Youtube Changes January 2014

By on January 8, 2014

There have been many predictions regarding changes to Youtube over the past few months. Some have even predicted massive ones. These changes were to take place primarily in the method Youtube uses to monetize videos. As opposed to videos being automatically and instantly monetized, some have surmised that all videos, as of January 1st, 2014, will go through a rigorous process of copyright analysis before monetization. Apparently, this process will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

To date, I am happy to announce that I have not seen any evidence of this whatsoever. I monetized my first video of the New Year a few days ago and had no problem. This was evident for my second video, as well.

I am not saying that all channels will experience what mine have. I do have one of my channels with a major network. The network advised me that these new changes will have some affect on my videos. In my opinion, these changes will primarily have implications on those channels connected to, or have an affiliation with, a network. In contrast, those of us who have maintained a long term, good standing relationship with Youtube have not been affected.

Many networks and some channels associated with them have felt the new affects for several reasons, but I will not discuss them in this article.

There were many changes prior to January that did have an effect on many of us, however. In the fall, many of us saw a more rigorous filtering process in which some older videos received copyright notices. Many networks and associated channels did not experience the changes prior to January 1st. As of the New Year, they will, however. Then, there was the Youtube comment integration with Google Plus. Many have opinions about it, but all of us are wise to get used to it and make the best of it.

In conclusion, these changes to Youtube are by no means the beginning nor the end. There will be many more algorithmic, policy, and logistic changes in the days to come as Youtube attempts to improve and streamline its services. Having been with Youtube for any length of time, one probably realizes that they frequently make polite and subtle suggestions with regards to the integration and use of Google products and issues. One is probably better jumping on the bandwagon in the beginning rather than wait until full implementation. At that point in time, there will be an inevitable price to pay if they have not been fully facilitated.






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