Are you one of the hundreds and thousands of new YouTube creators looking to make money from your videos? Are you struggling to get more than a hundred or even 1,000 views? Well, your main focus shouldn’t be making money any more as YouTube has now set a minimum limit of 10,000 views before your video would be eligible for advertisements.
For newer YouTube creators out there, this comes at the worst possible time. It isn’t easy getting thousands of views when you’re just starting out. But according to the official YouTube blog, this is a measure they are forced to take in order to discourage those users who just recreate other people’s content.
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“For millions of creators, making videos on YouTube isn’t just a creative outlet, it’s a source of income. We set up the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) in 2007. Today, more creators are making a living on YouTube than ever before. However, with this growth we’ve started seeing cases of abuse where great, original content is re-uploaded by others who try to earn revenue from it,” said a portion of the release.
“To help protect creator revenue, we recently made it easy for anyone to report an impersonating channel. To date, this change has helped us terminate hundreds of thousands of channels violating our policies. Now, we’re taking another step to protect creators by updating the thresholds required to join the YouTube Partner Program.”
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When will YouTube Creators Start Facing This?
This step by YouTube has basically gone into effect from Thursday, April 6, 2017. Any videos and channels beyond this point will be reviewed and carefully considered before being inducted into their partner program.
The positive point of this whole move by YouTube is that 10,000 views is not a requirement for each video which is uploaded. Instead, it’s a threshold on the entire channel and having received that many views throughout its lifetime. For YouTube creators who are creating good and genuine content, that should not be too hard of an achievement to reach.
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YouTube would like content creators to closely read and follow their detailed ‘community guidelines’ and ‘advertiser policies’. YouTube’s main source of revenue comes from advertisements, so in the end, enforcing such a measure to ensure their advertisers are well taken care of is just natural. This has allowed the video sharing service to ban thousands of channels and take down a considerate number of flagged videos to maintain a certain level of quality.
Since YouTube has now launched its very own TV service, let’s see how these measures will be taken by the community members who depend on it to make a living.
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