Earn money with YouTube – Creator Academy YouTube
Get your channel ready to earn:
Step 1: Enable your channel for monetisation.
Step 2: Connect your YouTube channel to an AdSense account in order to earn money and get paid for your monetised videos.
Step 3: Take a minute to get to know the kinds of videos that you can monetise and the different ad formats.
Enable your channel to earn money and get started.
Audience before income
The key ingredients for a profitable YouTube channel are a loyal, engaged community and a steady stream of great videos that are advertiser-friendly. Most creators find that before they can earn money with their channels, they first need to grow an audience and make consistent videos that viewers love to watch.
All YouTube creators can apply to join the YouTube Partner Programme as long as it is available in your country. After you hit 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers, your activity will be reviewed against our policies. If everything looks good, you'll be able to join the YouTube Partner Programme and begin serving ads on your content. This threshold will help ensure that revenue only flows to creators who are playing by the rules.
See it in action
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Set up your channel to earn money
Whether your goal is to earn back some of what you spent making your videos or to become a sustainable business, YouTube's platform lets you make money with successful videos. Note: YouTube has specific advertiser-friendly guidelines that your videos must adhere to in order to be eligible for ads.
Getting your channel ready to earn:
- Step 1: Enable your channel for monetisation from Creator Studio.
- Step 2: Connect your YouTube channel to an AdSense account in order to earn money and get paid for your monetised videos.
- Step 3: Get to know the kinds of videos that you can monetise and the different ad formats.
- Step 4 Select 'monetise with ads' for your videos, and choose which ad formats and videos you want from the YouTube Studio app and in video manager.
- Step 5: When uploading, make sure that your videos adhere to YouTube's advertiser-friendly guidelines and tick the box to agree to the policies. (If you want to upload content that does not comply with these guidelines, you should turn off ads on individual videos.) Note: Monetisation is only available in certain countries, and copyright or community guidelines violations can affect your eligibility to earn money.
- You can maximise opportunities if you automatically monetise all future uploads.
- Learn more about copyright and community guidelines.
- Check that your account is in good standing.
See it in action
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Ways to earn money with your channel
There are different ways that you can earn money with your channel. Start with ads and then look into other ways that you can make money.
Now that you've enabled monetisation (and hopefully enabled all formats to maximise revenue!), ads can run on your videos. Keep in mind:
- YouTube connects your channel to paying advertisers so that you can focus on what you do best: creating. In most cases, you get paid when viewers watch ads. We're constantly improving our ad systems so that they work better for viewers and pay out to more creators.
- Some types of content may not be suitable for advertisers or all audiences.
- You can also earn money from YouTube Premium subscriptions. YouTube Premium members pay a recurring fee for special benefits like watching YouTube videos without ads. The amount that you earn from YouTube Premium is calculated based on how much time members spend watching your content compared to other content.
Other ways of making money on YouTube
If you're already making money with ads on your videos and have an established audience, you could look into:
You now have more ways to potentially earn money with your videos, your community and advertisers or brands. Think about where you are in your YouTube journey and create a blueprint for earning money that best fits you and your audience. You'll find a solution that works best for you and your community with a little trial and error.
- Working with brands: Brands and ad agencies are always looking for ways to promote their products and services. Brands can be eager to work with creators when the target audience for their product is similar to a creator's channel audience. No need to be shy if you've got a few thousand subs, take charge and prepare a pitch to a brand or advertiser – think of it like a collab! Learn more.
- Merchandising: Having merchandise made – stickers, clothing or other branded products – can strengthen your brand and help you spread the word. Try using merch cards or annotations in your videos to help your fans find your stuff.
- Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is when a community of fans contribute money to your project. You can raise funds to help support your channel by launching an external crowdfunded campaign.
- Events: Build an even stronger community by going to see them! Schedule live appearances in places where your audiences are most vibrant and engaged. In addition to meeting your fans in person, you'll likely gain opportunities to sell merchandise or tickets to your event.
- Tip: Use interactive cards to funnel viewers to your merchandise page or crowdfunding sites.
Note: Not all of these revenue streams are available in all countries. If you are being paid or compensated to create content, make sure that you understand your disclosure requirements.