Hey everyone. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments regarding being able to comment on my YouTube Channel, during LIVE broadcasts. I promised you a post on how to go about setting your YouTube account up so that you’re able to make comments, so here it is! The girls and I did some research and came up with a few different reasons why you might be having an issue. Here are the top possible reasons that we found…
This seems to be the most common reason viewers aren’t able to make comments on YouTube videos. To be able to comment on YouTube videos, you need to have your own YouTube Channel. Who knew?!? It doesn’t matter if you plan to use your channel to post your own content or not, but establishing a channel is required to be able to comment on videos posted by other creators. This is not the same as an initial YouTube account. You will not be able to comment if you only have a YouTube account, and not a YouTube channel of your own. YouTube is a Google owned company so you’ll be able to create your channel using your already established Google account, such as your Gmail or YouTube (these are just two of many Google account options). If you do not have an existing Google account, you can simply go to YouTube.com, click ‘sign in,’ and select ‘create a Google account.’ Then follow the prompts.
After you created your Google account, you will then be able to create your YouTube Channel. If you’re having trouble creating a Google account you can also hit the link below for more information.
If you already have your own channel and are still unable to comment, another reason could be…
YouTube has a, “Restricted Mode“ feature, which can be found in the settings drop-down menu. Its purpose is for parents to have more control over their child’s YouTube environment by restricting content and postings. Comments are disabled in “Restricted Mode.” In other words, if for some reason your account was set or changed to this mode, you will not be able to make comments until it is turned off. Below are instructions on how to do this on most desk-top or lap-top computers. If you are on a smart phone or tablet, it’s going to be a little bit different. Those instructions are posted below.
If you are still experiencing problems turning off “Restricted Mode“ on your computer, you can find additional help by clicking the link below!
In a perfect world the instructions for turning off, “Restricted Mode“ on your phone and tablet would be the same…buuuut since that would just be way too easy, of course they’re not. If you are trying to do this on an Android phone, you will need to follow the instructions posted to the link below.
Hopefully you’ve resolved your commenting issue between those two options. If not, we have a few other things to explore. The next possibility is…Expired Cookies a common problem with an easy fix. This would only apply if you already have both a YouTube account and YouTube channel established, and the cookies in your browser have expired. Sometimes all you need to do is log out of your YouTube account and log back in and that fixes the problem. You can also clear the cache data from your browser. Because there are many browsers it would be hard to post instructions on how to clear cache for all of them. Google has a very helpful article about it that covers the different methods. For instructions on how to clear your cache and cookies, please hit the link below.
If you’re watching on your cell phone, the fix could be as simple as changing the orientation at which you’re holding your phone. On many phones, if you are holding it horizontally the comment section will disappear. In that case, you are only able to see the comment section if you are holding it vertically.
YouTube takes spam and negative comments very seriously. If you have been blocked by YouTube for any comment, on any page, you are unable to comment on YouTube videos. There are a couple of ways you can become “blocked”. YouTube filters language and comments by using algorithms, which is one way you can be flagged and blocked. The other is the result of a large number of people reporting the user, comment, or content. Both YouTube and the content creator can choose to block someone. If this has happened to you in the past, chances are you are still blocked from using the commenting section on YouTube videos. C’mon now, behave!
Hopefully out of these possible scenarios, you found the solution to enabling comments on YouTube. If not, you can always visit YouTube’s ‘Help’ section. It has several great articles on how to get things going with your account. If it’s to the point where you’re totally stuck and you just can’t figure it out, you can even contact them directly!
Alright everyone, class is over for today! LOL! Now I want you all to go practice your new YouTube skills so that you can get everything straightened out in time to watch, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean“ today at 1PM CST! And now, since you’ll be able to comment, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know what your favorite project is from the show today. Remember to hit the like button as well, all for a chance to win a prize!
Speaking of prizes, I have a few winners I’d like to mention that we picked from the comments on the blog over the last couple weeks. Carol E., Jennifer H., Amy Z., and Deb M. – Check your email ladies! I don’t want to post last names or email addresses for everyone’s privacy, so if you think you’re one of these lucky winners please contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner! If you’re not a winner this week, please keep trying. You could be next! To watch, “Stitch with Lisa Bongean“ today at 1PM CST, simply hit the button below. See you there! ~ Lisa