Making Money From YouTube Videos

Homepreneurs is all about making money from home.  This includes work at home jobs, home business ideas, and assorted other areas such as surveys, blogs, and in this post, YouTube videos.  The Internet provides many ways for people to make money from home from anywhere in the world.  Research the idea, do your homework, and give it a try.

Simply, one makes money on YouTube by becoming a YouTube partner, which allows you to display ads on your videos.  When viewers click on those ads, you then earn a percentage of the revenues generated by clicks on those ads, similar to Google’s AdSense.  How much money can you make?  We’ve heard numbers anywhere from $3 up to $10 per 1,000 video views, but this is privately held Google/YouTube information.

Becoming a YouTube partner is not as simple as signing up for and embedding code for Adsense.  Please find below a step by step process to setting up a YouTube partner relationship.

1. Sign up for an Adsense Account

The process of displaying ads on YouTube videos is different, but earnings and statistics go with an Adsense account, so you must have one.

In theory, one could set up a YouTube partner account first and then an Adsense account – via application.  The process is simpler if the Adsense account is created first, then the YouTube partner account.  It is possible to have a YouTube application rejected, so start with something small and grow from there.

2. Create and Grow an Audience on YouTube

One major factor the YouTube team will use to evaluate your application is the size audience you reach on YouTube. Numbers aren’t revealed of course, but some ballpark numbers suggested by others are:

– At least 1,000 subscribers

– At least 1,000 views on all your videos

– At least 10,000 channel views

These are probably minimum numbers.  If you want to have your application approved, you’ll probably need 5,000 subscribers, 50,000 channel views and over 1,000,000 total upload views total.

Channel views are the number of times that someone, anyone, even yourself, looks at your channel. The number itself is not in real time, and may jump suddenly from day to day.
The Total Upload Views is an accumulated total of all the views on all your videos.

3. Post Videos Regularly

YouTube looks for people that will be with long-term contributors.  If you only have a handful of videos – even if they went viral – your chance of acceptance is low.

Much like blog posts, frequent and fresh video content is preferred.  Someone with a new video every day is more likely to be accepted as a YouTube partner than someone who uploads once a week or every couple weeks.

Have dozens of videos uploaded – at least 50 – before applying for a partnership.

4. Develop a Brand for your Videos

Though not essential, this adds to your professional image.  A computer is not making the decision about your application, a person will do that.  Once you meet the technical requirements, that person will decide if you are YouTube partner material.  Presenting yourself as a professional is part of that process.

Some tips for creating a professional brand include

– A website to host your videos and get viewer feedback

– Develop a logo and tagline to use with your product

– Use a watermark for protection on your videos

– Consider employing a professional to create an introduction for your videos

5. Absolutely No Copyrighted Material

Copyright infringement puts YouTube at risk for legal action.  Any copyright violation will get you rejected immediately.  This includes logos, audio snips, video clips, and even background music that you have no permission to use.

6. Fill Out the YouTube Partner Application

Becoming a YouTube partner is not a simple process as noted in the steps above.  Once the above 5 steps are done, fill out an application via the official YouTube Partner Program page. It might take a while to get your application reviewed because of sheer numbers, but once accepted you’ll be able to start displaying ads on your videos right away and hopefully making some serious money from home!

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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