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How YouTuber’s Get Paid (Video)

As a Fulltime YouTuber, I often get asked about exactly how we get paid and how you can get paid doing what we do, so I decided to make this video on it. People seem to be really enjoying it so far, so let’s see if we can spread it around a bit!

If you want to help out, show this video to a few friends who might be interested.  You’ll find all kinds of options to share this post on things like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit at the bottom of this post, thanks!

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We just passed 1000 members of the Steam Group!

Hey everyone, thank you very much for joining the group as we’ve just passed 1000 members! It’s thanks to all of you inviting your friends and spreading the word that so many people know about the Steam group and our own little community. In fact it’s your sharing that makes the YouTube and Hitbox channels grow as well!

I wish I could do something big to celebrate, but the curtains still aren’t up yet to block out the blinding sun from the massive window behind me. They will likely be up tomorrow, then after that the next chance I get we will have a big stream on my Hitbox.tv channel! I’ll have a link to it at the bottom of the page if you’ve never been there.

If you’re a member of the Steam group, you’re probably there to keep up with the streams. Well if you want to keep up with me in general, the Facebook Fan page, Twitter, and here on my own website are the best ways to do that. I use Twitter for quick messages, Facebook Fan page for blog posts and for asking questions, and my website for big announcements. Links all at the bottom.

If you want to help keep growing this group, going to the top right of the group page, hitting “Invite Friends”, and inviting all your friends is the best way to do it! Who knows, if enough of us do it, I might be making a post about hitting the 2000 mark in under a month!

Thanks again for all the joining and sharing everyone!

Hitbox.tv Live Streaming Channel: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MahDryBread

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.Facebook.com/MahDryBread

Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/MahDrysFlock

My Website: http://MahDryBread.com
This was originally an announcement on Steam, but Steam does an awful job actually notifying people of announcements, so I decided to mark it as an “event” instead so it actually gets sent out and moved the bulk of the post here to my website.

I do not belong to any social movements and my opinions are my own.

You know I think this was always implied, but I’ve realised that I’ve never outright declared it and as a Z-grade public figure due to the internet, I probably should for the sake of clarity.

I am not part of any social movements, any political movements, any anti movements, nor do my opinions reflect that of any company or group. My opinions I express are my own, not even necessarily that of close friends or coworkers.

As far as I’m concerned, whatever social movements or labels you are a part of or are connected to are irrelevant to who you are as a person. It’s a way to see who you are at a glance, and often it backfires. What matters at the end of the day is your actions and intentions. I care far more about what you’ve done than your labels or affiliations. Strive to be a good person who helps people with no expected gain to yourself and I probably already like you.

How to Help Grow the Fanbase!

Too long didn’t read: Sharing my content helps a metric butt-load.  This article explains how, gives examples, and let’s you know some ways you could do it if you want to.  Thanks!

I get asked a lot about how my fan base can be so small compared to other YouTuber’s when the content I put out is good, as well as how they can help a lot.  I want to start by saying that first statement is very flattering, and follow by saying that the YouTube promotion system is a weird one that I’ll explain in short here.

YouTube promotes videos that a lot of people watch, especially if they watch the whole thing and it’s long.  People tend to instantly latch onto videos that are instantly interesting or funny.  This is why you see so many videos that are e edited to be extremely fast and snappy, like montage videos, getting popular.  They are easy to share because people will get the appeal right away, there is a large audience for it, and people will watch the whole thing.

A lot of people love my channel and say it’s great, but it doesn’t grow much.  It’s largely because not many people share my content with people they know, and when they do, not many people are interested.  If you’re watching me, you gave me a chance.  You spent a decent amount of time to watch my stuff and found you like it, but most people don’t want to dedicate time like that.  It’s that shareability that my content doesn’t really have, and that’s why it’s very important that those who watch, share.  People will be less inclined to do it on their own and the shares are even more important as they are less likely to help on each individual one, so you need it to be shared a lot.

Sharing has helped massively the few times I’ve asked people to do it.  You know how I got a partnership on Hitbox.tv, making my streams much better quality?  That was you guys sharing the streaming link on twitter, Facebook, and steam.  You doubled my view count nearly every single time.  Sometimes more than doubled.  You guys do as good of a job, if not an even better job, than I do at bringing in new viewers.  When you see my stream boom in popularity, that was your doing, not mine.  I just make the content, you’re the one who makes it popular.

If you want another example, look at my Steam page.  It has way more people in it than when you joined, doesn’t it?  That’s because I had a good idea one day about it, asked you guys to take action, and it worked WAY better than I thought it would.  As you may know, I like to send out a link whenever I stream on the Steam Group.  It’s a great way to get the link to everyone who is already at their computer, and it seems to bring in the most viewers.  Well, I came to a realisation.  Most people don’t have many Twitter followers, but they do have a good amount of friends on Steam.  Also many people on Steam join any group they get invited to, so why not go on my Steam Group page, hit “Invite Friends”, and invite them all?  If they’re friends with you, they probably like games you like, and if you like my show you probably like games I play.  I stream games I like, so if they join my group and see that some guy is streaming a game they like, they may join and end up having fun at the streams.  That is a GREAT way to grow the fan base!  It’s low effort, natural, word of mouth, and effective.

So I asked a stream of about 20 people to do that once when I got the idea.  Pretty sure only a few people actually did it, but regardless we got almost 100 new people in the group.  Less than 10 people did this, and almost 100 joined.  For less than one minute’s work per person, that was INSANELY effective.  Once I talked about it a bit in a Vlog and some people most have done it, because it raised by another 130 overnight.  So if you want to help out, invite your friends to the stream group.  I’ll provide a link at the bottom of the page.

Another way you can help is to tweet out some of my videos that you like, or that I’m streaming when I stream.  Including @MahDryBread in the tweet will let me see your tweet as well as let people interested in your tweet check out who I am.  This is great because people can share tweets around easily with “re-tweet” so it always has the chance of getting big.  Say I make a new Payday 2 101 video you really like, that’s actually an easily sharable video.  New people who don’t know me can still understand what’s going on easily and maybe find it interesting enough to give my stuff a chance.

Another great way is to do the same linking of my stuff, but on Facebook.  Most people seem to have a lot of Facebook friends, and chances are you have common interests with most of them, so a great deal of them probably would be interested.  Plus, stream are more fun with friends, so inviting friends through Facebook to my streams means you go in already knowing people in the chat.

The fastest spreading video I’ve literally ever done is “How YouTubers Get Paid” and that was largely thanks to a fan posting that video on a subreddit where it got popular.  Sites like Reddit are great for spreading my content to people who otherwise wouldn’t know it exists.

The last way that comes to mind at the moment is just to talk to your friends about my channel.  Straight word of mouth.  I know I do this a lot with my friends and it’s great.  When we have channels in common that we like, it becomes a really fun discussion.  I know this one seems really obvious, but it’s half the fun of a good YouTube channel, getting to enjoy it with your friends.

Thanks for reading my insanely long, rambling article.  I genuinely appreciate that you’ve decided to read this whole thing, as it shows to me that you really do care about me and my channel and that you’d like to make it grow.  I love making content for you guys and it means a lot to me that so many people enjoy it as much as you do.  If you want to give back, all I ask is that you thumbs up the videos that you enjoy, leave a comment if you have anything at all that you’d like to say, and most importantly of all, share stuff that you enjoy with people who you know, as well as anywhere else on the internet that you’d like.  Want to make a place to talk about my stuff with like-minded people on some other forum?  Want to make a fan base guild in World of Warcraft?  Want to talk about my stuff on some random vaguely related Reddit page?  Want to tattoo my YouTube URL to your forehead?  Want to carve “Proofread, Send to Friends” into the walls of every room of your house?  At least a few of those things are probably a good idea that wouldn’t creep me out!

Jokes aside though, You are what makes this job awesome, and You are what makes the channel special.  If I didn’t have such awesome viewers, I wouldn’t be motivated to keep doing this thing and to keep striving to get better.  Thank you very much.  The links to related things are at the bottom of this page and until next time, have a nice day!

YouTube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/medraut567

Steam Group:  http://steamcommunity.com/groups/MahDrysFlock

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/MahDryBread

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MahDryBread

Hitbox.tv Live Streaming Channel: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Reddit Page: http://www.reddit.com/r/MahDryBread/

Markdown and Hitbox

Last night I spent about four hours working on a complete overhaul of my Hitbox.tv channel description.  I decided that it was a bit wordy and needed to be changed.  During this process I’ve learned two things.  That the way the Offline Cover scales to monitor sizes was programmed by a wizard as it has no rhyme or reason, and that sometimes things happen for seemingly no reason.

http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Go to that link.  Scroll to the top of the description.  As long as your monitor is big enough or your chat is small enough, you should see “Support me”, “Subscribe”, and “Share” side by side, right?  Notice how there is a small gap between the first two, but no gap between the second and third?

In markdown, they are all written the exact same way.  Each of those picture’s widths are exactly 300 pixels.  They are identical in shape.  In fact if you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll find that every box down there is identical and is spaced out properly.

So why is that one box near the top not spaced properly?  We may never know.

A Request for Ideas

I need some feedback on something. I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I want a better name to refer to the viewers by other than “The Viewers”, “The Chat”, and stuff like that. It just feels like I’m referring to a function or a statistic rather than people. I know the community have referred to themselves as the “Flock” in small amounts off and on over the years and I do kind of like that one, but I want an actual name for when I want to address viewers of the show in general.

You know, like how Day[9] calls his viewers the “Day Knights”. That’s awesome. It sounds cool, it rhymes, and I feel pretty badass knowing I’m a Day Knight, because Day[9] is awesome. When I need something to watch on the side while I work, it’s always either Video Games Awesome or Day[9]’s Mostly Walking. I want something like that.

Does anyone have any ideas?

What would you like to see here?

Hey everyone, Mah-Dry-Bread here.  I want to start by saying that I’m quite happy I started this website.  Although there is not much on it and not many people visit it regularly, it gives me a platform to message the more hardcore of viewers as only they are the ones who really check up on this.  I can ask questions here and get responses that I likely wouldn’t get in a video.  With a video, I have to bank on people being free to watch it, interested in watching it, and to know the video exists.  On a busy Youtube day they could miss it.  With a post here, it’s pretty hard to miss.  It’s on the top of the page for days.

It’s also quite useful as it allows google to archive everyone on my website and slightly help my search results.  It’s very minor, but it’s still something.  Plus having an area to have a “Team” list to introduce new people to long time guests on my channel helps.

What would you like to see on this website?  That’s the point I’m getting to.  I want to hear everyone’s ideas.  Let’s brainstorm this thing together.

Baby’s First Website.

Hey everyone, Mah-Dry-Bread here.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last two days working on this site and I think I have it at a point where I can use it.  What for?  I have no idea, but it looks decent, right?

So I’m going to have to figure out exactly what I want to do with this.  Part of me wants to just link all of my videos here so it’s like a Youtube video feed of just my videos so people can easily watch my stuff without relying on Youtube’s own feed.  It tends to filter stuff out all the time that you want to see.  I have to manually go on Day[9] and Extra Credit’s channels every week because their stuff just doesn’t show up on my feed most of the time despite me being subscribed to them.  I want to avoid that happening with my channel.

My only worry about doing that with my website is that I do upload a lot of videos a day.  Maybe it would be useful?  I don’t know, but I’d appreciate your feedback on it.  I could also do blog posts here, but that’s kinda also what I do on Facebook and more people use Facebook, although this is a good alternative for people who don’t use Facebook.  I could cross-post blog stuff to both my website and Facebook, although it may end up being pointless.

You’ll notice there is a “Categories” section on the right side of the screen there.  I’d love to have my backlog put there, but that would mean I have to go through and post every single video I’ve ever done here.  That would be difficult.  On the plus side, really I’d just have to post the playlist of finished things for playthroughs.  For stuff like Payday 2 101 though, I don’t know how I’d do that since I really should post individual videos.

You’ll notice that at the top of the page, there is a “Forum” menu that takes you to the forum.   I’ve been thinking of upgrading the forum so that we have our own web domain for it, however the full upgrade would be $50 a year and that’s a bit much for me at the moment.

In non-site related news, January just passed and on Youtube you always get paid the previous month’s pay Cheque on a one month delay.  That means I get paid December pay on the 10th of this month, and January pay next month.  Although that’s great right now because December pay is always pretty good, January pay is BY FAR the worst on Youtube.  I can already see how much I generated that month and I’m not looking forward to it.  I can’t give the exact number, but I made less than $300 for an entire month’s work.  That’s half the price of rent in a cheap apartment for where I live.  December pay is nearly double that of January pay.  It’s mostly because advertisers will pay Youtube a lot of money in December to get people to buy their stuff in time for Christmas, but they will hardly pay Youtube anything in January since a lot of people don’t have much money around then.  Because they won’t pay much, cheap ads get run and Youtubers don’t make much money.  It sucks.  That being said, Patreon is still going well so that helps.

Anyway, you should be able to comment on this post.  I think you may need to sign up for the site, not sure.  You should see some useful buttons on the right side of my site if you scroll a bit.  You’ll find my twitter feed if you want to follow that, an option to follow my website by email so you get email updates on posts, you can follow my site on wordpress if you want, as well as a like button for my Facebook Fanpage.  At the very top right of the site you’ll find links to my Facebook Fanpage, Twitter, Youtube Channel, and RSS Feed.

 

Have any thoughts on what I should use this site for or any feedback on what you think of it so far?  Let me know in the comments on this post.  Thank you everybody for reading and until next time, have a nice day!

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