As a YouTuber you need to know what you should write as YouTube community guidelines appeal text. This is because you might get a community strike any time no matter how innocent you are. YouTube’s automated system is report-based. So when a big portion of the viewers of a video report on it on a specific thing, YouTube’s system takes this into account. Then it may age-restrict or even remove the video from YouTube, based on severity of reports.
Another interesting thing is that the same video may get a community strike on one channel while it stays intact on another. The probability of a video catching a community strike depends on the views it gets. At primary stage, while it has very low number of views, it is not supposed to get any strike, even if most of the content isn’t appropriate. But when it starts to have a lot of views, the number of reports on it also may increase, hence the possibility of a strike develops.
A few samples OF YouTube community guidelines appeal text
There are actually a couple of ways to write YouTube community guidelines appeal text. One is as follows: “Some viewers have inappropriately flagged my video, that’s why it has been removed. But the thing is my video is no way in violation of community guidelines. So please reinstate my video ASAP”.
Or you could simply say “This video doesn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines”. This single sentence worked for me at least twice. Yes, I too received community strikes a couple of times in my YouTubing career. I generally use the statement presented in the previous paragraph as YouTube community guidelines appeal text. But sometimes I run out of patience and don’t feel like writing much. That’s when I might use the single sentence. Surprisingly enough, it works.
It first worked on a video I was sure the community strike wouldn’t be removed from. But within just 24 hours of time the strike was lifted, only my video wasn’t monetized anymore. You could also use either of the above statements if any of your videos gets age-restricted which you think was a pure mistake.
My experiences on community guidelines strikes
My first ever YouTube channel never received community guidelines, although it had some inappropriate content. Let’s say, I was just lucky then; also YouTube’s rules and regulations weren’t enforced so crazily back then like the present time. The first time I received a community strike I had to lose my channel itself. It was not termed as ‘strike’ by YouTube, since they considered it as a severe violation and as a punishment simply terminated my channel.
In August 2016, I first received community strikes officially, that too two strikes in the same day. I remember I laid down on my bed for at least one hour after getting the second strike. I was sure that it was the doing of a Facebook group based on YouTubing. Indeed I had a few enemies in that, specially the admin. You may not know that there are groups out there who try to manipulate YouTube’s automated system.
When the admin of such a group passes a directive to the members to report a particular channel/video, they all do it and eventually take that down. What did you think there’s an appeal system on YouTube for? It exists so that YouTubers can appeal a video take-down if they think it was wrongfully done. However, when I first received those strikes I didn’t appeal at all, partly because I was very angry at YouTube’s automated system and out of my head and partly, I had another channel running successfully at that time. Also I wasn’t sure how to properly write the YouTube community guidelines appeal text.
Has this blog been useful to you in any way? If yes, then thank Google AdSense forum and YouTube forum first. This is because these are the places where I got my idea to introduce this blog. I visited those forums first a couple of times back in the month of January, 2017 and found that many people didn’t get satisfactory answer to their queries. I also found that I knew answers to many of their queries. So I decided to start a blog on YouTubing tips instead of answering their questions randomly on the forums.
The first few days I put links to my articles on the forum. But they marked it as spam and banned all my accounts that posted on the forums with links. Here ‘ban’ means they wouldn’t allow me to comment on forums anymore. Nevertheless I was still able to use other Google services. So my plan to help out the people on forums with their queries and simultaneously gather traffic on my blog went in vain.
The thing is that I never wished to be titled as a ‘top contributor’ or ‘expert’ on a forum. So I quit on those forums and SEO’d my articles and thus gained traffic. This is how the purpose of this blog was ultimately served. I have been able to provide people with accurate, authentic and to-the-point information regarding YouTubing and AdSense. (This blog-post is about Google AdSense forum)
Google forums might give you wrong information
Yeah, it’s true that you might get wrong and misleading information on google forums, even from the experts. For example, on Google YouTube forum, it was suggested that people who had their previous channel terminated, must use a new computer/device and a new internet connection with different ip. They even suggested to get rid of the old AdSense account to create a new one.
Well, the truth is none of these are necessary unless Google has banned your device id or internet ip. As far as I am concerned, Google is not likely to ban your device/ip for trivial reasons like YouTube account termination. If you commit a very serious crime or annoying thing (like the one I once did), only then they might do that. Check out the following article to know about my experiences regrading this sort of ban.
If you have gone through this, you now know what a big crime I had committed so Google was obliged to punish me that severely. Although I was pretty confident that nothing would ever happen to me and continued the criminal activities. Well, now the question is, did you ever do this sort of criminal activities to Google? I hope not.
Let’s face it, putting misleading metadata and infringing someone else’s copyright aren’t crimes big enough for Google to ban your device and/or ip. They may at most terminate your YouTube account in those cases. But you’re always free to create new channels and continue with your YouTubing career. Now if you want to know the real facts about YouTube AdSense, you need to read the following blog-post:
I have composed this article based on my own experiences and YouTubing activities. Indeed, a couple of my channels got terminated as well, yet I created new channels and used the already existing AdSense account for them. And I never had to face problems regarding that.
HOW these people became ‘experts’ and ‘top contributors’?
Now the question is if these people are prone to giving you wrong info on Google forums, then how the heck did they become ‘experts’ and ‘top contributors’ in the first place? Well, it’s not like that all the info they provide to the general forum users are wrong; in fact, most of them are actually correct. But 5%-10% of the total info and suggestions they offer are surely wrong, I say this from my personal experience. Recently I have seen that they’re still suggesting people to buy new PCs, take new internet connections and open new Adsense accounts. So the percentage ratio mentioned above is not less than 5%, that’s for sure.
Well, to err is human, so i like to pardon certain individuals for providing wrong info unknowingly. But there is something else that I can not forgive and forget about. It’s just that I have found some experts and top contributors on Google AdSense forum to be haughty and behaving improperly. There are some who seem to be determined to mislead people in one way or another.
For example many times people ask why their AdSense applications are still pending for the last 3/4 months. In most of the cases these people are bombarded with accusations, blames, rejections and disapprovals. They are often told that their blogs/sites aren’t suitable for AdSense and they will never get approved. But the irony is many of them at last have had their AdSense appeals approved. So they never forget the misbehavior and misleading suggestions they received on the forum in the first place. (This blog-post is about Google AdSense forum)
It’s time google took some measures
Although these so called experts and top contributors were elected for these positions based on general forum users’ votes and ratings, Google now must stress that they should never behave inappropriately. And they must not attempt in any way to have anyone dashed or disheartened; that’s surely a very bad practice. I for one, was once bullied and misbehaved on Google AdSense forum. They said I would never get approved by Google AdSense for this blog. Check out the conversation thread here.
A bully even went so far as to threaten to snatch away my domain name by saying that I mimicked to sound like YouTube.com, which was obviously a bluff. He even told me that he had reported my site to Google regarding this. If he really did it, then may be Google didn’t pay any attention to his bogus complaint as always they have more important business to handle. Also I was totally honest while choosing my domain name. If I preferred to be tricky, I could have chosen youtubing.com instead of the current name. But I didn’t do that because I thought it was YouTubing tips I was planning to base my blog on, so the name should simply be youtubingtips.com, unless of course if no one had taken it already.
No matter what some bullies might say, I finally received my ‘congratulations’ email from AdSense team. The thing is that the ‘experts’ and ‘top contributors’ are no one to judge whether or not your blog/site is eligible for AdSense (they’re not Google’s employees). They just say and opine whatever they feel like. Sometimes they may say the truth or the correct thing, other times they may choose to be haughty and hypocrite.
I can’t help thinking that some of them are actually jealous because they can’t create a nice blog/site like you and me. All they do is spend time on Google forums by lecturing and sometimes misleading and harassing people. It’s high time Google stopped such misbehaving on their forums and engage some really capable, professional minded and nice behaving people to help out the general users. (This blog-post is about Google AdSense forum)
My recent experience on google adsense forum
When my AdSense application was approved for my blog, I implemented the ad code into my site’s sidebar. But instead of real live ads all I could see was a grey stripe. It was like this for almost a week since I had received the approval letter and then I thought it was a technical issue so I should present it on AdSense forum and I did so. The first 16 hours there was nobody to care about me. Then an ‘expert’ came along and said that my application was still under review, so I had to hold on for a little while. (This blog-post is about Google AdSense forum)
I was okay with that, but he also added that it was highly unlikely for my blog to get approved finally for AdSense. I asked why that is, but he just turned silent once and for all. Then a ‘top contributor’ came and said that my blog was based on technical/youtube tips and sites like this are not approved by AdSense anymore, which is totally a crap. Here I put the link to the conversation:
The thing is that Google never mentioned they don’t take any more technical blogs into their AdSense program. It’s just another myth created by the so called ‘experts’ and ‘top contributors’ to pacify and ‘control’ the general forum users. Two months ago, I was already lectured on the same forum that I would never get approved for AdSense, but I just have proved them wrong now. Here’s my ‘congratulations’ mail from AdSense team:
For your information, my AdSense account was previously a ‘hosted’ one which I used for my YouTube channels, now it has been upgraded to full version.
what really might have happened in my case
Well, it’s a well-known fact that when Google says ‘it’ll take three days for us to review your application’, they may actually mean three months. This is because hundreds of thousands of applications are submitted to Google AdSense team every single week, so it’s natural that for proper scrutiny they might take a while before approving an application.
When I first applied for AdSense it took me two whole months to get a reply saying that ‘your site doesn’t have much content to be eligible for our program’. That’s when I changed the layout of my blog and added some new posts and then applied for AdSense again. This time I forgot to put the ad code into my site html; so they rejected again, but sent that mail within just a week. So I applied for a third time and received the ‘congratulations’ mail after three weeks.
In this mail, they told me live ads would be served on my site just within a few hours. I guess they actually meant a few days, may be a few weeks. But having no clue to that, I thought it was a technical issue and turned to Google AdSense forum only to be harassed again. Had I known this was actually another delayed process of AdSense team (the employees), I would never turn to that forum and let myself down. So I cursed my decision to get embarrassed once again.
The AdSense team is taking this time probably to see how well their ads fit into my site. If nothing goes wrong seriously, I am supposed to receive the final confirmation mail soon. Then again I’m not sure whether or not they confirm users about this. One thing is for sure, when an AdSense application is fully approved, live ads are supposed to show without any further delay. (This blog-post is about Google AdSense forum)
However, from the looks of it, it is obvious that some of the so called ‘experts’ and ‘top contributors’ on Google AdSense forum are just jealous they can’t create nice content like you and me; so they just won’t stop being haters. Here’s a YouTube video that describes how your haters might behave towards you. Have a nice day!
Cyber attacks have recently become a very popular problem. So everyone is worried about protecting their data. To prevent your passwords or other important data from being stolen, you have to pay attention to any changes on your computer. Your printer doesn’t work properly and you don’t know what it means, your webcam behaves unusually – we’re going to tell you about 12 important signs that your computer has been hacked and your data and pictures have been stolen.
The antivirus is switched off
Antivirus programs are pretty hard to disable even when you want to. They have special safety protocols that ask you two or even three times if you’re sure that you don’t want the program to work. So it is almost impossible that you turn it off accidentally. The first thing that hackers could do is disable the antivirus so that you can’t detect the intrusion. But you’re smarter than them, right? So as soon as you notice that your antivirus is off, turn it back on and contact a specialist.
You receive fake antivirus warnings
If you see antivirus warnings that look different or unusual, this is a clear sign of a hack. Another bad sign is if you have a new antivirus you didn’t install. However, before you start to worry, check if your old antivirus software was updated. May be, it just looks different now.
Your passwords don’t work
If you can’t access some of your accounts and you’re sure you didn’t change your passwords and forget about it, your computer has most likely been hacked. Fortunately most services have the two factor authentication, so you can restore your passwords by having a code sent to your phone number.
Once you’ve done it, change passwords even for the accounts that apparently haven’t been hacked yet. Tell all your friends NOT to open messages from you and go through the links sent from your accounts.
your number of friends has grown
If you see some people on your social network pages that you don’t know and there are many of them, it’s a clear sign that your computer or at least your account has been hacked. Check the chats with your friends for spam messages.
new icons appear on your dashboard
When you launch your browser and notice new icons on your dashboard, this might be a sign of the infiltration of some dangerous code onto your computer. Don’t run unknown applications unless you want to make the hacker’s job easier. Try to delete them from your computer if you can.
the cursor moves on its own
If you notice that your cursor is moving without your control and it is highlighting something, it means your computer has definitely been hacked. Someone is probably doing something at this very moment. What you should do is disable the internet connection ASAP. This means disconnecting the Ethernet cable or turning off your wireless router until a specialist arrives and fixes the problem.
your printer doesn’t work properly
You might be surprised that cyber attacks not only affects the computer itself but also your peripheral devices. For example, if your printer refuses to print something out, it might be a worrying signal, or you’re just out of paper. The same applies for all other devices connected to your computer.
you’re redirected to different websites
You should be alert if your browser keeps redirecting to different websites. Of course, may be it’s your own fault. Do you remember visiting suspicious looking internet sites? If not, your system might have been hacked. It’s time to call a specialist if you type something into a search engine and instead of google pages you go to another page you don’t know. The same goes for situations when you see too many pop-up windows.
your files are deleted by someone else
This is a 100% sign of a hack. If you see that your folders are empty, don’t panic. There are some tools that can restore deleted files. So this is not the most pressing issue, but the safety of your system is.
your data is on the internet even though you didn’t put it there
You’ve probably heard many stories in the news about celebrities whose photos were stolen and shared with the entire world. This is a terrible situation to be in and this can happen to anyone. It’s just that only celebrity stories end up in the newspapers. Hackers can start blackmailing you threatening to share your info with your friends. First, take care of your credit cards. Call your bank and tell them to block the cards that you have used to pay for something online.
Only after your money is safe, call a specialist that can deal the safety problem. The stolen data can’t be returned. So whatever is online stays online. Try not to store files you don’t want to be stolen from your computer.
there is unusual webcam behavior
Check your webcam indicator. If it is on or blinking, make sure no applications are launched that require a webcam, such as Skype or facetime. If you don’t see a reason for the webcam to be on, reboot the system and check again. If the indicator is on again, you have a problem. Disconnect from the internet and call a specialist.
your computer works very slowly
If even the simplest operation takes your computer a very long time to complete and if you notice a significant drop in the speed of your internet connection, it might mean that someone hacked your computer. First, try to reboot your computer and check the performance after. May be you need a hardware upgrade. If nothing changes, launch the task manager and look for the processes that are eating you up. Shut down all tasks if you can and see how well the computer works. If you experience problems after that, well you already know what you should disconnect and who you should call.
What you should do
So let’s sum up and repeat what you should do.
Warn your friends and other people to whom you sent emails that your computer has been hacked. Tell them NOT to open messages from you and click on any links from you.
Tell your bank about a possible leak of your data. Find out how to protect your money.
Delete all unfamiliar programs and also those you can’t launch.
Install a reliable antivirus program and scan your system. Some companies make trial versions.
Change the password on all your accounts.
If you still feel that the problem is not solved, ask a specialist.
Do you have WhatsApp on your smartphone? If so, you’re one of the 1 billion people who live in 180 countries and chose WhatsApp as their communications platform. Free calls and messages, photos, videos and documents exchange, what can be wrong with it? Well, scammers also like the most popular messaging application in the world and they have their own reasons.
Every once in a while they come up with a new fraud strategy affecting WhatsApp users. They misuse the app to spread scams, viruses and hoax messages. With such a large amount of people who love and trust the app, they actually have a very high chance of getting a huge profit out of it.
We do not want you to be one of those people who fall prey to online scammers. In fact, we want to stop it all together. And you can contribute by not only reading this blogpost yourself, but sharing it with all your friends and just everyone you know. Read this article till the end to find out what dangerous message you should delete immediately and how to protect yourself from WhatsApp scam. (Give us a thumbs up if you agree its important to stay alert to keep your smartphone and bank details secure)
WhatsApp malware of spring, 2016
In its nearly 10 years of history, WhatsApp has become a target of scammers quite a few times. If you have been with it for a while, you probably remember some of them. In spring 2016, for example WhatsApp users were invited to download the ‘exclusive’ version of the app called WhatsApp gold. It promised future users the ability to send hundreds of pictures at once, new emojis, video calling and super security features.
Scammers said this app has been previously available only to celebrities, so those who want to join the high society follow the link to the download page on the app website where they got their mobiles infected with malware. That malware could steal data and track movements and activity of those using it.
Later the same year, scammers sent out messages offering 100 GBP ($130) give vouchers for Sainsburys, a chain of super markets in the UK. Messages had malicious links on them following which helped criminals to collect personal data, install tracking cookies and advertising browser extensions to the victims’ phones.
‘Subscription expired’ malware
Now please pay close attention to what we are about to tell you. If you get the following message via WhatsApp, delete it immediately and don’t do what it wants you to. The message says “Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link.”
It might be put in a slightly different words, but the idea remains the same: ‘WhatsApp wants you to pay for using it’ and it is officially a SCAM! We know you wanna keep WhatsApp on your phone and it might be okay with paying a little amount of money for the joy of it, but please, don’t do it. Instead disregard the message, delete it and block the sender.
Why do many people believe it?
This is because if you have been using WhatsApp for a few years, you probably remember that there used to be a subscription fee of around 99 cents. However after Whatsapp has been purchased by Facebook, it became free. It is so since January 2016 and it is unlikely to change any time soon.
Why is following the link dangerous?
You might think paying those 99 cents is not going to do much harm to your budget. Well, it is not what the criminals actually want from you. They’re after all the money you have on your bank account. If you follow the link in the message, you’ll be asked to update your payment information. If you do so, you voluntarily hand over your bank account to criminals; it sounds terrible, right?
The good news is you can protect yourself from all these by following some easy tips. First, here is what WhatsApp itself recommends. You should look out for the following points when you suspect a fraud:
(i) The sender is reassuring you he’s affiliated with WhatsApp.
(ii) The message is telling you to forward it to others.
(iii) The message claims that if you forward it, you can avoid account suspension and other types of electronic punishment.
(iv) The message promises you a reward or gift from WhatsApp or other companies.
5 things to keep in mind to avoid WhatsApp scam
We have put together a list of 5 things you should keep in mind not to become a victim of WhatsApp fraud.
WhatsApp is free and it doesn’t want you to forward messages to other people
99% of the messages you’re asked to forward on WhatsApp are spam. We often do it because it is a matter of seconds. However, forwarding a message can not do anyone much good except for the scammers. A famous WhatsApp hoax made people forward a certain message to 10 other users saying they’ll be from new subscription fees if they do it. Just think of it: how can forwarding messages save a company from the financial crisis? If there is ever a subscription fee everyone will have to pay it no matter if you forward messages or not.
Some scammers go creative and invent new apps’ founders’ names, they send messages on their fake behalf. Some David D. Suretech for example used to threaten to deactivate all inactive users to make room for new efficient subscribers. People were promised they would remain free users and get the app icon change color into blue or red if they informed 10 others on their contact list. Real WhatsApp management never wants you to forward anything, remember.
Never click the links in WhatsApp messages
Never click the links in WhatsApp messages forwarded to you without double-checking, even if it comes from a non-resource. If the company that is offering you an amazing deal in a WhatsApp message sounds familiar to you, there is a good chance the scammers know it as well. In other words, they might use that company’s name to make it look legit and have you follow the link trusting the name, it might be real though. To find out if that is so, simply google it. Only believe official company websites or even make a phone call to be sure. chances are you will find many similar requests or news of scam online.
Confirm an ‘official’ message from WhatsApp
If you receive an official message from WhatsAp, confirm its authenticity with them. The best way to stay away from hoax messages from WhatsAp and viruses is to check with them. You can describe your problem in the ‘contact us’ tab or use the contact email at their official website. WhatsApp is also interested in becoming a safer place, so that they will appreciate your contribution to fighting scammers.
Messages with links from unknown are likely to be infected
Do you have spam protection and antivirus installed on your smartphone? If you don’t, it is a great idea not to download anything which comes from a link in a WhatsApp message. Such content will eat up your mobile data, take up your smartphone space and it can even get access to your personal data. The best and only safe place to get a valid app is app store or google play store.
Strange messages from someone you know
If you’re unsure of the message you receive is real or has safe content, but it comes from someone you know, cross-check with them. Today many of us find it easier to click, forward or do whatever the message is telling you than to talk to the sender. This is how fraud chains grow. So before taking any action talk to the person who sent the message to you. Ask them if they really sent you the message or forwarded it without checking the source.
While WhatsApp is doing its best to create and ensure a safe communication space, some scammers still manage to break their defense. So the best thing you can do is stay alert and follow these simple rules.
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There are two ways for your YouTube videos to become viral. Number one, you have to be lucky enough that people get to like at least one of your videos very much and it gets high watch time. A video with high watch time is considered to be having quality content and thus will be suggested to even more YouTube users. And once one of your videos becomes popular, it will make your whole channel popular as well with just course of time, that’s for sure. The second way your YouTube videos could become viral is through proper SEO.
Although in most of the cases this actually is ‘semi viral’, which means that your ‘Search Engine Optimized’ videos will be presented before the right (interested) audience to watch them. If they find the content to be relevant and valuable or entertaining, they will give positive feedback. In that case, these videos will be presented to even more YouTube users. If 80%-90% of them give positive feedback again, then chances are that your SEO videos are finally going to be all viral. If not ‘fully viral’ compared to the videos of the most successful channels on YouTube, then they will at least fetch you handsome earnings, rest assured about that.
Similarities between SEO a YouTube video and SEO a blog
Many people think that SEOing YouTube videos is a lot different than SEOing a blog article. Well, there are some differences indeed. But they have 80%-90% features in common. Let’s discuss the common things first.
In order to SEO an article or a YouTube video, you have to choose a focus keyword. For example for this particular article, the focus keyword I have chosen is SEO itself. I surely could have chosen another word or phrase for focus keyword like ‘keyword planner’ in this case. I actually had done a little bit of keyword research to choose the optimum keyword. And I did that using Google AdWords. I’m going to teach you guys how to do that in a latter part of this article.
Now once you have chosen your focus keyword, you should start writing the article or the video description. You have to maintain a proper keyword density throughout your writing copy. A keyword density of 0.7%-2% is good, in my view. A keyword density less than 0.5% is not effective, whereas a density over 2.5% can actually damage the SEO status of your article or video description.
Other points to remember while doing SEO
You have to use the focus keyword in the title of your article or video: preferably in the beginning. Another thing is that you have to divide the copy in several paragraphs. The first paragraph must contain the focus keyword. Try to insert headings and subheadings in your copy. In case of an article it’s a must and in case of YouTube video, this is kind of optional. If subheadings are used, then try to put the focus keyword in them.
Also keyword should vary from video to video or article from article. You must not use the same keyword in multiple videos on your YouTube channel or multiple articles of your blog. A good length of your article or video description is must for good SEO score. A minimum length of 300 words is good here. Also outbound links play an important role when it comes to SEO. In your video description you can put links to your social media pages and your websites, if any. In case of a blog, you can provide outbound links to your YouTube videos (like I do); also the ads shown here probably serve the same purpose.
Differences between YouTube videos and blog articles in the context of SEO
The number one difference is that the length of your video description should vary from 250 to 300 words. It shouldn’t be more than 300 words, whereas you can have an article length of as many words as you like. In fact, the lengthier your article is, the better; provided that it doesn’t contain any unnecessary ‘gibberish’.
You should provide one or more images on your blog article and they should contain title attribute too. But there is no way you can insert an image in a YouTube video description. I believe the thumbnail used on a video serves the purpose of it’s SEO.
In case of a blog article, you should provide a meta description which has to contain the focus keyword. But there is no such option on a YouTube video (the metadata of a YouTube video is a lot different scenario. Below is the link to an article which describes what metadata is for a YouTube video and also how it can be misleading).
The focus keyword should be present in the url of the blog article, which doesn’t apply for a YouTube video. Again, in case of a blog article you should provide internal links, like those to other articles on your blog. Whereas, you shouldn’t possibly put links to other videos of your channel in the video description. This should be done by using cards.
Use AdWords to find suitable keywords and tags
Although there are other tools and web services to find suitable keywords and tags for your YouTube videos and blog articles, but I would strongly suggest you to use ‘Google AdWords’ instead. It is the best keyword finding tool not only in my view, but also to most other SEO experts. Let us now learn how to use it.
First you have to sign in to your AdWords account. Recently they have made changes in the dashboard interface. You should go to the portion with three vertical dots and click on it. A menu will open where you’ll be clicking on ‘Keyword planner’, then a page will open in a new tab.
Now you need to click on the link saying ‘Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category’. You’ll be provided with a few blank spaces, where you need to type your options. In most cases, typing the title of your YouTube video or blog article is just enough. And you have to do it in the box that says ‘Your product or service’.
After that you have to hit the blue ‘Get ideas’ button below, and you will have some search results. You could be using some of the results as tags in your YouTube video or blog article (I’m going to do the same for this article). Also when I’ll be preparing a YouTube video with the same title and content, I’ll be using some of these tags – the most popular ones.
Choose the best and the most popular keywords to serve SEO
Now that you know how to find keywords related to your particular YouTube video or blog article, you have to choose the best and the popular related keywords. Out of these, choose one as your SEO keyword (aka focus keyword) which you are going to focus in video description or article copy. The rest popular keywords could be used as tags.
For your information, I previously ran a search on AdWords using keywords like SEO and keyword planner. I had some results out of which I chose SEO as the focus keyword. Now after selecting my article title and running a search with that, I’m going to use a few results as tags on this article. If you’re a YouTuber, you could use such keywords as tags on your video, as I previously mentioned.
The keywords with most search numbers like 10K-100K or 1K-10K are supposed to be the most popular ones. Nevertheless, keywords which have low search frequency but are very close to your particular theme, could be selected as well. Besides the search frequency, there is another option which shows competition: low, medium or high. In ideal situation, you should be selecting keywords with low or medium competition, for reasons I’ll be describing may be in a future article. (FYI, I prefer to cover the first three pages of search results)
SEO keywords you shouldn’t choose
In my opinion, you shouldn’t choose more than 15 tags for a YouTube video and 20/25 keywords to use as tags for a blog article. Also once you have the search results on AdWords, you might see some mouth watering and frequently searched keywords which are remotely related with your copy (article or video description). You shouldn’t choose these as tags for your copy, because choosing so may harm the SEO status of your article and lead your YouTube channel to termination.
For example, upon running an AdWords search on the title of this article, I too found some mouth watering keywords as ‘youtube hot videos 2016’ with search frequency of 10k-100k. But I didn’t select this as a tag, because this search keyword is no way related with my current article. Also I found another keyword name ‘youtube generator’ with a good search frequency. But I didn’t accept this as a tag either, because I was not sure whether this one was relevant to my article or not. You should keep these points in your head while selecting keywords/tags for your YouTube channel/blog article.
That’s all for this article. If you have properly gone through this, then I believe you should be able to learn to SEO both your YouTube videos and blog articles correctly.
It is probably an age old question as to exactly how YouTubers get paid and how much do they actually earn. These are good questions. As a full-time YouTuber myself I can understand that we have really weird jobs that couldn’t have existed even 5 or 6 years ago. I’m here to explain exactly how the whole thing works, from how we get paid and how much we get paid, to how you can get paid doing this.
How YouTubers get paid
Your average YouTube channel generates money every single time a viewer watches an advertisement on one of your videos. This means that they don’t have an ad-blocker turned on and they watch an skippable ad for at least 30 seconds. Once a user has watched the advertisement for 30 seconds or seen other smaller ads such as banner ads, YouTube will then generate a payment for that and split the money between you and YouTube itself. You get the 55% of it, while YouTube gets the rest 45% (in case of AdSense). The money generated per view is less than 1 cent, however we will get to how much that turns out to later. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
Another way a YouTube channel can get paid is through sponsored deals. This is usually offered to only bigger YouTube channels that take part in more hands on networks. But occasionally smaller channels will have them as well. It’s just that the sponsor will pay them specific amount of money either per view or per click to the company’s link, or to make a video about a product, often some kind of other YouTube channel or video game.
It’s worth nothing that it’s required by law for the YouTuber to tell people that it’s a sponsored video in the video’s description. So if you ever watch a video that you think might be a sponsored one, check the description to know for sure. Sponsored deals range from extremely shady to where they buy off people’s opinion to sell games, to completely legend them, or they just want the person’s honest opinion on it while doing a video to show the game off to new players. Sponsored deals generate much more money than regular advertisements. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
Through Patreon : Receive donations from viewers
The last way to make money on YouTube isn’t directly attached to YouTube, but it’s so common and extremely efficient that it’s worth bringing out. You see that a lot of YouTubers myself included use Patreon. It is a website where content creators can receive donations monthly from fans and give optional rewards in return. Patreon then takes 10% of the donations for themselves and gives you the rest 90% of what was sent. Not every viewer is going to donate every month, still it’s a much more stable income than YouTube itself. Yes, YouTubing is such a weird job that most channels with Patreon make more money from donations every month than they do from their actual paychecks from AdSense or MCN partnership. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
How much YouTubers get paid
As a YouTuber, how much you get paid actually depends on three factors: how many viewers you get, how many of them use ad-block and if you do sponsored videos. Let’s look at the number of views first. Many Multi-channel networks will attempt to have you signed a contract with them by saying that you’re going to earn $3-$10 per thousand views, where the reality is that it is not possible to pay you more than $2 for each 1000 views. That is assuming that most of your viewers are from USA, UK, Canada. If most viewers are from developing countries like India, you’d be paid much less than $2 for one thousand views.
Well, you have to be very careful before you sign a contract with an MCN. There are some contracts which won’t let you go before 5 years have finished. They do this in the hope that one day your channel will really earn a lot of revenue for them. So, if you’re going to choose an MCN, then choose one that will not compel you to sign a contract with them for a long period of time . That way you’re free to leave them any time you feel like, just like a job.
For those of you who depend on Social blade to have some idea about the earnings of a channel, just know that Social Blade estimates are very inaccurate. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
How many viewers use ad-block – an important point to consider
1000 views is all well and good, but if all of those people use ad-block, you still don’t get paid. This is why the most financially successful channels have young children as their viewers (the gaming channels). Children are less likely to use ad-block than adults, thus generate more money from advertisements.
On the other hand, YouTube channels which have older people as majority of their viewers, can’t earn much money from ads for obvious reasons. But they can use Patreon account, as adults are more likely to donate on Patreon, because they have disposable income.
Well, now there might be a question as to who makes more earnings between these two types of YouTube channels? Currently channels that attract young people more are earning more due to the shear number of advantages. The thing is that Patreon is still somewhat a young website and we will see how things go in the future. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
The pay you get from sponsored videos depends largely on the sponsored campaign itself and how big it is. Usually they have a pool of a set amount of money, let’s say $600 in this case and will open up their campaign for anyone within the network to take part in. Any of them can sign up and do sponsored videos and the company will give them its money based on whatever payment method they have set up, until they’re out of the money in the campaign.
The most common campaigns will either pay by views of the video or by how many times the viewers have clicked on the company’s link, in whatever they are trying to sell you. Because they don’t rely on YouTube advertisements that can be blocked by some ad-blockers, they pay much higher. They’re very popular with large channels, as this is an easy way to make much more money. YouTubers don’t get paid much unless they’re massive, like pewdiepie. And large channels tend to spend a lot of money to produce contents, so the sponsored videos help a lot with that. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
How do YOU get paid
If you’re trying to get started on YouTube and you wanna get paid, then you’re going to need to figure out what you want to do on your channel and actually do it until you get around 1000 subscribers.During that time you’re probably going to get a lot of requests to join networks promising all kinds of money. Whatever you do, don’t join them. Many networks try to sign new YouTubers to terrible deals, where they might be locked in for a period of up to 3 to 5 years at a time. They do it in the hope that your channel will be popular within that time and they can make as much money off you as possible.
If you have less than 1000 subscribers, you probably won’t even be making $20 per month in the first place. Wait until you get 1000 subscribers and then sign a contract with a company like Curse or Freedom who have no lock-in policy. So if you’re ever unhappy with your contract, you can put in your 30 days and leave, just like with any other regular job. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
The reason you might want to join a network
The primary reason is that by joining a network, they will allow you to bypass the need to prove that you own your own videos before you upload them. This is extremely important in the gaming side of YouTube, because YouTube will often outright reject your ownership of videos, no matter how much proof you give them, unless you’re a company. While you’re within a network, you don’t need to provide proof. And if you’re ranked highly in the network where you’re are managed, they will even make you often immune to id claim bots on YouTube.
ID claim bots are the brain of gaming youtubers, as despite the vast majority of their content being fair use, its very easy for companies to claim that they own it and take all the money from it and continue to do that for months until they run out of time and you get full ownership of your video again. You’ll never be able to get the money back that you lost during that time. So networks are very important for helping you avoid this issue. It will always happen to some extent, but networks help a lot with that.
I and my time on Youtube have literally successfully repelled more than 100 disputes and claims on my channel. And I still get them nearly every single week. Companies are aware that they’re just trying to steal money from you when they do this. However, they’re going to keep doing it. There’s no actual punishment on YouTube’s end for doing it, so nothing’s stopping them. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
Why you need a Patreon
A Patreon is extremely important for you, if you’re planning to make YouTubing your full tiime job. Let’s face it, YouTube is surely a very unstable place for money. You need a fair amount of it to have a good-enough computer to produce the content you wanna make as well as the stable funds to buy supplies you need for filming, whatever it is you film and you have left enough to pay your bills and eat every month. With Patreon you give your viewers the option to donate to you, to directly help you and your show and it helps a great deal.
Some people feel weird about it and think that it is just begging for money. But in reality you’re just an artist giving your work for free with a tip jar to the side. People with money to spare can choose whether or not they want to put money in the tip jar. But no matter what the content is still free for everyone to enjoy. If you really want to help out a channel, donate 10 cents every single month. That way you’ll be giving them more money than you would if you’d watch one of their videos every single day without ad-block. That is how big the difference is between Patreon pay and Youtube pay. (This article is on how youtubers get paid)
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You can make a YouTube playlist of similar videos on your channel. That way once the viewer is finished watching one video, they may choose to watch other related videos of your channel as well. So having such playlists on your channel increases your audience retention. Although in this case ‘audience retention’ doesn’t mean longer watch time on individual videos, it basically means your combined watch time. Every time the viewer starts watching a new video, they may be presented with a new ad, thus playlists tend to earn more revenue for you.
How to create such playlists?
Let us now learn how to create a YouTube playlist. While you’re on video manager you’ll see two sub-tabs under the tab ‘VIDEO MANAGER’: Videos and Playlists.
You need to click on the ‘Playlists’ sub-tab. You’ll arrive on the page with url https://www.youtube.com/view_all_playlists. As the name suggests you’re supposed to see all your playlists on this page. In case you didn’t create one, you’ll see the message ‘No playlists were found’. Now to the top of this displayed message you’ll see a button-like thing that says’New playlist’. You need to click on it to create a new playlist.
A sort of dialogue box will open where you have to put the name for your new playlist and also set the privacy. If you want every viewer to see this playlist, then choose ‘Public’. The privacy of a new playlist is set as ‘Public’ by default. Now hit the ‘Create’ button, your playlist will be created.
How to add videos to a YouTube playlist?
Look at the above image, this is how a YouTube playlist looks just after creation. As obvious, there are no videos in it yet, so you have to add a few. To the right of this image on the YouTube page, you’ll see a button that says ‘Add videos’, you need to click on it. A dialogue box will appear with the title ‘Add video to playlist’.
On this box, there will be three tabs. On the first tab, you get to search for certain videos. In the second tab, you can enter urls to your YouTube videos. In the third, you’ll be shown a list of all the videos on your channel. I prefer the third tab to add videos to a YouTube playlist, you may do the same. On this tab, you have an option to add multiple videos at a time, just by holding the ‘ctrl’ key pressed down and clicking on the videos you want to select. After selecting the videos, click on the button below that reads ‘Add videos’. After adding the videos you’ll get to see your updated playlist which will look somewhat like below:
How to edit a YouTube playlist?
You can add more videos later to a certain YouTube playlist. All you have to do is press the ‘Add videos’ button and then select your videos on the aforementioned dialogue box. You can even edit a Playlist, like changing its name, order of the videos, add or change description etc. Just watch the following short video to learn to change order of videos.
There’s another shortcut way to move a video either to top or bottom. Actually, to the right of each video in a YouTube playlist, there’s a ‘More’ button and a cross button right above its duration. These two buttons normally don’t show, they show only while you hover over them. Click on the ‘more’ button to move a video to the top or the bottom. You can also use the cross button to get a video off the YouTube playlist.
Add a video to multiple playlists
You can actually add any video to multiple playlists on your channel. I am talking about the non-time-consuming way. Surely you can visit the ‘playlists’ page to edit any playlist(s) individually and add a certain video manually. But that would be a time-consuming matter. What I am going to show you now could be called the ‘shortcut way’. It’s described below.
First of all you need to click on the ‘Edit’ option of the particular video while you’re on video manager. To the lower-right of the page you’ll see the option to ‘+Add to playlist’. Just click on it, you’ll see the list of all the created playlists on your channel. Check the boxes next to playlists you want to add the video to. You will also see an option to create a playlist right there and then. Create a new YouTube playlist if needed. After creating it, you can add the video to it by checking the associating box. Well, whatever changes you made here, be sure to hit the blue ‘Save’ button at last. The while procedure is shown in the following short video.
Now that we have talked about how to create and edit a YouTube playlist, let’s learn how to download one. There might be many ways to do that, but I prefer to use YTD in this case. When you put the url of a playlist in YTD to download, you may see the following warning/confirmation:
If you hit the ‘Yes’ button, then the whole playlist will start to be downloaded. Upon hitting the ‘No’ button only the first video of the YouTube playlist will be downloaded. Also while downloading a single video from a playlist, be careful. Suppose you were watching all the videos in a YouTube playlist and suddenly you felt the urge of downloading a single video from the middle of the list. If you copy its link and then paste on YTD, then the above warning sign may appear. If you’re going to download a single video, then be sure to hit the ‘No’ button. To know more about YTD video downloader, here’s a nice article for you:
If you promote YouTube channel through the use of an established or semi-established blog, you could have some excellent privileges which you would not have in case of promotion by a social media site like Facebook. The privileges or advantages are that you’re likely to have greater watch time and hence the possibility of bigger earnings from your channel.
You know when you share your YouTube videos on Facebook, people hardly care about them, unless you own a popular Facebook profile or page having a lot of regular and dedicated followers. When your Facebook friends or random visitors to your timeline click on those videos to watch them, it is likely that they won’t watch your full video. In most cases, they will watch only for 1 or 2 minutes, unless the video content is really exquisite.
Use a blog to promote youtube channel
If you’re able to use a blog to promote YouTube channel, then it might be a great idea to do that. This blog could be yours or someone else’s. In case you don’t have an established blog of yourself, find someone who has. Request them to embed your YouTube videos into the articles of their blog. If needed, be prepared to pay them an amount as if you’re about to put ads on their site. Just make sure that your videos have content that is relevant to that blog. For example you can embed a video with title ‘How to apply for AdSense’ in an article that describes ‘Things you should know about AdSense’.
This embedding of your videos into their blog/site will help you promote YouTube channel to a great extent. As previously mentioned, this way you’re going to have a bigger watch time on your videos. As a result your videos content will be considered great and hence YouTube’s AI will choose to promote your channel quickly.
The difference between blog readers and Facebook visitors
I don’t mean that a person who is a blog reader can’t be a Facebook visitor. The point is that while you’re on Facebook, your mood is totally different compared to that while reading a blog. While on Facebook, you’re likely in a casual mode. When people are in this mood, they don’t prefer to watch some serious tutorial videos.
Let’s face it, they don’t browse Facebook to watch videos in the first place, do they? While Facebook’s and Twitter’s news feed is so full of interesting images and stories, why would people prefer to watch YouTube videos there? Even if they click on a video, they may not watch it for an extended time. That’s why no matter how funny and interesting your videos are, they don’t get the appreciation they deserve on social media sites. The result is that you have a poor watch time on your YouTube videos and your channel keeps struggling to get established.
Come to know why your channel might be stuck with no success
Unless your channel has a good recent average watch time, YouTube’s automated system may not choose to take it to the next level. So you had better find a blog or a serious platform like this to promote YouTube channel.
Also you should know that your YouTube earnings are kind of proportional to your watch time. It also depends on which countries the viewers are mostly from. If you can’t have majority of your viewers from countries like US, UK, Canada etc. because of your video content or language, that’s one thing you have to take for granted. It means you can do nothing about it, unless you change your video content and/or niche and start using a first world language.
But by putting your videos on a blog or a serious platform like this you pave the way to enhance your channel’s average watch time and hence the possibility of bigger earnings, compared to other new YouTubers who promote YouTube channel only on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
How long have I been thinking about this kind of promotion?
I have been thinking about the ‘promote youtube channel by a blog’ thing for quite a long time now, almost one and a half years. In 2016, YouTubing (earning through uploading videos on YouTube) was kind of easy. Once one of my channels was terminated, I easily created another channel and started my activities on that. It took me only 10-15 days to establish a channel back then. Here ‘establish’ means to have sufficient number of views and earnings (you know once YouTube earnings start like $10-$20 per day, it’s satisfactory for most new YouTubers).
But I was surprised to find that some people didn’t need to take even 10-15 days to have their channel established. It looked like they established their YouTube channel overnight. I was wondering as to how that was possible. Then I started scrutinizing their channel. On its homepage I saw the link to their blog. I found that their blog/site was well established and it had existed for a long time then. Naturally blogs like this could have thousands of subscribers and followers. Some of these visitors may surely choose to watch the YouTube videos that are embedded on the site. And they do it for an extended period of time, because they’re surely in a serious mode and not in a hurry anyway.
Will these high watch time videos be ever suggested on YouTube’s watch page?
Now you might ask a question as to whether these high watch time videos will ever be suggested on YouTube’s watch page or featured on its homepage. The answer is – they sure might be. If a channel has many videos all with high watch time, YouTube’s artificial intelligence will surely at a point decide to promote that channel. It will then present its videos to viewers who like to watch similar content. This will be done by featuring the videos on these people’s YouTube homepage, even by suggesting them on their YouTube watch page.
The viewers have nevertheless the option to mark the videos as ‘Not interested’, but they are not likely to. This is because Youtube features and suggests videos from various channels based on your watch history. I have found some people complaining that an 18+ or adult video was suggested to them by YouTube automated system. And they claim that they never watched such video previously on YouTube. Well, surely they’re not speaking 100% truth. They must have previously watched at least one video which had similar content. (This article describes how to promote YouTube channel by a blog)
Now take my blog and YouTube videos for example.
Recently I have created a new YouTube channel where I have been uploading videos on YouTubing. The purpose of these videos is to present the content of my blog in video format. For example, there is an article on my channel that describes how to properly appeal the suspension of a YouTube channel. I’m talking about the following article:
On this article at a point I’ve provided the url to my YouTube video which describes how to do this appeal. On this video I basically have described the procedure orally and face to face. So once my channel has a good number of uploaded videos with satisfactory average watch time, they will be presented to people all around the world who’re interested in YouTubing tips. That way I will have a lot of views and subscribers on my channel. (This article describes how to promote a channel by a blog)
Gotta share my experience regarding this topic
I have gathered a little bit of bitter experience lately which I like to share with you, for your own good. You could say I’ve learnt a lesson. When I uploaded three videos I provided the links to the videos in respective articles of my blog, I didn’t share them on Facebook yet. As a result I started to get good average watch time.
Then I made the mistake of sharing the videos on Facebook. Like I previously pointed out: while browsing Facebook people are often in casual mood. Even if they might click on a shared YouTube video to watch it, they’re not going to do it for long. So sharing your YouTube videos on social networking platforms may get you some views indeed, but these views will likely come with poor watch time.
This is why, after I had shared the videos on Facebook, their average view duration began to fall drastically. Whereas the average watch time was above 4 minutes previously, one day I found it to be only 10 seconds for that particular day. I was totally shocked and got to the traffic source for that day. I found it to be Facebook and not a single view from my blog. That’s natural, when I have only three videos on my channel, I may not get any traffic on a day from a particular source like Facebook, Twitter or blog. (This article describes how to promote YouTube channel by a blog)
The unnatural thing that I found and shocked me
What’s shocking is that why would someone/some people watch my videos only for an average view duration of 10 seconds? From the looks of it, it was surely some sort of ‘vandalism’ activity on my channel. I don’t know who, whether I know them or not, they just came along and caused my channel some damage in terms of view duration. I wonder whether every new YouTuber has to go through this.
Then again, as the owner of a new YouTube channel you have to share your videos somewhere, right? Why not share them on an established or semi established blog, if possible? This practice will rank your channel at such height that you can’t even imagine of. So I am on the way to progress, what about you?
Lastly, I hereby show you the recent average view duration graph of my newly created channel, it is shown below. Oh, one thing to mention, I lately deleted the links to my videos that I shared on Facebook. Since then the graph has started to renew and relive once again. I hope it will soon recover, pray for my channel please.
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Do you need to edit YouTube videos on a massive scale after uploading them? Then just know there is a shortcut way to do that. It’s called ‘bulk-edit’. You can use this feature to put/change settings as category, common tags, comments approval, monetization etc. Nevertheless in order to edit other aspects of YouTube videos like cards, custom thumbnail, end screen etc, you have to click on each video’s ‘Edit’ option individually and then make the changes manually.
In fact, these aspects are not only sophisticated compared to the previously mentioned ones which are pretty much simple to bulk update, but they are also unsuitable for bulk edit. For example, you will not possibly use the same cards on many of your videos, right? Again, you’re not going to use the same thumbnail for many videos, let’s face it. Well, without any further intro, let’s now learn to use this amazing feature known as ‘bulk edit’.
Know the purpose of these check-boxes
You must have seen the following check-boxes while you were on your channel’s video manager. The purpose of them is to enable you to edit YouTube videos on a bulk/massive scale.
While doing bulk edit, you just need to check the boxes next to the videos you’re willing to edit. Then you need to click on the ‘Actions’ drop-down menu. It will unfold and you’ll get to see many attributes/aspects of your YouTube videos. You can click on your desired property that you want to change for multiple videos. If you don’t see your desired aspect there, then click on ‘More actions’. This time you’ll definitely see that, just click on it.
Suppose I have selected two videos to bulk edit (as depicted in the above image). And the first property I’m going to set/change for them is ‘Category’. Since I think these videos are educational, so I select the category ‘Education’; you can choose according to your discretion and preference. Now I can hit the blue ‘Submit’ button and the process will start.
But wait, I want to add another ‘action’ here. This time I am going to set ‘Video language’ for those two videos. So I just need to click on ‘Add actions’ menu and choose my desired attribute. I remember these videos were described and lectured in English, so that’s what I selected. Now I could obviously add more actions, so could you. But for me it’s kind of done, so I would like to hit the ‘Submit’ button now.
Well, this is how you’re supposed to bulk edit YouTube videos of your channel. I have just shown the procedure in simplest manner, in your case it could involve many actions. No matter how complicated it might look, it’s surely going to save you a lot of time and labor.
One thing to note here is that if you mistakenly added an action, then you can get rid of it just by clicking on the minus(-) sign next to it.
What’s the biggest number allowed when it comes to bulk edit youtube videos?
Now there might be a question as to how many videos can be bulk edited like this at a time. The answer is ‘All of them’. Yes, you surely can bulk edit all the videos of your YouTube channel at a time. But in order to do that you have to check the box next to ‘Actions’ menu, instead of checking individual boxes. Once you do that all the videos on the page (where you’re at now) will be selected. For your information, a page of YouTube video manager can have highest 30 videos.
Well, once all the videos on the current page are selected, you’ll be given an option to ‘Select all your videos’. You can do that if you want to, by clicking on the link shown. Let me give you an example. Suppose you have 50 videos on your channel and ‘comments’ were simply allowed to publish on all of those. But once you started having some hate comments published automatically, you just got alerted. Now you want to allow only manually approved comments. In that case you could select all your videos and hence do the bulk edit.
Also you can choose as many aspects as you like to undergo change/update at a time. The thing is that if you choose to add too many actions at a single time, you might just get confused and bored. So I suggest to split this ‘updating’ job into few parts. Like, if you need to bulk update 15 aspects of a few videos, then you may choose to have 5 actions at each time.
Once you hit the ‘Submit’ button, it is going to take a little bit of time to have the process finished. The time it takes depends on how many videos and aspects you’ve chosen at a time.
After a Facebook sign up, first of all you need to upload your profile pic and provide your info, like bio and ‘About’. You can import the contacts from your device to your FB profile depending on your choice. Also you can send a couple of friend requests to people you may know. Although according to Facebook, you’re not supposed to send a friend request to someone you don’t know. But at the beginning, this is not really that much crucial.
Having friends on Facebook is not a big deal, no matter what gender you are. If you’re a girl or a woman then you’ll having like thousands of friend requests within a couple of hours. If you’re a boy or a man, then you won’t be having too many friend requests. So in order to increase the number of your Facebook friends, you just have to keep sending requests, that’s all. But be sure to NOT send too many requests in a short span of time, because this action/practice is considered as ‘SPAM’ by Facebook’s automated system (artificial intelligence).
Change settings immediately after Facebook sign up
After you’re done with the preliminaries as to setting your profile pic and info, also sending a couple of friend requests, it’s time to take some real actions on your Facebook account. These actions are like vaccines that are given to newborn babies, so that they won’t catch deadly diseases easily. The same way these precautions of yours on your account saves you from being harassed and disturbed.
Go to your Facebook settings page with url https://www.facebook.com/settings first, you’ll find yourself on ‘General’ tab. But the first tab/link you should visit is ‘Timeline and tagging’. Now on there are a couple of settings you need to do on this page. You have to decide ‘Who can post on your timeline’. You could set that as friends, in fact this option is set to ‘Friends’ by default. But should you be having such Facebook friends some of whom are not exactly known to you and if you’re kind of scared that they might post inappropriate things on your timeline, then you have to choose ‘only me’.
Why deal with timeline and tagging settings first of all?
Take my particular for example; I do not know most of my Facebook friends personally. The thing is that I accepted their friend requests, because I thought they were interested in me and my online activities. I happened to encounter with them on a Facebook group based on technologies (later I left that group due to some reason). Even now, every time I post on different Facebook groups and pages, I receive a couple of friend requests. I am sort of tired of that, so now only friends of friends can send me those requests.
Let’s come to the point now. A few of my Facebook friends posted something on my wall/timeline that didn’t exactly match with my personality and taste. So I deleted those posts and in fear of being harassed again, I just chose ‘only me’ as the person who can post on my timeline.
Also some friends have been tagging me in their posts inappropriately. If I don’t review these tags before the posts appear on my timeline, then my image could be harmed to the rest of my Facebook friends and the public. So I have chosen to ‘review posts that friends tag me in before they appear on my timeline’. And you should do the same, unless a little embarrassment once in a while isn’t so bad for you! (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
Here I provide an image depicting my ‘Timeline and tagging’ settings:
Who can see things on your timeline
The next two options are ‘who can see posts you have been tagged in on your timeline’ and ‘Who can see what others post on your timeline’. Frankly, these two are not that much important. You could easily set them as whatever you like. According to my experience, I have been tagged in posts most of which are irrelevant and not so interesting. But I’m still going to approve some of those tags. It’s just that I don’t want everybody to see those.
That’s why I have set this option as ‘Friends of friends’. The latter option doesn’t mean anything to me. Although I have set it as ‘Friends’, but you should take a close look at the above image to find that I have not approved anyone else other than me to directly post on my timeline. If nobody else is going to post on my Facebook wall, then I don’t need to care about ‘who can see what others post on my timeline’, right? (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
The third section of timeline and tagging settings page
Although as you can see in the above image that I had set the option ‘Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook’ as OFF, but it was simply a mistake/misunderstanding. Now I have corrected my mistake and ‘Enabled’ it. This is because someone just can’t come along and add tags to my own posts that publicly appear on Facebook, before I even know about it. Surely I don’t discourage my friends to add tags to my posts, it’s just that I have to review those before they publicly appear.
There are two other options in this particular section. But I don’t understand them fully yet, nor do I have the energy/patience to study and research on them and thus come to know what those actually are. I just felt that setting them as ‘Friends’ would be best for me, you can do the same. (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
Head to your privacy settings now
Now that you’re finished with your ‘timeline and tagging’ settings, you can go ahead and work a little bit on your privacy settings. When it comes to privacy I’m not that strict, as you can see from the following image which depicts my privacy settings:
I have been sharing links to articles of my blog and my YouTube videos on my Facebook timeline. That’s why I have set this option ‘Who can see your future posts?’ as public. But most people set this option to ‘Friends of friends’; you should do the same, unless most of your posts have content that you want to share publicly.
There is also an option to ‘Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or public’. Although I never used this option, but you can try that if you feel you’ve shared a lot of posts with your friends of friends or public, which you shouldn’t have. Also if you feel that those posts were previously ‘shareable’ with your friends of friends or public, but not anymore. I never felt so yet, that’s why I never tried this option. (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
Most people prefer to allow their friends or even ‘friends of friends’ to see their friends list, in my case it’s ‘only me’. Well the thing is that a few of my rivalry aren’t allowing me to see their friends list; not that I am actually on that list. Well, as a retaliation, I’m not going to allow them see my friends list either; no matter how clever and cunning they think they are. It’s just that they might approach my Facebook profile in the guise of a friend, so none of my FB friends are allowed to see my friends list. Anyway, it was my case, yours could be entirely different. So consider your situation and then decide who you’re gonna allow to see your friends list.
Out of fear for the same thing described above, I also have closed the access to public to send me friend requests. So now it’s only friends of friends who can send me these requests. Previously I allowed anyone to send me friend request, but this didn’t exactly work for me. It’s just that I had some random and unknown people as my Facebook friends and many of them acted weirdly when it came to tagging and commenting. (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
Well, your case could be totally different; so as always, consider your particular case to decide what you’re going to do about it. For your information, many smart Facebook users don’t allow public to send them friend requests. But people who are simple in thoughts allow this, are you one of them?
I believe you don’t need to put too much privacy in your email address which is associated with your Facebook account. That’s why you should allow everyone to ‘look you up using the email address you provided’. Let me give you an example as to why’s that. Suppose one of your acquaintances wants to send you a friend request. In order to do that they first have to find out your FB profile, don’t they? And to find your profile they must run a Facebook search on your name or email address. Let’s face it, many people have the same name on Facebook. Also your profile may not appear on the search results, if the search is made based on your name. That’s why an email based search is better on Facebook, since no one else can have the same email address as you, right?
Now if you have had your email id private in the first place, then there’s no way someone would find you using that. And also should a situation like this ever arise, it might be harassing both for you and that person. So you will then want to make your email address ‘public’ again. Trust me, sooner or later this is going to happen, in case you made your email id unsearchable on Facebook. So why not having your ‘Facebook associated’ email id public (searchable) in the first place? (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
There’s an alternative though, it’s your phone number. If the phone number associated with your FB profile is still public, then people can easily find you using that number. But then again, why would you have your phone number public, whereas you would prefer to have even your email address private. There’s no point in doing that, right? That’s why, as an experienced FB user I suggest that you keep your email id public and phone number private; like the way I did it, as depicted in the above picture.
Why would you want to keep your phone number private?
It’s just that in your daily activities you have to give your phone number to many people. Once they have your number, they get an option to spy on your cyber activities. In case of Facebook, they can easily find your profile (unless you had previously made your phone number unsearchable/private) and visit your timeline and thus get to know what sort of a person you are. Although this might be good in some cases; like you applied for a job with your CV submitted. Now the employer can take your phone number from your resume, runs a FB search on that number and discovers you. If they consider as a good and active human being, they may choose to recruit you. (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
But providing your phone number as searchable on Facebook may do you more harms than they may do you good. Because anyone having your phone number will easily get to know who and how you are on FB. This leaves you with little privacy, in my opinion. Also you might receive threats and blackmails from profiles you won’t be able to identify as to who these belong to. So you should allow only your friends to look you up with the phone number you provided.
Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile? I, for one, do; because I use my FB profile to promote my blog and YouTube channel. So I want more people to find me, even from outside of Facebook. But your case could necessarily be different. Let me give you an example as to why someone would not like this linking with other search engines apart from Facebook’s own.
A couple of years ago I had a girlfriend, at some point I had a breakup with her. But I was still following her on Facebook, indirectly. Then there was a time when she made her phone number and email address unsearchable on Facebook. So there was no way I could find her profile using either of these. Also she used to change her profile name every now and then. That made her almost impossible to find on FB. So I was mentally devastated at that time.
That’s when I planned of a genius way: ‘why don’t I search for her on Google? I would definitely find her there if I can use her precise name on the search, even if she might have blocked me on Facebook’. Well, I knew one thing for sure: her Facebook name always included one or two special words, no matter how many times she changed it. So I did a google search on those words. Luckily I easily found her and kept following her. (This article is on to-do things after Facebook sign up)
Now should you be facing similar privacy problems, you may choose to NOT want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile. You might even choose so for other reasons as well.