The Internet has opened up an enormous amount of opportunities that weren’t available before. Now we can meet people on other continents, publish our work, and buy groceries at the click of a mouse.
Something else we can do over the Internet is make money off homemade videos. YouTube has proven a lucrative platform for the every man’s monetary gain. Regular people post videos they made, garner a following, and enjoy payment from advertisers who purchase ad space on their videos.
“Can I upload a video from my phone?” you may ask. “Do I need to buy expensive equipment and software? How simple is it really to make a living off YouTube?”
The short answer is it’s simple, but it’s not.
The Steps to Starting Out
Luckily, starting out is simple enough. Many YouTube personalities do in fact start out making videos on their phones. So in response to “Can I upload a video from my phone?”: yes, you can!
From there, you have to follow a series of steps to establish yourself.
Establish Your Brand
Your brand is who you are as a personality. Your personality consists of what you talk about and how you talk about it.
For example, popular YouTuber Jenna Marbles makes comedic videos about the challenges that millennial women face in everyday life. The Angry Video Game Nerd rants about retro video games with exaggerated frustration.
Your brand also determines the look and feel of your videos. While some YouTubers choose to upgrade their video production, many continue to use their phones and other simple video equipment.
Build Your Audience
Before YouTube personalities can start making money, their videos have to be viewed 10,000 times in total.
Winning those 10,000 views can be a challenge given the number of videos on YouTube. One step you can take is tagging your videos with every related keyword so it shows up during more searches. Other steps include networking with similar YouTubers and boosting your content on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Once you win the coveted 10,000 views, you can apply to the YouTube Partner Program. YouTube moderators will review your channel’s content against YouTube’s policies. If your channel checks out, your videos will be approved to run ads.
Other Ways To Make Money Off YouTube
Ad space isn’t the only way to make money off of YouTube. In fact, it’s only one of several ways.
Brands are always looking for new ways to reach new customers. Reaching out to brands for demos to review or talk about could earn you a commission.
Making your own merchandise does wonders for getting your name out. Merchandise gives your audience a physical token that can easily be passed to someone not familiar with your brand.
Crowdfunding and Donations
YouTube is a great platform for raising awareness of your brand. Videos explaining your products or services can bolster crowdfunding and donations on other sites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe.
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