Your YouTube channel vanished overnight?
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.
You might also read: YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?
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.
At this point You might want to know: How to properly appeal the suspension of YouTube account
Don’t let your comments get marked as spam
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: