Youtube Updated Eligibility Requirement for Monetization of Videos

Youtube monetization policies

The year 2017 was great for both Youtube and content creators on Youtube. According to the reports, the number of channels making over six figures income on Youtube up over 40% year-over-year. Although 2017 was a tough year for many creators, with several issues affecting the community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

youtube monetization policy

In 2018 Youtube is looking to protect its creator ecosystem and ensuring your revenue is more stable. As Youtube mentioned in December last year that they making changes to address the issues that affected our community in 2017 so they can prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube.

Objective of the New Update

The objective of the new update from Youtube will be strengthening the requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt the ecosystem or take advantage of you while continuing to reward those who make our original content and make Youtube a better platform. This update will also tackle the potential abuse of a large but disparate group of smaller channels.

Old Youtube Monetization Policies

In April 2017, Youtube set the eligibility criteria for monetization of video to 10,000-lifetime views on a particular video provided channel follows the Youtube community guidelines and policies

New Youtube Monetization Policies

Starting NowYoutube has changed eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. Youtube says they reached this threshold by thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you around the world. It will allow Youtube to significantly improve the ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them.


This new policy will also help Youtube to prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.

Youtube is planning to implement it On February 20th, 2018, for existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.

These change in the monetization policies of Youtube will affect more on the channels who were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community.

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