Tired of not making a dime off your human beatbox video on YouTube that’s been watched five million times? Well, YouTube wants to give you some of that crazy Google money. If you make the cut, that is. After half a year of testing out its Partners program with 100 lucky YouTube contributors, YouTube is now accepting applications from all comers. Tell them why they should give you the money and they might enroll you in their revenue-sharing program. If they feel like it.
YouTube is expanding its program to share a cut of the AdSense advertising revenue associated with your videos on the site (even though most videos are watched elsewhere in embedded players that typically don’t carry ads). I guess Metacafe and Revver, which have been sharing their video ad revenues with their contributors for a while, had the right idea after all. The criteria for membership are:
—You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
—You own the copyrights and distribution rights for all audio and video content that you upload — no exceptions.
—You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.
—You live in the United States or Canada.
And if accepted, what percentage of those revenues are you entitled to? They don’t say. But you can trust them. You’ll get paid something. If you qualify. Better apply now before everybody else does.