My video was classified with a yellow monetization icon. What can I do?

My video was classified with a yellow monetization icon. What can I do?

YouTube has been making regular changes to their policies in regards to monetization and advertiser-friendly content. Due to the amount of videos uploaded on a daily basis to YouTube, YouTube has to use several different processes to review videos, which can be automated or manual. Usually the videos are first checked using an automated process, which is not perfect, but a work in progress. However, it's possible that some times these reviews are not as accurate as they could be and they require a manual review to properly classify a video. 

For the latest updates regarding monetization and advertiser-friendly content, please check this article.


What does it mean?

The yellow icon indicates videos are still eligible to earn money in YouTube Premium, but will have limited or no ads because the video has been classified as either not suitable for all advertisers, or has been fully demonetized because YouTube believes it doesn’t meet the Advertiser-friendly content guidelines.


How does the appeal process work?

If you believe that your video was incorrectly classified, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Make sure that your content follows the advertiser-friendly guidelines. Keep in mind that advertisers have a choice about where to show their ads.
  3. Click "Request review" and follow the on-screen instructions. You'll only see this option if your video is eligible for appeal. Once you submit, the text next to the video in Video Manager will update with your appeal's status. 


Eligibility for appeal

  • For channels with 10,000 subscribers or more
    • YouTube will review your video, regardless of view count.
  • For channels with less than 10,000 subscribers
    • YouTube will only review your video if you have at least 1,000 views in the past 7 days.


Why does my video monetization icon keeps changing from Green to Yellow back-and-forth?

This can happen because YouTube's automated system repeatedly scans each video using the latest information available, which may cause the system to change its decision. If you feel the yellow monetization icon was an error, you can submit an appeal directly to YouTube.


Do you have any recommendations/tips?

  • Make sure that your video content is following all YouTube's Advertiser-friendly guidelines. Review these guidelines periodically as YouTube makes frequent updates.
  • Review your video's metadata (title, description, thumbnail and tags), they must comply with the advertiser-friendly guidelines as well.
  • If you have more than 10,000 subscribers, upload your videos as unlisted or private. If your video is classified as "Not suitable for all advertisers", this will avoid potential revenue loss due to the time it takes to process an appeal/review. Once uploaded, it take typically 2 hours for YouTube to review your video.
  • If you have less than 10,000 subscribersyou can make adjustments to the title, description or thumbnail of the video, YouTube will take another look at your video within 24 hours (without having to request a manual review).
  • Here are some resources that you may find useful to correctly monetizing your videos:


Note: Video classification may change due to continuous reviews YouTube makes, even if it was initially classified as suitable for all advertisers (green icon).

    • Related Articles

    • Reused content: how it can affect your monetization

      Reused content is mentioned in YouTube's channel monetization policies, and it refers to repurposing someone else's content, without adding significant original commentary or educational value. As this is a part of AdSense policies, it affects the ...
    • How to remove claimed copyrighted content from YouTube videos

      It's hard for a creator to get a copyright claim that he is unable to resolve with a dispute, losing his video monetization, after many hours of research, recording and editing. The good news is that YouTube has made it easy for you to remove the ...
    • Best practices for requesting video takedowns

      There may come a time when you may feel the need to request a takedown of a video that someone else uploaded. We have some best practices you should consider for these situations as YouTube takes these requests very seriously, and if not done ...
    • Facebook monetization - Best practices

      After testing Ad Breaks for video with a select group of publishers, Facebook continues the preparation to, at some point, open up the monetization features more broadly.  To be ready for that moment, you can start by reviewing the main guidelines, ...
    • Monetization requirements and troubleshooting

      To monetize your videos, there are some requirements and procedures you need to go through first: You need to join the YPP (YouTube Partner Program) and be in a country where the program is available - learn more. You need to have an AdSense account ...