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.
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
- a comparison of 2 products with pros and cons, and
- 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:
- 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)
- 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’;-)
- 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….
- 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!