Youtube has about two billion users worldwide. While it might be because it’s one of the earliest platforms that prioritized visual content, it’s undisputably one of the social media platforms that everyone visits daily for knowledge, entertainment, and lifestyle.

Every Youtube creator dreams about monetising their content. For one, the cost of shooting a video requires a great deal of creativity, effort and consistency. The hours put into editing a single video and the promotions after uploading it too is a lot. So it might be discouraging if you’re not getting some remuneration for your hard work.

The good news is that there are multiple ways to make money from Youtube as a creator. That’s why in this article, we’ll be showing you five sure ways to get paid as a Youtube content creator. 

Five Ways to Make Money on Youtube

Are you a Youtube creator ready to start making profits from this social media platform? Here are five guaranteed ways to make money on Youtube.

1.  Set Up an Adsense Account 

The most popular way to earn money on Youtube is through Adsense revenue. However, you need to first set up an Adsense account on the Youtube Studio. With this, you can show your viewers ads from different advertisers and get paid for that. 

Before setting up your Adsense account, you need to first join the Youtube partner program. This ensures that you’re eligible to get paid. But before heading over to the creator studio on Youtube, here are a few requirements you have to meet to be eligible for Adsense revenue;

  • The first requirement is that you must live in a country where the YouTube partner program is readily available. Luckily it’s available in African countries like Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Comply with the YouTube community guidelines and policies, 
  • Your channel must have at least more than four thousand(4000)  views in the past twelve months before attempting to register.
  • Confirm that you have more than one thousand(1000) subscribers on your channel 

When all these have been met, you can check your eligibility by clicking on the monetization section in the YouTube studio of your channel. If you are not, it will show a notification button that offers to notify you through your email when you have successfully met the requirement.

To start getting paid, ensure that you create an Adsense account and link your channel to it.

2. Sponsored or Branded Posts 

As a YouTube creator, you can earn by collaborating with brand owners that fit into your niche to create content and promotes their business. 

When you do this, you’ll get paid with either money or their products. Although this is usually in form of a contract, the increase in the number of customers that your ads brought to them will determine whether they renew or not.

As easy as this might look, it requires a ton of strategy. Here are a few tips to help you land a solid brand endorsement as a Youtube creator;

  • Choose a niche for your audience to know what you specialize in – Upload content that fits into YouTube ethics because brand owners will only patronize creators that share similar messages. Don’t be a jack of all trades.
  • Make sure that your channel looks professional – this will attract more high-level clients to you and there’s a tendency that you will get an increase in the number of subscribers as time goes on.
  • Learn to upload quality videos on your channel – You can do this by learning from other YouTube creators’ channels to see what’s working for them. However, avoid plagiarism. 
  • Make sure you are consistently creating valuable content so that the youtube algorithm can make you visible to potential clients who might need your services.

In some cases, you can extend the first branch. Reach out to brands and let them know that you are open to a brand partnership.

3. Become an Affiliate

You can become an affiliate for brands by referring their product to people through your channel for a commission on each sale. Usually, they track sales generated from your custom affiliate link. 

Once you have created this link, make sure you disclose it to your viewers for them to understand that you are getting paid if they make a purchase. Share this link with your subscribers by adding it to your YouTube video description or as a pinned comment under your sponsored videos.

Reference this product in your video. However, ensure you make it as natural as possible. This is why we recommend that you always join affiliate programs for brands similar to your niche. So if you’re a fashion influencer, you’d be able to share fashion items with your subscribers.

4. Sell Your Merch 

Merch is a short form for merchandise which means commodities offered for sale. As a creator, you can earn by selling a product of yours such as frames, throw pillows, customized t-shirts, skincare products, and so on.

Having merch goes beyond making money, it helps you grow your own brand offline. It also builds a relationship between you and your fans. As a creator with numerous subscribers, you will get a better chance of selling because you’d have built trust with your audience. 

So once you have your products, sell them directly to your audience or use Youtube watch pages to reach more people. With this feature, viewers can purchase your item directly on Youtube without being redirected. 

However, you need about 10,000 subscribers to be able to advertise your merchandise. If it involves digital products like Ebooks or courses, you can host them on a platform like Creathor to automate the purchasing and accounting process.

5. Get Tips from Your Fans

As a YouTube creator who takes time to drop educative, entertaining, and inspiring content on your channel, some of your genuine fans might love it so much, they’d decide to tip you.

They can do this by sending you a note of appreciation, gifting you some valuable items, or even through actual cash.

If you also have a project that requires a ton of financial assistance, crowdfunding is a great way to get funds faster. One way to do this is through Youtube Superchat. However, with this, you also need to be part of the Youtube Partner Program.

An even better way is to create a custom payment link on your Creathor account and add it to your channel’s description, bio and pinned comments. Creating a link is also completely free.

To get more funds from your fans, you need to be transparent by carrying them along on how the money will be spent and what it will be spent on. You can also offer rewards to donors like free merch or shoutouts and you will be surprised at the huge recurring support you will get.

The Bottom Line

Youtube isn’t just for creating fun videos, it’s also a great platform to make a living and earn money online. Start by creating an Adsense account, becoming an affiliate or generating your own custom payment link for fan tips. Start by creating a free Creathor account.