The recent YouTube changes make it harder to monetize your YouTube account, but it’s certainly not impossible!
It seems as though YouTube is constantly moving the bar and making it harder for small YouTubers to monetize their content. When I started my first channel, I was able to monetize my content almost immediately. When my husband started his channel shortly after, the conditions were that a YouTuber had to have 10,000 views before they could use the partner program.
This first change was made because YouTube lost a large number of advertisers because of the content being monetized. YouTube believed that making it harder to monetize would fix this problem. On February 20, 2018, though, a bunch of new YouTube changes went into effect. Now, YouTubers must have a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewed content. This was a massive blow to small YouTubers that had just started or did YouTube as a hobby.
If you’re in that position, you may be thinking that YouTube isn’t worth your time anymore.
I assure you: That’s not the case.
There are a few different ways you can monetize your YouTube account. Keep reading for a few ideas.