Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alternatives to YouTube Ads?

YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California.
YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So now what of those who are really dependent on ad revenue? If you saw my last post, I talked about the possibility of protesting Google's new policy on ad supported videos. I suggested that people drop ad revenues altogether and try to find other avenues of income. If you get enough people to join, Google might rethink it's policy.

The problem is, some people are heavily dependent on YouTube ads and because of the new policy, will no longer be able to support themselves. There are also some people who want to protest, but can't because they rely so much on the revenue generated by these ads. So below are just a few suggestions on trying to make money without YouTube ads.

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I can understand why someone would stay on YouTube. If you have a lot of subscribers already, it would be difficult to give up what you worked so hard for. So the idea is not to give up YouTube, but to replace your ad revenue income.

First and foremost: If you are heavily dependent on ad revenues, don't give that up immediately. First, try some of the ideas and wait until you make enough with these ideas before you kill the ads. Perhaps you'll luck out and Google will come to their senses and you won't have to worry about losing out at all.

If you are one of the ones loosing revenue already, then don't delay and try some of the sites below.

Patreon: This is an awesome site. I have my own Patreon account for another not at all popular blog so I seriously don't know how much money you can make if you are popular. However, I've seen some Patreon accounts like the one for the Tara Babcock (woman in the above video) and, wow! If you are truly popular, you can make a lot of money.

Site note: Just in case you think it's because of "bewbs", click here.

Downside: Write a fiction that no one really cares about and you won't make any money. Not that I'm dealing with sour grapes or anything.

Paypal.me: This is a great replacement for Fan funding. You can put a simple link like https://www.paypal.me/NNeal in the description of each video.

Just make sure that you mention it somewhere in your video. The description doesn't show up on mobile unless you touch the barely visible down arrow.

Downside: Well, really, there isn't a downside. It doesn't cost anything to have the link on your site or video. There is no incentive to donate like you can give on Patreon, but it does require the least amount of effort to implement.

Minds.com: An idea is to continue to use YouTube to create your videos then share it on Minds. Use Minds.com's "Monetize your Channel" feature.

Downside: You have to sign up to, yet another, social media network. This means, another password, and another thing to keep track of. While there are a lot of people on there already, none of your family or friends will jump on the new social media bandwagon. You'll just have to make new friends. Not that it's a bad thing.

All three of those options can be used at the same time and it doesn't take too much to set up. What's more, they give you another chance to interact with your fans.

There are other options that you can use, however, they will take a little more time to implement. I cover them in my next post.