I have 280 comments and 40k views on a video I uploaded last night.... well it's pretty much exactly 9 hours ago now which is cool and I have had alot of people here and with messages in my inbox asking me exactly how.
Although i can't sell myself short in time and cash, i will try to answer some questions i have had posed to me. A poster here has highlighted many of the private questions i get pmed so heres my take on them.
1. How are you getting so many views in such a short period of time? Can you explain the process in detail?
Not in detail but if people keep asking me to make one I MIGHT do a wso detailing everything I do, in detail.
- Are you utilizing Youtube's advertising platform?
- Where are you getting your videos? -Are you making your own, ripping them and/or buying/renting them from others?
If you rip videos, at least try to give a twist on them and remember the ultimate goal is to get them to complete and offer so keep that in mind by adding directions at the end of the video.
Get yourself an iflip and see what YOU can create?
- Are you promoting your video and/or channel page with any SEO techniques? If so, what are you doing, specifically?
Do social bookmarkingalso, like Digg, Reddit etc too - might get picked up and every little helps!
Don't expect to make a video, upload it and think you will get views, there are plenty of great videos on youtube with no views.
- Are you using any software/automation techniques for anything? If so, what are you using and for what purpose?
- Are you driving traffic to your video in any other way(s) (e.g. social networks/media, forums, yahoo answers, classifieds and/or other free traffic sources etc. etc.)? If so, what are they?
- Are you doing anything, in particular, with regard to keywords, title and/or video thumbnail?
As the ultimate goal is to get them to click through to your offer, don't decieve them either. If you have a video of a cat playing piano then instead of just saying " cat playing piano" say "Piano Playing Cat Related To Picasso"?
That's just a quick example but you get the idea, spend a bit of time on it - it will be worth it.
Same with the image - if you can use something obscure that stands out whilst remaining relevant then go for it.
- Are you doing anything tricky; like increasing your own view count, commenting on your own videos and/or purchasing traffic to boost your video etc.?
Not concrete but if your video turns off viewers to leave youtube, i don't think it will be a video youtube promotes in any way.
2. Have you been able to monetize your traffic? If so, how?
Depends on the video.
From the first video I made, i have learnt a hell of alot of techniques but also learnt to think about demographics befor ei upload a video. Even if you get 1m views, if your call to action is awful or 0 then what is 1m x 0?
Link in the video description is first thing i have in there. Annotations in the video telling them about the link. End the video with a screen directing them to the link and why they should do so, what's the benefit for THEM?
You can also use the back end of youtube to tell you where to put the annotations and where people are dropping off, if the are going to leave your video try to make sure it is via your link.
You can now get links at the bottom of videos, on your own video and - guess where else? Your competitors video. Yup - a link on your competitions website - back to yours. Something worth using.
Youtube is a massive beast and something you should get to grips with now rather than later and hopefully this should help you get started as well as allow you to see the potential this monster has if used correctly. I am sure you can appreciate i am not going to give everything i know away for free, but this isn't too bad for a forum post now is it?