Becoming a YouTube partner can be an exciting a lucrative enterprise for anyone with the creativity and know-how to build a busy YouTube channel. Here are some essential tips on how to climb the ranks and become one.

First, come up with a catchy nickname, decide what types of videos will be your primary focus, and set a goal for how often you’ll make new videos. Many famous YouTube partners make videos once or twice a week.

In order to become a partner, you will need at least 100,000 total upload views. How will you get them? The best way to get viewers is simple: make great content. Your videos can be funny, artistic, technical, musical, or anything else you can imagine. No matter which direction you take, you should always be sure to make engaging videos that you’d want to watch yourself.

You’ll also need between 1,000 and 3,000 subscribers to be considered for partner status. Again, if you want subscribers, make great videos. If you take your time filming and editing each video, and if it has real meaning for you and others, people will subscribe to you. If someone finds your video and they like it, they are likely to click on your channel and watch some of your other videos. If they like what you have to offer, they’ll want to stay up on your newest videos. They’ll also be keen to post your content on their Facebook walls or Twitter feeds.

Once you achieve the requisite 1,000-3,000 subscribers and 100,000 total views, you can apply for partnership—if YouTube hasn’t already offered it to you. To apply, go to Youtube.com/partners and click Apply Now. You will be required to provide information about what kind of content you make, how often you upload videos, the average length of your videos, and other metrics.

If you are under the age of 18, you can still become a partner but will need to link to a parent/guardian’s account. This is accomplished by checking the box that says, “I have additional YouTube user accounts I would like to include in this partnership application,” and filling in the parent/guardian’s username, password, relationship to you. After you submit your application, YouTube will email you the results. If you are not accepted, they will let you know why. If you are accepted, you will begin to receive payment for the number of views you garner from each of your videos. A substantial portion of your earnings will arise from ads placed by YouTube atop your videos, since each ad click is worth several clicks on the video itself.

There are many benefits of being a YouTube partner. In addition to the direct revenue you can make by attracting visitors, you may upload videos of any length, display a banner on your channel and above your videos, and enjoy the feeling of being something of an internet superstar.

So if you’re interested in all that becoming a YouTube Partner can offer, start thinking outside the box right now. With a little effort and a lot of creativity, you can make it happen.