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YouTube Updates 2021

YouTube leads to the monetization of different types of content

YouTube has brought advertiser-friendly guidelines keeping in mind its advertisers so that various types of content can be monetized easily.

YouTube is allowing its ads to run on different types of content, As a result, its content creators find new monetization opportunities.

YouTube content creators will now be able to earn more revenue than before and all this will be possible due to YouTube’s more advertiser-friendly guidelines. This will now be less restrictive than before.

Get detailed information about these important updates of the YouTube partner program.

The changes that have come in YouTube’s advertiser-friendly guidelines are as follows.

YouTube is now allowing various types of content to be fully monetized, instead of partially monetized.

Content creators of YouTube partner programs can now instantly tell whether their video is eligible for full monetization or not by just looking at the color-coded icons in YouTube Studio.

  • The green colour icon means your video is eligible for full monetization.
  • The yellow colour icon means your video will display limited or no ads.
  • The red colour icon means your video is ineligible for monetization.
  • The Grey colour icon will tell you that monetization has been manually turned off by the creator.

In a published video on the Creator Insider channel, a YouTube Representative states that

Across the company, we’re aware that when you receive a yellow icon on your content it can feel as if YouTube isn’t being supportive. The advertiser-friendly guidelines are restrictive in some areas more than others because advertisers want the option to opt-in on some content and, in others, have no tolerance for running ads.
Examples of those kinds of areas are content which features graphic dead bodies or really detailed discussions around sexual abuse. So it’s really a balancing act for us making sure you have the best possible opportunity to monetize your content on the platform while making sure that advertisers are still happy to pay for ad space.

YouTube is now taking some of the specific contents out of the yellow icon category. This particular content could not perform properly here. Now when this special content comes under the green color icon, then the content creators will get opportunities to earn more revenue.

Changes will be applied to the following types of content

Educational Content

YouTube is going to expand the monetization of educational, news, and documentary content in which video will eligible to show violent interactions with law enforcement, recreational drugs, or drug-related content, as well as sensitive events.

Controversial Issues

YouTube is now expanding the scope of monetization of those controversial issues. In which the content will not be in graphic, but rather the controversial issue will be discussed.

Adult Humor

YouTube is also expanding the monetization of adult topics content that uses the context of humor.


In YouTube, now that content will also be kept under full monetization, in which first 30 seconds of the video, there may be the use of moderate profanity.

These YouTube partner program updates will be seen till April 2021.

About Mansi Goel

I am an ambitious, well-organized, solution-oriented professional with 3.5 years of core experience in Internet marketing. I take meaningful responsibility & initiative with a positive attitude. I am working with Wellconnect Digital as Sr Digital Marketing Executive since Jan 2019. I like to help people who want to grow their businesses through digital marketing strategies.

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