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How to prevent your youtube videos from being flagged down and deleted by competitors

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by Tommy Lawrence, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Tommy Lawrence

    Tommy Lawrence Senior Member

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    A number of niche marketers, especially those in saturated niches, have recently been complaining that their YouTube videos have been flagged down and deleted by the YouTube System as a result of malicious action or sabotage perpetrated by competitors or other unknown elements. You might fall victim to this in the future, if it hasn?t happened to you already. Here is some information that could potentially save you from the ordeal.

    First things first: Contrary to what most people think, flagged videos are not automatically taken down by the system. YouTube, using automated methods, reviews the video to determine whether it violates the Terms of Use and/or community guidelines. If they remove your video after reviewing it, you can assume that it was removed purposefully. However, if a video doesn't violate the guidelines, no amount of flagging will change that, and the video will stay on the site. :)

    WHAT ARE THE MAIN REASONS WHY YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO MIGHT GET DELETED?



    1. SPAM: If your video lacks any useful content i.e. if the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate the spam policies and will be removed.
    2. EXTRA TAGS: You should select a reasonable number of tags that most closely reflect your video content. Please also only add tags to the tag section of your metadata. Adding additional tags to the description of your video may constitute spam and can result in the removal of your video.
    3. MISLEADING METADATA: Metadata refers to any and all additional information provided on a video. This includes the title, description, tags, annotations, and thumbnail. All metadata should be representative of the content contained in your video. Among other things, metadata added in an attempt to game search algorithms will lead to the removal of your video and a strike against your account.
    4. SCAMS: Some users create content which attempts to trick others for their own financial gain. Content that deliberately tries to mislead users for financial gain may be removed, and in some cases strikes may be issued to the uploader. With that said, you should always try to ensure that your users get what they are looking for, or at least something close to it. If you promote fake stuff it?s only a matter of time before your videos are flagged by the YouTube community and removed.
    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR VIDEO GETS REMOVED

    If your video is in violation of any of the terms and/or community guidelines, it will be removed by the YouTube System after being flagged down, no questions asked. Appealing the decision won?t help much either.

    However, if you feel that the decision was unfair, and you are sure that the video was genuinely in compliance with all the guidelines, you should appeal the decision. You can do this by clicking ?YouTube settings? and then ?View additional features? where you should see a drop-down button under Community guidelines that allows you to view and appeal your strike.

    If your appeal fails, you can further go to Google Forums (http://productforums.google.com), especially the advanced forums for partners where you can communicate with YouTube staff directly to solve your issue.
     
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  2. remon24

    remon24 Power Member

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    I thought you are going to tell how to prevent yourself from being flagged..

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    Yea, misleading thread title.

    There really is no sure-fire way to prevent it. Only thing I can think of off the dome is to work with a niche with low competition.
     
  4. TheUnborn

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    Thanks mate, I just went to google forums and posted there about a video of mine ranking on google and got a strike.
     
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  5. Tommy Lawrence

    Tommy Lawrence Senior Member

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    As I said in my post, you cannot prevent your video from being flagged (with the exception of live hangouts where the flag button is temporarily disabled until the end of the broadcast) .
    However, you can prevent your video from being removed by simply following the rules.
     
  6. Tommy Lawrence

    Tommy Lawrence Senior Member

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    Try following the rules and your videos won't get removed. Simple enough SMH!
     
  7. dome.d0nkss

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    Hey man,
    I saw on the gaming cheats niche a few videos uploaded 5-6 months ago, I guess these videos was massive flagged by competitors but they are still up...why? :(
     
  8. Tommy Lawrence

    Tommy Lawrence Senior Member

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    Is that a polite way of saying you tried flagging their videos but they didn't go down? :)
     
  9. BusinessMagnet

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    Even I think the same thing lol ! These videos may be of his competitors.
     
  10. BaCCa

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    If your video was flagged for spam or being inappropriate, how do you safely reupload it? I had a couple of vids on the same account and the more popular video got removed.
     
  11. dome.d0nkss

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    lol, no. But it's a hard niche, every day are uploaded 30-40 videos with the same title...and usually all videos are getting down on 1h or less.
     
  12. Tommy Lawrence

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    Just follow the rules man. If you try being a smart-ass YouTube will catch up with you sooner or later
     
  13. Tommy Lawrence

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    As I said in my post, flagged YouTube videos are not automatically taken down by the system. If you want to survive the niche then you have to adhere to all the rules.