YouTube monetization is every creator’s dream, and the key to achieving that is through the YouTube Partner Program. In 2007 after YPP’s launch, the platform focused on encouraging creators to earn on Youtube. However, YT’s policies state that it holds the right to demonetize any YouTube video.
What is YPP?
The YouTube Partner Program gives creators direct access to YouTube’s many features and resources and qualifies revenue sharing opportunities. Through YPP, creators can access Creator Support Teams, Copyright Match Tool, and Monetization features.
To be eligible for YPP, you must:
- Follow YouTube monetization policies.
- Live in a location where YPP is available.
- Have more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months.
- Have at least 1,000 subscribers.
- Link your YT channel to your Google AdSense account.
If YouTube wrongly demonetizes your video, here’s what you need to do.
Request a manual review
When a video is uploaded on YouTube, the platform’s automated filters review the video to ensure it is advertiser-friendly. Unfortunately, sometimes, the filters get it wrong, and your video ends up being wrongly demonetized. In this case, you must request a human review.
To do this, go to your demonetized video from your Video Manager and select “request review.” After following a few instructions, YouTube will assign a customer support assistant who manually reviews your video for monetization. They will check your video content, title, thumbnail, description, and tags to see if they follow YouTube’s monetization policies. You can check the status of the review in your Video Manager.
Use the self-certification feature
YouTube’s self-certification feature lets creators self-rate their videos. With this new feature, you can tell YouTube what your video is all about, which will then be check by their automated systems. If this doesn’t work, you can go back to step 1 and request a human review.
You can do this to all your new videos or previously uploaded videos that have ads turned on. To rate your videos, you will have to:
- Upload a video through YouTube Studio
- When uploading, select monetization > on > done > next.
- Click on relevant features from advance settings > next.
- Fill in the Ad suitability questionnaire > submit rating > next.
- The checks page will review your rating > next.
- Choose a visibility status for your video.
- Click on done.
Self-identify your videos
When filling your self-certification questionnaire, you need to be honest about your video content. If your content is advertiser-friendly and follows all the guidelines, simply select “no.”
But, if your video content violates any of the guidelines, you need to inform YouTube and explain why it does so. This can help them during the human review process and evaluate your case fairly.
Learn more about making money on YouTube through our YT Monetization Guide.