Updated December 12, 2023
How Accurate Is The YouTube Monetization Checker?
Before November 17, 2023, YouTube allowed to easily check for the monetization status of a channel. You just had to check the channel page’s HTML source code, and search for the string “is_monetization_enabled”. If the value is true, the channel is monetized, else it’s not.
Since then, YouTube removed this string in the source code, and we have to use alternate methods to determine a channel’s monetization status.
These alternate methods include:
- Checking the number of subscribers of a channel
- Checking if the channel has a “Join” button
- Checking how many regular videos there are on a channel, and assess how many of those are monetized vs not monetized
But unless a channel is unequivocally monetized or not monetized, our YouTube Monetization Checker might not always be accurate.
🚨 Please beware: some other tools might give you a result that looks 100% irrefutable, when there’s actually not enough unequivocal data to be certain of a channel’s monetization status. If they don’t explain how they determined the monetization status of a channel, double-check their results on other tools.
Besides this, here are a few more reasons why the results from the monetization checker might be inaccurate or become unavailable:
|YouTube changed the HTML of its pages, or removed information from the HTML.
|The tool can no longer find the information it’s looking for in the HTML.
|The channel is not monetized but has a lot of its videos monetized by third parties (e.g. cover bands, …)
|When that happens, the tool might wrongfully display that the channel is (probably) monetized.
|The channel only publishes Shorts (or very few regular videos)
|It’s impossible to assess the monetization status of a channel solely based on Shorts.
These are just a few examples, and more unforeseen events or changes might lead to inaccurate results.