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Monetize your videos

If you're in the YouTube Partner Program, you can monetize videos on your channel and earn money from the revenue.

You must complete all the steps below before you can earn money and get paid. Even if you start seeing ads on your videos after enabling your channel, you won't get paid unless you connect an AdSense account and monetize eligible videos. 

Set up your channel to earn money

Before you get started: Use our YouTube Partner Program overview to make sure your channel is eligible and learn how to opt in.

Step 1: 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. Under "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 wont' be able to turn it on. Learn what to do if monetization is disabled.

Step 2: Connect your channel to an AdSense account

In order to earn money from your monetized videos, see your earnings in YouTube Analytics, and be paid once you reach the payment threshold, you need to associate an approved AdSense account with your YouTube account. You can use a new or existing AdSense account.

Follow the steps to connect your channel to an AdSense account.

Step 3: Review video criteria & ad formats

Make sure your video meets the video monetization criteria and review the different YouTube ad formats that are available.

You can set your default ad formats so you don't have to change the settings every time you upload a video.
Step 4: Monetize your videos with ads

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

Follow these steps to monetize one video or more than one video:

You can set your monetization default so that every web upload is automatically monetized or not monetized.
Get tips on making money on YouTube in the Creator Academy.

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