YouTube account suspended wrongly? Now to get it back?
If you believe that your channel was terminated in error, then you can appeal the suspension of YouTube account. If you see the following page when trying to log into your suspended channel, then you should click on the ‘contact us’ link which is at the lower portion of the page.
Upon clicking on that link you’ll see the following page which has the appeal form for suspension of YouTube accounts:
Info you need to provide in the form to appeal the suspension of YouTube account
In order to get to the ‘appeal submit’ page now, simply copy the above link text and paste it into the address bar of your web browser. You can also click on the link directly, it is supposed to open the page in a new tab.
While filling the form, firstly give your full official name, the gmail address you use to log into your suspended channel and also any email that you have currently access to. Even if YouTube terminated your channel, you should still have access to the associated gmail. So you can provide this particular gmail address in both the gaps, unless you don’t use it too frequently to exchange emails.
After this you’ll need to provide the url of your suspended channel. This is mandatory to appeal the suspension of YouTube account. In case you didn’t know how to find this url, feel free to click on the following link to read the article which describes how you can always find the url of your terminated channel.
Language that you should use if you’re appealing for the first time
Lastly you need to briefly explain why you think your channel was suspended in error. You can be using a language like the following.
I believe my channel was suspended in error, because I never violated any copyright or community guidelines. Some users must have flagged my videos/channel randomly and improperly. So please review into my case and unsuspend/reinstate my channel and oblige me thereby.
(Your official name).’
Then you can hit the ‘SUBMIT’ button.
Be sure to wait at least 3/4 days before you can appeal the suspension of YouTube account again. You may do so in case you thought your first appeal didn’t reach YouTube team for some unknown reason.
When it is appropriate to confess your faults
If you receive a reply saying that ‘We have decided to keep your account suspended based on community guidelines‘, then nevertheless you can appeal again. This time don’t feel shy to confess your faults if you committed any. Assume that you really violated some of YouTube’s community guidelines (like stuffing the description of some videos with irrelevant keywords), feel free to confess those violations in a language like below:
I am extremely sorry that I might have violated some of YouTube’s community guidelines, that’s why my channel has been suspended. Would you please pardon me only this once and give me my channel back? If you do, I promise you that I will never violate any of YouTube’s guidelines/TOS again. You can even delete those videos that violated YouTube’s community guidelines.
(Your official name).’
If you appeal the suspension of YouTube account in a language like this, you might get your channel back; although the chance is really very slim. Some YouTubers claim to have their channel back after repeated appeals/submissions. But always maintain a 3/4 days gap between two consecutive appeals, or you may never get any reply from YouTube accounts team whatsoever.
Learn another way to appeal the suspension of YouTube account if it’s a brand channel
However, if you repeatedly receive this reply from YouTube team saying that ‘We have reviewed into your case and found that your account is fully active and operational. You should be able to login with your correct gmail id and password. If you forgot your password, you can always ask for a new one’, while you still found your brand account suspended, then you should appeal in a different way. Feel free to click on the following link to know the details.
What you see when your YouTube channel is terminated
If you try to log into your suspended primary YouTube channel for the first time, you’ll be given a prompt to verify your phone number. You’ll need to do that, otherwise all your data associated with that google id will be scheduled for deletion. Now assuming that you have done the verification; at a later time, when you try to log into your primary channel, you will either see the following page:
If you try to log into your suspended brand channel (while your primary YouTube channel is still active) and if it’s the default YouTube channel for that particular gmail id, then you will find upon seeing the channel icon that you have landed on the primary channel instead. When you click on that icon situated in the top-right corner of the screen to see all the YouTube channels’ list, you won’t be able to see the suspended brand YouTube channel (or it’s name) there. That’s why many people after having their brand YouTube channel terminated report that their (brand) YouTube channel has simply vanished, they do not see it anymore. Did it really vanish? You want to know whether it is still there (even in suspended condition)? Then go through the following steps:
Steps to find your seemingly vanished YouTube channel
1. Click on the current YouTube channel’s icon which is at the top-right corner of the screen. A pop-up menu will appear which will look somewhat like below. This menu will show you all your active YouTube channels from the current gmail id and primary YouTube channels (active/suspended) from other gmails.
2. Click on the gear icon which is in the section of the menu corresponding to your current YouTube channel and to the right of ‘Creator Studio’ tab. You’ll see this page with url: https://www.youtube.com/account
3. At the bottom of that page, click on the link that reads ‘see all my channels or create a new channel’. You’ll be directed to a page where you’ll be seeing all your YouTube channels, both active and suspended. (the following exemplary image is Photoshoped.)
So, even if any of your brand YouTube channels might simply seem to have vanished, it most definitely hasn’t really. It is still there (in suspended condition).
Recently many people have been reporting that their channels must have been suspended in error, because they claim to have violated no guidelines. Some of these people may be saying the truth/right thing, may be they really violated no guidelines of YouTube. So a question arises as to who causes this sort of YouTube account termination – human or bot? Here ‘bot’ means automated system or artificial intelligence of YouTube.
A straight answer to this question is not found yet, may be never will be. For we all know that YouTube/google maintains very strict privacy in some of their matters. But considering the number of channels, videos and reports YouTube has to constantly deal with, it’s obvious that these channels were terminated by YouTube BOT. That means it’s YouTube’s AI which is responsible for YouTube account termination.
YouTube account termination: must be the doing of a bot
Basically YouTube depends on a report-based system to detect policy violations. Many of these reports may be fake or improper, which increases the number of reports submitted even bigger. So all these reports can not be checked manually. YouTube/google most probably doesn’t have a manpower that big. So they must have set a percentage standard for reports on videos and channels in their automated system.
Currently this standard seems to be very low. It could be as low as 1%, which means that if 1% of the total viewers of a video or channel have submitted a particular type of report on it, YouTube’s automated system will take that report into account and take actions based on severity, like removing that video with or without posing a strike, even terminating the user’s account/channel. This is how YouTube account termination occurs.
The reason YouTube allows appeal for suspension of accounts
YouTube uses artificial intelligence to enforce community guidelines. That’s why everybody gets to appeal the suspension of their channel, if they believe their YouTube account termination was done in error. We hope YouTube authority checks all the suspension appeals manually and does not use any automated system to check any of these appeals.
Actually there is a reason for this suspicion. In recent times, many YouTubers after appealing the suspension of their channels, have received as answer which states that their accounts are pretty fine and they shouldn’t face any problem logging in, whereas they still found their channels suspended. Many of them have been obliged to consider this as a practical joke, for obvious reason.
Make a note of your YouTube channel url right away
Your channel, active or suspended, has a url. Make a note of this ASAP while your channel is still active. Because, God forbids, if it ever gets suspended, you may choose to appeal the suspension. During that time (while filling the appeal form) you will need to provide with your YouTube channel url. Many people can not complete this appeal process just because they don’t know or find the url of their suspended channels.
It would be even a better practice to choose a custom url for your channel, if you’re eligible. According to YouTube, to have a custom url for your channel, it needs to (1) have at least 100 subscribers, (2) be at least 30 days old, (3) have an uploaded photo as channel icon, (4) have uploaded channel art.
The information on mandatory upload of channel art is not correct, because in all my channels I used YouTube’s built-in channel arts found in the gallery section and never uploaded a single art from outside (my devices).
Going for custom url: Will it be a right decision?
Criteria numbers (3) and (4) are nothing, because anybody can have a channel icon and a channel art at any time they feel like. But having at least 100 subscribers and reaching the 30 days milestone is a little bit challenging. Yet it is achievable if you put efforts into promoting your channel. In some cases, we have experienced that YouTube allows to have a custom url if the channel has simply 100 or more subscribers, even if it is not 30 days old yet. That might be a rare case.
Anyway, once your channel is eligible for custom url, just go for it, unless you have plans to change your channel’s name at a latter time. Choose such url which is easy to remember. Should it be, for some reason, not easy to remember, then you need to make a note of it on somewhere, like ms word, notepad, or even in an email account.
Know how to find your suspended YouTube channel url
Now if your YouTube channel has been terminated, you need to have its url to appeal the suspension. A good technique to find your terminated channel’s url is that you previously subscribe each of your channels from other channels, so that once a particular channel is terminated you could still visit its homepage and copy its url as per your need.
In case you were not that wise in the first place to have all your YouTube channels subscribed to one another, then the first thing you should do is to take a look at the history of your browser. There at some point you may see the link to your channel. [Look at the picture below]
If you don’t see your channel’s link in your browser’s history, then you can do the followings to have it. This procedure works both for primary and brand channels. [Click on the immediately following link and read the full article to know what primary and brand channels are, unless you already knew it.]
(1) Sign into your gmail associated with your primary channel. Go to the upper-right corner and click on the icon of your account. You’ll see the following menu.
(2) Click on the blue ‘My Account’ link. You’ll be directed to the following page. Now click on the image icon found in the upper-right corner of the screen. A pop-up drop-down menu will emerge where you will see all your accounts (both primary and brand) under this particular gmail. Just click on the one which is associated with the YouTube channel you’re looking for the url of. (This way you’re basically switching between accounts.)
(3) At the right side, in the ‘Account preferences’ section, click on the link ‘Delete your account or services’.
(4) You’ll be directed to this page, where you will be clicking on the ‘Delete products’ link.
(5) Now click on the ‘YouTube’ section. (don’t worry yet)
(6) You’ll be directed to the following page where you’ll be clicking on the name (which is a link with blue text) of your desired/targeted YouTube channel.
(7) You’ll be directed to your channel’s homepage, suspended or active. Now you can surely copy the url of your channel, can’t you?
If you would like a little bit of assistance in understanding the above procedure properly, feel free to watch the following YouTube video.
Now that you have learned to find your suspended YouTube channel url, you can go ahead with the termination appeal process. It’s depicted in the following article:
Recently we have found some changes in the appeal form; they NO longer seem to ask for the suspended YouTube channel url. But if you have multiple channels under the same gmail id, then it’s better to include that url in the appeal text (the reason why you think your channel was terminated in error). In that case the appeal text might be as follows:
“My channel with url https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9XYz354Xa41uTAGBSOa*** didn’t violate any community guidelines. So the suspension took place as a result of error/misunderstanding. Please review into my case and reinstate that YouTube channel. ”
Youtube channel url may not be required for brand account appeal
If your channel is a suspended/terminated brand account, then you don’t need to find its url, if you choose to go through the following procedure of suspension appeal instead. It’s much simpler compared to the process whose link is given above.
In recent days, many people have been reporting that their channels have been terminated without showing any reason or cause from the YouTube/google authority. Well, they may choose to NOT show the reason behind termination of your channel, if they believe that you already know the reason. In 99% of these cases, the YouTuber has surely violated one or more guidelines of YouTube. In some 1% rare cases it is just a misunderstanding, because YouTube depends on a report-based system to detect such violations. That’s why there’s a base to think that you just had your YouTube account suspended for no reason at all.
Suppose your channel was pretty fine, no copyright or community strikes. Then one day you wake up to find that your YouTube channel/account is completely gone while you didn’t receive any emails stating the reason of termination. Now you might wonder why that is. Like we said earlier, YouTube authority may choose to NOT show or state the reason of termination, if they believe that you already know it. Let us now see the common violations many YouTubers have been doing in recent days.
Don’t let misleading metadata terminate your channel
The major reason behind these terminations is ‘misleading metadata’. Metadata of a video consists of four parts: title, description, tags and thumbnail. Make sure that the title properly describes the video. If the title doesn’t properly represent the video, it was designed only to game YouTube’s search algorithm, i.e. only to increase views artificially, then surely it is a violation of community guidelines, because the primary purpose of such doing was to introduce/present a wrong video to YouTube’s viewers’ community. This sort of scam is called ‘Artificial Traffic Spam’.
The same thing is true for description part of the video. Some people put repetitive texts in the description of their video, like repeating the same word or sentence. They even put some text in the description box which has nothing to do with the video (these texts are no way connected/related with the video). They do it in the name of SEO (search engine optimization) in order to get more views than they actually deserve, thus they deprive the innocent YouTubers of their rightful share of views.
Putting the tags in the description box also helps to increase views artificially, that’s why this practice is forbidden by community guidelines. If you still practice this, you may apparently see your YouTube account suspended for no reason. (This article explains whether or not you have your YouTube account suspended for no reason.)
Inappropriate tags may result into having YouTube account suspended for no reason
Now about the tags of a video. Tags must be relevant to the video. Irrelevant tags may tend to increase views artificially, that’s why the practice of using such tags is not appreciated by the YouTube authority. If they find irrelevant tags in a single video, it may be removed. If they find this malpractice in all or many videos on your channel, they may simply choose to TERMINATE it without showing any reason or cause behind the termination, because they are aware that you already knew about this particular type of violation.
Some YouTubers use a fixed set of tags for all their videos, this practice should be avoided. Since your videos vary from one to another in content, so the tags used for individual video should also vary from one to another. The practice of using the same set of tags for all your videos may render one or more tags of the set irrelevant to one or more videos of your channel and thus may violate community guidelines. Some people even use tags of others’ videos which have higher position in a particular search rank; although those tags simply don’t go with their own videos at all. This practice should definitely be prohibited.
Don’t just try to lure viewers by using ‘attractive’ thumbnails
The last part we are going to consider is ‘misleading thumbnail’. A thumbnail that does not properly represent the video, or one that is sexually explicit or provocative and it was chosen only to artificially increase views, will surely be considered ‘misleading’ by YouTube authority. They may choose not only to remove the thumbnail, but the whole video as well and place a ‘community strike’ on your channel, or simply to suspend it. Now we believe you have gathered some knowledge as to why you may have your YouTube account suspended for no reason.
Previously (even a few months ago) this sort of deceptive practices were allowed to some extent by YouTube authority, but lately they do not afford it anymore. Click on the following link to know why.
Now that you know why Google has become so strict lately, you should be strict too
For the same reason as hinted above, YouTube has recently declined to widely allow sexually explicit or provocative content and nudity. It has always depended on a report-based system to detect any probable violation of community guidelines. Being pressurized by the advertisers, lately YouTube has lowered down the standard for percentage ratio of reports. That means, (for example) if a video/channel gets 1% bad report, YouTube’s artificial intelligence takes this into account and removes the video or terminates the channel, whereas previously this ratio was 3%, may be even 5%.
The same thing is applicable for videos that can easily be marked as ‘spam’. A video which is considered useless or unwanted on YouTube by many viewers is likely to be termed ‘spam’ and hence later removed by YouTube’s AI. Both the advertisers and the YouTube/google authority want to get rid of these videos and make YouTube ‘a safer place’ (in their terms). That’s why so many people have lost their channels in such a short span of time. In other words, they have found their YouTube account suspended for no reason.
YouTubers who adopted this sort of deceptive practices, may remain undetected until they start getting a lot of views. But once they start getting a lot of views, the number of reports on their videos/channel increases exponentially, thus getting their dear channel near extinction (termination). So as a YouTuber, once you start getting a lot of views, don’t just be happy yet. Reconsider whether your videos/channel got any deceptive/misleading/ violating content. If so, get rid of such content ASAP.
Even if you are totally innocent about the content on your channel, you could still lose it, unless you were careful about commenting on other people’s videos. There are many YouTube users who like to post bad and hateful comments on others’ videos. Remember that each and every of these comments can be marked ‘spam’ or ‘abusive’, it solely depends on the video owner. If they choose to mark it as a spam and within a few days you gather a lot of your comments flagged as ‘spam’, then surely you could lose your YouTube account (along with your channel) just like that.
According to some experts, you also need to be careful about the comments that are published under your videos. If many of those comments are reported as ‘spam’ by viewers, then those videos as well as your channel might be affected. That’s why it’s a good practice to check the posted comments before you approve them, i.e. you allow only approved comments to display.
Other reasons that may lead your YouTube account to termination
Another point is that you should not upload a video to extort, harass or blackmail someone. Also your YouTube channel must not impersonate another person or an established/famous channel belonging to someone else. It’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.
Example of such content is a video that shows how to make a bomb. If posting graphic content in a news or documentary context, please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what’s going on in the video. For example, there are even such videos on YouTube that show everything of a female’s genital, but those videos have specific reasons for nudity, such as: educational purpose. So when posting a sensitive content on YouTube, do not forget to describe its primary purpose/view.
Also the number of videos you upload in a day’s time matters. According to many expert YouTubers, it’s not okay to post more than two videos in a day (we haven’t yet found the documentation from YouTube regarding this; once we do, we’ll let you know). Because nobody can produce more than 2/3 quality videos in a day. So someone uploading a lot of videos to their channel in a short span of time clearly gives a message to YouTube’s system that those videos are basically re-uploads or stolen content from others’ channels. Such videos will then be considered ‘spam’ by the system.
Are you sure your videos are useful and wanted on YouTube?
Before uploading a video, reconsider if it is going to be found useful or entertaining by at least some people, otherwise it may be considered a spam. That’s why someone’s wedding or birthday party video shouldn’t be uploaded on YouTube, if it is simply ‘boring’, ‘ordinary’ and not exceptional in any way. (This article explains why you might have your YouTube account suspended for no reason.)
Remember that if you violate YouTube’s guidelines for only one or two videos on your channel and get caught in the act by YouTube authority, then those one or two videos will be removed and the rest of the channel will be left intact. But if you violate these guidelines in almost each and every video on your channel, then YouTube has every right to permanently terminate your channel/YouTube account, because you know the rule of thumb: your channel gets three consecutive strikes of any sort, it is gone forever. Lastly, come to know what YouTube authority means when they declare the following statement in a red banner on the terminated channel.
Accounts terminated for “spam, misleading content, or other Terms of Service violations” usually contain one of the following violations:
– URLs with affiliate or referral codes, monetized URLs, content locked pages (e.g. complete surveys to unlock page)
– Misleading or unnecessary metadata in the video title, description, or tags for exploiting views or in an attempt to game search results.
– Using bots, automated software to increase stats, or purchasing subscribers, views, likes, etc. (excluding using Google AdWords)
– Uploading videos showing how to hack, exploit software (e.g how to get free licensed software like Photoshop) or encourage illegal activity.
– Posting videos in a mass quantity which may only be possible via automated software.
– Uploading the same videos or same titles over and over again or other spammy behavior that may exploit the search or recommendation results.
Now do you still think you have your YouTube account suspended for no reason?
Recently some YouTube users have reported that their channels/YouTube accounts have been terminated even if they didn’t have (never uploaded) a single video on their channels. YouTube authority might choose to do this if they find that account left idle (without any recent activities) or they believe that this account may soon violate community guidelines. (This article explains why someone might have their YouTube account suspended for no reason.)
Metadata determines the ranking of a video in search results
The term ‘metadata’ is associated with every single video on YouTube. For someone to see firsthand the content of a video, they must watch it. When they watch a video, YouTube suggests a number of other videos to them on the watch-page. After being done with the current video, the viewer may choose another video to watch. In this case they rely on a few factors, like the title and the thumbnail of a video. They choose the one which interests them the most, upon taking a look at the titles or the thumbnails or both. These two aspects (title and thumbnail) are parts of the metadata of a video. There are two other aspects of a video which are not seen when the viewer takes a glimpse on the suggested videos: description and tags.
Details of metadata of a YouTube video
So these four aspects of a video form its ‘metadata’. In other words, the metadata of a video has four parts: title, description, tags and thumbnail. Ideally, the description text of a video should be able to properly describe the video itself. It shouldn’t contain anything irrelevant to the video. Some YouTubers put the links of their social media pages or websites in the description box, some even use the same paragraph(s) for all their videos to describe their company’s status, activities and the purpose or vision of their YouTube channel.
Although these are not extreme violations of YouTube’s community guidelines, but these must not be done only to game YouTube’s search algorithm, i.e. to get more views or to increase traffic artificially. Now about the thumbnail. It’s a pic that should briefly represent the video as a whole, once the viewer takes a look at this. The last part is ‘tags’. The tags of a video are a bunch of keywords or phrases which are closely related to the video. Once a viewer runs a search with any of these keywords, they should (ideally) be able to find that particular video.
Metadata can lead to account terminations when misleading
Sometimes the metadata of a video is so designed as to deceive YouTube’s search algorithm, or to place the video higher in search rank improperly. Then this sort of metadata is considered misleading. Deceptive practice done on any one or more of the four parts of metadata makes the video ‘misleading’ as a whole.
As we know metadata of a video consists of four parts: title, description, tags and thumbnail. Now as a YouTuber you should make sure that the title properly describes the video. If the title doesn’t properly represent the video and it was designed only to game YouTube’s search algorithm, i.e. only to increase views artificially, then surely it is a violation of community guidelines. Because the primary purpose of such doing was to introduce/present a wrong video to the YouTube’s viewers’ community. This sort of scam is called ‘Artificial Traffic Spam’. The same thing is true for description part of the video.
Misleading metadata in the name of SEO
Some people put repetitive texts in the description of their video, like repeating the same word or sentence. They even put some text in the description box which has nothing to do with the video. That means these texts are no way connected/related with the video itself. They do it in the name of SEO (search engine optimization) in order to get more views than they actually deserve. Thus they deprive the innocent YouTubers of their rightful share of views. Putting the tags in the description box also helps to increase views artificially, that’s why this practice is forbidden by community guidelines.
Now about the tags of a video. Tags must be relevant to the video. Irrelevant tags may tend to increase views artificially. That’s why the practice of using such tags is not appreciated by the YouTube authority. If they find irrelevant tags in a single video, they may remove it. If they find this malpractice in all or many videos on your channel, they may simply choose to TERMINATE it.
A Fixed set of tags for all videos can lead to misleading metadata
Some YouTubers use a fixed set of tags for all their videos, this practice should be avoided. Since your videos vary from one to another in content, so the tags used for individual video should also vary. The practice of using the same set of tags for all your videos may render one or more tags of the set irrelevant to one or more videos of your channel and thus may violate community guidelines.
The last part we are going to consider is ‘misleading thumbnail’. A thumbnail that does not properly represent the video, or one that is sexually explicit or provocative and it was chosen only to artificially increase views, will surely be considered ‘misleading’ by YouTube authority. They may choose not only to remove the thumbnail, but the whole video as well and place a ‘community strike’ on your channel, or simply to suspend it.
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What we are going to state here is not guaranteed to be 100% true. It is just the best guess based on YouTube/google’s recent activities and YouTube ads crisis. It can also be regarded as a conspiracy theory.
Obvious as it is, YouTube/google’s latest condition is NOT exactly good. Lately YouTube has terminated hundreds of thousands of channels and YouTube accounts. If these channels violated YouTube’s guidelines/TOS, then they were violating those guidelines for a long time. Now there is a question as to why did YouTube become so strict all of a sudden? May be YouTube/google authority has been pressurized by the advertisers. Although YouTube has declared itself as a family platform for entertainment, but everyone knows it’s far from true. Because there are so many adult/racist/inappropriate contents on YouTube and almost each of these are monetized as well. This is the main reason of YouTube ads crisis.
YouTube ads shown beside inappropriate contents
Showing advertisements beside an adult video is really a matter of concern for the advertisers. This practice may impose a negative impact on image/brand-value of advertisers’ company/products/services. That’s why advertisers have put a lot of pressure on YouTube to get rid of these adult contents. YouTube has always depended on a report-based system to detect this sort of content. Being pressurized, lately they have lowered down the standard for percentage ratio of reports. That means, (for example) if a video/channel gets 1% bad report, YouTube’s artificial intelligence takes this into account and removes the video or terminates the channel. Surely this ratio was greater previously, like 3%, may be even 5%.
Videos with misleading metadata threatens overall environment of YouTube
The same thing is applicable for videos that can easily be marked as ‘spam’ or ‘misleading’. A video which is considered useless or unwanted on YouTube by many viewers is likely to be termed ‘spam’ and hence later removed by YouTube’s AI. Offhand, a video whose metadata (title, description, tags, thumbnail) has been designed only to get more views is likely to be called a ‘misleading video’. For such a video with ‘misleading content or metadata’, the given metadata is remotely associated with the video itself. Both the advertisers and the YouTube/Google authority want to get rid of these videos. Thus they plan to make YouTube ‘a safer place’ (in their terms). That’s why so many people have lost their channels in such a short span of time.
Lately, YouTube/google’s financial condition isn’t so good either. Many AdSense publishers have reported that they didn’t receive their proper(?) payments/earnings for the month of December, 2016. YouTubers, whose channels got terminated in December, didn’t receive earnings for that month. But this sort of thing never happened previously. YouTubers always received earnings on their videos, no matter when their channels got terminated.
Google scammed by a few advertisers?
From the looks of it, it seems that YouTube/google authority may have been scammed by a few advertisers who didn’t pay for their advertisements already shown. May be they used stolen credit cards, or they provided false information. Or they may have scammed google in some other way. Whatever the way they did it, google surely lost a lot of revenue. That’s when the YouTube ads crisis started to become evident.
Also recently there has been a rumor that Google is about to be sued by European Union or some other strong authority for having done manipulation in their ad-network system. If Google loses in this lawsuit, they will have to pay an incredibly huge sum of money as fine.
Will Google be able to recover?
We don’t know for sure, whether the company is in a state to cut off it’s manpower or make a cut off in their payments. What we know for sure is that YouTube/google has come up with a new policy to save (more appropriately ‘add to’) a big portion of the company’s revenue. The policy is to NOT pay YouTubers who lost their channels in previous month. We don’t know whether things will turn up to be better or worse for the company. Will Google be finally able to overcome ‘YouTube ads crisis’? Well at the moment, it is surely the number one company in the world.
However this is worth to mention, because of YouTube’s new policies on ads and video content, many established YouTubers and big channels have been losing views and revenues in the last few days (two months to be exact). They seem pretty annoyed and disturbed while the company seems to be indifferent to their complaints and grudge. Google looks well-determined to go ahead with its new policies. However, we hope that it will soon overcome YouTube ads crisis, which in turn could be a good news for all YouTubers, both old and new.
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The money that YouTubers earn is called YouTube money. In order to earn it, you need to be a YouTuber first, that means you need to have a YouTube channel to upload quality videos. Then you need to SEO and online market those and focus on the growth of your channel and views. Once you hit the milestone of 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months and 1000 subscribers, your channel will be reviewed by YouTube authority for monetization. If you’re approved you can start making ‘YouTube money’.
Now here we present some FAQs regarding YouTubing, YouTubers and channels.
What is YouTubing? Who are YouTubers?
The job of uploading videos to one’s YouTube channel and monetizing those and thus earning ‘YouTube money’ is called YouTubing. A person who uploads videos onto his/her YouTube channel and monetizes those and thus earns money, is a YouTuber.
Who can become a YouTuber?
Virtually, anybody of any age across the globe can become a YouTuber. Although according to YouTube, monetization isn’t available in all countries, yet it’s not a big deal if you simply change the country of your channel and thus get to monetize your videos. Even a child can become a YouTuber, simply by using his parents’ google account. FYI, lately a 5 years old child has been earning half a million dollars (surely an incredible amount of YouTube money) each month on an average by YouTubing.
Can YouTubing be taken as a full-time job?
It sure can. Sincere and dedicated YouTubers earn enough to lead their lives and those of their family members. Some even became millionaires. It all depends on your integrity and patience. Also, as a YouTuber you need to be able to create original content. People who try to capitalize on others’ creations, can’t sustain here for long.
An individual can create as many channels as he wants. He can create them from the same gmail id or different gmail ids.
What is a primary channel? What is a brand channel/account?
When you create a new google/gmail id, a YouTube channel comes automatically with that id. This one is called ‘primary channel’ for you. This channel has the same name as your gmail id. Suppose you created this gmail id with your name ‘John Smith’. Then your primary YouTube channel will also be named ‘John Smith’. If you change the name of your primary channel, then the name of the gmail id also changes and vice versa.
Primary channel is mandatory for you, if you want to participate in YouTube activities such as rating videos after watching them, commenting on them and subscribing to other channels. That means, the very first time you log into YouTube from your gmail id, you’re prompted to create your primary channel. At that time you are given an option to change the name of your primary channel as well as that of your entire google id, or keep it unchanged. Later you can create one or more brand channels/accounts and use any of them to participate in YouTube activity.
If your primary channel is terminated, then your brand channels are gone as well?
If your primary channel is terminated, then you can no longer access any of your brand channels from that google account. But you could still access those channels, if you previously had them connected with other google accounts. That’s why it is a good practice to associate any of your valuable brand accounts with multiple google accounts. Here’s an article on how to do that:
How to manage multiple YouTube channels from different gmail/google accounts?
Suppose a person has multiple YouTube channels with different gmail IDs, he has to work on each of them. He logs into a gmail/YouTube account, works there for sometime and then to work on another channel, he logs out and logs back into another gmail/YouTube account. Well, he doesn’t need to do this job in a way so tedious, he can do it in a much simpler way. Here are the steps he needs to follow:
1. Go to the upper-right corner of the screen and click on the current channel’s icon, a pop-up menu will unfold like following:
2. In the menu, he will see all his active channels’ list. This time he needs to click on the ‘Add account’ link. Then he’ll log into his desired second YouTube account with a different gmail. By repeating this procedure, he can add multiple YouTube accounts. While working, he simply needs to switch between accounts.
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