This week I received an email from YouTube that basically explained they were changing the criterea for which channels would be allowed to monetise. They were making it harder for the little guy, now requiring 4,000 hours of watch time in the last 12 months and at least 1,000 subscribers.
Although they don't say this, I'm reasonably sure the reason is due to their fear of losing advertisers over the 'scandal' of them being put before inappropriate videos. Over the last couple of months YouTube introduced an algorythm of some kind that would try and flag these videos and probably around 50-60% of mine would be flagged and I would have to ask for a manual review before they would allow monetisation.
Simply removing all the new/small channels will probably be a much easier way for YouTube to control this, hence the new criterea.
For my main channel, AndroidAndyUK, this is not a problem. I have both of those boxes ticked, but for my personal YouTube channel I do not.
So why am I posting about this then? Becuase although my personal channel is mainly for personal stuff, I have done some none tech related reviews on there for things like mattresses or motorbike locks, some of which do very well. With me no longer being able to monetise these I figure I may as well move them over onto AndroidAndyUK.
So, look out for some rather different videos being uploaded over the next day or two. Let me know in the comments of the video if you think this is a bad idea, or use the contact me page on this site. Thanks.