YouTube is a great place to make a living. I have a YouTube channel with over 1,000,000 views that have made over $12,000, and that’s just with YouTube ad revenue.
I’ll admit, though, I’ve only scratched the surface, and there are content creators out there making more than my lifetime earnings every single month.
So, how do other YouTuber influencers like PewDiePie, Jeffree Star, and Dude Perfect rake in seven, and even eight-figure incomes every year and create incredibly successful digital real estate assets?
In this post, I’ll share some of the best strategies that the top YouTubers use to make money on YouTube and show you how you can do the same, even if it’s on a smaller scale.
1) Join the YouTube Partner Program
If you’re wondering how to make money on Youtube, this is by far the most common answer.
The concept is pretty simple; you join the Youtube partner programs and earn ad revenue through ads that show before, during, or after your videos.
You give YouTube your consent to run ads before, during, or after your videos. Then, you get to choose what type of ad placements you’re comfortable with, press a few buttons, and Google does the rest.
Once set up, Google can show ads on your videos, and every time someone sees (or clicks) on those ads, both you and YouTube split the fee that Google charges the advertiser. The split is 45% for YouTube and 55% for the creator.
As an example, let’s say that you have a vlog channel on YouTube, and halfway through one of your videos, a Netflix commercial plays talking about their latest and most fantastic Netflix original series.
For easy math, we’ll assume that Netflix is willing to pay $1 for that placement on your video.
Once that Netflix commercial pops up to the viewer, Google will take $0.45, and you will earn $0.55 in your partner account.
This doesn’t sound like much money, but when you get thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views per day, these numbers can add up.
How to Get Started
Step 1: Start a YouTube Channel
It’s safe to say that to get any views on YouTube; you’re going to need your own channel to start. YouTube walks you through the process on this page, but I’ve also embedded a video below to help.
Step 2: Create YouTube Videos
The next step to any YouTube channel is to create content that your audience will love. From my experience, it’s best to focus on a particular niche and dive into the content that they’ll enjoy.
For instance, on my YouTube channel, I like to discuss all things related to online business. So naturally, this attracts YouTube premium subscribers and pretty much anyone interested in working from home and loves the idea of building something of their own.
This is the tricky part about any YouTube channel, even for the highest-paid Youtubers – because when you start, it’s unlikely that anyone is going to see your videos.
But I promise you that this won’t happen forever.
As long as you keep creating content that your audience will enjoy, the algorithm will eventually start recommending your videos to people, and they’ll begin subscribing to you. Naturally, with these subscribers comes more ad revenue.
Pro-tip: Tutorials are a GREAT way to get started with YouTube if it’s possible in your niche.
Step 3: Meet the YouTube Partner Program Eligibility Requirements
While YouTube formerly allowed any channel to join its partnership program right after it started, people began to abuse the system. The platform had to change things to make sure the channels were legitimate.
This ended up creating the YouTube Partner Program Eligibility Requirements.
At the time of this writing, the minimum eligibility requirements to join the YouTube partner program are simple:
- Your channel needs to have at least 4,000 watch hours of video in the past 12 months before you can apply to monetize your videos.
- You also need to have over 1,000 subscribers to your channel.
- You must be at least 18 years of age before you apply to join YouTube’s partner program.
There’s no specified timeframe in which to meet these requirements. However, once you successfully achieve them, you’ll be able to begin earning from the different YouTube monetization features on your channel.
Step 4: Set up an AdSense account to get paid on YouTube
Once you’ve met the eligibility requirements, you can then apply for an Adsense account. This will ultimately be how you make money on YouTube from ads, so take your time answering everything correctly.
Step 5: Configure Your Newly Available Monetization Methods
Once you’ve been accepted to the YouTube Partner Program, there are many different methods to begin making money on your channel.
- Ad Revenue: To begin making ad revenue, you need to turn on ads within YouTube. Doing so will make it so the ads will play when people see your videos, which will lead to you getting paid. Again, pay attention to your CPM metrics here; this is crucial to know how much you can make with more views.
- YouTube Red (Premium) Revenue: Every time a YouTube premium account watches your videos, you’ll get a small portion of their subscription fee. This isn’t a ton of extra money, but it also doesn’t take any extra effort on your behalf to make it happen.
- Channel Memberships: Once your channel has over 1,000 subscribers, you can set up channel memberships for your subscribers. This allows you to charge a fee every month for them to see some of your exclusive content, and you can even offer other perks for members of different tiered levels.
- Launch Your Merchandise Shelf: Depending on how many members you have, say over 10,000 subscribers, you’d be eligible to launch a merchandise shelf on your channel. This allows you to sell merchandise directly on your channel below your videos, like an ecommerce site. This is great if you have a saying or catch-phrase like top YouTube influencers that resonates with your following. Like Pewdiepie and his famous “brofist.”
- Super Chat and Super Sticker: These interactive elements allow users to pay to be seen in your live streams by purchasing a “super chat” or “super sticker” so that you see them. As long as your channel has 1,000 subscribers, you’re able to set this up.
Step 6: Continue Making Content and Don’t Violate YouTube Guidelines
Once your channel grows and you’re making money, the sky becomes the limit for your channel. That said, you mustn’t violate any of the YouTube community guidelines related to Spam/Deception, sensitive content, banner ads, violent/dangerous content, misinformation, or regulated goods while making videos. You can read all about their guidelines here.
Bonus: How to Maximize Earnings With YouTube Ad Revenue
- Manually insert ads when possible: I do this when I have a cliffhanger of sorts. Meaning I start a sentence and then play the ad in the middle of the sentence because the user wants to hear the rest of it. An example, “The thing that you absolutely must know about affiliate marketing is”….(ad)……the rest of the statement. I’ve found this approach will keep you users engaged enough to finish through the ad instead of clicking off the video like with other YouTubers.
- Keep your channel advertiser-friendly: Don’t swear or say controversial things that advertisers don’t want to be a part of in your videos. Remember, you make money when advertisers advertise. So advertiser-friendly content is crucial to achieving this goal.
- Make as many videos as possible: YouTube is ultimately a numbers game, and the number of views is the essential factor to success. People don’t like to hear it, but it’s 100% true. The more videos you post, the more likely you will succeed because of the number of video views your channel will get.
- For most big YouTubers, advertising revenue is the most passive way to make money. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg to make Money from YouTube.
2) Build a Blog to Compliment YouTube
YouTube is great for building your brand to create fans, drive lots of conversions, and increase your business revenue.
Not only that, but as the second-largest search engine, YouTube offers immense opportunities to get your brand in front of your ideal audience and grow your audience in other areas as well.
How do I know this? Because as a marketer, it’s one of the things I’ve done to grow the blog you’re reading right now.
The screenshot above shows you how many visitors I got to my blog last month. As you can see, an additional 6,924 visitors in a single month is nothing to sneeze at.
But what’s most important to understand is that a blog will almost always outearn any successful YouTube channel because it’s a platform that allows you to connect with your audience on a deeper and more personal level, such as through email and so on.
Blogs can also show display ads and usually have higher click-through rates on affiliate links.
How to Get Started
Step 1: Start a Blog
The first step to this entire process is to start a blog under the same branding that you’ve already created. The key is to ensure that your blog has the same look and feel as your YouTube channel. For this, you can either hire a graphic designer or use graphic design software if you’re a DIY type of person. While I recommend WordPress, you can always use your preferred web design software if you’d.
If you want to get started on this today, you can click right here to join my free IGNITION course. It’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.
Step 2: Share Your Blog to YouTube For More Traffic
Once you’ve started a blog, the next step is to share the content you’ve already created with your YouTube channel. There are a few ways you can do this;
- Mention blog posts in videos and tell people to check them out in the description
- Create evergreen content to post in the description of your videos
The key here is to get people off the platform and over to your blog so that you can get them more deeply immersed in your brand. YouTube is notoriously bad for gathering information about viewers. Still, when you connect it with a blog, it allows you to diversify touchpoints so that you can build a deeper relationship with your biggest fans.
Think of it this way.
What would you do if tomorrow you woke up and your YouTube channel was deleted?
Aside from panic, if you don’t have another platform you’re connected with your audience, all of your hard work will vanish overnight.
Step 3: Capture Blog Visitor Email Addresses
The key to making more money with your blog is to get visitors (whether they’re from YouTube or otherwise) to sign up for your email list.
Generally speaking, email marketing is one of the best ways to make money from your following. Studies have shown that for every $1 spent, you’ll see a return of $36.
Achieving that ROI through any other means is very difficult to do. That said, use your blog to offer something of value to your readers in exchange for their email.
For example, if people sign up for one of my free courses, I get their email addresses. I then deliver a TON of value with the course to their inbox and keep in touch with them to promote other things.
But it doesn’t have to be a course. You can try creating a downloadable PDF in the form of a checklist, outline, ebook, guide, or really anything your audience will find helpful. Then, once you’ve figured out what you’re going to offer, you can use my list of email marketing software to figure out the best platform for you.
Step 4: Use Email to Grow and Make Recommendations
Once you have an email address, you can grow your following larger and make recommendations to bring in more revenue.
In terms of growth, don’t be afraid to send out an email for every blog post or YouTube video you create. Or, if you already have affiliate products that you can make money from by recommending, send those over in an email and sit back as the commissions come piling in.
But note, with great power comes great responsibility and demand for more YouTube premium content.
If you abuse the trust your following has given you by constantly emailing them, they’re likely to unsubscribe. If you’re worried about that, consider sending an email once a week with all of the new developments that your audience needs to know about.
This will ensure they get the information they need, and you won’t overwhelm them in the process.
3) Create a Faceless YouTube Channel
One of the ways that my wife and I discovered to make money online from YouTube views is to make, what I call, a “faceless” YouTube channel.
When people think of having a YouTube channel, they picture themselves as a full-fledged video creator in front of a camera recording and editing videos until their eyes bleed.
But the idea here is similar to what I do with websites, and it’s quite an exciting business model.
You create a channel full of videos around a specific topic or theme and, when those videos rank or get recommended by the algorithm, you make passive income from ad views.
The best part is you don’t need to go through the stress of recording or uploading videos yourself. Instead, you incorporate content from others that you’re legally allowed to use or follow copyright laws to develop high-quality and exciting content for your channel.
Keep in mind YouTube is the second largest search engine and continues to grow with more self-accomplished video creators year after year. So that’s why we got on this trend in 2020; we think it’s set to explode.
I’d love to say that I came up with this myself, but that’s not true. I found out about this whole business model through Matt Par. He hosts a webinar on this entire concept that you can attend by clicking here.
A few things to know:
- Matt makes over $30,000/month with this method (He shows proof of income in the course he sells)
- Matt is a young guy and looks like he could be the friend of your son or daughter. But don’t be fooled by his age. His methods do work, and his course is solid.
- In my opinion, Matt is a bit pushy with his sales tactics, but I’m sure he does it for one simple reason, it works. If you can overlook the sales tactics, his course is excellent and full of value.
- You can join a webinar to better understand this whole thing by clicking here.
My wife and I started experimenting with two channels and multiple YouTube videos, and I can say with 100% certainty that this does work, and it’s showing promising results.
Below is the first channel that we’ve created using this method.
I don’t even mind sharing this channel with you because it’s all in Portuguese (my wife speaks it fluently), and the revenue per 1,000 views (EPM) is very low because of the market (primarily serves people in Brazil, not the USA).
The channel name is Diva Makeup, and the focus of the videos is makeup compilations. You can see a snapshot of the YouTube views and general analytics below.
This was the first channel where we decided to try his methods, and they actually worked for us, so we decided to go after a more lucrative United States market. We don’t upload new videos on this channel anymore because the EPM is too low.
Our second channel is where we converted an old YouTube account she had in the USA market.
I can’t share the name of this channel with you because I don’t want more competition. But obviously, this shows that the methods work.
This model gets interesting when you start outsourcing the whole process. While it seems daunting, it isn’t all that complicated. To create a successful video, you need to:
- Use VidIQ or TubeBuddy to complete keyword research to find a topic
- Research to find footage or images
- Editing to make the content
- A script and a voiceover, or you can use Murf.ai to be your voiceover instead (Full Murf Review Here)
- Someone to post the video and optimize the videos for SEO
To sum it up, this is a valid business model, and one that I think isn’t very saturated as the idea hasn’t gone mainstream yet and is as stressful as making videos from scratch.
For anyone thinking this may be a good idea, I suggest checking out his webinar to understand it fully.
4) Create and Sell a Course
Yet another terrific way to earn money on YouTube is to create and sell a digital course. If you have the knowledge to share and can offer great value to your followers for their watch time, they will gladly buy your course to learn more about how you can help them improve their lives.
You can teach on various topics, including fitness and health, personal development, digital marketing, and professional or curriculum courses.
Many creators are doing this successfully, including Meet Kevin, a well-known entrepreneur who runs a 7-figure business. He heavily uses his videos to drive the public, especially YouTube premium subscribers, to his online training programs that teach people how to invest and make money in real estate.
How does he generate sales for the courses with his YouTube views?
He adds his courses in his video descriptions with a solid call to action to help drive viewers into action, so they purchase his courses.
This is a great way to make money on this platform but to be successful in selling courses, you have to create high-quality, practical, and unique content that offers immense value to your viewers.
After all, no one will want to purchase a course if the information contained in it is just a rehashing of what everyone else has already said.
How to Maximize Earnings With Courses on YouTube
- Put course links in your description sections.
- Refer to the course in videos once in a while (Don’t be too pushy)
- Use YouTube cards sometimes to push people to your course (But not too much)
- Use the best online course platform for your situation and experience level.
5) Affiliate Marketing
You may not always rely on video ads for revenue generation on your YouTube videos investment. The good news is that there are other monetization methods to choose from – such as affiliate marketing.
I currently make thousands of dollars every month from a few of my favorite affiliate programs, as shown below.
Affiliate marketing is an excellent idea if you have an affinity with followers. Large marketing agencies don’t depend entirely on their channels of content distribution. Often, they find it more profitable to pay YouTube channels that already have a solid fan base to promote their products.
Interested brands watch out for how many subscribers a video creator has before partnering with them. In addition, they expect content creators to be a YouTube marketing expert by selling their products or services in the language that their community understands. So, Yes, sponsorship programs are determined primarily by how many youtube views and watch time a channel gets.
That’s why affiliate marketing is a great way to boost your earning potential on this platform if you’ve already built a large following. However, even with a smaller number of followers and high-quality YouTube videos, you can still make a good living on this platform – provided you use an effective marketing strategy like other YouTubers.
To make use of this YouTube monetization technique, sign up with companies or affiliate programs in your niche to get affiliate links for products that your audience might want. You can then recommend these products on your channel and get paid a commission for every sale.
A straightforward way to get sales is by linking to the affiliate products in your video descriptions. But, of course, the higher your conversions, the more money you’ll make.
Here is an excellent example of how Graham Stephan, a successful video content creator on this platform, makes an income with Amazon affiliate links to camera and recording equipment. He has a link below his video descriptions which takes his YouTube audience to this page:
As you can see, whenever someone clicks on one of those Amazon products and purchases something, he’ll make a small commission. But these small commissions add up. For example, the most recent business insider video about his income indicated that he made around $2000/month from these affiliate links under his videos.
But it doesn’t have to stop with physical products. If you go to a platform like ShareaSale, you can promote many products and software to generate revenue streams and make money.
How to Maximize Earnings With YouTube Affiliate Marketing
- Use VidIQ or TubeBuddy to complete keyword research to find your YouTube video title
- Leave affiliate marketing links in the description of videos for YouTube SEO
- Pin the first comment with affiliate links
- Refer to affiliate links in videos
- Add YouTube cards in your video pointing to affiliate links
Note: It’s important to note that understanding disclosure requires continuously making money on YouTube through affiliate marketing. This is simply a formal statement explaining to your readers that you have an affiliate relationship with the manufacturers of the products that you talk about in your digital content. If you are in the U.S., you can follow the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) guidelines on how to craft a clear disclaimer. For creators in the U.K., follow the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) guidelines.
6) Review Products or Software
Affiliate marketing doesn’t just have to be for physical products. You can use it to earn money from YouTube with any products you like. For instance, you can do software or product reviews on your YouTube channel for various companies in your niche and earn money from brands seeking exposure and sales.
I have done this on my YouTube channel. This is a review on Instacart, a fantastic grocery delivery and pickup service that helps you save money and time.
This tactic works exceptionally well because it can be beneficial for your followers – provided, of course, that it’s a good market fit. So you get paid, your viewers get helpful information, and the brand gets more exposure – everyone wins.
How to Maximize Earnings With Reviews on YouTube
- Use VidIQ or TubeBuddy to complete keyword research to find a topic
- Include a link in the pinned comment and video description
- Use YouTube cards when it makes sense with links pointing to the affiliate offer
- Refer to your links and disclose how people clicking on them will help you (people want to help creators usually)
7) Work with Sponsorships
Working with sponsorships is a great way to boost your earnings here. As your audience and viewership grow, brands will approach you to create videos on their behalf with product placements. Most brands pay exceptionally well for quality videos that help them achieve their business objectives, and influencer marketing seems to be growing in popularity.
I have done this myself and made $500 on one video with this monetization method.
If you want to use sponsorships as a means of adding income to your YouTube videos, it’s important to note that some niches have a lot more placements than others. That is, you’ll find tons more opportunities in industries like makeup and beauty than you would in many other sectors.
The trick to success in this area is to use your channel as a platform to showcase your skill and expertise to potential contractors. This indirect monetization strategy is highly effective and involves advertising yourself to be hired for paid opportunities to create videos for brands.
Direct promotion of this kind is basically like affiliate marketing, but with a slight difference.
The advertising companies pay you a fixed amount to collaborate with your YouTube channel. The amount you charge varies, and it depends on the quality of your videos, as well as your popularity.
Remember, sponsored content, or “sponcon” is advertising, so you need to be transparent about it on your YouTube channel. Also, make sure you adhere to all of Google’s Ad Policies to avoid possible issues with your accounts, such as suspension or even termination.
Follow the FTC and ASA guidelines to ensure that your audience is aware that you are advertising to them. Then, use YouTube’s disclosure feature to add transparency to avoid legal issues and build a stronger relationship with your viewers.
How to Maximize Earnings With Sponsorship
- Focus on quality videos that are thorough and helpful
- Create unpaid reviews first; this will attract competition
- Negotiate when contacted and ask for 50% upfront to protect yourself
- Request additional products along with payment
8) Sell Services
Selling services like masterminds, group consulting, etc. to your followers is another effective way to leverage your channel into paid opportunities hence earning Money from YouTube. Although this type of monetization can be slow initially, once you hit critical mass, it can be very lucrative.
For example, if you had a YouTube channel focused on retail arbitrage, you could create a service helping others by reviewing their accounts and helping them be successful.
In addition to making money from Youtube selling your services, you will also be able to develop a strong community around the services you offer. This is similar to how you can make Money on Reddit as well. Simply provide or perform a service for someone, and they’ll pay you for your work.
Service promotions are another winner when you’re trying to figure out how to make money on YouTube. Whether as a freelancer, small business, or ecommerce shop owner. All you need to do is begin uploading video content related to your brand and use a compelling call to action to get viewers to try out your services.
How to Maximize Earnings by Selling Services on YouTube
- Sell group consulting and calls
- Price yourself high
- Offer pre-packaged services and limit clients for premier pricing
9) Sell Products with Live Streams
Another way to make money from Youtube is to sell products on YouTube live streams. This monetization strategy works particularly well in popular niches like beauty and fashion. The idea here is to sell products en masse to a live streaming audience.
To make this even more profitable, you might consider creating your own products and offers that you can sell to your avid viewers. You can create a digital course, an ebook, or anything else that your audience would appreciate. Or, you can use this strategy to sell products on Etsy, a Poshmark shop you own, or even a Shopify store if you have one.
Alternatively, if you already have a walk-in store or business, then you can use the channel to drive leads to your products.
The key to successfully selling products with a live stream is to develop a strong sense of trust among your followers. The more they trust you, the more likely they are to pull out their credit card to purchase your products. Once you have your product ready to sell, you can use a tool like Gumroad to accept payments during your live sessions.
How to Maximize Earnings by Selling Products on YouTube Live Streams
- Offer exclusive products
- Create your products for a higher profit margin
- Have these types of streams consistently
- Offer samples of your products as a promotional technique
- Use limited-time promo codes
10) Sell Merch to Subscribers
One of the easiest ways to make money on YouTube is to sell products, such as t-shirts, to your followers. This is because the platform has a section called a merchandise shelf.
As an online creator, you must have a large enough following before you can expect to make any real money with this strategy, but you can start small and gradually build up to the level where you’re making a consistent income from your merch sales.
To give you an idea of the potential revenue you can earn from selling merch to subscribers, here are a few Youtube stars who are doing this successfully:
This channel makes an estimated $3.1K every month just from merchandise sales. Branded merchandise like this is a massive industry, and you can get your share of it by selling your merch to loyal fans and your YouTube premium members who will gladly spend their money to support their favorite YouTube creator.
Another YouTube Star, who also happens to be the highest paid Youtuber is PewDiePie, whose recent merchandise launch sold out in just minutes, snapped up by his dedicated base of 105 million subscribers.
Though he mostly got big playing video games, his merchandise sales are estimated to bring in a cool $6.83 million every year. If you have successfully branded yourself and gained a lot of loyal fans, this is a great monetization strategy because people who love your work will gladly buy your merchandise.
How to Maximize Earnings by Selling Merch on YouTube
- Have a large number of subscribers
- Know your subscriber demographics – do they want merch?
- Create a tagline
- Price it reasonably
- Use limited edition merch
11) Live Streams and Superchat
Superchat and Super Stickers are another great way to make money with YouTube’s video platform. It’s the feature that replaced youTube’s “Fan Funding” in 2017. As a YouTube Partner, this feature is available to you while you live stream.
Superchat makes your viewers’ comments more visible. Depending on how much they pay, they are highlighted and pinned in a prominent place in the live chat stream for a specific period of time.
Subscribers to your YouTube channel can donate in Super chat on live streams, or they can pay a monthly fee and become members of your channel. In exchange, they’ll get custom badges and emojis that make them stand out during your live sessions. They also get access to your members-only exclusives, such as live chats with you.
This video explains how it works in further detail.
This monetization method is facilitated through YouTube’s Partner Program, and there are a lot of creators who are successfully using it to promote their brands and channels. However, to make the most of this money-making technique, you will have to build a promotion strategy using YouTube SEO to convince your subscribers and visitors to become members.
In a way, it’s almost as if you’re selling ads within your live chat feeds. Of course, with live sessions and Super chat, you will rely on fans for income – but you will also be able to grow a strong community and make money from YouTube.
To sell channel memberships to your audience, you must be over 18 years of age, and you need to have at least 30,000 subscribers.
Getting your fans to pay you directly is a great way to make money on YouTube if you already have a strong loyal following. Fans love to show their appreciation by whipping out their credit cards, and you will have a reliable income stream just by continuing to provide value on your channel.
Just make sure that you make it as easy as possible for them to donate. If the process of giving you money is lengthy or hard, even your most dedicated followers are likely to give up before completing it.
How to Maximize Earnings With Live Sessions and Superchat on YouTube
- Encourage your viewers to become channel members
- Explain how Superchat and becoming a member works (not many people understand it)
- Promote your channel or personal brand during live chat feed
12) License Viral Content to the Media
Another way to make money from YouTube is to license viral video content to the media. Media outlets are always on the lookout for high-quality content, and whenever videos go viral, they want a copy to replay for their respective audiences.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be only viral videos that you share with them. You can also share timely footage that they deem newsworthy, and many companies will pay you for using your video.
if you have any successful viral video content that media outlets might be interested in, then make sure they are easy to find. Simply include a business email in a prominent place on your channel profile, as well as in your description sections. This will make it easy for companies that want your video to contact you.
You can also submit your videos to sites like The Content Bible.
Many popular media networks like FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, and The Weather Channel use this site to find video content for their websites. Here, you will find plenty of opportunities to license your content to the media to add to your YouTube revenue stream.
How to Maximize Earnings With Licensing on YouTube
- Include a business email in channel profile and description sections for licensing purposes
- Sign up with Jukin Media and other video sites
- Highlight the most successful content on your channel
13) Use Patreon with YouTube
Patreon is a popular online platform that offers artists and creators a place to easily share their work with “Patrons” to earn money. As a content creator, you can use Patreon to leverage the power of your audience and make more money with your YouTube videos. It can be an even better place to connect with fans than a site built with an artist website builder.
You can monetize your work by creating a Patreon account and releasing exclusive content or perks for your Patrons. Patreon works in almost the same way that YouTube channel memberships do, except that you can set your prices and decide precisely how you want to charge for your content. It’s a platform that focuses on crowdfunding, and so long as you have an engaged audience, it can be a very viable method to increase revenue.
You can choose to be paid either a fixed monthly payment in exchange for offering access to exclusive content on the platform, or you can charge Patrons on a per-post basis.
One YouTube channel, The East Fam, features Shawn Johnson, a former Olympic gymnast, and offers tiers of Patreon memberships that range from just $2/month for ad-free videos, all the way to $100/month which includes personalized merchandise, as well as a credit as a producer.
William “Suede” DuFresneis is another example of a YouTube creator who is making a healthy income from his subscribers through this platform. Although he has a relatively small audience, he manages to monetize his videos well by providing high-quality content that keeps his audience engaged enough to equate as YouTube premium revenue.
The secret to success on Patreon is to keep your audience motivated. The emphasis on this platform is on the community, and Suede keeps his viewers coming back for more by producing consistent quality and using his personality and good communication to persuade viewers to purchase his products.
To keep a revenue-generating platform as Patreon going, users need to constantly respond to their chat messages and keep the messages highlighted for future reference.
You can drive traffic to your Patreon platform, as well as make Money from YouTube by creating videos about your Patreon services.
How to Maximize Earnings With Patreon and YouTube
- Make sure exclusive content goes on Patreon
- Do your best to push people toward the platform
- Regularly ask for input to keep your subscribers engaged
- Offer tiers of Patreon memberships
Making Money on YouTube Q&A
How Much do YouTubers Make?
YouTube is a great social media platform for businesses and individuals to make money. But while anyone can quickly start a side-hustle and upload videos to the platform, not everyone will be able to make good money off of it.
How you make money from YouTube depends on various factors, including your monetization strategies, content creation, and promotion tactics.
Because there is a lot of information around this topic specifically I recommend you read my post that explains all of the details about how much YouTubers make here.
How Many Views do You Need to Get Paid on YouTube?
Though we covered this in detail right here, you need to have 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in order to turn on monetization for your channel. Once you’ve done that, technically every view you have will be eligible to earn money for you.
How Does YouTube Send you money?
YouTube pays through the Google AdSense program, which is linked to your YouTube account. Your Youtube ads earnings need to be over a certain threshold for you to receive payments.
You should always review your chart monthly estimated revenue to keep track of your inflow for the month. The platform credits content creators on a monthly basis, usually before the 21st of the month.
Once you’ve earned over $100, you will start getting paid for the ads that viewers watch on your channel. You’ll get money in your bank account via EFT, or you can opt for check payment, Western Union Quick Cash, or wire transfer.
But before that, when you’ve earned $10 in your account, Google sends you a postcard that contains a verification code to verify your address.
How to Make Money with Music on YouTube
This platform is undoubtedly one of the best tools you can use as a musician to engage with your fans online and market your music. As a music artist, you can make money on YouTube by joining the platform’s partner program and then using ads to generate revenue on your music videos create.
All you have to do is create great music that makes your viewers fall in love with you and regularly click YouTube studio to manage your community. The platform then matches relevant ads to your channel and the fans who watch your music videos.
The exact amount of money you can make with your music here depends on various factors, including how well you use YouTube studio to create a better sound for your community. But, according to Complex.com, on average, you can expect to make about $1000-$2000 per million views.
How Much Will YouTube Pay For 1,000 Views?
It’s tough to answer this question directly because this greatly depends on the advertiser’s interest in your channel. For example, if you had a channel about funny cat videos, it would likely pay somewhere near $3 per 1,000 views because brands don’t usually advertise on the viewers of your cat videos.
However, if you had a Youtube channel focused on finances (to compliment a finance blog you start), which has a crazy number of advertisers, you’d like to make upwards of $35/1000 views. So, it does depend on the channel, but the average you’d make per thousands of views would fall around $15 with all channel types considered.
Does YouTube pay every month?
Yes, the platform pays monthly; and the funds typically hit your bank account between the 20th -25th of each month.
How to Enable Monetization on YouTube
Step 1: To get started monetizing your channel, first, log into your account.
Step 2: In the “Channel Settings” tab, choose “Enable Monetization.”
Step 3: Follow the steps outlined in that section to accept the monetization agreement.
Step 4: Locate the “Upload” tab, and you will see a green box that has a “$” next to the videos that are eligible to be monetized. The videos that aren’t eligible for monetization because of copyright will appear in the “Copyright Notices” tab.
Step 5: Your next step is to link your channel to an AdSense account. This is free to do and very easy to set up. To create a new account you will need to have a bank account or PayPal.
You will also need a valid mailing address to verify your account. Once your account has been approved, you will get an update from Google AdSense through the mail.
Wrapping Things Up
And that’s a wrap. You now have all the information you need to understand how to make money on YouTube. I’m convinced that all of these ideas are perfect for anyone interested but perfect for college students looking for an online job of some sort.
All you need to do now is to take action on everything you’ve learned so you can start building and growing your audience on this lucrative platform.
Are there any other YouTube monetization strategies that you know of? Let me know in the comments section below!