When it comes to making money on YouTube, most people talk about monetizing your videos with AdSense.
It is, indeed, a great way of earning money. But the problem is that you first need have 1000 subscribers and 4000 watched hours so you can join the program. Which makes it impossible for small channels to take advantage of this opportunity.
Luckly, there are numerous ways you can make money on YouTube without relying on Google AdSense.
The best alternatives to AdSense are:
1. Affiliate links
Becoming an affiliate is the easiest way to make money on YouTube without Adsense. Making money through affiliate links means you advertise certain products in your videos and encourage your viewers to buy the product. You’ll have a link to the product in the video description, which is a special URL attached to your account. Every time someone makes a purchase through one of your links, you’ll receive a commission from that sale.
#2 YouTube Sponsorships
Another way to monetize YouTube without Adsense is through sponsorships. This is the how many YouTubers earn money or lots of cool freebies.means that you get paid to promote the said brand in your videos.
#3 Merch and products
One way to monetize your YouTube channel is through selling merchandise. There’re two ways you can go with this. You can either source products, buy them in bulk, and sell them at a higher price (Amazon or Shopify strategy). Or, if you produce items, you can take advantage of YouTube and sell them on your channel.
#4 Sell T-shirts
f you’re not familiar with it yet, you can sell T-shirts online without having to deal with buying the T-shirts, printing, and delivering. It’s called print-on-demand. And there are lots of websites offering such services.
#5 Sell e-books
Selling e-books is a great way to make money online. People love books in digital format because they are easy to go through from any device. Writing books and using a YouTube channel to promote them is a great way to put yourself out there.
#6 Sell digital products
Digital products are probably the easiest things to sell online nowadays. If you have ideas about products that your audience would benefit from, you can build an app. If you’re a graphic designer, you can create templates or prints. Photographers can sell their images. – You get the picture. Selling digital products is how many YouTubers make money. They don’t over promote their products in the videos, but they mention them from time to time to draw viewers back to their website.
#7 Sell courses
If you’ve mastered skills in a certain field, you can put together a course and make money on YouTube by selling it.
#8 Offer services
Are you a proficient content marketer? Or maybe you can help others take control of their life through consulting sessions? This can be an excellent way on how to make money using YouTube videos to generate leads.
#9 Get paid to be a speaker
If the way you talk is inspiring to others and you have interesting points of view or great insights in your niche, you can make money from YouTube videos without directly monetizing them. You can use your YouTube channel to make people aware of your speaker skills and get invited to speak at events.
#10 License your videos
Licensing the videos you upload protects you from someone stealing your content and using it in a way you don’t agree with. But besides this, you can also take advantage of licensing to make money from your YouTube videos. If you create videos that can go viral, media publications will want to use those videos on their website or in commercials. If your content is licensed, others won’t be able to use it without your consent which will make them payfor it.
#11 Get paid for a spot in end cards
YouTubers are always looking for ways to promote their channel. One of those ways is by having a link to their channel posted in an end card on someone else’s video. This approach is not so popular. I’ve actually come across a single YouTuber that talks about his experience with, and he was offered between $150-500/month to promote links on his ranked videos.