YouTube Changes Monetization Rules for Small Content Creators and We Could Use Your Help

Thank you to everyone that has subscribed to theTVaholic YouTube Channel over the last few days. Still 212 away from the 1000 subscribers needed to remain part of the #YouTubePartnerProgram, but very grateful to all that have subscribed thus far.

Being dropped from the program means no longer receiving a share of ad revenue from any ads that play against your videos. My channel has never brought in a ton of money, but it has helped cover some of the hosting costs for my sites and podcasts.

On FebruaryJanuary 16th, 2018 many YouTube content creators received the following email:

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.

What’s Changing

Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, theTVaholic, 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.

So, would very much appreciate anyone who hasn’t subscribed yet going over to and clicking on the red Subscribe button. Am actually a little short on watch time too, so if you wanted to watch a video or two that would be great too.

But, as mentioned above, I’m not the only one being affected by this change in policy. Many of my fellow TV blogger/podcaster friends are in the same spots with their channels. So, if you like TV interviews and other related video content, please subscribe to them as well:

I get what YouTube is doing. With the watch time needed they want active channels, in both views and adding new content to keep those views coming, and with the subscriber numbers they want strong accounts. With both requirements, it cuts down on the number of channels and helps them by making it less likely that ads will play against content that advertisers wouldn’t want their brand associated with. The things I don’t like about it are how out of the blue the change was and how big of a change from the minimum requirement being 10000 total views on your channel it was. But, it’s their site and they can do what they want, I just wish they implemented these changes better and/or gave a little more time to deal with them.

Anyways, thanks for your help. We all appreciate it.

Update 1.29.2018: Now 173 away from 1000.
Update 2.21.2018: Now 128 away from 1000.
Update 3.15.2018: Now 115 away from 1000, but have hit the 4000 hour watchtime.

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