If you’ve been on social media for a while now, chances are you have come across this video of two adorable brothers. You remember Charlie. Charlie is the cutie pie who was biting his brother’s finger and laughed when he cried out. It’s so cute that you can can’t help but watch it over and over again.
This video was posted on YouTube about nine years ago. Since then millions of people have posted their videos on the popular video sharing website in hopes it will go viral, too. It worked for Justin Beiber. Usher signed him to a recording contract after disovering his videos on YouTube. So anything is possible.
And while getting millions of views seems pretty awesome, the sweeter deal of it is that these videos can also make a great revenue stream. Now here’s the real kicker – the video above has earned $500K in revenue and since I’m updating this post two years later, it could be more. That’s mind blowing, right?
Are you thinking about your pics and videos right about now? That’s okay, I am too! This is an excellent way to make extra money and you know I was going to dig around to get more details about this and share it with you.
A while back, Good Morning America did a segment about making money on social media sites like Instagram and YouTube. A GMA correspondent talked with Yahoo Tech Vice President David Pogue who shared some tips on how anyone can make money on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Take a look.
The segment wasn’t long but he did provide some helpful tips for anyone who wants to sell their pics and videos. The most important tip he shared is to become popular. The way to do this is to have a constant presence on social media and, I might add, communicate with your followers by replying to their comments and answering their questions.
If you’re thinking about making money with your pics and videos keep on reading because I’m about to give you the 411!
How to Monetize Your Videos
In the video Mr. Pogue said the type of videos that are making money are funny, musical, and how-to’s.
And the way to monetize those videos is by joining the YouTube Partner Program. At the time this segment was aired, YouTube was paying partners 55% of what they made from the ads. There is a chance the payout guidelines might have changed but if you’re still interested here’s what you do.
After you sign up for the YouTube Partner Program the next thing yo have to do is set up an Adsense account for payments and finally, you have to choose the videos you want to monetize and format your ads. Click here for links to the partner program and Adsense.
If you don’t have a YouTube channel, Google has a great supporting document that takes you step by step through the set up process. Click here to check it out.
Tips For Making Quality Videos
If you want to make quality videos you’ll have to invest in equipment. The good news is our smartphones are now capable of capturing great quality videos but if can afford it, you should invest in a video camera like this refurbished Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder.
You should also invest in a professional sounding microphone instead of relying on your camera’s built in mircophone but make sure its the same type of microphone your camera will support.
When shooting your videos, make sure there is good lighting. You can use lamps, a lighting kit or natural light from a window.
Consider shooting at different angels and choose a background that doesn’t have too much going on so as not to distract your viewers from your video content. Or you can shoot your video with your back to a blank wall.
And finally, use an editing software to edit your videos. You can use the YouTube editor but there are other options that are free and priced.
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How to Monetize Your Pics
Mr. Pogue also talked about how to make money with your pics. He recommended selling your pics to your fans. He didn’t elaborate on this much but I imagine if you did want to sell your photos to fans you can create a website to display your collection of photos with an option to buy.
Sites like Twenty20.com will print and ship photos the people are buying for only 20% of the take.
Another way to make money from your pics is by selling them to stock photo sites. Here is a list of stock photo sites I found when I searched online.
Here are a few tips things to remember when taking pics.
- Make sure your pics are of great quality. Like your videos, equipment, lighting, background and editing software are also important.
- Keep up with the latest trends.
- Use themes like holidays and seasons.
So There You Have It
These are the ways you can make money with your pics and videos. Will you make $500K? Probably not. Will you become a YouTube sensation and be discovered like Justin Beiber? I can’t say that you will. But what I can say is that this is truly an easy way to make extra money.
Now I’d like to hear from you. After reading this post, are you going to look into this opportunity? Have you ever sold your pics to the sites mentioned here or any other sites? Let me know all about it in the comments section below.
If you know anyone who takes great pics and/or videos, please share this post with them.
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