YouTube FAQs and Troubleshooting

FAQs

Accounts

Do I need a Coil account to monetize my YouTube channel?

Yes, you'll need a free Coil account. Your Coil account is where you enter your payment pointer. Without a payment pointer, we won't know where to send your payments. Your Coil account also must be linked to your YouTube channel.

If I'm also a Coil Member, do I get paid when I watch my own videos on YouTube?

Yes. Even though you linked your YouTube channel to your Coil account, the Coil Extension can't tell when you're viewing your own channel. Just like viewing any other web monetized content, you'll stream payments at a rate of $0.36 an hour until you've streamed a total of $4.50 for the month. Then, the payout rate will taper to a lower amount. This lower amount will be used to pay out to all web monetized content you visit until your membership renews.

Payment pointer

Where do I put my payment pointer?

Your payment pointer is only needed in your Coil account.

Meta tag

Where do I put my meta tag?

Nowhere! When you link your channel to Coil, we take care of all the work. You don't need to add your meta tag to your YouTube channel.

Troubleshooting

I'm having trouble linking my account.

Make sure your browser isn't blocking all cookies. You must allow cookies to link your YouTube account to Coil.

If you're using the Brave browser, disable the Shields feature and try again. Shields blocks cookies so you'll need to disable it long enough to link your account. Shields might also be the issue if you're receiving a Google auth failed to initialize error.

I'm getting the error, "This YouTube video is not Coil-enabled." Why?

This error occurs on Coil Blogs when the YouTube channel that the video belongs to isn't linked to your Coil account.

I'm getting the error, "This page is not web-monetized. Make sure it includes a tag with a 'name' of 'monetization'." Why?

This error occurs on Coil Blogs when trying to add a link to your channel's home page. Coil can't web monetize your home page, only your individual video pages.

Also note that this error is a little misleading here because the same error is used for all non-monetized pages. When posting YouTube videos, you do not need to add your Web Monetization meta tag anywhere.