Friday, October 12, 2018

Testing our Websites and Apps


Past few days, I was spending significant time fixing issues of our Websites and Apps. Especially I updated our Motivational Quotes App and Bible Quotes App, to make them work with the latest Android Devices. Once after updating them in Google Play Store, I came to know that some devices are crashing when receiving the message. So, I have updated them again after fixing the issue. The latest Android Devices are provided with Notification Channel feature. So, I needed to change the firebase library version in the code to fix the issue. I hope now everything is working fine. So, updated these two apps in the Amazon App store also, and I have started running Google Ads Campaigns to promote these Apps. Let me know if you find any issue when using these Apps.


And, I have updated this blog to include AdSense Ads. Previously I was NOT monetizing it actively. Recently I have decided to monetize all our websites and Apps fully. Let me tell the reason behind it. A few days back YouTube disabled monetization feature for my YouTube Channel by saying "Duplication" as the reason. I just got an email from YouTube with Title "Your channel is no longer eligible to monetize. Learn how to reapply". It seems I will be able to reapply for the monetization only after 30 days after deleting Duplicate Videos.
Personally, I believe I am not violating anyone's copyright. Actually, I don't know what I need to do before reapplying with YouTube.
So, I contacted YouTube Partner support by sending below message.

Monetization is disabled for my Channel by saying "Duplication" as the reason.
I am running the channel mostly to give Technology News. I use the press release materials provided by the universities and companies to create videos. Since same press release material is used by many people "Duplication" is unavoidable for the news reporting videos. I believe I am not violating anyone's copyright. And, I don't have any copyright strike or community strike.

So, I don't know which video needs to be deleted. I don't want to delete any random video just for the sake of reapplying for monetization. Because inventors/scientists used to feel happy when their invention is reported in my channel. I don't want to disappoint them by deleting their news video.

In this case, please let me know what I need to do before reapplying for monetization.

If you have disabled monetization by mistake, please enable it again.

For this message, I got the reply from the YouTube Partner Support Team. But their reply message was NOT having any specific information. It was just the standard mail which repeats the same message that I received initially. By the meantime, I got mail (both email & courier) from a law firm (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) representing Khan Academy for asking me to remove any Commercial links or ads attached with a SQL Tutorial video which was created with the help of YouTube Video Editor by combining multiple Videos of Khan Academy which they published with permission for reuse. I removed the links in the description immediately after receiving their mail, and I deleted the video itself as I couldn't access monetization options for disabling the ads. More than 1 million people learned SQL from that Video and it got more than 10K Likes and lots of positive comments and interesting/useful discussions. Now it is NOT available. And, I couldn't understand whether these two things (Khan Academy's mail and demonetization) are separate incidents or related things. Anyway, I learned two lessons from these two things. One is, it is not a good practice to put all our efforts into one particular project even if is backed by a company like Google/YouTube. The second lesson is, it is better to promote our own Content even if someone is giving better content with reusable rights. I had spent lots of time and energy to promote the SQL video, by answering SQL related Questions in lots of Forums and Social Media. I had decided to promote the Khan Academy Video than creating my own tutorial video as I thought it was better than mine and it was available with reuse rights.

In short, I can not earn money from my YouTube Channel until they enable monetization again. And therefore I have decided to earn money from my Books, Websites, and Apps.

I enabled Adsense Auto Ads in most of my Websites (e.g This blog, TheQuotes.net website including motivation subdomain and facebook covers, our Forum, online Quiz, RtoZ.org website, learnwebdevelopment.info). After reviewing the performance and effectiveness of these ads on these websites, I will implement them in our other websites also.

Apart from adding Ads, I have done a few other changes (E.g enabling https, making websites more mobile-friendly) also. So, I need to test our websites and Apps from various perspectives. Contact me if you are seeing any issue with our websites or Apps.




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