Many people want to profit from YouTube but have not met monetization requirements. YouTube’s monetization requirements are that you must have accumulated more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last year and have over 1,000 subscribers. If you are struggling to meet the requirements, don’t worry. While you work towards meeting the requirements, you can start monetizing the platform on your own. Here are five ways you can monetize your YouTube channel without Adsense.

Become an affiliate

You can become an affiliate of specific products and/or services, make videos about said products/services, and receive a commission anytime your viewers purchase using your affiliate link. For example, your YouTube channel could be in the budgeting and finance niche, and you become an affiliate of the Acorns app that focuses on investing. You will receive a commission whenever someone downloads the app using your link. You can place your affiliate links throughout your videos and in the description.

Sell digital products

Create and sell your own digital products, such as E-books, courses, and templates. For example, if your YouTube channel is centered around parenting hacks, you could create and sell an E-book on parenting. If your Youtube channel is in the beauty niche, you could easily create a course showing people how to apply false eyelashes. Digital products and courses are one of the best ways to monetize a YouTube channel because if your niche is evergreen, you can make money for years to come.

Sell merchandise

People are developing and selling their own merch now more than ever. There are a plethora of websites that can help you with product development. If you don’t want to touch the product, you can design the products using a print-on-demand service, and the company will pack and ship to your customers. You can wear/discuss your merch in your YouTube videos and link to products in the description box.


Paid sponsorships happen when a company or brand agrees to pay you to advertise their brand or endorse a product. This one may be a little harder to make happen, especially if you don’t have a large following, but it’s still very possible since brands are now noticing that micro-influencers have a bigger influence over their audience than major ones.

Make a list of the companies or brands you’d like to work with and reach out to them and shoot your shot. You literally have nothing to lose. When you land a deal, you can build a relationship with them where you’re guaranteed campaigns often. This way, you have some consistent income.

Online patronage

Online patronage allows creators to earn revenue directly from their fans continuously – via recurring payment, based on subscriptions, per work of art, or donation. The more you inspire your viewers, the more likely they will support your work financially. Most likely, your biggest supporters will be your most invested subscribers.

Some platforms that support online patronage are Patreon, Ko-fi, and Flattr. You can create a free account with any of those platforms and start sending your audience there so that they can support you financially.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can monetize a YouTube channel without using Adsense. So, which one of these ways is your favorite? Leave a comment below!