Youtube monetization

Youtube monetization
An artist lives in you, and that artist likes to do stuff. It could be movie reviews, let's plays of famous videogames, or literally anything else. You create videos because you like doing so, you create them for your audience but now it's time to ask for something in exchange. Maybe you want a small part of money just to support you and your channel, to buy material. Maybe you are ambitious and you want to make this a full time job. And to do this you have multiple choices, the first one being of course the Youtube monetization. Surely you have seen a video on Youtube with an ad before it: it's a monetized video. After a certain number of views, the author of the video will start earning for every person that look at the ad - sometime without skipping it, sometime even when they skip it, and other times just when they click on the link in the ad. There are various situations, as well as various types of ads. When you monetize a video you can choose if the ad will be displayed at the beginning, in the middle or in the end of video. You are also given a option to decide if people will be able to skip it or no. It's not easy to monetize: you need to be a Youtube partner, you need a AdSense account, and you need to have at least 10.000 views. But if your videos are good and interesting, that wouldn't be hard.

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  • Some videso might have problems with copyright content, with claims of your monetization by different holders
  • More views, more money
  • You will be a official Youtube partner
  • Since you gain more money from more views, you are incentivated to do better and to grow

  • Users with AdBlock installed won't help you at all
  • Ads are annoying for many people
  • Less views, less (or even no) money
  • You'll need a lot of views before being able to monetize
  • You need to be approved with the Youtube partner program. It's not easy as it sounds



It's YouTube For Me

A lot of People uses Youtube daily, even me. And youtubers do deserve to receive something from the videos they work hard for especially when they put too much effort and time for a certain video. It's a great help that there is youtube monetization for our favorite youtubers, they wouldn't just help us but we could also help them, not only by subscribing their channel and hitting the like button but we could help them to earn money. So it's a win/win situation.
Posted by Anonymous on 10-17-2017

YouTube is better

I feel that the use of Patreon to make money from your content just wouldn't be good. Unless you are an extremely large content creator, you will probably not have fans that are willing to contribute monthly to you for absolutely nothing in return than some virtual "rewards". Monetization is just a lot better because it almost guarantees you money although it is quite small which is a bit of a problem unless you get hundreds of thousands of views.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-16-2017
I also have the same thinking. I find it really hard to depend on other people to give you donations in exchange for rewards online. I sincerely prefer the good and traditional method of Adsense.


I think that YouTube is still number one even with all of the advertising changes that they have made. It is harder to earn but in most cases, it does beat the Patreon option.

Patreon just heavily relies on your community and your fans since they must donate for you to get money. For YouTube, it's different since you get money from things like ad revenue and so on. Plus YouTube pays better.

Posted by Mehano on 10-16-2017


To be honest I have never heard about Patreon. I think that YouTube monetization is much better. I have enabled monetization on my account and I have been earning from YouTube over the last few months.
Posted by Pixie on 10-16-2017

That's for sure.

Youtube monetization is my first option because I find the process easier, faster and more profitable (if you know how to use it... after all, things don't happen like magic).

It may not be a very fast path for some people (I don't include myself here), but it certainly pays off.

Posted by wiseagent on 10-16-2017

Content is king

Depends on the video content and ads displayed, but usually $1.50-$4 per 1000 views. So with 300M views, $450K to $1.2M assuming linear scaling.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-16-2017


Nowadays YouTube monetization with ads is the standard to earn something while making videos. Patreon is something people will use together with their YouTube account because it's not their primary source of income. YouTube ads will make you earn much more if you have the right content.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-17-2017

Earn with YouTube

Nowadays, we all know how YouTube is so popular. So it is not impossible to make money here. Many people try to earn money here and most of them beecome successful. So it is not bad to try it. Maybe YouTube is the one for you to make a living.
Posted by blank629 on 10-16-2017

This one

For me youtube is the best and it is more popular. Many people use youtube even a non showbiz. It is very informative apps and very useful. We can learn many things in youtube. And some people earn money by using it.
Posted by jayken on 10-17-2017

Youtube number 1

I like youtube because this present days that we are living many people are more using youtube tha patreon which makes the youtube a good site of earning money through videos and video ads. youtube monertization allows you to earn money endlessly it depends on your popularity. but in terms of internet traffic youtube is the best.
Posted by tophew on 10-16-2017

YouTube the best

I am personally rooting for YouTube monetization, it has everything that is perfectly needed in terms of giving you the best services and functionality in social media marketing. It's much more easier, smoother and faster in setting up and I have every reason to believe that a lot of people are more comfortable with YouTube.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017


I've seen lots of people earning big through Youtube and make it as their own job. Some of the people are using this not only to earn money but also to be fame and have some sponsor which is great. I've never heard about Patreon before and I'm not sure what it is. Maybe I'll check it some other time.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-17-2018



Once upon a time there were two people, two artists in different field. One of them was Jack Conte, a musician, and the other one was named Sam Yam, a developer. Together they created something, that at the start seemeed small, but that today many artists uses. Patreon! It's a platform used not only by Youtubers, but by artists of many different kinds: musicians, writers, and literally anyone else who does a creative job. It's a lot different than Youtube monetization, but at the same time it could offer more and less. People decide how much money to give each month, from just a dollar to even more, and for each dollar they donate they usually receie a reward. Yes, this is something different than Youtube where usually there are no official rewards included... Since people are willing to donate their money, and they don't have to watch any ad, they deserve some sort of prize. Sometime it's just a private blog on Patreon where they can read previews and posts from the authors, other time are more - sometime even private works created just for them. Being a Patreon is easier than Youtube monetization since you just need a page (of course properly made and nice to see), after that you are good to go. The only thing you need is to give people a reason to support you, because it will be their money this time.

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  • You'll have support directly from your fan
  • WIth your Patreon page you will be able to communicate with your supporters
  • Eventually you could have both Patreon and monetization

  • Coming up with rewards ideas isn't always easy
  • You need to give people a reason to support you
  • If you aren't doing it full time, you'll have few donations
  • Might be uncomfortable to literally ask people for their money



Not a Fair Comparison (???)

Hmmmm ...? Comparing Patreon to YouTube seems unfair. For a long time, YouTube was the only kid on the block and if not the only one, the best and most popular. Patreon? Don't know how it has been around but I am just now beginning to hear about it. I think it's too soon to judge its success. It might work out well for the users.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-16-2017


Though youtube and patreon are on terrible level of comparison. And for this I think patreon is good if the people who are ready to support are there. Some things that I have learned though is that youtube is harder to monetize with ads alone. So patreon is lot better in that case. That's what I have learned.
Posted by overcast on 10-17-2017


I feel that Patreon has better quality people involved. While in Youtube there are lots of crappy YouTubers who still make money, on Patreon content quality is taken more seriously
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-16-2017

If it's only for the money.

Let's look at this as what big youtubers see. The adpocalypse destroyed the ad revenue for everyone including the biggest of youtubers, of course they still make decent profit from it, however if they wanted to, they could most likely earn a lot more with Pateron, of course that way they won't be as loyal to their fans, because it's in a way begging for money, or at least some people may see it like that. However, strictly speaking about, which might be more profitable, I'd go with Patreon over the current stage of the ads.
Posted by manmad on 10-16-2017

The days of youtube are almost over!

There are people on youtube making less and less money. Because people are growing tired of all the ads and are using adblock or not even using youtube at all.

I would say a mix of youtube and patron would be the best. This way you can still get some money from youtube and your fands can support you through patron as well.

Posted by Soulwatcher on 10-17-2017

more reliable

I would prefer just to get paid by Youtube just because that sounds a lot simpler, but I think it's a bit too volatile to be considered dependable especially for those that are just starting out. For most cases, I think having a Patreon account is a bit more dependable and stable since as long as you maintain your fanbase then they will keep supporting you directly.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-07-2018

Patreon now - not back then

Right now? At this very moment? I'd say Patreon is a better source of income for artists looking to fund projects, endeavors and content. YouTube has changed their traffic algorithms and also their content rules to the point where users will receive little to no traffic from within Youtube. Their adsense profits also take a hit from some of their content being removed due to YouTube policies of it being too 'violent' or 'graphic.'
Posted by NickJ on 11-26-2017


I have never heard of Patreon so by default I am going to have to pick YOutube. It is something that everyone has heard of and seems to work well for most people. I think it is the place to use for monetization and is something that many people use for this purpose. I give it good marks for being favored by many in the world actually.
Posted by kgord on 10-16-2017
Youtube has recently changed the way they allow monetization which has dramatically decreased earning power. Patreon sounds nice but at the same time is dependant on how well liked someone is versus Youtube's general all around system. Even though Youtube has really clamped down on their ad revenue and whatnot, their model of business is way more fair and easier to handle than Patreon's. It's across the board vs hyperfocusing on just a few that are more popular than others.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-16-2017
It was after your post that I came to know about the existence of a site named Patreon. Its working methodology looks unique, but appears a bit complicated at the first instance. Maybe, the familiarity with the working YouTube made it sound weird.

YouTube has immensely grown over all these years. I think it is not easy for any site to take its place. YouTube has a great fan following so it is a tough competition for any other upcoming site. At present, my vote will be for YouTube only.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-16-2017
I will prefer to monetize my videos than asking people to donate to me, how long will I keep on asking people to donate unless I will combine petreon with monetizing if not I wouldn't be going that route.I'm one person that does not like bothering people, so I prefer to work hard and earn a living, if donations and supports comes good and fine but if not I don't bother.
Posted by lovely on 10-16-2017
You see one thing is the popularization of YouTube. I have not heard about anything called Patreon, to be honest with you and that is where I would saying monetizing videos with YouTube is still the best way to go about it.
Posted by Barida on 10-16-2017
As far as I know, Patreon is something you use to receive donations from fans who like your content enough to share some of their money to keep you going. It isn't something as reliable as the would be revenue you would receive from monetizing your youtube videos. The very amount of the money you MIGHT receive from fans or the definite algorithm that youtube has provided that your content is suitable for all ages (A bullshit new rule that Youtube has implemented to save money).
Posted by AlexHarris on 10-16-2017
With youtube monetization, i believe that you will be able to make more money than that of Patreon as far as your videos continues to get views from many people.
Posted by babyright on 10-16-2017
Well stated we can't be too sure of fans donating all the time,but with monetization is not a privilege like patreon but a right, especially if one is monetizing with Adsense, one is bound to continually make money off it but with the latter the channel owner is not bound to making money especially if the users stop donating.
Posted by lovely on 01-02-2018
Jonathan Solomon
Well, I'd go with both, to be honest. Because in my mind, if a YouTuber is monetizing their content through ads on their videos, along with possible in-product sponsors. While simultaneously having an active Patreon campaign for support, that's a winning combination in my book! To be honest, YouTube earnings aren't what they used to be. Therefore, if you have a skill/talent worth showcasing on that platform. You can still do it (and earn money), you just need multiple strategies towards how you earn. Though if I had to choose one, I'd go with YouTube monetization. Because it's no guarantee someone is going to donate to me.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 10-16-2017
I've never heard of Patreon but I checked out the site recently and I've never heard of Patreon before! The promo on the site talks about patronage being used to promote artists. I guess this is like a FaceBook 'like' but with money. The concept sounds novel enough, somewhat like hosting an open concert and accepting contributions. I'm not sure how this is interpreted business wise. YouTube is more popular and the monetized aspects seem more sound. It's good that common courtesy can extend towards coins but it may not be sustainable as there is no actual agreement and control over the concept as a revenue source.
Posted by Joteque on 10-16-2017
Youtube is still the more popular way to monetize videos. It seems a lot easier to earn through views instead of asking people to donate. Viewers sort of expect videos to contain ads which they can skip in a few seconds anyway. On the other hand, asking for donation and relying solely on them for earnings can be both uncomfortable and unreliable as people often take to the internet for freebies and someone asking for donations can be a big turnoff when they can enjoy other internet stuff for free.
Posted by chatbox on 10-16-2017
I will go youtube for two good reasons, ease of use and popularity.

Youtube is one of the oldest and most popular sites on the internet. In comparison to patreon, youtube has larger base for whatever monetization channel needed. With over 3 billion users and 1 billion generated from views, youtube is unrivalled by patreon when it comes to audience base.

Secondly, youtube monetization doesn't require a fee to start up a channel and start earn. Patreon on he other hand doesnt offer free services. Plus youtube is a very easy to use platform where everyone can earn without tremendous efforts put in place
Posted by Rumu on 10-16-2017
It's nice to learn new stuff every time. I didn't know how YouTubers earned money but I assumed that they depended on their fans because they always ask their followers to like their videos, to subscribe to their channels and share their videos. It's the first time I heard about Patreon, I didn't know that platform existed. It's really interesting how there are new ways to make money doing the things we enjoy.
Posted by cubo on 10-16-2017
Me too I really don’t know Patreon and never heard about it so I prefer you tube. You tube is popular know around the world. You tube monetization people can help other people as well as they can earn money from it. You tube is a great opportunity for all people to show their knowledge and talents at the same time earn money form it.
Posted by honeybabe on 10-17-2017
I have used both YouTube and patreon. My patreon seems to be empty. And it does not seem to be adding any specific value. I need people who can donate the funds to me. I guess I need to get the YouTube monetization to lot better level in that case. I have learned that monetization does not always work out for many people. In such case patreon seems to be lot better as well.
Posted by overcast on 10-17-2017
I know youtube. I use youtube, I even have a youtube channel (I don't have too many videos though). I have often thought about earning from youtube. however, I have not tried youtube for earing purpose because I don't have skills to create videos. I have never heard of Patreon. I will have to check this to know more about Patreon.
Posted by vinaya on 10-17-2017
I even think Patreon's idea is cool, but I would not particularly use this method because I find it a very difficult way to make money, after all you will depend on people donating money to you. On the other hand, when you use YouTube monetization, this can be easier simply by making your channel grow.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
I'm not a youtuber so it is hard for me to say which is better. I feel like both are completely different. Monetization means that everyone who watches their videos will bring them profit which encourages them to make videos for everyone and patreon is more for the real fans who are very engaged in watching the channel. Both have their upsides and downsides.
Posted by felabruno on 11-16-2017
Patreon has been the most lucrative choice for the past months mainly because Youtube cut the monetization of several videos. In that sense I feel Patreon value it's users better
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-16-2017
I knew a lot a things about YouTube because I have been using that long ago. I curious about this Patreon because I haven't heard this thing before and I want to learn about this things.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
We have a Youtube channel that is monetized by Adsense. It’s pretty good because we already had earned our first $100 after 2 years of being monetized. And now our videos seem to be catching fire and in a few months we already have earned $40. However, there is bad news that we received from Google Adsense via Youtube that starting March 1, the only Youtube channels qualified for monetization are those with 1,000 subscribers. It’s sad because our channel has less than 500 subscribers and it’s not easy to gather 500 more. I just don’t know what will happen to our $40 in the Youtube bank when we cannot earn anymore.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-03-2018
Who develops videos for Youtube needs to find alternatives to make your channel bring financial return. Producing videos is always laborious and time consuming. An alternative to monetizing videos is Patreon.

The principle is this: through this online service your subscribers to Youtube will make donations directly to you as recognition for the work done on your channel, becoming your patrons. Some use the term "boss" to designate those who donate, which can only be a bad joke.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-17-2018