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Wow videos: more money from youtube partner or website?
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I'm interested in doing some world of warcraft videos and I've been trying to figure out what I can expect to make off those videos if I get sufficient views. I have seen so many wow videos (especially training/tutorials) where you cannot see much of what is going on such as which abilities are used since the UI bar is so small. I think I can create great videos that will enable anyone to see what is going on and I can carefully explain it (both with audio and text) .
I've looked at the youtube partner program and it appears that you can get something in the range of $1-2 per 1000 views IF you are accepted as a partner. My other thought was that I could have a website or blog with regular (non partner) youtube videos imbedded in the posts so that people would hopefully be watching them on my website/blog and also reading my posts and text that go with. I would then have adds on the page to generate revenue.
Do you think either or both are viable options? Are there any critical factors that would be important to note? I'm not trying to do this for my job but I thought I could definitely earn some extra money for doing something I love, WoW and teaching.
I think that internet celebrity isn't something you can count on. I think there are probably thousands of people who make wow websites and youtube channels, and unless they're one of the rare few who goes viral, they don't make nearly anything. They won't let you advertise it on Wowhead, and most people already have specific sites that they go to for fight strategies and what not. If you're in a top (known) raiding guild that doesn't already stream your fights, you might have a shot with a website. Otherwise, I don't think anyone will click on an unknown wow link. On youtube, you are up against so many other wow videos, that unless you have something really, really funny, or special, that people pass around, you most likely won't get a large number of hits from search traffic.
As an example, I watch auditions from America's Got Talent and Britain's Got talent- auditions that were on national television- that have had less than 2000 views, because they weren't the most popular. And those are people someone might search for by name.
In my opinion you should never go on YouTube with the attitude
I'm going to make make videos to make money...
it will most likely never happen. :) You should instead go on there and have fun making videos and if you get lucky then the money will come. Most YouTube videos I like to watch are from people that don't make money, have few views, but are like me and I can relate to them playing games. Let us know your channel I'll sure watch some :)
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