Adult Website Youtube Monetization
YouTube does not allow age-restricted videos to be monetized, however they offer alternatives to monetizing channels that meet the requirements. These alternatives include membership, an opportunity to earn revenue from viewers who purchase a membership, and merchandising, or selling official branded merchandise on their channel through YouTube's merch shelf. A third option is sponsorship. Popular channels can look for outside advertising like allowing ad placement within videos or including affiliate links in the video description. Dailymotion is very strict about monetizing age-restricted content as well. Vimeo allows age-restricted content to be sold via their Video on Demand, however it is important to consider that there are a number of restrictions on the type of adult content that is allowed.
Monetizing age-restricted videos on YouTube
- According to Youtube's policy age-restricted videos are not eligible for monetization and are not eligible to be used as ads.
- However, YouTube offers alternative ways to monetize content like memberships and merchandise.
- Membership allows channels to earn revenue when viewers purchase a membership to get public badges, emoji, and access to creator perks offered by the channel from time to time.
- YouTube Channels are payed 70% of membership revenue.
- Also, official branded merchandise can de displayed on the video page of eligible channels via YouTube's merch shelf.
- Sponsorships, though difficult to come by, can provide an opportunity for monetizing a channel as well. For example, a channel can offer to run ads within videos or provide an affiliate link.
Other Alternative Streaming Websites
- Vimeo has many restrictions on what can be promoted on their site but they do allow mature content that meets their guidelines.
- A creator may be able to host premium video content for a price to their subscribers on Vimeo On Demand as long as it is within the guidelines.
- Vimeo does not allow videos promoting or advertising erotic or pornographic content on the Vimeo On Demand platform.
- Dailymotion does not allow age-restricted videos to be eligible to be monetized.
To conduct this research, first, the YouTube policy on age-restricted content was investigated, through their company site and news, to identify the company's policy on monetizing age-restricted videos. This information was used to better understand YouTube's stance as well as the alternatives that are offered for those who do not qualify for monetization through ads. Further research was performed on alternative methods for monetizing websites in an effort to identify additional alternatives that age-restricted videos could use to monetize on YouTube. From there, research was conducted on competitors of YouTube and each company's position on monetizing age-restricted videos.