YouTube requires channels to meet certain criteria before enabling monetization, which includes reaching at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time in the past 12 months. However, simply meeting these criteria does not guarantee that monetization will be enabled for your channel.
YouTube has implemented these requirements to prevent misuse of their platform and to ensure that channels are producing high-quality content that is engaging and valuable to viewers. Channels that meet the threshold must also comply with YouTube's policies and guidelines, which include:
Advertiser-friendly content: Channels must produce content that is suitable for all audiences and is not deemed as offensive, harmful, or inappropriate for advertisers.
Community guidelines: Channels must follow YouTube's community guidelines, which prohibit harmful or dangerous content, hate speech, harassment, and other inappropriate behaviors.
Copyright: Channels must comply with YouTube's copyright policies, which prohibit the use of copyrighted material without permission or legal justification.
Terms of service: Channels must comply with YouTube's terms of service, which outline the rules and regulations for using the platform.
If your channel meets the subscriber and watch time requirements and complies with YouTube's policies and guidelines, it should be eligible for monetization. However, YouTube reserves the right to review channels and content to ensure that they meet their standards, which may result in delays or denials of monetization.