Youtube has come a long way since its debut back in 2005. The first youtube video was titled Me at the Zoo. The video went up on April 23, 2005. It was uploaded by Youtube co-founder Jawed Karim, and showed him at the San Diego Zoo. Youtube began as an angel-funded enterprise that started in a makeshift garage.

Nowadays, Youtube is filled with game let’s plays and vlog and reaction videos. Youtube has now become a breeding ground for new people to become famous. Pewdiepie, Jacksepticeye, Smosh, and  Markiplier all had their big break on the video streaming service. Now people are considering Youtube a full time job with certain youtubers making millions.

In 2016, Markiplier had an estimated $5 million dollar salary, and he had only 16.8 million subscribers, which makes him number 12 on the list of youtubers with the highest number of subscribers. It seems now that the next generation of celebrities could be made on Youtube. From comedians to gamers to beauty vloggers, they could be our future celebrities. More and more people these days are seeing Youtube not as a hobby but as a full-time job.

Youtube is now the 3rd most visited website in the world. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day, and Youtube gets over 30 million visitors every single day. Not to mention the fact that 300 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute, EVERY MINUTE! Those statistics aren’t made up, and they aren’t altered. Those are actual statistics that Youtube has released, and it has been predicted that in 2025, half of the viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay-TV service.

With those kinds of statistics, it’s no surprise that people are seemingly skyrocketing to fame. I’m even considering starting a gaming channel right now, but before you go crazy, let me tell you the downside. It’s not all that great. For starters, Youtube is extremely competitive, which makes it extremely hard to become famous on Youtube. Unless a video of yours goes completely viral it is going to be hard to become the next Youtube sensation. Now, that’s not to say that it isn’t possible. It’s just going to be extremely hard.

Even though it is extremely unlikely that you become Youtube famous overnight, you could still reach the level of say Markiplier or Jacksepticeye. It’s not going to be as easy as most people these days think. The ones that do make it have to work hard to keep their views up and gain new viewers in order to keep their channel alive. So, if you’re trying to become Youtube famous just know that not all Youtube channels succeed, and that the ones that do, don’t always stay that way.