How to reach 4000 watch hours – the new memorandum for creators

About three years ago, Youtube had changed the monetization policies to value the weight of how watch time can affect the audience retention. As a consequence, every creator has to reach 4000 watch hours to be able to make money on Youtube

Next, the latest update of the monetization policies was in October 2020, when the platform announced that it’s going to place ads on non-monetized channels and gather 100% revenue.

This, on the one hand has triggered dissatisfaction in the creator community, but YouTube has yet to announce anything new for the update.

So in 2021, will the platform still have any changes and updates to the algorithm to drive the cash flow in this video-sharing market? Read this article to be better prepared!

#1 Why do I need to reach 4000 watch hours? 

It’s a very simple question. First off, you need 4000 watch hours to enable monetization on your Youtube channel. Furthermore, you need to finish this task in a consecutive 365 days from any given date.

To be more detail, let’s say you have 2000 watch hours and for the first 6 months and in a year, you only have 3500 watch hours. This figure hasn’t been eligible for Youtube Partner Program (YPP) yet.

However, in the next 6 months, you have gained 5500 watch hours, you can send the monetized application. Watch hours will still be valid  as long as you keep earning enough for 1 year.

How to reach 4000 watch hours?

How to reach 4000 watch hours?

Apart from that, you also need 1000 subscribers and you can get this threshold in a lifetime since this requirement isn’t time-constrained. On the contrary, bear in mind that the more subscribers you have, the more views and watch time your videos generate.

So, the revenue is just on the side of a coin. Another reason (maybe the real reason) of 4000 watch hours you should aim for is the engagement between you and the potential audiences. 

You need to produce high-quality videos constantly or else, the video’s views decrease, and ultimately the connection will drop meaning the less amount of money you will have. 

#2 What happens after you reach 4000 watch hours on Youtube?

If you want to keep track of your watch  hours, YouTube Studio has a dedicated page in the left handed navigation panel called ‘Monetization’. This shows you both subscribers and the progress of watch hours your videos have gained.

Submit monetized application 

On the next step, now you can apply for the Youtube Partner Program. Follow these steps: 

  • Sign in to YouTube.
  • On the top right, click on your profile picture -> YouTube Studio.
  • In the left menu, click on Monetization.
  • If you haven’t hit 4000 watch hours and 1000 subscribers yet, click “Notify me when I qualify” to receive email notifications when you’ve reached 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months. If you hit the threshold above, click the Get Started button on the “Review Partner Program Terms” tab.
  • Once you have signed the terms, Youtube will mark this step with a green “Done” symbol on the “Review Partner Program Terms” tab.

Link to Google Adsense account

At this point, you have completed the first step in the process of making money from Youtube, which is to register to become a partner of Youtube. In order to have money in your pocket, you need to register an Adsense account for your Youtube channel.

Google Adsense account

Google Adsense account

  • In the monetization section, click View monetization settings.
  • A menu box as below will appear, you click on “How will I get paid?” and choose to link to an Adsense account.
  • Select next
  • Then the Adsense’s instructions are complete. Registration form Your Google Adsense will be reviewed in 1-2 days.

The evaluation process

Once you sign the YouTube Partner Program terms and connect to your AdSense account, your channel will automatically be queued for review. Youtube’s automated systems and reviewers will then review the content on your channel to check if the channel complies with all of its guidelines.

#3 How long does the channel’s review take?

It will take at least 30 days for the evaluation to be completed, and Youtube will contact you to announce its decision on your channel after the review is complete.

If you’re accepted into the Youtube Partner Program, you are allowed to make money on Youtube from the ads displayed on your videos (by Google) as well as enable other monetization features.

And unfortunately you’re disapproved, meaning reviewers found out that the majority of content on your channel is not in compliance with the platform’s policies and guidelines. As a result, you can reapply 30 days after the denial. 

Furthermore, some creators may have to wait for over a month. There are many reasons for delays, such as more applications than usual, system problems or sometimes, we may need to reallocate resources, or decision-making time can be longer as creator’s channels may need to be reviewed multiple times. 

#4 How do I get 4000 watch hours as fast as possible?

There are a huge number of methods that you can apply on your channel in order to get 4000 watch hours quickly. Moreover, you can consider buying the service of 4000 watch hours from the view providers on the market to have a smooth start. 

How to increase watch time on Youtube?

How to increase watch time on Youtube?

Best 5 ways to increase watch time on Youtube

Study the channel’s data

Mouse over Youtube Analytics tools to check how well your videos are performing. For instance, by looking at the Audience Retention graph, you can see which part of a certain video that viewers tend to drop off and which part has the highest rate. 

Live stream and reasonable video-posting schedule

Don’t fall into the hurry of having to produce videos daily, because basically you can’t (may be). We mean, a constant schedule is not effective at all and you’re going to get exhausted in the loop of brainstorming the ideas, writing script, filming and editing, and posting your videos on the channel. 

3-4 videos (at least 8 minutes each) and two live streams per week is the video-uploading schedule we suggest in order to reach 4000 watch hours safely and effectively. Furthermore, your audiences will not also be too overwhelmed by seeing you all over the place on Youtube.  

Make every think “short but spicy”

The video’s title must include the content-related keyword so your potential audiences can search for it then watch.

Write a deep and concise description, and make sure that you deliver the content-related key information in the first 125 characters because this is the number of words that Google allows to display. 

Use your video-editing and image-designing skills to create eye-catching and engaging thumbnails.

Listen to your subscribers

The very first number of subscribers are your loyal fans, so cherish them and see them as a privilege you fortunately have. 

Apart from live streaming where you can chat with your audiences directly, you can also enhance the engagement by pinning the top comments, answer some of your subscribers’ questions on the content and even ask them what they want to see in the next videos. 

Doing giveaways if you’re affordable to do it. On top of that, heading over the comment section regularly to read various opinions from subscribers may help you with creating more ideas for further content. 

Buy the service of 4000 watch hours

Indeed, you can totally purchase 4000 watch hours and 1000 subscribers from reputed view companies if you’re not on budget. In addition, you may have more time and effort to create high-quality content and not be stressed out of the constancy of making more videos, as well as complying with Youtube’s terms of service. 

AudienceGain has a wide range of services that can serve multiple purposes for your channel’s growth. Plus, our team will provide you with the best optimal strategies for elaborating the niche that you’re making, in order to be outstanding and different from other channels. 

Some successful Youtube channels after they reach the threshold of 4000 watch hours

We’re not going to talk about the huge Youtube stars like PewDiePie or Dude Perfect who makes millions of dollars on Youtube. Instead, let’s focus on some “medium creators” who can earn well and have a certain reputation in their own genre. 



In terms of gaming channel, Hystab has become more popular with his “The Perfect Stack Skills – Among us (more than 2 million views). Plumbit also has over 10 million views for the “all your among us happiness in one video” video on this channel.

Among us

Among us

You suck at cooking is a culinary channel having 2,52 million subscribers famous for its sarcastic sense of humor of the behind-the-camera chef. The video’s views normally range from several thousands to several millions stably. 

And for the paper craft hobbyist, especially for those who love Origami, you probably know Origami with Jo Nakashima, which has 1,91 million subscribers. Jo Nakashimadecided to turn his artistic paper-folding hobby into a serious career and now apart from making money from teaching Origami on Youtube, he also creates his own models. 

In a nutshell

So to say, join our community straight away to keep posted with the latest update from Youtube to be better-prepared for the new change of monetization policies in general. 

Let AudienceGain know your opinions on the article in the comment section below. 

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