Are you thinking of how to make money on YouTube in Nigeria online without posting, making, watching videos, and showing your face?
If you are reading this article, then I know for sure that you want to make money off the platform, but don’t just know how to or where to even start.
Read on, we’ve got you covered!
What is YouTube?
YouTube is an American online video and social media platform that was created by Google headquartered in San Bruno, California.
It was launched on 14 February 2005, by Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley, and Steve Chen.
The video hosting platform is the second most visited website in the world after Google Search.
YouTube is a platform where users can watch, like, comment, share subscribe to channels and upload their videos and people can also subscribe to yours.
Why is YouTube popular?
YouTube is so popular because so many people all over the world use the video sharing site for different reasons, like to satisfy search queries and learn new skills.
A study showed that in 2024, YouTube viewers are expected to hit 210 million in just America alone.
According to YouTube statistics, this year, over 2.6 billion people around the world use YouTube once a month.
In India, they’ve recorded as the most YouTube users with several 467 million users.
All these statistics prove YouTube again and again as a go-to platform for anyone who would like to make money online for absolutely free.
It is really possible to make a living on YouTube.
The most popular and known way of making money on YouTube is through the YouTube partner program.
Where YouTube shows a few ads somewhere at the beginning or the end of your videos.
And then you are paid for every 1,000 views you get on the particular video.
But if this was the only way to make money on YouTube, then it would be hard for people to turn YouTube into their full-time job.
The thing with making money with the YouTube partner program is that you have to get to a particular milestone, which is usually 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch time before you can get monetized.
And even when you finally get monetized, you don’t start getting a huge pay from YouTube until your channel is a lot bigger and it’s now attracting a lot of new subscribers.
So, you must know all the other ways that you can make money through the YouTube platform.
If you plan on turning YouTube into a side hustle or a part-time business, then making money through the partner program might be just enough for you.
If you plan to treat YouTube as a full-time job, then you must know all the ways you can make money on the video hosting platform.
Right now, we will share with you ways you can make money on YouTube even if you don’t have 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch time.
Top Ways to Make Money on YouTube Without a Subscriber Base
1. Offer Video Editing Services
Speaking of ways to earn money on YouTube without having to worry about your number of subscribers or the total amount of watch hours you have in a month.
Offering a high in demand service like video editing to YouTubers is one of the easiest ways anyone can make money on the platform.
Searching for content ideas is overwhelming, scripting a video takes a lot of creativity, filming a video takes a lot of time and tech knowledge, and editing takes even more time.
This pushes a lot of YouTube creators to outsource their video editing services.
And no, you can’t say that there are a lot of video editors already out there and no one would want to hire you, especially if you’re just starting with little or no experience at all.
According to YouTube, there are over 51 million YouTube channels on the platform and by last year this number grew by a whopping 36%.
This means that people are creating YouTube channels every single month and uploading 500 hours of video in a year.
This also means that there are a lot of opportunities for new video editors like you.
To get started with this method of making money on YouTube, the first step you have to take is to literally become a video editor.
There are plenty of YouTube videos that can teach you the basic knowledge and skills you need to edit YouTube videos.
Also, you can take paid classes on websites like Udemy, Coursera and Skillshare.
After you’ve gone through these classes and videos, then you can start practicing.
Hint: Reach out to small creators on the platform and offer to edit their raw files for free, maybe for some weeks.
This will help you hone your skills and get those first few reviews you’d need when going out to pitch your services to other creators who would pay for your service.
2. Offer Graphic Design Services to Creators
This is yet another way you can money off the platform without the need to create your videos or even have an influx of subscribers.
Just like editing videos, many YouTube creators don’t have time to create beautiful and interesting graphics for their channels, so they just outsource it to freelancers who might just be you.
Some examples of YouTube graphics that a “must create” for YouTube creators include YouTube thumbnail, banner arts, intros and outros, end cards or end screens, a logo, professionally edited profile pictures, custom video overlays.
To get started, all you have to do is learn how to create beautiful and interesting designs.
There are free and paid ways to learn these skills.
Watching and learning from other YouTube creators can give you the basic idea you need.
Going for paid classes and courses on sites like Udemy would be even more helpful for you as a beginner.
When learning is done, practice should begin.
Just like we stated in the first point, it is important to practice and hone your skills before actually charging people for money.
Work for free and learn the ins and outs of the whole skill, get a few reviews here and there and then start charging for your services.
You can find clients on the platform by reaching out to clients with an average size channel rather than bigger and smaller ones.
The reason is that most of the smaller creators are usually new to the platform and still finding their way around the platform.
They might want to outsource any services yet because they haven’t started making money to cover their expenses.
Bigger channels might have professional video editors and would consider you “experienced” enough to work with them.
Don’t worry, cause things won’t be this way for a long time.
As you keep working for more creators, you become an expert, build your portfolio and eventually get more high-paying clients who will value your work.
3. Offer Writing Services to YouTube Creators
If you feel like the whole “techy” way of making money off YouTube isn’t your thing, then maybe writing could be your thing.
Again, YouTube creators have a lot of work on their plate and would pay some good cash if you could save them more time by reducing their work.
The first two works are graphics and video related, but another work is writing-related.
YouTube creators are on the lookout for freelancers like you, who can write video scripts, write SEO video descriptions, construct eye-catching video titles, and even write captions for their YouTube videos for SEO purposes.
Just like with any other service you would want to offer.
It is crucial to learn and master the skills of writing.
You could take up courses on copywriting and content writing.
They would help a lot in your writing career.
Again, since you are just starting, try working out for free.
Reach out to creators and offer your service to them for free.
See if you have an increase in click-through-rate because of the titles you’re writing for their videos.
If you see progress and results, then you are ready to request reviews and start offering those killer writing skills for a fee.
Top Ways to Make Money on YouTube with a Subscriber Base
1. Join the YouTube Partner Program
This is the “traditional” way of making money on YouTube if you are a Nigerian.
The YouTube Partner program gives every eligible creator monetization benefits.
With this program, creators get paid when ads are shown on their videos.
These ads can be shown at the beginning, the middle and end of the videos.
While YouTube takes only 45% of the total ad revenue, creators get paid 55%.
The requirement for this method is that you must have at least 1000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the last month.
You must also be up to 18 years of age.
2. Channel Memberships
You know how you pay for Netflix Subscriptions to get access to entertaining movies and series?
That’s what this monetization feature does!
YouTube allows fans to pay a monthly and recurring fee to you to receive exclusive content and rewards from their favourite creator (which is you).
The eligibility criteria for this feature are that you must have over 1,000 subscribers and be at least 18 years old.
3. Super Chats and Super Stickers
If you live going on live sessions with your subscribers, then this feature could just work for you.
This feature allows your subscribers to buy stickers and super chats.
This means that when they leave a comment on your live streams, their message gets highlighted.
The eligibility for this feature is that you must live in a country where super chat is available and must be 18 years of age.
4. Merch Shelf
If you feel you have a “cult” like subscriber base on YouTube, this feature would go a long way for you.
With this feature, you can make money from sales of customized merchandise sold directly on your YouTube channel.
The eligibility for this feature is 10,000 subscribers and you must be 18 years of age.
5. YouTube Premium Revenue
As the name sounds, you get paid a certain amount of money anytime a subscriber with a YouTube Premium subscription watches your video.
The only requirement for this is that a YouTube premium subscriber must watch your videos to receive a share of this income.
6. YouTube Shorts Funds
According to YouTube, the Short Fund is a $100 million fund that has been set aside to reward creators who put out only original videos that resonate with their audience.
You can be eligible for this feature, even if you don’t apply for the YouTube Partner Program.
Just keep creating Original Shorts that do not violate any of the platform’s guidelines and that engage the audience.
If YouTube finds you worthy of the Bonus, you’ll receive an email from the platform telling you are eligible to take a share of the YouTube Short Funds.
The Requirement for this is that your videos should not go against the platform’s guidelines and should be only original videos made by you and not one reshared from somewhere else or one with watermarks.
7. Promote Other People’s Products
YouTube Creators with a decent number of subscribers can make money off the platform by promoting other people’s products.
Normally brands will pay creators with a decent number of subscribers a decent amount of money to mention their products in their videos.
This is usually referred to as brand deals/brand collabs/brand sponsorships.
Here, it’s you reach out to brands or brands reach out to you to discuss how you can somehow talk your way to your subscribers’ hearts to make them buy a product.
There isn’t any fixed amount of payment you would receive on any of your brand deals.
The offers of brands will differ a lot.
Some brands may offer you free products if it’s physical ones, while others will pay differently for a whole review video, a shoutout, and a short “breeze through” mention.
Another side of promoting other people’s products is affiliate marketing.
For brands to pay you to promote their products, then you must have at least 1,000 subscribers so they know that your video will reach a decent number of potential clients and customers.
But what if you don’t have 1,000 subscribers?
That’s okay because, with affiliate marketing, you don’t meet any criteria before you earn commissions.
Here, you share a product or service you use personally and compel people to use it.
When they buy this product, you get a commission of the payment, of course, with no extra cost to your subscribers.
8. Sell Your Products
A lot of creators have created huge and significant wealth just by selling their products instead of other people’s own.
There are a lot of opportunities for all creators to sell something to their subscribers.
You can sell physical products to your audience and promote in on your YouTube channel.
For educational channels, creators can also create digital products and sell them to their audience.
These digital products include courses, masterclasses, printable, downloadable, cheat sheets, presets, bundles, eBooks, etc.
Selling your products on the platform gives you the chance to earn passive income, especially from digital products.
Making money and becoming rich on YouTube in Nigeria does not happen overnight.
YouTube’s success is usually a gradual process that takes time to yield very juicy fruits.
So, we encourage you to realize that consistency is the key you need to thrive on the platform.
Hardworking, creativity and perseverance will also be needed.
We hope you enjoyed this guide and hope you are motivated enough to make money directly or indirectly on YouTube.
From our list of methods to make money, which do you think you can start immediately?
Let us know in the comments section.