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How Much YouTube Pays for 1000 Subscribers – Explained

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How Much YouTube Pays for 1000 Subscribers

The Value of 1000 Subscribers

You might be wondering how much YouTube pays for having 1000 subscribers. The truth is, the number of subscribers you have doesn’t directly correlate with your YouTube earnings. In this article, we’ll explore the factors that influence your YouTube income and why subscriber count is just one piece of the puzzle.

Subscriber Count Isn’t Everything

Understanding YouTube Monetization

To grasp YouTube earnings, you need to understand that subscriber count alone doesn’t determine your income. In fact, artificially inflating your subscriber count with bots won’t lead to higher earnings. What truly matters is your ability to monetize your content effectively. This will also lead to you being able to get video views because, at the end of the day, it is your video views that matter more than the number of subscribers you have.

How much can you realistically earn from 1,000 subscribers?

Typically, I would say that a channel, for example, has 1000 subscribers, and perhaps that channel produces, let’s say, 10 contents in a month. That channel can get maybe 500 views per video. 500 views per video is 5,000 views a month. By the way, this is a very realistic figure for the vast majority of channels out there.

The CPM, or cost per 1000 ad impressions, will also come into play. This figure is typically $2 for Nigeria but might realistically go as high as $6 if your audiences are from the USA or UK.

The revenue that YouTube will pay to you based on 1000 views is called RPM. As a rule of thumb, just have it at the back of your mind that this amount will be between 40-50% of your CPM.

So, a typical YouTube channel in Nigeria with 1000 subscribers will earn somewhere around 1 dollar for 1000 ad views if the audiences are primarily from Nigeria.

Based on our 5,000 monthly views, this channel will earn around $5.

However, this amount can go as high as $15 if the viewers are from first-world countries.

And, of course, some niches pay a lot more than others. Also, a youtube channel might have produced more than 10 videos in a month, or such channel might have one video that produced 100,000 views. The scenario I have painted however, is usually what most YouTubers will encounter.

This is not to discourage you in any form, this is the reality. However, after some time, you will be getting a lot more than 5,000 views in a month. Some of your old videos will keep making you money and all these will consolidate into solid earnings; moreover, your subscriber count will also begin to increase.

What really matters

YouTube has a monetization team that reviews your channel to determine if it’s eligible for ads and monetization. They assess various aspects of your channel, including content quality, adherence to community guidelines, and viewer engagement.

Rather than fixating on subscribers, shift your focus to the number of views your videos receive. Your YouTube earnings are primarily driven by the views your channel generates.

The location of your audience plays a significant role in your YouTube income. Ad revenue varies depending on where your viewers are located.

Not all videos perform equally. Some may go viral, while others receive minimal attention. Understanding what resonates with your audience is essential.

Achieving YouTube Success

In conclusion, having 1,000 subscribers on YouTube is just a starting point. To make money, focus on creating high-quality content, increasing your view count, and engaging your audience. Remember, YouTube’s success often requires time and dedication.

For more specific insights into potential earnings with 1000 subscribers and 1000 views in Nigeria, you can refer to my other blog post. Best of luck on your YouTube journey!


  • Abbey

    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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