When you have access to Self-Certification, we’ll ask you to self-rate your videos against our advertiser-friendly content guidelines.
YouTube Self-Certification Program
Your input can help us make monetization decisions faster and more accurately. With Self-Certification:
- You can tell us what’s in your video.
- Our automated systems will then check and decide.
- If you disagree with our automated systems, you can request a human review.
- The reviewer will check out your video, and give feedback. You can see where you and the reviewer disagree (for example, “inappropriate language” or “sensitive issues”) on content within that video.
If you consistently rate your videos accurately, we’ll rely on your input over our automated systems. Your input will also be used to improve our systems for the entire community of monetizing creators.
What you need to do
With Self-Certification, you’ll need to rate:
- All new videos that you turn on ads for.
- Previously uploaded videos that you now want to turn on ads for.
You don't have to rate existing videos that have ads turned on.How to rate your videos
Follow these steps to rate your videos against our advertiser-friendly content guidelines:
- Follow the steps to upload a video in YouTube Studio. When your video is uploading, select the Monetization dropdown select On click Done click Next.
- Select any relevant features on the Advanced settings page click Next.
- Fill in the questionnaire on the Ad suitability page click Submit Rating click Next.
- If your video does not include content listed in the questionnaire, you can scroll down and check the box next to “None of the above”.
- The Checks page uses our systems to check your video for ad suitability after you’ve rated it. Once this is done click Next.
- The ad suitability check lets you request human review if you think our systems made a mistake.
- Choose your video’s visibility status.
- Click Done.
Are you self-rating content designated as made for kids? If so, be sure to understand our best practices for kids and family content. To find steps for marking videos as made for kids (to be able to self-certify them in Studio), visit this page.
Understand your rating status
When you’re in the program, you’ll find a rating accuracy page.
- Check your rating accuracy.
- Check where you and YouTube disagreed on the rating.
- Request feedback from our raters or view feedback our raters gave.
You can see how well your ratings history matches with that of our systems and human reviewers. We can typically determine how accurate you are after you’ve rated 20 videos. This info is important because the more accurate your ratings are, the more we can use them to decide which ads to run.How to read your accuracy rating
Find your rating status page
- Sign in to YouTube using your channel that’s part of Self-Certification.
- Go to https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UC/videos/contentratings.
- You’ll see the status ratings page.
What each column on your rating status page means
- Video: The video being rated.
- Date rated: The date you rated your video.
- Your rating: What our systems predict your video’s monetization status will be based on how you rated your video.
- YouTube rating: What YouTube systems or our human reviewers believe this video’s monetization status should be.
- YouTube Review type: You’ll see 2 different icons. One shows that our automated systems reviewed your video, and the other shows that a policy specialist reviewed it.
- COMPUTER: This icon means our automated systems made a monetization decision.
- HUMAN: This icon means a policy specialist -- a real person -- reviewed the video.
- Action: This column tells you what you can do about the monetization decision.
- Request review: Our automated systems reviewed your video. Our automated systems don’t always get it right. You can click Request review to get one of our policy specialists to make a final monetization decision.
- View feedback: A policy specialist has reviewed your video and made a final decision. Once a human reviewer decides, the monetization status can't be changed. If you click View feedback, you’ll see differences between how you rated the video and how our policy specialists rated the video. Learn more about how advertiser-friendly monetization reviews work.
Program FAQsHow do I get access to Self-Certification?
When you have access to Self-Certification, you’ll see a message in YouTube Studio to let you know that you can now rate your videos. This typically happens a month or two after joining the YouTube Partner Program.
If your video doesn’t meet advertiser-friendly content guidelines and you try to turn on ads, policy specialists will still demonetize your video. On the positive side, if you consistently make accurate monetization decisions for your video, you may see fewer yellow icons over time. This change is because we’re using your ratings over our automated systems to figure out what ads to run on your videos.
Use the checks page during uploadYou can use the checks page during upload to screen your video for ad suitability and copyright claims before publishing it.
- Rate your video.
- Request human review.
- When you rate your video as not suitable for ads and request human review, we'll expedite the review time.
- Our raters will then review your video and give a final monetization decision.
- Review the feedback from the rater.
Since we want to use your ratings to make correct monetization decisions, it’s important that you rate your content to the best of your ability.
If we see repeated, egregious inaccuracies based on our advertiser-friendly content guidelines, your channel will be reviewed for inclusion in the YouTube Partner Program.