Watch pages and make money
Find out how with our new guide! In this post and in the video abovewe're going to guide you through what it takes to get hours of Watch Time on YouTube.
Who’s going to watch your YouTube channel?
We're all adults here, so I'm not going to insult your intelligence and ask you why you want to get hours of Watch Time.
It's watch pages and make money - it's the only way you're going to be able to monetize your content on the platform.
Now that YouTube has set that unique benchmark, let's find out what Watch Time is all about. In order for the hours of Watch Time to count, your videos have to be public.
Also known as a YouTuber, you share or publish videos on YouTube, just like many others. Basically, YouTube provides opportunities for businesses or individuals to make money. This is the very popular advertising program from Google. It shows contextual ads on the videos you have posted. Some even make money just from the views their videos get.
So that means you can't do a live stream, and then set it to unlisted. You also can't make videos and then six months down the line, delete them or set them to private. They have to remain public to count.
Also, you have to achieve that watch pages and make money in 12 consecutive months. So, from today's date, going back days. The videos don't need to have been published in the last 12 months, but they need to have been watched on your channel in the last 52 weeks. But we have covered the hours topic to within an inch of its life on this video so please take time to watch if you want more details.
This will show you both subscriber and Watch Time progress. Alternatively, if you want to keep tabs on your Watch Time, subscribe account, and other channel stats, anywhere on YouTube, download VidIQand you'll get this awesome realtime stats bar.
No need to worry about the price either, this one's on us, completely free. This is something I frequently talk about with creators who have these types of goals in mind.
If you start a YouTube channel with the sole intention of getting hours of Watch Time, and subscribers, and then monetizing your content, then I'm afraid to say, the majority of you are never going to make it. First of all, you're thinking far too much about yourself, as opposed to your audience. Second of all, it's too big a goal to achieve when you first start out on YouTube.
It'sminutes or to put it in another way, it's a single person watching your content continuously for Not going to lie - hours of Watch Time is hard for a reason. YouTube wants as much data as possible out of your content so that it can trust you with their advertising partners.
Remember, it's not YouTube who's paying you directly, it's those advertisers. YouTube essentially is a middleman in this case, and it needs to make sure that the content it broadcasts on its platform doesn't create controversy.
What is Facebook Monetization?
There has been a whole ton of that in the last decade. They allow you to broadcast your content to a global audience for free. When you are, over time, able to prove yourself to your audience and YouTube, then yes, let's start making some money together.
But don't see monetization as an entitlement, see it as a privilege.
How to earn money with in-stream ads
Work for it, earn it, respect it. They are real-time view counts for some of our best performing videos on the vidIQ YouTube channel. Notice anything in particular? Take a look at the publish date: Almost all of these videos were published more than six months ago, and yet today they still bring in thousands of daily views for us.
Who makes the most money on YouTube?
These videos work for the channel days, weeks, months, even years after I've published them. You've probably heard of these types of videos before.
TrueView is for you. TrueView ads are your opportunity to create high-quality, longer creative spots that appear adjacent to the YouTube videos your target audience is already watching.
They are evergreen content, and we've done a very detailed case study into how we implemented that strategy into our channel: To get discovered on YouTube can be quite difficult.