If you’re a YouTube partner, you’ll know that the eligibility criteria for monetization of a channel (as of April 2017) was 10,000 lifetime
views. Well, not anymore!
In a bid to keep out what it calls “bad actors,” YouTube is changing the criteria to 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers
. After a 30 day grace period, existing channels not meeting the criteria will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. Don’t panic, though! As soon as the channel hits the new criteria, it will be automatically re-evaluated.