Top 20 YouTube Video Ideas To Make Money In 2018

Making YouTube videos is one of the best ways to Make Money Online while doing things you love the most. To earn a decent income with YouTube, you must be able to get a lot of subscribers and viewers to your YouTube channel.

However, most people cannot think of good YouTube video ideas that can grab the attention of people.

With growing competition, it is very difficult to get viewers to your YouTube video. So the question is what kind of videos one should make to earn a decent number of views?

We will find out the same in this article. This article is also useful for those who are looking for first YouTube video ideas

For those who do not know, how to make money with YouTube, I have already written an article on How To Monetize With YouTube videos. Do not forget to check it out.

Top YouTube Video Ideas

Below are the best Youtube video ideas which you can use to make your first YouTube video or add new videos to your channel.

1.  Make Cooking YouTube Video

A way to a man's heart, is through his stomach

If the above saying is to be believed, cooking videos will always be in demand. With more people getting access to the internet, nobody wants to wait to see a recipe for their favorite dish on television. With YouTube, people have the option of checking a couple of recipes before trying out one themselves.

So if you can cook good food and have good presentation skills, you can surely earn good money by making Cooking Videos.

2. Make YouTube Video For Foodies

Being a big-time foodie myself, I love watching reviews of the favorite restaurant in my city and also about foods people eat around the world. And am sure, there are much more people like me.

This is the reason YouTube videos revolving around food receive a lot of views, and if the video is about Indian street food, you may get more views than you could ever imagine.

3. Make Gadget Review Videos

Are you a tech-savvy person who buys new cell phones and gadgets regularly? Start reviewing the gadgets you buy. You could probably earn enough to recover your buying cost.  Reviewing the newly launched gadgets can draw a significant amount views.

And if you manage to regularly get a lot of views to your videos, you may even be paid by companies for reviewing their Products.

4. Review Popular Books

Not a Tech Savvy person, but an avid reader? Make a video sharing your views about the latest book you read. Make sure the book you review is new and popular.

It may not be very easy to make a video without revealing too much of the story, but if you are used to reading a lot of book reviews, then you know exactly what to talk about and what not to.

5. Make Videos Of You Unboxing Products You Bought Online

Bought clothing, or accessories or toys? Make a video of yourself unboxing it and then sharing your honest views about the product. If the product is good and if you bought it online, you could include your Amazon/Flipkart/Snapdeal affiliate link to that product. Now, whenever someone buys it using your link, you earn a commission.

6. Create "How To"  Videos

As the name suggests, you can make video teaching people "How To" do certain things. This is a very vast topic. You can teach absolutely anything. From complicated tutorials like repairing a computer or a bike to simple things like removing stains from clothes, you can create a video for virtually anything.

7. Create Screencast Videos

Screencasting is nothing but recording your computer screen. You can create tutorial videos of using certain computer applications or websites by recording your computer screen while using the same.

Software such as Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc. can be really tough to handle even for those who have basic knowledge about them. Most people look for YouTube tutorials for same, and so you can easily get a lot of views.

Apart from Tutorials, you can also make screencast videos of you reviewing certain websites or Softwares. The best thing about screencast videos is that you do not have to be in front of the camera. So if you are not comfortable facing the camera, you can surely try screencasting.

8. Make Online Tutorial Videos

Online tutorials are gaining a lot of popularity since it enables you to learn things easily without referring books. Whether you are a teacher with knowledge of a particular subject or a marketing professional, a software programmer or SEO expert, you can create video tutorials of yourself teaching people what you know the best.

There are millions of people exploring the internet for knowledge. If you are good enough at imparting your knowledge, you may help others to learn while making quick bucks for yourself.

9. "Play A Prank" YouTube Videos

Prank videos can sometimes go really viral. Make a video of you playing a prank on your friend, colleague, sibling or your better half and record their reactions. You can either take help from someone to record the video or use spy cams, which are available for very cheap at Amazon and Flipkart

And if you have the guts, you may even play pranks with strangers on the road.

10. Create Prank Fails Videos

If prank videos can get you a lot of viewers, prank fails videos can get you, even more, viewers as it can turn out to be funnier. However, not every day, a prank fails. So creating prank fails videos cannot be easy.

However, you may enact such fails to look real.

11. Make Videos Of Your Travelling Experience

Do you always have your bags packed for traveling? If the answer is yes, then you can make videos of your journey and upload it to YouTube. Be it journey by car, by train or on a bike, you could always record your experiences of the journey at regular intervals and create a YouTube video out of it.

12. Share Your Views On Trending Topics

You can make a video of you, sharing your views on a trending topic. Be it about politics, a celebrity, sports or the latest news, just search on Google Trends for the most searched topic on the internet and record your views about the same.

Trending topics are more likely to get more views. And if you can make a controversial video about a highly debatable topic, there is every chance that your video may go viral.

However, since you will be competing directly with big news channels, you need to have a huge following on social media to whom you can promote the video

13. Make Mimicry Videos

If you have the talent to mimic celebrities, you may just be famous. Funny mimicry videos are more likely to be shared on Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter and can make your video go viral.

14. Ask Random People About Their Life's Experiences

You do not always have to Interview a celebrity. You can interview a person you meet on the train or an elderly person sitting on a park bench all alone. Everyone has their own story to tell.

And for me it is not just about making money, it's about inspiring others. It's a kind of social service.

15. Ask Random Questions To People Down The Street

You can also ask random questions to people down the street and make a video of it. In fact, if you are from India, such videos are on trend right now and can get you a huge number of subscribers.

Just pick up the most debatable topic and ask people about their views regarding the same. Of course, this is not something every can do since it needs you to be extremely extrovert, but if you can do it, and do it the right way, you sure can become a celebrity overnight.

16. Interview Bloggers And Other YouTubers

If you are a blogger or new to YouTube, you can interview fellow bloggers and YouTubers. Interviewing famous bloggers and YouTubers can give you instant fame and get you a lot of subscribers.

17. Make Videos Of Cute Babies

YouTube is full of videos of cute babies. And still, every new video gets a good number of views. This is mainly because people of every age group love such videos and so they are extensively shared on social media.

18. Fitness Related Videos

Whether you are a dietitian, a gym instructor or aerobics expert, you can make a YouTube Channel which helps people to stay fit.

Depending on what you are good at, you can suggest various diet plans, workout techniques, and supplements that will help them stay fit.

A dietitian may partner up with a gym instructor and vice versa, to provide a complete solution to the viewers.

19. Home Remedy Videos

A lot of people these days are looking for natural therapies for curing diseases, as they do not have any side effects.

You can make videos of various remedies for curing complicated diseases like diabetes which are not completely curable by Medical Science, but many people have claimed being cured by natural therapies.

You can also make videos on how to make Home Made Facial packs or how to reduce weight naturally.

20. Make Videos About Latest Controversial Issues

If you are someone who loves debating and taking a stand about important and controversial issues, instead of sharing your thoughts directly on social media, you could record a video about the same and share on social media.

Since you are talking about a controversial topic, people who agree with your view and even who don't will end up watching your video. However, do make sure you do not violate any laws in an attempt to get more visitors.

Final Words

There may be hundreds of ideas to make a good YouTube video, I have pointed out the Top 20 YouTube Video Ideas which draw a lot of visitors. While you should not copy what others are doing, you can always take inspiration from others to make your own video.

If you have more ideas for making YouTube Videos that you would like to share with us, feel free to comment below.

Confused about earning potential of YouTube? Don't forget to check my article on How Much Money Does A YouTuber Make that I have written at my other blog

Aquif Shaikh

Aquif Shaikh is a Blogger from Mumbai. He loves writing, traveling and sharing his knowledge and Ideas with the world. At Blogging Ocean, he writes mostly about blogging tips, content marketing, and SEO.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 59 comments
Shaikh Noman Ahmed - February 3, 2016

Assalaam u alaikum Aquif. This post is really great. I have been searching for this for one of my youtube trending channel – Trend Adda.

    Aquif Shaikh - February 3, 2016

    Walekum As Salaam, am glad it helped you.

Shubham Ahuja - February 9, 2016

I never comment on any Blog or Website but your content is fabulous. You made me to praise you.
Awesome bro i really liked your blog.

    Aquif Shaikh - February 9, 2016

    Thanks a lot for appreciating my efforts. Hope this will help you develop a Good YouTube Channel.

shankar kanojia - February 26, 2016

Awesome bro… you are really a helpful person… Thanks

    Aquif Shaikh - February 26, 2016

    Thanks a lot for your kind words. Glad that you found it to be helpful.

      Nandeya - October 23, 2016

      Hi, Aquif Shaikh ur blog helped me a lot in video idea for YouTube. Thanks dude????

        Aquif Shaikh - October 23, 2016

        My pleasure Nandeya :)

Snj - July 5, 2016

Which software i should use for screencast

    Aquif Shaikh - July 5, 2016

    It totally depends on the features you need and the budget you have. If you are just starting, you can even try VLC player’s screen capture option.

Alvin Park - July 15, 2016

I have been reading this site for awhile now. Your site always has interesting posts. Great work.

    Aquif Shaikh - July 16, 2016

    Hi Alvin. Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Such comments are really encouraging for me.

Doli - August 18, 2016

Ur post was very very helpful n genuine????????
For the beginner like me to know abt making money or how to get subscribers n more viewers in youtube????????
Thank you

    Aquif Shaikh - August 18, 2016

    Hi Doli. Good to know that my post helped you. Thanks a lot for being my active reader.

akshay daveray - November 8, 2016

nice topics

    Aquif Shaikh - November 11, 2016

    Thanks Akshay.

pankaj negi - December 5, 2016

CAn i earn money form top 10 videos like top 10 games e.t.c

    Aquif Shaikh - December 14, 2016

    Hi Pankaj,

    You certainly can earn with such videos provided your video is original and does not contain any copyrighted content.

Jammi - December 6, 2016

Hello Buddy

At first thanks.. Now please help me. Tell me one thing, how you tube pays us (what is the procedure about earn money through views). Please help out me.

    Aquif Shaikh - December 14, 2016

    Hi Jammi,

    YouTube pays us through YouTube Adsense. You can refer this detailed guide on How to Make Money With YouTube

Yash - February 18, 2017

Very very useful aquif. Though m not a youtuber but such posts greatly helped me by enriching in the topic. Thx.

    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    Thanks a lot Yash for appreciating my work. Such comments are really encouraging.

Rahul suthar - February 20, 2017

How about movies posting on YouTube

    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    That would create a copyright issue and can even lead to a legal action. You need to post original videos.

Tushar Garg - February 24, 2017

Hey Thanks a lot bro. I dont need money and all. I just need popularity and Fame. Your Article helped a lot. Good Luck ….

    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    Thanks a lot, Tushar. Wish you all the very best for the same. Do let me know if you need any help from my end.

Rajendra Koduru - February 28, 2017

you have really made a good ideas, could you also write a post on how to promote youtube channel

    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    Thanks a lot Rajendra for appreciating my work. Sure, will work on writing a post about YouTube Video promotions too.

Krishna - March 28, 2017

Nice guide
I want to know. Can i make only audio video like motivation or on leatest news or topic as my personal comment only audio

    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    Hi Krishna,
    I would suggest you better make both Audio and Video. No one would like to just listen to your views with a blank screen.

siddharth - April 5, 2017


    Aquif Shaikh - April 17, 2017

    My pleasyre Siddharth.

Bharat - May 25, 2017

Great topics & good thinking on it.
U r good blogger.
Keep it up.

    Aquif Shaikh - May 26, 2017

    Thanks a lot Bharat.

Renuka - July 1, 2017

Good work. Even i would like to start a channel.

    Aquif Shaikh - July 2, 2017

    That’s great Renuka. I wish you all the very best for the same.

Ramzan Shahid - July 16, 2017

Good contents delivered in this article …..This post is really great for me. Thanks for sharing this.

    Aquif Shaikh - July 16, 2017

    Thanks a lot for your appreciation, Ramzan.

Pri - July 17, 2017

I want to do video blog for CA Students,including study tips, motivation, a study schedule that I would do with viewers(m a call final student too), how was study schedule, what ws difficult, few tips by renowned teachers in Mumbai,on similar line. Basically, idea is to have channel which students can see and have some idea where to start, how are others doing it, etc. Will this be a good idea?

    Aquif Shaikh - July 19, 2017

    That is a good idea Priyanjit. If you can create good videos that are useful for fellow students, that should work. Do make sure to learn about Keyword Research to optimize your YouTube titles and description.

Harshit Tomar - July 23, 2017

I am good editor of pictures.
Can I make money with YouTube by uploading my editing videos.
If yes then how….
I mean what steps should I have to do?

    Aquif Shaikh - July 23, 2017

    Yes Harshit,

    You can make money by uploading tutorial videos about photo editing. Just make sure you make it simple and easy to understand for the beginners.

    To know how to monetize your YouTube video, you can read my article on YouTube Monetization

Chaitanya Sisodiya - September 18, 2017

Hi,it’s useful. Thanks for motivation.
As I have traveled to 37 counties till date. Please guide me how I can utilize me experience to share on YouTube.

    Aquif Shaikh - September 19, 2017

    Hi Chaitanya, are you still a regular traveler? If yes, than you can make videos about, food or cultures or tourists destination of those countries as you travel. These channels are very popular.

vaishali - September 23, 2017

hello sir..first thanx..actully i want to upload lectures for database subject(IT)..so plzz suggest me how i do that all

    Aquif Shaikh - September 24, 2017

    Hi Vaishali,

    DO you have video recordings for the same? If so, you can create a YouTube Channel and upload it there. For more information on how to create a YouTube Channel and Monetize it, you can check my article

Saurabhi - November 16, 2017

I liked this article a lot… well, me and my friend , we both are planning to make YouTube videos on makeup tutorials…

Michele I Mowrer - November 16, 2017

This article is excellent and a potential life changer! It is packed with detailed information and the layout provides a more simplistic view of the many options available to make money online. I definetly will be referring back to this article as i start my own online business. Thank you!

    Aquif Shaikh - November 17, 2017

    Good to know Michele that you liked my article. Wish you all the very best with your online business and feel free to get in touch if you need any help from my end.

bhavesh kargathiya - December 14, 2017

Valuable information

Eka - March 8, 2018

For me, you are the best blogger I have ever met. I found all your posts very useful. Thank you!

    Aquif Shaikh - March 9, 2018

    Glad to know Eka that you found my posts to be helpful.

sakshi sangewar - April 2, 2018

it was a very informative message sir

Melissa - June 6, 2018

Awesome! Great advice and atricle

Edward Nguyen - July 4, 2018

Dear Sir,
Thank you for this topic, it’s great. But I don’t know how to choose hot topic and keywords on how to increase views. how do you SEO it? Please help me. Thank you again.

Paul - February 25, 2019

Blogtastic Aquif!!!!!!!!

Ramesh - March 30, 2019

Hi Aquif Shaikh

Your article is excellent and it’s very very helpful for beginner like me,
I found all your posts very useful. Now I start work on it to earn money.
Thanks a lot man.

    Aquif Shaikh - March 31, 2019

    My pleasure, Ramesh.

Waleed Shoaib - October 30, 2019

Thank you bro it’s really helpful.


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