Peddling Influence Big Time
It's not easy to make a living on social media, especially if you're not already famous. The main way "influencers" earn money on platforms like YouTube and Instagram is through advertising and sponsored posts, but both require building a massive fan base before those precious views translate to cash. Still, it can be done. From video game stars to jewelry curators, we found some of the world's most successful social media personalities who started with nothing but a few followers.