Have you ever thought about making millions from the comfort of your home? (No, I’m not talking about those thousands of scam websites on the internet)!
Well, yes it’s literally possible, to stay at home, do what you do best, for eg. let’s say Play Video games, Bake Cupcakes or make fun of others, and still get paid in Millions for just recording that stuff and uploading it on YouTube.
Well, you don’t have to take my word for it, there are enough Live and Real examples in the world to prove my point, and that’s what I’m covering in this article today, the Top 11 YouTube Millionaire Marketers !
Approaching it from a different angle, you’d also notice Video Marketing is a Billion dollar industry. Monetizing either “on” YouTube, or via YouTube is extremely profitable, if done right.
So well, I thought to write this piece just to talk about the Top 11 YouTube millionaire Marketers, basically people who do nothing, or let’s say, do what they love, “make videos” & make millions in the process.
No, money isn’t the only metric I’m considering here, of course money follows only those with talent and dedication that’s no secret. I’m also considering Fan base , subscribers, Videos uploaded and response rates to calculate these YouTube mega stars, and trust me if money is following someone, that guy is worth following.
How To Make Money From YouTube?
Well it’s pretty simple. Just the way you can make money for displaying ads on your site if you get ranked, similarly you get paid from youtube for displaying ads on your channel if you have enough subscribers.
Pretty simple, what’s not simple is “getting ranked, and getting the subscribers”. But once you do, trust me you won’t have to work a day in your life.
It’s like, Youtube is paid a commission, say 25-30$ for every 1000 times a companies ads are displayed on YouTube. Ads? Well, remember seeing those 5-6 seconds commercials before playing a video? Those are the ads.
Now, what Youtube does is, if you have a good Subscribers Base, you can become a Youtube Partner, and Youtube would pay you a % of whatever it earns for those 1000 ad displays.
Say Youtube is paid $30/1000 ad runs, so it’ll pay you 6-7$ of it. You make good videos , get them seen, and make money simple as that.
Felix Kjellberg, wait…who?
Yes, Felix Kjellberg is that guys real name. Although, he made it big for himself under the name “Pew Die Pie”.Ah, what a crap name, right? This guy is doomed to fail, Ah? Think again.
If you’ve spent enough time on the internet, you’re bound to have heard this guys name at some point of your internet life. And you might have ignored it, thinking he might be just another nerd trying to do something online.
Well, this “Weird nerd with a crap name” is world’s “richest” Youtuber ( and one of the richest under 30 guys too ofcourse.) ‘Cause, he made $12 MILLION ! In the past year.
And by doing what? No he is not a NASA scientist, not world’s last existing doctor either ! All he did was, play Video games!
You must be thinking, I’m kidding you. Well, apparently, I’m not. Probably that saying is indeed true, that goes like “If you work hard, no matter what you do, you’ll succeed”.
Well, this guy has 32.6 million subscribers and 6.9 billion views ! Talk about being successful !
For his critics, and people who believe he got undeserved attention and fame, his response was:-
IF YOU THINK SOMEONE’S FUNNIER, GO REFRESH THEIR VIDEOS OVER AND OVER, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW WE GET PAID.
The best part is this guy doesn’t really care much about what people say to him, he liked laughing, and making others laugh. He liked playing Videogames, he did it good enough and well, he became a millionaire, simple as that.
Ah a girl, Well yes to your surprise you’d find girls spend a lot of time online too. Infact, this list consists of more girls then boys !
I’d say, it’s somewhat easier for girls to get attention compared to boys, well yeah that’s a truth, but then again, there are billions of girls in the world, not every girl is Michelle Phan, right? Or either a Millionaire !
I thought, if [YouTube] is going to be the global television of the future, I need to build my brand here.
Okay so it was the year 2007, and Michelle just shot a video of her makeup, and uploaded it on YouTube. She made it more or less kind of a tutorial, yes a tutorial on makeup. And the world treated her right, she got 40,000 hits in the first week. Well, she needed no other metric that she was going to be a big hit.
Talk about millionaire friendships, and you can't miss Rhett and Link.
These guys met each other in the first grade, were roommates, became engineering, technically they've lived almost their whole life with each other. ( No they aren't gay ! ).
Well, they quit their Engineering jobs, and started doing what they loved doing, making videos. Videos technically of anything, parodies, comedies, songs or whatever.
Between youtube ad revenue and sponsored video projects, we are able to make a living for our two families. We do not have any other jobs. With the exception of the IFC show and some commercial directing gigs, we've been doing online video exclusively since 2008.
By 2012, Business Insider named them world's 22nd Most Creative advertising guys, with over $5 Million in revenue.
And they definitely know how to scale up, from their success of the channel, they scaled up to launching their Television Show:- Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings and it's world known, the revenue that flows in from TV shows !
It seems comedy indeed is working out.
At least it did for Ian and Anthony, to put it simply, they got a YouTube channel, that goes by the name :- SMOSH . Well it has 21 Million subscribers if you take the 2016 calculations ! Now that, is a big number.
They mostly produce animated and flash videos, and this thing goes back to 2003 ! Yes, when some of us didn't even know what Internet was ! ( Speak of their "overnight" success ! ).
Many of our fans don’t watch TV, they just watch the Internet
And well, over the years they now have a managed team to handle the sketches, animations and everything else. But in short, they know how to keep their subscribers happy, and make money in the process, period.
Or as they're popularly called, the "fine" brothers. They do a lot of stuff, and everything of it is on Youtube. Their area of "expertise" includes:-
- React video series
- Spoiler series
- narrative web series
Well, if you take a first look you can probably calculate that they are online video producers, simple as that. And they've been in the business since 2004 ! Again, long term players here.
With the success of their online channel, they also launched their Digital Video Production company, named :- , Fine Brothers Entertainment ! A simple and elegant name that carries their brand.
The parallel we like to make…. is the idea of becoming the next Warner Brothers, which is a company that creates the content but they also produce the content, they also distribute, they also market. So we say that because Fine Bros and Warner Brothers is fun to say,
In 2016, they got 13Million+ subscribers ! Considering the world population which actually "uses" YouTube, I'd say that's a fine little share there.
Well, for the best part, they're making around $9 MILLION every year ! Guess what, with that money they could buy around 32 Mercedes Maybachs, EVERY YEAR !
Lindsey proved to the world that she doesn't need those bias and corrupted TV shows to make it big for her world.
Next time someone tells you you can't make it big, even after you got talent, just because you don't have that kind of background, show them her channel !
What does Lindsey do? Well, she plays violin.
What? She's making money via playing violin? That too in 2016? ! Well, apparently yes, and a lot of it. How ?
I was very unfamiliar with YouTube; I thought it was the place for dog and cat videos. Then [videographer] Devin Graham opened me up to this world, and I just knew it was what I was going to do. It was like, "I don't have to wait for someone else to invest in me. I can invest in myself." And Devin taught me that people don't just get viral videos; there is a strategy. One of the tools was doing things that are searchable, like cover songs. Because "Lindsey Stirling violin" was not!
It seems, she knows how to play the violin, really well ! Or else, why would she be having over 7 Million Subscribers?
It seems she used her talent well, just by paying the violin, she's making around $6 Million/ year !
Olajidi, or KSI as he is better known, also seems to be in love with playing games. And that's fair, if that thing is making him over $4.5Million/year the "thing" deserves to be loved.
Olajidi is 22 years old, and he makes videos of him playing mostly FIFA / or commentary on it. Anyway, this is the same strategy that makes $12Million/year to PewDiePie so what's wrong when Olajide tries it, right?
Fifa is my baby. I have to pinch myself sometimes… I am living a lifestyle most guys my age would love to lead, playing computer games and earning good money.
In fact, Olajidi seems to be a great commentator, and a player of course, that's the reason probably why he crosses over 12 Million subscribers as of 2016 !
It hasn't always been easy for Olajidi. He was accused of sexual harassment couple years back, but this guy knows how to bounce back , and he did. Even though he lost his Microsoft Partnership, and after apologizing publicly and clearing his side of the verdict, it seems his fan following has only increased !
This girl knows how to use the real life scenarios to make millions !
Her channel doesn't consist of Mars landings, or taking off of an Space Ship. Instead it consists of some very casual things, things you don't even care to know, but when presented with her perfection and talent, you get glued to it.
Some of her popular series are:-
- How Girls Get Ready
- Types of Kids at School
- Girls On Their Periods
- My Parents Reacting to
- and Types of People in Drive-Thrus
Well, see? Nothing too flashy, but she knows how to present the stuff.
She netted around $3 Million doing this stuff last year. Which I'd say is impossible if she wasn't talented. I mean no body just goes on making millions for stupidity, right? Her videos have the exact kind of flavor and style to keep you glued to her channel !
And the twist, she's only 26 ! I'd say that's a lot of money for anyone that young ! And I personally fell in love with her quote, which goes like:-
Money has always been a "result" of what I do, never the "reason" Why I started !
Now that, is called "being able to handle success ! ".
Ever thought about being gifted a Car by the manufacturer itself, just because your "prank" was liked by them?
Well, the idea seems absurd but not for Atwood.
Roman's YouTube Career consists of "Hidden camera pranks". Yes, he hides camera, plays practical jokes, and upload them. Oh did I mention he also makes around $2.5 Million every year !
His practical pranks have gained as many as 7 Million subscribers !
The turning point for my Youtube channel was the pee prank I pulled on the cops. On that video alone we got, like, 2 million views in a week. That cop video sky-rocketed us from 40,000 subscribers to 180,000. To my knowledge, I’m one of the only people who has pranked the cops legally and filmed it. Apparently they sent out a districtwide email about me. One time, a UPS guy told me he was delivering stuff to a state building, and he saw my picture hanging on the wall, and underneath it said, “Attention law enforcement: Roman Atwood preys on unsuspecting police officers.” If that is true, I need to steal that picture.
And the best part was, his "Girlfriend water" prank, he filled his room with Water plastic bags, while his girlfriend was out and when she returned, boom ! Well, this video got him a 2015 NISSAN ! for FREE !
Yes, the Nissan guys noticed it, and took his video (bought it) for literally a NISSAN 2015 GTR !
Who said you can't make money following your dreams?
No matter how insignificant people might think your passion is, it makes money.
And Rosanna proved it all plain and simple.
All she does is, bakes Cupcakes ! Well, you could find baked cupcakes anywhere in the world for less then $1, but this girl is making over $5 MILLION ! per year, just by baking cupcakes ! And she isn't even selling them !
When I first started, I didn't have a lot of money and I invested my life savings into my channel. I had an $80 Flip camera. I edited everything myself. The quality of my videos were not where I wanted them to be.
As time went on, I got better equipment. I could buy better baking supplies. I actually bought lighting and an editing program. I've now hired an editor so that I can create content on a more regular basis. The only thing that I think about, or care about, is creating quality content, and I truly believe that if you just focus on your content, the rest falls into place.
She bakes cupcakes, and she knows how to present things. Her channel has around 2.5 Million subscribers right now, and she's making a hell lot of money doing what she loves. She doesn't have a very highly funded television show or something, but just internet and her talent.
(And ofcourse, lot's of money now ! ).
It seems "Gaming videos" do actually pay great.
PewDiePie, Olajide and now YogsCast, they're all making millions just by playing and uploading VideoGames on their Youtube Channel !
It's an Youtube network, founded by Lewis Brindley & Simon Lane. They liked playing games, so they made a Youtube channel where they played game, how simple is that, right?
What's "not so simple" (And actually makes me a bit jealous is ) these guys are netting around 7 MILLION dollars every year ! Just by playing games ! Their channel has 3 Billion views in total, which is a lot of course, so no doubt their money flows in at a great speed.
We started off making a Let’s Play as hundreds of people had done before. Thing is, the server was hosted locally on my computer – so anyone could randomly connect if they knew my IP. And I guess that’s what happened, because we discovered someone had started building crazy stuff, then we saw a mysterious figure, we were not alone…and everything spun out from there.
This group focuses on playing the "World of WarCraft", and just by playing that, well they're rolling their bank accounts ! Talk about internet being a scam? Think again !
All the above-listed guys, don't have a 9-5 job!
All of them, might not have Ph.D. degrees of the most difficult courses on the planet. And the best of it all, they most definitely don't have to face an angry boss everytime they enter the office.
They could probably wake up at 12 in the afternoon, play games for two hours, upload it, go to sleep and when they wake up! Behold, they might have made couple thousand dollars by then!
Now this is a perfect kind of life that anyone can imagine. But then again, there's nothing called as free bread.
It's comparatively easy to be said then done, from a distance it might look to us that these guys are making money literally doing nothing, well, in reality their work goes off a lot of editing, production and hard work!
No matter who is doing what, you do have to work hard. PewDiePie isn't making millions because he plays games, he's making millions because he loves his passion and he works hard to keep his competition far behind, so that applies for every other thing or job on this planet.
If this article inspired you to go out and create your Youtube Channel right away, you're most welcome, but don't take it as an "easy way out" of life. Cause being honest, there are no shortcuts in life.
Why is this article on SERPDaddy?
Well, good question. Guess what; Youtube too has a totally different level of SERP algorithms. These guys didn't get millions of subscribers the day they joined, they had to work hard to get their videos noticed, and ranked on Youtube, and that's not quite easy.
Youtube too needs SEO to be done for it's videos so that your video ranks on top of others for a certain search term. You just don't get viral overnight. So the reason I'm posting it up here is, Youtube has SERP algorithms, and if it has SERP, then it's definitely my business.
( Oh and I might soon start "Youtube ranking" Series, make sure you subscribe if you wish to be notified when we do ! ). If this article inspired you in anyway, I'd appreciate a share! Afterall, what would it cost you, right?