#FridayHacks: How to Moneti$e Your Youtube Videos

Zimbabwe has so much potential with creativity that is unmatched. Zimbabweans set up YouTube accounts, websites among other online visual content creations but they are unknowingly losing a lot of money.
We have the Jah Prayzahs, the Chidemes, the Mukokos to mention but a few with videos with hundreds of thousands and millions of views that have the potential to make a lot of Greenbacks and Bond Notes.

This week, we offer to not only musicians but anyone interested in unlocking the full value of your videos online. So priceless is this advice which we sourced out for you, its about time we get the money which we work for as content creators.

  1. Monetize your videos. In order to start earning money on your videos, you’ll need to enable monetization. This means you are allowing YouTube to place ads in your video. This also means that you acknowledge that there is no copyrighted material in your video.

    • You can monetize a video as it uploads by clicking the Monetization tab and checking the “Monetize with Ads” box.
    • To monetize a video after it has been uploaded, open your Video Manager and click the “$” sign next to the video that you want to monetize. Check the “Monetize with Ads” box.
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    Set up Google AdSense. You can set up Google AdSense for free at the AdSense website. Click the Sign Up Now button to begin creating your account. You must be 18 years or older to create your own account. If you are younger than that, you will need an adult to help you.

    • You need either PayPal or a bank account and a valid mailing address as well as other information so AdSense can verify who you are and who to send the money to. You only gain money per ad click and a smaller amount per view but it adds up over time. This is why having an audience is key.
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    Check your analytics. Once you have some videos online, monetized, and being viewed, you can check out the analytics on them to see how they are performing. Click the Analytics option in your Channel menu. Here you can view estimated earnings, ad performance, video views, demographics and more.

    • Use these tools to see how your content is resonating with your audience. You can change your content or your marketing if you’re finding that you aren’t attracting the users that you want to.
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    Market your videos elsewhere. Don’t put your videos just on YouTube! Start a blog, make a website or post them on other video or social media sites. The more views it gets, the better. By sharing the link or embedding the video on the internet, you are increasing the chance of it getting noticed.
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    Become a YouTube partner. YouTube Partners are YouTube members who have monetized videos with a large number of viewers. Partners gain access to more content creation tools, and can win prizes for the number of viewers they have. Partners also get access to much more community support and tips.

    • You can apply for YouTube partnership at any time through the YouTube Partner page. In order to gain access to the most powerful Partner programs, you need to have 15,000 cumulative watch hours for your channel over the last 90 days.  WikiHow
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