Links in your Content

Links that send users to websites featuring content that violates our Community Guidelines are not allowed on YouTube.

If you see content that violates this policy, please report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you have found multiple videos, comments, or a user’s entire channel that you wish to report, please visit our reporting tool, where you will be able to submit a more detailed complaint.

What this means for you

If you're posting content

Don’t post links in your content on YouTube if they fit any of the descriptions noted below.

  • Links to pornography
  • Links to websites or apps that install malware
  • Links to websites or apps phishing for a user’s login credentials, financial information, etc.
  • Links to websites that seek to raise funds or recruit for terrorist organizations
  • Links to sites containing Child Sexual Abuse Imagery (CSAI)
  • Links to sites selling items noted in our regulated goods guidelines

This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature. Please note this is not a complete list.

Note: Affiliate content doesn't violate YouTube’s Terms of Use. However, massively posting affiliate content in dedicated accounts may violate our policies around spam. You can learn more about what's allowed in our Spam, deceptive practices & scams policies.

Examples

Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on YouTube.

  • A video featuring sexually themed content whose description says “click here to see what YouTube won’t allow!” and contains a link to a pornographic site.
  • A gameplay video whose description contains a link to a website promising free in-game currency or online store credit but really links to a site that infects the user’s computer with malware.
  • Posting a link to a phishing site that steals users’ banking logins and passwords.
  • Instructing viewers to copy and paste an unclickable link in the video that takes them to a pornographic or spammy site.
  • Any link leading users to a website, file hosting service, etc. that allows them to access or download child sexual abuse imagery.

Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.

What happens when content violates this policy

If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is the first time you’ve posted content that violates our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. Your channel will be terminated if you receive 3 strikes. You can learn more about our strikes system here.

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?