If you think that getting banned from YouTube is difficult, you probably play by the rules and can’t imagine how or why that would happen.
YouTube can be a wonderfully powerful force for businesses of all sizes in sharing their videos with the world in general, and their target audience in particular. Not only is YouTube a free, high quality storage platform for videos, thanks to it’s search parameters it helps those videos to get found. In fact, we’ve helped lots of companies accomplish this.
Think of the sheer size of YouTube:
- The total number of people who use YouTube – 1,300,000,000.
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!
- Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.
- YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day
(statistics thanks to fortunelords.com)
Over the course of its development, YouTube has evolved into a platform with a large set of rules and regulations to be followed by people uploading a video.
A YouTube channel owner has to be aware of the hazards of using this usually reliable marketing asset.
If you have a video channel which supports your website or business, you have to not only be very careful with YouTube policies, but be prepared to defend them. You could get banned from YouTube without any prior notice.
We saw this happen recently when the channel owned by Legal Insurrection was banned from YouTube.
The channel was removed without any prior notice based on third-party claims of copyright infringement. Although these claims were submitted by a political rival, the fact that the channel was banned from YouTube was so complete that even original videos created by the channel owner were banned by YouTube.
Fox News reported this ban on the channel imposed by YouTube, without any notice and can be read in detail here. Despite your political views, the fact that this could happen so quickly, completely and unjustifiably should be a concern for all channel owners.
So this should serve as warning to all YouTube channel owners that they too could be banned from YouTube and a substantial marketing asset eliminated, simply because of a complaint by anyone – including a competitor.
Therefore, it is important to be extremely careful while uploading your content so your competitors can make no third party complain of copyright infringement or any other irregularity against you. Here are some additional suggestions that you can adhere to in order to stay on the right side of YouTube laws:
Only use content that you own or produced
This is obvious – if you don’t own the video or have the right to do with it as you please, it may get banned from YouTube. the process for your competition to dispute your ownership is very easy, do don’t give them the opportunity. This is the easiest way to get banned from YouTube. The only way that you can use content of others on YouTube is to use videos marked “creative commons.” That gives you the go-ahead to use the footage.
YouTube gives channel owner the choice of three possible thumbnails, which are random images from the video as it is uploaded. We urge channel owners to use their own custom thumbnails. While deciding the thumbnail for your YouTube video, be careful. A misleading picture which attracts a user to see the video may go undetected by the YouTube algorithm but will surely be picked up by your competitor. Therefore, add relevant thumbnail pictures that apply to the actual content of the video.
Don’t get software to generate traffic
For several years, channel owners could purchase views, likes and subscribers for their YouTube videos. They have figured that out and now the ability to uncover such trickery, and it will get you banned from YouTube quickly.
Write a long and ample video description of 500 words or more. Explain your involvement in the creation of the YouTube video. This will cement your ownership claims.
Read the fine print
In order to save you the hassle of trying to restore a channel that has been banned by Youtube, read the fine print before clicking on the “accept” button. Knowing the rules and regulations will make you less probable of breaking them without knowing.
As a subsidiary of Google, YouTube follows the policy of making it very difficult to speak with a real human being.
So it is difficult to rectify the situation if you are banned from YouTube. Our recommendation for a fail-safe solution is to be sure that you have all of your videos backed up on other media. If the worst happens, you can re-upload all of the videos to a new channel. But since you would lose all the prior views, likes, comments, etc. it is best to avoid the situation in the first place.
The Legal Insurrection channel has been reinstated after much pressure. But it took a lot of work on the part of the channel owner, something we all want to avoid.