How I made $3.40 on Youtube in one year
Have you noticed how everyone is making millions on Youtube? PewDiePie, Smosh, Michelle Phan, Rosanna Pansino, just to name a few.
There are more millionaires on Youtube than in real life. How do they do it? What have they got that we ain’t got? I guess they’ve got what people want. That begs the question: what is it exactly that people want?
Creativity for one thing. Uniqueness. Originality. If you look a these millionaire kids on Youtube you will notice that they are creative, unique and original. They are also very entertaining. Their videos are very professional, attractively made, so that it is fun to watch them. They keep you glued and make you come back for more. The kind of videos that accumulate millions of followers, millions of views and millions…of dollars!
We look at these videos, scrutinize them, analyze them, breake them down in microscopic pieces and study them. We come to the conclusion that we too can create outstanding videos and earn money from them. Well, I for one, reached this conclusion.
I started out by opening a Youtube channel. My only talent, and what I do best , is cooking. So I named the channel appropriately with something related to food, so that it would be obvious that my channel deals with eating.
Then I applied for the Youtube partnership program. I waited a few weeks, then got a notification that my channel had been accepted in the partnership program. Fantastic! I was on my way to Youtube stardom!
I uploaded my first video, the presentation video to use Youtube terminology, where I introduced my channel and my expertise. All went good and well, except that, being a show-off, I forgot all about cooking and presented myself walking around my pretty town, describing its tourist attractions, as well as my various outfits. Here I was: cook turned tourist guide/model. I wasn’t being consistent with the mission of my channel, but so what? I was confident enough to think viewers would prefer to look at me rather than at my dishes.
I collected about 15 views, mostly from myself and from my family. Ok, I said to myself, I better go around and introduce myself. So I went looking for other cooking channels, subscribed, liked and commented. Good strategy. I started getting subscribers, likes and comments back. Now we’re talking! I got to work in the kitchen and uploaded three cooking videos a week. Views weren’t exactly pouring in, they were more like “dripping” in, but patiently I continued to upload video after video and went around Youtube networking. In the meantime I kept my eyes on my Adsense earnings. After 6 months of hard work I earned about $1.70. Enough to buy me an espresso and a croissant. The problem is that I didn’t see any of that money. That’s because Youtube doesn’t pay you until you earn a minimum of $70.00. At the rate I was going ($3.40 a year), it would take me about 21 years to make enough to see my first paycheck!