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I Was Demonetized on YouTube!

I didn’t think it would happen, but it did. Two of my videos were demonetized. Actually, they’re the same video, but on two different channels. They differ slightly in captions and the ending clip.

Why were they demonetized? I can only guess that the algorithm used to demonetize videos caught a key word in my video’s tags and description, most likely “passed away” or “pet loss.” However, looking at the terms of service, this video should be okay. What may trigger the demonetization is that they think it’s a sensitive subject or may not be advertiser friendly.

I have contacted YouTube to see if they’ll restore monetization for the video on my main channel. If successful, I try the same thing for the video on my vlog channel. They should contact me within a day, so I’ll update soon.

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.

Income from YouTube

As you all know, I’m making videos on YouTube, and have already done three new ones in the past week. That’s a pretty good pace for me. It’s a pace I’d like to keep up. I’ll be doing short vlog style videos for a while about our move to Canada. They’ll mainly just be me talking and maybe showing you what I see (especially when we’re on the move, going places).

The videos for A Taste of Japan will be coming, don’t worry. I’ve found them difficult to work on because of the amount of time required to edit them. They are big videos with many pieces to stitch together. I’ll be doing another video for that this weekend, actually. Going to Kawazu in Ito City, Shizuoka. It’s on the Izu Peninsula, which is famous for hot springs and resorts. We’ll be seeing the Kawazuzakura, or Kawazu cherry trees, which should be in full bloom. We’ll be spending a night with my wife’s parents at a hotel there, and we can enjoy some hot springs. Believe it or not, that’ll be the first time I’m experiencing hot springs in Japan! I’ll be sure to take whatever video I can for another installment of A Taste of Japan.

But what I want to mention is that once we get to Canada, I’m going to have my YouTube channel monetized. That means that I’ll be getting advertising income from Google/YouTube, though it’ll be incredibly small. That is unless I can get more subscribers and views. I currently have 45 subscribers (the 45th subscribed yesterday!), and haven’t been consistent in creating content, so I understand that small number. But now that I’m getting serious about it, I hope to increase that number by quite a bit. So, this is where you come in. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would be incredibly grateful. And whenever you can, please share my videos.

The future of my channel looks bright. In addition to the immigration vlog, I’ll be doing travel videos for Japan and Canada in the short term. I also plan on doing a lot of videos related to books and writing, though I’m not sure what direction to take that yet. Actually, if you have any suggestions about what I could do, that would be great. I’m always open to that. You can leave your suggestions in the comments below. And thanks to those of you who subscribe!