I have had my YouTube account that was terminated, reinstated.
Just like that.
I got an email from YouTube that said:
After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational.
If you forgot your password, please visit this link to reset it:
[link removed by me for privacy reasons]
The YouTube Team
No other explanation.
I’ve had several other people, with very similar stories about getting terminated, contact me, pleading to know how I got my account back. Unfortunately I can’t answer that. I don’t know why it was terminated, nor do I know why it was reinstated other than what the email above says.
What I do know is that I persisted in contacting YouTube through every means of online contact I could find. I submitted those forms over and over again and I got robo-replies over and over again. Did my persistence finally get the attention of someone? I don’t know. All I do know is that my account, and all my videos, mysteriously appeared again.
I went through all my videos that had Amazon affiliate links in them and removed those links. Let me be clear, I’m not even certain, nor has YouTube made it explicitly clear that having Amazon affiliate links in your video description is even a violation of community guidelines.
I know people that are still getting their accounts terminated. If you believe what you read by the “experts” in the YouTube forums, they are saying that it is the affiliate links that is the violation. If that is true, then why did YouTube reinstate my account? I had Amazon affiliate links in some of my videos. In thehe email that YouTube sent me, it was plainly stated that my account was not in violation and had been unsuspended.
So nobody really knows and YouTube isn’t talking.
If you’re among the terminated, don’t give up hope. Keep trying. It took 4 weeks, almost to the day, for my account to be un-suspended. I’m thankful that I got my channel back. I wish YouTube could be more transparent.