Troubleshoot video monetization
If you’ve enabled monetization for your YouTube channel, you may see one of the following monetization icons next to your video. This troubleshooter is designed to help you understand that monetization icon. Please ensure you are signed in with the email address of the YouTube channel you are seeking support for to help us quickly guide you to a solution.
Which icon do you see next to your video?
There is no monetization icon next to my video
Monetization is disabled for my channel
To check the status of monetization on your channel, you can refer to the Status and features section while signed into your YouTube account. There are several reasons why monetization might be disabled for your YouTube account, such as multiple videos with Community Guidelines strikes, copyright strikes, and/or worldwide Content ID blocks, attempted monetization of ineligible videos, or violations of AdSense Program Policies. These reasons may all result in suspension of payments.
Multiple strikes and/or worldwide blocks
If you receive multiple Community Guidelines strikes, copyright strikes, and/or worldwide Content ID blocks, you may lose the ability to monetize your videos on all related accounts. You can check your strikes in the Status and featuressection of your account. To check worldwide Content ID blocks, go to Copyright Notices section of your Video Manager. In order to regain monetization after six months, all of your accounts must be in good standing. Note that account monetization may still be disabled if you delete the blocked videos.
YouTube may also disable monetization if your videos have been reviewed and have not been approved for monetization (). Repeated submission of ineligible videos and/or inadequate proof that you own the necessary commercial use rights to all visual and audio elements in your video(s) within the allotted time period may affect your account’s monetization status.
Invalid Click Activity
Severe violations may result in monetization being permanently disabled immediately without a 30 day suspension. Should you decide to appeal your disabled account, please provide as much information as possible to help understand your traffic. Note if your channel is managed by a multi-channel network, please contact them to see if you are eligible for an appeal. Please also note that if your appeal is approved, monetization may be restored on your YouTube account(s) within a few days, and you can enable monetization options on videos in bulk through the Video Manager.
Ads aren’t showing on my video
If you have submitted a video for monetization and do not yet see ads on it, please read through the following information.
- A variety of factors, such as video performance, may affect review time. We may not be able to process every submission, but we continually monitor these factors and prioritize accordingly.
- We may send you an email requesting more information and/or you may see a “!” notification in the Video Manager. As a result, ensure your Email Options are accurate.
- Your video may be rejected for monetization if it doesn’t meet our monetization criteria or if you haven’t demonstrated commercial rights to the content in your video.
- You will not be able to monetize any videos if you have been disabled for monetization.
- Please note that repeated submission of ineligible videos and/or insufficient documentation may affect your ability to monetize videos in the future.
- Ensure ad formats are enabled on your video.
- Ensure your video is public instead of private or unlisted.
- If you have disabled ads for your channel within your Account Settings, ads will not serve on any of your videos.
- We currently do not serve ads on restricted content or videos with misleading or sensitive metadata.
- Videos with third party claims, or videos that use content from YouTube video editor or AudioSwap are ineligible for monetization.
- Ads may not show on your video if you have enabled ad-blocking software or add-ons and extensions on your browser.
- Ads may not serve on each video view. To check your earnings, please refer to YouTube Analytics.
Submit additional documentation to claim rights
How we may request additional information
We may alert you via Video Manager and also send an email notification to the email address associated with your YouTube account. If more information is needed regarding your video, you may notice this icon in your Video Manager, next to the video in question. If you see this icon with caption text of how many days you have left to provide us with the requested information, please note that your video may be disabled for monetization if you don’t provide information within the time allotted.
Here’s how to submit that information
To submit that information, simply click the icon . You can provide information about your video using the suggested text and linked resources.
We are not able to provide you with legal advice regarding commercial use rights, but you can find general guidance here.
What happens next?
Your video(s) may be reviewed again once you’ve submitted additional information. In some cases, we may send a follow-up email to request further information.
Providing this information does not guarantee that your video will be approved. A variety of factors, such as video performance, may affect review time. We may not be able to process every submission, but we continually monitor these factors and prioritize accordingly. YouTube reserves the right to make the final decision whether to monetize a video, and may disable monetization for users who repeatedly submit ineligible videos.