YouTube Violation: Incentivize People to “Share” or “Like” Your Video

YouTube-A Free Video Sharing Site

This comes directly from YouTube’s terms of service. I’ll bet you didn’t know that.

You see it on Facebook all the time. People say “I want 500 “Likes” in order to get to the next level. If you click like, I will give you XYZ, or you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free DooDad that you certainly don’t need and won’t know what to do with.

YouTube sees that as a no-no.

Want to take your chance of violating YouTube’s terms of service and see what happens? I don’t recommend it, especially if that’s the only place you host your videos.

If you violate YouTube’s terms of service you’ll quickly find yourself without access to all your videos. They will shut you down. Not something you want to achieve or aspire to. Remember, YouTube is a free service and they can do what they wish with your videos.

While it is always to your benefit to get people to interact with your videos by sharing it or liking your video, YouTube’s goal is to try and eliminate one up-manship in order to make your video more popular.

Bottom line: Don’t create a contest to see how many people can click the share button on your video. Don’t give away an iPad to the person who clicks the LIKE button 600 times. Use YouTube as a way to educate your consumers engage your viewers with compelling, interesting content.



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Gerry is an absolute master at getting you to relax and speak to the camera in such a way that the clients – the potential clients – are going to be receptive to the message that you’re giving them. I decided to use video to market my law firm because YouTube is the second largest video search website on the internet, next to Google. And at some point in time, is probably going to overtake Google. So, I think it’s absolutely critical to have content out there to appeal to potential clients in your practice area. I would go to Gerry Oginski and really learn what a master in this area would do for you. Because it is absolutely clear that Gerry’s understanding of shooting video – in particular for personal injury trial lawyers- is so far beyond anybody else in this area that you would doing yourself a real disservice if you spent your money any other way

D. J. Banovitz
D. J. Banovitz, Attorney at Law