Nowadays there are many people who make a living uploading videos to YouTube. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. If you want to earn few thousends dollars a month from your YouTube channel – you have to somehow get at least 1,000,000 views a month. It sounds a lot – and it is indeed – not an easy task. If you want hundreds of thousends of people to watch your videos – they need to be not only interesting, but also viral to some point.
I always recommend YouTubers that ask for my advice – to find new ways to earn from their YouTube channel. Most of them earn %100 of their money from Google Adsense, the ads that are shown before their video starts (and the ads on the page itself of course). Adsense is great, but if most of your viewers come from 3rd world countries like India, you won’t earn much. On the other hand, if your viewers come from USA – you will earn decent amount per 1000 views. It does not matter if you earn a lot or almost nothing per 1000 views – it is still important to find new income streams. Today I will tell you about some of them :
You can always promote products in your videos, and attach an affiliate link to them in the description box. There are many affiliate programs online, including from companies like Amazon and eBay. Affiliate marketing may not work well in every channel, but it’s worth checking out. I will give you an example. If you have a YouTube channel about mobile apps – why not provide affiliate links to Google’s Play Market or Apple’s Play Store? You won’t earn much per each download, but if you can earn extra $50-100 a month just by doing that – why not ?
This method is also not suitable for every channel. If you have large following and many subscribers, you can start selling tshirts, stickers, iPhone cases and more – with your logo. There are many companies like Zazzle that allow you to do that very easily. You Don’t even need to design anything. You can always hire someone on Fiverr to do the work for you – for a little as $5.
Patreon is a fairly new concept that many YouTubers now use. After you create your Patreon profile, people can’t start donating you money on monthly basis. In return – they get early access to your videos and other things you can provide. I came across many YouTubers that were able to earn thousands of dollars each month just from that. The most important thing is making sure that those people who donate money – get something in return. Give them as much as possible. Some YouTubers also do giveaways for their pateron supported. I came across one that gaveaway a bard new fitfort action camera . That’s pretty cool, as long as you have enough Patreon supporters.
If your YouTube channel is big enough – with time, different companies will contact you and offer you sponsorship deals. You can earn a lot of money from this – some people get thousands of dollars a month, just from sponsorship alone. Some small YouTube channels may be contacted as well, but it’s more rare since sponsors look for big audience so they can make a good return on their investment.