From YouTube Termination
To Back In 48 Scary Hours!
Two days ago… at a rather crazy 1:33 am… I received one of those email notifications that you never want to receive.
YouTube had (wrongly) flagged one of my videos and decided to terminate the associated account.
(So much for my plans to get some sleep!)
They flagged a video that was completely non-promotional and simply showed you how to get yourself an affiliate link from inside Warrior Plus.
Wrong or not though, it didn’t solve the fact that now my blog visitors were seeing spammer notifications in all the old embedded videos on the blog!
(This made Kim very unhappy!)
And, YouTube didn’t bother to let me know WHERE I could go appeal the suspension.
Truth be told, they don’t actually seem to want them appealed so they hid that information… but there is an almighty form!
In addition to the suspension, just a few minutes prior, something had set off the Google security and my Google account triggered the 2-step verification system and forced me to re-verify that I was me. Whew!
Fortunately, today, after about 48hrs, the YouTube team responded to the un-suspension request and released the account for use.
I’d be more excited if I wasn’t still highly annoyed at them for making me look bad in front of my readers with those awful embedded warnings.
(And honestly, it was also hard to suck it up and accept that I was likely to have just lost a channel with more than 100,000 views if they didn’t accept the request.)
But the channel is back up, woohoo!
I also have my newer channel AskKimTV that is strictly business related
The termination didn’t “directly” hit this channel although I was informed that I was banned from using any other channel I may own so it was an indirect hit.
But I’m baaaaaaack!
I think it’s important to know that if your account is ever flagged it **IS** possible to get it back – using only the appeal forms – if you know where to look.
That assumes you were not actually in violation, but you knew that right? ;)
The suspension review team is apparently not the video flagging team and so I still had the stupid “strike” on my account (and the “offending” video is not available) which I’m in the process of appealing through THAT process. I have no doubt that will be fixed soon.
Tip: To find THIS form, go to https://www.youtube.com/features Then in the left sidebar go to “Channel” then go to “Status and Features”. There you will see the strike notification. At the very bottom of the notice, in super small print, will be a link to appeal that strike.
The Silver Lining
Ya know what’s kind of amusing?
It’s actually almost beneficial to have been through this – after the fact – because not only do I now have more information to help my clients deal with stuff like this…
…I also have now had the account looked at closely and it’s been verified that I do, in fact, know what I’m talking about when it comes to YouTube!
(Krizia and I teach a lot of this in our YouTube course.)
It is likely that this may change my YouTube strategy in the long run though.
I definitely plan to continue using YouTube and sharing those links in places with short “post lifespan” (like social media). This is because YouTube brings me lots of traffic and branding.
However, I’m much less convinced that it behooves me to have several hundred blog posts on my own site that YouTube can basically use against me at the drop of a hat.
The idea of having to waste a ton of time re-working several hundred blog posts – just to avoid looking like some lowball spammer – all because YouTube got it’s panties in a wad – really didn’t sit well with me.
I won’t rush to any decisions though because situations like this need addressed with cooler, non-emotional, thinking that is hard to do when you’ve spent the last 48hours firefighting!
I’m back – and wiser for it – and that’s what counts, in the long run.
Now I need a nap and a bowl of ice cream… not necessarily in that order!
~ Kim ~
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