What it’s Like to be a Kenyan YouTuber. Does it Pay?


Everyone is on youtube nowadays. It has become a coveted profession and career choice for people of all ages, its no surprise that even kids are dreaming of becoming youtubers someday. Whether you want to become famous or pursue passion youtube is an exceptional platform to express yourself creatively, upload original content, and share it with the world.

Do you want to start a youtube channel or already have one and make money from it? This is how.

1. Set Up a YouTube Channel

Before you start making your own videos you will need to set up your youtube account first. A youtube account is basically the same as your google account. You can either use it as it is or create a new one. Head over to your youtube settings, at the top right corner of the screen, click on your profile icon and then click \”create channel\”.

2. Choose a Username

Your user name appears on your videos, your channel page, and in YouTube\’s search results therefore you need to choose an easy and memorable name for your channel that accurately represents your brand. If you already had one and would like to change it, you can easily do so on your Google+ account.

3. Work on Your Content.

Now that you have a youtube channel, you will need content to fill it up. It is important to find your own topics that are unique and value-adding. Try to upgrade your content by using a good camera and better editing software. Upload videos regularly to keep your subscribers engaged. A pace of at least two videos a week will do the trick.

Monetizing Your YouTube Channel


Earning on YouTube will not happen immediately after you start your channel. Your audience will grow over time, and the bigger your audience gets, the better the payoff will be. This is the best way to make your hobby a job.

The main way to make money through your youtube channel is by joining YouTube\’s Partner program. There are a few things creators must have, to be accepted into the program.

  • Have at least 4,000 hours of watch time in the past 12 months
  • Have at least 1,000 subscriber count
  • Get reviewed and approved
  • Have an AdSense account
  • Sign the terms and conditions
  • Abide by YouTube\’s Community Guidelines

Now you can wait for about a month for the review process. Below are detailed steps on how to monetize your youtube channel

  1. On the YouTube homepage, click on your profile icon and select \’YouTube Studio\’ in the drop down menu
  2. Find the Channel menu on the left-hand side of your screen, click on \’Monetization\’
  3. In the monetization window, click \’Start\’
  4. Review and accept YouTube\’s terms and guidelines

Other Ways to Earn Money From Your YouTube Channel.


Apart from the one directly linked to YouTube\’s Partner Program, there are other few different ways you can make money from your channel. Let\’s dive into some of them.

Sell your merchandise.

If you want to step it up a little, selling merch on your channel is the way to go. Set up your own merchandise store and invite your fans to share ideas on what they think and also help create cool fun designs. Examples of creative You Tuber merch include T-shirts, hoodies, hats, socks, and whatever takes your fancy.

Crowd Funding

You tube has developed their own crowd funding feature where your fans provide support by coming together to fund a particular goal amount. While youtubers support themselves with ads and products others prefer to go the crowd funding route, a great way to give your audience content and engagement with you, the creator.

Do freelance work.

With a successful youtube channel, you may have developed the skills as well as the experience and know-how of sound videography. With this, you can develop your own brand and pitch into businesses to offer you work based on your skills.

Super Chat $ Super Stickers.

Super Chats and Super Stickers are only available during live streaming. These features enable your viewers to purchase chat messages that stand out. It\’s a great way to earn money as you interact with your viewers.

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