What’s Going on with YouTube Demonetization?

You may not have heard about what’s going on with YouTube recently. Many prominent YouTubers have been complaining over the past couple days about receiving notifications from YouTube about videos being demonetized.

The reasons, according to YouTube, are because advertisers don’t want certain types of videos to feature their ads. So, if you use titles, tags, or descriptions that use certain keywords that are basically blacklisted, then your video will lose its monetized status. This can include topics like suicide, rape, murder, death, drugs, war, and so on. Even legitimate news videos that talk about the war with ISIS are being demonetized.

But guess what? This has been going on for quite some time. It’s only that YouTube has made their notification system better, so now people actually know about their videos being demonetized, and they’re able to request that YouTube review the video and restore the monetized status. But what has people really upset is that many videos have been demonetized for months without notification, and that translates as lost revenue for the creators.

Again, this is not something new. This has been going on for a long time from what I’ve heard. It’s just that creators now know about it. The appeal process takes a couple days, but a lot of YouTubers have been getting their videos monetized again.

People are claiming censorship. No, it isn’t. The videos are still there. It’s just that advertisers don’t want certain kinds of videos to have their ads. YouTube just did this in a very poor way, and only recently started letting people know that it has been happening for a long time. Nothing has changed other than the notification system actually working and the ability to appeal being put in place.

This doesn’t affect me, and shouldn’t affect me. I don’t talk about anything controversial and I don’t put any kind of titles, descriptions, or tags that are offensive. However, with some book titles, I may have to watch how they’re handled in the future. None of my videos have been demonetized. The only ones I didn’t monetize are those that have public performances, music, and sumo, but that’s for copyright reasons.

I’m not panicking. I’m not getting upset. I can understand why this has happened, though I don’t know why YouTube hadn’t been more forthcoming with what they were doing with the videos in the past. Now that they are notifying content creators, appeals can be done in a timely manner.

What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments below.

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Month in Review – August 2016

Slight recovery for August. The numbers were better than July and April, but not so great. However, the second half of the month was looking much better! August ended with 1466 followers, an increase of 56.

August Stats

August was pretty slow. The average number of views per day was 88, the second worst of the year. Only 9 out of 31 days reached 100 views, though it improved toward the second half of the month. The best day was August 7th with 142 views. The total number of views in August was 2,733, the 23rd month in a row over 2,000. August ended with 88,485 views. There were 62 posts in August, bringing it to a total of 2,009.

In July, there were 364 comments, which was pretty low again. That brings it to a total of 15,745.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,334 views)
  2. Canada (346 views)
  3. United Kingdom (261 views)
  4. Japan (141 views)
  5. India (114 views)
  6. Australia (97 views)
  7. Belgium (46 views)
  8. Germany (28 views)
  9. Spain (25 views)
  10. France (22 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts of August were:

  1. YouTube’s End Card Feature (62 views)
  2. Authors Answer 93 – The Practicality Engine (58 views)
  3. Authors Answer 92 – Lemons and Steel (55 views)
  4. Proxima Centauri b – Our Newest Neighbour (42 views)
  5. No Man’s Sky – First Impressions (41 views)

Authors Answer did quite well in August. The format for the month was popular. The most popular post written before August was one of the old popular posts, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality. It had 65 views.

With the improved use of social media in the second half of the month, I noticed an increase in views. But there were still several posts that underperformed. They were not promoted enough. These are the ones that didn’t do so well, but I think deserve a second look:

Quite a lot again. I noticed most are from the first half of the month. Bad social media promotion is to blame, I think.

Reviews

I’ve done a few of my old reviews on video. Check out my YouTube channel below.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,586 followers, which is a small increase of 36.  I follow 3,536, which is up by 58. I finished with 9,253 tweets, with 125 coming in August. That’s not so many.

On YouTube, I uploaded 28 videos in August.  I have 171 subscribers, which is an increase of 35 from last month.  The month ended with 15,470 views, which is an increase of 2,160. Very good month, though helped by the two viral videos I had. September should be lower again.

On Facebook, my author page has 81 followers, which is up by 1.

On Patreon, I have 0 patrons contributing $0 per month. I don’t expect much until I really start to promote it.

Looking Ahead to September

Something big is happening in September, and that’s new Authors Answer contributors! We’ll also have our 100th Authors Answer at the end of the month. Hard to believe it’s been that many editions.

Hopefully, I’ll have some reviews up, as well as finishing a book or two. That would be nice to get over my reading slump.

On YouTube, I’ll continue as before, but hoping for some improvements, such as end cards. I’ve seen some improvement in subscriptions recently, and that coincides with better editing and more creative videos. I hope the trend continues.

I slowed down a bit with The Star Trek Project in the last couple weeks, but I hope to get back at it.

Basically, I feel that September is a month in which I try to improve many aspects: the blog, videos, and social media.

So, let’s look forward to September!