I like the idea of Golden Crumbs. I was looking at your videos, the view count isn't that high, but I am assuming that its enough views to make the $100-$200 you mentioned? I always thought you need views in the tens of thousands to make any kind of money from Youtube and Google.
We are getting close to a thousand views a day on our YouTube Channel. A couple of our videos are approaching twenty thousand views and we should hit three hundred thousand total views later today. The more videos we add, the more views we get across the board. We have two web sites that total about 1500 hits a day. Not huge numbers but there is a reason for that.
We started doing it just for fun. I built one web site for the American Vega Association that gets pretty low traffic and basically just supports itself, and one web site for our family and friends to let them know where we are and what we are up to that has turned out to be surprisingly popular. I put adsense on both just to see what would happen. It took three years to earn the first hundred bucks.
The YouTube channel started out as just a way to share our home movies. After we were allowed to monetize the YouTube channel, we paid more attention to copyrights (The first sixty or so videos cannot be monetized because of the music). Once we cleaned up the copyright issue on YouTube, it took three months to earn the second C note. Learning as we go, a few tweaks here and there to build traffic and the income is slowly building.
Fact is, we could actually earn a respectable living this way by developing a couple more websites and YouTube Channels. BUT - It requires just as much commitment as a real job to make serious money. By that I mean forty or fifty hours a week. Taking months off at a time is counter productive, at least in terms of income. Fresh content is the life blood of these things so posting something fresh every day is a key factor. Since our priority is voyaging, not working, we are happy with the golden crumbs. As we build up and improve the content the crumbs may turn into nuggets.
The problem with earning serious money legally is that it takes a lot of work
Even running for congress would be too time consuming