How to Make Money on YouTube Viral Videos

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Caleb

Monetize YouTube

So what do you need to do to start making mad cash quickly off your eight-minute home-made masterpiece? While some make money from merchandise deals, the majority of earnings are made through advertising revenue YouTube’s Partner Program, where the top viewed videos are overlaid with advertisements—not unlike a pack of NASCAR hotrods.

It turns out its kind of exclusive and by invite only–like getting invited to wield a black Amex card. In other words, you need to already have a record of uploading videos. Here are the official qualifications according to the YouTube Partners page:

YouTube Partner Program Minimum Requirements

- You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
- You own or have express permission to use and monetize all audio and video content that you upload—no exceptions.
- You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users, or you publish popular or commercially successful videos in other ways (such as DVDs sold online).
- Please note: all uploaded videos are subject to the YouTube Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.

So, you see chances are good none of us qualify. But that’s no reason not to start trying now, or step up your existing YouTube efforts! Loads of people are making decent money—from a few thousand to six figures yearly. So who’s making the most money? You’ve probably heard of a few of the folks below:

 

TubeMogul’s Top 5 YouTube Earners

1. Shane Dawson ($315,000/£200,000) 431,787,450 views
Clean-living, wholesome 22-year-old Californian comic actor producing home-made sketches.
2. The Annoying Orange ($288,000/£185,504) 349,753,047 views
Animated fruit created by Dane Boedigheimer that could soon appear on television.
3. Philip DeFranco ($181,000/£117,000) 248,735,032 views
Video blogger (vlogger) who began uploading clips while at university.
4. Ryan Higa ($151,000/£97,200) 206,979,909 views
Also known as Nigahiga, the Hawaiian-born Japanese-American evolved from lip-synching to original comedy and has had more than 150 million hits. Videos How to be Gangster and How to be Ninja went viral for him and his Yabo Crew.
5. Fred Figglehorn ($146,000/£94,000) 200,656,150 views
Lucas Cruikshank, 16, whose videos aimed at children are soon to appear on Nickelodeon.

So hey, hell yeah, by all means get out there and try.  Upload yourself to the world, why not?  It may make you a millionaire!  Or at least cover your car payment.

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