Yup. I mean, I am
monetized, but he’s basically saying that if I want to make this my profession, then I need to sacrifice everything that makes me me
just to appeal to the masses.
Some of the suggestions, I can understand. One thing he recommends is skipping my intro and getting right into the vid, and that one is fair. I didn’t even have an intro for the longest time. But then he says to only make album reviews from now on, and to only make them around 10 minutes in length. I don’t know about either part of this statement; I previously made reviews about both music movies and
rock albums, and that was my niche, but unfortunately it seems that most of my new subscribers who started following the channel because of my Van Halen III
review aren’t interested in my film reviews. And my reviews have been 15-35 minutes each for the longest time, since so often I have so much to say about the material I’m analyzing, so I fear that cunning down the length would only lead to a worse analysis.
He says that I will also have to talk about relevant stuff that the masses know about, even though I had previously made videos about lesser known stuff. His suggestions include to do a video on Ozzy’s song with Post Malone, and on “the current state of rock.” And then he said that I should use more clickbait thumbnails and titles. Siiiiigh.
The main thing I get from this, and from many of the recent comments I’ve been receiving, is that if I want to continue making money from my content, I have to completely blend in with other music review channels and become virtually indistinguishable in the process. And apparently once I reach 50K subscribers, I can go back to making the content that I want instead of kissing up to the algorithm, but what’s even the point if there’s such a low chance of getting there? Things were easier on this front before I was monetized, when I was just making these for fun. Now everything’s changed.
I wonder how JonTron does it. He’s a YouTuber who, from what I’ve seen, always made the content he
wanted to make and maintained his own style while still managing to get buttloads of views.