10 ways to monetize YouTube videos without AdSense

YouTube is no doubt the most popular search engine after google. And the total hours of video watched on YouTube each month is nearly 3.25 billion. That means a lot of users are there who loves video content over text content. It’s a huge opportunity for us to take YouTube seriously and make a lot of money from it. If you haven’t started a YouTube channel, Start now!

Before proceeding, I want to clear that YouTube has recently changed their monetization program policy. Now only a YouTube channel with more 10,000 lifetime views can monetarize videos. But why to wait for YouTube to get monetization enabled when we have a lot of other opportunities.

online video consumer growth yearwise

1.Joining a YouTube Multi Channel Network(MCN):


What’s it about: FilmSection is a top multi-channel network, which features high revenue share while utilizing its own ad network and AdSense earnings to bring in revenue. Monthly payments
and a three month trial are supported, and there’s 95{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} revenue sharing. In return, FilmSection gives you an assortment of tools to for producing and promoting content.

Conditions: To qualify as a FilmSection partner, you don’t have to worry about daily or monthly video views. Monthly payout via PayPal, Bank Transfer or the Western Union.

Good or bad: There is no withholding tax and according to the service, you earn 100{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} of everything you make. FilmSection takes copyright seriously, the same way YouTube does.



About: BigFrame centers on multimedia and its service appears to boast relatively high production values. They encourage you to join their networks and will practically guarantee and promise earnings increase for your channel, albeit they are a bit less open when it comes to channel topics and content.

Conditions: Sadly, BigFrame does not focus on every channel, but rather on the top and rising stars. And that seems to be the catch here. So, the idea is to give these stars resources and networking opportunities to boost channel growth. They basically seek out content creators and talented artists and actively cooperate to improve their work. Another catch is that their operation is limited to Wonderly, Polished, Outlandish and ForeFront, all of which support urban producers, fashion-oriented producers, female producers and LGBT producers. In short, you have to qualify to fit into one of those specific sections in order to apply.

Good or bad? Providing you get into one of the networks, BigFrame will supposedly give you a 40{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} income boost when compared to AdSense monetization. Most channels will jump at the chance to get a slice of that.


About: As MCNs (Multi-Channel Networks) go AdRev has pretty standard features and has a large audio database, AudioMicro, which denotes a large database of completely free music to utilize for your videos. Similarly to the FilmSection, AdRev offers a lot of tools for video optimization and promotion.

Conditions: Require approximately 500 daily views to qualify and pays through Paypal with a minimum payment of $10 or by check (with a higher minimum payment).

Good or bad?: AdRev may not be entirely user-friendly. The service doesn’t list revenue share percentages or their contract terms without beginning the registration. While AdRev garnered a certain amount of negative feedback from content producers outside the network. Complaints about false copyright claims and forced monetization for non-partners were also mentioned, though with precious little proof. Contrary to that, people using the service largely praise it in a big way. So, when it comes to user experience, it appears to be a bit of mixed bag, but the network does get 25+ billion views annually.

Maker Studios

About: Maker Studios stands as one of the biggest networks out there, along with FilmSection and Machinima. Unlike, say BigFrame, which restricts is operating to specific content. These guys keep their doors open to a wider range of content, which, in this case come in the following subdivisions: Men, Women, Family and Entertainment. Should you fit into any of these categories, then you’re all set.

Conditions: The service keeps things simple. As part of the network, you have to abide the copyright rules and must come up with content regularly. Lack of content means the network is left with little to no reason to support your channel.

Good or bad: Should you get into the network, the payoff is superb. It might be pertinent to mention that Maker Studios was acquired by Disney, which there’s more than enough resources for monetary expansion and for supporting talent. In fact, the official word is that Maker Studios has some of the highest CPM ads in the business. Low-traffic channels get something around 60{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} revenue, while a majority of popular channels receive a 90{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} take.


About: Fullscreen was founded by people who worked within YouTube, having the knowledge and experience other networks may take longer to get to. Meanwhile, you’ll be equipped with tools to aid you with design and sales of channel-related merchandise. Detailed data and analytics are included in the package, to assure optimization and promotion of video content.

Conditions: Clinging to MCN standards Fullscreen remains a strict stance towards copyright violations, so there must be no flags on your account. On the other hand, they may be willing to make an exception so don’t give up before you start, especially if you have a channel with a strong presence and plenty of views and subs. Expect 80-20{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} in revenue sharing.

Good or bad: While not exactly eager to reveal contract terms and other requirements (you are first required to reach certain status), the service does appear to have relatively low requirements nowadays, to lure as much talent as it possibly can, to keep things fresh and varied for potential advertisers.


About: We come across yet another rapidly growing YouTube Partnership network. Freedom! allocates resources and invests directly into your business. It connects you with other creators and expands across multiple platforms thus boosting your YouTube channel. One of the benefits of this network offers revenue visibility for everyone and doesn’t insist on a contract.

Conditions: The network requires 33 visits per day and, as we said, does not require a contract. It offers up to 95{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} revenue sharing and is apparently suitable a wide variety of channel categories, including music, gaming, vlog, beauty, etc. Minimal payout $1 via PayPal.

Good or bad: The cool thing is you can leave this particular Ad Network any time. Freedom! also helps keep your unique videos from being copied. Essentially, one of most highly praised Adsense alternatives out there. They pay you even if you made a mere $1.


About: We’re looking at a relatively young network. VidGenX kicked off in 2015 and part of its program is to offer maximum revenue to YouTube content creators, be they large or small. They pledge to increase YouTubers channel views, subs in addition to offering sponsorship. The service has 300,000+ free music + sound effects (250,000+) as well as tools and features.

Conditions: Regarding views, the service does not have any demands. There is no lock-in contract and it offers 95{7dc6b57109584f6cf0f32ef1db2aa5bf48c0513368087ca0c8f505f7f173c803} revenue sharing. You can fit into any of the available categories such a music, gaming, beauty, vlogging and so on. The minimum payout is $1 through. PayPal, direct deposit, check, WebMoney, Yandex.Money, QIWI Wallet. Similarly to services like AdRev this one offers a free music library for background music in your vids and offers optimization tools and copyright protection.

Good or bad: They claim to have an experienced YouTube-certified team, available for support 24/7. Detailed info about your channel subscribers, video views, YouTube earning details and are constantly available and a unique app to claim your video if someone copied it. Also, to optimize your YouTube channel and get more traffic, you’ll have free access to TubeBuddy.



You can ask companies, brands to Sponsorship your YouTube videos. In return, they will get exposure and you will carry away a sum of money or free stuff to review. There are a lot of websites which make this process simple for content creators.

Here is few of them—

  1. Famebit
  2. Ninja Outreach
  3. Blogmint
  4. Klear
  5. Influitive
  6. BlogDash
  7. Zuberance
  8. Traackr
  9. Augure
  10. Right Relevance

3.Selling merchandise online

Selling t-shirts is popular nowadays. You can see most of the popular YouTubers are now selling merchandise let it be t-shirts, mugs, stickers or posters.

You just need to set up a Shopify account which is free for first 14 days. List your products and easy to go.

4.Promoting other channels

Under this many things comes like–

  • Link rental: You rent other channels link in most popular videos description for a small period of time exchange with cash.
  • Featured channel: You showcase as featured channel under your channel homepage for a limited period of time.
  • Annotation: Annotation is an another way in which at the end of a video you make an annotation for a channel and takes a charge for that.


5. Affiliate program

An affiliate program is a great way to earn some cash through sharing links.  Leaving Google AdSense for YouTube, I think affiliate has the most potential to earn a lot. You don’t have to sell anything by your self. You just bring customers to the selling page by putting links in YouTube video description.


6.Driving traffic to a website

Driving traffic to a website will pay you money. People are willing to pay money for driving traffic to their sites. If That Website is yours putting ads or selling stuff can do well.

I did this technique for many of my sites. My site traffic boosted from 5000 pageviews/month to 25000 pageviews/month.


7. Live Chat

YouTube AdSense earnings are very low if you are a new YouTuber. Channel with fewer subscribers hardly earns enough money to buy new equipment for more good contents. The good new news for small YouTuber is that now they can earn money by enabling live chat with fans. Fans can pay money to the creator during a live chat to support his/her work. In return fan who pays the money, his/her comment will be flashed at the top of comments for a limited amount of time.

In this way it not only helps the creator economically, it also helps to exchange ideas between both the party.


8. Patreon

Patreon lets you get a donation from your viewers which on monthly basis. Patreon is perfect for a creator who has diehard fans and never miss content you create. No, need to rely on other sources like AdSense and affiliate which not sure how much you will earn each month. AdSense and affiliate earnings fluctuate too much which is not in the case of patreon. Patreon keeps a small portion of the money and rests you get paid.


9. Premium content

Premium contents are those which are not free. If someone needs access to premium content he/she needs to pay a fee. This can be the monthly basis or one-time fee for lifetime access.

The easiest way to create premium content is creating a VIP forum or sell access to your VIP podcast.


10. Helping others to create a YouTube channel

There are a lot of people searching the internet on how to make money online. But, they do not know how to make money with no money. Some even become prey to online scammers.  Some do not have technical skill on how to create a YouTube channel, how to upload videos to YouTube, how to insert tag, caption, write description etc. etc. But, you don’t need to be a scammer in this case.  You ask money for teaching something, and they pay you back giving value to your time.

Check This How much does a YouTuber with 1 million subscribers earn in a year?

Leave a Comment