Youtube has changed a lot since I opened my first account back in 06 December 2006.
And yet, more changes have been announced. I received the following notice about one of my accounts:
This particular account has been running since 05 September 2010, this was always a kind of back-up account and I never really paid much attention to it. As I did neglect the channel, I never really had more than around 70 subscribers and never added monitisation to videos there where to short.
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 recognise that 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, Bella S., is no longer eligible for monetisation because it does not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetisation tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on 20 February 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 Centre 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, monetisation will be re-enabled.
From the last 28 days (as off today 19/01/2018) this is the following for that page:
The sad thing is that I was actually considering reviving this channel with videos about how I animate and illustrate using free open source software.
I can only assume that my first youtube page will also be removed from the Youtube Partnership program because that page has also been neglected for a while.
I have to really take into consideration my many accounts with Youtube and other Goggle services since they have been making so many changes.
I have been exploring Facebook videos as an alternative - the views do very well because people are more willing to share your videos with their family and friends. Vimeo may be another alternative.
Of course the appeal of Youtube was having the partnership program, but I not very happy to all this changes. Nothing about youtube supports small channels like my own, they are supporting the existing creators but not the new and small channels.
Unfortunately many users have abused this system for a long time, so I can understand why youtube is trying to make the program more exclusive.
I have a few blogs - blogger and hubpages - but earn very little from adsense - the bulk of the earnings where from my older youtube accounts and videos.
My new Youtube channel are without ads by choice - the aim being to provide video for kids without any ads - NO ADS Mia Kids.
I will still create and publish my videos on Youtube, but now it will be impossible for the little creative channels to gain any attention on youtube.
I will concentrate my efforts on Facebook and other media sites, and keep look for other alternatives to share my work with the public.
I been also hoping to grow my Patreon page, because I liked the idea of having people back me up financially so I could keep creating without having to have a lot of ads on my videos anyway.
I want to keep creating videos for toddles and babies, but more important I want to write and illustrate kids books for creative commons and to have printable versions of the books available for free. For that, I ask for support via patreon or paypall. The more support I gain - the more I can create.
Visit my patreon page to find out more about my work:
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Best of luck to you!!