This morning Youtube sent out an email that will hit many smaller Youtubers very hard, as they are removing monetisation for any channel with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. The Tech Addicts Youtube channel currently has around 470 subscribed folk and therefore will lose the monetisation. This money was crucial to the running of this blog and the Tech Addicts Podcast. We wish to continue to keep everything free to watch and listen to, however, Youtube is forcing our hand to ask, or even beg, you to hit that subscribe button.

The Tech Addicts YouTube channel has been going for over two years with around 300 videos and over 500,000 views. We are not asking for money, and the easiest way to show a little appreciation and support is for you to subscribe. Please click the link below and subscribe.

Here is what Youtube had to say:

Today we are announcing changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). While our goal remains to keep the YPP open to as many channels as possible, we recognise that we need more safeguards in place to protect creator revenue across the YouTube ecosystem.

Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, Gareth Myles, is no longer eligible for monetisation because it does not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetisation tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on 20 February 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated.
One of YouTube’s core values is to provide anyone the opportunity to earn money from a thriving channel. Creators who haven’t yet reached this new threshold can continue to benefit from our Creator Academy, our Help Centre and all the resources on the Creator Site to grow their channels. Once your channel reaches the new threshold, it will be reviewed to make sure it adheres to our policies and guidelines, and if so, monetisation will be re-enabled.