How to monetize your YouTube Channel

You tube’s popularity keeps growing and as of this writing, there’s approximately 2 billion monthly active users30 million daily active users. (That includes me). 40 minutes average viewing session.
With this statistics, isn’t about time you monetize your YouTube channel as well?

Article Summary

4 steps to monetizing your YouTube Account

  • You need to have 1,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel
  • Your videos have generated 4,000 Watch Time hours over the last 12 months
  • You comply with all YouTube’s policies and guidelines
  • You have an AdSense account set up
  • As mentioned above, there are four critical steps to making money using your YT account.

Let’s go through them one by one and as quickly as possible.


Get 1,000 people to subscribe

Let’s start with the 1,000 subscribers. This one is pretty straightforward, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get to 1,000 subscribers, once you hit that milestone, you’ve reached that requirement.
You can ask anyone to sign up, but I guest the best way to achieve this is by posting you YT on Facebook and encouraging your connections – Family, friends, friends of friends, acquaintances and just above anyone else who can see your Facebook post to subscribe to your YouTube channel.


4,000 hours watch time in a year

This refers to how much time your video content has been seen or watched over and over. It’s not about having 4,000 active videos but rather having accumulated 4,000 total watched time in a span of 12 months. So it’s a bit tricky. One proven methodology is to upload content that is generally likeable to all ages so that your channel also adheres to YT community policy.

Adherence to YT Community Policies and Guidelines

This is the rule book. If you want to make money off your YouTube channel, strict compliance should be observed.
If you’re a bit unsure as to what these are, you can check them out by visiting You tube’s guidelines.
YT will regularly check your channel to see if you are meeting their standards, policies and guidelines. The list is comprehensive and might take you some time to read but it’s safe to say that once you have exhausted the list, you’re off to a good start.

Set up your AdSense Account

If you want to earn money off your YT channel, then having an AdSense account is vital. Now, if you don’t know how to set it up, you might want to browse this Google FYI – creating an AdSense Account

Personalize your content

Content is king so does the famous marketing quote states. This is still very true. Always ascertain that you’re churning out unique and engaging content for your viewers. As to the topic? that’s totally up to you. It pays to know that whatever strikes you as entertaining, informative, relevant or just plain hilarious can be viewed as your choice.
So what are you waiting for? Start now.

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