YouTube Introduces Paid Subscriptions and Merchandise Selling

YouTube is a digital-tool for expressing art in various ways, whether that be music, video games, working out, make-up, dancing and just about anything you can think about. The online platform is a great way to get your name and face out there, and has launched the careers of many famous people. 

Well, YouTube is changing how 'YouTubers' can generate revenue from their videos that does NOT include advertising. The firm said in a blog post Friday that it would let YouTube channels offer $4.99-a-month "channel memberships" that users can buy to access exclusive content. The premium subscription feature was previously available only to a select few creators, who could get "sponsored" by users.

If a YouTube (U.S. only) creator has more than 10,000 subscribers, then they will have an extra perk...merchandise selling! YouTube has partnered with custom merchandise company Teespring to let creators sell their own merchandise directly through the platform. Previously, channels would have to include a link to an external provider to ask subscribers to buy merchandise. 

In addition, YouTube announced a new livestreaming feature called "premieres,"! "Premieres" will let channels pre-record a video and upload it as a 'livestream'. Interesting, right?  People watching the livestream can pay the creator to get their comment noticed through a feature that's already on the platform called "super chat." This is a great thing for YouTube content creators! It will allow them multiple ways to generate revenue besides advertising. 

We're all about to run over to YouTube to try and get famous! 


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