How to Monetize YouTube Shorts in 2024: What You Need to Know

Short-form video is everywhere, and so are monetization opportunities for creators. TikTok has its Creator Rewards Program (a spinoff from the TikTok Creator Fund). Instagram creators can monetize their content with Subscriptions. And YouTube Shorts has the YouTube Partner Program, which can help you monetize your YouTube channel.

We’ve covered how to monetize your YouTube content before, but Shorts has a different model for creators. If you’re looking into monetizing Shorts, in this article, we’ll walk you through the model and what it takes to enter the Program.

How does Shorts ad revenue sharing work?

YouTube Shorts creators are part of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), but revenue is distributed differently for YouTube’s short-form video format than the typical longer-form video method.

A portion of the revenue from ads is added to a “Creator Pool” based on views across all Shorts and then distributed to the creator.

Source: YouTube Help Center

If you’re wondering why YouTube uses the Creator Pool, here’s an explanation of how how monetization works for Shorts:

Shorts use an ad format different from a long-form YouTube video, requiring a unique revenue-sharing model.Distributing ad revenue based on the model means that all Shorts creators who are part of the YouTube Partner Program can benefit from ads, not just those with an ad next to their video. This model is designed to support monetizing creators on the platform.This model also means that music usage doesn’t affect creators’ ability to monetize their content.

Here’s how the Creator Pool works:

Revenue from the ads between videos in the Shorts Feed is added to the Pool to reward creators and cover costs from paying out copyright for using music. This helps to simplify the music licensing process for creators.If you upload video content without music, all of the revenue associated with its views goes into the Creator Pool.If you upload a video with music in it, the revenue will be distributed between the Pool and copyright claims for however many tracks were used in the video.The amount in the Creator Pool is then distributed to creators based on their share of the total views.

To better visualize the Pool, if you use one music track in a Short and you were meant to make $500 from a Short, revenue is split 50/50, so you get $250, and the music publishers get $250. Regardless, you will always receive 45 percent from the ad revenue sharing model, regardless if you use music or not.

Who’s eligible to earn ad revenue from YouTube Shorts?

Apart from living in a region where the YouTube Partner Program is available, having two-step verification turned on, and an active AdSense account, there are specific eligibility requirements for YouTube Shorts.

1,000 subscribers and ten million public Shorts views in the last 90 days OR1,000 subscribers and 4,000 valid public watch hours on your long-form videos.

You’ll also need to follow YouTube guidelines to make money. Some of the most important rules to consider are:

Under YouTube’s originality policy, you can’t upload another creator’s content verbatim and get monetized. This includes clips from existing media like TV shows and movies. The caveat here is that it’s okay to put a new spin on someone else’s content (say, by using Shorts’ Remix tool). Otherwise, your content has to be original to you.You must also follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Terms of Service, Copyright, and Google AdSense program policies, as well as YouTube’s monetization policies. This means your content must be advertiser-friendly according to YouTube’s outlined guidelines.You must also have an account free of Community Guidelines strikes.

Once you’ve been cleared at this stage, you’ll have to accept the Shorts Monetization Module to earn ad revenue from Shorts.

How to opt-in for YouTube Shorts monetization

The Shorts Monetization Module is a set of terms that let you earn from ads and YouTube Premium in the Shorts Feed.

You’ll only start benefitting from the revenue sharing after you’ve accepted these terms, even if you’ve already been accepted into the Partner Program. Here are the steps to take before you’re ready to earn:

Sign in to YouTube Studio.In the left menu, select Earn.Click Get Started for each optional module to review and accept their terms. To monetize Shorts specifically, accept the Base Terms and the Shorts Monetization Module.

Once you’ve accepted the Shorts Monetization Module, you’ll be good to go with getting a piece of the ad revenue sharing and start your journey with youtube monetization.

However, despite your best efforts, you might not get the results you’re hoping for from YouTube. That doesn’t mean you can’t still monetize your content.

How much money do YouTube creators make from the YouTube Shorts fund?

According to YouTube, more than 25% of creators in the YouTube Partner Program earn money through YouTube Shorts.

But the amount varies depending on the number of views, audience location, and the creator’s RPM (Revenue Per Mille).

On average, creators can expect to earn between $0.03 and $0.07 per 1,000 views on their Shorts videos.

For example, if a creator’s YouTube Short receives 1 million views, they can potentially earn between $30 and $70. However, some creators have reported earning as little as $0.01 per 1,000 views, while others have earned up to $0.10 per 1,000 views.

To put this into perspective, let’s consider a hypothetical scenario:

A creator uploads a Short in the United States, and it receives 1 million views in a month.The total number of monetized Shorts views in the U.S. that month is 400 million, and YouTube earns $200,000 from ads in the Shorts feed.The creator’s 1 million views make up 0.25% of that month’s total monetized Shorts views.YouTube allocates $116,400 to the creator fund based on the distribution of music usage in the Shorts.The creator’s share of the fund is $291 ($116,400 x 0.0025), and YouTube pays them 45% of this amount, which is $130.95.

This is an example of how payouts are calculated for creators in the YouTube Shorts fund. In this scenario, the creator’s RPM would be $0.13 ($130.95 / 1,000 views). It’s important to note that this is significantly lower than the typical RPM for long-form YouTube videos, ranging from $1 to $20 or even higher, depending on the niche and audience engagement.

While the potential earnings from YouTube Shorts may seem low compared to long-form videos, Shorts have the advantage of being more easily discoverable and can accumulate views rapidly.

As a result, creators who consistently produce engaging Shorts content have the potential to earn a significant income from the YouTube Shorts fund over time.

Other ways to monetize YouTube Shorts

If you don’t want to wait to be eligible for the YouTube Shorts revenue share program, or you don’t think you’ll be able to monetize your content, there are other ways to make money on YouTube.

According to YouTube, of the creators who joined the YouTube Partner Program by meeting the Shorts eligibility thresholds, more than 80% are now also earning through other YPP monetization features on YouTube, be it long-form advertising, fan funding, YouTube Premium, BrandConnect, Shopping and more.

This means that Shorts is opening the door for creators to earn money on the platform in other ways, and they’re seeing the dividends. Here are some other ideas for making money on YouTube.

Collaborate with brands who you could have mutually beneficial partnerships withGather fan-funded support through Patreon or FanhouseAdopt affiliate marketing to make money by recommending products and services to your audienceSell physical or digital products like merchandise, templates, or courses.Crowdfund your creative projects through Kickstarter

Check out this article on how to make money on YouTube for more detail.

Repurpose your short-form content, then schedule it in Buffer

Adding yet another short-form video platform to your plate can be a big ask, but Shorts is worth it, especially if you want to monetize your content. If you already create long-form content on YouTube, Shorts is a great addition, as using multiple formats, including vertical videos, can boost your content in the YouTube algorithm.

To make growing your account to monetization easier, consider creating one piece of short-form content and repurposing it for the short-form video platforms you’re active on. This can help you maintain a consistent presence across your social media channels.

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