How to Make Money Vlogging on YouTube

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Knowing how to make money vlogging can be the difference from having a YouTube channel that’s just a hobby to turn it into a full-time job that actually pays the bills.

There’s no doubt that vlogging these days is more popular than ever, especially with people like Casey Neistat and other famous YouTubers really helping to draw attention to it, but there’s still a big enough pie for everyone to get a small slice whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned professional.

Making money on YouTube isn’t going to be easy, but it’s also not that hard at all either, and with enough effort and dedication you can definitely make it possible to earn a living through your channel follow your passions rather than being chained to a desk.

In this post, I want to share with you some of the best ways that you can make money as a vlogger on YouTube and how you can turn it into a full-time job rather than just something that you’re wasting your time with.

One thing that you need to remember when it comes to YouTube is that it’s extremely important that you focus on consistency and uploading high-quality content on a regular basis.

You can’t just expect to upload one or two videos and start making money right off the bat, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort to make it all possible for yourself.

With that in mind, lets take a look at the different techniques that you can take advantage of to start making some money with your YouTube vlog.

How to Make Money With a YouTube Vlog

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Start Using Adsense Right Away

One of the easiest ways to monetize your vlogs right when you get started is to turn on AdSense so that ads are displayed on your YouTube videos whenever people watch them.

This is one of them or beginner and easier monetization methods and the ad service is completely free to use.

To start using AdSense on YouTube you need to create an AdSense account and then enable the monetization feature through your YouTube monetization page.

Depending on the age of your channel, YouTube will either approve you right away or manually review your application but it’s pretty easy to get started and almost everybody gets approved so it’s not something I’d worry about once you apply.

Once the account is linked to your YouTube channel, anybody viewing your videos is going to see ads that Google places on them relevant to their interests and online search history.

The way you earn money is from engagement so you get paid per thousand views as well as when someone clicks on one of the ads displayed on your video.

Basically, the more people viewing your videos the more money you’re going to make so it’s a good idea to create content that people are actually looking for or that’s really entertaining so that you’re able to get more subscribers and more viewers and in turn, make more money.

You really need a lot of traffic to make money with AdSense on YouTube videos and don’t expect to live off of this amount full-time until you’re getting millions of views per month.

The amount that you are also depends on what your content is about so videos about things like technology and luxury products are going to make more money than videos about gardening and dog training.

Promote Your Own Product or Service

Another one of the best ways to make money vlogging is to promote your own product or service.

Not only can you mention a specific product or service that you own in the video but you can also add links in the description so that anybody interested can learn more about what you have to offer and potentially become a client or customer.

Some of the different products that you could promote include things like branded t-shirts and anything else related to the lifestyle and brand of your vlogs.

For example, travel vloggers might consider selling things like high quality photos, destination guides, ebooks, and any other products that they’re able to create related to their niche.

On the other hand, you could also use your vlog as a platform to promote a service that you’re able to offer viewers.

This could be anything that you’re good at that you’re able to charge a small fee for and can include things like video editing services, guided tours, consulting, and anything else that you think you could provide as a service for people.

Depending on how many people watch your videos you could really drive a lot of business to your own products or services this way and the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can promote and earn money with.

Affiliate Marketing

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Similar to promoting your own product or service, affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product or service and you earn a commission if somebody then clicks your link and buys whatever you recommended.

You might notice in a lot of YouTube video descriptions that there are links to web sites such as Amazon and other online stores, these are actually affiliate links and if you click on the link and buy something then the person that made the video will receive a small commission.

This is a really easy way to start earning money on YouTube and you can start right away even if you don’t have that many views or subscribers.

A good way to incorporate your vlogs with this method is to review any of the products that you use on a regular basis and in the description you can even leave links to the camera gear that you’re using to film your vlog.

Make sure to be completely upfront about what you’re promoting and only promote products and services that you actually stand behind rather than just trying to make a quick buck off something that you don’t even use or recommend.

Make Money With Your Blog

Along with a vlog, you should also be uploading content regularly to a related blog.

By starting a blog that’s related to your channel you’re able to provide your viewers with a different type of content that they can view more of and it’s also an effective way to make more money that isn’t directly related to your channel.

Once you have been approved by AdSense for your YouTube account, you can use it on your blog as well and you can use your videos to drive traffic to your blog where you can promote more products and just share more content with people interested in what you have to say.

There are actually quite a few different ways that you can make money blogging and being able to drive traffic through a YouTube channel is an effective method of growing your own blog while at the same time developing your personal brand.

You can also share different types of content on your blog and your viewers are able to keep up with you and devour your content across more than just one medium.

This is also another way of engaging with your audience while still being able to make some extra money with a method that doesn’t have you relying completely on YouTube.


One of the more popular ways that people are taking advantage of to make money with their vlogs is through YouTube sponsorships.

This is when different brands reach out to you, or you reach out to them, and you promote their product or service in exchange for a payment or at the very least a free product or service.

With bigger channels it’s a lot easier to get free stuff but with a smaller channel you can still get quite a few things as long as you’re willing to send some emails and build relationships with different brands and companies that you support and would recommend to your viewers.

The best way to get a sponsorship is to just contact any potential sponsors that you’re interested in working with and ask them directly.

Make sure to be completely upfront with your subscribers, engagement, and views and also share exactly what you’re willing to do in exchange for a sponsorship.

Alternatively, there are a few different online platforms that you can sign up for is that connect sponsors with YouTubers and these platforms are great whether you’re a beginner or you already have a decent-size channel.

To get started, write a detailed proposal that explains to anybody that you’re interested in working with who you are, what your channel is about, and why they should consider sponsoring you.

Rather than just writing a single letter and sending it to a hundred different people, take the time to make each proposal that you’re sending out completely unique to the brand that you want to work with and make it so that they know exactly why they should work with you.

After getting your sponsorship you want to make sure that you disclose that any of the videos that you’re sharing with your audience are sponsored and feature a sponsored product or service just so that you’re upfront with them and not trying to deceive them into buying something.

Final Thoughts

Like I mentioned at the beginning, the most important thing you can do with to be consistent and to put in the effort to regularly upload high-quality videos that people would be interested in watching.

Don’t get discouraged at first when you’re not making much money, if any, at all and keep putting in the work until the dollars start flowing in the door for you.

There are very few overnight successes when it comes to YouTubers and if you look back at all of the most popular channels you’ll see that almost everybody has put in years of work before they finally made it.

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