Make MORE Money with YouTube Super Thanks (Monetization Update!) 

YouTube Super Thanks is an awesome way for creators to make money on YouTube. It allows viewers to donate directly to YouTubers from their YouTube videos!

Previously known as Viewer Applause, this YouTube monetization feature has recently received a BIG shake up. Now content creators can connect and engage with their audience on a whole new level. 

The YouTube Super Thanks button has been in beta for a while but it’s officially being rolled out now. So if you’re looking for another way to scale your income with YouTube, this one’s for you. 

In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about the new Thanks button. You’ll learn exactly how to make money on YouTube with this awesome feature. 

Here’s exactly what we’ll cover: 

Plus we’ll share why we think this new YouTube monetization feature could be HUGE for content creators. 

Let’s dive in. 

What is Super Thanks on YouTube?

YouTube Super Thanks allows viewers to make a donation to content creators directly from their YouTube videos. 

This feature appears as a THANKS button below YouTube videos
This feature appears as a THANKS button below YouTube videos

Once it’s been enabled, a Super Thanks button appears under all videos on that person’s channel that are eligible for monetization. 

As part of the Super Thanks, the viewer can leave a featured comment that shows up in the comments feed underneath that video. 

Super Thanks comments are featured in the comments section of that YouTube video 
Super Thanks comments are featured in the comments section of that YouTube video 

You might remember a similar feature called Viewer Applause. Well, that’s essentially what Super Thanks is – it’s just undergone a bit of a makeover. 

The biggest change is that now you can edit the comment that accompanies the Super Thanks. Previously, the only text that you could send was ‘Thanks!’. You weren’t able to change the text when donating to someone. 

The YouTube Super Thanks feature was previously known as Viewer Applause 
The YouTube Super Thanks feature was previously known as Viewer Applause 

So it’s awesome that now you can edit this and add your own custom comment when you give a Super Thanks.

This update adds a whole new element to Super Thanks. Giving the viewer the option to customize messages and even ask questions, is a game changer.

YouTube Thanks lets you donate a specified amount of money to content creators
YouTube Thanks lets you donate a specified amount of money to content creators

This concept is really similar to Super Chat which allows viewers to donate to content creators when they’re live. Just like with Super Chats, the comments stand out with different colors. But since Super Thanks are in the YouTube comments, they stick around for much longer. 

As an awesome added bonus – once a viewer makes the Super Thanks donation, a cool little animation appears on screen celebrating that they have donated to the creator.

The new YouTube Super Thanks feature is similar to Super Chats
The new YouTube Super Thanks feature is similar to Super Chats

So, we think this really is an awesome new feature. It helps people not only show their appreciation for the content, but also to ask questions that are featured and stand out in the comment feed. 

Now you’re probably wondering how to send a Super Thanks…

How YouTube Super Thanks Works

Let’s run through the process of sending a Super Thanks. 

We’re sending a donation to Andrew Ken to show you the process 
We’re sending a donation to Andrew Ken to show you the process 

For this example, we’re going to send a Super Thanks to Andrew Ken’s YouTube channel. He has lots of great video and audio tips so we want to send a donation to say ‘Thanks!’. 

You’ll see that under his videos there’s a Thanks button. When you hover over the button a note will appear that says ‘Show support with Super Thanks’. 

There are specific amounts that you can donate (the currency translates to your local currency)
There are specific amounts that you can donate (the currency translates to your local currency)

All you need to do is click the button. A window will pop up with the message saying you can buy an animated Super Thanks and that as an added bonus, your public comment will be posted on the video. 

The amount that you can donate will appear in your local currency. For us here in Australia, we can donate $2, $5, $10 and $50 (all in Australian dollars). You’ll notice the color changes for the different amounts as well. 

The color of your Super Thanks changes depending on the amount that you donate
The color of your Super Thanks changes depending on the amount that you donate

The comment text defaults to ‘Thanks!’. Again, this was previously not something you could change. But now you can type in any comment that complies with YouTube’s Community Guidelines.  

If you want to customize the comment, simply click in the text box and type your message
If you want to customize the comment, simply click in the text box and type your message

Once you’ve selected the amount and customized your comment (if you want to), hit Buy and Send. Specify your payment method and press Buy.

This is where you’ll see the cool little animation. A notification will pop up that says ‘Your purchase has been confirmed. Go to comments section to view your comment.’

After the payment has been confirmed, this cute animation appears on-screen 
After the payment has been confirmed, this cute animation appears on-screen 

Then if you scroll down to the comments, you’ll see your comment is featured in the feed on that video. People are able to see how much you donated and what your comment says.

One things to note about Super Thanks is that the standard YouTube revenue split applies here. 

The Super Thanks will appear as a featured comment on that video 
The Super Thanks will appear as a featured comment on that video 

So the content creator won’t receive the full amount that’s donated. They’ll receive 70% while YouTube will get the other 30%. This is consistent with other YouTube monetization methods. 

Now let’s take a look at eligibility for this feature. 

YouTube Super Thanks Eligibility

Sounds pretty great, right? So you might be wondering who’s eligible for Super Thanks. 

To be eligible, you need to have a channel that’s already enabled for monetization. This means being part of the YouTube Partner Program. 

Your channel must be enabled for monetization for you to have access to Super Thanks 
Your channel must be enabled for monetization for you to have access to Super Thanks 

You need to have 4000 hours of watch time on your channel within the past 12 months and have 1000 subscribers to be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program.

Once you’ve ticked those boxes, it’s super easy to enable YouTube Thanks. Let’s run through how to do it now. 

How To Enable Super Thanks

Open up the YouTube Studio dashboard and go to Monetization in the left menu.

Open YouTube Studio and go to Monetization 
Open YouTube Studio and go to Monetization 

In the top menu select Supers. If your channel has access to YouTube Super Thanks, it will appear as a toggle that you can turn on and off in the top right corner. 

Once you turn on YouTube Super Thanks, it will be auto-enabled on all of the videos on your channel that are eligible to be monetized. 

If you have access, the Super Thanks button will appear next to Super Chat & Super Stickers
If you have access, the Super Thanks button will appear next to Super Chat & Super Stickers

You can view all of your YouTube Super Thanks comments in the Comments area on the YouTube Studio dashboard. 
To see these, go to Comments in the left menu and they will appear among your regular comments.

To view all of your Super Thanks comments, filter them in the Comments section
To view all of your Super Thanks comments, filter them in the Comments section

You can change the filter to show just Super Thanks comments to make sure you’re responding to them and engaging with all the people who have donated to you. 

Not seeing the Super Thanks button on your account? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! 

Don’t Have Access to YouTube Super Thanks?

If you’re part of the YouTube Partner Program and don’t have the Super Thanks toggle option next to Super Chats and Super Stickers, it just hasn’t been rolled out to your account yet. 

If you don’t have access to Super Thanks yet, you’ll be notified once it’s available to you
If you don’t have access to Super Thanks yet, you’ll be notified once it’s available to you

There’s a message that says ‘You do not have access to Super Thanks yet. Rest assured, it’s coming soon! You’ll be notified in your YouTube Studio dashboard when you have access.’ 

This is being rolled out progressively so if you don’t have access yet, you should get it very soon.

Now You Know How To Make Money With YouTube Super Thanks

Overall, we’re super pumped about YouTube Super Thanks. It’s an amazing idea and we really like the direction that YouTube is headed with it. 

We think it’s great that viewers can engage with creators in a whole new way
We think it’s great that viewers can engage with creators in a whole new way

If we appreciate someone’s video, if it’s helped us, if it’s saved us a bunch of time and research – it’s awesome that we have the ability to donate to that creator directly on that video. 

There’s no need to join a monthly subscription as a channel member or wait until they do a YouTube Live – which used to be the only options. 

Previously if we wanted to donate to a creator, we had to use Super Chat when they were live
Previously if we wanted to donate to a creator, we had to use Super Chat when they were live

Usually we would have to wait until a creator went live to be able to donate with Super Chat. But now, we can show our appreciation at any time, super quickly and easily. 

So this feature is HUGE for creators. It allows them to monetize their content without having to create all the extra content that’s involved with something like YouTube Channel Memberships. 

But it’s also huge for viewers who get to connect and engage with creators on a new level. 

Super Thanks on YouTube is an awesome feature that we’re super excited to test out 
Super Thanks on YouTube is an awesome feature that we’re super excited to test out 

We’re super keen to test out YouTube Super Thanks and really excited to see where YouTube takes this feature from here!

If you’re looking for other ways to build an income off the back of your YouTube channel, you don’t need to wait until you’ve hit those YouTube monetization requirements. 

There are other ways you can start making money immediately, even with a new channel. To learn more, check our guide on How To Make Money On YouTube With a Small Channel.  


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