It takes time and effort to start a YouTube channel, attract an audience and create unique content so it is only natural to desire some monetary rewards. Thankfully, monetizing YouTube through the YouTube Partner Program is very easy once your channel applies to monetization criteria.
If you are a part of the social media creator business for some time now, you probably know that YouTube strongly encourages original content. This means that sharing unoriginal or stolen content, content with no additional value, and copyright strikes on YouTube will make you ineligible for monetization. To avoid copyright claims, you should always make sure to use royalty free music in your YouTube videos.
What is more, even if you’ve been monetizing your content for a while, damaging your channel’s originality by starting to upload such types of videos can result in demonetization. So, does this mean reaction videos on YouTube are not eligible for monetization? No, it is the exact opposite as they have the additional spark youtube is looking for!
Taking a clip from another video, whether that be a TV show, a movie, or a music video, and simply sharing it will do no good even if your video or YouTube shorts goes viral. But worry not because this is when the magic of putting additional value comes into the picture!
Even if you don’t feel ready to show your face or share your niche with the world just yet, try adding your own contribution with voiceover commentaries that reflect your own opinion, research, or narration on the matter for additional value. Regardless, brainstorming YouTube channel ideas to find your niche and creating original content is essential if you are aiming for long-term results in your monetization journey.
Now, let’s talk about what other qualifications you will need to join the YouTube Partner Program and enable monetization:
- Having 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours over the past 12 months or 1,000 subscribers and 10 million YouTube Shorts views over the past 3 months
- Living in a country where YouTube Partner Program is available
- Making sure your existing content does not go against YouTube Community Guidelines
- Having a Google AdSense account and connecting it to your YouTube channel
- And lastly, enabling two-step-verification for your Google account
If you don’t fit the criteria just yet, worry not. You can click on the “Notify Me When I’m Eligible” button on the monetization tab on YouTube Studio so that you can start making money off of your channel as soon as you are eligible.