Becoming rich and famous on YouTube might seem like an impractical dream. But lots of regular, ordinary people are making a ton of money by uploading videos, so you know it can be done, right? But how? You don’t have to be beautiful, rich, or a celebrity to make money on YouTube.
My personal favorite example of ordinary YouTube superstars is “Dad, How do I?” This is a pretty regular guy with two young adult kids, and he teaches people how to do…well, dad stuff.
He covers things everybody needs to know, like how to install a ceiling fan or change a refrigerator filter. In just one year, he racked up 3.31 million subscribers and 14.5 million views and has been featured on The Today Show, Insider Edition, the CBS Evening News, and the NBC Nightly News.
Let’s talk about how to get from here to there.
What’s your thing? You have to be passionate about something to do it or talk about it every week for years. If building a successful YouTube channel is something you’re serious about, the best way to start is to find your niche. Trust me, if you’re interested in something, others are, too. Endless cat video popularity and the astounding number of people who watch other people play video games prove that there is no accounting for taste.
Unique content and engaged followers make everything happen – monetizing your YouTube channel and attracting companies looking for influencers to promote their brand. Successful YouTubers create content they are passionate and knowledgeable about and make captivating, interesting videos that people want to watch and interact with. Following your passions encourages you to put in the hard work and time needed to sustain consistent content creation.
Your niche can be anything you like. Some of the most popular categories include beauty, fashion, travel, fitness, product reviews, and food. The most popular content creators can attract a large, engaging audience and tons of video views. However, popular niches have intense competition. A great way to rise above the competition is by choosing something that reflects your personality or makes use of your unique knowledge or skills.
YouTuber Jordan Page of Fun, Cheap or Free achieved fame on YouTube by sharing something she is both passionate and knowledgeable about. Her channel, which she started back in 2011, shares tips and tricks for frugal living. Her delivery shows her audience that spending less money does not have to mean less fun. In addition to her YouTube channel, she is the founder of the FunCheaporFree.com blog, online budgeting program BudgetBootCamp.com, and ProductivityBootCamp.com. She’s appeared on a host of talk shows and magazine and news features due to the innovative thinking she shares with her audience.
For the best chance of success, your niche should be:
One of the best ways to attract a target audience is through regular self-promotion. Linking your social media accounts such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok is the easiest way to reach the largest audience possible. Promote every new video you publish with posts on as many social media platforms as you can, ideally with similar but slightly different captions to maintain interest across the board.
In addition, create Facebook pages or groups, post in Reddit threads, and work with other people making similar content to you are to invite others to spread the word about your channel.
YouTube video creator codeSTACKr has written about his experience growing his channel from 0 to 70k subscribers in just one year and gives a lot of insight and advice on how you can do it yourself. He suggests that along with the self-promotion outlined above, applying Search Engine Optimization (SEO for short) to each video description can be a great way of helping your video appear on top of Google searches. As always, engage with your audience and respond to comments to keep viewers interested and show them they are being heard.
Only a lucky few manage to build a huge audience within their first year. For most of the YouTubers in the top 50, it took an average of 4 years and 7 months to achieve millions of views on their most viral video. Building a large following takes time, commitment, and a lot of work. The number one most important thing when building a YouTube channel of your own is consistency, consistency, consistency. Work to your own schedule, and find a routine that works for you.
Whether that’s a video every day, once a week, once every two weeks, or once a month, choose a timeframe that best suits you and stick to it. Your audience needs to know they will be receiving consistently quality content on a regular basis, and this will help keep followers engaged and excited for new content.
Although it may seem frustrating when you are getting started and full of ideas to set a schedule and pace yourself, it really is the key to a successful channel. On average, the top YouTubers have uploaded 1,526 videos in total each. This volume of content takes time and commitment. With a topic you’re passionate about and a manageable schedule, it is absolutely achievable. Keep track of all those ideas – you’re gonna need them later.
Most YouTubers begin to create and share content out of passion for a subject rather than out of ambition to get rich. However, once your videos begin to get some attention you might start to think about ways to make some money. While the top 50 YouTubers earn an average of $139k per video and $22.7 million a year, most make significantly less.
To meet YouTube partner eligibility requirements you must have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of video watch before you can monetize, so it will take some time and work, but once you get there the process is relatively simple.
The first income to explore is advertising revenue. To enable monetization on your YouTube channel,
Once you’ve completed those steps, head back to the dashboard and click on the Analytics tab on the left side. From there, you’ll need to choose Revenue from the tabs at the top, then scroll down to the chart Monthly Estimated Revenue to get an idea of your predicted revenue.
Since people can opt out of advertising with YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red), you may want to consider other ways to cash on on your YouTube channel.
Lots of ordinary people are making good money by posting videos. Most of them start out with nothing more than an idea, a cell phone, an engaging personality, and a few basic skills. The ones who succeed learn as they go and keep going no matter what. While it does take a certain kind of personality to put yourself out there, you don’t need special skills, beauty, fame, fancy equipment, or even acting skills. You really should plan your content well in advance and know what you’re going to present, and learn to watch patterns. Use YouTube Analytics to track which content gets the most eyeballs, comments, likes, and shares from your subscriber base, and do more of that.