Experienced Youtubers - Please help me understand why Youtube has flagged my videos

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Hi guys

I bought a Youtube WSO and followed the course through to the end. A few days later my 3 videos were flagged and my account closed down.

The videos were promoting an Amazon product and I used images from the product salespage. I also included snapshots of some of the reviews. The link below the videos were directed to my website for the full review of the product.
I have an Animoto Pro account and so am able to make videos for commercial purposes.

The op said that videos just get flagged but I need to understand what went wrong. This was my first venture into video marketing so any insight into what could have happened would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Tonia
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  • Profile picture of the author prem khaira
    Banned
    i am guessing you may have used copyrighted images...was there any music in the background? When your account is closed down by youtube, they usually give you a reason, not brief but in general...recall anything at all?
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalwarrior
    You used images from Amazon sales page, and that's the obvious reason behind your account ban.

    You should be aware that Amazon has strict copyright laws. They stated it clearly on Conditions of Use page.

    All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Amazon or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of Amazon and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All software used on this site is the property of Amazon or its software suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws.

    Source: Conditions of Use
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      It is highly unlikely your account got flagged for using Amazon images. Especially after being up for such a short time.

      it is far more likely your videos were deemed to be of poor community value after one of your competitors flagged your videos. I would not invest too much more of your time with that account, since one warning generally means more are on the way.

      If you think you will be making a lot of money putting up low quality videos with manufactured review material, it ain't gonna happen. Not only will viewers see right through your motives, they will instantly develop a distrust for everything you say.

      Here is a recent post that may help you understand (probably better than that WSO you bought) about how to provide real value with your videos, while also building a trusting relationship with your viewers that can lead to steady sales.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6455131
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

        It is far more likely your videos were deemed to be of poor community value after one of your competitors flagged your videos. I would not invest too much more of your time with that account, since one warning generally means more are on the way.

        If you think you will be making a lot of money putting up low quality videos with manufactured review material, it ain't gonna happen. Not only will viewers see right through your motives, they will instantly develop a distrust for everything you say.
        ^^ This.

        The images had nothing to do with it. The quality of your videos did. It's no secret Youtube are no longer a fan of those animoto style videos. They may be quicker to create but as you will see, when they all get deleted it was a complete waste of your time.

        Your time would be much better spent creating quality videos that offer some actual substance to the end users. Those lame review videos just aren't going to cut it anymore.
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  • Hi Monica, around two months ago I've posted around 30 videos in two month on Youtube.
    Well, when I've finished to upload them, my account was banned.
    They were the videos sold here on Warrior Forum by a famous seller.

    It's strange how Youtube, and many more websites, are so prejudiced against people who tries to load up video reviews of products, but it happens.
    Next time use Vimeo or any secondary video network. You will get less traffic, but in 2 months I got no problems and around the same visits and sales as for Youtube.

    Thanks and see you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    Youtube is going to want to protect their 'community value'. While it may be annoying to you, realizing that storing these videos and having people watch them costs youtube money.

    They want a community of people who upload cool videos and they don't particularly want you profiting from their free service unless they gain from the exchange.

    Hope this helps.

    -Simon
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    • Profile picture of the author curly sue
      When you are doing youtube marketing or any social media campaigns use multiple accounts. Also amazon does not allow social media ads on twitter, youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    I would get a refund on that WSO.
    I've noticed many of these YouTube WSO's of late.
    One even suggested opening up 100's of accounts using proxies.

    There's no real science behind YouTube.
    Create quality videos giving value and optimise the title, description and tags with your keywords.

    Add your URL and you are good to go.

    That's it - don't over think it and certainly don't do anything remotely black hat.
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  • Profile picture of the author hobsdv
    It could be and ive noticed this as well, your competitors flagging your videos.

    Its happened to me on a few occasions, i put a video up, outrank my competition and next thing my video is gone....

    As a test i put another video up promoting the same thing but didnt try and outrank my competition and that video is still there 4months later.
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    • Profile picture of the author matt78
      Originally Posted by hobsdv View Post

      It could be and ive noticed this as well, your competitors flagging your videos.

      Its happened to me on a few occasions, i put a video up, outrank my competition and next thing my video is gone....

      As a test i put another video up promoting the same thing but didnt try and outrank my competition and that video is still there 4months later.
      I would say that your videos been flagged by your competitors too. My experience was the same as hobsdv.
      My vids outrank my competition and got more views than them.

      They got flagged constantly..so I just gave up and move to other better promoting methods.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
    The simple fact is you not ment to be selling anything on YT
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    YouTube lately has been going after the Animoto style videos. They want videos with some meat to them. So in the future let me suggest that you use a screen recorder and setup a 1-2 minute video reviewing the product. You can even use Powerpoint but just be sure that you give some information in the video, preferably with voice over.

    That is good that your link sends them to your website and NOT directly to your amazon affiliate page. YouTube has been aggressively going after account that post videos with cloaked/direct Amazon links.
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    • Profile picture of the author ToniaLysan
      Thanks to everyone for your great imput!

      I have no interest in producing anything other than value so I obviously chose the wrong course to start video marketing.

      I don't believe it has anything to do with the Amazon images though as there are a few videos, promoting the same product, with the exact same images. One of them even has a cloaked link sending people directly to Amazon!

      Anywho, you live 'n' learn hey?

      Thanks again for the great response....I love this forum
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      Originally Posted by jimkirk1943 View Post

      The simple fact is you not ment to be selling anything on YT
      This is so wrong. Youtube is ALL about selling. They make money from selling advertisements to anything from toilet paper to AMC's Breaking Bad.

      How you go about "selling" something on Youtube is what you need to be concerned with.

      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

      YouTube lately has been going after the Animoto style videos.
      It has nothing to do with Animoto. There are a lot of Animoto videos on Youtube. Animoto themselves have a channel on Youtube, and Youtube recently partnered with them to add some creative flexibility for Youtubers.

      Again, it all comes down to how you are using such tools and the content value of your videos.

      Originally Posted by Simon Ashari View Post

      They want a community of people who upload cool videos and they don't particularly want you profiting from their free service unless they gain from the exchange.
      Youtube doesn't care if your video is cool. Youtube doesn't care if you're making money from your video. They do care about creating a social video web2.0 property that is not run over with crap (spammy) marketers trying to divert viewers into shoddy sales funnels.

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      @OP. Monica I hope this does not STOP you from making videos, but instead makes you examine the value relationship that you must appreciate when it comes to Youtube. Keep in mind, that with Youtube/Google being more and more strict with such content, it actually creates significantly more opportunities for those marketers that can look to this venue with a view to producing real value and long term content.
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      • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
        Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

        This is so wrong. Youtube is ALL about selling. They make money from selling advertisements to anything from toilet paper to AMC's Breaking Bad.

        How you go about "selling" something on Youtube is what you need to be concerned with.



        It has nothing to do with Animoto. There are a lot of Animoto videos on Youtube. Animoto themselves have a channel on Youtube, and Youtube recently partnered with them to add some creative flexibility for Youtubers.

        Again, it all comes down to how you are using such tools and the content value of your videos.



        Youtube doesn't care if your video is cool. Youtube doesn't care if you're making money from your video. They do care about creating a social video web2.0 property that is not run over with crap (spammy) marketers trying to divert viewers into shoddy sales funnels.

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        Without getting into your play on words am i wrong or right that youtube doesn`t allow videos with commercial intent ?
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        • Profile picture of the author Marty S
          Originally Posted by jimkirk1943 View Post

          Without getting into your play on words am i wrong or right that youtube doesn`t allow videos with commercial intent ?
          I have hundreds of videos with a CTA, so yes, I would classify that as commercial intent.
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          • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
            Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

            I have hundreds of videos with a CTA, so yes, I would classify that as commercial intent.
            Just remind me what CTA is i`m confused CPA ? Anyway i`m not getting into this i know theres loads of you YT markets doing great out there but this lady who posted this thread is having problems and doesnt realise to sell stuff on YT like you guys with multi accounts you have to play tricky games shes just starting out with a WSO and is getting into trouble because to sell amazon stuff on YT you have to be tricky tricky links , loads of accounts ect lol
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            • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
              Youtube allows and encourages videos with commercial intent, as long as they provide "value" to the viewer and are not spammy crap. People have different perceptions of value, though.


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              • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
                Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

                Youtube allows and encourages videos with commercial intent, as long as they provide "value" to the viewer and are not spammy crap. People have different perceptions of value, though.

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                Again its all a bit of a grey area
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                • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
                  There is nothing "grey" about the fact that Youtube allows and welcomes videos with commercial intent.

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                  • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
                    Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

                    There is nothing "grey" about the fact that Youtube allows and welcomes videos with commercial intent.

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                    Ok not going to argue youtube loves it when internet marketers start making videos selling amazon products
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