How to get tons of views with your YouTube vids

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Here's a little tip you've no doubt seen adaptations of, but this method works well in getting views to YouTube videos you post. It centers around finding videos in your niche with high view counts and then posting video responses to them. The key is in finding videos with high view counts in your niche.

Suppose you had a product you were promoting related to helping people get top Google rankings. You could then do a search as follows on Google:

site:youtube.com intitle:"top google" views 1000...5000

What this search will do is return videos with between 1,000 and 5,000 views on YouTube that are related to the term "top google". (Leave the commas out of your search term for the view counts).

I try to keep the view parameters within reason. If you choose a range of from 1 to 100,000 Google has to do a lot of work and use up resources to fetch your results. If you do this too many times and too fast you may get the Google "spambot" notice and you may have to fill out a Captcha form or you might possibly get blocked from doing more searches for a time--not long, usually no more than 30-60 minutes.

Any time you scrape Google data, especially using "intitle, inurl, or site" commands you run the risk of having Google think you're up to no good--and then you can get the warning notice--especially if you do many searches with these commands very fast.

If that should happen, try clearing cookies from your browser and often that will take care of the problem without the time wait.

Now, right below the Google search box, once your results are returned--click on the "show options" link. Then click on the link that says "Latest". This will rank the results by date with the most recent showing first.

The reason I rank them by date is because I want to find videos with lots of views in the past month or so. If you don't do this you may find videos with lots views a year or so ago, but there may not have been much recent activity.

Once I find a good video getting tons of recent views, I would then post a video response to the video and leech some traffic from the page. Your video response will show at the top of the comments section (above the text comments).

Since there are often very few, if any, video responses to even very popular videos--you can get your video listed and some of the visitors will click on your vid. Make sure to use a graphic or annotation in your video to give your URL to the viewers. And keep it short, only one or two minutes.

One final comment. Include valuable content in your response to your viewers. If your video is total crud and the only purpose is to drain off visitors from the original video, well--that's rude and in poor taste. Furthermore, the creator of the original video will likely delete your video reply. I would!

Hope that's useful --Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author powerblogger
    Very good info. Thank you for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author June Campbell
    On the other hand, if you have a video that is getting high views, you may want to reject a video response because you know that someone is hoping to feed off your traffic. It all depends on which side of the fence you are sitting. I know -- I've done both. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I was aware of the video response method Mike, but the additional tip on filtering search results is quite useful.

    Thanks mate
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  • Profile picture of the author Branlan17
    Appreciate it! I'm thinking of cracking into video marketing in the coming months : )
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  • Profile picture of the author moneycometh
    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for this information. I had read it yesterday and could'nt find it, but now I have. This is great info. I notice of course that the owner of the video that I reply to has to approve my comment.

    How likely will that happen? Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
      Hi Jackie, thanks for the comment. Yes, but more often than not your vids responses will get approved as long as they relate to or supplement the original video.

      I was just on YouTube. I follow this guy Shane Dawson. He makes humorous vids which are also kind of mature as far as the language goes. But he is a top YouTuber. He put aup a video just one week ago and it's had over 2 million views so far. There were over 10,000 text comments and something like 300 video replies. All of his vids get hundreds of thousands of views.

      He has over 600,000 subscribers to his channel and in total his vids have gotten just over 60,000,000 views. He also has huge Twitter, FaceBook, and MySpace followings.

      I only mention this because I think he lets most of the video replies go through even if they are critical--which most are not. Controversy breeds views on YT anyway.

      In my own case I approve almost everything if it is clear that it does relate to my vids. When someone posts a text or vid reply that is clearly just a promotion for something of theirs I delete it.

      I mean, you can't just post up junk and expect it to get approved. But if it's relevant in most cases it will go through.
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      • Profile picture of the author moneycometh
        Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

        Hi Jackie, thanks for the comment. Yes, but more often than not your vids responses will get approved as long as they relate to or supplement the original video.

        I was just on YouTube. I follow this guy Shane Dawson. He makes humorous vids which are also kind of mature as far as the language goes. But he is a top YouTuber. He put aup a video just one week ago and it's had over 2 million views so far. There were over 10,000 text comments and something like 300 video replies. All of his vids get hundreds of thousands of views.

        He has over 600,000 subscribers to his channel and in total his vids have gotten just over 60,000,000 views. He also has huge Twitter, FaceBook, and MySpace followings.

        I only mention this because I think he lets most of the video replies go through even if they are critical--which most are not. Controversy breeds views on YT anyway.

        In my own case I approve almost everything if it is clear that it does relate to my vids. When someone posts a text or vid reply that is clearly just a promotion for something of theirs I delete it.

        I mean, you can't just post up junk and expect it to get approved. But if it's relevant in most cases it will go through.
        Hey Mike,

        This is great info. I'm learning a lot about how marketing with vids really work. It's awesome when people like you are such a great resource as well as inspiration to a "babe" in the woods when it comes to marketing.

        Happy New Year and continued success in all your endeavors!
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussieman01
    Thanks mate, great advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author abdin66
    Thanks to both Mike and Jackie for some good advice and tips. Thanks to Mike also for the tips on filtering searches without hackling Big G.
    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author moneycometh
      Originally Posted by abdin66 View Post

      Thanks to both Mike and Jackie for some good advice and tips. Thanks to Mike also for the tips on filtering searches without hackling Big G.
      Cheers
      Sal,

      Thanks for the reply. What is so great is that after all the trials and tribulations of learning this business and what it takes to not only sustain myself, but actually be profitable, and to have it all come together is such an awesome feeling.

      Don't get me wrong I'm not there yet, but to me that's the ultimate and that's the goal I'm working towards.
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  • Profile picture of the author spiderweb
    I use this method too. It does boost traffic dramatically. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  • Profile picture of the author ShaneRQR
    I really like the way you search for recent videos with many views on Google. I was always looking through them for recency manually. Definitely way better to have G do the work for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author moneycometh
      Hi spiderweb,

      You know I'm beginning to like this more and more. I really like video and I'm learning all I can about it. I have other things on my list of To-Do's, but there's only so many hours in the day.

      I find myself eating, sleeping, and even dreaming my business and how I can make it better than the day before. I'm studying really hard these past few days.

      I've have another accomplishment. I'm just waiting on the stats to come in b-4 I post my results.

      In the meantime I'll just keep plugging away.
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      • Profile picture of the author eb219
        Some first class info on video marketing and getting those all important views. What's great about youtube (and other video sites) is that you have the option to provide more than one lead magnet to capture them (in the video, ON the video, text link on page). Personally, I've been using CPA offers over the past year and they do quite well. It does become quite an art in how you are combining the elements for maximum impact.

        Somewhat alchemical although it is still technically marketing ... lol anyways ... awesome stuff, keep up the good work - eb
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        • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
          It was pointed out to me that there is some anomalous behavior with this technique and I see this. I'll work on it. For now, here is a patch that does essentially the same thing.

          1. Go to YouTube and enter the following in the search box: intitle:"top google"

          2. Now click on "Search Options" in the upper right under the YouTube logo. Now click on Sort By: view count.

          You will get the vids arranged with the most views showing first.
          Make sure to use the intitle thingie or else you will get vids where the words appear anywhere in the description and you may not want that.

          Hope that helps, but I'll work on the problem in my original post.

          Thanks for the "heads up"!

          --Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author lovemyth
    Nice!! Good quality info!! Thank you!!
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