Gaming Youtube for Cash

Alright enough Q&A’s (although I do want to get through all of them) and vacation posts…it’s time for some money-making content.

This post wasn’t actually in my agenda, but I’m squeezing it in as I just kind of stumbled over it and found it interesting. I was browsing YouTube, and found a site that is possibly cashing in on hundreds of thousands of free impressions. I was on vacation yesterday and missed American Idol which I like to watch (I love music and play the drums), so I was watching some of the performers on last night’s episode when I stumbled upon the user RealIdolFans. It was pretty obvious what caught my eye, here’s a screenshot of the very beginning (and end) of the video :

Basically it’s an ad telling users that they can get their American Idol ringtones at If you go to Idol Rings you can see it’s just a rip of a basic ringtone landing page, they just altered the graphics a little bit to make it look like it’s IdolRings’ custom website.

When the video of the show actually starts, they have a little Idol looking watermark thing in the bottom corner of the video. Their ad is showing during the entire video, and almost looks like it’s a part of the show.


They also have a link to the landing page in the first line of the video description.


I looked in a little further and checked out the profile of RealIdolFans and saw the following information :


RealIdolFans joined just 1 day ago, but in that day has watched almost 1,100 videos. Now either this person is a REAL YouTube addict, or they had some automated script go through and watch 1,000 movies to make their profile look credible.

After one day, this person already has over 50 video subscribers, and around 10,000 views per video (most have over 10k, one of them has over 50k views in less than 24 hours). With every new week, subscribers for RealIdolFans should jump up as well as video views. This person has found a way to get thousands of ringtone clicks at no cost (aside from taking time to upload all the videos). Do I have any idea if they’re even making money with it? No, but I’m sure they’ve done at least a few leads.

Moral of this story…once again think outside the box when it comes to affiliate marketing! There are plenty of other ways to make money on affiliate programs aside from just PPC landing pages. This person is exploiting the millions of YouTube views every day by building a follow-ship and then using it to sell ringtones to the perfect target audience.


  1. April 16, 2008

    Nice article. bloggers should not only focus PPC as you said there are other many ways to earn money online

  2. April 16, 2008

    Good stuff. Would be intersting to see how much they are actually making. I guess there are lines between what is illegal and who can catch you and stop you from getting paid.

    BTW, Paul, did you steal your site design from shudogg?

  3. April 16, 2008

    Selling ads are against the YouTube TOS
    Also you can’t upload copyrighted content. Expect Fox to DCMA his account, ESPECIALLY since they put ads on.

  4. April 16, 2008

    Good stuff…that is absolutely a very cool way of making money and besides, if people know how much them guys are making from youtube then it wont take up to 2 months it would be over crowded….people love free stuffs!

  5. Jason
    April 16, 2008

    This guy must have just opened this particular account because he was doing this early using the exact same setup but I saw the videos weeks ago because a few of them hit the daily top list.

    I wonder if he’s just duplicating his efforts under a new account or the old one was deleted.

  6. Aniston
    April 16, 2008

    Great Post but how do you get the video off the tv?? LOL…Seriously though…how? I would love to learn this technique.

  7. Adrian
    April 16, 2008

    @Aniston u could do this… That’s all I’m saying

  8. April 16, 2008

    Yeah funny. I paid over $1,000 for my theme, he obv ripped it from me and it’ll be taken down soon.

  9. April 16, 2008

    His account was probably deleted.

  10. btalibanned
    April 17, 2008

    Time to try this method myself with my own twist

  11. April 17, 2008


    Once again, great post Paul. However, this method is already well-known. When it comes to YouTube, your imagination is the limit. You can even promote the ZangoCrap with those creative methods. And it doesn’t need to be American Idol stuff. It could be whatever is being searched on the net. You even can record some videos on camtasia if you want to promote some geeks stuff.

    However, I found this method much less profitable than the classic PPC. Maybe you don’t pay on the traffic, but the cash you make is compared to it. So, currently I personally do only PPC, but I’m trying to develop some system that all this stuff will be outsourced.


  12. ke
    April 17, 2008


    How do you insert the ad’s into the video’s and is that legal? I’d really appreciate a technical answer to this question.

  13. April 17, 2008

    Good post Paul.. hmm that’s a very smart move from that guy doing this.. Doing something about the latest buzz definitely helps you get leads…

  14. April 17, 2008

    whjch of his accounts was deleted? the youtube account or affiliate account?

  15. Tim
    April 17, 2008

    I really do appreciate this information. But doesn’t seem it hypocritical that you wont even show us one of your own expired landing pages, yet you completely exposed this guys hustle.

    Once again i do appreciate this share greatly. I’m just imagining if i was this guy and i found your blog and found my enter site and strategy completely laid out for copycatting while the author of the blog will not even show his readers a simple screen shot of an landing page that isn’t even in use any longer.

  16. April 17, 2008

    wow, this post looks familiar

  17. Tom Bergeron
    April 17, 2008 Bitch!

  18. April 17, 2008

    lol cakes you posted this like forever ago

  19. Tom
    April 17, 2008

    Nice idea but I’d be very cautious, what this guy is doing is obviously illegal.

  20. April 17, 2008

    I have been doing this for a quite a long time now check out my YouTube profile trust me it doesn’t help that much.

  21. ke
    April 17, 2008


    What keyword research tools do you guys use? and how do you go about finding stuff to sell?

    is wordze any good?

  22. April 17, 2008

    hahahahahaha i love these kinda fights….it makes me lmao hahahahahahahahahaha !

  23. Stefan
    April 17, 2008

    pretty cool, I do something similar using entertainment. already have over 10 millions views, and constant 40 double opti – ins per day since last october. Youtube is really useful in terms of getting traffic.

  24. April 17, 2008

    Why would his aff network delete his account? Because they’re making loads of money through him? Yeah, don’t think it’s happening. It’s the legal side of this that would get his Youtube account shut down.

    Your question is pertinent though; If we’re going to stop copyright violations like this, we have to follow the money. Hence cases like Vulcan Golf v Google in Trademark; if Vulcan wins there, expect Google to get sued for all the scrapers still monetizing with adsense.

  25. April 17, 2008

    Great post! :) Nice job.

  26. April 18, 2008


    btw. you spent over $1000 for this theme.. are you joking?

  27. Jason Forthofer
    April 18, 2008

    Never a good idea to put copyrighted material in your videos. This technique is not worth the risk. Do something creative, make videos reviewing the contestants and then promote the ringtones. To get all the views, he’s probably just loading that page as a popunder somewhere on one of those chessy popunder networks for $.0001 per pop.

  28. May 23, 2008

    Clever stuff. Thinking outside the box – always gonna make you money.

  29. Ricardo
    June 28, 2008

    Done this and made around $500 with Clickbank.
    By doing this you generate free leads, but most of the traffic is obviously low quality. So yes, you can make money but to make a good figure you need a lot of videos or a few great videos that reach a large audience, and creating those videos takes a lot of time and creativity – so if you have those too go ahead, but if you don´t you´ll end up infringing copyright laws or being flagged by the youtube community for spam or some related reason.


  30. September 25, 2008

    Here in India we have some sort of function in our Setup boxes to record shows..

  31. October 28, 2008

    I like the “idol rings” logo, that’s a real nice touch.

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