By David White, Managing Director, Weboptimiser

Comic acts are YouTubes top earners' and they dominate independent video makers on YouTube.

US satirist Shane Dawson has over 431.7m hits in the past year, according to tracking site TubeMogul and he has earned over $300,000

Annoying Orange, in second position, is a teenager that works behind his helium-voiced character Fred.

Their incomes are made through advertising revenue on the website. The top five combined rake in over $1m a year on advertising income alone.

Their earnings are small compared to established mainstream stars, but creating homemade videos and uploading them onto the internet has become a bankable art form.

Some of the most successful video-makers are heading for greater success, with Dane Boedigheimer - the creator of The Annoying Orange - reportedly in talks to make a TV pilot.

David Birch, from TubeMogul, said: "It's pretty amazing that some of these guys are making a decent living."

Watch a video of David White talking about how comics are making a living out of You Tube

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