Most of you already know that YouTube Adsense monetization is only available after 1,000 subscribers to your channel. But I’m here to show you that there are plenty of other fantastic ways to start earning without those 1,000 subs.
You don’t need thousands or millions of subscribers to earn on YouTube
Average content creators start off slow and typically give up because they’re disappointed by the lack of Youtube earnings on their early social media page. Due to the fact that there will be no advertising revenue on your non-monetized videos,
The reality is that you don’t need to be a YouTube Star, or have a huge following to make money on YouTube. You don’t even need a high number of views on your videos. In fact, you can start making money with YouTube even if you have no subscribers at all. You just need the right strategy to do it. Below are some of the strategies you can use!
1. Affiliate marketing programs.
Affiliate marketing is pretty much the act of helping to promote other people’s products or services, in exchange for a commission.
This means that you will earn money from any sales that are made through your link!
Have you ever seen a bunch of links under the description of some of the YouTube videos you’ve watched? These are the affiliate links that generate revenue for the content creator whenever someone purchases through that link.
This is a great way to make money online and can be a very lucrative way to earn a full-time income. This is effectively what the foundation of influencer marketing is, and what you can take advantage of as a beginner YouTube channel!
When it comes to promoting affiliate products, you should focus on those that fall within your niche. This way, you can more effectively target your audience and appeal to their interests. Additionally, promoting products that are relevant to your niche will help you build up your credibility and authority in that field.
If you don’t have a niche yet, take the time to think about what interests you the most, and what topics you think you can discuss about in detail without getting bored. Do you like doing product reviews for tech gadgets? Or do you enjoy talking about makeup and beauty products? Take some time to think about this, because this will be the foundation of what your channel will become.
How to get accepted into Affiliate Programs?
There are two different ways to approach joining affiliate programs. I’ll be going over both of these options in depth in this article.
Applying directly to the Company’s Affiliate program
A lot of companies that offer affiliate programs will allow you to apply to their program directly from their website. Sometimes the process of applying to an affiliate program is as easy as finding an online business that you like and scrolling down to the very bottom footer of their website to see if they have an “Affiliates” page, or something similar.
For example, in the footer of the Canva home page, we can find where to apply to their Affiliates Program.
Further in this article, I’ll be going over some of the best affiliate programs directly from the companies that pay out very well.
Some Of The Best-Paying Affiliate Programs
- Amazon (example affiliate link using a book)
- Provides all different kinds of products, and multiple niches. Commissions whenever someone buys any product at all using your links.
- Commission: Variable based on the category of product
- In the investing niche, Commissions whenever your viewers create a brokerage account with them. Great incentives for new signups.
- Commission: Variable, ~$30 per successful account.
- In the design niche. Commissions whenever your viewers upgrade to a paid Canva account.
- Commission: Variable ~15% – 80%
Joining an Affiliate Network
For those new to YouTube or the Marketing industry: An Affiliate Network is a platform where people like you can find and manage multiple different affiliate programs. Affiliate networks typically offer tools to help affiliates track their performance, manage their campaigns and payments, and reach new customers. Some of the most popular affiliate networks are CJ Affiliate, ShareASale, and Rakuten Affiliate Network.
Once accepted into an affiliate program, you can start promoting the company’s products on your YouTube channel. You’ll earn a commission when someone clicks on one of your affiliate links and makes a purchase.
Some Of The Best-Paying Affiliate Networks
- CJ Affiliate
- Rakuten Affiliate Network
2. Sell Products Through Your Channel.
If you have your own product or service to sell, you can promote it through your YouTube channel.
For example, the photography channel Nigel Danson offers Photography Masterclasses that he offers for sale on his own Squarespace website. (I can tell it was built by Squarespace by reading the page footer)
Nigel charges around $200 for a single course and $400 for a bundle package. Even just a couple of customers a month funneling in from his YouTube channel alone can be enough to substantially boost his income!
Similarly to Nigel the photographer, you’re going to need your own website if you want to sell your own products. For this, there is no easier place to start than Squarespace. When I was first starting out, I got my foot in the door developing websites with Squarespace because it makes it simple for people who don’t know how to code.
You can start a completely free trial website using this link!
To get started, simply create a Squarespace account and choose the business or commerce plans. Then, you can start adding products to your store. You can add product photos, descriptions, and pricing information. Once you’re finished, your store will be live and you can start taking orders.
Then, you can start promoting your own products in the new videos that you create on your YouTube channel! Just be sure that your video is at least a little relevant to what product you are promoting, to have the highest chance of getting a sale.
Otherwise, if you don’t want to start a brand new website, you can instead sell your products on websites that will let you host your designs, courses, or memberships on their platform.
For example, Redbubble will let you sell your designs by uploading them onto their website. They’ll do the effort of printing your designs on shirts, mugs, posters, and more whenever someone submits a purchase!
3. Offer services through your channel
Do you have some kind of skill? You can offer coaching or sessions and charge hourly. This is extremely similar to product selling because the basic principle of it is the same.
For example, Health and Fitness Coach Kait posts great content on how to optimize your health. She also additionally offers her coaching directly in the links section of her YouTube page, which certainly provides her with a sizeable amount of income, as she charges anywhere from $30 – $110 for her coaching.
Again, you’re likely going to need your own website where you can collect payments and host your landing page. Squarespace can be a fantastic option for this in order to get your site running quickly.
4. Paid YouTube Posts
There is a market for what’s called “Micro-influencers”. Micro-influencers are social media users with a small but engaged following. They are usually considered more relatable and trustworthy than larger influencers with millions of followers because they resemble everyday people.
While micro-influencers don’t have as large of an audience as macro-influencers, they can still be effective in promoting products and services. In fact, many brands are now turning to micro-influencers to promote their products on social media.
If you’re a micro-influencer with a small but engaged following on YouTube, you may be able to make money by posting paid YouTube videos. Paid YouTube videos are videos that are sponsored by a brand and promote a product or service.
If you want to start offering your services as a micro-influencer, you can sign up for websites like Collabstr or Klear. These sites act like a bridge or a marketplace to connect brands to people like you who want to make awesome content and videos that will help promote their products.
As a micro-influencer, you can expect to earn less than a “macro-influencer”. However, you may be able to negotiate a higher rate if you have a particularly engaged and loyal following.
If you’re interested in posting paid YouTube videos, reach out to brands that you think would be a good fit for your channel. You can also sign up with an influencer marketing platform like FameBit, which connects brands with influencers.
6. Offer Membership Services
Another great option to monetize your YouTube channel with a low number of subscribers is to offer your own membership program.
This is a great way to get people to support your channel and also get access to exclusive content. You can offer different membership tiers, each with its own set of benefits. For example, you could offer a free tier that gives people access to basic content, or a paid tier that gives people access to exclusive content, behind-the-scenes footage, and other perks.
YouTubes offers its own in-house membership program, but unfortunately, you need to be in the partnership program to access those benefits.
Alternatively, however, you can use sites like Patreon to build out your own with no access limits.
Or build your own website and membership programs using website builders like WordPress or Squarespace.
Eventually, get paid by YouTube
One of your long-term goals should be to eventually continue to put out enough great videos on YouTube to where you have the required number of subscribers and viewership hours to join the YouTube Partner Program and get monetized with them. Luckily, with consistent work end effort, it shouldn’t take that long, considering that you’ve already been making money on youtube without 1000 subscribers.
With a little creativity and hard work, you can make money on YouTube, even with a small channel.