This is my very first income report for by Lego Blog and YouTube Channel.
First of all I want to thank all 10 of my new YouTube Subscribers, and everyone that visited my website in the last 30 days.
Starting a profitable Lego affiliate site isn’t easy. I don’t expect to be in the black for at least a year, maybe more To that end, and so that I don’t go into debt spending I began to drive Uber. Yes, I could just put all the sets on a new zero payments for 6 months credit card, but since I don’t know exactly when this site will begin to make money I decided it was better to use some of my spare time making some extra money doing ridesharing.
One thing I learned is that it is very hard to be FIRST with quality Set Reviews.
There are multiple things that make it hard to be first. You have to know what sets are coming out. You have to know where to get the sets (which store will have them in stock). Then you have to quickly assemble the set AND film it at the same time. Then you have to edit, and upload a quality review all within 24 hours. But that’s not the end. Throughout the month you need to promote the video (and blog post) on social media to drive traffic to the sites.
There are several great YouTube LEGO channels who seem to have a great system for doing all of the above. I know with time and experience, I will be there, too.
LEGO Blog Costs for December 2018
Overall I purchased the 3 new sets that came out spending $409.33
Website Costs – starting my website was $9.95 for the domain name and $119.40 for a year of hosting.
Other Costs – there were no other costs at this time.
Overall I spent $538.68 to get this site up and running.
YouTube Income Report for December 2018
After starting my channel from zero videos and zero subscribers, I was able to publish 3 videos. Only 3 sets were released last month, so that was all I did. I spent a lot of time learning how to film, edit, keyword, and publish videos on YouTube. I still have a lot of work to do to get them to they style that I want.
I got 10 subscribers in this first month. If you are one of those 10, THANK YOU!
I also learned that I need to get more professional gear to achieve the look and style that I want.
Of course I can’t start to monetize my channel until I get 10,000 views. As of right now I’m only at 740, so I still have a ways to go.
Thankfully, I just picked up 5 new Spider-Man LEGO sets, and will review those and that should help me get more subscribers and viewers.
Lego Blog Report for December 2018
One of the biggest challenges for starting the blog was learning what LEGO sets are coming soon!
Another issue is that new sets aren’t always on the sites where I have affiliate codes (like Amazon) so I have to go back and check for links and change them as I go.
So I didn’t make any money yet, but I am increasing my subscribers, clicks, and views, and expect to be bringing in some income in the next month or two, and making a profit by the end of the year!
When I can’t build LEGO, I turn to YouTube to watch others build LEGO.
I watch everything from set reviews, to MOCS, to trains, to organization, and everything in between.
This page has my 30+ favorite LEGO Youtubers, and i think I have it set up so that it imports the most recent videos from each of the creators and builders
In alphabetical Order:
Video count and subscriber numbers are from the time of the blog post.
Emory (the AFOL Man) started “messing around” with LEGO when his kiddo was little, and ever since then it has stuck. He has had several dark ages, but always comes back either to run his Bricklink store, or build his city or sets and review them.
Alex has been collecting Lego for over 30 years and has an impressive 330 square foot city he updates and shares videos of regularly.
With over half a million subscribers and only a handful of videos, Alexander Studios has truly cracked the code on what people want to watch on YouTube. His bowling video has over 32 MILLION views, so chances are you’ve probably seen it at some point.
Almighty Arjen is trains
If you like LEGO Trains, this is the channel for you! At one level he uses an Arduino to control his trains, and other videos feature spectacular LEGO train crashes.
A self proclaimed family friendly channel that’s all about LEGO. They have perfected the timelapse or stop motion building of Lego Sets.
Beyond the brick
Beyond The brick is a different kind of LEGO YouTube channel. The go around and interview builders, visit LEGO shows and talk with MOC makers, and even show behind the scenes things for LEGO itself.
Brick Bros UK
Tom and his Brother Drew run this channel, They are truly expert builders, as they created the TRON set which became a real LEGO set after 10,000 fans voted for it. They show off MOCS, have free tutorials, and share the latest LEGO news, too.
Brick toy co
A pretty new channel, they do reviews, speed builds and share MOCs. They have a good video production level, so I’m excited to see what they end up doing!
Bricks on the dollar
Clutch has a huge Bricklink store, and never holds back on his videos. More of a how to collect, find deals, Hauls, and live with LEGO instead of builds, or reviews.
BrickTsar is a true AFOL. He’s got quite a collection of bricks he talks about and shows off. Again more of a behind the scenes, or living with Lego, over reviews or MOCS. One of my favorites.
This channel is run by a few different people and they have news, reviews, MOCS and speed builds.
Easily one of the best stop motion animation Lego Channels, the Brotherhood Workshop combines LEGO, popular movies or pop culture, and humor to create new and entertaining content.
Custom Bricks & Models by Ren
A fairly new channel with great MOC instructions and alternative builds.
Down Under Bricks
Everything from MOCs to reviews. Hauls to comparisons.
Lots of Toy reviews in addition to LEGO. You can hear the enthusiasm in her voice. One of the few YouTube reviewers who focuses on the Friends series and Disney Princess series.
Forest fire 101
Another one of the few LEGO YouTubers with over a million subscribers. Focusing on animation, this channel isn’t always appropriate for younger viewers.
Proclaimed by many as the best, Jang does reviews, and has an incredible LEGO city with mostly custom buildings. Lots of Trains, which are my favorite, too. Be sure to check out his organization videos, as they are simply amazing.
Another one of the popular channels, this channel focuses on hauls, reviews of older and newer sets, and MOCs.
Keep on bricking
This channel is all about custom MOCs, and building better LEGO creations!
LionBricks is a TFOL (teenage Fan of Lego) who does city updates, MOCs, Reviews, Hauls, and Time Lapse builds of sets.
Here is another one of those million plus Youtube LEGO stop motion channels. With great story lines, high level production, and clever short videos, Michael has found the secret to YouTube LEGO success.
If you love Star Wars LEGO, this is the channel for you. Not only does he review LEGO sets, but he has some great MOCs and a moon base that can’t be missed.
This husband and wife team does updates of their LEGO city, and goes into amazing descriptions of their strategy and building techniques.
Sariel has 2 channels, but this is the bigger of them. Here he does Technics MOCs and updates, and lots of power functions and electronics updates with LEGO.
Stop Motion Animations, News, Reviews, and an incredible Star Wars MOC that can’t be missed.
The brick Lab
More MOCs and Mods with an emphasis on custom city buildings. I especially like his minifig scale furniture tutorials.
The brick show shop
The Brick Show used to be one of the largest YouTube channels out there until they violated the 3-strike rule. Now they are rebuilding their brand on their store channel where you can find MOCs and Lego Reviews.
MOCs (mostly weapons from video games) are the specialty of this channel with over a Million Subscribers.