How to monetize YouTube videos

If you have a YouTube channel, you must have thought about monetizing YouTube videos at least once in your YouTube career. But is it easy as they say? Well, it is and it isn’t. The reason behind this is that there is a long list of requirements which you must definitely consider before applying and as far as the application itself is concerned, it is easy if you have checked all the requirements. Let’s take a look at the steps.

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Requirements to monetize YouTube videos

  • You must reside in the following countries.
  • You must have 1000 subscribers to register.
  • You must have 4,000 watch hours on your channel content. Watch hours from the last 12 months would be taken into account. Long live streams and views of deleted videos would not be counted.
  • You need to prepare two-factor authentication to protect your channel and account.
  • You should have no warnings for not following the community guidelines. Warnings already applied must have expired before requesting monetization.
  • You should keep up to date with regular updates on YouTube’s monetary policy.
  • You should avoid content that verbally harms or may cause physical harm to someone.
  • You should also avoid copyright infringement warnings. This might not stop you from asking for monetization, but it will surely reduce your audience in the future due to lack of originality.


In the next step, if you meet the above requirements, you can apply for the monetization program. You will be greeted by an application which is simply a checklist to check off all the necessary requirements. You should remember that this is a partnership program backed by terms and conditions applicable to content creation. Make sure you do it the right way so you don’t have trouble doing your taxes.

Pro tip: If your channel is running ads placed by YouTube itself, you can consider yourself ready for monetization. This act of youtube indicates the value of your content that does not go unnoticed by Youtube.

You are done here. Youtube will go further. As you insert your application to monetize YouTube videos, YouTube starts analyzing your channel against its standards and parameters. Verification can take almost a month. However, lately it has turned into a matter of a few business days. Now the check result can be a YES or a NO. If it’s a yes, then you’re good to go. You can fill in the Ad adaptability section to work more easily in the monetization process. However, if it’s a no, then YouTube will surely tell you what went wrong in achieving your monetization dream. You have 30 days to prepare again by resolving issues and reapplying.

Monetization has its own benefits such as online support with real human interaction and even a copyright tool, so no one copies your content and if so, you are alerted. Other than that, super cats and stickies are also unlocked to add some more income to your cash pile.



Shirley K. Rosa