If you need to keep your YouTube channel intact and running, you have to follow YouTube’s community guidelines strictly. And one of these guidelines requires you to NOT comment spamming on YouTube videos. Because if you do that your channel can be suspended once and for all. Now I’m writing this post after receiving the following mail from a certain individual named ‘Kenny’ who happens to be one of my readers.
According to him, his channel was terminated because he adopted the unfair means of comment spamming on YouTube videos uploaded by other people. Well, the thing is that you are not allowed to do comment spamming on YouTube, even if the videos and the channel belong to You. I have had firsthand experience regarding it which I’m going to share with you at a later part of this blogpost.
The sort of comment spamming on YouTube he did
I most possibly told you guys in a previous post that sub4sub and like4like policy doesn’t actually benefit you in the long run. By doing this you can have a few temporary subscribers who are never going to watch your videos. Even if they click on your videos, they’re not going to watch them for long. And you’re going to have a short duration for average watch time, which in turn is going to damage your channel’s status.
Now the video whose link is given in the mail encourages new channels’ owners to do comment spamming on YouTube. It advises them to post sub4sub comments in its comments section. This way the video has collected a lot of comments till date. And since YouTube’s artificial intelligence depends on a report-based system, the video is still intact. May be only a few people have submitted reports against it. I guess the system mentioned above depends on a percentage of reports. Since a significant percentage scale of reports have not been submitted yet, YouTube’s automated system hasn’t taken this video into account.
Why is sub4sub actually considered comment spamming on YouTube?
If you need to post comments on a video, they have to be constructive. You must not leave hate comments, nor can you comment spamming on YouTube. And in order to leave constructive comments, you may have to watch the full video. If you watch it to the end, you will most definitely get some idea as to what constructive comments you can leave here. If your comments are great and catchy, people may actually come and visit your channel. This way you can increase the possibility of having new subscribers and views. The following article is a detailed version of our point here:
Now I need to explain why sub4sub and like4like comments are actually spams. It’s because these comments don’t contribute anything in viewers’ engagement. That means, when you leave these comments, you’re not actually engaging in the conversation. By posting this sort of comments, people are basically turning the comments section a ‘busy selfish’ marketplace, where new YouTubers are coming to buy and sell subscribers.
Surely, these activities aren’t supposed to take pace on YouTube. A YouTube channel can’t possibly grow this way. Instead of comment spamming on YouTube, if people posted constructive comments, then the comment section would certainly be a ‘lively’ community.
The followers are terminated, whereas the infringing video is still online
It’s really a matter of sorrow that the people who followed the above mentioned video are losing their channels one by one, but the misleading video is still intact on YouTube. As conscious people, we must do something about it. Let us all report that video anyway. First let me put the video in full scale on this blogpost. Here it is:
Before reporting the video, I think you should read this special article from our blog:
I believe now you know how to report an infringing YouTube video. For this particular video we’re discussing here, we have to realize that we need to choose ‘Spam or misleading’ option. Because this video is misleading new YouTubers by encouraging them to do comment spamming on YouTube. Thus many of them have started to get their channels terminated.
Under the ‘Spam or misleading’ section you have to choose ‘Scam and fraud’ and then press the ‘Next’ button. Now you have to select ‘Timestamp’. I guess a particular time-stamp is not needed for reporting this video, because it contains misleading instructions during almost the whole time.
Still I would suggest you to select 1:00 as timestamp, because at the last part of the video the uploader advises to join a particular forum outside of YouTube to do sub4sub activities. Although YouTube wouldn’t take even these activities kindly if they are found, still they are taking place outside of YouTube, aren’t they? That’s why this suggestion by the uploader is ‘less infringing’. Trust me, you don’t want to report everything to YouTube/Google; that would be a daunting task. Besides, even if you do, chances are, nothing will happen to the unscrupulous parties in most of the cases.
Provide additional details
I guess the details you need to provide here are as follows:
‘This particular video is encouraging YouTube users to post spam comments like sub4sub and like4like on others’ videos. By following these instructions many people are having their channels terminated. So this video must be removed from YouTube as it already has misled hundreds of thousands of people. In addition, this video has thousands of spam comments in its comment section. People have posted these because the uploader of this video has instructed them to do so.’
If many people report this video with this language, I’m sure that this video will not only be removed from YouTube, but the channel will be terminated also. I feel disappointed thinking that this infringing video even has AdSense ads running on it every now and then.
Will you get your channel back, Kenny?
I’m sorry Kenny, the irony is that you’ll not most possibly get your channel back. But if your channel was really very important for you, then you should keep appealing every few days. Because experts say that repeated appeals can actually get you your channel back. In my case, I never tried appealing for a particular suspended channel more than twice or thrice. Well, here are our fine articles which detail how to properly appeal the suspension of your YouTube channel:
At this point I think I should share my experience regarding comment spamming on YouTube with you guys. Yes, my first ever YouTube channel was terminated due to comment spamming on YouTube. Actually when my channel became popular and started to have millions of views every single month, a few unscrupulous people started to steal my content. It was not possible on my part to find each and every of these channels with my content uploaded on them. So I came up with a bright(!) idea, I started to post the following comment in my own videos.
‘Dear viewers, recently some people have been illegally uploading my videos on their channels. If you happen to find such a channel, be sure to report them.’
Well, this comment was reported to YouTube by someone I don’t know, may be one of the ‘content thieves’ themselves. And instead of their channels, it was actually my channel to be terminated due to comment spamming on YouTube. I was very frustrated that nothing happened to the people who stole my content. On the contrary, I who was the content creator had to suffer.
Well, no matter what, my comment actually infringed community guidelines regarding comment spamming on YouTube. That’s why my channel/account was terminated. You can not possibly ask your viewers to report against someone else’s channel.
I guess I should have joined a multi channel network once my channel started to become popular. That way I would rather actually be benefited if someone stole my content. Because MCN makes sure that all the revenues earned through your videos eventually come to you, no matter where they are uploaded.
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