If you recently received an email in the below format, don’t be worried!
Notice Note: We have now verified that we are no longer detecting PII being passed to Google from the account(s) under your control.
To our understanding this is a response notice usually sent to webmasters and publishers who has helped Google resolve an issue regarding “Personal Identifiable Information”. Usually Google gives publishers 30 days time to resolve such issues and when resolved, do sent this confirmation message.
So If you received such a message without prior communication, it could be an error. Below is a screenshot of what we received. Feel free to leave a note here if you have more information that would help other publishers with regards to this.
Latest Update: Google Apologizes for the emails sent in Error
Social Media, YouTube
One of my active YouTube channel that was launched 4 months back had been doing fairly good post its launch. The channel has gained more than 250,000 views and 1500 subscribers in this period of time. On an average the channel used to earn a modest 150 USD every month and that looked like a quality income considering the fact that the channel was quite new.
YouTube had been regularly sending me tips, suggestions and sensible recommendations to help improve and polish my channel to deliver better results. Last week one such regular emails from YouTube took me by surprise! The send me a message congratulating me for my efforts on building this specific channel and gifted me with a Bonus payment added to my regular monthly check. This one move honestly swept me off my feet because, with billions of videos and millions of channels, they had a system in place to give relevant attention to each content developer.
The bright side is definitely not the bonus money but the fact that YouTube found this one channel a quality one in comparison with thousands of other channels. I am very positive about YouTube marketing and its growth in the days to come. Check out the below screenshot of the particular email we are discussing about.
Author's Corner, Webmaster Central, YouTube
It is a possibility that your content could go stolen on YouTube. You might have spend several hours of your quality time to create unique content for your YouTube channel and it is certainly not fair when someone easily steals it and re-uploads on YouTube. Today we will share the process to report your stolen video on YouTube (by violating copyright ethics) and get the duplicate video removed from YouTube.com
YouTube has a very easy method of reporting your stolen video re-uploaded by another YouTube user. This could either be a complete video / part of your video / scenes from your video / music content etc. Which ever it is, if you are the owner and someone using it for their benefit, report it to YouTube and get the content removed.
How to Report Your Stolen Video / Content to YouTube team?
To report to YouTube, you shall use the YouTube Copyright Complaint Form. The form, as shown below has several fields that needs to be filled up by the “real owner”. Carefully enter all the requested information like the legitimate video URL, video name, your details, copied content URL etc.
After Submitting the form, YouTube will get back to you after resolving the conflicting content related complaint. If you are the owner of the content, YouTube will verify the original video location, date, details etc. and remove the copied one. In my experience, YouTube reverted back in less than 48 hours and the copied video was removed.
Sign up for a Content ID?
If you are an artist or content producer at a bigger scale and more chances are there that your content could be reproduced elsewhere, you could sign up for a Content ID. This will automate your copyright infringement finding as YouTube assigns a unique content ID for each video / audio. YouTube recommends Content ID to famous artists and creators only.
Webmaster Central, YouTube
You might not have expected your YouTube Video channel to become a success when you started it but down the lane you might consider to re-brand your YouTube channel name. But Sadly, YouTube will not allow you to change the “channel URL” more than once after setup. Also there are situations that your YouTube brand name / URL is already taken by the time you register your channel.
In order to brand your YouTube channel and have the “desired username” Google has officially introduced a new method in the year 2013. This method helps you to take a username of your choice to promote branding of YouTube channels.
How to Change your YouTube Channel Name in 2013?
Earlier, it was NOT possible to have a username of your choice (even now also not possible) but there is a method to change your brand name. All you have to do is create a Google+ page with your desired brand name and link your YouTube Channel with your Google Plus Page.
After linking your channel with a page, YouTube videos will show the username / uploader as the “brandname” in your channel. This will give your channel a complete branded image as shown in the below screenshot. My channel name is my Google username “joshuthomas” but after linking my channel with the Google+ Brand Page, it has started appearing as “AmazingIndia.Tv” as the uploader.
Hope this helps you to re-brand your channel and upload all videos in your brand’s name. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback regarding the changing your YouTube Channel name.
Branding a YouTube Channel has become easier with the new capability of connecting your YouTube channel with a Google+ Fan page / Brand page. This allows you to not only completely brand your YouTube channel, but also to change your YouTube “Channel Name” to what you want to. Below are the steps to connect / link your YouTube channel with a Google Plus page.
Step 1: Login to your YouTube Account (Channel account)
Step 2: Click on the “Settings tab” as shown in the below screenshot
Step 3: Further, Click on the “Advanced” link as shown in the below screenshot
Step 4: Click on the “Connect with a Google+ Page” link as shown in the below screenshot
Step 5: You will further be asked to select your Google+ Page to connect to. This will include all the Google+ Pages that you own and also give you an option to enter any other name of your choice, if you want to give it a custom name. I am going ahead to select the Google+ Page that has been created for this YouTube channel. Select your page of choice (to link with) and click on next.
Step 6: On Selecting the option “AmazingIndia.tv” Google+ Page, my channel name will get re-branded from” joshuthomas” to “AmazingIndia.tv”. Finally, YouTube gives you a confirmation message as seen below. Allowing you to change this linked page in the next 14 days, post which it would not be able to be changed (I guess).
Complete: Below is the screenshot of the “re-branded” channel video page. Observed the highlighted area (yellow) where the channel name has been changed to the name of the Google+ page. It has now become a unique brand name from the earlier username (joshuthomas). Even though the Youtube channel URL remains the same, it is hidden from the normal users and they get to see the channel as “AmazingIndia.tv”.
How to connect your YouTube Channel with a Google Plus Page 2013
This article has been updated as per the latest procedure from Google and Google Plus in the year 2013. Branding is one of the advantages of connecting your YouTube channel to your Google+ Page, there are several other advantages as well. If you have not yet created a brand page and connected your YouTube account with the Google+ page, do it ASAP. Not sure how long this feature would be active, but this is one Must do setup if you are serious about your YouTube channel.