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Two Brother's Journey to ~$5000 a month with YouTube.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Diophantus, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Diophantus

    Diophantus Junior Member

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    Its been a while since I posted on BHW, mostly because life got in the way. But since I have been gone, my brother and I came up with an idea to create a YouTube channel in a particular niche that we both found interesting. The goal was simple; create a YouTube channel focusing on this particular niche and drive legitimate traffic to it. We want to build a following and make quality content. We also want to make some cash in the process, perhaps even a decent living. For us, that would be around 2500 a month.

    That is why our goal is to make around 5000 a month.

    So far, our strategy has consisted of creating videos, posting them to our social media outlets made specifically for the channel, and posting to reddit. Reddit has been a pretty big resource for us, and we have managed about 2000 lifetime views in about a week as a result. Not much, but a fair start. We have monetized our videos as well, and the breakdown is something like this:

    Ad revenue earned: $0.28
    Number of monetized playbacks: 370

    Hey! We made money on YouTube. Now to ramp it up. We have about 5 videos now, and we are in the process of creating more.

    Now, the biggest problem has been getting our videos in front of eyes. Reddit did us some good, but that is certainly not enough. We need more social outlets. We need to find more legitimate traffic.

    I started this journal to both keep track of our progress and to seek out suggestions. All comments are appreciated.
     
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  2. enikz

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    Sounds interesting so far! I'll follow your journey, so good luck and keep it up!
     
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    So are you planning to make thouse $5k only with video monetization (adsense) ?
     
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    Ideally, it would make up a decent percentage. I was also going to write and advertise ebooks related to our niche. I have experience with kdp.
     
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    Good luck with your journey!

    I can give you a few ideas I have collected along the way if you would find them useful:
    - try to update videos on a regular basis ( make a sort of a calendar - ex: 3 videos a week: 1 monday, 1 friday and 1 sunday )
    - test what hours are best for your audience: when are most of your followers online
    - use facebook to promote your channel: groups can work wonders
    - try to reach out to other channels doing the same sort of videos and offer a partenership - you can make a miniseries together and post the videos alternatively on your channels

    Hope this helps!
    M
     
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    Sounds interesting.

    Are you going to be building an email list?
     
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  7. Diophantus

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    Hey, thanks guys for the feedback.

    Sirmattheww, thanks for the heads up. I didn't think of Facebook groups. That could be some serious traffic. Thanks for all your pointers.

    Antonjones
    I hadn't planned on it, but I figure my subscriber list would do the trick. I'm interested in what you were thinking about.
     
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    Depends on the niche, but constant+quality uploads are key.

    Also, as someone who runs a 20,000 subscriber channel myself...$5,000/month from a single channel is an extremely steep goal.

    (Like 3-5 million monthly views steep)

    Unless you front-page reddit, it won't happen for a while. Be determined, and don't give up.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     
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    $5000 from ads only? If yes, then that will be very difficult.
    Good luck!
     
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    I believe there is different monetization level in Youtube with different partnership.

    With a large number of view and a well monetized website, you should be able to reach that goal.
     
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    It's nice to see somebody focus on this and not just on making cash. The art of providing value for value gets sometimes lost here.

    Best of luck Diop, will be following!
     
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    Thanks again everyone who is keeping track of our journey.

    I am aware of the fact that relying on ad revenue alone requires a great deal of views and content. What I was wanting to do is create a website as well, like a blog so that I can advertise on it as well.

    I am interested in using my experience with KDP to make and market ebooks that my sub's and viewers might find interesting. This, along with my increasing presence with social media and eventual website makes me believe that this is possible.

    Here's an update:

    Uploaded a new video today and shared on social media outlets. I used Reddit and Facebook per Sirmatheww's suggestion. We are setting up a regular schedule as we speak.

    New video got 320 views in the past few hours. Not bad, and I see the sharing has helped immensely.

    I'll give a breakdown of the earnings when it refreshes.
     
  13. Diophantus

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    Hey, thanks for the pointers! As I said in the latest post, I wanted to take advantage of books, additional ad revenue from a website, etc.

    What other ways could I monetize a channel? I was also considering starting another channel in the (far) future if and when this one takes off.
     
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    New video (relatively) exploded. Its nearing 800 views. Not bad. The analytics still needs to catch up, so I'll post when it does.

    Ad revenue: 0.30
    Monetized views: 399
     
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    Congratulations to the journey, just subscribed.

    I see, you need to work a little more on your social popularity, besides limiting yourself to Youtube, like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, to generate a little more hype.

    Also doing paid advertisement, even a very small amount could increase your hype on immediate basis. Good luck!

    P.S. Sky is the limit, so never settle for less then that. ;)
     
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    I would like to do some paid advertisement, especially once we get the ball rolling a bit more. I have been working on increasing our social media presence with Facebook and Twitter. Reddit has been a real help.

    Quick Update for today:

    Ad revenue: 0.38

    Not all of the views and information has been updated yet, but I expect it to become available in a day or so. I expect a decent hike in ad revenue with these new views. The most current video is at 1,100 views. A good start.
     
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    What's intersting in Youtube, is that when you create quality content, the revenues keeps increasings with th number of videos you post. Evn without millions of views, a high number of video can bring you a nice income.
     
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    Is that right? I guess they give you a little extra the more videos you make? Or is it just cumulative because you are getting so many views from so many different videos? Like a buckshot type of thing?
     
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    If the content is quality, then you'll keep having views forever.
    A video that makes you $1 per day will add up to the 100 other videos you have. Just keep posting on a regula basis and there is no way you wont make money.
     
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    Creating a website along with theYouTube channel is an excellent idea...

    For example, lets say you actually do get your youtube ad revenue to like 2,500. Now you can group your site and YouTube channel together and sell them and make a KILLLLLLLLLLLLING.

    What im trying to say is always be prepared for the future. Have an exit strategy.

    Thanks,
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    BTW: Goodluck!
     
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