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Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Little Bit of a Rant and Things to Come

First let me make this clear I love making videos for all of you to watch and I will continue to do so. Stopping the videos is not even a thought that I will entertain at this point.

I think all of us that watch YouTube videos realize that the ads that play on the videos are there to allow the video creators to receive a little bit of money back. I mean we don't make much on a video but every little bit helps. I have been on YouTube since July 2010. I have pretty close to 400 videos up on my channel and I try to post 2 most weeks. I know over the summer I was not as good about that as I should have been. (sorry)

Those videos take a lot of time and many of them are expensive to make. The income I get from the ads on the videos should offset that cost at least. And some months it has more than offset those costs. Lately however I have seen a trend on YouTube of more people watching my videos but my income from the ads is not reflecting that. In fact it has gone down.

Also YouTube has been in overdrive trying to catch videos that are not appropriate for all audiences or all advertisers. In the process they are really hurting those of us that are trying to make a little money to pay for our videos. I have had videos flagged by their automated system as not “advertiser friendly” almost every week for the last month or so. I try to keep on top of my list and as soon as a video receives a flag for not being appropriate I request a review. The review process can take anywhere from a few hours to a week. And up until the video is cleared I get no money for the ads that should be placed on it. Since most videos get flagged when they release this means that the first day when most of the views take place I am not getting any income from the video. And it isn't just me, there are hundreds of YouTubers in the same boat with me. Some of them with hundreds of videos at a time making no money.

In case you are wondering the things that are supposed cause a video to be deemed not not advertiser friendly are spelled out on the site. Among the things that are supposed to make a video not advertiser friendly are: controversial issues and sensitive events, drugs and dangerous products or substances, harmful or dangerous acts, hateful content, inappropriate language, inappropriate use of family entertainment characters, incendiary and demeaning content,sexually suggestive content and/or violence.

If you have watched any of my videos I am sure you know my videos don't fit any of those categories. I don't think I have said any thing worse than “crap” as far as curse words go. So it would be funny that so many are getting flagged if it weren't for the fact that it is really starting to hurt my bottom line.

So I have decided to go the route that many of my favorite YouTube creators have gone and that is to sign up on Patreon. The Patreon page on Wikipedia explains it like this “Patreon (/ˈpeɪtriɒn/) is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons."[1] It is popular among YouTube videographerswebcomic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online.[2] It allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art.[3] The company, started by musician Jack Conte[4] and developer Sam Yam[4] in 2013, is based in San Francisco.[5]

So I am in the process of setting up my page and figuring out what to offer to my fans for their kind donations. I am going to have mine set up as a monthly pledge and the amounts will start at $1. So for a dollar a month you could really help me to keep bringing videos and tutorials to you.

There will be special things that the patrons get in return for pledging money I am working on my list and I will have a blog post all about it shortly. I just wanted to let everyone know ahead of time.

I totally understand that not everyone can participate. I know money is tight for a lot of us. I still love everyone of you no matter what so don't feel pressured but it would really help if you can sign up when I get the page up.

Thanks so much for reading this post and for all the emotional support for all the years. I am looking forward to making a lot more videos over the coming years.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about your current troubles re: loss of your advertisements, Joanne. It's currently a Mad Mad Mad world and Youtube's definitely Meschugena.