How to earn money from YouTube without Adsense

Do you have a fairly new channel and wonder how to earn money from YouTube without Adsense?

Monetizing YouTube videos is a topic that every YouTuber is interested in. I see questions related to how people make money on YouTube frequently. After all, if you enjoy making videos, why not make an income out of it to sustain yourself while doing what you love?

But, how easy it is to make money on YouTube?

The first thing that comes to mind for people who are starting out on YouTube is to make money by monetizing their videos. Some mistaken the process to be as easy as uploading videos on YouTube and see the money pilling. In reality, there are many miss conceptions beginners have about this so-called easy way to make money. I’ll give you the most important reasons why making money on YouTube with Adsense can’t be your only source of money in 2018. And I’ll go over the best alternatives out there.

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT ADSENSE

YOU NEED TO MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA

You need to have 1000 subscribers and 4000 watched hours in the last year to join the program. Reaching these numbers doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and work to reach 1000 subscribers, so you won’t be able to use Adsense to make money from the beginning of your channel.

YOU DON'T GET PAID FOR VIEWS

Lots of people thinking about starting a YouTube channel are asking how much you get paid for views on YouTube, or how much money you’ll be making if you have 3000 views on a video. There’s no answer to these questions. You get paid from the money advertisers are paying to show their ads on your videos. And they get charged only if your viewer watches the ad for at least 30 seconds (or the whole ad if the ad is shorter than 30 sec). If no one watches the ads that pop up on your video, or they are using AdBlock, you won’t be seeing any money.

IT DEPENDS ON YOUR NICHE

Because you get paid only when ads show on your videos and viewers watch them, it means you need ads on your videos. How many ads will be showing up, depends on the niche you’re in. A business selling phones won’t pay for ads to be shown on your videos about animal food because your audience isn’t relevant to the business. Hence, if you’re in a niche where businesses are not paying for advertisements, you won’t have much success with it.

FOR SMALL CHANNELS, THERE'S NOT MUCH MONEY TO BE MADE

As a guideline, you can expect to make around $1 for 1000 views. That’s not a lot of money for a new YouTube channel that gets a couple thousand views per video. You can check out this calculator if you want to get estimates on how much money your YouTube channel can make with AdSense.

WAYS TO EARN MONEY FROM YOUTUBE WITHOUT ADSENSE

AFFILIATE LINKS

Becoming an affiliate is the easiest way to make money on YouTube without Adsense. Making money through affiliate links means you advertise certain products in your videos and encourage your viewers to buy the product. You’ll have a link to the product in the video description, which is a special URL attached to your account. Every time someone makes a purchase through one of your links, you’ll receive a commission from that sale.

YOUTUBE SPONSORSHIPS

Another way to monetize YouTube without Adsense is through sponsorships. This is the how many YouTubers earn money or lots of cool freebies. Getting sponsored by a brand means that you get paid to promote the said brand in your videos.

MERCH AND PRODUCTS

One way to monetize your YouTube channel is through selling merchandise. There’re two ways you can go with this. You can either source products, buy them in bulk, and sell them at a higher price (Amazon or Shopify strategy). Or, if you produce items, you can take advantage of YouTube and sell them on your channel.

SELL DIGITAL PRODUCTS

Digital products are probably the easiest things to sell online nowadays. If you have ideas about products that your audience would benefit from, you can build an app. If you’re a graphic designer, you can create templates or prints. Photographers can sell their images. Selling digital products is how many YouTubers make money. They don’t over promote their products in the videos, but they mention them from time to time to draw viewers back to their website.

OFFER SERVICES

Are you a proficient content marketer? Or maybe you can help others take control of their life through consulting sessions? This can be an excellent way on how to make money using YouTube videos to generate leads.

GET PAID TO BE A SPEAKER

If the way you talk is inspiring to others and you have interesting points of view or great insights in your niche, you can make money from YouTube videos without directly monetizing them. You can use your YouTube channel to make people aware of your speaker skills and get invited to speak at events.