Make a Living with YouTube Videos

Make Money with Google Adsense on Youtube Videos

Here is an interesting video via The Next Web about a couple of people making a lot of money from Google Adsense ads on their YouTube videos. Video is definitely the future, maybe now is the time to start shifting away from text?

For more information, check out the YouTube Partner Page to learn how to apply to begin earning money from your videos.

Do You Prefer Video or Text?

I personally would much rather read a blog post than watch someone talking to a camera. However, for many things video is far more effective. Chris Anderson from TED.com has a great presentation about “How Web Videos Power Global Innovation.” Anderson talks about how we are rapidly learning from each other through web video so that quality and skill levels keep advancing.

Video Rules for Education

For how to content, nothing compares to video. I have used CartoonSmart.com to learn Flash and illustration and a wide variety of video sites to learn guitar theory, licks and songs. It is so much more effective to be shown how to do something, rather than read about it. For any how to question, I find YouTube to be a better search engine than Google.

Is Video Difficult?

The problem is that decent video editing takes a long, long time. At least for me it does. Also, I am not so comfortable in front of a camera so it is definitely something I need more practice with.

Would you like to see more videos on JetSetCitizen or do you prefer to read text?

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

8 Responses to Make a Living with YouTube Videos

  1. That’s an interesting video interview! I agree with you that many times I would rather read a blog than watch someone talking on the camera, but like you said, some things are very effective with video. Right now, I’m trying to incorporate both pictures, text and video into my blog. The other problem with video is that 1/2 the time I don’t have a connection worthy of streaming. When my connection is good, I love to see more videos!

    • John says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for visiting. Videos are great for some things. Nomadic Matt had a video of Khao San Road that I thought was much more effective than a text post. Actually seeing and hearing what is happening can be much more powerful than static pictures and text.

  2. Jannell says:

    Video is definitely powerful and has changed they way we interact. However, I do not think it should overshadow photos or text. There is a place for each. I would prefer to watch a video of an event or presentation, a photo of a newborn baby or beautiful sunset, and read the inner thoughts that a writer is trying to share. With photos and text, the reader is engaged in imagination and I think that is still important. Strive for a balance of all three.

    • John says:

      Hi Jannell,

      I agree that video is not a replacement for everything. I still want to read books and photographs will always have their place, but video can be much more powerful than I imagined. There are video tutorials teaching how to do everything.

  3. Video is more effective!!

  4. Andrew @ DUBturbo says:

    Videos can actually replace text on a blog or supplement it, it just depends on how comfortable one is making the videos. However, regardless of your comfort level simply creating a video is the best step to becoming more comfortable with being in front of the camera. Besides, some of the more awkward people make for great viewing.

    It seems that many of the thousands of YouTube vloggers are making their income on YouTube and then starting a blog to sell shirts and other things.

    As a side note, I love the Reeses booth in the back, that appears to be one of the most popular attractions at the convention.

    – Andrew

    • John says:

      Thanks Andrew,

      Video is great for some things, but I don’t think it will ever 100% replace text. For many types of content, text is superior. Also, text is entirely searchable, while videos have to rely on the description or tags.

      I definitely want to use more video, but it will never completely replace text for me.

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