Anyone can also post YouTube videos, but to profit from it, you have to have enough followers for YouTube to monetize you and run ads on your channel. To get followers, videos need to be compelling, which takes some investment of capital. Griffin started asking his parents for a gaming computer, a monitor, capture cards and other high-tech equipment for Christmas and birthday presents. He has spent more than $15,000 on equipment. Griffin has hired someone online from Turkey to help him to add special effects to his raw footage. He just got a plaque from YouTube congratulating him for hitting 1 million followers. Griffin averages $20,000 to $25,000 monthly from his YouTube ad revenue, says his father, Chris, 41, who oversees four Suffolk County group homes for adults with autism.