Whether through the trash section of our email inboxes or the comment sections of websites, we’re constantly being told by shady strangers how easy it is to start making thousands of dollars.
But what if I told you that all you need is a camera, an Internet connection, and maybe a sense of humor for you to be a millionaire? You don’t have to buy or sell anything. Just record yourself saying a few insightful or interesting things and voilà – you could make up to $6.7 million a year.
You’re probably rolling your eyes just as you did at that woman who assures you she made $7,000 a month sitting at home. Don’t throw me in your spam box just yet.
What is this mystery money maker I’m referring to? YouTube.
People with lots of followers and channel views on YouTube make money. Lots of money.
According to YouTube analytics site Social Blade, the highest-earning YouTube user, BlueXephos, made $6.7 million dollars on the site in 2012. Two more users made over $5 million. 13 users made over $2 million. The top 25 highest earning YouTube users all made over $1 million in 2012. Who knew prank jokes and makeup advice were such lucrative callings?
Users make money by becoming YouTube partners. Becoming a YouTube partner isn’t easy – you’ve got to have a loyal following of subscribers before applying to become one. But if YouTube’s team thinks you have what it takes to bring traffic to the site, you can make some serious money. YouTube partners share revenue generated from in-video advertisements. In 2012, YouTube generated over $3.4 billion in ad revenue.
This top 25 list is just people whose earnings top the million-dollar mark. If you’re content making, say, a lowly $90,000 a year, you’ll find a good crowd of people who’ve done so.
So, what are you waiting for?
(You’re welcome, YouTube)