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How to earn money from your videos

You must complete the 3 steps below before you can earn money from your videos.

Set up your channel to earn money

Step 1: Join the YouTube Partner Program

To check your channel's eligibility and join the YouTube Partner Program:

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. In the top right, select your account icon > Creator Studio
  3. In the left menu, select Channel > Status and features.
  4. Under "Monetization," click Enable.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps to accept the YouTube Partner Program Terms.
You can't earn money from your videos until your channel is associated with an AdSense account.

Learn what to do if monetization is disabled for your channel.

Step 2: Set up an AdSense account for payments

You need to set up an approved AdSense account with your YouTube channel in order to earn money from your videos and get paid. You can create a new AdSense account or use an existing one.

Follow these steps to set up an AdSense account.

Step 3: Choose the videos you want to monetize

After you've joined the YouTube Partner Program and set up your AdSense account, you can turn on ads for eligible videos.

  1. Make sure your video meets the video monetization criteria.
  2. Review the different YouTube ad formats that are available.
  3. Follow the steps to turn ads on for the videos you want to monetize. You can choose to turn on ads for individual videos or multiple videos in bulk.
You can set your monetization default so that every upload is automatically monetized or not monetized.
 
Get tips on making money on YouTube in the Creator Academy.

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