Sorry to tell you, but it needs to be said; If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The fact is that you really can get paid uploading videos to YouTube, but it's not in the way you think, and it's certainly not as much money as you might envision. This phrase is used in such a way that clever advertising and marketing methods give you the impression that you can actually get paid a dollar amount for each video uploaded.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. But let's take a look at what these “make money” products actually mean, and see if you are still interested in doing this kind of work.
3 Ways To Get Paid Uploading Videos
1. Promote Products in The Description
This is probably the most popular method promoted by products like TubeLaunch. They promote the idea that you can make money online without a website by using free video hosting sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, and others.
The idea is that you sign up for Clickbank or a similar site. If you don't know what Clickbank is, it's an online marketplace where people buy and sell digital information products. They are usually in PDF or video form, and teach you something. They are free to promote, and you make a commission from the owner if you sell one of their guides.
Technically, when you make money this way, you are not making money from actually uploading the YouTube videos. You are making money by selling a product. And without proper training on how to choose a good product or how to properly promote a video, you are stuck spamming YouTube with stolen videos or chopped up promotional vids that no one wants to watch.
YouTube moderators can also quickly remove your videos and ban your account if you upload too much spammy, misleading, or overly promotional content.
Yes, you can make money this way, but without the proper training, making progress will be close to impossible.
2. Be in YouTube's Partnership Program
YouTube is much more open than before, and pretty much anyone can get into their paid partnership program nowadays. For every ad that runs on your video and every click it receives you receive a small amount of money.
But you need VIEWS to get that money, and I guarantee that unless you are posting super interesting, artistic, funny, or shocking videos, you will not make a dime. Hundreds of views isn't going to put money in your pocket. Even thousands or tens of thousands of views is still not going to pay much. How much partners make is a big secret, so no one really knows. But they only folks that are making a decent living off of YouTube are the ones that create awesome content on a regular basis.
This is not something that will happen overnight.
On top of that, you are going to need a promotional strategy. There are entire channels, blogs, and courses dedicated to this. You are not going to gain tons of views with a video of your cat or vlogging about what you ate for breakfast.
Again, this is a REAL way to make money on the internet, but it's going to take a long time to build up to any kind of decent income, and nothing is guaranteed. It's not easy, it's not fast, and it's not getting paid per video.
3. Freelance Work Though Legit Freelance Website
I've never actually see a job like this posted on freelance websites, but I'm sure that it exists somewhere. Uploading videos can be a paid in the butt if you are running a business because they take so much time and require the addition of a description, title, tags, annotations, and other things after uploading.
On freelance websites like ODesk and Freelancer allow you to create an account and bid on jobs. Some are complicated and require lots of skill, while others are simple tasks that business owners don't have time to do.
There might be some video uploading style jobs available, but they most likely will include other tasks like adding tags, descriptions, and maybe even transcribing the videos. You will also have to compete with other people for these jobs, and remember, the easier the job, the more competition you will have. Most likely this is going to mean that you will not get paid much. I would expect a few dollars per hour or a flat rate that equals something similar.
So getting paid to upload videos to YouTube isn't quite as glamorous, easy, or lucrative as advertised. Neither is taking surveys , posting links, or many of the other “easy” ways to make money. In fact I think that the best way to make money, and the thing that I would spend my time and effort on is to actually own my own website and look into different ways to monetize that.
Making your own website is not as hard as you think, and you can even start your own website for cheap. If you cannot or will not invest at least a tiny amount of money into the future of your business, you are seriously limiting your online earning potential. I realize that it's very popular to “prove” a system works and make money before you start investing anything into it, but I guarantee that with that kind of mindset, you will only continue to chase things like those that were mentioned in this blog post.