Google Makes Good On Promise Of YouTube Donations Option

Google promised YouTube a while back that a “fan donations” option would be coming; apparently they’ve now delivered.

An icon in the upper left corner now appears on videos by creators who are willing to accept donations and for a fleeting moment, the icon will post a message asking if you’d like to “support” the Youtuber in question:

Of course, YouTube makes their cut of that. According to Android Police, in the U.S., YouTube makes 5% of the donation plus 21¢. So for a $10 donation, YouTube would net 71¢, with the rest going to the creator — extremely fair terms to be sure.

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Additionally, Android’s YouTube app allows for chipping in support as well (no official word if it’s coming to iPhones, but expect it). In addition to the U.S., creators in Japan, Australia and Mexico also have optional access to the donation button.

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YouTube donations tend to be hit or miss though. When YouTubers ask for financing on crowdfunding sites, the internet shows up in droves. When sites tried adding pay channels, all we heard were crickets. Is this new donation icon too aggressive? Or will it be the answer to many YouTubers’ Adsense woes?