In today’s post, you’ll learn how to make money with videos online.
It’s not limited to how to make money on YouTube.
There are ways beyond YouTube to cash from online videos.
I’ll list 10+ ways to get paid for your videos. And I’ll give you details for each method.
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What do You need To Know To Get Paid For Videos?
If you’re reading this, maybe you have some videos you’d like to monetize. Great!
However, using some of the methods below, you can make money with videos that you create or other people’s videos you have the right to use.
I use CreateStudio to make videos. It is intuitive and customizable. I bought it with a one-time deal which is still available.
For in-person video making, I’d recommend:
- Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (200D outside North America): This is the camera I am using and it is perfect for vlogging and photography. It has a flip-out touchscreen and an external mic port. It shoots HD-quality videos. It is affordable. Outside America, the camera is sold under the name Canon EOS 200D.
- Boya Clip-on Microphone: To get high-quality audio. Audio quality is more important than video quality.
- HitFilm Express: for video editing. You’ll have to learn how to use it but it is free and powerful.
You can also make videos using screencast software for recording screens and/or slides. You can use online video makers or Desktop software to create them.
So, while you can use people’s videos, it is not difficult to create yours and have more control.
Now, back to our concern…
10+ proven ways to make money online with videos
Would you like to get paid to make videos, sell clips, or just upload or embed them?
As Promised, I’ll start with YouTube and continue with methods beside it.
1.- Get Paid On YouTube For Uploading Videos
The most obvious way to make money on YouTube is to display ads on and next videos using the YouTube partner program. When your business model is OK with ads, it helps.
But there are a few caveats:
- the YouTube partner program is not open to all countries. And in eligible countries, you need 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of video views in the last 12 months to join.
- You need a lot of video views to make a significant income. Expect $1, $2 CPM
So, take YouTube one step further.
Promote products through your videos. It can be reviews, tutorials, or lists of tools that you use for affiliate promotion. Or promoting your products (online courses, ebooks, t-shirts, software, etc…)
It is as simple as 1) creating a video helpful for your target audience and 2) redirecting them to the desired product using links in the video description.
2.- Upload videos with DailyMotion
DailyMotion is a popular video publishing platform like YouTube; not so popular I have to admit! But it allows you to earn money from videos in a particular way.
You make money from your videos uploaded to DailyMotion and videos embedded on your website.
So, you get the traffic and cash from pre-roll and banner ads inside your videos.
The minimum payout is $100. They pay via Payoneer and PayPal.
You can upload your videos both on YouTube and Dailymotion to boost revenue. I find Dailymotion videos a little slower than YouTube. So, I don’t like to embed them on my blog.
In the next steps, you’ll learn how to take Dailymotion further and earn from people’s videos too.
3.- Make money watching videos
You can get paid to watch videos online. There are a few companies that pay you can trust.
Swagbucks: Get paid to take surveys; get cash back shopping; get paid to watch videos on your computer or your mobile.
Get a $5 bonus just for signing up. Videos, paid emails, and high-paying surveys are available for top-tier countries only.
However international members get paid for completing micro tasks and searching the web.
4.- Be part of Adsense for Videos Programs.
Google has another product different from YouTube’s partner program.
It is called AdSense for videos. The videos must be hosted on your server and get millions of hits per month!
Then you can apply and show Adsense banners, and pre-roll advertising inside your videos to increase your monthly revenue.
I know, many of you don’t have that amount of views on hosted videos. That is why the next step get rid of that limit.
5.- Earn from in-video advertising networks
In-video advertising is the best way to earn from embedding videos on your blog. That way, you can monetize any video that is on your blog.
I know 3 different ways you can do it:
1.- Embed DailyMotion Videos: Once you enable monetization on DailyMotion, you can embed individual videos or a widget that shows related videos automatically.
You get paid for displaying pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll ads. Those ads appear before, on pause, and after the video.
2.- Embed MediaVine videos: Mediavine is an ad management service to displays premium and high-paying ads on your blog. Your blog needs at least 25,000 sessions (not pageviews) to be accepted into the program.
But once you’re into the program, you can upload videos within the Mediavine dashboard and embed them on approved blogs.
Your videos are hosted for free. You save on bandwidth and hosting costs. But you earn money through your videos with a custom video player.
You’ll, maybe, enjoy a video player with no related videos that do not belong to you.
3.- Join ad networks with in-video ad format: Some ad networks with in-video ad formats don’t have a hosting feature.
You embed YouTube videos like always. You add the codes the ad network gave you onto your website. And it detects the video player to insert ads.
An example of such ad program is “Adstract”. No minimum traffic requirements. They pay via PayPal and Payoneer.
6.- Embed or Host Videos to Earn From on-page advertising
You earn money also from on-page advertising. There are those ads you normally show on your website. This is the method anyone can try out.
It doesn’t require that you create videos. You don’t have to meet the minimum views required by AdSense and some ad networks. You earn from different kinds of on-page advertising ( in-text, in-image, in-video, pop, text, and banner ads)!
It adds up. You can use it while using many of the methods listed above.
Just host your videos and embed someone’s video, who gives rights, on your website and earn money from the traffic. It is known that videos increase click-through rates from search engines and time on site.
You can use plugins and programs to create a video sitemap that will help popular search engines like Google and Bing index your pages with videos.
7.- Drive sales with video marketing
You can generate sales for your products or promote products with video marketing. Create short and descriptive videos about products you promote; they can be reviews, presentations, or tutorials.
With a call to action at the end of the video or within the video description. Just check out our article about making money with affiliate programs.
8.- Sell your videos online
Create footage videos and sell them online.
DepositPhotos: DepositPhotos is a stock photo and video site allowing you to sell photos and videos. Create generic videos that can be used as intro, and outro and make money from them.
Shopify: Shopify allows you to start an online retail business. Sell anything online and offline. You can then start an online store to sell your videos and control everything.
9.- Sell your video skills online
You can set your price and work as per your schedule.
So, these 9 ideas can make you thousands of dollars each month; it all depends on your video popularity and quality!
10.- Share Native Videos On Facebook
You can upload your videos on Facebook or start a live video event to make money from ads on Facebook.
Facebook has an article about making money from videos with Facebook Audience Network.
Facebook shares 55% of the advertising revenue generated from your instant articles and videos uploaded on Facebook.
Now, it is time for you to make money with videos online. Be smart.
Remember that you can combine many of these methods. For example,
- you update your videos on YouTube for readership
- upload them on Dailymotion for their users
- then, you upload them on Mediavine or embed the Dailymotion video you uploaded.
- you optimized the page where the video is hosted for ad revenue.
- you upload the video to Facebook for more revenue.
All these combinations can be made for every video that you make online. Then, you look for videos you have the right to use. And you make sure you respect intellectual property.