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​Calculator Works Out How Many Followers And Views You Need To Quit Your Day Job

Jess Hardiman


​Calculator Works Out How Many Followers And Views You Need To Quit Your Day Job

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An online calculator works out how many followers and views you'd need to quit your day job - and for many of us, it's not looking good.

Of course, many of us know big money can be made online with the right approach, with influencers ad YouTubers regularly seen flaunting their lavish lifestyles to the rest of the world.

But while it looks fairly easy to achieve, the maths it isn't particularly encouraging for anyone with dreams of non-stop brunches and outfit posts replacing the 9-5 daily grind.

The folk at Lickd.co have crunched the numbers to create a 'Social Salaries' calculator, which uses various industry estimates to work out exactly what you would need online to make enough money to give up your job.

The website says: "Influencers are a rapidly growing breed and the top ones are making some serious money, so it's no wonder that more and more people are looking to give up the day job, with around 22,000 people each month searching for 'how to become an influencer' on Google."

Using the average US salary of $34,103 (£24,634) as a goal, Likd.co estimates that you would need 8,158,612 views on YouTube, 105 sponsored posts on Instagram or 93,177,596 views on TikTok.

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Credit: PA

To succeed on YouTube, Likd.co reckons you'd need around 1,000 subscribers or 4,000 hours of watch to start making money.

"To get started making money on YouTube you need to be eligible for monetization through YouTube's Partner Programme (YPP), which will allow you to earn money through ads on your videos," it explains.

"To join, you'll need at least 1,000 subscribers and have racked up more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last twelve months.

"The average advertiser pays $7.60 for every 1,000 impressions on their ad, but bear in mind that Google keeps 45% of this ad revenue. This means that you can expect to make $4.18 for every 1,000 views."

As for Instagram, you'll need a predicted 5,000 followers to start making money at which point you can expect to earn about $350 per sponsored post - a figure that's set to increase to around $700 per post once you hit 10,000 followers.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Finally, over on TikTok, Likd has calculated that you'd have to have 10,000 followers to start making cash.

It explains: "Like YouTube, TikTok has a partnership program, the TikTok Creator Fund, and to join, you'll need 10,000 followers and more than 10,000 views in the last 30 days, but as always, the more that you have, the more you can potentially earn!

"It's estimated that users with a notable following can earn between two and three cents per 1,000 views, so it's clear that to make any serious money here, you're going to need a viral hit on your hands."

You can enter your salary into the calculator here.

Topics: Influencer, World News, News, YouTube

Jess Hardiman
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