The easiest way to make money using YouTube is to sign up to Google’s adsense program. This is also by far the most common way that creators make money using YouTube by posting their content on to the platform. Once signed up to adsense, a creator can then overlay ads on their videos and put them besides their videos. Don’t worry this isn’t complex and adsense is a fully automated program. With a click of a button you can start earning ad revenue from your videos. Some creators also may choose to sign a contract with a network in order to receive added benefits such as a library of licensed music or an agent to help them brand their channel in return for a cut of their revenue. However, we advise most creators not to sign up with a network because the ad revenue the network would be taking from your channels outweighs the benefits that most networks offer to creators. Most all content creators enable ads on their videos in order to pay for their video creating expenses or make a full-time living from creating videos online. This is the best way to make money using YouTube because it is a way for content creators to create a passive income stream from posting videos to the site. People don’t understand that most big creators are earning hundreds of thousands to millions using adsense. From gaming channels to toy channels, creators are raking in thousands of dollars per day using adsense.
Below is a step by step guide on how to sign up for adsense and start monetizing your videos:
The second way that most creators earn a living off of posting their videos to YouTube is selling merchandise to their viewers. Many YouTube content creators create merchandise for their brand or channel that they’ve curated. Selling t-shirts or starting a clothing line has proved to be the one of the more profitable methods of selling merchandise to their audience. This can be seen within the case studies of Roman Atwood starting his brand “Smile More” or Christian Guzman creating his own clothing line “Alphalete”. Both of these creators have discovered the potential in creating and marketing their own clothing, making them millionaires overnight. Don’t worry you don’t have to be on this scale to start selling merchandise though, many small content creators have begun to sell their own clothing using sites like spreadshirt. This is an automated service that allow creators to sign up and instantly start selling clothing without having to deal with any inventory or design printing.
Brand sponsorships and opportunities are yet another way that creators make money using YouTube. Many large brands and corporations often look to social media and creators to advertise their products and make sales through social media influencers. How this works is usually a brand will contact a certain content creator who they believe to be a match for advertising their product to an audience. For example a make-up brand may tend to contact a content creator that is a beauty/fashion YouTuber over another who produced content that unrelated to the brand’s niche. This is another way to make money using YouTube and some creators have signed deals that are hundreds of thousands of dollars. In this industry, the typical brand deal/sponsorship equates to having a one-hundred dollar CPM. Meaning for every thousand views a sponsored gets, the brand should be in turn paying the creator a hundred dollars. Many large sized content creators get millions of views per video, so a sponsorship can really pay off. Tom Syndicate, a gaming YouTube star was paid $30,000 for one video promoting the Xbox One once it was first released by Microsoft. Market analysts also expect the sponsorship industry to increase its spending by five billion dollars by 2020. Creators can seriously get rich if they have the right audience and size to work with brands. Smaller creators can also grab brand deals with the use of famebit. This platform allows brands to connect with content creators who they feel could help advertise their products. We recommend you have at least ten thousand subscribers before using a site like this and annoying your audience with brand deals.
Below is a a tutorial on how to use famebit to get sponsorships:
The fourth best way to make money on YouTube is to sell affiliate products to your audience. Amazon affiliates is a great program that many YouTubers use to monetize their videos. Simply sign up to the program with an existing Amazon account or sign up for an account and find a product that you might want to your audience to buy. Once you have researched and found a product to sell copy the custom referral link to the product and place it in your video’s description. Most content creators try to sell bigger ticket items that are more costly, so that they can rake in a higher commission when selling the product. Amazon and most other affiliate programs pay in tiers of commission, so the amount of product that you sell determines your commission rate. This rate typically lies in between 5-10%. In order to sell affiliate products, a content creator must advertise the product in the video and tell their audience that there is a link in the video description to buy the product. A great example of someone who does this extremely well is Lou from Unbox Therapy. He makes quirky videos about up and coming tech related products and then tells his about where to buy the product using his referral link.
Below is a a guide on how to start earning Amazon affiliates with YouTube:
The last and final easiest way to make money using YouTube is creating a business and leveraging an audience built off YouTube. Many creators will create their own app by partnering with a development firm or create their own website for their audience to visit. If you have built an audience which connects to you as a content creator, you can easily build a profitable business by exploiting your audience. Roman Atwood and CaptainSparklez have both built apps that have made them millions in revenue. These two creators were able to understand their audience’s demographics and sell a product to them. Roman created a “Smile Inc.” and CaptainSparklez created a game called “Fortress Fury”. CaptainSparklez game is a great example of how he exploited his audience who was interested in team based building games in return for revenue. This may be the hardest method on the list, but if a content creator has the the audience and can leverage them, it pays off big time.