You can make money online a number of different ways, but there are four simple techniques you can use by taking advantage of what YouTube has to offer. You already know about YouTube and online movies – and maybe you have heard stories of people making thousands of dollars with them. Is it real, or just a lot of hype? Well, it’s real alright. In fact, we do that ourselves, but it didn’t just magically happen one day.
As much as we wish there’s a machine that will make money online for you automatically, and you could just order it for $19.95 from a late night infomercial, the truth is that it is much harder to make money online than it initially appears. It involves a lot of work and dedication, but it is well worth it. Once you’ve learned how to start your own online show, it’s time to think about how to use those movies to make money online.
Here are four EASY ways to monetize your videos:
Create Unique Videos With Great SEO Titles
Good content and outstanding keywords are the cornerstone of a successful post. Ideas can come from the strangest places. If you have a camera and you have a cat that likes to flush the toilet, you might have a YouTube hit on your hands! For the rest of us without talented felines, the key is to put out good quality content on a regular basis, and build a following in your niche by becoming an expert.
Don’t forget that search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing are the ones that usually find your articles and videos first. So be sure to keep Search Engine Optimization, or SEO in mind when creating the content. The title should tell what the clip is about and make people really want to see it.
There’s a fine balance between SEO and copywriting. Our opinion is that you might have the most awesome headline in the world, but if the search engine doesn’t like it, then people will have a hard time finding it. So take the extra effort and research your keywords to see how much traffic there are for different variations, and then pick the best ones that you want be ranked on the first page of a search engine.
Going back to our cat example, don’t just write “My Latest Movie” as your title – nobody is going to watch that! Instead, using an attention grabbing headline such as “Incredible Cat Flushes Toilet Video!” will help you snag a lot more traffic. Think about it – which title would YOU want to click on?
Promote Great Products Within Your Niche
Some people think that promoting products in videos to try to make money online is “selling out.” However, if you’re promoting great products that you’ve tried yourself, like and would recommend to your OWN friends and family, why not recommend it to your video viewers?
For example, this is our favorite web hosting company (read our review of them here). We promote them both in the video clip and in this article. We do this because we love the product and it’s one that we actually DO recommend to our family and friends. We are genuinely recommending a GREAT product with a lot of value. Why not promote something that you actually believe in if it’s related to your niche?
You should only share things that you like, otherwise it’s not really authentic, and people will smell the BS a mile away. Basically think of yourself as a celebrity, expert, or guru lending their reputation to endorse only awesome products, and be sure to provide good solid take-aways that are valuable to your readers!
Join The YouTube Partner Program
Once you have uploaded videos to YouTube, be sure to apply for the YouTube Partner Program. Once you’re a member, YouTube will then display ads along with your video, and pay a revenue share percentage to you! It might not be a lot, but will slowly add up. And who knows you might get lucky and have an extremely popular viral clip now and then.
Here is a tip from our “top secret” source within Google. You’re going to be blown away by the insight! YouTube essentially wants “quality content released at a regular intervals.” Is that a shocker, or what!?
So, if you already have a following and a portfolio of movies that are generating views for YouTube on a regular basis, then you’re in after you fill out an application. It’s another great way to make money online passively!
Make Sponsored Videos
Now we talked about allowing YouTube to place ads in videos, but what about doing so yourself? This is also known as product ad placement in sponsored videos, or live reads. Live Reads have a long tradition that stretches back to early days of radio. If your online video show gets popular enough, you can get money from companies to feature their products in your videos, same as any movie or TV show.
For example, when the judges on “American Idol” start drinking vitamin water with the Coke brand, it didn’t just happen by accident! The Coca-Cola company paid a boat load of money for that to happen! The same applies to ragged contestants on the show “Survivor” building sometimes dubious looking shelters with handy tools and supplies from Home Depot. In the age of Online Video, Netflix, and TiVo that seriously cuts back traditional commercials, advertising is now a lot more clever and part of the content. It’s the future, and we’re living in it!
It can be quite lucrative, provided you have content that is advertiser friendly and has an audience. People often ask “I’ve just learned how to start a blog, and now how do I find an advertiser?” Well, you don’t. What really happens is that you build your audience to the right size, and then advertisers will actually come to find you! That kind of blows the mind, doesn’t it?
So be sure to have a section on your blog for advertisers to eventually contact you! It won’t happen right away, but the bigger you get, the more advertisers will approach you. Don’t even waste your time approaching them because most likely, they’d just brush you off, or simply ignore you. Once your videos have enough followers, advertisers will contact you to offer their products for you to recommend in your videos. Yes, it can be that easy to make money online!
Not sure where to begin? Start here! How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – in 5 Easy Steps