Hi, this journey already started a couple months ago but I figured i would start a thread here now since I've reached an artificial peak. I started late last year around October but didn't seriously really begin until about the beginning of 2014. Goal To earn at least $1,000 per month from this method. But I will start being happy around $700 a month. Method It's a bit off the beaten path. I am posting videos to Youtube and watermarking them with a URL which directs to my sponsor (usually a dating sponsor). The monetization is when the surfer types in the url and spends moneyalthough I also get a small amount when the surfer joins as a free join. I do not currently use any artificial views, likes, subscribers, or backlinks. It is all 100% natural organic. Where I am at now I'm currently at about $300 a month from the method. Details 1. Either clip or create video myself or download existing video. (But I never use anyone's personal videos, maybe only fair use content) 2. Convert video to h264 mp4 format using handbrake (usually) 3. Use ffmpeg to watermark the video 4. Add in a call to action at the end of the video (have not been doing this as much lately) 5. Create gmail account (always using different IP addresses from local major ISP) *No PVA required* 6. Go to Youtube, click on a few videos and then upload videos usually 3-6 at a time using multi-upload feature. 7. Change title+description+tags for maximum SEO and targeting. Sometimes change the file name as well. Almost everything is currently done by hand currently. From Jan - May 1 I have been doing about 1 account every two days with an average of about 15 videos per day. Lately in the last week I have been averaging about 2 or 3 accounts per day and about 65 videos per day. Maximum realistic ability is about 100 videos a day. However in theory I have done up to 30 videos per hour if highly focused. Each account is usually between 15-50 video depending on how risky I feel the content is for getting strikes or TOS removals. Some of the uniques in the early months include some very low quality traffic from other projects. Since about April that other traffic has been almost meaningless/non-existent. It shows a unique to free average for 2014 of 43 uniques per free but my last two months average is currently 38 uniques per FREE signup. I have two main niches most of the revenue has come from. One averages about 30 uniques per free and this is the one where most of the revenue has historically came from. Another niche which I started in April currently averages about 15 uniques per free and has made little revenue yet but I have only sent about 70 free joins to this campaign. I also did other niches in the past but the results have been very low and I do not focus on these. Altogether I have somewhere between 5,000-10,000 videos up on about 100 youtube accounts only two of which are PVA. My sponsor is AFF (adu1t fri3nd f1nd3r) and currently I am only promoting one site with this method on revshare. Up till now I have focused on low risk long term actions. IOW I want these videos to stay up and earn me money for years and am not just going for the quick buck. Niches Cannot disclose. I will probably more willing to say more once I comfortably hit my goal. Problems/bottlenecks As you can see above from the screenshot I have been stuck at about $300 a month for some time. You will also notice the uniques falling a bit along with the frees. This is despite uploading about 500 videos a month prior to May. At first I suspected that my sponsor (an adu1t fri3nd f1nder site) might be skimming me but investigation found that the uniques appear to about match my server stats although the raws are way high. (although I am using a cache solution so I need to verify that is not messing up my counts). I also did an analysis on $$$ per unique: 07/2013 1.62 cents /unique 08/2013 0.75 cents /unique 09/2013 2.67/unique 10/2013 1.74/unique 11/2013 2.77/unique 12/2013 1.68/unique 01/2014 2.27 cents /unique 02/2014 2.28 cents /unique 03/2014 2.42/unique 04/2014 2.94/unique 05/2014 3.17/unique (to 05/19) So I no longer suspect skimming as much since as you can see my revenue per unique has been rising. What has happened is that over time some of my better videos have been flagged by competition or removed for TOS violations. Also over time I suspect there is some saturation as everyone sees the videos. I have also noticed "niche saturation" where after I get a couple videos on page 1 for the main niche terms any extra work in that niche seems to bring very little benefit. I've calculated overall using the water mark method my CTR (per view) is approximately 0.5% (0.005) - 0.75% (0.0075). That is extremely low. However anyone who types in the url is highly motivated. I feel I need to find ways to increase the CTR as well as scale out to other profitable niches. On average each video gets about 30-50 views per day (some get 1000+ others get 10 views a day) What I am trying to improve currently 1. Identify sooner niche saturation and maximization and then spread out to another niche. 2. Raise CTR by exploring url (linkable or not) in the description, more call to actions, etc. 3. Identify more profitable niches. 4. Automate better to increase videos per day (realistic max. now is about 100 videos per day, average currently is about 60 vids/day) 5. Possibly explore other sponsors and split test $/unique My current immediate focus is on working with the new niche performing 1 free per 15 uniques as well as to increase CTR as above. I am also trying to always hit my goal of 90-100 videos per day and 3 accounts. Will update this with progress. Please feel free to help or offer suggestions.