Why YouTube Trolls Should Never Make You Miserable
If you have any kind of traffic coming to your channel, no doubt you’ve encountered YouTube trolls a time or two. Don’t worry, it’s like a right of passage for channel owners.
But before I get deep into this, I think it’s important for me to clarify my definition of a troll because that word means different things to different people.
We have gotten so sensitive as a society, and some people define trolling as anyone who leaves a negative comment.
I disagree. There’s nothing wrong with negative comments that are constructive. They can be super helpful for growth, and I don’t classify that as trolling.
A troll is someone who posts something that is unnecessarily cruel to either get attention, sabotage or get you rattled.
I know for a fact that trolling is a big reason many people fear doing YouTube videos. So here are some things to keep in mind about these individuals…
1) Trolls Are Cowards
I guarantee that 95% of trolls would never have the guts to say those nasty things to your face. It’s easy to spew hate and evil when you’re anonymous and sitting behind a machine some thousands of miles away.
2) Trolls Are Often Sad People
Let’s face it. Some people didn’t get enough hugs as a child.
I joke, but habitual trolling is a sign of something deeper. They deal with life frustrations and sadness by making anonymous, harsh comments to people because it gives them this sense of power and temporarily relief.
And of course it’s not always that deep. Some people are just immature, but trust me. It’s really not about you. It’s about them. They gain satisfaction by making your life miserable, so don’t engage because it will show them that they’ve succeeded.
I know it’s tempting to stoop to their level, but when you do, they’ve won.
3) Trolling Means You’re Doing Something Right
The more popular your channel becomes, the more trolling you can expect. So if you are starting to see more trolls… congrats! It just means your channel is probably getting more views on your videos.
One thing’s for sure. YouTube is not for the sensitive ones and I always joke, If you want to develop thick skin, start a YouTube channel!
I used to be super sensitive and wanted to curl up into a ball when I would read some of the incredibly mean comments. Now I find myself actually feeling sorry for people who have to resort to those tactics.
You will learn quickly that it comes with the territory. The good news is, if you’re helping or entertaining people, trolling will make up a very small portion of your comments.
Google Plus Has Minimized Trolling
I didn’t really welcome the Google Plus comments on YouTube with open arms, but what I have always loved about them is they really cut down on the trolling.
The fact that Google forces people to create a profile seemed to really lower the population of Troll Nation. I’ve definitely noticed a decrease since the Google Plus comment change in late 2013.
Have you encountered trolls on your channel? How do you handle them?
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