Hey guys and gals.
Just in case you haven't seen the hullabaloo about YouTube.com – I'll update you.
YouTube is an entertainment site. It's owned by Google.
Google is an advertisement site. They make money through advertisements.
YouTube is a free video site. It's also high page rank and gets a lot of traffic – which means that spammers went crazy putting crap on there along with advertisements for their own products and services.
Google decided they didn't like giving free advertising to people on YouTube. Which I can totally understand.
So, they started banning accounts – even legitimate ones – if their videos were promotional in nature or talked about making money online.
Since Google is the boss when it comes to YouTube, their opinion is the only opinion that matters.
You following so far?
So, how do you protect yourself?
Make sure that you're not using the terms “Make money” in either your titles or your tags. If you are – then change those, pronto. Also, read their terms of service regularly in case they change.
Understand that your goal isn't to try to game Google. (You try to game Google, and you'll lose every time – eventually.) It's about playing by the rules.
The only problem is that you can *THINK* you're playing by the rules and still be cut – if Google disagrees with you.
So, just in case… you should also do these two things.
- Submit your videos to other sites, too.
- Make sure that you have backups of ALL of your videos. Get it organized now.
Here's how to get your videos from YouTube if you need to do it.
- Login to your YouTube account.
- Go to “My Videos”
- In your list of videos, there's a dropdown box. Click it and you'll see “Download mp4.”
Do that for any videos if you don't have copies of them.
Note: It appears that you can only download 2 at a time and then you have to wait awhile. I think they're protecting their bandwidth.
So – go through your files on your computer first. Locate any that you're missing and just grab those few. 🙂
I hope this saves some of you some heart-ache.
PS. This doesn't just apply to YouTube.com. If you've got 100 articles submitted to EzineArticles.com – I'd have those backed up, too. If you're doing a BlogTalkRadio.com show – I'd have backups of your episodes, too. I would not trust any of your content that you care about to 3rd party sites. Back that up! 🙂
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