Link channels to your Content Manager

After you set up your Content Manager, you can link channels in Studio Content Manager beta. Once you’ve linked a channel, you can:

  • Control monetization for the videos on that channel 
  • Turn on Content ID matching for videos on that channel
  • Set permissions for individual channel owners

Invite a channel to join your Content Manager

Follow the steps below to invite channels to join your Content Manager.

  1. Sign in to Studio Content Manager beta.
  2. From the left menu, select Channels.
  3. At the top-right, click INVITE.
  4. Enter the URL or ID of the channel you’d like to link. Learn how to find a channel’s ID.
  5. Choose permissions for the channel:
    • View revenue: Allow the linked channel to view their total revenue. 
    • Monetize uploads: Allow the linked channel to control monetization settings for their videos.
    • Set match policy: (Some accounts) Allow channel owners to turn on Content ID matching for individual videos.
  6. Select INVITE.

When the channel owner accepts the invitation, the channel becomes linked to your Content Manager. You can view pending invitations on the “Invited” tab of the Channels page. To revoke an invitation, check the box next to the channel and click REVOKE INVITATION.

Invite a channel in Content Manager Classic

  1. Sign in to the content owner using the administrator Google Account.
  2. In the left menu, click Channel. You'll see a list of your linked channels.
  3. Click Invite.
  4. Enter the channel's identifier in the "Channel names" text box. The identifier is the channel's username or the unique alphanumeric string after the prefix "UC" in the channel's URL:
    • You can find the channel ID in the URL for the channel: www.youtube.com/user/username or www.youtube.com/channel/UCBiTuzlTyJz2XLNehfBSFsA.
    • If you’re inviting multiple channels, separate them with a space or a new line.
  5. Set the channel permissions:
    • To allow the owner of the linked channel to claim videos and apply usage policies to them, select Monetize uploads.
    • To allow the owner of the linked channel to see the revenue generated for the channel on the Revenue Report, select View revenue.
    • To allow the owner of the linked channel to enable Content ID matches for the channel and specify the match policies, select Set match policy. Note that you must select Web claiming in order this setting to have any effect.
  6. Select Add. The channel owner will get an email and a notification on their channel's dashboard letting them know about the invitation.

To view pending invitations, go to Channel and then Invited in the left menu. You can revoke an invitation by selecting the check box next to the channel and clicking Revoke invitation.

Eligibility requirements

Not all channels are eligible to be linked to a Content Manager. For example, you can’t link a channel that has been suspended or is linked to a terminated AdSense account. If a channel doesn’t meet one or more of the following criteria, you'll see an error message and the invite won't be sent.

To be eligible to link to a Content Manager, a channel can’t:

  • Be linked to another Content Manager
  • Be whitelisted from matching by your Content Manager. Remove whitelisting before inviting the channel to join.
  • Be in the YouTube Partner Program
    • If you need to link a channel that’s in the YPP, contact YouTube for help.

Channels in countries/regions where the YouTube Partner Program hasn’t launched can be linked, but aren’t eligible to monetize.

Partners may invite up to 20 channels to their Content Manager per calendar year.

Eligibility requirements for affiliate Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs)

To be eligible to link to an affiliate MCN, a channel can’t:
  • Be linked to another Content Manager
  • Be whitelisted from matching by your Content Manager. Remove whitelisting before inviting the channel to join.
  • Have a pending YouTube Partner Program application. A channel must be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program before they can be linked to an MCN. Channels in countries/regions where the YouTube Partner Program hasn’t launched can't be linked.
By default, affiliate MCNs can invite up to 10 channels every 30 days. If you need to invite channels more frequently, contact your YouTube partner manager.

Accept an invitation to join a Content Manager

If a Content Manager sends you an invitation to link your channel, you’ll see a “Network invitation” card on your Dashboard in YouTube Studio. Click RESPOND on the card to review the invitation.

Only the primary owner can accept an invitation for a Brand Account.

Accept an invitation in Content Manager Classic

When a network invites a channel to join, the channel can accept the invitation by following these steps:
  1. Go to their Creator Studio Dashboard.
  2. In the top-right corner, under Notifications, they'll see an invitation to join your network.
  3. To accept the invitation, the partner should click Learn more and follow the on-screen instructions to accept and join the network.
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