I really wanted to get this off my chest. ICO reviews are sponsored, period. Every YouTuber who does ICO reviews on his channels is paid to do so. But it’s not that these YouTubers are being dishonest if they don’t say it is sponsored, not at all. We can choose whatever ICO is out on the market to review and get paid for doing that. More than 9/10 ICOs listed on ICO bench already reached out to me. That’s how it goes, for me and for every other YouTuber. The difference is that I’m saying that it’s paid for and receive tons of negative feedback, unsubscriptions and comments only reacting to the fact it’s sponsored. On the other hand, the YouTubers doing sponsored videos and not saying it, they got good feedback and these videos are not harmful at all for their channel.

For me it’s even that bad that I feel nervous and scared every time I upload an ICO review because I say it’s sponsored and I know what will follow: a lot of people unsubscribing and a lot of negative comments. I didn’t do a sponsored review for a month because I had problems with this and 4 days ago I uploaded the first ICO review in over a month and the top comment was “you should do less sponsored videos”, only the first one in over a month.
How it backfires to me to be honest about sponsored ICO reviews is something that is very hard to take. It’s simply harmful for my channel and growth to continue to say it in my videos.

You need to know 1 thing: if you see an ICO review on YouTube, it’s sponsored. The fact that we as YouTubers get paid to do a review does not change a thing to our honesty about something. We got 100 or more ICOs contacting us (95% of the ICOs around) every single month. I do 2-3 reviews a month, which means these are ICOs that I really like and truely believe in. If it’s sponsored or not, doesn’t change a thing. The few ICOs that do not reach out to YouTubers for doing a sponsored videos, are most likely ICOs that are not even that good, because it’s simple: every ICO does this and lists of YouTubers go around from ICO to ICO. They know it’s their best source of advertisement so the massive majority automatically know that they should ask YouTubers to do a review.

I hope you guys understand this and I really wanted to make this clear. I will ALWAYS say my honest opinion about something.

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26 replies
  1. dobe4ever
    dobe4ever says:

    In my opinion is best you shake off all the haters, give em hell so they will unsubscribe faster. Constructive criticism is great but I would block any user that's disrespectful in the comments. These type of people will unsubscribe sooner or later no matter what you do. These type of people think you owe them something, they don't appreciate the time & effort you put in producing videos so they can watch for FREE. They're like little babies waiting for you to give them their bottle. Once they are all gone & blocked from commenting, you will see your audience will keep growing & it will be a much better quality audience. If you let low people into your life (including youtube), that's what you will get… If it was me, I would do everything in my control to get rid of them asap. Oh and don't expect to have everyone's approval, especially in YT, especially in crypto… that just doesn't exist.. be yourself 😉

  2. C Chong
    C Chong says:

    Don't be too hard on yourself! Just keep doing the ICOs you believe in with your honest opinion. If people can truly appreciate the good content you are putting out each time, sponsored or not does it matter? Otherwise would you want them to be your subscriber anyway?

  3. MrIveck
    MrIveck says:

    Do you really want those subs that don't like when you are honest?
    And also, I think it's mandatory on YouTube to announce in the vid itself that it is sponsored.

  4. Steven C.
    Steven C. says:

    Ik waardeer jouw kanaal echt man! Veel geleerd de afgelopen maanden, ik geloof oprecht dat jij nooit iets zou promoten waar je volgers (in ieder geval met opzet) slechter van zouden worden. Die eerlijkheid wordt gewaardeerd!

  5. Oliver Ritchie
    Oliver Ritchie says:

    People leave because they see someone being payed to promote companys… This makes your videos less community and more like the regular news, money control the content… Stay out of sponsored reviews, it ruins perfectly good content….

  6. K Smith
    K Smith says:

    I don't think you should mention it bro. If you believe in it then just let us know without mentioning the sponsorship. What I will say though is, any sponsored review you do then you should be personally buying into it. Keep up the good work.

  7. Brandon Clouston
    Brandon Clouston says:

    Don't worry about what other think so much. Honesty is a big reason why I watch all of your videos. Keep doing what you're doing.

    I would way rather know when something is sponsored. That's what sets you aside from the rest.

  8. Dušica Veselinović
    Dušica Veselinović says:

    It depends what kind of following you want. My opinion is that you should be honest and tell if it is sponsored or not. Don't look at the decrease in following as a punishment. This actualy makes you more unique and trustworthy to the people who think with their own head. In fact, you are the only crypto Youtuber I follow, purely because I think you're honest.


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