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How much money do history YouTube channels make? [2022]

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In the past, being a YouTube creator wasn’t considered a “real job”. Today, tens of thousands of channels earn over seven figures a year and millions earn over five figures a year.

With YouTube rapidly growing as a platform (and consistently being one of the most visited sites in the world), creating content on YouTube is a great opportunity to generate income.

History channels are just one example of a new class of channels quickly growing on YouTube. But before creating a history channel, it’s worth noting how they can make money and ultimately, how much their true earning potential is on YouTube.

How can history YouTube channels make money?

Regardless of your chosen niche, there are a number of ways for any YouTube channel to make money.

The most common method of monetization on YouTube is AdSense. This involves YouTube showing ads relevant to your audience either before or during your videos. All history channels partnered with YouTube can earn money with AdSense.

Other methods include setting up channel memberships (either via YouTube or services like Patreon). Channels like Asianometry get nearly 40% of their income this way.

Sponsorships are also extremely popular and lucrative. They involve promoting a sponsor’s products/services during your videos in exchange for money/free products. 

Interacting with sponsors can either be done via email, by hiring an agency or using software to automate it for you. Channels like Oversimplified regularly include sponsored content in their videos.

History channels can also create merchandise for their fans/audience to purchase. This can be done via a print-on-demand service where you just upload your design and the service handles manufacturing, logistics and everything else in exchange for a percentage of sales. 

Alternatively, you can set up your own online store (via Shopify) and handle everything yourself. Channels like RealLifeLore are good examples of selling branded merchandise to their audience.

While not the most common, affiliate marketing is also an option for history channels to monetize. This involves linking to other products and services with a unique code (that shows you referred a visit) and getting rewarded for your referral. 

For example, you could create affiliate links to Amazon books that you mentioned in your videos and gain a percentage of the sale if your audience purchases them.

How much money do they make?

There’s no one size fits all approach to determining how much a history YouTube channel makes. Channel income depends on a ton of factors including channel viewership, audience location and monetization methods among many others. 

A channel with 10K subscribers that monetizes only via AdSense and targets only viewers in India will likely earn much less than a channel with 1M subscribers targeting viewers in the US that monetizes via AdSense, sponsorships, merchandise and channel memberships.

So let’s use examples of channels of all sizes, audience locations and monetization methods to compare:

Oversimplified

Oversimplified has roughly 6.8M subscribers and is a US-based channel (creating content for a Western audience). They monetize through AdSense, sponsorships, Patreon/channel memberships and merchandise.

Total earnings estimate:

  • AdSense – $187K/month (assuming $4 of revenue per 1000 views)
  • Sponsorships – $467.5K/month (assuming $10 of revenue per 1000 views)
  • Patreon/channel memberships – $8K/month  (assuming ~2000 members paying $4/month)
  • Merchandise –  ??? (difficult to truly estimate)

So based on publicly available information (+ assumptions), Oversimplified makes roughly $662.5K/month in channel revenue (not including any merchandise sold). This figure may exceed $1M/month if merchandise is included but it’s difficult to provide an accurate figure.

Knowledgia

Knowledgia has roughly 1.25M subscribers and is a Romania-based channel (creating content for a Western audience). They monetize purely through AdSense and Patreon/channel membership.

Total earnings estimate:

So based on publicly available information (+ assumptions), Knowledgia makes roughly $15.7K/month in channel revenue.

Whatifalthist

Whatifalthist has roughly 440K subscribers and is a US-based channel (creating content for a global audience). They monetize through AdSense, sponsorships, Patreon/channel memberships and paid consulting.

Total earnings estimate:

  • AdSense – $6K/month (assuming $2 of revenue per 1000 views)
  • Sponsorships – $30K/month (assuming $10 of revenue per 1000 views)
  • Patreon/channel memberships – $1.9K/month  (assuming ~190 members paying $10/month as averaged on channel’s Patreon)
  • Paid consulting – $5.5K/month (assuming 0.05% of subscribers pay for 1hr at $300/hr every year)

So based on publicly available information (+ assumptions), Whatifalthist makes roughly $49.4K/month in channel revenue.

Asianometry

Asianometry has roughly 340K subscribers and is a US-based channel (creating content for an Asian audience). They monetize purely through AdSense and Patreon/channel memberships.

Total earnings (as provided by Asianometry):

So based on publicly available (and provided) information, Asianometry makes roughly $3.8-5.8K/month in channel revenue.

h0ser

h0ser has roughly 155K subscribers and is a Canada-based channel (creating content for a global audience). They monetize purely through AdSense and sponsorships.

Total earnings estimate:

  • AdSense – $4.5K/month (assuming $2 of revenue per 1000 views)
  • Sponsorships – $22.5K/month (assuming $10 of revenue per 1000 views)

So based on publicly available information (+ assumptions), h0ser makes roughly $27K/month in channel revenue.

Conclusion

From all the examples mentioned above, it is clear that history YouTube channels can and do make considerable amounts of revenue. However, the amount of revenue they can make is greatly affected by audience location, channel viewership and monetization methods.

In almost all cases, sponsorships make up the bulk of revenue while channel memberships and AdSense tend to be comparatively ineffective. In all cases, a channel’s viewership is the main driver of monetization; if you can get more eyeballs on your channel’s content, the monetization opportunities are far greater.

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