How to Make 10k a Month on YouTube

You can make money on YouTube, but it’s not easy. There are plenty of YouTubers out there who are making six figures a year, but they’re the exception rather than the rule. In general, most people are not getting rich from their videos.
That being said, it is possible to make a decent living as a YouTuber if you have a dedicated and growing audience that likes what you have to say and continues to support you by subscribing to your channel and watching your new content regularly.
In this blog post we’ll be discussing how much money YouTubers actually make, why they make so little, and how you can also monetize your passion for video in order to get closer to that six-figure mark yourself.

Topic Index
  1. The Basics of Monetizing on YouTube
  2. How Much Do YouTubers Make?
  3. Why So Little?
  4. Earning Potential Through Advertising
  5. Earning Potential with YouTube Red

The Basics of Monetizing on YouTube

If you’re interested in making money from your YouTube channel, you might have heard about the Partner Program, which is YouTube’s official revenue-sharing program. While this program does indeed exist, it has a very low acceptance rate, which means most people are not accepted into the program, and even if you are, you’re likely to make very little money from it.

In order to make real money from your YouTube channel, you need to be able to collect Adsense revenue, which is what a majority of YouTubers do.

With Adsense, you enable ads on your channel and those ads are served to the people who watch your content. The advertisers pay YouTube, and then YouTube pays you a portion of that revenue because you helped make that happen by putting those ads on your videos.

How Much Do YouTubers Make?

The short answer is that it is tough to make a lot of money from YouTube, but it is possible to bring in a decent side income through Adsense. That said, if you want to make a full-time living from your channel, you’ll probably need to build a large and dedicated audience.

On average, YouTubers with around 100k subscribers are able to make approximately $2,000 per month from their videos. That is, however, just an average. Some channels will make more, and others will make less.

In addition to subscriptions and Adsense, you can also make money on YouTube by working with sponsors, which can greatly increase your earning potential. The average YouTuber with 100k subscribers makes around $5,000 per sponsored partnership, but again, that’s just an average. Some YouTubers make more, and some make less.

Why So Little?

If you make money is because you have an audience who likes what you have to say and would like to support you. The problem is that most people don’t actually have an audience yet.

The best way to make money on YouTube is to build your channel up over time, getting more subscribers and views. Once you’re able to do this, you’ll start to see some of that Adsense revenue trickle in.

Most likely, you’ve been seeing a lot of “related videos” from other channels in your feed, but no ads from your own channel. This is because you need at least 10,000 total views before you’re able to start making money.

To make money from ads, you need to be able to serve ads to your viewers. There’s no point in trying to make money from ads if no one is even clicking on them.

Earning Potential Through Advertising

If you’re just getting started with your YouTube channel, you’re probably wondering how much money you’ll be able to make once you have enough views to actually show ads. The good news is that you can take advantage of YouTube’s advanced analytics to track your potential earnings.

You can also estimate how much you’ll be able to make by looking at the Ad Rates page on YouTube’s website. This page shows advertisers what they’re willing to pay per 1,000 views.

The average cost per 1,000 views for an advertiser is approximately $10. This means that if your video gets 1,000 views, you’ll most likely make $10 from that.

As your channel grows and your views increase, that $10 will likely go up. You could feasibly make $100 from 1,000 views on your channel, or even more.

Earning Potential with YouTube Red

One of the benefits of building an audience on YouTube is the potential to earn money from YouTube Red memberships. YouTubers with high subscriber counts can make a lot of money from people who sign up for the paid membership program.
As a YouTuber, you can choose to either not participate in the program at all, or to participate, but only offer a very few videos for free.
For every paid subscription, you’ll make a certain amount of money, which is determined by your subscriber count.
For example, if you have 100,000 subscribers and someone signs up for a paid membership, you’ll make $1 per month.
This is obviously not going to make you rich, but as your channel grows, it can become a nice side income.

In general, you can make more money from YouTube with a smaller channel than a larger channel. If you only have 10,000 subscribers, the potential earnings aren’t as high as someone who has 1 million subscribers, but the smaller channel is much more likely to actually make the money they’re owed, whereas the larger channel is less likely to.

The best way to make money on YouTube is to keep growing your audience and making new videos. Your first videos might not make that much, but as time goes on, you’ll likely see your earnings increase.

If you have a specific goal for how much money you want to make per month, you can use YouTube’s advanced analytics to track your earnings and see how close you are to hitting your goal.

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