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How to Make a Good Living on YouTube

Updated on August 30, 2012

Making Money on YouTube

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Content is King
Content is King

Make Money on YouTube

There are millions of people working from home, the Internet has totally changed the way we work. So now we can set up a multi-national company from the comfort of our own home. YouTube has become one of those ways to really make a living from home. Some really successful YouTubers are making over $100,000 a year from their videos. It is possible for anyone to start up a channel and start seeing real money. So, what is the key? Why is it that some YouTubers are making millions, whilst others are still struggling to make their first dime? The difference is, the time that you put into your videos. Time and effort, lots of research, and an interesting topic.

Setting up Your Channel

When you are setting up your YouTube channel, think about the theme. Why are you setting it up, are you looking to create a business from the get go? Or, are you doing it for fun? I guess if you were just doing it for fun, you wouldn't be reading this article right? Okay, so let's get to it, you really want to make a living from YouTube, what are you interested in? Are you expert in anything? It might be gardening, knitting, make up, skincare, fashion, organizing things. Whatever it is, play to your strengths. If you can make people laugh, maybe you should think about setting up a comedy sketch show. If you are good at giving relationship advice, maybe set up a relationship advisory show. Think about it carefully, you might just be someone that knows how to generate interest with random topics. Just remember, set up your channel with your target audience in mind. Once you have set up your channel and filled out your profile and all that good stuff, it is time to start putting some content together.


How are you going to come up with some great content? Okay, all you have to do is look on YouTube. Check out some of the most successful YouTubers, see what they are talking about, search on Google trends and find out about popular topics. Even look on magazine stands and see what is interesting. At the end of the day, you need to look at topics that are suitable to your niche. When you are preparing your content, actually write down what you want to say, where you want to shoot the video, the format of the video and how you want it to look. You really do not need a really expensive camera if you can't afford it. You can use a basic webcam if that is all you have. However, if you can afford it, purchase a HD webcam or camcorder. You do want your videos to look professional but if you do not have the money you can start by using something really basic.

Remember! When you are just starting out your video should not be more than 10 minutes long. YouTube will not accept really long videos from a beginner, so start off short and sweet.

Shoot Your Video and Upload it to YouTube

Once you have shot your video, upload it to YouTube and make sure you do the following things. This is very important, otherwise people will not be able to find your video.

1.Put the keywords in the title, in the description box and in the tag. For example, how to make money online. You need to put that in the title, and in the description box and in the tags at the bottom.

2. Choose your category and upload it. Make sure that you put your website, if you have one on the top line of the description so people can see it. Put as much information as possible in the description box. People appreciate information.

3. Annotations, make sure you annotate your video. You can do this by going into video manager and editing your video. Add annotations like, click here for another video you have done, or to subscribe. You can also use annotations to make sure people remember to check out your website or blog.


Now you have uploaded your video, you need to think about marketing your video. Marketing might sound difficult but if you really work at it, you could really make a difference to how many YouTube videos you actually get. You do not really need to monetize your video straight away,but you can if you wish. Just go to video manager and click the $ sign and click monetize and accept the terms and conditions, and save the changes. If you do not have a Google Adsense account you will have to set one up and associate your Google Adsense account to your YouTube account. This is important, as this is how you will make money! You can also earn money through sponsored reviews, sponsorship and YouTube adverts.

Okay, back to the marketing of your video.

1. Share Share Share!

Share your video on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Digg, Stumbleupon, Delicious and various other social networking or social bookmarking sites. You can also share it with all your friends and family via e mail.

2. Embed it to your blog or website, if you have a blog that has a similar topic. You can embed the video on there.

3. Interact with other YouTubers

This is very important, because if you do not interact with other YouTubers people will not know who you are. If you nice to people, and place nice comments on their videos people might share your videos too. The more you are seen on other people's channels, especially very well known YouTubers, the better. So, subscribe, comment and keep in touch with others on YouTube

Interact with Bloggers

If you do not read blogs, you should start interacting with bloggers. Because they can really help to boost your online presence. Leave comments and put your Youtube channel in the website field. That is if you do not have a website of your own, you can still put it there if you have a website. Ask them to guest post, so that you can link back to your channel. Speak to as many people as possible. It is just like networking in real life only it is over the Internet. Do not stalk or spam people. Just make sure you are friendly and you talk to as many people as you possibly can.

Start up your own Blog

If you do not have a blog, set one up! You can generate a lot of interest in your videos if you start up a blog. Especially a blog with great, well thought out content and nice pictures. Use your blog to connect with other bloggers. Again, ask to guest post for bloggers who are also just starting out in the blogging world. Remember, if you really want to make money on YouTube you have to work really hard. It is not as easy as it was in the beginning. It is saturated now, so make sure that you make your videos stand out to the max.

Join a revenue share website

Join a revenue share site like Hubpages. You can also make money through Hubpages but you can also embed your videos in articles that are relevant. Remember that the more you put into it, the more you are going to get out of it. So, work hard now for greater rewards later.

Interview People

Once you have got your YouTube channel set up. You can start to interview people for example, other vloggers who are doing well. You can ask to interview them on camera. If you interview people who are well known it can help to boost your own web presence. So, try and interview as many people as possible.

Think Positive and Work Hard

Believe in yourself and work hard, do not give up! There is no substitute for hard work! Good luck on your YouTube journey. xxxx


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