September 27, 2017

This Is How Many Subscribers You Need to Get Paid on YouTube!

how many subscribers you need to get paid on youtube

Filed under Business and Legal, Grow Your Channel

The calculation is not a very difficult one, but if you want to know exactly how many subscribers you need to get paid on YouTube, you’re going to have to have to start with a couple of assumption.

Assumption 1: You upload at the average rate of 0.129 videos per day (or 1 video every ~7.75 days).

Assumption 2: Your RPM (revenue per thousand views) is in YouTube’s average range at $1.25.

Assumption 3: You get YouTube’s average of 14 views for every 100 Subscribers you have.

Assumption 4: By “getting paid by YouTube” you mean earning enough to get an AdSense payout every month.

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With these three assumptions understood and agreed upon, we can now move on to the math.

The math.

Because you need to earn $100 to get an AdSense payout every month, you need to get approximately 80,000 views per month. And because you upload about 3.92 times per month, you need to get about 20,408 views per video. Which means 145,773 is how many subscribers you need to get paid on YouTube!

The implications.

Obviously 145,000 subscribes is more than almost all of us are ever going to get but that doesn’t mean that no one with less that number of subscribers is making a living off of YouTube; plenty of people are doing it. So how do they do it?

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1. Upload more regularly. The average of about 1 video a week is not much to ask, and if you want to make more money simply make more videos. Posting a video every other day rather than about 1 per week would significantly increase your earnings.

2. Expand your revenue streams. Don’t just rely on YouTube to pay you from ad revenue. Reach out to companies for sponsorship deals, and ask your fans to support you directly by buying your merch or supporting your content on Patreon.

Making YouTube your paying job can happen a lot earlier than you think! Especially if you’re willing to put in the work and stick with it!

Carl and Ben have been producing new-media content for over 3 years. Having made over 500 YouTube videos and built up an audience of thousands of fans, making them experts in the space.

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