Can I Earn Money With YouTube?

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Over the years a lot of questions have been asked as regards the use of YouTube to make money.

YouTube is a video-sharing website of American origin that was created in February 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Kareem. It was purchased by Google in November 2006 for an amount in the range of 1.63 billion and headquartered in California.

On YouTube, users are allowed to upload, view, like and dislike videos.

YouTube has been used as a platform to make money over the years, although a fixed amount cannot be stated. Some of the various methods which this can be achieved will be discussed in this article.

How to start on YouTube

How to start on YoutubeTo earn money on YouTube, there are certain steps that must be carried out. They include:

Create and develop a YouTube channel

Your YouTube channel is your personal space on YouTube and each account has one channel attached. After creating this channel, the next step is to add keywords linked to your content. The keywords created enables easy access to your channel.

Upload content

Upload contents of high quality. The contents must be catchy enough to generate interests. It might be long or short depending on the nature of your content, regular and consistent uploading also helps to develop your channel.

Build an audience

After contents have been uploaded, it is now time to build your own audience. Building an audience is very important as it is dependent on revenue making or income from your channel. Regular uploads of interesting and catchy contents help draw an audience towards your channel. This basically means that a content that stands out has the ability to attract more audience.

Although having an extremely large audience base is not necessary to make money with YouTube but it gives a certain edge. After carrying out these steps it is now possible to earn using your YouTube account.

It is also of utmost importance to have certain instruments and tools to enable proper setting up of YouTube channels which includes: a camera to enable quality recording, video editing software to increase the quality of recording, lighting and backdrop when a uniform background is required and sound recording equipment to help capture sound properly when creating contents.

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Method or Ways of Making Money with YouTube

YouTube partnership and monetizing video

Monetize your videos to generate revenue. To do this, you will need to activate monetization. This simply means you are giving YouTube the right to place an advertisement in your video.

This also implies that you recognize that there is no copyrighted content on your channel, there are also certain criteria required to monetize your videos among which are: a large audience base, no copyright breach and about 4000 hours watch time.

Being a YouTube partnership opens opportunities among which are: access to content creating tools and access to many tips or support.

Monetization and advertisement could be removed from contents if it is seen to contain sexual material which includes nudity or any form of sexual humor, violence, extremism, vulgar language and any drug promoting.

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Sales of Products and merchandise

Sales of merchandise such as mugs, caps, shirts among others are done by creating a store and telling your audience about these products and merchandise available. You can offer discounts to attract them through the use of catchy contents, this increases your exposure and basically helps to yield more return revenue.

Crowd and fan funding

Crowd and fan funding can be carried out on YouTube to generate revenue. In instances where the individual has an idea or project that requires funding, he or she uses the content of the YouTube channel to explain and express the idea of what the project is really about and the aims or objectives of the project.

Using this medium, he can easily appeal to the audience or fan base for funding which can be carried out on third-party sites. The fans are free to choose whether to contribute to help fund the project or not so the revenue is not guaranteed and such channels can be shut down if it is found to play host to any fraudulent activity.

Licensing Contents

If a channel owner by chance owns or play host to a viral or trending content, the channel can license such video out to other media outlets such as television stations, radio, and newspaper for money. To avoid breaching copyright laws, they buy licenses from the channel to display the content and that serves as a source of revenue for the YouTube channel owner.

It is also possible for a channel owner to list his or her content in a third party website or marketplace where the content will be available for the appropriate people to locate and buy or purchase.

Earning as a Brand Influencer or Affiliate

Influencer marketing is a fast-growing branch of marketing. It is simply a type of marketing where the focus is placed on influential people and in this instance the channel owner with a large audience base rather than the entire market. It recognizes the individuals that have influence over the target market and pays them to convince and appeal to the market which in return promote brand sales and exposure.

The channel owner is approached by brands to create contents that expose their brand in return for payment. Brands tend to look for channel owners with large audience base and loyal fans and typically pay per view. Some influencer marketplaces give out free products, while some are known for possession of big brands who are open to paying more.

It is also possible to become an affiliate for brands and generate little income as commissions from each sale generated from the channel. This works particularly well if you create a review on the said products as contents on your YouTube channel. Due to the little or no risk involved in the brand’s part, they pay when they sell products. There is, therefore, no need to have an excessively large amount of fans or audience.

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  1. I think that it is definitely possible to earn money with YouTube. I wanted to be a youtuber two years ago but I was afraid because of competition and now I see that I was wrong. Time is crucial and of course, very good content. You have give awesome tips of how one can monetize his YouTube channel, this is not a bad income source at all.

  2. This is an interesting topic. In times like these, who wouldn’t be interested in earning extra income!

    YouTube is great but I didn’t know that it is possible to earn anything much here. I think it’s a good place to promote the business.

  3. I think I’ve always greatly under-utilized YouTube. I do have a YouTube channel, but I don’t use it as a means to make money which is definitely something I can probably change. The steps you’ve listed in your article are an eye-opener. I never thought about uploading content consistently, but it makes sense. I also need to see what people are looking for in the type of videos I upload so that I can have better quality content. My audience is low, but I do want to build it up. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Hi Brian,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that my post was helpful to you.
      Wish you all the best!

  4. Quite a good idea Anatolie, I have been thinking of this idea for a long time now, being into blogging business, YouTubing is, therefore, a very essential tool that can help me drive traffic. 

    But as you said, to start producing nice YouTube Videos, I may need Camera, lighting and sound recording equipment and other stuff, unfortunately, currently I can’t afford to buy all that stuff, but I really understand that you can make a reasonable amount of money from producing YouTube videos.

     I am working really hard to raise the buy the equipment needed on producing YouTube videos.

    Thank you so much for a great article.

    • Thanks for your comment and for joining the discussion.

      I hope you will afford all the stuff you need very soon to produce quality videos.
      I wish you a lot of YouTube channel subscribers and many views. 🙂 

  5. This is a really professionally written post on earning money via YouTube. You have researched the process thoroughly and sequentially explained all that needs to be done from establishing a YouTube channel to using that channel to create valued videos which can be used to generate revenue. by promoting products, or allowing ads on the videos produced. 

    I wonder if we need a certain charm or charisma to be effective in using video as an income stream? 

    Thank you for sharing this informative post. 

    • Hi Judy

      I guess we need some charm, but also we need some time to practice to become more confident with us.

      In fact, when we make a video in front of the camera is only one person and nobody else in the room. Should be easy but is not 🙂.

      Thank you for your comment!

  6. YouTube has become a very popular way of generating money. I have never tried it but you need to build an audience first that you can later use to monetize.

    I am planning on making a Youtube channel sometime in the future. It has become too popular to pass. I like all the details you are giving as I knew very few details on how you can earn money with YouTube. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very interesting your article! For some time I was thinking about creating my YouTube channel, in order to attract more people to my website. My niche is teaching how to create your own online business through affiliate marketing, and since my niche is very specific, most would be explanatory videos.

    My question is this, do you know any software or program to create attractive explanatory videos to use? I hope you can help me, thanks in advance.


    • Hi Paola

      Unfortunately, I’m not a YouTuber. I do not know many programs or software to create a video.
      I’m using Camtasia and Filmora.
      I hope they will be of use to you.

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