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How To Make Money On YouTube

written by John Chow on May 3, 2012

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My friend Daniel Scocco over at Daily Blog Tips has posted a really nice article on how to make money on YouTube. In the post, Daniel details the step-by-step on how to become a YouTube partner.

In a nutshell you make money on YouTube by becoming a YouTube partner, which allows you to display ads on your videos, and then you earn a percentage of the revenues generated by clicks on those ads, much like with AdSense. As for how much money you can actually make, I heard numbers anywhere from $3 up to $10 per 1,000 video views.

In addition to becoming a YouTube partner, you can use YouTube to promote affiliate offers from networks like An example of how this works would be the video I did with Sally Chow on how to create a paperless office.

The video was put up 18 months ago and has averaged 1,800 views per month. The YouTube pre-roll video ad makes around $10 to $15 per month, but the real money comes from sales of the ScanSnap 1300 scanner I recommend in the video. The affiliate link is embedded both in the description and in the video itself. When a user clicks the link and buys the product from, I get a commission.

Where The Traffic Comes From

Many people may not realize this, but YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world, and when a user searches for “paperless office” on YouTube, my video is at the number-one position.

This is enough to send the video 1,800 people each month. That will result in five to ten sales of the $249 scanner every month. Since putting it on YouTube, the video has made me an average of $150 a month in affiliate commissions from (plus $10 to $15 from YouTube video ads). Not bad for something I created 18 months ago.

How did I rank the video at the top spot? Nobody really knows how the YouTube video ranking works, but most will agree that YouTube gives preference to their partners. Therefore, it’s to your benefit to do the step-by-step on Daniel’s post on how to become a YouTube partner. Not only will this make you money with YouTube ads, but your affiliate products review videos will rank higher in searches, and make you even more money.

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Harshad May 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Simple yet easy way to make money online. People who do it… make it.

Dayna May 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Such a simple strategy! I’m about to go and implement this one myself. I just wrote a blog about some of the methods I’ve already implemented just about all inspired by you!

Thanks for the great work you do John!

Make The Money Online Dot Com May 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Great strategy always have great info to share thanks John

Henrik Blunck May 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I fully agree with Harshad. Skepticism is the worst element in this industry because some people just don’t want to listen, and learn, how to repeat this. :-)

I think it’s a great money maker, and besides actual views, the effects in SEO of adding videos to your portfolio is SO BIG everyone ought to do it.

Thanks for sharing.

ujjwal May 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

Youtube Is The Great Place To Share And Earn Money Both, Thanks For Sharing.

Richard May 4, 2012 at 2:11 am

Went over to Daniels blog and it does seem like a lot of extra work, so for now I’ll pass as I have waaaay too much on my plate.
I see the power of this, videos do interest me and I need to get involved more, sometime soon, hopefully…

Akansh May 4, 2012 at 4:40 am

Really an awesome approach to get some more without doing anything..will definitely apply it in my videos…

fas May 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

John can you do a post on how to embed social links on Youtube partner page banner with heat maps?

Colin Klinkert @ The Tech Labs May 4, 2012 at 6:16 am

Thanks John once again for sharing. People forget, Google Organic isnt the only thing to focus on, Youtube has a very large (2nd biggest) search engine too

Adam May 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

Great share. I have been posting more videos on Youtube and my income has slowly increased because of it.

Suraj May 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

I never knew we could monetize out monetize our content on youtube!
Nice post!

Blogging Guides May 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

At first I thought JohnChow will cover how to make money with Google Adsense on Youtube. But the unexpected is Affiliate Marketing

Steve Zussino - Canadian Coupons May 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

It is incredible how many people are referred to our website from YouTube. I believe it is important to post often and it is great to be timely with YouTube.

JT May 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

John your posts are awesome!!!I am learning a lot every day through your blog. Youtube is definitely a good strategy to increase your income.

How to make money online May 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Awesome post !! Great work you are very helpful to marketers who want to engaged with youtube…!!
Thank you,
Zouras May 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Ossum trick john, will do it tonight only.

jeff May 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

that article about the couple that made over $150,000 is amazing that would buy a house thanks for the article, and thank man for such a great blog.

Abhik May 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

Yeah, that’s really a nice way of making some handy amount.
If you are a YouTube partner, the earnings from ads also adds up to the total.

Dave May 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

Great info i will try that now thanks

Mike May 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

And now I understand that the Youtube partner network is open to everyone.

But obviously, this is a better example of how to make money with youtube!

Elie Palima May 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

hey john, on your youtube videos, you got this thing below it that says “As seen on John chow Dot Com”

how do you do that?

John Chow May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

You get that once you set up a YouTube channel for yourself.

Elie Palima May 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

what do you mean? I have a youtube channel already. but it does not show “as seen on my website” :-(

Caleb Galaraga May 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is awesome John! I’m subscribe to your mailing list since late April and have been learning A LOT already!

I’ll do this for one of my sites ASAP!


Saad May 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

Well that’s the main issue. Posting video on youtube is not a big deal but driving traffic towards it, that’s something you should do a post about.

CPA Marketing Blog KJ May 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

AS John can you please tell ,me how to embed link in YT video i tried many times but always failed will be great if you can show us Thanks :)

Azon Profits May 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi John it’s awesome post! Really nice tactic. I’ve never thing about it.

Paul May 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

Seems out of date, yt recently made everyone a partner ( in many countries)
They also said the new partners will likely get the same benefits as the older partners in due course

bring the fresh May 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Awesome post John.

Just started dabbling with video marketing myself and just got an invite to the youtube partner program :).

Would be interesting to see how having a video ad would effect the conversion on a video type review.

The thing that was holding me back in the beginning promoting affiliate offers was not knowing what to promote since there a ton of them that suck lol.

However, if any one is in the same boat and want to promote less known honest programs you can use the hype caused by those scammy type product launches, siphon it and redirect the traffic to something worth while.

Works like a charm ;)

Chiprang May 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hi John, I agree with you when it comes to making money from YouTube. I too created this video on Yahoo email :

…and its has been quite a success. However, I’ve not tried the Amazon affiliate system. I’ll be looking into it when i have more time.

Also, i registered for SocialSpark that you recommended but no leads so far because it says, at least one blog has to be approved and I had already done that. But problem persists.

Loukman May 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

thanks you for this article,this is very important
lately I’ve seen articles about making money with youtube, I found that Youtube is the best way to earn money online and also of traffic …
and also, Youtube is the best strategy (SEO) …
thank you very much
and at the end I invite you to read articles on SEO and marketing

Fernando May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Heyyy! pretty much cool stuff! love it :D

How to Enjoy Life May 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Very nice idea.
Simple and effective.
Youtube is definitely an under-utilized resource.
~ Rory

Thailand Property May 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Yet another excellent article from Mr. Chow.
I learn something new everytime I visit this blog!

Nicholas Throlson May 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Congrats John, My big mistake was getting my adsense banned on my main account sucks big time when it comes to making $$ off my YouTube videos.I’m sure others are feeling the same way due to adsense banning Zac Johnson. I guess best way around it is by making a new google account hoping they let you in again!

James May 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Nice post, John. Paperless office is a good idea as I always had a hard time tracking many docs (statement etc) physically, evernote online search capability is really good.

Andi May 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I likes this information.thanks guys

ZEN NGUYEN May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I love the way you guiding people making money from blogging. I am a new. Thanks for your guiding.

David Thain May 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Great post – and good advice about copyright

Alex Hurtado - marketing multinivel May 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

hi jhon .
i had the chance to open an account to start being one of youtube´s partners and didnt yet. Thanks to your post i will straight away.
Thanks a lot
Alex Hurtado

Taseer Raza May 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

how do you get all these ideas man!!!!!?????? keep up the good work

Sunganani May 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

Painfully simple and I am kicking myself in the teeth as to why I stopped doing this….

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating May 8, 2012 at 5:28 am

This is great info, John!
Can you tell me where to find music that can be used on YouTube videos that won’t violate the copyright requirement?

jules @ Video Hero May 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

hi Kristi

one good place is you just have to give home a credit in the YT description. Loads of top you tubers use him he is known to YT well.

Raj May 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

I didnt knew that YouTube do accept affiliate links in the description.. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tip.. I ll start working on YouTube affiliate marketing…

george May 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

I don’t know how you will take this but I have seen you frequently making mistakes with the ‘s’. Here for example : “an example of how this work( it should be works) a video with sally chow….” you made that mistake again. You are such a bigshot and you may not like it but I wanted to say so I said.

Joe Tech May 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Once again, John, you’re going to make me some money. I have one video review of a $119 product getting just over 6,000 views a month. Time to add my affiliate link and see what happens.

Ashish May 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Thanks for sharing this useful post.Now,I will also try to make money online by youtube.

paulDA4CS May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for this great advice John, I dont know why i didnt think of this earlier, it didnt even occur to me that I could add links to the video descriptions. I have a few video that do pretty well on youtube so I’m going to try this strategy on those videos and see how they convert in terms of affiliate sales. Thanks again.

John @ May 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

While the idea sounds great you really might want to read the YouTube TOS. Section 4D specifically. Considering Google tends to ban accounts and not ask any questions you could lose your account pretty quick.

If you like your YouTube account you might be wise not to do this.

Omar @ May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for the tip John!


abdee May 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I’m enough with youtube after 2 of my account was suspended just because someone gave a flag to one of my video :(

Kate May 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanks for the info John, I believe Youtube is a gold mine for monetization as both an affiliate and a local business promoter!

cool91 May 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Youtube is definitely a big money maker if one knows how to make efficient use of its traffics.

jay May 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Awseme post. I never knew you could partner with youtube. I like how you can slip in branding, a link to your blog and an affliate link at once. I am now currently getting around 40% of my traffic from youtube in non IM markets.

Khaja moin May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

That seems very simple!
Have to try once to see if it can work.

Rich May 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My prior comment didn’t post? Was there an error?

Rich May 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm


Thanks for this great post! I didn’t think to use affiliate links on YouTube until I came across this article. You’ve inspired me to create my own YouTube guide…

The DEFINITIVE guide on How to make more money on YouTube!

Bless you and I wish you much success!

Paul G - May 29, 2012 at 3:01 am

i m still trying to be a partner with you tube. Hope i will be able to make through the process.

OrangAkaun June 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

thanks for the tips…

Raheel Mushtaq June 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

nice work but is the youtube sharing program only limited to few countries as i can no find it for my country ?

DanielF June 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

This stuff is all just a big scam.

Robert June 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

@DanielF, This is not a scam. I’m also a small time publisher on youtube and a simple tutorial on how to delete emails have given me few dollars now. I think YouTube revenue sharing works if you have useful stuff like this

HowtoMakeMoneyonYoutube June 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

That’s a nice and simple strategy to make money using Youtube and Amazon. There are many more ways to earn with Youtube like promoting CPA or physical affiliate products that sells on Youtube like crazy.

Engin June 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

Very interesting! Thanks for the tips!