Monday, September 26, 2011

How Much Does Youtube Pay Top Partners?






Youtube posted the above information on the site's statistics page.

Youtube recently posted that there are now hundreds of partners making as much as $100,000 a year or more through the site's Youtube Partnership Program. the vast majority of partners do not make anywhere near that figure but some like Ray William Johnson and other top youtubers make a lot more than that. How much does Ray William Johnson make on Youtube? Exact amounts are hard to get but there are some sources that will provide estimates if you just look for them.

A while back I wrote a post called If Ray William Johnson Can Make $2,000 A Day On Youtube Why Can't I? which used figures from myu2b.com which showed that RWJ was making about $2,000 a day from just his Equals 3 channel as a member of the Youtube Partnership Program. The website is now defunct and went belly up soon after my post. I'm still getting questions about the earnings that Johnson and other prominent youtubers get from Youtube and some reasonable estimates are available online at websites such as Socialblade and elsewhere. How accurate their numbers are is a point of conjecture.

The information below is available at Socialblade and each of the links listed below will take you to take particular stats page. How does the website arrive at the dollar amounts given? According to Socialblade their numbers are "Based on a 0.5 to 3.25 CPM. CPM on YouTube's are not public and are estimated to range vastly so use this for entertainment value only. Also not valid if channel is not a partner." Only the Youtube partner, Youtube and perhaps their accountant and the tax department really know what people make on Youtube and the amount they get day to day and month to month fluctuates so much that it is almost impossible to nail down a hard figure.

Myu2b stopped updating their website, their twitter account stopped sending out tweets back in January and now the site is gone from the web. One guy started posted a bunch of videos relying on myu2b.com's numbers saying he wanted to "expose" (as he termed it) how much many of the most subscribed youtubers were making through the Youtube Partnership Program including the video below:



Actually I kind of cringed every time he called Ray William Johnson "Ray Williams Johnson" (which he did in at least three videos) because it sounded like he was talking about a channel by Ray's, um, johnson. His name is rjared and his video about how much nighiga was making from Youtube got over a million views. He then did a whole series of videos about various partners and promised to release the name of the website at the end of the series, but myu2b tanked.

First, take a look at what Ray William Johnson is approximately earning from Youtube.

RayWilliamJohnson

$1,337.50 - $9,362.52 /day

$488,188 - $3,417,319 /yr

Yourfavoritemartian

$345.85 - $2,420.96 /day

$126,236 - $883,649 /yr

BreakingNYC

$87.94 - $615.60 /day

$32,099 - $224,694 /yr

Total

$1,771.29 - $12,399.08 /day

$532,913 - $4,525,662 /yr




First off, you can throw away that $4.5 million dollar figure because that is just ridiculous. An educated guess would be that the lower figure is closer to being accurate and I would probably double that amount for most of those listed here. Also, in Ray's case, he also makes money from t-shirts and other merchandise as well as downloads of his music from his Yourfavoritemartian channel. There has been some speculation that Ray is Youtube's first millionaire and I think that is probably accurate.

What Do Other Famous Youtubers Make?


Not everyone who is a top Youtuber is a millionaire but most are likely enjoying a fair bit of success monetarily. As mentioned above, if you want to get a real approximation for how much money top youtubers make each year, take the lower yearly figure and double it. Each link given below will take you to take partnered channel's Socialblade page which gives what they figure is the amount that channel earned over the past 30 days and what they are likely to make this year. Most on this list would probably see the higher figures and just say "I wish I made that much".

The people chosen here are in no particular order and appear because they are looked at as very successful with the Youtube website. Some like Philip DeFranco plow most of their earnings back into their own businesses and take only a portion as actual income. If you are on the website Reddit, you might have seen the thread Phil did about his experiences on Youtube. Take a look at an article about that here Philip DeFranco Drops Bombshell On Reddit – Some YouTubers Make Six Figures A Month! (or you can check out the actual Reddit thread.)

nigahiga

$704.92 - $4,934.42 /day

$352,231 - $2,465,618 /yr

higatv

$45.19 - $316.35 /day

$16,496 - $115,469 /yr

Total

$750.11 - $5,250.77 /day

$273,791 - $1,916,532 /yr




smosh

$965.02 - $6,755.12 /day

$352,231 - $2,465,618 /yr

AskCharlie

$18.90 - $132.32 /day

$6,900 - $48,297 /yr

IanH

$342.04 - $2,394.31 /day

$124,846 - $873,922 /yr

Total

$1,325.96 - $9,281.75 /day

$483,977 - $3,387,837 /yr




ShaneDawsonTV

$238.87 - $1,672.08 /day

$87,187 - $610,308 /yr

ShaneDawsonTV2

$180.04 - $1,260.30 /day

$65,716 - $460,009 /yr

Shane

$158.53 - $1,109.72 /day

$57,864 - $405,048 /yr

Total

$577.44 - $4,042.10 /day

$210,767 - $1,475,365 /yr




Fred

$177.10 - $1,239.72 /day

$64,642 - $452,497 /yr

lucas

$3.24 - $22.69 /day

$65,716 - $460,009 /yr

Total

$180.34 - $1,262.41 /day

$65,825 - $460,779 /yr




freddiew

$546.66 - $3,826.63 /day

$199,532 - $1,396,722 /yr

freddiew2

$117.47 - $822.29 /day

$42,877 - $300,137 /yr

Total

$664.13 - $4,648.92 /day

$242,409 - $1,696,859 /yr




realannoyingorange

$647.38 - $4,531.69 /day

$236,295 - $1,654,067 /yr

daneboe

$332.53 - $2,327.68 /day

$121,372 - $849,603 /yr

SuperBoeBros

$35.59 - $249.16 /day

$12,992 - $90,942 /yr

Gagfilms

$5.45 - $38.18 /day

$1,991 - $13,937 /yr

leprechaun

$1.64 - $11.50 /day

$599 - $4,196 /yr

Total

$1,022.59 - $7,120.03 /day

$373,249 - $2,612,745 /yr




MysteryGuitarMan

$114.50 - $801.47 /day

$41,791 - $292,538 /yr

jp

$11.77 - $82.41 /day

$4,297 - $30,079 /yr

Total

$126.27 - $883.88 /day

$46,088 - $322,617 /yr




kevjumba

$227.91 - $1,595.40 /day

$83,189 - $582,320 /yr

JumbaFund

$39.55 - $276.84 /day

$14,435 - $101,047 /yr

Total

$267.46 - $1,872.24 /day

$97,624 - $683,367 /yr




sxephil

$565.84 - $3,960.91 /day

$206,533 - $1,445,732 /yr

philipdefranco

$35.39 - $247.73 /day

$12,918 - $90,423 /yr

stuffphillikes

$138.77 - $971.42 /day

$50,652 - $354,567 /yr

liketotallyawesome

$22.46 - $157.25 /day

$8,199 - $57,395 /yr

Total

$786.46 - $5337.31 /day

$278,302 - $1,948,117 /yr




KassemG

$151.36 - $1,059.53 /day

$55,247 - $386,727 /yr

kassemgtwo

$41.97 - $293.77 /day

$15,318 - $107,227 /yr

Total

$193.33 - $1,353.30 /day

$70,565 - $493,954 /yr




MichellePhan

$295.72 - $2,070.05 /day

$107,939 - $755,570 /yr

RiceBunny

$17.73 - $124.09 /day

$6,470 - $45,291 /yr

PressStart

$1.78 - $12.44 /day

$649 - $4,541 /yr

Total

$315.23 - $2,206.58 /day

$115,058 - $805,402 /yr




davedays

$76.37 - $534.60 /day

$27,875 - $195,127 /yr

dave

$2.98 - $20.86 /day

$1,088 - $7,613 /yr

Total

$79.35 - $555.46 /day

$28,963 - $202,740 /yr




FPSRussia

$726.37 - $5,084.60 /day

$265,125 - $1,855,878 /yr

Total

$726.37 - $5,084.60 /day

$265,125 - $1,855,878 /yr




EpicMealTime

$430.37 - $3,012.60 /day

$157,086 - $1,099,600 /yr

Total

$430.37 - $3,012.60 /day

$157,086 - $1,099,600 /yr




ijustine

$93.65 - $655.52 /day

$34,181 - $239,267 /yr

otherijustine

$22.78 - $159.44 /day

$8,314 - $58,195 /yr

ijustinegaming

$27.01 - $189.08 /day

$9,859 - $69,016 /yr

ijustinesiphone

$23.11 - $161.79 /day

$8,436 - $59,054 /yr

ijustinereviews

$5.51 - $38.56 /day

$2,010 - $14,073 /yr

Total

$172.06 - $1,204.39 /day

$62,800 - $439,605 /yr




Tobuscus

$371.51 - $2,600.55 /day

$135,600 - $949,202 /yr

tobyturner

$173.72 - $1,216.05 /day

$63,409 - $443,860 /yr

tobygames

$304.84 - $2,133.87 /day

$111,266 - $778,864 /yr

Total

$850.07 - $5,950.47 /day

$310,275 - $2,171,926 /yr




charlieissocoollike

$164.59 - $1,152.12 /day

$60,075 - $420,522 /yr

charlieissoboredlike

$9.69 - $67.83 /day

$3,537 - $24,757 /yr

Total

$174.28 - $1,219.95 /day

$63,612 - $445,279 /yr




CTFxC

$148.61 - $1,040.26 /day

$54,242 - $379,695 /yr

Alli

$20.59 - $247.11 /day

$7,516 - $90,195 /yr

charlestrippy

$19.18 - $134.26 /day

$7,001 - $49,006 /yr

Trippy

$4.31 - $30.18 /day

$1,573 - $11,014 /yr

Total

$192.69 - $1,451.81 /day

$70,332 - $529.910 /yr




Shaytards

$231.06 - $1,617.45 /day

$84,338 - $590,368 /yr

shaycarl

$33.42 - $233.96 /day

$12,199 - $85,396 /yr

ShayLoss

$33.53 - $234.68 /day

$12,237 - $85,659 /yr

iphoneTARD

$9.88 - $69.17 /day

$3,607 - $25,246 /yr

katilette

$9.88 - $69.17 /day

$608 - $4,258 /yr

Total

$309.56 - $2,166.92 /day

$112,989 - $790,927 /yr




Finally, I'm not posting this to "expose" what anyone is making on Youtube. No matter how accurate the numbers are hopefully you are not looking at Youtube simply as a piggybank or looking at the more successful ones with envious eyes. As mentioned, the majority of youtubers do not make money like this. Post videos if you love doing it and if you find some success, that's cool, but do it because you enjoy doing it and don't dive in with dollar signs in your eyes.

4 comments:

  1. This site is complete bs, first off as a youtube partner myself you need to understand that there is what we call a 1/10 rule. Generally only 10% of your viewers are even going to click the ads, or if you have a built in ad to your video (like most) the earnings are not at a set rate, its based on the advertiser. So lets take that into account rwj has 1.8billion plus views. Divide that by 1000 you have 9million over the course of 5 years, however he didnt start monitizing until a year or so, so take that figure down to 2.25million, and then take the 10% rule and you have $225,000/year and thats IF things are at a constant rate. Ofcourse this is not including his other methods.

    Dont forget though, everything rwj does costs money as well. Equipment , traveling, animation development. He spends alot, and makes alot. Your more accuratly saying that in 5 years, rwj made 200,000+.

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  2. Remember that Youtube also pays a CPM bonus for the partners, which likely constitutes a fairly larrge share of the income, not to mention that these are more or less based on real partner data. But as the author said, these are still just estimates.

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  3. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve offered in your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. May you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

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  4. not bad for posting entirely unwatchable videos.

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