How to avoid a Youtube Slap

right, valuable lesson for you (based on a major shift in the Youtube/video-world):

when I got started 8 years ago, I did video-based reviews of products.

Although there were more or less ‘balanced’ as you’d expect from me, they all ended up with a call-to-action: ‘buy-this-thing’.

ultimately, Youtube decided I was a spammer and killed my channel.

fair enough, lesson learned.

So, new Veit, new channel, definitely ‘properly balanced’ (as you know)

And …. much to my surprise, a few days ago, apparently there’s a spam-complaint regarding one of my videos.

Wagging fingers ‘n all, don’t do this again, the ‘infraction’ warning will expire in 6 months.

Today, 2 more…

Along with a termination of my entire Youtube channel.

Yes, TERMINATION.

So, (obviously), I look into it:

turns out, at least one of those videos is a bit of a scathing review of a pile of #$%# that clearly doesn’t work.

Suggesting that the product creator of said pile of cow-dung simply pressed the spam-button, and boom, I’m in trouble.

(take note: that’s HUGE! If you don’t like someone else’s view/review of you/your stuff, just hit the spam-button, and they’re in trouble. Long live free speech!)

The other 2 ‘offending’ videos are

  1. a comparison of 2 products with pros and cons, and
  2. a proper review that ends in a ‘luke-warm’ recommendation

But, both have a JVZoo style underneath the video.

The reason given for the termination:

if the only purpose of a video is to drive traffic OFF OF Youtube, then that’s spam.

ONE single violation of that kind is enough to have your account terminated.

It’s kinda a joke, because the vast majority of so-called ‘review’ videos out there are of course mass-produced thin content pieces that simply encourage you to click through without providing any additional value.

Sooooo, here’s my take on the whole story:

  1. of course I’m pissed off they terminated my entire account (well, it looks like I may get it back … after asking nicely I now have a ‘restricted’ account, can’t upload, need to await feedback from community, that kind of stuff)
  2. in a way it’s a good thing that Youtube are cracking on thin ‘sandwich’ content and fake reviews, just a shame they consider my content rubbish as well, gotta work on that … lol, or the belief that my stuff is ‘valuable’;-)
  3. if you’re doing any sort of reviews that may end with an affiliate link, well, er, don’t. Looks like they’re getting serious about killing off that kind of video. And it’s easy for them to scan for JVZoo, Clickbank etc links….
  4. don’t put all your eggs in one basket! If you’re doing ‘content’ videos (quite possibly ‘hidden’ if they’re only for your private members), then put that in a separate channel, better, separate account, not in the same channel/account as your ‘review’ videos!

Cheers

Veit

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  1. Hello Veit.

    Sorry to hear the news and hopefully, Youtube will look into it more carefully.

    You need to tell them that Product Owners and their friends are always going to bad-mouth / mark-as-spam your product reviews. And YT needs to understand this.

    Maybe you can always introduce your video reviews by pre-framing it with “this review is based on 9 years of experience, and over 1,000+ product reviews of Internet Marketing related products and solely represents your opinion and experience and at the end of the day, do your own due diligence and make sure it’s a right fit, etc..etc..”.

    Reviews can be a complicated business. For example, in the hotel sector, people say all kinds of things. One of my clients has 90+ great reviews and a couple of bad ones. Which one is right? Statistically speaking, the 90%+ figure. But humans are a funny lot: some react badly to just one bad review. But it’s hardly “logically”. But then again, humans aren’t like Mr. Spock.

    An alternative strategy you might want to consider is do an intro to the product in Youtube, put a link back to your blog to read the full review and from there, include your affiliate link.

    At least, that works for me….

    Hope you get your account back!

    Cheers, Andy

    • haha, I think I’ll follow my own advice and open 1 channel/account for ‘scathing’ reviews, one for ‘promotions’ (when the product is actually good), and one for content.

      Cheers

      Veit

      • I created a channel for a travel site and did lots of reviews of US City locations. Following all that I read in various courses I then did second a third videos pointing at the first, many on different accounts to gain link juice Woke up one morning and “Bang” All YouTube Channels gone. The Main Videos had good content and pointed to my site. Even the supporting videos that pointed to the Main Videos had good content but the whole lot were considered spam.

        It was a wake up call and I decided a new approach. Google, YouTube, Blogger are too intertwined so I now don’t use a gmail account to open the Channel and on sites were I promote products of different brands I open an channel for each brand of product. using a different email address xyz@….. and abc@….. Using this technique if some vindictive competitor doesn’t like you all that is at risk, hopefully, is one channel and one series of product.

        I do get very frustrated when I see slide shows of 45 seconds that have no voice, lo res pictures and loud music. They mostly tell you so little about the product and too many go straight to Amazon, Clickbank, etc. I wish they would slap those Channel Owners who have put so little effort into the video. Trouble is too that it likely to be them that press the Spam button to get you own channel banned. Pinterest have got it right in that Pins have to point to a bonafide site or blog. It’s not perfect but it kills the most obvious spammers. I say most because when you click through to many the result is dubious content but it does dilute the effect of spam.

        • I know exactly what you mean with those 45 seconds rubbish (often auto-generated) videos – the case-study in the ‘passive income’ video is a classic ‘1min auto-shite to CPA offer via sob-story sandwich page’ … and they’re up there, happily getting views (to the tune of 140k+ in the last 2 years)

          makes you wonder

          V.

  2. David M. O'Neill says:

    Veit,

    I suspect you might get more accommodation from YouTube if you put up your review video as part of a video ad campaign.

    Putting up a 20 second TrueView (or whatever) ad “teaser” back to your full video review (linked to you verified website) will at least put YouTube in conflict for dumping you. IMO

    Good luck!

    David

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