How To Earn Money From TikTok Videos (Works For Beginners)

By Lazy Money UK | Lazy Money UK | 19 Feb 2022

Making money on TikTok is no easy feat.  You need many thousands of followers and views to be eligible for TikTok's Creator Fund.

Fortunately, an alternative app has appeared, which gives all video makers, and even viewers, the opportunity to earn.

This TikTok clone is called Swagit!, and as you might be able to guess from the name, it comes from the Swagbucks rewards platform.

There are two ways you can get paid from this app:

1. Give tips
2. Receive tips

Getting Started

To use Swagit! you will need to be a member of Swagbucks.  In case you've never heard of it before, Swagbucks is the world's leading Get-Paid-To site, featuring a multitude of ways to pick up free cash daily (paid search engine, browser games, paid-to-click content etc.).  I've written a complete beginner's guide to Swagbucks on my website, which will help you claim the $3 sign-up bonus.

Although Swagit! is only available to American users on the Google Play Store, I was able to download the APK file and side-load it onto my Android phone.

Logging In

I had no issues the first time I logged in from outside of USA.  However, when I tried to be clever and switch to one of my fake accounts, I encountered an error message saying my country is not supported.  I was able to get around this by re-installing the app and disabling Wi-Fi whilst signing in.  Basically, once you get into the app, I recommend not logging out for any reason as you could get locked out.

The Tipping System

As a new Swagit! user with no uploads, you can start earning immediately by tipping other creators.

You'll be pleased to know that the tipping system works in a similar way to Publish0x; the funds are provided by the platform and not the users.

However, you will need just 1 SB (Swagbucks point) in your account to get going.  This can very easily be obtained by answering the daily poll question on the main Swagbucks site or app.

So here's how it works:

When you tip 1 SB ($0.01) to a creator, Swagbucks will put 2 SB ($0.02) into your account.  Everyone can do this 5 times a day, to get a net profit of 5 SB ($0.05).



Earning From Videos

To upscale your earnings beyond the free daily bonus of $0.05, you will need to provide short mobile video content for other users to tip.

The easiest thing to do is use content which you already have on your phone, such as videos of your pets.

If you already make TikTok videos, then obviously it would be efficient to re-use these.  Some people go down the route of ripping other people's content from TikTok to try and get lots of views.  Aside from being dishonorable, this may backfire if other users refuse to tip stolen content.

What's working for me is recycling recordings of video games which I made for my YouTube channel, and adding decoration to make them fit the 9:16 aspect ratio of mobile videos in portrait mode.

The upload feature on Swagit! always gives me grief.  I have to keep submitting the video and trying different file formats until it is accepted.

You're allowed to add hashtags into your video description to try and gain more views.

Once your video is live, it's simply a matter of waiting for the tips to stream in.

This blog post on Swagbucks leads me to believe that each video can earn a maximum of 100 SB (1$), though I don't see what's preventing users from simply deleting and re-uploading content to resume earning.



How To Get More Tips

Obviously it's going to help if you produce high-quality videos that people will find interesting to watch.  It probably also helps to use hashtags which are as broad as possible, such as #funny.  However, you may be able to find a niche which has little competition, to make your content stand out.  Bear in mind that viewers will be able to land on your content by searching for their interests.

You may be able to create a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby you exchange tips daily with particular users.  If you have family or friends who use the app, you'll likely want to give them priority.

If you don't know anyone on the app and would like to support Lazy Money UK as you earn, I would greatly appreciate those tips.  Here's the username to search for:


Final Thoughts

With the arrival of Swagit!, it's now possible for all creators of TikTok-type content to start seeing some income from their work.  I sure am relieved that it was possible to bypass the geo-restriction and use this great app.

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