How to get monetized on YouTube fast

YouTube monetization is something that can be very frustrating for aspiring YouTubers. Who likes making videos when they don’t bring any revenue to your wallet? However, I can assure you that the wait is worth it. If you are wondering how to get monetized on YouTube fast, this blog is for you.

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Though all good things take time and you should expect three to six months for your channel to get monetized. However, there are things that you can do to make the process fast. In this blog, I will tell you exactly what you need to do to speed up your YouTube channel’s monetization process.

What do you need to get monetized on YouTube?

You need two things to get monetized on YouTube:

  1. 1000 subscribers
  2. 4000 hours of watch time

Sounds simple, right? But wait till you hear all the stories from people that they had to wait an eternity before their channel was finally monetized. For some, getting your first 1k subs is an astounding task while for others, getting 4000 hours of watch time is difficult. Here are some tips to help you get both of these fast.

4 tips to get monetized on YouTube fast

Follow these to help your channel cross 1k subs and receive 4000 hours of watch time as soon as possible:

1. Make longer videos

Yes, you read that correctly. You need to make longer videos when you are starting out. Why do you ask? The reason is simple. If you make longer videos it automatically translates to more watch time. Compare a 12-minute-long video to a 30-minute-long video. If your 30-minute-long video gets 8k views you’ll already have 4000 hours of watch time.

Though, you rarely get that lucky. Usually, when you are starting out, your video gets very few views. So it’s necessary to have a couple of long videos lying around so you can squeeze more watch time out of comparatively fewer viewers.

2. Focus more on your titles and thumbnails

If you are just starting out it means that nobody knows you and nobody cares about you (sorry). This is expected as viewers don’t know anything about your content yet. So how do you convince them to click your videos? Simple, you create titles and thumbnails that are clickable. Focus 70% of your creative effort on your thumbnails and titles.

Yes, the content should be watchable too or else the viewer will just leave the video but having great titles and thumbnails ensures that the viewer clicks on your video. When you are starting out, you really need to do something that immediately grabs attention.

For instance, let’s say that you are a gaming YouTuber and you want to upload a video of you playing GTA V. So instead of writing “GTA V gameplay” with a generic thumbnail, write “I played GTA V on five stars and this happened” or something along the lines of that. For the thumbnail, you should pick the highlight from your gameplay and put it on display.

3. Show that you are a consistent YouTuber

The audience will subscribe to your content only if they know you will upload it again. If you upload one video and disappear, there’s no point in subscribing to your channel. If you want people that watch your video to subscribe to you, you need to show them that you are going to upload more videos.

Tell people to subscribe and tell them that you’re going to upload more videos. This ensures that they keep coming back for more. It will make a steady flow of subscribers.

4. Do live streams

The live stream watch time also matters for your total watch time. If you think you are low on watch time, you can easily get more just by doing a Livestream. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should start doing live streams when you are just starting out. The option of live streaming to complete 4000 hours of watch time should be your last resort.

Let’s say you want 1000 hours more to get monetized. Guess what, you can do an hour-long live stream and even if 1k people watch that stream, you’re gonna complete that milestone. Again, you never get that lucky. So, do long live streams and even if a few people join, it will be a great way for you to generate watch time for your channel.


So, that was my guide on how you can gain more subscribers and watch hours on your YouTube channel as soon as possible. Remember that you also need to be patient. You need to put in the effort and leave everything to the almighty algorithm.

Muhammad Saad Ansari
Hi I'm a content writer at Eklipse gaming. I have a passion for gaming and I love writing about it.