How to Become a YouTube Partner

Three Methods:Understand the Partner ProgramMonetizing Your VideosReceiving Ad Payments

You’ve got some videos that are racking up views. You’re gaining new subscribers to your channel on a daily basis. Now you’d like to start earning some revenue from all your viewers. YouTube offers a program called YouTube Partners that not only gives you access to revenue-sharing, but also tools to increase your viewership. Here are some tips on how to get started.

Method 1
Understand the Partner Program

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    Teach yourself about ad revenue. YouTube users monetize their content and acquire a cut of the ad revenue from their posted content. You are automatically enrolled in the Partner program as long as you have at least one video that is monetized. Application for partnership is no longer required.
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    Use tools to improve their video creation. You will be able to check in-depth analytics about your viewers and their ad-clicking habits. There are special Partner channel features that allow you to use custom thumbnails, or broadcast a Google+ Hangout.
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    Earn rewards for subscribers. If your channel reaches over 100,000 subscribers, you will receive a framed silver "play button" plaque that has the YouTube logo and their username on it from Google themselves. Channels that get over a million subscribers receive a the exact same plaque (Only exception is that the play button is gold) also from Google.
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    Abide by the terms of the YouTube Partner program. Any videos that get flagged as a violation of the terms and community guidelines will remove your eligibility to receive ad revenue. Be sure that all your videos comply with the terms that YouTube lays out.

Method 2
Monetizing Your Videos

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    Enable your account for monetization. In order to enable monetization, your account must be in good standing. This means you have not violated the community guidelines or uploaded copyrighted content. Log in to YouTube and navigate to your Channel Settings page. Under “Features” click the “Enable” button next to monetization. You will have to read and agree to the terms of service.
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    Check the content. Each video you monetize has to be reviewed before ads are placed in it. Be sure to follow these guidelines to make sure that your video passes review and your account stays in good standing.
    • You must own the rights to everything in your video, including music, images, and text.
    • Anything you don’t have the rights to, you must have written permission from the creator to use it and make money from it.
    • Your videos must follow the Community Guidelines set down by YouTube. Sexually explicit content, gratuitous violence, shock videos, hate speech, and more are all prohibited from being posted. The complete list can be found here.
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    Enable ads on your older videos. If you’ve uploaded videos in the past and want to start showing ads in them, follow these steps.
    • Once logged in to YouTube, navigate to your Video Manager.
    • Find the video you want to place ads in.
    • Click the “$” icon next to your video. This will open the Monetization tab.
    • Check the “Monetize my video” box.
    • Select the ad formats you want to have appear. Overlay in-video ads are pop-up text ads that appear at the bottom of the video while it is playing. TrueView in-stream ads are streaming ads that can be skipped by the viewer after a few seconds. Standard in-stream ads are ads that have to be watched the entire way through before the video begins.
    • Click “Save Changes”. Your video will now undergo a review process to make sure that it doesn’t violate any terms of service. You may be asked for information about your rights to commercially use any content in the video.
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    Enable ads on new videos. While your video is uploading, select the “Monetization” tab and follow the steps above. Your video will still need to be reviewed before ads are added.
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    Get an AdSense account. In order to receive payments, you must have a valid AdSense account associated with your YouTube account. To get an AdSense account you must be 18 years old and have a valid physical mailing address.
    • Under Channel Settings, click the Monetization tab. Select “How will I be paid?” then click “associate an AdSense account.”
    • The AdSense site will open, asking you which Google account you want to use. Confirm the association.
    • Enter your correct billing information. Without correct billing information, AdSense cannot pay you.
    • If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to create an AdSense account. They will then receive monetization payments on your behalf.

Method 3
Receiving Ad Payments

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    Enter your tax information. This step only applies to US YouTube accounts. Once you reach $10 in earnings, you will need to submit your tax information to YouTube.
    • Sign into your account and navigate to the Account Settings page. In the Payments Settings section, click "Update tax information." Fill in the required fields.
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    Verify your payment address. When you reach the equivalent of US$10 in ad payments, YouTube will send a PIN via mail to your address. You will then need to enter this PIN online to verify your physical address.
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    Select a payment method. At a specific amount, YouTube will ask you to confirm your payment method. The amount is different for each country. Here are some of the amounts:
    • USD $10
    • EUR €10
    • GBP £10
    • JPY ¥1000
    • AUD A$15
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    Reach the payment threshold. In order to receive payments, you must reach a specific amount of revenue. This varies per country. Once you reach this threshold, you will be paid your unpaid earnings.
    • USD $100
    • EUR €70
    • GBP £60
    • JPY ¥10000
    • AUD A$150


  • If YouTube finds any copyrighted material that you do not own in your video, they can remove it.
  • The YouTube Partner program is not available in all countries.
  • Make sure you are over 18.

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