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When Does YouTube Pay You?

For those who are considering starting a YouTube channel, a natural question is when will YouTube pay you? The answer is not as straightforward as it seems, but it is still easy to understand.

How to Qualify for YouTube Payments?

It takes more than simply posting videos. To qualify for payments from YouTube, you must monetize your YouTube channel. To monetize your YouTube channel, you must meet the following requirements.

  • More than 1,000 subscribers
  • More than 4,000 hours of viewing of all videos combined over the past 12 months

Once you have met the qualifications, you can request that YouTube monetizes your channel. They will conduct a review and if your channel passes, you can then activate it for monetization purposes. This results in ads that you can place on each video which in turn earns you money.

How Much Can You Earn from AdSense?

AdSense is the part of Google that pays YouTube channel creators money for the ads that are run on each video. Typically, a single video will produce one to three cents per view. For every 1,000 views, your video will earn from three to five dollars, although that will depend on other factors. If your video reaches a million views, you will earn on average $5,000.

The factors that affect how much YouTube pays includes the number, placement, and length of the ads that are run. You can place ads at the beginning, middle, or end of your video. You can also choose a set time that they run or if the viewer can click out of them.

When Does YouTube Pay?

Once your YouTube channel has reached the preset number of subscribers, hours of viewing, and has advertisements placed on it, you will start receiving direct deposits on the 21st of each month.

Other Means of Payment

For many successful YouTube creators, they only earn a small portion of their money from AdSense. Other means of making money that are often far more successful include the following.

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Selling Products & Merchandise
  • Earning Sponsorships

All these methods can earn considerably more money. Plus, they do not have the requirements that AdSense has for your YouTube channel to qualify. There are YouTube creators with small channels that earn a considerable amount through means other than AdSense. How much and how often they pay varies depending on the source.


YouTube shares their ad revenue with monetized content creators. The more views, the more potential money you will earn every month from AdSense. Monetized YouTube channels will receive their payments on the 21st of each month.

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