YouTube New Rules From Feb 2018
YouTube is updating the guidelines around its partner program and raising the requirements that a channel/creator should satisfy in order to generate income from videos. Effective immediately, to get money making (and have actually advertisements connected to videos), creators need to have viewed 4,000 hours of general watch time on their channel within the past 12 months and have at least 1,000 customers. YouTube will enforce the new eligibility policy for all existing channels as of February 20th, implying that channels that fail to meet the threshold will not be able to make income from advertisements.
Formerly, the requirement for signing up with YouTube’s Partner Program was 10,000 public views of the channel without any specific requirement for yearly watching hours. This modification will no doubt make it harder for new, smaller sized channels to reach money making, however YouTube states it’s an essential method of buying itself more time to see who’s following the business’s standards and disqualify low users of channal.