I had to write this post “by popular demand”…
I will be covering the subject of “How To Make Money on YouTube” in deeper detail in the future, however, I had to get this topic out of the way as soon as possible because many of you have been receiving partnership offers from YouTube on some of your videos.
And we both know this is the result of those extra views I gave you
Because many of you might be a little over anxious, I am going to cover the negative points first. However, I highly encourage you to read the whole series so you can make a fully informed decision regarding the program.
Here’s how Revenue Sharing works:
YouTube will be monitoring its site for videos that quickly go viral, and will then reach out to the content uploader with an Email invitation to “Enable Revenue Sharing” on that video. If you choose to enable the feature, then YouTube will place ads against the video and will give you a cut, which gets paid into your Google AdSense account.
“Individual video partnerships will not be eligible for many of the benefits of user partnerships, like enhanced channel features or the ability to monetize other videos in your account.”
YouTube emails you to Enable Revenue Sharing on your video
It’s so exciting, you open your inbox one day and there it is, an unexpected email from YouTube saying something like: Congratulations, your video “How To Get Views POSITIVE Review” *cough*subliminal attempt*cough* has become popular and it’s now eligible to join the YouTube Partner program so you can start to make money with your awesome video today!
In fact there is a tear running down your cheek. Your prayers have been heard. You’ve made it!
Ok, that might be too much, but the fact is that you are so excited dreaming about all the money you are going to earn that you immediately apply without even giving it a second thought.
That’s just WRONG and here is why:
Actual human beings from the YouTube staff review each submission individually AFTER you decide to apply for the program.
The following is some of the “fine print” from YouTube…
“Now, when you upload a video to YouTube that accumulates lots of views, we may invite you to monetize that video and start earning revenue from it. To determine whether a particular video is eligible for monetization, we look at factors like the number of views, the video’s virality and compliance with the YouTube Terms of Service.”
What they don’t tell you is that those emails are sent by some kind of automated system that measures the “viral” factor of your video.
Naturally, you have the chance to opt in if you feel like your video is completely original, but if you do, some guy will make sure that it is eligible for revenue sharing.
So here are some things that you want to double check before hitting Go! on that invitation.
10 Things to Keep in Mind Before Activating Revenue Sharing on YouTube
1-Make sure you own the rights to all the video content. This includes images, music, etc. Otherwise it will be rejected.
2-If they reject your submission they might block the audio or flag your video for copyrigh infringement.
3-In-Video ads are annoying. Measure the negative effect that they may cause to your subscribers’ experience.
4-Unless your video has millions of views you will NOT become rich. End of story!
5-Random ads don’t provide value to your viewers. They are “contextual” but not very accurate.
6-You can’t control what gets shown on your videos, so you might be associated with companies you don’t like.
7-You must have or create a Google Adsense account to be able to receive checks (if you ever do)
8-There is a minimum payout of $100 on Adsense that might take you several years to reach.
9-Considering all this info… Do you really think your subscribers deserve it?
10-There are other more profitable and less intrusive methods to make money on YouTube.
And I will teach you how to master those methods.
For now, please move to part two of this article where I’m going to cover the positive aspects of joining this program and how to activate it on your YouTube account.
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