Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How much money can you get from YouTube video ads?

I was curious about what kind of money a normal person can make out of YouTube video ads.

As part of my Program Arcade Games web site I have a lot of tutorial videos. I've got about 2,000 subscribers and a half million views total on my video channel. Was that worth any money? Last Christmas I enabled advertising to find out.

The results:
Start date: 12/23/2014
End date: 4/8/2015
Days advertising was active: 106
Total views: 81,165
Total earned: 103.25
Amount earned per day 0.9741
Amount earned per view 0.0013

You need at least $100 in revenue to get paid. I ended the experiment to see once I got over $100. Quite frankly, $100 doesn't seem worth it to annoy people for 106 days and 81,000 views.

Keep in mind you only get paid if someone clicks on the ad. So a person isn't paid on a per-view basis. The results varied a lot on a per-day basis. This is what the analytics looked like: