The Perplexing and Bursts of Monetizing YouTube Shorts: An Overview for Creators

Starting from February 1st, YouTube is venturing into uncharted territory as it opens its doors to monetizing Shorts content through ad revenue under its YouTube Partner Program. The process of ad revenue sharing between YouTube and eligible creators will pose new opportunities and challenges to both parties.

To be eligible for the program, creators or publishers must meet two requirements: having a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and either 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months or 10 million Shorts views during the previous 90 days. It’s a bewildering arrangement that requires some deciphering.

YouTube’s trailblazing decision to monetize Shorts content portends a watershed moment for the creative industry. Its influence will likely extend beyond its borders as other platforms emulate its example in 2023. The meteoric rise of short-form content has given birth to new opportunities for content creators and brands to remain agile and stay ahead of the curve. With social media platforms investing more in the user, creator, and advertiser experience, we can expect short-form videos to continue their upward trajectory.

New Opportunities: A Short History of Short-Form Video Format

The short-form video format became famous with the now-defunct Vine platform, where creators could upload 15-second videos. TikTok and other major social media platforms revived the format’s popularity a few years later. The interest-based video feed and ease of participation (accessible to anyone with a smartphone) have created a new generation of content creators and brands. They have driven the growth of the video format. Social media platforms’ growing focus on monetizing the structure creates further opportunities for creators to generate revenue from their contributions.

Advertisers must also embrace the change as viewers’ attention spans have shortened, requiring immediate and captivating content. This is a unique opportunity for advertisers to invest in creativity and partnerships with experienced creators familiar with the format.

Getting Started and Standing Out: The Key to Success

For established brands, creators, and publishers, taking advantage of the popularity of short-form content will require agility and the ability to adapt to multiple content formats. Creators must also focus on producing short-form content across various platforms to expand their audience and grow their community. However, it is essential to tailor content to each platform to stay in tune with the current trends and context.

With major industry players’ forthcoming alterations to platforms and revenue-sharing policies, creators must take proactive measures to remain ahead of the curve by establishing a multi-platform strategy. Anticipate the necessary adjustments in the coming months and years, and be prepared to seize the emerging opportunities.

The Rise of Short-Form Content: Driving Audiences to Longer-Form Content

The rise of short-form content also provides an opportunity to drive audiences to longer-form content, which drives most of the online video viewing time. Longer videos can drive deeper engagement and strengthen the relationship between fans and subscribers. Incorporating Shorts and longer-form content into a content strategy must be considered to encompass the wide range of discovery paths. The artful blend of these different formats crafts the perfect content strategy.

Short-form content also allows for a faster production time, enabling creators to iterate quickly and receive audience feedback, leading to rapid improvement. You can quickly iterate and improve your concepts and formats with audience feedback. Once your audience has responded positively, you can seize the opportunity to take a longer-form approach with a heightened likelihood of success.

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