You must have heard that people earn through youtube. But how do they do it?

Suppose YouTube as a TV channel that has more programs than any other TV channel in the world. Most of it is user generated content and is uploaded by people like you and me. Just as a TV channel shares revenue with content producers (which are production houses & film studios) similarly youtube shares its revenue with all of its video makers. It calls them youtubers.

Cut the crap. How can I earn on youtube?

Before I get to that part, you should know the youtube paying process and not many people are patient enough to really earn much.

Let’s suppose, you work on a health niche — By working I mean, make content for that niche. The content will be uploaded on youtube but it needs to be SEO optimized. If I start explaining about how to optimize your videos, that will need the space of another article, so let’s stay on the course.

So, if you make videos related to one niche, let’s say health. These videos need to be more in quantity and quality. This means they need to provide the user at least some value and should be at least 100 on a single channel.

Now you need around 5 to 6 of these channels on the same niche. I know this is pretty confusing but this is how you start to get in the lime light. More channels mean more searches and more searches mean more video views. Now, more views you have the more chances of you earning.

How Youtube Video Views work?

Similar to adsense, youtube has an algorithm that detects if a person has viewed the video. Correct me if I am wrong, but similar to adsense, youtube counts one view when one pixel of video is visible on the screen.

Now these are just the video views and they don’t really pay. What pays is the advert that pops up after ten seconds of playing the video. This view, similar to the above way of calculation, is counted by google towards earning process.

The ad views on any given video vary, but for the time being, we can say that for every 1000 views you will earn $0.7 or Pakistani 70 rupees.

I think now you understand the suggestion to upload more content on youtube to earn more.

Finding a niche:

Niche solely depends on your interest and it should be selected by you. But for me, I can say that a niche needs to be related to health, fitness, instructions, tutorials, DIY stuff, Religion, Controversies, Top 10, Advices and anything that can be made in to a compelling visual.

It should be noted that these niches are long-term. There are of course other short-term niches that go viral but they do not get monetized easily and most of the times users face account suspensions.

What to do after you have selected the niche?

After you have selected the niche you need to find relevant keywords. A keyword can be selected from Google keyword tool. But the keyword tool needs to be properly configured. A good rule of thumb is to choose keyword that has more than $1CPM and around 10,000 searches.

It should also be noted that the ad revenue for various countries differ and Netherlands has currently the highest CPM of $60.

CPM is cost per mile or 1000 page views as I have said earlier.

You need to pick at least 100 keywords that fulfill the required parameters. After the keywords have been selected you need to make questions related to them.

Upload videos after Interval:

Do not upload all videos at once. Some youtubers advise to upload all at once, however I think continuous juice needs to be provided to google so it keeps you alive and send more bots to your channel on a regular basis.

The more you upload and the timely it is, the more chances for your videos to get ranked.

The ranking process can take 1 week to 2 months. So you need to be patient.

Some Motivation:

Those who are frequent visitors of youtube must have seen Mo Vlogs. Mo Vlogs is channel of a Dubai based vlogger. He has around 1 million subscribers and gets around 40 million views on an average. So now divide

40000000/1000 = 40000 earning per month (estimated)

As US based audience has more CPM while Asia based audience has lower CPM.

We did the tests ourselves.

We uploaded 10 videos on different niches — of course it was not that much optimized and only stats of 2 weeks — we had not promoted, nor did anything else.

Here are the statistics:

Bottom line:

It should also be noted that not all videos will get ranked depending on the views, interactions and the keyword used. So, the best way is to keep trying and be consistent.

This guest post is made by Muhammad Sharjeel Ashraf, content manager at