So, as some of you may or may not know the YouTube demonetization bot has finally hit us. It came completely out of nowhere. I had just uploaded a video, I hit refresh after about an hour, and BOOM. Around 20 of our videos have been demonetized--or as YouTube puts it, the videos have been deemed non-advertiser friendly so limited OR no ads will appear on those videos.
They give you no reason as to why it happened, but they give you the opportunity to have the video manually reviewed (takes 7 days for most videos), which I'm doing right now. Yesterday, I got an email saying our Nicki Minaj video is friendly to ALL advertisers and monetizaion was reinstated. Then, this morning, it was demonetized again. I'm sure you've seen many YouTubers talk about this. It's been, rightfully, called the ad-apocalypse. I get why YouTube has this system in place, I respect YouTube, but holy shit is it flawed. Everyone is getting hit by this all over and it's just been wild.
That aside, I've been so touched by everyone who has stepped up to help support us on our *Patreon--there's a reason why I call them our heroes. I was in the shower this morning, when all of a sudden I just burst into tears. Happy tears! I looked like a freaking baby. I've just been so grateful that people care enough to want to support us in this way. These people are beyond amazing.
I've been making videos for nearly 10 years and started going full time on YouTube when I graduated from college in 2015. People thought I was crazy to pursue this. My family was supportive but skeptical, my friends didn't get it, and even strangers (not kidding you) were like, "But how do you make money from this? Why do all that work for next to nothing?" They don't get that this is what I love to do. This is how I want to make my living and the people on Patreon are helping to make this happen. Do you know how rare of an opportunity this is!? I feel like a lot of creators tend to take their audience for granted. I am so damn grateful. It's mind-blowing and I can't say thank you enough.
Whether you support us on Patreon, or you support us by spreading the word about what we do or just take time out of your day to watch our videos, Thank you.
*Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for artists and creators to get paid. Basically, you're able to support a creator monthly (or per creation) by giving a small amount of money every month. Our lowest reward tier is $1. That's just $12 a year to help us out. It goes a long way for us.
Our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/simgm