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YouTube Monetization - My Journey and Tips for Success

I remember the first time I considered monetizing my YouTube channel. It was a whirlwind of excitement, anticipation, and a heap of questions. Today, I'll walk you through my journey, hoping it provides clarity and inspiration for budding creators.

1. Deciphering the Monetization Guidelines:

During my early days of content creation, I stumbled upon Google's official page detailing YouTube's monetization guidelines. It felt like an overwhelming list, but I quickly realized most creators around the world are eligible, with just a few exceptions based on country availability.

The foundational requirements are straightforward:

· Live in a country where the program is available.

· Have no community guidelines strikes.

· Accumulate over 4,000 hours of valid public watch hours.

· Gain more than 1,000 subscribers.

· Link an AdSense account.

While these requirements might seem daunting, especially the watch hours and subscriber count, they are put in place to ensure creators produce original, valuable content. Simply re-uploading someone else's videos won't cut it anymore; YouTube is keen on unique content.

2. The "Shortcuts" to Monetization:

I often got asked if there were any shortcuts to reaching these requirements. My answer? There aren’t any real shortcuts, but there are strategies that can help speed up the process…

a. Embracing YouTube Shorts:

YouTube Shorts was a game-changer for me. These are vertical videos, reminiscent of TikTok or Instagram Reels, and they often rake in more views and subscribers than standard videos. However, a crucial point to note is that watch time from Shorts doesn’t count towards the 4,000 hours needed for monetization. Yet, they're invaluable for broadening your audience reach, which can indirectly bring more views to your normal long form videos when you upload those.

b. Cultivating a Growth Mindset:

Initially, I was overly eager to monetize, but I soon realized that rushing the process can lead to frustration. Instead, I shifted my focus on crafting a library of quality videos. This strategy paid off when one of my videos caught traction. Viewers stayed around, binging on other videos, which bolstered my watch time on the overall channel.

Each new video was an opportunity—a potential magnet for a new viewer. But to retain them, I had to offer more than just a single piece of engaging content. A consistent library of quality content ensures viewers stick around, leading to longer session times, which YouTube loves!

3. Patience is a Virtue:

One of my biggest takeaways was understanding YouTube’s nature. In the beginning, it's about building a repository of videos around a specific theme. Even if initial videos gain minimal traction, it's essential to persist. Your goal should be to craft compelling content consistently. With time, one video might garner attention and, in turn, spotlight your entire channel.

To all budding creators, remember: YouTube's design initially might seem discouraging, but it’s a test of your dedication and the quality of your content. The more valuable content you churn out, the higher your chances of gaining visibility, watch time, and subscribers. Ultimately, it’s a snowball effect, with one success leading to another, propelling your channel to new heights. Stay consistent, be patient, and most importantly, enjoy the journey.

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