How to Make Money on YouTube | YouTube Money Guide 2020

Just like you, I also wanted to know how to make money on YouTube, how to get paid on YouTube … You know, I just wanted that YouTube money but I struggled helplessly.

As a YouTube beginner long ago, there were not too many guides on how to cash in on the YouTube revenue, there was no in-depth guide to my answer on “how do you get paid on YouTube”, “how do you make money on YouTube”, especially with the ever-popular YouTube AdSense then.

This made me set out on my own to find the root of this mystery and what I found was a gold mine that led me to a chest of YouTube ad revenues

This guide will be all that you will ever need to start your own YouTube channel and make money off it, even if you want to be as big as Mark Angel Comedy YouTube Channel or make Nigeria Comedy Video.

I am going to walk you through everything from how to start you channel from scratch, growing subscribers, getting views and engagements to how you can get money off YouTube in different other ways aside the normal YouTube payment from ads revenue.

In this guide, you will come across different Ideas/Topics for YouTube channel, how to create and monetize the channel and how to gain more subscribers.

How to Make Money on YouTube by Uploading Videos

How to Make Money on YouTube by Uploading Videos

Guide on How to Make Money on YouTube

This will be a step by step guide eon how to earn money from YouTube. It is important that you follow through with an open mind and be ready to take action:

 How to Create a YouTube Channel and Make Money

How to Create a YouTube Channel and Make Money

How to Create a YouTube Channel and Make Money

The first step before you even think of how to monetize videos and get YouTube payments and earnings is to create your channel first.

This channel will serve as your own personal space on YouTube. It begins with creating a google account which gives you access to all the google products including YouTube, Gmail, drive etc.

You can use an existing google account or you create a new on. You should be aware that with YouTube, you can create more channels on a single google account including branded ones.

Watch the video below to show you how to create the YouTube channel and keywords in the right places too to make the channel fully optimized.

Basically, you add the channel keywords by visiting the advanced section of the channel settings, you can also set your upload presets.

The issue of channel name is a great one, original, something simple and easy to remember by people and it should also reflect your business or your niche. You can also change your channel name on an existing account by editing your Google+ account.

You can also us a mobile phone and the YouTube application to create your channel, this makes it faster than you can work on the settings from your computer.

Simple Steps to creating your YouTube Channel

This is the simple step outlined below, on creating your YouTube channel before you can make money on YouTube:

YouTube Sign In | Registration

Visit, then click “sign in” Button at the top right corner. Use your google account username to sign in or you create a new one.

YouTube Channel Settings

Go to settings by clicking on your profile on the top right corner and clicking on my channel, then check the right-hand side menu for channel settings.

Create you Brand Channel Account

Here, you will see the option to create a channel”, click on it and decide if you want a brand or personal YouTube channel. Select the one that suits you, then name your channel. Watch this detailed guide on setting up YouTube channel below.

Adding & Uploading Video content to your YouTube Channel

Adding & Uploading Video content to your YouTube Channel

Adding & Uploading Video content to your YouTube Channel

The next step to on how to make money off YouTube is to start to creating and uploading contents to your channel, this is a very important step.

When you upload videos, ensure that they are off high quality and it is not too long for people as they tend to lose interest quick except what you are teaching requires long videos or whatever the case may be.

You also have to be a consistent and frequent content creator. Even if the initial videos are not great or perfect, but making an effort will see you get better with time. Make each video better and learn as you upload more content to the YouTube channel.

You can improve you content by getting a better camera and microphone setup, turning your room to a mini studio and getting better in using video editing software.

Improve your content by either using a better camera or trying better editing software or techniques. Using a tripod to get a balanced video, have someone video you and properly light up your scenes.

When you upload regularly, you build an engaging and interesting audience, so try to be on a schedule as much as you can and maintain it to the fullest.

The best practice in uploading a YouTube video is giving it a proper title, use the best description and putting the tags and hashtags that best describe that content. This will help you get found on the YouTube searches. Also add videos to playlist.

Watch the video below on the best way to upload YouTube videos.

Getting YouTube Subscribers and Building your audience

Getting YouTube Subscribers and Building your audience

Getting YouTube Subscribers and Building your audience

How do people make money on YouTube? They do this by building their subscribers base and audience, this sis what increases their chances of monetizing their YouTube videos. Getting great and unique content out will help you build your subscribers audience base fast.

You have to keep getting contents that are highly engaging to people out, share your videos on all social media platforms, place it as embeds on websites and interact with other channels and videos.

Learn to interact with your audience by responding to comments immediately, make videos answering viewers comments and questions and this will help you to grow faster to a well-loved channel.

Making money from YouTube ads is by getting people to view your content, do you now see the importance of sharing your contents and building your subscribers diligently?

How to monetize YouTube videos

The step to monetizing your YouTube videos and channels is by enabling monetization, this allows YouTube to place ads on your contents and videos, this is only possible though if all your contents are original too.

Make money online in Nigeria by STARTING A YOUTUBE CHANNELSteps to Enabling Monetization on YouTube channel

Before, you could just enable monetization after uploading a content but now YouTube has changed the criteria to allow monetization on YouTube channels. We outline the steps below:

  • Go to and click “My Channel” on the webpage.
  • Click the link called “Video Manager” on the top bar.
  • Click channel and Enable on monetization.
  • Get at 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers

How to Get 4,000 & 1,000 Subscribers for YouTube Monetization

How to Get 4,000 & 1,000 Subscribers for YouTube Monetization

How to Get 4,000 & 1,000 Subscribers for YouTube Monetization

Normally, you can monetize a YouTube video by clicking on the monetization tab and selecting the “Monetize with Ads” box. But now it goes beyond that.

You have to be approved now and the guideline for getting approval is to meet the requirements below from YouTube:

  • 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months
  • 1,000 subscribers

After this, YouTube will review your video, I advise that all your contents should be original so you have no other reason to be rejected.

To start your review process after meeting the requirements above, open the YouTube creator’s studio, select your channel and click on the monetization tab.

Get reviewed after reaching 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers

Upon reaching this threshold, your channel is automatically reviewed to make sure it complies with the YouTube Partner Program Terms and their Community Guidelines.

YouTube will email you a decision, usually within a week (the truth is it can go more than 6 months). So keep reading as I will show you better ways of monetizing your videos.

How to set up YouTube AdSense Account

How to make money on YouTube adsense

How to make money on YouTube adsense

It is important to set up the YouTube AdSense account because this is how you will be getting your YouTube earnings promptly.

You could sign up for free on the Google AdSense website and connect it to your YouTube account or you can apply straight from your YouTube account for the YouTube AdSense,

Click the Sign Up Now button to begin creating your account. You must be 18 years or older to create your own account. If you are younger than that, you will need an adult to help you.

You need either Payoneer MasterCard, PayPal or a Bank account and a valid mailing address as well as other information so AdSense can verify who you are and who to send the money to.

You only gain money per ad click and a smaller amount per view but it adds up over time. This is why having an audience is key.

Checking your YouTube Analytics

Checking your YouTube Analytics

Checking your YouTube Analytics

Checking your YouTube analytics is very important as this gives you an idea on how you can improve and get better with time.

Once you have uploaded some videos, your analytics dashboard will help you see how they are performing and where needs improvement. Click the Analytics option in your Channel menu.

This are the following in formation you can get from the YouTube analytics dashbord that will prove to be very vital to you:

  • Estimated Revenues
  • Ad performance
  • Video views
  • Demographics
  • Subscribers
  • Watch Time
  • Traffic Sources
  • Likes
  • Top 10 Videos and many more.

Use this to your advantage to know what your viewers like the most and to create similar content to engage your subscribers and audience.

Marketing your YouTube Videos

Youtube video marketing

Youtube video marketing

Marketing your YouTube videos is a from video marketing that you must engage in. You have to do more than just having your videos on YouTube, start a related blog or website and embed your videos inside. You should also continually share your videos across all your social media networks.

This ensures that you get more channel and video engagement in form of views, comments, shares, embeds, likes and even dislikes and this increases your chances of getting noticed and also increases the chances of ranking your YouTube videos high.

How to Become a YouTube partner

How to join Youtube partner program

How to join Youtube partner program

Becoming a YouTube partners will not only be an achievement for you but it will increase your monetization abilities and help you make more YouTube revenues.

YouTube Partners are YouTube members who have monetized videos with a large number of viewers and engagement on their video sand channels.

Partners gain access to more content creation tools and can win prizes for the number of viewers they have. Partners also get access to much more community support and tips.

Applying to become YouTube Partner

In order to gain access to the most powerful YouTube Partner programs, there are two steps to follow depending on your current status:

Channel has previously been in YPP

When you reach the program threshold, your channel will be automatically re-evaluated under the new criteria. You can check your monetization status at Creator Studio > Channel > Monetization.

Channel has never been in YPP

Follow the 4 steps to join the YouTube Partner Program from your account in Creator Studio. Once your channel reaches the program threshold, you’ll be reviewed to join.

How to Make Money on YouTube with Affiliate Marketing

Make money with Affiliate-Marketing on YouTube

Make Money with Affiliate Marketing on YouTube

You can make money on YouTube through affiliate marketing on products from clickbank, jvzoo, warrior plus, commission junction, peerfly, maxbounty, shareasale, amazon associates, ebay affiliates sand even more!

Since YouTube changed their monetization criteria, this should not stop you from exploring other possibilities to earn money from your videos.  In form of commissions from thousands of companies who want you to promote their goods and services.

YouTube Affiliate Marketing?

YouTube affiliate marketing is the process of creating videos and placing affiliate links in the actual videos (via annotations) or in video descriptions, which includes links to products you review and use in your videos that will track a purchase.

If someone makes a purchase using your affiliate link, you receive a small commission for the sale.

You can Sell/Promote others’ products as an affiliate marketer, where huge companies, Jumia, Konga, Amazon and eBay, to smaller companies offer good deals to promoters.

Additionally, as a Nigerian… there are many affiliate networks you can join and I have covered many of them in this post about affiliate marketing programs.

Here are some ideas to make money through YouTube affiliate marketing:

Product Unboxing Videos

In these videos, you can simply open a product in a YouTube video, showing viewers exactly what’s inside the packaging. Then provide the affiliate link to that product website, where it is available for sale online.

Training videos

Lastly, many affiliates make money by simply training viewers how to use a complicated product, and then sending those educated leads to their affiliate link.

Reviews Videos

YouTube reviews are another great way to relieve buying anxiety and provide an affiliate link.

Comedy videos

These are funny videos made in an attempt to make people laugh. These types of videos are very engaging and can drive massive traffic to your affiliate offers. E.g. Mark Angel Comedy, Ay Comedian etc.

News Updates Videos

News channel is another type of channel that is popular and can gain viewership in no time. You can cover breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinions, business, sports, movies, travel and more and place affiliate offers in your YouTube video description. E.g. Channels etc.

And here we are at the end, I hope this tutorial sets you in motion on how to make money on YouTube and you should begin immediately.

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