Can You Monetize Compilation Videos on YouTube?

Jul 27, 2021


Have you ever wondered- can you monetize compilation videos on YouTube? If so, you've come to the right place.

Over the years, I've managed and operated many compilation channels. Along with this, I've come into contact with a significant number of owners of these channels- many of whom were earning a decent amount of money by uploading compilation videos to YouTube.

In this article, you will learn:

Are Compilation Videos on YouTube Ok to Monetize?
How Do You Monetize a Compilation Channel?
Do Compilation YouTube Channels Make Money?

Read on and learn everything you need to know about monetizing YouTube compilation videos.

Are Compilation Videos on YouTube Ok to Monetize?


So, are compilation videos on YouTube ok to monetize? Well, the answer to this question might not be as direct as you expected.

Compilations are usually listed as a type of content that can't be monetized unless you own the rights to the footage. However, many compilation channels are monetized on YouTube.

But how can this be? After all, YouTube support employees say compilations cannot be monetized! Well, put simply, monetized compilation channels often use video clips that fall under fair use or have a Creative Commons license.

So, while most of the time it will be stated that compilations on YouTube are not ok to monetize, if the video clips used in the compilations fall under fair use or have a Creative Commons license, they will often be able to be monetized.

How Do You Monetize a Compilation Channel?


You might be wondering- how do you monetize a compilation channel? Do you make money through Google AdSense as most YouTube channels do? Or, do you have to get more creative when it comes to monetizing a compilation channel?

You can often be approved to monetize compilation videos with Google AdSense when you become a member of the YouTube Partner Program. However, many compilation channels also make money by selling merchandise such as clothing items.

If you can do so, the easiest way to monetize compilations is through AdSense. All you need to do is upload videos and as they accumulate views, you will earn money. If, however, a compilation channel cannot be monetized with AdSense, selling merchandise related to the videos uploaded can be a great way to make money as well.

For example, if you uploaded highlight videos for a particular sport, you could sell merchandise related to the sport. The key is ensuring that the merchandise you attempt to sell is relevant to the audience likely to watch your videos.

Do Compilation YouTube Channels Make Money?


At this point, you're probably wondering- do compilation YouTube channels make money? Many individuals online claim they earn a six-figure salary by creating and uploading compilation videos to YouTube but are they telling the truth?

YouTube channels tend to make money by receiving advertising revenues from advertisements played before each of their videos. Compilation channels are no different, as they make fair use of video clips found online by using them for parody, news, criticism, or education.

Many successful channels that you might not think of as compilation channels fall under this umbrella. For example, sports highlight channels, news channels, and even TikTok compilation channels are all similar, as they use video clips based on fair use.

Knowing all of this, it's safe to say that many compilation YouTube channels do make money. Some of these channels are more professional than others, but they all fall into a related category based on the way they source their content.


Uploading compilation videos to YouTube has become a popular way of earning money online in recent years. While not all compilation channels will be able to be monetized with Google AdSense, there are other monetization options available that can help these channels earn an income.

Daniel James
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