Who makes the most money on YouTube?
According to Forbes, these 10 channels were the top earners on YouTube in 2020.
#10 | Jeffree Star
Earnings: $15 million
Total Views (from June 2019 to June 2020): 600 million
Total Subscribers: 16.9 million
#9 | David Dobrik
Earnings: $15.5 million
Views: 2.7 billion
Subscribers: 18 million
#8 | Blippi (Stevin John)
Earnings: $17 million
Views: 8.2 billion
Subscribers: 27.4 million
#7 | Nastya (Anastasia Radzinskaya)
Earnings: $18.5 million
Views: 39 billion
Subscribers: 190.6 million
#6 | Preston Arsement
Earnings: $19 million
Views: 3.3 billion
Subscribers: 33.4 million
#5 | Markiplier (Mark Fischbach)
Earnings: $19.5 million
Views: 3.1 billion
Subscribers: 27.8 million
#4 | Rhett and Link
Earnings: $20 million
Views: 1.9 billion
Subscribers: 41.8 million
#3 | Dude Perfect
Earnings: $23 million
Views: 2.77 billion
Subscribers: 57.5 million
#2 | Mr. Beast (Jimmy Donaldson)
Earnings: $24 million
Views: 3 billion
Subscribers: 47.8 million
#1 | Ryan Kaji
Earnings: $29.5 million
Views: 12.2 billion
Subscribers: 41.7 million
Step 1. Start a YouTube Channel
First: You need to create a YouTube channel and uploading your videos.
Step 2. Join the YouTube Partner Program
Second: You need to join the Youtube Partner Program, you need a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.
Step 3. Set up an AdSense account
Third: You need to just follow the YouTube’s official guide to AdSense accounts.
Step 4. Explore your new monetization features
Each monetization channel has different eligibility requirements.
- Ad revenue: to earn ad revenue, you must be at least 18 years old, and you must create content that is advertiser-friendly. Basically, the less controversial your videos, the more YouTube advertisers will be comfortable running ads on them, and the more money you make.
- Youtube Premium revenue: if a Youtube Premium member watches your video, you get a portion of their subscription fee.
- Channel memberships: in order to sell channel memberships to your subscribers (i.e., your fans opt in to pay you an extra amount), you need to be at least 18 and have more than 30,000 subscribers.
- Merchandise shelf: in order to sell merch from YouTube’s merchandise shelf, you must be at least 18 years old, and have at least 10,000 subscribers.
- Super Chat payments: if you want your fans to have the ability to pay to have their messages highlighted in your live chats during your live streams, you must be at least 18 (and live in a country where the feature is offered).
Step 5. Submit to ongoing reviews
As a Youtube Partner, your channel will be held to a higher standard, according to YouTube. You have to follow not just the YouTube Partner Program policies, but the Community Guidelines. Not to mention staying on the right side of copyright law.