A quick note about me. My name is Rex Covington. I have been making and posting videos on YouTube for about seven years. At this time I have posted over 500 videos, and I have 740 subscribers with over 184,125 views. My YouTube Channel – http://www.lonestarrider.tv – is basically a travel channel. It includes video destinations while traveling on my motorcycle, product reviews, how to’s. photography, and even a few videos of my granddaughter. I do not claim to be an expert at earning money on YouTube, but I do earn a little money that takes care of my gear and fuel for traveling.
My hope with this article is to lead you in the right direction to earning some money for your users group or yourself.
It is incredible how many people use and watch YouTube. YouTube has over 4 Billion users. That is almost one third of all the people on the Internet. Over 6 Billion hours of videos are watched every month. Over 300 hours per minute of videos are uploaded to YouTube from YouTube creators. You can see more stats here at http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/youtube-statistics.
The first thing you will need to do is sign up for a YouTube account at https://www.youtube.com. It’s easy to do. Come up with a good name for your channel. Your users group name would be a good start. Your channel name has to be unique.
I recommend that your video be in a 1080p format. Most of my videos are shot with my iPhone and most cameras these days will film at 1080p or higher. Sometimes I even use the camera on MacBook Pro. The other cameras I do use are a GoPro 3+ and a Sony A6000. iMovie is a great place to start to edit your videos. It’s easy to use and it’s cheap. You can move up to FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premier when you get a few hundred videos under your belt. That being said, don’t go out and buy expensive camera equipment; its not necessary!
Your first video should be about your channel. YouTube calls it a Channel Trailer. It’s easy to upload a video, the upload button is in the upper right hand corner Click the button and follow the directions.
Now that you have started your YouTube Channel, go out and tell the world! Use FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Blogs, Instagram and on all your web sites. The more you spread the word, the more subscribers you get, the more views you get, and the more you get paid!
How to get paid with Google Adsense! When you reach a 100 subscribers YouTube will invite you to become a YouTube Partner. This is a good thing: now you can go sign up tor an Adsense account at https://www.google.com/adsense. Once you have signed up, you will need to connect your Adsense account to your YouTube channel. There are directions on the Adsense web site on how to do that. I also suggest that you open a separate bank account for Adsense to deposit your earned money. With Adsense you get paid every time someone watches an ad on your videos. YouTube has this complicated Channelytics on how you get paid. It includes how many subscribers, views, videos posted, views per video, and average views per month. I still can figure it out and I think it’s a waste of time trying to figure it out.
The amount of money you make depends on how quickly your YouTube channel grows. Be consistent in terms of how and when you post your videos. I suggest at least no less than one video per week.
Next month I’ll go over making money on Patreon (https://patreon.com) with your YouTube Channel and some how to’s on recording your SIG and general meetings.
If you have any questions you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org