The other day I posted a Tweet and it created a bit of interest and conversation.
YouTube displays ads before my videos. I don't earn any money from those ad because my YouTube channel is not monetized!
The ads you see on my videos are benefiting the advertiser and YouTube, not me.
How do you get monetized by YouTube?
To be eligible to earn money from YouTube you need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours.
Subscribers is fairly self explanatory. And I've surpassed that milestone, I have 1,919. And I'm grateful to everyone who has hit that subscribe button.
The other requirement to get monetized is watch hours. These are calculated over a 12month period. So over the course of a year you need people to have watched at least 4,000 hours of your videos. It doesn't need to be new videos they watch, any video on your channel that folk watch counts towards the watch time.
This is the criteria I have not made yet.
I make YouTube content in my spare time
My YouTube channel isn't a work activity. I do it in my own time. I use my own equipment, my own resources to create videos.
My work don't pay for me to create content on my YouTube channel. I create YouTube content for the work's channel during work hours, but nothing I do on my own channel is supported by my work.
How can you support me?
There are a few things you can do that will help me:
- Watch my videos. Watch them in their entirety. Help rack up those watch hours. Each minute, each 5 minutes, each 10minutes you watch adds up.
- Like. If you watch a video and enjoy it, hit the like button. It's a simple action, but it not only shows me the content folk like but also helps YouTube understand the content that is useful to their viewers.
- Share. Again if you've watched a video and liked it, share it on your social media. Help others find my content and channel. Again it really helps YouTube to understands what content is useful and encourages them to show it to others.
All of those actions only take a few moments of your time.
Did you know when a channel is monetized they can remove ads all together?
One thing I don't think a lot of people understand is once a channel has reached the 1,000 subscriber and 4,000 watch hour mark. They can actually turn of ads all together.
No adverts will be displayed before, during or after your videos. Giving viewers an ad free experience.
Now of course this means you aren't earning any money but it's a great way of helping your viewers get that ad free experience.
Some videos to watch
Thank you to everyone that watches my videos, subscribes to my YouTube channel and supports me, it means the world. If you haven't already seen my channel and videos, I've picked out some videos you might enjoy: