Secrets of Channel Authority in the YouTube Algorithm Revealed

You will unlock the secret of how CHANNEL AUTHORITY is defined in the YouTube Search and Discovery Algorithm in this video. Using official YouTube sources, Linus Wilson speculates that YouTube looks at watch time (the last 28 and 365 days) and subscribers to determine channel authority and how many people see a video in the first 24 hour or week. The YouTube Creator academy defined channel authority as w

Small YouTubers have been dealt a death blow by the January 16, 2018, announcement that they will need at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time before they will ever see a dime in AdSense revenue. This is a HUGE change to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Most creators never reach 1,000 subscribers. Thus, most will never see ads again after the new policy comes into effect on February 20, 2018. My study of over 400 sailing vloggers found most of these active video creators never broke 1,000 subscribers.
See my video about my study entitled:

“How to Make $ on Patreon Like Sailing LaVagabonde & SV Delos: Tips, Tricks, Facts, and Advice”

My academic study with all the facts is at

It is called:

“A Little Bit of Money Goes a Long Way: Crowdfunding on Patreon by YouTube Sailing Channels”
21 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017
Linus Wilson
University of Louisiana at Lafayette – College of Business Administration

Date Written: February 17, 2017

This study finds that YouTube channels crowdfunding on Patreon have more frequent video creation. The median YouTube channel that crowdfunded on Patreon produced a video every 7.5 days compared to 105 days for the median comparable channel that did not link to Patreon. Crowdfunders have more views per video, are more likely to link to their Facebook pages, and uploaded videos more frequently. While two channels in the sample, each earned over $150,000 in 2016 from Patreon, the typical crowdfunding sailing channel earned $73 per video, per month, or creation. It appears that a little bit of money was associated with a big increase in new video production.

While most folks don’t make more than $100 getting to their first 1,000 subscribers 240,000 minutes of watch time is only achievable for low 1,000 subscriber channels that are active. Less active small channels will be kicked out of the program. Linus Wilson not only discusses the big change to YouTube monetization he reads the two blogs at the end of the video.

The YouTube blogs are:

Creator Blog
Additional Changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to Better Protect Creators
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
by Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer


“A New Approach to YouTube Monetization”
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
by Paul Muret, VP, Display, Video & Analytics

These changes make the April 2017 requirement of 10,000 views to be a new AdSense partner no longer in force. That was announced in the blog below:


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