YouTube Partner program overview

The YouTube Partner Program lets creators monetize content on YouTube in many ways, including advertisements, paid subscriptions, and merchandise.

How to join the YouTube Partner Program

You can sign up for the YouTube Partner Program in more than 60 countries. Before getting started, make sure that you meet the criteria for YouTube partnership by clicking below.

Criteria for YouTube partnership

Your YouTube channel may be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program if it meets the following criteria:

Note: You may not be able to monetize videos that use any of the following without the explicit permission of the person who created or produced all material:

  • Songs or pieces of music that aren't eligible for revenue sharing
  • Music (including cover songs, lyrics, and background music)
  • Graphics and pictures (including photographs and artwork)
  • Movie or TV visuals
  • Video game or software visuals. Learn more about monetizing this type of content.
  • Live performances (including concerts, sporting events, and shows)

If you meet these criteria, follow the steps to become a partner.

Benefits of the YouTube Partner Program

As a YouTube Partner, eligible videos can earn money from relevant ads and/or fees. Other benefits of the Partner Program include:

  • Expand your earning potential: YouTube is the largest online video community in the world, enabling you to reach a global audience with your monetized content.
  • Gain flexibility through a non-exclusive agreement: YouTube doesn't restrict where partners can upload and distribute content, so you can monetize your content on YouTube and other platforms.
  • Track and manage your performance: Use YouTube Analytics to get reports to help you track your YouTube performance and earnings and gain insights that can help you improve.
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