Fair Use For YouTube Videos (How To Avoid Fair Use Copyright On YouTube)

Have you ever got a copyright strike for using a video or audio clip in your own video?

In the video below, you’ll learn what fair use for YouTube videos means and how to avoid fair use copyright on YouTube.

What does fair use for YouTube videos mean?

According to YouTube, “fair use is legal doctrine that says you can reuse copyright protected material under certain circumstances without getting permission from the copyright owner. “

Here’s an example of a short video clip I got from somebody else’s video that I used on my own video and added commentary.

There’s no silver bullet that says you’re protected by fair use when you use copyrighted material that you don’t own.

Here are 5 tips for minimizing the risk of copyright liability when using fair use material.

  1. Make sure it’s transformative.
    This is where you’re adding new expression or meaning to the original works instead of just copying it. Commercial works are less likely to be fair use. You must use the work in such a way that it’s clear the purpose is commentary, news reporting or criticism. Try to add something new or beneficial to improve it rather than just copying it.
  2. Use only small portions of the original work rather than large portions.
    In my example, I only used a few seconds of somebody else’s video.
  3. Use material for factual works rather than purely using material from fictional works.
    If your source is factual or non-fiction, limit your copying to the facts and the data. Number four, use Creative Commons or freely licensed material. Creative Commons videos or music allows you to reuse or edit material for your own use. When an author assigns a Creative Commons license to their own material, it’s free to use for the public.

    All you have to do is to give attribution to the original author in the description below your video.

    If you want to learn more about how to find and use Creative Commons videos in your own videos, click here.

    Here are four fair use myths.

    1. What if I give credit to the original copyright owner, is that fair use?
    Just giving credit to the original copyright owner doesn’t make it transformative. As I mentioned previously, you got to transform the original content instead of just copying it outright.

    One way to avoid that is to secure all the unlicensed elements in your video before you upload it to YouTube.

    2. What if I post a disclaimer on my video, is that fair use?
    There are no magic words to avoid fair use copyright. Even if I say all rights go to the owner or I don’t own, it doesn’t automatically give you permission to use that copyright material.

    3. What if I use the material for entertainment or non-profit purposes?
    Courts will carefully evaluate whether your material is fair use. Just declaring your material is for entertainment purposes only will not pass the fair balance test. Even if your material is non-profit, which favors fair use, it’s not a defense in itself.

    4. What if I added my original work that I created to somebody else’s copyrighted material, is that fair use?
    Even if you add a small portion of your own original content to somebody else’s copyrighted content, it may not come under fair use if you don’t add some new meaning, message or expression to the content. Ultimately, the courts will consider the four factors of the fair use test including how much of the original content you’re using.

    I’ll place links to resources about fair use in links section below this video.

    5. What if you recorded some music that was playing in the background while you were out filming on location, would that be considered fair use?
    Unfortunately not, unless you got permission from the person playing the music. The bottom line for using fair use material in your own videos and avoid copyright is to transform the original content, use a small portion of it like just a few seconds or use Creative Commons videos or music because it’s freely licensed work.

    For example, you can freely use the music from YouTube’s audio library in your own videos without worrying about getting any copyright strike.

    If you’re not sure about using somebody else’s material in your own video and it constitutes fair use, contact a YouTube lawyer.

    If you want to learn more about how to find and use Creative Commons videos in your own videos without getting a copyright strike, watch my next video. You’ll also learn how to make money with Creative Commons videos.

    Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To GET MORE TRAFFIC On YouTube Videos

Are you unhappy with the amount of views you’re currently getting from your YouTube videos?

In the video below you’ll discover 7 ways to get more traffic from your existing YouTube videos.

  1. Identify the best performing videos on your channel.
    Go to YouTube Studio beta, click on Analytics. Click “view more” to see the comparison chart and which videos on your channel are getting the highest CTR or click-through rate.

    You can also look at the top videos on your channel that are getting the highest average view duration and the highest watch time. Once you’ve identified these statistics, just create more of those types of videos. You can simply use the different research tools such as the YouTube search bar, or TubeBuddy.

    Click here to get TubeBuddy
    Use Herman’s buddy at checkout, you can get 20% off
  2. Change the thumbnails.
    If you’re not getting a good click-through rate on your YouTube thumbnails, consider changing the design. If nobody’s clicking on your thumbnails, then nobody’s going to watch your video. As a result, you won’t get more views and subscribers.

    If you can improve the click-through rate of your thumbnails by improving its design, then more people will watch your videos.

    One of the best ways to test different thumbnails is to split test your thumbnails. You can do this if you upgrade to the Legend option of TubeBuddy.

    Click here to get TubeBuddy
    Use Herman’s buddy at checkout, you can get 20% off
  3. Add a transcript of your video content.
    This means people who cannot hear your video or have the sound turned off can read the captions beneath your video.
  4. Pin a comment to the top of your comments.
    If you put a question to the top of your comments that’s related to your video content, you’ll get more engagement to your video. When people go to comment, they’ll see your question at the top of the comments and want to answer that question with their own comment. This will encourage further engagement from existing videos.
  5. Link to a related playlist.
    Instead of saying goodbye at the end of your video, link to a playlist so you get people to watch more of your videos. If people binge watch your videos, then YouTube will reward you for it by giving you more watch time.

    If you get more watch time from people watching successive videos, then YouTube will rank your video in the search engines. It may also appear in suggestive videos, which are the videos on the right side of the watch page.

    You might also want to do this in your cards. Instead of linking to a single video, link to a playlist so people watch video after video in succession. This will extend the viewing session of your visitor.
  6. Embed the video on your blog.
    One of the highest traffic sources on my channel is external. When I look more deeply into external traffic sources, I find that comes from Google search. This is because I embed the videos on my blog together with a transcript.

    Keep in mind that your video is not going to show up in Google search right away. Sometimes it takes weeks, months or even years. However, it’s a great long-term strategy because often you get more traffic from Google than you do from YouTube. Sometimes the video only appears in Google search, but it doesn’t appear on YouTube search or YouTube suggested videos.
  7. Create a similar video.
    If you see that existing video is getting a lot of traffic, create a similar one with a different title and different video content. One way to do this is approach the topic from a different angle. You can then link from your existing video to your new video, using cards and in screens. This will extend the watch time of your existing video and improve your rankings and traffic.

    What if you just want to grow your channel fast?
    No worries, just watch my next video on how to get 1000 subscribers fast in 2019.

    Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Use Creative Commons Videos On YouTube To Make Money

Did you know that you can use other people’s videos to make money on YouTube?

In the video below, you’ll learn 5 ways to use free Creative Commons license videos to make money on YouTube.

According to YouTube..”by making your original video with a Creative Commons license, you’re granting the entire YouTube community the right to use and edit that video.”

That’s great news for video creators like you and I because it means we can use Creative Commons videos in our own videos without getting a copyright strike. We just need to add our own commentary to make the video unique.

YouTube also says...”if you’ve marked your video with a CC by license, you retain your copyright and other users get to use your work subject to the terms of the license.”

If you want to learn more about how to find and use Creative Commons videos in your own videos, click here.

Here are 5 ways to make money on YouTube using Creative Commons videos.

  1. AdSense ads.
    These are ads that are displayed within the first five seconds of playing your video. Advertisers pay for these ads to be displayed on your channel, and you get a cut of the revenue.

    Just keep in mind that your channel needs to be enabled for monetization. In order to do that, you must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program and have 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months.

    To make money from displaying AdSense ads on your videos, you can find a free Creative Commons videos on a popular topic that gets a lot of views, you can then can add your own commentary to it to make it unique . This will prevent your video from being flagged by YouTube for duplicate content.
  2. Affiliate marketing.
    The great benefit of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to create the product or the marketing materials for the product. All you have to do is to sign up for the affiliate program and promote the product, and then you receive 50% or so in commissions. You can use Creative Commons videos to create a review video of the product.

    For example, if your video is about training puppies, you can find Creative Commons videos about training puppies. Just enter training puppies in the YouTube search bar, click filter, click Creative Commons, scroll down, then select and click on a how to train puppies video. Click show more in the description below the video, the license says “Creative Commons Attribution license reuse allowed,” That means I can use this one for my affiliate marketing video without getting any copyright claims.
  3. YouTube video ad campaign.
    Perhaps you want to test a video ad campaign, but you don’t want to waste time creating your own video. Instead, you can find a Creative Commons video to test your video ads campaign.

    Here’s a video ad I tested for a local plumber using a Creative Commons video. The only thing I did to it was add a call to action at the end of the video.
  4. Generate leads.
    Generating leads from your YouTube videos to build an email list is a great way to follow up on your customers. You grab a Creative Commons video on a specific topic, then add your own introduction and call to action at the end. Your call to action could be to download a free cheat sheet or ebook in exchange for the contact information.
  5. Sell your own products.
    Perhaps you have your own product that you wish to promote on YouTube. You can find a Creative Commons video or videos that illustrate your product.

    For example, if you are promoting a dating service, you can find Creative Commons videos on dating. Just enter “Dating, Creative Commons” in YouTube search bar and click search. All the videos that are displayed are Creative Commons.

    If you want to check the license, just click on the video, click show more in the description. On the license it says, “Creative Commons Attribution license reuse allowed.” This means you can use this Creative Commons video in your own video.

Here are 3 important things to keep in mind when using Creative Commons videos in your own videos.

  1. Make sure it’s a Creative Commons video and that reuse is allowed. This will enable you to reuse or edit the video without getting a copyright strike.
  2. Make sure you give attribution to the original creator in the description of your video. Whenever you use a Creative Commons video as your own video, you must give attribution to the original creator.

    Here’s an example of an ideal attribution.

    Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Because:
    Title? “Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco”Author?
    tvol” – linked to his profile pageSource? “
    Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” – linked to original Flickr pageLicense?
    CC BY 2.0” – linked to license deed
  3. Make sure your video is unique. YouTube says, “Make sure your content adds value, is unique, and relevant.” You can do this by adding commentary instead of just uploading the whole video.

    Let me ask you a question. Do you want to grow your channel fast in 2019? If that’s a yes, watch my next video on how to grow your channel fast in 2019.

    Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

YouTube Video Ideas Generator (5 HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TOOLS for ENDLESS VIDEO IDEAS)

How do you come up with good video ideas for YouTube that get lots of views?

In the video below, I show you 5 highly effective tools that will enable you to generate ideas for your YouTube videos, so you’ll never have to stare at a blank screen again. Every one of these tools is a YouTube video ideas generator.

The biggest challenge for generating new video ideas is to come up with topics that your audience is interested in. If they’re not interested in your topic, they’re not going to watch your video.

One of the best ways to do this is to find out what your audience is searching for. You can achieve this for free in online tools that show you what people are typing into the search engines, what questions they’re asking, and getting the search volume for those terms in questions.

Here are 5 highly effective tools for generating new YouTube video ideas.
1. Keywords Everywhere.
This is a free Chrome extension that allows you to see the search volume, the cost per click, and the competition for 16 different websites. When you type in your keywords, you’ll automatically get the search volume per month for that keyword. This means that people are actively searching for that particular keyword in the search engines. If there’s no monthly searches for that particular keyword phrase, you’ll waste a lot of time creating videos that don’t rank in the search engines and don’t get any traffic. Therefore, you want to choose topics that guarantee views.

2. YouTube Search Bar.
All you have to do is to enter your main keyword in the YouTube search bar, and you’ll get a bunch of suggestions.

For example, if I enter “train puppies” in the YouTube search bar, I get a bunch of suggestions for train puppies, train puppies not the bite, train puppies to walk on a leash, et cetera. Keywords Everywhere gives me the search volume for these keyword phrases. If I enter “_ train puppies,” I get all the how-to terms for that particular keyword phrase.
I got how to train puppies,
– how to train puppies not to bite,
– how to train puppies in Hindi.
– How do you train puppies, 590 searches per month.

If I enter space, underscore at the end, I get longer keyword phrases such as train puppies not to bite, train puppies to walk on a leash, train puppies to sleep through the night, Bbig train puppies, train chihuahua puppies, et cetera.

I can also go through the alphabet such as, A, how to train puppies at home. B, how to train puppies basic commands. C, how to train puppies commands, how to train cavachon puppies, 30 searches per month. D, how to train dachshund puppies, 210 searches per month, and so on.

By doing this exercise, you’ll find a whole bunch of new video ideas.

I can do the same for Google. If I enter “train puppies” in the Google search bar, then I get a bunch of keyword phrases with the search volume beside them. How to train a puppy to sit, 2,400 searches per month. Puppy training guide, 1,900 searches per month, et cetera.

If I scroll down, I can find related keywords with the volume, cost per click, and the competition. You can also find what people search for with the volume, cost per click, and competition. If I scroll down to the bottom, you can find searches related to train puppies.

I can also see that YouTube videos appear as a carousel in Google search as shown here.

train puppies

If you find a keyword phrase that has a good search volume both in Google search and YouTube search, then you could rank for that phrase both in Google and YouTube. You’ll then be able to get double amount of traffic, than if you just appeared in one type of search.

3. AnswerThePublic.com
This is a free video ideas generator that gives you the most frequently asked questions in your niche. If I enter the keyword phrase, “train puppies” in the search bar, click Get Questions, we’ll get questions in a few seconds. I’ve got an image at the top here with 47 questions. If I hover over the questions, I can get the search volume. If I scroll down, I get 292 alphabeticals, and I can also get the search volume.

For instance here, I got trained puppies for sale set around 20 searches per month. $1.45 cost per click. Under I, potty train puppies in apartment, 2,400 searches per month, and 90¢ cost per click. Kennel train puppies, 2,400 searches per month, $1.23 per click.

Just by entering train puppies in the search bar, I’ve got 292 suggestions for future YouTube video ideas.

How can you quickly sort the search volume for these particular keyword phrases?
Scroll down to the bottom, click Add All Keywords, and go to Keywords Everywhere, refresh the page. Now I’ve got the keyword, the search volume, the cost per click, and competition for all these keyword phrases. If I click the drop down, show 500, and I click search volume, then you can see the search volume in descending order. Of course, these first ones don’t make any sense, but if I scroll down, I can see toilet train puppies has 9,900 searches per month, how to train puppies for toilet, 6,600 searches per month.

I can quickly come up with video ideas for YouTube videos with this video ideas generator, AnswerThePublic.

4. TubeBuddy.
http://www.tubebuddy.com/isitebuild
This is a free Chrome extension that gives you the keyword score for the topics that you choose. It will suggest topics that are easy to rank for based upon the keyword score. I highly recommend upgrading to the Star option, so you get access to many more keywords, and you’ll save a lot of time.

After you’ve installed the TubeBuddy Chrome extension, you see the TV icon at the top of the page. Click on the icon, click Launch Keyword Explorer Now. I’m going to enter the keyword phrase, “Hawaii vacations.” You can see automatically, it provides suggestions from the YouTube search bar. Click explore, you see that the way the keyword score specific to my channel is very poor. It’s based upon how many views my videos tend to get and my chance of ranking in these search results. The unweighted keyword score is how this keyword is searched very often, but it’s bad to target because it’s extremely competitive and hard to rank. Therefore, I should choose a longer keyword phrase.

I’m going to select “Hawaii vacations best time to go.” You can also see these score analysis down the bottom here. Search volume is excellent, competition is very poor, optimization strength is excellent, number of videos and search results, 6.32 million, number searches per month, 350,000. Let’s look at a longer keyword phrase, “Hawaii vacations best time to go.” Now I see that my weighted keyword score is very good, 71 out of 100. Search volume is fair, competition is excellent, optimization strength is excellent, number of videos and search results is 14 million. Searches per month, 80 per month, then the unweighted keyword score is also very good, 70 out of 100.

That would be a great video idea for future videos. It would be easy to rank and be able to get a lot of traffic. You can check for “Hawaii vacations” again and look at these other opportunities like “Hawaii vacations 2020.” Very good weighted score, and a good unweighted score.

With the TubeBuddy tool, I can quickly and easily find video content ideas for future videos. I know that these videos are going to get views and subscribers because they have a great search volume.

If you want to get access to even more keywords, I highly recommend upgrading to the star or legend options of TubeBuddy at http://www.tubebuddy.com/isitebuild. You can get 20% off if you use HERMANSBUDDY at checkout.

5. MorningFame.
https://morningfa.me/invite/isitebuild
This is a paid online tool that shows you which videos you should create more of based upon the best performing videos on your YouTube channel. You’ll also be able to get ideas from channels that are close to yours. Go to the keyword research section of MorningFame and click on the Topic tab. Scroll down, it says Create More of These. These are videos that have performed well on my channel. I would create more of these types of videos based on similar topics.

I can also get new video ideas from channels that are close to mine such as Galaga, creative fundamentals, Brian Johnson TV, Vanessa Lau, vidIQ, Creator Insider, Nick Nimmin, Video Creators, Video Influencers, Derral Eves, Roberto Blake. If I have a particular video topic in mind, we can enter it into the search bar here. If I put “video ideas 2019,” then immediately I’ll get a bunch of suggestions based upon YouTube search. If I click Choose 1st Result, then I get a lot of common keywords and uncommon keywords, so I can use these for future video ideas.

Click here..if you want to get access to MorningFame to generate new video ideas based upon your own channel to see if your own channel is trending upwards and to see how much each video contributed to the growth of your channel.

MorningFame added an algorithm tab that shows how YouTube algorithms are promoting your channel in Google search, YouTube search, and suggestive videos.

Let me ask you a question…
Where do you get most of your ideas for your future YouTube videos? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would too.

Now that you’ve generated a bunch of new video ideas, you’ve got to plan out your content.

How do you do that?

No worries. Just watch the next video on how I plan out my own content, so it’ll be easier to plan out your own. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next video.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How to Download Video from YouTube to Computer, Laptop, Mobile or USB drive

Have you ever been on a plane and wanted to watch a YouTube video but couldn’t because you didn’t have Internet access?

Perhaps you want to save a video to your computer because you’re low on data but couldn’t get online.

In the video below, I show you how to download a video to your computer, laptop, USB or mobile device, as well as how to download YouTube videos legally from other people’s channels.

Here are the steps to download a video from your own YouTube channel to your computer, laptop, or USB drive.

  • Log in to YouTube channel.
  • Click on the profile icon.
  • Click YouTube Studio (beta).
  • Click on Videos.
  • Select the video that you wish to download.
  • Click on the three dots labeled Options.
  • Click download (ie desktop)
  • Click Save
    You’ll now see the video that’ was downloaded to your desktop. Keep in mind, you can also download the video from YouTube to your laptop or USB drive.

Here are the steps to legally download a YouTube video from other people’s channels to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

  • Let’s first look at the legalese, so you don’t get in trouble from YouTube for downloading other people’s videos.

    In YouTube’s Terms of Service section 5B, under Your Use of Content, it says, “Content is provided to you as is. You may access content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the service for that content.”

    “You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or a respective license source of the content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the service and the content.”

YouTube Premium is a service offered by YouTube that allows you to download other people’s YouTube videos on your desktop, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

You can get a one-month free trial for only $11.99 per month. There’s also a lot of other benefits.

  • You can enjoy ad-free YouTube videos whenever you sign in on your mobile device, desktop, or enabled TV.
  • You can save videos to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device whenever you’re low on data or can’t get online.
  • Background play allows your video to play uninterrupted in the background even when you open another app.
  • YouTube Music Premium allows you to explore the world of music ad-free offline, and with the screen locked, which is available on mobile and desktop devices.
  • YouTube Originals allows you to discover original series and watch movies from today’s hottest talent.

What else is included with YouTube Premium?

  • You have YouTube Kids, which allows ad-free and offline play in YouTube Kids app.
  • YouTube Gaming, which is ad-free offline and background play in YouTube Gaming app.
  • Google Play Music, which is included at no additional cost.

Now, you know how to download video from YouTube to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

Let me ask you a question….

Do you want to know how to use Creative Commons videos on YouTube without getting a copyright strike? If that’s a yes, watch my next video. You’ll learn how to use other people’s videos in your own video without getting a copyright claim.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Find And Use Creative Commons Videos On YouTube Without Copyright Claims

Did you know you can use other people’s videos to create your own video without getting a copyright strike or a copyright claim?

This is possible with Creative Commons videos.

Today, you’ll learn what Creative Commons videos are, how to find them and how to use them in your videos so you don’t get a copyright strike.

What are Creative Commons Videos?

According to YouTube…”Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work. YouTube allows users to mark their videos with a Creative Commons CC BY license. If you’ve marked your video with a CC BY license, you retain your copyright and other users get to reuse your work subject to the terms of the license. By marking your original video with a Creative Commons license, you are granting the entire YouTube community, the right to reuse and edit that video. “

Basically, you can edit and reuse a Creative Commons video in your own video.

How can you use a Creative Commons video without copyright strike?

If you use a CC BY license, you’re free to copy and redistribute the material and any medium or format. You can remix, transform and build upon material for any purpose even commercially. It says the licensor, (that means a person that has created the Creative Commons video), cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

The terms mean you must give attribution by giving appropriate credit, provide a link to the license and indicate if any changes were made.

Here’s a good example of the kind of attribution you want to add to the description of your video.

Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

You also want to make sure that the content in your video adds value, is unique and relevant. You don’t want to just upload the entire Creative Commons video, you want to add your own commentary and narrative to the video so it won’t be flagged by YouTube for duplicate content, or reuse content.

Click here if you want to learn more about reused content. You will see answers to frequently asked questions about reused or duplicate content.

Here’s how to find Creative Commons videos on YouTube.
Enter main topic in YouTube search bar. I’m going to enter big waves, click the search icon, filter, click Creative Commons. Now you’ll see listed all the Creative Commons videos for the term “big waves” I’m going to select the video, “biggest waves ever surfed in history”.

If I click show more, then I can see the license is Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed). Notice the video also used Creative Commons music.

Here’s an important thing to keep in mind…
Sometimes a personal download a copyrighted video, then change the video to a Creative Commons video to use it for commercial purposes.

Therefore, make sure you identify the original copyright holder of the Creative Commons video before you use that in your video, and give attribution to them in the description of the video.

Another way to find creative commons videos, images or music is to go to oldsearch.creativecommons.org and enter big waves”. Make sure you have the boxes checked…use for commercial purposes, modify, adapt, or build upon. I’m going to select YouTube and you’ll notice in the search bar, the topic appears as…big waves, Creative Commons.

If you want to quickly find Creative Commons videos for a particular topic, replace the topic “big waves” with your own topic, add a comma after it then add Creative Commons to the end.

If you want to search for Creative Commons images, use the search bar at: https://search.creativecommons.org/. Enter your topic then, click the search icon. For example if I enter “cats” I’ve got the image attribution right on the image DSCF3306 by Ralph, is licensed under CC BY 2.0. If you click on Click on “info” you’ll see the title, the creator, license, source, and dimensions.

Here are 3 ways to use Creative Commons videos in your own videos.

  1. Save time by using other people’s videos. Instead of wasting time recording and editing your own videos, why don’t you use other people’s videos to get across your message? Just make sure you give attribution to the original creator in the description of your video.
  2. Spice up your videos with B-roll footage. Need a quick video clip of a dog jumping for your dog training video? Just enter dog jumping, Creative Commons in the YouTube search bar to find a Creative Commons video of a dog jumping.
  3. Make money. You can simply grab some CC video footage to create a review video of an affiliate product. At the end of the video, tell viewers to click the affiliate link in the description below your video so you get a commission for selling the product.

Let me ask you a question, have you ever used Creative Commons video clips in your own videos? Post your answer in the comments below.

There’s one big thing you need to know when using Creative Commons videos. You must not use duplicate or reuse content. Watch my next video to learn how to avoid duplicate or reused content. You’ll also learn about the best practices so you don’t get a copyright strike.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

YouTube Duplicate Content (How It Affects You)

Did you know that YouTube is removing channels from the YouTube Partner Program if they produce duplicate content on their channels?

Watch the video below to discover what duplicate content is, how it affects you, and what to do if your channel has been removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplication.

What is duplicate content?
This is content that’s been generated automatically by different softwares. For example, there’s software that takes the same video and uploads it to multiple channels. A person might do this to manipulate the rankings and not help users.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): Do you have hard examples of these?

YouTube Employee (Harris): One category that comes up a lot is stuff that doesn’t seem to be original that’s maybe being pulled in from other places. It’s not always obvious what’s going on, it could be an auto-generated voice, or viewers that are just text and we’re not sure where that text came from. We’ve seen stuff that seems to be auto-generated, animation, or just a really basic kids game being played, or something like that without a lot of additional content or narrative around it.

Herman Drost:
1. Duplicate content is intended to manipulate the search engines and not help the users. Google takes actions on such content, and this includes text that makes no sense to the reader which may contain search words. Somebody has got some software that they want to get quick rankings, lots of views and lots of subscribers by uploading content that has the search keywords in it but the content makes no sense to the reader.

2. Content taken from third-party sources but the creator is offering no narrative. For example, if you offer narrative to a video you’re reacting to, that’s fine.

3. Content is uploaded by multiple users. For example, you might take the same content from somebody else’s video and upload that video as your own, which means you’re not the original uploader, and therefore your channel may be removed from the YouTube Partner Program.

4. Content uploaded in a way that’s trying to get around the copyright tools. For example, you might use copyright music in your video that’s not allowed by the original creator. As a result, you might get a copyright strike on your video. I recommend getting permission from the original creator or using copyright free music from YouTube. If you do this, you won’t get in trouble. Who does this affect? It affects those people that are already in the YouTube Partner Program, as well as those people that are applying for the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): What about reactions or offering commentary because that’s something that at least I personally have seen all over YouTube. How does that fit in with what you’re saying here about duplication?

YouTube Employee (Harris): Absolutely. That stuff is super important to YouTube and really great for the audience. If creators really are adding that value, they’re adding a narrative, there’s commentary there, there’s discussion around it that’s coming from them, then that’s okay.

Another category you hear about is duplication. This refers to content that’s coming from other sources where the creator really isn’t adding much to it. That could be videos from other platforms, or it could be TV content, it could be other stuff like that, or even we talked a little bit before about auto-generated stuff, we see some of that in this category.

How do you avoid duplicate content on your channel?

  1. Add commentary to the video, or show your presence in the video.
  2. Link back to your channel from your website.
  3. Provide more context in your video and in your channel descriptions.
  4. Make sure your content conforms to the YouTube Partner Program policies. Make sure it also conforms to the YouTube Community Guidelines and the AdSense policies if you’re monetizing your channel.

Let’s take a quick look at YouTube’s Community Guidelines…

Nudity or sexual content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, violent or graphic content, harassment and cyber bullying, spam, misleading metadata and scams, threats, copyright, privacy, impersonation and child safety. If you violated YouTube Partner Program policies, Community Guidelines or AdSense policies, you may be removed from the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): Could you cover why we might say no?

YouTube Employee Harris: Sure. Yes. There are two primary areas that the team is coming across. One is a little bit more intuitive, it’s just looking at whether the content on the channel is appropriate for ads. Obviously, advertisers have a lot of concerns about what their brand shows up next to. If the majority of a channel contains content that isn’t brand safe in that way, likely we won’t accept it. That’s the first one.

The second major area that people might know less about, so it’s important we talk about it, is where you get a response that refers to duplication. What’s going on there is we want to make sure that creators can get rewarded where they’re really putting their creative energy into their content, and that there’s really quality stuff for the audience.

What should you do if your channel has been removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplicate content?

YouTube Employee (Harris): You can reapply in 30 days and generally give you the reason that the application wasn’t accepted and think about changing your content strategy a little bit, so that it meets the requirements that the team is applying.

Once you identify the duplicate content, remove it from your video. You can reapply after 30 days. YouTube will review your application in your channel again.

Here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. Monetizing third-party content.
  2. You can monetize third-party content if you have commercial rights to that content, and you add value to that content in some way. This can include high-quality editing, adding commentary, or your own narrative.
  3. Demonetization. If your channel gets removed from the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll no longer be able to monetize your channel. This means you’ll no longer be able to generate revenue from AdSense ads being displayed on your videos.
  4. Superchat disabled. If your channel has been demonetized, you’ll no longer be able to receive superchat donations.

What if you want to generate revenue from your YouTube channel but don’t have monetization enabled because you don’t meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers?

Don’t worry, watch this video on 7 alternative ways to generate revenue from your YouTube channel.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

Duplicate Content YouTube FAQs (what you need to know about Reused Content)

Why did YouTube remove your channel from the YouTube Partner Program for
duplicate or reused content?

When can you reuse someone else’s content?

What can you do if your channel was removed for duplication? Watch the video below to
get the answers to these questions.

YouTube has been removing channels for duplicate or reused content. When you lose access to the YouTube Partner Program, you no longer can monetize your channel, go live, or associate a website with your YouTube channel.

Let me know in the comments below if you have ever had a video removed for duplication or reused content from the YouTube Partner Program.

So what is reused content?

It means that you have uploaded content from multiple sources. It also means that you have uploaded or re-purposed someone else’s content.

Some examples may include…

  • stitching clips of your favorite shows together
  • bundling short videos together from other people’s websites
  • collections of songs from different artists
  • third-party videos stitched together with no minimal changes
  • third-party content compiled together without adding your own narrative
  • content uploaded many times by multiple users.

Repetitious or auto-generated content
Another thing you can’t do is have repetitious or auto-generated content. This is content that is mass-produced to increase views without adding significant educational content.

Some examples include…

  • adding content to a channel with minimal changes from video to video
  • adding repetitive content that has no educational value narrative or commentary
  • content that has been mass-produced or generated programmatically
  • image slideshows or scrolling text that has no additional narrative, commentary, or educational value.

So, how can you prevent your channel from being removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplicate or reused content?

You can remove or update the content to comply with YouTube’s policies then reapply for the YouTube Partner Program within 30 days.

Also, you can follow these practices…

  • add commentary or include yourself in your videos
  • link back to your YouTube channel from your official website
  • provide more context about your work in your video and in your channel descriptions
  • create a featured video where you talk more about your channel and how you work
  • make sure the content on your channel aligns with YouTube’s content policies.

Another point is that if you have commercial rights to their content and are contributing value to their content.

If you want to learn more about duplicate or reused content, watch my next video. I include actual clips from Google employees discussing the subject.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Monetize Your YouTube Videos With Adsense Ads

Do you want to generate a passive income by displaying Adsense ads on your YouTube videos?

After you’ve monetized your videos, you’ll be able to generate revenue from them 24/7, year after year on autopilot.

That sounds amazing.

In the video below, I show you how to monetize your YouTube videos with Adsense ads in 2019, 2020 and beyond as long as YouTube doesn’t change its policies.

In the video above I show you an example of a skippable online video ad that appears before the main video. If someone clicks on the ad or views it for more then 30 seconds, you get paid. If they skip the ad, you don’t get paid.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements to enable monetization on a YouTube channel?

  1. You’ve got to join partner program by following its policies and getting 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months.
  2. You’ve got to live in a country or region where the YouTube Partner Program is available.
  3. You’ve got to link your Adsense account to your YouTube account. After you’ve met the requirements for the YouTube partner program of 4,000 hours and 1,000 subscribers, you can get your channel reviewed.

This typically takes about one month, but if you get rejected, you can reapply within 30 days of the application.

Here are the steps to monetize YouTube videos with Adsense ads….

1. Enable monetization for your YouTube channel.
To check if your channel has been enabled for monetization, go to Creator Studio, Channel Status and Features. If you look under monetization, you’ll see if your channel has been enabled or not. If you want to enable monetization for all future videos that you upload to your channel, go to your uploads default page. You can find this at YouTube.com/upload_defaults. Check the box that says “Monetize with Ads”. Check all the ad formats that you want displayed on your videos.

See the image below for the 5 types of YouTube advertising formats.

2. Monetize individual videos.
Go to YouTube Studio dashboard and click on videos. Select the video that you wish to monetize and turn on monetization. A green dollar icon shows that the video is monetized. If it’s faded, it means that monetization has been turned off. You can also select an individual video then click monetization and select the types of ads you want to see displayed on that video.

According to YouTube, you can maximize earning potential by turning on all the different ad formats. You can also change the position of your video ads if they’re over 10 minutes. If you choose during video, allow a couple of hours for the ads to be generated.

As you can see in my livestream (see image below) of over one hour, I’ve got monetization turned on. I’ve also turned on all the ads formats. On the ads breaks, I can choose where I want the video ads to appear. I can also do add ad breaks and bulk. If I click on ad placements, YouTube will suggest where to place ads based on the content of my videos. As you can see, YouTube has already selected the ad breaks where the video ads are displayed.

add videos to playlist

What if the ads are not showing on your videos?

First, check that you enabled monetization on your channel and you’ve met the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months. Your videos may have third-party claims. Your channel may have been disabled for monetization. If your video has been demonetized, you’ll see a yellow icon next to the video. Make sure you ask for a review, but keep in mind that YouTube only looks at videos that have 1,000 views in the past seven days.

Click here to learn more about demonetization of your YouTube videos.

How do you get paid?

YouTube will pay you 55% of the net revenue from your ads. You’ll get paid by YouTube once the balance of your AdSense revenue reaches $100.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind about monetizing your YouTube channel with Adsense ads.

  1. You’ve got to get a lot of views if you want to generate a substantial income from your Adsense ads. You’ll get approximately $1 for every 1,000 views to your videos. If you’re just starting out, you might want to wait a while to build up the audience on your YouTube channel.
  2. Build and engage audience first. As I mentioned before, you want to build up a loyal audience on your channel first that are continually watching your new videos. If you have a consistent audience, then go ahead and monetize your channel.
  3. Adsense earnings fluctuate throughout the year. Your Adsense revenue will fluctuate during a year based upon the best times that advertisers are willing to pay for ads. This is typically around Thanksgiving to Christmas time when people are actively purchasing stuff on the internet. Your advertising revenue generally decreases at the be beginning of the year because advertisers have spent all their money during the Christmas season.

Isn’t there another way to generate revenue
from your YouTube channel?

I’m glad you asked. Just watch my next video over here on 7 alternative ways to generate revenue from your YouTube channel. You’ll not only make money, but you’ll make it faster.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How I Made Money On YouTube (while on a 4 week vacation)

Imagine getting paid by YouTube while taking a full week vacation to New Zealand with my daughter.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

Watch the video below as I hike subtropical rainforests, kayak on oceans, bathe in the natural hot pools, sail to an offshore island and snorkel crystal clear waters as I generate a passive income from YouTube. It paid for my flight to and from New Zealand.

One of the slowest ways to make money from YouTube is through Adsense Ads. It’s like climbing a mountain. At first you won’t see so much result, but as you make more and more effort, you’ll reach the mountaintop and make a substantial income. The revenue generated from my Adsense Ads paid for half of my flight to New Zealand.

Promoting affiliate products is another way to generate revenue from YouTube. The beauty about promoting affiliate products is that someone else creates a product and all the marketing materials. All you have to do is to promote your affiliate link and you’ll generate up to 50 or 60 % commissions. It’s similar to paddling a kayak to get across a body of water. You rent the kayak and the paddle to get across to the other side. The effort that you invest to sell affiliate products is similar to the effort that you invest to paddle a kayak to the other side of body of water.

Another way I made money on YouTube while on vacation was selling my own products. This included courses and e-books based upon the needs of my target audience. It’s similar to sailing where you set the sales according to the wind direction of your customers to reach your final destination, your finished product.

Consulting with clients was another way that helped pay for my vacation from YouTube. I did several consultations before leaving for my trip to New Zealand. I compare this to snorkeling where you’re searching for the best fish or shells, your customers to interact with. Once you’ve found them, you can begin interacting with them.

When you’ve worked hard to grow a YouTube channel, it’s worth taking a break to make new plans, relieve stress and recharge your batteries. I compare this to soothing my muscles in natural hot springs after going on a long hike. After taking a break, you’re ready to make new plans.

Let me ask you a question…do you want to make money from YouTube even while you’re on vacation? If that’s a yes, watch my next video on 4 strategies on how to generate a passive income from YouTube.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com