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5 Hacks to Make Money on YouTube

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5 Hacks to Make Money on YouTube

Most of us at this point probably subscribe to a YouTube channel whose owners make a great deal from their channel, and we have heard of how some celebrities can make hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. And while you may not necessarily want to run a channel full-time, the idea of making some videos and earning a little cash on the side is appealing to anyone.

But making money through YouTube is not as simple as opening a popular channel and watching the ad revenue roll in. There are ways to maximize the amount of money you get from each viewer, and other ways to earn money through YouTube beyond advertising. Here are a few things that you can do to maximize your revenue from YouTube.

1. Understand how YouTube advertising works

Many people assume that YouTube views equal cash, but that is not quite the case. Remember that YouTube channels often make money through advertising. If a million people watch a YouTube channel in a week, but all of them either skip the ads or use ad-blocking software, then the channel may not make money.

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If you are running a YouTube channel, you have a level of control over what kind of advertisements are allowed on your channel. YouTube has a list of what kind of advertisements it uses, and you should think carefully about which kind of ads you want to allow.

For example, non-skippable, 30-second advertisements will make you more money per viewer than the advertisements that can be skipped after five seconds. But if your channel is filled with many short videos, then placing a 30-second advertisement before each one will turn off viewers.

2. Find your niche

If you are starting a YouTube channel in order to make money, go do something else. Making money should be an incidental goal, while the real goal should be to disseminate information or to talk about something that you really care about.

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This is not some poetic “follow your passions” malarkey, but practical advice. Running a YouTube channel that will get viewership is hard and you will not see results for a while. You have to regularly post videos to make sure that people visit your channel and getting those first few hundred visitors is harder than it seems. As Hickok45, a highly popular YouTube star observed, “I need to have fun with the videos or I’m in jeopardy of really getting burned out.”[1]

View your YouTube channel as a hobby which you enjoy, not as a job. And that means your channel should be about something you like to talk about.

3. Link YouTube with your blogs or websites

You don’t have to create money with just your YouTube channel. Think about how businesses use YouTube to advertise and link to their website or e-commerce store. Even if you do not own a small business, you may have a store on Shopify or a blog where you earn money through hits.

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If you have another website, do not hesitate to mention it and post a link both at the end of the videos as well as on your channel. If you can create interesting content on YouTube, people will assume that you can do it elsewhere and will easily gravitate towards it if you let them know it exists.

4. Look into affiliate marketing

One of the biggest problems with trying to advertise on YouTube is that Google takes a substantial cut, so you may want to look into other forms of marketing. Affiliate marketing is a form of marketing where you talk about a product in your video itself instead of in an advertisement beforehand. This is a good way to generate a video income method. For example, NBA highlight channel, Free Dawkins often devotes the beginning segment of their videos towards advertising various athletic programs before showing the highlights.

The catch with affiliate marketing is that it will only really work if you have a reliable fan base that will sit and listen when you talk about some company’s products. Once your channel is big enough, then look into it and also make sure that you link to the advertiser’s website in the video description.

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5. Consider fan funding

If the money you make from a YouTube channel comes from viewership engagement, then why not just directly ask the viewers for money? You can set up an account on YouTube’s Fan Funding or Patreon, which essentially serves as a donation box where viewers can show how much they appreciate your work.

Patreon users often offer additional content such as sneak video previews or behind-the-scenes photage to encourage fans to donate, but you want to make it clear that you are asking for a donation instead of charging for payment. Remember that your YouTube channel will often compete with other channels that offer somewhat similar content. If viewers start to think that you are essentially charging them for your videos, they will flock to a competitor unless you can produce extremely compelling content.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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