MAKING MONEY VLOGGING | 5 TIPS TO GET STARTED ON YOUTUBE

MAKING MONEY VLOGGING | 5 TIPS TO GET STARTED ON YOUTUBE


– There’s something that’s
really starting to bug me a little bit when it comes
to people who want to vlog. Oftentimes, that thing
that’s holding them back from doing a great job
or staying consistent is just lack of time, but I have found that lack of time always has something to
do with prioritization, and prioritization usually
has something to do with a lot of things, but mostly money. Simply put, if something isn’t bringing in the thing that you need
in order to survive, such as, like, money or air, it’s not a priority for a lot of people. It’s very easy to want to do something because you see the shiny
thing on the internet, and you’re like, I
should be doing that too. That’s so cool. I’ll do one video and then
quit and then never come back. But come on. That being said, I do think that money is a very important
thing for a lot of people to start to mobilize their
ability to do something, especially having that cash
flow that maybe drives you and shows you that you can
get results from something, and especially if you stay very consistent and work very hard at it, then maybe this could be more fruitful. All the while being completely realistic about the fact that if
you’re just getting started, it might be more difficult than others, obviously, because people put in the work, and then they get to a
point where they can make lots of money from whatever they’re doing, ’cause they got so good at it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t
start making money early on. You just have to be
really creative about it and determined, so this is
not for the light-hearted. You’re literally talking
about a business here. It may feel like you’re just getting a little bit of side money here from a fun thing you do
outside of your normal job, or maybe you’re hoping
this is going to build some other kind of business, but really this needs
to be taken as seriously as any business, no matter how you see this
fitting into your life. So today I wanted to
talk about making money while vlogging or making money on YouTube if that’s your venue of choice, and I’m gonna talk about five
ways that you can do that and some getting started advice as well for each of those things. The first way to start
making money vlogging is Google AdSense. Most people think of this one first because they’re pretty
sure it’s the only egg in everyone’s freaking basket. But only the people who think that are the ones that are just so disconnected from the ability to make money that it’s not as likely that
they’re gonna get there. I hate to say it that way, but usually if you come to me and you say, Amy, what’s your CPM? I’m trying to figure out
how to make Google AdSense pay me more money. You’re out of your mind. You might as well just go rely on an employer if you’re
relying on Google AdSense to be your only paycheck from vlogging, but that’s just my opinion. That being said, lots of people make a lot of
money from Google AdSense. The thing about it is
that you do have to reach a certain level of views on your channel for it to start to pay your bills. If you’re not 100% sure
what this process is, Google AdSense is the ability
to monetize your videos, and therefore YouTube
and Google make money on your content as well
as you receiving a cut. So you essentially have
a Google AdSense account, and that’s tied into your YouTube channel. My advice for getting started
with Google AdSense is this. Do not waste any time turning it on. First of all, you really don’t want to be on any bad side of YouTube, in my opinion, and if they can’t make
money on your channel, then they might not
prioritize you that much. So that’s just my opinion. I don’t know that for a fact. I’ve never seen any data to that effect. But if I were them, I’d be like, hm, who do I want to send traffic to? How about the people that
are monetizing their channel? Also, this helps you in the sense of setting the stage for your community. A lot of people I talk to are like, I don’t want to turn on AdSense because I don’t want there
to be another barrier in the way of somebody
watching my content. That’s completely fair, but that mindset ends up
taking you to a place later on of oh crap, I actually
have views and a community, and now there’s an even
bigger sort of deal if I turn on monetization. It’s gonna be this ripple
effect in the community. Rather than having that moment where everyone’s like, you’re a sell-out, which is what they say any
time you’re making money ever, you might as well just set the tone early. Also, this is why YouTube Red was created. People can pay a fee every
month to not see those ads, and I promise you if they’re
passionate against that and they watch a lot of YouTube, they are likely paying that $10 per month. Likely is not the right word. It’s certainly not a majority, but the people that are really
gonna be ticked off about it are probably going to think, okay, I could just pay for that and I wouldn’t even have that problem. Also, anyone that’s mad
at you for making money at what you love can please
leave the channel right away. Like, can you just get that
mindset from the start, because that’s gonna help
us with the rest of these. The second way to get started
making money with vlogging is to actually share affiliate links. So in a lot of your content, depending on what type
of information you share or the type of videos that you do, there might be products throughout. So let’s take a makeup vlogger or beauty vlogger, for example. There’s a lot of product that ends up coming into the video. Here’s what my foundation is. Here’s what my lipstick
is, et cetera, et cetera. And so because of that, you’re sharing those products, you’re helping that product
essentially get more sales. Using an affiliate link, you’re basically making an
agreement with the company without actually having to
talk to them a lot of time, ’cause there’s so many affiliate
links available out there by saying I’m gonna promote this product. Give me a cut if people buy it. Pretty much almost everything
on the planet these days seems to have affiliate links, especially information products. You can go and work with
a beauty company directly and get an affiliate link. I have an affiliate link
for a lot of the things that I recommend so that I don’t have to necessarily negotiate
with them right away. They’re just happy to
get any sales out of me and I’m happy to make a commission because I’ve actually
helped a company grow rather than just saying
you should just pay me. And so affiliate is really, really nice because it’s a great
option for getting started. You can say today I’m going
to do affiliate marketing on my YouTube channel to help
me bring in some cash flow, and pretty much that means anything I talk about and recommend, I’m gonna go get an Amazon
affiliate link and use it. This is literally the easiest way to start generating revenue, because all you have to do
is sign up for that program, and as long as within where you live there is an affiliate program and whatever the negotiated amount is, it’s just defined on their site. You’re simply signing up for a program, similar to the way that you
sign up for Google AdSense. It’s so easy to just say okay, I’m recommending this Apple Watch. I’m gonna go get the Amazon affiliate link for this Apple Watch so that
if someone decides to buy it I will be able to kind
of move my video business forward a little bit. And so that’s what you would do instead of going to the Apple website, because obviously Apple
doesn’t do affiliate. Okay, so when I said
everybody does affiliate, not Apple. My getting started tip for this is just go and try to find affiliate links on Amazon for the products you’ve already
been talking about forever and simply integrate that
as a part of your process. You can even go back to previous content and swap out old links
with the new affiliate link so that if there’s anybody discovering that content in the future, they’re gonna click on that new link and that’s your affiliate link. So if you did, you know, I did an Apple Watch review. Oh, I linked to the Apple site and now I’m gonna link to my affiliate. You’re probably not gonna
get as much traction unless that video’s taking off in search or referral for some reason, but at least then you have that in there. The other very, very, very,
very, very important thing we have to talk about going forward, and especially here with affiliate links is you must disclose
that you are using them. So that can take place in the content, and so maybe if you’re
going back to old content, you need to throw up an
annotation or something that says hey, the links are affiliate, or you can put that
disclosure in the description. This is very, very important, because legally as someone that is making money on
someone else’s transaction, you have to talk about that. You have to let everyone know for you to be in the right
as a content creator. Okay, so now I’m gonna
have to take a break, because Elton just kicked back in. My third tip for getting started
with making money vlogging is to arrange a sponsorship. Kind of similar to the affiliate thing, but you’re actually
gonna need to communicate with the company in order
for them to be a sponsor, and usually they are going to pay you to do the video about
whatever it is that they sell or something that’s going on with them. Most of you are probably
familiar with sponsors. We see a lot of content on YouTube, and usually they’re doing
the same kind of disclosure that I talked about with affiliate, that a video is sponsored
and that you need to know that going into it, ’cause legally you need to know that video was created and a little
bit with the motive behind a sponsor being a part of it. So as a consumer, you need to know that, and so as a content creator, it’s your responsibility
to disclose thtat. Sponsors are tricky for a lot of people because they’re trying to figure out do I have enough followers? Do I have enough views? Do I have enough this or that
in order to arrange a sponsor? And I can understand why
that would hold you back a lot of the time, because you always feel like oh, I’m not there yet. They’re not gonna see any value in me, so I’m not going to start on
this yet or expect anything. I actually think that’s the
wrong mentality to have, and I think partially the
reason why this is a problem at this point is because there’s things like SocialBluebook.com and things that are actually really nice resources and probably give you a good idea of where you could price things and how to communicate with a sponsor. But I also think that it can be devaluing of a lot of people who’s
opinion does matter, and maybe you only have 10
people watching your videos, but you have a little bit of influence over those 10 people who trust
and come back every time. And I don’t think that that’s something that you can really just shrug off and say it’s not worth anything, because when it comes down to it, that could actually move
the needle in a lot of ways. So my issue with this is for those brands that are reaching out
to creators and saying, oh, we would like to put a
price tag on a video for you and that’s what we think you’re worth. I mean, I’ve somebody come to me and say we want to review our product, do a complete tutorial about it. Beginning to end, it’s about our product and we’re gonna offer you $150. This was in the last six
months that this happened. And I just thought, you must think so little about the people that watch my videos
that you would offer me something like $150. Trust me, I know what it’s
like to need $150, okay, to pay the light bill. I know what that’s like, and I am not saying that that is just a small amount of money, but these days, where a brand has so much of a marketing budget that they would actually come
to me and say here is $150? That’s not even gonna buy
my groceries this month, but I’m gonna expose
you to upwards of 5,000 to maybe 10,000 people about your product, if not more than that, ’cause it’s gonna live on for a lifetime, and you actually think
that I’m gonna do that? I would rather you come to me and say we don’t have a budget so that we can talk about
what else you can do to provide me value, which I could definitely
get a whole lot more than $150 out of in the long term in some other way that we can partner if you actually would’ve opened up the conversation that way. You trying to put a price tag on it and low-balling is way worse than coming at me as a sponsor and saying we don’t have a budget, but what else can we do? So that’s why my getting started tip for arranging a sponsorship is to actually be okay with the fact that there are lots of sponsors out there who may not have a budget quite yet, especially if maybe you’re not where they have defined the limitations of who they call an influencer. Go to them instead and say hey, I really want to work with you. I like your product. It’s perfectly aligned
with what I talk about with my community. So how can I insert you as a sponsor of an episode or of a series, and what can you do to
offer me value in return? Maybe that something is, like, they link your video in
their email newsletter and that brings you some traffic. Maybe that something
is that they let you do an Instagram Stories takeover, which also brings you more traffic. There are other ways to
make a sponsorship happen. It doesn’t have to
necessarily be with money. But that’s going to set the stage for how you work with
sponsors in the future, and then when you do want a paycheck, you’re able to say hey, here’s how I usually do things, and show them samples of
your previous sponsors, which you arranged with other terms, but they don’t need to know that. If you want sponsors, start acting like it right now. I’m sorry if there’s somebody
yelling the background now. I’m getting sick of
trying to film this video and there being a dress
rehearsal in the background. The fourth way that I recommend you start making money vlogging is to offer consulting. So depending on the type
of content that you create and the information that you provide, you ideally are becoming a
thought leader in your space and potentially an
expert in your industry, and so that leaves room for you to be able to consult with people
and offer them advice as to how you can help. In my situation, it’s very meta. People watch my videos
and then they’re like, you do good job making videos. Can you help me with that? And I’m like, sure. So I have one-to-one vlogging clients, I have group coaching clients, and I also have larger companies that are clients in my newer
company called AfterMark, where they integrate more of a strategy into their existing plan, but these are all the different ways that I can offer consulting, and they’re all three
different revenue models. My getting started tip for this is to make sure that you have a place for people to learn more
about potentially hiring you. So make sure that’s always
in your description box. Is it a page on your website and something with more information on how they can get in contact with you? Maybe they fill out a survey first. Make that happen. And the fifth way to get
started making money vlogging is to actually just
sell your own products. Sorry, my battery died, because literally this concert outside is making this take hours, so. To be expected. A lot of you might
actually be watching this because you do have a product and you’re hoping to sell more of it, and the videos are hopefully going to help get that word out. This is a fantastic option for that, and especially if you’re
working those videos into your own content strategy and not simply hiring influencers, you’re really covering a lot of bases that are helping you get exposure. My getting started tip here is to remember that your vlogs are not commercials. They are content. They are an opportunity to provide value and get in front of people who otherwise would
never have looked at you or your product or
whatever it is that you do. So remember to keep that mind. How do you get on someone’s radar now with their current line of thinking, what they’re Googling,
what they think about, the kind of entertainment that they want, so that they will in
turn be curious about you and your product and
potentially that next step. Allow this place, this venue, this medium to be an opportunity to build those relationships and start to drive those potential leads down the line for converting product. That being said, don’t shy away from the product in the
description and in other ways, and just let people know
where they can find out more about you with your website and all of those things
pretty much anywhere, especially those featured
links on your YouTube channel or in the description. You can do pretty much
anything down there. Those are five ways you
can make money vlogging. If you’re just getting started, I just wanted you to feel
like you have options. It doesn’t matter how big you are. It doesn’t matter what
everybody else is telling you. If you don’t start thinking about the monetization side of things early on, it’s much more difficult later. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a call with a YouTuber who grew and grew and grew and they worked really hard on their art, but then when it came
time to talk to sponsors or figure out how to integrate a brand, they really got paralyzed by that because it felt so unnatural. It shouldn’t be unnatural. It should be a total fit
into what you’re doing, and you should not have
to justify the fact that you can make money in
order to mobilize this thing that you care so much about. That’s the dream. That’s the life. If you want that life, go after it. Don’t shy away from it. Don’t let everybody tell you that it’s the wrong thing to do. I think this is a super important video at this point in time because I feel like the state of influencer
is very interesting. We’re finding that there are people who started out of a bedroom
or in their apartment with a typical camera that are becoming some of the most influential
people in the world. We don’t have to see Matthew McConaughey driving a certain car anymore. Somebody else could be doing it, and for brands, that’s really good news, and for you, that’s really good news. But as a viewer, you want to be able to trust
the source no matter what, and as a content creator, you want to feel like
your community accepts you for the content that you create and the brands that you end
up aligning with in turn. But until you’re transparent about that, and you should be from the
very, very, very start, it’s going to be more and more difficult for you to integrate. But you don’t have to wait. You’ve just, like I said, got to get creative. These are five ways that I
came up with really quickly. I was actually thinking this could be somewhat of a series, because there are a lot
of ways to make money sort of creating content and
creating value for people through video and vlogging
and YouTube and all of that, so let me know what you think about that in the comments below. Is this something you
want to learn more about, or should we go in a different direction in terms of what you want
to learn about vlogging? Happy to accommodate. It’s what I’m here for. That’s all for today. Socials, thank you so much for tuning in. I appreciate it as always. If you want to help me
and any other creator to thrive at what they do, especially on YouTube, make sure you hit that subscribe button and subscribe for good vibes. And until next time, remember to go after
the life that you want. Cheers. (“The Circle of Life”) Of course, as soon as I
sit down to film this, ’cause I was like, oh, they’re going to do a concert tonight. I better film early. Oh right, there’s dress rehearsal. (singing in foreign language) You messed that part up. Don’t do that tonight.

100 thoughts on “MAKING MONEY VLOGGING | 5 TIPS TO GET STARTED ON YOUTUBE

  1. Thanks for the info! I am in the though process of vlogging. There has been a lot of support from strangers and it's making me think about what I can offer on Youtube

  2. Great tips here! Thanks for sharing. There's nothing wrong with making an honest living – conventional or not! Appreciate the value!

  3. Thank you Amy. This was super informative. Yes, please make more videos about this. I'd love to hear all the ways to make money creating content. As an content creator in a state that's turning away the film industry, video is much more accessible for businesses, causes and creative projects but it all hinges on being able to survive and prosper doing it.

  4. It's 1am and I've been binge watching your channel since 10pm. Really enjoy your style and am picking up some great tips. Scott

  5. Yes. Don't wait. Get creative. Would love to see a follow-up, maybe some niche-specific examples of how you or others have been "creative."

  6. This video is so helpful. I am launching a jewelry business tonight (VIA Etsy to begin) and I have been eyeing social media influencer's to help promote my jewelry products. I am in the custom jewelry business and just starting out, don't have a budget nor a following at the moment, but you gave me an insight of how to negotiate a term of agreement where it is beneficial to both parties. Thank you so much.

  7. Thanks Amy! This was awesome information. I have a really strong following on Periscope but I am trying to build my YouTube channel. I initially viewed this video for assistance on how to restructure some things and do a better job at monetizing it but your tips actually gave me ideas for my other social media platforms as well. I have been following you for a while now and I enjoy and gain applicable knowledge from both your new and old videos. Thanks for all that you do!!!

  8. Awesome tips! Thank you Amy! Have you extended this series? Really looking forward to you sharing more information on this topic. Be well.

  9. Hi Amy. Great video. I'm trying to make up my mind whether to vlog or podcast. I guess eventually doing both would be good. But for right now, I need to choose and learn one. Again, great video.

  10. Agree with the cash flow however we must be consistent in order to do so! CONSISTENCY IS THE 🔑 IM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT STARTING MY VLOG ON YOUTUBE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE VIDEOS GIRL!! So helpful love you!

  11. Yess this is definitely something I would love to see more of girlie !! I am going after a dream goal which is to become a inspiration like yourself I highly look up to you and truly am grateful for all the work and effort you put into your videos ..your content is awesome and I just love you your the best thanks again!! Xoxo NicoleKristine

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  13. Awesome information, I’ve been binge watching your content since I discovered you a couple days ago and at first I thought you were too curt and up front but then I kept watching videos and that’s the best part! You keep things so straight forward and concise along with very valuable video content. So glad you have a channel.

  14. Hi Amy, came across your video via a google search on how to make money on youtube, and this has been very helpful, so thank you 🙂 Definitely would like to see more videos like this as a series. And we've subscribed to your channel 🙂 Me and my bro have recently started our channel, so feel free to check it out! The Sandman & HK Show 🙂 Enjoy! Would be great to hear your thoughts and even do a collaboration 🙂

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  16. Great tips here. We tried Amazon,but didn't make enough and got kicked out of the program. But I think we can reapply.

  17. Great tips Amy. I'm Starting to get approached by some brands now. You have me an idea on how to handle them. Thanks

  18. Now our platform is Facebook and we have a blog which is WordPress which launches our content to twitter and other places.  We are going to launch our youtube show on March 1.  We've been busy creating a logo and props and stuff.  Now I believe you can list affiliate's such as amazon within your blog and make money.  Am I correct about this?  Does anyone out there know?  We're still deciding on what type of products we want to pitch.  To start with we want to focus on building our network.

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  20. These are all really great tips! I have wondered about ways that you can make money on here and this breaks it down pretty well!

  21. Thnx for this informative video. I want to vlog but im not sure what kind of content i would make. Hey, what kind of camera do you use?

  22. Thank you so much for that – really helpful. I'm a Christian writer and teacher so that was great advice how to start vlogging. I hope to monetize to be able to help our schools and orphanages in Africa and India. God Bless!

  23. Thank you for providing these instructional videos on vlogging. I really respect people who can share their success stories while also sharing the steps that worked for them to get there and stay there. People who make it part of their mission or business to help others accomplish their goals and obtain that same level of success in their life are people who truly deserve the height and spotlight of that success.

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  25. I have just recently come across your videos and have found SO much useful information, particularly in this one! Invaluable as a new vlogger. I can’t wait to start putting some of these things into practice! Already started using some tips from your twitter vid on my twitter account! Thank you! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  26. Amy, what kind of video equipment do you use? Your lighting is always perfect. Thanks for the content you provide.

  27. You give me inspiration so my question is should I bolt a go-pro to my head? I run a solo muffler shop and am very good at what I do. 35 yrs. of but think all I visual while working are high end stuff. All car maker's, tool's and all the other stuff. Brand names ever where in my shop. I do make money but more is better. Specially if thing's I use of billion dollar companies can promote. We both are losing revenue. I also have 3 patents in which may also ad. Tell me anything!

  28. Awesome video! I’d love to hear more 🙂 I’m fairly new to vlogging (2-3 months) and am really enjoying it, would love to approach it as a business and not really sure where to start. Considering adding some amazon links to future videos 🙂

  29. Hello Amy! I been watching you for years, and I just downloaded your book on Audible! You're right, I know I got to take this seriously and put in the work for a long time before I can see the fruits of my labor. AdSense is for the birds, and they can take it away at any time! I know this from another monetized channel…it's not bad, because I've been earning AdSense money on it for 5 years, but it's not a lot, cuz I don't do a lot on the channel. Besides, the folks making mega money on AdSense are the folks like iJustine and Superwoman. I'm rambling now…but I just wanted u to know I'm loving your book!

  30. Thanks Amy. I'm going to post my first vlog next week. I've been thinking about it for far too long.
    Loved your video. I've also subscribed.

  31. Thank you so much!!! Can you do a video on how to get more subscribers and getting traffic to your Chanel?

  32. Amy, as always, you provide such great value in everything that you do! Thank you! I now have to think of how I can monetize what I'm currently doing and you've given me a lot to work with.

  33. I have had to pause this at the two minute mark……. BRILLIANT! Giving it to us raw! Now I will like the video and continue. That is all!

  34. Hello Amy,
    Just putting my business plan together and watching billions of hours of YT for advice and guidance. Came across your channel…loving it! Thanks so much. One thing that sort of scares me is editing. Have you already done a video on that? Maybe I have to crack down and take a class. Anyway…a fullblown course on how to get started and how to manke money (two courses perhaps) would be very helpful. I like that you talk fast. And that you have such pretty blue eyes. Makes it easy for me to stay focused.
    Thanks and cheers Amy!

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  35. Hey,
    I'm a new youtuber and this video was soooo soooo soooo helpful. I've honestly watched 20 plus videos like this and this is the first one that I feel gave genuine, realistic methods. You deliver on what you promised. Thanks so much for the info

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    I'm a new youtuber and this video was soooo soooo soooo helpful. I've honestly watched 20 plus videos like this and this is the first one that I feel gave genuine, realistic methods. You deliver on what you promised. Thanks so much for the info

  37. Hi Amy, I have been watching Your videos for a while now and every time I learned something news. In fact, I can't wait to wake up and continue to watch all of Your videos. I am slowly but getting there, I mean watching them all ahhah. I love to also watch Your old videos. You are so real from the start and I really love that. Thank you so much Amy, You have helped me a lot. Last night I bought Gary new book after I watch Your video about the book You love.

  38. This was super helpful. I feel like people haven't been able to break it down in a way that I feel like isn't intimidating. Thanks for making this content! Keep up the good work – girl power!

  39. Very helpful, Amy! I'm about to begin vlogging and looking for all kinds of tips. Liked and subscribed, will come back for more vids 🙂

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