How to Make Money on Youtube Without Making Videos

Today I'm going to tell you how you can make money on Youtube without having to make any videos or even show your face.

Is this possible? Absolutely.

But how is this done?

You've likely seen a channel like this already. 

This is how they are doing it:

  • Stock footage is used from various sources
  • Existing videos on Youtube, Instagram and other platforms are downloaded and used as "fair use" in the video

With these two methods above you are not making videos yourself but simply using existing content online.

More on this later...

How do These YouTube Channels Make Money?

There are two ways.

First is through the Youtube partner program.

This is where Youtube PAYS you when people simply WATCH your videos.

Your channel will need to be monetized first. 

To get monitized you will need more than 4,000 watch hours on your channel in the last 12 months. You also need to have 1,000 subscribers or more.

Some channels get monitized in less than a month - others take longer.

Secondly , you can monetize your videos by promoting products via affiliate marketing.

Typically there would be a link in the description below the video. If someone buys from your affiliate link you will earn a commission.

You would only promote products that are related to the niche your channel is in. 

So if your channel is about dogs, don't promote a course on bitcoin!

How Much do These "Faceless Channels" Make?

Let's take a look at "top15s" - a YouTube channel that doesn't make their own videos:

Here, I popped the channel in Socialblade to get some stats:

If you look where I circled, you'll see what the channel is making per month and yearly.

You'll notice there is a big gap in earnings for each. This is because it depends some channels make more than others depending what niche it is in. 

More on what niches make the most money later...

So to estimate, you'd take a mid-range of these numbers.

So for their monthly earnings, they are making around $15,000 - $20,000 per month.

For yearly earnings, i'd say it's around the $200,000 range.

That's a pretty big chunk of change.

How would you like to make 200K a year without creating videos yourself?

How Can I Make Money on Youtube Like This?

Let me explain the steps required below:

1) Choose a Niche

It would be good to choose something that interests you. This makes it easier.

Some great niches to choose from are:

  • Health
  • Technology
  • Finance
  • Travel
  • Automotive
  • Real Estate
  • Movies
  • Meditation

There are MANY different niches to choose from to create a YouTube channel on.

Keep in mind that some niches pay more than others. This comes down to advertisers. 

For example, the automotive niche is one of the highest paid niches because companies in this sector pay a lot of money to Youtube for ads.

If you have an automotive channel with a big audience, these companies will want to have ads on your channel which is going to make you a lot of money.

There are many profitable niches to choose from, not just the automotive industry.

2) Do Market Research

In order for the best chance of success, you need to do market research.

The first step is to see what other popular channels in your niche is doing. You'll be able to get some inpiration from them. 

Don't copy what they are doing - just make something better.

You should also do keyword research.

The best tool for this is VIDIQ - I use it myself and you are going to need this tool to give you the best chance at success on Youtube. 

It's going to help you find easy keywords to rank for, give you a ton of video ideas and also see what your competition is doing.

3) Get Your Content

Here are some resources for getting free video content for your channel:

There's actually many of these, so for more sites just do a Google search.

Some will have inexpensive paid plans like

but you can download unlimited videos for just $30 a month. These come in HD and 4K footage - so they aren't crap!

You can also get your content by using other people's videos.

However, you have to be careful with this strategy. As long as you give attribution to the owner of the video in your description and you do a voice-over, only use a 15 second clip of the video, etc., you should be ok.

I'm not a lawyer so I can't give definitive advice here, but just Google "fair use" and you'll understand the process more.

Many big channels use this strategy - so why can't you.

4) Free Video Editors to put it all Together

You're going to need to put all your clips together and there are many video editors available.

I personally use Camtasia, but there are free ones like Openshot.

If you're not familiar how to use these, don't worry there's plenty of training available and even on Youtube. 

It's really not that difficult!

5) Voice-Overs vs Text

You are going to need to convey your message in your videos and you can do this either by a voice-over or just text.

A voice-over will have more impact, but it also depends on your niche.

If the videos themselves can do the talking, then you might be fine with just putting a text script somewhere in the video.

If a voice-over is needed, you can do this yourself.

Or, you can hire someone on either Fiverr or Upwork to do this for you. You should be able to get someonly rather inexpensively but you'll have to do some research here.

Making Money On Youtube Without Making Videos Conclusion

It's really not that complicated.

If you do the above steps, you could do quite well on Youtube.

However, there is so much more that would be impossible to include in this blog post to really supercharge your results.

Since I decided to do this myself, I wised up and bought a couple courses from actual Youtube "Guru's" that do this themselves.

I came across this kid called Matt Par.

I watched his free webinar and learned a lot from it - so should you.

Do you need a course to make a Youtube channel without showing your face? Probably not.

But if you want the best chance at succeeding I think you should consider it.

So you can either go at it alone, or buy his course - Tube Mastery and Monetization.

I was pretty impressed with it and also wrote a review.

Check out my Tube Mastery and Monetization review for more info.

Option number two.

Another course that I got is Bye 9 to 5 by Jordan Mackey.

You can read my Bye 9 to 5 Review here.

Or, sign up for his free webinar.

Both of these courses are great, however I felt that Matt Par's course offers more value.

What's next?

You can start right now with the info I provided.

However if you want the best chance of success I suggest grabbing one of the courses I recommend above.

There are many moving parts such as how to write scripts, how to make high converting thumbnails, how videos go viral, choosing keywords, avoiding certain niches, etc.

These courses will cover that and a whole lot more.

Whatever you do - just take action!


Drew Mann

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