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How To Make Money Doing YouTube Product Reviews

I’m not a YouTube star. I’m just a frugal, working mom who is always looking for ways to get free stuff and make a little side cash to help out the family. And while I’m not a professional YouTuber (yet), I do get lots of opportunities to try out neat products and actually make money doing YouTube product reviews!

So if you are looking into venturing into the world of YouTube, here are 6 easy tips for beginners to show you how to make a YouTube product review video and earn a little money while you’re at it!

With the new YouTube monetization rules, it can be hard for a beginner to get established and make money. But you can still make a little cash even if you have very few subscribers by reviewing products. Here are some ways even amateur vloggers can make money doing YouTube product reviews and even get free stuff!

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But let’s start at the beginning…

Start a YouTube channel

Obviously, you need to create a YouTube account. In order to do this, you need to have a Gmail address.

But before you create your YouTube channel, think about what types of products you would like to review and come up with a cool name.

If you already have a blog, you may want to use that so you can create consistency with your brand.

After your channel is created, be sure to include links to all of your social media and ensure that businesses have a way to contact you. You can add these by editing your “About” section in your YouTube dashboard.

When starting a YouTube channel, make sure to Include all your social media links through your About section.
Include all your social media links to your YouTube channel. Also upload some channel artwork and create a description to make you look more professional.

Find a niche

This can sometimes be harder than it sounds because chances are, there are probably already several hundreds of vloggers with the same niche, i.e. beauty, tech, toys.

As a product reviewer, I review a little of everything from gadgets, to make up, to products for the home and garden.

But I have found my own niche that sets me apart from some of the other beauty vloggers out there.


And since I have none, I am always looking for unique products to help with my problem.

I am not the only one with this problem, so this has actually resonated with viewers in the same boat which has exponentially increased my subscriber count and watch times.

This Wunderbrow review was my first big video to actually take off since posting it in 2016 and it is still getting lots of views and the product has been a huge seller.

Wunderbrow How To and Review for Women With NO Eyebrows – How I Apply Wunderbrow

Watch this video on YouTube.

From this video, you can tell that I am quite an amateur. But that’s okay!

Find out what you are passionate about and create a niche of your own. There are sure to be others who are into it too.

Once you have established that, it’s time to create your videos and make some money, honey!

How to Make a Product Review Video

IMO, the best product review videos feature the following things:

1. Unboxing

Hell, some people love to just watch people open boxes. In fact, unboxing alone is a popular niche.

Just make sure to hide your shipping address. You don’t need some crazed fan to pause your video to see where you live and come stalk you.

2. Demo The Product

Yes, this means you actually have to use it. But this is the most important and most helpful aspect of your video.

Here is a recent example of a demo and review for some Charcoal Toothpaste:

Dental Expert Whitening Charcoal Toothpaste – 5 day test!

Watch this video on YouTube.

Lots of people turn to YouTube to learn how to do something. So make sure you show them how!

While you are demonstrating the product, describe it for your viewers.

Some things to discuss:

  • What is the texture?
  • What is it made of?
  • How does it smell?
  • Is it easy or hard to use? Give them tips and pointers!
  • Who is the product best for and what problems can it solve?
  • What do you like (or not like) about it?

3. Tell them where to get it

You’ve sold them with your video, now show them where they can buy it.

Always provide a link to where they can purchase the product in the description. This is where you actually make the cash! (Keep reading…)

Now that you know the basics, let’s talk about how to establish yourself as a YouTube vlogger.

Finding the right products to increase YouTube views

As a small YouTuber, it might be a little difficult in the beginning to get paid actual money to make your videos. First, you have to increase your views, watch time, and subscribers.

And in order to do this, you should definitely take notice of the trends.

One way to do this is to pay attention to the ads that pop up on Facebook or social media and look at how many comments they get.

Also, do a little search on YouTube for a new product that you are interested in and see how well the videos are performing.

The best time to get in is when YouTube is not already saturated with videos of the same product. Try to be one of the first.

Even if you are a little late to the party, you can still review the product, but try to put a unique spin on it or cater to a specific demographic that has not been covered by the rest.

How to make money doing YouTube product reviews

Monetize your Videos

But this is easier said than done. In 2018, YouTube has made it incredibly difficult for new vloggers (and even existing ones) to monetize videos.

“On January 16, 2018, we announced new eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program. Once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the program.” – Google Support

So if you are just starting out on YouTube, it can take quite a while to become eligible for the YouTube program.

Here are the details in a nutshell:

  1. You will need to first meet the minimum eligibility requirements and have an account in good standing.
  2. You will need to have a (free) Google Adsense account – which also has requirements of its own.
  3. Once accepted into the program, they will run ads on your videos which can earn you a small amount of income when viewers watch them or click on them.
Here is an example of what YouTube monetization looks like.
Here is an example of what YouTube monetization looks like on my Eyebrow Stamp review. You can watch the whole video here.

Since this is a guide for beginners, I am not going to get into all the details. But here is a link to the YouTube monetization program guidelines.

When the new rules went into effect, I had just under 1000 subscribers but had a total of 630,923 watch time minutes for 2017. So while I had the watch time, I did not have the subscribers.

After begging and pleading with my friends, I managed to get the subscriber count to over 1k which kept me eligible for the program.

After all that, I currently make about $50 a month through YouTube monetization alone.

Become an Amazon Affiliate

Even if you are not eligible for the YouTube program, you can make money through affiliate links! In fact, this is really how I make money doing YouTube product reviews.

What is an Amazon affiliate?

“When website owners and bloggers who are Associates create links and customers click through those links and buy products from Amazon, they earn up to 10% referral fees.” – Amazon

In fact, I try to make product review videos for items specifically available on Amazon just so that I can use my affiliate link.

For example, I recently had the chance to try out this controversial Plasma Mole Remover Pen that I received free for review.

So I decided to film myself using it for the first time and it has become my most popular video to date thus far.

Plasma Mole Remover Pen Review

Watch this video on YouTube.

I did not realize at the time that this product is a huge trend right now all over the internet. It was even featured on the “The Doctors” TV show.

But through my Amazon affiliate link, I have actually sold a sh*t ton of these plasma mole remover pens. Score!

The Amazon affiliate program is a great way to make passive income because you can earn commission on any item the viewer purchases, even if it’s not the product you are selling! They just need to click on your link and go shopping.

At this time, Amazon is not an approved seller on YouTube, so you can only put the link in the comments. As long as people can read, they should be able to find your link!

Sponsored videos

Companies are always looking for ways to spread the word about their products – and one of the best ways is through YouTube videos since views increase over time.

There are companies out there such as Gen Video or Tomoson that can provide you with opportunities to get paid cash to shoot product review videos. You don’t even need a large following.

However, it can sometimes be difficult to get picked. I have found that if you are open to “sensitive” topics, you can greatly increase your chances.

Here is a sponsored video that I got through Gen Video for Depend Fit-Flex underwear.

My Experience with Depend Fit-Flex Underwear for Women

Watch this video on YouTube.

On the downside, I got some pretty strange comments. But it opened my channel to a different type of audience and greatly increased my subscriber and viewer count.

Plus I made a little instant moolah and affiliate sales. Win-Win!

How to get free products to review on YouTube

Even if you are not established, you may have a good chance of getting the products for free. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

For example, if there is a product out there that I have been wanting to try (being the cheapskate that I am) I always reach out to the company first and see if they would mind letting me try out the product for free in exchange for a video review.

Most Realistic Fake Eyebrows For Those of us with No Brows – Instabrows!

Watch this video on YouTube.

They may also have their own affiliate program where you can earn commission or gets discounts from them.

If I get rejected (or more often just ignored), I will simply buy the product myself if I want it that badly.

For more ideas, check out my article: How to Get Free Stuff Without Coupons

Hell, you can even use products you already own. Bonus if you can make money on it with Amazon affiliate links!

When you’re starting out, you can look at it as an investment. You need products to review anyway, right?

So you see, you don’t have to be a YouTuber with millions of followers to make money doing YouTube product reviews.

As long as you are consistent, real, and helpful, your views and subscribers will grow over time and so will your income!

What type of products do you like to see reviewed on YouTube? What type of YouTubers grab your attention? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contain affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**

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  1. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to start a blog until I read I was vying with 83,000,000 other blogs say what? Looks like you found your niche well done you.

  2. These tips are really valid and useful. Not all people are aware how YouTube can be used to make money. Thanks for sharing.

  3. patienceconsistencyjustinflorio patienceconsistencyjustinflorio

    I have never considered monetizing from YouTube. Your post provided such clear and concise detail to get your account set up. I will be following these steps!

  4. An excellent and detailed guide for all beginners. I agree, this is not an easy job and needs a lot of passion and effort put into it.

  5. Thats too awesome! My friend is Cynthia is a youtuber and she monetizes from just being her haha! I’ll show this to her and maybe she can start monetizing this way too!

    • Your friend is very lucky! But she can definitely benefit from this as well 🙂

  6. Great tip. I heard people earn from social sites. But few people share the secrets like you did. Thank you.

  7. How cool is that! Very informative post. I have my daughters youtube all set up just havent got to this part yet and I will be sure to save this so I can reference to it!

  8. I am very camera shy so that’s why I don’t have a channel on youtube. I am also super opinionated and I would have “burned” my sponsors if I wouldn’t like them, lol. These are great tips however and I know many people can benefit from your expertise!

  9. justbusylovinglife justbusylovinglife

    Thank you for these great ideas!! I help my daughter run her YouTube channel and these are all so helpful to take it to the next level!

  10. Thank you so much! I have been thinking about vlogging from past few months but was really confused. This will really help ?

  11. I have a good friend that is wanting to do this more; I am so passing on your post. Great info and I enjoyed your videos too:”)

  12. Arleene Arleene

    Ive actually though about getting more active on YouTube but it’s really a lot of work. Im still not 100% commited but you shared some key info to keep in mind.

  13. Great idea for those that want to venture beyond blogging or do as an addition. Great tips, very helpful.

  14. This is an awesome idea. This is perfect for growing your reach. I am definitely going to give this a try.

  15. Thank you so much for this post! I really needed to read this, because I have been wanting to do a product review but did not know how!

  16. This is a very instructive post. I want to make a Youtube channel too, and your post is giving me great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Minakshi Bajpai Minakshi Bajpai

    Very well detailed post. I don’t know all about these things. Thanks for sharing

  18. Great tips for people who like to do a youtube channel. I nephew who is only 11 years love doing video recording and I have suggesting him to start his own channel. His niche would be playground reviews. Lol. I should send this link for him to take a look.

  19. This is such an insightful post! I don’t really make videos – too self concious but I do review on my blog and it was a good reminder on what points to address in my posts!

  20. Esme Sy Esme Sy

    Nice read, I can understand everything even from a beginner’s point of view. The tricky part about picking a niche is to never try being original by having your own category You can fit into a certain group and still be original and outrank everyone if done right.

  21. These are really good tips! but I also think that living in the Us makes things easier, as brands and companies are more open to collaborate with influencers, in my small country it, which is not even in the EU, it is way more difficult.

  22. You Tube is one of those places I don’t have too much information about. So thanks for these detailed post, bookmarking it for sure.

  23. Very informative post! I’ve been considering starting my own YouTube channel for a while but struggle to find the time!

  24. Joanna Joanna

    I would love to start doing reviews on Youtube but I am very camera shy and I don’t think I would ever look natural on video. I do get some really cool boxes and I would love to get the courage and video the unboxing.

    • You could always just film your hands. Lots of people do that. But it does depend on the type of item it is.

  25. Elizabeth O Elizabeth O

    This is such an informative and well thought out post, you have really detailed the hows and whys for anyone who is looking to make money on YouTube.

  26. That was really cool to read! I’m glad it’s been a good experience for you (even if you do get strange comments haha).

  27. This is so useful and insightful. I would like to use my youtube account more – just dont have the time to edit the videos. Thanks for the tips.

  28. I have a YouTube channel but I haven’t had a chance to review a product! Thanks to your tips, I’m gonna try it.

  29. This is a really informative post. Truth is, you look so familiar that I am CERTAIN I’ve seen a couple of your videos. At lease the one about the eye brows. I love that you included so much information in this post, and that you did it in a way that someone like me can understand.

    • Haha! Probably. The eyebrow videos have gotten around a little bit. Thank you for noticing ?

  30. thebetterlyf thebetterlyf

    This is really timely for me as I am looking to launch my YouTube channel very soon, and I have been doing a lot of research on the subject. I really appreciate your insight

  31. You tube is so fun to post on. You’re making a commercial for your product. Good points on telling how it smells, texture, etc.

  32. This is really useful information as well as the tips are going to be very helpful for anyone looking to go beyond just blogging or interested in monetizing their youtube.

  33. Detailed explanation will definitely help reviewers. Thanks for sharing your success recipe.

  34. This is informative post. Great guide one who wants to earn from doing a YouTube channel

  35. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have not given YouTube reviews a go yet, but it is definitely a plan I have. Your post was insightful and educational. I enjoyed it immensely.

  36. This was incredible! Can I just tell you how much i appreaciated this Post! Thanks for all the tips and guidelines on describing a product! :):)

  37. Such a great post! Thank for the tip, was thinking of starting up a YouTube channel

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