How to Set Up Your YouTube Partnership Program Account

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Make money by embedding AdSense ads into your YouTube videos.
Make money by embedding AdSense ads into your YouTube videos. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The online video-viewing service YouTube lets users embed Google AdSense ads into their videos, allowing them to generate revenue when viewers click on the ads. Just having a YouTube account does not mean you qualify to use this ad service. YouTube must grant you a partnership program account after you meet certain requirements that prove that you are honest and that your videos are popular.

Create a YouTube user account by clicking the "Create Account" link in the upper right-hand corner of the YouTube home page and following the prompts. Select a user name and password and supply your e-mail address, country, date of birth and sex before accepting YouTube's terms of service.

Upload videos to your YouTube account. Your videos must be original. If they are popular, your likelihood of getting approved for a partner account will improve.

Apply for a YouTube partner account. You must supply details about yourself and the videos you have uploaded to your user account. You must also supply your reason for applying to the partnership program.

Create a Google AdSense account. The YouTube partnership account application process allows you an opportunity to do this. You must supply your name, age, and nationality, and identify whether you represent a business. Google will send you an e-mail containing your AdSense account number.

Link your partner account to your AdSense account. Use your AdSense "My Account" tab and follow the prompts. Open your YouTube user account, click on the link in the notification box of the YouTube home page and enter your AdSense account information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Specialize in a particular niche, so that you will draw subscribers and repeat viewers.
  • If you apply for AdSense before applying for a YouTube partnership program account, you must supply the URL of a website you own.
  • Do not upload any videos that contain copyrighted material unless you own the copyright. If you created the material and didn't sell your copyright to someone else, you own the copyright even if you have never registered it.
  • Approval for the YouTube Partnership Program is not automatic, and approval may take up to several months.

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