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  1. #31

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    I enjoy watching a number of YouTubers. I assume The Chigg and the Hoover Boys are making some money. Does anyone know if it is the kind of money they can quit their day job? My daughter watches slime videos which are loaded with appropriate ads, but I see these vids get in the 10ís of millions of views. My son watches skateboarding videos again with similar millions of views. Iím assuming most md YouTubers are doing it because of wanting to share the excitement (like we do on Tnet), and are not expecting to make much $$. Am I wrong are all of these guys making big money with 500 views or 5,000 or 50,000?

  2. #32
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    Mar 2019
    KY
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    I enjoy watching a number of YouTubers. I assume The Chigg and the Hoover Boys are making some money. Does anyone know if it is the kind of money they can quit their day job? My daughter watches slime videos which are loaded with appropriate ads, but I see these vids get in the 10’s of millions of views. My son watches skateboarding videos again with similar millions of views. I’m assuming most md YouTubers are doing it because of wanting to share the excitement (like we do on Tnet), and are not expecting to make much $$. Am I wrong are all of these guys making big money with 500 views or 5,000 or 50,000?
    From the research I've done, how much you make off of Youtube is dependent on several variables, such as number of views, subject matter of the videos, types of ads allowed and other monetization efforts.

    If i recall correctly, you can expect about $4-$7 per 1,000 views if you run those "skip in 5 seconds" ads at the beginning of your video. However, the money you can make from ads can go up if you upload more popular subjects where there's more advertising revenue. For example, a video review about a metal detector probably isn't going to get the same ad rate per 1,000 views as a video review of the new Samsung or iPhone that comes out just days before.

    But it's not just about ads. It's sponsorships, affiliate marketing (like with Amazon), cross marketing with other forms of social media, selling merch and promoting another business of yours. For example, some people who post metal detecting videos are metal detector dealers. So maybe they make only $50 a month in ads from their videos, but if it leads to selling an extra 2 or 3 machines, that might be a $500 profit they wouldn't otherwise have.
    Last edited by mh9162013; Feb 15, 2020 at 09:13 PM.
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  3. #33
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    Historian of the land

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    U no YouTube is one of the best things created, why video instructions for so many things, example I found out how to fix my dryer myself so thatís awesome save money do it yourself if u can. Now we rtalking about metal detectors, I myself try to get much feedback as I can when I buy electronic items. Unless you r simply fresh to the hobby and donít no anything well like everything else watch and figure whoís giving you the best information on what need, typing in search is a pain, but if you Want to learn most r fine, some folks r sellers have store thatís ok, but honest, watch , buy machine donít like send back. Fact is this hobby requires patience because you might get tired of finding trash, but you will learn and find nice stuff to. Thatís why eBay has machines for sale, just wasnít there thing, even fishing has bad days, u get point

  4. #34
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    Randy

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    You are a cynic and while we are at it Storage Wars is also 100% legit!
    My favorite was the Draped bust that was dug in a small jar packed with dirt. The dirt was a different color than the ground the jar came from Hysterical
    Anything That Comes Out of The Dirt Is Awesome!

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  5. #35
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    LOL. I sometimes wonder the same thing, only when they find a ton of silver and gold all in 1 hunt, lol. I've hunted several sights from the early years and end up having to dig through a ton of trash targets before being lucky enough to find 1 decent target. Here is a recent hunt I did, 100% real finds.. we were at this spot for at least 4 hours and only ended up with a few cool items and 1 coin. Feel free to subscribe, hopefully I will have some content for some future videos soon.

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  6. #36
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    I still liked the shiny buffalo nickel fresh dug! Once some of these folks get a bit of popularity, well, maybe at first they were legit, but with the prestige (even for youtube), and the $$$, I think most eventually get corrupted. I mean how much fun would it be for the viewer to see them dig one flat button (hey, I dug that one day last week.)
    Last edited by smokeythecat; Feb 17, 2020 at 08:55 PM.
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  7. #37

    Jun 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    I enjoy watching a number of YouTubers. I assume The Chigg and the Hoover Boys are making some money. Does anyone know if it is the kind of money they can quit their day job? My daughter watches slime videos which are loaded with appropriate ads, but I see these vids get in the 10ís of millions of views. My son watches skateboarding videos again with similar millions of views. Iím assuming most md YouTubers are doing it because of wanting to share the excitement (like we do on Tnet), and are not expecting to make much $$. Am I wrong are all of these guys making big money with 500 views or 5,000 or 50,000?
    This. The viewership is nothing for 95% of MDing videos....they aren't making money. I'm sure some embellish or straight lie but I think the majority are like us and just want to log their hunts and share with others.

    Suggestion: Most people type in a description of what they want to watch, click enter, then start watching videos. If you do this,you're watching what YT wants you to watch. There are multiple ways to "view" but the default is "relevance". IE...what YT wants you to watch. Instead, change the default and watch by date, rating, or even view count. Also consider looking at videos made in the last month or year. This will limit YT's ability to steer you towards the highly edited, highly advertised videos.

  8. #38
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    The Hoover Boys

    Feb 2008
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    I'll bite. If you look at someone like The Hoover Boys, and boil it down to an hourly rate? Including travel, research, dig time, editing... You're looking at under minimum wage. Light-years away from supporting a family. Metal Detecting youtube videos are a labor of love. I would say 2% of content creators in this category are actually bringing home any bacon. You could have a million subscribers like the Chigg, but you're not going to make a nice check unless the views come in.

    To summarize, if you plan to make YouTube videos, don't quit your day job.

    I would also say The Hoover Boys are nothing but click bait titles and hype, but to me, a GW button is 'unbelievable'. Two gold coins out of one field is 'astonishing'. Call a spade a spade and hype it up, why not? I couldn't dig with someone who faked it for clicks. Aquachigg is authentic THing, and deserves every click. Stealth Diggers. Green Mountain, NuggetNoggin. I could go on. These folks work hard to make free quality content for people to enjoy, and they aren't interested in scripted finds like on the mainstream TV channels...

    I won't pretend to know it all, but I have some insights.

  9. #39
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    I made two videos a few years ago. It was not worth the effort. I could either concentrate on digging, or...made a video. It was pretty hard to get dig time in if I was worried about the camera. I expect to do a few for some folks later this year, but, I won't be in them! Yeah!
    Last edited by smokeythecat; Feb 19, 2020 at 07:28 PM.

  10. #40
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    May 2014
    Cumberland, VA
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    I watch a lot of YouTube videos dealing with things I'm interested in. But I never like, comment, share, or subscribe to any of them. If they make money off me looking at the video, so be it. But I'm not doing anything else to help the youtubers get loaded when that's all the care about in the first place is the money. I dont think YouTube started out as a money maker for people did it? Its was just a video sharing site and people turned it into a money maker.

  11. #41
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    Jan 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owassokie View Post
    I have a couple thoughts. First, most guys aren't posting all their video content. They're posting the stuff people will find interesting....ie cool finds. It doesn't represent the time they've invested in the hobby and most don't pretend it does. Second, if you are only going for "clicks", I think you'd have a lot more success with different content. Metal detecting isn't exactly one of the most popular American past times. I honestly feel most people are watching with a bit too much of a critical eye. Is there clickbait? Sure, but I think it's limited. Maybe I'm just gullible....who knows. I feel like the vast majority are just regular guys filming their finds and sharing them with like minded people. Sometimes things don't come out of their ground the way it comes out of my ground.

    Also, if you are watching the first few videos that pop up on a search, you're watching the click bait. I don't watch this stuff. I typically limit my searches to a certain period of time or I'll have youtube list it in order beginning with most recent. I never watch in the order Youtube lists originally. Another HUGE clue on the click bait is the TITLE. Are they begging you to watch it? If so, it's probably not worth watching.
    I know of a couple of guys on the Florida east coast who do quite well finding gold rings with ice. But they don't post on forums or make youtube videos. Came across them when I was writing some books on beach hunting. They ask me not to reveal their names. Smart guys.
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