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5 ways to Make Money on YouTube without being a partner

Updated on May 14, 2014


Most YouTubers are aware that you can make money on YouTube using the YouTube Partners Program. However, some users cannot join due to copyright infringements or it is not available in their country. In this post I will give you 5 ways to make money on YouTube without being a partner.

What is the YouTube Partner Program

The YouTube Partner Program allows you to make money on YouTube by placing Google Ads in or around your video. The criteria stated by YouTube to join the partner program is:

You create original videos suitable for online streaming

You own or have express permission to use and monetize all audio and video content that you upload—no exceptions.

You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users, or you publish popular or commercially successful videos in other ways (such as DVDs sold online).

Many YouTubers will not meet the criteria but still have the desire to make money on YouTube or you may not wish to put ads on your videos as a courtesy to subscribers and viewers.

Google Adsense and Amazon Associates

You can generate a good amount of revenue with any free blog using these methods. You can set up and monetize a Blogger Blog or write articles on HubPages. You may also use a domain you own

Google Adsense allows you to put adds on your articles, blog or website. When someone clicks on your adds you can get up to a few dollars from Google. To sign up you must have a website or blog to link to. After that you may put it on any other site that allows you to do so. You can sign up for Google Adsense here. which is run by Google easily integrates Adsense and lets you post ads wherever you want. It is possible to make a lot of money from Google Adsense but don't get your hopes high as it takes time to start earning a decent revenue.

Amazon Associates is very different from Google Adsense but is just as easy to use. By joining the Amazon Associates Program you are able to advertise Amazon products and earn a commission for each product sold. You are able to show products on your blog, website or articles but you can also create a custom link to a product and put it in the video description. This will work great if you talk about the product in your video. For example, if you make a video about the best cameras, you can post links to them via Amazon. You will also have a better chance of people buying the item as they were obviously looking for that product when they came across your video. You can learn more about it and sign up here.

Enable Revenue Sharing

Revenue sharing is a feature on YouTube that allows you to monetize popular videos that you have made. This is a bit of a wild card but if your video is eligible for Revenue Sharing, it will give you the option next to your video on the my videos page. This is very similar to partnership in that it lets you put Adsense ads in or around your YouTube videos is a URL shortener that lets you make money. It can be a replacement for or tiny Url. All you have to do is shorten the link and post it wherever you want: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and your website. You can put links to your website on your videos or link your video on your website. It is best if you have a decent following on any of the following websites as the users will be more inclined to click the links.

Which method makes the biggest earnings for you? (not just on YouTube)

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I hope I helped you. I have used all of the methods above with moderate success. How you may earn from them is totally different as you may find more or less success.


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      morokium 20 months ago

      You can also join a fast growing network partner for Beginners on Youtube

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      valavaks 2 years ago

      I'm still confused with these methods. Shall i make money through youtube by key in along my account without enabling the ads, monetize? just let the account alone, and get a viewer? do i get charged from youtube after uploading my own videos? i have a plan to do more social experiment videos on youtube,.

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      MUzz 2 years ago

      i have no website or blog and the partner program is not availible in my country. in this situation can i make money from youtube...and how???/

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      Jacobb9205 2 years ago

      Great way to earn without being a partner! At least now you can be a partner with even 1 subscriber!

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      Adel 2 years ago

      Thank you

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      Habeeb 3 years ago


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      passionate77 4 years ago

      thank you dear for sharing this informative and helpful post. i just bookmarked the page and will read over and over to learn all the process well. blessings and thanks for sharing!

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      Jenna 4 years ago

      YouTube has an option where you can use audio or effects on your video to edit it after its uploaded, if you use that audio can u still be partnered?

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      Bikash acharya 4 years ago

      1. I have a website of games, movies and software. So can I get Adsense account? All content are written by my self?

      2. does adsense allow to keep bridges like during the time of downloading n if not what is the problem behind that ?

      3.for adsense account how many traffic need per day ?

      4. alexa ranking is also need or not?

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      redwards01 4 years ago from Bermuda

      Yes you can Jared

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      Halima 4 years ago from PHILADELPHIA

      I've just thought of a way to solve this problem, you're already dealing with a community of people online already and that's right here hubpages. When you build your audience have them follow you to your youtube videos it's as simple as that, if your content is rubbish you won't have a chance in hell.

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      William Joseph Kosko 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I think it is a good post. I am so tired of people assuming making money on the internet is just some easy overnight thing... Yeah maybe if you are a spammer. Why not do the work and provide valuable content to society ya know? Working online is by no means an easy way out, and it is not for the faint hearted. It takes work, dedication, and desire. Do not quit your day job expecting to build a online kingdom over night. Unless you type and move fast as hell, and have a freelance skill already at your disposal. Or a good sum of money to invest. Trust me i have learned the hard way, or i would not being saying this. And i am far from being a novice online. I just prefer to actually provide value, rather than spamming the internet even more. But again i enjoyed the post, thanks.

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      Jared 4 years ago

      Can I be both a Youtube partner and an affiliate for amazon or audible or some other company? In other words, can I post affiliate links below my videos while still being a youtube partner? Thanks

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      me 5 years ago

      hi guys can i win money from youtube without adsense and youtube partnership

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      Jake 5 years ago

      I Just a few comments/tips. The first being, the amount you get paid via adsense on your videos is dependent on the amount of views, where the views are coming from, and what the niche for your video is.

      For example, a niche that is very competitive is more likely to earn you more/click. The trade-off there is there's a lot of competition, so your video may barely be seen, making you nada money.

      Another example is where the clicks or views are coming from. If your audience is from outside Europe or North America, you will get paid less because most advertisers are targeting that audience. So when they get clicks from people outside of these places, their site/service will be useless to them.

      You also get paid on the amount of views (Very small amount).

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      Derrick Houston 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      yes I know but that is not a direct way of using youtube to make money because you have to either find or create content to match your links and you will still need to build your own audience for you methods to be of any effect what if someone who is new to youtube want to make money from youtube videos they post how do they get started and it takes so long using your methods nut they are good for people who have a lot of time and little to invest. Are There any methods you know of that will save time and are free?

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      redwards01 5 years ago from Bermuda

      You can post Amazon and links directly on your YouTube videos

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      Derrick Houston 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      most of your methods don't apply to Youtube directly but can help what methods do you use or know of that applies directly to making money on or with youtube. The methods you mentioned work best if you have or own your own website or blog. For anyone that doesn't how could this help?

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      redwards01 5 years ago from Bermuda

      The methods above are ways to make money without being a partner

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      daniel 5 years ago

      can i make money on youtube without becoming a partner

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      redwards01 5 years ago from Bermuda


      If you are a partner, you can earn money through ads displayed on or next to your videos. YouTube will get a share of money and you will too, just like adsense on other sites.

      I hope this helps

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      Abby 5 years ago

      I'm not a YouTube Partner, so I don't understand why I can use Adsense to "monetize" my YouTube videos. Does this mean YouTube is making money and showing it to me through the Adsense stats, but it won't pay unless I join as a Partner?