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Is This A Sign of Things To Come

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by gharold, May 16, 2012.

  1. gharold

    gharold Newbie

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    YouTube flagged one of your videos as inappropriate.
    They stated it was reviewed by the YouTube Team
    against their Community Guidelines and upon review,
    they had determined that the following video contain
    content in violation of these guidelines, and had been
    disabled. Also, my account had received one
    Community Guidelines warning strike, which will expire
    in six months. Additional violations would result in
    the suspension of my account...etc.

    I appealed because it was a fairly plain product review
    video detailing the features and benefits of the product.
    It had been up over a year and was viewed less than
    1,000 times.

    They denied my appeal and upheld their decision that
    my video violated a Community Guideline.

    My violation?

    Within the video description I included a "to find out more"
    context link to my Amazon product description/cataloge
    page for that.

    According to YouTube, this is considered a scam/spam link.
    Everyone hates spam. Misleading descriptions, tags, titles or
    thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed.
    It's also not okay to post large amounts of untargeted,
    unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and
    private messages.

    This was the only video of this type I had posted, so I can
    not say this is a carte-blanche situation. I just thought
    I would share this. It may be worth some consideration.
     
  2. IM Corporation

    IM Corporation Newbie

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    Was that "find out more" link your affiliate link? If yes then it's against YT guidelines. Almost all websites consider affiliate links as spam unless you expressly state it.
     
  3. gharold

    gharold Newbie

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    Yes, it was a bit.ly shorten url to my Amazon affiliate link.
    That being against YT guideline is new information to me.
    All the marketing Amazon products via video review products
    recommend setting up the description exactly the way I
    did with this video...Live and Learn.
     
  4. G-S-T

    G-S-T Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Try reading their TOS before creating a thread and whining about it. You cant promote aff links on there. So lesson learned. Either go black hat and upload a shit load of videos on multiple accounts or dont bother marketing on youtube... end of story :)
     
  5. gharold

    gharold Newbie

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    My intent here was a FYI post, not a whine.
    I thought maybe I was not the only one that had mad this error, or may make it in the future.
    Lesson learned.
     
  6. James2

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    Are direct links to fb pages, blogs and websites allowed if they are not affiliate links or what? F###ing hope so!
     
  7. ajithrocksca

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    Not just in youtube, most of the top sites now ban direct links to affiliate products.. It is better if you create a landing page in your website and then give that link, that ways you get traffic to a site before converting which will increase the value of your site as well.. I do it that way for both pinterest and youtube.. just my 0.02