How Musicians Earn Money From YouTube
While there's plenty of controversy regarding YouTube's role in the music industry, as one of the most popular sites in the world, it still represents a huge opportunity for artists to make money through their work. Here we look at how.
Guest post by Jorge Brea of the Symphonic Blog
YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world. Millions of videos are uploaded each and every day covering a million different topics. There are pros, cons, and controversies associated with YouTube (as with many websites), but there is also a hell of an opportunity for many individuals that have a YouTube account with original material to make revenue.
Here’s how to make money on YouTube:
The first and simplest way to begin to earn revenue is to upload your material via our dashboard the SymphonicMS. Once that is done, we will upload into YouTube’s CMS system that operates “Content ID“. Their system will go ahead and finger print your music and then scan the rest of YouTube to find and search any videos that contain your song and/or songs. Potentially if you have a hit song that is being displayed on thousands of videos, it could add up pretty quickly to get you some solid additional income.
Create a YouTube account
Once you have a YouTube account, upload your videos and songs. With this piece, we always want to recommend that you upload material that is fully owned by you, the user, and that is able to be monetized and claimed all over the internet. If you upload material that is not rightfully yours and claim it (unless you have permission to do so), you open up the potential for issues arising from your uploads and for you to be potentially removed from YouTube.
Register your Channel
Once you’ve done those first two steps, you register your channel with a Content ID partner. Of course, since we’re writing this, we’ll be a little biased and recommend that you register with us by visiting our YouTube Monetization service.
We will monetize your videos and if deemed appropriate additionally enable “Content ID” on them for YouTube’s system to get to work. The Content ID technology will compare your videos against other videos uploaded on YouTube. If it finds a match, we’ll be able to claim and monetize each one of those videos. In some cases, we can even take the videos down to ensure that anyone who does not have the ability to upload the videos flat-out doesn’t upload the videos ever again. Even though YouTube’s technology is quite sophisticated, there is still a manual process involved to ensure that any matches that are not picked up (such as audio or visual) are found and properly claimed which is why our staff spends time daily to find and match any videos not located. This is a lot of tech language but basically, you upload your videos, we monetize them, and then we go after monetizing other accounts for you.
If you didn’t know about this aspect of the industry, we encourage you to take advantage and register your YouTube account for Content ID and/or upload your assets through our management system to ensure your rights are protected.