Let’s take a short trip back in time. Around forty years ago, kids were glad to have color television and dreamt of becoming spacemen and teachers. Twenty years ago, every kid wanted a Tamagotchi, a CD player, and to become a pop star.
Let’s fast forward twenty more years, up to the present days. We call everything mentioned above “vintage” or “old school.” Some kids still enjoy those things, but just like a tribute to the memory of those weird days of their parents’ youth.
Some still want to become teachers, astronauts, football players, and musicians, but the majority plans to become bloggers, or at least try to. Although blogging is difficult to call a profession, it is one of the most profitable occupations on the media market. At least the numbers don’t lie.
The richest YouTuber in the world
Let’s start from the world stars. The first vlog-like videos date back in the 1980s. Back then, one could hardly imagine that 2005 will make this genre so popular. Nowadays, YouTube bloggers enjoy fame in exchange for addictive content (which is actually not always worth watching).
Nevertheless, Forbes listed the richest YouTube vloggers based on their yearly earnings from June 1, 2017 to 2018, and here’s what we’ve got:
- Logan Paul — $14.5 mln
- PewDiePie — $15.5 mln
- Jacksepticeye — $16 mln
- VanossGaming — $17 mln
- Markiplier — $17.5 mln
- Jeffree Star — $18 mln
- DanTDM — $18.5 mln
- Dude Perfect — $20 mln
- Jake Paul — $21.5
And the winner is Ryan ToysReview with $22 mln earned during the year. The “toys” in the name might seem confusing, but only until you find out that the channel is hosted by seven-year-old boy, whose videos are recorded by parents. That is undoubtedly way more confusing for every adult.
The richest YouTuber in Nigeria
Now, a few words about locals: time for the highest YouTube earners in Nigeria. It turns out that vlogging is still less popular in the country than blogging. Thus, we decided to start with the top bloggers and their net worth. So here’s the shortlist:
- Oladunni Liadi
- Jide Ogunsanya
- Ademola Ogundele
- Stella Dimokokorkus
- Chude Jideonwo
- Loy Okieze
- Noble Igwe
- Uche Eze
- Omoyele Sowore
The person at the top of the list has several blogs – personal website, popular Instagram account, and a successful YouTube channel. So can we rightly award Linda Ikeji the title of highest paid YouTubers in Nigeria? Sounds fair taking into account the fact that she’s been the first billionaire blogger in the country with the current net worth estimated between $8 and $40 mln.
How to be a successful YouTuber in Nigeria?
We were slowly approaching this question from the very beginning. How to turn vlogging into profession? How to become a successful YouTube vlogger? Are there any common tips, insights, secrets? Who can share those? After observing the activity of popular vloggers, we came up with a couple of conclusions.
- You should start as an enthusiast and be devoted to what you do even if vlogging doesn’t bring income for a while.
- You should film and upload the content frequently and on a regular basis.
- The content should be interesting for a certain audience and relevant.
- You don’t have to be a path-breaker, but you should be original.
- Start with watching popular vlogs, note the things you like the most, note what is lacking, and use this to create your own show and image.
- Work a lot, and you’ll make it!