Monday, January 21, 2013

How Much Does Youtube Pay?

So how much does youtube pay its partners for videos that are uploaded and monetised?  For those interested in earning some additional cash, youtube offers a partner program which pays you cash. You can check out the partner program here (

Youtube is basically owned by Google so its partner program is really like Adsense. It is linked to adsense and one basically earns revenue from the advertisements that are shown.  The amount one can earns depends on the type of ads and the pricing of the ads that appear with your videos.

Based on feedback, it seems like the normal rate paid is 1/3 cent to 1 cent per view.  What this means is that for a video with 1,000,000 views, you can earn $3300 (1,000,000 x 0.033 cents).  Other users claim a rate of between $1 to $5 for every 1000 views.  So that places it around $1000 to $5000 for a million views.  The rate does not seem to far off from the normal adsense program where one is paid both for clicks and for views.  At this stage, one can only wonder how much Psy earned from his Gangnam style music video.

Of course, your videos have to be original content, suitable for all users, etc.  And if you do the math, you will realise that it isn't that easy.  You basically need to have a large audience before it is possible to make money from youtube.

Students in computer room, c1990s
Time to work my butt off

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