Spooner wrote:Do any of you think a channel like that would be of any value?
Guess I should have asked this before replying before...By "value" did you mean monetary value or did you mean worthwhile to the Shopsmith community? I guess, I interpreted the latter, but may have been presumptuous. If are looking to monetize a YouTube channel based on solely Shopsmith content alone, I would be cautious on this path. My understanding of how YouTube monetizes ads, ever since Google took over, is that you won't make very much doing this. Most social media influencers survive by getting sponsors and/or selling merchandise to supplement what little ad revenue that Google decides to share with them. In the 1M+ subscriber range, I think it is different, but most woodworking channels tend to be small and Shopsmith related content is a subset of this. This is why the trending (up and coming) woodworking personalities on social media often sell plans, templates, tools, t-shirts, hats, etc. Also many of them have Patreon accounts so that they can be paid directly by their fans. Without this additional income, it is difficult to make a living doing YouTube vids alone. You can look up estimates for income using sites like social blade to get a gauge on possible income from YouTube. For example the link below gives you an estimate for April Wilkerson who has over 1M subs on YouTube. This would be the high end, because a lot of talented and successful woodworking people on YouTube have only 100k or fewer subscribers. If you wanted income off of YouTube vids you would need to be churning out new vids constantly and would need many of them to go viral to get the clicks needed to trigger a decent ad revenue payout by Google's new algorithm. Just my 2 cents...
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