So lately, for some odd reason, I’ve been getting hit hard by YouTube’s content filter. Somehow it is categorizing my videos as “not suitable” for advertisers, therefore they’re getting demonetized.
Imagine my frustration when I bust my butt for eight hours to make a video, only for it to not be able to generate the income it can potentially have. And I don’t find out it’s demonetized until it goes live. It really sucks.
I have a lot of issues with this. For one, there’s absolutely NOTHING in my videos that warrant the “not suitable” label. I keep all of my content family friendly. There’s no reason why I should be demonetized, and I have no idea why the content filter keeps going after me. I can’t even figure out how to prevent it in the future.
Two, the greatest potential a video has to make money is right when it’s published. That’s usually when it gets the highest surge of views, and then the view count tapers off as that video gets older and older. Sure enough, it’s right when my videos are published that they’re demonetized. I have to go through this arduous appeal process to get them “monetizable”, which, by the time YouTube finally gets around to approving them, the views have somewhat already died down.
Worse, YouTube won’t even review the video till it reaches the 1000 view threshold.
This content filter is, of course, a result of the “Adpocalypse” that occurred earlier this year. Advertisers are pushing YouTube to ban or, at the very least, control hateful content. There are literally millions of hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, so the only way for YouTube to monitor what’s being uploaded is by creating an automated content filter. This is an unbiased machine that doesn’t understand context. Apparently, it has a hard time figuring out a violent video versus a tutorial drawing video of a violent character from a TV show.
What can I do about this? Absolutely nothing. I am helpless. I just have to continue making good, family-friendly content and pray they get through the content filter.
That’s my vent for the day. Thank you all for hearing me out.