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Inspiration to Start Your Own YouTube Channel
Today, I want to inspire and encourage you to start your own YouTube channel if you’ve ever been considering it but have been too afraid to get started. Trust me, I’ve been there. When I first started uploading videos, I felt like I couldn’t do it. I refilmed my first video four times because I couldn’t get used to talking to a camera or even look at the lens. It was a challenge to find my confidence and get started, but it’s been incredibly rewarding.
So, if you’ve ever thought about starting a YouTube channel, I would love for this blog to serve as inspiration and encouragement for you to just jump in, get started, and try it out. It’s so much fun once you’re on the platform, sharing videos, and cultivating a community. I know it can be hard and discouraging in the beginning, but hopefully, today’s blog will serve as some inspiration for you.
The Criteria to Monetize Your YouTube Videos
Before you can start making money on your YouTube videos, there are specific criteria you need to meet. YouTube has tightened its requirements, so it’s important to meet these criteria in order to get paid for your views. You need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours. Private and unlisted videos do not count, and your watch hours are calculated only for the last 12 months or 365 days.
Once you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you can receive payments through Google AdSense. It’s a good idea to set up your Google AdSense account before getting into the YouTube Partner Program so that everything runs smoothly and you can get paid more quickly.
My Journey to Monetization
Let me share with you how I got started, how long it took me to get monetized, and how often I was posting to make it happen. I made my very first video on January 28, 2021, and I was monetized on January 17, 2022. It took me just under a year to reach monetization. When I got started, I committed to posting one video a week to ensure consistency. I know some creators can post multiple videos a week, but for me, one video a week was a schedule that made the most sense. It can be tough when you’re a one-person show, doing everything from filming to editing, researching topics, and creating thumbnails. But consistency is key.
My First Month of Monetization
In my very first month of being monetized from January 17th to February 17th, I made $534.66. I was ecstatic to make even a single dollar on my videos. I remember the first day I made $10, and I was over the moon. It’s incredibly rewarding to finally be monetized and make money from the content you’ve been working on for a year or more. My first YouTube paycheck, in the amount of $144.63, was paid out to me on February 22nd for the month of January.
Behind the Scenes: My YouTube Analytics
Now, let’s take a look at some of my backend analytics. Please note that this blog is not about bragging or showing off how much money I made. I want this to inspire you and show you that success is possible. In the beginning, it can be discouraging when videos aren’t getting many views or comments, but hang in there. It will pay off, and it might even happen sooner than you think. I encourage you to keep moving forward, keep creating content, and don’t be afraid to make videos that aren’t perfect. Starting somewhere is crucial to succeeding in the future.
Here’s a breakdown of my revenue analytics:
- January: $144.64
- February: $651.21
- March (so far): $184.79
Tracking Revenue and Metrics
YouTube analytics provide valuable insights into your channel’s performance. You can track your revenue, RPM (revenue per 1000 views), and CPM (cost per 1000 impressions). These metrics help you understand how much money you’re making and how advertisers are spending on your videos. They also help you determine what content works and what doesn’t, allowing you to focus on creating videos that resonate with your audience.
I hope this blog has inspired you to start your own YouTube channel. Don’t be discouraged by the challenges you may face in the beginning. Consistency and perseverance are key to success on the platform. Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. If you have any questions or want more content on starting a YouTube channel, let me know in the comments. I’d be happy to create more videos on this topic if it’s helpful to you.
Thank you for reading and being a part of my journey. If you’d like to stay connected, follow me on Instagram. Also, if you’re in Oregon and need assistance with buying, selling, or investing in a home, I’d love to help you. All my contact information is in the description box below. Good luck with your YouTube channel, and remember, I believe in you!