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Typically, how much does it cost to do a colab with a big channel?

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You don't pay for a collab, if you message a big youtuber and ask them to do a collab with you, they might see your message and respond, and do a collab with you (that's quite a big budget XD).
 

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You don't pay for a collab, if you message a big youtuber and ask them to do a collab with you, they might see your message and respond, and do a collab with you (that's quite a big budget XD).
Paying for a colab is definitely a thing. Same thing like how music artist pay for features from other artist. You could just message them but it’s very unlikely to happen
 

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Huh, I've never really heard of anyone paying for a collab. I've only seen them done between friends or for promotion. I'm sure it is a thing though. I agree with Gigantics in saying that most respectable Youtubers wouldn't accept money for a collab, but I guess it could help to grab their attention?? I think $1000 would be either be way too little or way more than enough for most Youtubers, really depends on who you're asking & whether they're a decent person or not haha
 
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I think when money is exchanged like that it’s more a sponsor deal. Sure they’ll plug you, your product, your channel. But it’s a partnership thing not a true collab
 
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1000$ is quite a lot of money to promote a YouTube channel so be carefull how you spend it dude:) I am sure there are big channels out there who would accept your money and feature one of your videos.. I have been lucky enough to have one of my videos featured on a much bigger channel (in same nice of course, and that is important). The guy did it for free cause he liked my videos and I had to do nothing at all...It was awesome and I gained a lot of subs over night:up2: I suggest you contact the channels you would like to work with and see if there is a change of a collab with no money involved....Again 1000$ is a lot of money for promotion (if spend right)...
 

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I've heard some horror stories about large channels that will take money and then drag their feet on mentioning the other channel, and when they do, it's in an off-handed way that doesn't make the money worth it. I think it's better to try to find channels that are larger, but not so large that you're basically just paying for some advertising space, and to try to build up a reputation for excellence that will make other channels want to collab with you.
 

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I imagine big channels get many collab requests daily. So anyone who is willing to pay for a collab would be at the top of pile.
Most channels will have contact options on their home page or through there Twitter links etc for you to connect with.