YouTube compilation monetization is an incredibly lucrative way that some YouTube creators are using to make money from YouTube in 2020.

Compilation videos tend to grow incredibly popular, they bring together the best and the worst of the content that people are seeking.

Additionally, people are often searching for the keywords and phrases that these videos use in their titles.

Think about it, how many people search for “best soccer goals”, “funny twitch clips” or “fail compilations”. Lots.

Lets explore exactly what YouTube compilations are and how you can use them to make money!

What is a YouTube compilation video?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, lets just iron out exactly what a YouTube compilation is. If you’re already au-fait with the terminology feel free to move on from here.

A compilation video is a video that compiles together a number of other videos. Therefore, a YouTube compiliation video is a compilation video that has been uploaded to YouTube. Simple, right?

Generally, these compilation videos take other people’s videos and build a nicely packaged video for the user. Not forgetting to make the content transformative, as not to void copyright. After all, we’re not just posting other people’s videos, we’re repurposing them for people’s entertainment or education.

How much money do compilation channels make on YouTube?

YouTube compilation channels have the potential to make millions.

Of course, this high balling it, but, there are plenty of example of compilation channels that are earning a lot of money.

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PowerAreAwesome, a compilation channel, earning $19,000 in a month.

As a rough figure, these channels will earn approximately $2-5 per 1000 views.

If they’re raking in many million of views per day, you can imagine what their paychecks are looking like.

What are some good ideas you can use for a compilation channel?

You can make a YouTube compilation channel about anything, but there are some things you should probably avoid …

For example, compilations of people saying “hello” probably aren’t going to be very exciting.

However, I do have some suggestions for you.

Ideas for YouTube compilations

  • TikTok compilations,
  • comedy compilations,
  • fight compilations (sketchy, especially when monetizing, don’t do it),
  • Live concert compilations.
  • You’ve seen them all before…
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Fail compilations are especially popular

What is the best software for making YouTube compilations?

Camtasia (extremely user-friendly)

Camtasia is literally the best software for this. I’ve used many other software packages, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere .etc but they’re all too complex. Camtasia allows you to drag and drop stuff instantaneously, apply effects, filters, and best of all, upload directly to YouTube.

They’ve got a free trial that lasts a month, which if you invest the time correctly, will lead to you earning enough money from your compilations that you’ll be able to buy it outright!

It’s well priced, and does everything you need to start creating quality videos. I use it for all of my YouTube videos, and it’s genuinely been an one of my most profitable assets since buying it.

You can record your screen with it, do voice-overs too, but the thing that sets it apart from the others is the unfettered ease of use. You can also upload your content directly to YouTube too. A bonus.

How to make a good YouTube compilation

Great people rarely invent things. They take excellent components from great inventors. Put them together and push at the quality that breaks boundaries of which we’ve become adjusted.

When you come to start your YouTube compilations project, think about ways you can firstly transform the content. Secondly, do it in a manner that pushes the boundaries.

OzzyManReviews monetises YouTube videos that he doesn’t own, by making the content transformative!

It can be as simple as you want to make it. or as elaborate as you wish. Think about all the compilations you’ve seen with no voiceover. There’s a reason why “RudeTube” is on TV, or “You’ve Been Framed” is on TV. They have voice-overs.

The narrators are funny and add to the effect. Hell, you could even delve into the realm of fake laughter to prompt the user to laugh. Or a few meme sound effects when a failure occurs; a Roblox “ooft”, for example.

Don’t just churn out YouTube compilations, keep them consistent. Write out good descriptions and pull out all the shots when it comes to retaining your audience.

You could use a teaser before something shocking happens, right at the start of the video, and don’t show the actual video until later in the compilation.

Add some fresh music in the background of your YouTube compilations. Use royalty-free music.

Make sure the sound is just right, I hate loud music on compilation videos, and everyone else does too. It takes away from the videos, and it’s plain annoying.

The world is your oyster with this one; don’t reupload other people’s content. Transform the material, make it something better than it already was, and delve into making your content top quality. Break some boundaries.

Is it legal to make YouTube compilations?

Provided you go about it in the correct manner, it is legal to post compilations to YouTube. But, there are few things you should be aware of before diving head first into this.

You need make sure that you’re not infringing other people’s copyright by repurposing the works into something new and transformative. This way, you are allowed to use the content under fair-use.

What is copyright infringement

Copyright infringement, that’s the phrase that was likely sitting on your mind before you clicked this article. And you’re right to be worried. If you’re looking to start a YouTube channel that reuses other people’s content, what right do you have to copy their work?

What is fair-use, in terms of YouTube

YouTube advocates for fair-use. When your video is transformative. At which point, I guess it comes down to 2 schools of thought; those who say you can’t copy other people’s work and those who say you can.

Example of fair-use transformative content that doesn’t break copyright law

You only need to take a look at the likes of FailArmy, PeopleAreAwesome, and WorldStarHipHop.

These channels are compilation channels. They started by using other people’s content, transforming the material into something new, and pushing it out as a new product.

They do not upload other people’s content directly, that’s copyright infringement. Without transforming the content, you are breaching copyright. Every one of the above channels has repackaged the works into something new, that can be consumed alongside and without the original works losing credit.

YouTube’s fair-use policy

If you’re not convinced that transformative content, fair use, acceptable, you should be now.


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