YouTube is one of the best ways to earn money in South Africa, it pays R10 to R20 for 1000 views. The number of views depend on various factors, one of them being the geographical region of views. Views from USA generally generate more income than views from African countries.
AdSense pays in terms of RPM.In South Africa, if your RPM is $1 it means that for every 1,000 YouTube views, AdSense pays $1.The RPM for YouTubers in the country range between $0.4 and $1.5.
Factors affecting YouTube income in South Africa
- Length of the video
The longer the video, the more income you get. The RPM for longer videos is higher than that of shorter videos. YouTube assumes that when a video is long, watch time is high, hence high click through rate. An ideal video should be more than 4 minutes long.
- Watch hours
If a viewer takes longer time watching a video, it means the video is interesting. Low bounce rate determines the RPM of a channel. Always make sure that your videos are of good quality and highly entertaining for your subscribers to take long hours to view them.
- Geographical region of viewers
Viewers from South Africa, Europe and USA attract high RPM.From these views, your RPM will range between $1 and $1.5.But if your channel gets views from other African countries and none from USA, you’ll earn as less as R7 per 1000 views.
- Number of adverts per videos
A video with one advert generates less income than one with two adverts. The adverts in your channel should be 2 or 3.
To start a YouTube channel in South Africa is free but to start earning through AdSense, your channel should have at least 1,000 subscribers,4,000 hours watch time and must be 12 months old.in addition, all your videos must be original and of high quality.