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No Monetization For You! YouTube Goes on an Infringement Claim Rampage

youtube monetizationI don’t post a lot of videos to YouTube but what I do post is almost always related to TV. I post videos of TV show swag, clips of actors at conventions and sometimes I post DVD or website reviews. I don’t use unauthorized clips, photos or music. I monetize my videos like any good marketer should and I’ve never had a problem.

Until now.

Last week I got this email:

We have not been able to confirm your commercial use rights to all the elements of your video.

We may consider your video(s) for further review provided you verify that you are authorized to commercially use all of the elements of your content. This includes all video, images, music, video game footage, and any other audio or visual elements. Learn more

Babies, Familes and Controversial Boxers: What Were 2013′s Most Searched Ads

Though many people go out of their way to avoid commercials, there are a handful that create the opposite reaction. These commercials are so funny, so offensive, or so touching that people actually use a search engine to find them online. What’s the secret to their success? Maybe you can figure it out after you peruse Bing’s Most Searched Advertising Campaigns and Brands 2013.

We start with the top advertising campaigns.

First place goes to Old Spice. This old-school shaving lotion has managed to reinvent itself with a wacky series of commercials that consistently go viral. This year they did it with a buff baby and a watermelon. Baby currently has 10,231,767 views. Here’s a look at the watermelon ad.

YouTube Responds to Comment Backlash By Improving the Bob Filter

youtube bobWhen YouTube switched the entire site over to the Google+ based comment system, I’m sure they thought they were doing what was best for everyone. Or, they didn’t care and they just wanted to increase traffic to Google+ for all sorts of financial reasons.

No, that can’t be it. A site that depends on the continued presence of content providers and users would never put financial gain in front of user satisfaction. . . would they?

Either way, they made the change and the Bob Army arrived – guns a blazing.

YouTube Adds Group Analytics and Warns Users Not to Try Gaming the System

groupsYouTube just rolled out a new analytic tool that allows you to aggregate data on a specific group of videos. For example, if you have both cooking videos and home decor videos on your YouTube channel, you can put them into separate analytic groups to get a clearer picture of how different types of content are performing.

To create a group, just go to your analytics page and click the Group button. From here you can choose to see an overview of the groups you’ve created or start a new one. Name it. Choose the videos that belong in that group and save. To view the stats on a group, use that same button and then select the group from the list.

YouTube Will Advertise Your Channel for FREE with New Fan Finder Program

You don’t often hear about a social network offering free advertising but YouTube is doing just that. They know that if your channel becomes more popular, YouTube will become more popular and that will result in bigger ad dollars from the big boys in the end.

Yes indeedy, this time YouTube is doing something for the little guy.


The Fan Finder program matches your content to viewers who have shown an interest in similar subject matter. Then, it shows them your channel ad – which they can skip – in the hope that they’ll click and subscribe.

The first thing you have to do is create a channel ad. Here are YouTube’s suggestions on that:

YouTube Comment Notifications Only Through Google+? What?!?

Yesterday, I reported that the new Google+ linked comment system went live on YouTube. I thought it was a harmless feature that most people would ignore. YouTube also said they were going to make changes to the moderation system that would make it easier for content producers to keep their pages free of spam and trolls. They added word filters and channel bans – nice.

Then I logged on and found this:

comments notificationWait. What?

So comments coming IN to my YouTube account won’t show up in my YouTube INBOX? This was never a perfect system, half the comments never hit the inbox in the first place but now “most” are going somewhere else. And why “most,” instead of all?

Google+ Commenting is Now Live on YouTube

YouTube said they were going to do it and it’s done – Google+ commenting is now live.

YouTube has been pushing people to tie their YouTube account to their Google+ account for many months and now they’re making it even harder to say no. This new feature allows you to direct your comments to your Google+ friends with a tag mention.

comment sample

It’s an easy process if you know the Google+ usernames of all of your friends. Just write your comment then type + and the first letter and you’ll get a drop down with options. You can also tag circles of people by clicking the “Public” drop down then choosing which of your circles you want to add.