I’ve been playing around with buying Youtube accounts lately for traffic and wanted to share some of my story…
Now you might be wondering why would anyone want to buy a Youtube account? Well if you can find a good account with a lot of views in your niche then you can promote your website or affiliate links on those accounts pretty easily.
Take for example this video…
As you can see, this video has 77,258 views on it. It’s not a ton, but if the account has 20-30 videos like this then it would be well worth it to try and buy the account.
All you have to do is go to Clickbank and find a workout of diet product and promote it with an affiliate link under the video. You can also add annotations to the video so that you can direct them to your URL (redirect it) as well…
Now the other way you can do this is to find accounts that have just 1-2 KILLER videos with millions of views. This is what I try to do. Most of these accounts are run by kids who have no clue that the views they have are worth anything. So for a 12 year old kid, if you offered him $100 for the account he would probably gladly take it.
How to buy the account and make an offer
This is where it boils down to a numbers game. Most of the accounts you want, you’ll have a hard time getting an answer from the owner. And if you do, most of them are skeptical that you’re going to scam them or steal their identity (cant happen, but people are skeptical)
I heard some good tips on this from a Jason Moffat video I watched a while back – he said that what was working for him was using something like this in a private Youtube message…
Hey, I just came across your Youtube account and Im interested in buying it. My buddy and I are having a competition to see who can get the most traffic to our websites and I want to use some of the videos you have to do that. If you want to setup the videos on another account thats fine with me, I just want your account as it is. I can pay you like $100 for the account – and Ill send you the money via Paypal or a check in the mail. Let me know if youre interested.
Now one of the keys to this is that you have to find accounts that someone has no emotional or economic attachment to. If someone has a bunch of workout videos for their own site and they are making money with it, they arent going to sell it to you. And if some little kid has a bunch of his favorite WoW clips on his account, then he’s prolly going to be hesitant with giving it up…
This is why you either have to tell them they can keep all the vids and move them to a new account – or you need to find accounts that just have 1-2 really good videos that have 1 million+ views….
What to do once you have the account
Once you agree on a price, then all you need to do is get the password from them. Make sure you change it right away (along with any other information)
And then you can start to monetize the videos by linking them to your affiliate links – or by sending them to your own website. The best ways to link up is in the “About” box and also put annotations on the screen that direct people to your website or redirecting URL.
One of the easiest ways to figure out which accounts to buy would be to go Clickbank and find products that would fit certain types of videos. So if there is a Youtube video of a 7 year old doing a killer solo on guitar then find a “learn how to play guitar” product on Clickbank and put an affiliate link in there.
You could literally do this for almost every niche that has a product on Clickbank.
My experiences buying Youtube accounts
So far I’ve bought 5 accounts for $650 total. My total affiliate commission made off all the accounts has been $1750. Now the good thing is, if these accounts all stay active and the traffic stays the same, I’ll make an extra $10,000-$12,000 dollars this year off the accounts.
I havent hit a MAJOR winner ($5k or more per month), but Im going to keep trying to see if I can find one…