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Nine Year-Old Ryan Kaji Once Again Leads YouTube’s Top Earners for the Year

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Nine Year-Old Ryan Kaji Once Again Leads YouTube’s Top Earners for the Year

Time for your annual reminder that children are earning way more than you, and having more fun doing it also.

Well, one child in particular – Forbes has published its annual listing of the top earners on YouTube, which, once again, is lead by Ryan Kaji, of the ever-popular channel ‘Ryan’s World‘, who is now only 9 years of age.

Kaji’s videos mostly consist of toy unboxings and light-hearted story clips (like this one). And as you can see from the view count, they remain hugely popular on the platform, facilitating extensive monetization opportunities.

According to Forbes, Kaji earned $29.5 million from YouTube clips in 2020, up from $26 million last year, when Kaji was also number one on the Forbes list. Kaji also lead the way in 2018 ($22 million).

That’s an amazing run for Ryan’s World, but while Kaji does make it look simple, and may cause you to question your career choices, he also benefits from slick editing and a dedicated channel strategy, which, you would have to assume, is not masterminded by a child. So you can take some comfort in that.

Others on the 2020 YouTube earnings list include Mr Beast, who just launched a massive project which saw him open up 300 restaurants across America. Long-time favorites Dude Perfect and Rhett and Link are also on the list, along with Blippi, Jeffree Star and David Dobrik. 

Top YouTubers 2020

Aspiring YouTubers and YouTube marketers can learn a lot from these channels, in regards to key presentation notes, thumbnail usage, titles, video length and more.

But probably the biggest lesson to take from these YouTube stars is consistency. Yes, anyone can create videos and upload them to YouTube, and when you look at something like Ryan’s World, it might feel like anyone could create similar, simple clips without much work. But few people actually do it – few commit the time and effort required to learn video editing, learn the key elements of YouTube posting, and to grow an audience to the point where they can monetize effectively.

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Because while making videos is easy, making good videos is hard. It’s like any kind of art – anyone can paint a picture, but it takes passion and commitment to create a masterpiece.

These stars have put in the time, which is why they serve as a good starting point to understand more about what works on the platform, and how you can develop your presence.

You can check out the full Forbes Highest Paid Stars of YouTube listing here

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Iran pop singer silenced, but his song remains a protest anthem

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Shervin Hajipour's song "Baraye" draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life

Shervin Hajipour’s song “Baraye” draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life – Copyright Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)/AFP –

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Even though he has been silenced, Iranian pop singer Shirvin Hajipour’s impassioned song in support of protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in custody remains an unofficial anthem of the movement.

The song “Baraye” notched up 40 million views on Instagram before it was deleted when Hajipour was arrested, but he has since been freed on bail and has distanced himself from politics, likely as a condition for his release.

Baraye, the Persian word “For” or “Because”, is composed of tweets about the protests and highlights longings people have for things lacking in sanctions-hit Iran, where many complain of hardship caused by economic mismanagement.

It also draws on everyday activities that have landed people in trouble with the authorities in the Islamic republic.

“For the sake of dancing in the streets; Because of the fear felt while kissing; For my sister, your sister, your sisters,” the song’s lyrics say.

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“Because of the embarrassment of an empty pocket; Because we are longing for a normal life… Because of this polluted air.”

Baraye has been heard played loudly at night from apartment blocks in Iran to show support for protests sparked by Amini’s death on September 16, after the notorious morality police arrested her for allegedly breaching rules requiring women to wear hijab headscarves and modest clothes.

It was also sung with gusto by the Iranian diaspora at rallies in more than 150 cities around the world at the weekend.

In one clip shared by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, a group of schoolgirls without headscarves is seen singing Baraye in class with their backs to the camera.

The tune was removed from Hajipour’s Instagram account shortly after his arrest but is still widely available on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.

– ‘Because of forced Instagram stories’ –

Hajipour’s lawyer Majid Kaveh said he was released on bail at noon on Tuesday.

The reformist Shargh newspaper said his family had been informed of his arrest in the northern city of Sari on Saturday, in a report that cited his sister Kamand Hajipour.

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She had said in an Instagram post that her parents had been informed of his arrest in a call from the city’s intelligence ministry offices.

Shortly after his release, Hajipour was back on Instagram, but this time to apologise and distance himself from politics.

“I’m here to say I’m okay,” he told his 1.9 million followers on the platform.

“But I’m sorry that some particular movements based outside of Iran — which I have had no relations with — made some improper political uses of this song.

“I would not swap this (country) for anywhere else and I will stay for my homeland, my flag, my people, and I will sing.

“I don’t want to be a plaything for those who do not think of me, you or this country,” he added.

In response to his post, many on Twitter suggested the line “Because of forced Instagram stories” should be added to the lyrics of the song.

Human rights groups including Article 19 have repeatedly called on Iran to end its use of forced confessions, which they say are false and extracted under duress or even torture.

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In one recent case, a young Iranian woman, Sepideh Rashno, disappeared after becoming involved in a dispute on a Tehran bus with another woman who accused her of removing her headscarf.

She was held by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and appeared on television in what activists said was a forced confession before being released on bail in late August.

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