Posted by Matthew Loop | 4 Comments
In 2006 when YouTube really burst onto the scene, online video was virgin territory for many. It was crazy how fast the momentum built, though. Even though I really didn’t know what I was doing, I began to put out videos about health, personal growth, and what I was using to make money from the internet.
As YouTube’s popularity began to sky-rocket, I started to get some serious video views. I would place videos in specific areas, piggy backing on trends, movies, and what was popular.
One of my videos, the now infamous “Are High Gas Prices a Scam” vid, had eclipsed 200,000 video views in just two months. It netted me around $5,500 in the initial month it was released, too!
I had another video that was law of attraction related, which garnered 88,000 views. I had several in the make money online niche that were getting me leads, traffic, and calls like nothing I’d ever seen before. They were ranking on the 1st pages of Google for highly competitive terms as well.
All I really remember is that an avalanche of leads were pouring-in daily and my assistant was getting several calls a day. Then, one day the calls stopped and so did the traffic. I was thinking something was a little odd but I didn’t check my YouTube channels for a couple days.
When I did, though, I got an alarming surprise. DELETED for supposedly violating terms of service! Talk about feeling a lightning-quick punch in the stomach. This happened right around the beginning of 2007.
Part of my history, work, SEO, and progress had been completely erased like I was never there. It must have been close to how the Native American Indians felt when Christopher Columbus got credit for “discovering” America.
On one of my YouTube channels, it’s safe to say that I was consistently making an extra $7,000-$9,000 per month just from affiliate marketing. This was due to the solid videos ranking for high traffic keywords.
The other channel that was deleted was a health channel… go figure. No affiliate marketing at all going on there. Maybe some controversy about natural healing and alternative cancer treatments, but that was about it.
Most recently, my DCincome Club channel was deleted. All indicators point to the fact that it was flagged for teaching others how to generate income from the internet. Interesting how that somehow fell against YouTube’s updated terms of service.
Even long-time respected blogger Darren Rowse (of the Problogger fame) had his account suspended and came to a similar conclusion. You can read about the controversial suspension at this link.
The reality is, that I’ll never fully know the answer. When YouTube and Google ban you, they rarely give a warning before the axe drops.
What I cannot fathom for the life of me is that YouTube appears to have centered this mass account termination campaign at only those in the make money niche.
Yes, there are scams BUT some are real legitimate channels that help others with marketing. YouTube does not manually review, then ban… their automated reaper bots carry just leave a path of carnage.
What about all of the hate, violence, and racist accounts on YouTube that hardly ever get banned? Many times, you’ll see those videos shoot-up to the home page and get honors. It makes no sense to glorify violence or hate and punish those that are helping others live more comfortable lives.
One would think that even if you have a history of spending over $77,000 on Adwords, they’d give you a warning. But, no way dude.
What did I learn besides never to trust Google (the owner of YouTube)?
Well, for starters, I learned that it’s NEVER good to pull all of your traffic generation efforts into one or two methods… EVER! If traffic stops, your leads and income stop! Hard lesson to learn but critically important to know.
Google rarely does a manual review of anything. It’s all smart bots and algorithms. Don’t fall into the trap where you think Google or YouTube is the only source of traffic. It’s really just a fraction of what is out there.
Google Adwords affiliates have gotten a taste of this in recent years with the endless Google slaps. When Google bans their account, the affiliates income is literally gone overnight.
I also learned that you absolutely must upload your videos to as many video networks as possible. If one channel is deleted and your blog has video content from it, you can quickly swap it out and reap SEO benefits from other sites.
Not to mention, multiple video listings can dramatically exponentially multiply exposure online. If you’re not concerned about SEO, then you can use Amazon S3 to host videos.
Lastly, I learned to never show all of your cards and leave just one traceable footprint on the web. That’s about as much as I’m willing to divulge on that topic at the moment 😉
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