Monday, February 5, 2018

The Downfall of Youtube – Reasons and what the future may hold

Youtube has been one of the most popular websites for a long time and it is practically a household name when it comes to watching and sharing videos online. While it has gone through many changes over the years, some good, some bad, I have found lately that it has been on the decline.

I have many subscriptions and it used to be when I would log in each day, there would be a lot of new videos to watch. Recently though, it seems like there have been fewer and fewer new videos popping up in the feed which would mean that the creators are not making as many videos as they used to.

There can be many reasons for this, but from what I have gathered, it seems like many of the veteran Youtuber's are not happy with the way things have been going. Many have complained about changes which de-monetized their videos. As many of the big Youtuber's got into the habit of using Youtube as their main source of income, you can imagine if this was disrupted enough it would have a big effect on their desire to produce new content.

I know many have complained about traffic numbers declining on videos and how they are not getting as many views or subscribers as they had in the past. Many who have been producing high quality content are fading to the background while newer channels that many not be as good have been pushed to the forefront.

Many Youtuber's have expressed interest in moving to other platforms but as of yet there does not seem to be a suitable replacement. It seems some Youtuber's have cut back on the amount of videos they release while others have stopped making videos all together.

This is a shame because Youtube is a good platform and they have plenty of feedback from the creators to get it right. I am mostly a viewer when it comes to Youtube but I can certainly understand the frustrations of the creators and what they have been going through.

If the trend continues and more of the big Youtubers start pulling away from the platform, I can see a possible shift to other platforms for video entertainment such as Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services. While these platforms are more for complete shows and movies, viewers may still be drawn to these platforms more if quality content is no longer available on Youtube.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Have you seen a decline in videos from your favorite Youtubers? Feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. I am a creator on youtube. If you like family channels watch Mari and Bree Club. We upload once a week and in summer twice a week!

  2. I read this post a while back and only connected the dots recently to the YouTube shooting. When I heard about how the shooter was irate at YouTube for policy changes that lost her money, I figured she was just paranoid and delusional. Now I see that the video de-monitization was real and seemingly was the trigger for this person who was obviously unstable.

  3. Youtube de-monitized all my videos a few months ago because I "wasn't a big enough money maker" for them. They've made it impossible to make money there as a video creator unless your videos average over 1 million views. The little guys and the medium guys have been eliminated from their monetization. The only accounts that youtube still allows monetization are for the elite of the elite accounts. In other words, only the top .001% So the rich get richer and the middle class is out-to-lunch. Much the same as how IPO's are only offered to rich "accredited" investors with a minimum of 1 million dollars in liquid net worth. The middle class is being shoved aside.