YouTube Channel Monetization Policies

Today I’m exploring what to do about getting my YouTube channel monetized by reviewing their monetization policies. Posts like these are on my blog because they represent issues that I had while I continue to build my work from home online business.

I have put them here so that I can record and share my trials with other digital online entrepreneurs in the community. Feel free to leave a comment below or share your problems as well.

Actual vs Required

At the time of writing this blog entry my channel only had 64 subscribers and 92 public watch hours.

As you can see, my channel requires for YouTube channel monetization the minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 public watch hours.

Once approved as a YouTube partner, I’m eligible to earn money from my videos, get creator support, and lots more. But what are their policies?

Policies Overview

According to YouTube’s website help page as of January 2020 this is what it said…

There are no changes to their policies or enforcement with this article update.

They updated their article for clarity and to give more detail around their monetization policies for channels. If you want to join or remain in the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll need to follow these policies.

The policies in this article apply to your channel as a whole, and not just individual videos. If you want to learn about when you can and cannot turn on ads for individual videos, you can check out their advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

If you’re monetizing on YouTube, it’s important that your channel follows YouTube monetization policies, which include:

These policies apply to anyone in, or looking to apply to, the YouTube Partner Program.

If you want to monetize videos with ads, you must also meet their Advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

Here’s a quick overview of each major policy. Make sure you read each policy thoroughly, as these policies are used to check if a channel is suitable to monetize. Their reviewers regularly check to see if monetizing channels follow these policies. Learn more about how we enforce our policies.

What YouTube Reviews On Your Channel

Their reviewers check content that best represents your channel against their policies, but their reviewers can’t check every video so they may focus on your channel’s:

  • Main theme
  • Most viewed videos
  • Newest videos
  • Biggest proportion of watch time
  • Video metadata (including titles, thumbnails, and descriptions)

The above are just examples of content their reviewers may assess. Note that their reviewers can, and may check other parts of your channel to see if it fully meets their policies.


This top level overview basically tells me that I need to:

  1. upload longer watch time videos
  2. focus on effective video metadata; and
  3. keep all of my videos congruent with my theme

I guess I have a lot more work to do. I’ll write another up date soon. Got to get more reading done now. I hope this article helped you learn about YouTube Channel Monetization Policies

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