8 SST-20 - 1x18650. 4000K and 7135x8 will produce the best results for most users. Over 4000K is low-CRI for the SST-20, and yes, CRI still matters in a semi-thrower like the C8. This isn't in the performance class of the other high-output lights, but it's over 500m FL1 throw that fits in a jacket pocket for $20. Note that there are a lot of C8s on the market from different companies, but this C8 is the one most people should get. $20
- Haikelite SC04 - 1x26650/2x26650, 4xSST-20. The neutral white option is 95+ CRI and about 3000 lumens with 500+ meters FL1 throw. Side e-switch with a ramping UI and shortcuts. 2x26650 configuration is probably suitable for thumping someone on the head for those who miss that aspect of the classic Maglite. Boost driver for stable output when the batteries are low. This replaces the Convoy L6 on the list due to its LED choice and switch position. $60
- Emisar D4Sv2 - 1x26650, four emitters, lots of options. This is very similar to the D4v2 from the EDC section, but with a bigger battery, more thermal mass, and more throw. 3000-5000 lumens, 280-480m FL1 throw. SST-20 4000K recommended for most users. $50 US buyers should check the US warehouse for faster shipping
- Emisar D18 - 3x18650, 18xSST-20 (XP-L HI by request). 4000K recommended for 10,000 lumens of 95+ CRI light (thermally limited). Efficiency is not a goal with this model's FET driver, but the battery capacity will make up for it for a lot of use cases. Uses ToyKeeper's excellent open source Anduril firmware. $100 - again, check the US warehouse
- Astrolux FT03 SST-40 FET driver, SST-40, big reflector, 26650/21700/18650 and USB-C (probably only A-to-C) charging. 955m throw and 2313 lumens according to zeroair. There's also an XHP50.2 version that trades some of the throw for output. 5000K suggested. $34
- Noctigon K1 - 1x21700, USB-C charging (including C-to-C!), and probably the most throw of any single-cell LED flashlight (LEPs are impressive, but not quite ready for prime time). 1600m FL1 throw with the Osram White Flat 1, 4500 lumens and nearly as much throw (briefly) from the Luminus SBT-90.2. A balanced beam and stable output from the boost-driver equipped Cree XHP35 HI. Several other emitters are available, though some are not listed and can only be had by request - email and ask if there's a combination you want. $90 and up depending on emitter.
- Astrolux MF01 Mini - 1x26650/21700/18650, 7 Luminus SST-20s (4000K, 95 CRI available), USB-C, Anduril firmware, FET driver, aux LEDs. Like a bigger D4v2 with more emitters and a USB port. $65, but check for active discounts
- BLF GT - 8x18650, over 2000m FL1 throw. 4000K neutral white available and recommended. Do you want to win a display of machismo against a lighthouse? This is your flashlight. $180 (on Banggood at the time of this writing)
* BLF GT90 - the GT with a Luminus SBT-90.2 for over 7000 lumens and 2700m throw claimed, but that's going to be limited by heat and power. For sustainable performance, the original may have the advantage. For short bursts, this will be most impressive. 360, but look for discounts Edit 20200624
: added Tool AA, NU25, KR4, KR1
Our own step-by-step startup/project launch checklist
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Hey guys! So my co-founder and I launched several projects/businesses over the past 2 years (incl. our marketing agency, local tour agency, and a bunch of other stuff). We usually go through the exact same process for every project launch, so we decided to turn it into a checklist, both for ourselves & the internet people on Reddit.
You can check out the complete checklist here
, and here's a Reddit-format-friendly post:
Step #1 - Research Phase
Before you start planning your launch, you need to figure out your overall product and marketing strategy. Here’s what you need to think about:
- Create a list of competitors in your niche. Make a spreadsheet that includes:
- Competitor Name
- Pricing Options
- Key Features
- Define your product & business. Decide on the following:
- What’s your business model?
- What’s your pricing model?
- How many pricing tiers do you offer?
- Do you offer a free trial?
- Is your product freemium?
- Which key features are you going to focus on for launch?
- What’s your differentiator? How are you going to beat the existing products on the market?
- Spy on your competitors and figure out which marketing channels are getting them the best results.
- Content Marketing. Do they publish blog posts on a regular basis? Do they promote their content on social media? Do they get a lot of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn shares?
- SEO. Do they have good rankings on Google with their blog posts? Do their landing pages rank on product search terms? You can check this by running their website through SEMrush or Ahrefs.
- Search Ads. Are they running ads on Google Search? You can check this by running their site through SEMrush.
- Facebook Ads. Are they running ads on Facebook? You can check this through Facebook Ad Library.
- Affiliate Marketing. Check their website footer to see if they have an affiliate page up. You can also do this through a simple search query: “site:[competitor website] affiliate program”
- Referral Marketing. You can usually find this in the footer. Check what kind of referral terms your competitors offer.
- Now, use everything you’ve learned so far and create a pitch deck if you’re planning on raising money, or a business plan if you’re not.
Step #2 - Slap Together a Website
Time to get things rolling. The next step is to create a website & lay the foundation for your marketing.
- Pick a domain name. Pro-tip, all the good “.com”s are taken. Go for something more creative like a .io, .xyz, or other TLD. We recommend using NameSilo for buying the actual domains, they don’t do price-gouging, unlike most providers.
- Buy hosting. We recommend using SiteGround - they have 99.99% server uptime, and their customer support is amazing.
- Pick an email marketing provider. It doesn’t particularly matter which one. We usually recommend MailChimp since it’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers.
- Create relevant social profiles. The key here is relevant. If you’re a B2B enterprise software company, you really don’t need an Instagram profile where you post selfies. Usually, most startups go for Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
- Create a landing page for your product. You’ll need to create a landing page that sells your product. In 99% of cases, we recommend using WordPress. It’s going to allow you to be a LOT leaner than having your tech team code your entire website from scratch.
- Create other essential web pages. E.g. about us, contact us, pricing page.
- Set up a payment processor. We’d recommend Stripe (the best option on the market) or PayPal (if you really have to).
- Set up Analytics. You can pick between Google Analytics, MixPanel, or other alternatives.
- Set up a business email. We recommend using G Suite. Dealing with your hosting provider’s email service will be a pain when scaling.
- Launch a blog. If you’re planning on using content marketing or SEO for your marketing (which, in 2020, most product companies do), you’ll need a blog.
Step #3 - Do Some Pre-Launch Marketing
If you have the extra time and resources, you can start marketing your product way before you’ve even launched. Usually, this involves:
- Add an email capture on your landing page
- Incentivize early adopters. Offer them something extra than just a “we’re going to email you once we launch!”
- Drive traffic. Usually, the best channels to use for pre-launch marketing are content marketing, SEO, and PR. More on each channel under “Ongoing Marketing” below.
Step #4 - Get Some Initial Traction
Once you have an MVP, you want to validate 2 things: that your product works, and that it can drive conversions (and hence, revenue). Here’s how to do it lean:
- If you did pre-launch marketing, launch an email to anyone that pre-signed for your product.
- Cold call your first 50 customers. The easiest way to get your first customers is to do some cold calling. After all, if you can’t sell your product on a one-on-one call, how will you sell it to strangers on the internet via text?
- Find leads on social media. Use Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter to find leads on social media and pitch them with a direct message.
- Run search ads. If you have a flexible budget, you can run search ads on direct intent keywords. E.g. if your product is a resume builder, you advertise on the keyword “resume builder.”
Step #5 - Prep For Launch
Every startup gets one “launch” in its lifetime. Here’s how to make sure you get it right:
- Create a Press Kit and put it up on your website. This is going to be helpful for journalists who want to write about your website.
- Gather a list of journalists that wrote about your competition. You’re going to email them during launch and ask for a feature. Use tools like Hunter.io or Clearbit Connect to find the journalist’s email addresses.
- Create a list of all your acquaintances that use ProductHunt (PH). You’ll want to ping them and ask for support once you launch on PH (more on this in the next step).
- Create a list of all your friends and acquaintances who might have connections to your target audience. You’ll reach out to them during launch.
Step #6 - LAUNCH!
Time to hit that big, shiny red button and LAUNCH!
- Reach out to all the journalists you listed in the last step and pitch your product. The PoV of the pitch should be “hey, you wrote about [competitor x]. We have a similar product, but here’s how ours stands out…”
- Launch on ProductHunt
- Reach out to all your friends and acquaintances we listed out in the last step, and ask for a share of your product landing page. For the best results, you should also give them the EXACT text they should use when sharing the page.
CASE STUDY: Transitioning my niche site to ecommerce using Shopify
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: My site is very small and I don't purport this to be a gamechanger for, well, anyone. I just wanted to share something that is seeming to work well for me.
I started my niche site in 2018 -- it is focused around a particular type of vehicle that has a hobbyist following. Initially the site was monetized through a combination of Google Adsense and the Amazon Associates program. At some point, I started trying to diversify the income as much as possible. For me, this meant adding the eBay Partner Network for some items and applying for Ezoic as soon as I met the requirements.
I also experimented with some small affiliate programs but didn't have much success -- I had to get very creative to find them as most of the stores I really wanted to refer sales for did not offer an affiliate program. I reached out to them multiple times seeing if there was something we could arrange. I even offered to just sell display ads to them, but no dice. The result was signing up for a couple small affiliate programs with low commissions and low sales volume proructs. This frustration was the start of my desire to curate my own store of products I genuinely want to sell.
Shopify and subdomaining
I use Shopify to host my online store. I am a software engineer by profession so I generally don't consider ease-of-use and setup to be the most important factors when choosing software -- I just want whatever is the most effective. There are other options like WooCommerce that I have heard great things about.
However, for me, Shopify is almost magically easy to use and offers everything I have needed or wanted so far. Following Warren Buffet's advice to "buy what you like" I actually bought as much stock in the company as I could after using it for a month. Everything just works exactly how I expect it to. I have never struggled to find any answers or documentation about anything. The support is phenomenal.
It's just a great product -- to me I think they could be a bigger company then Amazon in a few years because it allows anyone to create to sell online and maintain a lot of control, something retailers lose with Amazon. I signed up for the Shopify affiliate program because I want
to refer people to it, not to
refer people to it. I helped my cousin set one up for his beef jerky business and it took 20 minutes before he was online and it has been a gamechanger. The small independent grocery store across the street from me is surviving (probably thriving) through COVID-19 because they allow online orders through Shopify and window pickup. But most importantly, it's great to get the little notification when you make a sale, especially when the margins are so much higher than affiliate, but I'll get to that later.
For me, I used a shop.mydomain.com
subdomain for my Shopify site. It's great because there are no conflicts with your Wordpress site and it's a very clean looking link. Shopify has some documentation
on this if you would like to try it.
Selling items yourself is great mainly because you get to choose and experiment with your profit margins. Want to experiment with razor-thin margins because you know your visitors will shop around a lot? Try it. Want to raise the price so any one sale is $80 in profit but you don't have to pack and ship as much? Might work, try it! Between Google Analytics and Shopify's analytics stats, you can measure anything you need to.
Here's a concrete example of one item from my site. I sell a particular type of spark plug that is used on a vehicle that my site is partly focused on. This is an item I have sold/referred in one way or another since the beginning of my site in 2018:
- Amazon Associates commission: $0.84 (before commission slashing!)
- Average Amazon Associates sales/month: 3
- Shopify profit margin: $14.06
- Average sales/month: 4
This is a small item that is extremely easy to buy in bulk and pack/ship quickly.
I actually averaged more clicks to this item when the destination was Amazon, so my conversion rate actually went up
when I moved away from Amazon. I charge a few dollars more than Amazon and many other online retailers for this item. I could probably do some experimenting to find the optimal price/sales ratio, but I think those numbers speak for themselves.
One of my early fears was that the trust people have for Amazon and their affinity towards Prime is hard to challenge, but my opinion is that the trust you gain by writing well-researched, meaningful articles and being an active participant in the niche you serve makes people want to support you.
Dropshipping has negative connotations because of the bastardized "buy cheap small items from overseas and make 4000% profit while the user doesn't know that the item wont arrive for 2 months" format that is shown by YouTube influencers and the like. However, dropshipping is simply collecting a sale yourself while having an underlying price agreement with a supplier who will pack and ship the item for you. The first item I sold through my Shopify store I actually sold on a dropshipping basis.
This was a line of products within the $200-300 price range, and I also sold these through the Amazon Associates program before. It was nice to make $10-17 for one sale, but I felt like I should be making more. I called the company that produces this item and asked to buy 3 or 4 to sell myself, but he suggested dropshipping instead which I was interested in as these items are rather large. I agreed to buy the items for around $160-200 and now I profit around $60 per sale -- the only effort required on my end is sending an email (gave them a card to have on file) and adding the tracking number to Shopify when it is available. The credit card points are nice too!
One other thing about this that I think is important -- It's really nice to have personal relationships that this kind of business offers. The guy that answered the phone was the owner of the small business and he's the nicest guy, great to deal with and it feels good to get him some sales, especially during a crisis like this. I actually met up with him at an industry event and we talked for a long time. He's an older guy and at some point I want to get him setup with a better online presence especially as he sells a lot of other products over the phone that I can't necessarily refer in my niche, but could definitely benefit from a real online store and web presence. I am building similar relationships with other suppliers and personally I love it.
If you go the route of stocking and shipping items yourself, the scope of products you can monetize through your site broadens drastically. For me, there was always a certain type of item that I wanted to sell, but I could never find a good version of this item on Amazon or anywhere that offered an affiliate program. This was actually one of the retailers I reached out to asking for an affiliate program to no avail. Then I asked for a dropshipping agreement -- the answer was still no. However, it's a lot easier when you ask to buy 50x of one item. They processed my distributor account in a day and had my items to me by the end of the week. It is now my best selling item!
Shipping Logistics and Tools
One of the things that I think could be a dealbreaker for people is something I personally really enjoy -- stocking, packing, and shipping items. My inventory is small enough to fit in a walk-in closet in my apartment. I love the process of getting the Shopfiy "ca-ching" notification, packing the order, and dropping it off at the mailbox. Here are some tools I have used to make this process more efficient:
- Label printer: I initially bought the cheapest option on Amazon. This was a mistake. That thing was absolute garbage. Then I bought a Brother QL-1100 and I love it. It's nearly $200 but worth every penny. The driver worked immediately, a stark contrast to the earlier printer. Prints quickly in very high quality. You can get away with using a regular printer, cutting out the label, and taping it on your package, but the presentation value is much better with a good label printer.
- Standard printer: Use for leaving a packing slip, order receipt, etc.
- Computer: Definitely not important, but I like to have a dedicated laptop for my "ship station" right next to my label printer and regular printer.
Here is part of my dedicated "ship-station" where I manage my store and print labels/packing slips. https://i.imgur.com/TdRfvEK.jpg
I would probably wait to receive the items you're selling before selecting the packaging you're going to use. That way you can take exact measurements and consider alternative sizes/types of packages. One of my items is a collection of smaller items. I throw away the box that my supplier ships it in, and put it in a bag that goes inside my small mailer box. I use a particular size of bubble wrap which was also specifically chosen to protect the item, while also taking up all of the surrounding space. It's much easier to make all of these choices when you have the item in front of you.
Here's the previously mentioned item (spark plugs) in the box I chose (bubble wrap not shown!) There is no wasted space when it is packed. https://i.imgur.com/IXgTxm0.jpg
For me, I use USPS for nearly all of my orders. It's usually the cheapest option and very fast for the size of item I have. I live in an apartment complex and I can just drop my packages in the mailroom and they get picked up daily. Shopify will show you all of the available shipping options with speed and price. For international orders, it's only a few dollars more, and I think it goes from USPS and gets picked up by DHL.
Another benefit of this approach is that you have infinitely more opportunity to make a good impression on your customers which is huge if your items are the kind that might be reordered, or if the customer may be interested in other items you sell. For me, item presentation is also important because as I said, I am operating out of a spare closet in my apartment, so I want to look as professional as possible.
Here are some ways you can do this:
- Light box: You definitely don't want to just pick pictures from Google Images. Take your own pictures. I bought a decent sized light box from Amazon for around $70 and it makes a massive difference. I would link it here but it seems like it's no longer available. I have an iPhone SE which is worlds away from most good cameras these days, but with the light box my pictures look extremely professional. This is not an item I sell (it's my beard comb) but I did a quick comparison of using the light box vs. my initial approach: using printer paper with an overhead lamp.
- Custom packaging: As discussed before, get your measurements and then choose the package you want to ship in. For me, I wanted to have some custom packaging with my logo on it. I didn't buy in huge bulk so it cost me about $3 per mailer box for the first order of packaging. It's a lot when my margins are mostly $20-40, but to me it is important. For companies to consider, I strongly recommend UPrinting or Packwire.
- EDIT: I originally noted issues I had with Packwire here but Phil from Packwire spotted it and he is sending me a new shipment free of charge that we expect will solve the issue I had. Thank you Phil! Based on this experience alone I would recommend trying them out if you need custom packages.
- Packing slips/notes: All of my orders contain a thank you note to the customer with my name and email. I thank them for the order and ask them to reach out if they have any questions or concerns. I also ask them to reach out if there's any item they would be interested in that they do not currently see on my store. I haven't had any responses recommending products customers would be interested in, but I did have one customer ask about using the item. I sent him my number and he gave me a call and I explained everything to him. I think my store will be his first stop if he ever needs anything else.
- Dual use of label printer: Use your label printer to look more professional. On the item that I put into a bag and then into my mailer box, I have item label stickers that I put on the bag. It has my logo and the item title and ID number of the item within my store. It is a nice added touch and I think it looks very official.
I have not yet started experimenting with any form of ads. All of my sales thus far have been the result of organic traffic from the content on my website funneled through to my store. This month I am going to experiment with Facebook and Google Ads. Obviously this may not work but if there is a decent enough margin after the increased customer acquisition cost I will continue. I will report these results later!
Legality and Relationship to Affiliate Marketing
Keeping in mind that we in this business typically operate as affiliates, the golden rule is to make sure you are recommending the absolute best products to your site visitors. Thinking back to the Casper mattress affiliate drama
, there should be research and thought behind your recommendations. Selling the items yourself does complicate this. I have used all of the items I sell on my store. When I moved my links over from Amazon, I kept the notes indicating that I have used the item, but I also added a link to an explanation of my store.
I think it ends up being an extra vote of confidence when I explain to users: I have tried the items I sell and think they are the best in their category. I used to sell these items as an affiliate and would receive a commission, but I believe in them strongly enough that I now stock and sell them myself. I am not the only one who sells them and you can certainly buy from others if you find a better price/shipping speed.
I'll restate what I said before because I think it is extremely illuminating: My conversion rates went up when I moved items from Amazon to my own store!
The bottom line is that you need to be explicit about these things to be safe and honest. I think my niche works particularly well for this as people are looking for a.) What exact version of the item do I need? and b.) How do I use it? I know many niche sites are focused around "Top 10 X" type content and this may become a lot more difficult within the honesty/legality context. Something to think about.
As a final note, I still operate this as a sole proprietorship. Eventually I want to get an LLC for it. I have been upfront about this with all of my suppliers and none of them have required this for a distributor agreement.
Here are my income sources over time. I apologize for the colors used in the line charts of individual sources, I could not figure out how to configure those. https://i.imgur.com/bkeK6PJ.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8ES9cG5.jpg
As you can see, my site is very small. However, the relationship between the decline these past few months in display advertising revenue (Ezoic literally sent an email saying to expect lower rates) and the Amazon Associates rate cut charted against my growing Shopify revenue really opened my eyes to the benefit I gained from diversifying towards ecommerce/Shopify. I still keep the older sources of revenue, but I actually think I will consider eliminating them in the future, especially display ads. Diversification is necessary when the revenue source lacks control -- Amazon Associates can slash rates willy-nilly, eBay Partner Network can apparently just decide to not pay me for a large sale I made, who even knows what these display ad networks are actually getting paid for our clicks or if every click is considered, etc.
Selling the items yourself gives you a lot more responsibility, but a lot more control. One of the primary reasons I'm so excited about this is that my inventory is still VERY small. I am working to add new items and it's wonderful because even if I only sell a few, the profit margins make it so much easier to spend the time to create the content and stock/ship the item -- a luxury I never had with Amazon.
Please feel free to ask any questions! I'd love to help if I can.
LBC net profit up 600% on... not losing so much money this time (Thursday, July 2)
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Happy DAY_OF_THE_WEEK, Barkada --
The PSE closed up 2 points to 6210 ▲0.03%.
WW: 10597196 PH: 37514
Top 3 MB indices:
Fast Food ▲1.95% #COVID-19 ▲1.26% Media ▲1.02%
Bottom 3 MB indices:
2019 IPOs ▼1.92% Logistics ▼1.73% MiddleClass ▼1.15%
Main stories covered:
- Q1 earnings season extravaganza, Part II
- Holy crap, that’s a lot of earnings reports (AGAIN): Some of these results are just begging to be read in greater detail, but I haven’t had the chance to take a deeper look at any of these. For now, please accept my apologies. I’ll just report the Q1/20 profit and the y/y difference in net income over Q1/19 profit. I’ll read a few of the MDAs overnight, and hopefully have some greater details for you tomorrow.
- LBC Express [LBC 12.72 ▲0.47%] Q1 net profit up 608% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P178m, a 608% increase over Q1/19 profit of P25m. Don’t expel air softly through your nostrils because of your quiet admiration of LBC’s improved operations, since “service revenues” were only up 2% y/y. The primary driver of the 600% increase in net profit was that LBC avoided taking a massive P169m loss on a derivative investment this year. Instead of that massive loss, it took a pitiful P160k gain on that same investment this year. That’s a small profit, but at least it’s not a “chop off your own legs” kind of loss like last year, so… baby steps.
- Robinsons Land [RLC 17.02 ▼2.63%] Q1 net profit up 72% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P3.2-billion, a 72% increase over Q1/19 profit of P1.8-billion. The Gokongwei Family’s property developer suffered a 9% drop in commercial leasing revenues due to the COVID mall closures, but had residential revenues pop 221%. And, again, before you nod slowly to yourself in stupefied awe at RLC’s improved operations, just know that RLC admits that the gain is largely due to the adoption of a new accounting treatment that allowed RLC to recognize revenues on condo sales earlier than before. Instead of waiting until a buyer has paid 15% of the purchase price to recognize the revenue, RLC only has to wait until they’ve paid 10%. I’m not privy to RLC’s schedule of payments, but all this says to me is that RLC has dragged income that it would have earned in Q2 and possibly Q3 “forward” into Q1.
- MerryMart [MM 3.36 ▼4.00%] Q1 net profit up 51% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P8.3m, up 51% over Q1/19 profit of P5.5m. This is MM’s first publicly-reported quarter, so there really isn’t much to see here. Q1/19 only had two stores in operation, while Q1/20 had 7 (the 2 original stores, plus 5 additionals that were built in the run-up to going public). That’s the growth story that Injap used to sell MM to the market. The key will be Q1/21… what will per-store profitability look like then? Will Injap be able to navigate the tricky world of post-COVID construction delays and manpower disruptions to deliver the roadmap he sold into a rabid market earlier this year?
- iPeople Inc [IPO 8.70 ▼1.47%] Q1 net profit up 64% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P158m, up 64% over Q1/19 profit of P96m. IPO’s boost in profits comes as a result of the huge bump in student enrollments, a huge bump that the IPO board hopes will continue to grow “as it accepts more students in its succeeding years of operation.” Not sure if COVID (or the President) received IPO’s memo on the need to fit more kids into classrooms. Might be a challenge?
- A Brown Company [BRN 0.70 ▼6.67%] Q1 net profit down 21% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P143m, down 21% from Q1/19 profit of P181m. BRN board notes a 25% drop in real estate sales, but also appears to be very bullish about the outlook for its operations in Mindanao, particularly in Cagayan de Oro and Butuan, where BRN says demand remains very high. BRN realistic about headwinds of increasing interest rates, shortage of skilled trades, construction delays, and increasing costs of construction materials, but insists that its focus on selling into the domestic market (as opposed to OFWs and those abroad) will make up for the loss of the OFW market. BRN looking to intensify online marketing for domestic sales… literally: BRN looking to build-out online infra to place more of the sales channel online.
- Alliance Global [AGI 6.78 ▼0.29%] Q1 net profit down 32% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P2.9-billion, down 32% from Q1/19 profit of P4.3-billion. AGI attributes its 7% drop in revenue and 32% drop in profit to (surprise) Taal and COVID, but it does not go too much into detail about it. AGI is the parent company of Megaworld [MEG 3.06 ▲0.33%], which supplied 93% of AGI’s net profit in Q1/20. It’s also the parent company of Golden Arches Development Corp (GADC), which owns the master franchise of McDonalds’ restaurants in the Philippines. GADC’s net profit was just P131m in Q1, down from P406m in the same period last year. Resorts World Manila posted a loss of P1-billion this year, after P251m of profit in Q1/19.
- DoubleDragon [DD 17.08 ▼0.23%] Q1 net profit down 42% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P537m, down 42% from Q1/19 profit of P919m. DD was oddly tight-lipped about its performance in Q1. It said that DD suffered “lower fair value gains from investment property” in Q1/20 than in Q1/19, but that “recurring revenues” increased by 31%. Overall, they didn’t have a whole lot to say, and I wonder if a deeper dive isn’t warranted here.
- Axelum Resources [AXLM 2.53 ▼1.94%] Q1 net profit down 47% y/y… Q1/20 profit of P121m, down 47% from Q1/19 profit of P226m. I’m pouring one out on the ground for my PSE EASy homie. It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets stock, boy buys small holding of IPO stock that is immediately underwater, stock gets t-boned by a duo of biblical catastrophes. AXLM: “Imposition of lockdown measures abroad and at home in response to the growing threat of community transmissions weighed down on both the export and domestic businesses.” Oof.
- Vantage Equities [V 1.07 ▲9.18%] Q1 net profit down 219% y/y… Q1/20 net loss of P311m, down 219% from Q1/19 net profit of P263m. I have never spent a lot of time looking at V before, but I might need to change that after reading V’s completely bonkers MDA section. Love it. V wins the award for being the first MDA that I read to mention the (brief) chaos caused by Trump’s killing of the Iranian general by drone strike. And really, V’s overview of the ridiculousness of Q1 is perhaps the best narration in all of the MDAs of the challenges that we faced. Here it is, in full long form:
“The start of 2020 was not auspicious at all as first, markets were put into turmoil when Trump killed an Iranian general in a drone strike. Oil spikes 5% and USD/PHP goes from 50.60 to 51.20. Next was the Taal Volcano eruption, closing down cities as far as NCR. All of this happened in January. Also we get the first reports of a killer virus in Wuhan. This eventually spreads from China to all over the world, eventually sending the globe into lockdown. As the coronavirus spreads, US Treasury yields start falling. From around 1.8%, the 10y UST hits a low of 0.318% before eventually settling around 0.50%. The 30y UST yield hits below 1%, the first time in recorded history. Equity markets fall 3%, the worst declines since the Great Depression. The Fed has to go into crisis management and swiftly announces it will do everything to support the economy. They slash interest rates by 1%, essentially driving rates down to zero. It also promises unlimited asset purchases, with a wide scope of bonds that it can purchase, including MUNI bonds and junk bonds. Here in the Philippines NCR and Luzon is put under lockdown, with business grinding to a halt. After closing for a few days, PSE reopens and is promptly down 20% to 4000 but eventually recovers some of its losses. As liquidity becomes scarce, fixed income markets are hit hard, with banks seen liquidating their holdings. From trading at 3.125%, the benchmark 10-64 was sold to as high as 5.575 before BSP calmed markets by announcing its own bond buyback program. BSP also promptly cuts 50bp in an unscheduled meeting, and cuts RRR by 200bp. The 10-64 and bonds across the curve start being bought, with the yield down to 4.7%.”
Yes. You just just feel the writer there, can’t you? Love it.
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Earn money without a website? The 6 best ways of 2020
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Is it possible to make money online without creating a website? The answer: yes! That's certainly possible. If you know how to do this right, you can earn a lot of money with this! How do you do this? I will explain that exactly in this blog!
Billions are earned annually on the Internet, with or without a website. I do both ways. Making money without a website is not as difficult as you may think and that is also the case with making money with a website.
You need common sense, a little discipline and of course this blog.
It is important if you want to earn money with or without a website that you register yourself at Linkpizza
(registration is free). These are affiliate programs. Are you not yet completely familiar with affiliate marketing? Then read this blog
Okay! You are now familiar with affiliate marketing and have signed up to an affiliate program!
These are the 6 best ways to make money without a website in 2020!
Earn money without a website, but with Facebook
An easy way to make money without a website is with Facebook. Facebook is the largest social network and therefore the best network for making money without a website.
You can set up a Facebook page for free. By setting up a nice Facebook page with catchy texts and popular images, you can create a lot of followers in a relatively short time.
You put valuable information on your page for your followers. This can be in the form of re-posts, nice messages, photos and videos. Your page is being followed more and more.
Followers are your potential buyers. You can promote a product from time to time on your Facebook page. This could be:
At the link you place you tell why you think this product is so cool and why others need this product. You can not place such a link on your page too often. Your followers will notice this. So above all, you have to provide valuable information and subtly promote a product once in a while.
Perhaps an easier way than with a Facebook page is with Facebook groups. There are a lot of Facebook groups. All you have to do is sign up for this and place your affiliate link in this group.
Do this in a subtle and fun way. If you only post your link without any text or explanation, chances are you will be thrown out of the group. Pay attention! Some Facebook groups have in their regulations that you may not post affiliate links. It is best to refer people to your Facebook page in these Facebook groups. Always in a fun, non-questioning way. This works best!
You can approach a specific target group via Facebook advertisements. You choose a nice product to promote at, for example, PayPro
. Then you go through Facebook to search for people who are interested in this. The advantage of this is that you are sure that people who see your message are also interested in this. Facebook has already sorted that out for you.
This is a fast way to make money without a website. It is not a sustainable way. You make money as long as people see your ads and maybe for a while after that, but at some point it stops.
Want to find a way to make money online that works for you day and night, year after year? It is not quick money, but it is a sustainable way of making (a lot of) money online
. You build up your own passive income
and as long as you maintain it, this income will continue to work for you! The video trainings of the Afilliate Marketing Revolution
explain step by step how you can get this income.
Social Media Marketing Agent
Let companies pay thousands of euros for one simple service that you offer them.
Many small to medium-sized companies do not have an advertising department. And they outsource this to a third party. They have large amounts for this. Especially if this means that they generate more income from your developed advertisements. You cannot learn how to create quality advertisements within a day. You've probably heard of Facebook ads and Google ads. Maybe even made an ad once. Do you want to earn your living with this, then you are probably taking years to teach yourself.
Earn money without a website, but with Instagram
Billions are earned through Instagram, which is why this is also a highly recommended way if you want to make money without a website.
Make money with your Instagram profile
You can create an Instagram profile for free and very easy. Maybe you already have a popular Instagram profile or want more popular Instagram profiles.
The easiest way to make money with your Instagram
profile is to choose a topic that you know is popular. For example: Puppies, small cats, make-up, clothes, etc.
You can also let your Instagram profile be about yourself, but even then it is important that you address a specific target group.
Step-by-step plan to earn money with your Instagram profile:
- Create an Instagram account.
- Choose a niche / topic that you know will be popular.
- Search for popular content:
- on Intagram and repost this.
- on buzzsumo.com, this is a website with the most popular content from the most important influencers. Post these kinds of messages on your Instagram. I am sure you will get a lot of likes.
- Never forget:
- add location
- "Follow" and "stop following" from other Intagrammers. This tactic increases your number of followers. Do this subtly. If you delete too many Instagrammers in one day, your account will be penalized.
- Respond to your comments, especially in the first half hour after you post.
- Place affiliate links in your bio with a link shortener .
Make money through advertising websites
You can place ads on websites that you know people are coming to because they want to buy something. For example, a marketplace
. You can easily respond to the market on this website. It is a way that is not often used, so that means that there is little competition.
Make money without a website, but with savings programs
An easy way to make money without a website is with EuroClix
. This is a savings program where you can save points and exchange them for vouchers or money.
You earn money by completing surveys, making purchases via EuroClix and making other members. Signing up takes 2 minutes and then you immediately start making money. EuroClix
is the best savings programs. You earn the most per survey here in the least amount of time. Toluna
deserves a good 2nd place. Also because this program has a friendly mobile app.
Registering with both programs works best. You always have a survey in which you can participate. And therefore more security to make money. Update and tip
: earn money with online assignments via Clickworker
. You sign up, then you fill in your preferences. and you will receive highly paid assignments almost immediately
Email Marketing Affiliate Programs. It's been quite some time since I featured ClickBank products here in Niche of the Week, so I went into the ClickBank Marketplace to look for email marketing affiliate programs. They have products on list building, but not a lot that are specific to email marketing and autoresponders. So I went online to search. I think commission junction is the best affiliate program and also most of the bloggers use the affiliate program to make a huge amount of money. Excellent post. Affiliating marketing is best for every blogger and A member arrange goes about as a middle person between distributors who offer items and administrations and the vendors who make They are another excellent email marketing affiliate program. 9. SEMRush. SEMRush is an influential SEO tool website owners can use to track keywords, conduct site audits, and view competitive insights in their online marketing. Their program is called BeRush, and they offer their affiliate partners a 40% commission. 10. Aweber. Yes, golf can be a competitive niche but I was still able to find 149,000 phrases in Ahrefs with a KD score of no more than 20 which makes it one of the best niches for affiliate marketing in 2020. It’s also fairly easy to gain traction by creating free tips & training content. Looking for some email marketing affiliate programs to promote? Here are 5 of the best programs that offer high conversions & even higher commissions. One of the best ways to build a steady flow of affiliate commissions is through the use of affiliate programs that pay you a recurring fee.