Make Money with YouTube Shorts in 5 Simple Steps [2023]

make money with youtube shorts

Today, in this step-by-step tutorial, I will show you how to make money with YouTube shorts. The best part about this method is that this is 100% free and you don’t have to pay any money to do this.

Let’s go ahead and jump into the exact step-by-step strategy.

1. Pick a Niche

The first thing we need to do is pick a Youtube shorts niche.

So go to YouTube and all you need to do is search for #shorts.

youtube search shorts

That’s going to pull up the short shelf and you’ll see, there are people getting millions of views.

Here you can get an idea of a YouTube shorts niche you would like to create videos around.

Let’s say you’re in the fitness niche.

We’re going to search hashtag shorts+weight loss and that’s going to up all the short videos that are about weight loss and we’re going to see how many views these short videos are getting.

youtube shorts weight loss

As you can see, some of the YouTube shorts get hundreds of thousands of views and many of them are very easy to create.

So, this is actually a niche that a lot of people are taking advantage of weight loss, because obviously there are a lot of people who want to lose weight and want to have healthy bodies.

So I’m going to show you exactly how you can get started in this niche that’s untapped with YouTube shorts, and how you can start potentially earning from it without Google ad revenue, but from other monetization sources.

Further Reading:

19 Best YouTube Niches in 2022

2. Find a Video Idea

The second thing we need to do is find YouTube shorts ideas.

To do so you can search for a popular article in your niche that will give you content to create for this short video.

For this tutorial, I’m going to search for the best exercises at home.

then I can search for images on Google with all of these different exercises that I can use in my YouTube shorts video.

best exercises at home images

I can search for push-ups, burpees, mountain climbers, etc, and then download them but make sure to only use creative commons images to avoid YouTube copyright.

So with all of these exercise variations, I can make a YouTube short video that’s educational and people will want to watch it all the way through.

3. Make a YouTube Shorts Video

Once I’ve got the resources for my content, the next step is to make a YouTube shorts video.

And for this, we’ll use InVideo which is a free AI video maker that can generate a video with a few clicks of a button.

So get your InVideo free plan and once you log in, the first thing you need to do is to select a video format.

invideo video format

Select vertical (9:16) aspect ratio which is a YouTube shorts video format.

Then you can select a template. InVideo has over 5,000 pre-made beautiful templates in any niche.

So I can search for fitness and Invideo shows me lots of YouTube shorts templates perfect for my video.

invideo templates

After that, you can upload your images, drag them to the video editor or choose different images from the InVideo stock footage library.

Then you add different stickers and animations like zoom in and out. That’s going to make it pan out and look nice. Kind of like a video, even though it’s just an image.

You can also add text to your video to make it more engaging.

invideo text

I can add a few scenes let’s say 5 seconds each clip so it’s 15-60 seconds long, which is the perfect length for a shorts video.

So all I had to do was drag and drop the images, add some text-click on the image and add a photo zoom effect on each one of them so it will look like a video.

So, we have a cool YouTube shorts video that’s educating people, which will encourage them to watch all the way through which is the whole point of the shorts.

Then we can download this video and upload it later onto our channel.

4. Monetize a Video

Now we have to monetize this video. One of the best ways to make money with YouTube shorts is with ads since Youtube funded $100M to reward content creators.

However, if you don’t meet Youtube monetization requirements which is 4000 hours watch time and 1000 subscribers, you’re not able to monetize these videos via Google AdSense.

But fortunately, this is not the only way to earn money with YouTube shorts.

So, what we can do here is to monetize via YouTube affiliate marketing.

You can go over to, which is an affiliate network with a bunch of different products you can promote.

Then I can search for “lose weight”, and they have multiple products in here related to losing weight, like this one -“Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic”.

It’s a $155 commission so for each person that purchases this product through your special link, you’re going to earn $155.

This is easily doable, especially if your shorts will get thousands of views or even hundreds of views, you can definitely make good money by simply promoting an affiliate product with your shorts.

So, click promote, grab your special link, and then we’re going to YouTube, upload the shorts video to your channel.

Further Reading:

9 Ways To Make Money on YouTube Without Monetization

5. Upload a Video

To upload your YouTube shorts, go to the YouTube studio, click on “upload video” and upload the video you created in the previous step.

And first, you want to give it a title.

You can say “3 ways to burn belly fat”

upload video

Make sure to not forget to add hashtag shorts.

And then in the description, you can put, “get the secret blueprint for burn belly fat,” then put your affiliate link in there.

Whoever watches the video clicks on your affiliate link and purchases the product, you’re going to earn money.

How Much You Can Earn with YouTube Shorts?

With the YouTube shorts fund, you can earn between $100–$10,000 each month depending on viewership and engagement. If you don’t meet YouTube monetization requirements though, you can still monetize Youtube shorts with other methods like affiliate marketing, sponsorship, or selling merchandise.

For example, if we look at this particular channel German Spidey which mostly uploads YouTube shorts, according to, on a monthly basis they’re earning anywhere from $142,000 to $2.3 million.

german spidey social blade

Even if we say it’s somewhere down the middle, that’s still $1 million per month.

Making Money WIth YouTube Shorts Final Words

TIn conclusion, you can make money with YouTube shorts by creating high-quality content, optimizing your videos for search, and promoting your videos through social media and other online channels.

If you follow these tips, you can create a successful YouTube channel and generate a healthy income from your shorts.

I really hope you’d get some value out of this tutorial.

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