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The World’s Highest Earning YouTube Stars

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It’s no secret the growth of YouTube has been phenomenal over the last few years. Since the starting of YouTube.com the network has grown to over a billion users worldwide. The popularity of the site has provided value countless hours of wasted time to billions of people — and even made some individuals, brands and bloggers very rich in the process.

YouTube is a great way to start sharing content with a world wide audience that is already just sitting and waiting to see what you create. This is especially true for anyone focusing on videos that tutorials, laughter, product showcases and much more. Also check out my how to rank youtube video on Google guide, to learn how to quickly get your videos in front of a lot more people outside of just YouTube.

Today we’ll be looking at the profit side of YouTube.com and how some people have used their creativity to make enormous money. These people have been able to tap into various different niches, and capitalize on their popularity.

Let’s get started.

10. Ray William Johnson – Estimated $1-$2 Million per year

He started back in 2008 and was YouTube’s first ever comedian. He tapped into the market in his mid-twenties, and generated a bulk of his fortune through his series “=3” which provides commentary on viral videos. His current subscriber count is 12 million, and has close to 12 billion views combined.

Unfortunately, he has been doing it for so long that he stopped for a short period of time. However, due to popular demand he did bring it back with a new host, but the subscriber and view count is slowly declining forcing him to grab the 10th spot on our list. The success was due to Ray William being part of the show from the beginning. He is finding creative ways to bring the popularity back into the show. Let’s wait and see what happens.

Most Popular Video – Don’t Call Me Fat

Current Views: 24.5 million

In this video Ray makes fun of overweight people doing various different dumb stuff. For example, in one video this drunk girl whose overweight starts jumping on a glass table…LOL. In another, this overweight guy tries to fit into XXS size pants then goes out in public.

9. Toby Games – Estimated $1-$2 Million per year

He is more famously known as Tobuscus, and currently resides in California. Bulk of his fortune comes from his various YouTube channels involving games, blogging talk and funny skits. Toby has around 15 million subscribers across all his channels with 3.2 billion views. His popularity recently landing him on a TV show called – The Annoying Orange.

His channel continues to grow as he starts incorporating more comedic variety.

Most Popular Video – I Can Swing My Sword  

Current Views: 62.2 million

A 1:20 minute video based on Minecraft. The song is produced, sang and directly by Toby. It’s a full length song, but let’s NOT forget Minecraft is very popular because of the “LEGO” elements within the game.

8. Jenna Marbles – Estimated $2 Million per year

Jenna has been on YouTube since 2010, and has roughly 14.7 million subscribers. Her channel currently has 1.7 views across all videos which is bringing her some serious profit every single year. She is 28 years old, from New York City, and is very successful through YouTube holding the title of the women with highest subscribers on a channel. She has been showcased on New York Times and ABC News.

Most Popular Video – How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking

Current Views: 62.7 million

A 2:37 minute video which I thought was hilarious. It’s strictly for women, and goes through steps you can take to trick people into thinking your good looking. She starts with a shower then eyes, makeup, hair, and scores serious points because of her sense of humour during the whole process. It’s a video you definitely have to see because it’ll knock you off your seat.

7. Adam Dahlberg (Sky Does Minecraft) – Estimated $2-$3 Million per year

Adam is currently averaging 55 million views per month, and that equals a total of 2.5 billion views in total. Adam has really established himself on social media with close to a million followers. He got really big on YouTube with a team called “Crafted”, but went on to create his own channel called “Mind Craft.

Most Popular Video – New World

Current Views: 62.1 million

The video does a parody of Coldplay’s Paradise however it is completely Mind Craft style. The video takes people through different worlds, and you’ll run into the typical Mind Craft characters.

6. CollegeHumor – Estimated $2.5-$3.5 Million per year

This channel got enormous from their segment known as Jake & Amir. The segment is about two guys who annoy the heck out of each other, but is VERY funny. The channel has over 3.3 billion views, and close to 9.9 million subscribers. They have been on YouTube.com for 8 years, but recently posted their final episode. Recently, they have been on TV pranking each other

Most Popular Video – The Six Girls You’ll Date in College

Current Views: 60.8 million

This is a very funny video about girls in college, and how each one will have their vices. For example, it goes through a dumb girl, athletic, party, church, etc. The production is awesome because it looks like a real TV Mini Series. The thing which stands out about this production is how each one looks so innocent, but change over the course of your college life. I’m pretty sure many students could relate to the video which is why it attracts so many views.

5. Smosh – Estimated $3-$5.5 Million per year

Smosh has dedicated their channel creating parody of popular shows like Pokemon, etc. They have since stopped many of them because giant companies complained about the popularity. However, they were able to drive millions of more people by creating special effects, and are currently in talks to get their comedy content on TV. They currently have 87 million views per month which equals a total of 4.4 billion. The subscriber count is currently 20 million.

Most Popular Video – Beef n Go

Current Views: 101.8 million

This movie is censored, but very popular with the YouTube audience. What is this video about? It’s a silly video about people who love to eat meet, but are always on the go. They introduce a tube like product called “Beef n Go”, and altered celebrity photos showing them promote the product. The video is actually funny because it’s silly, but hilarious at the same time.

4. Epic Meal Time – Estimated $6 Million per year

The creators are NO longer making money off YouTube.com because they have been given their own show on the FYI network called: Epic Meal Empire. They are the very first people to bring YouTube to TV, and have had celebrity guests like Tony Hawk + Arnold Schwarzenegger. They currently have 167 episodes with 781 million views. Their subscriber count is insane with 6.6 million subscribers.

Most Popular Video – Fast Food Lasagna

Current Views: 26 million

Here’s a quick breakdown of their video.

They go to all the popular fast food restaurants: McDonalds, Wendy’s, and A&W. They order 15 burgers from each place, and have lasagna sauce ready at home. Within a cooking case everything is layered to create a lasagna. The total calories of the meal is over 20,000 which is an insane number. Basically the video shows you how to create lasagna from fast food – burgers.

3. DC Toys Collector – Estimated $5 Million per year

The channel gets roughly 380 million views per month which is an enormous number compared to others. The channel consist of an unknown Brazilian women who purchases, and assembles Disney toys. She has never shown her face, but is still a very popular channel. Mothers and kids love the channel, and it currently has 5.2 billion views. This just reiterates the fact that you should always follow your passion.

Most Popular Video – Play Doh Sparkle Princess Ariel

Current Views: 365 million (WOW)

The video is 9:11 minutes and is about different Disney toys that have entered the market. This one is about Princess Ariel and the commentary is awesome. She essentially goes through the whole item from start to finish showing you the cool things you can do with Play Doh. She opens up each play doh and dresses each princess with a new dress made strictly from the play doh. The video has cool music playing in the background which adds a cool touch to each video.

2. Pewdiepie- Estimated $8-$12 Million per year

This guy is just 25 years old, and does hilarious commentary which has allowed him to go viral. His real name is Felix and is from Sweden, and receives 392 million views per month. Collectively he has 8 billion views on his channel with 34 million subscribers. It’s reported no other channel has more views then him which is why he is making a massive fortunate each month.

His popularity has made him a celebrity, and his other accounts have massive followers too. For example, his Twitter account currently has 5.39 million followers.

Most Popular Video – A Funny Montage

Current Views: 69 million

This video is a bunch of smaller skits in different scenarios. In a few of them he’s playing video games, and in others he’s singing to music videos. The reason these videos are so funny is because he is making funny of almost every aspect, and even impersonates characters throughout. This video is roughly 10:52 minutes which is longer compared to the others discussed in this post.

If you are looking to have a laugh while viewing different sequences then this montage is perfect for you.

1. ShyCarl – Estimated 900 Million

He sold his business for 500 million dollars, and was the pioneer of “vlog videos”. What is “Vlog”? Its video blogging, and YouTube.com allowed people to launch their careers instantaneously. He since then has launched his own company, a network called “Maker Studio”. The cool thing is this company was bought by Walt Disney for 500 million, and is guaranteed another 450 Million if performs the way it’s supposed to.

He still has a YouTube.com channel which does NOT take bulk of his time, however it has 1 million subscribers.

His total net-worth is you factor in all the buyouts, etc is roughly $950 million. He has recently started his own clothing line called Trixin.

Most Popular Video – Dad Busts Kids Making Mess

Current Views: 1 million

This video is roughly 4:23 minutes with 88,000 “Likes”. The video is a Windex Touch-up Cleaner Commercial.

The video starts with his pregnant wife who is completely overwhelmed with work so Shy offers to make dinner. He enlists the help of his kids, and all of them are working as a team. Shy leaves the kids alone to make the table while he goes to help with the laundry, and this is where hell breaks loose. First, his kids start playing with the ketchup and mustard spraying on the counter. These two sprays turn into animated actions characters that the kids love.

This happens “2” times throughout the video and I started asking myself what’s the point. Then after, I noticed how the video is for Windex Touch-up Cleaner.

The World’s Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2015

I hope you enjoyed our roundup of top 10 YouTubers and learned that you can make a cool living doing what you love. These people all started with a simple passion then made a huge difference in everyone’s life. They provide entertainment through laughter, silliness, uniqueness, and more.

To see a complete summary of everything mentioned above, you can watch the YouTube video below.

It’s never too late to start doing what you love so setup an account right now – It’s absolutely FREE.

For anyone that doesn’t want to start making videos and put your face out there, check out this guide on how to start a blog and how you can achieve similar fame and financial success in the process!

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7 Ways to Compliment Your Written Text Content with Online Video

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Creating articles and blog entries is essential to your website. It engages people and gets them to want to know more about your brand. If done well, you are offering quality content that makes people want to come back for more. But, let’s face it. Text alone can be boring sometimes.

We are visual by nature, so adding a beautiful picture or graphic to your text can help bring out the essential aspects of a post and help create hype for your brand.

Better yet, use video. Video is the most engaging format of media available today as evidenced by statistics on video marketing. Users respond to it 66 times more often than text because it adds a visual element to your content. It is also more shareable because you can add social media share buttons or have people share it on YouTube.

  • Video marketers get 66% more qualified leads per year.
  • Video marketers achieve a 54% increase in brand awareness.

Below are some practical ways that you can incorporate video within your text to complement what you’re saying while not interrupting your main message.

1. Use humor.

Using humor in videos is one of the best ways to captivate your audience through video. Whether you were using talking head and interviewing people on the street about what they think about your products or creating hand-drawn animations through a whiteboard presentation, using humor is one of the best ways you can attract an audience.

People love to laugh, and they want relief from the stress that they face every day. Studies show that people come to the internet through mobile devices many times looking for funny videos. Use this to your advantage by adding funny videos to your page to accent your text.

2. Create an engaging thumbnail.

Remembering that people are visual, make sure that you create an engaging video

That emphasizes what your video is about. Having bright colors or a logo that attracts their interest will help but always make sure to capture one of the most interesting aspects of the video. If you use actual video footage for the still shot, take a little extra time at this point to think about how to create an interesting thumbnail. The thumbnail will get indexed as an image in Google and also on YouTube when people look for content.

3. Try whiteboard animations.

One of the best things about using whiteboard animation is that you can tell an entire story of your brand or explain how to use your products or services. Through this systematic and detailed approach, users will see a hand drawing out the information that you want to show them, and you can build a whole city by showing the hand what to draw when you create your whiteboard animations.

People love whiteboard because perhaps it reminds them of their early days in school when teachers drew out things on the chalkboard. It may also be reminiscent of some of the old cartoons that were built on simple frames. Whatever the case or the motivation people love whiteboard animations and you should love them too if you’re a business owner. They allow you to take the viewer from start to finish all the way to your call to action. Also, studies show it keeps their attention longer than other kinds of video and may, therefore, make them stay until your call to action.

3. Create infographics.

Infographics were developed about 10 years ago, and they combined some of the best elements of informational text with graphics that appeal to someone’s visual interest. What’s more, you can make an infographic into a video using some simple technology and software such as you might find on the simpleshow website. Check out some of the video examples here and see what you might want to do to bring your content alive through whiteboard video for infographics.

5. Place the video at the top of the blog or website entry and describe the information in the video below it.

Some of the psychology involved in sharing videos that work is the placement as to where you put them on the page. If you put the video at the top of the page, it is going to be the first thing they see when they enter your website and therefore they will assume that it is one of the most important aspects of your site. Put it in your blog as well to draw more attention and make sure and use keywords in your video description so that you will pull in people from both YouTube as well as general search engine traffic.

6. Try a cartoon with frames and text written below.

Have you ever thought about creating a frame by frame cartoon the way they used to do it? You can do this through whiteboard animation. Take a look at some samples of whiteboard animations and decide for yourself which one might be the most effective with your branding. You’re entertaining people when you use white boarding, and that is the key to keeping their attention. People want information, but they also want it given to them on an interesting platform and format. You can communicate anything you need to communicate attractively and dynamically that will keep them coming back for more.

To learn more about the many different ways individuals and brands are creating hand drawn cartoons and using them within whiteboard videos, click here.

7. Use video testimonials and use captions to illustrate what people said.

Create character animations of people talking and recommending your brand. You can use dialogue from customer service emails or from the feedback you’ve received on social media so that it will be authentic. Then use characters to deliver the dialogue.

Remember you want to increase the visual interaction and draw more customers to your website, so whiteboard animation is a great way to do this while keeping their attention and staying on focus. Customer testimonials should talk about the positive aspects and why the people liked your brand so that they will want to share this with others.

There are many ways that you can build your brand by adding video as a main component to your content. This keeps the material interesting instead of just putting out text, which can be boring to people over the long-term. You can use these techniques on your blogs or websites and other sites by cross-advertising across your platforms using the same keywords throughout.

This is a part of building your brand and integrating your marketing strategy so that video becomes a focus of what you do. This will greatly increase your impact and this is backed up by research.

Think Visual!

Whatever you do, think video and think visual, because the future is about handheld devices looking for videos that tell them what they want to know fast. If you can meet this need you will be on the top of the heap in the near future as we move toward an AI dependent and video mobile-focused world.

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3 Examples of How to Promote Your Brand with Targeted Blog Content

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Blog content works wonders if you know how to effectively promote it and rank it in the search results. The main problem is that most bloggers and content creators are simply focused on creating content and then not putting in the time, work, and effort to actually promote. This is a direct path to failure for many reasons, such as:

  • Wasted time being spent on publishing 500-word articles
  • Not having evergreen content you can refer to time and time again
  • Scattering your SEO and link building efforts all over the place

A better way to create content for your site or brand, is to make sure you are covering as much content as possible, while also staying niche specific and having a call to action in the process. It’s also best to publish content that has at least 1,500 words of content, and is something that you can refer to over and over again. Even better, is if you can include some industry resources, references, and graphics, which can legitimize your content and also increase your chances for picking up some additional backlinks and social shares from regular site visitors.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few different brands that are doing content creation correctly, and how you can also grow your brand, blog, and business using these same methods.

Before We Get Started

Before we jump into the list of sites and a few examples of winning content for each, we should cover a few valid points when it comes to blogging.

WordPress makes blogging and content creation extremely easy. There are already more than 300 million WP-powered sites and blogs on the internet today.

There are also many different ways to create content, share it online, and also make it rank higher and more effectively in Google.

Before creating content for your site and clicking the publish button, you should have a solid content creation and marketing plan.

To learn more about the various components of effective, be sure to check out this start a blog guide.

Examples of Brands Using Evergreen Content

One of the most important things to remember when looking at different online companies and brands, isn’t just how well the content they create is performing, but also how they are creating content for their audience. Content is great, but if it doesn’t provide value and funnel new leads or sources of revenue into your business, it’s pretty much just more clutter being added to the one billion+ active websites online.

Making Job Search and Business Opportunities Easy

JobCompass is a website that covers the concept of making money in the world today, while also creating niche-focused content that targets a select group, demographic or audience. You will find a wide range of list and resource articles on their site, but you will also find some useful ones like this one on  where to find jobs for pregnant moms.

The revenue generation on the site comes from a range of sources, but it’s mostly based on affiliate marketing and lead acquisition. This makes it ideal for JobCompass to continually come out with as many useful resources and money making opportunities on their site, while also having their own recommended (likely an affiliate offer) method as well.

With a ton of evergreen content in place, and audiences all over the world always looking to make more money, this is a win-win situation for both JobCompass and their audience.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

The Business of ‘Business on Social Media’

Facebook and Twitter are multi-billion dollar companies, but the business of marketing and growing a brand on social media collectively is even much larger. When you look at the many different brands and businesses in the world today, they all need to be active and growing on social media. Throw into the mix that there are plenty of social media platforms out there and new audiences to reach daily, it just seems like a never ending supply for demand and advertising dollars.

One such company that focuses on social media marketing services, is Famoid. Through their social media growth strategies, brands can reach new audiences without needing to create their own marketing an content creation plans. Instead, Famoid does the work for them.

On the Famoid blog, you will come across a wide range of case study articles like this one on gaining traffic on Pinterest. They also have a bunch of similar ones for Twitter and Facebook, while also profiling other brands and strategies they are using as well.

This is ideal for two main reason. The first, is that it creates content for the Famoid brand and allows them to reach new traffic. The second, is that Famoid creates these case studies, brands read it, and then sign up for their services when they realize they don’t want to put in their own time, work, and effort.

Again, win-win for the brand and end customer reading the content.

Free Content, Expert Names and Valuable Content

People use the internet for a few different reasons. They either want to buy something, find information, or to be entertained. If you can cater to one of these demands, then you can definitely create a business or revenue stream in the process.

As mentioned earlier, there is plenty of demand for making money online and entrepreneur/business marketing. Sticking with this content, we can now take a look at Mixergy.com and see how they are using a few different methods to reach new audiences, create killer content, and make money in the process — while also leveraging the power of industry experts and well-known entrepreneurs from around the world.

First off, Mixergy is subscription style site that is focusing on helping businesses and brands grow, while also getting the valuable information they need to do so. It was also created by Andrew Warner, who does most of the content and interviews for the site. You can see one of his most popular interviews here.

Once you take a look at the site, you will notice it’s mostly a landing page that makes the user enter their info before getting access to the content. It’s brilliant and I bet it works amazing. But again, it’s also a perfect example of how a website can provide real value to their audience, while also benefiting in the process.

Some site visitors will leave when they see the call to action, others will sign up for free. Of those who do subscribe, some will then upgrade to the premium plan. It’s all a numbers game, and the more valuable content Mixergy continues to create, the more value they will offer, and the more their business will grow.

The Best Blog Content, Doesn’t Look Like Blog Content

From a business standpoint and from a marketing perspective, blogging doesn’t necessarily have to mean sitting down and writing boring text content that ends up wasting your time.

Just take a look at the few different examples above of how these brands are using blog content to not only offer value, but to also increase lead generation and growth in the process.

If you don’t have a solid content creation and marketing plan, blogging isn’t something that you should be wasting your time on. The internet is way too saturated with content, and if you are just pushing stuff out there to hope it ranks and is being seen, it simply won’t happen.

To learn more about how to create fully optimized content that works in search and for lead generation, be sure to check out my list of top SEO analyzer tools that you should be using in 2019.

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Writing Blogs Right Now

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Blogging is a great way to get your website noticed and generate more traffic and sales. 86% of companies use a blog on their websites, so you can’t afford to miss out.

You may think that blogs aren’t that important, or that they don’t make a lot of difference to your business. But they are a lot more effective than you may think.

Blogging can increase your lead generation by 67%. Whether you’re a new or established business, this can prove invaluable. Here are 5 reasons your business needs to start writing blogs now.

1. Generate Traffic

Blog posts add more content to your website and thus attract more people to visit your site. Creating web content means that you can direct your readers to other parts of your website.

This means you can write a post about one of your products or services and use yours as an example. When readers discover this, you have a greater chance of boosting sales.

2. Boost SEO

When it comes to marketing your business, SEO is king. SEO determines where your website ranks on search engine results. In turn, it impacts how many people find you.

There are a lot of things that affect your SEO. Things like a fully optimized website and using the right links can make a real difference. Hook Agency says that having the right SEO can double or even triple your traffic from search engines.

Once you have your website sorted, blog content is next. The more blogs you write, the better the SEO. Use popular keywords and terms that your audience would search for. This will make your posts rank higher on search engines and get customers your way.

3. Create a Brand Voice

There are a lot of company blogs out there which may be interesting, but they have no distinctive voice. When they have no voice, they all blend into one.

But if you write blogs with a specific voice, you make an impression. When people can recognise your writing style, they recognise your company.

Set featured imageTry to give your posts a personality. They are more fun to read and will keep people coming back to read for more. They make your brand more trustworthy and encourage people to choose your brand.

4. Showcase Your Services

When it comes to your business, you’re the expert. You know all about your own products and services, so use your blog to show off this knowledge!

Explain what you offer and what you can do for your customers. People want brands to know exactly what they’re selling and it makes you more reliable.

It also serves as a free way to advertise your business. You can write as much or as little as you want on the services you’re offering.  

5. You Stay Ahead of the Curve

When you give your website a blog, you’re also future proofing your business. Those who don’t have blogs are lagging behind and missing out on a lot of great opportunities.

It gives you the chance to be creative and boost your business in a whole new way. You can also add other media like videos and photos to your posts to boost your SEO even further.

Chances are, you’ll find blogging very fun. Regular content on your site gives your business a firm presence and will keep you on the SEO map for longer.

Your Business Needs to Start Writing Blogs Now

Now that you know how important it is to start writing blogs for your business, it’s time to get started. It’s a fun creative challenge which can lead to more traffic and more sales.

Want to start a blog on your website? Check out our services and see how we can help you set it up.

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