Simple Ways to Monetize YouTube Channels For Beginners

Want to know how to monetize your youtube channel and start making money on YouTube? Please read the following guide to monetizing the youtube channel for beginners

The four conditions for making money on YouTube are:

  • Have 1000 subscribers
  • Has 4,000 watch hours (watch time) over the last 12 months
  • Comply with all YouTube policies and guidelines
  • Setting up an AdSense account

1 YouTube Partner Program Terms

Commonly known as the YouTube Partner Program, or YPP for short, you must meet all four requirements before your channel is accepted. Let's start with 1,000 subscribers. This one is quite easy, no matter how long it takes you to get 1000 subscribers, if you've reached it then you've reached that requirement

In addition to 1,000 subscribers, you also need 4,000 watch hours on your videos over the last 12 months. Not a few are confused by this 4000 watch hour requirement, so let me try to explain it. 4,000 watch hours is the length of videos that people on your channel have watched in the last 12 months (from a given date). You may have 4,000 watch hours over the lifetime of your channel, but only the last 12 months count towards the YouTube Partner Program requirements.

A few other things you need to know about showtimes. Live broadcasts and private videos also count towards that total. But if you delete any video, the Watchtime will be removed from your channel's showtime.

If you want to check the progress of the requirements above, you can do so by clicking your logo in the top right corner of the YouTube page, then clicking YouTube Studio. You can view all of your analytics here, but to quickly check your monetization progress, hover your mouse over the tool on the left, then click 'Monetization'. On this screen, you'll see a monetization box, and you can pinpoint your current position with subscribers and showtimes.

2 Following YouTube's Rules for Monetization

If you want to monetize your content, you need to make sure you comply, as YouTube states:

When you sign up for the YouTube Partner Program, you will go through a standard review process to see if your channel meets YouTube policies and guidelines. Only channels that match them will be accepted into this program.

YouTube also constantly checks channels in the program to see if they continue to meet YouTube's policies and guidelines. These policies and guidelines are very comprehensive, considering all the difficulties YouTube experiences in finding the right balance between creators, viewers and advertisers. I highly recommend that you review these policies and guidelines if you wish to monetize your content in the future.

3 Copyright and Monetization Policy on YouTube

Among YouTube's policies and guidelines is the big topic of copyrighted material. The point is, if you use other people's work, you can use copyrighted material without their permission, and YouTube doesn't want you to do that. This will almost certainly get you demonetized or prevent you from entering the YouTube Partner Program.

For most people, this is the most important monetization policy. You must ensure that you add value to the third-party content you monetize, and that your content has significant original commentary, educational value, or editorial statement. YouTube doesn't give you permission to use other people's content in your videos all the time, because if you do, YouTube can use this as an argument not to monetize your content.

YouTube confirms that if all or most of your channel is dedicated to reused content, and you do not modify the original work by adding your own unique value, then your channel is not eligible for the YouTube Partner Program. The spirit of this policy is to ensure that YouTube incentivizes unique and original content into the YouTube Partner Program, and that YouTube protects and rewards creators who work hard on original content.

Now, let's imagine. You spend days, hours creating amazing content, and it goes viral on YouTube. And then a dozen random video creators steal that content, upload it, generate hundreds of thousands of views, and end up making huge profits from it. How would you feel if that happened? That's what YouTube is trying to protect – original content from video creators.

Granted, reuse, duplicate content, and copyrighted content are a huge gray area on YouTube, and don't always get it right. And you might look at some of the channels on YouTube and see that they are clearly showing off these rules. You don't know what their individual circumstances are, they may have permission to use the content, or they may get caught in the future, and you don't want to follow the example of a channel that does this. This is not the path to success.

In the end, YouTube is the gatekeeper. They hold all the keys. You're on rented land, and if you flaunt these rules, and break them, then don't be surprised when YouTube catches up to you. 

4 Linking Google Adsense Account with YouTube Channel

If you want to make money from your videos, YouTube needs a way to pay you, and at least to get started, this will be done through an AdSense account. A few things you need to know about this, if you already have an AdSense account you can use it. You can connect multiple channels to a single AdSense account, and if you don't already have an AdSense account, you can set one up during the YouTube Partner Program application process.

5 Sign up for the YouTube Partner Program

Let's remind ourselves of those requirements one more time: you need:

  1. 1,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel
  2. 4,000 hours of Watch Hours on your videos over the last 12 months
  3. Comply with all YouTube policies and guidelines
  4. Set up an AdSense account

When you implement the YouTube Partner Program, it may take up to a month for the platform to make a decision. That's because the Youtube Team will review your channel, so it's a manual process. Some channels are approved within a few days, so it could be faster. However, if it does take more than a month, then your channel will usually be subject to further review. When this happens, unfortunately, the waiting time can be very long. Three, six, maybe even 12 months. In some unfortunate cases, YouTube never seems to make up its mind, leaving content creators in monetization uncertainty

6 Rejected from the YouTube Partner Program: What's the Next Step?

Now let's say you have signed up for the YouTube Partner Program, but you have been rejected. What can you do? If you are rejected from the YouTube Partner Program, YouTube will provide you with the reasons why. Unfortunately, they won't tell you specifically what video or content is causing the problem, so you may be left to adjust your channel blindly. However, the good news is that you can re-apply for the program within 30 days.

Again, this is where you have to use your common sense. If you think a video violates our community guidelines and policies, it most likely is and you need to adjust it. If any video has copyrighted content in it, then it might also cause problems with YouTube, so you should remove it.

Creators ask when they sign up for a partner program, does receiving a community guidelines strike or copyright strike against my channel prevent me from joining the program? The answer is probably no, it definitely won't get in your way, but it will have an impact.

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