To get yourself and your channel accepted for YouTube's monetization, you must get accepted by YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
A user won't lose access to YouTube's monetization until he/she successfully follows the policy. Once the user drops below the YouTube threshold or violates the advertiser-friendly guidelines, YouTube has the right to remove the monetization after giving a warning.
When YouTube checks a site or video for monetization, it thoroughly reviews the channel's theme, most viewed videos, recent videos, videos with the most watch time, and other video metadata. However, you never know when a reviewer might have time to check out additional details and parts of your channel for more in-depth revision.
YouTube monetization policy gets updated often; to save yourself from any dilemma, one must be updated to all the changing policies at all times. This can benefit the channel, as well as help users make good money.
Further, in this article, we will discuss how you must maintain your threshold and keep your YouTube channel top-notch to stay the monetization intact.
How Can You Lose YouTube's Monetization?
Losing monetization is far more easier than availing it. Suppose, due to any reason, you face a downfall and cannot maintain and stay intact with YouTube's monetization policy. In that case, your channel gets demonetized and your content will no longer make you any profit.
Here are some things you must keep in mind, if you don’t want to lose monetization on your content:
1. Copyright Strikes
YouTube has a strict policy when it comes to monetization. Videos that are 100% unique and do not contain any audio or video from any other source are only eligible for monetization. Even when you post the video, it will only be monetized after it fits the guidelines stated by YouTube. If you are using other people’s work in your videos, then YouTube will most likely demonetize your content. This will also result in you not being accepted to enter the YouTube Partner Program.
2. Not Posting for Over Six Months
According to monetization policy, you must have an active channel. You should post engaging and valuable content regularly to keep your viewers interested so they keep coming back to your channel. If, for any reason, you don’t post on your channel for more than six months, then YouTube will discontinue monetization on your channel.
3. 4000 Watch Hours in 12 Months
There are many misunderstandings regarding this point when it comes to YouTube’s monetization. To put it into simple words, your video must have 4000 hours of Watch Time from anywhere in the world within the last 12 months of your application to the YouTube Partner Program.
4. 1000 Subscribers
Your YouTube channel must have at least 1000 subscribers for it to be eligible for monetization. If somehow, your subscriber count decreases from this number, then YouTube monetization can be removed from your account.
Keep in mind that YouTube’s monetization is very efficient, and it keeps check off all the monetized content and channels at all times. Failure in following any of the provided guidelines or policies can result in YouTube disabling its monetization from your channel.
Apart from YouTube’s community guidelines, terms of service, and copyright, the YouTube content creator trying to get himself/herself monetized must also follow Google AdSense program policies to have a smooth sail and no mishap.