How to start a YouTube channel for kids?

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Reading news about YouTubers making six figures off toddlers really makes you question yourself about a lot of priorities and life choices.

One of these questions is definitely along the lines of how to start a YouTube channel for kids.

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YouTube is an amazing platform. It encourages creativity, quick thinking, and timely decision making while rewarding its users with actual money for the content they produce.

How?

Ads and affiliate campaigns. Yes, those very pesky advertisements you have to muster through before enjoying the next cool video. An average YouTuber will make as much as $10 from every 1000 views. Doesn’t seem like much on first sight?

Well, if you have kids, you probably know they enjoy watching the same thing over and over. They don’t seem to get tired of the repetitiveness. Multiply these views by the number of 3 to 7-year-olds on the platform, and you’ll see where the millions are coming from.

To top things off, most popular channels have vlogs and review videos where the host is paid by a number of companies for the additional coverage. The larger your following, the more you’ll earn from it.

On a side note, many young YouTubers, such as the seemingly forgotten Justin Bieber, or Pew Di Pie have raised millions of dollars before they turned twenty. Talk about saving up for the college fund!

Now that we’ve dealt with the “why”, let’s talk about how to make a YouTube channel for kids in great detail.

Content

The most rational reaction after reading these lines would be to hop on the hype train and upload several gigabytes of engaging content.

Well, if YouTube fame was so easy, everybody would become a millionaire by now.

Here’t the thing: YouTube audience is spoiled by now. They demand content of the highest quality with a load of special effects, scene transitions, cool cuts, and animations.

This is even more true when producing content for children. Kids enjoy flashy lights and they definitely love themselves a great show.

If you are really serious about launching your channel, consider the following options:

  • Investing in a professional video editor
  • Learning to edit the videos on your own

The earlier option is actually simpler than it seems. You can find a lot of aspiring talent on platforms such as UpWork or Fiver. That said, the services of a professional editor will cost you a pretty penny.

Then again, professional editors will save you a lot of time and effort.

Or will they?

You’d be surprised, but modern video editing applications are now simpler, more intuitive and accessible than ever before. Take Animotica as an example. With it you gain access to a professional video editing app filled with both the basic and premium features for the price of – how much do you think – zero dollars and zero cents.

Edit overlays in Animotica

You’ll be able to ad, trim, ad effects, stickers, audio, Chroma Key, and much more in a super-convenient drag-and-drop interface absolutely free.

Privacy

We live in 2019. Internet safety is a thing. The web connects us to millions upon millions of people. Some of them are bitter, others point blank crazy.

It is essential that you educate your children on Internet Safety before uploading any video featuring them to a public platform for the world to see.

Using nicknames should be your rule of thumb. Never tell the internet your last name, your city or address, as well as any other information you consider sensitive.

The internet is a big place so it’s best if you were to be safe than sorry from entering it.

Editorial

You are making content designed to entertain children. As much as you’d like to, you are not an expert in the niche. Pay a close eye to what your children are watching.

Are there any similar patterns in the content they like? Can you borrow some ideas to change and/or integrate as your own?

Create an Excel sheet and map out content suggestions, themes, buzzwords, and trends. Compile them into a handy-dandy content marketing plan. Or and save yourself the trouble. We’ve got you covered;)

Lastly, don’t forget that you have a couple of experts of your own. Allow them a seat in the director’s chair. Listen to their feedback.

Don’t turn your kid’s channel into their day job. Allow them to have an actual, authentic, childish fun. The audience will appreciate the sincerity.

Education

YouTubers, just like any other community, share a very special language filled to the brim with buzzwords and jargon. All of the “cool kids” are fluent in YouTube talk and so should you.

Here’s a nice, newbie-friendly glossary by the way. These words are already set in stone and serve as pillars for the digital creators community.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t come up with your own terms. YouTube talk, after all, doesn’t have a dictionary. Not that we heard of in any case.

Develop your own narrative. Creating a story for kids on YouTube, a story that shares familiar themes and elements they can get acquainted with will get you an additional boost of authenticity.

For example, most YouTubers use very specific intros and outros. They use the same words to greet their audience and they have a separate word for their fans. All of these neat little tricks help build a community around your channel.

They are essentially how you make a YouTube Kids channel

Language!

As captain America once said to Tony Stark, “Language!”. Why’d he mare a quirky remark like that during a full-blown war against the agents of Hydra involving actual tanks and machine gun fire?

Avengers are a movie kids will be watching. Disney can’t afford to drop any F-bombs. And neither can you.

But you already knew that, so what’s the point of even mentioning the improper language in this guide?

Some of your viewers may not be as modest and decent as you give them credit for. Foul-mouthed or simply troll comments are the bane of the internet nowadays. It’s best if you were t lock the comment section below your videos from day one.

Yes, you’ll be missing out on the bitter-sweet engagement revenue, but a locked comment section will keep your videos safer in Search, and it will definitely protect your child’s self-esteem.

Video quality

If making millions on YouTube was simple, everyone would be a millionaire by now. That said, nothing is stopping people from trying.

You’ll be competing against thousands upon thousands of established kids channels.

In simpler words, you need an edge. Superior video quality will give you the competitive advantage you were asking for.

Think about creating animated shorts for video intros, or editing the content with breathtaking pop-ups, sweet stickers, and funny effects. How? Check out Animotica’s guides for inspiration!

How to set up YouTube for kids?

YouTube Kids app is an interesting solution the video giant rolled out a couple of years ago to satisfy the growing demand in safe, kid-oriented content.

The app has quaint elements and features such as safe search or parent control. As such, most of the kids nowadays are using it to view their content.

Long story short, your channel should be a part of YouTube kids. You can’t create one in the app per se though. You’ll need to create an original channel on YoTube and then, if your content is both popular and kid-friendly, it will be featured in the YouTube Kids app.

Here’re the steps on how you create your channel:

  1. Sign into your existing YouTube account in the app.
  2. Click on the user icon on the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Click on the icon that looks like a gear to access the settings.
  4. Pick ‘See all my channels or create a new channel’ option.

5. Enter your channel’s name. 6. Hit the create button.

That’s pretty much everything you should know to start making a kids channel on YouTube. Good luck!

If you’re searching for an inspiration, check up our 10 Amazing kids content ideas to take your channel off the ground!

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Disclaimer and Privacy Policy

As a Youtuber with multiple channels and parent who is interested in helping my kids start their own channels, I decided to make a list of the best Youtube channel ideas for kids. But wait…

Can a kid have a Youtube Channel? According to the Child Online Privacy Protection Act websites are not supposed to collect information from children under the age of 13. Youtube will deny any underaged individual. To set up a channel for a child, a parent can create a channel under their name and work with their child to build a Youtube channel.

That is what I plan on doing. There’s a lot that goes into building a channel and to do it right it is going to take some help from the parent.

Is A Youtube Safe For My Child?

Besides, do you really want to let your child have total access to Youtube? That’s a horrible idea. There are really awful things that no kid should ever see on Youtube so I recommend monitoring and limiting your child’s use.

Helping your child create good content and post it on Youtube can be very rewarding for you and others. The great part about Youtube is you can create any kind of channel you want.

However, if you want your channel to gain lots of subscribers, earn lots of revenue and get raving fans then you need to pick a good channel idea.

The Secret To Building A Successful Youtube Channel

The key to Youtube is to create a channel and content that is similar to other successful channels. This is a weird phenomenon but the reason this works is because of SUGGESTED VIDEOS.

If you don’t care about growing then just create a channel about whatever you want. It doesn’t matter.

You know when you watch a Youtube video and then you see several others on the sidebar or at the bottom of the video to watch next. That’s where all the action happens on Youtube.

My guess is that you want your child to be successful and even make an income from Youtube. That’s my goal. I want my kids to have such a successful online business that they never need a job.

With that said here are 52 ultra successful channel ideas that can be extremely successful and enjoyable.

52 Ultra Successful Kid Youtube Channel Ideas

I recommend looking through this list and picking a few that would be a good fit. You don’t have to do just one idea. A lot of successful channels mix and match these ideas to make a unique channel.

Some of the best ideas are near the end.

Drawing

My daughter loves to draw so this is the channel I plan on helping her set up. A popular kid drawing channel is Art For Kids Hub. They draw poplar and trending things to get more interest and views.

Crafts

DIY craft channels are huge and there is an endless supply of ideas you can take from Pinterest. I could definitely see my daughter doing a craft channel.

Decor

This is similar to crafts but take it a step further and make decor. Im sure there are endless ideas on Pinterest as well.

Lifestyle

I have seen loads of girls make lifestyle channels doing morning routines, first day of school, shopping hauls. Thats So Dorothy is a popular lifestyle channel you can get some inspiration from.

Destruction

There is always a new channel that explodes over night because they find an interesting new way to break something. The What’s Inside channel is a good example of this.

Restoration

Now I haven’t seen any kids doing a restoration channel but you totally could. It’s probably because this is a newer channel idea that I haven’t seen until recently.

If you remember Toy Story 2 when Woody got restored that scene was mesmerizing. I can see why this type of channel would do really well. Check out the channel Restore It for inspiration. I could see taking an old chair or doll and making it look new doing really well.

Experiments

The King of Random is the King of doing random experiments that get millions of views. Mix matching trendy pop culture with interesting science experiments is a great channel idea.

Kid Activities

If you have ever seen The Dad Lab on Instagram or Youtube you will see how this could be the perfect kid channel. There are endless kid activities that can be done that are fun and educational for kids.

Stop Motion

Before the days of Youtube I made some stop motion videos and they were a ton of fun. With new apps and technology to make this process way easier, I could see this being a great channel for kids who love legos or working with clay.

Science

Science is always a fun topic. Just think of doing endless science projects. For the inquisitive mind this could be a great channel idea.

Cooking

Cooking shows are super popular on Youtube and TV. I don’t think I have ever seen a Youtube channel like Chopped. I think that could be a great one to start if your child loves to cook.

Lifehacks

These channels grow so fast it is crazy. I think it is because they use everyday things to blow our minds. If your kid loves to tinker and figure out new ways of doing things this could be perfect. Mr Gear does lifehack videos on his channel all the time.

Primitive Technology

This would have been the perfect channel for me as a kid. I was always trying to build the next coolest fort or hut. These channels have become super popular recently so if your kid likes to play in the mud this could be the perfect channel idea.

Singing

If your child dreams of becoming a professional singer, then Youtube is the right place to be. That’s how Justin Beber got famous. Many others are doing the same. Just do covers or parodies of hit songs and you can make it big. This is a very competitive space and is a costly one to do right.

Piano

I am sure you have seen The Piano Guys well kids can do this too. Check out The Piano Gal. She is amazing and even plays the piano backwards.

String Instruments

From dancing while playing the violin like Lindsey Sterling to just playing the guitar. Really any instrument can be turned into a successful channel.

Trick Shot

Dude Perfect is the king of doing incredible trick shots and capturing millions of views with every video. This could be a fun channel but it will take a lot of patience.

Parody

Doing parodies of popular songs, videos or movies is a great channel idea. How It Should Have Ended does a great job at this.

Nerf

Twin Toys have really capitalized on Nerf everything. They make tons of videos about nerf battles and plots of revenge.

Gaming

This may be the first idea your kid will want to do but may be the last one you want them to do. With new games coming out all the time your child could build a channel around one popular game or choose several. The crazy part is this is literally becoming a sport with fans just like football. Weird huh.

SuperHero

SuperHeroKids have done a great job at making a huge channel from making videos wearing superhero Halloween costumes. Kids love watching them so if your child loves acting this could be a great channel.

Challenges

It seems like there is always some new challenge going around the internet so if your kid is a bit of a daredevil this is a perfect idea. Team Edge does a great a job of making up their own challenges that are fun and safe.

Toy Reviews

Some of the biggest and richest kid Youtubers started out reviewing toys. Kids love watching these videos and I am sure your child would love getting an endless supply of new toys to review and test out.

Hair

Doing cute hairstyles can be a great channel idea. Thats where Brooklyn and Bailey got their start on their mom’s channel Cute Girl Hairstyles.

Makeup

Putting on makeup is where a lot of girl Youtubers got their start and made it big on Youtube. This is every girls dream to get paid to wear makeup.

Unboxing

Unboxing videos have been very popular and it makes sense. I always want to know exactly what I am getting before I buy new products. Watching an unboxing video will do just that.

Food Challenges

This is taking challenges to the next level. My younger brother always talked about doing a channel where they mix random ingredients in a blender and then drink it. Sounds disgusting but people love seeing people eat gross stuff.

Reactions

People love kid react videos. I recorded and published a video of when my kids watch Home Alone for the first time. Their reactions were hilarious. Seeing it through their eyes made it like watching this classic like I was watching it for the first time again.

Tech & Gadget Reviews

There are always new cool tech and gadgets that can be reviewed. Kickstarter would be a great place to get ideas for cool gadgets to feature.

News

I haven’t seen a kid news channel but I really think it would be interesting. Adults would get a kick out of it and I think putting news in kid terms would be very interesting.

Celebrity News

If your child is a super fan of a celebrity this could be a great channel idea. Making videos of everything a celebrity is doing is sure to attract viewers.

How To

These are my favorite type of videos. Whether I am watching someone build some furniture or fix a fridge these videos are great. I think a cool idea would be to build a channel on making stuff just with PVC.

Forging

Working with metal and making knives and swords or other cool gadgets has made a lot of channels grow big. This would probably be a good channel to build with dad.

Video Reviews

Reviewing videos is great because there are always lots of people who want to see what other peoples opinions were about that movie. What did you like? What did you hate? If your kid loves videos then this could be a great channel idea.

Fan Theory

This is taking video reviews to the next level. I don’t know why but I always get caught watching these videos of people sharing what they believe is going to happen in the next Star Wars video or Marvel Universe. If your kid is super into one of these then you may have found your new channel idea.

Comedy Sketches

Studio C has done a great job at good clean entertainment. If your child loves to act and make people laugh the sketch comedy could definitely be a good idea.

Fashion

People are always seeking what others are doing to look good. If your child loves clothes then making fashion videos about their new school clothes could be great.

Sports

Is your child a huge sports fan? Whether he or she likes to play sports, watch sports, analyze sports or teach people how to be better at sports there are lots of different sport channels your child could start.

Pets

Does your child love hamsters, puppies, cats? Really any pet can make a great channel. Hope Marie has made it big off of doing videos about her latest hamster and its new cage.

Dance

If your child is in a dance class this may be a channel to look into starting. People are always interested in seeing new dance moves and routines.

Educational

Is your child in the top of their class? Making educational videos to help others learn can make a great helpful channel. Khan Academy is one ways this could be done.

Animation Stories

I just recently saw these channels and was shocked to see how popular they are. If your child loves to tell stories and animate at the same time then this is a really fun channel idea.

Vlogging

I think the days of watching people wake up and brush their teeth are gone but doing cool planned activities like a treasure hunt makes a great channel that people want to watch.

Magic

Magic shows have been around forever and I am sure they will continue to be popular. If your child is interested in magic then go for it.

Reborn Dolls

I have a friend who introduced me to Reborn babies and it is like an art. They look so real. Not a bad idea for a kid channel.

Nursery Rhyme

I am always blown away to see how many views some of these nursery rhyme channels get. I is probably because more and more parents are using Youtube to keep their kids entertained.

Preschool

If your child loves kids and wants to teach them their abc’s and how to count then preschool type videos can make a great kid channel.

Doll Parody

If your kid loves to make believe with dolls or barbies then this could be a fun channel for your child. Basically just put a camera in front of your child and record them make up stories as they play with their dolls.

Dirtbike

If you are a family that loves dirt bikes and motor cross then this could be a great channel to start. With the price of action cameras dropping this is really doable.

Hunting

If your family loves to hunt then this could be a great reason to go hunting even more. Spend time in the outdoors and get paid to do it. Sounds good to me.

Fishing

There are so many fishing TV shows that if you live near a lake or river and love to fish this could make some great content for a channel.

I am sure there are a ton more ideas of channels you could help your child start. A good idea would be to make a channel of the type of videos your child likes to watch. You can also observe what their natural talents are and use the channel as a way for them to push their skills even further.

The great part about helping your child start a Youtube channel is that they will really learn a lot of great life skills. If they really stick to it then it can also become a great source of income.

The 10 Best YouTube Channels For Kids

YouTube is an amazing resource, with everything from beer-making tutorials to Jimmy Hendrix playing the national anthem at Woodstock. Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of awful stuff happening on YouTube, everything from pedophile-approved videos of preteens to videos that promote self-harm. Of course, there are a few steps you should take before letting your little one loose on the Internet, like setting your parental controls and downloading a child-focused YouTube app for kids.

“Because of that way that YouTube is built, the hosts are communicating in a way that is direct to their audience,” says Polly Conway of Common Sense Media.“That is something that our generation has never had. This is sort of new territory. There is a different bond built through these shows then your traditional television program because the interaction is so direct.”

Luckily, there are a number of kids YouTube channels that make excellent company for your little one. These are ten of our favorites.

Sesame Street

Let’s kick it off with a classic: The same adorable muppets that have taught kids the alphabet for 50 years, and probably taught you a thing or two, have moved over to the Internet. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie and the rest of the crew is hanging out on a YouTube channel, with plenty of online-only cameos from stars like Bill Murray. youtube.com/sesamestreet

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Nerdy Nummies

Here’s a YouTube channel for kids who like to bake. Hosted by Rosanna Pansino and a cavalcade of guests, this weekly program takes a family-friendly approach to the cooking show, demonstrating how to create all sorts of baked goods like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. The icing on top is her predilection for tying her projects into nerd pop culture, creating eats that are shaped to look like characters from Harry Potter and Star Wars. Parental guidance is still a must if your kid actually wants to get baking (obviously), but the videos have a way to really focus young bakers. youtube.com/RosannaPansino

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TED-Ed

Now your kids can enjoy the smart, informative, big thinking joys of TED Talks too The TED foundation has created these educational editions of their highly popular lectures. Each video is born out of a collaboration between experts in various fields and creative animators who create visuals that are just as captivating as the content. They even take submissions for ideas if you have a particularly insightful kid. youtube.com/TEDEducation

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The Houston Zoo

There is a reason that Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl brings in monster ratings every year: people of all ages love to watch animals at play. For the other 364 days of the year, your kid can check in with the friendly creatures from all over the world that live at The Houston Zoo. Videos include a digital hang out with red river hog babies, an exercising skunk (above), and an introduction to their newborn giraffe Mara. youtube.com/houstonzoo

The Brain Scoop

This YouTube channel wants to make sure the next generation knows what museums are and cares about the amazing adventures you can have therein. Coming from the Chicago Field Museum, and hosted by “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” Emily Graslie, each episode shows a look behind the scenes of the operations of the museum. This is a perfect way to get your kid excited about earth science, animals, and the environment. Check out the video description and opening titles before watching though, as some episodes carry viewer discretion warnings. youtube.com/UCkyfHZ6bY2TjqbJhiH8Y2QQ

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minutephysics

These quick illustrated tutorials make for perfect snackable science lessons that you can share with your kid. Created by Henry Reich, the YouTube channel examines a wide range of fun subjects like the physics behind black holes or whether it is better to walk or run in the rain. The stick figure animations make for a watch that kids can enjoy, and perhaps even tackle themselves. youtube.com/minutephysics

CrashCourse

John Green, the guy who wrote The Fault In Our Stars, and his brother Hank have racked up over a billion views in the past 13 years. Their videos cover a wide variety of subjects, from history to psychology to science to ethics. They tend to be either general introductions to big topics like expressionism and Big Data or skills-focused instructional videos that teach kids important stuff like how to use Wikipedia. youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q

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Super Simple Songs

There is a reason that this YouTube channel has racked up millions of views. These animated videos are designed perfectly to help either keep your kid occupied with an afternoon of sing-alongs or send off to sleep with a lullaby like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. There is also original content here, featuring a collection of strange creatures that help teach lessons on everything from how to treat your family members to steps you can take to eat healthier. youtube.com/supersimplesongs

SoulPancake

Founded by funnyman Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. Dwight Schrute on The Office, this YouTube channel is a wealth of captivating content. There is something for everyone with this crew, from their “Art Attack” program to “The Science Of Happiness.” A great place to start is with their most popular videos, the “Kid President” series. youtube.com/soulpancake

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National Geographic Kids

This YouTube channel for kids from National Geographic uploads frequently with cool videos of awesome animals, fun science and colorful travel destinations. They don’t just limit themselves to the exotic either, there are plenty of programs that explore the wonders in your own backyard and even your own house pet, like one episode called “How to Speak Cat”. They have even created playlists depending on your kid’s interests so that they can binge-watch creature captures like you binge-watched the latest season of Narcos. youtube.com/UCXVCgDuD_QCkI7gTKU7-tpg

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While setting your child up with a YouTube account isn’t exactly easy, but if you follow these steps, it isn’t hard either.

1. First you will need to set-up a Gmail account, you can do that by going to gmail.com

Note: If your child is under 12 you will need to use your information to set-up the account, because according to Google’s Terms of Service a user must be 13 or older.

2. Once in Gmail click on the tiled buttons next to the bell icon at the top of the page

3. A pull-down menu will open showing you a number icons, click on the YouTube icon

4. You will be taken to YouTube.com where you will click the words “My Channel” on the left-hand side of the page

5. You will then be taken to a page to set-up the YouTube channel

Note: This is where customization begins and it is best to involve your child at this point.

6. You should then pick a name for your channel

Here are some things to consider when doing so:

Don’t use your child’s real name for safety reasons
Pick a channel name that is easy to remember since they will want to share it with friends
If possible, channel name should reflect the type of videos they want to post

7. Name the channel by selecting “To use a business or other name, click here.”

8. Type in your child’s channel name

9. Select the category of channel

Note: It is most likely going to be “Arts, Entertainment, Sports”

10. Your child is now ready to begin posting videos

6 Tips for Starting Your Child Actor’s YouTube Channel

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As the parent of a child actor, you’re most certainly aware of the option your child has to create their own content on the internet. Creating a YouTube channel, especially one that becomes popular, can help an actor’s career grow and expand. Unlike traditional television, there is an opportunity for your child to directly engage with viewers regarding the topics of their choosing. On the one hand, this is wonderful! How fun that we live in an era in which such self-expression is encouraged and such platforms are readily accessible.

That said, you and your child must also take safety precautions and approach the creation of a YouTube channel with a very clear strategy. Here are some things to consider if and when your child decides to make a YouTube channel.

1. Safety first.
If your child is under the age of 13, she will not be able to create a YouTube channel on her own due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. She will either need to create one through your Google account or by using.

Also, I’ve written in the past about stage names and how they can help an actor’s career move forward while creating an important layer of privacy. If you simply want to make a YouTube channel for fun in your spare time, I’d advise you to consider a username on the channel that is not your real name in order to protect your privacy. However, since your child is likely creating a channel as part of her acting career, I would suggest considering adopting a stage name that your child could use both for her professional acting and for the channel. This way, if the channel becomes wildly successful with millions of views, you’ll be protecting her privacy. Of course, this decision is ultimately up to you and your child.

Also, I would advise your child to never, under any circumstances, share her home address, location, or the name of her school on the channel.

2. Develop a strategy.
Before your child starts uploading public videos, it would be wise to have a strategy discussion with her. Start by asking your child why she wants to make the channel. Is it to make people laugh? Is it to express opinions about topics that she is passionate about? To tell specific types of stories? To get famous? If it’s the latter, this would be a great time to have the fame conversation with your child if you haven’t already. Emphasize the importance of acting and entertaining for the love and joy of it and not for the end result of money or fame. Money and fame most certainly do not guarantee happiness.

Once you get clear on your child’s intention, you can support her with some brainstorming conversations. Perhaps she wants to talk about toys, perform comedy sketches, or sing songs. Maybe she wants to make home movies of herself building elaborate Lego structures! The goal is for your child to highlight and express her personality. If building Lego structures is her favorite thing to do, she could do that while also telling stories and even highlighting some of her performing skills. Make a list of ideas and talk about which types of videos she is most excited about making.

Once you and your child have decided on a channel idea or theme, you can then help her make a list of different episode ideas.

READ: How to Become a YouTube Influencer

3. Test launch some videos.
You could start out by having your child create a few videos and then sharing them via private or unlisted links with trusted friends and mentors, and perhaps include her acting teacher or manager. You can adjust the setting to private or unlisted just before posting the video to YouTube. Private videos can only be viewed by fellow YouTube users that you share them with. Unlisted videos can be shared by anyone that you share the videos with and anyone that these people choose to share the links with even if they do not have YouTube accounts. Though unlisted videos can be shared freely throughout your network, they cannot be found via public online searches.

Get some constructive feedback from people you trust. This could be about video length and content, or about other technical factors such as lighting and sound. When relaying suggestions to your child, keep the conversations positive, light, and upbeat. This process of creating should be a fun undertaking every step of the way!

4. Be consistent.
Once she does launch her channel, it’s important that she update it consistently. You can perhaps start with a goal of uploading one video per week. It takes time to build an audience and consistent posting is key. Whatever posting goal your child chooses, encourage her to stick to it.

5. Monitor the comments.
It might be a very wise move for your child to turn the comments off entirely. YouTube comment threads are, unfortunately, a very common ground for cyberbullying and it’s important that your child not be exposed to this at such a young age or ideally, ever. If your child chooses to keep the comments on, I’d suggest that you read and monitor them before she sees them.

6. Have fun!
As I always say, if we aren’t having fun, then why are we doing it? Check in with your child regularly to see if she is having fun with the channel and maintain a positive and encouraging environment always.

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Mae Ross Mae Ross is the Owner/ Director of L.A.’s highly acclaimed actor training center, 3-2-1 Acting Studios. Her leadership has garnered 3-2-1 consistent recognition as Hollywood’s premier on-camera acting school for kids, teens, and adults. She has launched hundreds of successful acting careers with her expert on-camera coaching and professional guidance. See full bio and articles here!

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Starting over||Tanner Braungardt[COMPLETED]

So today is the first day of school and I couldn’t be more excited, I hope no one notices me. My YouTube following has over 1.9 million subscribers, to there’s bound to be a fan or two and my school. I slip out of bed and go to the Bathroom and brush my hair and teeth, I only put on a bit of mascara. I walked out, still in my tank top and fluffy pjs. I change into a black shirt, Jean shorts, a red flannel tied around my waist, and some Converse. (outfit above). I walk into Quentin’s room and wake home up.
“Get the hell up!” I yelled flickering the lights.
“Shoo!” He screams back, I walk out of his room and go to the kitchen and fill a cup of water and walk back into Quentins room. I slowly walk up to him and pour the water slowly on his face. His eyes burst open and he pounces out of bed and tackles me to the floor.
“Bruh, what did you do that for!” He yells, his mourning breath murdering my nose.
“You need to get ready, we are going to be late!” He looks at the clock and sees we only have 15 mins left till we leave. He stands up, leaving me on the floor.
“Don’t forget to brush your teeth twice, they need it!” I yelled to him as he races out the door, I hear him mutter something that I couldn’t understand. 10 minutes later he joins me in the kitchen and we both eat mini wheats. We head out there door and go to school.
The school wasn’t that big, not as big as my old one at least. There were tons of students walking in and getting to their lockers, but first I needed to get my schedule. I walk into the office and see there is a line so I waited. Five minutes later I had my schedule and I had to my locker and tried to open it with my combination, but I had trouble.
“do you think it’s her?” I hear someone whisper behind me.
“I don’t know call her name and see if she answers,” someone else says.
“you do it it was your idea!”
“but you’re apparently a bigger fan than me,” I laugh to my myself then turn around and see two girls a little younger than me.
“oh my gosh it is you!” One of them yelled, causing stares.
“You’re Brooke right? the YouTuber?” I smiled and nodded. They probably said omg a thousand times.
“What are your names?” I asked.
“I’m Mia and this is my friend Jordan,” the brunette one say pointing to her redhead friend. I got a pic with them, and left because I didn’t want to be late for my next class.
I walk in and there were already a ton of kids in there. I looked around and found a seat near the back next to the window, my luck is killing me! The class was boring and I didn’t pay much attention I Kinda just get the stuff already I don’t get bad grades or anything.
before I knew it the school day was over and I had to walk home since Quintin had football practice and volleyball doesn’t start till next week. On my way home I was knocked over by someone, I turn around and see it was Tanner running.
“Oh, hey Tanner.” I said looking down.
“Oh, hey Brooke sorry for almost knocking you down, I forgot my football helmet at home I have to go!” He said jogging into his house. well that was awkward. I got to my house it’s in my backpack on the armchair. I took out my camera because I’ve had to record a new video. I wasn’t sure what my video was going to be about but I’m pretty sure just gonna be me talking about my new house, the new move and the future of my channel. I took out all my Quitman and set up the lights. This is going to be a long video it’s gonna take forever to edit.
I record for about two hours and then shut down my camera and transfer it to my laptop to start editing. Jesses I’m in the middle of editing hear the door close Quentin must be home. I close my laptop for now and head downstairs to grab some beef jerky.
“hey sis what are you been doing all day?” He asked.
“I just recorded video and editing it’s taking forever,”
“A video?” I hear another voice behind him, it was Tanner.
“Yeah! My sister is a YouTuber and she’s famous!” He laughed.
“really me too!” Tanner said walking closer.
“how many subs do you have?” I asked
“1.7,”
“Ha! I have 1.9 I beat you by .2 ,” I laughed.
“Dang what do you make videos about?”
“Vlogs some challenges Q&A’s stuff like that,”
“oh cool I do backflips on trampoline videos,” before I could answer Quentin interrupted me.
“speaking of that! We should go to your trampoline, you need me to do some flips, do you want to come Brooke?”
“Yeah, that be cool, but I already know I do flips,” I smirked.
“oh yeah, I totally forgot about that be can still come and show off your skills,” he said sarcastically.
“Yeah! Let’s see what you got Brooke,” tanner added, it made me kinda blush. I didn’t even know him, it’s like he had some kinda power over me.
The next hour was spent doing flips on the trampoline and Quentin failing miserably.
“you’re not bad for a white girl,” tanner laughed.
“And you’re not too bad for skinny white boy,” he put his hand on his chest and acted offended. It was a really fun day, I wish it could’ve lasted longer, but I knew I had to go inside to finish my editing maybe Tanner and I can make a colab someday?
“I hate to break up the party, but I have to go inside and finished editing my video, I’ll text you later Tanner and I’ll tell you when it’s uploaded so you can see how much better I am than you, I’m just kidding,” I said smiling.
“oh that reminds me I have to upload my new video I recorded last week, obviously it’s another trampoline video, hey why don’t we do a colab sometime, it would be really fun and It can get us each more subscribers! maybe I get more subscribers and you, I hope you know that was a joke, the more subscribers right not the colab part,” I laughed as her rubbed the back of his head.
“yeah that be really cool maybe it can be a trampoline video my subscribers really like that!”
“yeah! Even for my video we can do a challenge like you said you usually do,” wow he pays attention,
“yeah! So I’ll see you later?”
“always,” he smiled as we head our separate ways.
AN
Hey guys I hope you like this chapter!
I don’t want to push Tanner and Brooke into relationship right now I wanted to come naturally like they’re real
Please leave any comments and suggestions for the future of this book they’re always appreciated!
Sorry if there are a lot of spelling errors I’m trying to write this fast
Cya!

How These 10 Top YouTube Stars Make Over $1 Million a Year

By no means is it a piece of cake, but making a living on YouTube is possibly one of the most fun careers imaginable. Everything from fashion accessories to kiddie toy reviews is part of a lucrative, multi-billion dollar industry whose bread and butter is advertising revenue.

Clearly, there is no one true path to becoming a YouTube millionaire, as these ten YouTube channel owners demonstrate so very well.

1. Mimi Ikonn

Mimi Ikonn is a great example of someone making a living doing what they love most. In this case, her passion for haute couture fashion has propelled her in just a few short years (she started her YouTube channel in May of 2012) to becoming a recognizable name in the world of fashion blogging and marketing. As outlined here on Quora, a major component to Ikonn’s success was utilizing YouTube as a hub for drawing viewers, using social networks such as Pinterest or Instagram as spokes that brought in additional traffic to her channel.

As she has grown in popularity, she has tailored the scope of her brand to match the interests that her shifting demographic is most engaged with. Not only does Ikonn make videos sharing back-to-school and other fashion tips, she has also tapped into the fierce desire many Millennials have to travel, with some of her videos reviewing destinations such as Sardinia and Morocco.

2. Psy

At this point, if you didn’t know the smash pop hit Gangnam Style, you’ve spent the past three years living under a rock. But you’re reading this, so you’ve probably seen Korean artist Psy’s music video, currently sitting pretty with 2.4 billion views and counting. Various articles written at different times in the last few years have estimated his earnings—just from YouTube ad revenue—at between $2-$8,000,000. And really, it’s not like Psy is a one-hit wonder.

“Hangover,” his collaboration with Snoop Dogg, has another 215,000,000 views, so it’s safe to say that Psy has mastered the art of making big bucks from YouTube videos. Provided you’re a reasonably talented musician (or dedicated to becoming one), know a great music video director, have a big advertising budget, and pander to just the right tastes in pop culture at the right time, there’s no reason why you can’t make it like Psy did.

3. Epic Rap Battles of History

A favorite of lazy Saturday afternoon gatherings in my friend’s living room as well as frivolous high school history teachers, Epic Rap Battles of History (over 12.5 million subscribers) is the brainchild of improv comedians Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist. Their videos basically market themselves, something which Shukoff thinks is no secret to becoming a success on YouTube.

In an interview last year with Business Insider, they revealed that a loyal audience has kept ERB ahead of the curve and able to keep making great videos. “I got my joy from tweets from our fans telling us how proud they are. It reminded me how much we and the audience are in this together.” With such strong connections to their subscribers, it’s no wonder that Epic Rap Battles of History has found incredible success.

4. Jenna Marbles

Jenna Marbles is an upstate New York native who turned her daily struggles experi ences into a successful YouTube venture. While anyone can make videos about the quirks of everyday life, a combination of great personality and at times brutally-self-effacing honesty are what have propelled her to fame. Plus her two dogs Kermit and Mr. Marbles star in many of her videos, sharpening her niche to include dog owners, who are notorious consumers of merch for their precious canine pets.

A lot of what has propelled this eccentric, loudmouthed New Yorker to fame isn’t a secret either; with the right know-how it’s easy to market and grow your business on YouTube.

5. Pewdiepie

As ridiculous as it seems, this video game nerd from Sweden has made some serious bank—his YouTube videos have been watched over nine billion times—making videos about everything from video game commentaries, to slapstick montages, to the delightfully NSFW Cards Against Humanity.

He’s also benefitted from his romance with fellow YouTube sensation Marzia Bisognin, managing to not only snag followers for his cheeky videos, but also for finding a girlfriend who’s as media savvy as he is. And if there’s any doubting his cred, South Park parodied him in an episode—a windfall of free publicity worth its weight in gold.

6. Hulyan Maya

Two shrewd parents have turned occasional purchases of toys for their young children into a full-blown million-dollar venture. They started doing product reviews in 2010, and they are on track to make $1.5 million this year in ad revenue from their YouTube videos.

One hallmark of successful YouTube stars is that they are both prolific and consistent when it comes to publishing content. In the case of Hulyan Maya, a minimum of two videos are published daily, which explains how they have built such a loyal and consistent following online. Regularly publishing content that your audience engages with, is essential to building a loyal following.

7. YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon

The dudes behind YOGSCAST are not the only ones making big bucks in the oddly specific genre of Minecraft YouTube channels, but they are definitely one of the most popular. Their channel has over seven million subscribers and they have over three billion total views. They’ve also been on YouTube for a solid seven years, so they have had plenty of time to tailor their videos to the short attention spans of kids under the age of 15, arguably Minecraft’s biggest demographic.

This probably explains the PG-rated lewd humor in a lot of their videos, but if you were making millions by purveying fart jokes in sync with videos of a 16-bit video game you wouldn’t complain, would you?

8. Screen Junkies

In a world where “In a world” has become the banal, clichéd opening line for every campy movie trailer ever, Screen Junkies has established a close to five million-strong following of people who just want an honest, undiluted, mostly satirical movie preview.

With close to a billion total views since their inception in 2008 (and you should totally see their take on Inception), Screen Junkies have cornered the movie trailer satire market and milked it to perfection.

9. Dude Perfect

Epitomizing one of YouTube’s original purposes—making studying for a test a nightmare because there was one more crazy/funny/epic video you just had to watch first—is Dude Perfect, a channel that has turned into a viral video powerhouse thanks to some epic trick shots as well as some major faces in the world of sports.

The dudes behind Dude Perfect aren’t just a bunch of amped-up jocks, however. There’s a ton of clever marketing that goes into their videos. Their collaborations with recognizable household names in sports, not to mention their slapstick comedy videos give them an added level of crossover appeal, and they have successfully leveraged their fame on YouTube to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning America, and other mainstream talk shows.

10. Epic Meal Time

I don’t know anyone who has actually attempted to make any of the monstrous, bacon-wrapped creations that the masterminds at Epic Meal Time frequently create, but then, they never really were meant to be taken seriously. What is serious about this cooking show is their loyal following, going on five years this September. With almost seven million followers and close to a billion total views, they have excelled in making money not just from advertising revenue, but have pulled in corporate sponsors including Wendy’s.

Their over-zealous use of bacon has even earned them a sponsorship with meat company Hormel.

If you’re looking to start producing video content and grow your influence on YouTube, get started with these classes from the experts, themselves. Both YouTube Marketing and Grow Your Business with YouTube are worth checking out today!

How Much Do YouTubers Make? (A Lot!)

Updated: January 28 2020 | Grant Sabatier
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I think it’s fair to say that YouTube is one of the most attractive platforms for making money.

Getting paid to do something you love, receiving praise from millions of fans, working with a flexible schedule, and enjoying other countless perks of being a YouTube star.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

But is YouTube really the best platform for content monetization? How much money do YouTubers make – and how do they do it? Most importantly, is this side hustle worth investing your time – and what financial rewards are you likely to reap?

I know you’re dying to know the answers to these questions, so let’s dive right in! Here’s everything you need to know about making money on YouTube!

How do YouTubers Make Money?

If you’ve ever found yourself scratching your head and wondering, “How the heck do people make money on YouTube?”, you’re about to find out.

There are five main ways YouTubers make money:

1. Ad Revenue

This is one of the most well-known ways of making money on YouTube.

How does it work, then? Google places ads on your videos and keeps 45% of YouTube advertising revenue – leaving 55% for you, the video owner.

Here are the 5 most common FAQs regarding ad revenue on YouTube:

  1. How much money do YouTubers make per view? According to several sources, YouTubers earn between 0.3 cents to 1 cent per view.
  2. How much do YouTubers make every 1000 views? Anywhere between $3 and $10, although that can be higher or lower in some cases.
  3. How much do YouTubers make per video? That depends on viewership and the ads displayed by Google, but it could be loads. For example, if a video has 1 million views, a YouTuber could be cashing anything between $3,000 and $10,000!
  4. How many views do you need to reach on YouTube to get paid? YouTube will pay you when you reach a balance of $100.
  5. How much does YouTube pay per subscriber? YouTubers don’t get paid per subscriber. However, subscribers are the ones who are most likely to watch your videos – so the more you have, the better viewership!

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2. Affiliate Links

Earning money with affiliate links involves reviewing a product or service.

A YouTuber may be approached by a company asking them to review their product. The YouTuber will then talk about the product’s features, and how the viewers could best benefit from using the product/ service.

There’s also usually a link in their video description directing viewers to a site where they can purchase the recommended product or service – and the links are set up as affiliate links. If the viewer ends up making a purchase, the YouTuber will receive a percentage of the purchase price.

Affiliate links are relatively common on YouTube – and the larger your subscriber base, the more money you’re likely to earn.

3. Sponsorship

If a YouTube channel has a lot of subscribers and high engagement, the YouTuber could also get companies to sponsor them – and get paid for business promotion on their channel.

Companies are constantly looking for ways to get exposure to people who may be interested in their brand. Since YouTube is the second largest search engine with roughly about 1.9 billion monthly users, it is the perfect platform for companies to engage with their potential customers.

For a sponsorship to take place, the audience of the YouTube channel should be made up of people who the company wants to target.

The brand would then pay to be promoted in a video or a series of videos, this way winning potential consumers’ attention while the YouTuber reaps the financial rewards.

4. Donations

If a YouTube channel has thousands of devoted fans who love it and would do anything to keep it going – fan donations could also be an option.

A YouTuber would ask for fans to transfer their donations through platforms like PayPal or Patreon.

However, since people hate parting with their hard-earned cash, donations are more commonly used to keep a channel going rather than bring someone high earnings on YouTube. They support the creator of the videos financially and allow them to continue updating their channel with new content – but would be unlikely to make someone a ton of cash.

5. Merchandise

Those who have built a strong following and a popular brand could also make a decent amount of revenue through selling things like t-shirts, tote bags, and hats with names, logos, and slogans associated with their brand.

To make it lucrative, though, you will need to invest a lot of time creating a unique brand that has a substantial number of followers who are ready to spend money on your brand.

Can You Really Make Money on YouTube?

The answer is simple: yes, you can make a lot of money on YouTube.

But the majority of YouTubers don’t make very much.

A handful of top performers make incredible amounts of dosh on the platform (we’re talking millions – and even hundreds of millions of dollars each year!).

But that’s only a microscopic minority of YouTubers.

According to a recent social media study, only 3% of YouTubers get 90% of all YouTube views. And with YouTube, as we’ve learned, money is where viewership is.

How Much Money Do MOST YouTubers Make?

As appealing as the possibility of making millions on YouTube sounds, the real picture is entirely different.

A recent German study showed that about 97% of all aspiring YouTubers probably won’t make it across the U.S. poverty line ($12,140).

And even if you make it to the top 3%, you’re looking at an average advertising revenue of about $16,800 a year – which is, like I said, not very much.

Challenges of Making Money with YouTube in 2020

On top of that, breaking through on YouTube has recently become even more challenging.

Following a few high-profile scandals involving vloggers, YouTube has tightened its regulations making it harder for any YouTube newbies to start monetizing their page.

Requirements for Earning Money on YouTube

Anyone who wants to start making money on YouTube will need to reach these metrics before they can start earning any income from it:

  • A minimum of 1,000 subscribers
  • At least 4,000 hours of watch time within the past year
  • Both must be met within a single 12 month period

Plus, YouTube is highly competitive. There are thousands of channels on just about anything: from celebrity news commentary to playing video games (all day!). From rants about random topics and pop parodies to diaries of parents raising young children.

So, if you’re thinking of starting a YouTube channel with the hope of making money, you’ll need to come up with something uber unique that people can’t get enough of.

Think you have what it takes, and are keen to give it a try? Check out this YouTube audiobook which covers how to set up a YouTube account, and how to make money on YouTube.

What Do Top Performers on YouTube Make?

While attracting a million viewers may seem like a mission of a lifetime, some folks have been able to reach these enviable viewership figures – and are cashing in millions of dollars each year from the videos they post on their vlogs.

Brace yourself – because these guys make whole lotta cash.

Jeffree Star Net Worth

Who’s Jeffree Star, you ask? He is a YouTuber and often controversial personality who rose to fame because of his beauty videos. His net worth? $50 million.

Logan Paul Net Worth

Logan Paul is a twenty-something YouTube star who vlogs about random things like… his dog, for example. He made $12.5 million in 2017.

Jenna Marbles Net Worth

Jenna Marbles is a YouTube personality turned actress, who currently has over 18.8 million subscribers. What does she blog about? Her most popular video is called “How to trick people into thinking you’re good looking.”

Jenna Marble’s net worth is $5 million.

Roman Atwood Net Worth

Have you heard of Roman Atwood? This comedian, prankster, and vlogger, Roman Atwood has a net worth of $12 million!

Lilly Singh Net Worth

Lily Singh is a Canadian YouTube personality with over 7,000 million views – and a net worth of $18 million!

The Final Takeaway for Aspiring YouTubers

To sum up, there’s big money in the YouTube market, and a handful of people are cashing in staggering amounts of cash through the platform. In almost all cases it’s more money than Twitch, but here’s how much twitch streamers make.

But making decent money with YouTube is difficult. With stricter rules and regulations, aspiring vloggers need to try a lot harder to be able to make this platform lucrative.

Any newbie YouTuber should be prepared for years of relentless sharing of unique, engaging content.

Building a strong and engaged following requires time and effort – and if you think you have what it takes, your best bet would be to start vlogging as a hobby and seeing where it takes you.

That said – if you’re someone who could talk for hours about a topic you’re interested in, and that topic happens to be something that draws in millions of people – well, why not give it a try?

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It is a match made in heaven: Gaming and YouTube. There is some serious cross-pollination between gamers and YouTubers.

That’s why gaming channels are some of the biggest, most subscribed-to channels on all of YouTube. If you look at the top 100 most subscribed Youtube channels, you’ll see that gaming channels take up 16 of those spots.

Videos of people playing games and commenting on them or reacting to them are dominating the top 100 list as much as the Justin Bieber and Adele VEVO channels.

Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, and Youtube itself are other channels ranked in the top 100.

It’s incredible that gamers are able to rank so high on this list, alongside these other operations with thousands, if not tens of thousands, to spend on their advertising and content.

How Does YouTube Do It?

Part of the secret to YouTube gamer success lies within YouTube’s algorithms for good content. In the beginning, Youtube was based on clicks.

This was back in 2005, at its inception. YouTube thought clicks alone would be enough to determine the value of a video.

If thousands of people were clicking on it, it had to be good, right? But then content uploaders started deceiving viewers.

All you had to do to get people to click on content was post a misleadingly provocative thumbnail. A little implied sexiness goes a surprisingly long way for click rates.

Youtube quickly realized clicks alone wouldn’t work, so they needed a new solution.

Since the people clicking on these misleading videos would leave the video as soon as they realized they’d been duped, YouTube started factoring minutes-watched into their equation.

So now, the total number of accumulated minutes spent watching your content, in a given time period, would determine whether or not the content was “good” and should be featured by YouTube.

The more viewers you had watching for longer periods of time, the more Youtube would go to bat for you as far as promoting your page, and working to get your videos in front of other Youtubers, especially in your state and country.

We will talk more about the geographic element and its impact on youtube gamers’ successes further into this article.

The Gamer Channel Advantage

Consider that the average gamer video length is somewhere around 9 and a half minutes long.

Compare that to the average comedy video, which is closer to 3 minutes. What does that mean? Gamer videos, on average, provide significantly more minutes of content in every single video!

Not only that, when you consider that a lot of game channels involve playthroughs and walkthroughs, it’s easy for the target audience to stay engaged through the whole video.

Or it’s easy for them to turn it on in the background while they do something else (i.e. play a game themselves, or watch tv, or do homework).

The other thing about this kind of content is that it’s easy to absorb more than one video at a time. This means your viewers could watch a couple of these 9+ minute videos in a row and not even realize it.

If you couple those lenghty videos with the fact that people will be watching more than one, you have a real recipe for success as a YouTube Gamer.

Youtube is going to see that you have all these accumulated minutes. Five hundred people watching your ten minute video is 5,000 minutes.

If they watch two or three of your ten minute videos, you’re talking about 10,000-15,000 minutes. Fifteen thousand minutes is 250 hours. That’s over ten days worth of video watching, and that’s only with 500 people.

The video game formula lends itself particularly well to this algorithm because of its longer-form format, and the serial nature of the channels.

Who Benefits?

Why, the youtube channel hosts, of course! YouTube’s monetization process gives content uploaders the possibility to earn money from ads placed in front of their videos.

You get paid by YouTube if viewers watch the whole ad. It’s only cents on the dollar, but that can add up, especially as your fan base grows.

There’s advertising agreements outside of the YouTube ad placement, too. Favorable game exposure to a large built-in audience?

What AAA game studio wouldn’t offer incentives for that kind of arrangement?

It’s worth noting that PewDiePie (more on him in a minute!) said in a Reddit AMA session that he likes to avoid endorsements, or at the very least be selective with them. He says he makes enough from YouTube to have that luxury, and he’s thankful for it.

The Big Players

Who are some of these big names? The biggest YouTube gamer channel is PewDiePie. Heard of him? We thought so. In 2014 he earned $7.4 million.

In 2013, he earned $4 million. That is mostly from YouTube, and it’s after taxes. He has 40 million subscribers. That is an exceptionally high amount.

KSI is another YouTube gamer, he earned $4 million in 2014. He has nearly 9 million subscribers. A third big one is Smosh.

This duo has 20 million subscribers, and the estimated net worth of Smosh in 2015 is $6 million. The list goes on.

The Bigger Picture

These players have a good bit of influence in the game industry. They’ve added more avenues for developers to get their games in front of the masses.

This is great for smaller developers with lower PR budgets, but exceptional content. It means that AAA game buyers could be swayed one way or the other based on what they see.

Not only that, YouTube has become another platform for game industry jobs. You can try to make it as a gamer on YouTube, sure.

But you can also start a channel as a way to impress companies who you’d want to work for. You don’t need to roll the dice on a million-subscriber YouTube career.

You can generate a several-thousand-subscriber YouTube channel, and create great content to impress your future boss.