Youtube Redirect Warning Message

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Has anyone notice that Youtube now gives a warning message when someone clicks on a link within a video's description?

It's a REDIRECT warning message.

Is this new ... or is it something I just never noticed before?

Just doing a bit of a sanity check.. LOL
#message #redirect #warning #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author kenzik
    Do you have an example video URL?

    How did someone embed a link into the video? Or do you mean a link to another video? I didn't think external links were permitted in videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    Here's a link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el_uP4G2ko4

    I'm referring to what happens when someone clicks on the link in the descriptive text under the video.

    Previously, if someone clicked a link it would take them right to the URL..

    Now, it gives an intermediary warning message..

    This isnt just on this video, seems to be on any I look at now. Even if it's just a link to a wbsite or a post
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Patrick Batty View Post

      Here's a link
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el_uP4G2ko4

      I'm referring to what happens when someone clicks on the link in the descriptive text under the video.

      Previously, if someone clicked a link it would take them right to the URL..

      Now, it gives an intermediary warning message..

      This isnt just on this video, seems to be on any I look at now. Even if it's just a link to a wbsite or a post
      I clicked the link in the description and was taken directly to the page without a warning. I think Youtube just likes me more than you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        I clicked the link in the description and was taken directly to the page without a warning. I think Youtube just likes me more than you.
        Or youtube just thinks I'm an idiot.. who doesn't know that when I click a link I "just might" want to go to it.
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        • Profile picture of the author alistair
          Originally Posted by Patrick Batty View Post

          Or just thinks I'm an idiot.. who doesn't know that when I click a link I "just might" want to go to it.
          I don't know whether you're an idiot or not but you are correct about the redirection warning. I've noticed it a couple of times over the past couple of days, click on the link and youtube opens a new tab with the warning, so must be a new feature they bringing in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vadimarket
    It re-directs me from your video just fine, I get no messages. But I know what you're talking about. Sometimes I get those messages when I'm trying to click on Facebook link. No idea idea why. Seems complete random to me
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  • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
    it's probably a new feature, and it's really to *make sure* the end user knows that they are leaving youtube and usually they have a warning/disclaimer to say they are not responsible or affiliated with the external site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    thanks guys.. weird.. I'm getting them on any link in any video.. not just mine.. and I've never seen them before.

    Anyway.. hope it's not a precurser to a mass implementation of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Could be a new "feature" in your anti-virus.

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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
      Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

      Could be a new "feature" in your anti-virus.

      Garrie
      No Garrie.. it's happening within youtube itself.

      Before it links out to an external page it gives a warning that says it is going to an external page and asks you to confirm that you want to do so.

      Seems like a big waste of time to me..I cant imagine anyone clicking on a link doesnt know they are going outside of youtube.. I mean.. how stupid do they think people are?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Bratcher
    I tried the link and got the same result. Only posting the screencap because no one else seems to be having the same issue.

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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    thanks Jeremy..
    yep.. thats it
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    I just clicked on that link and it went straight through for me.

    I have had this happen to me on twitter though with CPA offers.

    You can easily circumvent it by just running a redirect through your own domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Lee Jr
    I hope they don't start doing that. Facebook has a re-direct message when going to an external website from your personal page, and it's annoying
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  • Profile picture of the author New beginnings
    No Warning. Just took me to the site
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    It seems to be new. I've seen it come and go depending on the channel.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I'm on Youtube everyday and haven't noticed this. I gotta see for myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey J
      been getting the same thing on every link
      since yesterday
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      • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
        Originally Posted by jesa8406 View Post

        been getting the same thing on every link
        since yesterday
        ya.. looks like the shape of things to come..

        I'm sure 99% will just click right through it.. after all, they clicked on the link in the first place..
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  • Profile picture of the author Zavarzin
    Yeah, me too getting the same message here since 3 days now on, I think whether you get this message or not could depend on you IP or youtube settings, but I think they'll make this pesky message unavoidable on all IPs and to all countries very soon... they're are just starting...
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  • Profile picture of the author kaseyp
    I've been getting the same thing with all the links that I click on within Youtube description. I'm wondering if this is going to hurt conversions at all for Youtube videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Upstate411
    I saw this redirect message for the first time today when I clicked on a link also.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    Probably trying to reduce the number of people leaving their site through external links. Good for them, BAD for us. Just keeps proving over and over again that you should rely on sites YOU control.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    worked fine for me as well, no warning message ... as it was mentioned above, probably it's just to show to the user that is actually leaving the youtube territory
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  • Profile picture of the author zenmack
    I am getting the exact same thing on MY videos within my own channel. I had a few warnings on music issues before and I think one of my videos was flagged by a guy who did not like what I had to say so its in the unfavorable area or whatever they call a channel that gets their negative attention.

    Is yours like that also?

    This new feature may apply to channels that are not perfect.

    On my last video I get taken to this link:

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    Instead of:

    Player Supremes Store

    where it should go directly too.
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  • Profile picture of the author provitall
    Google looks at people like us, who are marketers depending on various form of search, as though we are parasites and aren't looking to do us any favors
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