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Is It Possible to Make Money On Youtube? Here Are Some Who Have Done So

by Kaitleen Borromeo

YouTube has been a great source of entertainment  for everyone around the world for the past ten years. This video-sharing website has not only allowed millions of viewers to watch from the comfort of their computer screen, but it has provided people, who create videos, a platform to make a name for themselves and even pick up a few dollars along the way.

Of course, that is not always the case. No one can assume that they will be successful in everything they do. Especially, in a cyberworld composed of hundreds of thousands of video posts ranging from song covers to comedy sketches. There are a handful of youtubers out there who have tried their luck at making this hobby a full-time job, and have succeeded.

As of October 2015, the highest paid youtubers are as follows in order of highest to lowest pay:


  1. Felix Kjellberg, popularly known as PewDiePie is a 26 year-old from Sweden, who created his youtube channel in 2012. Kjellberg has climbed his way up to being the world’s highest paid youtuber by making humorous remarks while playing video games. He has gained over 40 million subscribers and currently makes $12 million a year.


     2.) Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, whose channel name is Smosh, started to get viewer recognition in 2006 after they posted videos of them lip syncing popular television theme songs. Since then, they have shifted to making live-action comedy sketches. They were able to attract 21 million subscribers and pull in $8.5 million a year. In 2012, the two 28 year-old Californians decided to expand their horizons and create three more YouTube channels, which are called ElSmosh (regular Smosh videos that are dubbed in Spanish), Shut Up! Cartoons (a variety of animated videos), and Smosh Games (videos relating to video gaming).


      3.) Benny and Rafi Fine created their channel, TheFineBros, in 2009. They have found success in making videos where they react to things (anything and everything). Their videos have earned them 13 million subscribers and $8.5 million a year.
      4.) Lindsey Stirling is a 29 year-old from Santa Ana, California who first made an appearance on YouTube when she created her channel in 2007. Stirling caught the nation’s attention by playing violin while dancing at the same time. She was on America’s Got Talent in 2010 and gained millions of subscribers, bringing her to 7 million. She brings in $6 million pretax