said 6 months, 1 week ago:
Yep, Geoffrey, in writing I’m pretty incensed over this. In real life, it’s just another day, lol. Experience tells me this is not something to just gloss over. Here’s my thoughts on your thoughts on YouTube’s thoughts…
1. I’m not sure what you mean when you say “YouTube is getting rid of keyword abusers” as that’s not what they’re doing and there’s no such thing as a “keyword abuser” on YouTube as far as the keyword input box is concerned. This isn’t equivalent to keyword stuffing in a post on a blog. They’re not changing the number of words you can input as keywords. They’re just changing those type-written words into a graphic form — what they call “blue boxes.” So far, this does not affect ranking or give anyone an advantage over ranking “better.” It simply aggravates the process of “typing” and “editing” your keywords and slows it down to a snail’s pace. No one benefits from that. But obviously, they do in some way.
2. I’m not worried about “ranking.” Whatever they throw at me in that regard I will learn and champion. This, however, is more akin to them interjecting a QWERTY keyboard to slow us all down, but we have no risk of jamming keys against the batten here by typing too fast. Faster has always meant time saved and a penny earned… more money. Slower equals losing money. That’s the issue.
3. Apparently, this is rolling out over time on YouTube… It’s not a browser issue that Firefox or IE or Chrome could help me solve. It’s a change from a text-based system to a graphical “blue box” system that is NOT editable, only capable of being deleted. Somewhat like a text document vs. a non-editable PDF.Or imagine taking a screenshot of an article and saving it as a JPG file to use as a graphic, then trying to correct the spelling of a single word in that JPG. Again… just dangy. I uploaded a series of videos one day last week under the old system. The next day, all those “typed” keywords with the quotation marks changed into little graphic word buttons fully boxed in inside little blue boxes. Cute and deletable, but not editable or capable of being moved, reordered or copied. So the last half of my related uploads took twice as long to input as the first half. That’s a significant bad, bad thangy to me. (And, yes, please do try this yourself at home, lol. It’s a do-it-right-the-first-time kind of system or else you just have to delete, start over or walk away with less than perfect results).
4. If YouTube/Google succeeds in changing their interface to a graphical boxing-us-all-in system permanently, it most certainly will spread to other venues. Eeeecckkk!
5. Mass uploads are frowned upon and penalized by YouTube. Doing this the slow way by hand IS the safest, most professional, and standard way of uploading. Practice makes perfect, however, and I do this rapid-fire fast. Or DID this rapid-fire fast until the Blue Boxers slowed me down. I don’t do anything or use anything that risks my or my clients getting banned.
6. If this new retro-tech proceeds, then it will surely spread… like a virus… among online platforms. Their goal is profit, as is any competent company’s goal. However, this little QUERTY-like retro-tech is definitely aimed at slowing everyone down. Multiplied across platforms would be even worse.
7. This graphical interface is more like a kind of “security system,” the likes of which are usually found in more “defense” oriented industries or those with “high stakes” financial dealings such as lottery providers. But since YouTube already blocked your being able to directly view a video’s keywords, there’s no need to further “secure” those keywords. Unless they’re trying to “secure” your own keywords from YOU, which is what they’re now doing. You input your own keywords that no one else but you can see, yet they secure them from you so you can’t copy your own keywords. Bizarre.
8. The draw of YouTube has always been that it has leveled the playing field for everyone, making video affordable both to produce and distribute to mass audiences. Anything they do to make video MORE expensive and harder to produce, upload or display is regressive, unnecessary, and just plain old stanky, lol.
I first started professionally producing and editing audio and video with a razer blade… waaaaay back in the late 70′s… so I’ve watched a lot of up and down changes in this market. In the 80′s, $25,000+ could buy you about 5 minutes of Class A corporate video or get you a tiny little spot on Robin Leach’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Clients like Virgin Airlines never batted an eye at any price tag we placed on video work. Small businesses, however, couldn’t afford any video back then other than goofy little broadcast ads on local television. It was a luxury for the rich, famous or very well seeded corporate entity. Not a small businessman’s game.
And while we’ve come a loooooooong way in digitizing everything, speeding things up, and making video production accessible and doable for anyone and everyone with just a mobile phone, the direction ALL of this progress has taken is forward… with mass digital production causing HUGE drops in pricing for everything related to video capture, production, and distribution.
But where YouTube is heading with using a non-editable graphical interface is NOT progress. It is retro-tech. It’s negative mass market manipulation.
Oooooooh… just dangy! I hate being a Cassandra, lol… So I’ll just cross my little fingers, toes, and ankles and pray that YouTube thinks twice about their little retro-techy mistakey and free up and speed up our little keyboards again before it’s too late or till someone starts a Blue Boxer Rebellion.
Hmmmmm… I’m going off to seek inner peace now, lol. Aaaaaahhhhhhhmmmmmm…