How to make money on YouTube in South Africa


There are many ways of making money through YouTube in South Africa. The amount of money a YouTuber makes depends on the number of views their channel receives.

First, before you learn how to make money, here are the minimum YouTube requirements in South Africa:

  1. Bet at least 18 years old
  2. Your channel should be 12 months old
  3. Your channel must have 1000 subscribers and above
  4. Your channel should get at least 4,000 watch hours.
  5. Your videos must be original, high quality and unique

After meeting these conditions, apply for approval by AdSense. The approval process is automatic as long as your channel meets the minimum requirements.

One of the most challenging part of the approval process is to get 1000 subscribers. If your videos are not good enough, your channel can take a couple of years to garner 1000 subscribers.

Here are the ways people make money through YouTube in South Africa

  1. AdSense
  2. Affiliate marketing
  3. Sponsored content
  4. Creating YouTube channels and selling them to other content creators
  5. Products reviews
  6. Ask for monetary support from your audience


AdSense is owned by Google and it’s the main source of making money on YouTube. The conditions for joining AdSense are outlined above.

How much money can one make from AdSense in South Africa?

AdSense pays $1 to $3 per 1000 views. Meaning that if your channel gets 10,000 views, you’ll earn $10 to $30.A channel getting 100,000 views will earn $100 to $300.A channel getting1 million views generates $1800 to $3000.

The number of subscribers your channel has plays a big role in determining the level of income. With 100,000 subscribers and at least one new video on your channel daily, you’re sure of generating $3000 and above monthly.

Sponsored content

After growing your channel to become the authority in your niche, you’ll start getting sponsored content from brands. The content is in form of videos and banners.

Not every channel gets sponsored content, advertisers go for authority channels where they are certain of value for their money. You will start getting adverts when your channel receives millions of views per month.

For 1 million views, the advertiser will pay $1000 to $10000 per month.

Affiliate marketing

YouTubers also make money through affiliate marketing. This is where they get paid once they sell a product. Affiliate marketing is best done by a niche channel. Unlike in AdSense where you are paid based on views, affiliate marketing only pays when you successfully sell a product for a company. But the good thing about affiliate marketing is that one can make good sales with low traffic—all that matters is whether you sell or not.

Creating YouTube channels and selling them to other content creators

There are other content creators who want to buy well established YouTube channels. As a YouTuber, you can be creating YouTube channels and selling to other content creators.

Products reviews

Companies will pay you to review their products and post the videos on your channel. The videos will also generate income through AdSense.

Ask for monetary support from your audience

If you are a DJ/entertainer or comedian, you’ll entertain your audience and ask for monetary support. Many of your viewers will send money to you if they feel entertained.

YouTube has a ways of earning money through your channel,they include:

Channel membershipsBe at least 18 years old Have more than 1,000 subscribers
Merch shelfBe at least 18 years old Have more than 10,000 subscribers
Super Chat & Super StickersBe at least 18 years old Live in a country/region where Super Chat is available
YouTube Premium revenueCreate content watched by a viewer who is a YouTube Premium subscriber