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How To Make Money on YouTube: 5 Ways Influencers Monetize Their Channels

Check out the top 5 ways research suggests someone can make a living off their YouTube channel!

YouTube has become a content phenomenon. YouTube today has over 2 billion monthly active users, who watch 1 billion hours of video each day. Is it any surprise, then, that YouTube stars are frequently more influential than traditional celebrities?

Of course, successful YouTubers do not offer their content for free. They do not appear on the medium for altruistic purposes. They discovered that it is very possible to generate money on YouTube, and if you manage to rise to the ranks of the famous and influential, the rewards can be extremely lucrative. We’ve created an easy-to-use earnings estimate for those who want to understand their earning potential.


#1 Advertising Revenue

Google controls YouTube, so it’s no surprise that they’ve made it really simple for you to join up for Google Adsense and attach advertising to your videos. The adverts displayed will differ for each viewer of your movie, as they are determined by the viewer’s web browsing history.

While this sounds like free money, the great majority of people who sign up for Adsense make little or no money. For starters, you divide the advertiser’s money with Google. Although it is not explicitly stated, it appears that Google retains approximately 45% of what marketers pay. In actuality, you will earn $1 to $2 per 1000 views (CPM). The pricing changes on a regular basis. To count as a “view,” they must watch the entire ad rather than skip it. Another method is to run cost per click (CPC) advertisements on your YouTube page, however this requires visitors to click on your adverts.

The most crucial feature for the average YouTube user is the $100 minimum payout level. If you do not earn enough money, Google will not pay you anything. Everything comes back to traffic. As with almost any other form of website, if you can build sufficient traffic, you will eventually have enough visitors to exceed Google’s barrier and begin receiving money from them.

You must ensure that you generate and market high-quality videos. This is how all YouTube influencers start. They establish an audience for their channel, hit the Google $100 payout level, continue to promote their videos, and as subscriber numbers grow, they earn a good income that they augment with other revenue-generating strategies.

#2 Earning Rewards as a YouTube Partner

Being a YouTube partner does not directly earn you money, but it does give you with tools to help you do so.

Technically, you become a YouTube Partner when you monetize your content and start sharing advertising money with YouTube. This gives you access to detailed data about your viewers’ ad clicks. You also get some additional partner perks, such unique thumbnails and the ability to stream a Google Hangout.

YouTube promotes their YouTube Partners and incorporates them in numerous advertising campaigns worldwide, both online and offline.

When you reach a particular number of subscribers, you will receive special framed Play Buttons on your site: a framed Silver Play Button for 100,000 subscribers and a framed Gold Play Button for 1,000,000. As more subscribers join, you have access to additional tools and community assistance.

One significant, yet often overlooked, benefit of becoming a YouTube Partner is that you retain your copyright on your uploaded videos. It is not widely recognized, but if you are not a YouTube Partner, you provide YouTube the ability to do whatever they see fit with your videos.

The YouTube Partner Program grants you a non-exclusive arrangement.

This means that YouTube has no restrictions on where you can load and publish content, therefore it’s fine if you want to upload and monetise it on other video platforms.

#3 Joining a Multi-Channel Network (MCN)

If you have a popular YouTube channel, you might consider joining a Multi-Channel Network. Three of the most well-known are Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, and Freedom. Google defines Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) as “entities that affiliate with multiple YouTube channels, often to offer content creators assistance in areas including product, programming, funding, cross-promotion, partner management, digital rights management, monetization/sales, and/or audience development.”

They are extremely similar to talent agents. In exchange for a share of your AdSense revenue (or any other type of income arranged by the MCN), they will broker agreements and connect you with other YouTube talent. If you live in the suitable location, your MCN may even offer you studio space to create your content.

Of course, like any agent, the MCN will take a portion of your advertising revenue. As your channel expands, you keep a larger percentage of the revenue. If you have a decent following, MCNs have the power to push your site to higher ad rates.

If you are a standout talent, these networks will tremendously benefit your development. If you’re lucky, they’ll invite you to take part in their own productions. They are the most effective technique for truly talented individuals to gain widespread recognition. They also allow you to branch out into other media, such as television, cinema, and literature.

#4 YouTube Merchandising

Once you’ve established yourself, you’ll have followers, or a personal fanbase. These followers are often willing to pay for whatever goods you sell. You could, for example, design a collection of shirts or hats to promote your website. Many of your fans enjoy purchasing your products because it helps them feel like they are a part of your community.

These are niche products aimed solely to your most devoted followers. As your channel grows in size and popularity, your fans will be more willing to purchase for merchandise. Indeed, many YouTube influencers find item sales more profitable than the advertising revenue they share with YouTube.

You can promote your merchandise using your channel. Of course, YouTube audiences, particularly Generation Z, can be quite fickle if they perceive their heroes have sold out to commerce, so you must be cautious that your merchandising does not alienate your audience. You still need to appear honest to them.

For many businesses, it works in the opposite direction. Their primary goal is to market their product. They give gratis video content in exchange for the ability to market their products or simply make their name known. For example, consider Red Bull. They have 5.5 million subscribers that enjoy watching Red Bull action-oriented videos. Red Bull may not actively market their drinks in their videos, but there is no doubt what the product behind the channel is.

#5 Ancillary Products

Most content creators are involved in other activities; YouTube is not their entire existence. If they can establish a large number of subscribers to their videos, they will have a ready-made audience to promote their other activities.

Perhaps they wrote a book, developed a video game, produced a new product, or designed a course. They will sell these auxiliary products in other areas, such as on Amazon or on their website. In many circumstances, the video producer is leveraging their channel as a marketing tool to promote an additional product.

Some of the most famous influencers earn enough recognition and traction to help launch new products. PewDiePie, for example, worked with Canadian developer Outerminds Inc to create his own 2D side scrolling video game, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist. On its first day of release in the United States, the game grossed more than $100,000. According to MoneyNation’s estimations, PewDiePie earned $8.9 million in pretax revenue from merchandise and auxiliary products in 2016.

Quite a few YouTube influencers make a side income from their YouTube popularity. For example, they may be compensated for speaking at conferences or for marketing consultancy services.

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