Here's how to monetize a YouTube channel without Google Adsense ads.
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1. Super Chat
With Super Chat, people can donate to your channel or pay money (usually $5) to get their comment pinned at the top while you live stream.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing allows you to make money from commissions that you earn from selling someone else's products.
You might try Amazon Associates since it is probably the biggest affiliate program by far.
You've probably heard about Instagram influencers and how they make money from sponsored posts. Well, you can pretty much do the same thing on YouTube.
You sign up with a site like Famebit, and if you have quite a few subscribers, brands might approach you about including their products or services in a future video in exchange for payment.
4. YouTube Channel Memberships
Another way to monetize your channel directly on YouTube without ads is to have a membership program.
Not all channels are eligible for this, but you can have a “Join” button next to your “Subscribe” button your videos where people can pay $5 per month to get exclusive content from you.
The Graham Stephan channel does this, for example.
5. Freelance Services
I don't know if you saw it or not, but a few years ago, there was a YouTube video that went viral of a lawyer doing crazy stuff to promote his firm.
Here it is:
This guy doesn't use this channel to make money as a YouTuber. He uses it to make money as a lawyer.
You could use the same tactic for your freelancing services, although you may not have to be as aggressive.
You could just do tutorial videos that show your skills related to your freelance work and include your profile page or contact info in the description.
6. Handcrafted Goods
You could also use your YouTube channel to sell handcrafted good or any kind of art.
As far as video ideas, you could always do tutorials for DIY crafts or how to draw and promote your products on the side.
7. Digital Products
Selling courses, website themes, software, ebooks and all sorts of other digital products can be another great way to monetize your channel.
Just make sure you sell products that are related to what your YouTube audience likes.
There are more ways than ever to make money from music, thanks to the internet.
If you find that your YouTube channel isn't eligible for memberships, you might try a site like Patreon.
Patreon is a site that many podcasters and YouTubers use to monetize their content by giving exclusive content and perks to people who purchase memberships.
One of the more popular ways for many gamers and YouTubers to make money online these days is with merch.
Merch is just branded apparel, phone cases, coffee mugs, and all kinds of other stuff that is sold to fans online.
You can use a site like Teespring to create merch and sell it directly on YouTube videos to avoid having to deal with manufacturers.
Sites like Teespring make it easier to sell merch by printing, packing, shipping, accepting payments, and providing customer support for you in exchange for a commission on each sale.
Another great way to make money from YouTube is by using your channel to get consulting or coaching clients.
For example, you could be an online, certified nutritionist or personal trainer and do YouTube tutorials on fitness to earn clients.
Then, you can give advice periodically to clients via a video chat service like Skype.
I recommend you have your own website if you do this though. You can set up a solid WordPress site for only $3 or $4 per month using this tutorial here.
Last but not least, you can make money on YouTube using a popular Instagram tactic: Shoutouts.
With a site like Shoutcart, you can get paid to give a shoutout to or do a collaboration video with a YouTuber that is looking to grow their audience.
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