Making Money on YouTube

Most people have probably watched a few videos on YouTube. Maybe even through Facebook. But did you know people are actually making money from their videos on YouTube? We mean serious money.

There is a Swedish Comedian Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, that has earned $12M in the last year. Of course he tops the Forbes List of Highest-Paid YouTube stars. (*Warning: We found his YouTube page work is full of expletives.)

Other top-earning YouTube stars:

Ian Hecox and Anthony Pedilla earned $8.5 million as comedy act Smosh, known for Pokemon based skits. They additional channels including ElSmosh (Smosh in Spanish).

Fine Brother Benny and Rafi for their React video series. They have also earned $8.5 million.

Lindsey Stirling has earned $6 million. She plays violin. She dances. At the same time. She started posting videos after she failed to get a major record label.

Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III, engineers, launched a comedy site on YouTube called Good Mythical Morning, as send-up of morning TV shows.

British videogame commentator, Olajide Olatunji, has a hip-hop career on YouTube earning him $4.5 million. His single “Lamborghini” has reached number 30 on the U.K. charts.

Michelle Phan has made $3 million with YouTube tutorial videos showing girls how to paint themselves to look like celebs like Lady Gaga or Angelina Jolie. She also has a monthly makeup subscription.

So how do you monetize YouTube? The Jody Victor Crew found some info on wikiHow about this. It seems you can earn money per ad click and per view of the videos.