YouTube Monetization Eligibility Criteria

What is YouTube Monetization?
Monetization allows you to display Ads on your YouTube channel videos. Revenue is generated from the Ads displayed on your YouTube Channel.
But to become eligible for monetization, your channel must fulfill the following criteria:

YouTube Monetization Criteria:

  1. Your channel must have atleast 10,000 views. You can see the total amount of views your channel has in the 'About' section of your YouTube channel.
  2. Your channel must have atleast 1000 subscribers.
  3. Your channel must have atleast 4000 hours of watch time in the past 12 months. You can see the total amount of time your channel was watched by going to analytics and then to the watch time tab.
  4. Your YouTube channel must be verified. Verifcation of the YouTube channel is very easy. You just have to confirm your mobile number, that's all.
After all this, you become eligible to apply for YouTube Monetization.
How to Apply?

To apply for monetization, open your youtube channel in the desktop, go to creator studio, then go to the channel tab, once you go there you will see the monetization option. Click on the enable button.
After that, you will be asked to sign up for adsense (you dont have to if you already have an Adsense Account). After signing up, your YouTube channel will go into review by the Adsense team.
If all goes well, you will get approved by Adsense. After getting approved, you will see the monetization button alongside your uploading options. If you turn it on, Ads will start appearing on your channel.

Does the new policy affect already monetized channels?
YouTube has clearly mentioned in their creator blog that starting from Feb 20, 2018. They will demonetize every channel who does not pass the mentioned criteria. So yeah, your YouTube channel will get demonetized.

I hope you found this article helpful. Thank You!