Legal way to promote YouTube videos?

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I'm starting to release some of my own music on YouTube as a passion-driven hobby. It's not low-quality homemade recordings or videos, rather, I have invested thousands of dollars recording in professional studios and will later be filming a professional music video too.

However, while I've been receiving very positive feedback from my own personal promoting, I'd like more exposure on YouTube and am willing to spend the $$$ for advertising. I can't seem to find any appropriate campaigns that YouTube caters for these sort of things, as they are more for business promoting. My goal is to get more Views, Likes, and Comments on my videos, which will motivate me to release more content and continue with this hobby.

There are tons of third-party companies that sell specific amount of Views (and more) from bot accounts for "social proof". I am NOT interested in anything like that as I want genuine YouTube engagement with real people, and I don't want to risk getting my account banned or my videos deleted. I've done my research!

I found a community-driven website where people sell their services of various specialties, such as graphic design work and marketing.
I stumbled across these guys:
https://www.fiverr.com/youngceaser/d...7-d72ef8b93654

They claim that they simply just drive traffic to your URL through their marketing network, and most importantly, DON'T promise specific results like most scams do. They have lots of positive feedback from members too. Do you think these guys are legit and safe? Would it be in compliance with Youtube's terms and conditions?

Just to clarify, I'm not monetizing any of my videos and will have no plans to. I've got my own high-paying day job and am simply just using that to fund an expensive hobby that keeps me happy.

Thanks in advance for your opinions!
#legal #promote #videos #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author bluemotion
    I would not recommend Fiverr for getting views or likes. They never work. You can upload your videos to your Facebook page. Create one if you don't have one. It's super easy. Then join as many Facegroup groups in your particular subject, get friends and offer them the chance to 'Like ' your page.

    This is one fun way to get exposure to your videos.
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    • Profile picture of the author TechNik
      Originally Posted by bluemotion View Post

      I would not recommend Fiverr for getting views or likes. They never work. You can upload your videos to your Facebook page. Create one if you don't have one. It's super easy. Then join as many Facegroup groups in your particular subject, get friends and offer them the chance to 'Like ' your page.

      This is one fun way to get exposure to your videos.
      I like this idea. And yes, avoid paying for traffic.

      Have you considered collaborating with more established YouTube musicians?
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    • Originally Posted by bluemotion View Post

      I would not recommend Fiverr for getting views or likes. They never work. You can upload your videos to your Facebook page. Create one if you don't have one. It's super easy. Then join as many Facegroup groups in your particular subject, get friends and offer them the chance to 'Like ' your page.

      This is one fun way to get exposure to your videos.
      You are right. Fiver is fraud I have better views with Facebook and Twitter marketing. And i Think it's too good Thanks I like your idea
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    - comment on videos in your genre (casually mention that you also have your own music videos in some cases)... other commenters will see your post & some will click to your profile. Be genuine & not spammy. Think about it for those that comment on videos in your niche... do you ever click on the profile link of interesting commenters? I do but in a non-music niche & yes I do subscribe to those commenters who also are uploading videos. You will get people who subscribe back.

    - title your video - "whatever your song is called" including having that as the name of your file before you upload it on YouTube

    - make sure your tags used are accurate describing the type of music

    - use the keywords you want to target in your description but make sure it is all "in flow" & not a BS script as you talk about your song.

    - use a good thumbnail of your video

    - brand yourself via your YouTube ID, Channel banner that stands out & add a watermark to your videos

    - create playlists in your genre & include your music in some of them (example - independent artist collection of "whatever" music, top music genre videos from 2015,). When you add someone else's video you can make a comment on their video & say you added it to a playlist of "whatever music by independent artists' . Share your playlists (& videos) & playlists on other social media platforms.

    - buying views or likes may not be the best idea but I have seen advice from successful YouTubers in Internet Marketing who do purchase social signals (shares on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc... .) Will it help? I don't know but it doesn't appear to be a risk.

    - I'm sure there are Facebook groups that let people promote their music - you'll be able to connect with other independent producers as well as fans. Have a Facebook Page & use that profile to comment on other fan pages. Following similar others on Twitter or creating Twitter lists may be helpful.

    - it sounds like you are just doing your own music but it may be a good idea to do some cover music of your favorite artists as that will indeed cast a "much" wider net of people to come to your channel. As you know some of the most popular music videos on YouTube are covers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kat Everly
    Fiverr is a great place for design projects but stay away from it if your needs are related to general marketing. Are you on any social media networks? Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? Do you have a blog? If you want to be serious about marketing, my advice would be building your social presence first, and then using social media to broadcast your music.

    I also like the idea of creating a Facebook group or join some music groups just mentioned by Wentzco.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
    Thanks for the responses and great advice!

    I'm a generation Y kid so I'm definitely on my game with Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, etc..). I was only trying to find ways to gain exposure from others outside of my friends' network that's why I got tempted into these marketing campaigns.

    Bad news - I bit the bullet and went ahead to try them out before getting replies on the forums. I got a massive spike of Views, but as expected, no engagement whatsoever with my video.

    I know most of these sellers are selling bot Views on Youtube, but do you think the seller I mentioned sold me gunuine traffic? Even if it's clickbait or something?

    Sorry I went ahead with it before asking for opinions here. I just though it would be good to have some "social proof" at the initial stage. I think people usually have a different perception about a video that has "400 views" vs "1500+ views", and may give the video more of a "chance".
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    • Profile picture of the author Kat Everly
      Originally Posted by KevinTJH View Post

      Thanks for the responses and great advice!

      I'm a generation Y kid so I'm definitely on my game with Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, etc..). I was only trying to find ways to gain exposure from others outside of my friends' network that's why I got tempted into these marketing campaigns.

      Bad news - I bit the bullet and went ahead to try them out before getting replies on the forums. I got a massive spike of Views, but as expected, no engagement whatsoever with my video.

      I know most of these sellers are selling bot Views on Youtube, but do you think the seller I mentioned sold me gunuine traffic? Even if it's clickbait or something?

      Sorry I went ahead with it before asking for opinions here. I just though it would be good to have some "social proof" at the initial stage. I think people usually have a different perception about a video that has "400 views" vs "1500+ views", and may give the video more of a "chance".
      No one is going to give you genuine traffic for $5. Ask yourself, would you do hours of work for $5?

      Just dump the idea to use Fiverr for buying traffic, it's not worth your hard-earned money.

      Why not create social accounts dedicated to your passion of music? By this way, all your followers are outside of your peers.

      Try include a 'call to action" in your Youtube description. Encourage your viewers to comment.
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      • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
        Assuming I'm willing to spend more for legitimate genuine traffic (on top of all the heavy social media promoting stuff I'm already doing), who actually offers genuine traffic for a price? Youtube ads? Google adwords? Surely there must be a way to reach out and get noticed?

        I took one of the advices here and commented on 2 popular videos (of very similar styles). I complimented their videos, subscribed and kindly suggested to others to check out my channel and see if they'll like it.
        My comment got deleted...

        I read an article recently about scandals in the music industry including Sony Entertainment, that are known to purchase traffic to boost videos' social proof to the point, people start thinking it's worth watching because of the number of views, which then leads to the video going viral. I read that even Gangnam Style had an additional 1 billion views removed by Youtube because they had cheated their up there.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kat Everly
          Originally Posted by KevinTJH View Post

          Assuming I'm willing to spend more for legitimate genuine traffic (on top of all the heavy social media promoting stuff I'm already doing), who actually offers genuine traffic for a price? Youtube ads? Google adwords? Surely there must be a way to reach out and get noticed?

          I took one of the advices here and commented on 2 popular videos (of very similar styles). I complimented their videos, subscribed and kindly suggested to others to check out my channel and see if they'll like it.
          My comment got deleted...

          I read an article recently about scandals in the music industry including Sony Entertainment, that are known to purchase traffic to boost videos' social proof to the point, people start thinking it's worth watching because of the number of views, which then leads to the video going viral. I read that even Gangnam Style had an additional 1 billion views removed by Youtube because they had cheated their up there.
          When you comment on Youtube, NEVER ask people to check your videos. It's a signal of spammers even if you are not.

          You already know that bot reviews may be removed by Youtube, so why you still want to try?. Sony wouldn't care because they know Youtube won't ban their account, but for us, there is always a risk that your account got banned by cheating.
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          • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
            Yea that's true.

            It's unfortunate that we are all little fishes... even if we're making non-monetising videos we could still be penalised
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  • Profile picture of the author AMorrisonP
    Give a title, add a playlist to it,maximize your tags, Share it on different social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drake Nicholson
    1.Add an SEO-optimized title: Your YouTube video title is essential in helping your video be found, so use appropriate keywords.

    2.Add an SEO description: Include a description that isn’t keyword stuffed, but does include your main keywords.

    3.Add your website link to the description: If you have a website or blog, be sure to provide a link back to that. You can also include links to all of your social media channels. When posting links, be sure to include the “http” or the “https,” as that’s the only way YouTube can automatically hyperlink it.

    4.Maximize your tags: so many people do not maximize the number of tags that they can have. Tags are your keywords, and they are critically important to being found. Include any relevant tags. Then, check back in a month or two to see how that particular video is being found—and change out some of the tags that are insignificant. For your long-tail keywords, be sure to include them within quotes, like “Business Blog Writers,” so that they’re searched as single phrases, rather than three separate words.

    5.Post on Pinterest: In August, Krizia taught us How to Add Your YouTube Videos to Pinterest. Note that Krizia also suggests branding every video that you have on your channel because Pinterest allows people to watch the video directly on Pinterest. Unless they have motivation or reason to find out more, most viewers will not click through to your YouTube channel.

    6.Like your video: The number of likes on your video helps it gain popularity, so by liking it, you’re just helping it get the attention of the audience you’re trying to target.

    7.Share it on Facebook: Whether you have a Facebook page dedicated to your blog or website, or whether you just use your personal Facebook profile, you will want to share your video there for people to see. You never know who they will share it with—this is how many videos have gone viral. If you are posting a video that involves a company, take the time to tag them in the post with the video link.

    8.Share It on Twitter: As usual, you want to shoot a link to your video out to all your Twitter followers. Be sure to include relevant hash tags and, if your video features a company and its product, then you definitely want to include their Twitter handle in the tweet too. For example, when I upload a product review for Floppycats, I then send out a Tweet like this, “Ragdoll Cats Chow Down on Eden Foods Bonito Tuna Flakes—Floppycats http://ow.ly/cU6Gp @edenfoods #cat #cats”.

    9.Share it on Google+: YouTube is owned by Google and so is Google+. They like each other, so make sure they like your videos too.

    10.Share it on LinkedIn (if appropriate): If your video is business-related and will help your efforts to grow your business, then you certainly want to share it on LinkedIn.

    11.Schedule it to post on HootSuite monthly, for the next year: I like to come up with a Tweet or a Facebook posting for each new video, and reschedule them for release once a month for a year. As a blogger, it shows companies you’re promoting that you are looking to maintain your relationships with them, and also helps an old video enjoy new life every month.

    12.Create a video response: Search for a video that is similar to yours, and rather than writing a comment about it, create a video response that will attract the audience you want.

    13.Write a blog post and embed the video: More than likely you are trying to get Google to love your website and want to put it at the top of their search engine results. So make them love it more by embedding your YouTube videos into your blog posts.

    14.Add it to a playlist: Whether you have already established playlists, or need a new one for this video, add it to a playlist using a relevant keyword from the video.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
    Thanks for all the advice here. I'm already doing most of that and maximising my use of social media and all that.

    Has anyone had any experience with Virool? They're not cheap, but I'm curious to know if they're as good as they claim to be in terms of getting YouTube videos out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author prakashmalhotra
    Youtube is one of the best video sharing sites that could abet you to get immense likes, comments & subscribes easily. But, for this your video must be interesting & informative. There are some sites that could help you to promote your YouTube videos without charging any cost for it.

    Facebook is one of the best social platform that allows you to promote your YouTube videos without compelling you to pay any money for it. As Facebook is a popular social site, its members can turn into your viewers easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Laroche
    First of all you need to customize your video properly. It can help you to bring more viewers. These are common ways of customizing your videos.
    Create great titles
    Create clear YouTube Thumbnails
    Create a clear and compelling profile with an in-depth description of what your channel is all about.
    An important part of making your channel and videos discover able is optimizing for SEO.
    Stay active in the community
    A great way to engage with your own audience and grow your subscribers is to hold a contest.
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
      Yea, that sounds good. I will keep that in mind.

      What do you mean by "optimizing for SEO"? If I'm not selling product, rather just looking for exposure for my music, does the same apply?
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
      Are you sure you're not working for them? Do you mind sharing the link to your Youtube channel as proof?

      Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    I have not found any good stuff in fiverr for traffic and views. It all seems to be bot stuff and a waste of cash. I would think Pinterest would work for you. You could pin your videos and follow other people and boards about music... You could pin pics of album covers and they are trying to roll out buy pins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katherine Mack
    I think social media promotion is the best way to increase views and subscriber for your youtube channel. It's quick and easy, and can drive huge traffic to your site and boost your sales dramatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author kodeforest
    Wow Its too good, My friends your answers really helping me to promote WordPress theme site video on youtube. Again i want to say thank but at the how to add promote on youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    Some good, legal ways to promote Youtube?
    Use Keyword rich titles, tags and descriptions
    Look for other high ranking videos in your niche and see what tags they use
    Post your Video on your blog, website or both. (Google owns Youtube so your pages rank higher with these on them)
    Pin your Youtube video to Pinterest.
    Mention your Youtube video in articles or relevant forums where permissible
    Post links to your blog that has your video on it on Reddit and Tumblr
    Post links to the direct video on these
    Ask in the video for likes and shares
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAllenNeron
    I skimmed through all the answers and didn't see the most obvious way to do this.

    Create or have a Press Release created.
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  • Profile picture of the author dburk
    Hi KevinTJH,

    Why oh why would you use anything but video ads on Youtube to promote a Youtube video?

    It works fantastic, you get real traffic from the people that are most likely to engage, like and subscribe.

    I'm talking about Google's platform made specifically for promoting your videos on Youtube using sponsored videos. You have endless targeting options and can purchase large numbers of video views for pennies per view.

    Yes, the platform is designed for businesses of all type, but lets not forget that the music business is a business, and nothing works better than Youtube ads to promote a Youtube music video.

    The AdWords platform will take a while to learn, and much longer to master, but if you are not into it you can always hire a professional AdWords agency.

    You can target audiences based on interests, demographics, locations, specific website placements, Gmail , and more. And, what makes it especially powerful are the Audience lists that you can build for Video Remarketing campaigns that allow you to continue reaching, again and again, anyone that has shown interest in your videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/yt/advertise/en/

    Once you learn the system, or hire an agency that knows marketing, you can do incredibly amazing campaigns that reach an audience of millions of precisely targeted people for a lot less money than you might imagine.



    HTH,

    Don Burk

    p.s. Here's some examples of a great Youtube video ads:



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  • Profile picture of the author rfharris
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    sharing your videos on facebook groups and google plus communities would be helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mairaj
    Well, there are many paid and free methods which help you out to promote your Youtube videos out of which social media plays an imperative role in this scenario.

    One can use Facebook groups, Google + communities, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumbler to promote our videos free of cost, with the help of which one can instantly gain the number of views and subscriber for our Youtube channel.

    One can also embed videos on our personal blog it's also a great way to promote video content.

    You can also go with paid advertising which definitely grows your channel. Avoid using cheap methods like getting cheap views through Fiverr. Use Youtube personal paid advertising solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojo133
    The legit way is Social media marketing & Youtube ADS. Real people - real results.
    Also, youtube like social traffic. Don't buy from fiverr or others.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinTJH
    Thanks for the input, but people keep suggesting sharing on social media over and over again!

    Yes, I am aware of that. I am very avid social media user and I have been maximising my exposure through my own Facebook music page, online groups, Instagram, online forums and Dayre. Not to be ungrateful or anything for the suggestion, but I am already heavily promoting on social media and have been getting satisfying results. People keep suggesting this over and over again even though I'm already doing it!

    The main question of this thread is "What else can be done to promote something even more if I'm willing to spend the $$$?"
    I'm already spending on Facebook ads, so please please stop suggesting social media.

    It would be useful if people could share personal experiences from paid marketing campaigns from companies like Virool and so on, whereby they aren't cheap at all so I'm assuming they would be a little more legitimate.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomcam
    Don't forget Soundcloud. A fair number of recent artists like Aviici just posted a bunch of their stuff on Soundcloud in the right genres and ended up with label deals. The thing you have to understand is that they gave it away for free on Soundcloud to maximize their audience.
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