Joining the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) is a requirement for all affiliate channels in multi-channel networks (MCNs). Once a channel reaches the program threshold, it's eligible to be reviewed to join the YouTube Partner Program.
Affiliates who join YPP will benefit from a direct relationship with YouTube, while maintaining the same operational relationship with their MCN. All affiliate creators must contract with YouTube on YPP terms.
Not sure if you're an affiliate creator?
If you’re not sure whether your MCN has categorized your channel as an "affiliate," you should ask your MCN. MCNs can have two different types of channels under their YouTube network:
- Affiliate channels are managed at scale by their MCN and reside in an Affiliate Content Owner.
- Owned & Operated (O&O) channels are owned and operated by the MCN. This means the MCN has obtained the rights to the channel’s YouTube content, assumes full liability for the content on YouTube, and manages the O&O channels on a day to day basis.
Differentiating between these two types of channels allows YouTube to apply our policies and channel features with clarity and fairness.
Join the YouTube Partner Program as an MCN-affiliate
As a member of the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll gain access to new features as they become available.
You’ll receive a notification in your Creator Studio Dashboard, indicating that you’re all set to review and accept the YouTube Partner Program terms. Go to your Creator Studio and follow the on-screen instructions to get started.
If you don’t see the option to sign up in Creator Studio, contact your MCN. Some channels may not be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program. Make sure that you understand the guidelines and information below for the YouTube Partner Program.
YouTube Partner Program FAQ
Earnings depend on a number of factors. The two key factors are the types of ads appearing with your videos (including the pricing of such ads) and how many applicable YouTube Premium members watch your content.
Another factor may be the agreement you signed with your MCN. If you have questions about your agreement, contact your MCN directly.
What happens if I leave an MCN?