Lao YouTubers can now monetize their content and earn money from the platform after it was recently added to the list of countries where users can sign up for the YouTube Partner Program.
In December, Laos was added to the list of 112 countries in the YouTube Partner Program, providing content creators in the country with greater access to YouTube resources and monetization possibilities without having to shift their location.
Earlier, to monetize a YouTube channel in Laos, one had to change their location to Thailand or any other country in Southeast Asia where the YouTube Partner Program was already available.
To monetize a channel, however, one must meet the minimum eligibility requirements, which include being in a country where the YouTube Partner Program is available, not having any active community guidelines strikes, having over 1,000 subscribers, and more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the previous 12 months.
According to Influencer Marketing Hub, an average YouTube channel could earn approximately USD 18 for every 1000 ad views, which is around USD 3-5 for every video. Views, on the other hand, do not produce revenue. For a channel to get paid, a viewer must click or view the entire ad.
Pailin Lifestyle, a Lao YouTube channel, now has the most subscribers among Lao content creators, with 1.23 million subscribers, according to Vidooly. The channel features a variety of videos of Pailin, a Lao woman, surviving in the wilderness, cooking, and feeding animals.