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[NEWB TUT] Monetize YouTube Accounts

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  1. padlock

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    Hey, guys...

    Long-time member here at BHW, contributor, etc. but this is the first "method" that I'm going to share. It's really more of a "tutorial for newbs". I've been a member here for so long and I think I should post something like this to give back. BHW helped me so much when I was getting started. The concepts here are not new. Pro YT marketers aren't going to take much away from this. But those wondering where to start with YT will likely benefit.

    Maybe it's just me but I think we've recently had another rush of new BHW members who are relatively clueless about where to start. This might help give those of you a place to begin (and help stem the tide of ‘please tell me what to do/spoonfeed me' posts). No offense, but those of us who have been here for a while get really sick of that. That having been said, I'll try to help and answer as many questions as I can about YT in general in this thread.

    This is a tutorial about how to 'turn over' a YT account. We want to quickly get our account monetized. It's not going to make you rich overnight but, if done properly, you'll add to a few coins to your diversified income (I believe in having several methods in place and operational at once in the world of IM). It will take some time to develop. For some, it's going to be too much work for too little return. I understand that. Admittedly, this isn't one of my big money makers but I'm choosing to share this one in particular because I believe you can make some cash off of it but, more importantly, it will teach you a little something about working with YouTube. The concepts presented here should prove very helpful for YT newbs. What you learn from this method/tutorial, you can apply to others going forward.

    OK...with all of that out the way...on to the basic principles:

    Here's what you're going to need.

    1) An Animoto Pro account. This won't be needed if you're pretty sharp with a video editor on your own. If this is the case, you can even use a simple program like Windows Movie Maker. It really just depends on your skill level. I'm going to assume, however, that you're like me and would rather let an online program do all of the heavy lifting for you. GET A PRO ACCOUNT. This will cost you $39.00. Don't worry, you can pay month to month, non-recurring. If you set aside some time for this method, you should only need a one month membership to get your videos. I stress that if you're going the Animoto route, a PRO account is very important. Any level below that will not work.

    2) A YouTube account (yeah...duh). I don't recommend that you use your primary YT account for this. If you follow this method hastily or get distracted by another project and take your eye off an account for a few days, you could lose it. Remember...I warned you about this. Get a new, clean account. If you don't know how to get one, search the forum. This has been covered numerous times. Or you could just purchase some accounts in the BST section here. They're cheap. I have no affiliation with turbopugsleylx here on the forum other than being a satisfied client but I'll give him a plug anyway for the lazy. He can set you up with reliable verified YT accounts, reasonably priced if you're going to go that way. His site is HERE

    3) Google. You'll be doing some searching for images.

    4) A Picnik account. For those unaware, Picnik is a free, online image editor. I list this "requirement" for those who know nothing about Photoshop (which is preferred). You'll just need some sort of software available to edit the images you find on Google.

    5) An Audio Editor of some sort. You can use whatever you're most comfortable with. Adobe Audition, Cakewalk, CoolEdit Pro...just search online for a free program. You don't need anything fancy.

    6) Creativity. I'm going to give you examples of a niche that I used but I really don't recommend that you use it. Quite frankly, I've kinda cornered YT with the niche used in these examples. I have multiple accounts and literally thousands of videos on YT. If you choose to just run with my niche, that's fine but you'll have a tough road ahead (I say this not to brag...but you'll see what I mean in a moment). Don't flame the thread complaining that you've failed miserably. Remember, this tutorial is going to teach you CONCEPTS. You need to take them and make them your own. Far too often on BHW, when a method is broken down for users, a slew of people new to IM copy it word for word...and then fail. They're lacking the fifth, and most important, requirement here: your own SPIN.

    OK...now that we have all of our tools, let's get started. Here's what I did:
    As some of you know, my background is in the entertainment industry. Thanks to these ties, I have access to literally a shit-load of unreleased, live performances from artists from multiple genres of music. Some of these are "bootlegs" but the overall majority are legit, "official" soundboard recordings that the bands used to critique their live performances. They were never meant for public consumption, however. Fans of these artists clamor for these recordings. Back in the day, they'd fetch a pretty penny when sold on vinyl or burned to CD and sold at record collector's conventions. These days, thanks to the internet...not so much. Still, the recordings are rare and hardcore fans want to hear everything a band has done. So, there are ears out there. And YouTube is a great place to distribute this material.

    So...now I have something people want. Let's give it to them!

    First, I'm going to take my bootlegs and load them into my audio editor. I want to break down these live shows, song by song. I'm not going to upload the entire concert to YouTube. Why would I? Instead of one video, I'm going to make many from one show. This is a relatively quick process for me. I just quickly fade in a particular song and fade it out with the applause. I do this until I have a collection of live songs that I'm going to use.

    Next, it's time to go to Google and find Hi-Res photos of the artist in question. I'm looking for awesome, live shots of the band. When searching in Google Images for the artist (for example "Avenged Sevenfold live"), just filter your results for "Large" images only. The bigger, the glossier, the better. You're looking for quality images. This is important. You may find images with the photographer's name watermarked on the pic. Use Photoshop or Picnik to crop this out if it's a photo you want to use. Don't use magazine covers or anything like that. I look for killer, high quality, unspoiled live shots. Get as many as you can.

    Now, we're off to Animoto. I'm not going to go into how to create a video with Animoto. It's pretty self-explanatory (the site walks you through the entire process). But, quickly...you'll upload the photos you've collected and "repeat" them. Bear in mind that Animoto will fade your audio if it runs out of images when producing your video. So, copy and paste your images in the image section numerous times (I usually try to have nearly 100 images in there just to be safe; it's ok to repeat the same ones over and over). Then, upload your audio and tell Animoto to do its thing. Don't overthink this part. One note: be sure to have Animoto remove its logo and set it to not display the "credits" at the end of the video. You'll see those options right before you tell Animoto to begin producing the vid. When your video is ready, review it and make sure that it looks good (you can tell Animoto to ‘re-mix' it if you don't like it; but, again, don't overanalyze this too much...we have lots of videos to make). Once finished, instruct Animoto to upgrade the video to HD. This is IMPORTANT. While you're waiting, begin work on your next video. By the time you're done with the second, the HD version of the first will be ready for download, etc. Download your videos (they're big in HD form, so plan for the space you'll need on your drives).

    OK...so, now we have a cool slideshow video of a rare song by a popular artist. Something like this:

    Rod Stewart - "Cigarettes & Alcohol"

    (not embedding for obvious reasons...no offense, friends, but I'd rather not have the BHW traffic set off any alarms should anyone at YT truly pay attention to that kinda thing. This account is young and offenseless at the moment)

    I generally wait until I have about 10 or 20 videos ready and then I log in to one of my YT accounts and begin uploading. While I'm waiting for the uploads to complete, I'm making more videos at Animoto. (depending on your connection, HD quality vids will take longer to complete).

    In the case of my niche, as the videos upload...a curious thing begins to happen. YouTube begins to flag some of them for "matching third party content". No shocker there, of course. But...for MOST of my videos, I don't get flagged at all. Because the song is live and is often a vastly different sounding recording from the studio version, YT's algo doesn't recognize it as the "same song", so it gets a pass. Sweet!

    I can hear you now: "Ummm....yeah. I have some pretty videos and I'm out 40 bucks *(cough)* So, padlock, when the fuck are we going to talk about the money part of this?!" We're getting there. Hang on, sport. Remember...we're learning in this thread. It's not all about the dollars.

    So, now I have 20 or 30 videos uploaded. They look good. My thumbnails look fantastic because I've used some great live shots. Someone browsing for this particular song might assume that I've got a fantastic, high quality live video of this performance. After all, YT lists it as being in "HD". I've also included this fact in my title. Hey, I'm not lying to them. The "video" is in HD...it's just that it's audio-only. Most fans won't care. They're happy just to hear the rare, live recording.

    As a bonus, I've also figured out that I can skip past YT's auto content flagging feature. It doesn't matter, though, for the moment. On this clean account, I've not yet been invited to participate in monetizing my videos. All good. I will be shortly.

    See, while I'm making videos and uploading them, I'm also posting in fan forums for this particular artist. Something along the lines of "Hey, you guys!! Check out this sweet version of (song) by (artist) I just found on YouTube. I've never heard this version! Have you?" Depending upon the artist, the fanboys/girls will swarm on the video. They'll "like" it, comment the hell out of it, share it, etc. Everything you want to have happen to a video...they'll do it. Want to ramp it up faster? Use Vagex, Viewet or your favorite view increaser to throw in some autosurfed views. You're getting legits too, after all. I'll find the ‘official' recordings of the song on YT and post my videos as a "response" them, increasing traffic further.

    On most of my accounts, it generally takes about 40 videos uploaded with a nice stream of traffic before I'm invited by YouTube to link my AdSense account to the channel . Note that by "nice stream", I'm not talking about thousands of views. Nope. Look at the video I posted above. It only had about 500 views when I posted it here; your views may have bumped it a bit higher. On this particular account (which is not one of my current moneymakers simply because it's relatively new and I haven't done much with it), I have videos that only have 30 or 40 views! The bottom line here is that time and time again, I've been asked to monetize these Animoto videos simply because I'm providing what YT considers "clean" content. I have steady traffic, my viewers are pleased with what they see, I'm not breaking any rules. Google says "Yeah...that dude's pretty cool. We like him. Give him some money."

    Now, here's an important note. Now that I've been asked to make some sweet, sweet Adense money courtesy of Google...I'm not going to monetize any of the videos I've just uploaded.

    "Whhaaaaaaaa?!?!?! You're insane, padlock! Insane, I tell you!!"

    No. Here's the thing. If I try to monetize these videos, they're going to get flagged by YT. Once you click that "monetize" button, your video will then be sent through a more rigorous "testing" process. They'll likely recognize that I'm using copyrighted content and not only block the video but, if I'm guilty of multiple offenses (which I am), YT is going to ban my account.

    "Well, now what?! That was a freakin' waste of time!!"

    Calm down, sparky. You now have a YT account ready to be monetized. In my case, I just can't use the content I've uploaded so far. But now that I have a reputable account, I'm going to change gears a bit. Well, a lot in the case of the account we're using as an example. Here's where another gem comes in handy: public domain content.

    On this particular account, I went with turn of the century jazz and big band music! Why?! There are tons of audiophiles out there that love this stuff. Also, there are music students everywhere that need to listen to the music as it relates to their studies. A quick trip to www.archive.org and a search through their massive collection gives me a treasure trove of 78 and cylinder recordings from this era...all of which are public domain and most of which are not on YouTube. Now, I make as many videos of this music as I can stand (I actually kinda like it, to be honest). So, now I've got stuff like this:

    Edith Wilson - "What Do You Care?"

    In prep for the holidays coming up, I also found some Christmas music from this era as well:

    Lewis James - "When Christmas Chimes Are Ringing"

    Ahhhh....see what I did there?

    I'm sure it goes without saying that YT doesn't flag any of these videos for third party content. I monetize all of these. I promote them the same way as the ‘modern music' videos. They don't draw even a fraction of the visitors that the new Justin Beiber video is pulling...but they do draw.

    "So, are each of these vids making major bank?"

    LOL! Seriously? No. Of course not. But I would refer you to an old joke:

    "Remember the movie Indecent Proposal? That dude got a million dollars so some other dude could sleep with his wife. Now, most of you are saying, ‘I could never get a million dollars for someone to sleep with my wife.' Probably not. But you could make one dollar...ONE HUNDRED TIMES!!"

    With enough monetized videos on YT, you stand to cash in. Sometimes, it's about quantity. In November, I made $370 from a total of 4 accounts using this live bootleg/old jazz approach. I have numerous other accounts all operating on the same principle but in different niches (I monetized them all exactly as I outlined above) and my YT intake with this method is generally in the $1700 a month range. Best of all, once the accounts are set up, I just leave them be and move on to another project. As you can see, if I continued building these, I'd be able to ramp up my monthly YT income significantly with this method. For me, though, it takes a long time to make these videos and I have more profitable projects at the moment (see my other threads for clues if you're interested).

    But, if I were just getting started, this is all I'd do. After all, the only start-up cost was the $40 for Animoto.

    "But, padlock!! I don't like 1920s jazz!!! I don't have access to any live, bootleg Rod Stewart songs! I'm not even sure who Rod Stewart is!!!"

    {{facepalm}} As I mentioned at the onset of this novel-length post...don't copy what I did. Take the general concept and do something of your own with it. I happen to have an interest in rare music/recordings and have access to a lot of it. This works for me. Find a niche that interests you.

    Here's a freebie that I'd planned on using (but won't now): old movie soundtracks. Really, old movies...like from way back in the 50s or 60s. Also, there are countless records, for example, in your parents or grandparents' attic that are out of print. Somebody, somewhere wants to hear them.

    Now, a reminder. This is not all that I do. In fact, the account we're using as an example...the live classic rock/early 20th century music...is obviously my least attractive niche (no offense but that's why I'm using it as the example). But, I hope you understand the point of this tutorial:

    Find a legit niche, monetize the account, turn it over. I just told you how to do it. Ta da! Now feel free to ask questions and I (and any other members who care to contribute) will attempt to assist.
     
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  2. hairbond

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    Nice tutorial, has everything you really need to know to start earning some $$!
     
  3. padlock

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    To some degree, you're right. I didn't really realize how long this was until after I posted it. :D Still, keeping in mind it's written for someone starting from scratch...no regrets.

    Although maybe I should start writing WSOs. That's fluff at it's finest. I believe there's actually useful information above.
     
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    You missed one important stuff.

    See you mentioned that you uploaded recent videos from very well known artists like 'avenged seven fold' and you said that once you get enough views from youtube that they ask you to partner up, you said to not accept it cause they will check your account more carefully to find if any of that content violates their copyright rules.

    Now you jumped from saying to not accept it, to uploading old classical music like jazz and monetize your videos that way. So how do you exactly monetize that account when you still have those videos that got you that offer from youtube partnership, do you delete the old videos and upload the new ones(jazz) ?
     
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  5. padlock

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    Good point, cool...

    No, I don't delete the original videos. I've never had an issue with YT suddenly catching the copyrighted content. I just don't bring it to their attention by trying to monetize it. Instead, I grab something else (like the jazz vids in the example) and monetize that instead.

    To clarify, you can monetize only certain videos in a channel. I don't have to monetize all of the videos I've uploaded. I can select the ones that I want to allow ads on. I select all but the original uploads; for those, I opt out of the ads.

    The original videos, with the copyrighted content, exist only to draw the initial traffic and attract the attention of YT and be offered a partnership. Keep in mind, there's no actual human being going through and checking all of the channels for copyrighted content. If their algo doesn't catch it (or the copyright owner doesn't report you), they don't go looking for it. To be selected to partner with YouTube, it's just a computer selecting your account. No one is actually going to each channel and saying "Hmmm....this looks like a good one..." :D

    My best guess is that human eyes only look at your stuff if something is thought to be questionable. In truth, I could probably try to monetize some of the videos with copyrighted content and, for at least a few, I would probably be successful. In my experience, though, when I've tried this, the video gets blocked. So, I'm guessing that, at that point, someone actually screens your vid (when you say "yes...monetize it.")

    In the example above (monetizing something in Public Domain once you have been fast tracked to partnership), they don't blink an eye. Unless someone were to flag my original videos, I doubt they'll ever be removed. The people watching the original sets are not likely to do this, of course, because they're thrilled to find the content and, plus, I'm not making any money off of the video. So even hardcore supporters of the artist will just assume that I'm a big fan like them (not some internet marketer with ulterior motives)...so why report me?

    Hope that makes sense!

    Good call, man.

     
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    thanks for the share. I use yt and other video sites for seo purposes and have a couple video concepts I am going to start in 2012.

    Shares like yours really get my gray matter charged up!

    p.s. $1 each for 100 guys to sleep with someones wife is a little low. I am thinking a dude should charge at least $2.
     
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    Thanks for the post. I've been reading around BHW for a little while now trying to educate myself. I know the veteran members hate the "spoonfeedme" posts so I'm just going to ask one question before I get started.

    When I think of YT only two things really come to mind, music and tv shows/movies. Now I might still be one-sided in my thinking, but do you recommend I stick with in these parameters somehow when it comes to this method or am I just not seeing the big picture yet?
     
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    aprilmay Registered Member

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    I for one have learned a lot from yr tut.. and i didn't think it too long I actually enjoyed reading it.. all the info was new to me

    thanks padlock!!
    cheers
     
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  9. padlock

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    Hi, watchthethr0ne!

    I think that music, tv and movies are really the place the start. Now, depending on what you have on hand - making completely original content is really where it's at. If you can develop a channel like Ray William Johnson's, you'll clearly be making bank. Of course, he has semi-pro video equipment on hand. But if you don't have that, I think using the above method with Animoto or producing your own videos from clips with Windows Movie Maker will get you started!

    Also worth noting - "countdown clips" (i.e. "Funniest Movie Moments" or, even better, "Coolest Scenes From Breaking Bad", etc.) are really great too. Those always get big view counts and they get shared a lot. Plus, they're easy to produce. Just get a YT downloader, edit the clips and produce away! They generally won't get flagged for copyright violations as YT's filter won't usually catch it because they're only clips from the show, not the entire episode. Your only real risk is getting flagged by the producer for some reason (but they're likely to look at it as good promotion for their show).

    The trick here is to find a show that's not saturated. I haven't checked but a show like "Torchwood" comes to mind. HUGE following (thanks to Dr. Who fans/its 'gay' content, etc) but primarily in the UK. A lot of American audiences, for example, are just now discovering this show thanks to Netflix. There may be a ton of Torchwood themed videos up there already but you get my point. Find a hot show that isn't owned by other users on YT and you'll start nickel and diming YouTube in no time!

    Let me know if you have any other questions!
     
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    Ok thanks so much for the advice, just have another noob question. What do you mean by a YT downloader?
     
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    Also is there a video maker you could recommend for someone that has no start-up funds for Animoto Pro?
     
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    Or you can just get a high pr tube acc and sell links on it ;)
     
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    Holy Sh*t man that is a brilliant method, I've already got a twist on it that I have been using for a while! Nice post!
     
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    "u can prolly summarize this" user in one word: Douche.

    Thanks for the effort put into this TUT, padlock. And yes, you could easily turn this into a 40 page WSO and make a killing.
     
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    thanks but most niches i find are boring as hell and i dont want to spend the time on them. i want to do big niches like justin bieber and pop music but its hard
     
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    Hey, everyone...

    I've been away for a while due to the holidays and some other projects that kept me pretty busy. Sorry for the slow reply on this thread.

    Nevertheless, one note to anyone who is attempting this method - YT is presently taking FOREVER to approve videos for monetization. No one seems to know why. There are tons of posts about this in the official YouTube forums. Here's one of the MANY threads in their forums about this. YouTube is strangely silent about the issue.

    So, while you can still get your accounts started, it's not likely you'll be generating income immediately with this method for the time being. Just a heads up that this might be a method to put in your pocket for a while. I'll update this thread when I see that it's back in business.
     
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    There are several YT downloaders available. Essentially, they'll just download the video from YT for you and you can then put the video in your video editor of choice (Windows Movie Maker works just fine). My favorite YT downloader is VDownloader. It's free and it works like a charm.

    You could just use Windows Movie Maker. There are several others out there but the learning curve is a little steep on most of them, which is why I recommend Animoto. But Movie Maker works just fine - it will just take you a little longer to produce the videos as you'll have to actually, well...PRODUCE THEM. ha. Also, with Animoto you can upgrade the video to HD which is a big "selling point" for a number of YT viewers. For some reason seeing the "HD" logo on a video makes it appear to be a better choice for viewing.

    There you go. Now you're thinking!

    Sweet! Hope you do very well!!

    I'm seriously considering that. I think that Warriors might eat this up. May have to wait until YT figures out the monetization problems noted above, though. ha! Thanks for the kind words!

    I hear ya. It is true. For this method to work, you'll likely have to enter into a few niches that you personally find dull as shit. But, for a few days work, it's tolerable. As I mentioned earlier, when I did the turn of the century music niche, it was at first really tough to sort through that stuff...but in time I actually discovered that I like a lot of that stuff. So, in addition to making a little extra $$, I found something new that I enjoyed that I never would have discovered otherwise.

    That being said, I totally understand where you're coming from and you're right - trying to tap in to major pop culture stuff like Beiber, Gaga, etc. is REALLY tough. But, look for things that are still somewhat underground.

    I know a friend who took this concept and ran with it in the dubstep niche before dubstep really blew up. He made MAJOR bank and is now one of the primary dubstep channels on YT. The beauty of his plan was that the dubstep DJs LOVED the additional exposure and not only did not flag his videos but they helped him promote them!

    THIS is not his channel ( as I don't have his permission to post it here ) but something very similar to his concept.