YouTube Shorts Monetization: How Much Do You Get Paid?

With creator now able to earn bonus payments through YouTube Shorts monetization, how much has been made and what other stories do creators have to share?

0:00 — Intro
0:40 — The Bonus Payment email and claim process
1:34 — How much did creators get paid?
2:08 — The impact of copyrighted content
2:55 — Creator struggles with Shorts bonus payments
4:01 — ‘Minimum’ requirements to trigger a bonus payment
4:45 — Maximum payments

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YouTube shorts monetization has arrived.

And some creators have now received

their first bonus payments.

So the next big question
is how much did they make

from that $100 million fund.

(bell chimes)

Really, so a lot of views
for not that much money.

So, credit to YouTube,

this all happened very quickly in the end.

At the beginning of August,

they announced that they
would be starting to pay out

from their YouTube Shorts Creator Fund.

YouTube even told us when
creators will be notified

between the eighth and
the 10th of the month.

So if you haven’t got
anything that by now,

fingers crossed for September.

But for those creators who were
lucky enough to be paid out,

let me share with you
some of her experiences.

First of all, the email.

This is what it looks like,

the bonus amount, how to claim it,

and one expires.

As I’ve mentioned earlier,

make sure any emails you receive

about the YouTube Shorts
bonus payments are legit.

It looks something like this,

and either have a
or email address.

When you claim the bonus,

you need to accept the YouTube shorts Fund

redemption terms and conditions.

Now, this one is important
because it represents

the difference between the
YouTube partner program,

monetization through AdSense

and this new form of bonus
payments through YouTube shorts.

It does not matter if you’re already

part of the YouTube partner program.

It does not matter if you’re not monetized

at all on YouTube.

Everybody needs to accept these terms.

This screen will also help you set up

and connect an AdSense account
to your YouTube channel

and let you know when the
shorts payment will arrive

in said accounts.

And once you’ve done all of that,

you should receive this
final confirmation email.

And boom, $200 from 7 million views,

a fairly straightforward on this.

Now, let me stress at this point,

none of this should be considered facts

because we don’t have all of the data

and they come from creators experiences.

Let me explain what I mean.

We don’t know. If he’s at 7 million views

all came from shorts traffic,

and each payer is influenced
by the location of the viewers.

That might explain why this creator

got a hundred dollars more
from 2 million fewer views,

but there’s also a
complication to add to this,

because the creator admits
their most popular video

had copyrighted music on it.

Which brings us back
to this figure, $2,300

from 130 million views.

It almost sounds a little
pathetic, doesn’t it?

If he’s 130 million views
were regular YouTube views,

you’d be looking to attract
tens of thousands of dollars.

If not hundreds of thousands of dollars

from AdSense revenue alone.

But on the other hand,

nobody was earning anything
from shorts content

this time last month.

Oh, and they also admitted
to using copyrighted music.

Which is interesting in itself

because it reveals two things.

Assuming these are copyright
claims rather than strikes,

you’re not going to be barred

from a YouTube short bonus payments.

But at the same time, you’re
not going to be rewarded

for those views from content

with copyrighted material on it.

But for other YouTube creators,

copyrighted content is the
least of their worries.

If you don’t live in
one of these countries,

it doesn’t matter many views you’ve got.

You ain’t earning diddly squat,

much to irritation of his
creator, living in New Zealand,

we’ve 7 million YouTube shorts views.

And then there’s this creator

who did get a bonus payment email,

but they can’t claim it
because they don’t live

in the country based set their
location to within YouTube.

This is why you never mislead YouTube.

It always comes to bite your back.

But in saying that, sometimes
you do everything right

and YouTube just bites you anyway.

According to this very
unfortunate creator,

when they claim the YouTube shorts bonus,

YouTube remove them from
the YouTube partner program.

Apparently this has happened
to several creators,

but it’s my understanding that
this has now been resolved

or will be very soon for
those creators affected.

Sadly though for other creators,

this bonus payment scheme has all come

just a little too late.

Earlier this year,

some channels were getting
millions of shorts views

every single month,

but they haven’t been able
to sustain the same momentum.

I guess that’s increasing
competition for you.

Now then, although strictly speaking,

there are no minimum requirements

for a YouTube short’s payments,

many creators have been
trying to figure out

what they would realistically need

to reach that $100 minimum payout.

Those who are receiving bonus payments

all appear to be well-established creators

with thousands of
subscribers, if not more.

As for views, a number in
the low millions per month

seems to suggest that
you might stand a chance

of getting a payment.

Although one creator I saw was claiming

that they got less than a million.

And remember, none of this is fact,

this is just the word I’m
hearing on the YouTube stream.

And we’ve also got to consider
that these bonus payments

are only available to
a very limited number

of countries right now.

My guess is, as more and
more people become eligible

for these payments, the bar is
only going to get set higher.

But so far we’ve only talked
about the minimum payment.

What about the maximum payments?

Has anyone received $10,000?

You know there’s only one person

I’m gonna check in with, to
answer this question, right?

Jake Fellman’s 3D animation shorts

netted him over 600
million views last month.

But even this wasn’t enough
to earn him the full bonus.

He was close, but he didn’t hit that cap.

All of Which leads me
to two final questions.

If Jake Fellman wasn’t
able to hit the $10,000 cap

for a monthly YouTube bonus payment,

did any creator hit that cap?

And how many views do you think it takes?

A billion?

I’ll let you try and answer
that one in the comments below,

but if all of his talk of bonus payments

has whetted your appetite
for YouTube shorts,

this video will tell you
exactly how to make one.


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