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  • Hi, my name is Stefan, and I'm a Monetization Strategist here at YouTube.

  • The question I often hear from creators is, "When can I start making money on YouTube?"

  • So, I'm going to explain the basics of what you need to know to start earning money with your YouTube channel.

  • [Making money on YouTube]

  • Before you can earn money on your channel, you need an audience.

  • Now, to build an audience, you need to make consistent videos that viewers really like watching.

  • And, like anything on YouTube, it's important that your videos follow YouTube's Community Guidelines.

  • After that's all working for you, you can apply to join the YouTube Partner Program, or YPP, which lets creators monetize their videos on YouTube.

  • To qualify for YPP, you need to be in good standing with YouTube and have 4,000 valid public watch hours in the previous 12 months and at least 1,000 subscribers.

  • Now, we've set these thresholds because we want creators to be good citizens on the platform.

  • And these requirements ensure our teams have enough information to really review your channel.

  • Note that you can only apply to YPP after you cross the watch hour and subscriber thresholds.

  • We'll keep you updated on your progress towards hitting these thresholds in the Monetization tab in YouTube Studio.

  • You can also choose to be notified with an e-mail once you're eligible to apply.

  • Once your channel does hit these thresholds, you'll need to sign the Partner Program terms and sign up for a Google AdSense account.

  • After all of these steps are completed, then your channel will be reviewed against our policies.

  • And if everything looks good, you can start earning money from ads and from YouTube Premium subscribers watching your content.

  • Also, once you're approved for the YouTube Partner Program, there are other revenue streams besides ads that you can tap into.

  • Things like channel memberships or Super Chat.

  • As long as you meet their criteria and they're available in your country.

  • So, that's the program in a nutshell.

  • Now, I'm gonna walk you through some of the most common questions we get.

  • The first is around channel reviews.

  • Say you think your channel qualifies for YPP but it hasn't been reviewed yet.

  • Well, we usually get back to you in about a month once you hit the review thresholds.

  • But you can find more about your status on the Monetization page in YouTube Studio.

  • Until then, keep making great content and focusing on building your audience.

  • Another question that comes up, "What if your channel isn't approved?"

  • If you're not approved for YPP, it's likely because your channel doesn't meet the YouTube Partner Program policies and Community Guidelines.

  • In which case, you can re-apply again in 30 days, as long as you still meet the watch hour and subscriber thresholds.

  • Before you re-apply, we suggest you read through these policiesthere're some links in the video description.

  • And go to the Monetization page in your account and review your videos with our YouTube Partner Program policies and Community Guidelines in mind.

  • The next step is to edit or delete any videos that violate these policies.

  • Once you're successfully in the program, creators often ask, "Do I have to meet this threshold every year?"

  • The short answer is, no.

  • However, you do need to stay active with uploads and community posts.

  • If you're inactive on your channel for 6 months and fall below the threshold, we may remove your channel from the Partner Program.

  • Stay tuned to this channel and the Creator Academy for more insights, including how to get the most out of ads and other monetization features.

  • Thanks, and bye for now.

Hi, my name is Stefan, and I'm a Monetization Strategist here at YouTube.

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