How Much Money Forgotten Weapons Makes On YouTube – Net Worth

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2021)

Ian McCollum (Forgotten Weapons) Net Worth – $2.4 Million


Forgotten Weapons is a popular website and YouTube channel created by Ian McCollum. He has an estimated net worth of $2.4 million. The content in the channel is mainly his covering the history of firearms like paratroop versions of the Empire of Japan’s Arisaka Type 99 rifle and others. He goes on to explain the importance of certain firearms to the history of warfare. He disassembles the firearms then shows the audience how they operate and demonstrates firing when possible.

How Much Money Does Forgotten Weapons Earn On YouTube?

The channel has over 2.2 million subscribers as of 2021 and has accumulated over 1 billion views so far. It is able to get an average of 550,000 views from different sources. This should generate an estimated revenue of around $4,400 per day ($1.6 million a year) from the ads that appear on the videos.

YouTube content creators based in the US, UK, Canada and Australia generally get paid $2 – $12 per 1000 monetized views after YouTube takes its cut. Monetized views usually range from 40% – 80% of the total views. All these are influenced by several factors like the device played on, time of the year, the location of the viewer, ad inventory, how many ads there are on a video, how many people skip the ads, type of advertisement, ad engagement, type of content, etc. The cost of an ad view is based on an auction between advertisers based on views. Advertisers have to bid a minimum of $0.01 per view.

There is also a program known as Google Preferred where deep-pocketed companies can target ads on the top 5% most popular content. The ad rates here are higher than normal. Apart from ads, YouTubers also generate extra from YouTube Red viewers who pay a monthly fee to view premium content on YouTube plus watch videos without ads. Here they get paid based on watch time on their videos. The longer the viewers watch their videos, the more money they earn.

Ian has a Patreon account where loyal fans can contribute a monthly amount to support his work. It currently stands at between $4,000 – $15,000 a month.