Youtube is the largest and most popular online video website, providing free access to a wide variety of videos, many of which are made and self-produced by private individuals. Youtube began as a means for people from virtually anywhere to post and share video content. Lately, however, it has become possible to monetize videos and earn cash. Here are steps on how to make money on Youtube and start earning from original content:
Without content, there is no way anyone can make money from Youtube. The site is quite choosy about who it allows to specific programs that offer revenue sharing. Offering video content that is interesting, upbeat and exciting enough to attract viewer attention is a good first step to start generating income.
One good thing to remember is that the site prefers videos that receive plenty of viewers. Otherwise, there simply is nothing that can be monetized. To attract viewers, video owners may promote the link to a number of social networking sites, forums and blogs to bring traffic in. To expedite the process, it is also possible to use download software that automates the reciprocal viewing of videos with other people. This improves the exposure of the content and increases the likelihood that it will go viral.
How you earn: It is rare for anyone to earn during the first phase, unless of course the video generates thousands of viewers within a very short time period and it is enrolled in the income-generating Adsense program. This is a necessary step, however, particularly for individuals who wish to earn a regular income from the site. Once this phase has been completed successfully, it becomes easier for the account holder to open his or her video to different earning opportunities.
Note: Youtube prefers original videos that do not violate any copyright laws. If images or music used for the content are used without permission, Youtube can (and will) reject the content.
Youtube has a Partner Program that allows members to earn money by uploading videos. This is by far the best way to earn with Youtube but it also comes with certain terms and conditions that the member’s content offering should meet. Members should also be able to upload videos through their account regularly, attract a large number of subscribers and gain a minimum of 1,000 views per video.
How you earn: Earnings are sourced from AdSense. Ads will be embedded in the video or placed near it for viewers to click. A set amount of earnings is generated from ad impressions and the member earns part of the revenue. Income is residual, so it can remain active for a long time and continue to earn.
Videos that become popular enough to generate 1,000 views are often invited to Youtube’s Individual Video Program. Youtube sends the account holder an e-mail informing him or her that the video has qualified for revenue sharing.
How you earn: Through Adsense revenue. After accepting the invitation, the owner of the video can begin earning an income generated by that particular posting. Getting an invite from Youtube is often the first step for many people to getting approved for a partnership later.