Okay, maybe I am fundamentally misunderstanding something here. For everyone using shortened URLs on YouTube, when you look at the Envato analytics and click on “referrals” do you see YouTube listed there?
In the past, when I used the full AJ URL I saw YouTube on that list. Using smartURLs and now Bitly links I do not see YouTube in my referral list. My new Bitly link stats indicate clicks in the past 36 hours yet YouTube is still not listed in my Envato analytics. Do shortened links just get lumped into the “direct/not set” stats or should they actually show where the referral is coming from?
Thanks, I’ll look into Bitly. I just checked my smartURL stats and I was definitely getting clicks that were not counted in my Envato analytics.
Thanks everyone. Yeah, something’s not right here. It looks like since I switched it to a smartURL link I have received absolutely zero YouTube referrals from even my most-viewed videos. Seems really unlikely. I’ll change it back to just the regular full link and see if things change.
I thought I was clever by streamlining the appearance of my YouTube video descriptions and using smartURLs for my referral links (I made sure to include the ?ref=pinkzebra at the end of the forwarded link). However, I have some concerns now that those smartURL links are not registering as referrals. Is that possible?
Problems here too. It seems any track in my portfolio with a broken thumbnail will not play.
I wouldn’t change it. I agree that it is already distinctive and memorable.
MorningLightMusic was referring to the proliferation of top tier music libraries that are now tracking their composer’s material as standard on YouTube. Just by visiting the AdRev site, it’s possible to see a couple of these libraries that have now chosen to partner with AdRev, as acting administrators. The point being, even users of the most premium, licensable music available, are now required to show proof of licensing, when using the music on YouTube.
Thanks for clearing that up! Didn’t mean to confuse!
Got it. Thanks, guys!
YouTube are getting very strict with this now, so users are now having to show proof of authorization on third party material as standard (regardless of where they got their music from) if they want claims removed or wish to monetize their channel. Things have changed greatly in just the last year or so, and that’s just how YouTube is operating these days. No way around it.
So it’s not just the royalty free stuff getting tagged. It’s all third-party material.
Not sure if I’m misunderstanding something here. Am I to understand that now YouTube is moving to flag any and all videos using third-party music (which I assume means non-YouTube library music) to prove licensing rights, including those music tracks not even registered with Content-ID services like AdRev?
Sound wavy awesomeness! Way to go