YouTube Shorts monetization policies

Revenue sharing on YouTube Shorts will begin on February 1, 2023. Learn more about new changes to YouTube Partner Program terms.

Starting February 1, 2023, monetizing partners will be able to earn money from ads that are viewed between videos in the Shorts Feed. This new revenue sharing model will replace the YouTube Shorts Fund.

Policies that apply to YouTube Shorts monetization

If you’re monetizing on YouTube, it’s important your channel follows the YouTube channel monetization policies, including our policies on repetitious and reused content. This also includes YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Terms of Service, Copyright, and Google AdSense program policies.

Turning on Shorts ad revenue sharing

Shorts ad revenue sharing begins February 1, 2023. To be eligible, monetizing partners will need to accept the Shorts Monetization Module – terms that let you earn from ads and YouTube Premium in the Shorts Feed. If you accept the Module after February 1, 2023, Shorts ad revenue sharing will apply to your channel’s eligible Shorts views starting on the date you accept. Shorts views accrued prior to accepting the Shorts Monetization Module are not eligible for Shorts ad revenue sharing.

Content suitable for ads

All content monetizing with ads must follow our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. On Shorts, only views of content that follow our advertiser-friendly guidelines will be eligible for revenue sharing.

Ineligible Shorts views

For the purposes of calculating payments, YouTube won’t count views of Shorts where views are ineligible. Examples where ineligible Shorts views may occur: 

  • Non-original Shorts, such as unedited clips from movies or TV shows, reuploading other creators' content from YouTube or other platform, or compilations with no original content added
  • Artificial or fake views of Shorts, such as from automated click or scroll bots
  • Views of Shorts that are inconsistent with our advertiser-friendly content guidelines

Ad formats eligible for Shorts revenue sharing

Revenue is shared on ads that are viewed between videos in the Shorts Feed. Shorts views exclusively receive ad revenue sharing from the Shorts Feed, which is separate from long-form video monetization on the Watch Page.

How ad revenue sharing works for Shorts

Starting February 1, 2023, only monetizing partners who’ve accepted the Shorts Monetization Module can earn ad revenue from Shorts.

There are four steps to how Shorts ad revenue sharing works:

  1. Pool Shorts Feed ad revenue. Each month, revenue from ads running between videos in the Shorts Feed gets added together and used to both reward creators and help cover costs of music licensing. 
     
  2. Calculate the Creator Pool. Shorts Feed ad revenue is then allocated into the Creator Pool based on views and music usage across Shorts uploaded by monetizing creators. 
    • If a monetizing creator uploads a Short without any music, all of the revenue associated with its views goes into the Creator Pool.
    • If a monetizing creator uploads a Short with music in it, then YouTube will split the revenue associated with its views between the Creator Pool and music partners based on the number of tracks used.
For example, if a monetizing creator uploads a Short with 1 track, half of the revenue associated with its views would be allocated to the Creator Pool, and the other half used to cover the costs of music licensing. If the Short features 2 music tracks, then one third of the revenue associated with its views would be allocated to the Creator Pool, and the other two thirds used to cover the costs of music licensing. 
  1. Allocate the Creator Pool. From the overall amount in the Creator Pool, revenue is distributed to monetizing creators based on their share of total views from monetizing creators’ Shorts in each country. For example, if a creator gets 5% of all eligible Shorts views uploaded by monetizing creators, they’ll be allocated 5% of the revenue in the Creator Pool.
     
  2. Apply revenue share. Monetizing creators will keep 45% of their allocated revenue, regardless if music was used or not.

What’s not included in the Creator Pool:

  • Revenue associated with views of Shorts uploaded by creators who haven’t yet accepted the Shorts Monetization Module, or aren’t yet eligible to monetize their Shorts. This revenue will be used to cover the costs of music licensing and/or be retained by YouTube. 
  • Revenue associated with views of Shorts uploaded by music partners.
  • Revenue associated with views of Shorts that are determined to be ineligible.
  • Revenue associated with any ads shown upon opening the Shorts Feed before a Short is viewed (e.g. the YouTube Shorts Masthead).
  • Revenue associated with any ads shown on navigational pages within the Shorts player.

Understand with an example

Let’s review a hypothetical example to better understand how this works.

Hypothetical example

As a monetizing creator, let’s say you upload a Short that uses 1 music track. Here’s how we’d calculate what your Short earns in Country A this month.

  • There are 100 million total Shorts views in Country A, and all views are on Shorts uploaded by monetizing creators.
  • $100,000 is earned from ads that play between Shorts in the Shorts Feed.
  • 20% of these Shorts use 1 music track, so the Creator Pool is $90,000 and $10,000 is used to cover the costs of music licensing.
  • Your Short is viewed 1 million times, so you are allocated 1% of the Creator Pool, or $900. Your allocation from the Creator Pool is not affected by your use of a music track.
  • The 45% revenue share is then applied to your allocation, and you earn $405 for your Shorts views in Country A.

Use of third-party content in Shorts

In certain circumstances, when a Short features third-party content or remixed content, the views allocated to the Short will be divided between the uploader and any third-party rightsholders (owners of other content used in a Short) for the purposes of calculating the Creator Pool and revenue share to monetizing creators. The following policies describe how this will occur. We may update these policies and will inform you of any changes.

  • How use of third-party content affects the Creator Pool. When the amount of the Creator Pool is calculated, only music content made available by YouTube's music industry partners will be credited as making a contribution to a Short. This means that only when music content is used in a Short will it reduce the amount of views and associated revenue allocated to the Creator Pool. No other category of third-party content will be credited as making a contribution to a Short at this time, even when a Content ID monetize policy is set on that content. However, we are in the early stages of developing our monetization model for other categories of content. 
    • The examples above show how views and associated revenue are split to calculate the Creator Pool when music content is used in a Short.
  • How use of third-party content affects allocations from the Creator Pool. When paying monetizing creators their share from the Creator Pool, each monetizing creator will be allocated 100% of the total number of views on their Shorts, regardless of whether any music is used in the Short. As a result, using music in a Short won't affect a creator’s allocation from the Creator Pool or their revenue share rate.

YouTube Premium subscription revenue sharing for Shorts

YouTube Premium is a paid subscription option which enables users to enjoy ad-free content, background playback, downloads, and premium access to the YouTube Music app. This offering also applies to views on Shorts. 

YouTube will pay 45% of the net revenue from YouTube Premium that is allocated to monetizing creators for Shorts. A portion of YouTube Premium revenues are allocated to help cover costs of music licensing. Payments to each creator are based on their share of subscription Shorts views within each country.

Where to see your Shorts Feed ad revenue

YouTube Analytics will start displaying estimated daily Shorts Feed ad revenue along with other performance metrics on February 1, 2023, or the day you start monetizing with Shorts ads. Learn more about how to check your YouTube revenue.

Existing timelines for payment thresholds and other AdSense details apply – learn more about AdSense for YouTube.

Studio Content Manager

For Studio Content Manager users, downloadable reports will be available by mid-March 2023 for non-music partners only. These reports will include revenue details segmented by date and country/region for any monetizing Shorts uploaded by relevant partners.

Want to learn more about your Shorts performance? Check out our Creator Tips for YouTube Analytics!

Learn more about YouTube Shorts monetization 

Why is Shorts ad revenue being pooled?

Shorts uses an ad format different from long-form video, requiring us to take a unique approach to revenue sharing. By pooling revenue and then distributing it based on share of views, we aim to reward all monetizing creators who make up the Shorts experience, not just those who have an ad next to their video. As an additional benefit, this model also simplifies the complexities of music licensing, enabling creators to achieve their creative vision without worrying about earning less due to music use.

Do creators actually get to keep 45% of Shorts revenue?

Each month, revenue from ads appearing between videos in the Shorts Feed is pooled together and used to reward Shorts creators and cover the costs of music licensing. From the overall amount allocated to creators (also known as the Creator Pool), they keep 45% of the revenue, regardless of whether they use music in their Shorts.

What do you mean by "music" specifically?

“Music” in the context of Shorts refers to content made available or claimed by YouTube's music industry partners. This may include actual music audio or tracks, music videos, or other music content like artist interviews. 

Can I still earn money with the Shorts Fund?
No, with the launch of Shorts ad revenue sharing on February 1, 2023, creators will no longer earn money with the Shorts Fund. We expect the majority of our Shorts Fund recipients to earn more from this new revenue sharing model, and it will replace the Shorts Fund. The final Shorts Fund invites for January activity will go out in mid-February 2023, with payments in March (subject to AdSense payment thresholds and requirements).

My Shorts are in the Shorts Feed, but I'm not earning revenue. Can I earn money from those ads without being in YPP?

No. Only monetizing partners who’ve accepted the Shorts Monetization Module can earn ad and YouTube Premium revenue from Shorts. The remaining revenue will be used to cover the costs of music licensing or be retained by YouTube.
How will I know if my Shorts are earning ad revenue? What if I want to stop earning Shorts ad revenue?

When you accept the Shorts Monetization Module, views of any Short on your channel will be considered for Shorts ad revenue sharing starting as early as February 1, 2023. Views of Shorts uploaded after February 1, 2023 will also automatically be considered for Shorts ad revenue sharing – during upload you will no longer need to turn on monetization for your Shorts like you do for long-form videos. Shorts views accrued prior to accepting the Shorts Monetization Module are not eligible for Shorts ad revenue sharing.

After uploading your Short, you can see its monetization status in the Content section of YouTube Studio. Shorts with views being considered for Shorts ad revenue sharing will show a green or yellow monetization icon. Learn more about the different icons in our Monetization icon guide.

YouTube Analytics will also start displaying estimated daily Shorts Feed ad revenue along with other performance metrics on February 1, 2023, or the day you start monetizing with Shorts ads. Learn more about how to check your YouTube revenue.

If you no longer want to monetize your channel’s Shorts views with ads, you can opt out of the Shorts Monetization Module by contacting Creator Support.
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