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This morning I woke up to an email from YouTube notifying me of changes they are making to the Partner Program policy. The changes are that any channel that has under 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time in the past 12 months will lose monetization on their videos and access to the programs features. This means channels like mime that don’t meet that threshold will not earn a penny from their videos until that threshold has been met. Before, you used to just have to have over 10000 views across your channel to be part of the program. I don’t think this change will effect a lot of people financially because any channel that makes any serious money will be way above that threshold. What it does mean is that there is another hurdle put in place that will disparage some new users to create content. Here is a screenshot of the email I received:
It states the reason for doing this being, to ‘protect creator revenue across the YouTube ecosystem’. Reading further into it, to get monetization back on your channel doesn’t just depend on the the amount of people that watch and subscribe to your channel.
Here https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72851 it states that once your channel has met that threshold it will then be ‘reviewed’ by YouTube before getting monetization. It isn’t an automatic process. So after meeting the threshold YouTube could still decide it doesn’t want to monetize your channel based on the content you make.
This won’t stop me as i’ve already put effort into making videos up until this point. So if you like a Youtuber that hasn’t yet met that threshold do them a favour and subscribe!