Money at 30: Announcing “How to Make Your First $1k on YouTube”

A little over three years ago, I randomly decided it was time to get serious about my finances and take the leap of checking my credit score. Even though the mistakes of my 20s were well behind me, I was still more than a little panicked about what it would look like. To my delight, I discovered that I was actually in pretty good shape. I suppose for most people this experience might have been validation that they could continue doing what they were doing. Yet, for me, it was actually the impetus to learn more about money in a bid for my wife and me to better our finances. Needless to say, the idea of becoming a personal finance blogger was definitely not what I expected from this seemingly impulsive visit to Credit Karma.

Just as I never really anticipated becoming a money blogger, I also wasn’t expecting much when I launched a YouTube channel back in 2017. Part of me thought it might be fun to share what I was learning in video form as a way to compliment my articles but, in the back of my mind, I did wonder if anyone would actually watch. Speaking of articles, I happened to document my growth on my Money@30 site:

Despite my reservations and assumptions about how my content would perform, almost exactly one year ago, I received an e-mail from YouTube saying my channel qualified for the Partner Program — AKA the “you can now run ads on your videos and we’ll pay you” program. Today, while I may not have the subscriber numbers, views, or cash flow of the big-name creators, I have been able to generate solid monthly revenue from my channel.

With that, I’m excited to announce the next step in my personal finance and YouTube journey. On November 21st, I’ll be launching my first ever course: How to Make Your First $1k on YouTube. This course will walk you through what you’ll need to start your channel, how you can increase the reach of your videos, and work your way up to monetizing your content — all based on my first-hand experience and what’s worked for me. Plus, if you’re worried that you don’t have what it takes to start on YouTube or that your content ideas don’t have any real value, I’ll explain why you’re likely wrong.

To give you a small taste of the course, I wrote a couple of articles previewing some of what I’ll cover in the first section:

Also, next Wednesday (November 13th), will be sharing a special guest post from my friend Toren Ajk looking at some video SEO best practices. Thankfully, Toren’s previously shared some of these tips with me and they’ve been extremely helpful in growing my channel. As a result, I’m thrilled to share some of this content on my site and in the course.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, I’d encourage you to please join my Money@30 mailing list. By doing so, you’ll not only be alerted when new posts (including Toren’s guest posts) go up but you’ll also be the first to know when How to Make Your First $1k on YouTube officially launches.

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Finally, I want to thank everyone who’s been so supportive of my finance journey over the past three+ years. I couldn’t have done it without you — and here’s to the next big step!

Also published on Medium.


Kyle Burbank

Kyle is a freelance writer and author whose first book, "The E-Ticket Life" is now available on Amazon. In addition to his weekly "Money at 30" column on Dyer News, he is also the editorial director and a writer for the Disney fan site and has recently starting publsihing his own personal finance blog at

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