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YouTube Question Is YouTube A great way to income?

KS Moto Cafe

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No (at least not until you are in the 500k views/month ~ $5k/month ($10 per 1000 views - which is very generous - most niches only pay $3/1k view). The amount of time and resources you put into making a video does not equate to how much YT pays you (if at all). With that said, you need to start doing this as a hobby you enjoy spending time on or else you will quickly corner yourself to quit because time can be spent elsewhere that makes more money. I can make more money serving hamburgers at McDonalds compared to channels with 100k subs serving 500k views/month BUT most channels make more money via sponsorships, merch, and patreon type of gigs. So you just got to do some business planning to make it work.
 

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No (at least not until you are in the 500k views/month ~ $5k/month ($10 per 1000 views - which is very generous - most niches only pay $3/1k view). The amount of time and resources you put into making a video does not equate to how much YT pays you (if at all). With that said, you need to start doing this as a hobby you enjoy spending time on or else you will quickly corner yourself to quit because time can be spent elsewhere that makes more money. I can make more money serving hamburgers at McDonalds compared to channels with 100k subs serving 500k views/month BUT most channels make more money via sponsorships, merch, and patreon type of gigs. So you just got to do some business planning to make it work.
Wow, I must be dense because you explained the formula quite well in a simple, elegant manner. Once in YPP, the views matter more.

It is true that strictly on a monetary basis, the time and energy you put in is hardly worth it. However, having a longer view and earning credibility & improving trust & reputation cannot easily be bought.
 

Yasi relax Girl

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I only like to have it because if you grow a good channle you likely sit back and earn money for time you spent before ehile you cannot do it same in the MacDonald shop
 

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If you're relying only on Adsense alone, that's not a good income bet IMO.

But if you decide to start a legit business and use YT to build an audience which can then turn into leads for a business, you will make far more even on 10k subs. Then Adsense is just extra money.

Ofc that requires learning skillsets that go beyond YouTube content alone.
 

MattCommand1

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Ofc that requires learning skillsets that go beyond YouTube content alone.
Having a body of knowledge and life experiences outside of YT gives more creators and edge in some areas. Younger creators tend to prefer creating entertainment & gaming content & sharing their life. More established and mature creators skew towards showing/educating and sharing their knowledge and expertise which is often deemed valuable and monetizable.

That, of course, is a broad statement. There are exceptions.
 

Xavier De Buck

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100% agree with you there!

Part of the income will be from Adsense; part sponsorships; part brand deals; part coaching/consulting etc. At least, that's what's happening on my side. And, I'm still trying to figure out increase the number of income streams via/through/thanks to YT exposure
 

MattCommand1

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100% agree with you there!

Part of the income will be from Adsense; part sponsorships; part brand deals; part coaching/consulting etc. At least, that's what's happening on my side. And, I'm still trying to figure out increase the number of income streams via/through/thanks to YT exposure
Having a reasonably established YT channel is very helpful in opening up unexpected opportunities and contacts for sure. It also opens up your mind to possibilities you might never have thought of. :)
 

Xavier De Buck

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Having a reasonably established YT channel is very helpful in opening up unexpected opportunities and contacts for sure. It also opens up your mind to possibilities you might never have thought of. :)
Hear hear.

Per your point, I was focused on doing only Instagram Live videos (given my 260,000 IG followers) until someone told me about a year ago to go try and do landscape videos instead of portrait ones as in IG...and the rest is history! I had never even thought of it
 

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Is Youtube a great way to income?

No.

If your video has you sitting in a chair and talking to your audience, you probably will be competing with thousands of established YTubers who have tons of subscribers already, and who have already covered the broad topic you want to talk about. If your topic is some narrow niche subject, you may not have lots of competition, but very few viewers will have any interest in your topic; basically, you'll just be talking to yourself.

A problem emerged recently that affects people like myself who like to post YT videos on travel in the U.S. It is now effectively ILLEGAL to post a video on YT if that video was taken in a national park or on other federal land. To legally post such a video on YT now requires an onerously complex and expensive "permit" system from the National Park Service. Almost no YTuber will have the wherewithal to go through this permit process. Accordingly, this awful law precludes any YT "monitization" of national park videos. The court opinion even called out YouTube by name in rendering its judicial opinion.

Who knows what other awful laws, rules, regulations (in the U.S. or elsewhere), or corporate takeovers or changes in YT leadership will render "monitization" null and void. The time, effort, and money involved in jumping through YT hoops to get "monitized", and especially the uncertainty of future actions by institutions you have no control over, does not, in my opinion, justify a goal of "monitization (a topic on this website that I deplore).

I'm telling you that if you want to post videos on YT as a hobby without expectation of getting an income, that fine, so long as your video was not taken in a U.S. national park or on other federal land. Just don't buy into the idealistic hype that "monitization" is going to solve all your money problems. Some YTubers will benefit from making videos, as described upthread. But for most people, though not all, posting YT videos is not a viable short term or long term strategy for generating income.
 
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