I know a lot of people, especially small YouTube creators received an email stating that unless they have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewing time in the past 12 months they will no longer be able to part of the YouTube Partner Program and a lot of creators are freaking out. In this article, however, I will be going over why demonetization isn’t totally a bad thing.
Over the last few years, there has been a large influx of black hat YouTubers who have been cheating the system and taking advantage of loopholes to put out spam, copyrighted content, low-quality content and even stolen content in order to make a quick buck. The new changes where YouTube no longer sets the monetization standard at 10,000-lifetime views in order to join the YouTube Partner Program and begin monetizing content can put a stop to some of these cheaters. There still will be people who purchase subscribers and views but many of these people looking for a quick buck will give up on trying to game the system entirely because it will be a lot more difficult and expensive.
As someone who mainly blogs about mental illness, I probably will never hit the 1000 subscribers even though I do pretty well as far as the views go. Mental health just isn’t a niche where people like to subscribe to channels and quite honestly, I still need to work a lot on the quality of my videos. That’s okay though, because without the monetization I’m only losing out on about $15 a month and I can live without that.
A lot of videos by a popular YouTube Creator named Roberto Blake and have started to work on personal branding so that my message of trying to end the stigma of mental illness isn’t entirely dependent on whatever policies YouTube decides to enact. I will be focusing on this blog a lot more and be trying to put a link to it in every description of the videos I do upload. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be making videos and sharing things, but without worrying about monetization I’m going to have a lot of fun and not worry so much about what I say. In the past, I’ve noticed if I mention any of my medications, for example, could not be monetized. Now that I don’t really care about that I can share a lot more information, including candid reviews of the medication I’ve been taking for my bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD and generalized anxiety disorder.
I hope you continue to follow my journey as I will be posting a lot more about it here on my blog while still making at least one or two YouTube videos a week.
Thanks for reading and we will talk again later! Please take the time to support the #SmallYouTuberArmy and perhaps we can get YouTube to reconsider this monetization thing for the channels that are not breaking the rules.
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