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by Mike Vestil 

Make Money On YouTube Without Making Videos With This Hack

If you're looking for new and creative ways to make money on the world’s most used video platform, then look no further. 

Most people think that there is only one way to make money on YouTube – by creating your own videos. And while this method does work – it's also very time-consuming.

There are a lot of video creators out there who have created content similar to what you’ll create which means that if you want your video to stand out from the rest, you have to invest a lot of time into making content that will attract viewers in droves.

The method that I'm going to show you in this article is 100% legit and proven. The best thing about this method is that it doesn’t require you to spend hours creating unique content.

Let's discuss how to make money on YouTube without making videos.

Use Creative Commons To Reupload Videos That Other People Have Already Created

The easiest way to earn money on YouTube is by uploading videos that you did not create yourself; it’s also a method that can be used by absolute beginners.

Let’s quickly go over what the typical problem with video creation is. Most think that if a video they like is doing well, they can reupload it as their own with not much trouble. 

The problem is that this can be easily detected and the original YouTube creator of the video may ask for ‘your’ video to be taken down or report your account. This is not even considering that YouTube has the latest algorithms that will remove your video when they sniff a whiff of duplicate video content.


Image Credit: http://search.creativecommons.org

Enter Creative Commons (CC). This type of license allows users to share their work with others without requiring credit - while still enforcing some sort of copyright protection.

For example: If I upload a song onto my YouTube channel and tag it with CC, anyone who wants to download that song has permission to do so under this license and can use it as they wish (under certain conditions). This type of YouTube marketing is excellent for making use of this method we're talking about today. 

Here are the steps to follow to find videos tagged with a creative commons license:

Go to YouTube


Perform a normal search


Choose Filters


Go to YouTube


If you see a video listed in the search results as having a creative commons license and think that it may do well, you can re-upload it and make some money (keep learning to learn more about this).


All the videos that are being displayed can be downloaded and uploaded according to your preference.

Downloading A Video

Once you've found a video that you'd like to work with, download it. This can be done using a screen capture program such as Camtasia Studio. Most high-grade capture cards on modern computers also come with software that allows you to record the footage from your monitor and save it as a video file.

You can also Google 'how to download a YouTube video' and find websites that will provide you with all the information that you need.

Editing A Video To Make It Better

Once you've downloaded a video, you'll need to edit it so that it looks better in comparison to the original. There are three tools, in particular, that work well when editing video:

Adobe Premiere Pro, Camtasia, and Sony Vegas Pro. When it comes to editing, you can also use Youtube’s own video editing tools (a.k.a YouTube studio) to make your video better. 

Speaking of better, here are some ways of how you can do this:

  • Remove tags and unnecessary text
  • Add subtitles
  • Create thumbnail images that stand out with stills from your video
  • Add music that fits within the topic of the video
  • Make the video go faster or slower
  • Boost the audio levels
  • Change the color, contrast, and saturation of a video
  • Add an intro to the beginning of the video as well as a customized outro at the end

Another great way of making a video better is by combining it with other videos. This is part of the reason why I recommend using the creative commons filter when searching for a video to reupload - there are so many creative commons videos that you can choose from.


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You could decide to use parts of several different videos and create unique content which will be more likely to go viral than if you just upload an entire video by itself.

Doing some or all of the above should help you create a better video than the original and give your uploaded video a greater chance of going viral.

Uploading A Video

The final step in the process is to upload your video back onto YouTube. You can do this by going to YouTube and hitting the upload button. Giving your video a great title, description and tags are crucial if you want to get as many views as possible.


This will also give your video more ranking power for other users who are searching for the relevant keywords (keep reading to learn more about this).

If you're looking for a successful way of making money online, this is one great option. And if you follow these steps correctly, there's no reason why it shouldn't work out well for you.

You don't even need any fancy equipment. Just use what you've got and take full advantage of this license which allows each and every video creator to make money on YouTube without uploading videos

How To Find The Right Video On YouTube

The best types of videos that people watch in droves on YouTube include videos of pranks, fails/wins, makeup tutorials, song covers, dance videos cover versions and many others.

For example, makeup tutorials attract an audience consisting mostly of teenage girls who enjoy watching other people applying makeup and giving their tips and tricks. Dance videos often feature famous songs which appeal to teenagers and young adults (the primary target market for most top YouTubers).

Pranks usually consist of someone getting scared or hurt in some way and consequently triggering emotion in the person watching the video (which gets them to watch even more).  As you can see, there's nothing 'niche' about these types of videos; they appeal to all age groups and both sexes.

The best way to find these types of videos is by using the filter button on YouTube. This allows you to see all of the most popular videos in each category so that you can easily choose one to reupload.

Also, videos that are scary, exciting, feature top 10 compilation videos, or are educational (such as digital marketing or even cryptocurrency) tend to do well on YouTube.

If you can find a video that ticks all of these boxes, then you'll be sure to get lots of views and potentially make good money from it in the future.

By choosing to reupload one of these types of videos, you'll increase the chance of receiving lots of views. And when it comes to monetizing your YouTube account, this is what counts.

You can also use software such as Tubebuddy to find a viral video idea and run with it. If you're looking for ways to make a passive income, this might be one of the best ways to find the right videos and use them to your advantage. 

By doing the right keyword research using software such as the above, you're also increasing the odds of having your online business take off successfully.

How You'll Get Paid

Monetization Using YouTube Views

In this day and age, most of the popular YouTube channels make a lot of money from ad revenue. This is an effective way of making money online if you already have a good-sized audience and is done through the YouTube partner program.

After getting one thousand subscribers (within the last year) and having a combined watch time of 4000 watch hours on your videos, you can enable monetization.


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Advertisers choose to advertise on certain videos based on how many views they receive. For example: If a video has 500,000 views then it must be worth advertising on more than a video that only has a handful of views.

Once your video begins going viral and receiving a lot of views, you'll also notice a jump in new subscribers to your YouTube channel.

Once you begin gaining more and more new subscribers, your earnings will go up too since advertisers tend to advertise with YouTubers who have thousands of subscribers. This means higher fees for having YouTube ads placed on your videos.

To receive the most amount of money possible from your work, here's what you should do:

  • Upload high-quality videos that are guaranteed to be interesting and appealing to large audiences.
  • Keep uploading good content regularly so that you stay in the ' featured section ' on YouTube for as long as possible (this will give you a highly visible space on the site which is much more likely to get your video lots of views).
  • Keep your videos in the right time frame to keep them interesting and engaging - this will depend on the topic of the video.

Affiliate links

You can also make good money from videos on YouTube by using affiliate programs.

For example, a beauty blogger uploading a video of herself giving her views and opinions on some new mascara that she bought the previous day will include an affiliate link to buy this product.

As more and more people watch her video, they'll click on the link which takes them directly to the supplier's website where they can purchase the product. The YouTuber will get a commission for all of these purchases.

This is a great way to make money from videos because there are so many affiliate marketers out there who are willing to spend big bucks to get their products in front of thousands upon thousands of people. 

This means that you can also set up partnerships with an influencer or two in your niche and use influencer marketing to get people to visit your channel. Since you’ll have access to this massive audience, it's your job to find the most effective affiliate marketing strategies and put them into motion - it will be a win-win for everyone involved.

You may not think that there are that many affiliates out there who would want to advertise on your YouTube channel but trust me - if you're getting good traffic then they'll come.

Here's what I suggest you do:

  • Find an upcoming product or service which is relatively new on the market (or at least one that isn't yet saturated).
  • Make sure it's something that you genuinely believe in and be sure to find videos that explain its perks in great depth - you want your audience to clearly understand why they need this item/service.
  • Include a link to the supplier's website at the end of your video, where all of your viewers will be able to find out more information about the product.

Note that it is a good idea to add a disclaimer to your video if you are using affiliate links.

You can use your YouTube descriptions to promote eCommerce merch that people can buy through Amazon - as long as it's related to your video. You can also set up your store on Shopify to sell anything from t-shirts to jewelry and sunglasses. 

When it comes to affiliate marketing, the sky is really the limit. In fact, if you want to get more visibility on this marketing model, here’s an article you can check out about Pinterest affiliate marketing.

How To Get More People To View Your Videos

To gain more views on your YouTube videos, you'll need to make sure that it's highly visible to everyone who visits the site. Getting your videos to rank highly in the YouTube search engine is the best way to go about doing this.

You may think that you're competing with other YouTubers who stream similar video content and that it's unlikely that yours will get very much attention, but several free strategies can be implemented to give your videos a fighting chance at standing out from the crowd.

Here's what I suggest:

Never underestimate the importance of a great YouTube video title

Great YouTube SEO starts with the video title. A great YouTube video title does its job by grabbing people's attention and convincing them to watch your video.

Not only should the title of your video be creative, but it should also provide a good indication as to what type of content will follow once they watch. For example:

A title such as "The 3 Best Ways to do XYZ" is great because it instantly tells you what you are about to watch, whilst at the same time making you curious enough to want to click on the link. This increases the likelihood of people watching your video in the first place. 

It's all about being targeted towards an audience who are actively looking for quality content.


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Don't waste any time giving vague titles that just grab attention without providing well-researched information that your audience is genuinely looking for.

Use thumbnails that stand out.

The thumbnails which you choose to represent your videos can often be the difference between a YouTube video getting watched or not - first impressions do count. A good thumbnail image will attract attention and encourage people to watch your video. 

If it looks uninteresting, they'll surely pass over this video and go ahead with one of the thousands of other YouTubers who provide similar content instead.

A great thumbnail will have the following qualities:

  • Should be an accurate representation of your content
  • It is visually appealing
  • Makes people want to click on it

Your thumbnails should not include any additional text which is unrelated to the video itself; it's best to keep things simple and avoid any unnecessary distractions. Just remember that you only have a few seconds to grab the attention of your viewers, so make sure that you make the most of it.


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Write your video meta-description with great care

When writing your video descriptions, it's important not to go overboard and provide too much information, otherwise, this will serve as unnecessary filler which could potentially cause people to lose interest in what you're trying to say (and ultimately find another video).

You should keep things concise, but informative in your video description. Try your best to summarize everything about the content of your video in just 2 or 3 well-written sentences. The goal here is to intrigue enough people into watching the video from start to finish (and then watch even more of your content).

Creating a great YouTube channel

Many people often overlook the importance of having a professional-looking YouTube Channel page because they think that nobody is going to see it. However, this couldn't be further from the truth, as YouTube prioritizes channels that look well designed and offer good content over those that don't. 

The first thing someone will notice about you before watching any of your YouTube videos is how your entire channel looks, so always keep this in mind when designing yours.

Your channel page should be filled with high-quality photographs, videos, and minimalistic text that looks clean, organized, and professional.

Having a consistent color scheme is also another great way to make sure that people remember who you are when scrolling through their recommended section. The last thing you want is someone seeing your YouTube videos but not being able to tell what kind of content you provide, or even worse - forgetting your channel name. 

One of the most important things you can do as a YouTuber is making sure that you are consistent with your branding. 

People need to know who you are, what kind of content they can expect from you regularly, and what sets you apart from all the other YouTubers out there. Your branding should include:

  • A unique logo that represents your channel and its purpose well
  • Consistent colors throughout your entire channel page

Your logo doesn't simply have to be a text-based symbol either, in fact, I would highly recommend making it something that could work just as well as an icon within social media.

Also note that instead of uploading videos, you can also do live streaming with your video. Many YouTube stars use this method to share videos on the platform and boost their income streams. The great thing is that you don't even have to be doing a live video in order to upload it through live streaming.

Additional Tips

Don't underestimate the power of annotations. These are small pop-ups that appear on your video at the moments that you dictate.

This is a great place where you can put all sorts of additional information, such as links to other videos/offers, social media platforms, etc. An annotation allows people who are interested in what you have to say to follow up on this further.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you'll need a Google AdSense account to be able to get paid when it comes to your YouTube monetization.


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Thirdly, ensure that you are consistent with all the different kinds of videos that you upload to your channel. If you upload daily videos ensure that your thumbnail matches up to this, as you still want people to be able to recognize what's in them even if they're unable to watch it.

YouTube is a numbers game. The more videos you upload, the higher chance you have of ranking them and getting views on them. 

You won't become instantly successful by uploading just one video, so you should always think about how you can increase your chances of getting noticed by uploading more videos regularly and making your video side hustle (or potentially more) even better.

Niches To Start Your Search From

While we did mention that general YouTube videos tend to do better than more specific ones, we still want to give you some niches that generate millions of views per day. These niches are more popular than most, and still have a steady demand for new content.


There are endless possibilities on the internet when it comes to entertaining people, however, one of the best ways is to find success with this method is to take people behind the scenes of an emerging talent or industry within a country/city. 

Many companies today look to YouTube as their main platform to market their brand because it allows them to promote through video in a way that is far cheaper than any other method out there. By providing behind-the-scenes footage you can create a relationship with your subscribers because they know what they’ll get when they visit your channel.


Technology is everywhere in 2021, and this is one of the best ways to position yourself online. If you're interested in learning more about this arena then start by looking at some of your favorite YouTubers' channels, and see what kind of content they are making.


What's important here is that you establish a position within this niche, so people can come to your YouTube channel when they want to learn more about something technology-related.

The most successful YouTubers out there usually focus on very specific topics within technology when marketing their brand. This business model has allowed many YouTubers to make money online and will continue to do so in the future.


Fitness is a huge industry, and there are tons of people out there interested in watching tutorials on how to get the perfect body.

Just take a look at some of your favorite fitness channels on YouTube, and see what types of content they upload, as well as their branding. From here you can take these ideas back with you to start researching for your next creative commons video.

When you create a successful channel within this niche it becomes somewhat easy to make money from home. First off, many companies will want to work with you simply because you have a large audience that trusts your expertise about certain subjects related to health & fitness. Secondly, most businesses will be willing to pay quite handsomely just so that they can associate themselves with someone viewed as an authority.

Many fitness YouTubers make loads of money because they arrive at a cost per thousand impressions(CPM) rate which can be very high, especially when you factor in the number of people that may end up buying something during this time.

Even if you don't know how to build muscle, or lose weight, there are already thousands of videos that explain these concepts in detail and allow you to share this information by uploading it to your channel.

Conspiracy theories

We all know you can make money with YouTube, but did you know that it's also possible to do so by simply telling people what could be wrong with the world? This is a really interesting niche, and there are tons of things going on around us every day which we do not know.

To generate views from conspiracy theories videos you first need to establish yourself as being an expert within this field. This means coming up with great titles for your videos, and knowing how to present this information in a clear & concise way.


Image Credit: http://nytimes.com

Sports highlights

Sports highlights are a great way to make money from YouTube. This is one of the ways you could potentially get a lot of views. All you need to do is upload videos within these niches, and share them with people who are passionate about their favorite sports team.

You can also produce content related to certain sporting events which engages a large audience at once (such as the Superbowl, or World Cup). This allows your videos to become viral, which means more exposure for yourself overall.

Horror & comedy

Nobody likes to think about the worst things possible, but if you can make people laugh or be frightened on YouTube then you could make some extra cash. 

However, it's easier said than done because even though there may be a large audience for this type of video, not everybody will find your content interesting. This means that it's important to ensure that when uploading videos within these niches, they have been put together excellently. You need to consider your editing work before uploading any types of videos related to horror & funny material.


Gaming on YouTube can be an excellent way to make some extra money. This is because it has mass appeal, and many people like to play games on various devices. There’s even a YouTube Gaming section, which speaks volumes about how popular these types of videos are.

You could also generate views by uploading the latest video game trailers or sharing videos about certain releases which may have gained a lot of popularity in the past few days. The possibilities here are endless when you know how to present your content in such a way that will get people interested in what you do overall.

Make Money on YouTube without Making Videos with this Hack - FAQ

How much money can you make on YouTube?

This depends entirely on what type of content you are producing, and how many subscribers you have. It's almost impossible to get results quickly unless you use a hack for this purpose.

Is it hard to get YouTube views?

No, not at all if you know what you are doing within certain niches. You could easily generate views if you upload certain types of content which people are looking forward to seeing.

How many YouTube views do you need to make $1000?

Based on what happens on average in different industries, you'll need around half a million views to make $1,000.

The numbers may vary depending on your content and niche though (some fields may be more/less popular than others).

There are even some people who have managed to make $100,000 from a single video. While it is not common, there are ways how you can achieve this.

What types of videos are the most profitable on YouTube?

Gaming is probably the best type of video for generating revenue, with reaction videos following closely behind.

However, it's also worth keeping in mind that you will need to have a lot of views when uploading any type of video within these niches.

You should also ensure that your videos have been edited professionally and that you pick the right topics for them to be about.

This is why it's important to follow the above steps when creating videos & uploading them - otherwise, you won't get the results that you are looking for.

Can you make money from a single YouTube video?

You can make money from videos, but it's not realistic to expect to generate a large revenue stream unless you go viral on youtube (i.e. getting millions of views).

To get a lot of views on YouTube then you will have to target the right people with your content and ensure that it's been created professionally.

The numbers may vary depending on what type of content you are looking at, but it's important to follow these tips if you want more people to view your videos overall.

It's great to be able to earn money online, but you will need to be patient with your video creation process. This is especially true if you are looking for the right people to view your videos, and want such videos to generate money for you consistently.

What is the fastest way to make money on YouTube?

Downloading videos, with a creative commons license that have already been created, is the fastest way to make money on YouTube.


In conclusion, when thinking about how to make money on YouTube without making videos, consider using the creative commons license along with the right video editing software. With this, you can make it your goal to create videos that are better and more interesting than what’s already out there. 

A profitable lifestyle business idea such as this one has led to many entrepreneurs making money on YouTube without ever recording a video. They make their income by making use of content that has been created by others. 

By keeping the above tips in mind, you can start your journey to a successful YouTube channel - we wish you the best of luck in this journey!

Finally, here’s another article for you to check out if you’re interested in learning the 5 steps needed to make 300 USD per day.

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About the author 

Mike Vestil

Mike Vestil is the author of the Lazy Man's Guide To Living The Good Life. He also has a YouTube channel with over 700,000 subscribers where he talks about personal development and personal finance.

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