How much I make on 1,000,000 YouTube views (after getting fired from Facebook)

Hay, TechLead here and welcome back to coffee time with your host TechLead, the Ex-Google and Ex-Facebook tech lead. Today I thought I would be talking about how much money I would make on a million view video. And this is maybe surprising or unsurprising answer for you. And first of all, you may be thinking that I am only doing this just to brag, to flex, to show off somebody And, yeah that is kind of true. My ex, I hope you are watching this one. But really what I’m trying to do here is I’m just monetizing my monetization. Don’t hate the game. Please don’t do that. Just hate me if you’re gonna do that. Now, the funny thing about YouTube is that there are so many different revenues dream that you can build up for yourself here. It’s funny that I’m generating more on YouTube then I made as a tech lead at Google. Or as a staff software engineer at Facebook. Being at the top of these tech fields, you know, it’s like, I’m probably doing well over half a million dollars on Youtube alone. Speaking of monetization, this video is brought to you by Squarespace Ready to start your next business? From websites and online stores, to marketing tools and analytics, Squarespace is the all in one platform to build a beautiful website, and run your business. Get 10% off your order at In this video in particular, I wanted to focus on the advertising revenue stream. And, I’m going to be completely transparent with you guys, trying to educate you a little, so, in exchange for that, I ask that you give the video a like and subscribe it really helps me out, that’s all I want from you. And I’ll show you some of these numbers, in case you also want to do Youtube, or if you’re just curious and I’ll also provide you a few tips in case you’re trying to get started, but, make no mistake: I don’t think Youtube is very easy. Now recently, one of my videos: “My Wife Left Me” had gone viral and hit over a million views and, we can take a look at my analytics, and see how much money that had made and we can see here, if I refresh this page, it’s $4750, based on a million view video. Which, I don’t know, was it surprising to you? It doesn’t sound all that high to me, right? Like, it’s okay, it’s decent, and, basically, after that, I followed up with another video, called: “Managing and protecting money in a relationship” that one also, kinda went viral, did 250 thousand views and, it did about a quarter of the revenue, at $1200, roughly. So, all told, with those two videos combines, we’re looking at about $6000 in revenue, on how I was able to monetize my depression. So that is based on pure ad-revenue alone. And then if I refresh my stats, I can see that I’m doing about $18,000, per month. Which is alright! It’s decent, is like the salary of an entry level software engineer. And if I check out another of my videos, ”Top signs of an inexperienced programmer”. This one went viral too. went to a million views, I can see lifetime revenue here by 5,000 dollars so yup, that’s seems about the go-in rate in tech, maybe 5 dollars CPM (Cost Per Thousand), based on actual views Now if you actually check you analytics, you may see it’ll say 10-15 dollars CPM but you know those are really based on monetize playback, something like that so i think that generally it’s like for every million view you get 5000 bucks or so, more or less maybe that surprised you, maybe does not sound as high as you may have thought, right? like you know you may go through all these trouble to trying create a viral hit video, million views, and .. 5000 bucks ? It’s okay, it’s alright, it’s not bad, but it is also not like life-changing money, or anything like that. you have to keep in mind that the rates differs based on the topic of the video, like it feels like a music video, a kids video, or .. just a gossip video, then it may not monetize as well, right? it may see half the rate in tech, usually the rate is little higher and then it feels like a personal finance video you may even see a double that rate so it really depends on the target audience that you are going after here so that’s your advertising revenue.

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100 thoughts on “How much I make on 1,000,000 YouTube views (after getting fired from Facebook)

  1. We support you, subscribed and liked, till you got a job again while continuing this sidehustle (ˉ﹃ˉ) no wonder you are a tech lead.

  2. 1 000 000 views per single video. 10 videos * 100 000 views would make you far less than $6 000.

    I like the joke about the many years marriage experience.

  3. Almost 10 years and I never did take off. It's always interesting to see how others had succeeded. I wish you luck in the future TechLead!

  4. So.. he gets c£4700 for 1 million views.. Is that £4700 a one-off payment for one month or a recurring payment for each month till the video is taken down or whatever?

  5. "Your're garbage"…"Well any good coder knows that a good system needs a good garbage collector to keep the system from failing…that's a decent comeback to someone that replies to your shirt I would say.

  6. $18000 a month is the wage of an entry level software engineer?! I ducking live in the wrong side of the planet.

  7. Would be nice if someone can create a way to monetize my time watching Youtube vids lol. YT should pay viewers' time too right? 🤔

  8. $18k/month USD = Entry level software engineer.

    Working as software engineer for 5 years.
    Looks at current salary.
    Cries in a corner.

  9. How did your experience working on the Youtube app helped you with your channel? Do you actually know how to hack the algorithm?

  10. I can see things I have in common with you. I don't tend to bend to the most common ways, I get distracted and bored easily and really enjoy and value knowledge and skills. I hope I can make as much money as you, or at least half of it! I just don't dare being so free and careless… yet.

  11. 18k/month is the salary for entry level software engineer at 2:40… I am probably the half-entry level only now…

  12. I would take this down now that your woman has left you.

    She will likely try to destroy you financially..

    Convert all your money to bitcoin, immediately.

  13. 18K per month is decent and ENTRY-LEVEL salary in SF for an engineer? 216K in entry-level? If that's the case, I'll be the janitor…what is that about a 1/3 of that…so about 65K? Lol

  14. Haha, he's back to his old self! Good to see dude. And seriously, If you want to understand what happened to your wife, .

  15. TechLead has this sort of dry humor where it's hard to tell if he's joking or is actually serious. I think that's the secret of his appeal.

  16. I just subscribe to your channel. A serious question for you. I am almost done with my Degree in Management Information Systems & Business Analytics. What would be the easiest IT job to get?

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