This is a topic that everybody wants to know about, but very few talk about. How much money do YouTubers make?
Well, the answer (for me): Not very much...
First of all, let me tell you HOW to make money. There are at least a few ways.
1.) Embedded Advertisements: These ads are displayed before, during, or after a video. If someone clicks it, you get a couple pennies. (Warning: DO NOT click these ads on your own videos or tell people to click them. Google will take away your ability to get embedded ads lickety split.) In order to get these advertisements, you have to be a partner*. Becoming a partner is not as straightforward as one might expect. I think it has something to do with the frequency that you post videos and how many views you get. But my husband recently was invited to put ads on his videos, and he doesn't even post them! And one of my subscribers puts of videos (not very often - but certainly more than my husband) that has pretty good views on each video (100+ views/video) and still has not been able to get a partnership... So, who really knows?
2.) Reviews: Some companies will pay YouTubers significant cash to talk about their products. As you can imagine, these companies want exposure to said YouTuber's viewers. If you do not have a lot of viewers, this may not be a good option for you.
3.) Selling your own stuff: Vlogging is different from blogging because it is more intimate. Reading someone's words is not nearly as personal as watching them speak. This is why it may be more profitable to make vlogs. So, if you have something to sell, and don't mind being on camera, this may be a good option for you. Of course you do not want to come off as a sales person.
I make a minuscule amount of money from #1 . ~ 50cents per day. Making videos on YouTube is obviously not a get-rich-quick scheme ;). BUT it is something I looooove to do. So, maybe one day, if my viewers increase significantly, I will be able to sustain myself (or at least my crafts! Ha!)
Here is a video that I posted yesterday:
Tomorrow, I will share how I became a full fledged partner*.