Hello! I am new to the forum and to youtube so any help would be appreciated. I recently created a new channel and I am looking to provide all original content on the channel. Web-series, etc. I am interested in allowing Youtube to generate money for me but I am not sure exactly how to start. I have not monetized my channel yet as I have heard that if you are going to buy views; that may not be the smartest thing to do so could someone please explain to me at one point shall I monetize my account? Also, is there a difference between monetizing your account and signing up for AdSense? What does Youtube actually pay for? Are channel owners being paid for the amount of viewers or the amount of times viewers click on the ads around or on the video? I keep hearing a lot about using high retention views so you are placed at the top of your category. What exactly does that mean? "Top of your category" What category? I am also just curious in which order should I do things. I am trying to do things as seamless as possible and really not trying to get into trouble with Youtube but I do indeed want to be able to make some money by using Youtube so I guess I am looking for the safest way to do that. Please help. I have sat here for hours and read through so many posts but I am still ultimately confused. I am really looking for someone to say "Listen...this is what you need to do ...." Thanks so much everyone. I am VERY impressed by this forum and think it's my newest addiction!