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NOTABLE! Creating a Successful YouTube Channel in the Business/Finance Niche

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It has been far too long since I have made an update - so the last 6 months have been really great.

I am still doing Youtube and now have a subscriber base of just under 35k subscribers, my channel has gotten just about 2 million views this year and over the last few months, I have started posting daily videos.

Currently, I have a few brand deals and have a few really exciting opportunities in the works that really were only possible from this YouTube channel.

As of now, I am focusing on how to grow this even more in 2021 and how to spin this off into multiple revenue streams. Here are my updated analytics below:

With brand deals and sponsorships I should hit just about $40k in total revenue for 2020.

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It has been far too long since I have made an update - so the last 6 months have been really great.

I am still doing Youtube and now have a subscriber base of just under 35k subscribers, my channel has gotten just about 2 million views this year and over the last few months, I have started posting daily videos.

Currently, I have a few brand deals and have a few really exciting opportunities in the works that really were only possible from this YouTube channel.

As of now, I am focusing on how to grow this even more in 2021 and how to spin this off into multiple revenue streams. Here are my updated analytics below:

With brand deals and sponsorships I should hit just about $40k in total revenue for 2020.

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Well done Aubrey. I just checked out the start of your latest video. You present very well. Good work.

Marked Notable. What's your biggest learnings this year? What's your plans for next year?
 

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Super solid work, @AubreyJ. I respect putting out content so consistently.

My YouTube channel was recently randomly banned for an unknown reason ("community guidelines"). They rejected my appeal and the channel is forever gone (a few years old, roughly 30-40k subscribers, making at most $100/month from ads). I didn't post anything on it for many months and never uploaded any controversial content so it was really random.

What is your plan to protect yourself against a similar scenario?

It seems to me that YouTube is very erratic and happy to ban people for no reason. I wouldn't be comfortable building a business on such a platform.
 

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Well done Aubrey. I just checked out the start of your latest video. You present very well. Good work.

Marked Notable. What's your biggest learnings this year? What's your plans for next year?

Thanks Andy! My biggest learning lesson has for sure been to just stick to it and continue trying to improve - I think that with Youtube (but really any business venture) it can be tough because you have a specific vision of what you want to do and it can be really easy to try to get ahead of yourself and/or even get discouraged by your progress in comparison to other people. I've been trying to really put a focus on just staying focused on what I can control, how I can improve every day and every week, and try not to pay attention to anything else. It's been helpful taking this approach.

I have a ton of plans for next year that I am super pumped about - I mentioned at the beginning of this thread that I have a business doing peer-to-peer car sharing with a fleet of 12 cars. I am currently working on a course that I am going to sell walking people through the process of managing a passive fleet in peer-to-peer car sharing.

I am making the dive into real estate investing and will be 1-2 properties this year, which will be documented on this channel.

I have a lot of ideas on how to monetize my current reach, from creating courses on income streams to growing the YouTube channel...etc
 

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Super solid work, @AubreyJ. I respect putting out content so consistently.

My YouTube channel was recently randomly banned for an unknown reason ("community guidelines"). They rejected my appeal and the channel is forever gone (a few years old, roughly 30-40k subscribers, making at most $100/month from ads). I didn't post anything on it for many months and never uploaded any controversial content so it was really random.

What is your plan to protect yourself against a similar scenario?

It seems to me that YouTube is very erratic and happy to ban people for no reason. I wouldn't be comfortable building a business on such a platform.

Wow, that is very interesting. I have heard of similar things happening but never under this sort of circumstance.

My goal is to be able to create a revenue stream that is in connection to YouTube but not solely on YouTube (Of course YouTube revenue is a bonus), So ultimately I would like to be active across several platforms including YouTube, Patreon, and more.

But, this is certainly a fear of mine. I have been actively trying to solidify myself as a "safe" YouTube figure (this was at the advice of a fairly large finance YouTuber)- I want to build a reputation of being transparent, honest, and trustworthy and I hope that sort of reputation (if I ever get big enough to have a reputation) would help.

But other than that to be honest I don't know if there is a whole lot I could do. It certainly is something I have thought about, but not something I have a ton of concerns about. I think the risk vs. reward in this situation is worth proceeding even if the potential of getting banned is there.
 

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Super solid work, @AubreyJ. I respect putting out content so consistently.

My YouTube channel was recently randomly banned for an unknown reason ("community guidelines"). They rejected my appeal and the channel is forever gone (a few years old, roughly 30-40k subscribers, making at most $100/month from ads). I didn't post anything on it for many months and never uploaded any controversial content so it was really random.

What is your plan to protect yourself against a similar scenario?

It seems to me that YouTube is very erratic and happy to ban people for no reason. I wouldn't be comfortable building a business on such a platform.
Oh wow! @MTF What kind of channel was it?

This is the same scenario I had when I was building affiliate sites with Amazon several years ago. I had been building niche sites and they pulled the affiliate program from our state. Boom, money gone. And of course, I'm sitting here now with the same situation, but a different part of Amazon. I know better but I haven't figured out yet how I want to expand into something that is profitable at my age.
 

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Well done, just saw this thread. You had a q2 goal of 500 subs and now have 35k o.o.

personal finance has epic CPM
 
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