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How Much Money Does My Small 9,000 Subscriber YouTube Channel Make?


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There are a lot of videos out there that claim that they’ll tell you how much money a YouTuber makes but no one gets the exact number of views to dollars right. Because, there is no real right answer. But I’m here to tell you that they’re pretty much all wrong anyway. Today we’ll delve into my analytics of my small youtube channel. I’ll show you how much I make, compare it to other YouTubers big and small, and tell you. Technically, why every single one, including me is technically lying to you. Let’s get started.

Here’s time stamps for every little thing I cover just in case you care more about one thing than another. Alright, let’s begin. Some creators view this topic as taboo, and is afraid of isolating their viewers. But. A lot of creators will just show you this. A screen of their dashboard analytics and say “Oh look I made $300 dollars this month. Thanks for watching, hit that like, and subscribe.” But stretch that out over 10 minutes because they can get more revenue because they add more ads. I’m trying to give you pretty much all the information you need without too much fluff. Basically, the only thing that matters is how many monetized views you get and the amount of views you receive. Different countries have different average CPM. CPM is basically, on average, how much money you make every 1000 monetized views. Different Youtubers make different amounts per video.

What really matters though, is the true CPM. To me, that’s total amount of revenue divided by total amount of views in thousands. So, I’ll click view lifetime data and… here we go. So, my real CPM would be $1.45 every 1,000 views. This fluctuates. For example, this month’s true cpm for me is really different. $2.30 per thousand views. Each youtuber is different too. When I looked through all the different youtubers who shared their analytics, they all made different CPM. Some as high as 10 dollars per a thousand views, and some closer to just 1 dollar per thousand. Let’s look at a couple for examples. It’s really substantial how different some of these are. Since, I make tech videos, I assume a lot of people use ad block and so I get way less ad revenue from videos compared to some other creators. Subscriber counts don’t matter. Where subscribers matter is the fact that, they are more likely to give you an initial burst in views when a video is released. Which means, almost guaranteed revenue. That’s it.

Now here’s the part that many don’t show you. Those amazon affiliate links youtubers leave in the description do give them revenue. But how much? I’ve lately started to care more about the amazon affiliate program to add a lot of links in my descriptions to gain a little more revenue. However, the money is just a fraction of youtube adsense revenue. But during the holiday season, it does blow up like crazy. They only let you view the amounts in yearly increments or smaller, so here’s how much I made in 2018.

Lastly, there are many who put in preroll or outro ads, or even sponsorships. Like all those vpn, honey, and squarespace spots. Those vary in value and can really increase your final youtube take home pay. However, I’ve only had situations where companies send me a product to check out, so I can’t say how much those preroll types of “sponsorships” go for.

So that’s it. A small youtuber makes decent money right? Makes a sweet part time job? Not really. That’s not the end of it. Here’s what youtubers don’t tell you. See. When you work at a place like McDonalds, Walmart or whatever business in the US, you pay taxes on your wages and its taken out of your paycheck each month. But if you do YouTube. Those taxes aren’t taken out of your paycheck. Great. Free money right? No.

See, at the end of the year you have to pay those taxes. But now they’re considered self-employment taxes. Which means you have to pay 15.3% of your youtube income to the government at the end of the year. Something similar probably also applies if you live in other countries. But this is how much is owed in the US. So that is a significant chunk of your income that many forget to mention and plays a large role in what you actually get to keep. But running a youtube channel, also requires purchasing things you normally wouldn’t. Like if you’re a gaming channel, new games, if you’re a beauty channel, new exciting makeup launches. If you review tech, expensive gadgets. If you do skits, new costumes or props. If you’re Mr. Beast, ridiculous videos. It’s not all just free money. You have to use your own money for that.

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50 Comments

  1. Jimmy Tries World

    I've been seeing a lot of misconception in the comment section and I wanted to clear them up.

    -Girls don't make more money than guys on youtube. Most of the girls I found in this video make content that appeal to advertisers more, therefore they make more money. It isn't sexist. Want higher CPM? Make content advertisers want to put ads on.

    -The 15.3% self-employment tax isn't the only taxes you'll pay on your income. There's also income tax that is computed after that you have to pay. This is your usual 10-37% based on your current income tax bracket that you must pay ON TOP OF your YouTube income AFTER self-employment taxes.

    -Technically your Youtube business can get a lot of deductions but with a lot of caveats. Equipment can be deducted but only by a certain percentage each year by depreciating your equipment by it's useful life. You can only deduct a certain amount on equipment each year. NOT THE ENTIRE COST OF EQUIPMENT IN ONE YEAR.

    -Travel expenses for Youtube business can be deducted BUT only on days you were actually working. So, if you go on a trip to Hawaii for 5 days, and only vlog on 2 of those days, only those two days can be deducted.

    I hope this clears up any misconceptions. Thank you for watching!

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  2. Kerry Foster

    With over 250,000 views I hadn't made the 10 dollars it takes you to get paid. Not all my videos are monetise but I don't bother uploading any more. Highest video has 40,000 views.

    Reply
  3. #ThinkRobert3 Martinez

    great information for starters. so far I'm subscribed and I'll check out your other videos to see if I find what I'm looking for.

    Reply
  4. Calorie Gaming

    SUB LOVE THE HONESTY. Do u think its better to have a gaming channel in an oversaturated market that is reliant on ad revenue or a channel based on website themes, hosting plugins etc for a higher yield on return per video made based on affiliate revenue?

    Reply
  5. NaturisticYT

    Ad: says to not touch the Skip button
    Me: *touches
    also me: nothing happend /:

    Reply
  6. Drift and Ghosty

    wish I had that mutch subs 🙁

    Reply
  7. Dennis Mwenda

    Jimmy: They'll stretch that into 10 minutes
    Also Jimmy: Stretches video to 10 minutes

    Reply
  8. Reporter MK

    WOW great bro

    Reply
  9. Little_ squid

    Hi buba

    Reply
  10. Fredy Vergara Show

    Good good stuff. Slowly getting there brothas and sistas🤘🏽

    Reply
  11. MALAO LTD

    Jimmy, nice video – great info. If you don't mind I'd just like to point out something. When you say you only had two examples for the girls, I think you forgot the girl in the end who made $3.80 per mille.

    Reply
  12. Gemini

    Great video Jimmy! I agree with your last statement! If you start YouTube with the intention of making money, you probably won't. Do what you love, because you love it! Your passion for what you do is what appeals to people! So if you want your channel to grow, just be yourself. I started my channel 2 months ago, I have a small but brilliant audience and to be honest, that's enough for me 🙂

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  13. SpaceShot76

    Some guy made a video about my channel, said I make $130,000 a year, the best part is the loser didn’t notice that YouTube demonetized me last year, so that would be $0 thru YouTube 😂

    Reply
  14. Rick Astley

    Him showing us how much he makes, makes him money. 😂

    Reply
  15. maleg fast

    hahahha the maple story part 😂😂😂

    Reply
  16. DupSTAR Media

    It's all about retention and channel popularity.

    Reply
  17. EZ DUCK

    If you are reading this, you are annoyed of seeing "If you are reading this" comments.

    Reply
  18. Jump to Improve

    Any 2020 Youtubers here? Good luck to all of you and keep grinding

    Reply
  19. Tim Kraai

    Lol 'a whooping 15% tax'…. We pay 37-50% in the Netherlands. There is one good thing about that though, and that is the fact that the government is actually helping people out in times like this when they are losing their jobs. They also help companies out by paying all the staff's salary to make sure the companies do not go bankrupt. Just had to share this, consider yourself very extremely lucky with 15%! (Or unlucky if you have recently lose your job and live in the US that treats you like you're in a 3rd world country)

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  20. Dreamteam Gaming

    awesome

    Reply
  21. LIVE STREAMING COD MOBILE

    so its good review , are in gaming let play

    Reply
  22. Joes Physio

    Any new youtubers trying to help each other?
    I work fast 💨🧞‍♀️

    Reply
  23. xkyeoptax

    Hello guuuuys. pa hug naman po. Hug back kita 🙂

    Reply
  24. 6 Mayor

    Lets work together and sub to each other

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  25. Sister Fister 69

    "I feel like Women on Youtube make more money than Men"

    Yeah because Youtube knows the simps trying to get that digital puss so they encourage the women with more money

    Reply
  26. Doky

    Clickbait title

    Reply
  27. Fahad Kahut

    So I have like 16 subscribers, I won't loose hope though

    Reply
  28. Maple007

    I just save videos that I really like to my own YouTube and 16 people/strangers have decided to subscribe to me🤷‍♂️. I don’t even have a channel🤷‍♂️

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  29. Star Sun Moon

    Dude you just lost $23,000 Dollars with THIS Video. Allow me to explain, this video has 745,000 views as of today. If in the SECOND LINE of your Video description you had a link to a video course of YOUR OWN SOLD on Gumroad for just $7.00

    A HORRIBLE CTR (Click Through Rate) Is 0.5% That is ONE ☝️ sale for every 200 views DIVIDED by 745,000 = 3,735 SALES (1 person buys for every 200) at $7 each sale AFTER Gumroad’s FEE’s EQUALS = $6.40 x 3,735 = $23,904!!!

    That is at the LOWEST sales rate 1 in 200. My current CTR Sales percentage is 2.9% (29 Sales per 1,000 Views) and sometimes as high as 5% (50 Sales per 1,000 Views) if you had the AVERAGE CTR of 1.9% (19 sales per 1,000 Views) That would be 14,155 sales from THIS ONE VIDEO 1.9% of 745,000 = 14,155 let’s say times $25 (profit from a $27 product) EQUALS= $391,000 just saying get your OWN PRODUCT THIS WEEK, TRY IT YOU WILL FALL OVER! 🤣

    Like every high paid YouTuber knows, you do not make your money ON YouTube. You make your money OFF thing YOU OWN and sell OFF OF YOUTUBE.

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  30. Donni Kubbitz

    If you live stream on YT now that's where the money is. However sites like streamlabs, which didn't use to charge for their services, now do. They also heavily regulate what can/can't be posted now when, just a few yrs ago, they really couldn't care less.

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  31. Donni Kubbitz

    Womens professional sports get way more ad revenue than professional male athletes. INSANELY more.

    Reply
  32. ottawaoctane

    Interesting Video Jimmy. I thought Tek channels would do better as they are consumer orientated!

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  33. Rashing R. Shimray

    Thanks for your explanation 👍

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  34. Flat Earth Reset

    Sexy women sell and advertisers like it

    Reply
  35. DoodleBird

    15%? So if you make only $1,000 a month with a gross of $12,000 a year you have to pay $1,800 in TAXES? THAT'S INSANITY!

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  36. The Best Lutong Kapampangan Dishes

    Thank u for the information. At least now I know…ha ah…

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  37. Jbrothers

    Wow women say they get paid less money but men on YouTube gets less

    Reply
  38. Don Zahir

    Jimmy : "I dont get views."
    742,427 view count : "Am I a joke to you?"

    Reply
  39. ben dover

    I just made you $1.45

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  40. Baile del ataúd a domicilio

    Saludos gente!

    Reply
  41. Ukht_

    I don’t understand the math tho🤨 so you need 1000 views to get 2 dollars or more? So everyone who has less than 1000 views aren’t getting paid? Please help me understand it!😭🙏

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  42. Cheza Felix

    Can't I just win the lottery and not worry about all these. TBH I hate maths, but somehow I was able to follow up with everything he says.

    Reply
  43. Sam gaming

    I know one day i will get many subs, just needed the time

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  44. cdo gje

    HOOHHOOHOHOHHOOH

    Reply
  45. ECLiPSE 3D

    I STARTED BECAUSE U INSPIRED ME!

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  46. Therapeutic Music

    Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Put it sure doesn’t hurt

    Reply
  47. The TMax

    My true CPM fluctuates between $0.00 and €0.00. Sometimes I even get £0.00!

    This was actually a very informative video Jimmy. Thanks!

    Reply
  48. EpiclyNoob

    Ooh gotta love that tax rate luckily I'm so small I make nothing …

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  49. P Chevalier

    Doesn't "Watch Time" weigh into this? I would've liked to see the math on that. "Views" are inconsistent; some videos are 2 minutes, some are 20.

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  50. fermina dayuja

    Wow nice one!

    Reply

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