Top YouTube Stars' Earnings In 2017

No. 10: Lilly Singh ($10.5 million)

Lilly Singh’s YouTube fan base has continually grown over the past five years as she’s found a market that loves her sense of humour. Those following have come to adore her zany on-camera characters, which often depict her Indo-Canadian parents

No. 8 (tie): Ryan ToysReview ($11 million)

Reviews online can sometimes be tedious to read through and lack the added personality that you may find on YouTube, as seen with this 7-year-old. The channel is run by Ryan’s family so although he is the star, there’s some serious work by the rest of the crew behind the scenes. He’s the envy of all the kids and entertaining for those wanting to see what the latest and greatest goods are in toy land — from Playdoh to Tonka trucks, he’s on it. Ryan’s channel has only been around for a couple of years and he’s already amassed over 10 million subscribers.


No. 8 (tie): Smosh ($11 million)

Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla are a comedy duo from California, and the two started their “Smosh” life back in 2002. Their YouTube channel, which has over 12 million subscribers, launched in 2005 and on it you’ll find a bunch of videos on pop culture and quick-witted humour, as well as reviews on games and other products from time to time. Padilla actually quit “Smosh” this past June to start his own self-titled channel, which already has over 2.5 million subscribers.



No. 7: Jake Paul ($11.5 million)

He was one of the most recognizable stars on Vine (which may be coming back), and a lot of his digital success happened alongside his brother Logan, who’s also on this list. 2017 saw more attention on the younger brother as the New York Times cast him in a similar vein to reality tv villian, Spencer Pratt. Much of Paul’s behind-the-scenes (is there really any of that in YouTube?) drama with another YouTube star, Alissa Violet, was also aired out this year, increasing the scrutiny of Paul who is now signed to the world renowned talent agency, WME.

No. 6: PewDiePie ($12 million)

Felix Kjellberg is the man beind PewDiePie, and his clips into gaming culture often see him playing video games himself while commenting to his loyal followers. Speaking of followers, his base is the biggest on the list (over 58 million as of December 2017) and that doesn’t seem to be lessening even after news about his questionable video content, which led to him losing endorsements, arose this year.


No. 4 (tie): Logan Paul Vlogs ($12.5 million)

Unlike his more controversial bro, Logan Paul tends to stick to more happy-go-lucky content on his channel — people watching, dogs, cute things, practical jokes and of course Christmas. He’s also started a “Maverick Movement” and pivoted into the world of merchandising and apparel.


No. 4 (tie): Markiplier ($12.5 million)

Boasting over 18 million subscribers and a fan base that is huge on other platforms too (9.83 million followers on Twitter, 6.2 millon on Instagram), Mark Fischbach has made a real name for himself in the world comedy and gaming. His voice itself is made for commentary. Here’s his latest feedback on the horror game Prison Island to give you the gist if you haven’t heard of him before.


No. 3: Dude Perfect ($14 million)

If Impractical Jokers and Jackass had babies they’d probably resemble this team. Fans of stunts, sports and stand-ups (or those that watched Cory and Coby Cotton on Disney Channel) are following Dude Perfect, which is made up of five best friends and a dressed-up panda. They started the channel in 2009 and generally post at least one or two videos a week to their 24 million plus followers.

No. 2: VanossGaming ($15.5 million)

The 25-year-old Toronto native (real name Evan Fong) raked in more than $15 million this year, and that’s thanks to his trending content that coincides with popular game releases. He dropped out of university in his second year after his channel became incredibly popular and ended up giving up his hockey dream to pursue YouTube full-time. Now with over 8.5 billion views on YouTube and reaching the number two spot on the highest-paid YouTuber list for 2017, suffice to say he’s doing pretty well for himself. His tech skills are top shelf too, and continue to give him an edge over fellow digital content producers.


No. 1: DanTDM ($16.5 million)

Chances are if you love Minecraft you’re already all over this channel as the majority of the content is around the popular game. His channel is among the newer on the list (it launched just over five years ago), but the guy moves fast—he’s already released a graphic novel and in 2017 he toured around Sydney, Australia, selling out four shows, further solidifying his reign as one of the most popular personalities on YouTube, ever.

How exactly do they make money by posting vids on youtube?

Step 1: Setup a channel and apply to join the YouTube Partner Program. Your channel must have 10,000 lifetime views before your application to join the YouTube Partner program can be reviewed.

Step 2: Connect your YouTube channel to an AdSense account in order to earn money and get paid for your monetized videos.

Step 3: Take a minute to get to know the kinds of videos you can monetize and the different ad formats.

Step 4: Select "monetize with ads" for your videos and choose which ad formats and videos you want from the YouTube Studio app and in video manager.

Step 5: Keep making great videos that your community loves to watch!


angryinch - How exactly do they make money by posting vids on youtube?
I'm guessing ads..? That is is shit ton of money...