While making YouTube videos is fun, it can also be a source of income. However, before you starting making money on YouTube, you need to do the following five steps:
Google Account: You can sign up for Google and to create a YouTube account HERE. The sign up process has you create a Google account, a YouTube account, a Google email, and a YouTube channel. To finalize the process, you will need to verify your account by phone.
Channel Name: Choose your YouTube channel name with care. Google usually prompts you to make it your actual name, but you can choose anything you like (as long as it isn’t currently being used). While you may just be starting out on YouTube for fun now, you don’t want to limit yourself to growing your “brand” in the future. There are a lot of established, successful YouTube channels out there with names unrelated to their content because the people behind them never anticipated how their channels would grow.
AdSense Account: Once you have created your YouTube channel, you can monetize it by signing up for an AdSense account here: https://support.google.com/adsense/#topic=3373519. The AdSense process is a little more involved and will require you do go through several verification steps before you are approved to earn ad revenue.
Monetize Your Videos: Your videos must be monetized in order for them to start earning income. Monetization means you are authorizing YouTube to place ads in your videos and that you are agreeing that no copyrighted materials (music and video clips from TV shows, movies or other copyrighted sources) appear in your footage. To monetize a single video, simply click on the “Monetization” tab in the video information section. You can also monetize all of your videos at once by going to your “Video Manager” page, checking all of the boxes next to your videos, and choosing the “Monetize” option under the “Actions” tab.
YouTube Partnership: After you have created your Google, YouTube and AdSense accounts, there is one more step you will need to take before you can start earning money on your videos, and that is to become a YouTube Partner. Go HERE to learn about the current criteria for becoming a YouTube Partner.
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