Upwork took down my YouTube videos


I know there’s jackwads out there that’ll tell you their video got “banned” when it really didn’t. But, in this case… they legit did. I’ll show you:

Each one of these is a message Upwork sent me about a particular video.

Here’s one of the emails in case you don’t believe me:

I was baffled, at first. Violation of their trademark? Turns out they were talking about some YouTube videos I’d made. And, it wasn’t about their trademark. It was about the content of the videos.

It’s a tough spot.

Because, they threatened to issue takedown notices on YouTube — which you can fight. But, if there’s a dispute… it basically goes to court if the Plaintiff (Upwork in this case) wants to pursue it.

And, the made clear they would.

I’m not exactly trying to get into a legal battle with a massive company like that. So, I took them down. But, you might be wondering… what was in those videos that was so controversial Upwork wanted them taken down?

Good question.

It has to do with what I know about their algorithm.

They’re notorious for this.

You may have heard me talk about the “2 blog posts” I found that laid out exactly how their algorithm works. They deleted those. There was a forum comment by and employee, buried deep in their forum, that gave away a small detail…

That I once found.


Several years back, there was a page on their site that, again, talked about their algorithm — albeit in a lot less detail than the first two I found. Deleted. Put bluntly… they do NOT want you knowing how their algorithm works.

Because they know…

Once you figure it out, it’s easy to “game” the system.

Anyway, I’m telling you all this because it’s part of why I started creating my own platform outside of YouTube. A place where I can say and do whatever I want and I don’t have to worry about the censors…

Or the undue power given to big companies.

And, I just uploaded a new episode of my Audio Newsletter where I take you through the secret behind Upwork’s algorithm that they don’t want you to know. If you want to use Upwork to get clients, listen to it here:

Remember… you’ll need to create a free account to access the episode. If you don’t have an account, you’ll see a registration form at the bottom of above link. Just fill that out and you’ll get immediate access. And, again, it’s completely free.

Anyway, that’s it.



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