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Youtube Partner vs Monetization

Updated on September 16, 2013

I am writing this, to help explain the difference between monetization and being a Partner in the YouTube Program. One day in November, when I logged onto one of my YouTube videos, I saw the words. “Congratulation, your videos are now enabled for monetization!" Well, I have to tell you, I screamed like a girl! "I am in the partnership program? I'm in the partnership program!

I soon began to wonder, how on earth did I get into the program, because I didn't have tons of followers, videos or of views? I have seen members with 50 and 500,000 view with ads. I was far from one of those. As I did a little research, I discovered that I was not in the partnership program, but only monetized. I am going to now tell you the difference between the two, to save you the same, private or public disappointment.

YouTube Monetization

I was told by a friend of mine, RachelleWilliams, that you have to be invited into the revenue share program. By the way, go check her out, she has great hubs! This is what caused my initial misconception that I was a partner.

When the YouTube selects you for monetization, you will be notified by email, that they will now place ads on your videos and that you will share of the revenue. You can have ads on any video as long as it has not picture, music or other copyright issues. To be a part of any of the YouTube programs, you need to have a Google and a YouTube account.

Each time you upload a video, you will be asked to fill out a claim description, confirming your content is original and you have legal permission to post it. Once your video is accepted, which is usually a short period of time, there will be ads showing on your videos. That is it, no frills!

Individual Video Monetization

You still have an opportunity to make money even if you don't have a lot of videos or subscriptions, if you have a video that takes off like, ".David Went to the Dentist" This video went viral and was even show on the new. It got millions of views.

An individual video monetization offer, is when one of your videos are super popular and have gain a wide viewership or have gone viral. You are then invited to have that individual video monetized to earn revenue. You will receive a letter confirming your new status.

YouTube Partnership Program

Have you ever clicked on a YT video and it had like a full one minute commercial on it? These are the luck folks that are in the partnership program. You can apply for the program, or you can be invited to join the program. Those accepted into the YT program have a proven record of quality videos and a strong following. With a partnership you get a lot of perks like:

  • Channel Branding
  • Email support
  • Partnership page listing
  • Longer video uploads
  • Revenue sharing

So, if you are interested in making some money, find your niche. Are you funny? Do you want to teach, do you want to entertain or do you like to challenge others. Start making quality videos, interacting with the community and see what happens.


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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is very helpful. Thank you!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Your welcome, rajan jolly! Glad this helped.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      GoodLady, by all means, post your videos on Youtube and monetize them. Who knows, one may go viral and you make tons of money!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      SmartAndFun, you could use your Google account to put ads on your son's videos. You can track the money that comes from his videos in, "Hosted AdSense for Content.' When he begins to make a few cents, he will be so excited. I make 1 or 2$ a day on my videos.

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for explaining the difference. My 10-year-old son has his own youtube channel and is hoping to someday make a few cents from it. Now I can better help him with it if he gets to the point where YT wants to put ads on his videos. YT uses Google Adsense, I'm assuming? Since there is only one adsense account allowed per address, he would simply share my account, correct?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting hub. Thanks for clarifying the difference between the two.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Grateful to you for this information; I made a lot of videos and posted here but stopped because of all the streaming. Now I'll post through YouTube! Thanks

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Go ahead Turtle Dog, they are monetizing most people now.

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      I really need to get off my butt and start trying video as another means of blogging or vlogging I should say. Probably a well overdue wake up call for myself. Keep up the great work. Appreciate the tips! voted up!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Susan you love to cook I see. Ever consider doing some videos on your favorite recipes?

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Always glad to give a great writer a shout out Rachelle!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      EXCELLENT hub Pammy Pam. Thanks for clearing up the difference for me, and thanks for the mention in your hub. Voted up and tweeted!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Masmasika,I didn't do anything with my YouTube account for years either.

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      masmasika 6 years ago

      Great stuff. I have an account in youtube but I never uploaded anything. Perhaps one day. Thanks for the information and voted up.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Xenonlit, there are so many people that are so talented on YT, it is amazing.

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      Thanks for explaining this! I never hoped to have a viral video, but the pennies on my pitiful collection of horrible stuff would add up, I think.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Good for you Alladream74! Make that money!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Thanks for the information.Now off to make videos!


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