How to Tell if a Video is Spam
A spammed video is hard to notice, unless you know the signs. If the video is spammed, it is trying to pull your attention elsewhere to click on another add or video link. It is necessary to notice when a video is spammed to avoid their tricks and possible confusion. Take these tips into consideration when viewing a video online, whether it is on YouTube or another video sharing site. Navigate through the page and locate any relevant tips and pinpoint those. If you find one indicator on the page, there is probably another one. From now on, when viewing a video online, look for any of these signs of the video being irregular.
If the video contains a very high number of views and does not contain any comments, it is a spammed video. A high number of views with very few comments sends a skeptical signal. These traits of a video do not add up. If the comment section is turned off, the video is definitely spammed. Look for this factor first. Notice the number of views and the comment section. Think critically about the view/comment ratio. Typically, the chance of this error is rare, but it is still reoccurring. Keep your eyes peeled for this factor.
In regards to the comment section, read what has been posted about the video. If the only comments that are posted give the video a great review, it is an indicator that the video is spammed. The repetitiveness of the comments is trying to steer your attention elsewhere. They not only want you to view the video, but also want you to visit another site or view another video that is probably not relevant to your findings. The main purpose of the high praising comments is to try to get you to go towards another channel that seems popular and efficient. But, it is not. Be aware of these comments before deciding to view the video. If the comments appear to say the same thing, avoid the video.
The number of views is key in determining whether the video is spam or not. Analyze the number of views as well as where the views are coming from. If the views are generating from questionable sources, the video is spam. The majority of the views could be coming from a mobile device, which simply does not represent a reasonable amount of the views. If the other views are low in numbers and are represented by other devices, you will know that the video is not relevant. The numbers need to add up and be represented in a logical way in order to consider that the video is not spam.
Another form of spamming a video is called black hat spam. Black hat spamming correlates with opening up various YouTube accounts and posting videos on those accounts. This kind of spam changes everything in the video from the URL to the tags and keywords. Unfortunately, this kind of spam cannot be noticed on a video. Black hat spamming takes over a much bigger scale, creating more damage. Scan each page that you visit for spam characteristics. If you spot one aspect, it is a spammed video. Try to avoid these videos at all costs.
Written by: Olivia Oslin