How to Activate YouTube Monetization: A Step-by-Step Guide


  • Begin by explaining what YouTube monetization is and the benefits it offers creators (earning revenue from ads, access to channel memberships, etc.).
  • Briefly mention the eligibility requirements, making it clear that this guide will help users reach those requirements and successfully apply.

Step 1: Meet YouTube Partner Program Requirements

  • 1,000 Subscribers: Explain why subscribers are important for monetization. Offer brief tips on growing your subscriber base organically. Click here to see the packages
  • 4,000 Watch Hours: Define watch hours and provide a few strategies for increasing watch time (e.g., engaging content, optimized thumbnails, end screens).
  • Compliance with Policies: Provide a link to YouTube's monetization policies, highlighting those most important to be aware of (e.g., advertiser-friendly content, copyright guidelines).

Step 2: Enable Monetization in YouTube Studio

  • Log in: Tell readers to go to YouTube Studio.
  • Locate Settings: Guide them to the "Channel" section and then the "Monetization" tab.
  • Start the Application: Walk them through the application process step-by-step, explaining any choices they must make.
  • Await Review: Let them know their channel will be reviewed, and provide a general timeframe for this process.

Step 3: Link an AdSense Account

  • Explain AdSense: Briefly describe what AdSense is and how it's used to receive payments from YouTube.
  • Creating/Linking an Account: Provide instructions on either creating a new AdSense account or linking an existing one.

Step 4: Choose Monetization Preferences

  • Types of Ads: List the different ad formats YouTube offers (display ads, overlay ads, skippable/non-skippable videos, etc.).
  • Individual Video Settings: Explain that users can monetize all existing videos or select specific ones.