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How to enable monetization on YouTube

YouTube recently changed the eligibility requirements for monetization. Your channel must have at least 10,000 public lifetime views to display ads on videos. And if you are not currently a Partner, you now need to apply for the YouTube Partner program.

While that means you won't be able to immediately start monetizing videos on your new channel, you can set your channel up so it's ready to start monetizing when it becomes eligible.

There is a four step monetization setup process


Read on for detailed instructions.

Check your channel's eligibility for monetization

Check your channel Status and Features (https://www.youtube.com/features) to see if your channel is eligible for monetization.

If your channel is not eligible , you should see a reason why.


To start the monetization setup process, click Enable on your channel Status and Features page, or open the Monetization Settings directly (www.youtube.com/account_monetization).

The Monetization Settings page will show you where you are in the process:



Step one: Read and Agree to the YouTube Partner Program Terms


First - before you do anything else - read all the policies and ensure that your content is eligible for monetization!
Then, next to Read and agree to the YouTube Partner Program terms click the START  button

The YouTube Partner Program terms will pop up. Read the terms carefully, acknowledge that you agree to the terms, then click I Accept


Step two: Sign up for AdSense or link your existing AdSense account

The next step is to associate AdSense with your YouTube channel. You must have an active AdSense account to monetize your content.
If you have had an AdSense account disabled for invalid activity (or any other reason), you are not eligible to monetize your videos. Read and understand the policies before you start monetizing your content.

Before you start: make sure your browser accepts 3rd party cookies, and temporarily disable any ad blocking extensions.




2. On the AdSense association page click Next to open the AdSense setup page

3.  Sign in to the Google account you want to use for AdSense

NOTE: If you have an existing AdSense account, you are NOT allowed to create a new AdSense account. Link your existing AdSense account instead.

If you want to use the Google account that you are currently signed into, click the Yes button

If you want to use a different Google account to apply, or you have an existing AdSense account linked to a different Google account, click Create or use another account
Follow the steps on your screen to complete the AdSense application or linking process.

AdSense applications are usually reviewed within a week, but sometimes may take longer than that.

Step three: Set monetization preferences

You can select monetization options for your video uploads, so they can start earning money as soon as your channel is approved for the YouTube Partner Program.

Next to Set monetization preferences click START.

  • You can set what types of ads you want to run on your videos by default. 
  • You also have the option to monetize all existing and future videos. 

My suggestion: before you select the option to monetize all your videos, you need to be 100% positive that all of your current and future videos are eligible for monetization. If you submit videos for monetization that are not eligible, your monetization can be permanently disabled.


You can change the settings in your YouTube account's upload defaults so that your new videos are either automatically monetized or not monetized.

Step four: Get reviewed after reaching 10,000 views

Once your channel reaches 10,000 views, your application for the YouTube Partner Program will be reviewed.

Your monetization settings page shows the progress your channel has made towards that goal.


YouTube looks at whether your channel activity adheres to the YouTube Partner Program policies, YouTube Terms of Service, and the YouTube Community Guidelines.

The review process may take up to several weeks, so be patient!

When the review is complete, YouTube will send you an email and you can always check the status on your account's monetization settings tab (www.youtube.com/account_monetization).

What happens next?

If your application is rejected you can get your channel into compliance with YouTube policy, and re-submit an application after 30 days.

If your application is approved you can start earning money from your videos! You can always change the settings and review the terms you agreed to on your channel's monetization settings tab  (www.youtube.com/account_monetization).


Earnings, payments, and monetizing your own website:

If you have questions, contact YouTube Creator Support  or post a question in the official YouTube Help Forum.

Posted by Peggy K

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