Recently I shared a post about my honest view about passive income in 2018. Days later I received an email to tell me that my YouTube account would soon be no longer suitable for ads. YouTube’s actions prove my point about passive income this year.
The video-sharing website is moving the goal posts. To be eligible to earn ad revenue you will need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 of watched minutes in a year. I have nowhere near either of them. Actually, the watched hours may be up there but the subscribers aren’t. I don’t even have 10%! So, yeah, I’m losing income.
Thankfully, I’m losing about $3 per month. Nothing to write home about. You see, I’ve never really put that much effort into YouTube videos. It’s just not my thing. My focus is on blogging and writing.
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Proving My Point About Passive Income
The change has just made my point about passive income in 2018 very clear. You can’t rely on third parties for your income. They can change their rules whenever they want, with very little warning.
Those who are earning $500 per month I’d encourage to put a lot of marketing effort in to make sure their subscribers are at 1,000. If you’re making that sort of money, the watched hours are likely in the bag. But if you’re only making $10 per month, the new expectations YouTube is putting in place just aren’t worthwhile meeting.
There are so many other ways to make money online. But you want to do it in a way that gives you more control. In fact, you want a way that gives you total control.
YouTube Isn’t the Only One
It’s not all about YouTube either. This year, Facebook has made a huge change. Those who were relying on their Facebook pages solely for income are going to see a dip. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket and fully rely on a third-party.
Now more than ever, it’s important to put your time into your own blog. You have far more control over the running of the site, the type of content and the way you monetize it.
YouTube and Facebook have both proven my point about passive income in 2018. It’s time for you to take action and show that you don’t need them!
Will YouTube’s latest change affect you? What are you going to do to take matters into your own hands? Share in the comments below.
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