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Set up monetization

Being a YouTube partner lets you to monetize videos on your channel and earn money from the revenue. Before you get started, check our YouTube Partner program overview to see if your channel is eligible and learn how to opt in.

Use the steps below to learn how to enable eligible videos and set your monetization default to earn money.

Enable your channel for monetization

To check your channel's eligibility and opt in for monetization:

  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. Next to "Monetization," click Enable. You'll only see this option if your account hasn't been disabled for monetization.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps to accept the YouTube monetization agreement.

If your account isn't eligible for monetization, you'll see a different message. Learn what to do if monetization is disabled.

Monetize your videos

After you've opted your channel in for monetization, you can enable eligible videos to earn money from relevant ads.

  1. Make sure your video meets the video monetization criteria.
  2. Decide if you want to monetize one video or more than one video:
  3. In order to begin receiving the revenue, follow these steps to associate your YouTube and AdSense accounts.
Set your monetization default

You can set your monetization default so that every web upload is automatically monetized or not. 

  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 > Upload defaults.
  4. Check or uncheck the box next to "Monetization."

Note: If you've only monetized one video in the past and haven't selected monetization to be off by default, your default monetization setting is On.

If you're part of the YouTube Partner Program, you can also set your ad format default.

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