Video Monetization

7 Ways to Monetize a ‘Made for Kids’ YouTube Channel

By Kylie Long
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How To Monetize Made For Kids Videos On YouTube

If you create “Made for Kids” content on YouTube, you’re in the business of making people happy.

And the key term here is “business,” because you can definitely make good money in the process!

The YouTube partner program offers an ad-based revenue model, and that’s one way to make money on YouTube with kid’s content.

But the strict rules and regulations that are interwoven into the YouTube partner program terms are complex. Navigating them can be a minefield and this is beyond having to worry about your kid’s channel watch time or audience engagement. 

In fact, channels that create videos that accidentally go against these rules can be demonetized overnight. And factors like video descriptions, no matter how detailed, or that your video is what can be considered family content, won’t help.

If a better and more sustainable option sounds good to you, and, more importantly, before you upload videos, read this.  

In this guide, we’ll show you 7 ways to make money on your ‘Made for Kids’ content, including the best platforms and tools to take your brand to the next level. You’ll learn how to earn money (and more of it) without having to rely on the YouTube partner program.

Let’s go!

COPPA and the ‘Made for Kids’ Restrictions

Before diving into some monetization strategies, we need to talk about COPPA.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was established in 1998 to keep children safe. Its main goal was to combat deceptive marketing techniques targeting children.

As the internet became more popular, children became more vulnerable to dodgy practices, and companies came under greater scrutiny.

In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) served YouTube with a $170 million fine for violating COPPA. It claimed YouTube had illegally collected information on children (under the age of 13) for its personalized ads.

(The FTC also served TikTok with a $5.7 million fine for the same issue.)

So, YouTube had to change its rules and guidelines to avoid any further legal action. And these rules affect your YouTube channel too.

That means the onus is now on content creators to label their videos as ‘Made for Kids’ or not. And videos that are not labeled correctly under the FTC’s standards could make the video owner vulnerable to massive fines of up to $42K per incorrectly-labeled video.

As a you can imagine, there’s lots of information floating around on the topic for video creators to sift through. And we would urge you to read as much as possible or seek legal advice if you’re unsure. This includes reading and becoming familiar with the YouTube partner program terms and changes so your youtube kids channel isn’t adversely affected due to any infringement.

For the full description of what classifies as “kids’ content,” check this official FAQ from the FTC, in section 4, or this video.

In short, personalized ads are definitely not allowed on ‘Made for Kids’ content. But there’s also a raft of other features that are not allowed at the channel and video level, including:

  • Channel memberships.
  • Notification bell.
  • Posts.
  • Stories.
  • Autoplay on home.
  • Cards or end screens.
  • Video watermarks.
  • Comments.
  • Donate button.
  • Live chat or live chat donations.
  • Merchandise and ticketing.
  • Playback in the Mini Player.
  • Super Chat or Super Stickers.
  • Save to playlist and Save to watch later.

For example, for any video on the Disney Channel, you can’t:

Disney Channel Made for Kids
  • Subscribe with notifications on – the bell icon is disabled.
  • Watch a video in the Mini Player – it just pauses and displays the message: “Miniplayer is off for videos made for kids.”
  • Save a video for later – you’ll see the message: “This action is turned off for videos made for kids.” 

Give it a try, and you’ll see what we mean.

YouTube Kids and the YouTube Kids App

To create a safer place for Kids to enjoy YouTube videos, the platform introduced YouTube Kids along with a YouTube Kids App. It offers limited advertising, and the app has a kid-centric design.

Screenshot from YouTube Kids

Signing up for YouTube Kids is only possible with parental consent (and a password) too, so it’s harder for kids to access any content they shouldn’t watch on the platform.

YouTube Kids welcome login screen for parents

Bottom line: The ‘Made for Kids’ restrictions mean it’s incredibly tough for kid content creators to make money on YouTube.

But it’s still possible! 

Read on to discover how you can make money from your YouTube channel…

7 YouTube Kids Monetization Methods

With all the talk of legal action, zero ad revenue, and diminishing monetization features, you might be wondering what YouTube Kids monetization options you have.

Good news!

We’re here to show you how to stay on the right side of the law and make money from your kid’s content.

Let’s take a look…

Good news!

We’re here to show you how to stay on the right side of the law and make money from your kids content.

Let’s take a look…

1.  Launch Your Own Video Streaming Platform

The first way to make money is to park YouTube and focus on launching your own video streaming platform. (Notice we said “park” because you’ll need it later on.)

The best way to make money with kid’s video content is to build a standalone video-on-demand (VOD) platform. Think of it as a portal where kids and parents can find, watch, and engage with your online videos from anywhere, at any time.

Having your own platform allows you to:

  • Set your prices.
  • Keep creative control of your videos.
  • Adjust your content strategy based on your audience’s needs.

You could build this platform yourself by piecing various applications and components together. But that takes time, patience, and perseverance. 

And while that might suit some people, we’re guessing you’d rather spend the time creating some more awesome content.

If that’s you, then we recommend using Uscreen’s all-in-one platform.

You can create a custom website, upload your videos, optimize your catalog, set your prices, and manage your marketing from one easy-to-use dashboard. 

However you decide to build your VOD platform, you need a way to monetize your content, right? 

So, what’s the best way?

Let’s look at an example.

Kids content creator Jason David created his standalone VOD platform on Uscreen called MyTRIBE:

mytribe faith-led membership landing page

Here, families can subscribe to his kids content with a recurring monthly or annual fee: 

screenshot of mytribe's membership pricing tiers

This type of monetization model is called SVOD: Subscription Video-On-Demand. It’s the same model that Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ use for their video streaming services.

And it’s a proven way of building a stable and consistent income over time. 

Research shows that SVOD in the United States will grow by 7.52% between 2024 and 2027 to become a USD$54.66bn market and that there is a surge of video streaming subscriptions driving this growth.

As well as SVOD, you might come across another monetization model called TVOD: Transactional Video-On-Demand.

It’s where customers make one-time purchases to access specific content. 

For instance, you might purchase an online course or pay for a major televised sports event like a boxing match. 

It’s possible to use a combination of SVOD and TVOD. For example, you could use SVOD for your regular subscription service and TVOD for one-off special events, such as a live stream.

If you like the idea of launching your own subscription-based video-on-demand platform, then you’re gonna love the next monetization method.

It’s simple with Uscreen.

Build, launch and manage your membership, all in one place.

2. Create an OTT App

Launching your own video streaming platform is just the beginning. On Uscreen, you can take your kids content to the next level with an OTT app.

OTT apps, or Over-The-Top apps, allow your audience to watch your content on their favorite devices and services, including smartphones, smart TVs, AppleTVAndroid TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku.

Right now, OTT Apps are hot!

In fact, according to Datawrapper, 91% of the world turn to the internet to stream TV.

Adding your content to an OTT app can increase your audience and revenue by up to 30%.

With Uscreen, all you have to do is request OTT apps, and the Uscreen team takes care of the rest.

You can learn more about OTT apps and why they’re important in the video below:

It’s simple with Uscreen.

Build, launch and manage your membership, all in one place.

3. Start Live Streaming

Live streaming has become a crucial part of running a video business.

I’m sure you’ll agree that we all watched more live streams during the pandemic. 

Viewing figures from Uscreen’s customers showed that the number of live streaming events increased by 300%, and eLearning saw an increase of over 980% in minutes live streamed.

As a kids content creator, you could use live streaming to host special shows. For example, suppose you taught magic tricks for kids, then you could host a live magic show.

Kids love live shows as much as adults, and chances are they’re going to stay engrossed for longer as they don’t want to miss out on any of the action. 

As we mentioned earlier, you could charge for a one-off event using the TVOD model. It might be a way of non-subscribers signing up for one piece of content without any long-term commitment. And then, of course, once they’ve watched your live stream, they’ll want to subscribe for more.

With Uscreen, you can host live streams from within your platform and then save the recording to your video library for regular subscribers to watch later.

It’s simple with Uscreen.

Build, launch and manage your membership, all in one place.

4. Sell Kid-Friendly Products

You can increase your revenue further by selling branded merchandise. This can be a mixture of digital and physical goods, such as ebooks, clothing, toys, coasters, and stickers.

For example, Art For Kids Hub sells markers:

screenshot from Art for Kids Hub's branded marker set in their online store

Plus printed t-shirts:

Screenshot from the Art for Kids Hub online store of their apparel merch

5. Become an Affiliate

An affiliate is someone who regularly uses a product and receives a commission for recommending it.

Basically, you get a percentage of the ticket price if you make a sale. It’s a way of earning passive income on top of your recurring subscription revenue.

For example, Art For Kids Hub uses the Amazon Associates program to promote their favorite art supplies, including Sharpies, Kinetic Sand, and Oil Pastels:

Screenshot from the Art for Kids Hub store on Amazon

You can find other relevant affiliate schemes by searching Google, like this:

[product and/or brand name] + affiliate program

For example, you could search for stationery products, like this:

stationery + affiliate program

This will bring up any related web pages, such as this one for Stationery Island:

Stationery Island Affiliate Program

When you find an affiliate program you like, just follow the sign-up options on their website. 

Note: For transparency, you should include a disclaimer on your website or social media that clearly states you’re an affiliate for a product and that you’ll earn a small commission should they buy via your link.

6. Find a Brand Sponsor

Sponsorship is an excellent way to make money from your ‘Made for Kids’ videos. The key to attracting sponsors is through creating high-quality content. 

For instance, if Sharpie was looking to promote their products, they might approach Art For Kids Hub and sponsor some specific content in return for a shout-out or special mention. Then, Art For Kids Hub might stream a live masterclass showing kids how to create stunning artwork using Sharpie pens.

On YouTube, this video from Moonbug Kids Learning Corner, “Potty Song with Pampers Nappy Pants,” was sponsored by Pampers:

But, you’ll notice it’s clearly marked on the screen, and a note appears at the start of the video to inform viewers that the channel received money or free products to make the video: 

This channel got money or free things to make this video.

Remember to partner with ethical brands that offer relevant products to your kids content. 

7. Use YouTube as a Marketing Platform

Launching your own video streaming platform means you can make the most of both your VOD and YouTube::

  • Your VOD is your video monetization platform – it’s where you sell and stream your video content.
  • Your YouTube channel is your video marketing platform – it’s where you get your streaming business discovered and grow your brand awareness.

YouTube may not be a video monetization platform. But it is the second-largest search engine after Google.

You can turn your YouTube channel into a marketing machine that lets you direct your viewers to your premium video streaming service.

Kids content creator Jason David uses his YouTube channel to promote his MyTRIBE platform. For example, The GREATEST Opening Line of ALL Time video promotes his Book of Genesis Collection:

Jason told Uscreen: 

One of our best strategies is offering 5-minute teaser videos on our Youtube channel to give people a taste of the content they get as subscribers. We add a link in the video to our landing page, which brings them to our Uscreen website. There, we explain our service and tell them more about our apps. 

That marketing style has done a lot for our business; we often see customers watch the teasers on Youtube for a couple of months before they decide to subscribe.

Follow these 6 simple steps to turn your YouTube channel into a marketing engine that’ll grow your video platform:

  1. Create a landing page for your video streaming service.
  2. Switch to a “Search Engine” mindset.
  3. Adopt the YouTube Marketing Funnel.
  4. Get clear on your YouTube content structure.
  5. Optimize your existing content.
  6. Create targeted content for your new marketing funnel.

Wrapping Up

With all the restrictions placed on ‘Made for Kids’ content creators, it’d be easy to give up and walk away. But you know you have the talent – all you need is the right platform to host, sell, and promote your videos.

It’s simple with Uscreen.

Build, launch and manage your membership, all in one place.