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Getting started with Youtube Partners and monetization

Updated on May 23, 2014

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Getting Started

Getting started:

  • In order to set up your Youtube account it is fairly simple, all you need to do is either be a gmail account holder, or sign up for gmail.
  • Once you have chosen to join gmail and make your account there official, then from within gmail you can click the Youtube link made visible on the upper portion of the screen.
  • You also have the option to go directly to the Youtube website from using its web address on your browser.
  • This will in effect start up your basic account there for viewing videos as a certified member, but without ownership of any videos of your own.
  • It's up to you to decide to upload a video or multiple videos.
  • From there on your account, looking towards the upper right corner of the screen, you will notice an icon image or a place holder for one if you chose not to upload a profile image yet. (You now have to load up images from Google+ - click link to learn how to sign up to G+)
  • Right beside it, there's a down arrow that will allow you to access your video editing and management features if you so choose to begin editing and uploading videos. You must click the down arrow there to access it.
  • Once accessed, you will quickly begin to notice many onscreen prompts for you to learn from and or choose to select from.
  • Get use to this area of your Youtube account, it is your friend when it comes to the overall organization and management of your Youtube videos and business if you so choose to make it such.

Getting monetized is very easy and can be done after you have chosen to upload your videos, the only thing is you will need consistent viewers to your videos there to qualify for becoming a Youtube Partner.

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How Monetization Works:

Monetizing your videos is super awesome and affords you a way to earn income from your video making and sharing efforts. Each Youtube Partner gets paid via their own official bank account, which needs to be verified by becoming an official Google Adsense member.

This process takes a few weeks of approval, but once your bank account is verified by Google your going to be a happy camper.

The way it works is, you sign up for Google Adsense after your videos amount enough views to be accepted into the partner program. Those folks who are already approved for Adsense will notice it's a much easier process and because they need not worry about approval for both, as well as the bank account verification aspect.

Must watch video on Copyright laws on YouTube

What do I do now?

After its all said and done you will be allowed to monetize any of your videos that you have 100% ownership of and that's under your official copyright. If you so choose to share any content that contains music, imagery, videos, or any other copyright works of others monetizing such without the permission to do so will get you banned from YouTube eventually.

Make sure to only upload what you own out right to be on the safe side, and or contact the original owners before hand. Youtube will warn you of any potential violations if anything prior to your acount being deactivated if you are found to be breaking their laws, which are federally mandated laws of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

You can utilize creative commons attribution license 2.0 free to use for commercial use content on the web, but keep in mind that you need to follow the link attribution license law mandated on such content. YouTube allows you to do so, you will need to place a link into the videos description area in order to properly provide attribution back to the original author of such digital works. (Link to the CC 2.0 bylaws)

Note: the rues to fair use on YouTube aren't as clear as day for both the content original owners and for those seeking to use such content, so to be safe still ask permission to use such content for parody purposes, news coverage, educational purposes, commentary and other acceptable uses of copyright materials.

(If you don't monetize content used in a fair use manner generally you won't have copyright issues on YouTube, or shouldn't unless the owner of such copyright videos doesn't fully understand the copyright laws regarding fair use, many will target your video for take down, this requires you to submit a counter notification or retraction via the copyright strike process and if you have proof of fair use. Consult an attorney in cases where you cannot contact the owner of such content and if you cannot handle the issue with them via email)

Using copy written images, video, or music

  • In order to utilize any of the content across the web that are in copyright formats, you must get permission from the originator of such content.
  • Make sure if you choose to monetize your videos, you own full rights to all of the content being shared via such videos. That means all images, clips from other videos, music, and anything relevant to someones ownership.
  • If you try to monetize anything that you don't have full right to you will get contacted by Youtube over time for sure, and they may shut down your account after multiple copyright violations aka copyright strikes.
  • You can submit a counter notification to fight against those strikes against your account that weren't warranted and in which you do in fact have ownership to such content and or permission to utilize from the original owner.
  • You can also ask the original content owner to retract the copyright strike claim, which means they may choose to take back the strike against your account, if you provide them a good enough reason to do so.
  • Here's a link on Youtube's copyright info, make sure to study up on it all and research it thoroughly prior to becoming a partner and definitely before choosing to monetize any videos.

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Providing link attribution on non-monetized videos

There are various places to locate legally useful content, and if you wish try looking into using Flickr Creative Commons for starters (image archives for non-commercial usage). You can also use Wikipedia, but make sure to check for the creative commons licensing details underneath each image (Their source of non-commercial images come from Wikimedia commons). Flickr also has another location known as "The Commons". There you can use those images for commercial use, because there are no known copyright's on them.

  • Some of those locations have commercial free music locations as well to use for your videos, just make sure to follow all the guidelines and that it has a CC license free to use commercially.
  • Click here for the CC search website to locate more CC licensed material.

Providing a link back to these locations will allow you to use such video, images, or music from these locations on the web, as long as you provide all the needed relevant info required by its original authored location as per the CC licensing. Each creative commons license may have differing info so you need to abide by, and do so exactly as they suggest you to do.

  • The image up above is an example of such a usage, but isn't the only way to provide such a link attribution back to its original web location.
  • These links must be placed into your videos description area for it to remove any copyright infringement possibility, and to prevent from other Youtube users from flagging your content being shared there.

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @cathie bridges, thanks for the support and for sharing, glad you liked it.

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      Hamza Arshad 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      too good CloudExplorer.......i must appreciate

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @ImKarn23, I'm glad you felt my hub here is was worth while to read and I hope it helps you get things going there on Youtube if and when you choose to take the plunge there. It's a definite challenge to merge our content onto such a video platform, but when you see the number begin to skyrocket its a moment to celebrate for sure.

      You will do well there Leslie, you have a natural way of appealing to the crowd of viewers for sure. Good luck with it all, and you know where to find me if you need anything, I got your back digitally for sure :) Oh and thanks again for sharing and for the hub loving support.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @yougotme, I hope it works out for you bro it has for me, and as long as you share interesting stuff on there with folks, it shall work well. Video editing comes into the mix a bit as well, but for the most part you'll get the hand of that if you haven't yet tried playing with video stuff.

      Good luck and thanks for sharing with me and for that cool comment, if you ever need any help with it all, don't hesitate to ask me for assistance.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank @Paul Kuehn, Glad to be of to you and others who have chosen to visit my hub here, I hope it helps you get things going there on the Tube, much of this info wasn't easy at first for me to understand, but over time I got the hang of it all. Tricky stuff this online everything, but when it begins to flow its definitely worth the invested time.

      Good luck bro and let me know if you need any further assistance with it all in the future, and I'll be glad to help you or anyone else with any questions, tips or what have you.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Thundermama, I'm so glad that you felt my hub here was of good use to you. It is tough with all the online everything floating around these days to actually be able to channel in on certain particulars indeed, and I know how it feels to struggle with some criteria for sure.

      Thanks for giving my hub a chance and for sharing with me.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      you amaze me! Your knowledge truly blows my mind - i am in awe! i actually read every word and only got lost a couple times..

      i've never done anything of the sort - upload anything to youtube, but - i've been thinking about...

      maybe a poem or 2 - with a twist..(of course..)


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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @bdegiulio, your very much welcome, and I'm so grateful to you for choosing to give my hub article here a try. I been working long and hard at it all on Youtube, video editing is the toughest aspect for me.

      Someday I hope to become a great video maker, maybe a documentary film maker if I ever run into the funding and success that proceeds it.

      Until then though I shall keep trying to help all my good friends online here in the best ways I can, and I'm so happy you felt my article was useful as well as has relevance for what you may be looking to do in the future.

      Thanks for sharing and for commenting.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, Thank for the comment and for sharing bro. I was very busy trying to learn all I could about Youtube last year, and it has surely paid off for both me and my wife, and now its time to share the wealth of knowledge with all of my good friends. I'm glad you found this article potentially useful to you bro.

      Yup yup I was filming for sure, and decided to stay at my stoop rather then go to the park, but will head my way there soon maybe today. Thanks for the support!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 years ago from Manila

      Now this is really interesting! I haven't utilized my Youtube account because I primarily use it for viewing alone. But, after reading this, it made me think of finding ways to monetize it. Probably, I'll do that next time. :)

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is very useful information which I am bookmarking for future reference. I know my hubs would get more views and I could earn extra money if I learned how Youtube Partners and monetization works. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      This was so useful and well written. I have struggled to get a handle on how to monetize youtube and all the licensing ins and out and you laid it out here very well. Very interesting and informative. Voted up and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mike. I have always wonder how YouTube worked and how people made money from their video. This was very helpful and I may venture into this at some point. Thanks for sharing your expertise on this subject. Voted up, shared, etc.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll bookmark this and read it later since you obviously know what you are doing with YouTube. I'm running late today, buddy, but I promise to use this soon because I trust your word and know you have done the research so I don't have to do so. Thanks my friend and I hope you are out there filming as I write this.


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