YouTube isn't just for watching adorable cat videos or the latest viral video. If you do it right the social video site can be a major source of income. An unlikely cast of characters is raking in millions of dollars in advertising revenue. The good news is you don't need to have a Beyonce-sized bank account to get started.
Be a Video Game Expert
Lots of the highest earners on YouTube right now are gaming experts. According to Business Insider, 13 of the top 20 YouTube earners in the world upload video game related content. They provide reviews and advice for playing and beating various games. Take The Rad Brad for instance. With nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than one billion views, he's likely receiving an income of more than a million dollars, even after YouTube takes their 45% cut.
Being adorable doesn't hurt when it comes to making money on YouTube. That's one of the draws to Evan Tube. What started as a pet project between a dad and his 7-year-old son has now become a very lucrative YouTube channel with nearly 900,000 subscribers.
Have a Great Personality
Boyfriend and girlfriend duo Jesse and Jeanna have more than 11 million YouTube subscribers between the two of them. Their YouTube fame started with a viral prank when Jesse filmed Jeanna eating a spoonful of cinnamon. Now they've hit celebrity status and earned tens of thousands of dollars along the way.
Find a Niche
The Fine Brothers have definitely found a niche and made big money from their formula of comedy. They post new videos three days a week. Most involve them taping kids, teens or elders reacting to various videos, foods or products.
Some of the top YouTube channels are people opening, reviewing and playing with toys. Sounds simple but it's paying off big time for Kanna and Akira, two precious Japanese sisters who make videos of themselves playing with toys. One of the most watched YouTube channels in North America is Disney Collector. This anonymous woman with a passion for toys is scoring millions of views unboxing toys.
By Alison Storm
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If you love Disney and like to save, then the Swell Sale at the Disney Store is where you want to be. Up to 40% is being take on merchandise that includes plush toys, sleepwear, tees and items for baby. We found the Star Wars Rey Sleep Set for Girls shown here for just $5.99 (reg. $19.95). Act soon, quantities are limited.