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How to Start Making Money on Youtube

Updated on March 7, 2018


So you want to start making money on YouTube? Well, you have come to right place. In this guide, I will show you how you can build your YouTube channel from nothing to making money.

I mean, to be honest, I don't know why anyone would not like to make money on YouTube because you can make videos about whatever you like and make a lot of money from it. There are thousands of people who have become millionaires off YouTube so why not get involved?

The most important thing I want you to take away from this article is the fact that you can make money from many different streams on YouTube and there is not just Adsense.

Now before we continue I just want to point out that it can take a long time to get your channel to the point where you can start to monetize your videos so it will take a lot of hard work and dedication.

Criteria to Monetize your videos

Now as you can see from the image below there is a certain criterion you need to reach before you can think about placing ads on your videos and making a profit from them. Now these changes are fairly new and only came in to effect January this year

The qualifiers are as follow:

  • 4000 hours watched in previous 12 months
  • 1000 Subscribers

Now I know both of these targets sound very hard to hit and unachievable but if you follow this guide you will be able to reach your target in no time.

How to get more views to reach the 4000 hour threshold

Okay, so 4000 hours seems like a lot right? If you break it down, however, it does not seem nearly as bad and seems much easier to reach.

So let's say you upload a 15-minute video every day and the whole video is watched by 500 people every day (7500 minutes a day). So after a month, you would have 3750 hours watched. So you can hit the target in just over a month! For only 500 views per video.

Okay so now we know that 4000 hours is not as bad as it seems how can we get more views on your videos?

Social Media

One of the most important things when getting views on your YouTube videos is by using social media. The main ones are Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Once you have uploaded a new video to YouTube make sure that you post to all of these sites and link the video.


One thing you need to ensure you do when you are uploading your video is to make sure you write a relevant description with as much information as possible. This will help your video show up in search engine and google searches.

Work With Other YouTubers

One thing that all YouTubers do, even the biggest of them, makes videos with each other and promote each other's channels and videos. The key to this is to try and find another YouTuber who makes similar videos to yourself and has a similar size following.

So follow these few steps and let me know if they are any help!

How to get more Subscribers on YouTube and the 4000 requirement

In my opinion, getting the 1000 subscribers is much harder than the hours viewed and it all comes down to one thing, the quality of your videos. Now the reason I say this is because, with views, it's fairly easy but with subscribers, you need to make people like your video enough to watch more of your content.

Now here are a few things you can do:

Don't Spam Upload

One thing everyone hates is seeing their subscription box full of spam from the same YouTuber, so upload once or twice a day max

Keep your channel in the same category

What I mean by this is don't grow to 2000 subscribers as a gamer and then suddenly decide you want to make cooking videos. Try to keep your content to what your audience likes to avoid losing subscribers.

Upload Quality Content (Quality over Quantity)

If I am honest this is the main thing you need to ensure, I mean after all, if someone is going to want to subscribe to you and watch more of your content, you need to ensure that it is high quality.

So instead of uploading say 2 videos a day, upload only one and spend twice as long editing that one video.

Alternate Revenue Streams on YouTube

If I am honest when I started writing this I realized that I was just writing information that you can get on thousands of other articles on the internet. So I wanted to go that bit further and include information about alternate ways you can earn revenue through your YouTube channel, rather than just Adsense.

If you check out the chart below this is a visual representation of what percentage of my earning have come from what revenue stream in the last 12 months.

As you can see 61% of the revenue I made came from revenue streams other than Adsense. Keep reading for more information on each of the methods.

Sponsored Videos

As you can see from the pie chart, sponsored videos, aside from Adsense has been my main revenue stream on YouTube in the last 12 months.

Sponsored videos are basically when you make a video which endorses a companies product or service.

Sponsored videos are something that YouTube has seen a lot of over the last couple of years, especially since Adsense is not as profitable as it once was.

There are a couple of ways you can make money through sponsored videos. Each can be highly profitable, the way you make money will depend on the deal you make with the business.

Check out below to see how you earn revenue from sponsored videos.

Paid Per Views

One of the first ways that you will make money through sponsored videos is getting paid based on how many views a video receives. For example, you may get paid $1 per 1,000 views the video receives.

Paid Per Sales

The next way you can earn money is through sales that come from your video or channel. How this work is the company you are working with will either give you a unique link or discount code and when sales come from this you will earn a percentage of the profit.

Lump Sum

The final way that you will make money through sponsored videos is basically a company will just give you one lump sum to make a video about their product or service. The amount will depend on the size of your channel and how many views your video receives.

How to find businesses to sponsor your content

One of the main ways that you would find sponsors for your videos is ensuring that you have a good way to contact yourself. You need to ensure that you have a separate email address displayed on your channel for ay business enquiries.

You can also contact businesses that are relevant to your channel and see if they would like to work with you.

Affiliate links

Affiliate links are basically when you have your own unique URL and sell products for businesses.

One of the most popular affiliate programs is the Amazon Associate program. Basically, anyone, that buys any products through your link on Amazon you will earn a percentage of the sale.

Now, as well as Amazon there is literally thousands of other affiliate programs the best way to find any is to literally just search google for your niche (of your channel) and 'affiliate program'.


If there is one thing I want you to take away from this it is that you NEED to work hard. You will never get a channel to these points without putting in 100%.

If you are going to take away anything from this I would like you to take away the fact that there is SO much money creators are missing out on by just relying on Adsense. So check out those alternative streams.

So what are you waiting for..?

Jump over to YouTube once you hit these targets and apply to become a partner.

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