Pissed Off - Affiliate Scum

Webzcas

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Excuse my language, but I have been working for nearly a year now on building up from scratch my own dedicated YouTube Channel for my main and oldest site. With the walkthru video of the ICE now recently becoming my second most popular video, with over 1000 views in the space of two weeks.

I have also just recently broken through the 100 Subscribers mark for the channel ( Many Thanks to all who have subscribed ) which has enabled me to claim and use OnlineCasinoReviewer in the channel URL.

Yet two days after this is achieved I notice some scumbag has set up another channel, calling it the same as my own - Online Casino Reviewer.

The video this rogue channel uploaded was a 20 sec vid of a casino advert. With the most recent and second video being uploaded of playing TS 2 at Betway in Demo Mode. This video has garnered in excess of 2000 views in little over 48 hours and has affiliate links in the description. With the first achieving over 1000 in five days.

The channel has also now received 82 subscribers on the back of these two very poor videos. It is apparent this scum bag is buying views and subscribers for this channel. With the sole aim to rank highly in Youtube for my channel name.

However, my main concern is that some people may associate this with my own channel and website.

The channel in question is xhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMq7EjLY0mZsxFzrBgbLedA whilst my channel is listed in my signature.

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dunover

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Sadly not unusual. If you use generic terms or site name someone will always plagiarize it. Then you'll get the spammers in your comments section too. As in real life, parasites infest cyberworld. I would complain to YT.
 

Casinomeister

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You may want to think about branding your site with a name that is unique and no one is using. Look at thepogg as an example; it doesn't use generic casino terms in the URLs and he ranks well in the SERPs.

I have a number of unique domains you may want to take a gander at. :D
 

Webzcas

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Is Casinomeister free? :D

In all seriousness, yep I get exactly what you are saying and agree. The thing is, my site is now in it's 13th year and I really don't want to rebrand it just yet. But this could be an idea for a new project, with in time merging OCR with the new site as it were.
 

Nicola

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Feel for you Webzcas, I'm having some issues of my own at the moment.

To cut a long story short, I've rebranded, brought trademarks and used a new format to display videos and content.

YouTube is turning into a mess with everyone spamming casino affiliate links and stealing videos. Dead or Alive seems to be the biggest money maker with YT vids as everyone is passing off videos as their own.
 

kahntrutahn

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I feel your pain man. We made a few vids, they weren't even that good, and people stole them and put them up on their own channels. We learned a lesson that day... watermark EVERYTHING!
 

Webzcas

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It's the not the stealing of my vids. That hasn't happened and I do put my logo on all of them. It is the fact this YouTube Spammer is passing off as Online Casino Reviewer - The same name as my channel ( I have also the dedicated YouTube URL - Youtube.com/c/OnlineCasinoReviewer ) and my website.

In addition now three vids uploaded with over 5000 views combined, in a week. So the person is buying views and subs with the last two vids full of affy links, plus now ranking in Youtube for my channel name.

I guess it is a form of flattery though. :rolleyes:
 

kahntrutahn

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I should have specified I was responding to the poster above me who had vids hijacked. And just saying in general that YT marketing certainly has its pitfalls :(
 

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I too am having my videos nicked and reposted with affiliate links in the description.

I will continue to report these to Youtube who in fairness are pretty quick removing them once you have reported them.

But it is a pain in the backside.
 

Casinomeister

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Depending on who these guys are affiliated with, if they are breaking their affiliate T&Cs - report them to their affiliate managers.
 

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