Starting 1 February 2023, creators can start making ad revenue on YouTube Shorts content. However, YouTube will require creators to sign new agreement terms.
“The Shorts Monetization Module allows your channel to share revenue from ads viewed between videos in the Shorts Feed. Once you’ve accepted this Module, you’ll start earning from Shorts Feed ads and YouTube Premium revenue on your eligible Shorts views as early as February 1, 2023,” wrote YouTube on its announcement page.
According to YouTube, the platform will require everyone who’s currently part of its YouTube Partner Program to sign new agreement terms. The new terms include new Base Terms—which include program terms like how they get paid, content policies, and new terms like country pass-throughs and rights clearance adjustments.
After signing the Base Terms, creators would be able to pick contract Modules depending on what they want to make money from. The Watch Page Monetisation Module represents pages within YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Kids, whereas the Shorts Monetisation Module allows your channel to share revenue from ads viewed between videos in the Shorts Feed.
You’ll need to agree to the terms by 1 February. If you accept the terms after 1 February, Shorts ad revenue sharing will begin accruing on the date you accept. But don’t stall the agreement for too long.
“To remain in the YouTube Partner Program and continue monetizing on YouTube, all monetizing partners will have until July 10 2023 to review and accept new terms. If you don’t accept at least the Base Terms by that date, your channel will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program and your monetization agreement terminated. After that happens, you’ll need to re-qualify and re-apply to join again,” continued YouTube.
To be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, you have to have at least 1,000 subscribers to be eligible. You also previously had to get 4,000 public watch hours on your content within the past 12 months—and Shorts could count towards the number. Now, you now have to get 4,000 hours on non-shorts content or get 10 million views on your public Shorts within the past 90 days.
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