Don’t worry if you are losing YouTube monetisation – Here’s why!

About one month ago YouTube implemented their new monetisation criteria. According to that, many new YouTubers thought they must acquire 4000 hours of watch time and 1000 subscribers in their first year of YouTubing. This is simply a misconception. We believe this is the right time to eradicate that wrong idea among YouTubers. Also, don’t worry if you are losing YouTube monetisation – Here’s why!

YouTube monetisation criteria

The misconception and the fact

The thing is that YouTube never put any time frame for acquiring the milestone of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time. It’s just that if you want to enable monetisation on your YouTube channel, you must have achieved this criteria in last 365 days which is the previous one year or twelve months – that’s all.

So people who have lost YouTube monetisation on 20th February, don’t you just worry. Because as soon as you have reached the above mentioned target line, you’ll be able to apply for YouTube monetisation.




How much money are you losing in the meantime?

Let me assume that you, a new YouTuber who had monetisation enabled on your channel before 20th February have negligible amount of cumulative watch time and subscribers. So if this new monetisation policy didn’t come into effect, how much do you think you would have earned before reaching 4000 hours of watch time? Just know that it should be within $100 unless you are a native English speaker.

So just forget about this $100 and move on; work hard and earnestly on YouTubing, Let’s hope you will surely reach the milestone of 4000 hours of watch time and 1000 subscribers, that too sooner than you think. You just have to focus on quality content – remember it. Quality and exquisite content will bring you success some day. And it will come through bigger average watch time than your competitors.

Don’t worry if you are losing YouTube monetisation

Now you surely get our point: even if your YouTube monetisation is currently disabled on your channel because of the new policies introduced lately, you’re NOT banned for monetisation for ever.

Finally, if you’re really passionate about YouTubing, then never ever quit on it. Also be sure to choose a suitable niche: this particular action will make your success easier. Happy earnings on YouTube!

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Ask yourself first why you like to Boost YouTube Videos and then go ahead

This article is about boosting your YouTube videos through your wallet, i.e. paid promotion. I’ve got thousands of questions on this topic over the years: whether and how to boost YouTube videos by spending money. Not that I’m against paid promotion, but the purposes YouTubers choose to go for it are often wrong. As a result their money is simply gone to waste.

What is boosting anyway?

When you decide to artificially boost any of your YouTube videos you have to spend some money. In exchange of this, you get some views and likes on that video. Now let us explain what happens when your YouTube video is paid promoted. (This article is on whether to boost YouTube videos)

You must have seen ads on YouTube videos: display and skippable (unskippable ads are very few in number). What do you do to these ads in general? I can bet in 95% cases you simply cancel the banner display ads and skip the skippable ads after watching them for only a couple of seconds. The same thing happens to your video while it is being promoted on others’ YouTube videos.




Is paid promotion of YouTube videos worth it? Think twice before you boost youtube videos

Now let me ask you a question: what is your purpose behind paid promotion? Are you simply looking for the number of views that are being added to your channel through this? Are you looking to get your YouTube channel approved for monetization? If yes, then you should also remember: 4000 hours of watch time is needed for that. Do you honestly think a few seconds of watch time on each promoted view could gather enough as to make a total of that milestone? I highly doubt that.

So my point here is if your purpose to boost YouTube videos is only to be eligible for monetization, then it is a wrong one. Some might opine that boosting on a high scale is surely capable of fetching 4000 hours of watch time. Well, think about the amount of money you need for that; it would be at least a few thousands of dollars. How long do you think you’ll have to take to earn that back from YouTubing?

If it was like once you’re enabled for monetization, you would still be getting the same rate of views afterwards, then it would have been worth spending that huge sum of money. But the reality is, once you stop doing paid promotion, the number of views on your channel’s videos will sharply decline and come back to the state it was previously at. (This article is on whether to boost YouTube videos)

viewers’ engagement is hardly present in YouTube paid promotion

Now you might be thinking as to why’s that. Why does your channel come to point ‘zero’ after the paid promotion and the expenditure of all this money? The reason behind this is that through this sort of promotion your YouTube videos hardly get viewers’ engagement.

Before arguing against the above statement provided by me, just consider what you do yourself. How many YouTube ads do you click on per 100 views? If you say you click frequently on ads, then what do you do if it’s an advert to visit someone else’s channel? How much interested do you feel in doing that, honestly?

If you get my point, then know this (in case you didn’t already): most viewers of YouTube behave the same way you do: skip the ads. Well, for your information, your YouTube videos could have good level of viewers’ engagement if they have quality content. Videos with exquisite quality don’t need to be boosted by spending money, they get views and watch time on their own. (This article is on whether to boost YouTube videos)

Quality content on YouTube videos does really matter

If your videos have more than average quality content, then viewers will watch them for longer periods. That way YouTube’s artificial intelligence will prefer your videos over others. So your videos will be organically promoted on YouTube, you won’t have to spend money for that.

The more people watch your videos, the more subscribers you get. And this way when you’ll have gathered a lot of subscribers (like 10k/20k), you’ll be said to have a good audience base who represent your viewers’ engagement. These people then stick to your channel for prolonged time periods and they often watch your videos: they basically become your fans and followers. (This article is on whether to boost YouTube videos)



If you’re willing to give money to YouTube just like that, then YouTube is also ready to accept it

Yeah, I mean everything of the above statement. Remember that at the end of the day, Google’s aim is to do business and earn money. They don’t care what purpose you have in your mind when you choose to go for paid promotion of your videos. They’re simply happy to have your money. Now don’t be thinking that I’m against Google; because I’m NOT. Neither am I strictly against paid promotion, as I told you guys before.

That being said, let me suggest you once again: be thoughtful before doing any such promotion. Ask yourself what is your primary purpose behind this. Don’t be stupid to spend a lump of money for nothing which you’re not sure you can earn back. Another point to note here is that boosted views are not monetized, that means these views can’t earn you money. (This article is on whether to boost YouTube videos)

you have to spend money to boost youtube videos
you have to spend money to boost youtube videos, right?
What did you think YouTube adopted the new criterIon of 4000 hours of watch time for?

In case you didn’t know the answer to the above question, here’s it: YouTube adopted this new policy to make sure that only the quality creators can sustain on this platform. In other words, YouTube wants to ensure justice for all YouTubers on the basis of merit and capability.

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YouTube Video Ideas for Beginners – Episode 2

photography is one of great YouTube Video Ideas

This is basically the second part of ‘Profitable YouTube channel ideas‘. In the previous part, we discussed about makeup, gaming, food, yoga, fitness, unboxing products, tech reviews, travel, fashion and sports. Now in this episode we’re going to discuss a few other YouTube video ideas for beginners. They are listed and described below.

Digital marketing

Many people now a days are interested in YouTube marketing, affiliate marketing, network marketing, CPA marketing etc. All these are examples of digital marketing. If you think you’re good at any particular type of marketing, then go ahead and teach people broadly on that through a series of YouTube videos published on your channel. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

Animals

You must have noticed that TV channels like Animal Planet, NATGEO and History are very popular among people of all ages and classes. Based on this, many YouTubers are lately recording and publishing videos on animals. A few days ago I found a YouTube channel where the YouTuber was chasing crocodiles and other reptiles. Now his channel was no less popular than the TV show ‘Croc Chronicles’ run by Dr. Brad or something like that (honestly, I forgot his name).



Humor

There are YouTube channels out there which are based on ‘prank’. Although lately a few countries including Bangladesh have banned prank videos to be made publicly (specially associating common people), still these videos are unimaginably popular among young viewers. So if you’re good at humor, then you can give it a try by creating prank videos or other ‘humor’ videos like telling jokes.

I have seen YouTubers make a group, sit on couch together and take each others’ interviews in a really hilarious manner. This sort of footage pulls young people like magnet, hence YouTube videos like these are likely to get higher average watch time which is the key to success in YouTubing. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

Lifestyle

Now a days people are extremely conscious about their lifestyle; everyone is willing to lead a healthy, comfortable and happy life. So if you’re going to create lifestyle videos, chances are you’re going to acquire a huge fanbase as well. But in order to do that you have to be knowledgeable about latest trends, hairstyle and dress code.

If you can prove yourself good at that, many people may choose to follow you on YouTube on their own. There’s another advantage of this niche: when your channel will be big enough, brands will be chasing you to feature their particular products and services. So they’ll be offering you free products like shirts, trousers, T-shirts, sneakers etc. every now and then. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

Photography

Photography can prove to be one of great YouTube video ideas. It’s suitable for those who have taken it as their hobby. So while you photograph scenery from around your neighborhood or special places like jungle or woods, you can share your work with your audience through YouTube videos.

You can even train people how to photograph properly: what are the techniques and the secrets. People would love to learn those and your channel might grow like a ‘boom’. Then again, you should choose photography as your channel’s niche if and only if you find a lot of interest in it and also already have learnt enough about it. It’s not like that you’re going to learn photography from scratch and then share your ‘recently acquired’ knowledge with common people. It’s no use trying that way.

Movie

If you’re a movie lover, then you can choose it as the niche of your YouTube channel. You can prepare top 10 actors, top 10 films and top 10 directors video. You’ll find a lot of topics to cover while creating top 10 videos. On the other hand, you can even create review videos: how a particular film was, where you found some defects and/or where they could have improved etc.

Not only that, but you can also use creative commons clips to compile and create new ones. For example: I have seen people to create funny dub mash of movie clips. Some even dubbed clips in their own languages and released them on YouTube. So you see that if you’re interested in movie clips, ideas are not a problem. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

How to

You can create YouTube videos based on how to do a certain thing like how to check your own phone number, how to make cake, or even how to tie a tie. ‘How to’ videos can range from technical to many non-technical sub-niches. It all depends on what you’re good at.

So before choosing ‘how to’ as the niche of your channel, you have to look within yourself and ask what sort of ‘how to’ videos you’re going to create. This has to be a long term plan because switching to another niche in the midst of your YouTubing activities may NOT be a good idea. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

Nutrition

You know ‘nutrition’ is must for everyone. So people around the globe are looking for nutritious foods at comparatively lower cost. The point is if you are a nutrition specialist then you may base your YouTube channel on it. ‘Nutrition’ channels differ from ‘Food’ channels in that in food channels the YouTuber mainly displays how to prepare delicious and attractive dishes.

But as a nutrition YouTuber, your primary purpose is to present to people which foods are rich in nutrition. You also need to specify which group/age of people need which particular variety of nutrition. In addition, you have to point out what sort of food a patient needs to take more after recovering from a certain medical condition. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)



Software: one of greatest YouTube Video Ideas

‘Software’ based channels are a special type of ‘tech-reviews’ channels. But they differ to some extent in that these channels talk about only software. They talk about graphics design and video editing software like Adobe Premiere and Photoshop. They also talk about programming languages like C, C++, visual basic etc. As a ‘software’ YouTuber you may hint out the specifications of a newly released software or its latest version, even an operating system like Windows 10.

If you’re a computer science and/or Engineering or an IT graduate or simply a diploma holder, then ‘software’ might be a good niche for your YouTube channel. For example, ‘TheNewBoston’ is one of my favorite YouTube channels and the YouTuber teaches common people like you and me how to program in different programming languages and also how to do things like web design. He has found immense success on his channel and blog. So if you consider yourself a techy guy, you can try this particular type of niche for your channel.

Music

‘Music’ as one of YouTube video ideas AKA niches is a lot like ‘Movies’. If you’re a constant fan of music, then you can give it a try. That means, you can create a channel based on music reviews. No matter what sort of music you prefer, you will always find a strong fanbase of that. You can even feature music from multiple genre, languages and nations. So you see nothing is forbidden when it comes to music.

You can also create cover songs if you’re good at singing, or you have friends who can sing and will allow you to shoot them while they do that. Then again, may be you’re good at music composition and lyrics writing. In that case compose your own music and sing it, or have it sung by another individual or a group of people; you can make them partners on your YouTube channel. This sort of formation/grouping can prove to be good for not only you, but your associates also. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

Hair care

Hair is probably the most important part of a person’s looks. In modern days, many people have been losing their hair because of malnutrition and even hypertension. So it is the urge of current days that everyone must take good care of their hair, or they might end up being bald.

Now if you are a hair stylist and know how to properly groom your hair, then you can teach people how to do that. Then again, may be you’re a hair dresser yourself. In that case, you should definitely create a YouTube channel based on latest hairstyles and how to ‘hair-do’. (This post is on YouTube Video Ideas)

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Profitable YouTube Channel Ideas for newbies – Episode 1

This blogpost is for new YouTubers who are wondering as to which niche they should choose to have success on their YouTube channels. The thing is that you have to look inside you for YouTube Channel Ideas and figure out what you’re goo at. When it comes to YouTubing niche, you shouldn’t possibly be a copycat, it’s totally useless.

Just because one of your friends or associates has been successful on a particular niche doesn’t mean that you can shine on that too. You can nevertheless try it if you’re confident that you can make a fortune out of it. With that said, here we present twenty one nice YouTubing niches one out of which a new YouTuber can try. They are listed and described below. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Makeup

If you’re good at makeup, you can train people on that. And these tutorials may be based on YouTube. There are countless girls out there who want to look stunning in parties and interviews. Teach them how to do that properly. Then again, may be you’re a makeup man working for a film or drama productions company. In that case, let people know the details of this specialized profession and how to make a living out of it.



Gaming: one of great YouTube channel ideas

You may have noticed that most of the top YouTube channels with highest earnings are all gaming ones. The reason behind this is that it is really hard to look away from a gaming footage, no matter how old you are. That way gaming channels tend to have greater average watch time compared to other niches’ channels. So the point is that if you love gaming, you can try making a living out of it. Why not earning while you’re enjoying playing video, computer or play station games?

Yoga & fitness

People now a days are becoming more conscious day by day about their health and fitness. Many even have been trying Yoga and stuff. So if you think you are one expert fellow on these topics/niches, then you can give it a try. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Unboxing products

This can prove to be a great niche if you buy new products every now and then. You may record a footage while you unbox your products and then upload that on your YouTube channel. Trust me, there are hundreds of thousands of people who love to watch footages of unboxing products. This is because this sort of footage gives them an impression that the products actually belong to them. It also helps them understand what they might expect when they unbox their own products.

Tech reviews

If you’re one of those techy guys, then you can create a channel based on tech reviews. It may be on Android, Windows, programming or anything you feel good at. I personally am a big fan of the big YouTuber ‘TheNewBoston’. From this particular channel, I learned a lot about web developing and programming. Also there is a famous tech YouTuber in my country whose channel name is ‘Shohag360’. I learned a lot of technical things from his channel.

At present I have been running two YouTube channels: one of which is named ‘YouTubing Tips’. As you can guess this is also a tech review channel, because a lot of technical activities and estimations are associated with YouTubing. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Travel

Travelling around and recording footage on spectacular places is surely a good niche for YouTubing. If you’re a frequent traveler, then you can take advantage of your hobby that travelling is. You should most definitely record unique footage of beautiful places. Later you can upload them on your own channel or even sell them to interested people/party. Either way you get benefited.




Fashion

If you consider yourself as a conscious person about fashion or even have taken a degree on it, then you can make it the niche of your YouTube channel. People always have been and will be interested in being up on modern and latest fashion. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Sports: one of great YouTube channel ideas

People of all ages love games and sports. Some love football, some love cricket and others love wrestling. Whatever sport you like, you can always make it a niche for your channel. You may update your viewers about the latest scores, tournaments and results across the globe. You can even create top 10 videos on various sports: like top 10 cricketers of all time, top 10 wrestlers of all time etc.

Just be sure to use only creative commons clips while creating those videos. If you’re capable, then go ahead and take special permission from TV channel authorities to use their footage in order to create specially compiled videos. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Food

There are food loving people everywhere in the world. So creating and operating a YouTube channel based on food preparations and trying them may be one of good YouTube channel ideas. One of my favourite YouTubers is Mr. Chen who owns the channel by name of ‘Beyond Science’. If you’re a subscriber of that channel too, then you most certainly have noticed that he recently introduced a food channel of his which started to get a significant number of subscribers as well.

So if you are a food loving person and know how to prepare a number of exquisite dishes, then you can start your own food channel and be popular sooner than you think. (This post is on YouTube channel ideas)

Food is one great YouTube channel ideas
‘Food’ is one great YouTube channel ideas

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A complicated case of Copyright strikes on YouTube

A complicated case of copyright strikes

Today I have been contacted by a YouTuber who goes with the first name David and has been YouTubing for the last four years. He contacted me because he found himself helpless in a complicated situation of copyright strikes and deceptions.

As he confessed he’s not totally innocent. Previously he was illegally uploading contents of a certain radio program which is why he received two copyright strikes during that time. Then he contacted the host of the program and took ‘oral’ permission from him to upload further content. So he continued to do that until at some point he received a third strike from the same party. This time it was supposedly due to using a ‘copyrighted’ image of the mentioned host.


The mistakes David did to end up on copyright strikes

The first mistake he did was to take oral permissions only. For his as well as everybody’s information, oral permissions are not enough to use someone else’s content on YouTube, you got to have written permission as well. And this written permission had better be in legal format/document like stamp papers.

Secondly, David thought just because the host’s image is found everywhere on the internet, it is okay to use it. Well, guess what; wrong again. No matter wherever an image is available, it might be copyrighted anyway. So David should have checked first whether or not the image is in the public domain (labeled for reuse). In order to properly understand our point here, you can go ahead and read the following article:

Slideshow videos lead to account termination?

What David can do now to resolve his issues due to copyright strikes

Now that he has received three copyright strikes, his channel has been terminated. So he can’t directly send a counter notification to the copyright claimant. Well, before attempting to do that it is always a good policy to contact the claimant first and request them to withdraw the copyright claims. But David’s case is different; from the conversation I had with him, it’s clear that the claimant is playing ‘mind game’ with him.

Well, they are claiming that they don’t find the third video’s link in the retraction page, that’s why they can’t retract it. This is totally an insincere response to a victim of copyright strikes that David is. The reason I’m saying this is that they could retract any copyright claim just by emailing to copyright@youtube.com.

So David is left with only one option: to send a counter notification to the copyright claimant (the radio program host, according to him). The text/reason of this counter notification should be as follows:

“Dear YouTube,

My video with link (link of the third/removed video) has been removed inappropriately. This is because the claimant gave me permission to use their content. I hereby attach the proof on that. Also his image is available everywhere on the internet publicly. Surely this is not a copyrighted material either. So this copyright claim is pointless. And hence my YouTube video should be reinstated.”

The subject of this email to copyright@youtube.com should be ‘Counter notification to the copyright claimant’ and David needs to upload the image of an email or other thing through which he says he received the permission to use the radio host’s content. Without the proof, this counter notification may be rendered useless. Also I hope that the radio host’s image is really copyright free.

YouTube’s system regarding counter notification is flawed

Here I like to present an example to prove that YouTube’s system regarding counter notification was flawed until a certain point, if not now. I’m talking about the time of July 2016, a certain YouTuber from my country copied my video. I sent copyright claim against him and took the video down (removed). Then he sent a counter notification to me claiming that he had found the video as creative commons. Well, it’s not my fault that someone just reuploaded my copyrighted video as creative commons. Whoever does upload my video, still has to suffer the consequences; because I never made my videos available as creative commons.

But that counter notifier used a fake address and even claimed to be from China whereas I knew for sure he was from my country and city. Well, due to the wrong address he had provided, I wasn’t able to get a restraining order from court against him. As a result of this, his video was reinstated within one month counting from the day it was removed from YouTube. You can read the following article to know more about my bitter experiences on YouTube regarding copyright issues.

Copyright infringement claim system on YouTube: NOT perfect

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Did you know about ‘free form’ counter notification?

If your channel is suspended due to multiple copyright strikes, then you can’t visit your channel’s ‘copyright notices’ page and follow a link to use the particular web form in order to send a counter notification. In that case, you can directly write to copyright@youtube.com regarding your issue. This is basically an email to the copyright team of YouTube. Make sure that you use the same gmail here that you used to login your channel.

In the mail, you have to provide the link of the video(s) that have been removed due to copyright misunderstanding and also your contact details as your full legal name, physical address, email and phone number. In addition, you need to state a reason as to why you think your video was removed in error. And finally don’t forget to write your full official name in block letters under the ‘Sincerely Yours’ thing. This will be considered as your digital signature.


How to go back to the old YouTube Layout

If you’re annoyed with the new YouTube layout that Google kind of imposed on you, then you have ways to get back to the old YouTube layout. We’re going to show how to do that.

While you’re on YouTube homepage with the new layout, move your mouse cursor to the upper right corner of the screen where the channel icon or simply the ‘YouTube user’ icon rests. Now click on the icon, a menu will unfold. At the bottom of the menu you’ll see the ‘Restore old YouTube’ link. You need to click on that link if you want to go back to the old YouTube Layout. After you hit on the link you may provide an answer to Google/YouTube as to why you’ve chosen to leave the new layout. The popup will look like following. How to go back to the old YouTube Layout

Well, you have to figure out the answer for yourself; because the reason for this should vary from person to person. Then again, you can choose the option ‘I prefer not to answer’ and thus go ahead without bothering. Whatever you provide or choose, hit the submit button below.

Now once you’re using the old YouTube layout, you might feel that the new YouTube layout was pretty fine. Or you could think it’s time to go ahead with the new YouTube layout. Let’s face it, now that YouTube has changed their default homepage layout, you’ll have to get used to it, sooner or later.



So if you now choose to get back to the new YouTube Layout, it’s possible too. Chances are, while you’re using the old YouTube layout, you’ll get to see in a blue banner the invitation from YouTube team to try their new layout. They’ll be saying ‘We have been hard at work…’. Now you may choose to appreciate their hard work and try this new YouTube layout. In that case, all you have to do is click on the link ‘Try it now’, you’ll be directed to where you know.

But in case you don’t see that banner because you previously canceled that out, then click on this link https://www.youtube.com/testtube. It will direct you to a page where you are supposed to see a blue button ‘Try new YouTube’. You need to click on it. After you do that you’ll be on a page which contains the following:

How to go back to the old YouTube Layout

This time you’ll have to click on the big blue ‘Go to YouTube’ button. This is how you can get to the new YouTube layout.

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