This article will show you how to monetize YouTube content and generate revenue. There are many.Four golden rules. YouTube is a great way to make money.

You need to have 1,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel.

Your videos have generated 4,000 Watch Time hours over the last 12 months.
YouTube policies and guidelines must be followed.
You have an AdSense account.
1. Check out the requirements for the YouTube Partner Program
Commonly known as YouTube Partner Program or YPP, your channel will only be accepted if you meet all the requirements.

Let’s begin with the 1,000 subscribers part. This one is simple in that you don’t need to wait to reach 1,000 subscribers. You can add this milestone to your list once you reach it. GetFans is one of the ways how you can get more subscribers.

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Also, you need to watch your videos for 4,000 hours over the past 12 months. This one is confusing so I will try to clarify. This is not about how many videos you, as a YouTube creator, view. It’s all about how many people around the globe are viewing your video content. This is the total number of hours that have been viewed on your channel within the past 12 months. While you could watch 4,000 hours over the life of your channel’s existence, YouTube Partner Program requirements only consider the last 12 months.

Live streams count towards that huge, 4000-hour goal.

These videos, however, do not:

  • Videos not listed
  • Videos you’ve deleted
  • Video set up to private
  • Advertising campaigns
  • YouTube Shorts

YouTube will not automatically remove you from its YouTube Partner Program if your Watch Time falls below 4,000 hours. However, it has the option to make this choice in the future. This video provides a more in-depth look at the topic of 4,000 hour specifically.

2. You can track your progress towards meeting the YPP requirements.

Are you ready to make YouTube Partner Program a monetization tool for your YouTube channel? Here are some ways to find out:

Log in to YouTube to go toYouTube StudioClick on your profile picture and choose YouTube Studio.
ClickMonetizationUse the navigation menu to the left.
You can track your progress towards 1,000 subscribers or 4,000 hours of Watch Time on the monetization page. Once you have reached both milestones, you will see a blue button asking you to “apply immediately.”

Want a faster way to track your progress? Download and install vidIQ. Then, on pretty much every YouTube screen, you will see a collection of real-time stats for your channel. It will show you your channel’s views per hour, views over the last 48 hours, and your subscriber count. But the really cool thing is that it will track your progress toward 4,000 hours of Watch Time too! Once you hit 4,000 hours, that number will turn green to show you you’ve reached that monetization requirement.

3. Follow YouTube’s Monetization Rules

The rule book is next on the list. YouTube explains that you must follow the rules if you want to monetize content.

YouTube will review your application for the YouTube Partner Program. This standard review is to ensure that your channel meets YouTube guidelines and policy. Only channels that comply with these guidelines will be admitted to the program.

YouTube monitors the compliance of channels within a program with YouTube’s guidelines and policies. They are both comprehensive and balance the needs of viewers, creators, and advertisers. I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with these policies and guidelines if you want to monetize your content in the future.

If you’re in a TLDR mood, it is best to use common sense. You might think that a video is inappropriate. These videos are your responsibility.

4. YouTube: Avoid copyright and monetization mistakes

Copyrighted material is a huge topic in YouTube’s policies. You could use copyrighted material from other people’s works without their permission. YouTube doesn’t want you to do this. You will most likely be demonetized and prevented from joining the YouTube Partner Program.

This is probably the most important monetization strategy. You must have permission to use content from another person, such as a reaction video.

Monetize third-party content to add value

Contribute original comments, educational value or an editorialized statement.

Let’s face it, this might not be enough. YouTube may not allow you to monetize videos that contain content from other sources.

YouTube has confirmed that your channel cannot be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program if it is devoted to reused content and you are not adding value by transforming the original work. This policy is designed to ensure that YouTube encourages original and unique content. It wants to reward creators who create original content.

Some may view YouTube’s policy as an excuse for demonetizing channels they don’t want in its monetization program. But let’s take a closer look. It took you hours to create a beautiful piece of content. And it becomes viral on YouTube. Then, a dozen other video creators steal the content and upload it to YouTube, generating hundreds of thousands of views and making a handsome profit. What would you think? YouTube wants to protect original content created by video creators.

YouTube admits that duplicate and copyright content are a gray area and doesn’t always do it right. These rules are clearly broken by some YouTube channels. We don’t know their specific circumstances. They might have permission to use the content. Or they could be caught.

5. Connect a Google Adsense account to your YouTube Channel

YouTube must pay you if you want to make money with your videos. AdSense accounts are the best way to do this. You can continue to use the one you have if you already have one. Set one up during the YouTube Partner Program application process.

Side note: Multiple channels can be connected to an AdSense account.

6. Register for the YouTube Partner Program

Let’s not forget those requirements. These are the requirements:

  • 1000 subscribers to your YouTube channel
  • Over the past 12 months, you have accumulated 4,000 hours of Watch Time on your videos
  • To adhere to all YouTube policies and guidelines
  • Set up an AdSense account

It can take up to a month to get a decision from YouTube Partner Program. Because actual people will be reviewing your channel, it may take up to a month for YouTube to make a decision. Some channels are approved within days. This means that the process might be slow. If approval takes longer than one month, however, your channel will be subject to further review. Unfortunately, this can lead to long wait times. It could take up to six months, or even twelve months. YouTube sometimes fails to make a decision in some cases, leaving creators in limbo regarding monetization.

This is a frustrating situation. This topic has been discussed by many of you on vidIQ’s videos. We cannot assist you in moving the process forward, so we recommend that you talk to TeamYouTube via Twitter. Let everyone know that you are having problems with your application.

YouTube claims that this will not speed up the process. But you never know what might happen.

7. How to Respond if You Are Rejected from the YouTube Partner Program

Let’s suppose you have applied for the YouTube Partner Program but were rejected. What should you do?

YouTube will tell you why you were rejected from the YouTube Partner Program. YouTube won’t give you a specific reason for being rejected from the YouTube Partner Program. This could mean that you will have to adjust your channel blindly. The good news is that you can apply again for the program within 30 days.

This is where common sense will be required. You will need to correct videos that violate the community guidelines if you suspect they are. Videos that contain copyrighted material are another common problem. You will need to remove those sections of your content and reupload.

Is it possible to be denied admission due to a copyright strike or community guideline? While it won’t stop your application, it will have an impact.

There is a dedicated support page with advice on what you should do if you are rejected from the YouTube Partner Program, and you’ll find it here.

If you’re a member of the Partner Program and want to make money through Super Chats, Channel memberships and merchandise, you can check out this video: