How to make money on YouTube

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Before we get into how you can make money on YouTube for your startup, let’s understand what it means to make money on YouTube. How is money made?

YouTube videos are monetised by inserting advertisements in the video or displaying ads next to the video. The ad network pays YouTubers on the basis of the number of views and clicks their videos generate.

How much can I make?

The amount of money you can earn depends on your content, viewership and channel age. The more viewers you have, and more views you get per day, the more revenue you will make.

A few popular channels have managed to make almost $4000 per month from advertising revenue alone. You can also make money from Google AdSense, which is a separate income stream that pays based on page views and clicks. However, it is only available for select partners in select countries.

How much do YouTubers make?

There are many factors that determine how much revenue a YouTuber makes. Here are some key factors: The number of subscribers they have helps advertise their channel to other people who may not be aware of them yet.

Also, subscribers get access to exclusive content that non-subscribers do not get to see.

The number of views a video gets is another factor that determines how much a YouTuber makes. It is important to make videos that are trending and have potential to go viral.

A lot of YouTubers are creating their own thumbnails and editing them for better visibility. Most videos with over 400000 views have well-made thumbnails and a thumbnail that attracts viewers.

The amount of money YouTubers make also depends on the country they live in, and the currency they use in their channel.

For example, if you live in Singapore, you will need to pay a lot of money to run ads on your videos.

How much do YouTubers get paid?

The amount of money a YouTuber makes depends on the number of ads they display in their video. If you choose to run ads on your videos, and have a good following, then you can expect to earn anywhere between $1-$3 per 1000 views. This number can go above $100 if your video goes viral and gets over 1 million views.

How to make money on YouTube for startups: The Top 3 Methods

There are various methods for making money on YouTube for startups. Here are three of the most popular ways:

1. Run ads on your videos

This is the most common method used by YouTubers. It is free to set up an account with the ad network, and it is easy to run ads on your videos.

The major downside of this method is that you are not guaranteed to be able to run ads on all of your videos.

Some videos may not be eligible for advertising, and some advertisers may not be interested in running ads for certain topics. YouTubers who are running ads on their videos still need to promote their channel and get a good following before they can actually make money from it.

2. Give product reviews and recommendations

If you have a review channel, this is a great way to monetise it. If you are reviewing products in niche markets, you can even make some decent money in affiliate commissions.

Affiliate marketing works very well with review channels since all they do is talk about products and recommend them for purchase.

If you have a lot of trust built up with your viewers, you can even give affiliate links in the description field of these videos without much fear of getting penalised by Google.

3. Write articles about startups and link back to them

This method requires a lot of effort and time. A lot of YouTubers write articles about startups and link back to them in the description of the video. If your article is well written, and has potential to go viral, it can drive a lot of traffic to your startup. You can also use this method to build an audience for your channel.

How To Get More Subscribers On YouTube

This is a very common question asked by new YouTubers. They are always looking for ways to promote their channel and get more subscribers.

The best way to get subscribers is by making videos that target a niche market or community, and by posting them on forums like Reddit about that community or niche market.

Never spam other people’s channels with your videos, otherwise you will be banned from YouTube for violating their terms of service.

There are many other ways to build an audience on YouTube, such as joining Facebook groups related to topics like tech or entrepreneurship.

Make sure you do it the right way so that you don’t get banned from YouTube for violating their terms of service.

So, there you have it! 3 methods that will help you make money on YouTube. Are you interested in any of these methods? Which one did you find the most interesting? Do let me know in the comments.

About the Author

I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies (, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces, and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.

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Alexander Lim

Alexander Lim

Founder of Cudy Technologies (, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.