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How much does YouTube pay in Kenya

YouTube is one of the world’s best and biggest entertainment platforms. You can create a lot of great and entertaining videos. YouTube can be a good source of income. 

Many Kenyans are doing YouTube as a full-time job. YouTube is not a get-rich-quick scheme, so, it is advisable as a beginner to have a source of income on the side. For a person to start earning from YouTube they are required to have a minimum of 1000 subscribers and at least 4000 watch hours, and this can not be easily achieved overnight. It could take months or a year or sometimes more than a year to achieve these numbers, but this depends on how good, popular or entertaining your content is. 

The more videos you create, the views you get. The more subscribers you acquire, the more money you can earn from YouTube. As a beginner, the starting salary from YouTube in Kenya is 100 shillings to 200 shillings per 1000 subscribers. 

A YouTuber can earn up to 1,000,000 Kenyan shillings per month depending on their view count and the number of subscribers they have.

Some ways in which a person can receive payment from YouTube include;

  • Partnering with YouTube and receiving payment for the ads attached to your videos.
  • Advertising and selling merchandise and products. 
  • You can use fan funding that allows your audience to support your efforts.
  • Working with brands and companies as an affiliate or influencer.
  • Getting a license for your content.

YouTubers are paid by AdSense. AdSense monetizes YouTube, you can apply for monetization when your YouTube channel is a year old. It takes a few days to get approval from AdSense. 

How much does YouTube pay per subscriber in Kenya 

YouTube will pay an average of 0.013 cents per subscriber in Kenya. YouTube does not have a fixed payment for YouTubers, the amount of money you get from YouTube.

In Kenya, if you succeed in getting 1000 subscribers on YouTube you can earn an average of 130 shillings to 500 shillings. If you get 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, you can earn an average of 76,000 shillings. 

How much does YouTube pay per view in Kenya 

YouTube does not pay you per view, you can only receive payment from YouTube when you receive over 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 views. 

In Kenya, YouTube pays an average of 100 shillings to 500 shillings per 1000 views. 

YouTube pays an average of 76,000 shillings per 100,000 views in Kenya. You can earn an average of 100,000 shillings to 150,000 shillings per 1,000,000 views. 

YouTube views payment in Kenya 

This is a list of the average payment for views on YouTube in Kenya;

  1. Ksh. 100 per 1,000 views.
  2. Ksh. 1,000 per 10,000 views.
  3. Ksh. 2,500 per 20,000 views. 
  4. Ksh. 7,000 per 50,000 views.
  5. Ksh. 15,000 per 100,000 views.
  6. Ksh 25,000 per 200,000 views.
  7. Ksh. 65,000 per 500,000 views.
  8. Ksh. 150,000 per 1 million views.
  9. Ksh. 300,000 per 2 million views.

How YouTube pays in Kenya 

It’s not easy to generate a decent income from YouTube unless you have hundreds of thousands of views. If you get 1 million views, you can earn more than 200,000 shillings.

The amount of money you earn from YouTube depends on the amount of subscribers you have, the quality of your video and the amount of views you get. A person can post only one video and that video can get over 1 million views, that person can earn up to Ksh. 400,000. Another person can post more than 15 videos and only get 100,000 views, that person generates less than Ksh. 15,000. 

For someone to start earning from YouTube, they have to post good quality and entertaining videos that will receive over 4,000 watch hours and at least 1,000 views and subscribers. You can apply to monetize with AdSense after 12 months. It takes 1 to 2 days to receive approval from AdSense.

Earnings from AdSense are measured in terms of  RPM, which means earnings per 1000 views. AdSense is the main source of income for Kenyan YouTubers. 

It is advisable that you choose topics that can easily attract viewers. Some of the most profitable topics include:

  • Sports.
  • Entertainment.
  • Health. 
  • Food and recipes.
  • Music. 
  • Travel and tourism.

Another way for someone to earn money from YouTube is by reviewing products for companies. There are companies that would like their products to be reviewed in video format. You can upload the videos to your channel and the company pays you. If your YouTube channel is popular enough, companies can provide you with banner ads which you can place on each video, and you can receive payment.

You can use YouTube to advertise and sell your products. For example, if you are selling candles, you can take your time and talk about your products and provide contact information to those who are interested in buying from you. 

Some of the highest-paid YouTubers in Kenya are;

  • Timothy Kimani.
  • Crazy Kenner. 
  • Erick Omondi. 
  • Flaqo Raz.

There are more ways a person can earn from YouTube. YouTube is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes months or years before you can start getting money from YouTube. You can add keywords to your videos to increase your views and subscribers. Adding keywords makes it easy for people to find your channel. When adding keywords, ensure that you pick keywords that are relevant to the content you post. 

Jakub Borowiec
Jakub Borowiec
Financial markets enthusiast. I studied management at the University of Economics in Wroclaw.
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