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YouTube just removed my video!


Why, YouTube? Why??

YouTube has recently turned up the heat when it comes to it’s Community Guideline violations. Some of your videos may have been taken down for violations you weren’t aware of, or maybe they were taken down by mistake.

Either way, there are steps you can take to get your video back on YouTube and prevent this from happening to your other videos.



How you feel when your video is randomly taken down

YouTube makes all their Community Guidelines and policies easy to find on their website, but it can be a bit daunting (and dense) to read through everything.

That’s why we read through the guidelines and laid out the key points you need to know about the guidelines and what to do if your video gets removed.


“Don’t cross the line”

That’s YouTube’s philosophy when it comes to their guidelines. Seems simple enough, but that “line” can get a little blurry. YouTube outlines 7 areas where your video could be in violation of the Community Guidelines:

  1. Nudity or sexual content
  2. Harmful or dangerous content
  3. Violent or graphic content
  4. Copyright
  5. Hateful content
  6. Threats
  7. Spam, misleading metadata, and scams

If your video falls into any of the above categories it will automatically be removed from YouTube and you’ll receive an email that looks like this:




Chances are like most YouTube videos that have recently been removed your video violated category #7, Spam, misleading metadata, and scams (you can read about the other violations here).  Included in the above email is a link to a video that explains YouTube’s policy on misleading and deceptive information so you can learn where you went wrong.



Here are the key takeaways from the above video:

  • Metadata provides description and context to your video in the form of titles, descriptions, tags, and thumbnails.
  • When a user abuses the metadata to be intentionally misleading to a viewer or YouTube’s search algorithm, they are violating the guidelines.
  • It’s considered misleading if the title or thumbnail does not accurately reflect the content of the video. For example, if your video is a personal commentary on the 2014 Superbowl, your title shouldn’t be “2014 Superbowl”. Instead it should be “My commentary on the 2014 Superbowl”.
  • Video tags should NOT be included in the description, because it looks like you’re trying to trick the search algorithm.



I did nothing wrong, YouTube. Nothing!

How to get your video back

If you believe your video was removed by accident there are a few things you can do.

If you’re part of an MCN you should reach out to let them know your videos have been removed by mistake. Often they’ll work with you and YouTube to correct the problem.

You can also file an appeal asking YouTube to review their original decision to remove your video. You can find an appeal link under your channel settings or under the video that was removed from your channel (if you file an appeal with YouTube you’ll need to write a short explanation as to why you are appealing their decision).



Your last option is to re-upload your video and be careful that your title, thumbnail, description, and tags aren’t accidentally misleading. However, keep in mind your views and comments from your last video won’t transfer over.



Filing appeals to get my videos back is a blast!


Unfortunately it seems YouTube has been overzealous with enforcing their Community Guidelines and have removed a ton of videos without creators knowing why.

The best way to avoid this problems is to carefully read and understand YouTube’s Community Guidelines and make sure ever video on your channel doesn’t unintentionally violate their polices.

Hope this helps! If you have any tips on how to deal with removed videos, leave them in the comments below!


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