Making Money on YouTube without Creating ANY Videos? (2 Secrets!)
I published recently a video on my YouTube channel with a title, How to Make Money on YouTube without Making Videos in 2020?
It seems that people found the topic interesting so I decided to post about it here and open the discussion.
This became a trendy topic on YouTube at the beginning of 2019 when Kevin David published a video about it claiming that his friends are making $100,000's following this strategy.
Now before rushing to YT and watching those videos, just read through this article because there are 2 secrets/risks that they don't tell you.
How Does This Strategy Work?
1. Pick a popular niche and create a YouTube channel around it. For example, instrumental music.
2. Download CREATIVE COMMONS videos from other people's channels in your niche and re-upload them to your channel. Creative Commons simply means that you are allowed to re-use those videos and it's 100% legal.
3. Create a better thumbnail / title / other way to get more views.
4. Repeat the process and keep on re-uploading creative commons videos to your channel.
5. Once you hit the YT requirements, enable YouTube ads and earn revenue from AdSense.
6. Also add affiliate links and other ways to monetize your videos if you want.
That's it in a nutshell.
When I heard about this for the first time, I was texting to one of my best friends like, "Hey! I'm going to start a new YouTube channel!"
But then I realized that there are major 2 risks why I didn't start it at least yet. (I don't want to end up spending 100's of hours on something in vain.)
2 Secrets That They Don't Tell You
There are 2 risks that you should be aware of before you start doing this. I don't share these to be negative but just to share information.
1. Sometimes you don't know if "a creative commons video" is really free to share.
Imagine this situation.
There is a copyrighted video on YouTube.
Then person X downloads it to his computer and re-uploads to YouTube as Creative Commons.
You see, "Hey! This video is creative commons. I can use it!"
Then you re-upload it to your YouTube channel.
Now the original creator comes to you with a copyright strike!
Then if you get 3 copyright strikes, you'll be banned from YouTube forever. You can't even create new channels or upload new videos. Correct me if I'm wrong.
2. Your channel gets de-monetized
Let's say that you are trying to monetize your channels with YouTube ads using this strategy.
I got to know a friend online from Argentina who was doing this. He has YouTube channels with the following amounts of subscribers:
- 265k YT subscribers
- 58k YT subscribers
- 9k YT subscribers
In his biggest channel, there are over 246 MILLION views.
If YouTube would pay him ONLY $1 per 1,000 views, he still would have made over $246,000. In addition, in many niches YouTube pays, much more than that. Even $20 per 1,000 views is average in some topics and I have seen $60 for 1,000 views on one of my videos. More about it in my training below:
I remember talking to him and he was earning a nice income from his channels.
But then YouTube came and...
His channels got de-monetized.
Income dropped to $0.
Of course, there are also other risks such as:
- YouTube changing their rules in an unexpected way.
- Your channel wouldn't grow as fast as expected.
I have seen several channels trying this strategy that hasn't been successful. They had uploaded hundreds of videos to their channels for years but they still didn't get the results.
Succeeding with this strategy seems to require "the right ingredients" like any other money-making strategy and things don't come automatically.
Are there really those people who are making $100,000's on YouTube without creating videos?
Perhaps there are...
But most likely those people have invested a huge amount of hours in it learning and working.
Because of the risks, I don't do it and I wouldn't recommend it to most people either. It doesn't build your own brand if you're not creating own original content.
What do you think about making money on YouTube without creating ANY videos?
Let us know in the comments below!
- Roope "Making money on YouTube" Kiuttu
PS. Remember that creating your own original content is often the best way to go.
Then you'll be building your business on a solid foundation that will generate you income for years to come.