Biggest Mistakes I See in Videos on YouTube ....

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Hey everyone,

I have not posted in here in quite a while, but I wanted to share a couple things about marketing with videos because I see so many people missing the boat with this.

Seriously, I don't believe in overnight success and neither should you, but I have done REALLY well in relatively short amounts of time by launching entire businesses using nothing but YouTube.

In fact, in the last couple years, I have created TWO six-figure businesses in which I get more than 95 percent of my traffic from YouTube.

I have built several lists of more than 100,000 on Aweber, and my YouTube channels have gotten more than 30 million views and 99,000 subscribers.

And in my latest campaign, I created another email list of 28,000 in less than 10 months entirely from YouTube videos

I'm not trying to brag - I'm only giving you those numbers so that you take stock in the pointers I'm about to pass along.

I also have screen shots and even a video to document those numbers, by the way. Perhaps I'll post them if there's enough interest in this thread.

Okay, so let me start with two of the biggest mistakes I see on YouTube all the time . . .

1. People throw up a couple videos and then STOP. Big mistake!! Most of my videos are not home runs . . . but they don't have to be. I hit a bunch of singles, get a double here and there, and then, inevitably, I will hit a home run not because I'm a genius but because I believe in the law of averages. If you do the right keyword research, you can't HELP but hit a home run eventually. Some of my videos have gotten more than 200,000 views doing it this way. So don't stop putting up videos!

2. Speaking of keyword research, here is the second big mistake I see: LAZY keyword research!! I did some consulting work for one well-respected company that illustrates this point.

They had some videos that had gotten about 800 views, and just by expanding their keywords using Google's free keyword tool, I was able to get their videos 100,000 and as many as 200,000 views in a very short amount of time!

They were obviously stoked, but honestly it wasn't all that hard.

So here's my point with all this - if you are marketing on YouTube, make sure you don't stop putting up videos too soon. And use all the keyword brainstorming you can to maximize viewership.

I think you'll be shocked at the results. Because think about this - YouTube is not just a place to watch videos anymore. It's a full-on search engine that millions use every day in the same way people use Google.

Finally, here is my question for you guys. What have been your stumbling blocks with video marketing?

Or if you have not yet used YouTube, why not?

I'd like to offer my help. If you have some videos up and are not getting traffic, I'll be happy to review your videos and give you some tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
    Great post. I agree with what you say about keyword research. I had two videos when I first started using youtube, they were both essentially the same, same info in them at least, and while one got about 200 views a day the other got about 600. It was all because of the keywords in the title, description and tags.

    lol it was funny reading when you said about stopping after a few videos, because thats exactly what I did! I shot about 3 videos then left it for a good few months. I dont know why, but you were spot on!


    Ashley
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    • Profile picture of the author RexX
      Hi Tgilbert

      Thanks for your kind offer. I'd love to improve the traffic to my first YouTube videos below:








      Thanks,
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      PS Ratings for the videos greatly appreciated if anyone watches them
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
        Originally Posted by RexX View Post

        PS Ratings for the videos greatly appreciated if anyone watches them
        You can use Amazon Mechanical Turk to get lots of views, ratings, and comments if you like.
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        • Profile picture of the author 5Tool
          A quick question for you:

          How expensive does the video camera need to be to make the quality good enough?

          I'm on a limited budget with no camera currently.

          Thanks for your help.
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          • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
            Originally Posted by 5Tool View Post

            A quick question for you:

            How expensive does the video camera need to be to make the quality good enough?

            I'm on a limited budget with no camera currently.

            Thanks for your help.
            5Tool, I happen to know that you don't need ANY camera to make videos! You can just use any screen capture software. For instance, Camtasia or ScreenFlow.

            And even better than that, I know there's a really killer web-based application that lets you create videos for free without any camera. All you do is point and click some pictures, add music, and in a few minutes you have a video ready to post on YouTube.

            I will find out the name of the free tool and post it back in here.
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            • Profile picture of the author 5Tool
              BillyBee- Is that the built-in webcam one on the computer? I've heard of Camtasia for video software but I have a laptop so not sure how good the quality would be with the built-in webcam.

              I'm looking at doing a video with myself in it so clients can put a face to my business.
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            • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
              Originally Posted by BillyBee View Post

              5Tool, I happen to know that you don't need ANY camera to make videos! You can just use any screen capture software. For instance, Camtasia or ScreenFlow.

              And even better than that, I know there's a really killer web-based application that lets you create videos for free without any camera. All you do is point and click some pictures, add music, and in a few minutes you have a video ready to post on YouTube.

              I will find out the name of the free tool and post it back in here.
              The free tool that BillyBee is talking about is called Animoto.

              It's AWESOME. Seriously, you will hardly believe how cool this is. It lets you create videos with no camera, no tech knowledge, all just point and click.

              I liked it so much that I made a short video where I show you how to use it:


              (If the video does not display properly, let me know and I'll show you where to find Animoto.)
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              • Profile picture of the author joshril
                Animoto is pretty cool, but if you're using it for commercial purposes, you have to buy a commercial license which is almost $300 per year.

                Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

                The free tool that BillyBee is talking about is called Animoto.

                It's AWESOME. Seriously, you will hardly believe how cool this is. It lets you create videos with no camera, no tech knowledge, all just point and click.

                I liked it so much that I made a short video where I show you how to use it:

                YouTube - Internet Marketing

                (If the video does not display properly, let me know and I'll show you where to find Animoto.)
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                • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
                  Originally Posted by BillyBee View Post

                  5Tool, I happen to know that you don't need ANY camera to make videos! You can just use any screen capture software. For instance, Camtasia or ScreenFlow.

                  And even better than that, I know there's a really killer web-based application that lets you create videos for free without any camera. All you do is point and click some pictures, add music, and in a few minutes you have a video ready to post on YouTube.

                  I will find out the name of the free tool and post it back in here.
                  Originally Posted by 5Tool View Post

                  A quick question for you:

                  How expensive does the video camera need to be to make the quality good enough?

                  I'm on a limited budget with no camera currently.

                  Thanks for your help.
                  Originally Posted by joshril View Post

                  Animoto is pretty cool, but if you're using it for commercial purposes, you have to buy a commercial license which is almost $300 per year.
                  If I'm not mistaken, you don't have to pay $300 per year if you want to use the paid service of Animoto. I think they have an option where you can pay per video, like $3 per video, something like that.
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            • Profile picture of the author seanyd
              You can make a video with windows movie maker already installed in most computers, just get free pics of the web , get a headset with microphone and record your voice over the pics and you have a video.
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          • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
            Originally Posted by 5Tool View Post

            A quick question for you:

            How expensive does the video camera need to be to make the quality good enough?

            I'm on a limited budget with no camera currently.

            Thanks for your help.
            Hey 5Tool,

            Great question, and here's the good news about that --- You do NOT need a fancy, expensive camera!!

            To this day, I still use a $200 camera that Panasonic doesn't even make anymore. It's the old PVGS-300 camera, and you could probably find it on Ebay for something like $50.

            And you know how technology is: a $200 camera from five years ago can surely be had today for maybe one-fourth that price.

            In fact, that's another great tip -- if you're starting out, just get a good used camera on Ebay, but let me be clear: you do NOT need to spend very much money.

            You don't need high-def. What I recommend is a camera with the mini-DV tapes and make sure it has a firewire port. That's about it.

            An expensive camera is a waste of money if you're just starting out. You're WAY better spending the extra time and effort on KEYWORDS.
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        • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
          Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

          You can use Amazon Mechanical Turk to get lots of views, ratings, and comments if you like.
          Steven, not anyone can use it - me for example cause I am outside US.

          Any other option?
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    Please provide a link to your channel. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Video Marketing is one of my top priorities right now. so this is handy.

    Will check the video.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Jordan
    This is great information. Please post a link to your videos. I would like to take a look at what you are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author tleemc12
      Great information. I was guilty of biggest mistake #1. Now that I have reviewed your Video Profit Platform report and videos. I'm starting your plan of action by creating more videos under different keywords.

      You have shared some great tips and tricks and made the whole process of making video's and posting them on YouTube correctly very simple.

      I'm looking forward to seeing the results in the near future. Thanks for this system you are sharing. It is a terrific benefit to have the knowledge of this system. It gives a big competitive edge to those that implement it.

      Thanks again.

      Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    Any digital camera that produces AVI or MP4 videos will work. It should be at least 320 x 240 pixels, which is 1/4 of 640 x 480. Check on eBay, you can probably find one for under $10.

    I have a Canon A-650IS, but several Canon cameras will do the same. People don't consider that! Most Canon (and many other vendors as well) still cameras have a video mode in them. My first would make movies up to 1GB or 17 mins at 640x480. The 650IS makes movies up to 4gb or just over an hour at 640x480. At 320x240, it's 4x that.

    One tip: I highly recommend you get a camera with -IS or "Image Stabilization". That's what Canon calls it, anyway. Other vendors use different terms. It's mainly for use with regular photos to reduce blurry pics in low-light conditions. But it also makes a big difference when you're making hand-held videos, too, esp. if you're zoomed-in.

    The images in my Canon are saved on an SD Flash that you can take out and pop into an adapter to upload to your computer, then edit. You can also plug the camera directly into your computer via USB cable, but I prefer removable media as I can have spares and not have to worry about needing to stop and upload the contents before flushing it out to continue filming.

    You can also get any of the "Flip" brand of cameras. The main factors are going to be:

    * How long will it record for
    * Does it have removeable storage, eg., SD Flash cards, or must you plug it in (USB)
    * What's the audio quality like
    * What format is the video in.

    That last one is tricky -- Many create "AVI" files, but they're really a form of "streaming JPEG" files. Most video software won't open them or show them without a special CODEC, although you can get such CODECs free usually from the vendor or a 3rd-party.

    Newer cameras will be less hassle than the ones from a few years ago.

    HTH
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Dumb question but didn't find my answer: how to check other videos tags?

    Say i wanted to clone a top video tags.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Dumb question but didn't find my answer: how to check other videos tags?

      Say i wanted to clone a top video tags.

      Hey Fernando when you click on the video that you want to find out the tags about, just click the "more info" link which is on the right hand side next to the video.

      This will bring up the description, just go to the bottom of the description and it will show you what they tags are for that video.
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  • Thanks for the reminder. Just got some new editing software. Need to fire it up and learn how to use it.

    Your videos are great, by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author showbizvet
    Since one of the ways I make my living and market my products is via video, I have to chime in. Excellent advice all around. No one, no matter their skill level can hit a home run all the time, it's just not possible. But being consistent and posting videos over a period of time allows you to reach (in effect) a critical mass. Couple that with some links and article markeing, and you can assuredly have a winning combination.
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  • Profile picture of the author superaffiliate09
    Hi Tim
    Congrats on your Youtube success.You shared some great tips.
    Youtube is now no.2 search engine and it's no longer just an entertainment site.The marketing potential of Youtube is immense.

    Till a few months ago,I used to be plain frightened about video marketing and I think this applies to most of the marketers.Either they are ignorant about it's potential or unable to see any significant success.

    Creating video is not difficult at all.There are several sites which allow you to create short 30 seconds to 2 minute videos.I use
    animoto - the end of slideshows
    to create my videos.

    Just Creating and uploading videos is not going to suck in visitors and sales.There are several hidden tricks in this trade.
    1)Do your keyword research properly:This is a very important aspect of the whole video marketing.To find appropriate keywords related to your niche or subniche,first type it(your niche) in the Google search.You'll see some video results appearing.Click on those results and copy the URL of each video.

    Now paste the URL in the Youtube FREE keyword search tool which is located at:
    https://ads.youtube.com/keyword_tool

    It'll present you with several relevant keywords.Copy-paste them in a blank notepad.You'll be using them while tagging your video.

    **Click on the "Statistics and Data" link which will be situated in the left corner,just below the video.This will show you what the keywords are people typing to find that hot video.Give special priority to these keywords while tagging your video and also in the description part.

    2)Make the titles of your videos similar to those of the popular ones in your niche:
    This single technique will help you more than any keyword research or tagging.If you see a video titled "Fat Loss Secrets: How to lose 15 pounds in 30 days" getting a lot of views then title your video similar to that(Not exactly same).This will make your video appearing just after that video finishes and get you a lot of views.

    3)Give Video Responses to popular videos in your niche:
    This is another killer method.Create short 30 seconds-1 minute videos to post video responses to hot videos in your niche.These responses will help you in re-directing a lot of traffic to your video.This technique has always worked for me without fail.

    4) Use "Article Video Robot" if you are afraid of making videos:
    I would advise you to add this tool to your marketing arsenal as soon as possible.It converts your articles into live taking videos .I have been using it for about 2 months now and it has produced great results.It allows you to multiply your traffic without any extra effort on your part.

    They also submit your videos to more than 10 video sharing sites(including Youtube,Metacafe and Dailymotion).They have 14 days FREE trial so you can test the results without any risk.This software is located at:
    Turn any article to video with animation, music, graphics, and a full voice-over for just $1!

    5)Description,comments and ratings:
    This is also an important part.You would like to put a clear cut description and the benefits of your product in this part ending with a call to action.Don't forget to induce proper keywords.

    The same applies to comments part but you should refrain from spamming blatantly.You can even outsource the comment and ratings part at very cheap rates at Amazon's service "Mechanical Turk".

    Getting a lot of commenting and positive ratings will greatly help your video in capturing high search rankings.

    6)Tags:
    You already got a list of relevant keywords ,use as many tags as possible.I usually use 10-15 tags per video.

    7)Thumbnail:
    This is also an important factor.Thumbnail is a small picture from the middle of your video.It can attract hundreds even thousands of extra views if it is attractive and the reverse is also true.

    Use the above mentioned strategies and Youtube success is not far away.

    I used to be very averse of video marketing(I started using it only 2 months before) but now it generates a major part of my traffic.I have been able to add an extra $700-$1000 to my daily income thanks to the power of video marketing.Go ahead and harness the immense power of video marketing.

    Good luck.
    Vivek
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    • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
      Vivek, those are some great tips! Thanks for posting those.

      I totally agree that YouTube is not just an entertainment site anymore.

      YouTube is vastly underrated for online businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
    Let me give you a simple but killer technique I use that might help you see "the big picture" with all this . . .

    Before I give you the tip, here's an important takeaway you can apply not just to YouTube, but to ANY aspect of internet marketing.

    And that takeaway is this: You can read all the step by step "recipes" you want from others, but remember that big-time success is more likely a result from a true innovation that you discover on your own rather than simply applying a generally accepted cookie-cutter approach.

    In other words, go ahead and learn the basics . . . but look for that one ninja "inside move" that takes everything you've learned to the next level. THAT'S where six-figure businesses are born.

    Since I've been living and breathing YouTube for more than three years now, I've been able to discover a lot of these profitable moves on my own.

    Let me share one of those inside moves with you right here . . . (And don't let its simplicity fool you - sometimes the simplest tips are the most profound.)

    Okay, we can all agree that keyword research is crucial, right? Pick the right keywords, and you can get tons of traffic. Sure, everyone knows that.

    And everyone also is told to use all the usual keyword tools - the free ones, and the paid ones. And those tools are all great.

    But guess what?? About 80 percent of my traffic comes from a group of keywords that you WON'T find using those tools!

    It's true. I'll say it again: The keywords that give me my "home run" videos come from keywords I did NOT find in Google's keyword tool or any of the other commonly used tools.

    I call them my "Golden Keywords." And this just one of the several ways I get them:

    First thing I do is, I go to YouTube and put in a keyword strongly associated with my niche. Let's say I want to sell an abdominal fitness product. So I go to YouTube and type in "ab exercise." This is just one example.

    Then I look at the top 5 or 6 videos out of all the search results that appear.

    But here's the key - I don't look at the videos so much as the CHANNEL they came from.

    What I do is, I visit the channels of those top 5 or 6 videos. And then I look at the most-viewed videos in those channels. And that's where I get killer keyword ideas, from looking at the titles of THOSE videos.

    And then I build my videos around those keywords.

    What you're doing is, you're amassing the best keywords that have already been proven in the very medium you want to succeed in.

    I hope you get what I'm laying out here. It's pretty simple. But it's VERY powerful.

    Hope that made sense. Let me know what you think.

    -Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author kkeithnr
      This is an excellent strategy...why reinvent the will when others have already proven what works...this is great info. The power of simplicity is often amazing.

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      • Profile picture of the author W.P. Allen
        I use Animoto and it's good but expensive so I bought Incansoft's (Big Mike's) GFX Video Writer (which does something similar to Article Video Robot) and VideoBot (which submits videos to tons of sites). VideoBot hasn't been released yet but will be shortly.

        Here's the link to GFX Video Writer and the rest of Incansoft's software:
        Incansoft | Experience The Difference Today! (not an affiliate link)
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        • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
          I just saw a remarkable statistic that backs up everything in this thread . . .

          Did you know that video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S.? Twenty five percent!!!

          And it costs nothing to get your message up there, without quality score nightmares, pay per click fees and other headaches.

          That statistic, by the way, is a year old. I'll bet the percentage is even higher now.
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          • Profile picture of the author eshera
            This may be simple, but one thing that I see in addition to the keyword issue is not using the description area to the fullest. You can include a hyperlink in the beginning that will be "live".

            EXAMPLE: (view this in YouTube itself to see the "description" area and live link)
            YouTube - Twin Cities Animal Hospital - EXAMPLE - Woodbury, Minnesota
            This is a DEMO video I did for a vet, no affiliate link or anything...

            Just a thought...
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    • Profile picture of the author tleemc12
      Good advice on the Ninja secrets" and "Golden Keywords." This post has been very enlightening on how to use YouTube at it's greatest potential for free targeted traffic. Time to get busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Anderson
    What I do is, I visit the channels of those top 5 or 6 videos. And then I look at the most-viewed videos in those channels. And that's where I get killer keyword ideas, from looking at the titles of THOSE videos.

    And then I build my videos around those keywords.
    Golden tip. Golden.
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    • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
      Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

      What I do is, I visit the channels of those top 5 or 6 videos. And then I look at the most-viewed videos in those channels. And that's where I get killer keyword ideas, from looking at the titles of THOSE videos.

      And then I build my videos around those keywords.
      Originally Posted by Jason Anderson View Post

      Golden tip. Golden.
      This tip is indeed golden, and proof in its brilliance can be found in the fact that a surprisingly high percentage of all internet searches are unique. I've seen it reported at 40%.

      In other words, 40% of all internet searches are being typed in for the very first time, which means no keyword tool is going to be able to give you those keyword ideas.

      So it makes sense that a more direct route to finding those golden keywords would be to "go to the source," as it were, by finding them from the most highly rated channels in YouTube.
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      • Profile picture of the author DavidO
        Great post and thanks for the offer! I'd love to get some tips on my videos. Here's my third and latest below. I have this video on my sales page as well.

        I admit that I'm lazy at keyword research and so I'm open to any suggestions.

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  • Profile picture of the author KevScarb
    Thanks for sharing some great tips here Tim. I have found YouTube to be a great converter for paid traffic, and now want to use that data to get free traffic too. Your post and follow up comments have been a big help to me, so once again thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    What an awesome thread!

    This is something I am about to get into in a very meaningful way, and this is incredibly generous advice, in the true spirit of the Warrior Forum.

    I have been rabbiting on to anyone that will do me the courtesy of listening that people are killing it on Youtube! And it seems we might have found one or such people in this thread.

    One of my questions is, what is the best way to decide on the content of the video and does it matter? For example simple slideshows etc don't really grab or engage the user, and I imagine that is an important part of this strategy?
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    • Profile picture of the author DavidO
      Can anyone tell me how to determine the channel of a youtube video? I've looked at a whole list of top videos in my niche and there's nothing saying what channel it's in. There's only the "Channel" category at the top but that's just a panel of unrelated channels.

      I really want to implement some of the great tips here but don't know how to.

      Thanks in advance.
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

      What an awesome thread!

      One of my questions is, what is the best way to decide on the content of the video and does it matter? For example simple slideshows etc don't really grab or engage the user, and I imagine that is an important part of this strategy?
      Again, this is one of the GREAT things about marketing on YouTube -- you do NOT need to do much, or know much, or have any tech savvy whatsoever to create compelling content that literally millions of people will flock to.

      Let me show you an example that might blow you away.

      At the bottom of this post is a video that has gotten nearly 24 MILLION VIEWS.

      It was created without a video camera. It's simply a series of images that you could have gotten for free very easily yourself.

      Watch it and see how it holds your attention. And then think about the total lack of production expertise involved. We're talking about dragging and dropping images, that's it.

      And here's the kicker -- if you watch the video on YouTube and read the description box to the right of the video, you'll see that this video was created in a very short amount of time by some kid for a school project!

      Not a music company. Not a public relations firm. Not some Fortune 500 giant trying to "brand" itself. Just some kid with a couple of hours to kill.

      There's probably at least three kids on your block right now who would jump at the chance to make a video for you for a lousy twenty bucks. Or even less.

      Think about that!! Some kid with a couple of hours to kill patched together a video that has been seen by 24 million people!

      Don't laugh -- I've done it!! I had a kid in my neighborhood who used to walk my dog and pick up the crap (gotta love outsourcing, don'tcha?) and one day when he brought my little Kylie back into my house he saw me working on one of my videos and he casually mentioned that he and his buddies posted videos all the time onto YouTube of their video game exploits.

      (These kids will blow you away, will they not?)

      The light bulb went on in my head, and I so said, "How would you like to make a few bucks making some videos for me?"

      His eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and said "Sure!"

      I gave him very explicit instructions and he ended up doing a lot of great work for me. For peanuts.

      So, really, even if copying and pasting and dragging and dropping is too much hassle for you, you can STILL get great videos made.

      The big takeaway: Do you think you could make some money with a video that was seen by 24 million people? Hell, yeah. And this is exactly the sort of thing I have been doing for three years.

      I'm telling you, it's way easier than you think. No, I have not created any videos with 24 million views. But I don't have to. If you have the right sales process in place, you can create a good six-figure income with reasonable amounts of traffic.

      Anyway, don't discount what I'm showing you here -- forget about the fact that the video below is of a Pink Floyd song. What I'm talking about in this post can be applied to ANY niche.

      Final thought: You know how they say the Internet has leveled the playing field? Well, I think that's overstated because try to compete on Google Adwords and see how tough that playing field can be.

      Or try getting ranked on Page 1 of Google by using normal SEO methods.

      However, YouTube is the one remaining place where the playing field is truly level. Competition is irrelevant because you can actually USE your competition to get more views.

      Okay, enough for now. Here is the video that has gotten nearly 24 million views:

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  • Profile picture of the author safari148
    Very interesting insight, effectively I seemed to have had little control on YouTube Keywords, Will need to look into this, I had mainly thought of it as viral.
    Thanks a bunch,
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      [Quote] 3)Give Video Responses to popular videos in your niche:
      This is another killer method.Create short 30 seconds-1 minute videos to post video responses to hot videos in your niche.These responses will help you in re-directing a lot of traffic to your video.This technique has always worked for me without fail. [End quote]



      Superaffiliate09,

      My mind is going haywire, lol . If I understand it correctly, you will make up a video about somebody else's video, making positive comments about their video :confused:

      Do you also do some kind of screenshot of their video?

      This is truly enlightening, thank you Tim for starting this thread .
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  • Profile picture of the author Always-A-Warrior
    I think because its Pink Floyd and a 3 years old video that those numbers came from viral linking but nonetheless, you're right had they placed a link to a cpa offer or something to make money or atleast gather leads that even at 1% sign up would be a great thing.

    Thanks for the great tips as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    The thing I don't get about videos like the one above is ... YouTube is LITTERED with them! So ... where the heck are the MUSIC POLICE?

    They're basically music videos put together by fans, using (mostly) complete unaltered music tracks from albums. Many times the videos are of individuals performing the music themselves, or singing the lyrics themselves, or using the tune with different lyrics.

    All of which are 100% copyright violations!

    So ... why is it that there's not this HUMONGUOUS outcry by RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, and every recording label under the sun about how YouTube is costing artists bazillions of dollars a year?

    WTF? They're just tribute videos from fans.

    I suppose if you're the band that had the album with the longest history on the Billboard Top 100, (Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon") you might not be too worried about losing sales to YouTube fans.

    FWIW, I had the amazing pleasure of seeing Pink Floyd live on their first US Tour in 1972 promoting "Dark Side". I think the ticket cost me $4. The concert was outdoors, and set up in "quadraphonic surround sound" and it was quite a trip. I didn't have any weed with me, but just about everybody around me seemed to be toking, and it was hard to escape it's effects.

    Oh, I see that a similar type of video about "Stairway to Heaven" has over 3M views, too. And THIS video appears to have been posted on January 3, 2009.

    YouTube - Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven

    These video is most popular with:
    Gender Age
    Male 45-54
    Male 35-44
    Male 25-34


    YouTube - Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here (live)

    This one has 9M views!!!!

    These video is most popular with:
    Gender Age
    Male 45-54
    Male 35-44
    Male 25-34

    The Pink Floyd video in the previous post is most popular with:
    Gender Age
    Male 45-54
    Male 35-44
    Female 13-17

    Ya wonder why you get traffic from folks with money to spend from these?

    DANG!
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    • Profile picture of the author griswold
      Hey man, delighted to read your post; especially since google banned me from PPC! Whoops!

      I've got some videos on youtube, (username: mg00swold). And most of my traffic comes from there. My recurring question has been how to get more views. More views, more sales.

      Could you look at my videos and offer some tips?

      Also, how does your funnel work? youtube->landing page->sales page?

      I've been wondering what the best way to do it would be.

      Thanks for your help man.

      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author GopalG
    Great post thank you.

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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    tgilberg,

    Really appreciate the detailed reply. What you are saying is not far from what I have heard Jason Moffatt saying, in the sense that he advocates using the talents of the younger generations to get view-sucking videos published on youtube.

    I am still yet to discover what kind of content people favour the most, but I guess in some ways what you are saying is paint by numbers?

    I.e. just put out enough content and keep working on it and producing content until you hit on some winners? I agree with that strategy and principle if you have the time (and I do right now).

    Is there anything specific you do apart from creating a lot of videos and keyword targetting that you use to get views on your videos. You don't have to go into details (as this is your business) but is there any or a lot of work put into promoting the videos once they have been published?
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    If you aren't in the younger generation, sometimes its hard to put yourself in their shoes. I've created videos that I thought would be awesome in terms of views and it didn't work, and vice versa.

    Just like article marketing, the more "seeds" you can get out there, the more chances some winners will present themselves. This gives you an important foundation to build upon.

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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Here's another great tip for you . . .

      If you want to get more views to your videos, try and come up with ways to promote your video.

      That's right - PROMOTE your video.

      In other words, don't just upload your video to YouTube and wait for the traffic to flood in.

      Of course, that may happen on its own. More power to you, if that's the case.

      But why not MAKE IT HAPPEN. That's what I do sometimes.

      Let me explain. And, by the way, this is a great example of how really successful marketers don't just following an ebook's cookie-cutter step by step program. They think outside the box.

      This is the sort of thing I've been doing for three years. I was highly motivated to hit it big on YouTube, and this is just one example of how I've done it.

      Okay, so here's the idea: Find the websites in your niche that get lots of traffic and that also have a forum or blog where you're allowed to post videos. Post your video there and remember that every time it's viewed on that highly trafficked site it has a chance to go viral.

      Also remember that any time your video is viewed outside of YouTube, the number of views it receives outside of YouTube counts in your video's view count, no matter where it was viewed.

      Do you see the value of that? The more views your video gets, the higher it's ranked within YouTube, so it's in your best interest to place it on heavily visited forums in your niche.

      Example: Earlier in this thread, I posted a sample video that Pink Floyd video. Now think about that: as I'm typing this, this thread has gotten 721 views. That means the kid that created that video just got 721 views he didn't expect to get!

      Which means you can do the same for your own videos. But of course you'll want to pick only related forums and websites for your particular niche.

      And, by the way, in case you don't know it, posting a video to a forum could not be any easier. You simply copy and paste the code into the body of the message.

      Succeeding with YouTube means thinking outside the YouTube box sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
        Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

        Here's another great tip for you . . .

        If you want to get more views to your videos, try and come up with ways to promote your video.

        That's right - PROMOTE your video.

        In other words, don't just upload your video to YouTube and wait for the traffic to flood in.

        Of course, that may happen on its own. More power to you, if that's the case.

        But why not MAKE IT HAPPEN. That's what I do sometimes.

        Let me explain . . . .

        Okay, in my last post (see above) I talked about how you can multiply your traffic by posting your video on major websites outside of YouTube.

        Now let me give you an "advanced" way to do this . . .

        This is something you can do once you've built a list.

        (Don't worry about this if you don't have a list yet. Just start with the tips in this thread and you will have a list soon enough if you do this right!)

        Anyway, here's what I did and it worked like a charm. You could call this my "Tom Sawyer" method, and you'll see why in a second . . .

        Instead of doing the work myself and posting my video outside of YouTube to get lots more views, I simply emailed my list and held a contest for my subscribers.

        In the contest, I told my list that I would award a free DVD to a randomly selected person who could show me that they posted my video on a related website.

        Result: My video was posted 200 times in less than two days around the Internet!!

        Think about how much time that saved me! And of course it looks more credible when different people are posting a video instead of the same guy (me, the author) over and over again.

        It created an immediate buzz for my video, tons more views, and what did it cost me? Just the few dollars it costs for me to send the contest winner a DVD in the mail.

        Obviously, there's lots of different ways you can adapt this idea, but you get the point: LEVERAGE the power of the Internet and the power of your list to create a buzz for your video and create large waves of traffic at no cost and little effort.
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      • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
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        Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

        Here's another great tip for you . . .

        If you want to get more views to your videos, try and come up with ways to promote your video.

        That's right - PROMOTE your video.

        In other words, don't just upload your video to YouTube and wait for the traffic to flood in.
        It's very true. I learned that one half of the equation is to make your video, the other half is to promote it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Taylor
    Here's another example of a video that's gotten over a million views...in just eleven days!

    [WARNING: She shows YouTube comments within her video...YouTube comments are notoriously profane and may harm small children, puppies, and elderly trees. If you are offended at locker room talk or the F word, turn away now!]


    I've seen her videos before and the ones I've seen are all the same...just her talking about a quirky topic for just a few minutes. And instead of shutting down horrible comments, she playfully interacts with them in her videos.

    Notice the editing, teaming up with friends, and light use of music and even sound effects. Quirky, but for me at least, a pleasure to watch.

    Now...if she only had a list to build...
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    • Profile picture of the author 5Tool
      TGilberg and StageSound-Sorry it's taken a few days to post (my son had swine flu)- Thanks for the camera and the Animoto suggestions- I'll check those out.
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  • Profile picture of the author actionplanbiz
    thanks for posting... but about keyword research...

    what kind of keywords are we looking for? high searched volume keywords only that is related to your video?

    or the same as PPC Keyword research?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Let me illustrate a couple more great points about marketing with YouTube.

      Earlier today, I created a quick video and put it on YouTube. I did this as an experiment, just to show you how easy all this is.

      I wanted to see if I could get some traffic for the keyword "internet marketing," and so I brainstormed as to how I could create something quick and easy, yet provide some valuable info in the video.

      Then I thought, "Why not tell others about the Warrior Forum?" It's such a great resource. Anyone new to internet marketing who might be cruising YouTube for some info and they would see my video and I could show you guys how easy it is to get traffic.

      So here is the video I posted on YouTube:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpDPeN1LbUw

      Here were my goals for this video:

      1. To get ranked on a good keyword.

      2. To give something of value to the viewer.

      3. To demonstrate my credibility.

      4. To eventually get ranked in natural search rankings for the term "internet marketing" or other good keywords. (Long-term goal.)

      And that's exactly how easy the process is. That little video took me all of 15 minutes to produce. Sure, if you're doing this for the first time, it might take you two or three times as long, but after you do a few, you'll see how super-easy this can be.

      And don't forget - the traffic you'll get with simple videos like this is immediate and FREE. No pay-per-click fees, no per-impression banner cost, nada.

      The other nice thing about creating such easy videos with Camtasia or ScreenFlow is that you don't have to "get ready" for being on camera. No shampoo needed! Just grab a few images, drag them into your video, type some pertinent titles, and you're good to go.

      It's VERY easy to get good traffic using a system like this. Now this is only part of my system, but it's basically "the front door," and I wanted to show you how easy it is.

      By the way, if you're looking at the number of views this video got, keep in mind that YouTube (for some strange reason) will only count up to about 300 views the very first day you post your video. It will catch up to your accurate numbers the next day, but I just wanted to point that out so that you don't get discouraged if you only see 300 or less views on the first day.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSnow
    Hey Tim, first off I need to say thank you... I am finding your input to be quite valuable and inspires thought. I just finished reading you posts and I did follow the link from YouTube!

    I have been implementing you tactics on YouTube. I'll let you know how that goes!

    Cheers,

    Jeff

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Lazenby
    Thanks for this...I'm about to embark on a huge Youtube campaign...I'm having around 200-300 videos made for me over the next 2 weeks...fingers crossed it'll bring in some traffic :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author raylm123
    Here's another tip for video marketing on YouTube that I haven't seen mentioned here yet:

    When you are writing the description of your video make sure to include the full address of your website (ex. http://www.mywebsite.com). When it's posted, this will automatically generate a link to your website. Then video watchers don't have to type your website address into their browser, they can just click the link.

    For example I usually put at the end of my video descriptions:
    Video courtesy of http://www.mywebsite.com
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    BTW, that's not really my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cho
    Do you edit your own videos? I do have camtasia but I never really used it. I actually thought it was a bit too hard for me to use. I might hire someone to edit it for me or maybe learn just for the fun of it.

    What do you say? If you have an editor, can you recommend your editor? You think it'll be easy to learn?

    And another question... When you do keyword research do you do regular keyword research or are youtube video keywords any different? I know there are different keyword searches you can do on youtube but iw asnt sure if you meant that or the google keyword search tool.

    Btw, your post was very helpful.

    Thanks,
    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author sydneyguy8
    I think we are talking about high search volume keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
    Just wanted to post here to let others know who are reading this that there are a lot of marketers out there who are also using video refreasher programs that automatically refreash a page making their video count go up and in turn making their videos rank higher in the You Tube search results and eventually get their videos ranked well in google organic.

    Also some marketers are developing their own in house proprietary refreasher applications for the "ninja trick"

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    • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
      Originally Posted by Frank Bruno View Post

      Also some marketers are developing their own in house proprietary refreasher applications for the "ninja trick"
      Guess they use proxies to avoid getting banned, don't they?

      Cause too many refreshes from same IP can trigger some rinks in Y headquarters.

      Any idea of a safe script?
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    tgilberg - Do you post your videos on other video sites? I have heard some people do this and I wondered if it was really worth it as YouTube is owned by Google and would really be the best one for traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author xeonet
      Great post!

      I've followed Tim's advice and publish on YouTube some quick videos I've made. The result was killer: 460 views in 3 days.

      It's really working this awesome technique. I used Screenflow and it was so easy to drag&drop some images and syncronize them with my voice. This is indeed the fastest marketing technique to promote products and it's FREE...

      Keep up with the great tips,
      I'm eager to learn more about this
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      tgilberg - Do you post your videos on other video sites? I have heard some people do this and I wondered if it was really worth it as YouTube is owned by Google and would really be the best one for traffic.
      Hey Troy,

      My experience parallels all the stats regarding YouTube's domination of the video sharing market. I have uploaded videos to all the major players, but the traffic & sales generated from non YouTube video sharing sites is negligible.

      It certainly cannot hurt to load your videos to these sites as well and there are several partially free upload services such as TubeMogul.

      I focus all my energy on YouTube, creating and loading quality videos with the proper keyword research.

      Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinetreason
    The biggest mistake I see in video marketing period are that people do not make enough videos and do not do good keyword research. That is usually the two biggest mistakes I see anyways. It is kind of like article marketing. People do not write enough articles and do not do good keyword research.

    So it is simple, use Google keyword tool and make sure your search is for the exact phrase. Do not do a broad search. Second, make a lot of videos. You have to write a lot of articles in article marketing and you need to make a lot of videos in video marketing. Do not just make 10 videos and wonder why it is not working. It really is that simple.
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Hey everybody Tim here,

      Wanted to give you an update, I am going through some of the videos people posted in this thread asking for critiques and should have some ideas & tips up in a few days, which I will post here.

      Now I am asking your help on this one. I posted a new thread on the warrior forum last night detailing how one of my niches generated over 20k in sales for me this weekend.
      I also posted in that thread a video in which I logged into my Paypal & merchant accounts to show proof. (No personal data was shown in the video)

      The thread was deleted, I am confused

      any ideas?

      Thanks Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Popstar
    Tim,

    I saw the thread before it was deleted. Maybe it got deleted because it sounded too self-promotional. You may not have meant it that way, but it almost sounded like a pre-launch for a wso.

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Thanks for the feedback Debbie,

      How about this excellent post below, I really did no more than Ron Douglas I was sharing my success & wanted to inspire people to take action with proof, & my thread gets pulled.


      http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...0-minutes.html

      Tim
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      • Profile picture of the author ronr
        Tim,

        Would love to see your post that got deleted.

        Maybe you could put it somewhere and put a link to it or give it as a free WSO case study.

        Ron


        Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

        Thanks for the feedback Debbie,

        How about this excellent post below, I really did no more than Ron Douglas I was sharing my success & wanted to inspire people to take action with proof, & my thread gets pulled.


        http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...0-minutes.html

        Tim
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by tgilberg View Post

          Thanks for the feedback Debbie,

          How about this excellent post below, I really did no more than Ron Douglas I was sharing my success & wanted to inspire people to take action with proof, & my thread gets pulled.


          http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...0-minutes.html

          Tim
          Tim, it might be partly because it was posted in a different section of the forum.

          The main reason a thread disappears is because the number of members who flag it for moderation exceeds a certain threshold. Since the main forum sees a lot more traffic than the subject-specific forums, it's a lot easier to accumulate those flags.

          Just a guess...
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  • Profile picture of the author Popstar
    Can't say, Tim. I've seen people complain before that some threads get deleted while similar threads by others stay put.

    I don't really know the reason. It was just an observation, not a fact.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Taylor
    I agree with Ron, Tim. Why not repost it on your blog?

    Also, on the matter of refreshing the YouTube page to increase views...it doesn't work. At least it didn't for me.

    Tiffany Dow just released a brand new video...I was the third viewer. I hit refresh a few times, but the counter stayed at three.

    Unless these guys are switching proxies and clearing cookies with every refresh, I don't buy it.

    Google is smart enough to eliminate fraudulent clicks from Adsense, so I think they're smart enough to limit page views to just one browser session, or even calendar day.
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    • Profile picture of the author tgilberg
      Great idea guys, I will repost the deleted thread 'What Recession? I Made $20,000 in 4 Days with Short YouTube Videos (proof enclosed)' and video to my Blog tomorrow.

      What gets me sometimes is people try to employ all these tips & tricks to try & bolster video views in my opinion why waste your time on those gimmicks.

      If you employ solid keyword research and plant the seeds with Youtube videos you don't have to worry about getting caught in the latest scam. As we all know Google will catch and close the loopholes, they are very good at that.(SLAP LOL) Why build your business on quicksand?

      Tim
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