Back in May of this year, YouTube started the process of sharing the wealth and paying some of their top users for their unique video content. More specifically, 100 high profile partners were accepted into the YouTube Partner Program and were able to make some decent money (reportedly thousands per month). YouTube has decide to expand the program and now more people will be able to haul away some Google cash. Unfortunately it’s only open to those in the United States and Canada, and there is an application process that you’d have to go through and not everybody will get accepted. The good news though, is that those who weren’t a part of the program previously but receive many view on their videos will be able to start earning some cash.
In the announcement, YouTube says “we feel it’s important to reward our most dedicated community members: those who are regularly uploading original content to YouTube.” So if you regularly upload content and you’ve built a “significant audience,” there’s a chance that you’ll be accepted into the program. There’s no word on whether or not this will be extended to lower-traffic users in the future, but they have said that they will open it up to other markets in various countries soon.
Here’s a quick rundown on what you need to do to qualify for the YouTube partnership:
- You create original videos suitable for online streaming
- You own the copyrights and distribution rights for all audio and video content that you upload — no exceptions
- You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users
- And as mentioned, you live in the United States or Canada
The whole application can be found here, and it just requires pretty general information. Given that Revver and Metacafe have offered similar programs for quite some time, it’s about time that YouTube gets this program movin’! It took them an awfully long time to get the program started, and quite a bit to open it up to more people. I’m curious how much money participants will earn, however, YouTube makes no mention of the specifics.
Thanks for the tip S!