I downloaded 100 Amazon product review videos (10 zipped files) and then downloaded a viewer. These product reviews are absolutely outstanding. These reviews are ready to be uploaded to YouTube and all you need to do is add your Amazon affiliate product link. So, I spent a day or two loading the videos to my YouTube account and tested my affiliate links, all went well. On day three I checked YouTube video stats and I was getting a steady flow of views.
I noticed that YouTube cited me with two copyright violations so, I removed the two videos in question, and assumed that was the end of that! Today (April 20, 2012) I loaded a few more video product reviews. I did a little yard work for a while and then logged in to my YouTube account only to get a strange Google notice advising me that I changed my location (ISP IP?) and was requested to give them my phone number so they could call me with a verification number. Okay, at this point I was not sure what they were doing so I keyed in the verification code and BANG! Your YouTube account has been terminated.
I logged in to my Gmail account (I'm still stunned) and got this message for YouTube:
"The YouTube Community has flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed by the YouTube Team against our Community Guidelines. Upon review, we have determined that the following video(s) contain content in violation of these guidelines, and have been disabled:
Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright Vacuum with Canister, Bagged
Your account has received one Community Guidelines warning strike, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the permanent termination of your account."
Wow, that hurt! So I made "contact" you can't talk to these people nor are you allow to explain yourself. You simply click a so called contact button. I can only assume that they will look at my videos again and maybe give you some additional consideration. Who knows?
To wrap this post up I assumed that I purchased a dud and that the reason why it was so cheap was because they (vendor) may have known that their product reviews were once banned on YouTube.
My recommendation - Don't buy it. I really did not want to say that, so I think I am going to find a way of posting the product reviews to one of my blog sites assuming that the file extension (avi) will work.
June 28, 2011 - I built a test blog using the product videos and Google did index the site. And the videos are showing up in search results - one is on page 3.
But what really got my goat, is that the videos I posted on YouTube are also showing up without any links to any ones site. So YT kick me off but kept my videos. Ain't that a kick in the head!
Like I said - life is not fair!
You can view the test blog - but I can't place a link here - PM me