My YouTube Automation Journey

YouTube automation is a business model where you make money via YouTube without showing your face on camera.

Of course you can do it if you want, but most people choose not to.

How does it work?

Simply said, we outsource everything to people you can find on Fiverr/Freelancer/Upwork. To create a YouTube video, you need the following:

  • A Script (and a script writer)
  • A Voice Over (and a Voice Over Artist / Narrator)
  • A Video editor

With these 3 things, you can create nice videos, which you can then upload to YouTube.

  • After meeting some conditions, you can apply for the YouTube Partner Program.
  • YouTube will pay you monthly according to the number of views your videos generate.

How much does it cost?

When I started out 1 year ago, in 2021, the average cost for a decent YouTube video was around 50–70 USD per video. You need around 12 videos per month, so that would put your total costs at 600–840 USD per month. This is quite a lot, and it’s becoming even more expensive with everything that’s been happening in our economy lately.

Can I do it in a cheaper way? The answer is yes and no. Yes if you do it yourself. No if you outsource it.

Quality over Quantity

Related to the above — if you pay more than 800 USD per month for YouTube videos, then you better make sure that the quality is amazing.

YouTube’s algorithms prefer high quality videos over low quality videos. And then I’m not talking about 720p or 4K, no, I’m talking about whether the video is entertaining to watch or not. If you know that 720,000 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube EVERY DAY, then you understand how important it is to distinguish yourself by creation valuable content.

  • Use human voice overs, not AI.
  • Use high quality video footage, not still images.
  • Edit the video in an entertaining way, don’t make it boring.

These aspects are very important for your YouTube Journey (and for the algorithm).

Be patient

YouTube Automation is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

I started uploading videos in September 2021, and in January 2022 I generated my first revenue. In February, March and April I received a decent amount of money, I had my investment back.

But then…

But then in May 2022, everything went to hell. My channel got taken down due to copyright issues, and I suddenly lost all my YouTube income, while my video producing costs kept running (I got greedy and started multiple channels).

I was devastated, but decided to try again. I’ve been putting all the extra money I earn in YouTube and try to make my new channels as popular as the previous one. Now, on the 24th of August, still no luck and my money ran out.

However, I’m not giving up — I’m now focusing on producing content for 1 single channel, and I’m sure things will turn out fine.

Oh and during those 4 months, I made 23.000 USD with YouTube. So yes, it’s worth it. If I can do it, you can do it too!


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