Enabling Monetization On Your Channel

One of the most popular ways of making money on YouTube is by monetizing your content through the platform’s partner program, which allows content creators to earn shared revenue from ads served on their videos.

Monetization Requirements

This partner program, called “YouTube Partner Program”, is available to all users under certain conditions and requirements:

  • Content creators can join the program as long as it is available in their countries.
  • A content creator’s channel has to reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watched hours in the last 12 months in order to be reviewed by YouTube to join the program.

Now that you know the conditions and requirements, let’s take a look at the steps that you’ll have to follow to enable monetization on your channel.

Getting Started

To see if your channel is eligible for monetization, you have to start by going to the channel’s status page. Go to YouTube’s homepage while signed in to your channel and click on the channel icon located on the top-right corner.

Now click on the “creator studio” button from the menu. Now move to the left-hand menu and click on the “channel” tab. You will land on the channel’s “status and features” page. Check under “Monetization” if your account is eligible. If the word “Eligible” appears in the “monetization” column, then it means that your channel is eligible for monetization.

Applying For Monetization

Click on the “Enable” button in the “Monetization” column. You’ll be taken to the “monetization” page. The first step is to accept the partner program terms and services, so simply click on the “start” button in “step 1” to “Read and agree to the YouTube Partner Program terms”.

Read the “YouTube Partner Program Terms”, check the three agreement boxes, and then click on “I accept”. Awesome! First step completed.

Signing Up For AdSense

The second step is to sign up for AdSense. AdSense is Google’s ad revenue program, and you will need to connect your channel to an AdSense account to get paid. So start by clicking on the “Start” button in “step 2” to “Sign up for AdSense”.

You will be taken to a page where you’ll be instructed to link your channel to an AdSense account either by signing in to an existing AdSense account or by creating a new one if you don’t have one yet, so simply click on “next” to proceed.

You’ll be prompted to sign in to your existing Google account first. So if you already have an AdSense account you will simply be signed in. If you don’t have one you will simply be prompted to create one under your Google account.

After you sign in you’ll simply have to click on the “Link To YouTube” button to continue. Once your AdSense account is linked to your YouTube account successfully you will be redirected back to YouTube. Awesome! Now your accounts are linked to allow you to get paid.

Setting Monetization Preferences

Now click on the “Start” button in “step 3” to “set monetization preferences”. In this step you will simply have to select whether to “monetize all existing and future videos” and to select the “ad formats” that you want to show on your videos.

“Display ads” are required, but you can select or deselect “overlay ads”, “sponsored cards”, and “skippable video ads”. Once you have made your selections simply click on “save” to finish.

Getting Reviewed

Your channel will be reviewed for monetization once you have reached the 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours watch time thresholds. You can always come back to this page to check your progress. Focus on growing your channel by applying our advice and you’ll get there in no time!