I hate for it to come to this, but I have no choice. I need to ask for your help.
This all comes down to YouTube, and their ridiculous and unfair Monetization rules following the “Adpocalypse” earlier this year. You see, I have three active channels on YouTube. Once channel is used for “Let’s Play”-style videos, another for Retro Gaming, and another for a weekly video podcast. Anyway, a few months back, YouTube decided that channels that did not have at least 10,000 lifetime views could not be monetized, until they reached that benchmark. But this only applied to channels made after November 2016, which only applied to my “Let’s Play”-style channel, which gets almost no views, so I wasn’t worried about it. The other two channels continued to receive ads (albeit rarely), and earn a bit of money here or there.
That is, until a month ago. YouTube decided that they would now apply the “No Monetization” rule to all channels without 10,000 views, regardless of their creation date. Which I wasn’t too worried about, since the only channel this would affect is my “Retro Gaming” channel, as my final active channel has hundreds of thousands of views. Furthermore, when I received notice that my Retro channel was going to lose ads until it gets 10,000 views, I wasn’t worried, because it was at that point just shy of that amount!
So anyway, I broke the 10,000 views mark a couple of weeks ago, according to YouTube’s analytics. So I applied to have Monetization restored to that channel. Unfortunately, everything went through fine, except the system controlling this listed me as only having a little over 9.000 views at that point. I keep checking back, and the system controlling restoring Monetization consistently lists that I have over 1,000 views less than I actually have according to their channel analytics! I have done some tests, and it appears the monetization system isn’t counting any views on my channel prior to January 1st, 2017. Well, it was showing that, but now it is ignoring any views prior to January 9th, 2017.
Every week they move the “goalposts” a little further forward, it appears! At this rate, it will be months before they recognize that I’ve surpassed their own goal!
Anyway, I’m done. I plan to move my content that isn’t already on YouTube to Vid.Me, starting on January 1st, 2018. But to get to that point, I will need to get Verified on Vid.Me. This requires my Vid.Me channel to be Followed (think Subscribed on YouTube) by at least 50 people, so I can unlock all of the features I will need there. Without being Verified, most of my video content won’t be able to upload on Vid.Me, due to file size, quality, and amount.
So here’s where you come in! I’m asking everyone to Follow me on Vid.Me! You can do so easily by clicking on the convenient “Follow” button on the upper-right side of this page, and every other page on this site. Of course, this will require you to create a Vid.Me account, but this is easy and free, no more difficult than creating a YouTube channel, actually.
Now this doesn’t mean I’ll be leaving YouTube, at least not yet. I plan to put content on both services, unless YouTube continues to screw me over (you would be shocked to see how little money I’ve made there, and how difficult they make it to get noticed as a small creator!). But I would really like to see how well my content does on other services, because being on YouTube thus far absolutely sucks!