Lots of people talk about how they quit their day job and became full-time YouTubers. These stories can be very compelling. After all, who wouldn’t want to turn their passion into a bonafide career? While becoming a professional YouTuber is the ultimate dream, it does require a bit of a reality check. Just for reference, you make about $1,000 per one million views on YouTube. So unless your videos are getting millions of views in a short period of time, every time, you might want to keep your day job and also explore YouTube monetization routes that don’t rely on views only.
But if you want to start dabbling in monetizing on YouTube or if you want to make a hefty side-profit from sharing on YouTube you will want to read this post.
You’ll need to post 2–3 times per week
You know the term ‘fake it till you make it’? Well, if you want to be a full-time YouTuber, you have to start acting like one. That means you need to post regularly — very, very regularly. Think about it, you don’t only go to work once a month and tell your boss ‘sorry, I was busy, but I am back now!’. Instead, you go to work every day, no excuses. You need to do the same on YouTube. You’ll need to post all the time to build your audience and ensure you have a steady stream of views.
Diversify your income streams
Remember how we said to not quit your day job in the opening paragraph? We didn’t say that to be rude — we said it because we want to make sure you maximize your earning potential. In this day-in-age, nothing is promised in terms of income. For example, many YouTubers saw their income decrease when the platform started giving creators less money from ads. Even if you do make enough to live on YouTube, you still want a secondary or third income stream. It is the safest route if one of your jobs doesn’t work out.
This is the most obvious one. You will need to hook your Adsense account to your YouTube channel so that you get paid per view. This is the most common route to make money on YouTube, however it is the least profitable. People do not make a ton of money from Adsense. So you cannot rely on this method alone. This is particularly true if you are just starting out and don’t have millions of views on your channel yet.
By Clare Brown