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How to Make Money on YouTube in South Africa

How to Make Money on YouTube in South Africa

Lots of people talk about how they give their day job and became full-time YouTubers. These stories can be very fascinating. After all, who wouldn’t want to turn their dedication into a bonafide career? While becoming a professional YouTuber is the ultimate dream, it does require a bit of a reality check. Just for reference, you make about R12685.50 per one million views on YouTube. So unless your videos are getting millions of views in a short period of time, every time, you might want to keep your day job and also explore YouTube monetization track that don’t rely on views only.

But if you want to start dabbling in monetizing on YouTube or if you want to make a bulky side-profit from sharing on YouTube you will want to read this post.

You’ll need to post 2–3 times per week

Make Money on YouTube in South Africa

You know the term ‘fake it till you make it’? Well, if you want to be a full-time YouTuber, you have to start acting like one. That means you need to post frequently — very, very regularly. Think about it, you don’t only go to work once a month and tell your boss ‘sorry, I was busy, but I am back now!’ Instead, you go to work every day, no excuses. You need to do the same on YouTube. You’ll need to post all the time to build your audience and assure you have a steady stream of views.

Diversify your income streams

Remember how we said to not give up your day job in the opening paragraph? We didn’t say that to be rude — we said it because we want to make sure you inflate your earning potential. In this day-in-age, nothing is promised in terms of income. For example, many YouTubers saw their income cutback when the platform started giving creators less money from ads. Even if you do make enough to live on YouTube, you still want a secondary or third income stream. It is the secure route if one of your jobs doesn’t work out.



This is the most obvious one. You will need to curve your Adsense account to your YouTube channel so that you get paid per view. This is the most common route to make money on YouTube, however it is the least profitable. People do not make a ton of money from Adsense. So you cannot rely on this procedure alone. This is especially true if you are just starting out and don’t have millions of views on your channel yet.

Affiliate Links

Whether you use Amazon or Reward Style, partner links can be a great way to monetize your channel. If you run a beauty or fashion channel and you are steadily recommending products, affiliate links are a must-have. When you use an affiliate link, it is easy to make money. Essentially, if someone buys something using the link you shared, you will get a small portion of the proceeds from the product purchase. So be sure to sign up for an affiliate program this year and use the links in your description box.

Sell digital-only products

Make Money on YouTube in South Africa

Remember how we said you should really have numerous income streams? Well digital-only products are a great way to diversify your income. Digital-only products are great because you can sell limitless products and you don’t have to worry about inventory. What are some examples of digital products? We’re glad you asked! Here are some thought starters:

  • e-books
  • camera presets
  • e-tutorials
  • Photoshop actions
  • iPhone apps

When it comes to digital products, let your imagination guide you. Test as many products as you like to explore what works for you.

Sell Stock Images

Admit it, you take about a million selfies before you find the perfect one to post, right? Well what if we told you that you could sell those images to stock companies and make a bit of inactive money off of that? Sites like Dreamstimeand Shutterstock accept submissions for paid stock imagery.

Create and teach a course

Make Money on YouTube in South Africa

If you’re part of Octoly, you should already know that you are amazingly talented and creative. Why not make a profit from your talent with an e-course? You can teach a makeup master classes or do a course on YouTube best routine, or create a course about anything you are very good at, the choice is yours! Courses can be another really cost effective revenue stream for you to explore in 2018!

We also hope you continue to partner with brands and form relevant branded partnerships in 2018! How else will you be making money on YouTube in the New Year?



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