Do you want to earn money making YouTube videos? If so then you likely want to know the most profitable niches on YouTube.
I recently came across a few posts listing profitable YouTube niches that was obviously incorrect. For example, gaming has historically low CPMs that mean you must have millions of views to make any amount of living wage income. This list clearly confused most popular and most profitable niches.
In this guide we will look at both the most popular niches and the most profitable niches on YouTube.
Most Profitable Niches On YouTube
There are many profitable niches on YouTube that are relatively unknown but make creators a lot of money.
These niches are the most profitable for a variety of reasons:
- high advertising rates
- high value affiliate programs
- brands willing to pay more
Below are some of the most profitable niches on YouTube:
- Personal Finance
- Real Estate
- Credit Cards
- Make Money Online
- Social Media Marketing
- Affiliate Marketing
- Email Marketing
- Software As A Service
- Drop Shipping
- Educational Videos
Many of these profitable niches could also be considered “high cpm niches” since they all tend to earn multiple times the standard ad rates on YouTube.
Most Popular Niches On YouTube
The most popular niches on YouTube can be very hard to monetize.
Because they are popular it’s harder to standout and grow an audience. Without an audience in these niches you won’t be able to get brand deals or community support which are the main ways to monetize these topics.
Here are some of the most popular niches on YouTube:
- Tech & Gadgets
- Food & Cooking Tutorials
- Healthy Living & Fitness
- Weight Loss
- Vlogs & Lifestyle
Of course this list is not extensive and there are other popular niche ideas you may want to consider.
This also doesn’t mean you can’t make a profit or a large income in these popular niches. It’s just harder.
These topics can be harder to break into but if you rise to the top you can earn a lot of money in a popular niche as well!
The Reality Of Profitable YouTube Niches
So what’s the real deal with these niches?
There is no definitive way to say which YouTube niche will make you the most money.
Every niche on YouTube has creators making a lot of money. There are even more in each niche making no money.
The amount of money you make on YouTube will depend on a variety of factors including:
- niche / video topics
- length of your videos and audience retention
- ad rates and number of ads shown
- channel quality for ads
- audience location and demographics
- potential for brand sponsorships
- ability to promote affiliate offers and products
- community strength for support
There are many different ways to make money with your YouTube channel, from ads to affiliate marketing to sponsorships and more.
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