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Old 07-21-2014, 12:04 PM
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Musical comedian Bo Burnham got his rise/stardom via Youtube... he's done more mainstream things but he definitely utilizes youtube still.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:17 PM
Status: "A kinder gentler rage" (set 21 days ago)
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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Long long ago in a lifetime far away, I was making 85,000 a year. I heard a news feature on NPR interviewing a woman who operated a porn site and made 80,000 a MONTH!!!

I was in a daze for a couple of days. A master's degree in technology management making good money, and a pornographer blowing me out of the water .... I mean, what was the point?

It would appear that YouTube is the new porn !!!!!!!!
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:36 AM
Location: Earth
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I saw a show about this the other night and was lead to believe that it it's not particulatly lucrative. There's some kid called Baby Scumbag that's made a gazilion videos on skate tricks and other pranks but all he really gets for it is free skateboarding gear with the complany logo emblazoned all over it and infamy. His family are still doing it tough in a small apartment in Compton.

There was a guy that was like an agent or middle man and for a fee, he can make you a success on YouTube but as far as I can make out, HE profits by clever use of product placements in videos. These fame-hungry kids are promoting products and gaining fame among their peers but as far as profit goes, they're the pawns in the game and all of them are pleased as punch to simply get a million likes on their personal YouTube channels.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:39 AM
Location: Texas
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There are so many new ways to reach people and make money these days.
I am impressed with the ingenuity of some people.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:24 PM
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This Youtube comedian surprised his parents with a 340k check to help them pay off the mortgage. He dropped out of college in 2010 to pursue comedy. Keep in mind, he has like 2.5million subscribers. Here is the vid of him surprising his parents with the check.

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:13 PM
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This article provides a little more insight about making money on YouTube...

It's Getting Harder to Make Money on YouTube - Businessweek
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:31 AM
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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I'm thinking many of these pranksters make good money off YT...they have hundreds of videos, most of them with at least 1,000,000 views. Vitalyzed, RomanAtwood, Fouseytube, etc. You regularly see them driving around in nice cars and renting Lambos. They're doing something right.
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:13 PM
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Interesting, now this is something that I might have to do.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:32 PM
Location: San Francisco, CA
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The fact that some clowns can make a lot of money off of this self-indulgent nonsense is proof that there is a very large contingent of stupid people out there.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:44 PM
Location: 59N
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It all depends on what kind of videos you are uploading. Phan's videos are cheap to produce. I watch a lot of car videos. Chris Harris' reviews are a favorite. He explains why it is impossible to rely solely on advertising revenue:
"All YouTube videos monetise through advertising, so it should have been easy to simply raise a production budget and then watch the advertising dollars roll in. The problem is, the dollars never really have rolled in and the revenue share with YouTube itself allows us to retain just 55 per cent of earnings."

"Remember that rather lovely [Ferrari] F40/F50 video we shot at Angelsey? It cost 9,000 [$15,100] to shoot, and despite amassing two million views, to date has grossed us just 4,800 [$8,070]. The maths is pretty stark across the board - even the McLaren P1 video has racked up plenty of views, over 3.6 million in fact, but its total revenue is 9,200 [$15,466]. That means we're in profit, but only because it was an official launch event and Woking paid for mine and Neil's flights, and JF who was second camera used his air miles to get from the US!"
Source: PistonHeads
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