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Let me first start this post by stating that it was never my goal to make YouTube videos because I am a very shy, reserved person.  I never even thought that I would earn around $150 a week doing this but I do want to share my experience with you guys and show you that anyone can make money doing YouTube videos.

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This article will show you how I got started and how you can do this too.

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In the Beginning

I toyed with the idea of making YouTube videos in my head for a few months before I actually made one.  I watched YouTube myself and I noticed that there were a lot of people on YouTube talking about how to make money online but there was not a channel dedicated to helping people find legitimate work at home jobs or at least not a channel that I knew of, so I decided that even though I already had a website that explored this topic there was a great need to introduce this on YouTube.

I was somewhat afraid and nervous about exposing myself to the public but I swallowed my pride and made a video that focused more on the message rather than my appearance.  I figured that I didn’t have a makeup channel so I wouldn’t have the pressure to live up to looking a certain way.  I would just be myself.  Although I have decided to dress up my face a little for the camera so that I won’t fade out in the background.  I made and published my first video on YouTube on January 16, 2012, on the Workersonboard Official channel.

I don’t particularly like the name but I have to stick with it because I can’t change it unless I add another channel and come up with a new name.  I have heard a lot of people say that making money online is just not factual.  There is no possible way to do this and my video was telling people the exact opposite.  So what’s next?  I came up with a strategy.

My Strategy

I decided to treat my videos the same way I would my blog and website.  To create content on a regular basis to give my readers, subscribers, etc. something to look forward to.  I would make a new video every week.  I am constantly researching how to make money from home, the latest work-at-home jobs, and doing some of the things that I was talking about myself so now I could use this video platform to do the very same thing.

I also decided to make a short outline of some things that I would talk about for the week.  Did it work?  For a while, I didn’t have any subscribers and so I thought that maybe I should give up but as the saying goes “patience is a virtue” and if you stick with it, it can pay off.

After a couple of months, I started to get comments and a couple of subscribers.  I even saw some earnings listed on my Google Adsense account under “Hosted Adsense for Content”.  I had no idea what this was until I investigated and learned that it was from my YouTube videos.  I was encouraged by this and continued to make videos.

Here are some more strategies that I incorporated into my videos:

  • I improved the lighting in my videos
  • I do not edit my videos to omit to stumble over words and mistakes.  My videos are not perfect but neither am I.
  • I share them on social media.
  • I embedded a video library on my website so that they can be watched there.
  • Some of the content that I share on my YouTube channel is specifically for my subscribers.
  • I incorporate the screen capture method in some of my videos to show how to do something.  One of my most popular videos was on how to pass the test for Virtualbee (you can watch it here if you like).  A legit data entry company that you can do from home.

    The Results

    In the last 30 days from February 16, 2013, to March 17, 2013, I earned $672.65 from YouTube.  You can see my stats below:

    Another breakdown of these earnings

    How you can accomplish this too

    I wrote this post to show you that you can do this too.  As a matter of fact, you could even earn way much more than I have or ever will!  How?  If you have a camera, webcam iPhone or android phone that will take videos, you can start your own YouTube channel and earn money online.  It may be easier than you think and best of all is that it will not cost you anything.

    Here is how you can get started today!

    1. Create an account on YouTube with your username and password.
    2. Come up with a unique name for your channel that will be reflective of your videos.
    3. Start making videos and upload them to Youtube
    4. Almost anyone can be a YouTube partner.  YouTube will ask if you want to monetize (earn money from your videos) and you will just check yes and agree to their terms of service and advertising will run along with your videos automatically.
    5. Obtain a Google Adsense account.  If you don’t already have one, once you allow for your videos to be monetized YouTube/Google will assist you in completing this step.

    Tips for Making YouTube Videos


    I am not an expert by any means but here are a couple of tips about making and uploading YouTube videos that I thought would be helpful in this post.

    1. Make sure your videos are stable.  If it means using a tripod, or webcam that is hard-wired to your computer…whatever it takes.  This will make for a good, stable, quality video presentation.
    2. Just be natural and try to focus on your topic.
    3. Look at the camera.  Try not to turn away unless you are reading from your notes, script, etc.
    4. Try to keep your videos under 10 minutes if you can.  If for some reason, your video needs to be longer, you can make 2 parts to the video.  You can do this by recording and uploading one and repeating this step for the second part.
    5. Try to record when there is less activity and noise at home, if at all possible.

    If you have something that you would like to share with others and you want to get your message out there, YouTube is a great place to start.  You can earn passive income every week without having to write or blog.  Don’t be afraid if you find that someone else has a channel that is centered around yours.  That is okay because everyone is different and you can bring out and highlight certain things that they may not have thought of.  You have your own unique style that separates you from others regardless if it happens to be on the same subject.

    Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  Isn’t that what life is all about.  You will learn from them and grow.  This article proves that you don’t necessarily have to be a YouTube sensation to earn money from YouTube.


    RebeccaLynn · March 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you for the tips Alicia!
    I have to agree with you. There are a lot of “work at home” videos that I’ve watched, but I was never convinced on anything they would say. Like you said, I didn’t feel like anyone was dedicated in helping others find legitimate jobs from home.
    One day while on the internet, I came across a video of yours that talked about legitimate companys that hire people like me to work from home.
    I can’t express to you enough my gratitude on helping people like me that wishes to work from home.
    Thank you..

      ALICIA · March 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Hi RebeccaLynn,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so glad that you found me on YouTube. You were determined not to give up on finding work from home and you kept searching just like me. I got tired of running into all the scams online but I knew that there was a way to earn money from home and I was sure that if I ever found out how to really do this that I would share it with others and I am so glad that I did.

    Cash M. · March 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Alicia, It’s me Cash from youtube lol. I watched plenty of “how to make money from home” videos and nobody seemed genuine, then I came across your videos. Sometimes it isn’t necessarily the content it can be the person whom you’re watching that compels you to keep watching their videos. You can tell when someone is making a video solely to make money and just seems overall very uninterested in the audience they’re trying to reach. Making money should be an added perk and being a genuine person will get your more views and eventually more money, especially if people trust you. I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and guess what I have officially gotten the job with Leapforce. The second test was a lot harder than I expected, I was even dreaming about it, not that I wanted to lol. I’m so grateful to you and I wish you all the prosperity on youtube and whatever else you continue to do. I know a company that will be hiring for data entry in June, as of right now it is unadvertised. I will send you a private message on youtube with the company information, if you would like to share it.

      ALICIA · March 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Cash, Thank you so much for your comments. I never really looked at it this way but I understand exactly what you mean when you said that the content is not as important as the person relaying the message is. I am so glad that you found me on YouTube and I am also very happy that I starting my channel there because I am able to help others and it has led me to meet wonderful, inspiring people like yourself. Without you and others that watch me, I would have no audience and for that, I am forever indebted. Congratulations on your recent hire at Leapforce! I know that it was not easy but you are proof that hard work does pay off. I would be very interested in hearing the details about the data entry position from home. If you could send me an email or pm me on YouTube, it would be greatly appreciated. I wish you all the best and I hope you keep in touch.

    Anonymous · April 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    God bless the work you are doing girlfriend. I respect that you are trying to help other people and that is very good. I am a stay at home mom now with 2 kids and one on the way. I must say your videos have helped me so much. I have never entertained the thought that work at home jobs were out there in internet work. Thank you and keep up the good work.

      ALICIA · April 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that my videos have helped you in some way because I once thought that there were not any work at home jobs until I found otherwise. I hope that you will visit again. Congratulations on your upcoming addition!

    Wynona Ely · April 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Hi Alicia, I just sent your links to my friend and sister. My sister is 6 month pregnant and a choreographer/dancer so working in her condition right now is damn near impossible. She needs to make extra income right now and I think this website and your advice she could use right now. BUT reading this has given me an idea. It may help her do what you are doing but gear it towards dance. She lived in LA for 10 years and danced and toured with huge celebrities. Everyone from Christina Aguilera to Ciara. She is always giving advice to other dancers about how to make it in the dance world in LA with how to audition, do and don’ts, selecting an agent, what to wear on auditions, etc. She is doing a dance convention in MAy where she is doing seminars on specifically that and choreographers who will be teaching. She currently has 2 websites and her company I was telling her she can make money from her blogs/sites and reading your story,she could probably open up a youtube account gearing toward advice to dancers, etc. Check out her websites and tell me what you think


      ALICIA · April 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Hi Wynona, I know that she could definitely do this. She could even get started right away. She has a lot of valuable information that others would be interested in and she can earn money from her content right now. If you need any help, please let me know and I will assist you in any way I can. I will check out her websites as well and give you my feedback. Thank you for your comments.

    Amanda · April 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Alicia, you are a God-send. For the last 2 days my daughter and I have been spending time on your site(s) as well as your YouTude channel. The work you are doing is amazing. I too have an online business but, stumbled upon your vids looking for ways to bring in extra income as I continue to grow my passion. Funny thing, in the process I learned so much more from you than just how to make money from home. For starters, I think I’ll re-visit YouTube videos again but this time from a whole new perspective after reading this post. You are a very genuine person, and because of that you will continue to be blessed beyond measure. If you get a chance, check out my contribution to the world. I would love to hear what you think. I’ll be doing some new things with my blog, thanks to you. Take a look… Not to sound cheezy Alicia but, you have made a huge impact my life. Tons of blessings to you, your family and your business(s).

      ALICIA · May 1, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Hi Amanda, you are so very kind and I really appreciate you taking the time to even leave me a comment and expressing your desire to give YouTube a try. For a long time I went back and forth with the idea in my own head but I am glad that I gave it a try, even though I wasn’t even sure how it would play out. I am so glad that you found me and I will be heading over to your blog very soon. Thank you again and I wish you all the best in everything you do. Sincerely,

    Kelvin W. · May 19, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Hey Alicia, this article motivated me to start adding videos to my youtube channel. I live in New York City and I always see a lot of crazy things on the subway. I want to dedicate a youtube channel to that, so I posted a video of a man doing some really wacky things on my train one afternoon. and I’ve earned $0.70 from it so far…I only have one video up so far, but I’ve gained close to 500 views….I’m so excited, I might film more videos like that.

      ALICIA · May 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Kelvin,

      I am so very proud of you. You will definitely earn more money as time goes on, it was a slow start for me at first but the more videos I uploaded and the more people watched the more you I started to see my earnings increase. They will for you also. I know you will do GREAT! I would love to hear about your progress. Thank you for sharing your experience so far. I wish you the very best.

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