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Level 66 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
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YouTube sent out emails to their partners this morning saying that they are demonetizing channels under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time.

YouTube is going to be demonetizing both of my YouTube channels in 30 days and I honestly feel like crying, I have put 5 years of hard work into this channel and I feel like YouTube has just given me a slap and a middle finger.

I have tried my best to rebrand, optimise and improve my channel as much as I can and now it almost feels like I’ve done all of that for nothing. Being a YouTuber isn’t about money, I have struggled with money my whole life but a little bit of money from YouTube every year helps a lot when you don’t have a full time job.

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  • Rhines
  • Level 46
  • Master Prince
  • February 23, 2018, 10:05 am
Ah, I found this while scrolling through your page.
While you do make a fair point, and it does seem fairly ridiculous in a certain mindset, it can also be taken in a different way. We could always call people greedy, but that’s the nature of humans. I think YouTube did this, not to earn more money, but to stop people who aren’t too serious about YouTubing from earning cash just because they put up a stupid video onto YouTube, slapped a clickbait title, and started earning clicks, but don’t actually get subs. While there are great small youtubers, like you, I believe it might be, at least, helping the people who put effort and care into their career, make more of an investment. Sorry if this sounds a bit rude, just tossing an idea out there xD
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • February 23, 2018, 10:41 am
Yes, I understand where you are coming from but I know a lot of small YouTubers like myself that are not getting the recognition that they deserve; I have the watch time, I don't have the subscribers; which is why I was demonetized. This whole situation is quite ironic as well, considering that YouTube has been like the Paul's and other YouTuber who constantly violate the YouTube terms and yet YouTube does nothing about it or they make up some kind of excuse.Also,
  • Rhines
  • Level 46
  • Master Prince
  • February 23, 2018, 10:54 am
But if they did something to stop those famous youtubers, millions would be extremely angry, not benefiting anyone. This isn't virtually about the terms of service, or anything like that. It's about how people who just don't have enough viewers or subs aren't able to make money off of youtube.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • February 24, 2018, 3:19 am
This whole situation is about adsense - YouTube are kicking out small YouTubers because we aren't making them enough adsense money and all of this is because YouTube was putting ads next to videos that break the YouTube terms and conditions (YouTube Adpocolypse) - the new terms do make sense but a lot of small YouTubers like me have been partnered for more than four years and we have been working for it but we still don't get the visibility we deserve on YouTube.
  • Isz
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • January 22, 2018, 1:11 am
Don't mean to be rude but if you've still got less than 1000 subs after five years maybe you should've put some time into getting a full time job then you wouldn't have money troubles. The small amount of money you'd get from a channel of that size is probably less than a days work, just saying.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 22, 2018, 4:08 am
I was in University for 5 years, doing work experience and I had an internship for three months - I've been looking for a full time job since March 2017. I've always treated YouTube as apart time job; don't assume that I've been doing nothing for the last five years and that it's easy to get a full time job.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:38 am
Hello everyone sorry that I haven't replied to any of your comments, an Admin gave me a temp ban because I got unwhitelisted from a Miinecraft server with stupid strict rules last year; I'll reply to your comments now and thanks for all of the support and understanding.
Boo-hoo; like they haven’t already done this last year.
I'm pretty young. And I only upload minecraft skin tutorial videos. I have 19 subs. The thing is, I haven't gotten any 'money' yet. And I don't want any. My parents defiantly haven't gotten any e-mails ... So.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:40 am
You have to pass a threshold to be monetised.
  • FEX___96
  • Level 74
  • Legendary Engineer
  • January 19, 2018, 7:52 am
:thinking:
  • iCubik
  • Level 20
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 18, 2018, 5:18 am
Sadly YouTube knows 's they can get away with it. Since there's no other website like YouTube that has the same amount of views or content creators.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:40 am
Yes
Watched a few videos on your channel and they are pretty entertaing, I'll help you out a bit. +1 sub
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:40 am
Thanks :)
  • AnimeFanFTW
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • January 17, 2018, 11:26 pm
Not even 1 month into 2018, and it's already looking terrible for content creators on Youtube :(
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:41 am
It's a sinking ship, it has been for the last three years...
How much money do you even get? From what I've heard, it shouldn't be that much if it's your channel's that small. Plus, I'm sure YouTube isn't your job, so how much does it even affect you?
  • Areo
  • Level 23
  • Expert Lumberjack
  • January 18, 2018, 8:41 am
"Being a YouTuber isn’t about money, I have struggled with money my whole life but a little bit of money from YouTube every years helps a lot when you don’t have a full time job."
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:41 am
^
While this is happening, other YouTubers, the big ones, are making jokes out of your sadness by posting videos that are titled "I'm shutting down my channel" or, "I'm really leaving" and then they just keep posting videos. Honestly, i think it's not just YouTube being cruel, because bigger YouTubers are technically making fun of people like you. Big YT Channels + YT Itself = pure cruelty.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:41 am
That always happens, they're just doing that for the click-bait and the quick buck...
Yeah...
Community sites like YouTube are ripe for exploitation because the user-base builds a trust with the system. Monetizing mass-media content on YouTube was, and still is, a way to generate a ton of revenue.

Google wants more, though, so they nudge small producers toward making more mass-media content by demonetizing those channels that aren't producing stuff that's catching on (i.e. smaller YouTubers). Small YouTubers and their communities, while a happy setup for you, isn't all that profitable and pulls views away from the cash-cows.

Wouldn't you want to change your content so it appeals to the mainstream if it meant that you would make money again?
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:45 am
My channel is doing just fine and I've optimised it to the point where I don't have to focus on popular topic; I've never like doing videos on trending topics because most of them are click bait and I don't care for them.
  • AviationWolf
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Ranger
  • January 17, 2018, 5:16 am
Susan Wojcicki is destroying YouTube. She and Google are the culprits behind YouTube's eventual downfall.
#GetRidOfWojcicki #LetAmazonRule
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:43 am
Yes she is.
  • pyaroshi
  • Level 43
  • Master Artist
  • January 17, 2018, 3:43 am
YouTube is going down. I remember the time there was no monetization for anyone, you know, back in 2008 or so. People used to upload just for fun. Obviously for many people it wasn't very motivating.
Monetization motivated a lot of great video creators to start uploading, and that's perfectly fine, but what makes me really angry is that the system is only beneficial for the big channels. It's fine if those channels deserve it, but let's be honest, there's a ton of many-k+ sub channels that grew virtually over night. Let's just say Youtube is unfair. They support what makes the most money to them. The worst of all is what you said, Youtube basically tells you you are not good enough. That's outraging.
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:45 am
Very true
  • Greystokey
  • Level 41
  • Master Mage
  • January 17, 2018, 3:11 am
YOUTUBE SHOULDNT BE HURTIN THE SMALL YOUTUBERS, JUST CUZ SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE OF THE BIGGER ONES!!!! THAT JUST AIN’T FRICKING RIGHT!
  • ShireenPlaysYT
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • January 20, 2018, 10:45 am
This.

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