YouTube algorithm update will monetize ‘millions more videos’

YouTube monetization algorithm update to demonetize 30 percent less videos

YouTube is rolling out an update that they hope will improve the system determining whether or not videos are eligible for monetization.

Back in August, YouTube released updated monetization icons to help creators better understand the status of their videos. The system uses machine learning to determine whether videos are eligible for full monetization (green icons), partial monetization (through YouTube Red, yellow icons), or none at all (a dollar sign with a slash). Creators were also given the ability to request a manual review of a video that was deemed ineligible for monetization.

Through the human review process of these appeals, YouTube has been able to refine their algorithms to better distinguish ad-safe content from content that isn’t suitable for ads.

“Since August, over a million human reviews have helped train and improve this technology and today, we’re releasing an important update that will result in fewer misclassifications overall,” a YouTube spokesperson wrote earlier today. “As a result, there will be a 30 percent reduction in the number of videos receiving limited ads as they move to being fully monetized. In other words, millions more videos will become fully monetized.”

The update is currently in the process of being rolled out, and should be complete by 2:30am PDT on Friday morning. Creators may see a change in their videos’ monetization during this time; previously green icons may turn yellow, and previously yellow icons may turn green. The status of videos that were already appealed and manually reviewed will not change.

“This updated system is an improvement, but it’s not perfect,” YouTube wrote. “We know there’s much more work to do, so if you feel the yellow icon is a mistake, please continue to appeal.”

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Ha! I’ll believe THAT when I see it.

  • Jack Boytel

    Please this better be true! So many people I use to look up to are leaving youtube and I am someone who wants to be big to make people smile and since last year its been super hard to grow

    • Mike Reid

      This sounds really ominous :(“previously green icons may turn yellow, and previously yellow icons may turn green”.). YouTube is
      becoming worse than North Korea….

  • YouTube is dead

  • T-Storm

    Took about two years for this to finally happen

  • William Obuschking Busch

    anyone know how to get them to re enable mine? got disabled by them but i tried to tell them my tube was hacked by someone and they posted crap. please let me know.

  • Ah. So my good fortune has been explained.

    But lest we forget how reliable Youtube has been in the past with telling us which videos are “fully monetized”, and which aren’t. Even after this “update”, I don’t trust them. In the past, they didn’t tell anyone about the “limited state” of their videos. Can we trust the little green symbol TODAY? I don’t, fully.

    But I was pleasantly shocked to see some videos of mine getting “re-monetized”, according to the video manager.

    Here’s to future improvements. I hope everything gets sorted out.

  • Dan McMartin

    Waiting to see how many firearms, LGBTQ, news and commentary channels this will affect. Very little I would guess as YouTube purposefully censors them for fear of upsetting the almighty advertiser. Ads > creators.

    • GBRNR

      In order to balance better the power, ads = creators (or even better ads < creators 😉 ) I propose we do an action to make YouTube react: we demonetize ourselves our videos. It'll be 1st Dec. 2017 #NOYTADSDAY more info on noytadsdays dot eu

  • hii

  • MusicOnline UK

    The automated system still sucks. I’m getting videos rejected that are absolutely OK to monetize, EVEN ones that are part of a series that have very similar content where the others have been accepted. Also this appeal process sucks – 1000 views in 7 days? Somehow, I appeal without this level and it gets monetized later, sometimes not. Really frustrating losing money because COMPUTER SAYS NO.

    • GBRNR

      I fully understand your reaction as I’m having same troubles. I propose we do an action to make YouTube react: we demonetize ourselves our videos. 1st Dec. 2017 #NOYTADSDAY more info on noytadsdays dot eu

      • MusicOnline UK

        I don’t think it will work I looked at your site and you only have 30000 subscribers and YouTube has billions of creators

        • GBRNR

          Indeed if we look at numbers I’m a small player. Now if there’s youtubers joining we could relay the info to the press and get thousands of youtubers demonetising the 1st Dec.
          This would be enough to get them to react and really improve things.

  • Jardier

    Its WORSE! I had no problems for like 2 years and now all videos are “not friendly” WTH youtube…

  • IvarsONE

    Welcome To Youtube

  • Lakawak

    The DID demonetize a video that was already manually reviewed and deemed fine. IT was a different situation, as mine was first deemed not eligible for monetization when I first put it up even before it was published, but on review, it was monetized. Then suddenly, it was demonetized. And there is nothing small channels can do if their videos stay below 1000 views. And theuir algorithm obviously sucks. They are demonetizing videos of CATS EATING FOOD! Literally nothing else. Just hungry stray cats happily gobbling down a bowl full of food. No audio at all other than the sounds of a cat eating and maybe some traffic noise. So nothing political, nothing adult oriented. Nothing else all. Just cats.

    • GBRNR

      If cats videos are getting hit, that’s the end of the yt world ! 😀
      Now seriously in order to get them to react and correct this once for all I propose we demonetize ourselves our videos. 1st Dec. 2017 #NOYTADSDAY more info on noytadsdays dot eu

  • PinayPencilArt

    So far if anything, my videos are getting hit MORE often than they were. I post vlogs and art videos. Nothing against youtube’s guidelines, it’s all family friendly stuff. Yet somehow more of my videos get flagged than don’t. Emails inquiring why have been ignored. They’re now demonetizing videos that are scheduled and haven’t even posted yet. WTF, youtube?

    • They haven’t rolled this out yet… And it’s a good thing they get checked before they go live, so you can actually get paid for the notification squad and the rest of the initial rush.

  • We have to spread our concern guys. This is out only chance. We need to let everybody know how insane this is!

    • GBRNR

      And to let everybody know I propose to do an action day where we demonetize ourselves our videos. 1st Dec. 2017 #NOYTADSDAY more info on noytadsdays dot eu

  • Joseph Olson

    It is about time. EVERY single video we have had to appeal because it was wrong and if the video didn’t get 1000 views they would just ignore it. We have ZERO content that is unfriendly for advertisers and to have to appeal so many shows that the initial roll out was just a knee jerk reaction

    • GBRNR

      I’m getting the same problem 🙁 I propose that
      1st Dec. 2017 we demonetise for a day our videos
      #NOYTADSDAY More info on noytadsdays dot eu

  • Shadow_Verse

    Funny how they tell us to “Keep appealing” even though deny every appeal request from small creators to rid themselves of extra work.

  • Senhores do like

    Hello !

  • In a Google+ group that discusses YT analytics etc, someone that does knitting videos had almost all of their videos turned yellow. Are YT worried it might encourage knitting needle attacks or the wearing of knitted onesies in public?

    Yes, I think they have a lot more work to do…

    • GBRNR

      Let’s organize ourselves and do an action together to protest against this bad demonetisation algorithm #NOYTADSDAY
      1st Dec. 2017 we creators will demonetise for a day our videos
      More info on noytadsdays dot eu

  • GBRNR

    Let’s organize ourselves and do an action together to protest against this bad demonetisation algorithm #NOYTADSDAY
    1st Dec. 2017 we creators will demonetise for a day our videos
    More info on noytadsdays dot eu