YouTube has made few changes to its Partner Program, and this may affect YouTube channel having low earnings with budding Users & Creators. Starting effectively February 20, 2018 all non-compliant channels will be demonetized.
So to make your channel always eligible for monetization here are the new thresholds:
1. Watch time : 4000 Hours / past 12 months
2. Subscribers: 1000 / past 12 months
If you fall below any of these 2 parameters your channel will get demonetized. Effected users will be getting an email for the same.
– I got an email for one of my channel which could not cross the threshold. In past 12 months the watch-time was just 1,503 hours, and 151 subscribers.
– My other channel SQLwithManoj is not impacted as its has got enough hits and subscribers, i.e. 23,007 hours, and 3,200 subscribers, in last 12 months.
–> Here is the email that YouTube has sent to all their affected users:
Today we are announcing changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). While our goal remains to keep the YPP open to as many channels as possible, we recognize we need more safeguards in place to protect creator revenue across the YouTube ecosystem.
Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, XYZ, is no longer eligible for monetization because it doesn’t meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on February 20, 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated.
One of YouTube’s core values is to provide anyone the opportunity to earn money from a thriving channel. Creators who haven’t yet reached this new threshold can continue to benefit from our Creator Academy, our Help Center, and all the resources on the Creator Site to grow their channels. Once your channel reaches the new threshold, it will be reviewed to make sure it adheres to our policies and guidelines, and if so, monetization will be re-enabled.
The YouTube Team