Can You Make Money On YouTube?

YouTube is more than just an avenue you can use to post amusing or educational videos and share it to other people from different parts of the globe. It is one of the most popular websites today, attracting millions of viewers on a daily basis.

The popularity of the website has made it a good ground for people to earn money. Now we will take a look at the different ways that you can use in order to make money on YouTube.

Top 5 Ways To Make Money On YouTube

There are several ways that you can use in order to earn money from YouTube. Here are the top 5:

1. Youtube Partner Program

The most common method that people use in order to make money through the biggest video sharing website is through the Partner Program of YouTube. The website employs a system called “revenue sharing.” Revenue sharing allows users to earn money by having advertisements appear on their videos (Ads can appear before the video itself, on the bottom of the video, or next to the video), or by making their videos available for rental through streaming.

Of course, not everyone can join the YouTube Partner program. The website has set certain criteria that people will need to follow in order to join the program. These criteria include:

  • Creating original videos that will be made available to the thousands of people using YouTube
  • Publishing new videos on a regular basis
  • Receiving express permission for any and all audio and video content that you post on your videos

You can join the Partner program either by applying to join it or being invited by YouTube itself to join the program (which usually happens if one or more of your videos get a lot of hits). You will need to set up a Google AdSense account in order to receive your money from the program. Furthermore, YouTube will only give users payment when the videos they have published make $100.

2. Sponsored Videos

Another method that you can use to make money through YouTube is to post sponsored videos. In most cases, this will mean posting a review of a product on your YouTube channel. The manufacturers of the product you review will give you a commission for plugging their product. A good example is NigaHiga’s video about the Nexus One.

3. Promoting Affiliate Links

If you’re a member of an affiliate program, you can use YouTube to plug the products that you’re promoting to increase the likelihood of making successful sales.

Those who are promoting affiliate links will usually put a watermark on their video that displays the URL of the website that they’re promoting. Make sure to also provide a hyperlink in the description area so that viewers can easily click it instead of copying the URL manually from the watermark.

When it comes to using YouTube to promote affiliate links, you need to make sure that the videos you produce will not only comply with the terms and conditions set by YouTube, but also the rules established by the affiliate program, otherwise, you may end up getting your account deleted and even kicked out of the affiliate program you were part of.

4. Promoting Your Own Website

If you have your own website, you can also create videos and post these on YouTube to get the attention of your target audience. If you have a product, you can display the products you’ve made on your videos to make these more attractive to buyers or you can simply drive traffic to a website with advertisements. As with the affiliate promotions, be sure to put a hyperlink to your website so that the viewers of your videos won’t have a difficult time in visiting your website.

5. Selling Fan Gear

If you have your own products, you can use YouTube to create videos to plug your online to make sales. Fan gears are a hit on YouTube. A good example of this is from Epic Meal Time’s.

Final Notes

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that marketing using YouTube will bring you easy money. You will need to exert time and effort if you want to earn well from this avenue. Some reminders that you will want to follow when it comes to making money through YouTube include:

  • Get the viewers. Like other video producers on YouTube, your goal should be to get as many subscribers as possible, as they are the key to making a lot of money through YouTube. For example, your application to join the YouTube Partner program may be rejected if you don’t have a lot of subscribers, and advertisers who are looking for YouTube producers to plug their products may not choose you if you actually dont have a lot of subscribers to promote these goods to.
  • Be as creative as possible. YouTube supports literally thousands of videos on their website, which is why you need to make your video as creative as possible to make it stand out above the rest. At the same time, make sure that the videos you publish are original and well-made. Do not post videos that have been haphazardly made, as these won’t do much for you.
  • Make sure to comply with the rules. Violating any of the rules, such as posting copyrighted content, can mean you getting banned from YouTube, so follow the rules and regulations set by the website.

It takes a combination of luck, patience, and skill in order to earn well by posting videos on YouTube. As such, be sure to exert as much effort as possible so that you will have a higher chance of getting a good income from the website.


  1. says

    Nice one Andre.

    Another strategy is to create a series of free podcasts that will lead people back to your site.

    If you give enough goodwill, people will reciprocate.

  2. says

    Another easiest way of earning on you tube is by posting funny videos, almost anyone can do this. If you get more views they will ask’ if you would like “revenue sharing” That’s when the money will flow.

  3. says

    YouTube remains a major source of online income but for you to be accepted as one of the partners requires having unique videos of quality which is not very easy for most people.

  4. says

    Hey Andre,

    Thanks for the great post here. I may implement on of this strategy to get boost traffic to make more income online…thanks again for sharing.

  5. says

    Very nice post. I have looked at YouTube for making money, and of course getting back-links to various sites. I.have read recently that if you in-bed videos on your blog posts that it is more likely the video will assist in ranking websites.

    As a “give away” on an older website of mine a gave away a video by Anik Singal that outlines 5 ways to make money with You Tube. You have provided additional information so that now I know at
    least 8 ways to make money with You Tube.

    Like all other good ideas… taking action is required.

  6. says

    You know Mark Anastasi had a full chapter on how to make money on Youtube. I am now trying some of things he suggested. Contacting people who have lots of views and trying to buy/lease their youtube video. No success so far, but I’ll keep trying

  7. says

    Another great and nice tips…I have only been able to make money through embed google ads on my youtube videos…but with this article, I have learned more tips!

  8. says

    Videos with viral characteristics make best fortunes on YouTube because people always attract to share them with no thrust such as “Please share this video with your friends” .

  9. says

    I agree with you Andre. Youtube can be a great source of income, especially since I’m seeing more and more Youtube videos on Google’s page one (and two on some search) lately.

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