Aesthetic Feet YouTube Channel Deleted

Update: Starting from scratch with a brand new channel. Please support by subscribing, and smashing that Like button for the YouTube algorithm. I need all the help I can get:

After almost a decade, 50,000 subscribers, and over 14 million views, I am sad to announce that yesterday, November 3, 2021, YouTube has officially permabanned my channel. I understand why they have done so, as I may have promoted too hard on my channel, essentially driving traffic off of YouTube. In the future, I'll make sure to upload quality content on my channel instead of spamming my website.

I literally spent all day yesterday going through my hard drives and memory cards, organizing and uploading all of my classic YouTube videos into the Members Area with tags. They are all now all archived and uploaded in the Members Area. Here they can be hosted and viewed forever without fear of them getting taken down by YouTube.

Here are a few reasons why moving from the YouTube platform is a good long term move for Aesthetic Feet:

  1. I was already "shadow banned" by YouTube for over a year. This means that YouTube stops my videos from showing up in search results on on related/suggested videos. This was my main way of reaching new viewers during my peak era of YouTube (many comments saying, "why am i watching this? why is this in my suggested videos? what is this channel even lol?"). Some older uploads would all of a sudden get a surge of new views and comments. For example it was over a year after Elise's 1st vid and Sophomore Soles 2nd shoot and all of a sudden, one random week they'd get over 50,000 new views and tons of comments. Somewhere in late 2019, I noticed my views count and new subscriber rate drastically drop. The algorithm stopped showing my videos. Even a specific search for some of my highest viewed video titles weren't showing up in YouTube search ("Nadine's Feet At College", "Freshman Waterpolo Player Feet", etc.) Despite having 50,000 organic subscribers, my newest uploads with better quality camera work, only reached about 10,000 views after a month. At my previous YouTube peak, I used to get 10,000 views within 24 hours.

  2. YouTube could give me a guideline strikes/content removal on their own discretion. The reason for the initial shadow ban and warning was because of all reasons, a PLAYLIST I created that was titled "18 year old feet" which I thought was allowed and appropriate for the platform. This probably raised a flag and got my channel manually reviewed. This is when I noticed the drastic shadow ban effect all through 2020-2021. A few weeks later YouTube even removed a video of mine for "Child Safety". This was a normal, clean interview video I'd usually post with nothing suggestive at all. And the woman in the video was 19-years-old as stated in the title and in the video. Practically all my other videos on the channel were exactly like this one and I never had a problem with those uploads. I even tried appealing the decision to no avail. This is when I learned and understood that my channel & content could be taken down at any time at their own discretion.

  3. Most of my site traffic isn't from YouTube anymore. Maybe one day when I get back to regular interviewing, I'd love to try YouTube again. After reviewing my Google Analytics, I found that a majority of my website traffic is from Google search, direct traffic, and Instagram. By November 2021, only a small percentage of my site traffic actually came from YouTube after being shadow banned for over a year. I just had to look that up and share because initially I was really bummed that my channel wa