How does YouTube Content ID generate money? How much will I get paid?
YouTube Content ID generates money using advertisements. YouTube ads are similar to Google ads in that they are served via an ad-placement auction. The amount you earn for each clicked ad, while small, will vary according to a number of factors, so it’s very difficult to make predictions.
The bottom line is this: the more people who watch videos that contain your music, the higher the probability of clicked ads. The more ads clicked, the more you earn!
When do I get paid?
YouTube reports ad revenue to Soundrop on a quarterly basis and Soundrop sends payments in the middle of each month, assuming your balance reaches the payment threshold you have selected (minimum of $20.00). Read more about the Soundrop payment schedule here.
Where can I see my earnings?
If you’ve earned money via YouTube Content ID, you can view that inside your Soundrop account. See this article on Soundrop accounting for all the details.
Not seeing an Ad?
A video view may not have had an ad placement if:
- The video is not advertiser-friendly.
- Ads or individual ad formats are turned off for that video.
- There isn’t an ad available to show to that particular viewer. Advertisers can choose to target specific devices, demographics, and interests. Your viewer may not match this targeting. Learn more about available targeting methods for video ads.
- A range of other factors, including the viewer’s geography, how recently they’ve seen an ad, whether they have a Premium subscription, and so on.
*This is not a complete list. Please go to YouTube's help center for a comprehensive list.
Types of YouTube earnings by category:
- YouTube Ad Supported - Revenue earned from views on advertising within, or around, YouTube UGC (videos uploaded by YouTube Users).
- YouTube Ad Supported Adjusted - Revenue that was earned via ad-supported views but not made available for payout due to administration issues (ownership conflicts, reference overlaps, disputed claims).
- YouTube Audio Tier - Revenue from non-subscription plays on voice-enabled screenless devices using a radio-like experience without on-demand playback.
- YouTube Backpay Resolution - Backpay revenue for assets that were monetized but did not originally have a clear owner.
- YouTube Mobile Audio Tier - Revenue from non-subscription plays on voice-enabled mobile devices using a radio-like experience without on-demand playback.
- YouTube Subscriber Supported - Revenue earned from YouTube Premium subscriber views on YouTube UGC (videos uploaded by YouTube users) and streams on YouTube Music.
- YouTube Subscriber Supported Adjusted - Revenue that was earned via subscription-supported views but not made available initially available for payout due to administration issues (ownership conflicts, reference overlaps, disputed claims).
*Additional details on earnings can be found here at YouTube's help center.