YouTube is one of the most widely used social media platforms globally, with billions of visits and video views daily. It’s also a popular platform for online creators who want to monetize their content.
YouTube has made it easy with the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP), which makes you eligible for video monetization once you meet certain criteria. So, how can you determine if a YouTube video and channel are monetized?
It’s difficult to tell if someone else’s video or channel is monetized on YouTube, since ads are now shown on non-monetized videos as well. The only way to know for sure is by using the YouTube API. However, you can track and set up monetization for your own channel and videos using YouTube Studio.
Using an API tool does not provide a clear yes-or-no answer if a video or channel is monetized, but it can provide information to help you figure it out. It will show if a video can display in-stream ads, and if it can, that means it’s monetized. To help you understand how YouTube monetization works and why so many creators are trying to monetize their content, let’s take a deeper look into it.
Are YouTube Videos Automatically Monetized?
Before YouTube’s changes to its monetization policies in 2018, a channel was eligible for monetization once it had reached over 10,000 views. Now, a channel must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 12,000 watch hours generated in order to be eligible for monetization. However, it doesn’t happen automatically.
To monetize your videos, you must sign up for the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) through the Monetization tab in YouTube Studio. This will show you the progress your channel is making with a subscriber and watch hours counter.
When you reach the monetization eligibility goals, YouTube will send you an email and you can set up your YPP account. Note that videos uploaded before joining the partnership program cannot be monetized.
To monetize each video, you’ll need to toggle monetization on and off and comply with YouTube’s monetization policies. You can also make monetization a default through the general settings if you want to monetize all videos.
If a YouTube Video Has Ads, Is It Monetized?
In summary, YouTube’s monetization policies have changed in 2018, requiring channels to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 12,000 watch hours in order to be eligible for monetization.
To monetize videos, creators must sign up for the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) and meet the eligibility criteria. Once accepted, creators can toggle monetization on and off for each video and have more control over the types of ads that are shown on their videos.
However, it is important to note that even if a video is not monetized, it may still show ads, but the creator does not receive any revenue from them until they are accepted into the YPP.
How to Check if Your YouTube Channel Is Monetized?
To summarize, in order to monetize a YouTube channel, creators must meet the monetization criteria set by YouTube which currently includes having at least 1,000 subscribers and 12,000 hours of watch time on the channel.
Creators must then apply for the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) in the Monetization tab in YouTube Studio and follow the instructions provided in an email from YouTube to set up their YPP account.
Creators can check the status of their monetization eligibility in the Monetization tab at any time. Keep in mind that YouTube will show ads on all videos, but only monetized videos will earn revenue for the creators.
How to Check if Your YouTube Video Is Monetized?
In summary, to monetize your YouTube channel, you need to meet the requirements of having at least 1000 subscribers and 12,000 watch hours generated.
Once you’ve met these requirements, you can sign up for the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) through the Monetization tab in YouTube Studio.
When you’re approved, you can toggle monetization on and off for each video, and choose different monetization options, such as ads or paid content.
You can check if a video is monetized by looking for a green $ symbol next to the video in the My videos tab in YouTube Studio. I
f the symbol is yellow, you’re still getting money for it but haven’t received enough revenue to cash out, and if it’s dark grey, it means the video is not monetized.
How to Check if Another YouTube Channel Is Monetized?
To summarize, before the 2018 changes, it was clear to see if a YouTube channel was monetized or not by whether ads were shown on the videos.
However, now that ads are shown on all videos, it is difficult to tell if a channel is monetized or not, unless the channel meets the monetization requirements (1000 subscribers and 12,000 hours of watch time) and has turned on monetization for their videos.
One way to check if a channel is monetized is by looking at the number of subscribers and views on the channel. Additionally, you can use an API tool to check if individual videos are monetized.
How to Check if a YouTube Video Is Monetized?
To summarize, in order to monetize a YouTube channel, the channel must meet certain criteria, including having 1000 subscribers and 12,000 hours of watch time.
Once the channel meets these criteria, the monetization options can be set up through the Monetization tab in YouTube Studio. Each video must also be individually set up for monetization, and there are multiple options available, including ads and paid content.
To determine if a YouTube channel is monetized, one can look at the number of subscribers and views, or use an API tool to check if the video allows in-stream ads. If a video is labeled as Paid content, it is also monetized.
How to Find Monetized YouTube Videos?
In summary, it is difficult to determine if a YouTube channel or video is monetized based on the ads alone, as all videos now show ads.
However, if a channel has a large number of subscribers and views, it is likely that it is monetized. An API tool can also be used to check if a video allows in-stream ads, which is a sign of monetization.
Additionally, if a video is labeled as paid content, it is definitely monetized. If unsure, you can reach out to the channel owner and ask if they are monetizing their videos.