YouTube Opens Up Paid Channels in a Big Way


YouTube Opens Up Paid Channels in a Big Way

If your YouTube channel is in good standing and you have 10,000 existing subscribers, there’s a good chance that you can now charge users to view your content if that’s something you wish to try.

YouTube has just announced an expansion to the paid channels pilot that will allow more partners to participate. Eligible partners in good standing with over 10,000 subscribers can now enable the feature on their accounts pages.

What does this mean, exactly?

Good standing simply means that you’ve played nice over the years. This means you have no Community Guidelines strikes, copyright strikes, and no videos that have been blocked worldwide by Content ID. Being eligible for a paid channels means that you’ve completed the following steps:

  • Your account is in good standing.
  • You meet the general criteria for YouTube partnership.
  • You have verified your account by phone.
  • You have an approved AdSense account linked to your YouTube account.
  • You own a free channel with at least 10,000 active subscribers.

Before today, paid channels were only open to a few dozen partners.

YouTube has also announced that they’ve added Mexico to the eligible countries list, and more countries are on the way. Currently, paid channels are only offered in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the UK, and the US.

If you want to try out a paid channel, YouTube will give you a 14-day free trial.

“Just as the Partner Program empowered creators to build great channels over the last six years, we look forward to seeing how you use this additional business model to build your audience on YouTube,” says YouTube.

YouTube first launched paid channels back in May. Recent reports indicate that they may be off to a slow start, with various partners expressing disappointment in the early returns.

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