YouTube Monetization… 13 Things YOU Need to Know!

YouTube monetization warnings, YouTube monetization time limits, YouTube Monetization processing times… all explained (and a lot more) in 13 viewer questions!

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— There are 13 questions
that every creator

wants to know about monetization.

And as these requirements change,

even basic answers to simple
questions have changed

from what they were a year ago.

So let’s get into some answers.

«Can I apply for monetization

if my YouTube channel has a
community guideline warning?»

This revolves around being ineligible

to apply for monetization

if you have a community guideline strike.

But strikes are a lot
different to warnings.

YouTube appreciates that
creators can make mistakes,

and a first-time community violation

typically results in a
warning, not a strike.

This warning does permanently
stay on your channel,

but it doesn’t impact your channel

unless you violate
community guidelines again,

in which case you’ll get
all of these penalties

along with not being able
to monetize your channel.

A strike will remain on
your channel for 90 days

after which you can
apply for monetization,

but a community guideline
warning should not prevent you

from applying at any stage.

«Do I need to get 1,000
subscribers in 12 months?»

The good news is, no,

to monetize your channel,

it doesn’t matter if it takes you 10 days,

10 months, 10 years to
get 1,000 subscribers,

there is no time limit.

«On average, how long does it take

to monetize a YouTube channel?»

Once you’ve met the monetization
requirements and applied,

YouTube says the review process
typically takes one month,

but I’ve seen many channels
get monetize in a week or less.

As for how long it takes

for the average channel
to start from scratch

and get 1,000 subscribers and
4,000 hours of watch time,

it’s a little more difficult to answer.

What I will say based on my
experience on the platform,

and if you are, as a creator,

committed to creating
content consistently,

you’ll be hitting 100 subscribers

around about the three-month mark,

and 1,000 subscribers
after around about a year.

And I would say it’s roughly the same

for 4,000 hours of watch time,

which leads us onto this big question.

«I didn’t get 4,000 hours
of watch time in a year,

do I have to start all over
again from zero watch hours?»

No! First and foremost,

YouTube doesn’t reset your watch hours,

but what it will do is
only count the watch time

on your channel from the last 12 months.

So say for example, you’ve
been on YouTube for 10 years,

YouTube will ignore nine
years worth of watch time.

But anything that was
watched on your channel

in the last year will count to
your watch time requirements,

and that will change every single day.

So whatever today’s day
is go back 365 days,

that’s what YouTube’s
gonna count as watch time.

«My YouTube analytics show
50 hours of watch time,

but the monetization page is
zero public watch hours, why?»

Yeah, let this be a lesson to the wise,

the YouTube Studio Analytics
page is not your source

of truth for monetization watch hours.

Either use the monetization page itself,

or our cool, little tracker tool

that you get for free
when you download vidIQ.

First of all, the analytics page

doesn’t take into account
any of the watch time,

but doesn’t count towards
monetization requirements.

But if a monetization screen is saying

that you have zero hours of watch time,

then that’s probably
down to YouTube Shorts,

more on that later.

«What can I do if my country

is not in the YouTube
Partner Program list?»

Unfortunately, some countries are not

on the monetization list,

be it for political,
financial, or legal reasons.

And for those of you in
this unfortunate situation,

I’m afraid I haven’t got
a good answer for you.

Simply put, you won’t
be able to earn revenue

directly from YouTube on your videos,

and I strongly recommend not trying

to deceive YouTube on this

by changing your location
within your account.

Basically, that’s fraud,

YouTube’s gonna find that out
and terminate your channel.

But there are still
many ways to make money

from your YouTube videos
through sponsorships,

brand deals, merch, affiliate links.

And we have seen examples

of YouTube channels
under 1,000 subscribers

earning tens of thousands of dollars.

«If a live stream is too long,

you won’t get the watch hours,

how long is too long?»

This is all to do with public watch hours,

and YouTube state that live streams

that are unlisted, deleted,

or not converted to videos
on-demand will not count

as public watch time for monetization.

And what stops live
streams being converted

into videos on demand? The length of them.

If a live stream is less than 12 hours,

YouTube will automatically archive it

turning it into video on-demand content.

But if it’s over 12 hours long,

it may not be captured at all,

so play it safe and stream
for 12 hours or less.

«Can I monetize videos that are made

using text-to-speech technology?»

All right, a bit of a
complicated answer this one

because I’m sure there are many channels

on YouTube that are monetized

that do use text-to-speech technology.

But the more artificial intelligence

you bring into your video content,

the more difficult it
is for YouTube to tell

whether or not the content
has to be made by humans.

YouTube mentioned this in the guidelines

about reused or repetitious content,

and text to speech could be treated

as programmatically generated content.

I don’t want to tell you
to not use text to speech

if it helps you create content

and it is for a very intentional reason.

But the spirit of the YouTube
Monetization Partner Program

is to reward creators
for original content,

and text to speech
technology just makes it

a little more difficult for YouTube

to differentiate between
humans and robots.

«I have 1,000 subscribers,
but I still need 4,000 hours

of watch time because
I post YouTube Shorts.

Are there any tips you could give me

for getting watch time
on a Shorts channel?»

My biggest tip would be to stop worrying

about subscribers or watch time

because the YouTube Partner Program

is not designed for
YouTube Shorts channel.

Instead, you as a Shorts creator,

should be worrying about
nothing more than views

as that’s how you can earn a bonus payout.

And believe you me when I say

there will be a lot more opportunities

to earn revenue as a Shorts
creator in the future.

To earn watch time hours,

you’re gonna have to
make long-form content,

and that’s probably gonna stretch
you a little bit too thin.

My advice to you is to
continue developing your skills

as a Short-form content expert

because I guarantee you in
the next couple of years

it’s really gonna start to pay off.

«My most popular video has lots of views,

but the music I used in
that video was copyrighted.

Is that video still able to earn me money

even with the copyrighted music?»

Yes, the video will be earning revenue,

but none of that is
going in your direction,

any revenue earned from that video

is going to go to the copyright claimant.

And this is true, whether or
not your channel is monetized.

So I think the advice
is pretty simple there,

don’t use other people’s content.

«Where is the money I earn from
YouTube ad revenue sent to?»

First of all, it doesn’t
matter if it’s ad revenue,

super chats, merchandise
sales, membership income,

any money you earn directly from YouTube

all goes to the same place,
your AdSense account.

If you don’t already
have an AdSense account,

YouTube will guide you through that setup

when you are applying
for the Partner Program.

One of the steps in that process will be

to link a bank account
to your AdSense account,

and that’s where all your
YouTube earnings will end up.

«The money I made last month on YouTube

literally decreased by 60
to 70%, is that normal?»

Yep, welcome to the weird, wonderful,

and very unpredictable world of CPMs.

Simply put, CPM indicates
how much it costs

advertisers to put ads on your videos,

and this can fluctuate greatly depending

on the video topic and the time of year.

For most creators, January
is a terrible month

for ad revenue because
advertisers spend far less money.

So yeah, it is entirely possible

that you could get more views

and yet earn less revenue
from month to month.

That’s why relying solely on ad revenue

is such a risky YouTube business strategy.

You have so little control over it,

and there are many more lucrative

and stable business opportunities

ready for you to take advantage of.

«Can you apply for the
YouTube Partner Program,

get accepted, and still turn off ads?»

Yes, yes you can,

because that’s what we do here at vidIQ.

We monetized the vidIQ
channel almost five years ago,

and in that time we’ve earned

a whopping $1.84 in ad revenue.

And that’s because we’ve turned off ads

on our videos at a channel default level.

And we do often get asked this question,

why don’t we monetize our videos?

And the answer is pretty simple.

We don’t want to create any
interruption, any obstacle,

any barrier to your YouTube education.

The value you gain from our videos,

the relationships we build,

and the trust you place in
vidIQ is worth much more

than a couple of cents we
would earn from any video.

So yeah, watch our videos,

download our tools,
invest in our services.

All of these questions
came in a form of comments

on this video on how to monetize

your YouTube channel in just five minutes,

so if you haven’t watched it
already, now’s your chance.