Today we’re going to show you a few examples of misleading metadata. As a honest YouTuber, you should never use such metadata on any of your YouTube videos. Also don’t hesitate to report videos that use misleading metadata. Rest assured, your YouTube account will not be penalized for having submitted such reports, even if the video wasn’t actually misleading.
Look at the above thumbnail. Although depicted in Bengali, it says that Sakib Al Hasan, the cricketer is number one rich person in 2017. Anyone taking a look at this will be wondering when Sakib became number one rich person. And out of curiosity they may click on the thumbnail and watch the video. May be within a short, they will realize that it’s a misleading video. But in the meantime the uploader’s purpose is already served.
The thing is that Sakib is neither the richest cricketer in 2017, nor the richest person even in Bangladesh. So this video infringes YouTube’s community guidelines regarding metadata. Videos like this should definitely be reported. But as a matter of sorrow, there are many videos like this on YouTube which are still misleading millions of viewers to this day and virtually no actions are being taken against them. This in turn is encouraging YouTubers to use misleading metadata. Thanks to YouTube authority themselves!
Another example of misleading metadata
Look at the above thumbnail, it guarantees that if you follow their procedure, you will surely get your suspended YouTube account back. Well, the truth is there is no such thing as guarantee once your access to any Google product (such as YouTube) is suspended. So the above one is purely a misleading stuff; it’s sole purpose is to make the viewer watch their creepy video.
How people use misleading titles?
Above are a few examples of misleading thumbnails. What about titles? How do people make misleading titles?
Suppose a YouTuber creates a video on how to get a suspended channel back. Now if he uses a title as ‘Recover suspended YouTube account + YouTube suspended account reopen’, he’s surely using a misleading title. Because the terms ‘Recover suspended YouTube account’ and ‘YouTube suspended account reopen’ mean basically the same thing. So using the same term twice in a single title makes the whole metadata misleading. Videos like this are often removed from YouTube due to having misleading metadata and community strikes are placed.
What about misleading tags?
It’s very easy to guess how tags might be misleading. Suppose you’ve uploaded a video on YouTube account suspension. If you use a tag as ’18+ video’ on this one, it would be considered a misleading tag; because your video has nothing to do with adult content, right?
Assume that you have uploaded a video on how to recover a suspended YouTube channel. And in the description you use the following text:
“youtube account suspended appeal form. youtube suspended account reopen. youtube account suspended how long. youtube account terminated for no reason. please briefly explain why you think your channel was suspended in error. how to find suspended youtube channel url. youtube account terminated for no reason 2017. how to get url of suspended youtube channel.”
The above text can’t describe a single YouTube video. It basically is a collection of keywords. Practice like this is called ‘keyword stuffing’. Again using the same keyword over and over in the description makes it a misleading one.
Now that you know how metadata can be misleading, be sure to never use such metadata on any of your YouTube videos. This is because they might bring you some instant success indeed, but will certainly be the reason of your account termination some day. And that ‘some day’ may come sooner than you think!
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