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If you are here, you are likely familiar with the videos placed on the YouTube Channel, What is a Mason. You may have listened to the podcast, noticed the articles available on this site, or have read others elsewhere, or have communicated with me privately to discuss your questions.
Occasionally a Brother will ask me how they can donate something. Usually I just request that they share videos in their local lodge, grand lodge, or other masonic groups on any social media platform they can. And, frankly, that is THE BEST way to support the channel. Still, some Brethren appreciate the costs associated with such efforts and they want to defray those costs, personally.
That is the reason for this page.
“Do you get anything from YouTube?” is a question I commonly get from Brethren, friends, and family. Yes, I do – but please let me explain…
YouTube is, at it’s heart, nothing more than a place to store videos that you can then permit certain people, or the world, to view. If you allow YouTube to place ads on your videos, they will pay you a small portion of that. While this value ranges widely by topic, from season-to-season and year-to-year, it is honest to say that for every 1,000 views on YouTube, I earn about $3. Most of my videos don’t reach 1,000 views very quickly. The only reason YouTube works as a source of income, for anybody, is because either a) They get so many views that it finally adds-up (expense-revenue) -or- b) The hope that a video will become viral for some quick, one-time, cash -or- c) They have some long-lasting videos that are “chart toppers” for a long time.
So the concept is simple, right? Create a video, upload it, and make cash. But there is a lot that goes into a single video, and as of Oct 2018 I have +135 videos on What is a Mason.
A single 10 minute video takes me about 3 hours to finish. How so?
- My room has to be converted into a studio.
- The video has to be filmed, and it always takes, easily, twice as long as the finished product.
- Children have to be reminded that I am filming and to be quiet.
- The rest of the video has to be filmed.
- Break down the “studio” and make it a “room” again.
- The raw video has to be edited with intro, outro, overlays, and more, added.
- The video has to compile.
- The video has to be uploaded to YouTube and all the settings, which takes some research, filled out.
- The audio has to be ripped from the video and uploaded to this website for the Podcast product.
- The video has to be shared across multiple social media platforms for awareness.
- I, personally, reply to +90% of the comments left on my channel – which time I don’t dare attempt to track.
Would you do all of that for the mere hope of $3? Few would.
That is why so many YouTube channels rely on Patreon, PayPal, or other donation type services. We aren’t greedy – we’re broke and trying to justify the use of our time by earning some cash to pay the bills – the same reason you’re willing to give up some of your time to your employment.
I receive zero monetary compensation for the audio podcast or written articles.
I participate in the Amazon Affiliate program. If you buy something through one of my links I get some cash, roughly around 5% of your total purchase, at no additional cost to you. Basically, I get paid as acting like a marketing person for Amazon. I got the sale, so I get a commission. That’s it. So, if you buy a $10 lapel pin, I get $0.50 of it. If you buy a $20 book, I get $1 of it. It’s that simple.
Since many of the things I talk about might lead you to “Google It” and find pictures, or where to buy it, the amazon ads are displayed in hopes that you might see the image, click on it, and buy through Amazon, which helps me, and costs you nothing extra.
I have an agreement with Masonic Revival which is proprietary. However, it amounts to nothing more than some regalia being provided for the cost of mentioning Masonic Revival on videos. Masonic Revival also has an affiliate program that works much in the same way as Amazon.