How Easy is it to Get Paid on YouTube (Simple Steps)

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Today I am talking about everyone's favorite topic, YOUTUBE MONEY!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many people always ask me, "Shawn how do you get paid on YouTube? How easy is it? Shawn I want to get started on YouTube to make money will you help? Shawn. Shawn. Shawn. Shawn."

So today, I am going to answer everything about making money on YouTube!

First question, how easy is it to get paid on YouTube?

Short answer, it depends.

It depends on how dedicated you are. Can you upload 1 or 2 or 3 or even 15 videos and expect a check from YouTube? No. No you can’t.

I’ve said this a million times but it’s so damn true, YouTube is like a snowball rolling down a massive mountain. Right as you begin to form the snowball and roll it down, it is going to move slow and it is going to start small. But as you build more and more momentum, the snowball gets bigger and bigger and starts moving faster and faster until it ultimately reaches terminal velocity.


Your channel and ultimately the videos you post are what make up the snowball. The more you post, the more your channel grows which means the more money you make.

So back to our question.. is it easy to get paid on YouTube? I personally think so. But you have to be willing to put in the time and you have to understand that it’s a long-term game. You can’t expect to be making bank right away.

Second question, what do you need to actually get that first check from YouTube?

The requirements are pretty straight forward. Your channel needs to be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program and at this point in time, the current requirements are:

-          1,000 subscribers

-          4,000 Watch Hours in the last 12 months

-          A linked AdSense Account

The biggest hurdle most people run into is the 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months. A watch hour is, how much content of yours has been consumed.

For example, if I post a 1 hour video and 4,000 people watch it the whole way through from start to finish, then that video alone would have 4,000 watch hours.

The reason this is so challenging is because most people post videos anywhere from 3-12 minutes. If you had 1,000 subscribers, you can expect about 10% of your subscriber base (on the high end) to watch each video you post. So that’s 100 views per video. You would need at least 13 videos that were 3 minutes in length where 100 people watched the entire thing from start to finish (which is incredibly rare by the way).

So unless the first video you post is a banger of a video and it gets tons of views, you’re most likely going to be grinding for a bit to build your channel up to the YouTube Partner Program level.

To put things into perspective, I started this channel from scratch and posted 1 video a week at the start of 2019. It took me about 4-5 months to reach the threshold then another 30 days before YouTube approved me.

So is it easy to make money off YouTube? I still think so but once most people learn that it’ll take them roughly 5+ months to start generating money, they bail.

I don’t want to discourage you, but also note that once you make it into the YouTube Partner Program don’t expect to be making hundreds of dollars every month.

This is what my first month of revenue looked like on this channel. Made about $264. Which is actually really good for your first month of revenue. Usually it’s about $100 and you have to make $100 before the money from AdSense actually gets deposited into your account.

I feel like I’m being a REAL Debbie Downer right now but I want to be as transparent as possible.

If you know exactly what to expect when you start your YouTube journey, you’ll be much more prepared and your likelihood of success is MUCH higher.

Now to give you a little pick-me-up I figured I’d show you my earnings since this channel has been approved for monetization. So in the last 10ish months, this channel has made about $18,000. Which is not too shabby considering I haven’t been super strict on my upload schedule recently and we went through a major dip in earnings from the pandemic.


If I was able to dedicate more time and energy to this channel, I’m sure I could have easily gotten the earnings up to $30,000 in the last 10 months. That’s $3,000 a month which is about the average wage most people make!

So hopefully that motivates you a little more!  Now that you know the full story of making money on YouTube, what do you think? Do you think it’s easy to make money on YouTube or hard?

I like to relate YouTube to schooling, most people will try to go to college for 4 years (where they pay tens of thousands of dollars) then after 4 years, they get out of college and can make anywhere from 30k-70k a year depending on the field of study.

Well shoot, if you spent those 4 years grinding on YouTube instead, you could easily be at the $125k a year mark (I know because that was me with a different channel!)

So it’s about your perspective on the matter! Again I think it’s relatively easy but again YouTube is kind of my thing.

To wrap it up, hopefully you learned something in this blog and if you still have questions when it comes to making money on YouTube, I guarantee I’ve answered it in a different video of mine so definitely check out the following videos here.

Then lastly, if you really do want to get legit with YouTube and fast track how quickly you can start making money, then I highly recommend you check out my YouTube Masterclass. I’ve gotten well over 5,000 students into the YouTube Partner Program where they’ve started making some good money!

Otherwise I hope you enjoyed the blog and I'll talk to you next time!





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He is the shawn-of-all-trades. Starting his entrepreneurship journey at the age of 14 with a dream and a single YouTube channel, he’s then since broken into countless industries. As the founder of Dream2Succeed, co-founder of DishTheDeal, co-founder of DirectionDesk, and lover of all things media – Shawn prides himself in picking up a new skill quickly to then share with others.

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Hi, I'm Shawn Malkou. I'm determined to help you succeed. My question is, are you ready?

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