YouTube is now the most viewed website in the world. Having recently surpassed even Google, there’s little doubt that it is the next big thing on the web. So how can you harness this to help you? By becoming a YouTube partner!
Everyday people upload videos of all kinds of things like comedy skits, fuzzy cats n’ kittens, skateboarding mishaps, even things like Spanish lessons or arts and craft instructions. When one of these videos becomes popular and gets a lot of views, the option for revenue sharing may be offered to the user who uploaded it. Once this is enabled, advertisements will show up next to or along the bottom of the video.
The advertisers pay AdSense (remember AdSense and YouTube are both owned by Google) a small amount of money per click. When revenue sharing is enabled, AdSense shares this revenue with the video owner. Individually it’s not much, usually just a few cents per click. The higher the clicks-to-views ratio, the higher the pay per click. In order to make much money you’ll need to upload a bunch of videos and get a lot of traffic. However keep in mind, in order to qualify for revenue sharing your video will need to be free of anything that you don’t have permission to use or own the copyright to.
If your really looking to make money using YouTube you’ll need to have a number of videos enabled for revenue sharing. In order to do this you’ll probably need to become a YouTube partner. Individual videos are occasionally offered to have revenue sharing but only partners can submit any video for revenue sharing.
You can apply to YouTube’s partner program off of their website. Scroll down to the bottom of any YouTube page and you’ll see “Uploaders & Partners”. There you can find more detailed information on the program, fill out and submit the application. In order to be accepted you generally have to have a good following already. You need to have original content, upload regularly, have a good number of subscribers and have a high view count on your videos. It also helps to have high quality videos. Poor resolution, bad lighting or shaky camera work can hurt your viewership and your chances at partnership. It can take awhile to get there, but once your in you can submit any and all of your videos to be monetized.
So there you have it. While it can be a long and difficult process, it is possible to make money off of YouTube. Believe me, being accepted into the partner program can bring a lot of satisfaction. Though it takes time to build up a viewership and income stream it’s a rewarding process. Good luck!