Starting February 1st, creators of shorts videos on the YouTube platform will be able to participate in the affiliate program and monetize the content they create. The change will be part of a larger update to the YouTube Affiliate Program, which will require all members to agree to the new rules, regardless of whether they intend to monetize shorts.
Previously, one of the requirements for joining the YouTube Partner Program was that user videos had accumulated at least 4,000 hours of views in the last 12 months. Since October 2022, short films have also been included in the total viewing time. Now that requirement becomes irrelevant. To participate in the affiliate program, users must accumulate 4,000 hours of standard video views or 10 million shorts video views within 90 days. In addition, you must have at least 1,000 subscribers.
For a while, short video creators were able to make money in a variety of ways, including YouTube’s shopping integration and popular blogger rewards fund. Now short film creators have access to a monetization method that’s been used by standard video creators on the platform for years. In general, the platform’s affiliate program will be modular, giving content creators more opportunities for monetization. YouTube recommends that partners agree to any changes as this makes it easier for creators to realize their potential and increase their earnings.