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Making Money on YouTube - How to Make $10,000 a Year as a YouTube Partner

Updated on April 26, 2011

Let's do a little thought experiment about what it would take to make $10,000 a year on YouTube:

Starting Assumptions

OK, every calculation has some basic assumptions about numbers, terms, expectations, etc. So let’s start this out by assuming that you know a hell of a lot about something somewhat interesting, that you can bang of bits of knowledge at the rate of three short videos (3 to 5 minutes long) an hour, and that each of your videos will average a little more than one hit a day. Naturally you can tweak these numbers to suit yourself, but that is where I am starting. Oh, and we will also assume that you can earn about $4.00 per thousand visitors in revenue from your traffic on YouTube.

The YouTube Earnings Calculation

Ok, so let's do the math on a full-time effort:

3 videos an hour, times 8 hours a day equals 24 videos a day;

At a little more than a hit a day per video (poor you), you have about 30 hits a day on average from THAT SET of videos.

Repeat this process 5 days a week (we all love weekends off), and 50 weeks out of the year (two week holiday), and you have 30 hits times 5 days times 50 weeks which works out to about 7,500 hits a day on your videos.

Now we guestimated about $4 per thousand visitors in income, so divide the 7,500 by 1000 to get 7.5 and multiply by $4 and you are getting $30.00 a day.

Now, earning don't take a holiday, so you can multiply that by 365 days a year to get an income (on your second year, if you stop making videos) of $10,950.

Ok, you get the $10,000 the second year from the first year of work. But if you keep on making YouTube videos, you are making $20,000 the second year, $30,000 the next, and if you ever stop, well the videos just keep on earning money (for a long time, if not forever).

Adjusting Video Earning Assumptions

Now, our initial assumptions are based on some real numbers that apply (on a much smaller scale) to some work I have already done on and off of YouTube.

I love to extrapolate, hence this hub. But ... I also know that the basic assumptions are not to be trusted, as nothing in this business of making money online is set in stone.

For example, depending on your video content, you may make much more or much less than $4 per thousand visitors. I think an "average" income per thousand being claimed on various YouTube money making tutorial sites is closer to $2.50 per thousand.

One hit per day per video is really quite poor; one good video pulling in 50, 100, or thousands of hits per day can easily blow that average out of the water. You can get far more traffic than that with the right content. You can also do far worse with the wrong content.

I don't think your average hit rate would stay the same if you paid attention to what you were doing and the results thereof. If you simply paid attention to what videos were getting the highest number of hits, you would soon learn where to focus your efforts, and once again blow the low traffic estimate out of the water.

Three videos per hour implies you have an encyclopaedia of coolness or trivia in your head to share. You may make only a video a day, or a video a week, but I assume here that the extra time and effort will be worth it, and that such videos would have a better chance at drawing a large amount of traffic.

YouTube Partners can be RICH

Absolutely, YouTube partners can be rich. Really rich, the way most people envision rich online money makers, or rich in the way that they are paying off their mortgage, and their yearly trips to Disneyland with their YouTube earnings. Whatever you are happy with (or whatever you can manage) will work out if you hit the right stride. Or you may try the whole thing out and fail miserably.

You will never know what you are capable of until you try.

The Challenge ...

The big challenge of course is to build up an impressive enough account that YouTube even considers you for partnership ... you have to apply and be accepted, you can't just start earning right away without proving your mettle.

Once you have been accepted as a partner, they have essentially given you a high-five and a wink to show that they think you have what it takes to earn some bucks.

They are not interested in wasting their time on long-shots. Fight the good fight hard enough to become a partner, and chance are if you keep on fighting, you will get some nice payback.


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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      $4 per thousand visitors is still not even remotely plausible.

      My best earner has 55K hits since April 2011, earning $111 over its' lifetime.

      By your formula it should have earned (4 X 55) = $220.

    • passionate77 profile image


      5 years ago

      wonderful information, interesting and useful article that helped me out learning the process, blessings and thanks for sharing!

    • SpaceShanty profile image


      5 years ago from United Kingdom


      I posted one video without thinking about making money and after about a year and 50,000 views I got invited to put ads on it and earn money, after about another 20,000 hits it has made about $50.

      Now I have started making more videos and the amount you get CPM changes dramatically everyday from a few cents to over $150.

      I recently helped a friend set up thier Youtube account to make it more adsense friendly and saw that you no longer have to wait to be invited to join, it seems anyone can have ads shown on their videos without thousands of views of hundreds of subscribers now but I think the result has been a drop in CPM.

      I'm not sure if your method of making loads of videos eveyday is really worth it. I mean why have hundreds of bland videos that get a few accidental views everyday. The trick is to make videos people want to watch, my first video (now with 75,000 view) is just a short and simple 'how to' video. People go to Youtube to be entertained and to learn how to do things. Give them want they want.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I have one video with 17K hits and I've earned less than $10 over its lifetime.

    • Jason Seale profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Seale 

      6 years ago from Stratford, Ontario, Canada

      I am not so sure about $4 being so impossible ... I average about $1 on a small collection of videos ... doing 4 times better would seem to be within reach if the topic was a real 'money maker'.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      $4 per thousand visitors is not even remotely plausible.

    • nakmeister profile image


      6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Interesting hub, I'd always wondered how you get to become a Youtube partner. It's like a job, you've got to be doing the higher level job to get the promotion often!

    • Masata profile image

      Derrick Houston 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia

      or you can try reading my hub witch will explain how it is done step by step to become a partner by invitation here is the link

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Your math is wrong. 30 hits (per day) times 5 days times 50 weeks which works out to about 7,500 hits a YEAR! Divide by 1,000 times $4 is only $30.

    • ultimateteam11 profile image


      7 years ago from Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

      you know your calculations ended up being at 365 years, not 2

    • @neesh profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Ok,but have you tried .Is it real and how to contact them....thanks...

    • Harvey75 profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I would suggest a slower pace to the video making. Having fewer videos in the early stages will allow you to target in on whats working and driving your traffic.

      Fewer video's each day also means more time for you to research new topics and develop new ideas. This will allow you to keep producing say 5, 3 min videos everyday and not suffer from burn out as quickly.

      I hope you see success and look forward to updates.

    • BL Tween profile image

      BL Tween 

      7 years ago

      Something to consider,thank you.


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