Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How to Fix Youtube "This feature is currently not available in your country." Monetization Error.



So I went to monetize my personal YouTube account today only to be greeted with a strange "This feature is currently not available in your country. Learn more." error.

After searching google and the YouTube forums fruitlessly for a solution I think I finally found the reason why I was getting this error.

The possible solution was buried deep in a very unintuitive place inside of YouTube's settings. Read on past the jump for the solution.

The Solution

Update 2: Commenter Paul provided a possible updated way to solve this:

"You all need to go to here:

https://www.youtube.com/account_channel_advanced

Then change your country. Took me ages to find it. But mine was set to afghanistan, changed it to UK, BOOM!"


Update: Commenter Rich let us know in a video that due to a change in YouTube's layout some people might not be seeing the options outlined below. To get the old options back go to http://www.youtube.com/onechannel, scroll down and choose the "Switch Back" button. Hopefully this will help people with issues but I'm not guaranteeing this will work forever. Gotta love change. (Thanks Rich!)

In short you have to:
  • Be signed in to YouTube account.
  • Click your name to bring up the menu that shows up below your name.
  • Select "My Channel" in the menu.
  • Look for "About (Your Name) on YouTube    Edit" in your channel layout. (Mine was in the upper left area.)
  • Click the small "Edit" link mentioned above.
  • Clicking the "Edit" link drops down a menu that has sections called "Country". (My country was set to "Afghanistan" which wasn't correct at all.)
  • Change the "Country" setting to the proper country. (I changed the 'Country" to my county of "United States" and I was able to get to the "Monetization" settings properly.)
  • Click "Apply".
  • If your country is allowed to monetize videos you should now have a 'Monetization" link in your Settings > Channel Settings section.


YouTube > My Channel


About (Name) On YouTube > Edit



YouTube Channel Country Options



Channel Settings > Monetization Showing Properly



A Few Notes

I should say that I couldn't even see the "Monetization" option in my YouTube Channel Settings until I had my country set properly. If you're looking for the "Monetization"link and you don't see it under "Channel Settings" then this may be why.

I had been using what I like to call "rat trails" of various YouTube links (Creators & Partners > Become a Partner > Get Started) to try to simply find the Monetization settings because I had easily set up monetization on other accounts.

The fact that there was no way (at least that I could find to designate your country right on any of your actual proper "Settings" pages is just dumb-founding. I'm not a tech-illiterate but the fact it took me this long to find out how to do something like make sure my YouTube account listed me as in the right country is crazy.

Also a noted from a few of the YouTube forum posts that users in some countries are required to apply for partnership via the normal Partner Application process. This solution is only what worked for me as an American that had my country wrongly listed as "Afghanistan".

Conclusion

So there you go. I hope this post find any of you out there that are struggling with getting the "This feature is currently not available in your country. Learn more." error when working on getting monetization set up.

I think your country setting should be in a far more obvious location, perhaps right in the Channel Settings section? It makes even more sense to have your country be part of your "Account Information". That's where I'd look for it.

Perhaps even instead of simply "This feature is currently not available in your country. Learn more." how about "This feature is currently not available in your country of Afghanistan. (Not correct? Click here to review your country setting.)"

In the end I was just happy my 3 hour search down this technological "rat hole" was finally over and I can properly monetize my channel.

23 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this! Spent almost a week trying to figure out what went wrong

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  2. You rock! Thanks for writing this, it helped me a lot. You are right, this is like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles. IE, Curumba!!!

    Thanks again,

    John B

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  3. You nailed it. Thanks. I suspect the default is we all live in Afghanistan because it starts with an "A"?

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  4. I followed this this after experiencing the problem, and sadly, it *still* didn't work. My country was originally set to the United States, and so I set it to Afghanistan, saved it, and then changed it back to the United States. No dice.

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  5. Hi, do you know how to do this on the new One Channel setup? I've been looking for hours, and can't find it! I tried to adapt your tutorial for the new setup, but, yeah, not working.

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    1. try this workaround:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0dGDuqCcIk&feature=youtu.be

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    2. Thanks for sharing this addition to help get to the option.

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  6. Thanks, but that didnt seem to do the trick for me..

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    1. Check rich's comment above (I also added the info as an update to the post) but basically go to http://www.youtube.com/onechannel and scroll down and press "Switch Back". and then go though the steps outlined above.

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  7. Hi the YouTube has now NEW LAYOUT
    How can I correct this error
    I'm in the UK and it's showing me this error

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    1. Check the Update in the post above for info on how to turn it back. It may no longer work if they've moved permanently.

      If so I don't have anything to help you there. Sorry.

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  8. Hi Jim Younkin first sry for my english.
    I'm from Kosovo and this tutorial work for me i selected United States,
    the Kosovo is new state it isn't in Country selection, when i get the paid for my youtube Monetization
    can i change county ? or how can i get the money cash or with credit card.

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    1. I don't know the answer to your question. Sorry.

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  9. You can use http://topyoutubeproxy.info/ http://youtubeproxy.co/ http://domainunblocker.com/ http://www.quickunblock.com & http://www.serverunblock.com to watch the videos that are blocked in your country or domain.

    It really depends on the server speed and ping of these proxy sites I've found that all above sites have excellent buffering.

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  10. Hi, Jim i am really sorry that I don't find the option "About (Your Name) on YouTube" in my YouTube Chanel. Please tell how can I get this.

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    1. This post was made before the switch to One Channel layouts. It may no longer work. Sorry. Read the comments above for a possible fix.

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    2. Hi All,

      You all need to go to here:

      https://www.youtube.com/account_channel_advanced

      Then change your country. Took me ages to find it. But mine was set to afghanistan, changed it to UK, BOOM!

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    3. Thanks Paul! I updated the post with the new info.

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  11. You are a Genius! - Thanks!!

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