Youtube Dumped Me!May 29, 2012 4:23 pm My POV
I’ve been dumped!
I’m all alone now!
My publisher’s YouTube Account has been terminated!
I’ve spent years cultivating this relationship. Now who’s going to put my videos online?
I had about 70 videos and many thousands of views (nearly a quarter million). I was asked to become a “partner” with YT several times – but I always blew them off.
(WORD OF WARNING) Don’t ignore, nor decline their request to become a partner. My new understanding is that if something is wrong with a video, they will take it down, but NOT terminate your account.
What makes this so painful, is that I have no idea what I did wrong with this video that I uploaded yesterday. It never occurred to me that it violated anything. What’s worse is that YT won’t say what the violation was. The best I can get is that it violated their “Community Guidelines”. When I read them, I realized that there is nothing that applies to the video that I uploaded yesterday that got the account terminated.
Searching for answers, I learned that in addition to the obvious infractions (porn, violence, illegal, gross etc) there are “possible” other triggers: “make money online” should not be one of your keywords, “Youtube” should not be in your title, exaggerated health claims, MLM are two more possible infractions.
Are they suddenly against Gambling? They won’t say.
Do you have videos on Youtube? If you do or if you’re planning to, here’re my suggestions:
1) Ensure that you stay within their rules and guidelines (even if they’re vague – use common sense)
2) Provide Value – not to you, but to your audience. The more valuable, the more attention you’ll get.
3) Don’t use stolen content: pictures, music, graphics recordings. don’t put someone else’s YT video within your own. Just make sure you create or buy the license for whatever you’re giving your audience.
4) Use only relevant content; don’t be spammy! Don’t use trendy, popular keywords, phrases, visuals or music just to get views – whatever your video contains should pertain to your subject.
5) Don’t use “Make Money” or “Make Money Online” as a keyword.
6) Don’t use methods that get you fake views… and don’t buy them either.
7) Stay totally natural and organic. Use your normal “voice” to communicate your message. Make it “conversational”. Write it as if it were a letter to a good friend.
8) Become a Partner when asked. Or, once you reach at least a thousand views on multiple videos ask them.
9) Backup: maybe to Amazon S3 Servers. Submit to other video sharing sites. Keep your imovie (or whatever editing software you use) in a safe place in order to put them back up if you ever get your account reinstated.
I hope you never get terminated – it’s very, very painful!
Tags: account termination, community guidelines, Youtube