There are many ways to make money with YouTube Automation. There is a reason why so many people have started a YouTube Automation channel themselves - because it makes money! In fact, many automated channels are generating 5 figures a month!
You don't need to focus entirely on Adsense revenue from YouTube's Partner Program. In fact, there are 15 different tactics you can use to make money with YouTube automation.
In this article, we'll go over 15 different strategies you can use to make money with your automation channel. Some of these include Adsense, affiliate marketing, sponsored content, channel memberships and more. You'll also get some tips on how to get your channel making money as soon as possible - so you don't need to wait to get monetized!
15 Proven Tactics to Make Money with YouTube Automation
1. Ad Revenue (YouTube Partner Program)
Ad revenue is the most typical way owners of an automated YouTube channel make money. Your channel will need to meet certain conditions to qualify. This applies to any YouTube channel, whether it is automated or not.
Here are the guidelines to get accepted into YPP (YouTube Partner Program).
How much money you will make with ad revenue depends on a few factors. This all comes down to CPM which stands for Cost Per Mille. This is how much an advertiser will pay per 1000 views. This is niche-dependent. For example, a niche that is in technology or business will have a higher CPM than in niches like DIY, reaction videos, pranks, etc.
The more money an advertiser pays per 1000 views, the more you will make. In other words, you should choose your niche wisely. And of course, the more views you get, the more money you will make.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Many YouTubers make money with affiliate marketing, this includes those with automated channels. Affiliate marketing on YouTube is where you promote other people's products or services on your channel. If someone makes a purchase from your unique link, you will earn a commission.
The way to do this is to look for products and services that make sense according to your channel. For example, if you run an automated automotive channel, you can recommend the many different car products found on Amazon or through private affiliate programs. Just search for suitable products to promote to your audience and see if they have an affiliate program.
3. Sponsored Content
Most of the time, you will get brands reaching out to you to promote their services rather than the other way around. Your channel will need to have a decent amount of subs and views to attract attention from sponsors, so you won't be able to do this out the gate.
Once your channel gets bigger, you can expect to be pitched a sponsored deal. You will work with that sponsor to promote their product and in return, they will compensate you for that. How much you make depends on a few factors like the sponsor's budget, your channel size, and the value of the product being promoted.
4. YouTube Premium Revenue
Did you know that you still can make money from people who watch your videos that are subscribed to YouTube Premium? Even though they won't see ads, you can still make money.
The amount you earn from YouTube Premium is based on how much time Premium subscribers spend watching your videos compared to other content. The more your videos are watched, the larger your share of the revenue pool. This is separate from ads, and you don't need to sign up for anything.
5. Creating and Selling a Course
If your automated channel calls for it, you could create and sell your own course to your viewers/subscribers. For example, if you have an automated finance channel, you could create a course in investing.
You probably won't be able to create a course for your automated channel if it's in a niche like entertainment or pranks. Your course needs to teach something of substance and include many modules with actionable advice. You can create a course and either upload it to places like Udemy or Skillshare or create a self-hosted one on your own website. How much you sell your course is up to you. I have seen some courses selling for $1000 or more on YouTube.
6. Super Stickers and Super Chats
As an automated YouTube channel owner, you can monetize your channel through Super Stickers and Super Chats, which are features available during live streams and premieres. Since you can't do livestreams with automated channels, you can definitely capitalize on premiers.
If you decide to set one (or more) of your videos as a premiere, you can make money from Super Chats where viewers pay to have their messages highlighted and pinned in the chat stream.
With Super Stickers, people can purchase these animated graphics which show a form of support and engagement during your premiere. YouTube keeps 30% of all revenue from Super Chats and Stickers, you get 70%.
7. Selling Merch
YouTubers make a ton of money selling merch. What about with an automated channel though? Since branding is a little tough with an automated channel because there is no "face" to the channel, you will need to be a little creative when selling merch. However, it is totally doable.
For example, if your channel is on animals, you already know your audience loves animals. So, why not create T-shirts with cute animals on them or shirts with animal quotes? A niche like finance might be hard to push merch, but if the niche calls for it, you can make a lot of money selling merchandise. You can use a platform like Printify that will make shirts with your designs, print them and send them directly to your customers.
8. Personal Consulting or Coaching
You can make good money with consulting or coaching services right from your channel. For example, if your channel focuses on fitness, you could provide personal fitness coaching; if it's about digital marketing, you could offer marketing consultation services.
To monetize this skill, you can set up a consulting framework that may include one-on-one sessions, group workshops, webinars, or even long-term coaching programs. You could charge by the hour or a set amount for a block of time. Understand that the only caveat here is that you may need to show your face.
With automated channels, you never show your face so you'll need to be prepared for that. Typically, you can do personal coaching or consulting on a Zoom call. You won't need to do this in person.
9. Channel Memberships
Channel Memberships is a YouTube feature that allows people to see exclusive content or perks like badges and emojis in exchange for a monthly fee. This is a great way for your members to really show their appreciation for your channel. To be eligible, you must:
If you meet all the above, just go to the monetization page in YouTube Studio, then memberships to get started.
You'll have up to 5 different levels where you'll set a price for each monthly membership. Set your prices accordingly. For example, you might get more monthly memberships at $2.99 than $5.99 for your lowest price point which could make you more money.
10. Email List Building
This isn't very typical with YouTubers but you can also build a strong email list that you can market to over and over. This is a typical practice with blogs and is often overlooked on YouTube. You can encourage your viewers to sign up for your email list through incentives like exclusive content, freebies, or early access to your videos or products.
Once you have a list, you can monetize it in several ways. You can promote your own products, services, or merchandise, direct subscribers to your latest content, or even partner with brands to include sponsored content in your emails.
One of the best ways is with affiliate marketing, where you will recommend products that match your channel's niche. You'll likely need to spend some money here, as a website would help along with the need for an email autoresponder that handles all the emails for you.
11. E-Books and Digital Products
You can generate significant income by creating and selling e-books and digital products relevant to your automated channel's content and audience. For example, if your channel focuses on fitness, you could write an e-book about workout plans or nutrition guides.
If your channel is about cooking, you could create a recipe book to sell. The key is to leverage the expertise and audience you've built on YouTube to identify products that your viewers would find valuable.
To do this, you can create your ebook/digital product in Word or in a PDF file. You would then direct them to your landing page which is basically a sales page for your ebook. Platforms like Gumroad or Whop are great for this. Selling ebooks and digital products not only makes you more money from your automated channel, but it can also strengthen your brand.
12. CPA Marketing
CPA marketing (cost per action) can be a profitable monetization strategy for your channel. With CPA, it involves promoting offers where you earn a commission not just for sales but for specific actions taken by your audience, such as signing up for a newsletter, downloading an app, or filling out a form.
You'll need to find offers that fit your channel though. Places like Offer Vault and other CPA networks will likely have an offer that will resonate with your audience.
Be careful with this though and fully vet these offers to ensure they are legit. You don't want to burn trust with your audience by promoting something that stinks.
13. Sell Your Channel
Here's one you never thought of. Did you know you can sell your YouTube channel for big bucks? Did you know that selling an automated channel is MUCH easier than any other type of YouTube channel?
The reason for this is that it will be much easier for someone to take over a channel that is automated. This is because there is no face to the channel so chances are viewers won't even know it has a new owner.
You could almost make a business out of automated YouTube channel flipping. Build up a few channels and then sell them for profit. The value of your channel depends on a few factors such as your niche, sub count, view count, monthly revenue, growth rate and other monetization channels you might have.
To sell your channel, you can partner with a digital asset broker. I've used Flippa before and they are pretty good.
14. Virtual Event Promotion
Another way to make money with your YouTube automation channel is to promote virtual events. Now, chances are you aren't going to host your own unless you want to go on camera. Keeping the "faceless" theme intact, you can promote OTHER people's virtual events and get a commission for each referral.
If you are in a niche like fitness, for example, you could collaborate with organizations or individuals to promote their virtual events. With partnerships like these, you could get a flat fee to promote the event or a commission based on each ticket sold.
Be sure to only promote virtual events that will complement your niche and offer value to your audience to maintain trust and credibility
15. YouTube Shorts
The last way to make make money with your YouTube automation channel is with YouTube shorts. These videos are up to 60 seconds in length. You'll need to do these in a vertical orientation with a 9:16 aspect ratio and need to be at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
If it makes sense to make these videos for your automation channel - just do it. To be eligible to make money with shorts, you'll need at least 1000 subscribers, 4000 watch hours in the last year or at least 10 million (yes. that's million!) Shorts views within the last 90 days.
How much you'll get paid depends on CPM, which is the rate advertisers spend per 1000 views. The CPM is much less for Shorts than it is with regular videos. Some creators have seen as high as $0.07 for every 1000 views.
Are YouTube Automation Channel Owners Making Any Money?
Yes! Some automation channel owners are doing over 1 Million bucks a year.
Take for example, Facts Verse, which has automated on a diverse range of topics from celebs, tragic stories, tragic deaths, etc. This channel does almost 3/4 of a million bucks a year. Keep in mind this is for ad revenue only and doesn't take into account revenue generated from other tactics. Check out the Social Blade screen shot below:
Next, is Alux which has over 4.5 million subscribers. Alux focuses on luxury such as ranking the most expensive items, luxury, and fine living. It's an informative channel but is also entertaining.
According to Social Blade, this channel makes up to $129,000 a year on ads alone. They do promotions that earn money as well, which could double what they make on ads.
The 3rd example is Top Tens, an entertainment channel that has content on just about anything interesting. It's not a niche site based on one thing but has action packed footage and facts that have captured their audience's attention for many years. It's no wonder they have over 5 million subscribers.
The channel makes up to $234,300 a year on ad revenue alone. That does not account for money they make on Patreon and Merch sales which they are active in.
What Niches Are Most Profitable for YouTube Automation?
The bottom line is that any niche can be profitable. However, there are some niches that are more profitable when you only look at RPM, which stands for revenue per mille, or in other words how much money you will make per 1000 views.
Some Niches with high RPM are personal finance, technology, Investing, automotive, legal, crypto, Insurance and so on. The reason these are high in RPM is because it's very competitive and advertisers in these spaces have huge budgets.
Now, that doesn't mean you NEED to make an automated channel in one of these niches to make money. For example, if you were to create a channel in a low RPM niche but get a lot of views, you could make the same or even more than a channel with high RPM with lesser views.
The thing to understand is that yes, there are niches that you can make more money in, but when it comes to YouTube as long as you can bring in an audience, you are going to make money regardless of RPM.
Rapid Revenue Generation for Your YouTube Automation Channel
Now, let's talk about some ways to grow your channel really quickly to make money ASAP.
Choose a Niche With Low Competition
Choosing a niche with less competition is easier to stand out. With fewer creators covering the same topics, your videos are more likely to be noticed by your target audience.
Also, YouTube's algorithm favors content that is relevant and not extensively covered. So, in a low-competition niche, your videos are more likely to rank higher in search results and recommendations which leads to increased visibility and growth.
Optimize for SEO
Ensuring that all your automated videos are optimized for SEO, it's going to help your videos appear higher in YouTube search results and recommendations. To do this, make sure that you optimize titles, descriptions, tags, and even your video content for relevant keywords. This way you will increase the chances of your content being discovered by a wider audience.
Ensure that you use keywords and phrases that your target audience is searching for. If people aren't searching for it, chances are there is no interest which means your videos won't be seen.
Run Paid Ads
If you've got a budget, you could consider running paid ads to boost your channel's exposure. Paid ads give your videos immediate visibility to a targeted audience. Unlike organic growth, which can take time to build momentum, paid ads allow you to reach a large number of viewers right away.
With paid ads you can target a specific audience that aligns with your content, increasing the likelihood of attracting viewers who are genuinely interested in your videos and more likely to engage with them. Paid ads are a great way to grow your channel quickly if you have the budget.
Pay Attention to Your Analytics
Paying attention to your analytics helps you understand who your viewers are, including demographics like age, gender, location, and interests. When you know your audience, you can create content that you know will be aligned to their preferences which leads to higher engagement and loyalty.
You should also focus on analyzing metrics like click-through rates (CTR) and average view duration. With this, you can fine-tune your titles, thumbnails, and video content to improve performance.
Doing some or all of the above strategies can help grow your channel fast.
What Are the Recommended Courses for Mastering Income Generation via YouTube Automation?
Making money with YouTube Automation is possible as we have seen there are many channels that are doing it right. If you're an absolute beginner, a good YouTube Automation course is something you should consider.
You can go at it alone or follow free advice from others, but chances are it's going to take you much longer to see success. The good news is you don't need to spend a fortune on a course. Start with this free training here.
Is YouTube Automation Worth it?
Yes, YouTube automation is worth it and a great business opportunity for anyone. The main reason is you can start this business with zero investment. It doesn't cost money to set up a channel, you can find free content to use online and even use free video editing software.
If you decide to invest a little money, you can greatly improve the quality of your videos and help boost your growth. This business isn't easy and will take some effort on your part to succeed. However, it is a proven business model. The ones that made it believed in themselves and applied what they had learned and also learned from their mistakes.
Is YouTube Still Profitable?
Absolutely, YouTube is a profitable business model for both YouTube and YouTubers alike. Whether you have an automated channel or a branded channel, you have a great opportunity to turn a profit. Since you don't need to invest a lot in this business model compared to others like ecommerce, your profit margins are going to be a lot higher.
Do You Need to Show Your Face With YouTube Automation?
No, you do not need to show your face on an automated YouTube channel. The whole point of an automated or "faceless" YouTube channel is just that - to make money on YouTube without revealing your identity. Keep in mind you may need to record voice narration in your videos by either yourself or hiring someone, but you'll never need to go on camera.
Starting your own YouTube automation channel is one of the best business opportunities available to budding entrepreneurs and seasoned marketers. In this article, we have shown you all the different ways to make money with an automated channel from ad revenue, to affiliate marketing, merch, channel memberships, and more.
There's more than one way to make money with your automation channel so now I turn it over to you. Which technique(s) will you use?
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