How to earn money on YouTube

A few things to know

  • We won’t tell you what you can create on YouTube, but we do have a responsibility to do right by our viewers, creators and advertisers. If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you have the ability to earn money through YouTube, and because of that, we hold you to a higher standard.
  • To make sure we’re rewarding good creators, we review your channel before you’re accepted in the YouTube Partner Program. We also constantly review channels to ensure you’re meeting all our policies and guidelines.

Ways to make money in the YouTube Partner Program

You may be able to make money on YouTube through the following features:

Advertising revenue: Get ad revenue from display, overlay, and video ads.Channel membershipsYour members make recurring monthly payments in exchange for special perks that you offer.Merchandise shelfYour fans can browse and buy official branded merchandise that’s showcased on your watch pages.Super ChatYour fans pay to get their messages highlighted in chat streams.YouTube Premium Revenue: Get part of a YouTube Premium subscriber’s subscription fee when they watch your content.

Each feature has its own set of eligibility requirements on top of subscriber and view count requirements. If our reviewers believe that your channel or video is not eligible, you may not be able to turn a specific feature on. These extra thresholds exist for 2 main reasons. The most important one is that we have to meet legal requirements in every area where the feature is available. Then, because we want to reward good creators, we need to make sure we have enough context on your channel — which generally means we need more content to look at.

Keep in mind that we constantly review channels to make sure your content is in line with our policies.

Minimum eligibility requirements to turn on monetization features

Keep in mind that each feature has its own requirements. Some features may not be available to you due to local legal requirements.

Once you’ve been accepted in the YouTube Partner Program, you may get access to these monetization features:

Requirements
Ad revenueBe at least 18 years old, or have a legal guardian older than 18 years of age who can handle your payments via AdSense.Create content that meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines
Channel membershipsBe at least 18 years oldHave more than 30,000 subscribersHave no Community Guidelines strikes
Merchandise shelfBe at least 18 years oldHave more than 10,000 subscribersHave no Community Guidelines strikes
Super ChatBe at least 18 years oldHave live chat enabledLive in a country/region where Super Chat is available
YouTube Premium revenueCreate content watched by a viewer who is a YouTube Premium subscriber
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