Tag spam WILL get you suspended!

Tag spam WILL get you suspended.

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ontent creators! You may be aware already, but a heads up: over the last few months, YouTube has been issuing community strikes on videos that contain tag spam—unnecessary and excessive tags in their descriptions. So we wanted to let you know how you can avoid violating YouTube’s policy while still driving traffic effectively to your videos.

You might assume that stuffing your video descriptions with extra keywords will help your YouTube search ranking—but the reality is quite the opposite. Too many extra keywords can not only hurt your videos’ search ranking but can also result in a strike against your account. There’s a reason one box is labeled “Description” and one is labeled “Tags“.

What does tag spam look like?

YouTube has shut down some channels who violate its tag spam policy—regardless of channel size. We’ve seen both small and large channels suspended for excessive tag spam.

“But I’ve seen other creators get away with stuffing their descriptions with tags!”

– everyone

Yep, lots of creators have rode the tag spam train for quite a while, but like anything that seems too good to be true, it’ll catch up to them eventually. YouTube’s spam detection may take a while to hit older videos, but it will. On top of this, many internet regulation groups exists who will flag videos that violate YouTube Community Guidelines.

How to protect yourself.

If you’ve engaged in overzealous tagging and your channel is still active, your best bet is to start removing those extra tags from your video descriptions right away. Old videos are just as prone to suspension as new videos. But if you clean up your tags now, you should be able to avoid any bad consequences.

If your YouTube account is suspended for tag spamming, you’re free to contact Fullscreen support, but please keep in mind that these tag spam rules come from YouTube, not Fullscreen, and YouTube is unlikely to restore your account.

How do use descriptions and tags effectively.

For more info on how you should use metadata to drive traffic to your videos, check out our posts on descriptions and tags from a few months back.

Good luck with your videos!