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5 Ways to make a living through YouTube

YouTube Monetization Program

How would you like to promote your business and make cash at the same time? “Monetize your content” is the term YouTube uses for its official program that allows users to make money from the clips they upload. YouTube has strict criteria for which clips are eligible to make money. For those which are eligible, the uploader can share in revenue from advertisements shown before, during or alongside the clip.

Eligibility

For a clip to be eligible for monetization, it must be made up entirely of content you have created and to which you own the intellectual property rights. You cannot monetize clips where you have used some original creativity but contain copyrighted content, such as uploading new commentary on somebody else’s footage or creating a montage of clips from other sources. You cannot monetize a clip you have shot yourself that has any audio or video of copyrighted material in the background such as from your TV or stereo. YouTube reserves the right to refuse to let you monetize a clip that has content which is not “advertiser-friendly” even if you are allowed to upload the clip in the first place.

Practicalities

You can submit a video for monetization when you originally upload it by making sure to check the “Monetize my video” box on the “Monetization” tab of the upload page. Alternatively, you can locate a video you’ve already uploaded to your channel’s Video Manager section and then check the “Monetize my video” box under the “Monetization” tab. YouTube will review the clip and will ask you to confirm you own the rights to the content, providing proof if necessary. Once you have a clip accepted, you’ll need to link your YouTube account to a Google AdSense account to receive payment.

Earnings

YouTube doesn’t publicly reveal how much it pays people who have uploaded a video. Media reports suggest it isn’t simply a matter of how many people watch a clip, but also how attractive the subject of the clip is to advertisers. This system means you may struggle to find an ideal balance between producing a clip that promotes your business and one that attracts advertisers and viewers. All Things D reported in March 2013 that the uploader usually receives 55 percent of the actual ad revenue and that average payment rates varied from Ksh.250 to Ksh.1000 per 1,000 views. You must reach a threshold of earnings before you get a payment; in Kenya, the threshold is Ksh.7000 as of May 2013. As part of continued user support, As of April 6, 2017, channels that have fewer than 10,000 views cannot run ads on their Videos

AudioSwap

YouTube offers a program called AudioSwap by which you can use copyrighted music in a clip as long as the rights holder has added the song to the AudioSwap library. When this happens, YouTube adds advertisements to the clip but the revenue goes to the music rights holder, not you. If you want to make a clip eligible for monetization, you are not allowed to use Audio Swap songs in the clip.

Copyrights Strike

If you get a copyright strike on your Channel account, that means your video has been taken down from YouTube because a copyright owner sent them a complete and valid legal request asking them to do so. When a copyright owner formally notifies them that you don’t have their permission to post their content on the site, they take down your upload to comply with copyright law. Keep in mind, videos can be removed from the site for different reasons, not all of which are copyright-related. Also, Content ID claims don’t result in a strike. With time, many people have become self-centered to utilize other people’s intellectual property and or properties to their own benefit. This is because YouTube monetization program pays users directly due to the monies earned through their advertising program. Some of these peoples include and not limited to; Producers to your content – video, managers, communication Team and even peers. This they do with your little know-how of how YouTube operates and or works. But, gone are the days, things are made easy nowadays to content uploaders who want to make a living out of their work.

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