Making money as a content creator and establishing an influencer career have become easier over the last few years. Those on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram are now raking in six figures or higher every year through a range of different sources of revenue.
The amount of money creators make can vary with factors such as the size of their following, the level of audience involvement, and the kind of content they produce. However, even those with a smaller number of followers can now establish a steady, profitable income through developing a strong presence on social media. Additionally, as the creator economy has grown, so have the methods influencers can use to monetize their work.
Reni Odetoyinbo, a personal finance YouTuber, has made up to $34,000 a month throughout 2022 with only 19,000 YouTube subscribers by building seven income streams. Learn more about her success and explore the 11 common ways influencers earn money, as identified through conversations with dozens of industry insiders.
The most common way for creators to generate revenue is through forming partnerships with brands for sponsored content.
The amount of money an influencer can make by advertising products or services can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to even millions, depending on the size and engagement of their following. Those who have fewer followers can also monetize their content in this manner.
Companies often find micro influencers (those with less than 100,000 followers) to be particularly attractive due to their perceived authenticity, higher engagement with their followers, and lower cost of partnerships.
By using affiliate marketing, creators can receive a portion of the revenue generated from selling specific products.
Upon signing up to an affiliate program, the creator usually obtains a tailored link, through which they will receive a percentage of each sale generated. This percentage fluctuates depending on the product category and program.Popular affiliate programs such as Amazon, LTK (formerly RewardStyle), and ShareASale are frequently used.
Taking on a course may provide creators with additional revenue by imparting their expertise in a certain field or business.
Courses that are pre-recorded can also become a source of passive income, and some creators will update and strategically launch new versions of their courses in order to generate more interest from their audience.
Catarina Mello, a travel influencer who made over $1 million in course sales, stated that by doing launches rather than having a constant availability, it creates a sense of scarcity.
When there is a demand from their audience, some creators may choose to create products that are relevant to their brand. These can include merchandise such as apparel (e.g. hoodies and plush toys), as well as other physical products that align with the creator’s brand.
An example of this is Aisha Beau Frisbey, a full-time lifestyle content creator with 36,000 Instagram followers, who has recently unveiled a set of affirmation cards. Additionally, Emma Downer, a DIY creator with 340,000 TikTok followers, is planning to launch a line of products related to her content niche sometime in 2021.
Youtube Ad Revenue
By posting longform videos on YouTube, creators can become eligible to receive a share of the revenue from the ads that appear before and during their videos.
Those who make videos for YouTube can make money from their content when they become part of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) by having Google-placed ads on their videos.
In order to be eligible for the program, they must have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time on their longform videos. Upon meeting these requirements, they will receive 55% of the revenue from ads on their videos, with YouTube taking the remaining 45%.
Creators who obtain 10 million views in 90 days on YouTube’s short-form video feature Shorts and 1,000 subscribers beginning in 2023 will be able to join the Partner Program.
Platform creator funds and bonuses
Platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch provide bonuses or “creator funds” which reward influencers with money in exchange for the viewership their content obtains, typically short-form videos.
Programs such as the ones that offer bonuses for views on Instagram Reels and Reels on Facebook, as well as similar programs on YouTube and other platforms, exist.
Despite some complaints of meager remuneration, unreliability, or lack of availability in certain countries, these funds can provide a convenient means of monetizing successful content for creators.
‘User-generated content’ (UGC) ads
Brands have recently taken a keen interest in obtaining rights to “user-generated content” from TikTok, which has seen an exponential growth in recent months, for use on their own social media platforms or for paid advertising.
Those with expertise in creating content can make a considerable amount of money from UGC, even if they don’t have a large following, or are not interested in inundating their audience with sponsored material. Brands sometimes favor creators with minimal followings since their content is more affordable and genuine.
This UGC is used on the brands’ channels, as opposed to sponsored content which is posted on a creator’s personal page.
Creators can establish a reliable revenue stream by implementing subscription plans that enable fans to gain access to exclusive material.
Patreon is one of the most popular platforms for subscription content, but there are other options such as Fanfix, Fanvue, Fourthwall, or OnlyFans. Additionally, some creators choose to create their own websites to host exclusive content.
OnlyFans, a subscription platform, has gained notoriety among adult content creators, some of whom have amassed a fortune due to their involvement on the site.
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What Are the Ten Most Profitable YouTube Niches for 2023?
Choosing your niche when starting your YouTube channel is a critical decision; it will impact the type of people you are targeting, as well as the type of brand partnerships you can pursue.
Generating an income from YouTube can be done in any niche, however, it is more difficult in some than in others, ranging from history to sewing.
Determining which niches are the most lucrative can be tough, as it is largely contingent on a YouTuber’s monetization plan, the engagement of their followers, and the value of their content. This is why the amount of money a YouTuber can make from a million views can vary greatly.
Using Cost Per Mille (CPM) as a benchmark is a way to measure how much YouTube’s Partner Program pays creators for every 1,000 ad views.
Advertisers’ interest in investing in content in a particular niche and reaching out to YouTubers’ audiences is revealed by CPM. The more eager they are to invest, the simpler it will be to generate revenue from your channel, through ads and other means such as brand partnerships.
These are the 10 YouTube niches with the highest CPM rates:
Making Money Online
The most lucrative niche on YouTube is strategies for making money online, which attracts a lot of viewers looking to make money online. The CPM (cost per thousand impressions) in this niche is typically $13.52.
Content related to affiliate marketing can be incredibly lucrative, with CPMs reaching up to $22.
Following digital marketing, social media marketing channels have the second highest earning potential on YouTube, with an average CPM rate of $12.52.
Personal Finance and Investments
Coming in at third is the personal finance and investments niche, in which channels offer advice ranging from stock market terminology to earning money with crypto. Creators in this niche can make up to $12 per thousand views.
In the educational content category there is a great demand for both children’s and adult topics, including history and Microsoft Office. The CPM rate for YouTubers in this niche is, on average, $9.89.
Tech, Cars, and Gadgets
Technology is a lucrative niche, particularly when it comes to cars and gadgets. Advertisers are likely to pay for content involving reviews of the latest MacBook Air, comparisons between Nikon and Fuji cameras, or test drives in new Ferraris.
The CPM rates within YouTube vary, with Photography YouTubers having the highest rate of $7.31, Car channels having an average rate of $4.32, and General tech channels receiving $2.39 for every 1,000 clicks.
If you are considering entering this market, you should remember to factor in the expenses involved. Even if the potential for income is high, you may need to invest in the technology you are reviewing or comparing before you can earn any money.
The lifestyle niche is one of the most popular types of YouTube content, as viewers enjoy watching other people’s travels, careers, homes, and relationships. Advertisers are well aware of this, and the average CPM rate for lifestyle YouTubers is $3.47.
Fashion and Try On Hauls
In the past, Vogue and Cosmo were the ones who determined fashion trends and influenced the public’s opinions on style. However, now, it’s the content creators on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok who have taken the lead. Fashion YouTubers are some of the most well-known influencers, and videos such as try on hauls can earn them an average CPM of $3.13.
Cooking channels have experienced immense growth, especially during the pandemic, as more people search for cooking inspiration on YouTube, wanting to improve their cooking skills or to watch others’ amazing creations. Additionally, CPM rates for cooking channels are quite high, with an average value of $2.50.
Fitness and Bodybuilding
The popularity of fitness and bodybuilding content has seen a considerable increase comparable to that of cooking channels. People on YouTube are drawn to channels that can help them achieve their physical objectives, ranging from basic yoga to weighted jump ropes for building muscle. Advertisers are aware of this and have an average CPM rate of $1.60.
Video games are one of the most popular topics on YouTube, with content ranging from reviews, to walkthroughs, to gameplay videos with entertaining commentary. These types of videos can often earn the creators millions of views.
Gaming is a popular niche on YouTube, with several of the most-subscribed channels and highest-earning YouTubers, such as PewDiePie, being part of it. The average CPM rate for creators in this niche is $1.40.
If your goal is to make money on YouTube, you need to consider how much you need to invest in creating content in each niche, how much competition there is, and how equal the niches themselves are.
You must consider all of these factors in comparison to your desires and hobbies before selecting the appropriate niche for you.
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The merchant must also enter into a written agreement with the content provider that states that the content does not have any illegal activity. The merchant needs proof that the content’s people have given consent to be there and to have it publicly shared. Merchants must only allow content uploads from verified content providers and must review all content before publication. They must also have systems to monitor live-streamed content and remove anything illegal that violates Visa rules.
Regarding marketing, merchants must not promote content that implies child exploitation or non-consensual activities. They must also have a process to report any illegal content and remove it within seven days. If there is a disagreement about consent, the merchant must get a neutral third party to resolve the issue. Merchants also need to submit monthly reports to Visa.
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