YouTube and Google don’t care who is misleading you to violate their guidelines

Frankly, YouTube and Google don’t care if you have been misled by someone to infringe certain guidelines of them. But when they find you doing so, they are likely to terminate your account or stop you from accessing a particular Google product such as YouTube or blogger. Here we present two examples of that.

YouTube and Google
YouTube might seem like an interesting place, but don’t forget about the complications that revolve around here
Many YouTube videos that pretend to be creative commons are actually not so

Yeah, it’s a fact that all the videos on YouTube that seem to be creative commons are actually NOT available as creative commons.

YouTube was first launched in 2006 and two or three years later it was owned by Google. Ever since Google has been modifying YouTube’s features, policies and structure. But guess what, this social networking platform is still far from being perfect. That’s why YouTube can not detect if somebody illegally passes a copyrighted content as creative commons. (This article is on YouTube and Google)

This is particularly true for videos which don’t have content id activated. Such videos are more prone to be stolen. Because once they’re uploaded on someone else’s channel, the original creator of the videos has no clue to that. This is the reason big creators like T-Series always have activated content id service for their YouTube videos.

Now just assume that you are a general YouTube user and have a YouTube channel. You have uploaded a couple of videos onto your channel and a few of them got viral. That’s when someone just comes along and steals a few of your videos and reuploads them onto their channel. Then s/he might choose to set ‘creative commons’ as user’s license for those videos. Which means anyone can reupload these videos partly or fully after editing and modification.

Now a third guy comes along and uploads your video onto his channel mistakenly assuming that it’s a creative commons content. If that’s so, you can impose copyright strike on this guy’s channel and take his video down because the video actually belongs to you. (This article is on YouTube and Google)

Many people lately have been victimized of this phenomenon described just above. To know more about creative commons crisis, you can read the following article:

Creative commons videos – Things you should know

Sub4sub, like4like activities are illegal on YouTube and google

Did you know that sub4sub and like4like activities are actually illegal on YouTube? If you’re caught doing this, your YouTube account/channel may be terminated just like that. Yet many people have been doing this in the hope that they won’t be caught. Some even don’t know that these activities are totally forbidden on YouTube and Google.

I was contacted by such an individual almost one month ago. He alleged that a certain YouTube video has encouraged him to do these activities. And this way he earned a lot of subscribers on his channel until it was finally terminated. Clearly the ‘sub4sub’ thing was the reason for termination in this case. It’s a matter of sorrow that the original video which promotes and encourages these activities was still online at the time I received the email from the above mentioned guy. May be it is still online and intact.

The reason for this is that YouTube depends on a report-based system to detect policy violations. If a certain percentage of viewers report a video, it is taken into account by YouTube’s AI and hence is likely to be removed as well. So based on this policy of YouTube, an infringing video can stay online and intact even for years if a significant number of a particular type of report has yet NOT been submitted against the video. To know more about this topic, you can read the following article:

Comment Spamming on YouTube can actually lead your channel to termination

If you’re interested to know YouTube’s actual policy regarding community guidelines, you should read the following article:

YouTube’s Community Guidelines Explained and Made Easy

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YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

Recently I have found many YouTube videos with misleading metadata and/or inappropriate content to be monetized with AdSense. And from the looks of it, a question arises – Is YouTube making the same mistake again as in 2016? I have been compelled to bring this up because most of the videos I’m talking about contain sexually provocative scenes, which in turn carries a negative message for YouTube’s ad-campaign.

Let me put a few examples and make the whole thing clear. The examples I’m about to present here use Bengali as the video language and that of the title. So many of you may not understand it directly; nevertheless you can take help from Google translate. Also before watching these videos for exemplary purpose, make sure that you are 18+.

According to the title of the above video, the actress Srilekha will show off her ‘body’ to whoever would like to see that. I instantly got interested upon seeing the title and clicked on the video to watch it. I came to know that it is a news-based video. According to the information provided inside the video, the actress is single now and would consider anyone who’d like to propose to her. Clearly it’s not the same thing as ‘showing off body’ to strangers. So the bottom line is this video is using misleading title. It has misleading and sexually provocative thumbnail too.

I found the view monetized and this was a suggested video on a newly created YouTube account which I had never used before to watch videos. Shockingly enough, YouTube now-a-days has started to suggest sexually provocative videos to even brand-new viewers. Had I previously watched such videos using this account, I wouldn’t be surprised to be suggested to watch same type of videos. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

It is obvious that YouTube now is kind of liberal when it comes to title and thumbnail, all they stress on is ‘inner’ content. Since this particular video presented above has no inappropriate content inside it, it is still intact (monetized and not age-restricted). If it contained inappropriate or sexually explicit content inside it, it would certainly have been age-restricted, even removed from YouTube.

Here’s another misleading video I just found monetized. According to the title, the video is supposed to show physical intimacy between nephew and mami (wife of maternal uncle). But there is no such thing inside the video itself. I watched the full video and here’s what I saw: the nephew decently proposes to mami without touching her. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

He argues that mama (maternal uncle) is abroad for the last couple of years and there’s nobody to physically accompany her. Then mami says it’s wrong and promises to find him a beautiful bride. NOT a single physical touch happens in the video! And the people you get to see in the thumbnail aren’t the ones found in the video; it’s just a randomly collected sexually provocative thumbnail. So you understand that this video too uses misleading title and thumbnail. Videos like this should definitely be reported. Here’s a nice article which describes how to report a YouTube video:

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

You can also check out our previous posts on misleading metadata:

Metadata: When it becomes misleading and leads your YouTube account to termination

Examples of misleading metadata: Be able to identify the infringing videos on YouTube

Examples of misleading metadata – episode 2

Here’s another creepy video from the same channel and this one is monetized too. As the title suggests, it is supposed to be a secretly recorded video based on the physical intimacy between a male doctor and a female patient. As a young man, I was provoked to see the title and clicked on the video. I watched it fully, but found no intimate scene, except for a ‘wink’ from the woman’s eye and some double meaning words from the doctor’s mouth. Surely it’s a misleading video, because it uses misleading title. I wouldn’t bring this up in the first place, if it weren’t monetized.

The mistakes YouTube made in 2016

I hope you read my article on ‘Google’s latest condition’ which I published in the month of January this year. If you did not, then you can now check that out:

YouTube ads crisis: YouTube/Google’s latest condition

This particular post describes YouTube’s miserable conditions on ad campaigns. The advertisers stopped putting ads on YouTube because they thought their ads were not properly placed. Many of their ads were placed on videos with provocative content and misleading metadata. Thus their brand image were damaged. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

The thing is that the advertisers were actually correct in their standpoint: Google/YouTube really manipulated the ad serving system. May be they had too many ads to serve, so they included the videos that violated community guidelines of YouTube. The YouTubers and YouTube itself might have been benefited by these unscrupulous activities, but the advertisers were despaired. That’s when they decided to quit on YouTube.

Both YouTube and YouTubers thought that they would get away with this. But when advertisers put pressure on YouTube, they had no choice but to get rid of the videos and channels that didn’t strictly follow the community guidelines. And in the surge, many innocent (specially new) YouTubers were caught. As a result hundreds of thousands of YouTube channels were terminated in just a few months of time. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

We’re happy for YouTube that recently they seem to recover and finally settle on ad service. Because most advertisers that previously quit on YouTube have started to come back and put ads. And once again YouTube is earning billions of dollars through its ad campaign.

Now the question is whether or not they’re aware of these infringing videos which are getting AdSense ads. I wonder if YouTube is doing it purposely. May be once again they have too many ads to handle, so they have decided to put ads even on sexually provocative and misleading videos. If they commit the same mistake as in 2016, they’ll be penalized once again. And this time they may never recover and lose their ‘3rd’ world rank as a site once and for all. Sadly enough, we YouTubers will be able to do nothing about it!

What about you? Do you think YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

If you have been using YouTube for a while for purposes like entertainment or YouTubing, let us know what you think on this particular issue. Did you find videos with sexually explicit content to be monetized with Ads? What about now? Do you still find YouTube videos with misleading content to be popular and served ads? Let us know about it in the comment box.

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Google AdSense forum: How effective and helpful is it? – Here’s my experiences regarding it.

Why and how i introduced this blog

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.

Youtube channel suspended repeatedly? Check if your device is banned.

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:

YouTube AdSense: Things you should know about it as a youtuber

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.!msg/adsense/s3brjVc2rgo/KLRdSvDqAgAJ

A bully even went so far as to threaten to snatch away my domain name by saying that I mimicked to sound like, 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 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, 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:!msg/adsense/B6Mi5PSdqKM/7X-Hox6wBwAJ

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:

mail pic to present on Google AdSense forum

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!

Youtube earnings: Does the future look quite dim?

Future of youtube earnings
youtube earnings

Does the future of youtube earnings looks dim?

Recently Youtube has been losing more advertisements due to having content that promotes terrorism and low-class videos. As a result of that, Youtube now runs the risk of losing their million-dollar business. Recently a few more big business organizations have declared to boycott Youtube on advertisements which in turn may affect youtube earnings.They allege that their ads are shown besides videos that promotes terrorism and nudity/sexuality.

Some organizations already have declared to stop/withhold giving advertisements on Youtube. More names are being added to this list. Many advertisers have expressed their suspicion about Google’s ability to stop showing ads besides low-class videos. Last Friday (24th march, 2017) Pepsi co, Walmart Stores and Starbucks confirmed that they have temporarily stopped putting ads on Youtube. One article published in Wall-street Journal says that Google’s automated system has associated their brand with at least five videos that are alleged to have racist content. Currently four hundred hours of videos are uploaded on Youtube every minute. Advertisements are automatically shown before, after and in the middle of these videos. Now the question is, will Google take measures to save youtube earnings?

Google promises to overcome this issue

When contacted, Google promises to stick to their latest policy on this issue. The organization hints that they are hopeful about satisfying their clients (advertisers). Google has recently announced that they will stress further to stop showing ads besides videos that preach hate, attack and harm. The chief Business Official of the organization Philipp Schindler wrote on a blog-post on last Tuesday that ‘We are concerned that this is not acceptable to the advertisers and organizations who put their faith in us.’ He promised to appoint even more officials in the company to review all the videos of Youtube to find the ones ineligible to show ads with.

You might also read: Youtube/Google’s latest condition

But Google’s chief Business Official’s promise didn’t apparently assure the advertisers organizations. Even after his speech, HSBC Holdings, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lauriel, multinational telecommunication organization AT&T, internet company Verizon Fios, German car manufacturers Volkswagen and Audi and many other business organizations like these have decided to boycott Youtube.

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YouTube ads crisis: YouTube/Google’s latest condition

YouTube ads crisis: Google/Youtube's latest condition
YouTube: a product of Google

What we are going to state here is not guaranteed to be 100% true. It is just the best guess based on YouTube/google’s recent activities and YouTube ads crisis. It can also be regarded as a conspiracy theory.

Obvious as it is, YouTube/google’s latest condition is NOT exactly good. Lately YouTube has terminated hundreds of thousands of channels and YouTube accounts. If these channels violated YouTube’s guidelines/TOS, then they were violating those guidelines for a long time. Now there is a question as to why did YouTube become so strict all of a sudden? May be YouTube/google authority has been pressurized by the advertisers. Although YouTube has declared itself as a family platform for entertainment, but everyone knows it’s far from true. Because there are so many adult/racist/inappropriate contents on YouTube and almost each of these are monetized as well. This is the main reason of YouTube ads crisis.

YouTube ads shown beside inappropriate contents

Showing advertisements beside an adult video is really a matter of concern for the advertisers. This practice may impose a negative impact on image/brand-value of advertisers’ company/products/services. That’s why advertisers have put a lot of pressure on YouTube to get rid of these adult contents. YouTube has always depended on a report-based system to detect this sort of content. Being pressurized, lately they have lowered down the standard for percentage ratio of reports. That means, (for example) if a video/channel gets 1% bad report, YouTube’s artificial intelligence takes this into account and removes the video or terminates the channel. Surely this ratio was greater previously, like 3%, may be even 5%.

Videos with misleading metadata threatens overall environment of YouTube

The same thing is applicable for videos that can easily be marked as ‘spam’ or ‘misleading’. A video which is considered useless or unwanted on YouTube by many viewers is likely to be termed ‘spam’ and hence later removed by YouTube’s AI. Offhand, a video whose metadata (title, description, tags, thumbnail) has been designed only to get more views is likely to be called a ‘misleading video’. For such a video with ‘misleading content or metadata’, the given metadata is remotely associated with the video itself. Both the advertisers and the YouTube/Google authority want to get rid of these videos. Thus they plan to make YouTube ‘a safer place’ (in their terms). That’s why so many people have lost their channels in such a short span of time.

You might also readYouTube account suspended for no reason? Well, not really.

Lately, YouTube/google’s financial condition isn’t so good either. Many AdSense publishers have reported that they didn’t receive their proper(?) payments/earnings for the month of December, 2016. YouTubers, whose channels got terminated in December, didn’t receive earnings for that month. But this sort of thing never happened previously. YouTubers always received earnings on their videos, no matter when their channels got terminated.

Google scammed by a few advertisers?

From the looks of it, it seems that YouTube/google authority may have been scammed by a few advertisers who didn’t pay for their advertisements already shown. May be they used stolen credit cards, or they provided false information. Or they may have scammed google in some other way. Whatever the way they did it, google surely lost a lot of revenue. That’s when the YouTube ads crisis started to become evident.

Also recently there has been a rumor that Google is about to be sued by European Union or some other strong authority for having done manipulation in their ad-network system. If Google loses in this lawsuit, they will have to pay an incredibly huge sum of money as fine.

Will Google be able to recover?

We don’t know for sure, whether the company is in a state to cut off it’s manpower or make a cut off in their payments. What we know for sure is that YouTube/google has come up with a new policy to save (more appropriately ‘add to’) a big portion of the company’s revenue. The policy is to NOT pay YouTubers who lost their channels in previous month. We don’t know whether things will turn up to be better or worse for the company. Will Google be finally able to overcome ‘YouTube ads crisis’? Well at the moment, it is surely the number one company in the world.

You might also readYouTube earnings: Does the future look quite dim?

However this is worth to mention, because of YouTube’s new policies on ads and video content, many established YouTubers and big channels have been losing views and revenues in the last few days (two months to be exact). They seem pretty annoyed and disturbed while the company seems to be indifferent to their complaints and grudge. Google looks well-determined to go ahead with its new policies. However, we hope that it will soon overcome YouTube ads crisis, which in turn could be a good news for all YouTubers, both old and new.

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