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How To Earn Money From YouTube (Earn Money by Uploading Videos)

Updated on August 20, 2014
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Is earning from YouTube possible?

Definitely.

Earning money from YouTube is a rising trend. Earlier it was quite difficult due many reasons. Mainly people didn't know what to do on YouTube other than watch music videos and trailers. Also your internet connection has to be pretty strong to upload long, high quality videos. This is a luxury people got to enjoy in the recent past. Also nobody really knew the earning potential until YouTube had it's breakthrough as the number one video sharing network on the internet.

So after all these hurdles, people are now really digging in to the possibility of making a living out of YouTube videos. And there are many who does it successfully.

How YouTube earnings work...

YouTube itself isn't responsible for paying you money for the videos. In fact, Google Adsense is the affiliating company that will pay for the 'views' you get on your YouTube videos. So as you may have guessed you will need an Adsense account as well. But don't worry, it's easy.

Adsense will display ads on and besides your YouTube videos. When these videos get views, ads will be automatically viewed, even though you don't click them. These are called impressions. So basically you will earn for the impressions your ads will get.

YouTube ads

Ads displayed on YouTube videos
Ads displayed on YouTube videos | Source

So views on your videos, or the amount of traffic is the most important thing to earning money from YouTube. And when you reach the big leagues such as a million hits per video, you will be making a living out of your videos. But that will not be an overnight accomplishment. So work hard.

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YouTube earning potential

There is a huge earnings potential from YouTube. Some people make a living out of YouTube videos alone.

As I mentioned above, AdSense is the paying agent for YouTube views. If you are even a little familiar with Adsense you would know that different amounts and geographies of traffic earn different rates. Basically views from different countries will earn you different rates. So an exact measure of an earnings amount cannot be predicted, but based on the experience of many users the rate varies between a rough $0.9 - $1.5 per 1000 views. This range was developed based on the reviews put on the internet by many users. So yours could be higher or lower based on the above two (and many other) factors I mentioned.

Following are some earning proofs.

YouTube earnings proof
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What kind of videos?

This is where it gets tricky!

If you create a video from scratch (meaning your own creation, without copying someone else's work) you would have no problem at all. YouTube will offer to monetize your videos.

Basically you will have to abide YouTube's Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. Based on these two here's a simple guide what and what not to do.

  • Absolutely NO pornographic or sexually explicit content. YouTube is viewed by minors and your videos will be immediately taken down and your channel will be banned.
  • DO NOT post videos showing illegal things. Such as drug usage, animal cruelty, child abuse, substance usage etc. You get the idea, right? If not thoroughly go through the Community Guidelines.
  • Graphic Violence will not be tolerated. Mild violence is subjectively ok, but brutal attacks, deaths, punishments etc will not be allowed. But then again this is a grey area. You will be able to see many gruesome videos n YouTube.
  • No Copyright infringements!!! A copyright is an ownership of an intellectual property (which could be an art, sign, video, music, literary work etc). You CANNOT post other's videos that you don't have the legal right to use them for commercial gain. It's as simple as this. You cannot earn from uploading a trailer, funny video, music video, part of a movie, audiobook, etc unless you have given the right to do so by the copyright holding party. And copyright infringements are taken as seriously as any above rules-may be even more. Let's face it, it is unethical to earn from someone else's work. Even if you use an audio as background music, you should either have fair use rights or full ownership of the audio. If you violate copyright claims your videos will be banned along with your YouTube channel.

If you are doing music covers read this guide.

  • NO hate-speech! YouTube will not prevent you from expressing your ideas, no matter how one-sided or unpopular they might be. But they will not tolerate direct and intended criticization and blames against a particular party. Still there is a very fine line between hate-speech and expressing your views, so always try to be on the safe side. Because YouTube's judgement will be final.
  • No harassments or threats can be made through your videos.
  • Also don't impersonate others.


If you want to read the comprehensive guide, go to Channel Settings in your YouTube Channel and under it visit Monetization.

Everything from setting up a YouTube channel to making it a massive success

How to setup your YouTube channel

Log in or sign up to YouTube with your gmail account and provide a channel name when requested. Make sure your channel name is unique and something the other people can easily remember.

Set up cover pages and contact details as per your wish.

Watch this video to set up your YouTube channel

Countries that aren't allowed to monetize YouTube videos

There is a small catch! There are some countries that YouTube doesn't allow to monetize videos, no matter how they are made. It's just their policy.

This is their list of countries that allow monetization for.

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

So what about other countries?

Well, there's a way to work around this barrier. Watch the following video for the complete process.

Enable YouTube monetization for monetization disabled countries

Some tips for YouTube success

  • Create videos often (twice/thrice a week)
  • Create interesting, funny, informational, inspirational videos
  • Encourage viewers to like, comment, share and subscribe!!!
  • Create quite lengthy videos (between 4 minutes to 10 minutes) for personal videos. For documentaries or commentaries it could be longer.
  • Always upload high quality videos. This is the era of HD so provide 720p or 1080p videos
  • Create interesting titles (DO NOT mislead)

Conclusion

That's pretty much about it for the guide to earn money from YouTube. I personally haven't tried out this yet mainly because I lack the infrastructure to do so.

Anyway if you are a good personality, or a talented video creator this is your area of business to be successful. Even as successful as make a living off of it.

If you have any questions please comment below.

As always all the likes, comments, shares, ratings and subscriptions to my profile are admired.

Good luck!!!

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      Yowenes 19 months ago

      I'm from Malaysia..I already have a channel but i can't create a custom url for it..In fact there is no option there to create url for my channel?! And the paid content also not available in my country... So do i really need to create a new channel or just follow those steps to enable paid content??? Please tell me a solution to overcome these problems.

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      Hazel Abee 2 years ago from Malaysia

      I had a talk with my husband over some personal issue and he wanted to record it so that he will not forget .... we totally forgot about it ... Today a few months later we accidentally listened to it ... to our surprise it was good ... Now after reading your hub .. I am inspired to create my own You Tube Channel ..... and I have the topics .... just need to have some idea on 'clips' ...Voice over is fine ....

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      keerthana 2 years ago

      Hi sir i m keerthana i m not copy righter which vidos uploaded you tube please tel me my mail id keerthikeerthu92@gmail.com

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      santosh 2 years ago

      How to get uploade youtube/ app how to get earn money pls send money email: nsanthu003@gmail.com

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      Nimesh De Silva 2 years ago

      @Mukul

      I don't think you will be able to earn if the viewer skips the ad.

      @Ishan Dwivedi

      I don't understand your question. But if you are asking if we have to pay anything to earn from YouTube, No, we don't have to.

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      Ishan Dwivedi 2 years ago

      Whether i have to charge something ? If i am earning from you tube ?

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      Mukul 2 years ago

      I want to know that if the viewer skip the ad before watching the video.

      Then what will be the conclusion..

      Do we get the earning or not?

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      Nimesh De Silva 2 years ago

      Aman Shaukat

      There is no number of views required to apply for YouTube partnership. You just need to have copyright-free (your own) videos. If you don't apply, they will contact you in sometime. But you can do that from day 1. You can earn around $10-$15 for 10K views, depending on the geographic location of you traffic.

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      Aman Shaukat 2 years ago

      Hey there Nimesh, can you tell me the least required views on a video to be eligible for YouTube earning? I guess YouTube contacts once your video reaches to 5000 views.

      and also please let me know about their payment plans, how much will be paid if i have around 10k viewers on average?

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      sayeed 2 years ago

      Make some money

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @hassam

      Read the article please

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      hassam 3 years ago

      how can i start work can anyone tell me?

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @sajjan nain

      kd videos?

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      sajjan nain 3 years ago

      md kd ' videos hit more then 50 thousends.plz guide for money earning

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @sanjay pandit

      Didn't you get an email from YouTube? If not just try enabling monetization.

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      sanjay pandit 3 years ago

      my channel views reached to 35 thousand ...

      when i get chance to earn money

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @grand old lady

      Yes, so easy to do, if you have some commitment.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Nice idea. So simple, and with passion and commitment, so doable. I hope...

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @zoey24

      The money making portion of the YouTube earnings program will be done by Google AdSense, so you better check it with them. But I have seen many kids have their own YouTube channels and have them monetized. For an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X0lduYNC6A

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      zoey24 3 years ago from South England

      Interesting hub! My eldest son, who is 14, wants to set up a YouTube channel to give his own reviews on the latest kids video games. However I am unsure if he is allowed to do this due to his age. It is something I will have to look into more.

      Thanks for the great hub, voted up and useful :-)

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @mts1098

      I checked your channel. Maybe the problem is with your channel name and duration of the videos. I mean your channel name doesn't really give any clue about what's in the videos. Unless your channel name is popular among the specific community it will not do much to attract viewers.

      Secondly your videos last only half a minute, which is not merely enough. Minimum a video should last for 2-3 minutes to attract someone to watch it. I mean 25 second video is not that interesting time period to spend time clicking on the video. Try to resolve these issues and let me know how it performs.

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Great YouTube tips...my video channel has not done quite as well as yours but it will do...cheers and feel free to let me know what you think of my channel

      mts1098

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @Tolovaj

      Thanks for letting us know how the impressions work on YouTube. I had no idea.

      HD is becoming a necessity now.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      I use YouTube as traffic source to my on-line store. I have read about people who earn thousands of dollars thanks to impressions. If I have the right information impression counts as 'yours' only if viewer don't switch adds off before 75 percent of the impression is shown.

      Thanks for the tips, I believe HD resolution and quality sound are a must for serious money making.

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @Denmarkguy

      Exactly.

      Jenna Marbles. NigaHiga has over 1 million subscribers. So must be earning a lot of money per video.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend

      I am still considering YouTube as an income stream-- but you have to have something "uniquely interesting" to make serious money; things that might "go viral," at least in a limited sense. Or hope you have what it takes to become a YouTube "star." People like "Jenna Marbles" make over $2000 per clip they post....

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @Free2writ3

      You're welcome. Do let us know how you perform. It might inspire more people. Good luck!!!

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      Free2writ3 3 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for sharing. I have thought about earning from YouTube a few times. I might give it a try.

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @KenDeanAgudo

      Yes, it is. So might as well do some interesting videos than spend time on anything else.

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      I have youtube account but I have only limited videos to monetize for money. It is hard if you don't have interesting videos.

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      @SpaceShanty

      Yes, you really need to push it to make it work. But once you have about 100,000 - 500,000 subscribers your every video will earn a substantial amount. So it's just a matter of breaking that numbers barrier.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have earned a little money fro Youtube videos but you really need millions of views to make it worth it.

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      Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

      Yes, you will need to build up the fan-base. That's why I have given some tips to follow. If your videos are interesting or funny or helpful your subscribers will grow even without your knowledge. Anything between 100,000 - 1,000,000 views would earn you a very good income. But of course that's when you have grown your subscribers.

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      YouTubeMoney 3 years ago

      I tried YouTube to earn money. But found it a little difficult than other methods. It was difficult to get traffic in an amount to raise a substantial income. Anyway great article.