Meet Mikey, aka Michael Sellick

Making Money with YouTube: Fact or Fiction?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

25 thoughts on “Making Money with YouTube: Fact or Fiction?

  • November 6, 2016 at 4:35 am
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    An eye opening article!! I will never skip an ad again. You and Diva Dan do so much and it is greatly appreciated. Should if ever come down to it, I’d glad pay a subscription fee to be a member of the Crowd.

  • November 6, 2016 at 12:48 am
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    I have a YouTube channel that’s monetized and silly me, I didn’t know that skipping meant no revenue. How did I not know that? And what was I thinking? I’ll never skip again…even on my own. 🙂

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      November 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm
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      Google recognizes your own IP for watching the ads. Therefore, you won’t get comped when you watch your own videos with ads in front of it. Their computers know your IP and it doesn’t count.

  • November 5, 2016 at 1:33 am
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    I would definitely pay an “annual fee” to be a MEMBER of your group and access to your videos! Is than illegal or something? I know you want to provide information FREE……but WE would pay small amount and thousands of “small amounts” adds up!!

  • November 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm
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    Mikey, this article was very informative. I had no idea about skipping the ads. I will never do it again. Anything to keep you guys on the air. You do so much for all of us. I can’t even imagine working all those hours! You are truly generous people and I love learning so much from you and Diva Dan and all the other employees. You are becoming like a family that I love to visit with each day. Also if there is ever any way to help with funds I would love to do my part! Thanks for all you do, I really appreciate it so much!

  • November 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm
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    Thank you for this information, I didn’t know anything about how YouTube worked so it was interesting. I only found you on Facebook and few months ago and have made a beautiful blanket for my grandchild due on Christmas day. Thank you for helping me do this in quick time, past projects have taken long hours as I am a slow person due to arthritic hands but your way of holding the hook is much easier for me. Like other members of your ” gang” I click on to you every day as I am assured of a laugh or just a big smile for which I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Much love, hugs and kisses to you and Diva Dan

  • November 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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    I am grateful you spoke out about all this, dear Mikey, it taught me a lot. Please make sure that you are appreciated properly by your sponsors, as you must be shoving quite a lot of business their way by now.
    Wish you and your team all the luck in the world and that you be around for all of us for a long, long time coming.

  • November 2, 2016 at 11:59 am
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    Love your channel and your passion and dedication are apparent. I have been put off recently when other channels have relentlessly asked for donations and even resort to go fund me accounts particularly after reading an interview article how she went to a 6 figure income in one short year ( her words not mine). I think these kind of people make it so difficult for the truly impassioned ones. I sincerely hope you are able to continue doing what you love and I will certainly enjoy continuing to learn from you. The internet world is new and vulnerable. My blessings to you for a prosperous 2017!

  • November 2, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    Thank you Mikey for creating TCC. I will make sure I don’t skip the ads & real nice to see the channel grow over the years. I hope someday to get the chance to go on the crochet cruise. Your teaching, humour & personality is fab & so glad to have found TCC 🙂

  • November 2, 2016 at 11:29 am
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    What a class act you are. In the face of negativity and frustration, you provide more information instead of excluding. I am so proud to share this country with you. 🙂 For what it’s worth, you have made a positive impact on my life with all of your hard effort. I picked up crochet last year when I had time on my hands after being layed off from a job I had done for 14yrs. You kept me positive, engaged and smiling. You continue to do so a year later. Thank You!

  • November 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
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    found the article so informative. I’m also disabled but would “send what I could afford” to help keep the crowd around. As so many have expressed this is my happy place and I would so miss it if it were to go away. Love to you all for your passion and commitment.

  • November 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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    WOW thank you for the detailed information on how things work. I must apologize sincerely because I’m one of those people that automatically hits “Skip Ad”. I had no idea that by skipping an ad I was reducing your revenue. I feel horrible, it’s only a minute, I could have let it run. I’m so sorry. I want to thank you, Daniel, and your team for hanging in there to make TCC work. You all give us so much for free and it’s not just that. You make us feel like we matter. We’re not just a number on YouTube. We’re not just a “like” or “click”. You make us feel wanted, loved, inspired. I’ve tried to watch other video tutorials and they just don’t compare to what you have to offer. You go at just the right speed. You’re hands are always on camera so I don’t have to wonder what you’re doing while you talk. You repeat what needs to be repeated just enough times so we can get it. TCC facebook page is the first place I go in the mornings to see “what you’re up to” and to start my day, because you always make me smile and put warmth in my heart. Thank you, Mikey, for EVERYTHING you provide us and the sacrifices you make to do so. If you ever decide to let us help out monetarily I’d be glad to pitch in. I’m disabled and on low income but I’m sure I can contribute some to keep TCC going strong. I’ve asked myself several times, what will I do if something happens to Mikey? Where will I turn to start my day? I don’t have an answer, so don’t you go anywhere young man!! LOL! Have a great day. Hugs and Love to you and Daniel. <3

  • November 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    I won’t be skipping the ads anymore. I love the videos that you all post. It’s helped me get back into crocheting. It’s like the way my Grandmother taught me by showing. I can rewind over and over again to make sure I got it right. You guys rock!

  • November 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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    Thank you so much for everything you do. I guess what I you do looks “easy” to some folks but the reality is IF were easy everyone would be doing it. And there are always going to be unhappy in life folks who will find something to nicpik about.

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm
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    I learned a few years back to not skip the short ads at the beginning of videos so that money would go to the video poster. It only takes a minute. Thank you so much to all the Crochet Crowd for sharing your expertise on and off the camera. You have been a blessing to others, isn’t that what it’s all about? Hugs to you all.

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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    Thank you for the history lessor. I wouldn’t look at you tube for many years, felt it was a waste of time then I retired (2011) but still wouldn’t utilized as I felt there must be more to retirement. Started out with FB as a way to keep in contact with my very large extended family; I was dedicated to helping my partner of over 35 years with enjoying her last years in peace. She reminded me that I once crocheted and would I make her an cover for her legs as she was cold all the time even in Arizona. (2014) I struggled for many months and couldn’t remember anything, patterns were out…made me frustrated. A sister gave me lessons from Michael’s for my birthday Jan 2015)..a little help but not enough…a woman shopper at Michael’s asked if I knew about The Crochet Crowd on You Tube?????? I told her I don’t waste my time on with weird videos…she laughed and told me how to locate you on FB and You Tube…”Give it a try, you’ll will LOVE Mikey” (March 2015). I am so glad I did find you…I fell in love with your witty style of writing and teaching…so calm, funny, human (an error is a teachable moment), giving me the ability to rewind, rewind and rewind…I made the blanket for my Love and many things for family and friends….I would crochet all the time…but the happiness I received from my Love telling me that she enjoy watching me frogging it, watching your videos and talking about you and Diva Dan as family members and the joy that others have expressed when given a handmade gift. I lost my Love March 2016 and when I feel really alone and lost, I pick up my hook and yarn bring Mikey into my new apartment and remember in my heart and mind that my Love is enjoying watching me crochet, frogging it, watching your tutorials and discussing Mikey and Diva Dan’s lives. Thank you for be you and creating this wonderful world of dreams and skills. By the way, I for one do let the ad run it course as I feel it is the only way I can repay you on my limited income (must save for yarn…LOL) for the love you send to all of us Crocheters! Thank you, Mary.

    • November 6, 2016 at 12:47 am
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      I’m so sorry for your loss, Mary. Your story touched me so and it made me realize that I too use crochet as a way to connect with the world. I wish you well and hope you have many happy days of crocheting ahead of you.

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    Thank you Mikey for taking time out from hooking to explain this. I never knew you could make money on YouTube and knowing what I know about The Crochet Crowd I can’t thank you enough for sticking through and working so hard for 6 years to make The Crochet Crowd what it is today. I personally have learned the most from The Crochet Crowd. I have watched other hosts and they are good but Mikey truly has a passion for teaching and does a great job. I truly learn something when I visit The Crochet Crowd. I am crocheting way more than I ever have all because of Mikey’s teaching abilities. I am learning to read more patterns even when no video tutorial is available. I have called Yarnspirations call center when I have had questions and they are so helpful. I can’t thank them enough for partnering with Mikey. They are a great fit. I have a new found respect for how yarn is made and why there is knots in a new ball of yarn. I have learned all of this and so much more all from Mikey, Diva Dan, and The Crochet Crowd. My daughter who is 9 and reaping the benefits of the things I am crocheting now like the Cool Poncho that I have shared completed pictures of her wearing them on the The Crochet Crowd Facebook page several times. Not only is she getting these great ponchos and other crochet items she is also using the videos to meet several of her troop badge requirements for American Heritage Girls. Mikey, Diva Dan, The Crochet Crowd, Yarnspirations, and everyone involved in The Crochet Crowd THANK YOU! THANK YOU! FOR ALL YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE CROCHET CROWD FREE; ALTHOUGH I WOULD HAPPILY PAY FOR THE INFORMATION THAT IS PROVIDED THANK YOU FOR KEEPING IT FREE. MY DISABILITY INCOME ONLY GOES SO FAR AFTER BILLS ARE PAID. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE CROCHET TO HELP KEEP THE FREE CONTENT COMING. THANKS A MILLION.

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm
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    Very interesting, I have no knowledge about YouTube or what you had to do. Thanks for sharing.

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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    You and your team are the epitome of Stitch it Forward with the work you do to provide an unbelievable amount of quality content that is FREE. I am sincerely pleased that you were able to establish relationships with Yarnspirations and Red Heart that help offset some of your expenses. I don’t believe for a minute that the cruises are all fun for Mikey, Dan and Jeanne. The behind the scenes prep, on board activities and pleasing your often very “needy” public is draining. Your home is lovely, thank you for sharing with videos and I you and Dan deserve all of it. I sincerely hope that the 2017 Stitch Stop tour will include the previously scheduled “launch” in Hamilton. I’d love to meet you both!

  • November 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    This article both delighted and saddened me. On one hand you’re doing what you love regardless of the pay cheque. On the other hand the fact that it’s a monetary drain is very sad and my hope is that you find a way to continue to provide the same services as you have in the past. I THOUROGHLY enjoy your tutorials and all the videos you post. They are informative, funny, and totally enjoyable. I don’t have any feedback on how you can improve, I just hope you continue to do what you do.

  • November 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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    As always, spot on! Well, I am disabled, but I could never think of even making a comment that you have oodles of money! WOW! Ive never thought of that being in the Crowd or watching YouTube videos. how ignorant people are (jealousy?). Your passions are evident to those of us who are crafters, artists, hobbyists. The C.C. is inspirational because of your and Dan’s humor and passion for crochet. It inspires me to get back to hooking when I fall to the wayside as one does in a busy life.

  • November 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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    I am a Youtube hostess, who knits and crochets too. I teach from the Argentinian Patagonia. I´ve monetized my channel just one year ago. I was wondering where this would go to. Now I´m afraid it is not worth it… I´d like you to see my videos. Thank you!!

  • November 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    Thanks for the info, I had some idea how it worked but did not really fully understand the decline in revenue. As someone who runs their own small business from home I fully understand the need to “evolve”. Love your site and videos!

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