One of the easiest ways to make money online is through YouTube. You don’t need any special requirements to start a YouTube channel if you pass the age eligibility or region eligibility.
The primary way of making YouTube money is through Adsense. You’ll be paid for the number of ads clicked by your views and also by the number of ad views.
Once you have your channel going with some videos, it’s not that difficult to apply for an Adsense account to start earning an income on YouTube.
Challenges of Monetizing a YouTube Channel
While, starting a YouTube channel is easy, making money on it is not so.
You’ll need to be approved for monetization. Your channel will only be monetized if you’re accepted into the YouTube Partner Program.
To qualify for the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll need to satisfy the following requirements:
- Your channel must have at least 1000 subscribers
- Your videos must have a total watch time of 4000 hours within a year
YouTube has put these requirements in place to work with only established and genuine video creators.
These requirements have hindered many video creators from making money on YouTube.
Tough Hurdle to Cross
Many have given up creating videos after trying hard to meet these requirements. Many more are soldering on, without a clue on how to speed up their acceptance into the YouTube Partner Program.
If you’re one of them, take heart. There’s good news. You can make money on YouTube without monetization through the YouTube Partner Program.
The 4000 watch hours is not an easy one to meet within a year. Especially if your videos don’t last more than a few minutes.
These ways can easily be implemented and are less stringent than the YouTube Partner Program.
Let’s check out ways on how to make money on YouTube without the monetization. These methods are used by many YouTube creators not yet eligible for monetization.
You may already know what an affiliate program is. If you don’t, it’s a way to earn commissions for recommending products and services.
One of the affiliate programs to join is Amazon’s Associate program.
Generally, you’ll need a website with a decent amount of content. However, you can also use your Youtube channel to apply.
Have at least a dozen good-quality videos with a decent number of views before applying.
Do a review of products in your niches that are available for sale on Amazon.
A standout advantage of using YouTube for affiliate marketing is it allows you to place affiliate links in the description section.
So, after promoting a product you can leave an affiliate link to the product in the description for viewers to click through to purchase it.
If your niche centers around digital products, you can try signing up as a Clickbank affiliate.
If you’re trying to sell software products. Do a screen recording of the trial version of the software in action.
An example of a channel that promotes affiliate products through YouTube videos is the Top 5 Picks channel.
You may want to study more channels like this to get ideas.
Partner with Brands
If you’re getting a decent number of views and most importantly, engagement in the form of likes and comments, you may want to take this route.
For example, if you’re offering beauty tips and have a good response, you may want to apply to a beauty product brand to be its ‘ambassador’.
The deal may require you to use their products or even mention them or show ads.
YouTube may show ads on your videos. If you’re not monetized, you don’t get a share of the revenue. All ad revenue goes to YouTube.
But then there’s nothing stopping you from showing ads. You may want to insert these ads, either still with voiceovers or videos.
The best way to do it is to go to local businesses and offer them a deal they can’t refuse.
First, you must show proof that you have videos on topics related to their businesses and there’s a good following for them.
Later, it would be easy to remove the advertisements or commercials using the YouTube video editor.
Sell Your Products
YouTube can be a good channel to sell your products whether physical or digital.
You can basically create educational videos and insert your products in them, Again YouTube doesn’t stop you from including a telephone number or your website or email on the video or in the description.
Try to offer valuable content in a video before promoting your product.
For example, if you’re selling a pimple cream, you’ll want to make a video on 5 tips to prevent pimples before introducing your product at the end of the video.
The same applies to digital products. Offer valuable content before introducing your product.
The video below shows how Masterclass uses YouTube videos to promote its courses.
At the end of the video, you’re invited to enroll in the course.
You may also sell consulting services through YouTube. But then you must create authority first. Show viewers, you know what you’re talking about.
Invite viewers to ask questions after watching your videos.
Give comprehensive answers to their queries in the comment section before inviting them to contact you.
Offer them trial consultations to gain their trust. If you start offering valuable content regularly it will not be long before you generate qualified leads for your service.
This is an example of a YouTube video that offers consultation services.
YouTube Shorts Fund
While waiting for your channel to be monetized, you can try the YouTube Shorts Fund. Yes, you don’t have to be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program to participate.
You may have heard of YouTube Shorts but may not know that you can earn money from them in the form of a Shorts bonus.
YouTube has allocated $100 million to be disbursed to creators of YouTube Shorts.
How do you benefit from this? Well, basically you need to have uploaded at least one YouTube Shorts in the last 180 days.
When you’ve done so, YouTube will notify you if you’re qualified, provided you’re from an approved country.
Check out the video below to learn more about how you can earn from the YouTube Shorts Fund.
The above methods have shown you how to make money on YouTube without monetization.
Pick the method that best suits your niche and your resources and get started immediately.