YouTube is much more than just watching trend videos worthy of memes. The video sharing website is also a platform for creators to share their own original content. Once these creators create a sufficiently large and loyal following for their content, YouTube allows them to monetize their videos. Creators essentially earn money from premium YouTube subscribers who watch their content and allow YouTube to run ads during their videos.
If you are a creator (or are simply thinking of becoming one), read on to learn more about how to make money on YouTube.
How does YouTube pay its Content Creators?
YouTube pays its content creators through its YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
Being a member of this program is what allows you, as a creator, to monetize your videos by publishing and receiving income from YouTube Premium subscribers who watch your videos.
To become a member, you must go through an application process in which you must meet certain eligibility and content requirements:
- You will need an approved Google AdSense account.
- Your channel must have more than 1,000 subscribers.
- Your channel must have more than 4,000 hours of playback during the last year. The viewing hours (or the total viewing time) is the total amount of time that people have actually spent watching their videos.
- Your content must match the YPP policies, which include the YouTube Community Guidelines, Terms of Service, and Google AdSense policies. To monetize your videos, your content must follow the Advertiser-friendly content guidelines
- The YouTube Partner Program must be available in your country.
Once you meet these requirements and are accepted into the partner program, you will be able to monetize your videos. You will also have access to the YouTube creator support team, which will help you deal with creator issues, such as copyright or related to Community Guidelines.
Once they Accept you, Dont Get Kicked Out
While all content posted on YouTube must follow the YouTube Community Guidelines, this is especially important for those who want to monetize their content, since they may lose access to the YouTube Partner Program if their videos violate those guidelines.
Important : It’s important your channel’s content follows YouTube’s Community Guidelines. A more detailed description of them can be found here.
Failure to comply with YouTube’s fair use and copyright requirements will also result in the loss of access to YPP. With respect to copyright and fair use, YouTube requires that you have all rights to the content you post and intend to monetize. If, for any reason, your videos contain third-party content, the use of that content must be covered under fair use.
Make the Most of YouTube’s Partner Program
To optimize your use of the YouTube Partner Program, your best bet is to start by following the Advertiser-friendly content guidelines.
The purpose of the content guidelines for advertisers is to help you create the type of content that YouTube advertisers want to publish.
These guidelines cover the following topics when it comes to creating content that is friendly to the advertiser:
Tips to create the type of content advertisers would want.
Instructions on how to turn off ads for individual videos that are not friendly to advertisers.
A list of content types that are not considered friendly to the advertiser.
Setting Up a YouTube Account
If you do not have a Google account yet, you must register to get one to set up your YouTube account. Read our YouTube registration guide to get started.
Register to receive YouTube Payments
Once you have created and published your own videos and you have started creating an audience for them, you can register to receive YouTube payments. To register to receive payments, you must request the YouTube Partner Program.
The application to the YouTube Partner Program is a multi-step process and can take up to a month to obtain approval, depending on whether you have reached the subscriber count and the requirements for the time of observation at the time you made the request. application or later.
Note: If you didn’t meet those requirements at the time you applied, your application won’t be reviewed until you do.
The application includes the following stages: accept the terms of the YouTube Partner Program, register with Google AdSense, configure your monetization preferences and be reviewed.
To Start your YPP Application:
- Sign in to your YouTube account.
- Select your account profile in the upper right corner of the YouTube website.
- Select Creator Studio or YouTube Studio.
- On the left side, select Settings. In Account, select View additional features.
- In Monetization, select Enable.
- The next screen should be called “Monetization” and should show the four steps mentioned above necessary to join the partnership program. The first step highlighted on this page is “Read and accept the terms of the YouTube Partner Program.” Select Start to complete this step.
- Read the terms of YPP and select each of the three statements below with a checkmark. Select I accept.
- You will return to the monetization page and will guide you through the rest of the steps to apply for admission to the YPP program:
- Sign up in AdSense.
- Set monetization preferences.
- Obtain a review after reaching 4,000 hours of observation in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers.
As you complete the next three steps, select Start for each step to complete them. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete each step and its application.
Tips : While making money on YouTube is mainly done by posting ads during your videos and receiving revenue from YouTube’s premium subscribers, there are other lesser known ways to earn money on the site to share videos, such as:
However, being a member of YPP does not automatically entitle you to these methods. You still have to meet certain eligibility requirements for each one.