YouTube Removes Video for Metadata



“This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on repetitive, misleading or inappropriate metadata.”  -YouTube

Some background, I’ve been on YouTube for 1.5 years and this is the first time I’ve received an email concerning a violation.  The channel has 15, 000 subscribers and 5.4 Million views.

The cited problem is with metadata or the meta tag. The meta tag is the place at the bottom of the video most content creators don’t fill out.  When I first created the channel I automated tagging since I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I filled it with generic text and language for my niche.  The video that violated this policy was one of my oldest videos… and one with a lot of views.

YouTube is looking at metadata to determine whether it is within community guidelines.  It seems they are rather strict about it.  Only one video was cited, however I went back to change the tags on all my videos.

To do this make a bulk change:

  • Click on your icon;
  • Go to Creator Studios;
  • Click Video Manager;
  • Click Videos;
  • Select the Videos you want to Edit (you can use the search function to help);
  • Go to Actions,
  • Select Tags;
  • Click on Set To;
  • Put the text you want to appear;
  • Click Submit;
  • Wait.


I wanted to write this post to warn other video creators automating tags could have unexpected consequences.  YouTube can issue a strike for each video with metadata issues.  If one video receives a strike… you can assumes more strikes are incoming if your videos share the same metadata.  Three strikes and YouTube terminates your channel.

Although I appealed, I’m doubtful YouTube will overturn it.  Remember to be careful when doing video advertising for your clients, there are many reasons a YouTube account can be terminated… in addition to copyright issues.