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How To Make Real Money With YouTube

Published: Jan 26, 2015 | Hana Jurik

How To Make Real Money With YouTube

Youtube is a popular video service that allows you to post videos to the public. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US $1.65 billion. Youtube gets an estimated 170 million unique visitors each month. If you know what you’re doing, you can capitalize on this enormous audience by creating your own videos and monetizing your content.

When you publish a video to YouTube, you have an option to monetize your video. When you do this, an ad will appear at the bottom or at the start of the video. When viewers click on those ads, advertisers are charged a fee and you earn a commission. Based on some aggregated research, YouTube pays about $1 / CPM (per thousand views). So if you post a video, as a general rule of thumb it would take about 100,000 views for you to earn $100. Keep in mind, this money is before tax.

Before you begin posting videos, it’s important to do a bit of research on your topic. It’s easy to publish your videos, but if nobody is searching for what you’re posting, few people will ever watch your content. You should focus on a niche market, and it really should be something you're passionate about. If you’re into video games, make a video game channel. If you’re into fitness, make a fitness channel. Your goal should be to post a few videos each week to build up a large array of content.

For example, Mike Lamond who goes by the alias HuskyStarcraft has a channel on YouTube dedicated to video games. Much of his videos are reviews of games and Starcraft matches where he commentates on the battles. His videos receive millions of views each month. It’s estimated that Mike Lamond has earned over $200K on YouTube alone. You can check out his YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/HuskyStarcraft

Kandee Johnson is another YouTube broadcaster with a subscriber list approaching 3 million. Every time she posts a new video, all her subscribers are notified. Kandee has choosen makeup and beauty as her niche market. She has hundreds of videos posted on YouTube which took years to produce. Because she is consistent, she has earned the respect of a large crowd. You can check out her channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9TreTE-iXwfwQl72DzDurA

There are thousands of success stories like Mike and Kandee’s on YouTube. They key is building your audience. You need to specialize in something. Don’t just create a channel with random videos because nobody will remember you for anything. Focus on branding yourself as an expert in your market group. As you build your audience, it ensures every time you post a video it will receive a good amount of views.

Everyone has hobbies and passions. By sharing your knowledge with others, you can help others and put some money in your pocket each month.

For further inspiration we have compiled a list of popular YouTube channels along with our estimates of what we believe these channels earn per month.

Channel 2015 Earning Estimates
Zoella $22,000 - $30,000 / month
Lauren Curtis $13,000 - $18,000 / month
Jaclyn Hill $10,000 - $13,000 / month
Dulce Candy $8,000 - $12,000 / month
Kandee Johnson $7,000 - $10,000 / month
TheRadBrad $25,000 - $50,000 / month
ElRubiusOMG $60,000 - $120,000 / month
CaptainSparklez $70,000 - $140,000 / month
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Final Thoughts

Learning what makes a successful video can take time. Be patient, stick to your plan and publish new videos weekly. If one of your videos does go viral, viewers are likely to follow you and begin watching the rest of your videos from your channel.

If it's always been your goal to start your own business and work from home, YouTube is a great option that will cost you nothing but your time.

Published: Jan 26, 2015 By: Hana Jurik

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