Facebook monetization explained: Here is all you need to know

Godfrey Elimian
Monetizing your content on Facebook is an excellent way to turn your passion and creativity into a lucrative endeavour…
How to monetize your content on Facebook
How to monetize your content on Facebook

Content creation has become more exciting, rewarding, and perhaps lucrative, as social media platforms have evolved over the years to now allow users to express themselves and make money in the process.

Platforms like Meta (Facebook), X formerly Twitter, and YouTube have created avenues for users to transform their passions into revenue streams. By offering various monetization tools, they empower creators to earn money from what they love doing best and their businesses.

Monetization refers to the process of earning money through the content you provide to your audience, whether it’s videos, articles, or live streams. 

Monetizing your content on Facebook is an excellent way to turn your passion and creativity into a lucrative endeavour. Whether you are a content creator, influencer, or business owner, Facebook offers various tools and opportunities to help you earn money from your content. 

Facebook monetization explained: Here is all you need to know

This article will guide you through understanding monetization on Facebook, the prerequisites, the eligibility criteria, and the numerous benefits that come with it.

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What to know before you start Monetizing

Before diving into the specifics of monetizing your content on Facebook, it’s crucial to understand some fundamental aspects and prepare adequately.

Facebook has stringent guidelines and policies that you must adhere to for monetization. These include the Community Standards, which cover violence, safety, objectionable content, integrity, authenticity, and intellectual property. 

Additionally, compliance with Facebook’s Payment Terms and Page Terms is essential. These rules ensure that your content is suitable for all audiences and meets quality and ethical standards.

How to monetize your content on Facebook

However, successful monetization hinges on having an engaged and loyal audience. Your page should be well-established, meaning it should be at least 90 days old, with regular, authentic content that resonates with your followers. And one way to do that is to engage and have an engaging audience.

Engaging with your audience by responding to comments, conducting polls, and regularly posting high-quality content helps build a community that trusts and supports you. Consistency in posting and the value of the content you share are critical.

Whether it’s informative articles, engaging videos, or interactive live streams, the content should provide value to your audience, making them more likely to support you through various monetization options.

Now to the monetization bit.

Eligibility and Requirements for Facebook Monetization

Before you can start earning money, you need to meet specific eligibility criteria set by Facebook.

1. Followers and View Requirements

To qualify for certain monetization tools like in-stream ads, your page must have at least 10,000 followers and 600,000 total minutes viewed in the last 60 days.

These metrics indicate a significant and engaged audience base, which is essential for advertisers and other monetization methods.

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2. Comply with Facebook’s Monetization Policies

Facebook has detailed monetization policies that you must comply with. This includes maintaining a high content standard, avoiding misleading information, and ensuring your page and content do not violate any of Facebook’s guidelines.

You can check your page’s eligibility status through Facebook’s Monetization Eligibility Checker in the Creator Studio.

Once you meet the eligibility requirements, there are several ways to start earning from your content on Facebook.

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3. Allow in-Stream Ads

If you publish video content, you can earn money through in-stream ads. These are short ads that run before, during, or after your videos.

These ads can appear as pre-roll or mid-roll ads during your live videos. To qualify for In-Stream Ads for Live, you need to have a page with at least 10,000 followers, have generated at least 600,000 minutes viewed in the last 60 days, and stream live videos with a minimum duration of 3 minutes.

To get started, first, go live regularly by creating a schedule for live streaming and engaging with your audience during live sessions. Then, enable In-Stream Ads for Live through the Monetization section in Creator Studio.

Finally, interact with your viewers during live sessions to keep them interested and encourage them to return for future streams.

4. Fans Subscriptions and instant Articles

This allows your followers to support you through monthly subscriptions, in exchange for exclusive content or perks. Adding a “Support Now” button to your posts can drive subscription sign-ups, providing a steady income stream.

For instant articles, if you are a blogger, you can monetize your articles through ads placed within instant articles. This can be done either by selling ad space directly or allowing Facebook to automatically place ads.

5. Stars and Gifts

This feature enables fans to purchase and send stars during your live videos, for which you earn money.

For each star sent by viewers, you earn $0.01. This interactive feature not only helps with monetizing live content but also boosts viewer engagement.

6. Branded Content and Collaborations

Branded content involves collaborating with brands to create content that promotes their products or services. This can be in the form of sponsored posts, videos, or stories. To get started with branded content, find brand partners by reaching out to brands that align with your content and audience.

You can also join influencer marketing platforms to connect with brands. Once you have brand partners, work with them to create engaging and authentic content that promotes their products or services. Always disclose your partnerships by using Facebook’s Branded Content tool, which adds a “Paid Partnership” tag to your posts.

How to monetize your content on Facebook
A recap

Monetizing on Facebook can be challenging. However, if you have a dedicated and expanding audience across various platforms, along with the drive to earn money, the effort is worth it. Additionally, don’t overlook the chance to diversify your income, creating more stability and predictability.

Monetizing your content on Facebook can also be an excellent way to turn your passion into a sustainable income stream. By understanding the requirements, building a loyal audience, and leveraging the various tools provided by Facebook, you can maximise your earning potential while continuing to engage and grow your community.


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