YouTube’s Community Guidelines Explained and Made Easy

There are many YouTubers out there who don’t know anything about YouTube’s community guidelines. Some people know where to find the guidelines page, but haven’t realized those policies fully yet. Well, this post from our blog details everything you need to know about YouTube’s community guidelines.

YouTube's community guidelines

Recently YouTube calls its guidelines as ‘policies and safety’. For your information, YouTube’s main policy is NOT to piss off many users/viewers. It may sound weird, but it really is the truth. Let us give an example of it. The same content may be considered a ‘policy violating’ thing on a YouTube video and may just go fine on another YouTube video. I guess, YouTube depends on a report based artificial intelligent system to detect policy violations. That’s why when a huge number of reports are submitted against a particular video, it is automatically taken down.

Since the ‘removal’ process is automatic, the video uploader is given a choice to appeal the removal of a particular video. We hope that every appeal is manually reviewed to reach a resolution/verdict. For the same reason stated above, videos that violate YouTube’s community guidelines may actually sustain for a prolonged time. So we guess now you know what we mean by NOT ‘pissing up’ the majority of viewers.



YouTube’s community guidelines regarding nudity and sexual content

The thing is that YouTube considers itself as a family platform for entertainment. That’s why something that can not be watched with family members together is considered to violate community guidelines. This is the reason sexuality and nudity are not allowed on YouTube. If you must upload such videos, you need to age-restrict them yourself. Because if these nude/sexually explicit videos are later found by common people and reported, they may not only be removed, but the channel may receive community strikes also.

You may have watched many sexually provocative scenes on YouTube, specially on Bollywood and Hollywood songs. But nothing is happening to them because the producers of these songs/scenes have special connection with YouTube’s top officials, even with the policy makers of Google/YouTube. So you can easily guess, as a common YouTuber you don’t compare to them at all.

That’s why, if you upload anything inappropriate on YouTube right this moment, it may be removed the very next moment. From this point of view, YouTube is surely not impartial. It certainly is partial to the ‘powerful’ parties and those living in north America. Because they can easily sue Youtube which Youtubers from India and other developing countries can’t do.

harmful or dangerous content

You’re not supposed to post videos that encourage others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt or injured, specially kids. Videos showing such harmful and/or dangerous acts may become age-restricted or even removed from YouTube depending on the severity.

Now you might be questioning as to whether cycling over high rise building roof tops can be recorded and uploaded on YouTube. It depends on your location. If you’re a north american YouTuber, you certainly can. But if you’re from an ‘ordinary’ country like India or Pakistan, just keep in mind that these things are prone to ‘heavily reporting’. So you had better not upload such content.

Predatory behavior and threat

When you will have some success in YouTubing, you may have 10k, even 20k subscribers on your channel. Just keep in mind that these 10k or 20k people don’t work for you and each of them may NOT be loyal to you. Also you can’t think of using them for any unfair purpose as pointed out before. Just because your channel has 20k subscribers doesn’t mean that you’re the king of the world now. You still have to behave properly and that too – all the time. A single slip might lead your channel to termination. Never ever show predatory behavior. Such behavior may be proved to be bad for your channel.

The best way to avoid showing such inappropriate behavior is to think that you’re just a YouTube user like everybody else. Also never to threaten anybody on YouTube. If any intentional threat is found by users and then reported, consider your channel as good as gone. I told you guys in a previous article that my first ever YouTube channel was terminated because of comment spamming. Well. I’m not sure about it. It could also have been a result of predatory behavior that some users thought I had shown. Because the last sentence of the comment I posted in several of my videos was “Such thieves and bandits should be banned from YouTube anyway”.  Well, a statement like this can surely be reported to YouTube, can’t it?




YouTube prefers your viewers over you

We think at this stage you have surely got our point – community guidelines or whatever you like to call it, YouTube’s main policy is NOT to get against advertisers and viewers’ community. Here the number of ‘reporting’ community people has to be significant in order to consider a certain type of report/flagging. With that said, you can now come to know the rest of YouTube’s community guidelines by reading the following article:

How to report a YouTube video: In case you found infringing videos on YouTube

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How to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog – My experiences and policies regarding it

This blog is supposed to be on YouTubing tips. Well, it in fact is; 90% of the posts are based on YouTube tips and tricks. But other than that there are a few things I have to share with the world. Otherwise, I guess I might actually deprive common people of some exquisite new information and experiences I just happened to encounter. That’s why today I’m going to write and publish a post on how to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog.

I guarantee you that this article is exclusive in that it covers latest scenario and what you actually may have to go through while attempting to stop spam on your blog. There are definitely good articles on this topic from famous and popular blogs. But I’m afraid that they may not be updated and thus are kind of misleading to the readers. If you try to follow them to every single word, you might actually get yourself in jeopardy.

how to fight spam comments on WordPress blog
Spam comments come in hundreds, don’t they?

Let me give you an example: they may be suggesting you to use a particular plugin; but when you decide to install that, you may not find it at all. May be the name of the plugin has changed or it is no longer available. Whatever it is, I say ‘Stick with me on this post to the end and I will show you how I finally got rid of all the spam comments on my blog once and for all’.

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Spammers turned on me the day I started my blog

It’s not only my experience, but also other bloggers’ experience as well that they become victim of spam commenting virtually from the very first day of blogging. The fact is that the more popular your blog becomes, the more it is likely to be spammed.

When I first saw that many people/parties were commenting on my posts, I became happy as I thought my blog was getting popular day by day. But within a short time, I found that most of the comments were ‘average’ ones. That means, these comments could be submitted on any post on any blog; they were not specific to my posts/blog.

Also these ‘average’ comments had links to weird sites. I realized that these comments were submitted NOT because the readers(!) found interest in my posts, but they basically wanted to gather traffic on their sites. Because anyone clicking on their names would be directed to those apparently unsafe links. (This blogpost is on How to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog)

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I was in a dilemma with these comments

Since the comments had built-in links, they could not only steal my traffic/audience, but also could lead people to unknown and dangerous sites. So I wanted to NOT approve these comments. But I was still bound to approve them more or less, because I came to know that the number of approved comments indicate the popularity and standpoint of a blog.

Then I thought about getting rid of the links. At a point, I started doing that; I approved the comments after deleting the links. That way I was preventing my audience from visiting unsafe links. Still I wasn’t happy about the comments because they were being submitted every now and then. It felt like I would have to spend a significant amount of my time in dealing with these comments. In short, they became a constant threat to the peace of my mind.

Also in most of the cases, the comments didn’t have appropriate names for the posters. Whereas a comment poster’s name could be ‘John Smith’, many of these comments had weird phrases like ‘Health & Fitness’, ‘Legal Advice’ in the name section. It was obvious that even if these were real people, they were not interested in my posts or blog; they were simply interested in posting comments and attempting to increase traffic to their creepy blogs.

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Comment is submitted but post wasn’t viewed

I was still trying to remain happy thinking that the number of approved comments on my blog was increasing day by day; this should get my blog in a better global ranking. But I was wrong, these comments without links were doing neither good nor bad to my blog. I was just stuck in a loophole, that’s all. Had these approved comments contained harmful links, they would certainly cause harm to my blog’s ranking.

I came to learn about this through another blog of mine. I experimentally approved a lot of comments on that blog and I didn’t get rid of any links. Clearly, 95% of those comments were no way associated with the posts of the blog. Within two or three days of time, I found that views on my blog sharply declined. So finally I learned my lesson. From that moment on, I was thinking about getting rid of spam comments once and for all.

That’s when I did a little research on how to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog. I found a few nice posts: some of them were from famous blogs and others were from NOT so famous ones. I decided to read the post from the most popular blog and really liked it a lot. But while I started to implement that on my blog, I faced a lot of problems. (This blogpost is on How to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog)

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A post from a ‘popular’ blog just misled me

A few plugins were suggested on that post. I decided to install apparently ‘the most reliable’ plugin. But it complicated matters much more than I could withstand, so I got rid of it. Then I tried to install the ‘second reliable’ plugin, but it was not found at all. May be its name was changed after the publishing of that post, or it was deleted. Whatever the case might be, I was unable to install it. Then I tried the third plugin; it worked and I found it very useful.

This was actually a captcha plugin (Securimage-WP). It makes sure that only humans are able to post comments; this is exactly what I needed. You guys now might be asking me ‘Why are you blaming a nice blog that helped you find the particular plugin you were looking for?’ Well, I’m not exactly blaming it! I just want to stress that even the most popular blog or post could mislead and embarrass you.

For example, the blog I just mentioned here embarrassed me one more time. It had a post on ‘honeypot’ technology. I’m grateful to it because I learned about this nice technology from this blog. But when I decided the install the ‘honeypot’ plugin suggested by the blog, I just didn’t find it at all. I was disappointed once again. These are the reasons why I’m writing this post today on how to fight spam comments on a WordPress blog. Because I can claim that whatever information and strategy I’m offering here are updated and latest.

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I also learned to use Aksimet to fight spam comments

For a long time, I’ve been hearing that Akismet helps you fight spam comments on your WordPress blog. But I was never able to use the plugin in this regard. This is because every time I advanced to use the ‘Aksimet’ plugin to detect and fight spam comments, an API key was sought for. And when I visited the associated site to get API, it asked for money. Frankly, I’m yet NOT in a position to spend money for plugins. So I simply used to quit on that site.

But recently I carefully observed ‘the money’ thing. I saw that it said ‘Name your price’. Previously I thought I had to pay at least a small amount. Although I was able to spend an amount of $5 to fight spam comments on my blog, I just didn’t have a credit card or any others standard means to pay that. So that stayed as ‘a bone in my throat’ up until now. Finally the creativity in me grew to try sliding the knob to its leftmost end. And I was successful! I finally discovered that I didn’t actually have to pay anything to use the ‘Akismet’ plugin help me fight spam comments.



Then I started using the plugin to detect spam comments out of the pending ones. I believe ‘Akismet’ properly does its job, though I’m not sure how it works. My reason for this is that if this didn’t work properly, why would millions of bloggers use it? Also as far as I’m concerned, Akismet is a built-in plugin provided by WordPress ‘Standard’ team. Frankly, I know nothing about this team, who they are and also how WordPress developing works! Anyway, I’m sure I will get to know about that later.

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A few tips to detect spam comments

Akismet is probably not capable of detecting spam comments submitted by real humans. I’ve done a little research on that and came to learn a few things which I’m going to share with you guys now. I’m going to address you in such a manner that you’re also a blogger same as me.

If somebody submits a comment that has the person’s name as ‘Health & fitness’ or ‘Law & legal’, you should not allow it. Because the person who posted this comment didn’t like your post or blog. They simply did this with a view to gather traffic on certain blogs they’re assigned to. Also chances are, phrases like these look like they have nothing to do with your blog or contents. If you’re a tech blogger (same as me), there should NOT possibly be any comment on your posts which claim to relate to health and fitness or even ‘law and legal’. Frankly, this is simply absurd.

Also before approving a comment, take a sharp look at the email address provided. If the email address seems to be fake, then don’t approve the comment. Because the ‘comment poster’ is not here to engage with your post and audience community, they’re here to spam only. Be careful about people who provide multiple email addresses on different comments. Also don’t approve comments by people who tend to post a number of comments in a very short span of time. That’s all for today, I’ll be giving you more tips on blogging later.

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How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel – A detailed guide for the beginners

This blogpost is on how to start a gaming YouTube channel. Read this to the end and you will come to know what you need to buy and do to start that. This post has been specially designed and written for beginners.

Why a gaming channel?

If I ask you ‘Who’s the most famous and successful YouTuber till date?’, I know your answer would be ‘PewDiePie’. He may not be the richest YouTuber now a days; but at least he was, for a couple of years. In fact, many of the richest YouTubers of all time were Gamers. This is because gaming YouTube videos easily get a significant scale of average watch time. No matter how old the viewer is, once they start watching a gaming video, it becomes difficult for them to look away from the video.

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Also majority of the viewers of these videos are kids; they hardly use ad blocker and often click on advertisements put around the videos. That’s why the earnings on a gaming channel tend to become higher as compared to other niches’ YouTube channels.

How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel

4 main things you need to buy

There are four main things you need to purchase before starting your own gaming channel. They are: (i) capture card (ii) microphone (iii) editing software and (iv) PC.

Let’s start with capture card first and foremost. In this regard, you have to remember that HD is key, so you can’t possibly buy a second rated card. And your card must be able to capture video in 720p minimum and 60 frame per second (60 FPS). Frankly, this sort of cards are not cheap.

The capture card models we recommend to you are El Gato Game Cature HD and HAUPPAUGE HD PVR 2. You have to buy any one of them. Both of them are external USB cards with 1080p/30FPS and 720p/60FPS features. Either of them would cost you around $150. Since they are external, they are just super easy for you to set up.

[Besides the equipment, you also need to know how to create a YouTube channel and customize it. Here is our detailed article on that:

How to make a Youtube account/channel and also customize it  ]




how about cheap capture cards?

Frankly, if you’re looking for super cheap capture cards like DAZZLE DVC 100s or EZ CAPS or ROXIO GAME CAPTURES, then Gaming YouTubing is probably not for you. Days of using any one of those are pretty much behind us. If you need to stand out from the rest, you have to first ensure quality.

[If you think ‘gaming’ would be a costly niche for you, then you could choose another YouTubing niche that you think will suit you the most. We have an article to help you choose your particular niche out of many available. Here it is:

YouTubing niche: Choose a nice one ]

resolution, frames per second and bit rate

And speaking of quality, when you’re going to purchase a capture card, you need to keep in mind three things: resolution, frames per second as well as bit rate. Now ‘resolution’ is pretty obvious. You want the resolution to be at least 720p; the more, the better. Your frames per second is probably preferable if you record everything in 60 FPS, keep that in mind.

And bit rate, one of the biggest key factors in your recording quality, has to be at least 10 million bit per sec (Mbps). Most gaming YouTubers use 30 Mbps bit rate for good picture quality. Yes, this level of bit rate makes the file size really big; but to run  a gaming channel now a days, you’re just left with no other choice. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

sHOULD YOU GO FOR INTERNAL CAPTURE CARD?

Recently we interviewed an experienced and successful gaming YouTuber and asked him what capture card he uses. He said he used AVERMEDIA LIVE GAMER HD which is an internal capture card and it costs around $225.

But we’re not going to recommend that because in order to set it up you actually have to open up your PC (CPU) and install this capture card to your graphics card which is surely a hazardous and daunting task. As a new YouTuber you probably might NOT want to do that. And we too are recommending for you to choose one of the two external capture cards mentioned above.

[As a gaming YouTuber, you will have to face many copyright issues; that’s why you had better join a promising multi channel network right away. We know such one who will do everything for you within their means. They are called MediaCube-Network. To know more about them, read the following article:

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Choosing a nice Microphone

The days of having a crackling headset MIC on YouTube are long gone, it’s not going to work for you guys anymore. The minimum microphone and also a standalone microphone for you to use would be Blue Snowball.

Now keep in mind that there are two types of microphones: condenser and dynamic. For your information, condenser microphones are great for interviews; they pick up all the sound within the room. On the other hand, dynamic microphones are suitable for solo commentating which is preferred for most gaming YouTube channels. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

The ‘Blue Snowball’ is not a dynamic microphone, it’s actually a condenser. But still it’s a very good starting MIC. One gaming YouTuber known to me has been using this for quite a long time now. Blue Snowball is available to purchase online, it will cost you $20-$75 and it’s a pretty good quality stuff. [These are US standard market prices. In developing countries like India they could be much cheaper.]




But while I’ll be running my own gaming channel (very soon, I hope), I’ll probably be using a RODE PODCASTER. It’s a dynamic USB microphone. The user doesn’t have interface with it. It may cost a little more than a condenser microphone; each piece might cost you around $230.

Also with microphone, you need to download the free program ‘Audacity’. This is a free audio recording program which allows you to isolate background noise from your recordings and remove it. It’s simple and free, I don’t see any reason for you NOT to use it. Here are a couple of articles which describe the use of Audacity:

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How to Make a Karaoke Cover Song Easily with Audacity

choosing the right Editing software: A big step on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel

There are two main editing software used by YouTubers: SONY VEGAS or ADOBE PREMIERE. Adobe Premiere can actually provide better quality videos, but it also comes with big learning curve. This is the reason why you may choose NOT to use it. Anyway, it’s premier version costs you $20/month.

Sony Vegas is easy to learn, but it is not capable of providing the finest quality video which Adobe Premiere can. Also Sony Vegas is pretty expensive, it costs you a one-time fee of $600.

However, the gaming YouTuber from my acquaintance I just mentioned earlier says he has been using Sony Vegas since his first day of YouTubing. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

He gave me a few tips while editing with Sony Vegas:

(i) Disable resample: It is so simple that people often forget to disable it. Even if you’re recording with 60 FPS, be sure you have disabled resample on your video files. That way there won’t be any GHOSTING which is surely a gross thing. To get rid of ghosting, you must disable resample.

(ii) proper rendering: Sony AVC/MVC is the format he renders his videos in. While rendering your videos like recording your gameplay that bit rate is king, is super key to your quality. At least 10 million bit rate on most of your videos is recommended. You need to render your videos in 60 FPS, specially for YouTube. If your video duration is above 15 minutes, then you can drop it down to 30 FPS. This is just because a 60 FPS video is a giant file size as compared to 30 FPS videos.

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A good PC plays an important role in your gaming channel

Now what we’re going to talk about is having a good PC. This is a big part in running a gaming channel. Whether you’re recording stuff on your console or you’re recording PC footage, your computer plays a huge part in your YouTube channel. Rendering videos on a low-configuration PC or in a laptop can actually be a giant pain. We quote our specialist in gaming YouTubing “I know it, I’ve been there. When I first started my YouTube channel, it took me 8+ hours to render a 10 minutes video at a very low bit rate”.

It’s okay to start a gaming channel on a low configuration PC or laptop. Only you might have to go through a bad PC schedule which would be (i) make video during day, (ii) render overnight, (iii) upload next day and (iv) repeat.

Oh, please, we were just kidding a little bit! Seriously,  get a schedule so that you can create new gaming YouTube videos daily and consistently; even with a low config PC. If you want to grow your gaming channel, you’ll eventually have to upgrade your computer at some point, no doubt about that. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

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Here are some quick tips on your gaming channel

Your channel’s name is really important, make it memorable, catchy and original; no Xs and numbers may be used in the name. Good titles for YouTube videos are really important. Make sure they look good and accurately describe the video and are clear.

If you’re NOT sure what sort of titles you should be using, then go ahead and check out a few renowned gaming channels to see what they’re using. It’s okay to do that at beginning level, just don’t copy and paste the whole title. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

Tags are also important for your videos. They play an important role in leading people to find your videos. Make sure they are clear and accurate. They should also indicate which video games you are making YouTube videos on. And be sure to use your channel branding as a tag in every video. That means, if your channel’s name is TopGamer2018, then you could use this keyword as a tag in every YouTube video of your channel. Also be sure to use this as a channel keyword.

How to rank YouTube channel with keywords

Remember that consistency is key

Consisting content is key, ladies and gentlemen! Daily uploads, five videos a week, anything like that – get a schedule and stick to that. At the beginning it could even be 1 or 2 videos in a week, if you like. The thing is that people can’t find you unless you have videos; they then might get unmotivated.

If a new visitor comes to your channel and finds only two videos, that too neither of them are exciting – then they won’t possibly visit your channel homepage again. That’s why you’ve got to upload a lot of videos in the first few months of your YouTube channel. YouTube’s automated algorithm decides to promote your channel when you’re consistent in video uploading. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

‘Longtail’ is your best friend

Longtail videos are those which are watched over prolonged period of time. Suppose I upload a video on my YouTube channel today, but it will be watched by viewers even three or five years later. Most successful YouTube channels have countless longtail videos. And they earn most of their revenue from such videos. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

If the term ‘longtail’ isn’t yet clear to you, then let us give you another example. Think about a news based blog; consider two articles on it. One article describes an accident that took place in Mumbai, India and another describes how to lose weight. Surely the first article might be read on a huge scale in the first few days of its publishing, later it is very likely to lose its charm. But the second article being popular over an extended period (like 3-5 years) of time could be called a ‘longtail’ post on the news blog. (This article is on How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel)

In order to create ‘longtail’ gaming videos, you might need to do a little research as to what games have been most popular in the last few months. And you could use AdWords keyword planner to find information like that. Here are a few posts you might find useful when it comes to keyword research:

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