The New YouTube Red Experience: Good Or Bad For Creators?


Recently, YouTube has implemented a new experience for its users: YouTube Red. It offers varying and interesting new features alike.

Since the release of this new system, content creators have been conflicted as to whether or not the Red experience is beneficial or harmful. Was it a waste of YouTube’s time?

Stick with me today as we uncover if the new YouTube red experience is good or bad for creators.

What You Will Learn

  • The new features that YouTube Red has to offer its users
  • If this system will hurt creators or benefit them more
  • How your AdSense earnings could change
  • Where to check how much you’ve made from YouTube Red

What Does YouTube Red Have To Offer

This new system actually does bring some very interesting new features to the table. At the price of $9.99 a month, you’ll have to decide if these features are really worth it.

Some new features include:

  • NO ads on any videos across all channels
  • The ability to save/download videos and music for offline viewing at a later date
  • Videos will be able to be played in the background of your devices such as phones, tablets, etc.
  • Watch original content exclusive to Red subscribers from big YouTubers such as PewDiePie and Smosh


Your membership will be available across all devices and anywhere that you sign into YouTube, including the recently launched gaming app and recently announced YouTube Music app.

If all of that’s not enough, YouTube Red also works with Google Music. This is an “all-in-one” sort of membership, and YouTube has said that at time goes on more features will be added, especially towards the beginning of 2016.

If you’re still not convinced, viewers in the U.S. have access to a 1 month free trial to try YouTube Red and see if it’s what you’d want.

Will No Ads Hurt Creators

Don’t worry, the free, ad supported way of YouTube is still available to creators and probably will always be. But for those who are Red subscribers, what does this mean for creators who don’t get to show their ads?

Viewers who are with Red will still be able to watch your videos, even if you’re not opted in yourself. The way you make money from them without showing ads is quite

YouTube takes all of the money they make from Red, and divides a portion of it up between creators. How much you receive is based off of the total minutes watched by YouTube Red users. Now your video watch time matters more than ever, and for more than just ranking.

You can make more money from YouTube Red by simply increasing your total minutes watched across your content. You can learn how to do so easily by reading this article.

Check How Much You Make From Red Users

Checking the amount you’ve made in total from YouTube Red subscribers is actually quite easy. Just follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Go to YouTube and head over to your Creator Dashboard
  2. Click on analytics on the left then go to estimated earnings directly below
  3. You’ll see 3 tabs in the middle of your page: Total Estimated EarningsAd Earnings, and YouTube Red Earnings. Click on YouTube Red Earnings

In here you’ll be able to see a detailed report on what you’ve made from Red users, on what days you’ve made the most, and on what videos you’ve made the most.


If what you see is less than what you’d like to really be earning, head over to my easy, 6 step plan on increasing your YouTube earnings.

Wrapping It Up

YouTube Red is definitely an interesting new system that has some quite enticing benefits for a monthly price of $9.99.

I don’t believe that YouTube Red will have too much of an impact on what most creators make due to the fact of the free, ad supported program is still in place and we can make money from Red users.

Keep in mind that, as a creator, you don’t have to be signed up to YouTube Red in order to still make money from those to do have Red.

What do you think about YouTube Red? Do you like it or hate it? Has it affected your earnings? Feel free to leave a comment down below and let me know!

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