How to Get Paid on YouTube: A Step-by-Step Guide (with Photos)

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How to Get Paid on YouTube: A Step-by-Step Guide (with Photos)

Making money on YouTube has now become an easy deal. With the right tips and tricks, you can soon begin earning and making thousands of dollars. Not only that, but you can also build an audience and be popular in your community. Sounds amazing, right?

However, the hard part is establishing a solid base of subscribers and getting your videos monetized from YouTube. Both are just the initial steps of getting paid. 

Many people think they can only make money on YouTube by uploading videos. In reality, there are many more ways to get paid on YouTube. For instance, you can utilize Google AdSense to make additional income from your YouTube videos. You can also reuse videos from the YouTube library that includes videos falling under the “Creative Commons license” category.

Don’t know how to get started? Here is a detailed step-by-step guide to help you learn how to get paid on YouTube without much hassle. Let’s jump in!

Step 1: Make Your YouTube Channel

The first step is setting up your YouTube channel so you can start uploading videos. Your channel will represent you to the audience, and most will remember you by your channel name or username. 

Generally, short and unique usernames are easy to remember. The good thing is that you can change your username even when making a YouTube channel from an existing account. But, there is a limit. You can only change your username thrice at maximum. If you want to change it again, you will have to wait for 90 days to do so.

You’ll get access to different Google services with a YouTube account, including Drive and Gmail. Remember, you can only make one channel with each YouTube account.

When making your YouTube channel, add keywords so people can find your videos with ease. In fact, that’s the key to getting paid on YouTube. To add keywords, you must open the Advanced section from Channel Settings. Then, find the keywords relevant to the videos you plan to upload. 

Set up your Youtube channel.
The first step is to set up your actual YouTube channel!


Step 2: Create Content

The next step is to create videos and upload them on your YouTube channel. Before you start, remember that your videos shouldn’t have to be super long but must be high quality. However, the length typically depends on the content you want to upload. 

Another thing to consider is that your content should be engaging to start yielding money. You should also stay consistent with your content. This means you should continue trying, no matter if your videos make little in the beginning. Keep striving to learn more, and you will be making showstopper videos in no time. 

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Be consistent with uploading content and be sure your keywords match what your audience is searching for!


Step 3: Upload and Improve Content

After creating the content, you should start thinking about how to improve it further. There are many ways you can make your content stand out from the competitors. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Use a high-quality camera and tripod to record clear and still videos.
  • Record videos in good light, preferably sitting close to a window or outside. If you can’t find natural light, you should consider investing in bright white lights. If none of this seems possible, you should install good editing software to ensure the end product looks good. 
  • Be consistent. Uploading videos regularly will keep you in touch with the audience and retain them for a long time. If you upload videos on a regular basis, users have a higher likelihood of subscribing and being a part of your loyal audience. This is directly related to making more money on YouTube.
  • Lastly, include keywords in your videos’ descriptions that clearly describe the content and are attention-grabbing. The perfect video description attracts people to your videos from YouTube search result pages.
Upload videos.
Upload your videos and figure out ways to improve them!


Step 4: Enable YouTube Monetization

From this step onwards, things will start to become difficult for you. To start earning from your videos, you will need to clearly understand monetization requirements on YouTube and then enable the feature. This means you acknowledge that your content is unique and has no copyrighted material. It also indicates that you are permitting YouTube to include ads in your videos.

First, open the official YouTube website on your internet browser and click My Channel. Then, navigate to the Video Manager and click the Monetization tab from the menu. Then, check the box next to Monetize with Ads.

Remember, you will need at least 4,000 watch hours on your videos in the past year and 1,000 subscribers to be eligible to get paid on YouTube. You will get a popup if YouTube finds you eligible for monetization.

Click on monetization.
Go to My Channel, then Video Manager, Monetization, and lastly, check the box next to Monetize with Ads.


In June 2023, Youtube changed their monetization eligibility requirements. Here is a brief video for further reference:

Step 6: Use Google AdSense

The next step is to set up Google AdSense for free on AdSense’s official website. Then, open it on your browser and click the Sign In option to start the account creation process. To be eligible for account creation on Google AdSense, you should be 18 years or older. However, you can take help from an adult if you are younger.

You will also need a bank or PayPal account and a mailing address to get verified on Google AdSense. You may also have to provide other information to help AdSense verify you.

With AdSense, you will only make money when someone clicks on the ad included in your video. Additionally, you will also get a small amount for every view. So, the larger your audience, the more likely you will make money from Google AdSense.

Create Google Adsense account.
Create a Google AdSense account.


Step 7: Start Building an Audience

You will have to make efforts to gain an audience and start building your community. Having more subscribers is the key to making more money on YouTube. You need more people to watch the ads included in your videos. 

While there is no magic trick to get subscribers, you can make the best, most unique, and most engaging content to invite people to your channel naturally. Be consistent in uploading content and try to make it more attractive. 

You can also publish your videos on Facebook and Twitter with YouTube links to access a wider audience. Not only that, but you can also ask your friends and family to share your YouTube videos on different platforms on the internet. 

Build an audience.
Building your audience means connecting with your viewers and offering them access to your content.

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Step 8: Interact with Your Subscribers

Sharing your videos only may not be enough to hook people. Instead, you should level up your game and interact with subscribers through the comment section. Ask your audience to suggest video titles in the comments and make videos. 

Connecting with your subscribers will encourage them to put out good words for you in their social circles. It will help you bring more members into your community. Remember, you may face trolling or discouragement from some people, but you should stay consistent and keep uploading videos regularly.

Engage with audience in the comments.
Be sure to engage with your viewers!


Step 8: Become a YouTube Partner

Once you succeed in monetizing your videos, you can become a YouTube partner. These are people whose videos have been monetized with many viewers. After becoming a YouTube partner, you can use advanced content creation tools and even win prizes for the number of viewers. You can also access helpful tips and support.

You can apply for a YouTube partnership from the YouTube Partner page. If you want access to more programs, you’d need 10 million public Short views on your channel from the past 90 days.

Youtube eligibility.
If you’re eligible, you can earn and access even more as a YouTube partner.


Step 9: Turn on Channel Memberships

Channel Membership is a new feature. With it, you can offer special perks to your viewers, such as badges, emojis, live chats, and more. But first, these viewers should join your channel through recurring monthly payments. This way, your subscribers generate more ad revenue from your YouTube videos.

To enable channel membership, you should fulfill YouTube’s minimum requirements. For instance, you should have 1,000+ subscribers and a Community tab. Moreover, you must be over 18 years and a YouTube Partner. Lastly, your channel should not be configured as “made for kids.”

Remember, it is not sure that you’ll get channel membership access just by meeting the requirements. But, if you have access, you can start channel memberships on the Memberships page.

Turn on channel memberships.
You can also enable Channel Membership if you’re eligible.


Step 10: Enable Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Super Thanks

Super Chat and Stickers are another new feature on YouTube available in live chats. With Super Chat and Super Stickers, the viewer’s message stands out between live premiers and streams. You can also pin these messages on the top of the chat for some time. 

The more viewers spend on this feature, the longer their message will remain pinned to the chat. To use Super Chat and Stickers, your YouTube channel must be monetized, and you should be in an eligible location. You can manage this feature just as you like.

Super Thanks is another feature that can help you get paid on YouTube. It allows you to profit from viewers willing to show extra appreciation. Previously known as “Viewer applause,” this feature allows subscribers to set their own price for using Super Thanks.

With Super Thanks, viewers can see a colorful animation over the videos, allowing them to post customized comments on it. Like Super Chat and Super Stickers, this feature makes your viewers stand out from others.

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YouTube has made it even easier to earn with special features like Super Thanks!


Step 11: Analyze the Performance of Your Videos

Once your YouTube videos are published, monetized, and loved by your audience, you should start analyzing your content based on some metrics. You can see these metrics in the Analytics option in the menu. These include ad performance, demographics, estimated earnings, video views, etc. 

Analyzation will help you see how audiences are responding to your content. Then, you can adjust your tactics accordingly. That’s all you need to get paid on YouTube!

Checking Youtube analytics.
Checking out your analytics will help you know where you’re getting views and where to improve.


Wrapping Up

Learning how to get paid on YouTube might be difficult in the beginning. However, if you follow every step we included above, you can start earning in no time. Make sure you are fulfilling all the YouTube requirements to avoid any issues in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up my YouTube to get paid?

To get paid on YouTube, you must sign in and then click on your account icon. After that, select YouTube Studio, click Monetization, and read and agree with the requirements for becoming a YouTube Partner.

How much does YouTube pay for 1,000 views?

On average, YouTube charges $0.18 per view. Out of this, it pays almost 70% to YouTubers through Google AdSense. This means you’re likely to get $122 for 1,000 views, considering $0.12 per view.

How do you make money on YouTube without creating videos?

You can make money on YouTube without creating videos by reusing existing content. Surprisingly, YouTube has a video library consisting of “Creative Commons license” videos, which you can use to make money.

Does YouTube pay monthly?

Yes, YouTube pays monthly through direct deposit or checks by mail.

How much money do you get for 1M subscribers?

A YouTuber with 1 million subscribers makes $60,000 a year on average.

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