What is the YouTube Partner Program? This is a program that unlocks additional opportunities that you can take advantage of, including monetizing your YouTube videos. How do you sign up for this program? In this video, instructor Richard Harrington discusses how to sign up for the YouTube Partner Program.
- In order to become a member of the YouTube Partner Program, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you are eligible. The general requirements are this. You are able to join as long as it's available in your country. Not all countries allow the Partner Program so you have to check that you are a resident of an approved country. Once your channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months and has 1,000 subscribers, then you are eligible for consideration.
You have to have both pieces of content. So you can have tons of subscribers, but if you're releasing funny 10-second videos, it might be really hard to get up to 4,000 watch hours so consider putting in some longer form content as well. You can check your status anytime by going over to YouTube Analytics. Now the availability for the program is pretty broad. If you fall into any of these countries, it's available and it's also available in all of these countries too.
So as you can see, it's most of the world. But there are a handful of countries that have restrictions about monetizing the internet and you won't be able to access the content. Now when you want to sign up, it's pretty simple. First, sign in to YouTube. Then in the top right corner, navigate to Creator Studio. Choose channel, status, and features. Then under monetization, click enable.
Follow the on-screen steps and accept the YouTube Partner Program terms. So once you're logged in, you'll see the monetization section and it should say that you're eligible. Once you click and you accept the terms of service, you're basically enrolled. However, you will need to set up an AdSense account in order to actually connect and get the revenue from the ads. And then once you've done both of those steps, they'll review your channel and guidelines and make sure that you are ready and in compliance.
YouTube will have a person, a real person actually inspect your channel and content to make sure that you're a good match. This is pretty easy. Again, just click on your channel icon and choose Creator Studio. Look at your channel and take a look at monetization. Now in this case, it says I need to specify my country so I'll click and tell it where I am located.
There we go. And I'll tell it to allow advertisements. I can specify if I have a website and it looks like it wants me to verify my website. Clicking on this will give me a handful of verification methods. You'll see here that one of the easiest methods is to upload a small snippet of HTML and this will verify that the site is officially affiliated with your particular channel.
There are other methods here that includes using a particular tag, searching by domain name provider, or Google Analytics. Now once you've done all of that and you've linked your AdWord account, everything should become connected. I'll go ahead and click save here and you'll see that I'm partway through the process. What it comes down to is follow all of the instructions and the requirements will change, but essentially verify your website, accept their terms of service, go ahead and set up a Google AdSense account which is where the payments go and if you've already got one you can connect it, and then accept the terms of service again, and wait.
It's going to take a couple of days for someone from YouTube to get around to look at your channel, but someone will review it and approve it and you'll receive notification that you are in the program or if there are any issues that need to be fixed.
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